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Is the Cloud the alpha and omega?

Is the Cloud the alpha and omega?

August 20, 2018 • Cloud Computing, OpinionComments (0)

Cloud has been punted as the panacea to virtually every digital transformation challenge, and it’s not uncommon for businesses to buy into this hype. Promises of cost reduction, improved productivity and automatic efficiency are attractive, adding to cloud’s appeal. While it’s true that the cloud certainly can accelerate digital...

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Internet of Things explained for the CFO in six short words

Internet of Things explained for the CFO in six short words

August 20, 2018 • OpinionComments (0)

When you boil it right down, the primary responsibility of the corporate Chief Financial Officer comes down to a few short words. “Allocate resources well, reduce waste and manage risk”. For CFOs and the finance leadership in organisations, someone...

Five CIO strategies to combat growing IT complexity

Five CIO strategies to combat growing IT complexity

August 20, 2018 • General, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

The future has never looked more complex. IT leaders are asked not only to deliver IT services, but also to improve business outcomes. According to the 2018 IPSOS research study commissioned by Citrix, currently 51% of South African businesses have moved to...

Cloud computing – embrace the trend, but know the risks

Cloud computing – embrace the trend, but know the risks

August 20, 2018 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

The recent improvements in computer networking technology coupled with highly efficient storage mechanisms have led to the rise of high-speed connectivity and given organisations and individuals the ability to move large amounts of data / information over the...

Accounting 3.0: Adapt to grow – the changing role of the accountant

Accounting 3.0: Adapt to grow – the changing role of the accountant

August 19, 2018 • Finance, OpinionComments (0)

Jennifer Warawa, EVP of Partners, Accountants & Alliances at Sage, discusses the evolution of accountants from number-crunchers and tax-filers to drivers of business success Businesses today want more from their accountants. Business strategy, growth...

Navigating the complexity of Oracle Cloud migrations

Navigating the complexity of Oracle Cloud migrations

August 18, 2018 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

One of today’s biggest boardroom frustrations goes something like this: ‘we have all this data about our customers and our business, but we can’t seem to get it into a usable structure… we just can’t seem to draw out valuable insights’ Many IT...

Black Hat: Protecting Industrial Control System

Black Hat: Protecting Industrial Control System

August 17, 2018 • Opinion, Security, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Industrial Control System (ICS) security was ramped up at Black Hat USA – with packed sessions ranging from specific attacks to vulnerable hardware – all with the aim of protecting critical infrastructure, whose security shortcomings so frequently hit the...

The importance of GDPR compliance for Nigerian businesses

The importance of GDPR compliance for Nigerian businesses

August 16, 2018 • Opinion, Security, West AfricaComments (0)

The deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come and gone. And while it happened without too much fanfare in Nigeria, companies that think they can ignore the legislation and maintain a business as usual approach are in...

Daan Du Toit, MD of Mark1

Most users won’t mind ads, if they are relevant, timely and of good quality

August 16, 2018 • OpinionComments (0)

A few years ago, it was hard to get through a meeting without someone throwing the term: “big data” around. Today, we all still cringe when we hear that phrase, and the most annoying part is that those who talk about big data, usually don’t...

Five ways that blockchain will change the face of insurance

Five ways blockchain will change the face of insurance

August 16, 2018 • General, OpinionComments (0)

Distributed ledger (or ‘blockchain’) technology, has risen to prominence in recent years as the underlying architecture supporting crypto-currencies like bitcoin. However, beyond the bitcoin craze, technologists and business leaders quickly saw...

Nelson Camara, marketing at SilverBridge Holdings

Customer engagement through gamification

August 16, 2018 • Internet of Things, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Gamification provides insurers with an ideal platform to enhance customer engagement. With apps like MEGA MEDS, that turns medicine management into a fun experience, and the likes of the Discovery Insure Driving Challenge, that rewards customers who are good...

Data-driven excellence in customer service

Data-driven excellence in customer service

August 16, 2018 • General, OpinionComments (0)

Customer service in the financial sector is especially complex, since interactions may involve multiple channels including voice, email, SMS, chat and via websites, all of which must operate according to strict compliance rules and regulations and within the...

Hyperscaling Africa’s ability to digitally transform through the power of the data centre

Hyperscaling Africa’s ability to digitally transform through the power of the data centre

August 15, 2018 • Big Data, General, OpinionComments (0)

Digital transformation is reshaping every industry and sector, because of agile technologies like software defined data centres. Companies are moving their workloads into the cloud due to aging infrastructure and escalating costs, with many of these cloud...

Connecting Citizens: The building blocks required for a bright digital future

Connecting Citizens: The building blocks required for a bright digital future

August 14, 2018 • Internet of Things, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Connecting citizens enables the public sector to communicate effectively with the population, pre-empting certain events and making sure citizens are notified of critical information. But the opportunity goes further than just being able to send and receive...

Five key trends transforming global payroll management

Five key trends transforming global payroll management

August 13, 2018 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Expanding a business into new territories is no easy feat. There are numerous challenges to navigate such as language, culture and legislative requirements. Recruitment can also be a complex job to ensure the right mix of local hires and expat employees sent...

What does digital transformation mean for South African business?

What does digital transformation mean for South African business?

August 13, 2018 • General, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

The business landscape is changing, it’s no secret. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun to shift the business landscape, and the challenges faced by businesses increase at the same pace as their competition. The barriers to entry for many...