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Information Technology News

John Deere invites third-party providers to join its digital platform 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd October 2019 Agricultural equipment supplier John Deere sub-Saharan Africa (JD SA) on Tuesday hosted a technology day, inviting 18 solutions providers to learn more about the company’s Operations Centre (OC) platform. The OC platform comprises digital innovations to manage farming operations. 

Cybersecurity critical for mobile banking use

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2019 Demands for quick and efficient mobile banking solutions, as well as the threat of fraud and cybercrime, are driving the adoption of biometric technology solutions, says digital identity company iiDentifii director Lance Fanaroff. Digital banking fraud in South Africa across all platforms in 2018... 

ICT Council elected for second term

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th September 2019 The inaugural councillors of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Information and Communications Technology Sector Council are set to serve another four-year term until October 2023. The members were appointed by the then Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister on September 23, 2015. 

Blockchain expected to emerge as core digital-economy technology

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 Distributed electronic ledger technology blockchain is set to grow worldwide? from $2-billion in 2018 to $60-billion by 2024, and is expected to be a core enabling technology that enhances security and allows for real-time transaction processing, says information technology service provider... 

Health and safety practitioners need tech roadmap

By: Tracy Hancock     20th September 2019 Health and safety practitioners need to develop a technology roadmap to provide a foundation for planning aspects of safety that support technological advancements, says Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) director-general Thobile Lamati. “The roadmap will allow for the expansion or... 

Health and safety practitioners need tech roadmap
SAFETY EVOLUTION Occupational health and safety practitioners need to become more familiar with emerging technologies to support safety efforts

Schneider at forefront of Edge computing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2019 According to research and advisory company Gartner, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed at the Edge by 2025. This is a massive increase on the current 10% of enterprise-generated data being created and processed with Edge computing, multinational electrical equipment... 

Skills development to take ‘centre stage’ across all sectors

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2019 Skills development will take centre stage across all sectors, including that of fuel retail, as the country prepares for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSeta) CEO Tom Mkhwanazi averred on Wednesday. Speaking at the Fuel... 

Skills development to take ‘centre stage’ across all sectors
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
W&RSeta CEO Tom Mkhwanazi

EOH's shares fall on warning of full-year losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company EOH's share price on the JSE fell by 13.6% early on Wednesday, after the company warned of a significant deterioration in its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended July 31. EOH expects to... 

Cova, Xnovos developing carbon tax management software

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th September 2019 Consulting firms Cova Advisory and Xnovos have partnered to create a software system that can help companies in South Africa cope with the demanding requirements of the carbon tax, which was implemented in June. The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding, committing to help meet demand... 

Mapping project seeks to secure 'invisible' indigenous lands

By: Reuters     13th September 2019 An online project mapping all of the world's indigenous lands will help secure legal rights, and alert communities to the potential threats of illegal logging and mining, land and indigenous rights groups said on Friday. LandMark is compiling maps from dozens of indigenous organisations for its... 

FedEx bullish on African opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2019 Delivery multinational FedEx continues to invest in its operations across Africa and is providing time-definite delivery services in more countries, which is an indication of its commitment and its growing network, says FedEx sub-Saharan Africa Operations VP Mike Higley. The company has improved... 

FedEx bullish on African opportunities
MIKE HIGLEY Partnerships are essential to overcome infrastructure challenges and promoting greater access to global markets

Predictive maintenance can be deployed cost-effectively in manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2019 While it is often more expensive and difficult to implement predictive maintenance regimes in existing legacy factories, there are ways that manufacturing operations can introduce cost-effective predictive maintenance, says information technology multinational Wipro South Africa business... 

Predictive maintenance can be deployed  cost-effectively in manufacturing
SIMON SHAW Digital twins allow companies to model process and equipment changes and thereby contribute to their business strategy

African private businesses investing in digital tech to drive growth

By: Schalk Burger     13th September 2019 African private businesses are optimistic about their prospects for growth over the next year and are investing in digital systems to support that growth, advisory and professional services multinational PwC Africa says. The inaugural ‘Africa Private Business Survey’ surveyed 200 unlisted,... 

African private businesses investing in digital tech to drive growth
GERT ALLEN Companies want to have people on their boards who understand the benefits that can be realised from digital technologies

Radio astronomy can play a big role in encouraging education

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 Astronomy in general, but radio astronomy in particular, can be a very powerful force to attract and hold public attention and to promote education. So argued Italian astrophysicist Dr Tiziana Venturi in a recent lecture co-hosted by the Academy of Science in South Africa and the South African... 

Siemens launches industry-specific digital enterprise solutions 

12th September 2019 Industrial equipment and systems multinational Siemens has launched its Digital Enterprise series of solutions, each of which caters for specific industry verticals. The systems were designed using industry-expertise and the latest digital industrial systems. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Siemens launches industry-specific digital enterprise solutions
Siemens launches industry-specific digital enterprise solutions

Altron places subsidiary executives on pre-cautionary suspension

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2019 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) on Friday announced the pre-cautionary suspension of three Altron Nexus senior executives. This follows an investigation at the subsidiary that revealed potential internal irregularities. 

SA firm at forefront of adding commerce string to chat platform’s bow

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th September 2019 Chat-based customer engagement is on the rise as businesses work to stay ahead of the curve in an environment driven by consumer behaviour and change. The rapidly evolving digital age requires businesses to “be where the customers are”, regardless of the channel or location, with the “chat... 

SA firm at forefront of adding commerce string to chat platform’s bow

Datatec’s Logicalis acquires two businesses in Europe

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2019 Information and communications technology group Datatec on Tuesday announced the acquisition of two European businesses by its subsidiary Logicalis. The Logicalis Group acquired a 70% interest in Cisco systems integrator and managed services company Cilnet, in Portugal, which increases Logicalis’... 

Vox investors to buy out Investec in R2bn deal

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2019 Vox Telecom SA shareholders including FirstRand’s RMB agreed to buy out fellow investor Investec as part of a R2-billion recapitalisation for the South African fibre network operator. Metier Private Equity and the Internet company’s management are also part of the transaction, Vox CEO Jacques du... 

Cloud services driving data management

By: Schalk Burger     30th August 2019 Workload mobility is increasingly essential for organisations, but they also have islands of data hosted in multiple cloud environments that they need to move and use securely. The strategy to manage this sprawl must be built on effective data management, says data management and mobility company... 

Cloud services driving data management
TRENT ODGERS Data is too important a resource to be locked away and systems must be in place to manage data migrations

Netstar unveils ‘connected vehicle’ partnership with Toyota

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th August 2019 Telecommunications and information technology company Allied Electronics’ Netstar subsidiary has stepped up its Internet of Things ambitions with plans in place to bring about a unique “connected” vehicle solution in partnership with automaker Toyota South Africa. Following the launch of its... 

African states must use digitalisation to accelerate growth – Siemens

By: African News Agency      27th August 2019 Digitalisation offers Africa the opportunity to accelerate growth and rapidly expand struggling economies, but decision-makers must get strategies in place quickly in order to succeed, industrial manufacturing company Siemens said on Tuesday. Experts say the urban population in Africa is expected... 

African states must use digitalisation to accelerate growth – Siemens

Msimang will bring vast ICT experience to ICANN board – Ndabeni-Abrahams

By: African News Agency      26th August 2019 Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on Monday welcomed the appointment of Mandla Msimang to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board, saying she would bring vast experience in information and communications technology (ICT) policy.... 

S&P further downgrades Cell C

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2019 Ratings agency S&P Global Ratings has downgraded mobile operator Cell C after it failed to make interest payments on certain bilateral loan facilities that were due in July. Its decision was also based on the company’s suspension on future interest payments pending the conclusion of its... 

MTN advances fintech ambitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN Group is making progress on plans to relaunch Mobile Money (MoMo) in South Africa, while MTN Nigeria has been cleared to launch the first phase of its financial technology (fintech) business after securing a super-agent licence. A comprehensive fintech ecosystem has... 

Mobile connectivity growing in logistics facilities

By: Schalk Burger     23rd August 2019 The prevalence of mobile connectivity in logistics facilities, such as warehouses and distribution centres, is expected to increase as traceability and control become automated and integral functions of supply chains, says information and communication technology company Ruckus Networks... 

Wearable tech set to become a $54bn industry by 2023

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2019 The global wearable technology industry is predicted to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of 19%, from $23-billion in 2018 to $54-billion by 2023, a new report shows. Data and analytics company GlobalData’s latest ‘Wearable Tech – Thematic Research’ report paints a picture of consumer market... 

Physical and IT security teams collaborate as responsibilities blur

By: Schalk Burger     23rd August 2019 Physical security and information technology (IT) security teams are working more closely together to ensure that all the security needs of a business are considered and that a gap in one area does not affect the effectiveness of the other, says security network company Axis Communications... 

Physical and IT security teams collaborate as responsibilities blur
RUDIE OPPERMAN Physical access control is increasingly intertwined with broader cybersecurity and network strategies

Innovation critical for survival

By: Tracy Hancock     23rd August 2019 Increasing consumer demands and changing trends have made planning around product life more difficult and, with increased regulations around quality and traceability, innovation is now critical for survival in the food and beverage industry over the years, says enterprise software solutions... 

Innovation critical for survival
BETTER, FASTER FOOD PRODUCTION The automation of mundane and repeatable tasks improves accuracy, drives efficiency and lowers risks

African private businesses investing in digital tech to drive growth

By: Schalk Burger     22nd August 2019 African private businesses are optimistic about their prospects for growth over the next year and are investing in digital systems to support that growth, advisory and professional services multinational PwC Africa said on Tuesday. PwC’s inaugural ‘Africa Private Business Survey’, which surveyed... 

African private businesses investing in digital tech to drive growth
PwC Africa private business leader Gert Allen

UJ research team develops support system to predict, diagnose diseases

By: Schalk Burger     20th August 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has developed a hybrid expert system – a smart system designed to augment and improve a medical specialist’s capabilities and accuracy of diagnosis – by combining various machine learning and regression methods, UJ said on Tuesday. The research, published in... 

App to help emergency services cut response times 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th August 2019 Technology company what3words on Monday announced the roll-out of its location technology of the same name to South African emergency services provider ER24, to enable faster response times in emergencies. Using a what3words address in an emergency gives callers a simple way to describe where... 

App to help emergency services cut response times

Blue Label to post double-digit fall in full-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2019 JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms expects to report an at least 20% drop in basic, headline and core headline earnings a share for the financial year ended May 31. In an initial trading statement published on Monday, Blue Label management informed shareholders that its audit for the year under... 

Biometric technology gaining traction in airport environments

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2019 The use of biometric technology to streamline passenger processing in airports is increasingly attracting significant interest globally, with airlines and airports seeking out secure and efficient digital identity (ID) solutions. The use of technology across all touchpoints will be necessary for... 

University launches Data Science and Computational Thinking school

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2019 Stellenbosch University (SU) has officially launched a higher education “game-changer” – a school for data science and computational thinking that spans the entire academic programme, from under- and postgraduate training to research and specialist consultation. The newly established Data Science... 

Competing demands hobble SA enterprise cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2019 South African enterprises, in line with global trends, are vulnerable to cyberattacks, struggle to protect themselves and find and retain cybersecurity skills amid changing information technology (IT) environments and competing financial and operational demands, a cybersecurity-focused study... 

Sars can transform IT integration alongside private sector

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2019 Local small business digital accounting company Osidon’s smart, automated systems cannot integrate with those of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), but while Sars is yet to upgrade its integration systems, partnering with the private sector can help it to spend less than the estimated... 

Sars can transform IT integration alongside private sector
HENNIE FERREIRA The accounting profession is changing with the introduction of new technologies and accountants will take on more strategic and advisory roles
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