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Early crypto-asset regulations indicate firmer rules on the way

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 The initial regulations proposed by a crypto-asset regulations consultation paper, released by the South African Reserve Bank in January, indicate that a firmer regulatory regime will be put in place, says legal firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr finance and banking director Bridget King and Cliffe... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments become more connected

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Industrial enterprise resource specialist company Syspro says data will become more consistent and accurate as more machines and business systems are connected, which will also lead to greater volumes of data. This will necessitate that companies analyse this stream of data intelligently, as well... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments  become more connected
DEIRDRÉ FRYER AI provides insight into probability so that users are equipped to deal with business challenges and manage expectations

Nihilent opens first user experience lab on African continent

By: Nadine James     4th April 2019 Global consulting firm Nihilent officially launched its first user experience (UX) laboratory on the African continent on Thursday. The facility, located in Bryanston, is the second of its kind globally, aside from Nihilent’s Indian facility, and was inaugurated by Public Enterprises Minister... 

Digital initiatives can unlock value for South Africa – Accenture

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture said in a statement on Thursday. Research indicated... 

EOH expects Microsoft investigations to be completed by end-May

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 JSE-listed information technology services group EOH expects the investigations into alleged impropriety in the resale of multinational technology company Microsoft’s licences to be completed by the end of May, EOH CEO Stephen van Coller said in an update to shareholders sent out on Wednesday.... 

Consumers moving away from traditional forms of entertainment, media consumption – study

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2019 PwC’s ‘2019 Global Consumer Insights Survey’ has revealed that consumers are increasingly using digital technology for more than just shopping, with a revolution occurring in how customers access entertainment and media. For example, 38% of global consumers stream entertainment at least daily... 

SystemicLogic buys Kagiso’s Knowledge Factory

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2019 Financial innovation consultancy SystemicLogic has acquired property data and information and communication technology company Knowledge Factory from media organisation Kagiso Media for an undisclosed sum. Knowledge Factory offers a range of solutions based on property data and marketing... 

Gartner expects 100m people to shop using digital reality tech by next year

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2019 Technology research and advisory multinational Gartner expects 100-million people to use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to shop online and in-store by next year. In a statement issued on Monday, the company said AR and VR have the potential to shake up the customer... 

Transnet awards Gijima IT contract following High Court order

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2019 Transnet has issued JSE-listed information and communications technology company Gijima a letter of intent (LoI) to enter into a five-year information technology (IT) data services contract, valued at R1.3-billion. Transnet said the LoI issuance was a decision taken following thorough... 

Broader use of biometrics will reduce fraud in public, private sectors

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Broadening the use of biometrics beyond current applications will help to reduce fraud in the public and private sectors, says biometrics multinational HID Global regional sales manager for Africa Claude Langley. Biometrics is predominantly a fraud-prevention mechanism that is used to manage... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2019 Retail technology solution AutoAisle secures items that are of high value or at-risk of theft to reduce retailers’ losses and boosts sales of these items, says South African technology development firm Quattro founder and specialised projects director Vincent Lanz. The loss of at-risk items and... 

Technology solution allows retailers to display but protect high-value items
AUTOAISLE DISPLAY The system allows retailer to increase the range of items with less risk and increase the rate of sale

EOH Microsoft licence partnership woes deepen

By: Schalk Burger     25th March 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company EOH announced in a statement on Monday that it had, on March 12, received a 30-day notice period from software multinational Microsoft Ireland of its intention to terminate the Partner Network Agreement with a number of EOH group companies, and... 

Grain conveyor solution system offered

15th March 2019 Heavy lift forklift supplier BLT World offers dependable solutions for specific problems at the transfer points of conveyor systems in bulk materials handling, such as grain in the food and beverage industry. “ScrapeTec Trading’s German-engineered products have been specially developed for the... 

Quality inspection results in significant time and money savings

15th March 2019 With quality inspection being critical in all manufacturing and packaging lines, especially in the food and beverage sector, industrial automation solutions provider Omron vison product manager Werner Das says being able to catch a defective product before the products are shipped to customers in... 

Software simplifies food manufacturing processes

By: Thabi Madiba     15th March 2019 With supply chain waste, as well as health and safety issues, affecting the food and beverage industry, software company Syspro Africa’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can allow for and help simplify food manufacturing processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug... 

Software simplifies food manufacturing processes
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POOR PLANNING Too often, poor planning in the supply chain results in too many incorrect products, which leaves too little cash to keep the right products in stock

Commonwealth digital connectivity initiative to be led by SA and the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2019 The UK and South Africa have agreed to co-lead the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Agenda. This is aimed at supporting inclusive growth and sustainable development in Commonwealth countries by promoting the exchange of best practices, experiences and views between the international body’s... 

Customer behaviour specialist moves to grow engineering teams

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Artificial intelligence (AI) customer behaviour company Xineoh will use a $1.5-million equity investment completed in December to grow its engineering team and its marketing and sales team to sustain its growth, says Xineoh CEO Vian Chinner. Xineoh’s engineering team grapples with complex data... 

Customer behaviour specialist  moves to grow engineering teams
VIAN CHINNER The company expects demand for its services to increase over the next few years owing to digitalisation

Local firm tackles general-use mobile payments

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Local mobile payments company Celbux has developed a platform to address the crucial enablers of low-costs and ease of use for an open, general-use mobile payments environment, says Celbux CEO Kobus du Plooy. The platform-as-a-service architecture is open to consumers and businesses. There are no... 

Local firm tackles general-use mobile payments
KOBUS DU PLOOY The simplest technology solution is the way to solve real problems

Data mobility seen as key to supporting new cloud, digital era

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2019 Changing from physical to virtual information technology (IT) resources – like cloud systems – requires that companies monitor and manage the movement and security of data across on-premise and external resources, says backup and intelligent data management multinational Veeam Software Southern... 

Ten worst South African performers tell tale of battling economy

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 It’s not even the end of the first quarter and already there’s a plethora of once-significant South African companies that have either collapsed or had their share prices hit the wall. The likes of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, tech provider EOH Holdings, Blue Label Telecoms and Aspen Pharmacare... 

Two new liquid analysers added

8th March 2019 South Africa-based company Yokogawa has added two new solutions to the Opre analyser family with the development of the FLXA402 four-wire liquid analyser and the SA11 smart adaptor. These two new liquid analysis products will be offered as part of the Sencom 4.0 series. It is expected that they... 

Two new liquid  analysers added
NEW TECHNOLOGIES This new solution also facilitates connection to the cloud and an industrial Internet of Things environment for improved field maintenance.

UAVs, ecommerce set to transform air cargo

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2019 Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly called drones, and e-commerce (in particular the global giant e-commerce enterprises such as Amazon and Alibaba) look set to transform the air freight industry worldwide, including in Africa. This was the general opinion at a panel discussion at the recent Air... 

Satellite services extending reach of mobile networks

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2019 Multi-orbit satellite services are helping to extend the reach of mobile networks into areas where the economic feasibility of traditional roll-out models is challenging by providing a mobile Network-as-a-Service offering that includes software-defined radio access network combined with a... 

Satellite services extending  reach of mobile networks
CHRISTIAN OLSSON The low cost of satellite backhaul enables delivery of connectivity to remote areas

Britain and South Africa to jointly lead Commonwealth digital connectively initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th March 2019 The UK and South Africa jointly announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to co-lead the Commonwealth Digital Connectivity Agenda. This is aimed at supporting inclusive growth and sustainable development in Commonwealth countries by promoting the exchange of best practices, experiences and views... 

Britain and South Africa to jointly lead Commonwealth digital connectively initiative
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Dr Liam Fox (left) meets Dr Rob Davies (right), in London

New technologies set to transform global food chain in next five years – IBM

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2019 Information technology multinational IBM predicts that technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and cloud, will help to transform the global food chain over the next five years, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software senior VP Arvind Krishna says.... 

New technologies set to transform global  food chain in next five years – IBM
ARVIND KRISHNA IBM unveiled five solutions in February to improve the food chain and food security

Process automation launched in SA to drive productivity

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2019 Robotic process automation (RPA) company UiPath, headquartered in New York, US, has opened a local office to provide its automation services so that local companies can unlock more productivity without deploying new hardware, says UiPath South Africa sales director Lenore Kerrigan. Software... 

Process automation launched in SA to drive productivity
LENORE KERRIGAN The company is developing the ecosystem to support RPA growth

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 Virtual Reality (VR) has hitherto been associated largely with the gaming industry. But as rates of digital penetration rise and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the demand new skills sets, the technology is also becoming a mainstream business and skills-development tool.... 

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

Blue Label reports sterling half-year performance, despite perceived Cell C weight

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th February 2019 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms on Thursday posted a 19% increase in core headline earnings, excluding the Cell C and SPV revaluations that dragged overall financial performance during the six months to November 30, 2018. The group, facing a share price plunge of nearly 14% at the time of writing... 

Rain launches 5G data network

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2019 Mobile data-only network operator Rain is preparing for a mid-2019 commercial launch of South Africa’s first fifth-generation (5G) network. In partnership with global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei, Rain has built the first 5G commercial network, with... 

MultiChoice lists on the JSE

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2019 Multichannel digital satellite and pay-television (TV) giant MultiChoice Group (MCG) on Wednesday listed on the JSE’s main board, and slotted into the top 40, with an opening share price of R95.50. The listing, which was the first at the JSE for this year, followed afetr parent company Naspers... 

Cell C signs term sheet with Buffet Consortium, Dos Santos to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2019 Jose Dos Santos will step down as Cell C CEO, effective March 1. He will take up a role as a consultant offering strategic advice to the Cell C chairperson. In this role, he will be involved in the delivery of Cell C’s strategic intent, which includes the reshaping of Cell C’s debt to ensure the... 

EOH CEO in fight to save graft-tainted South African IT company

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2019 EOH Holdings CEO Stephen Van Coller is in a race against the clock to restructure the sprawling South African IT business before shareholders and lenders run out of patience. Van Coller, a former executive at Barclays Africa Group and MTN Group, was brought in to turn around the troubled business... 

Employee training key to defending small firms from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) experience slightly more data breaches involving personal information, and the comparative size of data breaches are usually larger, compared to data breaches of larger enterprises. To effectively defend themselves, SMEs must recognise that data is... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial supply chain solutions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Information technology multinational IBM is working with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and organisations to develop blockchain-based industrial supply chain systems that improve on a range of value chain functions, including visibility, accuracy and supply-chain... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial  supply chain solutions
GERHARD DINHOF The solutions provide easy access for all parties in the supply chain and instant sharing of verified information

Cybersecurity to remain a dominant IT topic in 2019

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Cybersecurity is expected to remain a dominant issue in the information technology (IT) industry this year and will underpin sustained investment in cybersecurity systems by companies, including IT service providers, says network services multinational Aruba South Africa business unit manager... 

Cybersecurity to remain a dominant IT topic in 2019
PIETER ENGELBRECHT Smart network solutions enable security teams to protect many clients and complex networks

Client choice and protection at heart of bank’s approach to fintech regulation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Financial technologies (fintech) are growing worldwide and reshaping the definition of money, financial services and economies. However, while the disruptions roil existing business models, companies and industries, increasing the choice of fintech services users while protecting their rights is... 

Client choice and protection at heart of bank’s approach to fintech regulation

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