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Business Trends – Africa in the Equation

August 29, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Business Trends – Africa in the Equation

Trends are powerful. They are just like sea waves. If you swim in the same direction as the waves, you will get ashore quickly and with minimal effort. If you swim against the waves…. well, I will leave that to your imagination. Several years ago when the information age took off, those that saw the [&hellip...

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Avoiding Disaster in a Software Outsource Relationship

August 26, 2011 • Opinion, SoftwareComments Off on Avoiding Disaster in a Software Outsource Relationship

We often hear horror stories about companies appointing a software partner and, many millions of rands later, deadlines are missed and excuses are made for non-delivery. I have personally seen it happen with companies that have invested in good business...

The great software decision: build or buy?

August 25, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on The great software decision: build or buy?

“There are some kinds of software you just buy: word processors, email clients and anti-virus packages are obvious examples. But when it comes to software that serves more specialized needs in the organisation, like financial systems, many people wonder if...

Top 10 Tips for ICT Entrepreneurs

August 24, 2011 • Lists, OpinionComments Off on Top 10 Tips for ICT Entrepreneurs

There are ten core principles that differentiate good entrepreneurs from great ones, says Sandra Swanepoel, a Director of Softline VIP Payroll. “It is important to nurture an entrepreneural spirit within an organisation and to empower the business to...

Secure your business against Internet outages

August 24, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Secure your business against Internet outages

How badly would your business be affected if your Internet connection went down for a week? Five or ten years ago, the answer might have been “not that badly”; it would be annoying to lose email, but you’d have been able to cope by reverting to faxes or...

Cloud computing gains traction in SA

August 22, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Cloud computing gains traction in SA

Cloud computing is gaining ground in South Africa for a number of reasons. This includes vastly improved bandwidth capability, both in terms of quantity and quality, greater affordability of bandwidth and improved security technology that addresses many of...

Cloud telephony extends VOIP benefits

August 22, 2011 • OpinionComments (1)

“In recent years, voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) has proved itself a stable, quality successor to ‘dumb’ telephone systems, a technology that not only saves costs but also improves efficiency and enhances business processes,” says David Meintjes,...

Business Process Management within South African Context

August 19, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Business Process Management within South African Context

What are businesses failing to address from a technological and process maturity point of view, asks Rachel Stevenson, Business Process Management Lead at Ovations Group. Although the concept of business process management through a corporate lens is not a...

How to add intelligence to power management solutions

August 19, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on How to add intelligence to power management solutions

The importance of power management and backup solutions for South African businesses cannot be argued. After all, even though we have seemingly moved past the infamous load-shedding incidents of 2008 our power remains notoriously unstable, with spikes, surges...

Beware of Cybercriminals

August 18, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Beware of Cybercriminals

Today, we live in a connected world with complex security challenges. Technological innovations are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, play, share information and communicate with each other. Employees around the globe are now using business...

The Changing Role of CIOs

August 18, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on The Changing Role of CIOs

Emmanuel Obadia, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Products, Sage ERP X3 says the traditional role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) has changed quite dramatically in the past few years. The CIO position has swiftly escalated to one that is...

Facebook can raise your company’s profile

August 18, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Facebook can raise your company’s profile

Practically all companies, brands, products and personalities can benefit from a fan page or Facebook promotions that furthers their cause (commercial or non-profit) or raises their profile. The good news is that setting up a basic foundational Facebook page...

Outsourcing is the first step towards IT services

August 17, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Outsourcing is the first step towards IT services

Cloud computing is the IT buzz phrase of the moment and if one cuts through the profusion of definitions of what Cloud computing actually is, it boils down to IT as a utility – a pay per use approach akin to other utilities such as electricity and...

Is online networking valuable for your business?

August 16, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Is online networking valuable for your business?

With the grand-scale eruption of online social networking sites, forums and blogs – buoyed by the plethora of smaller, faster and smarter enabled-devices – anyone who is anyone nowadays can probably count on one hand their acquaintances who do not...

Tips for selling unified communications

August 16, 2011 • OpinionComments Off on Tips for selling unified communications

Over the last decade, unified communications (UC) has grown from an exciting possibility to a must-have for organisations of all sizes. The underlying technologies have matured, a rich diversity of UC and collaborative applications has developed, and presence...

Too many managers and too few leaders

August 12, 2011 • OpinionComments (1)

“South Africa is not unique in the world. Globally, the same problem of too many managers and too few leaders presents itself time and again,” says Jackie Launder from the Human Performance Practice at The IQ Business Group. “As organisations we are...