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 World!’ report reveals that emerging markets offer the highest growth potential for the eCommerce ...

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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...

Jayson O'Reilly

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....

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Wi-Fi eases transition to high data consumption

September 30, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

With LTE (4G) cellular gaining momentum and operators starting to push entry-level smartphones across Africa, consumers across the continent are in a great position to benefit from the connected world. However, what does the increase in data demand mean for...

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

Web exploits threaten businesses

September 30, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

The Web is still the greatest attack surface and largest entry point for malicious code. These attacks usually happen via drive-by downloads, which see malware being downloaded and executed without the user even realising. “These threats make use of...

David Jacobson

IT: Welcome to the Disruptive Era

September 29, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Few could argue that IT is undergoing massive change. More so, than perhaps any other sector or industry – and those that are changing, are being pushed to do so by game-changing technology. New innovations, tools and platforms have disrupted the status...

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Anti-virus software is just not enough anymore

September 29, 2014 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Today’s society, globally and African-based, is always on, always connected – from PCs and notebooks to tablets, smartphones and even smart televisions and other devices – we have become used to accessing the Internet at will, wherever we are. While...

Framework One.

SA devs ready to compete with best on global stage

September 24, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

“South African tech companies have all the skills and experience to hold their own against the best on the international stage. Traditionally we have been held back by a pervasive mindset that we simply don’t match up to the global players. However, this...

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Growth of cloud in SA fuels the need for appropriate storage

September 22, 2014 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Massive data growth and an increasing trend toward virtualisation technology are having a profound impact on the modern organisation. The data centre, as well as cloud services and solutions both public and private, are becoming increasingly important to the...