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Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s optimism regarding long-term prospects for South Africa’s economy and steel industry has prompted it to continually invest in quality steel equipment. Such an investment was made through the buying of the BLM Adige LT20 jumbo tube laser in... 

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite
Photo by Bloomberg
TUBULAR INNOVATION The LT20 creates new possibilities and innovation for architects and structural designers

Company assists in developing WiFi blueprint for educational institutions

By: Nadine James     24th November 2017 Wireless connectivity firm Ruckus will form part of a consortium of companies developing a blueprint for the implementation of WiFi and other IT services at education institutions.  Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa director Riaan Graham says this blueprint, which will eventually be sent to the National... 

Company assists in developing WiFi blueprint  for educational institutions
RIAAN GRAHAM The functionality would be similar, be it a small public school or large university campus.

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

Shell collaboration helps power London buses with coffee waste

By: Nica Schreuder     20th November 2017 International energy and petrochemicals group Shell, in partnership with London-based clean technology company bio-bean and UK biodiesel producer Argent Energy, is helping power some of London’s buses through a new coffee biodiesel project – launched on Monday – which uses a biofuel made partly... 

Monitoring system streamlines maintenance activities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Global test equipment manufacturer Fluke is enjoying significant market success following the launch of Fluke Connect ™, which combines high-quality test tools and digital technology to help small, medium-sized and large industrial companies streamline critical maintenance operations. 

Monitoring system streamlines maintenance activities
INSTANT INFORMATION Measurements obtained from Fluke Connect enabled tools can be viewed simultaneously at the inspection site and from an off-site location

Organisations’ digital memory gets cloud boost

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The new multipurpose cloud archiving solution, launched by e-mail management multinational Mimecast, can be used to ensure effective archiving of the email communications and documents that function as a company’s “digital memory”, says Mimecast Sales Enablement Manager Nick Saunders. The... 

Organisations’ digital memory  gets cloud boost
NICK SAUNDERS Email serves as the digital memory of companies and remains the main medium for business communications

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters

By: Schalk Burger     17th November 2017 The effective use of analytics to interrogate data related to, for example, geography, population and mobile device usage can help authorities discern underlying patterns and associations that will allow for relevant emergency services to quickly react to floods, fires and other pressing... 

Big Data, analytics to improve responses to natural disasters
ANESHAN RAMLOO Emergency response agencies can model potential disasters and their effects, and enable authorities to develop proactive plans to prevent or mitigate harmful consequences

Datatec puts disappointing first half behind it, looks forward to improvements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2017 Information and communications technology solutions and services provider Datatec on Monday said trading in the first half of its 2018 financial year had been disappointing, with the company reporting earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $39-million for the six months... 

AI can help shed light on value of a company’s intangible assets

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 Artificial Intelligence (AI), by performing repetitive tasks or helping with tasks that rely on masses of data, will allow for a more accurate valuation of intangible assets, such as human capital, performance and expertise, which are often more valuable in the emerging knowledge economy than... 

Business process workload and orchestration platform launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 Software multinational CA Technologies has launched its Automic One Automation workload, release and orchestration products platform in Southern Africa, says Automic Middle East, Africa and Turkey sales VP Nabil Ben Abdallah. IT systems form an integral part the foundations of every company.... 

Business process workload and orchestration platform launched in SA
NABIL BEN ABDALLAH Automic enables companies to add new in-house and cloud-based applications and functions seamlessly

Data on habits of small-store shoppers offers valuable insights for manufacturers

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 Virtual distribution platform company Selpal gathers detailed data of retail shoppers’ habits from small retailers to provide manufacturers with granular insight into the shopping habits of their target audiences, says Selpal CEO Stephen Goldberg. Selpal’s business model helps to guide... 

Integrated, automated security fabric to protect business devices and data

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 The complexity of cyberattacks on businesses and the difficulty in proactively protecting dynamic and flexible networks, as well as the devices and data used in daily business processes, has increased the need for businesses to deploy integrated and automated security technologies. A consolidated... 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 A key focus point of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) – which celebrates its ten-year milestone next year – is to provide access to project opportunities across the African continent. 

Upcoming energy event to showcase African project opportunities
Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart, AEI chairperson Brian Statham and South African Electrotechnical Export Council CEO Chiboni Evans discuss the AEI next year. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

Storage automation in  warehousing globally trending
CUSTOMER INFLUENCE Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities

Intelligent algorithm company 4Sight lists on AltX

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 The first pure technology company to list on the JSE’s AltX in 18 years, decision support technology group 4Sight, has artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and big data technology capabilities, which are reshaping business and individual lives worldwide,... 

Intelligent algorithm company 4Sight lists on AltX
ALTX-LISTING 4Sight directors Antonie Van Rensburg, Gary Lauryssen, Jacques Hattingh and Conal Lewer-Allen at the listing ceremony at the JSE, in Sandton

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 “Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation, competition in information and communication technology, as well as easier access to research and development tax incentives would significantly help to create jobs... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety  and product quality
OBJECT DETECTION The LMS511 Pro object detection system will detect any objects or humans in the reclaimer path

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 The winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Eiffel Tower life-cycle costing competition was announced earlier this month, having proven the success of the association’s new cellphone application (app) and the long-term value of stainless steel as a... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel
A WINNING FORMULA Sassda Western Cape manager Michel Bassson hands Amrish Punwasi his prize for having proven the success of Sassda’s new app

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017, with one in every three industrial cyberattacks carried out against industrial control system (ICS) computers, says global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab critical infrastructure defence head... 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and SA industry must adapt

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is now underway. And there is no way that South African industry can avoid or escape it. Industry 4.0 embraces mobile connectivity, artificial intelligence, “big data”, the Internet of Things (IoT), next-generation robotics, additive... 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and SA industry must adapt

Altron’s continuing operations maintain performance despite ‘tough’ H1

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics’ continuing operations delivered results in line with expectations in the six months ended August 31, despite difficult local economic conditions, a strengthening currency and one-off costs associated with the group’s restructuring processes. Speaking at a... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 The manufacturing sector was second only to the finance industry in terms of the most cyberattacks recorded in any sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2016, information technology (IT) services multinational Dimension Data’s ‘Global Threat Intelligence Report for 2017’ reveals.... 

MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks
Dimension Data Security Solutions MEA executive Sean Duffy

Data governance key for precise, accurate business intelligence systems

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 The rules of data governance, defined as the management of the availability, usability, integrity and security of enterprises’ data, are critical for effective business intelligence (BI) tools, says Yellowfin South Africa distributor AIGS sales and marketing director Gustav Piater. Many modern BI... 

Digital disruption to drive financial inclusion in Africa

     20th October 2017 Digital disruption in the financial services sector is likely to gain further momentum and lead to exciting new business models that will facilitate financial inclusion in Africa, says advisory services provider Deloitte Africa financial services industry leader Roger Verster. 

Digital disruption  to drive financial  inclusion in Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
DIGITAL DISRUPTION Mobile wallet solution m-Pesa is now available in ten countries and has a customer base of about 30-million active users

New security solution effective for African banks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Technology solutions providers Mint Management Technologies and Microsoft are finalising the first version of an anti-money-laundering (AML) solution to help protect African financial institutions from illegal activities without enforcing cumbersome administration processes on clients. 

New security solution  effective for African banks
PRIORITISING PROTECTION Countries are finding it increasingly difficult to participate in the global economy if they are not engaged in some form of anti-money laundering programme

Software solutions key to business growth in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 As Africa’s business sector grows in line with a rapidly expanding population, effective software services are becoming evermore vital to helping companies serve their markets on the continent and globally, says open source software solutions provider SUSE Africa regional manager Matthew Lee. 

Software solutions  key to business  growth in Africa
MATTHEW LEE With the rise of cloud computing, big data and social networking, many businesses are shifting from being a 100% solely run proprietary environment

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 Information and communication technology multinational T-Systems South Africa is investing extensively in Microsoft Azure capabilities and offerings that will be provided as local Microsoft Azure cloud services, says T-Systems South Africa solutions, projects and portfolio Head Rajan Padayachee.... 

T-Systems investing in local Microsoft Azure services and resources
GERT SCHOONBEE Microsoft Azure’s functionality makes it feasible for large or small corporations to move their critical infrastructure to the cloud

BT launches bandwidth on demand service

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 Information and communication technology (ICT) multinational BT has launched a service that enables customers to requisition additional bandwidth for their businesses or between sites for a set amount of time, says BT Network Services VP Keith Langridge. The service enables customers that rely on... 

BT launches bandwidth on  demand service
KEITH LANGRIDGE The virtualisation of network functions is a necessary component for the type of cloud-based flexibility of networks demanded by customers

4Sight lists on AltX

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2017 The first pure technology company to list on the JSE’s AltX in 18 years, technology decision support group 4Sight, has artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things and big data technology capabilities, which are reshaping business and individual lives worldwide, 4Sight CEO... 

4Sight lists on AltX
4Sight Group CEO Antonie Van Rensburg, Group executive merger & acquisitions Gary Lauryssen, Group CFO Jacques Hattingh and non-executive director Conal Lewer-Allen at the JSE on Thursday

Icasa appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2017 Willington Ngwepe has been appointed CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), after having served as acting CEO from July 7. This follows after the suspension of former CEO Pakamile Pongwana, in July. Icasa and Pongwana in August agreed to a “mutual separation”. 

Blockchain technology set to shake up business in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 The advent of blockchain technology is set to radically change the way businesses operate, several speakers at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have said. “Blockchain is so much more transformative than even the Internet revolution because it allows you to transact,” said media and marketing... 

Africa urged to set the trends in digital innovation

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 African countries have the potential to set trends rather than follow them in a world dominated by hurtling changes in information technology (IT), delegates attending the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have heard. Digital and technology transfer expert Lee Naik said over 300-million customers... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Utility management company Bosch Munitech’s specialised Underground Services Location (USL) facility encompasses advanced utility detection and mapping services, which are essential for providing accurate information on buried utility infrastructure layouts, says Bosch Munitech underground and... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information
NECESSARY SERVICE The Underground Services Location facility helps with the planning of new pipe designs, utility diversions and new construction

Product range to expand to construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to the risk posed by utility pipes, and electrical lines and cables in the ground, industrial product supplier Actum Industrial – part of the Actum Group – is targeting the construction, municipal, and oil and gas industry with its Ridgid range of tooling equipment – such as the SR-20 and... 

Product range to expand  to construction industry
BUILDING ON THE PAST The SR-24 utility line locating instrument builds on the SR-20 feature set, adding a global positioning system and wireless communication
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