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Cheaper telecommunications costs do not result in long-term savings

June 8, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Cheaper telecommunications costs do not result in long-term savings

Companies continue to spend Billions of Rands on voice and data communications, however they are under a common misconception: that they are getting a reduction in cost from service providers who promise cheaper prices. This is according to Craig Young Group MD of Unison Communications who sites a BMI-T SA IT Market Overview Sizing and [&hellip...

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Integrated ERP, the intelligent choice for medium-sized distribution businesses

June 3, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Integrated ERP, the intelligent choice for medium-sized distribution businesses

Choosing an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution over best-of-breed technologies doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on quality or functionality. And for mid-tier distribution concerns, integrated over best-of-breed is the intelligent choice....

Who will win the battle for paid content?

May 31, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Who will win the battle for paid content?

Facing some hard economic realities, an increasing number of publishers are looking to monetise their online properties by putting walls around some or all of their content and charging for it. Richard Mullins, director at Acceleration looks at the possible...

ERP must be right-sized to fly in Africa

May 25, 2010 • FeaturesComments (1)

While companies in Africa have historically been slower off the mark in using IT to automate business processes, they are fast catching up and those still relying on manual systems are no longer commonplace. This is according to Paul Marketos, Managing...

Going green? It’s harder than you think

May 20, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Going green? It’s harder than you think

As organisations and consumers alike feel the pressure to ‘go green’, they need know the full lifecycle of the products they choose in order to avoid ‘the sin of the hidden trade-off’ Non-toxic? Eco-friendly? Green? Energy-efficient?...

Practical guide: Internet-based data backup for SMEs

May 19, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Practical guide: Internet-based data backup for SMEs

The need to store and archive ever-increasing amounts of corporate data in the most cost-effective and secure manner is encouraging many companies to turn to solutions such as outsourced, Internet-driven Storage-as-a-Service (Staas) options. Fuelled by...

Is BI killing BI?

May 12, 2010 • FeaturesComments (1)

The introduction of any new business or information technology process poses risks, but the risks inherent in the implementation of business intelligence (BI) projects are unique and must be handled carefully if they are to be mitigated. “Business...

Five steps to smarter cost cutting

May 10, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Five steps to smarter cost cutting

While most businesses are beginning the recovery process after the recent economic turmoil, cost reduction and cost cutting remains a vital business practice, says Steven Woods, South African Country President at Compass Management Consulting. The ability to...

VoIP gains momentum in South Africa

May 5, 2010 • FeaturesComments (2)

VoIP adoption had a slow start in South Africa, but over the last five years has steadily gained momentum, with the number of users almost doubling each year. Riaan Leuschner, MD of Nology, takes a closer look at VoIP’s feasibility in the country. The...

The how-to of Enterprise Level Project and Portfolio Management (PPM)

May 4, 2010 • FeaturesComments (1)

Gerald Chetty, Programme Manager, Project Management Office, HP South Africa, discusses five ways to make project management a success. Over the past two years the world economy has changed significantly. While there are strong signs of recovery, one trend...

Coping with credit in the ICT world

May 3, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Coping with credit in the ICT world

Challenging economic circumstances, particularly on the African continent, have called for a change in the way hardware distributors do business. Tarsus Technologies sales manager for Africa, Jaco Roux, looks at the impact of the world economic slowdown on...

Four questions CIOs need to ask

April 29, 2010 • FeaturesComments (1)

News of struggling IT companies and even liquidations in the industry is the natural culmination of two very tough years. Integr8 Group Joint CEO, Rob Sussman, says CIOs should apply a four-question audit to ensure they are on the right track. In much the...

Cloud-cuckoo land?

April 29, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Cloud-cuckoo land?

While there is still a significant degree of hesitation and uncertainty about the viability of ‘cloud computing’, an increasing number of businesses are getting to grips with the technology in South Africa, so says John Hope-Bailie, technical director of...

Power Struggle

April 26, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Power Struggle

There are not many Sub-Saharan African countries that don’t frequently have electrical outages. From my first hand experience and limited understanding of them, there are usually two types : Voluntary outages in order to manage a limited power supply. Those...

Don’t overlook reliability when reducing your telecom costs

April 20, 2010 • FeaturesComments (1)

The growing complexity of the telecoms environment in the average enterprise means that organisations need to partner with solution providers that can help them understand and optimise their telecom infrastructures and services in a holistic manner. Itec...

Engage the basics of effective data management

April 20, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Engage the basics of effective data management

The fact that data is the most prized asset within any organisation is not news. What many decision makers may not realise however, is that the management of corporate information involves an all-encompassing process of categorization. Paul Luff, country...