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Can lean technology benefit the African business?

August 24, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Businesses will not survive, if they don’t start adopting a lean mindset (start small, fail fast if you will). Economic conditions, customer needs and a lack of financial resources are forcing businesses to operate more efficiently and to engage customers more effectively. Business survival hinges on the ability to change, to become lean and agile...

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How the SA public sector can make the most of big data

August 24, 2016 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Now that the dust around the local elections has settled, the spotlight will be on the various municipalities to prove that they are worthy of the public’s votes.  Enhanced service delivery will no doubt be top-of-mind for all South Africans. One of the...

Mteto Nyati

Mteto Nyati wants more focus placed on boosting women in IT

August 24, 2016 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

South Africa’s ICT sector has made great strides in changing its gender demographics over the past decade, but more work needs to be done to support women’s progress in this sector, says MTN South Africa Chief Executive Officer Mteto Nyati. Speaking ahead...

Data Management

Data quality is critical for accurate billing and optimal revenue collection

August 23, 2016 • OpinionComments (0)

The ability to collect payments is the cornerstone of any successful business. However, studies indicate that organisations may lose as much as six percent of their potential revenue because of discrepancies between selling and payment collection. Billing...

Apps for business

Apps are essential for true digital transformation

August 23, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

An organisation’s applications are the glue that makes digital transformation possible. Without an optimised, next-generation application landscape, firms will find it very difficult to compete in modern digital ecosystems, or capitalise on the advantages...

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Big Data is watching you – It’s time to embrace the benefits

August 18, 2016 • Big Data, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Consumers are getting wise to brand activities – but it’s not as simple as they may assume. After several unsolicited calls in the course of a couple of days, people start to wonder which of the brands they have dealt with has sold their details on as a...

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Carrier neutral data centres – The key to unlocking SA’s connectivity potential?

August 18, 2016 • Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

Recently, the telecommunications industry has seen a sweeping growth in data traffic on a global scale, attributable to the smartphone boom that has taken place over the last few years. This massive growth has resulted in an increasing demand for sufficient...

Apps for business

The age of the app: How small business owners can earn time

August 18, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) provide enormous value to South Africa’s economic growth and development. Their financial contribution to GDP (estimated at 52%) and job creation is crucial to help overcome the country’s staggering unemployment rate of...

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What are the “things” in the Internet of Things?

August 17, 2016 • Gadgets and Gaming, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

User-based devices that communicate, consume content, and create and publish content for other people to utilise have dominated our current version of the Internet. The developing Internet of Things (IoT) is about to change that. While it will include the...

Tech Education

Africa’s youth need to become techpreneurs

August 17, 2016 • East Africa, Education, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Africa’s youth need to move from being technologists to techpreneurs, fintechonlogist to fintechpreneurs, thereby releasing the true value of Africa’s communities, businesses and people. This was the message from Khonology to more than 3000 youths who...

Apps for business

How apps can boost small African business profits and productivity

August 16, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), labour productivity in South Africa has trended downwards since 2011 – and, in the 47 years between 1967 and 2014, it’s declined by 41%. While this is concerning, it hasn’t...

Allen Mitchell

Balancing agility and increased complexity for effective data management in the cloud

August 16, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ask any CIO today what their primary motivations are behind a move to the cloud, and increased agility is frequently in the top three. While cost savings still drive a significant proportion of cloud adoption, the flexibility to respond quickly and...

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Building a digital culture to differentiate your organisation

August 11, 2016 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Building a digital culture to differentiate your organisation

Organisations are today routinely investing in digital to enhance the customer experience. However, to be truly digital on the outside, organisations need to first be digital on the inside. Maintaining innovation and differentiation in an increasingly...

Social Media

Social media could help political parties avoid unpleasant surprises

August 8, 2016 • Online & Social, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Social media could help political parties avoid unpleasant surprises

This was an election fought as much at the ballot box as through social media…and a result the ANC, and other parties, should have seen coming had they paid closer attention to the lively conversation out there in the digital space. Final results showed a...

Manpower SA Managing Director, Lyndy van den Barselaar.

Gender diversity critical to sustaining business performance

August 5, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Gender diversity critical to sustaining business performance

While the issue of gender diversity in business is nothing new, the nature of the modern business environment has made this issue all the more important. In the run up to Women’s Month, I feel it is important to look more closely at the benefits that gender...

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The Evolution and Revolution of Business Networks in Africa

July 29, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on The Evolution and Revolution of Business Networks in Africa

Trade is in Africa’s blood. Its rich resources, numerous societies and access to the world have created a hotbed of trade civilisations. One could go back millennia to the early kingdoms around the continental horn – the forefathers and peers of the...