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GDPR and PoPI - Do I really need to comply with both?

GDPR and PoPI – Do I really need to comply with both?

December 4, 2017 • General, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Ahead of the pending enforcement of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislations, organisations are hurriedly carrying out compliancy strategies and tightening up their data security processes. While this is undoubtedly a good thing, as data security should be a top-of-mind concern for any company...

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Time for Africa to embrace the cloud.

Time for Africa to embrace the cloud

December 4, 2017 • Cloud Computing, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

Businesses are under pressure to balance managing costs while remaining innovative with their value propositions. This is taking its toll on executives, with global CEO turnover reaching a record rate of almost 17% in 2015 and average tenure of a company’s...

"Telco networks need to open up to competition"- ISPA

“Telco networks need to open up to competition” – ISPA

December 1, 2017 • Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on “Telco networks need to open up to competition” – ISPA

The recently-published Electronic Communications Amendment Bill proposes that mobile network operators and other vertically-integrated telecoms firms allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and others to compete for subscribers over their networks....

The rise of mobile streaming TV

The importance of creative strategy in the production of effective online video

December 1, 2017 • Online & Social, OpinionComments Off on The importance of creative strategy in the production of effective online video

In the early 2000s, a range of technologies came onto the consumer market offering the ability to operate a computer using just the eyes. Targeted at the severely disabled, the hands-free computing systems allow them to place the mouse pointer anywhere on the...

How online stores can take to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas

How online stores can take steps to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas

December 1, 2017 • Big Data, Online & Social, Opinion, Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on How online stores can take steps to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas

The Christmas rush has started. The postal service warned South African residents that if they want their Christmas parcels sent abroad to arrive on time, they must have been sent by October – so they may already be too late. Can purchasing gifts online for...

Automation - creating the worker of tomorrow

Automation – Creating the worker of tomorrow

November 30, 2017 • General, OpinionComments Off on Automation – Creating the worker of tomorrow

Job Simulator is a virtual reality game set in the future, where machines have replaced all human jobs. In this game, players can relive the “glory days” when people did regular work, such as being a chef, or working a 9-5, caffeine-fueled desk job. If...

To build a better customer experience, start with the architecture

To build a better customer experience, start with the architecture

November 30, 2017 • General, Opinion, SoftwareComments Off on To build a better customer experience, start with the architecture

Most brands are looking at the customer experience as the most powerful way they have to set themselves apart in a market where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to compete on price and product features alone. They’re ramping up investment in customer...

What does it take to be a Cloud Climber?

When the retail chain is forged

November 30, 2017 • Opinion, RetailComments Off on When the retail chain is forged

For online consumers, ‘tis the season to be jolly. For businesses, it’s a time where the retail chain may be forged in life. For hackers, it’s a poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket. To avoid data becoming dead as a doornail, retailers must...

Banks that are not ready for digital disruption will struggle

Banks that are not ready for digital disruption will struggle

November 29, 2017 • Finance, General, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Banks that are not ready for digital disruption will struggle

The banking industry continues to experience disruption – by new players, new opportunities and new risks – influenced by a number of forces including Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Although some financial institutions such as Citi are using...

Are travel agents ready for the new payment security standards?

Are travel agents ready for the new payment security standard?

November 29, 2017 • Finance, Opinion, Security, Southern AfricaComments Off on Are travel agents ready for the new payment security standard?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) of South Africa has issued an edict that all IATA accredited air ticket distributors – or travel agents – must comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) by March 2018....

The Robots will take our jobs-What next?

The Robots will take our jobs so what’s next?

November 29, 2017 • General, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on The Robots will take our jobs so what’s next?

We’ve heard it all before. Robots ‒ those elusive job munchers ‒ are making their way to an office near you. And the message is clear: they are smarter than you, they are cheaper than you, and they won’t vie for the corner office… like you. If...

What could a South African version of Black Friday look like?

What could a South African version of Black Friday look like?

November 29, 2017 • Opinion, Retail, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on What could a South African version of Black Friday look like?

Black Friday has come and gone, with popular consumer products ranging from food items, electronic devices and to furniture items flying off the shelves at bargain prices. The retail phenomenon traces its growing popularity to the United States merchants of...

Broadening Financial Inclusion Through Informal Sector Innovation

Broadening financial inclusion through informal sector innovation

November 28, 2017 • Opinion, Retail, Southern AfricaComments Off on Broadening financial inclusion through informal sector innovation

In developing markets around the world, it is the informal economies that serve as the quietly humming engines of growth. By way of example, the informal economy accounts for over 70% of total employment in sub-Saharan Africa – an economy that includes...

Clean your 2017 data to start 2018 afresh

Clean your 2017 data to start 2018 afresh

November 28, 2017 • Big Data, General, Opinion, Southern Africa, SponsoredComments Off on Clean your 2017 data to start 2018 afresh

Widely touted as an organisation’s biggest asset, data is on the minds of a lot of companies. It’s being hailed as the secret to customer satisfaction, sales and marketing efforts, and a bird’s eye view of an organisation’s customer base. However, too...

How Fake is our news and can we combat it?

How Fake is some news and can we combat it?

November 28, 2017 • General, Online & Social, OpinionComments Off on How Fake is some news and can we combat it?

Hardly a day goes by without media and sometimes government claims that Russia has been utilising social media tools to spread fake news and misinformation to influence everything from elections, mining approvals and even Brexit. But Russia is just the tip of...

How satellite connectivity is closing the digital divide in South Africa

How satellite connectivity is closing the digital divide in South Africa

November 28, 2017 • General, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on How satellite connectivity is closing the digital divide in South Africa

Internet usage is surging in urban areas of South Africa. According to Stats SA, 59% of South Africans in urban areas use the internet at home, work, or in a public place such as a café. However, the picture in more remote parts of the country is very...