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Blue Label expects higher H1 earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th February 2017 JSE-listed Blue Label expects to report a surge in earnings bolstered in part by 58.18%-owned subsidiary Oxigen Services India’s fair value gains of R150-million in the six months ended November 30, 2016. Earnings a share are expected to increase by 54% to 58% to between 80.79c and 82.89c for the... 

Business applications and processes set to become analytics augmented

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 The computing power present in most end-point and network edge devices can be leveraged to enhance business work applications – which display information streamed from analytics systems – with contextual information and automatic processes, says business information software multinational Qlik... 

Intelligent Edge network architecture a foundation for IoT systems

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) systems will allow for cost savings, efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, and is expected to change the way people work,  comparable with the changes brought about by mobile work systems and collaborative digital work environments, says networking multinational... 

Jasco delivers improved H1 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics on Tuesday delivered what it called a “pleasing” first-half performance amid difficult economic conditions and a negative impact from the exchange rate. The group achieved nearly double-digit earnings growth during the six months to December 31, which it attributed to... 

Adapt IT reports on normalised headline earnings as it continues with acquisition strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 Information technology services provider Adapt IT has, for the first time, disclosed normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS). At 34.74c for the six months to December 31, this was up 20% from the prior year, owing to higher noncash expenses as a result of acquisitions. Noting that its... 

Adapt IT reports on normalised headline earnings as it continues with acquisition strategy

Data management systems can help firms tap unused historical information

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The growing use of analytics to support business operations and the increasing complexity of data flows in all companies are leading companies of all sizes to adopt data management systems, says data management software firm Commvault Middle East, South Africa and Turkey systems engineering... 

Data management systems can help firms tap unused  historical information
JOHAN SCHEEPERS Data management platforms enable companies to effectively manage data leak risks and threats, as well as manage the creation, storage, access and deletion of data

Encrypted traffic can hide malware and cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 Information technology security departments are challenged with rising malicious attacks, and cybercriminals who use stolen digital certificates and encrypted keys to acquire valuable enterprise and customer data, says network security multinational F5 Networks senior engineer Martin Walshaw. The... 

Encrypted traffic can hide malware and cyberattacks
MARTIN WALSHAW Cloud-based services are enabling cybercriminals to infiltrate networks with encrypted traffic without being detected, necessitating encrypted traffic inspection

Foundation-stage smart city systems can make cities safer, healthier

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The foundational systems of smart cities will provide significant health and security benefits for cities, say information technology multinational Wipro Africa business head Gavin Holme and Wipro Africa analytics practice manager Rudraksh Bhawalkar. These systems include connected street lights,... 

Foundation-stage smart city systems can make cities safer, healthier
GAVIN HOLME An important safety initiative for smart city planners is to build the tools with which citizens can report crimes anonymously

New era for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector is rapidly disrupting traditional ways of making and selling products across all sectors, including in the automotive industry, where technological advancement is radically influencing the way in which vehicles are manufactured and sold... 

New era for automotive industry
TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER Driverless vehicles will soon become a reality with extensive research and testing underway globally

Rapid response required to protect ‘cybertrust’

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2017 The digital economy relies on trust as one of its key currencies; the other currency is time. Cyberattacks erode not only the psychological currency of trust in organisations, but also that of customers in organisations’ ability to withstand future breaches and protect their interests, says... 

Rapid response required to protect ‘cybertrust’
TREVOR COETZEE An effective platform should enable swift on-boarding of new technologies along with automation and orchestration capabilities that lower operational complexity

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

S Africa to keep pace  with automotive  technology advances
BETTER FLEET MANAGEMENT Ctrack’s range of on-board devices and mobile software can help fleet managers to prevent road accidents in South Africa

IBM launches free digital skills development platform for Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2017 Technology multinational IBM has launched a $70-million (R945-million) digital literacy and skills development initiative aimed at training 25-million people in Africa over five years. The Digital Nation Africa (DNA) initiative is being undertaken in partnership with African universities,... 

IBM launches free digital skills development platform for Africa
IBM Middle East and Africa university relations manager Juan Pablo Napoli provides details of the new IBM Digital Nation Africa free online education programme. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Detecting cyberattacks a key security focus in 2017 

     3rd February 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Contributing Editor Schalk Burger about the rise in cyberattacks, how this affects South Africa and how the cybersecurity industry is going about detecting new threats. 

Detecting cyberattacks a key security focus in 2017
Detecting cyberattacks a key security focus in 2017.

Big data could help SA overcome historical public transport issues

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 Big data systems can ease the transit flows for millions of daily commuters and unlock huge economic value, says information and communication technology subsidiary T-Systems South Africa transport industry subject matter expert Harry van Huyssteen. Initial use of big data systems will involve... 

Big data could help SA overcome historical public transport issues
HARRY VAN HUYSSTEEN Personalised services to support daily commuting is an opportunity for operators to grow new revenue streams

Careful planning required for successful smart city development

By: Dylan Slater     3rd February 2017 The development of so-called smart cities requires careful planning – planning that requires a careful balance between conventional and modern technology, as well as computerised and human interactions.  

Detecting advanced cyberattacks to be key security focus in 2017

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 The rising dependence of economic and social systems on information technology (IT) systems has directly increased the risks to these systems from cyberattacks, the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2017 highlights. Cybercrime syndicates and attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated,... 

Detecting advanced cyberattacks to be key security focus in 2017

Insurancers adopting more advanced methods

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 The insurance industry is shifting away from traditional means of insurance towards more evolved methods that rely on advanced technology and new business models to meet the pace of a fast-changing, always-on-and-connected world, says information technology (IT) multinational Wipro South Africa... 

Insurancers adopting more advanced methods
JAQUELINE VAN EEDEN New technologies are helping insurance companies to move from a product-centric model to a customer-centric approach

UK outlines 'modern industrial strategy' vision

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 On January 23, British Prime Minister Theresa May formally unveiled what is officially described as “proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy”. That same day her administration published a 132-page Green Paper entitled “Building Our Industrial Strategy”. (Green Papers are effectively the same... 

Veeam outlines partnership-based growth vision for Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2017 Information technology (IT) availability company Veeam’s local partners – which enable it to have a constantly available presence and effective support in the Southern African countries it is expanding in – are fundamental to the firm’s long-term growth plans, says Veeam Africa South regional... 

Veeam outlines  partnership-based growth vision for Southern Africa
CLAUDE SCHÜCK It is important to have a team present that can provide the support required

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2017 The next wave of industrial productivity will be driven by digital solutions, GE CEO Jeff Immelt argued during a visit to South Africa this week, adding that industrial firms would, therefore, have little option but to rethink their strategies in a digital context. The US multinational is in the... 

Digital solutions to drive next wave of industrial productivity – Immelt
Photo by Duane Daws
GE CEO Jeff Immelt

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 African governments and the private sector have an opportunity to roll out services for digital access and use as a utility, which will extend information and communication technology (ICT), improve digital maturity, and help to develop Africa and its cities to deal with urbanisation, says... 

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens
SABINE DALL’OMO The manufacturing, transport and energy industries can benefit greatly from digitalisation to help overcome persistent challenges in the sectors

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) believes that focused applications of the aerotropolis concept in South Africa will attract business and make domestic airports a preferable link in the value chain. 

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business
Photo by Duane Daws
OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Aerotropolis Master Plans details 21 catalytic projects to be delivered at the airport

Honey pots can help to mitigate cybersecurity breaches

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 Honey pots – decoy devices or systems designed to look like commercially sensitive data repositories or network elements –  can improve detection of cybersecurity breaches, says telecommunications service provider Saicom Voice Services chief technology officer Greg de Chasteauneuf. Cyberattackers... 

Honey pots can help to mitigate cybersecurity breaches
GREG DE CHASTEAUNEUF Any attempt to attack the decoy devices or access decoy files or services alerts the security team and aids forensic investigations to determine whether the threat was external or in-house

Improved technology boosts airport operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 To provide more accurate information for airports across the country, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has upgraded existing technology and implemented new weather-observing technology at all airports to detect harsh weather earlier. 

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative adoption of IoT solutions

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2017 As the Internet of Things (IoT) embeds its early-stage unique shape across Africa, one thing is certain: the continent cannot afford to fall behind as it approaches the adoption of the interconnected way of life in its own way to drive growth and development. Despite an initially slow, hesitant... 

Strong developmental flavour to Africa’s tentative  adoption of IoT solutions

New ICT policy could throw industry into tailspin, warns analyst  

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2017 Despite the positive, well-intended rationale behind South Africa’s new National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper, the implementation of the policy could turn the industry on its head and into untested, questionable territory. The implementation of... 

New ICT policy could throw industry into tailspin, warns analyst
Africa Analysis MD Dobek Pater discusses South Africa's new integrated ICT Policy White Paper. Date recorded: 25.01.17. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd

Operation Phakisa making strides in ICT in education

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th January 2017 Progress is being made in the implementation of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Education segment of South Africa’s Operation Phakisa, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) said on Friday. Implemented by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in... 

Operation Phakisa making strides in ICT in education

Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The insights generated from wearable and connected devices are expected to enable more effective management of employee wellness and productivity within the next four years, says Deloitte human capital technology and digital learning associate director André Vermeulen. On average worldwide, a... 

Business use of wellness and performance wearables growing
ANDRÉ VERMEULEN Deep analysis of data from many devices and systems will enable companies to identify operational areas that can be improved

Holistic business approach advised amid complex cybersecurity risks

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 The cybersecurity risks that businesses face are complex, making them difficult to defend against and requiring technical and managerial responses at all levels of the enterprise, says Kaspersky Lab anti-targeted attack business solution lead Oleg Glebov. The complexity of cyberthreats means that... 

Holistic business approach advised amid complex cybersecurity risks
OLEG GLEBOV New skills are needed in enterprises to automate data gathering, identify incidents, analyse information and execute effective responses

Engineering solutions provider showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys earlier this month hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility is dedicated to the manufacture of high-end... 

New decoder promises ultra-high definition viewing experience

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 The video and broadband equipment multinational Arris set top boxes – including the latest DStv Explora 2 decoder in South Africa being made for video entertainment company MultiChoice, will form a part of increasingly connected homes by providing new video compression for broadcast and streaming... 

'Pressure on' for African govts in 2017 in ICT

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2016 The involvement of governments across Africa will be a critical factor in the rise of information and communications technology (ICT) in 2017. Next year will be the year that solid ICT plans to guide investors and other stakeholders need to be developed, with the “pressure on” for governments to... 

Open data initiative to boost African research, development and innovation – ASSAf

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Friday launched an Africa-wide initiative to promote the development and coordination of data policies, data training and data infrastructure. The African Open Science Platform aims to promote the value – and exploit the potential – of open data... 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

App ensures improved security for businesses
CONNECTED SECURITY Users and businesses can connect monitoring equipment to the application

Biometric company targets payment processing industry

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 Biometric identification multinatonal Ideco aims to grow its presence in the $2-trillion- a-year global payment processing industry and increase the use of mobile biometric identification systems to secure and process mobile transactions. Mobile biometrics are predicted to generate $34.6-billion... 

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Before South African businesses start to invest in new security technology, old security flaws need to be addressed to ensure maximum security, says professional services firm KPMG. 

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW TECHNOLOGY Biometric technology could prevent cybercriminals from obtaining user data

Network performance seen as key digital transformation platform

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 The ability to manage a hybrid business network effectively, ensure that all the applications and processes have the correct connectivity and control all the policies and permissions from a single platform is necessary for the digital transformation of businesses, says application performance... 

Network performance  seen as key digital  transformation platform
TAJ ELKHAYAT Riverbed’s partner strategy aims to enable mixed network systems and devices of many vendors and manufacturers to be unified onto a single platform
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