Ashish Joshi

Connected homes offer new opportunities for service providers

October 2, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Home networking has grown exponentially in the past few years, fuelled by the ever-increasing availability of broadband Internet and smart mobile devices such as phones and tablets. As a result, we are now seeing the emergence of a plethora of ‘smart’ connected consumer electronics. Everything from appliances to climate control to security is becoming...

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Your personal information may not be as private as you think

October 1, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

You’re watching your son play a school soccer match. Your camera is ready when he scores the winning goal, taking his team to victory. You’re so proud; you can’t wait to share the news. Along with the picture, you write: “The goal that made Sunny...


Is technology transforming us into better people?

October 1, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

It’s a busy Friday night in October 2000. A time before budget airlines, mobile apps, smartphones and the Gautrain. I’m rushing to Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) for a flight to Cape Town. With no GPS or real-time traffic information to rely on,...


Working the cloud: Ensuring app performance beyond the data centre era

September 29, 2015 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to previous research by Gartner, 75% of enterprises expect to have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017, with organisations typically using an average of 545 cloud services each. With numbers such as these, it’s clear that the cloud is a...

Warren Olivier

Testing to mitigate the risk when disaster strikes

September 28, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

South African-based companies know the impact that external factors can have on data centres all too well. Whether it be man-made such as load shedding or forces of nature like the frequent Highveld thunder storms, companies can never take their business...

Gareth Donald

Going entirely virtual is breaking new ground for efficiency

September 23, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

With the trend towards more environmentally conscious businesses, the increased efficiency delivered through virtualisation means IT services are automatically delivered in a greener way. That’s because a natural side-effect of improved efficiency is...

Test Environments

Key factors for successfully managing test environments

September 23, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Testing teams today are challenged with unstable, fragmented environments due to fast changing business needs, and the majority of testers’ time is wasted on fixing environmental issues. In order to provide the necessary glitch-free, standardised test...

Scott McGowan

The role of digitisation in propelling mining firms into a new era

September 23, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mining firms today are facing a barrage of challenges that only a concerted focus on digitisation can address. Across the broad range of ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, commodity prices remain subdued and are unlikely to enter any new growth cycles...

Mongezi Tshongweni

Concern raised over Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill in SA

September 22, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

The draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill currently out for public comment is timeous in that it proposes legislation that will bring South Africa in line with international laws governing internet-based crimes. However, the Bill is excessively...

Lagos Nigeria

Taking a closer look at Nigeria’s connectivity evolution

September 21, 2015 • Opinion, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Recent research from the World Bank identified broadband and connectivity as key drivers for economic growth. Therefore, it is not surprising to see many countries and governments around the world investing significantly in their communication...


Why Deep Dives into SA’s townships could change FinTech innovation

September 18, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The marked increase in activity around the disruption of digital currency and fintech in South Africa is partly due to two factors: firstly, large banking is waking up to the fact that more nimble and versatile finance platforms will soon start eating into...


DDoS extortion attacks – a new threat to look out for

September 16, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

It is a testament to the sustained evolution of the cybersecurity landscape that we are still regularly seeing the emergence of new threats. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and ransomware are both well-established methods of cyber-attack, but we...


Breaking the Kill Chain: Protecting against the known and the unknown

September 11, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Data theft is big business. More than 1.3 billion records have been exposed in the last two years. The threat evolution is faster than ever– we are, on average, discovering more new threats every day than identifying already known malware. Today’s most...

Manpower SA Managing Director, Lyndy van den Barselaar.

What does it take to succeed in IT?

September 11, 2015 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

In terms of potential for excitement and career advancement, few industries hold as much promise as the IT industry. With the millions being invested in the industry every day, the change is so rapid that those who live on the cutting edge have no idea what...

Toni Pellegrino SA

Can small cells meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services?

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

Be it developed telecom market or developing one, Small cells offer a cost-effective way to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services, complementing conventional macro capacity. However, operators need to set the right strategy to ensure they are...

Ben Maddison

Game changing in the African Ethernet space

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

In many ways, Africa can be seen as the Wild West of network services, though not so much an outpost as a boomtown. Large global operators have woken up to the fact that this continent is the last remaining growth market for pure network services and are...