ICT could be SA’s lifeboat

Most analysts would agree that a sense of political stability and renewed national hope has swept through South Africa recently, but ratings downgrades, international economic uncertainty and, now, a surprise recession, continue to present stubborn hurdles to our...

The 80:20 rule – the most powerful concept for SMEs

South Africa has a very eager and vibrant entrepreneurial spirit and community. This is fortunate because if we are ever to make an impact on the massive requirement for job growth in this country, it is from small and medium enterprises (SME’s) that it must come....

Supply chain faces automation disruption

Even though automation can enable warehouses to support the same-day and next-day delivery expectations of customers, companies first need to have complete visibility of how their existing supply chain is structured. After all, they cannot embrace future innovation if...

Massdiscounters enables true omnichannel business model

With changing customer aspirations forcing retailers to quickly adapt their value propositions; improve convenience; and deliver true omnichannel customer experiences; retailers are seeking technology partners that can help them digitise their entire business...

The (near-inescapable) cyber risks to SMEs

South Africa is a particularly attractive proposition for cyber criminals. The global Cyber Exposure Index ranks South Africa third on the list of most-targeted countries for cyberattacks. By Heino Gevers, customer success director at Mimecast Small businesses are not...

How to avoid penalties if you miss an SME tax return

If your small business’s income tax returns are not up to date, now is the time to get your affairs in order. From December, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) will start imposing ‘administrative penalties’ on companies that receive final demands to submit...

Automation drives office creativity, collaboration

Over the past decade, the office environment has evolved with rapid advancements in automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and voice activation which are all set to play a bigger role in future ways of working. “How we interface with devices in the office has...

Specialist applications to drive demand for 3D scanning in SA

3D scanners are starting to find a market in South Africa, as companies look for powerful and convenient ways to span the gap between digital workflows and the world of physical, three-dimensional objects. The global market for 3D scanners—which HP estimates to be...

How AI could make our workday easier

Tomorrow's data-driven workplace brings many technical changes but also has the potential to make the workplace more enjoyable and humane. By Ronnie Toerien, HCM sales development and strategy leader at Oracle Africa Opinions differ widely as to the influence and role...

Predicting the big data election race

With digital personalised targeting using machine-based learning posing big implications for politics and elections of the future, Morne Bekker, South African country manager and district manager for the SADC region at NetApp takes a look at how data miners are able...

Can security keep pace with the rise of the machines?

Machines are increasingly taking over tasks traditionally conducted by humans, often working independently to improve business productivity. By Gorav Arora, data protection chief technology officer at Gemalto But, if we want our security measures to keep pace, as more...

Co-creation for success: Fujitsu Forum 2018

Fujitsu is serious about driving a services-led business that prioritises co-creation with partners and customers. Kathy Gibson learnt more about the technology and business models that will enable the company to achieve this goal at Fujitsu Forum 2018 in Munich.  ...

Do well and do good: VMworld 2018

It’s entirely possible for companies to do well while doing good – and there is a slew of technologies that can help them to achieve that. Mark Davison found out more at VMworld 2018 in Barcelona.   Gearing up for ‘the era of technology superpowers’ During his keynote...

Mustek moves Cape Town offices to Riichmond Park

Atterbury’s Richmond Park, the site of the biggest land restitution in the Western Cape, will see its first large commercial building completed before the end of the year - and Mustek will begin operating from its new corporate office premises in the development this...

Global giant buys Corex

In a move destined to shake up the local IT channel, Partner Tech Corporation - a subsidiary of $25-billion conglomerate and Taiwanese-listed Qisda Group - has bought specialist ICT distributor Corex. Although financial details of the transaction have not been...