Should SMEs turn to the cloud to avoid data loss?

November 28, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Cloud-based and hosted services are showing excellent growth in South Africa with small businesses and startups leading the move. IDC has predicted that the value of cloud services in South Africa will reach $230m by the end of 2014, and judging by our experience we’re well on track to achieve that. Among small to medium ...

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Airtel and Flexenclosure to deploy a next generation prefabricated data centre in Sierra Leone, for strengthened infrastructure and deployment of new and faster network services (David King, CEO, Flexenclosure. image credit: Flexenclosure)

Top 3 ICT trends to watch out for in 2015

November 26, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

2015 is only a few weeks away and it promises to be yet another exciting and eventful year for the telecoms industry. Here are the three most expected trends that could make an impact in 2015 as predicted by David King, CEO of leading data centre and power...

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The rise of online shopping in Africa

November 17, 2014 • Online, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Online transactions make up less than 1% of the overall retail market in South Africa according to Enst & Young. Although this is extremely low when compared with the UK where online shopping constitutes 14% of retail sector purchases, this number is...


Spawning Africa’s digital dragons in the cloud

November 12, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Earlier this year, technology research house Gartner released a report entitled “Taming the Digital Dragon” as part of its 2014 CIO Agenda. In it, it suggests that if CIOs don’t respond quickly to a tsunami of digital opportunities, they will be washed...


Security a top priority as Africa moves to LTE

November 11, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Securing the network is a top priority for telcos and carriers as LTE becomes increasingly mainstream across Africa, says Fortinet. Perry Hutton, regional director of Fortinet for Africa, says: “LTE is changing the playing field. The previous generation of...


Botnet Malware: Robots you want to avoid

November 4, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Malware has been around in some form for over 40 years, but the use of malware to take control of a group of computers that are then organised into something called a botnet is more than a 21st century phenomenon, says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO of ESET...


Africa’s emerging markets offer high growth for e-Commerce

October 30, 2014 • Online, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Africa offers enormous growth potential for e-retailers given that online shopping is in its infancy in the region. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), who says the recently released ‘Shop the...


The changing role of the CIO – driving innovation

October 28, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

Considering that IT touches almost every aspect of business operations, the CIO and his/her leadership team are in the unique position to identify innovation opportunities across the enterprise and develop rapid and aggressive ‘digitalisation’ strategies....

Alexander Mehlhorn, CEO, Framework One. (Image source: Framework One)

Bridging the divide: The need for software & business analyst duality

October 27, 2014 • Opinion, SoftwareComments (0)

Today’s complex and competitive business landscape is calling for a shift in the role of the software developer as we currently understand it. Increasingly, businesses are looking towards a particular hybrid of software developer and business analyst –...


Is Innovation in the Clouds?

October 23, 2014 • Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

Cloud computing and more increasingly cloud services have put us on the cusp of a massive shift in how we work, communicate, and solve the big problems which also constitute the biggest market opportunities. Research by IDC suggests that revenues from cloud...

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Security challenges driving the need for security policies

October 15, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Businesses today face myriad complex threats coming at them from every angle. From hackers and hacktivists, to sophisticated cyber criminal gangs and nation-state funded advanced attacks, these threats can be catastrophic to the business. Add to this the...

Daniel Kamau Microsoft SMS&P Public Sector Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa. (Image Source: Microsoft).

Securing the cloud: The art of developing strong passwords

October 15, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Imagine if, within the space of a few hours, all your accounts in the cloud got hacked and you lost all your personal documents. That is exactly what happened to John, who, in keeping with the technological advancements, started saving all his personal...

Lutz Blaeser, MD of Intact Security (image: LivDigital)

No silver bullet for IT security

October 14, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

The security landscape is a complex one, and several layers of defence at multiple points in the organisation are needed to successfully combat today’s sophisticated threats. Unfortunately, for too many businesses, the idea of a ‘quick fix’ is tempting,...


Welcome to the new frontier in consumer banking in South Africa

October 10, 2014 • OpinionComments (0)

FlickPay, Snapscan and Zapper might sound like a foreign language – yet these are the apps used by a fast growing group of consumers in South Africa who have bought into the world of mobile payment. Mobile phone providers, merchants, financial institutions...


The Data Centre has evolved

October 8, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Dorio Bowes, Business Development Manager at Comstor a Westcon Group company says fast and flexible access to data – a challenge that the right technology can overcome. Cloud computing has lost its status as a buzzword and become an essential tool for...

Chidi Okpala is the Director and Africa Head, Airtel Money at Airtel Africa. (Image Source: Airtel).

Is Mobile Money the key to Africa’s cashless society?

October 6, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

As the story of the mobile phone and its contribution in bridging the digital divide in Sub-Saharan Africa unravels, the device’s revolutionary role in facilitating transactions and wealth distribution in the region is shaping up in an unprecedented way....