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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

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

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

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

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

Digital TV chaos shows government lack of interest

A journalist has to take obscure matters and turn them into engaging and understandable stories, showing people why they should care about them. Sometimes it seems impossible.

By Anton Harber 21 Mar 2014 00:00

[Design Indaba 2014] Modular phones, bioprinting and touching strangers
[Design Indaba 2014] Modular phones, bioprinting and touching strangers

There's one slot at Design Indaba I implore you never to miss, and that's the Pecha Kucha presentations. Seven top graduates from around the world presented their projects at this year's event, but three stood out - particularly in the simulcast auditorium where they all received a rousing applause.

By Sindy Peters 27 Feb 2014 11:30

The future of storage

While storage used to be bought in isolation, it's now seldom sold without servers, software, and other network components.

By Bruce Busansky 20 Feb 2014 14:36

Critical tools for supporting the mobile enterprise of the future

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have become essential tools in the business world of today. However...

By Russel Brand 1 Feb 2014 08:43

Tech's top of the flops
Tech's top of the flops

A light-hearted look at some of the biggest consumer tech failures in tech during 2013.

By Rod Baker 18 Dec 2013 05:46

Warnings of an energy crunch: What are the implications for the data centre?

Regular and planned power outages are not uncommon in South Africa, and serve as a stark reminder that our depleting electricity supplies are being stretched to capacity.

By David Palmer-Stevens 4 Nov 2013 11:14

Why Wi-Fi will become the next corporate must-have

It's clear that businesses are going to become increasingly dependent on Wi-Fi in the future but it's important that there be a clear strategy in place.

By Shane Chorley 8 Oct 2013 08:14

Securing your business

One of the biggest threats to businesses big and small, could be sitting in your organisation right now. Insiders can reveal company secrets, bypass security controls and infect the network with malware - through malice, stupidity, carelessness or the unmonitored use of company systems.

By John Mc Loughlin 28 Aug 2013 14:35

Reasons why the consumerisation of the enterprise is no longer a question

NEWTON, US: In some ways, you could say that the consumerisation of the enterprise was inevitable. The line between personal devices and enterprise has become increasingly blurred.

By Ilan Hertz 31 Jul 2013 06:37

Carrim meets SABC board
Carrim meets SABC board

NEWSWATCH: Newly appointed Communications Minister Yunus Carrim met the SABC board and addressed staff yesterday, reports IOL. Meanwhile, 1st TV has stepped in and provided an alternative to whatever Zimbabwe's national broadcaster is dishing out, reports Mail & Guardian. Finally, if you're still stuck for a '67' idea, here are 67 of them, courtesy of Nelson Mandela International Day.

By Rod Baker 18 Jul 2013 07:11

Top tech: what you need to know

There have been rapid advancements in technology over the past few years with constant new developments. We have seen the launch of Apple's smart TV, Microsoft's Windows 8, the Blackberry 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and a myriad quirky digital apps.

By Rihana Hoosain 1 Jul 2013 12:17

Why Kindle is not the answer

Even though the story of e-books, for the most part, is the story of Amazon's Kindle - which overcame the increasingly high cost of print book production and distribution by digitising the value chain - it is not, for various reasons, the answer in an academic context.

By Wesley Lynch 7 Jun 2013 09:08

TV series sponsorship: Think out of the box

I have never understood why companies should have those closing and opening billboards before, during and after a TV programme, until I saw 1st for Women's sponsorship of the M-Net series, 'Revenge'.

By Bonnie Ramaila 8 May 2013 10:26

Reduce data centre operational expenditure

The impact on the physical infrastructure of virtualisation and cloud computing has escalated the importance of specifying the most effective and cost-efficient equipment that suits the needs of the business.

By Xolani Ndlovu 8 Apr 2013 09:11

South Africa and the rise of the VoIP industry

SAN DIEGO, US/ JOHANNESBURG, SA: In the next few years, South Africa will become more interconnected than ever with newly improved wireless communication technologies throughout the country.

By Rachel Greenberg 4 Apr 2013 11:00

Mind what you say - or write
Mind what you say - or write

NEWSWATCH: If the ANC has its way, there will be no judicial oversight over eavesdropping on communications originating outside of SA, reports BD Live, and Dina Pule's going to have her conduct investigated, reports Mail & Guardian.

By Rod Baker 28 Mar 2013 09:34

Light at the end of the Telkom tunnel?

Could it be that a glimmer of light has appeared at the end of the Telkom tunnel with the decision to cut its data tariffs? Certainly, this is good news for South African consumers who are still paying far over the relative odds for their internet access.

By Chris Moerdyk 1 Feb 2013 10:36

The world needs African solutions

African software has had some qualified global successes, but more often than not our home-grown innovations don't 'take' well in other territories. To overcome this, we need to think wider. While African solutions are often preferred in dealing with African problems, our software developers must also identify global applications for their solutions, if they are to have global success.

By Wesley Lynch 14 Jan 2013 10:19

Purchase mobile computers wisely to maintain productivity

Higher productivity, increased labour costs and a strong trends towards true mobility in the work place are all factors that have put the spotlight firmly on 'total costs of ownership' for computers and devices. Organisations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time.

By Jerker Hellström 7 Dec 2012 05:24

Evolutions in the printer industry

Printer technology has by no means remained static over the years, even though the concept of the paperless office may never have materialised, and printers still form a vital part of day-to-day business. Computers, processors and the latest gadgets often get all of the publicity, but behind the scenes the humble printer has continued to evolve.

By Heinrich Pretorius 9 Nov 2012 06:04

Before you throw out analogue security cameras in favour of IP, consider this...

With the rise of convergence and the evolution of the data network to incorporate multiple technologies, security and video over IP has become increasingly popular. Thanks to increased bandwidth availability in South Africa, IP security cameras are becoming a more viable option, and do offer many benefits. However there are also downsides to this technology, particularly in light of the fact that local bandwidth remains inconsistent and is still relatively expensive, and video streaming requires large amounts of stable bandwidth to perform to its best ability.

By Mark Chertkow 9 Oct 2012 06:55

Renewed mobile Facebook focus, iPhone 5 launch: Ignore mobile at your peril

The recent announcement by Facebook of its increased focus in the mobile space, coupled with the fevered interest following the iPhone 5 launch, should be seen as a timely reminder to companies to seriously consider mobile as part of their existing multi-channel communications strategy.

By John Ginsberg 19 Sep 2012 06:50

Telkom in need for speed
Telkom in need for speed

Telkom's investing in new network infrastructure must be welcomed, even though it will take time to make the faster speeds widely available

By Duncan McLeod 10 Sep 2012 08:56

Should your company move to the cloud?

"Cloud-based communications has clear benefits, but whether those benefits will accrue to your organisation depends on a number of factors. If your enterprise answers to any of the questions in the checklist below, you may be in the market for a hosted PBX."

By Rob Lith 28 Aug 2012 11:49

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