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Will mobile apps help government connect with citizens?

March 2, 2015 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Smart cities are fast becoming a reality across the globe, driven by the interconnectedness of devices that communicate and provide information that leads to intelligent automation, decision and actions. However, smart cities without smart, engaged and connected citizens will be unable to fulfil service delivery objectives. The success of any smart city...

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What could a mobile banking revolution mean for SA?

February 27, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

New mobile payment platforms can provide a foundation for financial inclusion in South Africa and beyond, says David Abbott of Fiserv; however, who will build the robust ecosystem required to fulfil their potential? The growing use of banking services in...

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Is e-commerce challenging traditional business models in Africa?

February 27, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The rise of e-commerce on the African continent is changing the face of the traditional consumer, and brands need to adapt their business models and strategies in order to remain relevant amongst consumers and avoid a drop in market share. African consumers...

Warren Oliver

Building the modern data centre: Plan for availability

February 25, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The always-on era is becoming a reality for every business: Globalisation is allowing companies to spread their operations across multiple time zones just as users are abandoning the old nine-to-five working day and want access to their email and data...

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Security should be a top priority for the CIO

February 25, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

For a country like South Africa that is visibly paranoid about security, the country’s information security landscape is seriously lagging in terms of awareness and practical, relevant application. Today’s chief information officer (CIO) needs to...

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Advanced analytics & telecoms could make a powerful combination

February 25, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Advanced analytics, growing off a foundation of effective Business Intelligence (BI), presents unprecedented opportunities for business. Where traditional BI delivered an historical view or trends in customer behaviour, sales, products life-cycle or market...

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Has load shedding killed off the electric car in Africa?

February 17, 2015 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Two years ago, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced a 35% reimbursement on production costs over three years as an incentive for local electric car manufacturers. Thus far, only Ethiopia and South Africa have attempted to launch electric cars on...

Chris Hathaway

Are organisations missing proactive unstructured data management?

February 17, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Rampant growth in unstructured data is not a new phenomenon, however, this type of data has typically proven to be challenging to manage effectively. This challenge is only exacerbated by the risks and ultimately costs of dealing with the problem in a...

Martin Walshaw

Mobile banking and how to stay secure

February 16, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Before mobile banking becomes truly universal, banks and financial institutions must consider the balance between security and usability, says Martin Walshaw, senior engineer at F5 Networks. We live in an app world. We shop through apps, we catch up with the...

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Startups will dominate e-commerce in 2015

February 12, 2015 • Opinion, Startups, Top StoriesComments (0)

2015 will see many more new e-commerce start-ups along with continued growth and innovation by established niche players, predicts PayGate CEO, Peter Harvey. According to Harvey, “Five years ago we’d load ten start-ups onto our payment gateway for every...

Kamal Ravjee

Good server infrastructure is needed for cloud

February 11, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

With smartphone penetration in Africa growing by leaps and bounds, companies must deliver excellent mobile performance in order to grow. Business Connexion’s Sakkie Burger and Kamal Ravjee discuss why good infrastructure matters more than ever in delivering...

Warren Oliver

How much does downtime really cost your business?

February 10, 2015 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

With Load Shedding being implemented daily… Unplanned IT system downtime could be costing businesses as much as 2% of their annual profits, highlighting the urgent need to reduce recovery time and recovery point objectives. Globally, according to the...

Ayanda Dlamini

Africa must put ICT into the hands of the unskilled

February 10, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

CTs can develop skills, which in turn can develop the ICT sector, in a ‘benefit cycle’ that can propel Africa into the mainstream knowledge economy. But more effort is needed to get this wheel rolling, says Ayanda Dlamini, Business Development Manager at...

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Addressing the mobility gap in corporate security

February 10, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are some of the fastest growing trends, both locally and across the globe. From laptops and notebooks to ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets, the sheer number of mobile devices available today is driving the...

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Large-scale LTE rollout vital for uptake of cloud services

February 6, 2015 • OpinionComments (0)

One of the most exciting developments in the cloud services industry is the ability to replace premises-based corporate telephone exchange infrastructure with cloud-based telephone exchange services. Traditionally companies have had to invest in expensive...

Gartner

Gartner: “IoT to make an impact over next three years”

February 4, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

More than 40 per cent of organisations expect the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform their business or offer significant new revenue or cost-savings opportunities in the short term (over the next three years), rising to 60 per cent in the long term (more...