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...

Avoid these cost-cutting traps

During financially unclear times, it may be tempting to look for cost savings, targeting first the big-ticket items in your budget, but these type of one-off cost-cutting initiatives are often bad business decisions. For example, laying off your most expensive talent...

The importance of BC and DR

Organisations need to realise that business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) entail entirely different strategies with both being vital to keeping a business operational in a globally competitive marketplace. This is according to Shaun Searle, country...

The growth of open source, botnet threats

When it comes to the global threat landscape, the second half of 2018 revealed the equivalent of cyberattacks on steroids. The NetScout Threat Intelligence Report 2018 reported that attackers had bulked up existing tactics, rapidly evolving new performance...

AI, ML vital to tackling the data explosion

In 2019, it’s estimated we’ll generate more data than we did in the previous 5 000 years. Data is fast becoming the most valuable asset of any modern organisation, and while most have access to their internal data, they continue to experience challenges in deriving...

Get your start-up past the two-year mark

Starting a business is a risky business. According to Standard Bank, about 50% of all start-up businesses in South Africa fail within 24 months. By the 10-year mark, the number of successful start-ups dwindles to 9%. Why is this number so low? By Alex Roberts,...

It’s time to move to the cloud with Azure

Microsoft Silver Certified Partner Bluegrass Digital believes the new Microsoft Azure data centres in South Africa will reshape the cloud environment in Africa and will now provide the necessary infrastructure for rapid cloud adoption. Microsoft Azure is an...

Refurbish more and recycle less

There is a growing trend to rather refurbish than recycle, businesses are finding new ways to maximise profits through green initiatives. The days of simply disposing of old IT equipment are over, the responsible thing today is to implement a sustainable IT program by...

How automation can create value for people without destroying jobs

The growing maturity of intelligent automation technologies offers financial services companies an opportunity to drive more value for their customers and employees – and without the widescale destruction of jobs many people fear will accompany the rise of the...

The future of security: to 2019 and beyond

From the record-breaking number of data breaches to the implementation of a new European data protection law which has global ramifications, 2018 has proven a memorable year for the cybersecurity industry. And there have been plenty of lessons served up for the...

Open source the winner in 2018

The evolution of technology and its increasing importance in business across industry sectors have contributed to open source becoming a focal point for many decision-makers during the past year. As such, it has changed the conversation around how innovation is...

Dominant multinationals could drive SA ICT boom

Major multinational ICT companies can help drive exponential growth in the South African ICT industry by doing more to develop local skills, companies and partners. This is according to Simbo Ntshinka, MD of  Itec Tiyende, who saw  the company achieve Level 1 B-BBEE...

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