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[SA Innovation Summit] Emerging companies insights: Where do we stand?
[SA Innovation Summit] Emerging companies insights: Where do we stand?

In a good news, bad news scenario, people would rather hear the bad news first. And in the case of emerging entrepreneurial businesses in South Africa, local is not so lekker, say Maija de Riijk-Uys and Alexandra Fraser of PwC Accelerator and Silicon Cape respectively.

By Nicci Botha 27 Aug 2015 09:13

[SA Innovation Summit] The business of disruption
[SA Innovation Summit] The business of disruption

We're facing a brave new world, where disruption technology and e-commerce are forcing traditional industries to re-examine their take on doing business to include innovative solution-based thinking if they want to stay in the game.

By Nicci Botha 26 Aug 2015 14:51



Hoteliers to stay in touch with guests directly
Hoteliers to stay in touch with guests directly

There's good news for hoteliers: after years of outsourcing digital communication to guests, getting wires crossed and mixing messages, the task of automated e-mailing and text message services can be done in-house via hotel management property systems.

24 Aug 2015 16:38

Smart innovation for non-smart phones
Smart innovation for non-smart phones

A large portion of the South Africa's user market is being left unprovided for when it comes to mobile innovation. This opens up a huge opportunity for those that look at human innovation rather than just high-end smart technology.

By Tim Bishop 24 Aug 2015 13:53

Cheaper tablets rule SA market
Cheaper tablets rule SA market

CAPE TOWN: Cheaper priced tablets are driving growth for this segment in South Africa, a report says. According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), tablets recorded 56% growth in the country, with lower priced devices leading the charge. Tablets priced below $150 accounted for 60% of the market in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 7% over the first three months of the year.

By Duncan Alfreds 24 Aug 2015 13:21

Look who's on Ashley
Look who's on Ashley

For seven years South African government officials, doctors, vets and thousands of other cheating spouses may have spent over a quarter of a billion rand looking for action on the world's premier dating/cheating website Ashley Madison.

24 Aug 2015 11:32

The impact of communication technology on family
The impact of communication technology on family

There is now more communication than ever, but it's less talk and more text. Have you ever wondered what impact communication technology is having on the modern family? Then a new report from Ericsson ConsumerLab will make for an interesting read.

24 Aug 2015 08:18

Fierce competition: traditional ERP versus cloud
Fierce competition: traditional ERP versus cloud

ERP vendors, who have previously dominated the market by locking in customers with growth-yielding licensing deals are now struggling to survive while the cloud ERP software market is experiencing enormous growth. According to Gartner, cloud software will drive $3.8tn of overall IT spending in 2015.

24 Aug 2015 07:57

Pocket-sized computers to help meet increasing delivery demands
Pocket-sized computers to help meet increasing delivery demands

Driving the demand for real-time supply chain visibility is the rise of e-commerce and increased competition according to Oliver Facey, vice president of Operations for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa. He says supply chain operators should increasingly invest in transportation management systems and solutions to improve the quality, speed and precision of service. According to Facey, these improvements will not only enhance customer experience, but also reduce operating costs and give operators a competitive advantage.

21 Aug 2015 10:47

Gartner's 2015 Hype Cycle for ICT: growing importance of digital business in Africa
Gartner's 2015 Hype Cycle for ICT: growing importance of digital business in Africa

The "Hype Cycle for ICT in Africa, 2015" report released by Gartner, Inc. identifies over 30 key technologies and describes how they will impact business performance during the next 10 years.

21 Aug 2015 09:53

Seven ways cloud will help African manufacturers
Seven ways cloud will help African manufacturers

Whatever the size or specialty, manufacturing companies across Africa are under pressure to grow revenues, reduce costs and increase profitability.

By Jeremy Waterman 21 Aug 2015 09:29

New trends software changing the game for African innovators
New trends software changing the game for African innovators

Africa has the potential to grow its $1.3 trillion in wealth ten-fold over the next 35 years, presenting a significant opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs to contribute to wealth creation on the continent. But, the risks are says Merle O'Brien, an African futurist who leads foresight and innovation thought leadership at a global innovation management consultancy, Lacuna, based in Berlin, London and Cape Town.

By Merle O'Brien 21 Aug 2015 08:58

Unified governance: managing API and SOA services
Unified governance: managing API and SOA services

The concept of IT Governance has grown in prominence over the past five to 10 years, driven by the need to comply with an ever-growing list of regulations around accountability. In addition, the importance of IT as a business enabler has been realised, and it has become essential to align IT strategy with business strategy and put methods into place to measure the effectiveness of IT.

By Hitarshi Buch, Satyanarayna Sunkara 20 Aug 2015 09:43