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User Experience is Critical to the Adoption of New Technology

     6th February 2015 By Johani Marais, Channel Manager Africa, Epicor Software Corporation Did you notice that your eagerly awaited new smartphone didn't come with a manual? You simply picked it up and immediately began using its features with delight, making it one of the most important work tools at your disposal... 

Fortinet Joins the VMware NSX Partner Ecosystem to Further Advance Security for the Software-Defined Data Center

     4th February 2015 Fortinet® a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, today announced that the company has joined the VMware NSX™ partner ecosystem. Committed to providing leading security solutions for virtualization, Fortinet also revealed its new FortiGate-VMX firewall appliance, which will... 

Logistics group’s 2014 revenue showed 8.1% improvement

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 The revenue of JSE-listed Barloworld’s automotive and logistics division increased by 8.1%, or R2.3-billion, to R31.1-billion during the financial year ended September 30, 2014, excluding income that had been generated by the group’s Motor Retail Australia business unit, which was sold in April... 

Global gold output rises, but demand remains muted

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th January 2015 Despite the lower gold price, global mine production continued to grow last year, increasing 2% to an all-time high of 3 109 t, the latest survey by GFMS showed. However, total physical demand fell 19% in 2014 as all areas, with the exception of official sector purchases, registered declines. 

Amid oil price turmoil, Saldanha zone’s ‘free port’ status punted as key drawcard 

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2015 The establishment of a customs control area (CCA), or free port, within the newly designated Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is being held up as a major drawcard for potential oil and gas services investors into the 330 ha site, situated alongside South Africa’s deepest natural... 

Bidvest to cut ties with Budget car rental

     27th January 2015 Bidvest Car Rental, a subsidiary of Bidvest Group, would cease to operate as Budget car, van and truck rental in Southern Africa from February 28. Bidvest had managed the Budget car and van rental franchise in the southern Africa region for more than 20 years but the parties had decided to part... 

All eyes on Saudi Arabia as ups and downs of oil price plunge considered

By: Simon Rees     26th January 2015 The end months of 2014 were grim ones for major oil-producing states everywhere, especially those in the Middle East. As the region continued grappling with the aftershocks of the Arab Spring and the threat of the Islamic State, they also watched the price of oil swoon. All eyes have turned to... 

The benefits of vertically positioned ERP Solutions

     26th January 2015 Keith Fenner, Senior Vice President Sales for Sage ERP X3 AAMEA (Australia, Asia, Middle East and Africa). A vertical ERP solution supports specific business processes and aims to more accurately serve users who have specific skill sets and job responsibilities within an organisation.... 

World crude steel production increased 1.2% in 2014

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2015 Global crude steel production rose 1.2% year-on-year to 1.66-billion tonnes in 2014, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) revealed on Thursday. While crude steel production in the European Union (EU), North America and Asia expanded by a modest 1.7%, 2% and 1.4% respectively during the year... 

CIOs and HR directors should partner to deliver business value

     22nd January 2015 As the human resources function in most companies becomes more tech-driven and automated, so does the business partnership between the Chief Information Officer and the HR director become increasingly important. That’s the word from Fanie Jansen, CIO at Sage AAMEA (Africa, Australia, Middle East... 

Altrincham-based Recruiter WRS forecast 50% growth in 2015

     21st January 2015 Cheshire-based global energy recruiter Worldwide Recruitment Solutions are celebrating a target-smashing year, having seen revenue grow to £31.5m for the FY 2014. Managing Director Mark Brown predicts a seventh year of consecutive growth with revenue set to increase to £45m in 2015. 2014 saw... 

Eversendai Offshore selects AVEVA Marine for Integrated Engineering & Design

     19th January 2015 AVEVA today announced that Eversendai Offshore, a brand new customer, has made a significant investment in AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design solutions through its deployment of AVEVA Marine. The agreement includes the full suite of AVEVA Marine engineering and design applications that will... 

Dubai Diamond Exchange to Host Second Dubai Diamond Conference 21-22 April 2015

     19th January 2015 • Conference will bring together delegates and keynote speakers from Africa, Middle East and Asia including several Ministers of Mines and Mineral Resources from leading African producing countries • Dedicated panel discussions on business development in Africa, Ethics, Finance and Synthetic... 

Shell establishes GTL base-oil storage hub in Middle East

By: Natalie Greve     16th January 2015 Global oil and gas group Shell has opened a gas-to-liquid (GTL) base-oil hub, in Jebel Ali, in the United Arab Emirates, which it believes will accelerate the distribution of GTL to end-users, enabling the base oil to be quickly manufactured into finished products. The storage hub is located on... 

Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project, Canada and the US

     16th January 2015 The Keystone XL project has cleared two hurdles, setting up a showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama who has raised new questions about the project after more than six years of review. 

Outotec bolsters MEA capacity with Kempe buyout

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2015 Minerals and metals processing service and technology provider Outotec on Monday announced that it planned to acquire private Australian company Kempe Engineering's aluminium smelter technologies and its service and spare parts businesses in the Middle East and Africa for an undisclosed price.... 

Fortinet and Exclusive Networks Group Extend Distribution Alliance for Improved Global Market Reach and Support

     12th January 2015 Fortinet® a global leader in high performance network security – today announced that it has bolstered its long-standing relationship with Exclusive Networks Group by extending the partnership into new countries in the international market as well as providing improved global project deployment... 

November global airfreight growth rallies

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th January 2015 The global air cargo industry has entered 2015 propelled by “solid growth”, with expectations that the airfreight market’s expected 4.5% hike for the new year would outpace the projected 4% growth in world trade, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said on Wednesday. The air cargo... 

Fortinet and Exclusive Networks Group Extend Distribution Alliance for Improved Global Market Reach and Support

     5th January 2015 Fortinet® a global leader in high performance network security – today announced that it has bolstered its long-standing relationship with Exclusive Networks Group by extending the partnership into new countries in the international market as well as providing improved global project deployment... 

Bill Ford affirms SA as key manufacturing platform, as carmaker eyes Nigeria

By: Irma Venter     12th December 2014 South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for possible manufacturing locations. 

SAA to launch daily Joburg, Abu Dhabi route

By: Natalie Greve     11th December 2014 South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways have announced a major expansion of their strategic partnership that will see the local national carrier launch a daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi from March 29, 2015, which will complement Etihad Airways’ existing flights between the... 

Riverbed Promotes Kristian Thyregod To Senior Vice President Of Sales In Emea

     11th December 2014 Riverbed Technology, the leader in application performance infrastructure, announced that Kristian Thyregod has been promoted to Senior Vice President Sales, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, reporting to Paul Mountford, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer at Riverbed. In his new... 

New Survey Shows the Critical Role of Business Software and Its Impact on the Role of the CIO

     8th December 2014 Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced the results of a new Chief Information Officer survey conducted in the Middle East, India and Africa. The survey showed significant... 

How Big Data and Business Intelligence Can Help Manufacturers Improve Efficiencies and Profitability

     8th December 2014 In a new Chief Information Officer survey conducted by Epicor in the Middle East, India and Africa, an overwhelming 90% of respondents agreed that speed, reinvention, agility and innovation are critical to the success of any organization serious about optimizing performance and gaining... 

User Experience is Critical to the Adoption of New Technology

     8th December 2014 Did you notice that your eagerly awaited new smartphone didn't come with a manual? You simply picked it up and immediately began using its features with delight, making it one of the most important work tools at your disposal and something you simply can't survive without. This is the way that... 

Valve World Expo 2014: Good economic climate and satisfied exhibitors at third Valve World Expo in Düsseldorf

     5th December 2014 The mood was downright exuberant when 665 exhibitors from 40 countries came together at the summit of the industrial valves and fittings industry at the Exhibition Centre Düsseldorf from 2 to 4 December 2014. This time around, the Valve World Expo, the Leading International Trade Fair for... 

Big data to ‘transform’ existing business functions

By: Schalk Burger     5th December 2014 The growth of data generated by devices, sensors and equipment is driving the most significant changes in information technology (IT), affecting all industries, says IT equipment and software company Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Europe, Middle East and Africa CTO Bob Plumbridge. Business’... 

SA radar company on look-out for new market, product opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     5th December 2014 South African radar company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is planning to develop new products next year, while remaining focused on its core businesses. "This is to maintain our momentum in both the defence and commercial markets," says RRS CEO Carl Kies. RRS is a division of Reutech, itself part... 

Epicor Presents 2014 Global Channel Partner Award Winners

     4th December 2014 Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced the winners of the 2014 Epicor Global Channel Partner Awards. Recipients were selected by Epicor based on exceptional performance in... 

User Experience is Critical to the Adoption of New Technology

     2nd December 2014 Did you notice that your eagerly awaited new smartphone didn't come with a manual? You simply picked it up and immediately began using its features with delight, making it one of the most important work tools at your disposal and something you simply can't survive without. This is the way that... 

Lydian gets thumbs up for Amulsar gold project

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th November 2014 TSX-listed Lydian International on Thursday said its 100%-owned subsidiary Geoteam had secured approval from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia for a mining right for the Amulsar gold project, in Southern Armenia, in the Middle East. The mining right provided the green light... 

Ford mulls setting up Nigerian assembly plant

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2014 South Africa remained an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, said executive chairperson Bill Ford in Dubai last week, speaking during a media round table. However, he added that other countries on the continent were “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker... 

Radar company looking at new products and markets

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2014 South African radar company Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) is planning to develop new products next year, while remaining focused on its core businesses. "This is to maintain our momentum in both the defence and commercial markets," RRS CEO Carl Kies told Engineering News Online on Monday. RRS is a... 

How Big Data and Business Intelligence Can Help Manufacturers Improve Efficiencies and Profitability

     24th November 2014 In a new Chief Information Officer survey conducted by Epicor in the Middle East, India and Africa, an overwhelming 90% of respondents agreed that speed, reinvention, agility and innovation are critical to the success of any organization serious about optimizing performance and gaining... 

Keystone pipeline Gulf Coast expansion project, Canada and the US

     21st November 2014 The Republican-led US House of Representatives has approved the Keystone XL pipeline. 

Markit Global Business Outlook Global business confidence slumps to five-year survey low

     20th November 2014 The Markit Global Business Outlook Survey, which looks at expectations for the year ahead across 6,100 companies, showed optimism falling sharply in October, dropping to the lowest seen since the survey began five years ago. Hiring and investment plans were also at or near post-crisis lows, while... 

Bt Invests In New Services Across Asia-Pacific, Middle East And Africa

     18th November 2014 BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, today announced new cloud services aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa and helping them orchestrate the most recent technology to deliver great... 

A*Star’s Genome Institute Of Singapore Strengthens Its Genome Sequencing Capabilities Through Collaboration With Bt

     18th November 2014 Singapore – Research institutes that deal in genomic technology require large computing and data resources. Those with inadequate computing technologies often face scalability issues, which slow research in new genome sequencing techniques and technologies. A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore... 

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