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Data visualisation being used to optimise supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Supply chain solutions specialist Resolve Solution Partners leverages its technology platforms and systems to simulate various permutations and changes to clients’ logistics processes to develop solutions to problems and improve on current business models. Data visualisation is a powerful tool... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 The mobility of clients and demand for instantaneous services as a result of the boom of connected resources and services has made availability a business imperative, says availability and recovery multinational Veeam Middle East and Africa regional VP Gregg Petersen. Even historically... 

Instant, connected world necessitating ongoing business availability
GREGG PETERSEN Veeam’s software enables the protection and management of data and processes in hybrid cloud environments

Intercontinental alignment agrees to increased economic cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The five member countries of the Brics alignment – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are to strengthen trade and investment between themselves. This was affirmed in the “Xiamen Declaration” issued during the IX Brics Summit in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen. The... 

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

New partnership to raise awareness of industrial cybersecurity threats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Industrial control and automation multinational Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to raise awareness of global industrial cybersecurity needs, standards and the changing security landscape, as well as provide joint expertise for production information... 

Cybercrime becoming a major threat in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has ranked South Africa sixth and seventh on the cybercrime predator list, which means that there is an increasing amount of fraud being perpetrated from the country, says computer forensics company Cyanre CEO Danny Myburgh. Speaking at the ninth Chartered... 

Cybercrime becoming a major threat in South Africa

EOH focuses on own IP, Africa and Middle East for growth

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2017 JSE-listed information technology (IT) firm EOH is growing its own software, services and solutions, while gradually expanding its presence in the rest of Africa and the Middle East. At a presentation of the group's financial results for the year ended June 30, on Tuesday, CEO Zunaid Mayet... 

Encha appoints new chief technology officer

By: Samantha Herbst     18th September 2017 Information and communication technology professional Andy Brauer is the new chief technology officer of investment company Encha – an appointment in line with the company’s strategy to attract partners who are subject-matter domain experts with relevant industry-specific experience and... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Analytics facilitates machine learning and AI systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Analytics is an important component of the technology mix and technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, will not deliver strategic business value without effective analytics at their core, says enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Africa Business Analytics... 

Cloud-based security solutions to be part of building management systems

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Building security solutions will converge with information technology (IT) infrastructure, enterprise applications and external systems, becoming an Internet of Things to deliver more than perimeter surveillance, authentication and protection of assets and people, says converged IT systems firm... 

Consumer demand for wearable devices set to continue

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 Sales of wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers, are set to increase by 16.7%, from 265.8-million units in 2016 to 310.4-million in 2017, according to predictions from US-based research and advisory company Gartner.  

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Tshwane City to ask court to set aside multibillion-rand broadband contract

By: African News Agency      14th September 2017 The City of Tshwane on Thursday said it has approached the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the “so-called Tshwane Broadband contract” with Thobela Telecoms on the grounds that the previous administration entered into the contract unlawfully. At a press conference at Tshwane House in... 

Altron expects higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) expects a 16% to 36% rise in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months to August 31 to be between 36c and 42c apiece, compared with the 31c apiece recorded in the corresponding half-year in 2016. Similarly, basic earnings per share (EPS) are... 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

Analytical acumen of greater value than Big Data

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 The acme of analytics does not depend on the size of the dataset, but on the capabilities of analysts to derive meaning and, consequently, value from the data, says Barclays Africa chief data officer (CDO) Pieter Vorster. Therefore, so-called big data analytics does not differ from typical data... 

Bringing data to life using advanced analytics

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 Information services multinational Experian has established innovation laboratories, which it terms “DataLabs”, in the US, Brazil and UK to stimulate organic product development, says Experian VP Eric Haller. Since the first laboratory was launched in San Diego, in the US, in 2011, products... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa
RODRICK NAIDOO Countries that have their own crude resources and established mega-refineries could never be outpriced by a South African refinery

Indaba seeks to strengthen Africa’s machine learning expertise

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 International machine learning experts will present the latest theories and practices in deep learning and its applications at the Deep Learning Indaba to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from September 10 to 15. More than 300 attendees from Africa and around the world will... 

Infrastructure expansion will boost oil rig traffic

     8th September 2017 South African ports are projected to receive an injection of almost R44.4-billion over the coming five years from State-owned logistics operator Transnet, which will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in South Africa, says defence and security solutions supplier... 

Infrastructure expansion  will boost oil rig traffic
Photo by Bloomberg
INCREASED CAPABILITY Expansions of South Africa’s port infrastructure will increase the number of oil rigs docking for maintenance and repairs in the country

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy
PROJECT REVIEW The Square Kilometre Array Africa partner countries reviewed the African SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, and the Big Data Africa initiative

Alviva to leverage services strength for growth over next year

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2017 Business information and communication technology (ICT) company Alviva will leverage the investments made into its subsidiaries and infrastructure, which has helped to reduce gearing, broadened its offerings and improved efficiencies, to drive growth over the next year. The firm had increased the... 

Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

Smartwatches set to dominate R4tr wearables market

By: News24Wire      1st September 2017 Over 300-million wearable devices are expected to be sold in 2017 generating almost R4-trillion, according to research firm Gartner. A recent study by the company revealed that wearable device sales are expected to grow by 16.7% during the year, with an estimated sale of 41.5-million smartwatches... 

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 Information and communication technology (ICT) service provider T-Systems South Africa has launched product life-cycle management (PLM) solutions for local industries, says T-Systems South Africa Automotive and Manufacturing Industries business development and strategy head Michael Frans. The... 

Digital product life-cycle management solutions launched in SA
MICHAEL FRANS The PLM solutions enable products and services to be managed from design and engineering through to the customer environment

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through  software and sensors
DMU210P The DMU210P is available with up to 5-axis and is valued at about €1.2-million

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre confirms significant African appetite

By: Schalk Burger     1st September 2017 The new Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility being built in Riverfields, Ekurhuleni, is an indication of the continuing growth in demand for hosting services in Africa, says neutral data centre firm Teraco Data Environments CEO Lex van Wyk. The demand is driven by big data and cloud... 

New hyperscale Gauteng data centre  confirms significant African appetite
JAN HNIZDO The Riverfields data centre facility represents about 20% of the capacity of the South Africa-based outsourced market

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with investment company Bottega InvestCo in the acquisition of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services company Getronics. The transaction, which is supported by specialist banking and asset management... 

Servest acquires stake in ICT services company
Photo by Duane Daws
ENABLING TRANSACTION The transaction, will enable Servest to provide a seamless facility management and mobile technology offering for its growing client base

Cell C disputes Icasa’s view that recapitalisation amounts to licensee control change

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2017 Telecommunications service provider Cell C on Thursday refuted that its recapitalisation amounted to a transfer of control that would have required approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). “Based on extensive legal advice, there has not been any transfer of... 

Adapt IT pursues Pan-African expansion

By: Schalk Burger     28th August 2017 JSE-listed specialised software group Adapt IT aims to gain a foothold in all African markets as part of its strategy to become a R3-billion-a-year-turnover business by 2020, CEO Sbu Shabalala said on Monday. The group grew its turnover by 25% year-on-year to R994-million for the financial year... 

Business skills critical to leveraging technology effectively

By: Schalk Burger     25th August 2017 While many new technologies and solutions are being offered to enterprises, their effective use requires effective management and strategic direction to ensure that the enterprises derive the expected benefits over the short- and long-term, says business intelligence (BI) firm PBT Group Gauteng... 

Business skills critical to leveraging technology effectively
YOLANDA SMIT A company’s agility is a function of its people and the ways they work and think, not the technologies they use

Digitalisation must be embraced by trucking industry

     25th August 2017 Digitalisation will rapidly transform the trucking industry in the near future, as it will force the industry to embrace this concept, or risk being unable to compete. This message was emphasised at this year’s fourth annual TruckX and FleetX conference and expo, which took place at the Kyalami... 

Digitalisation must  be embraced by  trucking industry
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTONOMY Autonomous vehicle technology is being tested around the world, and will force the trucking industry to adapt to technological innovations

Enterprise content management can facilitate full document traceability

By: Schalk Burger     25th August 2017 Digitally managing all documents and processes help businesses to overcome challenges and reduce delays when transitioning to new systems, says enterprise content management firm Hyland Southern Africa Regional Manager Monique Williams. Central management and control of documents and,... 

Enterprise content management can facilitate full  document traceability
MONIQUE WILLIAMS Business technologies will continually evolve and businesses must become agile to leverage these systems

Trojan malware generates fake views and clicks for advertisements

By: Schalk Burger     25th August 2017 A Trojan malware that generates revenue by selling fraudulently generated clicks for advertisement views on websites uses small businesses’ machines as part of large botnets. The malware is spread by unscrupulous online advertising companies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab... 

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