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The fundamentals for unbreakable business bonds
The fundamentals for unbreakable business bonds

Forming long-lasting business partnerships is a task that requires the building of strong and trusting bonds between IT and business. There are some fundamental tips IT needs to follow if it is going to form strong business partnerships that last.

By Kerry Evans 2 Sep 2014 11:54

Gary Allemann
Big data highlights need for data management education and skills

Big data is currently one of the most talked about megatrends affecting the business world, along with cloud computing, customer centricity and data-centric legislation, such as the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act.

By Gary Allemann 29 Aug 2014 13:31

Paul Fick
Consolidating ICT infrastructure following mergers, acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are useful when it comes to helping organisations to achieve business objectives. However, this strategy has the potential to create enormous complexity when it comes to consolidating the operations of the two disparate organisations involved in the merger or acquisition.

By Paul Fick 29 Aug 2014 11:21

Stuart Gonsal
How to tie in EBay to your e-commerce strategy

Of all e-commerce-related websites there is little doubt that EBay is the biggest. It's hard now to imagine a world in which EBay doesn't exist; so many of us have become reliant on the auction site to sell unwanted items and to purchase stuff that we do want on the cheap.

By Stuart Gonsal 21 Aug 2014 10:07

Neil Cameron
Facing HVAC challenges? Smart equipment for building efficiency is here

With greater energy efficiency topping the wish list of facility and energy management executives globally, four cross-industry tech trends are having a transformative impact on building systems: visualisation, Machine2Machine (M2M) communication, mobility tools, and analytics.

By Neil Cameron 20 Aug 2014 10:40

Brent Lees
Facing location-independent computing challenges

Distance is no longer a barrier to business success. An organisation's applications, data centre and offices can be opposite sides of the world, yet the business can still achieve the same reliability and performance that it has come to expect.

By Brent Lees 19 Aug 2014 14:16

Gareth Tudor
How secure is your critical data in the cloud?

Storing data in the cloud makes sense and uptake is growing as more solution providers offer this option. However, how secure is sensitive financial and client information when it is backed up to and stored in the cloud?

By Gareth Tudor 18 Aug 2014 10:55

Charles Mburugu
How to clean and speed up your Mac

After some time of usage, the performance of your Mac is likely to deteriorate. When this happens, you will need to take measures to revive your machine and improve its performance.

By Charles Mburugu 18 Aug 2014 09:10

Carey van Vlaanderen
Facebook Messenger: Handing over your privacy

Users of the iPhone and Android versions of Facebook's app will have found that, when trying to get into messenger, they are directed to download a second app, Messenger that will allow you person-to-person messages.

By Carey van Vlaanderen 15 Aug 2014 10:58

Lionel Moyal
Harnessing the power of apps

With the increasing affordability and pervasiveness of smartphones and tablets, apps have rapidly become a part of everyday life. From games and messaging to banking, handy tools and more, apps have revolutionised the way people interact on a social level.

By Lionel Moyal 15 Aug 2014 10:36

Bryan Balfe
Big data is an information management issue, not a storage issue

Right now, big data is one of the most heard buzzwords in IT, next to cloud, analytics and mobile. So far, most of the discussions about big data focus on storage.

By Bryan Balfe 13 Aug 2014 10:02

Brent Lees
Explaining branch converged infrastructure

Enterprises are always looking to take their business to the next level and one of the most effective ways to grow is to open new branch offices.

By Brent Lees 11 Aug 2014 10:08

Data scientists and chief data officers - fact or fad?
Data scientists and chief data officers - fact or fad?

When a new job title is created and introduced to an organisation, the immediate response is typically a combination of apprehension, confusion and sometimes rejection. It's not unusual for people to scrutinise the role, question the business need, and worry about how it will affect them.

By Davide Hanan 4 Aug 2014 06:50

Rob Lith
Mobile billing goes nuts, but consumers can fight back

Notice anything funny about your cellular bill lately? If so, you may have been blind-sided by prevailing mobile data trends.

By Rob Lith 29 Jul 2014 06:55

Unified communications: maintaining optimal performance
Unified communications: maintaining optimal performance

The enterprise work environment has changed dramatically. Long gone are the days when business was confined to desktop PCs and a 9-5 working day. Today, the explosion of online, social and mobile technologies has paved the way for a 24/7 global workplace, with the distributed workforce viewed as a critical business enabler.

By Brent Lees 28 Jul 2014 11:26

Bryan Balfe
Big data becomes big intelligence

Big data has become a reality; however it is not the same reality for every company or every user.

By Bryan Balfe 25 Jul 2014 08:21

Paul Divall
Is it time for Ultra HD?

Ultra High Definition (UHD) is here and it is beautiful. At 2160p compared to Full HD's 1080p - that's roughly four times the amount of pixels and 60 frames per second, not 24 - it's a "see it to believe it" kind of experience.

By Paul Divall 14 Jul 2014 07:42

Gerald Naidoo
Businesses ignore applications architecture to their detriment

For businesses, it's no longer about infrastructure alone, it's about applications, and how these are architected. How applications work and function can highlight problem points in the business, and identifying these will in turn, prevent outages.

By Gerald Naidoo 11 Jul 2014 15:06

Peter Davidson
Hunt down scareware malware

Many computer users may not realise that their machines have been infected with scareware until it is too late. As this problem has been around for at least the past decade it is important to be aware of the distress and destruction it can cause.

By Peter Davidson 8 Jul 2014 08:54

Stephen Sandmann
The internet: Website & SEO synergy from a South African perspective

Website design and development go hand-in-hand with SEO but the writer believes many South African brands do not seem to get the mix right when it comes to their websites.

By Stephen Sandmann 4 Jul 2014 08:03

Five ways to get the right project management tool for your business
Five ways to get the right project management tool for your business

Project management systems are tools that any business, regardless of size, can make use of, in almost any industry...

By Daniel Marcus 4 Jul 2014 07:44

Brent Lees
Software-defined networking - Moving beyond the hype

In the current economic climate agility is perhaps the greatest key to business success. The ability to adapt quickly to changing business circumstances is of paramount importance.

By Brent Lees 25 Jun 2014 11:30

Gary Allemann
Five Big Data myths busted

With all the hype around big data it's not surprising that people are confused.

By Gary Allemann 24 Jun 2014 12:26

Gareth Tudor
Leveraging the advantages of BYOD

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, which has employees making use of their own smartphones, tablets and notebooks for business purposes, is a growing phenomenon in the business world. This is especially so in the light of the fact that a recent estimate has the average employee using up to five devices.

By Gareth Tudor 19 Jun 2014 09:48

Jerker Hellström
Rugged computers are more than just "hard shells"

Even professional users of rugged laptops, tablets and smartphones are sometimes unsure of what defines a "rugged computer" and how the various tests to validate ruggedness are carried out. A truly rugged computer is so much more than just a normal computer wrapped in a tough outer case.

By Jerker Hellström 18 Jun 2014 13:47

Chris Moseley
Tertiary technology tips

Choosing the right technology to suit your educational needs is one of the most important decisions you'll have to make before setting foot on campus, and I'm sorry to say, but your dad's hand-me-down - the one without a webcam that's slower than peak-hour traffic - is just not going to cut it.

By Chris Moseley 13 Jun 2014 10:00

Adapting to change in a virtual world
Adapting to change in a virtual world

It should come as no surprise that the biggest technological impacts on IT departments in 2013 were mobile and big data. Both issues also dominated conversations in the storage arena last year and with employees now increasingly working remotely, it's highly likely that 2014 will see more and more organisations struggling to manage large volumes of data.

By Bryan Balfe 5 Jun 2014 12:18

Danette Breitenbach
Big Brother is watching

Cyber crime is one of the top 10 risks for any business in the world today but despite this, IT security is often viewed as just a cost to business.

By Danette Breitenbach 2 Jun 2014 06:19

Lutz Blaeser
Security is no longer a catch-up game

Up until now, security has been mostly a catch-up game. A vulnerability is discovered, a patch is issued and applied, and so on and so forth.

By Lutz Blaeser 30 May 2014 14:58

Will software-defined storage impact on data protection?
Will software-defined storage impact on data protection?

"Software-defined storage" is the new buzz phrase in the cloud world and, as usual, vendor after vendor is jumping onto it. In the case of storage, you have "system" vendors on one side looking to defend their proprietary stance whilst newer, software-only companies look to turn storage hardware into a commodity. For those with an interest in data management, it begs the question: Will software-defined storage replace data management?

By Bryan Balfe 27 May 2014 09:31

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