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Mobile app model takes mobile retail mainstream

July 31, 2012 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on Mobile app model takes mobile retail mainstream

For more than a decade, mobile retail occupied a very narrow, highly profitable but insignificant niche involving small-ticket items like ringtones and wallpaper. Unstructured and fragmented, the industry doddered around in extended infancy, suffering reputational challenges along the way due to the unscrupulous practices of some merchants who largely...

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58% of children globally have had a negative online experience

July 28, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on 58% of children globally have had a negative online experience

‘Back in the day’ when you were a child, can you remember being exposed to unlimited amounts of pornography, bullies or content inappropriate for your age? The answer will more than likely be ‘no’, unless it was from a adult magazine, within peer...

The rise and obstacles of BYOD

July 26, 2012 • OpinionComments (2)

South African companies are becoming increasingly open to using mobile technologies to empower worker mobility and support work-from-home scenarios; and whether it is by design or default, employees’ personal mobile devices are proliferating enterprises at...

How RIM’s ‘slow motion car crash’ will impact SA Blackberry users

July 25, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on How RIM’s ‘slow motion car crash’ will impact SA Blackberry users

Research in Motion (RIM), the producers of BlackBerry, recently delayed the launch of its latest BlackBerry 10 operating system, deemed to be critical to the ailing company’s survival.  This follows the poor execution and uptake of the BlackBerry PlayBook,...

Wi-Fi, cell phones could spell the end of debit & credit cards says Deloitte

July 25, 2012 • OpinionComments (1)

‘Near field communications‘- the ability to carry out everyday banking transactions with a simple ‘swipe’ of a cell phone- will be the next major step in the evolution of financial services and the banking systems as increasing convergence of...

Data management and data cleansing – it is not about the data

July 24, 2012 • OpinionComments (3)

We meet with many IT teams that are trying to establish a data quality culture within their organisations. In most cases they share a common concern with us: “The business people aren’t interested in solving data problems!” “We don’t get buy-in from...

UC projects fail when they do not heed cultural impact

July 24, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on UC projects fail when they do not heed cultural impact

Unified Communications (UC) is changing the way organisations operate because employees tend to be more available, productive and effective when empowered with UC tools. But a report published in July from analyst firm Canalys points out that many UC...

On-premise PBX vs cloud-based solutions – which is right for you?

July 23, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on On-premise PBX vs cloud-based solutions – which is right for you?

While a cloud-based (hosted) PBX might make sense for most companies, others will benefit from an on-site solution. A major deciding factor is the level of control you need or want over administrative functions like configuration and upgrades – but in such...

3 Tech Trends that are taking businesses to the next level

July 23, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on 3 Tech Trends that are taking businesses to the next level

“There can be no doubt that businesses have to employ technology if they hope to compete,” says Rob Lith, Director of Connection Telecom. “When it comes to investing in cloud computing and virtualization, the return on investment may very well be the...

BPO growth could lead to better times for SA’s unemployed

July 20, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on BPO growth could lead to better times for SA’s unemployed

Few industries within the current market demonstrate the level of growth that the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry does – and this is significant in terms of domestic efforts to create jobs. This is according to Kobus van der Westhuizen, Senior...

The business case for cloud computing

July 19, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on The business case for cloud computing

Cloud computing has generated significant hype in Africa. But with IT vendors pushing the technology case, few companies have taken the time to look at the value it can offer from a business perspective, says Frank Rizzo, partner in Advisory at KPMG. “With...

Rise in employees working from home a risk to company info

July 19, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on Rise in employees working from home a risk to company info

Nearly half of South African workers now work from home or a third place (neither home nor office). As a result, it is becoming increasingly critical for businesses to incorporate effective data protection and storage solutions as an increasingly mobile...

Empowered by technology, SMEs can now go toe-to-toe with big business

July 16, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on Empowered by technology, SMEs can now go toe-to-toe with big business

There was a time when small-to-medium sized organisations had to make do with whatever they had to even stand a chance of survival. Not too long ago, the issue of technology procurement and application in SMEs or SMBs was shrouded in frustration and...

BYOD: The Y2K of Networking?

July 10, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on BYOD: The Y2K of Networking?

Since the big marketing scam of Y2K, nothing seems to have caused a bigger commotion in computer networking than Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), says Ruckus Wireless. “BYOD is scary, and scary sells products,” says Michael Fletcher, Sales Director for...

SA’s commercial interest in Africa lagging behind that of China

July 9, 2012 • OpinionComments Off on SA’s commercial interest in Africa lagging behind that of China

For too long, Africa has been at the centre of negative publicity, partly promoted by foreign biased media reports and Afro-pessimists, scaring away potential investors and hampering its development. But that seems to be in the past, as European, US and...

Big Data – what’s the big deal and why is data quality so important?

July 9, 2012 • OpinionComments (1)

In today’s world volumes of data are rapidly expanding and the nature of this data is more varied and complex than ever before. While this concept of Big Data brings with it numerous possibilities and insights for organisations, it also brings many...