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Software-defined storage proposed to improve data access

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2018 The need for companies to balance the costs, performance and capacity of their data storage resources has resulted in a complex mix of storage tiers, which also limits the benefits that can be derived from the faster access and analysis of data. However, software-defined storage solutions can... 

5G spectrum could boost global GDP by $565bn

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2018 A new study by GSMA shows that the release of the right fifth-generation (5G) spectrum could generate an additional $565-billion in global gross domestic product (GDP) and $152-billion in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034. Next-generation 5G services, leveraging sufficient millimetre wave (mmWave)... 

EOH CEO review leads group to focus on four operating units

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2018 A review of the business by JSE-listed EOH CEO Stephen van Coller during his first 100 days in the position has led the company to refine and expand its reporting and management into four distinct operating units, which enables it to better support these businesses with different focuses, capital... 

High-performance computing conference stimulates cyberinfrastructure development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) Conference, held in Cape Town earlier this month, provided a platform for students to showcase their skills in building supercomputers and ideas around preventing cybercrime. The CHPC is one of three primary pillars of the national... 

Liquid to invest $400m in Egypt over three years

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2018 Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom plans to inject $400-million into Egypt’s network infrastructure and data centres over the next three years. This follows the signing of a partnership agreement between Telecom Egypt, which is working to connect Egyptian businesses to the rest of Africa... 

Artisan training moving to high technology

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 Artisans are receiving training on cyberphysical systems, which are hallmarks of modern industrial systems and are becoming commonplace in industry to prepare for employment in Industry 4.0 companies, says industry training college Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. For example,... 

Virtual, augmented reality now part of construction processes

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and building information modelling (BIM) in construction and consulting engineering are important elements of a fully integrated approach to project delivery, says multinational engineering consultancy Aecom Buildings and Places digital project... 

Digital disruption to bring core engineering skills to fore

By: Schalk Burger     30th November 2018 Far from posing a threat to engineering as a profession, local engineering experts believe that the digital transformation of industries and of society is amplifying the importance of the core competencies of engineering disciplines and bringing them to the fore. Defining and solving complex... 

Digital disruption to bring core engineering skills to fore

Etion falls into the red in H1

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th November 2018 JSE-listed Etion, previously called Ansys, on Wednesday posted a significant triple-digit slide in earnings for the six months ended September 30, mainly as a result of the costs of its latest acquisition, LawTrust. The diversified digital technology solutions provider reported a 108.6% plunge in... 

Altron’s Altech Radio Holdings rebrands as Altron Nexus

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2018 JSE-listed information and communications technology (ICT) giant Allied Electronics (Altron) subsidiary Altech Radio Holdings has been rebranded as Altron Nexus. This follows on the parent company’s brand repositioning, which unites all its businesses under one brand identity. 

Cryptocurrencies gaining traction

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2018 Cryptocurrencies, which are blockchain-enabled and digitally encrypted representations of financial value, are gaining more prominence among the general populace and have moved beyond solely speculative assets, a survey commissioned by cryptocurrency trading platform Luno says. Luno South Africa... 

Cryptocurrencies gaining traction
MARIUS REITZ Cryptocurrencies are suitable for use in a digital economy

Ramaphosa merges Ministries in Cabinet reshuffle 

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday in his much anticipated Cabinet reshuffle the merging of the Telecommunications and Postal Services Ministry with the Communications Ministry, under the leadership of Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The merger will take place after the 2019... 

Ramaphosa merges Ministries in Cabinet reshuffle
President Cyril Ramaphosa

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge winner announced

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th November 2018 Team Authentic8 was on Friday declared the winner of the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and University of the Witwatersrand's (Wits') Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct’s security access management hackathon, also called the Access Management System Challenge. The announcement was... 

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge winner announced

IoT tools can be used to improve water management

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2018 The Internet of Things (IoT) can help preserve scare resources, as pollution and climate change results in greater pressure on water supply and increasing human population and urbanisation leads to a higher demand, Apex Innovation MD Brynn Williams says. “The consequence [of this trend] is higher... 

Business intelligence tools becoming more collaborative

By: Schalk Burger     16th November 2018 Business intelligence tools are adopting various collaboration features and tools to better match the collaborative aspects of business processes and workflows, says business information software firm AIGS Insights sales and marketing director Gustav Piater. Users need to be able to put their... 

Icasa calls for comment for IMT roadmap

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th November 2018 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on Tuesday called for public comment on its draft International Mobile Telephony (IMT) Roadmap. Stakeholders have until January 18 to give their views on the document that seeks to unlock universal availability of broadband... 

Mindworx, Rainmaker join forces to accelerate African businesses’ digital transformation

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2018 Business services consultancy Mindworx and UK-based digital and business transformation specialist Rainmaker Solutions have joined forces to accelerate the transformation of African businesses for the digital age. The partnership combines global innovation with local expertise and provides... 

Standard Bank launches Internet banking in Chinese

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2018 Financial services provider Standard Bank successfully launched its first Chinese Internet banking site in Angola this week. With more than 30 000 active Chinese-owned firms in Africa, Standard Bank believes it can grow Africa-China trade by building and managing an innovative and effective... 

Improved performance, energy efficiency and fault-finding

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 A new cloud-based analytical building optimisation platform for building management systems analyses building data, and helps property owners and managers to improve building performance, fault finding and corrective action, as well as reduce energy costs, says building technology multinational... 

Efficiency prominence increasing in South African businesses

9th November 2018 Energy solutions company Energy Partners Intelligence has developed a utility management platform that can display an organisation’s energy-related data in real time. The management tool, called GLO, is a Web- and mobile-based utility management software designed for real-time metering and data... 

Cities need to invest up to $5.4tn a year to develop resilient infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 All forms of infrastructure are critical for the expected global urban growth, yet cities face a $4.5-trillion- to $5.4-trillion-a-year investment gap to develop resilient infrastructure. Smart cities are a response to infrastructure and funding challenges, says consulting engineering firm WSP... 

Cities need to invest up to $5.4tn a year to develop resilient infrastructure
ALISON GROVES A focus on sustainability will help build cities and spaces for rural communities that are liveable and resilient

Dimension Data expands Silicon Cape partnership

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2018 Information and communication technology (ICT) group Dimension Data has expanded its partnership with innovation ecosystem coordinator Silicon Cape after joining as a blue member of the organisation’s Africa-first membership. The Africa-first membership, launched in July, is an evolved model that... 

Ayo to post higher earnings for FY18, but below forecast

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2018 JSE-listed Ayo Technology on Tuesday said it expects to report higher attributable net profit of between R142-million and R162-million for the financial year ended August 31, compared with the net profit of R16.7-million posted for the prior financial year. The group expects to report basic... 

Ethos achieves first R700m investment under new large buyout fund

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2018 Private equity investor Ethos has invested R700-million in global financial technology (fintech) provider Channel VAS. The investment is the first under Ethos’ new large-buyout fund, Ethos Fund VII, which is seeking to attract R8-billion in capital commitments from local and institutional investors. 

Don't leave half the world offline and behind, urges Web founder

By: Reuters     6th November 2018 British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, appealed on Monday for companies and governments not to leave behind half of the world population yet to have internet access, which includes billions of women and girls. Berners-Lee told the opening of the Europe's... 

Smart, self-managing lighting the future for municipalities

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The time of humans controlling light fixtures is fading rapidly, says BEKA Schréder product development manager Daniel Kasper. “The luminaire will control itself; it will react and adjust by itself to the conditions around it. Soon there will be no need for light switches.” 

Satellite connectivity can reduce sky-high Internet prices – MzansiSat

By: Schalk Burger     2nd November 2018 Accessible and affordable broadband Internet connectivity can be achieved through an infrastructure network that uses geostationary satellite technology to provide connectivity, says local satellite operator MzansiSat CEO Bart Cilliers. A study by Point Topic revealed that asymmetric digital... 

South Africa moves to reboot digital migration after years of delay

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2018 Following years since embarking on, and the subsequent stalling of, South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) hopes to revive its momentum after revising its digital migration delivery model. The revised model approved by Cabinet in... 

South Africa moves to reboot digital migration  after years of delay

Industry needs to adapt to new technology or risk becoming irrelevant

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 By doubling the pace at which the local workforce acquires the skills demanded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), South Africa can significantly reduce potential job losses. This would, however, require the development of solutions appropriate for Africa, Accenture MD Eric Croeser said at... 

Oracle pursuing digital transformation in construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st October 2018 The construction industry is not implementing digital transformation as fast as other industries are and this presents many opportunities for companies. This was outlined at a Navigating the Future of Projects event, hosted by Oracle Construction and Engineering, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. 

Businesses need increased awareness when managing risks – Dlamini

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2018 Given the fact that the world is marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and increasing ambiguity, retail property group Massmart chairperson Kuseni Dlamini on Tuesday suggested that businesses need to be “that much more aware and vigilant in terms of managing risks in the most appropriate... 

Businesses need increased awareness when managing risks – Dlamini
Photo by Dylan Slater
Massmart chairperson Kuseni Dlamini

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th October 2018 The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID), with the assistance of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Centre for Applied Research and Innovation in the Built Environment, is achieving unprecedented monitoring of the infrastructure development and construction projects that it... 

Drones helping revolutionise Gauteng’s infrastructure projects
Photo by Creamer Media
Gauteng infrastructure development MEC Jacob Mamabolo

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 A cost-effective, handheld soil and water chemical testing device for use in agriculture is being developed and tested by information technology research subsidiary IBM Research, says IBM Research Brazil Industrial Technology & Science manager Dr Mathias Steiner. The AgroPad is a business... 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture
AGROPAD SCAN Farmers can gain meaningful information to optimise conditions to grow a specific crop

More data to train machines set to change business functions

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Machine learning, underpinned by massive volumes of data, and the cognitive systems they enable will be key to business in the future, says data management company CommVault Europe, Middle East and Africa senior marketing director Nigel Williams. Whether it is computational fluid dynamics or... 

ICT company continues to deliver on growth plans in H1

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 Information and communications technology (ICT) provider Allied Electronics (Altron) continued to deliver on its growth plans and reduce its debt, and completed the divestment of noncore assets in the six months to August 31. During a conference call on Thursday, the JSE-listed company noted that... 

ICT company continues to deliver on growth plans in H1
Altron group CE Mteto Nyati
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