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What impact will Unified Communication have on my bottom line?

February 9, 2011 • FeaturesComments (2)

What impact will Unified Communication have on my bottom line? This is one of the top questions faced by consultants when engaging with businesses today. It is a known fact that the concept “Unified Communications and Collaboration” also known as UC&C, comes with various business benefits, with the biggest measurable one being cost reductions. Most...

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Analytics – a key enabler in the age of unstructured information

February 8, 2011 • FeaturesComments (1)

Data is exploding at an unprecedented rate. Businesses are feeling the pressure of trying to cope with the increasing volume, velocity and variety of information entering the organisation on a daily basis. And those that are managing to not only cope with...

Cloud computing – SA in danger of being left behind

February 2, 2011 • FeaturesComments (2)

Cloud computing is a rapidly growing software service trend globally, however South Africa is in danger of being left behind. According to Marthinus Strydom, CIO and Marketing Director, McCarthy Motor Group, “Government needs to take serious action...

Social media – is the bubble going to burst?

January 28, 2011 • FeaturesComments (1)

Over the past few years, social media has ballooned from a small, emerging market into a major force in the online marketing and advertising space. However, those who lived through the dotcom boom-and-bust cycle can’t help asking whether we are about to...

ERP‘s value for listing

January 26, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on ERP‘s value for listing

Listing on the stock exchange may be a daunting prospect but it is destined to offer a wealth of benefits and opportunity for the business, not least of which is the elevated status and financial standing created. There is definitely a certain level of...

Service, innovation, people mesh in the world of triple play

January 24, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on Service, innovation, people mesh in the world of triple play

From a networking perspective the year ahead looks dynamic, exciting but very busy. No doubt there will be many talking points and a great deal of activity as players within the channel compete for business and try to keep costs down. It is not surprising...

Mobile applications empower workers

January 19, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on Mobile applications empower workers

Businesses need to consider what types of mobile applications can deliver true business value to their organisations and what is necessary to make the technology work effectively for them, says MTN Business. Says Nomalanga Nkosi, GM for Business Marketing at...

Mobility moving ahead at a rapid pace

January 17, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on Mobility moving ahead at a rapid pace

The desire by consumers to compute from any point at anytime with minimal disruption or hassle remains one of the main drivers behind the mobile and wireless market. Investment in this technology is no longer the domain of the larger corporate player or...

End of the road for Facebook?

January 14, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on End of the road for Facebook?

Social networks are posing a massive security threat to companies worldwide as malware and spam increase. With Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn becoming essential business tools, preventing staff from accessing these networks is no longer a solution....

New challenges, pressures, for the modern CFO

January 13, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on New challenges, pressures, for the modern CFO

Alvin Toffle, famous sociologist, is quoted as saying “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” This concept – the growing need to update one’s...

Market must pay more attention to skills development

January 12, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on Market must pay more attention to skills development

Whilst technology is considered critical to any business, sustainability cannot be achieved nor profit generated without the development of people. Human Resource experts at Accsys, a national supplier of payroll, HR, time & attendance and access control...

Worldwide IT Spending to Grow 5.1 Per Cent in 2011

January 11, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on Worldwide IT Spending to Grow 5.1 Per Cent in 2011

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.6 trillion in 2011, a 5.1 per cent increase from 2010, according to the latest outlook by Gartner, Inc. In 2010, worldwide IT spending totalled $3.4 trillion, up 5.4 per cent from 2009 levels. Gartner has raised...

South African BPO industry set for growth in 2011

January 10, 2011 • FeaturesComments Off on South African BPO industry set for growth in 2011

Over the course of the past decade South Africa has developed into a world class BPO & O (Business Process Outsourcing & Offshoring) destination supporting 10,000 offshore related jobs. By 2015 this number is expected to rise to 40,000 making the...

Outsourcing, open-source and monitoring – an outlook for 2011

December 17, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Outsourcing, open-source and monitoring – an outlook for 2011

The year 2010 has been one of slow recovery and rebuilding following the economic meltdown, a year in which investment into infrastructure and upgrades was slow and many companies focused on weathering the storm and tightening budgets to reduce excess...

Cloud computing and today’s workforce

December 13, 2010 • FeaturesComments Off on Cloud computing and today’s workforce

The expected expansion of the mobile workforce will provide a growing market for communications service providers (CSPs) for the next three to five years. Mobility is forecast to become one of the most fertile fields for the development of new opportunities,...

Improving internal efficiency in banking

December 10, 2010 • FeaturesComments (1)

Across the globe banking was left reeling as a result of the sub-prime meltdown and the following financial crisis that gripped the world, and the recovery process has been long and arduous. In South Africa, however, the banking sector survived the crisis...