[Eckart Zollner] Construction of the USD650 million West Africa Cable System (WACS) began in 2009 and was completed in April 2011. On target, a little over a year later (11 May, 2012) the first traffic ran over the cable - from South Africa and Namibia, two countries that probably have the most advanced terrestrial fibre network in sub-Saharan Africa and the highest rates of Internet connectivity and most smartphones.
[Brent Lees] While the enterprise looks to disruptive trends, such as cloud, mobility and big data, to drive business innovation and greater revenues, the IT department is well aware that traditional networks and data centres may not be up to the challenge of supporting these new technology demands.
[David Palmer-Stevens] 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.
[President Ntuli] Before the birth of the electricity generating industry, any enterprise needing power had to build and run private generators. These were inflexible, inelastic and did not scale easily. In the mid-19th century, centralised generation allowed electricity to be provided as a utility, meaning that consumers only had to pay for what they used.
[David Gitonga] Over the last few years, business communication has changed tremendously. Long gone are the days when we could operate in silos, or collect and hoard knowledge on our computers. Successful organisations know that effective communication, knowledge-share and collaboration are the cornerstones for sustainable growth. Corporate intranet and largely social intranet has been the single most sought-after tool to help in this regard.
[Craig Lowe] iPass recently published its Q2 2013 Mobile Workforce Report. Read without the executive summary and conclusion (which no doubt have been tailored for iPass's needs) the report makes some damming revelations about the use of public wi-fi by mobile executives.
[Perry Hutton] Bringing the issue of security into the big data discussion often produces two divergent schools of thought from IT professionals - categorical denial that big data should be treated any differently from existing network infrastructure, and an opposite response towards over-engineering the solution given the actual (or perceived) value of the data involved.
[Alexander Mehlhorn] From SMEs to large multinationals, businesses need to adapt to changing global market conditions to remain competitive. Because opportunities can't be predicted or planned for, it is becoming imperative to be able to revise processes and deliver new products and services without delay.
[Roelof Louw] Businesses looking for a secure virtual environment will only consider the private cloud in the near future, says research firm IDC. According to the researcher, the private cloud is the closest to a virtualised infrastructure which offers better controls.