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AI expected to be key disrupter in transition to smart-city status

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 According to research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), about 54.5% of the global population is living in urban areas, which is expected to increase to about 70% in the next 35 years. As such, the US-based investment service provider highlights that urbanisation and smart cities, as well... 

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector

     23rd June 2017 According to growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan, the Internet of Things and data analytics are transforming the manufacturing space, as data is the new currency. “With the rise of cognitive technologies, human intervention will no longer be needed for logical and reasonable decision-making.... 

Australian miners lag on innovation and technology – report

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th June 2017 A report by global consulting firm VCI has warned that the Australian resources sector is falling short on innovation and technology strategy. VCI’s State of Play report surveyed over 800 leaders from 321 companies in the global mining industry and uncovered that, while 66% of Australian mining... 

Artificial Intelligence - heading for The Cloud(s)

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2017 By Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Tech PTY LTD Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Cloud are making an impact in everyone’s business and personal lives. The sheer volume of data being generated daily, by billions across the globe, has accelerated the development of both, and prompted the need for... 

New vision needed for conservation

By: Saliem Fakir     26th May 2017 A friend of mine, Mark Halle, argues that the world of conservation is going nowhere and that a new vision is needed to take it out of its maelstrom. I agree and often solutions are not found in defensive postures but in the offensive realm. Three things will determine the future of conservation... 

Ricoh SA embraces modern operations with new premises

     17th May 2017 Ricoh SA will move offices on May 26, 2017 from Bedfordview to 28 Milky Way, Linbro Business Park, Linbro.   The move consolidates the Pretoria and Johannesburg operations under a single roof while retaining all employees, including the warehouse, to reduce costs and improve service delivery,... 

AI systems seen as key to managing contact centre as volumes rise

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2017 Using artificial intelligence (AI) systems will be necessary to effectively manage the volumes of simultaneous customer interactions over multiple contact channels in digital economies, says customer interaction software developer Hi.guru strategic business development consultant Nicholas... 

How to survive and thrive from technology disruptions - SAPICS

     9th May 2017 Global industry already employs over a million working robots, and robotic devices perform about 80% of the work in car manufacture. Along with drones, 3-D printing, big data and machine-to-machine communication, these new technologies are transforming the business world – and supply chain... 

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

     5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Digital platform opens up ‘new collar’ work vista for millions of Africans

By: Schalk Burger     28th April 2017 Digital devices and systems are crucial components of almost all professions and are changing industries and economies worldwide. Familiarity and competence with these technologies are usually the result of education and access to the technologies. Technology multinational IBM’s Digital-Nation... 

Design Thinking: The X factor in your digital transformation

     24th March 2017 You may have heard about the sword of Damocles, hanging above its target by a single hair. It’s a metaphor often used to describe impending doom, yet this is not the actual meaning. The story goes that a servant was taken by all of a king’s wealth and wanted to partake in that luxury. The king... 

Returns will be key to fulfulling AI’s business promise

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 Using artificial intelligence (AI) to support business operations is not fully understood, and the availability of time and skills, as well as return on investment criteria, must be taken into account to justify investments in AI and ensure that the intended benefits are achieved, says market... 

AI seen improving the productive capacity of skilled workers

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation mean that technologies will be used to manage many of standard activities and improve the productive capacity of skilled workers, says international consultancy KPMG South Africa technology sector leader Frank Rizzo. Knowledge workers are... 

New air and ground urban transport concept pops up

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled at the recent 87th Geneva... 

Intel eyes four critical interlinked focus areas of the digital era

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2017 With the world continuing to scratch only the surface of what is possible in the digital era, information and communication technology giant Intel is, this year, narrowing its focus to four key areas it believes will play a critical role in society in future. Intel’s 2017 focus areas include... 

European groups unveil new air/ground urban transport concept

By: Keith Campbell     8th March 2017 European aerospace giant Airbus and Italy-based transport design, engineering and production services company Italdesign have combined to design a new approach to meeting future traffic snarl-ups in major cities, which they have designated Pop.Up. This was unveiled on Tuesday at the... 

IBM aims to train 25m young Africans using free digital skills platform

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Technology multinational IBM launched a $70-million (R945-million) digital literacy and skills development initiative aimed at training 25-million people in Africa over five years. The Digital Nation Africa (DNA) initiative is being undertaken in partnership with African universities, companies... 

Digitisation of project management imperative for project success

By: Victor Moolman     17th February 2017 Business management consultant SSG Consulting will continue to focus on project management and execution as its core business this year, with the intent of increasing its drive to further improve operational throughput of organisations and projects by 30% to 50%, despite the challenges facing the... 

Rise of robotics and AI discussed at Davos 2017

     13th February 2017 The hot topic of the rise of robotics and its impact on global workforces was again discussed at the latest Davos WEF this year. As Brexit and the US presidential inauguration emphasized the increased volatility of a world in economic and political flux, leaders have highlighted the pursuit of... 

IBM launches free digital skills development platform for Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2017 Technology multinational IBM has launched a $70-million (R945-million) digital literacy and skills development initiative aimed at training 25-million people in Africa over five years. The Digital Nation Africa (DNA) initiative is being undertaken in partnership with African universities,... 

Swinging the balance of power: now the customer really is in charge!

     26th January 2017 Genesys Interactive Intelligence forum gives insight into how companies can improve the customer experience in today’s digital age. In the new digital age, customers hold all the power and businesses around the world are sitting up and paying attention. This emerged at the recent Customer... 

Wipro Positioned as a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Application Testing Services, Worldwide 2016

     19th January 2017 Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company, has announced that it has been positioned as a 'Leader' in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Application Testing Services, Worldwide 2016 for the third consecutive year. The report authored by... 

Addressing the laws of innovation

     18th January 2017 Genesys Interactive Intelligence forum reveals that only innovations that diminish a limitation and change market rules will become disruptive In an era of innovation, everyone has an opportunity to disrupt the market, but few will succeed, according to Henning du Preez, disruptive innovation... 

Shell Lubricants Market Leader for the tenth year in a row

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th December 2016 Shell Lubricants has retained its global market leading position in 2015 with 11.6% market share, according to Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2016 report. This is the tenth consecutive year that Shell Lubricants has been named the number one global... 

Are Chatbots revolutionizing the customer service industry?

     2nd December 2016 Johannesburg - November 15, 2016 - As businesses globally seek to reduce overheads while boosting customer service and efficiency, there is a meteoric rise of the Chatbot and AI, linked to automated and intelligent self-service. Accordingly, many customer service centres are currently being... 

SA mining sector generally not yet ready to willingly adopt modernised mining methods

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 The South African mining sector is, generally, not yet in a position to willingly adopt and implement an array of digitalised and modernised mining methods, contrary to advisory and general industry views on the need to modernise mines to prepare them for the future, according to University of... 

Driverless cars: A new way of life and a new cybersecurity challenge

     24th October 2016 Cars are an essential part of our everyday life, and are crucial to transporting thousands of commuters on a daily basis through busy towns and cities, and from one country to another. With “smart” vehicles playing such a major role in our day-to-day lives, it’s no surprise that semi- and... 

The technologies to make mining great again already exist, but are mining firms ready to adopt them?

     4th October 2016 Energy & Natural Resources - South Africa, Wipro Limited and Gavin Holme, Business Head - Africa, Wipro Limited   A raft of highly-matured existing technologies are now, available to miners in their quest to transform their operations, enhance efficiency and productivity, improve safety levels,... 

Ford sets 2021 target for high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

Risk of malfunctioning algorithms leads to calls for new AI regulation

By: Schalk Burger     9th September 2016 Although artificial intelligence (AI) is set to improve financial institutions' risk management, credit provision, asset management, trading and hedge funds, certain risks will remain, says multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie Banking and Finance partner Chris Hogan. These risks include... 

Eight essential technologies that businesses should consider, according to PwC

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2016 Global advisory firm PwC has identified the Internet of Things (IoT), alongside virtual reality and three-dimensional (3D) printing, as one of the eight essential technologies that C-suite executives should be considering. In a report titled ‘Tech Breakthroughs Megatrend’, the firm evaluated more... 

Great people needed for great cybersecurity technologies

     2nd September 2016 As chief technology officer, my primary mandate is to develop technologies to help our enterprise customers improve their security postures. As we cross our 300-patent milestone after 16 years in the business, I am encouraged by the good progress we have made.   In recent times, however, it has... 

Software maximises mineral recovery

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Process management specialists BluESP’s advanced process control (APC) solution uses software that incorporates multivariable model predictive control to manage and stabilise complex interactions in industrial processes and maximise mineral recovery processes at mining companies, says BluESP... 

Executives believe they can survive lower metals outlook – KPMG

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 Fewer than half of senior metals executives responding to KPMG International’s 2016 Global Metals & Mining Outlook survey voiced any level of confidence in the prospects for the global economy over the next two years. This was particularly concerning given the tight relationship between the... 

Ford to develop self-driving car for ride-hailing service

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

Businesses face disruptive forces

     27th July 2016 • The effects of globalization, digitalization and technological disruption pose fundamental challenges to many businesses • The emergence of industry 4.0 could result in higher risk of large-scale losses • Corporates operating in Africa have a particular role in embracing and responding to new... 

UJ’s Bheki Twala wins prestigious research award

By: Anine Kilian     1st July 2016 University of Johannesburg (UJ) Professor Bheki Twala has received the yearly TW Kambule-NSTF award for his work in building on diverse expertise in making decisions given incomplete information. The award also recognized his work in using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for predicting... 

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