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Undisclosed group eyes Blue Label buy-out

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2014 An undisclosed company has made a play for Blue Label Telecoms, with discussions now under way, the JSE-listed telecommunications group said on Wednesday. In a cautionary announcement to shareholders, Blue Label stated that a nonbinding expression of interest (EoI) to acquire all the issued... 

Datatec’s Westcon buys Verecloud

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2014 JSE-listed information and communication technology group Datatec’s Westcon subsidiary has acquired US-based cloud services business Verecloud for $12-million. Verecloud, which was established in 2006, is the developer of an advanced channel distribution platform for cloud and services solutions... 

Datatec’s Westcon buys Verecloud
Photo by Duane Daws
Jens Montanana

Jasco consolidates coastal footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2014 Jasco Enterprise has restructured its coastal offices into a single coastal division serving the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the company announced on Tuesday. The newly consolidated division, led by executive head of coastal regions Karel Botha, aimed to strengthen the company’s... 

Telkom to cut its R17bn procurement bill

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th August 2014 Embattled telecommunications giant Telkom is eyeing significant procurement cost cuts as part of actions to return the group to sustainability. In the 2014 financial year, Telkom spent roughly R17-billion with suppliers, chief procurement officer Ian Russell said at an investor presentation... 

Telkom to cut its R17bn procurement bill

EOH says all business channels functioning effectively and profitably

By: Schalk Burger     1st August 2014 A well-defined corporate culture, philosophy and principles, along with industry experts in all of its diverse industry channels, enable information technology (IT) services company EOH to achieve strong and sustained growth. EOH CEO Asher Bohbot notes that all its business channels are... 

Former Itec MD, rugby star relaunch Seartec  

By: Tracy Hancock     18th July 2014 Although CEO Mark McChlery and chief marketing officer Bob Skinstad likened themselves to children in a playground when taking on the task of “reengineering and repositioning” the Seartec brand, the “young, dynamic and enthusiastic guys” were like proud fathers on the day of the relaunch, nine... 

    Former Itec MD, rugby star relaunch Seartec
Seartec CEO Mark McChlery talks about Seartec’s relaunch while chief marketing officer Bob Skinstad discusses his transition from rugby to business. To watch the video, scan the barcode with TagReader (at www.gettag.mobi) on your cellphone, or go to ‘Video Clips’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Camera work: Duane Daws. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Project management builds efficient environments

By: Bruce Montiea     18th July 2014 In times of change, in order for the vision and strategy of a company to be realised, there needs to be proper project management, says Johnson Controls Africa Region project operations manager Yasas Jayakody. “Project management helps to drive organisations forward by building the frameworks and... 

Project management builds efficient environments
YASAS JAYAKODY Project management drives organisations forward

South Africa home to new digital wallet

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2014 As e-commerce and digital payments gain traction worldwide, Mastercard, in conjunction with Standard Bank, on Tuesday launched a digital wallet mobile phone application, MasterPass, as a new way to transact safely and securely when shopping online. MasterPass would enable South Africans to... 

South Africa home to new digital wallet

Cloud services protect confidentiality, prevent document manipulation

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2014 National, provincial and municipal government departments are increasingly adopting cloud document management to protect their internal communications and prevent documents from being manipulated or lost, says cloud email and document company Mimecast sales director Andrew Soddy. Such cloud... 

Hosting service providers enable companies to test analytics systems

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2014 Companies can test whether big data analytics systems can improve their business performance using the hardware and resources of hosting service providers, says business intelligence company PBT Group business intelligence consultant Willem Conradie. Companies, and even small businesses, are... 

R1.2bn broadband project core to Gauteng’s ‘smart province’ ambitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2014 Gauteng has taken a step towards implementing its so-called “smart province” strategy, with an extensive R1.2-billion broadband project, which is designed to promote greater government efficiency, stimulate innovation and knowledge creation and lay the basis for higher levels of economic growth.... 

R1.2bn broadband project core to Gauteng’s ‘smart province’ ambitions

Strong growth for application delivery controllers in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th June 2014 Application delivery company F5 Networks foresees significant growth in the use of its application optimisation technologies in Africa as companies and telecommunications service providers try to improve user experience and protect revenue, says F5 Networks UK, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa... 

Cloud enables business to lower basic IT costs, says Microsoft

By: Schalk Burger     9th May 2014 The pervasiveness of cloud offerings and the ubiquitous use of cloud in daily consumer life should prompt companies to use cloud services while reducing their internal costs of information technology (IT) systems and equipment, says global software giant Microsoft South Africa director Damian... 

Convergence, flexibility driving open standards for business IT

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2014 The development, convergence and mobility of modern information technology (IT) is challenging companies to have more agile systems. This may require more use of open IT standards to enable movement into and out of cloud services, says international open source IT company RedHat southern Europe,... 

Business Connexion issues cautionary as it targets ‘sustainable’ return on total equity

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th April 2014 JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX) on Tuesday said it planned to reach a sustainable return on total equity of 17% as it targeted an African expansion and continued merger and acquisition activity, while advising shareholders that its board of directors had “entered into discussions”. BCX... 

Business Connexion issues cautionary as it targets ‘sustainable’ return on total equity

Transparent service level agreements can improve Internet experience

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2014 Service level agreements (SLAs) for Internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa are often difficult to understand and do not help to improve customer experience. The transparency of SLAs should be improved to boost the use of ISP services in South Africa, says Internet service provider,... 

Gijima gains some traction in improving profitability

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st March 2014 Information and communications technology services group Gijima said it was “forging its way” back on track after reporting improved profitability during the six months to December 2013. The JSE-listed group said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation bounced back into the... 

Technology group challenges South Africa to create job opportunities for youths

By: Schalk Burger     28th March 2014 Technology services firm EOH CEO Asher Bohbot has challenged all companies in South Africa to create employment opportunities for youths. EOH has trained 600 people a year for the past two years and permanently employed about 450 of these trainees a year, creating sustainable, necessary... 

New IT functionality driving archive migration

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2014 New functionality of data archiving platforms and new methods of consumption, including cloud-based services are driving companies to migrate their archives to new platforms or into hosted environments. However, migrations can severely impact on business functions until they are complete and it... 

EOH interim results impress owing to organic growth and acquisitions

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2014 JSE-listed information technology firm EOH increased revenue by 38.4% to R3.308-billion and profit after tax by 49.4% to R224-million for the six months ended January 31, attributing this to organic growth and acquisitions. The company reported revenue and profit after tax for the previous... 

EOH interim results impress owing to organic growth and acquisitions
Photo by Duane Daws
EOH CEO Asher Bohbot

MTN eyes African business expansion in a ‘new world’ of business

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th February 2014 MTN Business has entered an “exciting” era as the telecommunications group shifts from being a predominantly mobile operator to becoming an end-to-end integrated technology solutions provider in a “new world” of business. MTN aimed to distinguish its rapidly evolving enterprise business unit from... 

MTN eyes African business expansion in a ‘new world’ of business
MTN's Kanagaratnam Lambotharan

Testing the best path to virtualisation

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 Virtualisation is a disruptive information technology (IT) trend, but companies can use rental and managed services to test virtualisation while addressing specific goals or challenges, says recovery specialist company Veeam South Africa manager Warren Olivier. Virtualisation offers easy backup... 

Mimecast focuses on new capabilities, organic growth

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2014 Cloud email service specialist Mimecast will add new capabilities to the existing functionality of its cloud services platform and this year’s focus is on expanding its presence in terms of existing clients and new clients, says Mimecast MD Brandon Bekker. The company launched its large-file... 

Companies not fully prepared for Popi Act, lawyer warns

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2013 The signing into law of the Protection of Personal Information (Popi) Act No 4 of 2013 last month is a significant step towards facilitating cross-border trade for the South African economy, but many companies are largely unprepared, as they underestimate the gravity and complexity involved in... 

Hosted fibre-optic solution offers speed, cost advantages

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2013 Fibre optic networks provide high-capacity and high-speed direct access to co-located networking and data centre infrastructure, which enables carrier-grade network and data centre infrastructure to be provided as a monthly service, reducing capital and operational costs, says Internet service... 

Sasol completes Phase 1 of its eco-industrial park

By: Joanne Taylor     1st November 2013 Phase 1 of Sasol Group’s new ChemCity Eco Industrial Park (CEIP), a 172 ha site in Sasolburg, in the Free State, has been completed. Phase 1 comprised 110 light-industry stands of between 630 m2 and 990 m2, of which 17 have been transferred to their new owners. 

Datacentrix improves earnings, accelerates acquisitive growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th October 2013 As JSE-listed Datacentrix’s years-long organic growth strategy comes to term, the integrated information and communication technology (ICT) group planned to accelerate its acquisitive growth strategy. Discussions with several undisclosed parties were under way to complement the organic growth... 

Datacentrix improves earnings, accelerates acquisitive growth
Photo by Duane Daws
Datacentrix CEO Ahmed Mahomed

Strong focus on skills helps EOH grow revenue from services

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2013 A strong focus on skills, including development and retention, is assisting JSE-listed cloud and outsourced services company EOH in achieving its goal of strengthening its diverse information and communication technology services, says EOH CEO Asher Bohbot. The focus on EOH employee skills and... 

New IDs to cost R5.3bn 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2013 The national roll-out of South Africa’s new smart identification document (ID) cards was expected to cost about R5.34-billion, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has confirmed. This was based on the 38.2-million IDs registered in the National Population Register as at May 21, she said in... 

New IDs to cost R5.3bn
Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor

Archiving imperative underpins growth at records-management group

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2013 JSE-listed records management group Metrofile says the necessity for businesses to archive and manage physical and digital information enabled its records-management unit to achieve double-digit growth in 2013. But CEO Graham Wackrill says the company also reduced its debt-to-equity ratio to... 

By declaring 2014 the 'year of agriculture', the African Union hopes to spur a green revolution 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th September 2013 Despite some strides having been made over the past decade to enhance agricultural development across Africa, there is not escaping the reality that the continent continues to face serious challenges of hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty. This has prompted the African Union (AU) Assembly of... 

By declaring 2014 the 'year of agriculture', the African Union hopes to spur a green revolution

Construction consultancy skills can improve project management

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2013 Construction companies can use international construction consultants to access international best practice skills to win contracts for major local and international projects and manage commercial risks, says UK-based global construction consultancy Systech International CEO Stephen Rayment.... 

R9bn ICT research roadmap moves into implementation stage, but funding remains a challenge

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2013 Following the April approval by Cabinet of the information and communications technology (ICT) research, development and innovation (RDI) Roadmap, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) ICT arm, the Meraka Institute, is... 

R9bn ICT research roadmap moves into implementation stage,  but funding remains a challenge

Understanding IT patterns can help boost manufacturing performance

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2013 Mining and manufacturing companies can improve performance and collaboration, as well as prepare for future business intelligence systems, by determining how they use information technology (IT) services, says unified email and data service company Mimecast customer experience director Christelle... 

Data encryption an effective tool to maintain data control

By: Schalk Burger     6th September 2013 Companies should encrypt data to retain control of their data exposure, ensuring that corporate information is not compromised or lost, says managed service provider Global Micro Solutions MD JJ Milner. The Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Bill will require all companies to access and... 

Modern monitoring technology reduces theft

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Technology which allows for the extreme compression of video footage, enables transportation companies to remotely view live footage from vehicles in transit, ensuring reduced response times to various situations such as hijacking, theft, and improper following of operator policies and... 

Organisations to be liable for protecting personal data if Info Bill becomes law

By: Schalk Burger     9th August 2013 The pending Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Bill will regulate the access to and processing of personal data of individuals and juristic persons and will result in public and private institutions being responsible for protecting personal data, even from cybercrime attacks, says law firm... 

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