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Business process optimisation can reduce human 'latency'

23rd March 2012 An effective business process automation system can reduce the impact of human latency, which are delays and errors caused by people not being able to process work as soon as it is sent to them, says Interactive Intelligence MD André le Roux. 

Infrastructure needed, but keeping tenders clean will be a challenge

23rd March 2012 Reducing regulatory hurdles for all sizes of companies, as well as reducing corruption and maladministration in governmental departments will be key to ensuring delivery on Budget 2012's stated goal of improving the environment for job creation, two commentators have argued. 

South African mobile application developers get a boost

16th March 2012 South African mobile application developers can use global mobile platform developer Android’s open architecture to develop powerful applications for smart phones, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s human language technologies researcher Nic de Vries. 

Information technology set to play a bigger role in education

16th March 2012 Information technology (IT) will increasingly be used in schools to improve the effectiveness of teaching and availability of materials, says Department of Basic Education (DBE) Curriculum Innovation and e-Learning Director Phil Mnisi. 

Seta endorses TWP’s new drawing office training centre

9th March 2012 Engineering company TWP’s recently accredited drawing office training centre went through a rigorous assessment to receive its official recognition and has a number of tips to share with new schools aiming for this endorsement by the industry Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), says... 

Asset-tracking solutions company launches driver-behaviour measurement system in SA

9th March 2012 Advanced asset-tracking and management solutions group DigiCore Holdings has launched a driver-behaviour measurement system in South Africa, linked it with an insurance product from insurance giant Discovery and is in the process of rolling out similar solutions in Europe and Australia. 

Absa launches small-business funding, support programme

9th March 2012 Commercial bank Absa has launched a small, medium- and micro-sized enterprise (SMME) funding and support programme, including commercial skills development and support, to create thousands of SMMEs in South Africa in a reasonably short time frame, says Absa Business Markets head Marcel de Klerk. 

Fully connected home within reach, says network vendor

2nd March 2012 An always-on home network router or gateway, capable of connecting to all devices in a home and enabling remote device management is the vision of Cisco Home Networking VP International Ulrike Tegtmeier. 

PLC data can help boost industrial productivity

2nd March 2012 A supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system, which aggregates the data received from a factory’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs), can be used to fully trace every change made to the system, whether manual or automatic, says technology distributor Anytech zenon Scada specialist... 

Simulation software eliminates faults at design phase of electrical equipment

2nd March 2012 The new high-technology Technology Centre of electrical equipment manufacturer Powertech Transformers hosts transformer engineers responsible for research, development and advanced technical support of its three plants, says Powertech Transformers CEO Leon Viljoen. 

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