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Africa is not a Data desert

Africa is not a Data desert

November 21, 2017 • Big Data, East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments (0)

The data age has opened up a world of renewed understanding in the ways we live and work, providing insights that hold the potential to improve lives for billions around the globe. The ability to collect and process vast numbers of data points, and to discover both deeply sought after and wholly unexpected insights as [&hellip...

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Data intelligence driving financial decisions

Data intelligence driving financial decisions

November 20, 2017 • Big Data, Finance, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

As the world delves ever deeper into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, modern enterprises are forced to evolve their operational practices. With this digital transformation comes an onslaught of information, resulting in massive datasets and the...

Data analysis is one of the most lucrative skills to have

Data analysis is one of the most lucrative skills to have

November 20, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Top StoriesComments (0)

Data analysis is rated as one of the most sort-after and lucrative skills to have and represents a great career opportunity for anyone with the right aptitude. “The advent of the big data era has resulted in data analytics becoming integrated into almost...

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The role of analytics in predicting and managing disasters

November 3, 2017 • Big Data, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on The role of analytics in predicting and managing disasters

In two days, severe storms wreaked havoc across two provinces in South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal was declared a provincial disaster area after torrential rains left at least eight people dead and flooding caused massive damage. In Gauteng, at least three people...

PoPI requires effective data management structures

PoPI requires effective data management structures

November 1, 2017 • Big Data, General, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on PoPI requires effective data management structures

The Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI) will fundamentally change how companies store, process and use personal customer data. And even though it has not yet officially been implemented, organisations have been steadily working on ensuring their...

Building an effective data foundation

Building an effective data foundation

October 30, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Building an effective data foundation

Data is integral to the success of business in a digital environment. It assists in driving growth and enables the development of customised solutions. So why then has it become easy to forget about the importance of putting the right foundation in place to...

Can Effective data management drive efficiency in government?

Can Effective data management drive efficiency in government?

October 5, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Can Effective data management drive efficiency in government?

South Africa’s public sector faces constant turbulence, with widespread corruption, local inefficiencies and infighting across government. Last week, this culminated in the Democratic Alliance petitioning for an emergency election, with the belief that the...

South African companies should view data governance regulations as an opportunity

South African companies should view data governance regulations as an opportunity

September 22, 2017 • Big Data, General, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South African companies should view data governance regulations as an opportunity

When Tim Berners-Lee declared data to be the “new raw material of the 21st century” back in 2011, he was perfectly describing the direction many economies were heading in – from industry to insights and intelligence. But in the six years since, data...

Leverage analytics to unlock true value of IoT innovation

How analytics can unlock the true value of IoT

September 22, 2017 • Big Data, Cloud Computing, East Africa, Internet of Things, North Africa, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on How analytics can unlock the true value of IoT

With analysts estimating that up to 80 billion devices and sensors will be in the market by 2020, the need for real-time processing and analytics has escalated as companies work to realise the up to $8.9 trillion in additional revenue predicted to be unlocked...

POPI is the wake-up call your IT needs

The data governance opportunity in South Africa

September 21, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on The data governance opportunity in South Africa

When Tim Berners-Lee declared data to be the “new raw material of the 21st century” back in 2011, he was perfectly describing the direction many economies were heading in – from industry to insights and intelligence. But in the six years since, data...

Oil and gas firms believe digital transformation can drive vital process efficiencies: study

Radical data transformation

September 14, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Radical data transformation

There is currently a lot of buzz around ICT4D – the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As wonderful and exciting as the possibilities are of what technology can facilitate for the advancement of mankind and Africa specifically, it will all fall short if the...

The Big Data Divide: how traditional Retailers can learn from eCommerce

How traditional retailers can learn from eCommerce

September 14, 2017 • Big Data, East Africa, North Africa, Retail, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on How traditional retailers can learn from eCommerce

The harsh reality is that local retailers are still very early on their journeys towards leveraging Big Data. Traditional business models and a reliance on physical retail outlets still dominate our retail sector. But, as Retailers consider the right Big Data...

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Addressing the risks of data loss

September 13, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Addressing the risks of data loss

Every organisation understands the value of having always-on access to its mission-critical data. In fact, data has become the currency driving the digital business landscape, without which, an enterprise loses its relevancy. But how does a decision-maker...

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How South Africa can prepare for the Big Data Protection shake up

September 8, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on How South Africa can prepare for the Big Data Protection shake up

While technology continues to evolve to protect a user and company’s data, organisations still find the most long-standing factors remain the most vulnerable, such as passwords and the person using the device. Many South African companies doing business...

Data protection act

How the new data protection act will affect startups

September 7, 2017 • Big Data, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on How the new data protection act will affect startups

The protection of data has been the subject of thousands of conversations globally. As more and more businesses digitally transform, how they handle and analyse data is coming under more intense scrutiny. With the force of cybercrime growing by the day,...

Why some companies still fear the cloud.

Which data centre is right for you?

September 6, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Which data centre is right for you?

Data centres act as the data and app stores of businesses, they provide raw computing power and connectivity. As such, they are core to any business. Ownership is, however, no longer essential. Businesses now make strategic, often hybrid, choices based on...