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Dr Andrew Hutchison, expert for intelligent networks at T-Systems in South Africa. (Image source: T-Systems SA)

SA and IT outsourcing – what to expect in the coming years

November 7, 2013 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on SA and IT outsourcing – what to expect in the coming years

With the South African IT services market expected to reach R53.3 billion by 2015, according to BMI TechKnowledge’s (BMI-T) South African IT Services Market Sizing and Forecast it is safe to say there is still considerable opportunity for IT players in their respective specialist fields, be it vendor, service provider or integrator. However, it is...

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Warren Olivier, Territory Manager at Veeam Software. (Image source: Veeam Software)

Replication, backup or both?

November 5, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Replication, backup or both?

Virtualisation has brought the cost of data centre- or machine-level replication down to the point where more organisations can afford it – but, it’s important not to assume replication can replace backups. Replication and backup achieve two different...

Mark Ridley, regional director for Africa, NetApp. (Image source: NetApp)

Preparing private cloud services with a hybrid cloud future in mind

November 5, 2013 • Enterprise, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Preparing private cloud services with a hybrid cloud future in mind

The value of hybrid cloud environments continues to grow for enterprises as services are becoming more and more refined.  While perceived risks still remain, new management tools are quickly closing the gap allowing for data and applications to be managed...

Ayanda Dlamini, Business Development Manager of LGR Telecommunications. (LGR Telecommunications)

POPI to create new roles in enterprise

November 4, 2013 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on POPI to create new roles in enterprise

The new Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) is set to create a new role for specialised compliance officers within enterprises, says Ayanda Dlamini, Business Development Manager of LGR Telecommunications. The new Protection of Personal Information...

Chris Barry, Group Manager, Customer Relationship Management, Avanade South Africa. (Image source: Avanade South Africa)

Social media and mobility can change the way we work—if they are done right

November 1, 2013 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Social media and mobility can change the way we work—if they are done right

Two interrelated trends are slowly but surely changing the way that companies operate. The first is the growing use of social media technologies to collaborate with colleagues and customers; the second is the ongoing shift to mobile devices to perform work...

Sven Hammar, CEO, Apica. (Image source: http://www.apicasystem.com/press/ )

Top 10 tips to avoid slow websites and embarrassing crashes

October 31, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Top 10 tips to avoid slow websites and embarrassing crashes

Recent public and embarrassing web site crashes of Amazon, Groupon and even Google accentuates the need to take web and mobile performance more seriously. Unresponsive web sites and mobile applications is comparable to a physical shop throwing out its...

Gary Allemann, MD at Master Data Management (image: Master Data)

Leverage big data for efficient claims processing

October 29, 2013 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Leverage big data for efficient claims processing

Short-term insurance and medical aid companies in Africa are under extreme pressure to keep up with the growing volumes of claims, with vital information embedded in faxes, emails, handwritten notes and phone calls that have pertinent information which need...

Intel's Perceptual Computing Managing Director Mark Yahiro (image: Charlie Fripp)

Perceptual computing: Is it the future?

October 28, 2013 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Perceptual computing: Is it the future?

Perceptual computing or the ability to interact with technology through the means of motion-based gestures, voice recognition or facial tracking, has found its way into a multitude of devices over the last few years. Samsung’s Galaxy series of smartphones...

Phil Lotter, CEO of Piilo Software. (Image source: Piilo Software)

Skills development enhanced by new technologies

October 25, 2013 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Skills development enhanced by new technologies

New technologies based on cloud computing and mobility are making skills development a richer and more engaging experience for both employees and employers. Skills development is enhanced by the use of multiple devices while allowing employers real-time...

Christo Briedenhann- Country Manager: Riverbed Africa

Technology investment is crucial to Online Retail Success

October 24, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Technology investment is crucial to Online Retail Success

The constant evolution of online retail – from multi-channel to omni-channel and beyond – means retailers have business-critical decisions to make on a day-to-day basis. Certainly, the opportunity for success and growth can’t be denied. Many companies...

Abe Thomas, IBM South Africa Country General Manager (image: IBM)

Local innovation will transform SA

October 24, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Local innovation will transform SA

The innovations that will successfully transform South Africa will be those that are right for the conditions and needs in the country, because innovation simply for the sake of innovation does not help the world work better. This is according to Abe Thomas,...

Ashton Steyn, CTO and Cloud Ambassador, HP Enterprise Services, South Africa. (Image source: HP Enterprise Services, SA)

Mobility beyond the device: A future view

October 22, 2013 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Mobility beyond the device: A future view

Over the past 24 months there has been a veritable tempest surrounding the rise of the cloud. From cloud-lovers to cloud-haters, the debate has rumbled back and forth on the likes of security, sovereignty and sustainability. In truth, all advancements in...

Anton Vukic, Sales Director at Phoenix Distribution (image: file)

Disinformation in the information age

October 22, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Disinformation in the information age

The Internet has opened up public access to endless research resources and information on just about anything, from anywhere and at any time. Student generations of yesterday with a thirst for knowledge scavenging endlessly through dusty archives have now...

Desan Naidoo, SAS Southern Africa Managing Director. (Image source: SAS Southern Africa)

Analytics – the modern-day story teller

October 18, 2013 • Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Analytics – the modern-day story teller

The complexity of technology and the monumental task of understanding its true value is often the biggest obstacle businesses face as they explore what the organisations need to implement to stay ahead of their competitors. Take the analytics space for...

Shane Chorley, Vox Telecom: Executive Head of Network and Operations (image: Vox)

Why not all Wi-Fis are created equal

October 17, 2013 • OpinionComments Off on Why not all Wi-Fis are created equal

Although Wi-Fi technology has become part and parcel of the average office’s connectivity, only a select few are able to distinguish a good router from the bad. Plugging a standard, off-shelf router into your office connection might provide access – but...

Ayanda Dlamini, Business Development Manager, LGR Telecommunications (image: LGR)

POPI headache looms

October 14, 2013 • Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on POPI headache looms

With the vast majority of businesses unprepared for it, the Protection of Personal Information Bill is set to cause some data management headaches for enterprises. The Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) now being signed into law, is set to...