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The data governance opportunity in South Africa

The data governance opportunity in South Africa

September 21, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments (0)

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 has defied the economic principles that many commodities adhere to: unlike other [&hellip...

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The challenges hindering widespread Cloud adoption

Radical data transformation

September 14, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

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 (0)

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...

Big Data

Addressing the risks of data loss

September 13, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments (0)

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...

Big Data

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

September 8, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments (0)

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,...

Cloud computing

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...

The challenges hindering widespread Cloud adoption

Top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators

September 5, 2017 • Big Data, Mobile and Telecoms, Opinion, Top StoriesComments Off on Top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators

After nearly two decades of uninhibited growth and profitability, African telecoms operators (telcos) are facing the converging forces of digital disruption. Some of the factors contributing to this are: easily accessible broadband internet, popular over the...

Mining sectors

Big data technology could preserve jobs in the mining sector

September 4, 2017 • Big Data, Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Big data technology could preserve jobs in the mining sector

Thousands of new jobs are likely to be created with the discovery of new mineral deposits in South Africa. With mining companies on the verge of shutting down some of their most productive mines because they are too old, too deep and too expensive to run, big...

Big Data

The POPI conundrum: Data protection vs data mining

September 1, 2017 • Big Data, General, OpinionComments Off on The POPI conundrum: Data protection vs data mining

The office of the Information Regulator is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year. From then, organisations will have just 12 months to comply with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, or risk prison terms and fines of up to...

Deep learning is changing the way we live

Deep learning is changing the way we live

August 30, 2017 • Big Data, East Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Deep learning is changing the way we live

Analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data – these conversations are no longer complete without the term “deep learning”, a powerful phrase that is increasingly becoming part of the business vocabulary as it recognises life-changing...

Mining sectors

The role of big data in discovering new minerals in South Africa

August 25, 2017 • Big Data, Mining & Energy, Southern AfricaComments Off on The role of big data in discovering new minerals in South Africa

South Africa’s mineral resources – some of which are supposedly reaching the end of their lifespan such as gold – may be in for a resurrection as new technologies may lead to the discovery of new deposits hitherto hidden deep underground. Professor...

Data analytics

How does AI contribute to next-level data analytics?

August 24, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on How does AI contribute to next-level data analytics?

The Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are just some of the technology phrases that are becoming part of business discussions at insurance companies across South Africa. Even though insurance companies are incredibly data rich, very few...

Disrupt or optimise, when to choose which approach to innovation.

Disrupt or optimise – When to choose which approach to innovation

August 21, 2017 • Big Data, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Disrupt or optimise – When to choose which approach to innovation

Every 60 seconds, the world creates an average of 98 000 tweets, 695 000 Facebook updates, 11 million instant messages, 168 million emails and over 1,820 terabytes of data. The modern day business has to search through all of this to find trends to build...

mobile ERP, cloud, big data

Opinion: Embracing a mobile ERP world

August 14, 2017 • Big Data, OpinionComments Off on Opinion: Embracing a mobile ERP world

The popular IT vernacular of last year – cloud computing, big data, and virtualisation – has been replaced with the likes of mobility and digital transformation. And yet, the building blocks of enterprise resource planning (ERP) remain integral to the...

data protection

All you need to know about data protection

August 3, 2017 • Big Data, Security, Southern AfricaComments Off on All you need to know about data protection

The mess that is the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), Net1 and South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) data debacle serves as a lesson to all business owners, managers and individuals. If you give your data away without securing it, expect your privacy (or...