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Infrastructure & connectivity key to Africa’s smart cities

August 11, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Infrastructure & connectivity key to Africa’s smart cities

Globally, the pressure is on for cities to become ‘smart’. There is a strong need to invest in information communication technology (ICT) and socio-economic development, while still effectively managing budgets and scarce natural resources. All of this, with the intention to provide quality working and living conditions for citizens. The essence...

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IBM: The end of the road for traditional media?

August 11, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on IBM: The end of the road for traditional media?

Traditional media and entertainment players may be entering crisis mode as digital channels erode their advertising revenue, bloggers and social media divert their audiences and the rising cost of content generation puts them at a disadvantage in an age of...

The blueprint for BYOD success

August 8, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on The blueprint for BYOD success

Just like mobile analytics, big data, the internet, and social networks changed the way companies do business, so the adoption of mobile devices has become a catalyst for change in corporations and small- to medium-enterprises (SMEs). Smartphones and tablets...

Anton Jacobsz, Security, Software, Threats, Business, data security,WiFi, Network, Compliance, Risks, Africa, Support,

Multi-layer security: The new weapon against social media attacks

August 8, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Multi-layer security: The new weapon against social media attacks

Enterprises around the world are rapidly seeing the business benefits of social media. In fact, social media is becoming indispensable for business. It allows businesses to reach new and existing markets and customise and expand their strategic...

Gartner: Gamification is a vital tool in the Digital Business

August 6, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Gartner: Gamification is a vital tool in the Digital Business

Gamification can be a powerful tool for engagement in the digital business, according to Gartner. “While people have used badges and points as motivational tools for hundreds of years, gamification can shift this motivation to a digital environment,...

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Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers – fact or fad?

July 31, 2014 • OpinionComments Off on Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers – fact or fad?

When a new job title is created and introduced to an organisation, the immediate response is typically a combination of apprehension, confusion and sometimes rejection. It’s not unusual for people to scrutinise the role, question the business need and worry...

Solving the VDI deployment nightmare

July 29, 2014 • OpinionComments Off on Solving the VDI deployment nightmare

Back in 2009, Gartner predicted there would be 49 million VDI users by the end of 2013. From what we’ve noticed at Tintri, VDI deployments are constantly on the rise as more customers recognise the advantages of VDI every day. The advantages of VDI are...

Geospatial data – retailers’ little-known competitive advantage

July 28, 2014 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on Geospatial data – retailers’ little-known competitive advantage

There’s an old axiom that suggests you should always be aware of your surroundings. It’s good advice that can be applied to every aspect of your life – including your business. Let’s say you have the opportunity to open up a coffee shop in a brand new...

Get help with Rising DDoS threats

July 28, 2014 • Opinion, SecurityComments Off on Get help with Rising DDoS threats

The number of cyber threats are growing, but most enterprises still feel unprepared to deal with them. The answer lies in expert assistance and formalised plans, says Networks Unlimited. Anton Jacobsz, Managing Director of Arbor Networks distributor Networks...

The Firewall is turning 25, but has it grown up?

July 24, 2014 • OpinionComments Off on The Firewall is turning 25, but has it grown up?

When I turned 25, I saw this as a pretty big milestone in my life. At 25 years old, I felt like a true adult – I was now all grown up. I was educated, employed, experienced and stable. But when I look back, the journey from childhood to adulthood was really...

Innovation Drives Development: SA must develop & manufacture PCs

July 23, 2014 • Hardware, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Innovation Drives Development: SA must develop & manufacture PCs

South Africa is a great opportunity for growth and for a scientist to have a tangible impact on society. This is some of the reasons that have brought Australian-born particle physicist, Associate Professor Bruce Mellado, to South Africa and to the School of...

How cloud can power entrepreneurship in Africa

July 22, 2014 • Enterprise, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on How cloud can power entrepreneurship in Africa

Taken as a whole, the African continent is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Averaging 5% growth each year, Africa’s economy has become more market-oriented, with a rapidly growing private sector. But if it is going to continue on this...

POPI should prompt mobile security rethink for SA

July 22, 2014 • OpinionComments Off on POPI should prompt mobile security rethink for SA

Over the past three decades legislatures, across the world, have been trying to update their legal systems in order to address growing concerns around how our private information is being used once handed over to companies… in both the public and...

Gartner: Communications technologies will drive IT growth in Africa

July 17, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Gartner: Communications technologies will drive IT growth in Africa

Communications technologies will catalyse growth across all IT markets in Africa in the next 3 to 5 years, according to Gartner, Inc. “Better bandwidth capacity and quality of service are the prerequisites for growth in a number of other areas – and...

The hidden benefits of managed services

July 16, 2014 • OpinionComments Off on The hidden benefits of managed services

Customers are increasingly demanding rapid, excellent service from an organisation’s contact centre – and rightfully so. However, as contact centre managers look to add more communication channels, more capacity, and improve the service to customers, the...

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Is VUCA the answer to a rapidly changing global market?

July 16, 2014 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Is VUCA the answer to a rapidly changing global market?

Military history, strategy and tactics have often been used by businesses around the world when planning on how to innovate, keep pace with or beat the competition and prosper in an increasingly challenging economic climate. According to Simon Carpenter,...