What’s left after the machines take over?

One of the questions that we are often asked is what impact technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) will have on jobs. Where are there likely to be job opportunities in the future? Which jobs (or job functions) are most ripe for automation? What sectors are...

Learn to adapt to the ever-changing rat race

It has become clear that the technology revolution is driving massive change in the workplace. This has, in turn, led to a rapid pivot in business operations as industries are disrupted and automation becomes a reality across the board. In this, there has been a call...

Responsible recycling the answer to plastic pollution

Moves by retailers and shopping malls to ban plastic shopping bags are simplistic, rash responses to a complex problem. What’s required is a rational solution to the genuine crisis of plastic pollution, not an emotional reaction. By Anton Hanekom, executive director...

The informal sector a misunderstood and untapped opportunity

Nyameko Njoli woke up one day believing he could be a great businessman and run a successful accounting consultancy. “I sold the idea to my wife and quit my job. The first two months were exciting – I even secured my first client. But then reality set in and I soon...

Device as a service makes IT agile, predictable and transparent

We’ve got software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), even disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) among a host of “as a service” offerings – so it was only a matter of time until device as a service (DaaS) came into its own. It’s not too obvious why it...

Report-back: Dell Technologies Forum

The era of cloud-to-core-to-edge has arrived. To stay competitive in the digital age, organisations must modernise their compute, infrastructure and application environments. Kathy Gibson found out more at the Dell Technologies Forum.   The time to make the...

Avanti signs Master Distributor Agreement with Vox

Avanta Communications Group has signed a three-year period Master Distributor Agreement on its Hylas 4 and Hylas 2 satellites with Vox Telecom (Vox). The partnership enables Vox to use Avanti’s satellite fleet, which provides full coverage across sub-Saharan Africa,...

Meeting the challenges of the changing workplace

The nature of work is changing. In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, it’s no longer good enough to provide a one-size-fits-all IT solution to every worker. Kathy Gibson spoke to Gareth Davies, HP Inc and HPE Brand Executive  at Pinnacle, to find out how IT can ensure...

Small business is big business for SA resellers

Kathy Gibson is at the Cisco Small Business Summit in Sandton – The opportunity for southern African small businesses to adopt technology as a means for boosting their competitiveness is huge – and resellers are well positioned to grasp this opportunity. Globally,...

Hyperconvergence to ease infrastructure challenges

Kathy Gibson is at the Cisco Small Business Summit in Sandton –Traditional infrastructure can be complex and is typically siloed, a challenge that hyperconvergence aims to simplify and streamline. Cisco’s Hyperflex offering aims to help customers move to a hybrid...

Give customers a better user experience with SD-WAN

Kathy Gibson is at the Cisco Small Business Summit in Sandton – Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) can help to provide a better user experience, greater agility and advanced threat protection. These are among the value-adds offered by Cisco’s SD-WAN 4.0,...

Tips to jumpstart AI transformation

As AI takes hold in the workplace, both employers and employees believe it will benefit the enterprise and help workers to be more productive. Organisations are increasingly turning to AI-infused applications as a starting point to drive their digital transformation...

How SMEs can flourish in a downward economy

During an economic recession or downturn, small businesses are often hit the hardest. Budget constraints, reduced spending power and inadequate preparedness for a recession can make it impossible for a small business to survive. Some industries are affected more than...

Get ready for channel transformation

Reseller support and development is the cornerstone of every channel programme from every vendor and distributor. All of the value-added distributors will tell you that their mission is to recruit, train and grow reseller partners, helping them to gain skills and...

Learn to spot fake ERP in the cloud

Some predictions suggested cloud ERP would only arrive in 2020 or even as late as 2025. But it’s already here and this rapid progress may have caught some vendors napping, particularly in the small-to-medium business (SMB) category, and they may have to surrender to...