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Education technology must empower educators, learners

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The focus of any education technology must be on the skills that students and learners need and how technology can be used as an enabler to develop skills, says technology multinational Microsoft South Africa MD Zoaib Hoosen. The role of any education technology must be to empower educators and... 

Limpopo to use open-source software to boost enterprise and industry development

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The Limpopo government has adopted a free and open-source software (Foss) strategy and aims to leverage the low-barriers to entry to these systems to boost its enterprise development and services sectors and initiatives, says German enterprise open-source software subsidiary SUSE Africa indirect... 

Mastercard tests new biometric cards in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 South Africa is the first market to test payment technology provider Mastercard’s next-generation biometric card, which combines chip technology with fingerprints to conveniently and safely store a cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. Two separate trials with retailer Pick ‘n Pay and... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

R&D capitalises on global growth
Photo by Bloomberg
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

Two in five industrial computers faced cyberattacks in second half of 2016

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2017 An average of two-in-five computers related to the technological infrastructure of industrial enterprises were exposed to malicious software and targeted cyberattack in the second half of 2016, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab Head of Critical Infrastructure Defence Department... 

ZA Central Registry calls for applications for dotAfrica domain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 The administrator of South African domain zones .co.za and .web.za, ZA Central Registry (ZACR), on Monday invited applications from businesses, civil society and other interested parties for its dotAfrica (.africa) pioneer programme. This is in an effort to create brand awareness and visibility... 

Datatec in talks for sale of Wescon-Comstor stake

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2017 JSE-listed information and communications technology (ICT) company Datatec on Friday issued a cautionary as it mulls the sale of its major share in Westcon-Comstor’s operations for more than $800-million. In January, the group had entered into negotiations for a possible transaction, subject to... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects
EVERT JACOBS The PLP embodies our complete approach and tools to deliver projects throughout their life cycle

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Growing demand for operational excellence in the country, in increasingly outward-facing industrial enterprises in a global economy, is accompanied by the requirement that more women be employed, owing to government legislation and societal demands, and the two imperatives are by no means... 

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence
GROWING DEMAND Indipath continues to see [more] women entering the market

IoT platform integrates security equipment to provide customer control

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 An Internet of Things (IoT) platform integrates a large range of security equipment to provide control over security systems, functionality, costs and maintenance to support a company’s operations, says open architecture, Internet protocol-based security systems multinational Genetec Africa... 

IoT platform integrates security equipment to provide  customer control
BRENT CARY The open IoT platform integrates and unifies diverse security systems

Joburg to host automation conference next month

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 The industrial automation multinational Rockwell Automation’s Automation University conference will develop and hone local automation skills and expertise in industries, says Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa control systems and software business manager Christo Buys. The two-day conference,... 

South Africa’s cloud adoption lagging rest of the world, report shows

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 Networking specialist firm F5 Networks ‘State of App Delivery 2017’ report indicates that 41% of companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will continue to invest in private cloud technologies and services this year, although South Africa’s cloud adoption is lagging significantly behind... 

Mars-bound Marais appointed SAP Head of Innovation

By: African News Agency      6th April 2017 SAP Africa, the software giant, has appointed prominent astronaut and multiple award winner, Dr Adriana Marais, as head of innovation. Based at head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, she will lead the Internet of Things (IoT) Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation... 

Effective big data use to continue changing businesses

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 Big data will continue to shape many business sectors significantly, but will require efficient real-time analytic processing of constantly changing data from multiple sources, interpreting this data and providing predictive analysis to support real-time business decisions, says asset management... 

Limpopo schools offline project nears completion

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 The Limpopo Provincial Government’s Offline Content to Schools without Internet Connectivity project (Offline Content project for short) provides access to digital content for Limpopo schools without connectivity. The Offline Content project aims to develop information and communication... 

Machine learning being used to detect fraud

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 A fraud prevention cloud system uses machine learning and big data analytics to detect potentially fraudulent activities and protect multiple customer service channels in banks, financial institutions and government agencies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky lab head of fraud prevention... 

ICT council progresses sector's BBBEE code

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services’ Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector Council has met all of its initial mandates and will now continue its work to guide and review the implementation of the amended and... 

High-speed wireless provides fibrelike connectivity to underserved areas

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 A 28 GHz last-mile wireless access solution is being rolled out in South Africa to provide fibre-like connectivity for underserved areas, says telecommunications operator Paratus Telecom SA MD Kallie Carlsen. The solution uses a combination of 28 GHz wireless line-of-sight solution for last-mile... 

New network platform simplifies complex implementations

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 The new version of application performance company Riverbed Technology’s software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solution supports complex enterprise environments and simplifies the implementation of large-scale SD-WAN deployments in data centres through nondisruptive network integration,... 

Returns will be key to fulfulling AI’s business promise

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 Using artificial intelligence (AI) to support business operations is not fully understood, and the availability of time and skills, as well as return on investment criteria, must be taken into account to justify investments in AI and ensure that the intended benefits are achieved, says market... 

Returns will be key to fulfulling AI’s business promise
BRANDON PURCELL AI will eventually significantly disrupt the way organisations win, serve, and retain customers, but not in the short term

DBSA secures $100m AFD loan facility to support continental activity

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has secured a $100-million loan facility from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), earmarked for energy, water, transport and information and communication technology infrastructure across Africa. The DBSA aims to continue to advance... 

AI seen improving the productive capacity of skilled workers

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation mean that technologies will be used to manage many of standard activities and improve the productive capacity of skilled workers, says international consultancy KPMG South Africa technology sector leader Frank Rizzo. Knowledge workers are... 

AI seen improving the productive capacity of skilled workers
FRANK RIZZO Automation enables companies to enhance their workers’ skills to fulfil more strategic and innovative jobs

Smart projectors being used to enrich meetings and lessons

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Smart projectors that enable users to interact directly with the images and videos displayed are increasingly being used in commerce and education to make meetings and lessons rich and collaborative, says electronics multinational Epson Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Visual Instruments... 

EOH posts strong interim results

By: Anine Kilian     15th March 2017 JSE-listed EOH reported a 21% year-on-year increase in revenue to R7.24-billion for the six months ended January 31, while net profit increased by 29% year-on-year to R597-million. Earnings a share and headline earnings a share grew by 23% and 22% respectively. 

Career development network being established to boost women in IT

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Information technology (IT) firms Mint Management Technologies and Pinnacle are working to establish a professional network to support the career development of women in the IT sector, says Mint Management Technologies human resources executive Lauren Clark. The need for a professional career... 

Career development network being established to boost women in IT
LAUREN CLARK Simple work mechanisms can ensure career support and the retention of skilled female employees

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons
DALMARI MCQUEEN Owing to the interest in exhibition spaces at the 2013 pilot conference, the 2017 MCC will have 28 exhibition stands

School project dubbed case study in meaningful public–private partnership

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 The high school built and supported by information technology and business systems multinational Oracle, in Kaalfontein, Midrand, was a case study for the department on how to design, build, equip and support schools, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Speaking at the Ponelopele... 

School project dubbed case study in meaningful  public–private partnership
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS Oracle employees donate their time to support the school and mentor the teachers and pupils

Slow economic conditions no barrier to digitisation

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 This year looks set to see broad business digitisation, partly as a result of years of investigation and validation of digital business systems, says information technology company Strato IT MD Cassie Lessing. This digitisation of business processes will continue despite anaemic economic growth,... 

Slow economic conditions no barrier to digitisation
CASSIE LESSING Digital systems improve workflow processes, automate many aspects of normal business transactions and help to remove delays and costs

Software provider renews refinery service agreement

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Process and operations control management specialist BluESP has renewed its yearly service agreement with a local refinery following the client’s decision to maintain its relationship with the company to ensure that the benefits achieved using BluESP’s advance process control (APC) technology... 

Software provider renews refinery service agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
OPERATIONS REFINED The technology has improved the refinery's processes, increasing throughput and reducing the overall carbon footprint

Tracker sees big data investments adding fleet-management value

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Vehicle telemetry multinational Tracker is investing in a range of research and development projects, which will provide significant insights and value for a broad range of stakeholders. The projects leverage the large volumes of data and many data streams that Tracker has access to, says Tracker... 

Intel eyes four critical interlinked focus areas of the digital era

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2017 With the world continuing to scratch only the surface of what is possible in the digital era, information and communication technology giant Intel is, this year, narrowing its focus to four key areas it believes will play a critical role in society in future. Intel’s 2017 focus areas include... 

Intel eyes four critical interlinked focus areas of the digital era

Altron selects MTN’s Nyati to replace Venter as CEO, narrows FY16 losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th March 2017 Following a rigorous recruitment process and a global search for a suitable candidate, MTN South Africa (SA) CEO Mteto Nyati has been appointed the new group CEO of JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron), effective no later than July 1. Nyati, who will succeed outgoing Altron CEO Robbie Venter,... 

Altron selects MTN’s Nyati to replace Venter as CEO, narrows FY16 losses
Photo by Duane Daws
Altron outgoing CEO Robert Venter

Advice on how to ensure security of companies’ data

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2017 While the convergence and reinforcement of data will grow in volume and complexity, the way in which companies leverage and secure this information to improve operations and make users safe must be addressed, says business intelligence firm PBT Group technical business analyst Jessie Rudd. Many... 

Advice on how to ensure security of companies’ data
JESSIE RUDD Data must be protected like any other asset

Automation, use of intelligent cameras key trends in high-tech security

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2017 Intelligent cameras that detect and track intruders, the automation of control room systems that enable guards to be more proactive and growing rental demand are some of the key trends within the security industry, says integrated security multinational G4S South Africa technology director Tim... 

Automation, use of intelligent  cameras key trends in high-tech security
TIM TIMMINS Integrated systems and single physical security information management platforms remain crucial for customers

Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years 

     2nd March 2017 Information technology multinational Oracle last month celebrated the tenth year of the fully digital high school, which it built in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education.  

Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years
Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years

Free Market Foundation calls into question department’s claims of support for ICT policy proposals

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2017 The Free Market Foundation (FMF) on Monday said the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) was incorrect in asserting that the new National Integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy White Paper had the support and backing of industry. The ICT White... 

IBM aims to train 25m young Africans using free digital skills platform

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Technology multinational IBM 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, companies... 

IBM aims to train 25m young Africans using free  digital skills platform
HAMILTON RATSHEFOLA The appropriate response to the challenges facing Africa, including inequality, lack of skills and unemployment, is to provide accredited, free, online education
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