The greatest commodity in the world today is information, as information leads to knowledge. Similarly, the ability to access, and distribute information have become crucial factors for the upliftment and development of any county. “Moving towards a knowledge-based economy by harnessing the power of ICTs, will greatly boost the...
Information and Communication Technologies can enhance rural communities opportunities in Africa by improving their access to market information. For digital transformation to truly be a meaningful success, and the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to genuinely take hold, both need to be all-inclusive. That means better coverage is...
Africa is not immune to the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (4IR) potential to disrupt through digital technology. For this reason, there’s an intensifying need to ensure that the continent capitalises on opportunities that can empower it's people, bring down the cost of digital tools and invest in local businesses.IT News...
South Africa is starting to realise that data can be wielded as a tool to transform the education system.  As collection, access and analysis all improve, our teachers and education officials are beginning to appreciate that they can use data to make a real difference in the lives of...
Pan-African telecoms company, Liquid Telecom has launched the fastest direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa. This coast-to-coast digital corridor follows the completion of Liquid Telecom’s new high-capacity fibre link running 2,600-kilometre (km) across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).This expansion connects millions of DRC citizens and...
Technology is all about innovation and the key mandate for manufacturers is to make products that simplify and enhance people’s lives. For technology to truly improve the experience of users, it’s also vital that the talent in technology companies is diverse and represents a broad spectrum of users so...
Paxful, a peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, announced on Monday, 11 November 2019, a major growth milestone - it now services 3 million wallets with more than 800,000 being added in the last 12 months, predominantly in the USA, Nigeria, and Ghana. They’ve also seen 15 million trades cross the platform...
One of the biggest challenges facing the mass rollout of autonomous vehicles is the development of adequate legislation. As with all new things, this type of legislation has not been seen before and we are essentially starting from scratch.Once countries such as the United States and the UK have...
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communications are by no means new concepts, having existed for many years already. What is new and revolutionary is what we are now able to do with the data these technologies generate. From predictive maintenance to consumer behaviour analytics,...
For many contact centres today, the transition to digitised and highly automated systems and processes happen in a piecemeal fashion – with the underlying belief that certain business sectors and industries have varying requirements when it comes to digitisation and compliance.The contact centre of a utility provider may place...
The traditional hub and spoke network design offers centralised orchestration but also requires that all traffic be directed back to the central point. Business applications are all traditionally housed within the central datacentre and all connectivity is directed through this point. With the consumerisation of IT, this design has...
With unprecedented technological advances and shifting customer and employee expectations, the South African insurance landscape is set to keep changing. Metropolitan’s Berniece Hieckmann, accountable for Metropolitan’s “Business of Tomorrow” strategies, takes a closer look at tech trends that are compelling the industry to stay ahead.“It has been said that...
Data centre architecture has undergone massive evolution in the last 20 years, from endless rows of single-purpose rack-mounted servers to virtualisation and the cloud, and then finally hyper-converged infrastructure. However, the data management strategy for many businesses, including data protection and secondary storage, has failed to keep pace with...
Employee experience is the overlap of their expectations about the workplace and the work environment their employer provides. Ideally, there is a 100 per cent overlap. This sounds simple, but there’s a challenge: experience is based on the individual employee's expectations – which means that there is considerable variation,...
Predictions about technology are speculative at best. Even recently we saw two of our planet’s brightest and most successful minds, Jack Ma and Elon Musk, disagree fundamentally about where technology is leading us. They were specifically debating Artificial Intelligence (AI): Ma sees a future where AI will make humans...
In popular culture, we still tend to imagine manufacturing as workers standing at assembly lines, manually handling the products. In real life, modern production facilities look quite different: employees and robots work side by side, and soon AI-driven robotics will even enable them to collaborate in real-time. Employees supervise...