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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

Security response team launched to protect digital business

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Network security multinational F5 Networks has launched a security incident response team (SIRT) and the F5 Labs cybersecurity laboratory service in addition to a suite of cybersecurity systems to protect modern digital commerce, says F5 Networks senior engineer Martin Walshaw. The SIRT will... 

Security response team launched to protect digital business
MARTIN WALSHAW Sophisticated threat intelligence and response strategies in addition to simplified access controls for applications and data are essential to effectively support digital commerce

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
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