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According to the global study released by Accenture and produced in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit, 72 percent of business and information technology (IT) executives say their organisations place greater value on the IT function today than they did before the economic crisis. What's more, they view IT...
As organisations begin to prepare for a return to business growth, many are finding themselves at a major crossroads at which they must decide whether to remain on their longstanding current path of performing IT activities or to go in a different direction, according to Gartner, Inc. Organisations that...
Industry watchdogs report that South Africa's demand for electricity has risen back to highs seen prior to the start of the economic slowdown, to the days when ‘load shedding‘ was extensively practiced by Eskom. According to Philip Hampton, chief technology officer at Powermode, a specialist power management company, the...
IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker recently reported that the worldwide shipment of portable PCs has surpassed desktop PCs in the first quarter of 2009. For some, this might just be the proverbial nail in the coffin; confirming what the skeptics have been saying all along, the desktop PCs...
The Seacom cable has at last been launched and the move to more, faster and cheaper international bandwidth in South Africa has begun. While consumers and businesses don't expect any immediate drop in bandwidth pricing, the country's burgeoning contact centre industry may not be wrong in expecting to see...
Much has been written about why SOA was such an important development, specifically in how it can help customers ease the burden of upgrading their systems and extend the usefulness of their existing applications. Jane Thomson, MD of Softworx, an EOH company and a distributor of Infor in Sub-Saharan...
Almost since the birth of modern, computerised business systems, one of the most critical issues has been the backup, storage and retrieval of important data. Tape, the preferred medium in those early days, was chosen because it was significantly cheaper than hard disk storage options. However, as the price...
Jim Holland, Axiz Product Manager: HP ESG, says that virtualisation in the data centre has become one of the most widespread IT trends around. Efficiency and cost savings are at the heart of the technology's proliferation and its potential is undeniable. “With energy costs continuing to escalate, along with...
Deirdre Joubert, Application Managed Services Architect, EOH AMS Centre of Excellence, says that to derive optimal performance from IT investments, it is not enough to design your infrastructure and applications to provide the desired business outcomes. You must also ensure high availability, high performance, and high service levels by...
It is clear that both internationally and in South Africa, the medical profession is adopting a bigger focus on medical information systems. There is a theoretical and practical need for the collection, analysing and sharing of patient information between healthcare practitioners, institutions and researchers. The big question is however...
Patrick Reeves, Axiz HP Category Manager, says that while the negativity of the global economic situation has understandably spread angst amongst local business owners, it is important not to let this pessimism consume you. If you run a solid business, stick to the fundamentals, strive to improve your own...
Many companies tend to panic in an economic downturn, pushing cost cutting straight to the top of the agenda. A box which is very likely to receive a tick when the bosses sit down to trim the fat is the IT department. But is it a good idea to...
Jane Thomson, MD, Softworx, an EOH company and distributor of Infor in Sub-Saharan Africa, says that in the past, most applications were “built to last”; their longevity and robustness being the most prized features. However, today, the most important thing about an application is that it is “built to...
You only have to read headlines to see how many jobs are being cut currently. However, many companies are not looking at their business systems (including ERP) when they are making staffing decisions. Whether it is because they are panicked into making decisions, or simply being naïve, we are...
The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names & Numbers, ICANN, is up against the wall, and here are the top five reasons for which it may simply drop its greatest revolutionary idea of offering a brand new type of a designer domain name to fit the next generation of widely...
Craig Brunsden, Chief Marketing Officer, Axiz, says that credit and working capital are big issues no matter where you are in the channel today. Everyone is cutting back and tightening controls, so it’s not really possible for distributors to be anyone’s saving grace. Resellers are not the only...
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