Greg Pritchett, Managing Director at Marval Group UK.

Man vs Machine: Kasparov’s Legacy

June 23, 2017 • General, Internet of Things, OpinionComments (0)

In May 1997, chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov was defeated by IBM’s Deep Blue in a riveting game that triggered discussions pertaining to the battle “Man vs Machine”. Exactly 20 years later, machines have firmly established a place in our world and dominate our lives at work and at home, collecting and exchanging information about the [&hellip...

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Keith Fenner, Vice-President, Sage Enterprise Africa & Middle East (Image: Softline Accpac)

Machine learning is here. How switched on are you?

June 22, 2017 • General, Opinion, SoftwareComments (0)

Machine learning, which used to be something only computer scientists in server rooms discussed, has become a hot topic, along with big data and artificial intelligence (AI). Machines develop algorithms that allow them to make predictions, such as the shows...

Frans Labuschagne, Country Manager UK & Ireland.

Don’t confuse biometrics with strong authentication

June 22, 2017 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

As our world becomes more digitalised, the information we want to keep private is increasingly at risk – and yet no-one wants that information protected by cumbersome security measures which do not fit in with our pace of living. As such, the stage seems to...

Moving to the Cloud gives us the perfect opportunity to declutter our data.

SA Government’s Cloud pledge

June 22, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Government’s recent announcement to decisively embrace Microsoft’s Cloud Productivity (Office 365) tools will have a very positive impact on service delivery and governance. Last week, the CEO of the State IT Agency (SITA), Dr Setumo Mohapi, confirmed a...

Richard Mullins, director at Acceleration Middle East & Africa.

Unlocking big data’s benefits with data visualisation

June 21, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments (0)

As every marketer knows, we have more data about our customers and how they interact with our brands at our fingertips than ever before. We have a deluge of real-time data flooding business, from a wide range of systems and sources—internal CRM databases,...

Ian Summerfield, Manager of Services Portfolio at Jasco Enterprise

Extend the life of your IT equipment and keep upgrade options open in a volatile economic environment

June 21, 2017 • General, Hardware, OpinionComments (0)

The current climate of economic uncertainty and a highly volatile exchange rate is challenging for business for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that it exacerbates the existing problem of overstretched IT budgets. Since the vast majority of...

Gustav Piater, Sales & Marketing Director, AIGS.

BI- It’s Not What You Buy, But What You Do

June 21, 2017 • General, OpinionComments (0)

For years, one of the biggest gripes in organisations has been the stubbornly low user adoption of Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, averaging 10% – 20% in most companies. Increasing user adoption To try and fix the low user adoption, we put...

Claude Schuck, regional manager at Veeam Africa.

Managing the value of data

June 20, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

  The value of data is something that has progressed from a technology discussion into a business imperative. No organisation can survive in the always-on environment without having access to data. Fortunately, better business resilience is to be had by...

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of South African bank respondents agree that AI will revolutionise the way they gain information and interact with customers.

Why bots? Less admin, more time for creative work

June 20, 2017 • General, Opinion, SoftwareComments (0)

Businesses shouldn’t be developing bots and artificial intelligence solutions just because they’re trendy, or because they think they can replace their employees. Smart businesses will use these technologies to free employees from mundane business...

Kevin Tucker, CEO of PriceCheck.

What it takes to lead the e-commerce industry

June 19, 2017 • Online & Social, Opinion, Retail, Southern AfricaComments (0)

For organisations operating in the digital era – in which consumers are always connected, on the go, and looking for quicker and easier ways to get things done – standing out as a leader and innovator is harder than ever. To be a leader in the...

Remi de-Fouchier, VP Marketing Communications at Gemalto

Reaching the mobile tipping point

June 19, 2017 • General, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, OpinionComments (0)

Our lives have become, in many ways, a ‘mobile experience’. We’ve become inseparable from, dependent on and emotionally attached to our devices to the extent that we feel lost without them. Whether for social media, banking, business tasks, buying and...

Andre Muzerie, Oracle Business Practice Head Wipro Africa, Wipro Limited.

How to use technology in the retail sector

June 19, 2017 • Opinion, RetailComments (0)

    We’re talking about the future potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented reality, and automated drone delivery. We’re talking about beacons and smart mirrors and geolocation services. But really, the retail technology conversation...

Mark McCallum, CIO, Orange Business Services

Online shopping trends in 2017

June 18, 2017 • Online & Social, Opinion, RetailComments (0)

Rapidly evolving technologies, changing demographics, and consumer preferences have created a change in the consumer product industry. With a growing shift in retail industry trends, driven by technology and access to the Internet, consumers are now accessing...

Gary Allemann, MD at Master Data Management.

Is bad data wasting your money?

June 17, 2017 • General, OpinionComments (0)

Procurement departments are typically faced with the task of negotiating the most cost effective contracts from suppliers, including bulk discounts that can often result in significant savings. Obtaining these bulk discounts requires that contracts be...

Maricelle Boshoff, Operations Manager at HansaWorld South Africa.

Opinion: Cloud Control

June 16, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

The City of Cape Town’s decision to introduce flexible hours to combat heavy traffic has cast a spotlight on existing business inefficiencies, and highlighted the need for enterprises to find alternative logistical solutions in the cloud. Thanks to legacy...

Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor: SAP Africa.

Is your business ready for the day everything has a sensor?

June 16, 2017 • General, Internet of Things, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

  Image result for tech sensor One day in the very near future, we will wonder how we ever survived in a world full of ‘stupid’ devices. From washing machines to lights to thermostats, soon our homes will be full of sensors connected to a...