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The mashup of stuff

March 6, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on The mashup of stuff

I was recently asked by a friend about what was happening at work and specifically the IT industry. I normally respond to such requests with purpose and no hesitation. But this time he got me, because there I was trying to figure out what to say. Not that I did not have anything to say, [&hellip...

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BYOD poses serious risks to IT security

March 4, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on BYOD poses serious risks to IT security

The always on, always connected, productivity-on-the-go trend of allowing smartphone and tablet toting employees to take their own devices to work (known as BYOD, or “bring your own device”) and to plug it into the company network is growing in popularity...

Unlicensed software costs SA business over R5 million in 2012

March 1, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Unlicensed software costs SA business over R5 million in 2012

Companies throughout South Africa continue to act negligently when it comes to software licensing.  This follows on the heels of the rising figures released by BSA | The Software Alliance which reveal that unlicensed software has cost South African business...

Taking your small business social

February 28, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Taking your small business social

Social media has provided small businesses with the opportunity to market their brands on a big scale at a fraction of the cost. This said, in order for social media to work to your advantage, you need to understand the various platforms and know how to use...

Mobile operator data revenues to overtake voice by 2018

February 26, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Mobile operator data revenues to overtake voice by 2018

The GSMA has announced that mobile operator data revenues will overtake voice revenues globally by 2018 as we move towards a fully connected world. The mobile data explosion is being driven by a surge in demand for connected devices and machine-to-machine...

Tackling the security challenges of BYOD for the SMB

February 25, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Tackling the security challenges of BYOD for the SMB

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend has gained traction both within the corporate and Small to Medium Business (SMB) space. It offers a number of benefits for the smaller organisation. However, the BYOD trend also presents a number of challenges, chiefly...

The real Africa is not English, nor French, nor Portuguese

February 22, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on The real Africa is not English, nor French, nor Portuguese

As more and more companies line up to enter Africa, the world’s second most populous continent with a rising middle class of more than 300 million, companies with language localisation strategies will enjoy early-mover advantage. Why local language is...

How SMBs can benefit from business intelligence

February 20, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on How SMBs can benefit from business intelligence

Whenever they hear the term “business intelligence” (BI), owners of small-to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) might be under the wrongful impression that it is a solution meant to be implemented only by major corporations and large enterprises with...

Cloud-based collaboration: a breath of fresh air for SMBS

February 18, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Cloud-based collaboration: a breath of fresh air for SMBS

Simple things like email, that we tend to take for granted, are critical to the successful running of a small to midsized business – and cloud-based mail and collaboration solutions are the way to go for companies looking to save money and communicate...

The ‘2013 Big Data’ Trend – will it last?

February 12, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on The ‘2013 Big Data’ Trend – will it last?

No matter what industry you are involved in, the chances that you have heard about the concept of ‘Big Data’ as a ‘Big’ trend for 2013, are quite high. In fact, the IDC is predicting that the Big Data market will grow at a rate of 31.7% until it...

Symantec survey reveals rogue clouds, hidden costs for SA enterprises

February 11, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Symantec survey reveals rogue clouds, hidden costs for SA enterprises

Organisations are widely migrating to the cloud to gain competitive advantages around speed, agility and flexibility according to Symantec Corp’s recent Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud 2013 Survey. In fact, in South Africa nine out of ten enterprise...

Building long-term cloud cover

February 8, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Building long-term cloud cover

For a number of years now, the cloud has been the buzzword in the contact centre industry. Research suggests that a large number of local companies are starting to shift their operations into this virtual environment, citing cost saving and increased...

Is ‘cost efficiency’ actually costing your organisation money?

February 7, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Is ‘cost efficiency’ actually costing your organisation money?

In the current economic climate, many organisations are driven to cut costs, save money and improve cost efficiency across the board. One area that is typically under scrutiny is IT. As a result, organisations are scaling back on areas such as software,...

2013 and the Emerging Market potential

February 6, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on 2013 and the Emerging Market potential

It’s no secret that emerging markets are becoming integral participants of the global economy. In fact, the rapid growth in these markets is pushing businesses towards adapting and creating products and service offerings to cater for such markets – across...

Server Load balancing the value for Africa

February 6, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Server Load balancing the value for Africa

Server load balancing has traditionally been seen in the context of a ‘large enterprise issue’, one that was expensive and out of reach for SMEs. However, industry experts suggest that application within targeted, growing markets – including Africa,...

End-to-end ICT is vital for growth in Africa

February 4, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on End-to-end ICT is vital for growth in Africa

Information Communication Technology (ICT) opens up a huge range of potential in the business environment, delivering integrated solutions that actively enable the modern business. Previously disparate tools such as voice, mobility, video, broadcasting and...