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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... 

Analytics helps firms identify pattern deviation to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 Smart analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) can pinpoint pattern deviations and help companies to make informed decisions on where cybersecurity weak points are, as well as how to address them, says information technology (IT) multinational Wipro Cybersecurity and Risk Services-Africa... 

Analytics can mitigate the devastation of pandemics – SAS

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2017 Access to large volumes of data, computational power to store and analyse the data in real time and sophisticated algorithms that can find patterns in the data and alert authorities to health problems will help to make pandemics less devastating than they have been in the past, SAS Analytics... 

Smart technologies are getting more intelligent

     3rd October 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) may not be a new field of technology, but it has recently gained traction. Thanks to rapidly increasing computational power and the rise of Big Data, there are more business cases for smart technologies emerging every day. While we’re not yet cruising around in self... 

Bird flu causes more harm for Quantum Foods

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 Egg producer Quantum Foods on Monday temporarily closed down the remaining two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm as the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) continued to plague its eggs farms in the Western Cape. The recent outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian... 

Align education, skills development with needs of next industrial revolution, NBI urges

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 Education and skills development need to adapt to meet the requirements of the next industrial revolution or a significant number of development opportunities will be missed, according to voluntary nonprofit business organisation National Business Initiative climate change, water and green... 

Fuel retailers need to consider rapidly changing industry dynamics

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th September 2017 A new approach to sustaining the fuel retail industry is required as technology and new trends are set to disrupt the way retailers operate, Absa franchise Africa head Dumisani Bengu said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Fuel Retailers Association Conference, held on the sidelines of the... 

7 Ways to ensure a data breach does not happen to you

     18th September 2017 By Fortinet global security strategist Derek Manky 143 million. The number of US consumers potentially affected by the recently announced credit services data breach is staggering. It’s nearly half the US population. And as a credit reporting service, this data includes names, addresses,... 

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

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

4Sight Holdings to list on AltX in October

By: Anine Kilian     7th September 2017 Technology company 4Sight Holdings will list on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange (AltX) in October. The company seeks to raise up to R300-million, which will be used for acquisitions and the incubation of new products in sectors as diverse as retail and healthcare.   “We foresee a growth in demand... 

Don’t leave people behind as the pace of technology speeds up, urges Gama

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 It is crucial not to leave people behind amid the hurtling speed of change in technology, Transnet Group CE Siyabonga Gama has warned. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is going to create better jobs and new industries that have never been thought of. But this must transform the global economy... 

HSRC out to measure innovation levels in thousands of SA entities

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 The Human Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) on Tuesday launched the Business Innovation Survey which will examine the innovation activities in 5 000 enterprises, which are small to very large, and across a range of industries. The survey... 

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... 

Local aviation industry needs to be technology ready

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 With commercial aviation a market that is rapidly growing globally, aviation components supplier Aerosud Aviation MD Johan Steyn says there is a need to stay abreast of technological advancements if South Africa is to remain competitive in aviation manufacturing. Owing to this, he notes that,... 

Autonomous vehicles to become a reality by 2030

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

Better business practices required in industry

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 As a response to the increase in recalled products in the food and beverage industry worldwide, global electronics company Omron Industrial Automation (Omron) has started to introduce more sustainable business practices by improving product quality and assistance for food and beverage producers. 

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Why a Platform and Ecosystem may be crucial to your Exponential Future

     22nd August 2017 By Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor, SAP Africa I've recently been to several presentations on the Digital Economy where I've noticed two common themes (over and above the incessant citations of uber as the poster child of the Digital Economy). Firstly, speakers have, almost... 

Discovery CE scoops innovation award

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2017 Discovery Group CE Adrian Gore has been awarded the 2017 Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) Visionary Innovation Award: Africa 2017. He received the award from global research and consulting organisation Frost & Sullivan, which, this week, hosted its yearly GIL Africa summit, in Cape Town.... 

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Increased automation in the South African manufacturing sector could aggravate the country’s unemployment rate if supply chain management education and skills training initiatives are not prioritised, says supply chain and logistics consultancy Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) chairperson Martin... 

Processing power, analytics enabling machine learning across industries

By: Schalk Burger     18th August 2017 Analysts, businesses and whole industries have become empowered with the flood of data that can be processed to build stronger models and make data-driven decisions in shorter periods of time, says credit bureau Compuscan senior data analyst Jacobus Eksteen. The powerful combination of machine... 

Africa can benefit from global volatility

By: Kim Cloete     17th August 2017 Despite major global challenges, including global trade, Africa has the opportunity to step up to global change and benefit from the volatility that is shaking up the world, says Thomson Reuters Africa MD Sneha Shah. “Africa has the richest resource pool in the world, but we always lose, because... 

Cybersecurity must be foundation for digital economy, but skills deficit problematic – BMI-T

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2017 Information technology (IT) security incidents, such as ransomware attacks carried out this year, occasion a large, but reactionary, response from companies and industries; however, this typically happens only after significant damage has been done. “IT security can no longer be an afterthought... 

Three new trends key to businesses’ digital economy survival

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI), transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the emerging technologies set to dominate the business arena in the next ten years, according to Gartner’s latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. Key to businesses surviving and thriving in... 

Tech is making us super human: where is your cape?

     15th August 2017 By Paige dos Santos, Senior Specialist: digital transformation and innovation for SAP Africa   The future beckons… A world where the impossible becomes possible, where the imagined manifests. A world where we metamorphise into super humans. Where man and machine merge, transhumanism becomes a... 

Limit artificial intelligence to ‘specific use cases’, companies urged

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used only when organisations have a specific use case for the systems or risk wasting time and investment, says customised software company Entelect solutions architect Rishal Hurbans. AI – technically called narrow AI as opposed to general and super AI – is... 

Sibanye’s R15m investment aims to unlock benefits of 4th industrial revolution for mining

By: Ilan Solomons     10th August 2017 Diversified miner Sibanye has partnered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to integrate mining education with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The company will inject R15-million into the university’s mining engineering faculty over the next three years. The company will transfer the money... 

Tanaka Precious Metals to Exhibit at SEMICON WEST 2017

     4th August 2017 World’s leading supplier of precious metals’ bonding wire to unveil new ruthenium precursors; New technology to support the microfabrication of next-generation semiconductors 

Mobile solution launched to great effect  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting has introduced its newly developed mobile application (app) for its KEY360 management software. The app was showcased at the Mobile App Launch breakfast in May at the Johannesburg Country Club. 

A million self-driving vehicles on the road by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2017 Autonomous vehicles will become a reality by 2030, says Frost & Sullivan head of mobility for Africa Craig Parker. This does not, however, mean that every car sold will be an autonomous vehicle, he adds, but rather that there will be around one-million level 5 self-driving vehicles on the road... 

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

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.... 

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... 

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... 

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