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IT in 2016: digital transformation and IoT

With 2016 in full swing, it's never been more important for the IT industry to evolve in order to remain relevant. From an increasing shift to the cloud and third platform technologies, to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), the International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide IT Industry 2016 Predictions centre on digital transformation. In South Africa, while we are certainly seeing similar trends, we still need to address the skills and awareness necessary for us to excel.

By Sebastian Isaac

The death of the deskphone? - WhichVoIP.co.za
The death of the deskphone?

Plenty of folks out there love old crime movies. You know the ones - a seedy private investigator, furiously touch-typing something on an old Remington typewriter while smoking a cigarette. Through the haze of smoke, a phone begins to ring and he gropes for the handpiece and speaks something into it gruffly.

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Easy, affordable home computing with CloudGate - CloudGate
Easy, affordable home computing with CloudGate

Looking for an easy and affordable way to set up a home network, Fabrizio Genovese turned to the CloudGate Square to get his whole family connected to the Internet. And with the money saved by buying mini PCs, Genovese was able to add a WD MyCloud WiFi-enabled storage device, that enables the family to access the data contained on the device, even when they aren't at home.

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Saurabh Kumar
Advanced analytics: the key to the customer

E-commerce continues to grow exponentially and companies in the business to consumer (B2C) environment need to develop seamless customer experience to remain competitive and relevant. Consumers are fickle, if something doesn't work for them, they take their credit card and they move on. It has become essential for businesses to enable communication across various channels as well as to provide integrated services across mobile and e-commerce platforms, and brick-and-mortar stores.

By Cari Van Wyk

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IoT implementation requires proper design, deployment and direction

The 3rd Platform and digital transformation (DX) are having profound effects on technology, the enterprise, and business. Every aspect of these areas is affected, and the pace of that change is only speeding up.

By Adib Ghubril

Skype for Business introduces a virtual personal assistant
Skype for Business introduces a virtual personal assistant

Intervate has announced the release of ROBIT: locally-developed virtual personal assistant (VPA), enabling organisations to extract more value from Microsoft's Skype for Business.

Kenyan startup selected for TechStars accelerator programme
Kenyan startup selected for TechStars accelerator programme

US accelerator TechStars believes Kenya's Bamba Group could be the next AirBnB or Dropbox within the next five years. The experts will put Bamba through intensive training in Austin, Texas, and give them a cash investment to fast-track their growth.

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Email resolutions to protect data

Last year was a 'successful' year for cyber criminals with millions of data records being lost or stolen around the world. In 2016 we can expect the attacks to continue and to see even more advanced attacks like spear-phishing where victims are specifically targeted using their personal information.

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Inside look at venture capital - nine facts, eleven keys and five lies

The premise of a relatively new asset class, venture capital companies (VCCs) is that investors get tax benefits and strong returns. Clive Butkow, chief investment officer, recently launched Grotech, where investors are entitled to deduct the full amount of their investment from their taxable income in the tax year ending 28 February 2016. The tax relief is 41% for individuals and trusts and 28% for companies which mitigates the investment risk and significantly enhances the potential return.

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Why Cell C is fighting for unregulated OTT services

Founded in 2001, seven years after its two biggest competitors, Cell C is still largely a new kid on the block. However, in its stand against the regulation of OTT services like Whatsapp, it has drawn a line in the sand, with Vodacom and MTN on one side and itself, OTTs and the South African consumer on the other. To understand why it makes perfect sense for Cell C to do this, you have to understand the industry that it is operating in.

By Stuart Lewis

Pieter Holtzhausen (left) of winning Team Middebosch
Hackathon winner Unearthed

Unearthed hosted its first international Hackathon this past weekend in Cape Town where 100+ entrepreneurs and innovators came together to prototype solutions to industry challenges from De Beers and Anglo American. 17 teams were formed with each team spending over 54 hours attempting to solve one of five different challenges by developing an innovative solution.

1Stream founders - Bruce von Maltitz and Jed Hewson
Contact centres must adapt to changing digital landscape

According to the new annual 1Stream White Paper examining the 2016 trends in the South African contact centre industry, the industry has evolved to such an extent that it is becoming the focal point for corporate sales, service, and support.

#DesignMonth: A virtual solution for financial inclusion
#DesignMonth: A virtual solution for financial inclusion

The mobile payment space is an exciting one right now; and with on-demand services like UBER and Netflix gaining constant popularity the demand for online payment services is set to soar. The overriding concern however is security.

By Lauren Hartzenberg