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Got an old computer and postponing buying a new one because yours “does everything you need it to”? You may be missing out on more of the modern information-rich world than you think. Laptop and computer technology changes at such a pace that there is something new almost daily. The fact...
“I need more bandwidth, the application is too slow, it must be the network!” These are many of the statements made by users where centralised computing or computing over a wide area network is a reality. Most enterprise users are using some form of virtual private network where they are...
The cursor moves across the screen with speed, clicking on a number of icons as Ahmed Radwan quickly uploads a new post to his yet-to-be published blog. This Egyptian youth spends his days online, reading the most recent technology news coming from Europe, Asia and North America. “I love to...
How eBucks turned a potentially damaging blunder into a marketing win. The digital marketplace offers abundant opportunity for disastrous mistakes. But it is within the power of the website or social page owner to turn those slip-ups around and even benefit from them. It can happen to you Making a content...
“Cellphones will change our lives as much or more than television did” -Alan Knott-Craig, Vodacom Managing Director. In the early 90s it hit our shores – one minute we were talking with it, the next we were sending each other messages with it. Once you had it, you couldn’t live...
There are two good reasons to avoid any software implementation process that will take more than two to (at most) six months. The first is cost: IT consultants don’t come cheap, and the business case for your fancy new software can start looking shaky very quickly once you...
Going green may be a growing trend when it comes to IT and the data centre, but the current driving factor behind greening the data centre is not about saving the environment. While this may be a nice fringe benefit, the reality is that companies are running out of space, power, or...
As the print publishing industry fades and digital platforms flourish, market consolidation is the order of the day, with creative agencies scrambling to acquire digital skills. But it is a slippery acquisition target – the software development fraternity is itself growing and mutating, with complex and differentiated skill sets evolving...
To understand the true benefits of unified communications (UC), it is necessary to examine the current state of this market, where it came from and where it is headed. Along the way, we can debunk a few myths and misconceptions that stand in the way of its widespread adoption. UC...
Elingo's Karl Reed examines five key communication trends emerging in South Africa in 2011. Multichannel contact centres The age of the one way communication street - where brands controlled the manner in which their customers communicated with them – has passed. Today's customers want to communicate using a channel that...
After Google rolled out the Panda Update – the biggest change to its algorithm in ten years – websites which do not offer what Google deems “quality” content have been scrambling to rescue plunging web rankings. However, it is not just SEO which has been affected by the Panda Update. The...
In recent years compliance has become a very important topic for businesses for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that failure to comply with certain regulations results in heavy financial penalties that can put many organisations under severe pressure. One of the most important components within compliance is risk management, particularly...
As the world becomes more connected via the Internet and the sheer number of threats increase, from viruses to trojans, spyware to phishing attacks, people are becoming increasingly aware of the need to secure their computers, servers and important data against a host of potential attacks awaiting them. However, protecting data is not simply...
Managing information, ensuring that confidential or sensitive data does not find its way outside of an organisation, and making sure that only the right people have access to data when and where they need it is a challenging task. This task, broadly defined as User Rights Management, requires well defined corporate information policies,...
All too often of late I see press releases from tech providers who are re-branding their old hosted services as “cloud” services. This strikes me as somewhat disingenuous. There are some important differences between hosted services and a true cloud offering. What’s a Hosted Service? Hosted services are technology services offered...
Computers, smartphones, laptops, netbooks and the wide variety of other mobile computing devices have become so much a part of our everyday lives that we take their existence for granted until something goes wrong. People want to be connected to the world at all times, but they do not want to be bound...
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