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Urban world: The future of the smart city

Starting Smart City journeys with connected lighting

July 6, 2018 • General, OpinionComments Off on Starting Smart City journeys with connected lighting

While a discussion around implementing Smart City initiatives can often get city planners and managers excited about the opportunities that technology can enable, the budget available is often the biggest stumbling block to getting started. However, the desire to move a nation (or region or city) higher up the value chain cannot be carried out [&hellip...

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Sherry Zameer - Senior Vice President Internet of Things Solutions, CIS, Middle East and Africa region, Gemalto

Building trust in the age of the smart grid

July 6, 2018 • Internet of Things, OpinionComments Off on Building trust in the age of the smart grid

With large scale deployments being planned and implemented around the world, the smart grid is swiftly taking the much-hyped IoT into the heart of millions of homes. For consumers, the most visible evidence of this revolution comes in the form of the smart...

By Riaan Bekker, Force Solutions Manager, thryve

Stop falling for the ‘not me’ myth: why cyber risk is business risk

July 5, 2018 • OpinionComments Off on Stop falling for the ‘not me’ myth: why cyber risk is business risk

The recent data breach experienced by Liberty is very telling. Over 40 terabytes – the equivalent of 20 modern portable hard drives – was copied from the financial provider’s systems. These details are important for two reasons: Liberty is a...

Accelerate digital transformation by taking ERP to the cloud

Public vs Private cloud: maturity self-assessment for enterprises

July 5, 2018 • OpinionComments Off on Public vs Private cloud: maturity self-assessment for enterprises

The growing maturity of enterprise cloud offerings is giving businesses unprecedented choice in how they build the technology infrastructure that will power their core processes and enable their digital transformation. And while there are multiple paths to...

Data is now on the menu for the world's booming population

Using data to weather the catastrophic effects of natural disasters

July 5, 2018 • General, OpinionComments Off on Using data to weather the catastrophic effects of natural disasters

From Hawaii’s volcanic eruptions through to Cape Town’s drought, the world has seen its fair share of natural disasters over the last couple of months. A few weeks ago, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continued to eject a continuous stream of lava and a crest...

Addressing your data breach risk

Addressing your data breach risk

July 4, 2018 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Addressing your data breach risk

In the wake of recent data breach incidents, it is imperative that businesses give the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (Act) their full attention, even though the substantive provisions of the Act are not yet in force....

By Graham Croock, Director, BDO IT Advisory and Cyber Lab

South African companies not taking the cyber threat environment

July 4, 2018 • Opinion, SecurityComments Off on South African companies not taking the cyber threat environment

On a recent visit to BDO in Norway, it struck me that many South African-based businesses and organisations are increasingly exposed to cyber threats and vulnerabilities of which they are blissfully unaware. There is no doubt that we currently find ourselves...

This is how low code development helps your business

This is how low code development helps your business

July 4, 2018 • General, OpinionComments Off on This is how low code development helps your business

Low code development platforms make building applications quick and easy enough that even people without any coding knowledge can do it. They also make deploying to multiple platforms, such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, and desktops with a variety of...

Technology and collaboration key for insurers in 2018 and beyond

Technology and collaboration key for insurers in 2018 and beyond

July 3, 2018 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Technology and collaboration key for insurers in 2018 and beyond

Following a challenging 2017, the South African insurance industry must adopt technology and collaborate with local governments, if it is to effectively tap into new markets to stimulate growth for the foreseeable future. Many sectors have been very quick in...

Putting people first in the automotive industry

Putting people first in the automotive industry

July 3, 2018 • General, OpinionComments Off on Putting people first in the automotive industry

The turnover rate of people in the automotive industry is high – some dealerships have turnover rates as high as 70 – 80% – and should be a concern for all. The question therefore arises – why is this the case and what can be done about it? As a...

Billy Last, CEO of LexisNexis South Africa.

Data breach raises POPI concerns

July 3, 2018 • Opinion, SecurityComments Off on Data breach raises POPI concerns

The recent cyber-attack and holding hostage of a South African insurance provider’s IT infrastructure has drawn attention to the dire need for effective protection of consumer data. While the company asserts that no financial losses have been encountered by...

Clemens Weitz, CEO of ROAM (Ringier One Africa Media)

How ROAM is revolutionising Africa’s online marketplace

July 2, 2018 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on How ROAM is revolutionising Africa’s online marketplace

To anyone who lives and works in today’s rapidly-digitising world, it won’t come as much of a surprise that research has shown a strong link between a population’s increased access to internet connectivity and a boost in national economic development....

Five tips for accelerating business growth

Five tips for accelerating business growth

July 2, 2018 • General, OpinionComments Off on Five tips for accelerating business growth

Today there is a near continuous need for companies to keep repositioning themselves and re-work their strategies in the pursuit of success. According to PWC’s 2017 CEO Survey, nearly a quarter of CEOs singled out innovation as their top priority for 2018...

How to optimise for voice search in 2018

How to optimise for voice search in 2018

July 2, 2018 • General, OpinionComments Off on How to optimise for voice search in 2018

In his keynote at the Google I/O in May 2018, CEO Sundar Pichai announced that one-fifth of Google queries were voice searches. This supports comScore’s prediction that by 2020, a total of 50% of all searches will be voice. Early adopters are finding that...

By Eckart Zollner, Group Business Development, Jasco

Connected devices and data analytics lie at the heart of smart city projects

June 30, 2018 • OpinionComments Off on Connected devices and data analytics lie at the heart of smart city projects

Smart cities are the future, there is no doubt about this. With numerous challenges both existing and emerging, exacerbated by growing populations and dwindling resources, it is essential for municipalities to more effectively control and manage many areas....

10 ways to grow your customer base

10 ways to grow your customer base

June 28, 2018 • Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on 10 ways to grow your customer base

Your customers are essential to your business’ success. And the more customers you have, the more sales and profit you’ll make. Your focus and time should be split between keeping existing customers happy so that they keep coming back and identifying...