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How Blockchain Technology Can Transform Global Supply Chains & Logistics

     17th July 2017 By Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO, Barloworld Logistics As part of our 2017 supplychainforesight study, we are actively exploring and identifying the key technology trends that are shaping global supply chains. By understanding major trends, as well as their inherent risks and opportunities, leaders and... 

A new botnet is lurking as Hajime has 300,000 devices waiting orders

     29th May 2017 If you thought the IoT botnet Mirai was bad, Westcon-Comstor warns of Hajime, which currently has 300,000 obeying devices which is currently conquering the Internet of Things world.   Hajime is, according to Westcon-Comstor vendor partner Kaspersky “a mysterious evolving Internet of Things (IoT)... 

Blockchains for supply chains

     10th May 2017 This is a two-part series examining the impact of blockchain technology on supply chains. Blockchain is widely known for its most famous application, Bitcoin, and other virtual currencies. However, it is the conviction of many that in the fullness of time blockchain will make its biggest mark as... 

Blockchain and the Future of Finance

     28th March 2017 The banking sector is an ancient one with prototype banks identified as early as 2000 BC in Babylon and Assyria, but they have also been partly responsible for a lot of economic blunders in recent years – from the 2008 recession caused by subprime lending to the EU currency crisis caused by... 

Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     10th March 2017 Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school has been formally launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, commonly known as the d-school, aims to foster innovation and encourage fresh ways of thinking. 

BitData: A peer-to-peer mobile data system 

     2nd December 2016 South African researcher and a senior electrical engineer Daneel Uys has produced a paper introducing a new proposed peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile data platform in response to high data rates and the #DataMustFall movement. In the attached White Paper, BitData: A Peer-to-Peer Mobile Data System, he... 

Impact of digital disruption starting to be felt by business

By: David Oliveira     28th October 2016 Availability and business recovery company Veeam hosted its VeeamON Tour conference earlier this month, where trend analysis consultancy Flux Trends owner and top South African trend analyst Dion Chang discussed global digital and technology trends that are promoting the “on-demand economy” and... 

Autodesk working with varsities, communities to tackle service delivery issues

By: Dylan Slater     14th October 2016 Design software company Autodesk highlighted local education and skills development campaigns as catalysts to spur interest in and insight into the design industry during its Autodesk University Extension programme, which took place in Cape Town last month.  

US show offers new opportunities for Invertek

     7th September 2016 Invertek Drives’ international sales partner Bardac Corporation will be showcasing the co-ordination capabilities of Optidrive variable speed drives with integrated drive.web distributed control technology at Pack Expo being held in Chicago later this year. Bardac Corporation, based in... 

Packaging manufacturer joins renewable-energy campaign

     19th August 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak has joined the RE100 renewable-energy campaign, committing to increase its use of renewable electricity from 20% today, to 100% across all global operations by 2030. The announcement was made at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum​... 

Fortinet Security Fabric Earns 100% Detection Scores Across Several Attack Vectors in NSS Labs’ Latest Breach Detection Group Test

     2nd August 2016 Fortinet Demonstrates Superior Breach Detection and Performance; Earns Two Recommended Ratings for Cloud and Appliance Advanced Threat Protection Solutions.   Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, announced their results in NSS Labs’ latest Breach Detection... 

Genetec Inc. Announces New Version of its Unified IP Security Platform, Security Center

     27th July 2016 Genetec Inc, a leading provider of open-architecture, unified IP security solutions today announced version 5.5 of Security Center, the company’s open architecture, unified IP security platform that combines access control, video surveillance, ALPR, and communications. Security Center 5.5 offers... 

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Two SA doctors make top 10 nominations for Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 ceremony

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Two South African doctors are among the ten people nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, the African Innovation Foundation announced on Monday. South Africans Dr Imogen Wright (South Africa), who invented Exatype – a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV... 

Fortinet Launches Cyber Threat Assessment Program Internationally to Uncover Critical Security Risks

     25th February 2016 Analysis of enterprises piloting the program shows that social media and application control demand great vigilance, while banks are favorite targets. Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, today unveiled its new Cyber Threat Assessment Program designed to... 

Agri SA calls for help with Project Hope Grass drought relief initiative 

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2016 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for assistance in meeting the response to its Project Hope Grass drought relief programme. The association has called for companies and volunteers to help it cope with the surge in calls to the project’s contact number, as well as to donate... 

Turbine owners establish global peer-to-peer platform to solve O&M issues collaboratively

     30th November 2015 Wind farm owners representing 12 % of global turbine assets have founded a new peer-to-peer online platform called o2o Wind, dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and experience on operation and maintenance issues. The o2o Wind forum is the first initiative of the kind aimed at fostering wind... 

Internet of Things to lead to new ways of working, business models

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2015 Barriers to entering many industries and professions are rapidly changing and decreasing, as devices connected to and pay-per-use services over the Internet provide lower-cost access for start-ups and individuals, says T-Systems South Africa Intervate Sharepoint division head Peter Reid.... 

It is amazing to think that the term ‘marketing mix’

     4th August 2015 Was first coined way back in 1953; amazing because even today most people in marketing can still rattle off the original 4P’s: Product, Price, Place and Promotion. Much has changed in the last 60 years, and many have tried to add to and even change the 4P’s with sound reasoning such as “the world... 

XON and Procera Networks give Access Kenya DPI that scales to their entire customer base

     3rd August 2015 XON, with Procera Networks, has delivered a multi-tenant system to Access Kenya’s entire customer-base, providing a self-service portal showing detailed near realtime, per-application reporting, per customer. The system also enables revenue protection through billing integration and asymmetric... 

Timely adoption of IPv6 seen as essential for African Internet providers

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2015 African ISPs should accelerate the adoption of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to prepare for large volumes of data traffic, says terrestrial network service provider Workonline Communications business development director Edward Lawrence. Implementing IPv6 allows all devices connected to the... 

Cheap, but time consuming to start a South African business, benchmark study finds

By: Terence Creamer     12th June 2015 A new report benchmarking the regulatory environment faced by small businesses operating in nine South Africa cities shows that entrepreneurs face quite distinct regulatory burdens depending on the location of their firms. Overall, however, the study found that, while it is relatively inexpensive... 

Motsepes in multi-million rand social entrepreneur pact

By: News24Wire      4th June 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) executive chair Klaus Schwab and WEF on Africa co-chair Patrice Motsepe might be the big names of the forum, but their wives had a moment in the sun on Thursday when they announced plans to stimulate social entrepreneurship in Africa. Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Hilde... 

Internet to change structures of economy as S Africa follows global trends

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2015 The rapid adoption of Internet connection is swiftly changing the structures of economies worldwide – including South Africa’s, information and communication technology giant Ericsson South Africa MD Magnus Mchunguzi said. As more and more South Africans move towards an increasingly connected... 

Waning investor confidence, weak commodity prices among factors limiting growth of African mining sector 

By: Jade Davenport     12th December 2014 Along with the Arctic, sub-Saharan Africa remains the most underexplored and highly prospective mineralised region on earth. However, despite its ‘open for business’ approach and myriad investment opportunities – in terms of greenfield and brownfield projects across the commodity spectrum –... 

Online content regulation: consultation needed, says ISPA

     6th November 2014 The Internet Service Providers’ Association has called for the introduction of new regulations relating to Internet content regulation to be delayed until proper public consultation to create a legal and practical framework has taken place. “ISPA accepts the need for a raft of measures to be... 

Bid to improve municipal water delivery through peer-to-peer benchmarking

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th September 2014 Although the national Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (MBI) is not intended to be a solution to service delivery problems, it does aim to improve efficiency and effectiveness by enabling municipalities to share knowledge on a peer-to-peer basis. This is according to National Planning Commission... 

Bid to improve municipal water delivery through peer-to-peer benchmarking

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th September 2014 Although the national Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (MBI) is not intended to be a solution to service delivery problems, it does aim to improve efficiency and effectiveness by enabling municipalities to share knowledge on a peer-to-peer basis.  

Intellectual property specialist calls for copyright law amendment

By: Schalk Burger     6th June 2014 As intellectual property (IP) is increasingly becoming the basis of modern economies, with many tangible benefits of ideas and developments no longer directly linked to physical products, South Africa’s copyright law needs to be amended to provide improved protection for innovators, says legal... 

Engineers can play an important role in the supply chain profession 

By: sue charlton     28th March 2014 The perception of the supply chain profession is in the main; all about conveyor belts, forklifts, procurement and logistics yet the opportunities for engineers to make their mark and enhance their scope of work is great. The answer to the question as to where engineering fits and enhances supply... 

Broadband a potential ‘game changer’ in post-2015 development agenda 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2013 As the world edges closer to the deadlines outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it has become apparent that much more needs to be done to sustain and accelerate the gains made since 2000. It is also being argued that more emphasis should probably be given to leveraging information... 

Broadband a potential ‘game changer’ in post-2015 development agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th December 2013 As the world edges closer to the deadlines outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it has become apparent that much more needs to be done to sustain and accelerate the gains made since 2000. It is also being argued that more emphasis should probably be given to leveraging information... 

Integrated solution enables monitoring, management and acceleration of applications on one platform

     10th December 2013 Riverbed Technology announced a milestone in the integration of its market leading Riverbed Steelhead wide area network (WAN) optimisation product family and its Riverbed Cascade network performance management (NPM) product family with the introduction of Cascade Profiler and Shark 10.5.... 

Telkom launches uncapped Internet plan for small business 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2013 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) would be able to take advantage of uncapped Internet as Telkom this week launched its range of Business Uncapped Internet Usage Plan products. The plan would allow five users from small offices to access uncapped Internet at rates ranging from R249 a... 

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