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Consumer-led technology change muted by the ‘re-enterprisation of IT’

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2015 There were indications that consumers were no longer leading technological changes, with enterprises now driving the impetus for information technology (IT) adoption after a decade-long lull, advisory firm Deloitte said on Thursday, unpacking the findings of its latest ‘Technology, Media and... 

IoT set to be more an enterprise than a consumer play

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2015 Despite widespread perception that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be consumer-driven, the emerging phenomenon is going to be more about “things” than people, Deloitte’s latest 'Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions 2015' report has revealed. The report, released on... 

IoT set to be more an enterprise than a consumer play

Shared security expertise enables small firms to access expert advice

By: Schalk Burger     22nd May 2015 Information technology security expertise is expensive, but sales channel partners can use their combined clout to share experts among the various partners, enabling small clients also to access expert security advice, says information and communications technology distributor DCC security... 

Reunert lifts H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2015 Shortly after shedding its Nashua Mobile unit’s subscriber base in November, JSE-listed Reunert achieved higher earnings for the six-month period to March 31. For the period under review, the group posted an 11% rise in headline earnings a share to 264.8c and a 20% increase in basic earnings a... 

Altron TMT assures of turnaround on enhanced strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2015 After presenting dire financial results to shareholders this week, JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) has developed a strategy incorporating joint ventures, key acquisitions, disposals, international expansion and cost savings to pull its Telecommunications, Multimedia and Information... 

Altron TMT assures of turnaround on enhanced strategy
UEC's manufacturing facility

MTN leverages Internet of Things 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2015 Telecommunications major MTN has leveraged the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) to open up a “whole new world” into other industries for the JSE-listed firm’s business arm, while enabling African enterprises to gain greater control over the connection and management of machine-to-machine (M2M)... 

MTN leverages Internet of Things
MTN Group chief enterprise officer Mteto Nyati

Talks over shedding of Autopage advanced – Altron

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2015 A year after Reunert exited a saturated market by closing Nashua Mobile, Allied Electronics (Altron) has announced the advancement of talks aimed at shedding South Africa’s sole independent service provider, its own embattled subsidiary Autopage. JSE-listed Altron on Tuesday said the company was... 

Siemens bags BBBEE level 2 status

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2015 German-headquartered global engineering firm Siemens on Monday announced that it had achieved a broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) level 2 status in South Africa for the first time. “Siemens has steadily increased its BBBEE points from 51 in 2006, and the new ranking followed a 7.6... 

Data-flow analysis key to developing adaptable data growth plan

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2015 The exponential growth of data being generated and flowing into companies’ networks will necessitate that data management be closely linked to business strategies by identifying the most important data and efficiently manage the rest. This direct link between data management and corporate... 

Data-flow analysis key to developing adaptable data growth plan
BRYAN BALFE CommVault’s best practices involve assessing the generation, movements and flows of data and then matching them with the strategy of a business

Telkom to nurture entrepreneurs through new full-spectrum programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2015 Information and communications technology (ICT) major Telkom on Thursday unveiled its new R100-million plus programme to incubate and develop starting up and existing entrepreneurs and small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). The ‘FutureMakers’ programme would bolster enterprise and... 

Telkom to nurture entrepreneurs through new full-spectrum programme
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko

SKA, AWS offer grants for innovative cloud services

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th April 2015 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have partnered to launch the ‘AstroCompute in the Cloud’ grant programme to attract innovative tools and techniques to process, store and analyse the global astronomy community’s vast amounts of astronomic data in the... 

SKA, AWS offer grants for innovative cloud services

Datacentrix says future bright as it secures multimillion-rand contracts

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2015 Datacentrix is confident of the future as it has secured new three- to five-year contracts valued at around R500-million and extended a further R300-million in contracts. CEO Ahmed Mahomed on Tuesday said the group was well positioned for the new financial year, as the revenue from the new and... 

Datacentrix says future bright as it secures multimillion-rand contracts

BPeSA appoints new CEO

21st April 2015 Business process outsourcing (BPO) industry association Business Process enabling South Africa (BPeSA) has appointed Tebogo Molapisane as its new CEO, following the relaunch of the national organisation. Molapisane has been involved in the contact centre industry for the past 16 years and was... 

BPeSA appoints new CEO

Datacentrix posts higher year-end earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2015 JSE-listed integrated information and communication technology systems provider Datacentrix posted higher earnings for the financial year ended February 2015. The group achieved a 16.4% increase in earnings from R89-million in the year ended February 2014 to R103-million in the year under review. 

DRMSA to deliver interim DRM trial results to Icasa next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th April 2015 South Africa is progressing its ambitions of transitioning from analogue to digital radio broadcasting as two 12-month-long trials make headway in efforts to establish a starting base to keep radio relevant in a digital age. The trials evaluating the DRM and DAB+ standards, both of which were... 

DRMSA to deliver interim DRM trial results to Icasa next week

South Africa continues to see big jobs potential in call-centre sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2015 South Africa is fast becoming the new call centre destination of choice for large international firms, instead of countries like India and the Philippines, where the industry is well developed and thriving. Workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa MD Lyndy van den Barselaar says this is... 

South Africa continues to see big jobs potential in call-centre sector

South Africa continues to see big jobs potential in call-centre sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2015 South Africa is fast becoming the preferred new call centre destination of choice for large international firms, instead of countries like India and the Philippines, where the industry is well developed and thriving. Workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa MD Lyndy van den Barselaar... 

South Africa continues to see big jobs potential in call-centre sector

BCX expects lower H1 basic earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th April 2015 JSE-listed Business Connexion (BCX) expects a 63.6% to 67.4% drop in basic earnings per share (EPS) and a 8.3% to 21% hike in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended February 28. The group’s EPS were expected to decrease to between 17c and 19c for the first half of the year,... 

Businesses moving to cloud as they gain more experience

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2015 Businesses increasingly understand the value that cloud services provide as they become more experienced in using cloud services and gain more insight into issues of security and policies, says information and communications technology services major Dimension Data cloud GM Grant Morgan. The... 

IT threat extraction system removes scripts and macros from key documents

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2015 Information and communications technology security vendor Check Point’s Threat Extraction system removes macros, Java scripts and code-enabled capabilities from documents in a company’s network, preventing malicious scripts from executing processes, says Check Point product manager Noam Green.... 

IT threat extraction system removes scripts and macros from key documents
NOAM GREEN Any document might contain malware and the only way to ensure malware-free documents is to reconstruct the file using known and safe elements

Skills, consistent corporate culture key to long-term growth, EOH claims

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2015 JSE-listed information and communications technology firm EOH’s continuing growth is the result of its perennial focus on skilled people, organisational capabilities and consistent corporate culture, says EOH CEO Asher Bohbot. The company increased revenue by 39.4% and profits after tax by 37.7%... 

Skills, consistent corporate culture  key to long-term growth, EOH claims
Photo by Duane Daws
ASHER BOHBOT EOH aims to provide technology, knowledge, skills and organisational ability critical to Africa’s development and growth

Control over unstructured data improves management, governance

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2015 Controlling unstructured data using metadata and a data management system improves the management and use of unstructured data in companies, while also reducing risks, says data management specialist company Soarsoft International director Chris Hathaway. Metadata provides information about data.... 

Control over unstructured data improves management, governance
CHRIS HATHAWAY Metadata is a powerful and efficient tool to organise unstructured data on-site or in the cloud and understand what actions must be taken

Cogta issues tender request for ICT information

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2015 As part of its “back to basics” agenda, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) hopes to “empower citizens” and “enhance community participation” through the use of Web and mobile platforms. To this end, the department has called on information and communications... 

Cogta issues tender request for ICT information

SA eyes becoming net exporter of ICT services, products through SMMEs

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2015 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) aims to leverage small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), cooperatives and township and rural entrepreneurs to reverse South Africa’s status as a net importer of information and communications technology (ICT) products and... 

SA eyes becoming net exporter of ICT services, products through SMMEs

Jasco delivers lower interim earnings despite restructure

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th February 2015 Electronics group Jasco had spent the first half of the current financial year on recovering the lost sales volumes after a month-long strike in the metals and engineering sector shaved R5.8-million from the group’s profit before interest and taxes (PBIT). The JSE-listed group, which had just... 

Jasco delivers lower interim earnings despite restructure

Altech backs Namec call for slice of STB budget

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th February 2015 The deployment of South Africa’s long overdue digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration programme would pave the way for the revival of the local electronic manufacturing industry; however, industry participants believe the budget for the subsidised set-top boxes (STBs) should be diverted to... 

Altech backs Namec call for slice of STB budget

Western Cape to host outsourcing, offshoring summit

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2015 The Western Cape would play host to the South African Outsourcing and Offshoring Summit 2015, from March 4 to 6, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde announced on Thursday. Global companies, international investors and analysts were expected to descend on the event that... 

Western Cape to host outsourcing, offshoring summit
Photo by Duane Daws
Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde

Nashua Mobile subscriber base sale opens opportunity for growth – Reunert

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th November 2014 With the sale of Nashua Mobile's subscriber base now concluded and the unit subsequently closed, parent company Reunert planned to use the cash flows earned from the deal to “explore growth opportunities through investment”. The R1.4-billion profit from the split sale of Nashua Mobile’s... 

Nashua Mobile subscriber base sale opens opportunity for growth – Reunert

Cape Town sharpens its business image as it looks beyond tourism

By: Kim Cloete     10th October 2014 Cape Town is on a drive to strengthen its position as a key business capital in Africa. The Mother City is keen to retain its reputation as a leading tourist destination, but wants to be taken more seriously as a destination for local and international investment “This is not just a beautiful... 

Cape Town sharpens its business image as it looks beyond tourism

Undisclosed group eyes Blue Label buy-out

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st October 2014 An undisclosed company has made a play for Blue Label Telecoms, with discussions now under way, the JSE-listed telecommunications group said on Wednesday. In a cautionary announcement to shareholders, Blue Label stated that a nonbinding expression of interest (EoI) to acquire all the issued... 

Datatec’s Westcon buys Verecloud

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2014 JSE-listed information and communication technology group Datatec’s Westcon subsidiary has acquired US-based cloud services business Verecloud for $12-million. Verecloud, which was established in 2006, is the developer of an advanced channel distribution platform for cloud and services solutions... 

Datatec’s Westcon buys Verecloud
Photo by Duane Daws
Jens Montanana

Jasco consolidates coastal footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2014 Jasco Enterprise has restructured its coastal offices into a single coastal division serving the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the company announced on Tuesday. The newly consolidated division, led by executive head of coastal regions Karel Botha, aimed to strengthen the company’s... 

Telkom to cut its R17bn procurement bill

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th August 2014 Embattled telecommunications giant Telkom is eyeing significant procurement cost cuts as part of actions to return the group to sustainability. In the 2014 financial year, Telkom spent roughly R17-billion with suppliers, chief procurement officer Ian Russell said at an investor presentation... 

Telkom to cut its R17bn procurement bill

EOH says all business channels functioning effectively and profitably

By: Schalk Burger     1st August 2014 A well-defined corporate culture, philosophy and principles, along with industry experts in all of its diverse industry channels, enable information technology (IT) services company EOH to achieve strong and sustained growth. EOH CEO Asher Bohbot notes that all its business channels are... 

Project management builds efficient environments

By: Bruce Montiea     18th July 2014 In times of change, in order for the vision and strategy of a company to be realised, there needs to be proper project management, says Johnson Controls Africa Region project operations manager Yasas Jayakody. “Project management helps to drive organisations forward by building the frameworks and... 

Project management builds efficient environments
YASAS JAYAKODY Project management drives organisations forward

Former Itec MD, rugby star relaunch Seartec  

By: Tracy Hancock     18th July 2014 Although CEO Mark McChlery and chief marketing officer Bob Skinstad likened themselves to children in a playground when taking on the task of “reengineering and repositioning” the Seartec brand, the “young, dynamic and enthusiastic guys” were like proud fathers on the day of the relaunch, nine... 

    Former Itec MD, rugby star relaunch Seartec
Seartec CEO Mark McChlery talks about Seartec’s relaunch while chief marketing officer Bob Skinstad discusses his transition from rugby to business. To watch the video, scan the barcode with TagReader (at www.gettag.mobi) on your cellphone, or go to ‘Video Clips’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Camera work: Duane Daws. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa home to new digital wallet

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2014 As e-commerce and digital payments gain traction worldwide, Mastercard, in conjunction with Standard Bank, on Tuesday launched a digital wallet mobile phone application, MasterPass, as a new way to transact safely and securely when shopping online. MasterPass would enable South Africans to... 

South Africa home to new digital wallet

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