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The biometric imperative
The biometric imperative

In May 2014, eBay was forced to ask 145 million of its users to change their passwords after a major hacking attack. In August 2014, a Russian gang stole 1.2 billion passwords from an array of websites across the globe. Late 2014 saw the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) reveal the gross credit card fraud losses to have risen by 23% from R366m in 2013 to R453.9m in 2014.

29 May 2015 11:38

Looking to the cloud for light in the darkness
Looking to the cloud for light in the darkness

As the scourge of load shedding once again threatens to cause havoc amongst South African businesses by plunging restaurants into darkness during peak lunch time hours and causing clothing retailers to turn customers away during profitable weekend shopping hours, what measures can local companies take to minimise the impact of blackouts on their business?

29 May 2015 11:06

Turning the warehouse from cost centre to differentiator
Turning the warehouse from cost centre to differentiator

Warehouse investment is on the up: 39% of companies plan to increase the number of warehouses and 33% to expand their size. The trend reflects the need both for greater capacity in hub sites and for more local depots. With more space, more staff, more Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) and the need to coordinate supply across multiple channels, the industry needs new ways to improve workflow.

29 May 2015 09:50

Understanding the anatomy of a cyber-attack can help you prioritise defence efforts
Understanding the anatomy of a cyber-attack can help you prioritise defence efforts

Cyber-attacks today are highly advanced, and the developers and perpetrators are constantly evolving their tactics in order to breach an organisation's perimeter defences. In addition, cyber criminals and their attacks are highly persistent, constantly adapting, changing and trying again in order to thwart security solutions.

29 May 2015 08:04

Mobility and loyalty unlock SA consumer spend
Mobility and loyalty unlock SA consumer spend

Loyalty payments are holding a steady ground when it comes to chosen methods of purchasing items over the internet. This is according to a research study by payment provider, PayU. The study reveals that South African consumers have put loyalty payments in the top three methods of payment used online at an impressive 5% of all transactions.

29 May 2015 08:00

'Uber-for-documents' startup launches in CPT
'Uber-for-documents' startup launches in CPT

A new courier service based on an Uber-for-documents model is launching in Cape Town and may spread to other cities.

By Duncan Alfreds 28 May 2015 12:36

NetApp challenges the status quo with new AltaVault solutions and services
NetApp challenges the status quo with new AltaVault solutions and services

In today's business environment, traditional backup is slow, risky, expensive, and complex. Users expect instant recovery and minimal data loss, but IT struggles to keep pace using legacy backup and recovery strategies. To meet these demands, NetApp, Inc. introduced NetApp AltaVault, previously SteelStore, cloud-integrated storage solutions and services, which will provide customers with the ability to quickly backup data to any cloud at up to 90 percent less cost than on-premises solutions.

28 May 2015 11:08

Rural South Africa to get free Wi-Fi
Rural South Africa to get free Wi-Fi

Rural Eastern Cape is about to get high-speed internet service through a dedicated wi-fi connection.

28 May 2015 08:24

Five ways to optimise mobile support for your customer
Five ways to optimise mobile support for your customer

In today's technology-driven society, businesses need to maintain a strong internet presence through the use of a well-designed website and social media. However, many companies forget that they need to take additional steps to cater for their mobile customers. By meeting the needs of your mobile customer, you will allow your business to reach a greater audience, and optimising your mobile customer support systems can lead to greater customer satisfaction and return customers.

By Sheza Gary 28 May 2015 08:00

Failure to backup data a major omission in SMEs' business practice
Failure to backup data a major omission in SMEs' business practice

'The world is divided into those people who have lost data and those who are going to'. From the results of the SME Survey 2015, it would appear the majority of South African SMES sit firmly in the second, high-risk category.

28 May 2015 06:03

Free coding workshops offered
Free coding workshops offered

The Cape Town Science Centre is to host the first Africa Code Week pilot from 30 May to 4 June, 2015, which will offer free coding workshops for children aged between 8 and 11 and free Train-the-Trainer workshops for teachers eager to join the Africa Code Week initiative.

28 May 2015 06:00

Five gadgets to transform the way you travel
Five gadgets to transform the way you travel

Whether you're a seasoned business traveller or just recently started globetrotting, having the right gadgets can make your trip more manageable - and enjoyable. Here are 5 gadgets you should consider for any upcoming trips.

By Nafisa Akabor 27 May 2015 09:38

A 'mobile-first' ethos: the catalyst for business transformation
A 'mobile-first' ethos: the catalyst for business transformation

Organisations in every sector and every country are currently grappling with the concepts of 'digitalisation' and 'digital transformation'. While these terms have slightly different connotations for different people, the catalyst for transforming the enterprise should always be the same. That catalyst, simply put, is 'mobile'.

By Lionel Moyal 27 May 2015 08:35