Getting to grips with GIS and the intelligent supply chain

Using geographic information systems and big data can help to redefine the intelligence of the supply chain, writes David Slotow, CEO at Trackmatic A Geographic Information System (GIS) is defined as a system that’s capable of capturing, storing, managing and...

Equip business leaders to deal with corporate crises

A series of corporate communication mis-steps and ponderous responses has exposed a gap in the skills mix at executive and directorial levels across South Africa: what to do in a rapidly-changing environment when no respect is shown for leadership positions and...

How to prepare for – and survive – late payments

Late payments, bad debt and unexpected expenses are just some reasons why small businesses run into cash flow problems, which can impact their sustainability and profitability. By Charles Pittaway, MD of Sage Pay A recent study by Sage – ‘Late Payments: The Domino...

Do healthy office buildings equal healthy employees?

Associate Professor Sanchen Henning at the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) reflects on whether the drive for sustainable and optimal workspaces might overshadow a greater issue of staff wellness. A famous chiro-practitioner, BJ Palmer, stated that...

Mobile working and the water crisis

As part of Cape Town's efforts to save water, remote working solutions can play a key role, writes Colin Thornton, MD of Turrito Networks and Dial a Nerd. In March, rating’s agency Moody’s warned that the water crisis affecting Cape Town would cause the city’s...

Walking the talk: voice and video trends

At the intersection of customer-centric innovation and user experience (UX), we’re also seeing some profoundly interesting trends developing in the global technology UX space, which are changing the way we interact with, and think about, computing. By Thibault...

Improve your cash flow: manage your VAT

If you went shopping on 1 April, you likely encountered aisles and aisles of products with no price tags as retailers updated their shelf pricing to reflect the new VAT rate.  As a consumer, this was probably a slight inconvenience because you didn’t know how much...

Inclusive business in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The inclusive business model has become an ever evolving global movement that not only focuses on erasing the dreaded poverty line, but also shines the spotlight on an ability to create life-lines in the form of opportunities for low-income segments. By Nkululeko...

ICT policy: don’t fix what isn’t broken

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have caused unprecedented change during the previous two and a half decades. By Martin van Staden Whereas previously communication technologies used analogue methods, digitalisation means data can be generated in a...

Digital photography trends in 2018

InfoTrends, which conducted research into Digital Photography Trends for 2018, is forecasting over 1,3-trillion photos will be taken worldwide this year. Regardless of the device, image capture remains a growing and integral part of everyday lives. However, it appears...

SMMEs and surviving the first year

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are crucial to South Africa’s growth, but many of them fail in the first year of business, says Innovative Accounting Solutions director Stefani du Preez. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2015, SMEs contribute...

Dti’s proposed B-BBEE amendments a mixed bag

On 29 March, the Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) released proposed amendments to its Codes of Good Practice on Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) for public commentary within a 60-day period. The amendments present somewhat of a mixed bag for South...

Security and the connected workforce

The digital age has begun to bring some change to the workplace, allowing more and more people to work remotely and not be entirely office bound. The benefits are clear: lower overheads for the business, increased productivity and for the staff, greater job...

How to keep your personal data safe

It is not advisable for South Africans to only rely on the law to protect their personal information, as there are a number of unscrupulous operators out there and various ways in which data can be accessed or breached. For this reason, people should be very conscious...

Building a better supply chain for Africa

It’s well known in the logistics and supply chain game that the last mile of a shipment’s journey is inevitably the most expensive – possibly accounting for over 50% of total delivery costs, according to a 2016 report by McKinsey. By Dustin Homer, director: client...

New 3D printer from RS Components

RS Components (RS) has launched its easy-to-use 3D printer: the RS Pro iTX. The additive-manufacturing machine targets a wide range of users in manufacturing and many other commercial and business applications, as well as being ideal for educational purposes and at...