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Small business owners need to cyber-security to the list of priorities now - and protect company’s valuable information. (image: perspec_photo88)

3 ways to improve your small business’ online security

December 2, 2016 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Cyber security is a growing concern for South African businesses. PwC’s 2016 Global Economic Crime Survey shows that cyber-crime is South Africa’s second most reported economic crime: 32% of local companies reported an online security breach in the last two years. While 61% of CEOs are concerned about cyber-crime, only 37% of businesses have an...

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With the market always releasing new and better devices, how do you know which one to choose?  (Image source: Shutterstock.com)

Tips for buying devices for your business

December 1, 2016 • Hardware, OpinionComments (0)

Devices are as fundamental to a business as a business plan. What’s great about modern devices is that they support a wide range of advanced business applications that can manage your work-flow from anywhere. But with the market always releasing new and...

Roger Norton CEO of Playlogix

10 things corporates can learn from startups on innovation

November 29, 2016 • General, Opinion, StartupsComments (0)

Innovation is the new competitive advantage, and large companies are realising that it’s hard to do when culture, processes and mindset don’t support this new way of thinking. Startups, however, are increasingly proving to be great vehicles for...

Kyle Rozendo, CTO at www.SIDPayments.co.za

Finding solutions to the growing chargeback challenge

November 28, 2016 • Finance, Opinion, Retail, SecurityComments (0)

Increasing sophistication in card fraud is reason for concern. Not only for banks, but most especially for online merchants, who are at risk of losing their ability to trade should they be implicated in repeat fraud attempts and excessive customer disputes....

Claude Schuck, regional manager at Veeam Africa

Availability critical to profitability over Black Friday, Cyber Monday weekend

November 25, 2016 • Opinion, RetailComments (0)

The increasing popularity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in South Africa is seeing retailers gearing up for what is expected to be a bumper sales weekend. However the influx of visitors to e-tailers places websites under increased pressure, making...

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Opinion: Going cashless – the future of transacting

November 25, 2016 • Finance, Opinion, RetailComments (0)

News agency Bloomberg recently reported that, “The Bank of Korea is planning for a cashless society by 2020”. Sweden too is planning to go cashless in the next five years. Often we attend events where cash transactions are limited and we have to either...

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Key contributors to the rise of eCommerce in Africa

November 24, 2016 • East Africa, Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

E-Commerce has rapidly grown in the recent years across Africa and the world at large. This is conceivably because of the plentiful positive outcomes it has had on various industries including travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors, with a ripple effect on...

IoT, promises tremendous uses: from smart autonomous cars that self-direct to less congested roadways during peak traffic hours, to home automation, to smart farming, and millions more.

The true value of IoT lies in it being the Internet of Humans

November 23, 2016 • Internet of Things, OpinionComments (0)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has caused unprecedented hype among technologists, software developers, futurists and industrialists. Estimates of the adoption of IoT vary from anywhere between 2.38-billion devices shipped in 2017 (Gartner) to 50.1-billion...

Banking and financial-services providers have more data than any other industry at their disposal – it’s time to make the most of this, for the benefit of customers themselves.

Opinion: Taking customer experience to the next level

November 23, 2016 • Finance, OpinionComments (0)

Digital transformation is changing the way banks talk to customers, but forward-looking financial institutions in the region are looking at how they can deploy artificial intelligence and automation to transform the customer experience, says Danny Drew,...

Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort.

Why are businesses shifting to managed services for their IT needs?

November 21, 2016 • Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

Look around any industry today and we see a huge change in the way they run their business. From large enterprises, to governments, to small and medium businesses, organizations are moving deeper into the digital era where technology is making an impact on...

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Smart Cape Town: using technology to deliver value

November 18, 2016 • General, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Smart Cape Town: using technology to deliver value

Cities are the future, but they will be put under great strain to adapt their infrastructures and services to cope with predicted population growth and increasing urbanisation. Fortunately, in tandem with these trends, technology is evolving, with the...

Jason Ried, MD, Fuzzy Logic.

What Microsoft’s HoloLens means for the future of Augmented Reality

November 17, 2016 • Gadgets and Gaming, Hardware, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on What Microsoft’s HoloLens means for the future of Augmented Reality

While the consumer tech world has been abuzz with excitement over Virtual Reality (VR) and its pioneers (Oculus Rift, for one), there are strong indications that Augmented Reality (AR) and ‘mixed reality’ applications could have a far more transformative...

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The consumerisation of IT offers a glimpse into the future of ERP

November 17, 2016 • Opinion, Software, Top StoriesComments Off on The consumerisation of IT offers a glimpse into the future of ERP

The generation known as ‘Millennials’ will soon make up half of the global workforce, and as the generation that is the first to be classified as ‘digital natives’, their views on technology are inevitably going to have an impact on the companies they...

Claude Schuck, regional manager at Veeam Africa

Skilling up for the Always-On enterprise

November 17, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Skilling up for the Always-On enterprise

Not only does the Always-On enterprise require consistent and high quality access to data, but it also needs people that are capable of extracting the best business benefits from it. This is putting the pressure on companies to ensure existing and future...

Declining economic growth forecast necessitates businesses to have smarter technology strategies in place. (image: Shutterstock)

Businesses need to have smarter technology strategies in place

November 15, 2016 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Businesses need to have smarter technology strategies in place

Increased digitisation by companies in order to cut costs and streamline operations can have the opposite effect if cyber risks are not managed. This is according to Charl Ueckermann, managing director of AVeS Cyber Security. As part of its medium-term budget...

Bradley Elliott, MD of Platinum Seed.

A guide to mobile app community management

November 11, 2016 • Online & Social, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on A guide to mobile app community management

By now, most businesses understand the true purpose of an app within the business mix – apps should align with the objectives of a business to achieve an end goal. Following on from this, many businesses have found that a well-managed app community – much...