4 Sep 2012

IT & Telecommunications


The SKA's the limit for SA

The Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope (SKA) and its precursor, the MeerKAT, will create enormous opportunities and alter the image of South Africa and the continent. So says Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

On the taxing issue of finance, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is taking urgent steps against what he calls "significant tax avoidance schemes" in connection with the new dividends tax.

It's not surprising that companies are doing this - the dividends tax, which came into effect on 1 April this year at 15%, has pushed company tax in SA above an international norm of around 30%.

While the armed forces are not democracies and orders have to be obeyed, not debated, there's discipline... and then there's discipline - and when soldiers die or commit suicide, it's no wonder SANDF discipline is in spotlight. This comes after a woman soldier apparently committed suicide after her commanding officer allegedly humiliated her.

Finally, for you petrol heads out there, our own little cookie, Henrie Geyser reckons the new Chinese offering from Great Wall Motors, the C10 has promising fortune cookies. He likes the neat little hatch from the land of noodles and Mao's Little Red Book.

Rod Baker, content director

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Africa's solution is investment in business intelligence - PBT
With Internet access improving and the increased use of mobile devices in Africa, companies need to be aware of how they should position themselves to benefit from this technological 'land grab', says Martin Rennhackkamp, business intelligence specialist at PBT Group. Read more >>


E-government to play enabling role for people
As the public sector continues to reform structural processes and institutions to achieve greater efficiency and better service delivery, e-government is set to become the key enabler of sustainable development. Read more >>

Bulk SMS 'gentlemen's agreement' under threat
[Dr Pieter Streicher] For many years, all incumbent mobile network operators had a "gentlemen's agreement" not to compete on application-to-person (A2P) SMS messaging traffic. Wireless Application Service Providers (WASPs) that provided bulk SMS message sending services had to send all their Vodacom messages via Vodacom, MTN messages via MTN and Cell C messages via Cell C. Read more >>

Taking ITIL beyond IT to leverage true value
[Colin Scott] The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is the most widely adopted best practice approach for IT Service Management (ITSM) in the world. It provides a practical, no-nonsense framework for identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to the business. However, ITIL is simply a framework for service lifecycle management and improvement. Read more >>


Intelligent mobile backhaul - WiFi and DAS offload
[Martin Ferreira] Mobile communication and always on connectivity have become a way of life, smartphones that use constant data connections are becoming increasingly more affordable, and other devices such as laptops and tablet PCs with 3G and wireless connectivity are ever more common. However, as more and more subscribers make use of these networks, it places a strain on existing infrastructure. Read more >>

Solving the problem of information overload on mobile networks
[Martin Ferreira] Mobile communication and always-on connectivity have become a way of life, smartphones that use constant data connections are becoming increasingly more affordable and other devices, such as laptops and tablet PCs with 3G and wireless connectivity, are ever more common. However, as more and more subscribers make use of these networks, it places a strain on existing infrastructure. Read more >>

Should your company move to the cloud?
[Rob Lith] "Cloud-based communications has clear benefits, but whether those benefits will accrue to your organisation depends on a number of factors. If your enterprise answers to any of the questions in the checklist below, you may be in the market for a hosted PBX." Read more >>


First secure web-based portal for African ATM market
Spark ATM Systems, one of South Africa's premier independent ATM deployers has launched SparkWeb, an innovative secure web-based portal that allows ATM merchants to access their ATM's mission critical data remotely and in real-time. It is claimed to be the first secure web-based portal for the African ATM market. Read more >>

More speakers added to Retail Technology Forum 2012
The Retail Technology Forum 2012, being held at the Arabella Hotel & Spa, Hermanus on 29-30 October 2012, has announced that delegates have voted for Smart Axess Solutions and Thoughtworks to join the line-up of speakers at the opening conference. Read more >>

Cloud is reliant on the data centre
[Lex van Wyk] It is often said that central to cloud computing is the notion of location independence. You don't need to know where the infrastructure supporting the cloud sits and you don't care. As long as the cloud delivers computing and storage capacity to the end-user, as well as access to application software and databases, all within an expectation of a high degree of reliability and redundancy, the end-user no longer has to think about the data centre. Read more >>

Top electronics fair embraces 'grey' gizmos
BERLIN, GERMANY: High-tech gadgets to make the lives of senior citizens simpler, safer and more fun are in the spotlight at the world's top showcase for consumer electronics and home appliances. Read more >>

Prolexic launches new online DoS and DDoS attack glossary
HOLLYWOOD, US: Prolexic Technologies, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, announced today that it has added an extensive glossary of DoS and DDoS terms to its online Knowledge Centre, explaining the tools and methods hackers use to target organisations. Read more >>

Record number of Brazilians turn to the web for planning and booking travel
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study on the growth of the online travel market in Brazil from its comScore Media Metrix service. The report found that 16.5 million Brazilians visited Travel sites in July 2012, gaining 18% in the past year as a record number of Brazilians turned to the web to plan and book travel. Read more >>

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CIO of I-Net Bridge provides insight at Cloud and Virtualisation Africa Summit - Kinetic Events
Malcolm MacDonald, CIO of I-Net Bridge is set to attend and speak at the anticipated 3rd annual Cloud and Virtualisation Africa Summit, taking place 10-11 October at the Hilton Hotel Sandton in Johannesburg. Read more >>

Extension of submission on Electronic Communications Amendment Bill
Minister Dina Pule has extended the date for submissions on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill to 14 September 2012. Read more >>

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