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EOH founder and chair resigns

By: Reuters     20th February 2019 South Africa's largest technology group EOH Holdings said on Wednesday its founder and CEO Asher Bohbot would resign from the board, effective Feb. 28. The resignation of Bohbot, who has been at the helm for 19 years, comes days after Microsoft terminated its channel partner agreement with EOH... 

EOH, buffeted by an anonymous tip, starts whistle-blower app

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2019 EOH Holdings, the South African information technology company reeling after an anonymous complaint prompted Microsoft to abruptly cancel a contract, has created an app that will make that process easier for future whistle-blowers. Expose-It, which was made available for download on Monday,... 

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Companies are expected to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) systems and dynamic encryption algorithms to combat the expected complex cyberattacks arising from the growing use of AI by cybercriminals, reports digital security multinational Gemalto. Gemalto Africa identity and data protection... 

AI systems to be used to fight AI cyberthreats
NEIL COSSER Encryption renders data useless to any unauthorised person, effectively protecting it from being misused

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Local cryptocurrency trading platform Luno country manager Marius Reitz praises the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) approach to developing a regulatory response to cryptoassets in South Africa, which aims to protect cryptocurrency users and support the growth and development of the... 

Cryptocurrency trader welcomes SARB policy approach
MARIUS REITZ The regulations aim to ensure that the platforms are safe for people to use and combat illicit capital flows

EOH tumbles as Microsoft moves to pull resale licence

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2019 Shares in information technology services company EOH plunged on Tuesday as the company announced that software multinational Microsoft planned to terminate its channel partner agreement with EOH Mthombo within 30 days. The impact on profit of no longer being a direct reseller will be about... 

Jasco’s Reflex dispute heads to arbitration

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 A dispute over JSE-listed Jasco Electronics' majority ownership of Reflex Solutions by the fairly new addition’s minority shareholders is heading for arbitration. Jasco in November warned shareholders in its 2018 annual financial statements that the minority shareholders of Reflex Solutions have... 

Denel urges govt to use, support its new cybersecurity unit

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the Government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim is to ensure that cyber security for Government information and... 

Data emerging as high-value asset for businesses

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 Data is one of the most valuable assets businesses can leverage and will drive digital agendas in 2019, with a focus on rapid analysis and use, says data management firm PBT Group executive Kevin Kemp. It is at the forefront of most digital and technology business strategies, and allows for... 

Adapt IT aims to expand African footprint

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company Adapt IT has grown its turnover by 4% year-on-year to R667-million and its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 10% year-on-year to R118-million for the six months ended December 31. The company’s headline... 

AI and machine learning expected to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 An increase in the productivity and pace of business processes can be expected owing to the use of artificial intelligence (AII) and machine learning (ML), says cloud service firm Oracle South Africa MD Niral Patel. An autonomous enterprise requires less time for manual tasks and lower chances of... 

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

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th 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... 

IoT threats still a concern despite a focus on security

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2019 Despite an increased focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security, only 48% of companies can detect if any of their IoT devices suffer a breach, a new study by digital security giant Gemalto shows. Nearly 90% of the companies surveyed believe that it is a “big consideration” for customers, with... 

Airbus launches competition to push development of quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate artificial intelligence with ERP systems

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Agility has become a key requirement for industrial companies that need to make decisions more quickly and accurately, and is a key trend in 2019, says industrial enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro Africa product manager Deidre Fryer. “Industrial companies will look to... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate  artificial intelligence with ERP systems
DEIRDRE FRYER ERP systems fed with unstructured data from connected devices provide a more accurate overview of businesses

Digital trust next cybersecurity model as attacks and protection evolve

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Organisations will move from zero trust to digital trust cybersecurity models, enabling companies to create digital fingerprints of their employees, improving access to data and applications, and preparing for more mature cyberattack approaches, says information and communication technology... 

Hybrid-cloud services offer data control and security

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Information technology (IT) multinational subsidiary BT Africa’s managed cloud services enable companies to integrate multiple cloud infrastructure providers into one point of consumption, aligning costs and improving agility, as well as ensuring companies retain control over their data. Hybrid... 

Hybrid-cloud services offer data control and security
KEVIN KRIGE Hybrid-cloud creates a suitable environment for businesses to move to platform-based models when required

Denel launches cybersecurity division; urges government to use it

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th January 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel has urged the government to support the development of and make use of the capabilities of the group’s recently established division, Denel Sovereign Security Solutions (Denel S3). The aim was to ensure that cybersecurity for government information and... 

Adapt IT posts H1 earnings growth

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company Adapt IT has grown its turnover by 4% year-on-year to R667-million and its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 10% year-on-year to R118-million for the six months ended December 31, it said in an... 

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 South Africa must continue to invest in travel technologies and Internet of Things technologies to tap the potential of tourism amid changing expectations of travel and modes of transport, says digital security multinational Gemalto Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and Africa... 

Ongoing tech investment seen as driver of future tourism growth
SHERRY ZAMEER Tourism can contribute 600 000 jobs over the next decade

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South African companies in various sectors, says motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group rotating machinery sales manager... 

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors
WEG MOTOR SCAN The sensor measures the vibration, temperature and operational hours of electric motors to detect irregularities

Collaboration key to protect critical infrastructure from cyberthreats

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Electrical engineers and those involved in the power generation sector play a critical role in hardening power operations against intruders. However, the collaboration and support of corporate management and information technology (IT) departments are essential to mitigate cyberthreats, says... 

Airbus seeks to stimulate quantum computing for aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus launched on Tuesday a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words)... 

Smart speakers become fastest growing connected device – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2019 Smart speakers, fifth-generation (5G) networks and cloud-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) are the baselines of increased connectivity and potential for innovation this year, the latest ‘Deloitte Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions’ report shows. The eighteenth... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience
OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING New partnership opportunities in a range of industries will create more opportunities for growth in the relevant sectors

Half of the world’s population now using the Internet

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2019 For the first time, more than half the world’s population is using the Internet, marking an important milestone for connecting people to the digital economy. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimates that, by the end of 2018, 51.2% of the global population, or 3.9-billion people,... 

Tool designed for German football team opened to other sporting codes

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Sports teams and administrators can use the enterprise resource planning multinational SAP Sports One unified platform to manage teams and players efficiently and use powerful analytical insights for performance optimisation, says SAP New Markets & Strategic Customers Sport & Entertainment global... 

High-tech to become fully embedded in core business processes

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 During the next five years, the steadily growing adoption and application of innovative technologies will be firmly embedded in many of the core processes and technologies of businesses, says information technology services multinational Dimension Data group CTO Ettienne Reinecke. This prediction... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global transparency initiative

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab’s new data centre in Zurich, Switzerland, will process malicious and suspicious files shared by users of Kaspersky Lab products in Europe, and forms part of its Global Transparency Initiative, says Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The relocation of... 

Zurich data centre to process malware for global  transparency initiative
EUGENE KASPERSKY Transparency is becoming the new normal for the IT industry and the cybersecurity industry

Connectivity and security balance critical as smart cities grow

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 A balance between the hyperconnected-and-vulnerable and overly-cautious, developmentally moribund poles of the smart-city spectrum must be sought to support and protect smart cities, says networking multinational F5 Networks major channel account manager Simon McCullough. As smart cities expand,... 

Asset management systems seen as way to bolster utility sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2019 Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems, including metering and billing solutions, help utilities to run more efficiently and, thereby, support utility and infrastructure provision, says information technology services multinational Wipro Africa business development head Marleze van... 

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth  

17th January 2019 Team Authentic8 was crowned the winner of the Airports Company South Africa and University of the Witwatersrand's Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct’s security access management hackathon in November. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth
ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth

Ford, IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 Carmaker Ford, technology giant IBM, South Korean cathode maker LG Chem and China's Huayou Cobalt have joined forces in the first blockchain project to monitor cobalt supplies from Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, overseen by responsible-sourcing group RCS Global, aims to help... 

Reserve Bank publishes policy proposals for crypto assets  

By: African News Agency      15th January 2019 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Tuesday asked for public comment on a policy paper outlining the perceived risks and benefits associated with crypto assets, the available regulatory approaches around them and proposals to industry participants and stakeholders. In 2014, the National... 

Reserve Bank publishes policy proposals for crypto assets

MTN best mobile network in South Africa – MyBroadband Insights report

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th January 2019 Mobile operator MTN has secured the top position in MyBroadband Insights’ fourth-quarter 2018 ‘Mobile Network Quality’ report. The quarterly report revealed MTN as South Africa’s best mobile network, based on 383 479 speed tests conducted between October 1 and December 31, 2018. 

Africa’s telco industry sees a mobile-powered 2019, but 5G still on the agenda

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th January 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a rapid shift from second-generation (2G) to fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology, driven by improved infrastructure and access to cost-effective smartphones. The continent is increasingly becoming connected, with mobile broadband expected to account for 87%... 

Adapt IT to acquire Wisenet Group businesses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th January 2019 Adapt IT, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, has entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Wisenet Group, as well as the business intellectual property (IP) and existing IP rights of Wakatipu Management (Wisenet SG) for at least S$5.22-million. The Wisenet Group comprises Kura... 

Intelsat joins GMSA to strengthen mobile connections

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th January 2019 Integrated satellite communications company Intelsat has become a full member of London-based association GMSA in an effort to build stronger working relationships and develop business models that accelerate the expansion of more powerful mobile networks. The association represents more than 750... 

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