10 Jul 2012

IT & Telecommunications


Taxpayer-Gov relationship crucial? You bet!

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says the relationship between the government and the taxpayer is crucial, and we couldn't agree more. Perhaps what many taxpayers would like to see - if the relationship is to be a good one - is a far better use of tax funds not least of which would be achieved through more efficient management, less wastage, and far less corruption.

On the consumer front, are you up to speed on returns policies and the CPA? If not, Danie Strachan has some words of advice for you.

For all you aspiring learner drivers, and wannabe petrol-heads out there, here's some news of South African tech designed to help get your drivers license faster. Proposed changes to the National Road Traffic Act could see it taking up to 12 months longer to get a drivers license, so anything you can do to speed it up a bit, would help. Right?

On the emotive subject of the land issue, TAU SA says it's about the economy, not emotions or politics. Well, that sounds sensible to many people, but unfortunately, emotions do sometimes get in the way on many issues. Here's hoping common sense rules.

It's wheel spanners at dawn... or not. Our tame motoring editor, Henrie Geyser, reckons the new Nissan Infiniti is fit to rumble the Germans. Ja! He reckons this offering from The Land of The Rising Sun is one of the classiest brands and strikingly good looking - like our Henrie, then? (He tends more towards the "ruggedly..." Whatever.)

Rod Baker, content director

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How servers and PCs are costing companies thousands overnight
[Tim James] More often than not, when companies are asked how they are reducing their electricity bills, or even carbon emissions, they'll mention their lighting retrofits, their recycling initiatives, their partnerships with other organisations or their logistics department. The IT department rarely, if ever, features - despite being a significant contributor to energy costs. Read more >>

Gigamon appoints AxisWorkgroup as sole distributor in SA
AxizWorkgroup officially added Gigamon, a leader in traffic visibility solutions, to its list of vendors. AxizWorkgroup, a leading IT hardware and software distributor, does not only boast with this new addition, but has sole distribution rights to the brand in South Africa as well. Read more >>

A successful business demands professional relationships
[Chrisna Roberts] In every business, relationships are a vital element in securing success and growth. Regardless of the sector, healthy business-to-business relationships encourage healthy business practices. Read more >>

New trends for cloud mobile computing
The recent AIGS Progress Africa Delight@Work conference, attended by software developers, business leaders and international delegates from the US and Europe, focused on key topics pertinent to the South African marketplace, such as leadership in the digital age, the cloud and the importance of context-aware technology. Read more >>

2013 Innovation Prize for Africa to unlock African potential
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has announced the call for entries for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). The prize aims to support Africans efforts to develop new products, increase efficiency and drive cost-savings. Read more >>


Internet loss: FBI shuts down servers
NEWSWATCH: Many thousands of people could lose their internet access as the FBI shuts down servers to break up a gang of cybercriminals, reports the BBC Read more >>

VoIP - horror story or Euphoria?
[George Golding] How to negotiate the pitfalls of choosing a provider and platform. Read more >>

On-premise PBX vs cloud-based solutions - which is right for you?
[George Golding] While a cloud-based (hosted) PBX might make sense for most companies, others will benefit from an on-site solution. Read more >>

Cloud computing: changing the IT outsourcing game plan
The number and range of specialist service providers to whom components of an organisation's technology could be outsourced continues to grow, as are the delivery models through which they are being consumed. Since it first came into the spotlight in the early 1990s, IT outsourcing has shape-shifted through the industrialisation of IT services, multisourcing, and now on to cloud computing. Read more >>

Has Africa missed domain extension opportunity?
[Howard Rybko] The new domain extension names were designed to unclog the constipation resulting from the lack of availability of dot com names (and the handful of alternatives like dot net, dot biz and dot org) and in mid-June 2012, big internet players paid out millions to grab names in the highest stakes game in web history. Read more >>

Digital Asia Festival: Open for entries, delegate registrations
BEIJING, CHINA: The newly launched Digital Asia Festival, the two-day event for learning, networking and celebrating the best that Asia's digital marketing industry has to offer, incorporating the well-established Digital Media Awards, is now open for entries and delegate registrations. Read more >>


ContinuitySA launches new service for Internet Solutions clients
ContinuitySA has developed a business continuity solution aimed at corporates that use multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) networking provided by Internet Solutions. The solution comprises a fibre gigabit per second link to Internet Solutions, which gives Internet Solutions' clients bandwidth on demand for disaster recovery purposes. Read more >>



Microsoft honours Dimension Data with partner awards
Dimension Data was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology by winning two 2012 Microsoft Global Partner awards. These include the Microsoft Messaging Partner of the Year, and Microsoft Learning Competency Marketing Excellence Partner of the Year. Read more >>

Dimension Data named APC Elite Partner of the Year
APC Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, has named Dimension Data as Elite Partner of the Year Middle East as well as Business Development Initiative of the Year Southern Africa. Read more >>

Strategic business refocus for Nebula
South Africa's independent telecommunications professional services firm, Nebula has announced a strategic business repositioning which includes unique service offerings with innovative and improved client engagement models. Read more >>


AxizWorkgroup honoured at VMware awards
AxizWorkgroup, the IT and software distributor received top honours when its VMware team was named VMware Distributor of the Year at the 2011 VMware Channel Awards, held at Randlords in Braamfontein, Johannesburg recently. AxizWorkgroup remained in the limelight at the awards evening as its business unit manager of virtualisation, Willie Jansen van Rensburg, received individual recognition for his contribution to VMware South Africa.

South African tech helps get your driver's license faster
Proposed changes to the National Road Traffic Act could see it taking up to 12 months longer to get a drivers license. iDRIVE.co.za says new technology developed by it simplifies the process. Read more >>

Thousands risk Internet shutdown as US fix expires
WASHINGTON, US: Tens of thousands of people around the world whose computers were infected with malware may lose their Internet access on Monday after the expiry of a US government fix, security experts said. Read more >>

Yahoo!, Facebook unveil alliance, end patent dispute
SAN FRANCISCO, US: Facebook and Yahoo! announced on Friday a new advertising partnership as the two tech giants settled a court dispute over patents. Read more >>

US appeals court upholds Samsung smartphone ban
WASHINGTON, US: A US appeals court rejected on Friday a bid by South Korea's Samsung to overturn a ban on US sales of Galaxy Nexus smartphones in a court battle with Apple. Read more >>

European women drive most engagement: Online retail, community websites
LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an overview of internet usage in Europe, showing that 395.7 million Europeans went online in May 2012 for an average of 27.6 hours each. Read more >>

An extra life for the pre-owned games market?
[Verdict Comment] LONDON, UK: Following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that software authors cannot oppose the resale of licenses, the games industry now has to work out what the consequences will be. The ruling comes at a time of evolution in the supply of video games to customers, with EA stating its intention to go 100% digital, placing games retailers at risk of losing out on the lucrative pre-owned market. Read more >>

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