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From left to right: Greg Solomon from McDonald's, DiData's Bruce Taylor, TIBCO's Maurizio Canton, MTN's Mophethe Moletsane and Telkom's Len de Villiers. 12 Oct 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa CEO should drive digital transformation
CEO should drive digital transformation
From left to right: Greg Solomon from McDonald's, DiData's Bruce Taylor, TIBCO's Maurizio Canton, MTN's Mophethe Moletsane and Telkom's Len de Villiers.

The digital lead needs to have a place at the table in the boardroom as well as the C-suite table, say experts.

Companies need to think about digital holistically and how they can stay relevant in a world that is becoming intrinsically digital, says Accenture's Lee Naik. 12 Oct 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Mastering the digital business
Mastering the digital business
Companies need to think about digital holistically and how they can stay relevant in a world that is becoming intrinsically digital, says Accenture's Lee Naik.

Organisations should be leveraging the inter-connectedness of technology to find new ways of doing business, says Accenture.

Craig Wing was one of the keynote speakers at ITWeb's Digital Economy Summit. 11 Oct 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Preparing for the 2020 workforce
Preparing for the 2020 workforce
Craig Wing was one of the keynote speakers at ITWeb's Digital Economy Summit.

Millennials are already in the workforce, but will dominate it within the next five years. ITWeb Digital Economy speaker Craig Wing explains how to prepare.

Maurizio Canton, the chief technology officer EMEA at TIBCO, demystifies the fourth industrial revolution. 4 Oct 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase The fourth industrial revolution: adapt or perish
The fourth industrial revolution: adapt or perish
Maurizio Canton, the chief technology officer EMEA at TIBCO, demystifies the fourth industrial revolution.

The CTO EMEA of TIBCO Software simplifies the fourth industrial revolution.

Brett StClair, head of digital products at Barclays Africa Group, eight years working with Silicon Valley technology businesses, and is now focusing on helping traditional businesses become digital. 28 Sep 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase The digital opportunity is here
The digital opportunity is here
Brett StClair, head of digital products at Barclays Africa Group, eight years working with Silicon Valley technology businesses, and is now focusing on helping traditional businesses become digital.

SA companies must move quickly to build on digital platforms so they can attract customers and service them on a massive scale.

23 Sep 2016 - by tijana TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition now available as cloud-native integrated solution offered on Pivotal Network
TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition now available as cloud-native integrated solution offered on Pivotal Network

TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition provides Pivotal Cloud Foundry users with enterprise connectivity and zero-coding visual development.

19 Sep 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase CIOs at the centre of digital transformation
CIOs at the centre of digital transformation

ITWeb spoke to Discovery Vitality CIO Joe van Niekerk about how CIOs are driving innovation.

Luci Abrahams, Director: LINK Centre at Wits University. 8 Sep 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase The digitised CIO
The digitised CIO
Luci Abrahams, Director: LINK Centre at Wits University.

Luci Abrahams of the LINK centre at Wits gives CIOs tips on how to keep up with the digital revolution.

The DA finds the ANC's contribution towards the advancement of ICT in Johannesburg highly commendable, says Rabelani Dagada. 2 Sep 2016 - by Admire Moyo New Joburg MMC puts ICT on agenda
New Joburg MMC puts ICT on agenda
The DA finds the ANC's contribution towards the advancement of ICT in Johannesburg highly commendable, says Rabelani Dagada.

Rabelani Dagada, who holds the city's R60 billion purse, will continue with the ambitious projects initiated by the previous leadership.

Located in Braamfontein, the Tshimologong Precinct will be a space for technology skills development. 2 Sep 2016 - by Staff Writer Tshimologong Precinct ready for business
Tshimologong Precinct ready for business
Located in Braamfontein, the Tshimologong Precinct will be a space for technology skills development.

Located in Braamfontein, the Tshimologong Precinct will be a space for technology skills development.

After three years of planning and development, the University of the Witwatersrand has officially opened the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein.  

In partnership with government, business and industry, the university's Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) unit set up the digital hub to encourage tech innovation and collaboration between researchers and students and the private, public and civil society sectors in Johannesburg.

According to the JCSE, the precinct will be a space where the incubation of start-ups, the commercialisation of research and the development of high-level digital skills for students, working professionals and unemployed youths will take place.

"We hope that transforming Braamfontein into Africa's premier technology hub will inspire new talent, create jobs and lead to an economic renaissance," says professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the JCSE.

He adds: "Tshimologong will be a start-up incubator, business accelerator and source of skills. The focus is on digital hardware, software and content. We are creating a hub space where people can get together, brainstorm and work on creative projects."

The precinct has open-plan co-working areas, broadband connectivity for ICT start-ups, meeting and refreshment zones, computer laboratories, training rooms, maker spaces, creative content development environments, and administrative and infrastructure support offices.

"Wits aims to inspire the development of a new generation of digital technology experts, innovators and entrepreneurs, and Tshimologong will provide an enabling space for our country's most creative young minds to develop new digital technologies that are crucial to SA's economic growth and international competitiveness," says professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal at Wits University.

Wits University's digital innovation hub officially opens in Braamfontein.

Join Naeem Seedat, digital government lead at Accenture, as he discusses how to respond to and use technological change to your advantage. 29 Aug 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase How does the digital economy affect you?
How does the digital economy affect you?
Join Naeem Seedat, digital government lead at Accenture, as he discusses how to respond to and use technological change to your advantage.

Being educated and young will no longer count in digital age workforce.

Dr Solomon Assefa, director, IBM SA lab (left) and professor Zeblon Vilakazi, deputy vice-chancellor, Wits University. 25 Aug 2016 - by Admire Moyo SA gets IBM's second research lab in Africa
SA gets IBM's second research lab in Africa
Dr Solomon Assefa, director, IBM SA lab (left) and professor Zeblon Vilakazi, deputy vice-chancellor, Wits University.

Dr Solomon Assefa, director, IBM SA lab (left) and professor Zeblon Vilakazi, deputy vice-chancellor, Wits University.

Computing giant IBM today opened a research lab in SA at the University of the Witwatersrand's Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein.

This is IBM's second research location on the African continent following a similar facility it opened in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013. These labs are part of the company's global research organisation of 12 labs comprised of 3 000 scientists. Both labs in Africa will work very closely.

During the official opening of the lab, Solomon Assefa, director for IBM Research in Africa, said the new facility will focus on three core areas – data-driven healthcare, digital transformation and exploring the universe – while working with organisations like the Square Kilometre Array.

He noted the Johannesburg lab is part of IBM's broader 10-year investment programme through the Department of Trade and Industry and working closely with the Department of Science and Technology.

IBM is not disclosing the specific financial details of the lab.

Also speaking during the official opening of the facility, professor Zebion Vilakazi, deputy vice-chancellor at Wits, said he was excited about the partnership with IBM to enhance innovations that will change lives in SA.

According to Assefa, projects at the lab span many partners, including the University of Witwatersrand, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town and SKA South Africa. "We are also collaborating with local start-ups in Johannesburg, including SiGNL and Altreality."

IBM Research Africa will conduct basic and applied research focused on exploring the use of cognitive computing, the Internet of things and big data to support SA's national priorities, drive skills development and foster innovation-based economic growth, said Assefa.

"The lab's team of scientists is already collaborating extensively with local universities, research institutions, innovation centres, start-ups and government agencies. This will help foster South Africa's emerging tech ecosystem and develop and scale new innovations."

He added the South African research facility supports IBM's Equity Equivalent Investment Programme.

"South Africa is a tremendous growth and transformation story, yet its increasing population and healthcare delivery shortfalls continue to pose challenges in the country," noted Assefa. "With the ability to detect patterns and discover new correlations, cognitive and cloud computing and the Internet of things can provide potential solutions."

The new lab features an infrastructure-as-a-service platform based on OpenStack connected to IBM Storwize.

The company opens a facility at Wits, focusing on data-driven healthcare, digital transformation and exploring the universe.

Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, will speak at the ITWeb Digital Economy Summit in October on what it means to go digital. 19 Aug 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase Demystifying going digital
Demystifying going digital
Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, will speak at the ITWeb Digital Economy Summit in October on what it means to go digital.

Digitalisation and being a disrupter seems to be the order of the day for business but what does it mean exactly?

Career day exposed pupils to different areas of science such as drug discovery, radar and nanotechnology. 12 Aug 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga CSIR hosts science and technology career day
CSIR hosts science and technology career day
Career day exposed pupils to different areas of science such as drug discovery, radar and nanotechnology.

The event is aimed at providing learners with information on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The City of Joburg has created a software-developer challenge to solve the city's address issues. 11 Aug 2016 - by Staff Writer Joburg introduces developer challenge
Joburg introduces developer challenge
The City of Joburg has created a software-developer challenge to solve the city's address issues.

The City of Joburg encourages software-developers to come up with innovative solutions to solve the city's address issues.

More than R90 million has been spent on the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, says JCSE's Barry Dwolatzky. 2 Aug 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Tshimologong Precinct to be unveiled in September
Tshimologong Precinct to be unveiled in September
More than R90 million has been spent on the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, says JCSE's Barry Dwolatzky.

The ICT development digital project, championed by the JCSE, will be officially unveiled in September as the new technical heart of SA.

SA regulators can hinder digital transformation within some sectors, says Wits LINK Centre's Lucienne Abrahams. 22 Jul 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga SA digital economy has many complexities
SA digital economy has many complexities
SA regulators can hinder digital transformation within some sectors, says Wits LINK Centre's Lucienne Abrahams.

The complexities within the local economy contribute to the slow adaptation to digital transformation, says the LINK Centre's Lucienne Abrahams.

22 Jul 2016 - by Matthew Burbidge Opening the innovation vault
Opening the innovation vault
Talent pool.

Banks are preparing to roll out a raft of new products, based on all our data.

Wits University says it is enhancing higher education learning by making academic content available free. 24 Jun 2016 - by Staff Writer Wits offers free online courses
Wits offers free online courses
Wits University says it is enhancing higher education learning by making academic content available free.

Three academic courses will be available free for interested students.

Supercell co-founder and CEO Ilkka Paananen (left) and Martin Lau, president of Tencent. 24 Jun 2016 - by Reuters China scores largest buy in gaming history
China scores largest buy in gaming history
Supercell co-founder and CEO Ilkka Paananen (left) and Martin Lau, president of Tencent.

Tencent's $8.6 billion purchase of a majority stake in "Clash of Clans" maker Supercell comes as mobile game revenue soars.

9 Jun 2016 - by ITWeb TIBCO Spotfire highlighted as an overall leader in Dresner Advisory Services' BI study
TIBCO Spotfire highlighted as an overall leader in Dresner Advisory Services' BI study

The Dresner Advisory Services' Wisdom of Crowds BI Market Study ranks TIBCO as a leader in its research.

LogBox captures patients' electronic information once, and can then share it multiple times in future. 3 Jun 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Local surgeon introduces record-sharing health app
Local surgeon introduces record-sharing health app
LogBox captures patients' electronic information once, and can then share it multiple times in future.

LogBox records and keeps patients' personal information, allowing them to share it with medical practitioners in the future.

Being disruptive means Uber innovates and is constantly looking for ways to better the business, says the company's Samantha Allenberg. 2 Jun 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase Becoming ultimate disruptors: Uber
Becoming ultimate disruptors: Uber
Being disruptive means Uber innovates and is constantly looking for ways to better the business, says the company's Samantha Allenberg.

Learn from Uber how knowing when it's the right time to introduce an innovative product could make or break your success.

Spotify will start rolling out music-related videos to users, including exclusive performances. 2 Jun 2016 - by Reuters Spotify plots path to profit
Spotify plots path to profit
Spotify will start rolling out music-related videos to users, including exclusive performances.

Spotify will start rolling out music-related videos to users, including exclusive performances.

Spotify is a household name, with more paying users than any other music-streaming service in the world. But it doesn't make a penny.

Those 30 million paid subscribers help it rake in almost half the revenue in the global industry. But most of the money goes to record labels and artists, while the privately owned Swedish company faces growing competition from Apple with its deep pockets and massive iPhone user base.

To reduce its dependence on labels and stand apart from rivals, Spotify is broadening beyond its music library. It is making its own videos, such as interviews with artists, and producing other content like pop-ups that explain lyrics. This drive is being led by a senior executive poached from YouTube.

The company is also looking to capitalise on its mobile app's dominant subscriber base – and expand it – by investing in algorithms that "learn" users' tastes and by offering personalised services such as concert recommendations and artist memorabilia.

How the 10-year-old company fares with this drive in coming years could determine whether it can stay independent, and perhaps go public, or go the way of many other European tech start-ups and be swallowed up by bigger Silicon Valley fish.

Survival tactics

Its success or otherwise will be a test of whether Spotify's "freemium" business model is viable – most of the firm's 75 million users listen for free with commercial breaks.

It could also point to a wider reality of whether music streaming can survive as a standalone business, or must simply be one of the services offered by a big diversified tech company like Apple, Google or Amazon.

"Can streaming be a big enough business on its own, to stand on its two feet forever? I think the answer would have to be yes if you look at Netflix and what they are doing with TV," Jonathan Forster, a Spotify vice-president and one of its first employees, told Reuters at the company's Stockholm headquarters in a meeting room called Rolling Stones.

"Even our 75 million is nothing compared to the number of people with smartphones and who like music."

Mark Mulligan, MD of media and technology analysis company MIdiA Research, said Spotify could become profitable – though that might be a long way off if the company continues to prioritise growth, which he believes it will.

A breakdown of music subscription service market share in 2014 and 2015.

To reduce its dependence on labels and stand apart from rivals, Spotify broadens its focus to produce its own videos.

2 Jun 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Inside Uber SA
Inside Uber SA

The disruptive taxi company has created a public transport system in South Africa for a market that previously preferred to use their own cars.

Cyber warfare as a result of cyber espionage could result in sanctions and reputational damage, says Geekulcha's Keitumetsi Tsotetsi. 1 Jun 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Cyber espionage poses devastating threat to business, governments
Cyber espionage poses devastating threat to business, governments
Cyber warfare as a result of cyber espionage could result in sanctions and reputational damage, says Geekulcha's Keitumetsi Tsotetsi.

The results of cyber espionage can be devastating for both business and governments say experts.

Some of the world's largest tech firms will take down posts amounting to hate speech within 24 hours. 1 Jun 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins and Reuters Tech giants to decide what hate speech is
Tech giants to decide what hate speech is
Some of the world's largest tech firms will take down posts amounting to hate speech within 24 hours.

Large tech companies agree to an EU code of conduct to remove online hate speech within 24 hours.

Despite the ruling, minister Faith Muthambi will be in Mpumalanga driving registration for free STBs on Friday. 1 Jun 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Minister defies appeal court ruling
Minister defies appeal court ruling
Despite the ruling, minister Faith Muthambi will be in Mpumalanga driving registration for free STBs on Friday.

The ruling that Faith Muthambi's decision to use unencrypted set-top boxes is "unlawful and invalid" will not hinder the migration process, says her department.

The majority of guests using Airbnb in SA are from Europe (42%), followed by guests from Africa and the Middle East (32%). 1 Jun 2016 - by Staff Writer SA Airbnb hosts earn R28 000 extra a year
SA Airbnb hosts earn R28 000 extra a year
The majority of guests using Airbnb in SA are from Europe (42%), followed by guests from Africa and the Middle East (32%).

The community-driven hospitality company releases data that shows the typical South African host boosts their yearly income by over R28 000.

Airbnb was criticised by city officials in Barcelona and Paris over its impact on local housing markets. 1 Jun 2016 - by Reuters EU cautions govts against banning Uber, Airbnb
EU cautions govts against banning Uber, Airbnb
Airbnb was criticised by city officials in Barcelona and Paris over its impact on local housing markets.

The European Commission recommends European Union governments not ban services like the home-rental site or ride-hailing app.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is no stranger to China. 1 Jun 2016 - by Reuters MS CEO visits China amid anti-trust probe
MS CEO visits China amid anti-trust probe
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is no stranger to China.

Satya Nadella is in Beijing this week, as China's anti-trust investigation of Microsoft nears its third year.

1 Jun 2016 - by Tom Jackson Regional Launchpad
Regional Launchpad
Ghana at a glance

Ghana at a glance

Ghana made waves in March when President John Mahama announced the country would begin offering visa-on-arrival to citizens of all 54 African Union (AU) member states, significantly easing the process of travelling to the West African country.

Only 25 percent of African countries offer visa-on-arrival to other African nationals, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB), with Mahama saying the measure was designed to stimulate tourism, as well as trade and investment.

Since receiving a $1 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last year after a 2014 that saw the cedi perform worse than any other African currency, the government has been moving to stabilise and diversify Ghana's economy.

Ghana remains one of Africa's fastest growing economies, and one of the easiest in which to do business on the continent. Moreover, its young population is proving to be keen adopters of technology, with growing internet and mobile penetration providing significant opportunities for companies offering over the top (OTT) services such as video-on-demand and other apps.

Young population

South Africa and Ghana have a long history of collaboration, with Ghana representing South Africa's biggest export market in West Africa after Nigeria. Bilateral trade volumes have recorded a steady upward trend since 2010. There have been calls for this economic co-operation to go further, with South African companies urged to expand into Ghana and use it as a launchpad for operations elsewhere in the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS).

As one of the most politically stable countries in Africa, strategically located, with a friendly business environment, Ghana is very much open for business. And the local tech scene is developing, with multinationals such as Google, IBM and Microsoft active in the sector and telecoms becoming more interested in working with OTT players.

A young, increasingly urban population is key to this. According to the World Bank, 53 percent of Ghana's 25 million people live in urban areas, compared to the continent-wide average of 37 percent. In addition, Ghana has a relatively young population, with those under the age of 14 comprising about 40 percent of the country.

"This bodes well for the expansion and rapid user adoption that technology companies need, as younger generations tend to be early adopters of new technologies," says Katie Sarro, director of business development at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, a spin-off of San Francisco software firm Meltwater, which trains and invests in Ghanaian startups.

Danson Njue, research analyst at Ovum, agrees that this young and tech-savvy population is key to Ghana's prospects and the growth of its ICT sector.

"Ghana has just over 33 million mobile subscribers. The market has continued to record double-digit annual growth rates, an indication that it is far from getting saturated," he says.

Political will

Compared to other African nations, Ghana's government has been relatively quiet on its support for the local ICT sector, focusing its attention rather on shoring up the cedi and encouraging diversification of the economy. There is an ICT policy in place – the Ghana ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) Policy – but it is basic and has not been prioritised.

Yet, it has made efforts to encourage foreign investments, although rules such as minimum capital requirements still represent a hindrance in this regard. The government has made efforts to improve mobile broadband services, a move beneficial to local firms and international companies operating in Ghana, both in terms of easing the process of doing business and increasing the scope for the development of OTT services in the country.

"The Ghanaian government is very keen to accelerate the deployment of high-speed mobile broadband services, such as 4G LTE, by providing spectrum in the 800MHZ," Njue says.

"The recently concluded auction of 800MHZ spectrum, where MTN won one block of the 2X10MHZ band, shows great commitment by the government. The ongoing digital migration exercise is expected to provide more spectrum that will be auctioned to service providers."

Concerns remain, however, about how helpful the government intends to be towards the development of the ICT sector and attracting foreign firms to set up shop in Ghana.

"The proposed new tax on the use of communication services may not be welcome as it is bound to make services unaffordable to users at a time when operators are trying to promote the adoption of mobile data services," Njue says.

For Alison Roadburg, programmes manager at iSpace, a local tech entrepreneurship support organisation, the government is by nature reactive and does not really understand the local tech scene.

"There are indeed some support systems, policies and programmes to promote entrepreneurship, but for tech startups, there is little to no support – there are even detrimental policies and expensive overhead procedures making the hurdles for startups that much bigger."

The state of ICT

Government has been less than vocally supportive of the sector, but with infrastructure being rolled out and Ghanaians among the most likely to own a mobile phone in Africa, there are opportunities within the local ICT space. Ovum's Njue says there is huge demand for broadband services in Ghana.

"Both the regulator and the operators continue to focus on increasing broadband penetration," he adds, with the country having three commercial LTE network operators: Blu Telecommunications, Surfline Communications and Busy Internet.

"To promote the growth of broadband in the country, the regulator has barred new entrants that get licensed from offering voice services."

This improved broadband connectivity is driving the adoption of digital services such as video on demand, music streaming, social networking, and enterprise services, offering opportunities to both local and international companies looking to offer services on top of the increased broadband penetration. The mobile financial services segment has also recorded strong growth.

"The ecosystem is definitely experiencing growth," says iSpace's Alison Roadburg.

"I would also say that there is growth in the capacities and capabilities of businesses. We are seeing stronger team dynamics and capacities and more diverse skill sets."

This has not gone unnoticed, with Bridge Capital saying in a recent report on the Ghanaian ICT sector that it represented a very good opportunity. Although stressing the inhibitions posed by power failures, the company said the growth of the sector proved an attractive option for international companies looking to set up shop in Ghana.

Doing business

The government may not have gone out of its way to provide direct assistance to ICT businesses in Ghana (corporate, legal and tax structures are not ideally set up to support ICT businesses, says MEST's Katie Sarro), but doing business in Ghana is easier than in the vast majority of African countries, with the country ranked tenth on the continent by the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business table.

Ghana ranks highly globally for getting credit (42) and protecting minority investors (66), while it comes in 77th for registering property. It stands 102nd globally on ease of starting a business, relatively high for a Sub-Saharan African nation, with starting a business in Ghana requiring eight procedures, taking 14 days, and costing 19.4 percent of income per capita. It requires paid-in minimum capital of 2.4 percent of income per capita.

On the skills front, the level of local talent has improved over the past few years, as support organisations such as MEST, iSpace and Ashesi play a part in upskilling young developers and ICT workers. Sarro says there has been a focus on capacity building in software development and engineering, but more experienced talent is still needed.

"This is where we see the diaspora playing a large role in the future of Ghana. Thankfully, there is a growing trend of returnee diaspora that come back to both contribute and invest in the ecosystem."

iSpace's Alison Roadburg agrees that there is still room for improvement when it comes to local technological skills.

"People have to self-fund to train themselves, especially in the tech domain, which is often inaccessible or expensive," she says. "As a result, many people strive to teach themselves basic functions, which in many circumstances can only go so far."

When it comes to infrastructure, although significant spending is required, Ghana is making progress. The government is opening the country up to public-private partnerships in an attempt to bolster infrastructure. Rural water, electricity and GSM signals are impressive, while the road network is in fair condition. Challenges remain, however, in the power sector, where outmoded transmission and distribution assets, a rapid growth in demand, and periodic hydrological shocks leave the country reliant on oil-based generation, which is costly.

"This is something we face far too often in Accra, with electricity failing for hours at a time, which significantly infringes on productivity," Roadburg says.

In terms of communications, significant progress has been made. Infrastructure is growing, while studies by the Net Index rank Ghana as the country with the fastest internet speed in all of Africa.

In May 2015, the government announced the completion of the Eastern Corridor rural fibre-optic backbone project implemented by Alcatel-Lucent in partnership with Ghana's National Information Technology Agency (NITA). The corridor spans 775km and links Ghana's north, south, and international submarine gateways and serves major towns such as Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Tamale, Gushiegu and Bawku, as well as 23 smaller communities.

"However, the quality of network services has remained a key challenge in the Ghanaian telecoms market," Ovum's Danson Njue says. "The regulator has slapped hefty fines on operators for non-compliance, which has seen an improvement in the quality of voice services."

Progress is definitely being made. "The focus now is on data services and Ghana is perhaps the first country on the continent to have commissioned a QoS data drive test to check on the quality of mobile data services by operators," says Njue.

Expanding operations into Ghana? Brainstorm sets the scene on what to expect.

The DOC's digital migration policy was declared unlawful and invalid by the Supreme Court of Appeals. 31 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Etv wins decoder encryption case
Etv wins decoder encryption case
The DOC's digital migration policy was declared unlawful and invalid by the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Court upholds Etv's appeal for encrypted set-top boxes for the country's digital migration process.

Telkom had over 6 000 incidents of theft across its copper network in the past year. 31 May 2016 - by Paula Gilbert Copper cable theft costs Telkom R200m
Copper cable theft costs Telkom R200m
Telkom had over 6 000 incidents of theft across its copper network in the past year.

The telco ramps up efforts to migrate customers to wireless and fibre technologies as copper cable theft continues to have a serious impact.

Joburg will spend over R1 billion on modernising software and ICT infrastructure during the 2016/2017 financial year. 31 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba R1.1bn allocated for Joburg ICT upgrades
R1.1bn allocated for Joburg ICT upgrades
Joburg will spend over R1 billion on modernising software and ICT infrastructure during the 2016/2017 financial year.

This year's budget allocation for ICT infrastructure modernisation in the City of Johannesburg was reduced by R100 million.

31 May 2016 - by Tamsin Oxford The other virtual reality
The other virtual reality
Brian Timperley, Turrito Networks.

Virtual desktop infrastructure is still a much-hyped technology, but is it time to show it the door?

Today's threats are shaping up to look very different, and security is morphing from being simply an IT problem, to a fundamental business concern, says T-Systems' Rory Young. 30 May 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Digital transformation needs advanced cyber defence
Digital transformation needs advanced cyber defence
Today's threats are shaping up to look very different, and security is morphing from being simply an IT problem, to a fundamental business concern, says T-Systems' Rory Young.

Digital transformation has opened up a new security paradigm, says T-Systems.

The decision of where and how SKA-generated data will be stored will be made by the international organisation, according to the DST. 30 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba DST refutes WCape's SKA data centre claim
DST refutes WCape's SKA data centre claim
The decision of where and how SKA-generated data will be stored will be made by the international organisation, according to the DST.

No final plans for domestic data management and computing requirements for the SKA have been formulated, says the DST.

30 May 2016 - by Paul Booth CSC buys Enterprise Services unit of HP Enterprise
CSC buys Enterprise Services unit of HP Enterprise

The acquisition creates a $26 billion pure-play global IT services company.

If there is not a clear increase in ride requests due to price-cuts, fares will revert to the previous prices, says Uber SA GM Alon Lits. 27 May 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Uber SA will reassess price cuts next month
Uber SA will reassess price cuts next month
If there is not a clear increase in ride requests due to price-cuts, fares will revert to the previous prices, says Uber SA GM Alon Lits.

The e-hailing company will re-evaluate its 20% price drop in cities across SA on 6 June.

27 May 2016 - by Richard Mc Cormack Viewpoint: Digital adoption, education contribute to falling hunger rates
Viewpoint: Digital adoption, education contribute to falling hunger rates

Recent research has found strong correlations between rising digital access and education levels and falling hunger rates.

Fintech players are standing up to traditional financial institutions as a force to be reckoned with, says Rand Merchant Investment Holdings' Dominique Collett. 26 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga The rise and disruption of fintech start-ups
The rise and disruption of fintech start-ups
Fintech players are standing up to traditional financial institutions as a force to be reckoned with, says Rand Merchant Investment Holdings' Dominique Collett.

New fintech companies on the African continent are disrupting the way Africans access financial services and manage money, say experts.

For every second of every day, there are more potential customers for Google in SA, says country director Luke McKend. 26 May 2016 - by Admire Moyo Google holds 'unique position in SA'
Google holds 'unique position in SA'
For every second of every day, there are more potential customers for Google in SA, says country director Luke McKend.

Luke McKend, Google SA country director, tells ITWeb how the company aims to extend its influence in SA.

The programme is ideal for teams have a start-up idea they would like to pursue, says the JCSE's Barry Dwolatzky. 26 May 2016 - by Staff Writer MIT opens applications for tech entrepreneurs
MIT opens applications for tech entrepreneurs
The programme is ideal for teams have a start-up idea they would like to pursue, says the JCSE's Barry Dwolatzky.

The programme will see students gain experience in the process involved in innovating and building a technology start-up.

It's not too early for telcos to start thinking and focusing on plans to deploy 5G, says an IDC analyst. 26 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Telcos must get serious about 5G
Telcos must get serious about 5G
It's not too early for telcos to start thinking and focusing on plans to deploy 5G, says an IDC analyst.

The rollout of 5G networks will have a serious impact in terms of the Internet of things, says an IDC analyst.

The rapid evolution of the Internet into a primarily mobile platform has changed user behaviour, says Huawei. 26 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Telcos must digitally transform
Telcos must digitally transform
The rapid evolution of the Internet into a primarily mobile platform has changed user behaviour, says Huawei.

As the user experience evolves, so must the traditional telecoms business, says Huawei.

Telcos must understand the customer experience to provide better services, says Forrester's Qaalfa Dibeehi. 25 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Customer experience drives loyalty
Customer experience drives loyalty
Telcos must understand the customer experience to provide better services, says Forrester's Qaalfa Dibeehi.

Companies must design business strategies and operations around the customer and the journey they experience, an analyst advises.

Almost1.6 billion coupons will be delivered to consumers via beacon technology by 2020, says Juniper. 25 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Digital retail marketing spend to reach $360bn by 2020
Digital retail marketing spend to reach $360bn by 2020
Almost1.6 billion coupons will be delivered to consumers via beacon technology by 2020, says Juniper.

The digital retail marketing industry will see strong growth and continue to be dominated by advertising revenues, according to Juniper.

While the adoption of smart technologies may seem threatening to some, successful organisations are already realising business results, says Avanade. 25 May 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Smart tech driving significant improvements in revenue
Smart tech driving significant improvements in revenue
While the adoption of smart technologies may seem threatening to some, successful organisations are already realising business results, says Avanade.

Business leaders are expecting up to a 33% rise in revenue due to smart technology adoption, says Avanade.

To cancel the scheduled software upgrade, Windows 7 and 8.1 users have to read the window and select the right option. (Picture: Microsoft) 25 May 2016 - by Michelle Avenant Microsoft 'tricks' users into accepting upgrade
Microsoft 'tricks' users into accepting upgrade
To cancel the scheduled software upgrade, Windows 7 and 8.1 users have to read the window and select the right option. (Picture: Microsoft)

Clicking the red "X" at the corner of the Windows 10 pop-up box gives the upgrade the go-ahead, instead of ignoring the suggestion.

Executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko says a new MTN group CEO will be announced by the end of June \ 25 May 2016 - by Paula Gilbert MTN optimistic about Nigeria fine settlement
MTN optimistic about Nigeria fine settlement
Executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko says a new MTN group CEO will be announced by the end of June \

The telco remains "optimistic" about reaching a conclusion to the $3.9 billion fine and says engagement with authorities continues.

Apple CEO Tim Cook's trips to China and India have exposed market stresses for he tech giant. 25 May 2016 - by Reuters Apple encounters further challenges in India
Apple encounters further challenges in India
Apple CEO Tim Cook's trips to China and India have exposed market stresses for he tech giant.

CEO Tim Cook's Asia tour revealed market difficulties for the tech giant in both China and India.

Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies, has re-joined Apple. 25 May 2016 - by Reuters Apple rehires security pro in encryption battle
Apple rehires security pro in encryption battle
Jon Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies, has re-joined Apple.

Jon Callas, a top expert in practical cryptography, will bring more powerful security features to Apple's products.

If Google is found guilty, it will be fined up to EUR10 million, or half the value of the laundered amount involved. 25 May 2016 - by Reuters Investigators raid Google Paris headquarters
Investigators raid Google Paris headquarters
If Google is found guilty, it will be fined up to EUR10 million, or half the value of the laundered amount involved.

French police search Google's Paris headquarters, escalating an investigation into the digital giant on suspicion of tax evasion.

24 May 2016 - by Ilva Pieterse Left to their own devices
Left to their own devices
George Kalebaila, Data Corporation Sub-Saharan Africa.

George Kalebaila, Data Corporation Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mobile device management, or MDM, has certainly become a contradiction in terms. One of the major benefits of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept is increased employee productivity, yet MDM often inhibits work output to such a degree, it renders this, and other advantages, largely irrelevant.

Research firm Gartner believes as many as 20 percent of BYOD programs this year will fail due to enterprise deployment of MDM measures that are too restrictive.

MDM essentially allows the business to lock down a user's phone. What ends up happening with this draconian approach is it often exacerbates the problems it's supposed to solve, says Citrix's country manager Brendan Mc Aravey. "MDM really isn't the best route for companies to take."

Consider security and privacy, for instance. MDM's `big brother' style has a considerably positive effect when it comes to keeping corporate data safe, but the stringent security controls and excessive access required greatly compromises employee freedom and trust. "Users feel disempowered, and they start looking for ways to get around the restrictions set on them by the company. And this, of course, exposes the company to increased danger," he says.

When it comes to BYOD, there needs to be a balance, which is something MDM doesn't provide. "Employees have a similar experience using their devices in the workplace as they have outside the workplace, and at the same time ensure that corporate data is kept secured. Maintaining this balance is key." This is according to Amit Kaundinya, practice manager, Digital-BPM-Integration Africa at Wipro.

App management

He believes this harmony lies in the use of mobile application management (MAM) platforms. "It's time for organisations to stop thinking about the complete device and start focusing on the corporate information and corporate apps stored on the device," he says.

MAM lets IT manage corporate applications while leaving personal apps untouched. "Instead of controlling the entire device, a MAM platform can be used to apply security policies on the corporate apps itself, bypassing the need for an MDM profile on the device."

George Kalebaila, senior research manager at International Data Corporation Sub-Saharan Africa, concurs: "Companies are responsible for ensuring a balance between user freedom and productivity through enforcing policies that aim to balance user access and security controls. These policies can increase the variety of devices and platforms people can use, while still enforcing enterprise controls to ensure security standards are met."

However, BYOD needs to be within the boundaries of acceptable devices and open standard types, which means companies have to avoid solutions or policies that embrace or accept everything, he warns.

Employee education, an often overlooked element in business, is especially important in the context of enterprise mobility. Says Kalebaila: "Organisations should invest more in educating employees on their rights and responsibilities in order to drive employee co-operation. From an employee perspective, a good understanding of corporate benefits of such BYOD programmes will result in more successful implementation rather than an impression that management is trying to spy or monitor activity on their device. Every employee who wishes to have access to BYOD programmes also has to give consent or authorisation to avoid infringing their right to privacy."

MDM really isn't the best route for companies to take.

Due to the speed at which the enterprise mobility industry is advancing, it's easy for both businesses and employees to become overwhelmed, but it's important to remain informed and aware of the progress in this area. As a recent study from Citrix and Centre for Economics and Business Research found, the increased use of flexible working could add 0.4 percent to South Africa's GDP.

"Enterprise mobility does not only have the potential to benefit organisations and those who work for them, but the country as a whole," Mc Aravey states. "It should definitely be a key priority for organisations."

The importance of implementation

The modern enterprise must embrace digital and mobile apps if it is to succeed in unlocking business process efficiency and possibly access transformational business opportunities.

Carmen Whateley, MD at Accenture Digital in South Africa, believes that although modern solutions such as Airwatch, Mobile Iron and Afaria are robust and flexible, their implementation can cause difficulties.

"In the enterprise today, BYOD is making way for Choose Your Own Device (CYOD), where the employee can choose from a catalogue of pre-approved devices. Enabling some choice, good control by the enterprise and still leveraging from the large business buying power when it comes to voice and data," she says.

It's time for organisations to stop thinking about the complete device and start focusing on the corporate information and corporate apps stored on the device.

She maintains that when a user has chosen a device, or brought their own to the workplace, the last thing you want is your data to be compromised or deleted or suffer from a draconian overlord approach to MDM administration.

So the modern mobility competency within the enterprise must implement its policies with a gentle hand. It must engage in appropriate and carefully considered change management communications.

"It's possible to implement policies with a heavy hand by immediately cutting off users who are non-compliant, or it's possible to advise users, provide support, communicate and manage the user base towards compliancy, with denial of service being a last option," she says.

One of Accenture's large clients has an MDM solution in place that is carefully managed by Accenture and another outsource partner. "Recently, a number of users' mobile devices were found to be compromised; they were either rooted Android devices, jailbroken Apple phones or port-compromised devices," she recalls. "Since the user base was new, and the team wanted to promote the use of mobile applications, rather than appear draconian, it was decided that a softer approach was needed."

The service centres were enabled to deal with user issues. Employees receive notifications when their devices are being compromised and are advised where and how to get the problem solved. A period is given for compliance and multiple follow-up mails and calls are made. Only the hardened user who will not respond or cannot be reached will have their service terminated and even then only in extreme circumstances.

"So it's all in the implementation. You can implement MDM policies with a light touch or heavy hand. But if you do so with a heavy hand, you stand the chance of alienating your user base and having your initiative fail," she concludes.

If you're still trying to control and manage your employees' mobile devices, you're doing it wrong.

We need to transform the workplace to attract and foster quality IT skills, says Avanade's Lourens Swanepoel. 23 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Maximising IT departments is key to success
Maximising IT departments is key to success
We need to transform the workplace to attract and foster quality IT skills, says Avanade's Lourens Swanepoel.

IT departments should work alongside business analysts, increasing the responsibility of the CIO to drive digital transformation, say experts.

Knightscope's security robots for rent can move autonomously and collect a wide range of data. (Picture: Knightscope) 23 May 2016 - by Michelle Avenant Robotic security guards could accelerate alerts
Robotic security guards could accelerate alerts
Knightscope's security robots for rent can move autonomously and collect a wide range of data. (Picture: Knightscope)

‘Autonomous data machines' such as the Knightscope robot could accelerate security alerts via real-time data streaming.

Telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele handed over an ICT lab to the Dennis A Mokoma Secondary School in Tshwane. 23 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Govt commits to ICT access in schools
Govt commits to ICT access in schools
Telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele handed over an ICT lab to the Dennis A Mokoma Secondary School in Tshwane.

Telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele urges ICT sector companies to play their part in the realisation of a connected SA.

Neo Hutiri, winner of the Hack.Jozi challenge 2016, developed a solution for seamless chronic medication pick-up. 23 May 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Hack.Jozi winners impress
Hack.Jozi winners impress
Neo Hutiri, winner of the Hack.Jozi challenge 2016, developed a solution for seamless chronic medication pick-up.

Winners of the second annual Hack.Jozi Challenge addressed issues in healthcare, education and local government administration.

23 May 2016 - by Paul Booth Berkshire Hathaway takes chunk of Apple
Berkshire Hathaway takes chunk of Apple

Warren Buffett's company spent $1.07 billion on a stake in Apple in Q1.

Digital transformation of a business requires greater levels of collaboration between every department in the organisation, says Oracle. 20 May 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Digital transformation needs closer CFO-CIO alignment
Digital transformation needs closer CFO-CIO alignment
Digital transformation of a business requires greater levels of collaboration between every department in the organisation, says Oracle.

Closer CIO-CFO alignment is now crucial for business to successfully achieve its finance transformation, says Oracle.

The faculty will deliver relevant digital programmes essential in disciplines such as big data artificial intelligence and cloud computing. 20 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Wits Business School expands its digital business faculty
Wits Business School expands its digital business faculty
The faculty will deliver relevant digital programmes essential in disciplines such as big data artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

The faculty will deliver relevant digital research programmes essential for doing business in today's digitised world.

Internet connectivity needs to be as available as access to everyday basic services, says Alan Knott-Craig Jnr. 20 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Connectivity can solve SA's issues
Connectivity can solve SA's issues
Internet connectivity needs to be as available as access to everyday basic services, says Alan Knott-Craig Jnr.

Internet access is like the hammer that solves all problems, says Alan Knott-Craig Jnr.

Uber is testing a self-driving hybrid Ford Focus on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Picture: Uber) 20 May 2016 - by Michelle Avenant Uber tests driverless tech
Uber tests driverless tech
Uber is testing a self-driving hybrid Ford Focus on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Picture: Uber)

The ride-hailing business tests a hybrid Ford Fusion self-driving car in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

SAPO says its new eRegistered Mail service will be of value to those working with sensitive documents. 20 May 2016 - by Staff Writer Post Office takes registered mail online
Post Office takes registered mail online
SAPO says its new eRegistered Mail service will be of value to those working with sensitive documents.

Anyone with an e-mail address will now be able to send sensitive documents via registered mail online.

Uber drivers in SA will start accepting cash from next week. 20 May 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Uber now accepts cash
Uber now accepts cash
Uber drivers in SA will start accepting cash from next week.

The traditionally cashless e-hailing taxi service will from next week start accepting cash payments from customers in SA.

Home affairs says plans to expand the eHomeAffairs service for smart ID applications will be communicated in due course. 13 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba No plans 'yet' to expand online ID applications
No plans 'yet' to expand online ID applications
Home affairs says plans to expand the eHomeAffairs service for smart ID applications will be communicated in due course.

The Department of Home Affairs is in talks with banks to increase the number of branches offering the smart ID applications service.

SA remains on track to meet its national commitment to transition to a low carbon economy, says energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. 13 May 2016 - by Admire Moyo SA eyes 7 000MW renewable power by mid-2016
SA eyes 7 000MW renewable power by mid-2016
SA remains on track to meet its national commitment to transition to a low carbon economy, says energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Alternative sources like solar, wind and biomass feed increasing numbers of clean energy into the national grid.

The Supreme Court of Appeals reserved judgement over the use of non-encrypted STBs for SA's migration to digital TV. 13 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Appeals court hears decoder encryption case
Appeals court hears decoder encryption case
The Supreme Court of Appeals reserved judgement over the use of non-encrypted STBs for SA's migration to digital TV.

The Supreme Court of Appeals will decide on the use of encrypted or non-encrypted set-top boxes for the digital migration process.

Didi Chuxing completes over 11 million rides a day, with 87% of the market for private car-hailing in China. 13 May 2016 - by Reuters Apple invests $1bn in Chinese ride-hailing service
Apple invests $1bn in Chinese ride-hailing service
Didi Chuxing completes over 11 million rides a day, with 87% of the market for private car-hailing in China.

The Didi Chuxing investment will help Apple better understand the critical Chinese market.

Camille Agon and Arlene Mulder, WeThinkCode_. 13 May 2016 - by Lesley Stones BORN TO CODE, trained to succeed
BORN TO CODE, trained to succeed
Camille Agon and Arlene Mulder, WeThinkCode_.

A new method of teaching aims to turn disadvantaged students into world-class coders.

FutureMakers aims to support innovation throughout the technology sector by empowering entrepreneurs, says Telkom's Ian Russell. 12 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Telkom unveils new business incubation centre
Telkom unveils new business incubation centre
FutureMakers aims to support innovation throughout the technology sector by empowering entrepreneurs, says Telkom's Ian Russell.

The incubation centre will train and support IT entrepreneurs with business development skills and provide them with financial assistance.

FNB's competition remains the banks rather than telcos, says CEO Jacques Celliers. 12 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba FNB invests big in MVNO move
FNB invests big in MVNO move
FNB's competition remains the banks rather than telcos, says CEO Jacques Celliers.

First National Bank spent big money and time to get its mobile virtual network operator off the ground, it says.

Transport minister Dipuo Peters has reiterated SA will adhere to the user-pays principle. 12 May 2016 - by Admire Moyo E-tolls not going anywhere, says minister
E-tolls not going anywhere, says minister
Transport minister Dipuo Peters has reiterated SA will adhere to the user-pays principle.

Transport minister Dipuo Peters stands firm that the system will help government roll out better roads and encourage SA's economic growth.

SWIFT has advised its bank customers to review their security protocols. 12 May 2016 - by Reuters Banks responsible for own cyber security: SWIFT
Banks responsible for own cyber security: SWIFT
SWIFT has advised its bank customers to review their security protocols.

The financial messaging service tells its bank customers they are responsible for securing their points of access to the SWIFT system.

Jeremy Matthews, country manager for Panda Security. 12 May 2016 - by Ansie Vicente Dealing with ransomware the intelligent way
Dealing with ransomware the intelligent way
Jeremy Matthews, country manager for Panda Security.

Panda Adaptive Defense is a cloud-based technology, with a range of deployment options based on Panda's cloud platform. 

 
Intel Security's EMEA chief technical officer Raj Samani. 11 May 2016 - by Kirsten Doyle Developing a safer digital society
Developing a safer digital society
Intel Security's EMEA chief technical officer Raj Samani.

The adversary is getting better and better, and security professionals have to always be on the top of their game.

The Mastermind Group discussions address business technology-related issues, says Xuviate's Mathias T\ 11 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Xuviate introduces SME online discussion platform
Xuviate introduces SME online discussion platform
The Mastermind Group discussions address business technology-related issues, says Xuviate's Mathias T\

The digital transformation company creates Mastermind Groups, an online platform to support IT leaders and SME owners with digitisation.

Striata CEO Michael Wright believes Twitter was the best thing that ever happened to e-mail. 11 May 2016 - by Paula Gilbert Making it overseas
Making it overseas
Striata CEO Michael Wright believes Twitter was the best thing that ever happened to e-mail.

Striata CEO Michael Wright tells ITWeb how his company made it overseas, and weighs in on the instant gratification app economy and SA's IT skills crisis.

Broadband in eight rural district municipalities is almost ready for implementation, says minister Siyabonga Cwele. 11 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Govt broadband rollout up in the air
Govt broadband rollout up in the air
Broadband in eight rural district municipalities is almost ready for implementation, says minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Broadband in eight rural district municipalities is almost ready for implementation, says minister Siyabonga Cwele.

One year later, phase one of government's broadband rollout efforts under the SA Connect initiative is yet to be implemented.

During last year's Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) budget vote speech, minister Siyabonga Cwele said his department would begin phase one in eight rural districts around the country.

However, delivering his budget vote yesterday, Cwele told Parliament: "Phase one of government broadband rollout in eight districts is almost ready for implementation after long planning, consultations and agreeing on coordinating structures with the eight municipalities and relevant provinces."

The objective of the first phase is to connect all schools, health facilities, government offices, Thusong Centres and post offices in eight rural district municipalities to fast, secure and always-available broadband services.

In this financial year, R316 million has been allocated to connect 2 700 government facilities to scalable broadband infrastructure, Cwele said in his budget vote speech.

According to Marian Shinn, Democratic Alliance MP and shadow minister for telecommunications and postal services, it's no surprise phase one has yet to be implemented.

Since the spotlight was turned on president Jacob Zuma's 2015 announcement that Telkom would be the "lead agency" in the pilot project, there has been much scrambling behind the scenes to develop a process to try to legitimise the announcement, Shinn told ITWeb.

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn says it comes as no surprise that phase one of SA Connect has yet to be implemented.

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services still hasn't finalised the process to provide broadband services to eight rural district municipalities.

Minister Siyabonga Cwele says new spectrum policy will support open access networks. 11 May 2016 - by Staff Writer Integrated ICT policy nears completion
Integrated ICT policy nears completion
Minister Siyabonga Cwele says new spectrum policy will support open access networks.

The Integrated ICT White Paper is in its final stages of consultation and will be finalised in the next few months, says minister Siyabonga Cwele.

Amazon Video Direct is more tailored to businesses than amateur-friendly YouTube. 11 May 2016 - by Michelle Avenant Amazon jumps into user-generated video market
Amazon jumps into user-generated video market
Amazon Video Direct is more tailored to businesses than amateur-friendly YouTube.

Amazon Video Direct is dubbed a YouTube rival, although it is more specifically tailored to businesses and professionals.

EA's \ 11 May 2016 - by Reuters 'Star Wars Battlefront' powers Electronic Arts profit
'Star Wars Battlefront' powers Electronic Arts profit
EA's \

EA reports quarterly revenue and profit above analysts' estimates, riding on the success of its "Star Wars Battlefront" game.

The new OPTIVISTA EPK-i7010 video processor uniquely features both digital and optical enhancements for more accurate in vivo diagnosis. For a high resolution image, please contact sarahp@alto-marketing.com (Photo: Business Wire) 10 May 2016 - by ITWeb PENTAX Medical Launches OPTIVISTA-EPK-i7010 Video Processor
PENTAX Medical Launches OPTIVISTA-EPK-i7010 Video Processor
The new OPTIVISTA EPK-i7010 video processor uniquely features both digital and optical enhancements for more accurate in vivo diagnosis. For a high resolution image, please contact sarahp@alto-marketing.com (Photo: Business Wire)

PENTAX Medical launches a world first, the OPTIVISTA EPK-i7010 Video Processor, featuring both digital and optical enhancements, in the European, Middle Eastern & African (EMEA) markets.

Banks have to conduct a regular social media audit, says Disruptive Innovation Centre's Dr Nikolaus Eberl. 10 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Banks should capitalise on social media loop
Banks should capitalise on social media loop
Banks have to conduct a regular social media audit, says Disruptive Innovation Centre's Dr Nikolaus Eberl.

Banks must conduct a social media audit and use all four phases of the social media loop for maximum benefit, say experts.

App installs through Android's Google Play captured about 60% of install volume, says the IDC. 10 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Mobile app adoption to reach 210 billion by 2020
Mobile app adoption to reach 210 billion by 2020
App installs through Android's Google Play captured about 60% of install volume, says the IDC.

Mobile application adoption will grow to more than 210 billion installs by 2020, according to a report by the IDC.

The DA says the more delays to switching off the analogue signal, the longer it will take for spectrum to be freed up. 10 May 2016 - by Staff Writer Muthambi must follow legal process, says DA
Muthambi must follow legal process, says DA
The DA says the more delays to switching off the analogue signal, the longer it will take for spectrum to be freed up.

The opposition party asks communications minister Faith Muthambi to act lawfully on the requirement of TV licences for digital migration.

With Aceso, medical practitioners can perform the mammographic and ultrasound functions at the same time, says Dr Kit Vaughan, CEO of Cape Ray. 10 May 2016 - by Admire Moyo SA's breakthrough medical tech makes African cut
SA's breakthrough medical tech makes African cut
With Aceso, medical practitioners can perform the mammographic and ultrasound functions at the same time, says Dr Kit Vaughan, CEO of Cape Ray.

With Aceso, medical practitioners can perform the mammographic and ultrasound functions at the same time, says Dr Kit Vaughan, CEO of Cape Ray.

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) yesterday named two South African doctors among the top 10 nominees for its landmark programme, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA).

The South African nominees are Dr Imogen Wright, co-founder of Hyrax Biosciences, and Dr Kit Vaughan, chief executive of Cape Ray.

Wright, who is a software developer and computational biologist, has been nominated for Exatype – a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV-positive patients' responsiveness to anti-retroviral drug treatment.

Vaughan has been selected for the development of Aceso – an imaging technology capable of performing full-field digital mammography and automated breast ultrasound at the same time, dramatically improving breast cancer detection.

Now celebrating its fifth year under the theme "Made in Africa", IPA is an innovation initiative on the African continent, offering a prize of $150 000 and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through home-grown solutions.

Instant detection

Aceso is a R30 million machine that was funded by the Industrial Development Corporation, and allows for the instant detection of even the most microscopic cancer cells.

According to Cape Ray, Aceso is a world-first imaging system that combines mammographic and ultrasound technologies. This does away with the need for multiple screening tests, particularly when analysing dense breast tissue.

HIV drug resistance testing is a critical step in the selection of an appropriate anti-retroviral treatment regimen, says Dr Imogen Wright, co-founder of Hyrax Biosciences.

Two local doctors' innovations stand to win the Innovation Prize for Africa, which comes with $150 000 and incentives for growth.

10 May 2016 - by Joanne Carew Innovation and the CFO
Innovation and the CFO
Thinus Janse van Renburg, MD at INOVO.

Understanding the value of technology is now part of the CFO's job description.

Spatial technology is proving to be exceptionally useful in tracking customer behaviour, says Forrester's James McCormick. 9 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Augment digital intelligence to reimagine customer engagement
Augment digital intelligence to reimagine customer engagement
Spatial technology is proving to be exceptionally useful in tracking customer behaviour, says Forrester's James McCormick.

A better digital intelligence approach is needed to create a highly engaging, relevant and responsive customer interaction experience, say experts.

Cloud print technology and mobility have become an influential trend in printing, says Canon's Rayner Botha. 9 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Business IOT trends influence printing technology
Business IOT trends influence printing technology
Cloud print technology and mobility have become an influential trend in printing, says Canon's Rayner Botha.

Business IOT trends such as mobility, big data, security and cloud, influence today's printing technology.

Successful digital migration projects depend on properly funded education and awareness campaigns, says minister Faith Muthambi. 9 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba DOC blasts lack of funds for digital migration campaigns
DOC blasts lack of funds for digital migration campaigns
Successful digital migration projects depend on properly funded education and awareness campaigns, says minister Faith Muthambi.

The Department of Communications' activities to raise awareness of digital television will not be funded for the 2016/17 financial year.

Sweatcoin co-founder Oleg Fomenko says the new digital currency will be a driving force in the emerging fitness economy. 9 May 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins and Reuters Sweatcoin pays you to move
Sweatcoin pays you to move
Sweatcoin co-founder Oleg Fomenko says the new digital currency will be a driving force in the emerging fitness economy.

A new digital 'fitness' currency rewards users for every 1 000 steps they take.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation is the first of 27 transforming into township Model C schools. 9 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Gauteng education sets up R80m ICT school
Gauteng education sets up R80m ICT school
MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation is the first of 27 transforming into township Model C schools.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation is the first of 27 transforming into township Model C schools.

Previously dysfunctional Fontanus High School in Soweto has been revamped into a "learning facility of the future" with a core focus on subjects such as engineering, maths and science; ICT and commerce and entrepreneurship.

The school, which has been renamed the Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation, is the first of 27 the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is reorganising into specialised facilities that offer technical and vocational content.

Speaking at the pre-launch event yesterday, education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said his department is changing Gauteng's historical reliance on the mining sector by changing the history of township education.

"That kind of economy is dying. Gauteng adopted what is called TMR (transformation, modernisation and reindustrialisation) whereby the entire province has been sub-divided into five key economic nodes.

"…Johannesburg is focused on ICT, commerce and entrepreneurship," he states.

Lesufi adds: "This is the first school to have multidisciplinary. It has all major components and the three being engineering, ICT and performing arts. We believe we need to take education in this province to a higher level, and this is one of our major projects by which we are doing this."

Worthy investment

Located at Emdeni Extension, Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation will accommodate 390 grade eight and nine learners who will have access to computer labs, combi courts for netball, tennis, basketball and volleyball, a soccer pitch, a library as well as free access to the Internet.

For this year, the school will only accommodate grade eight and nine learners, with the intention to expand enrolment to grade 10 learners in the next year, progressing to incorporate other grades as well.

In addition to tablets, Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation learners will have access to the school's computer lab.

In addition to tablets, Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation learners will have access to the school's computer lab.

Each learner will receive a tablet device to enhance their learning experience, while each of the 19 school educators will receive a laptop to aid their educational process, says school principal Dr Mduduzi Mathe.

The school has been divided into five areas that will cater for the different disciplines at the school and each classroom has been equipped with an interactive smartboard. Although each class can accommodate as many as 40 learners, the ideal average per classroom is envisaged at only 20 learners.

The school also has an engineering workshop which houses a caterpillar and helicopter engine, as well as an automotive differential. Outside the engineering workshop is the engine of a Boeing 747.

"We are changing the history of township education so that we can invest in our learners knowing that when they leave here, they are not going to add to the list of those that are unemployed or the list of those applying for social grants or the list of those applying for an RDP house," explains Lesufi.

We are quite excited about this school, he adds. "Our excitement is beyond normal boundaries because all the schools that are closed in the townships, we want to convert them. We knew why parents left some of our schools to go to former Model C schools, so we want to build Model C schools here in the townships and this school represents that aspect."

According to the department, the complete refurbishment of the school cost R80 million.

School sponsors include South African Airways, Barloworld, MTN, NAT and Telkom. Through the Telkom sponsorship, learners will be taught about the evolution of communication in the country, says Lesufi.

"Our learners are going to be very competitive; the market is going to look for them. We've put in the investment, it's up to our learners to take advantage of this huge investment," he says.

Expert personnel

Deputy minister in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Hlengiwe Mkhize, has been vocal about the need for further training and development of South African teachers.

A learner's ability to gain access and understand digital content will depend on the teacher being comfortable with using technology devices in the classroom, she previously stated.

An SAA Boeing 747 engine is located on the school's premises.

The Gauteng Department of Education opens a specialised school solely focused on STEM education.

There are many aspects of the project with Google that have yet to be determined, says Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne. 9 May 2016 - by Reuters Unclear who owns self-driving cars' data
Unclear who owns self-driving cars' data
There are many aspects of the project with Google that have yet to be determined, says Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google have yet to determine who would own data collected in their collaboration on self-driving vehicles.

There is a critical gap to upskill a large percentage of the population who cannot afford to study through a tertiary institution, says Educate24. 6 May 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Media24 introduces online education platform
Media24 introduces online education platform
There is a critical gap to upskill a large percentage of the population who cannot afford to study through a tertiary institution, says Educate24.

The company has introduced an online education platform that provides short courses for South Africans.

As with all elements of the contact centre, the purpose of the omnichannel is to satisfy your customers' requirements, says Ocular technologies' Ebrahim Dinat. 6 May 2016 - by Ebrahim Dinat Viewpoint: Evaluating omnichannel efforts
Viewpoint: Evaluating omnichannel efforts
As with all elements of the contact centre, the purpose of the omnichannel is to satisfy your customers' requirements, says Ocular technologies' Ebrahim Dinat.

With the right support and a strong omnichannel strategy, business can achieve its desired results.

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright backed away from his claim that he is the unknown Bitcoin creator. 6 May 2016 - by Reuters Wright backs away from Bitcoin claims
Wright backs away from Bitcoin claims
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright backed away from his claim that he is the unknown Bitcoin creator.

The entrepreneur who claims he is the enigmatic creator of the cryptocurrency says he will no longer provide further evidence.

It's important to engage end-users in their \ 5 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Sama awards go digital with new app
Sama awards go digital with new app
It's important to engage end-users in their \

The mobile app will provide music fans with a first-hand, 360 degree video streaming of the awards ceremony.

The main purpose of the TMT app is to keep Webber Wentzel's clients informed and empowered by alerting them of changes in the law, says LexisNexis. 5 May 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Webber Wentzel, LexisNexis develop law firm app
Webber Wentzel, LexisNexis develop law firm app
The main purpose of the TMT app is to keep Webber Wentzel's clients informed and empowered by alerting them of changes in the law, says LexisNexis.

The app will enable the law firm's clients to stay on top of the latest legal news.

Having sifted through over 30 000 applicants, WeThinkCode has selected the first 120 students to complete its two-year course. 5 May 2016 - by Staff Writer WeThinkCode welcomes first 120 students
WeThinkCode welcomes first 120 students
Having sifted through over 30 000 applicants, WeThinkCode has selected the first 120 students to complete its two-year course.

The coders, selected from a group of over 30 000 applicants, will be the first to complete the tech institution's two-year course.

The global trend is location-based personalised marketing, and nothing facilitates this more than free WiFi, says Vox's Dederick Venter. 5 May 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Vox, Ionizr boost WiFi monetisation opportunities
Vox, Ionizr boost WiFi monetisation opportunities
The global trend is location-based personalised marketing, and nothing facilitates this more than free WiFi, says Vox's Dederick Venter.

Vox Telecom is partnering with advertising provider to leverage user-generated data and analytics to create customised user experiences.

In SA, 100% of Internet investors view the legal environment as having the most negative impact on their investing activities. 5 May 2016 - by Staff Writer Internet investors worried about SA regulation
Internet investors worried about SA regulation
In SA, 100% of Internet investors view the legal environment as having the most negative impact on their investing activities.

South African investors believe regulatory policy is inhibiting investment in Internet companies.

Mayor Parks Tau stated that in 2014/15, the City of Joburg experienced a reduction of 22% in incidents of crime. 5 May 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Joburg drives investment in smart policing
Joburg drives investment in smart policing
Mayor Parks Tau stated that in 2014/15, the City of Joburg experienced a reduction of 22% in incidents of crime.

Mayor Parks Tau stated that in 2014/15, the City of Joburg experienced a reduction of 22% in incidents of crime.

The City of Joburg's investment in smart policing has significantly reduced crimes such as bank robberies and cash heists in the central business district (CBD) over the past year.

This was revealed by Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau during the State of the City address yesterday. Tau said the introduction of an Integrated Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) and CCTV systems enable better decision-making where the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department and Emergency Management teams are deployed.

The IOC addresses emergencies that require real-time communication and collaboration across departments and agencies. For example, a city has the ability to share information instantly across agency lines to accelerate crisis response.

According to the executive mayor, the IOC links to the CCTV platform. "This enables us to use the cameras intelligently to track suspicious behaviour of individuals and groups and prevent crime from happening."

"Smart technology – and smarter policing – is already reducing crime levels in the city. As a result of investments in the CCTV system, serious crimes were significantly reduced in the CBD," he stated.

During the address, Tau noted the City of Joburg will continue to invest in smart policing to help build a safe city. "We have reduced street crime in the CBD significantly through smart policing."

There has also been a significant decline in crimes such as common assault, theft of motor vehicles, burglaries and residential crimes, he said. "In 2014/15 alone, we experienced a reduction of 22% in actual incidents of crime."

Smart investment

Jason Jordaan, professional digital forensic scientist and head of the Cyber Forensic Laboratory for the Special Investigating Unit, says the use of smart city technology, which includes technologies for smart policing, is a good investment for any city.

The introduction of an Integrated Intelligent Operations Centre helped the city's law enforcement make better decisions to reduce crime.

Smart technologies are helping to build confidence in a safe city and secure business districts, says mayor Parks Tau.

SA's move up in the rankings shows it has strengthened its commitment to cloud innovation policies in recent years, says the BSA. 5 May 2016 - by Staff Writer SA improves cloud computing policy scorecard
SA improves cloud computing policy scorecard
SA's move up in the rankings shows it has strengthened its commitment to cloud innovation policies in recent years, says the BSA.

A global study finds SA has made strides in its cloud computing policies, as Russia and China fall behind.

Establishing the research chairs is vital to encourage the best scientists to work in Africa, says minister Naledi Pandor. 5 May 2016 - by Staff Writer SA, UK establish research chairs
SA, UK establish research chairs
Establishing the research chairs is vital to encourage the best scientists to work in Africa, says minister Naledi Pandor.

The three research chairs aim to strengthen research and innovation between the two countries.

Uber is back up and running after a brief technical disruption yesterday morning. 5 May 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Uber back up and running
Uber back up and running
Uber is back up and running after a brief technical disruption yesterday morning.

The e-hailing taxi service experienced a technical disruption during morning rush-hour traffic yesterday, but was back online after less than two hours.

Automation provides higher quality and fewer errors, but in many cases it reduces labour. 5 May 2016 - by Reuters Robots are coming for your jobs
Robots are coming for your jobs
Automation provides higher quality and fewer errors, but in many cases it reduces labour.

Some of the richest, smartest and most powerful humans have an important message: the robots are coming.

An employee navigates a tractor equipped with a screen showing the output of liquid fertiliser on a field in Germany. 5 May 2016 - by Reuters Digital farming to shake-up crop chemicals sector
Digital farming to shake-up crop chemicals sector
An employee navigates a tractor equipped with a screen showing the output of liquid fertiliser on a field in Germany.

An employee navigates a tractor equipped with a screen showing the output of liquid fertiliser on a field in Germany.

Global pesticides, seeds and fertiliser companies may be forced to re-engineer their business models as farmers adopt specialist technology that helps maximise harvests while reducing the use of crop chemicals.

New businesses are springing up that promise to tell farmers how and when to till, sow, spray, fertilise or pick crops based on algorithms using data from their own fields.

Their emphasis on reducing the use of chemicals and minerals known as farming inputs is a further challenge for an industry already struggling with weak agricultural markets worldwide.

"If our only goal is to sell as much inputs as possible by the litres of chemicals, I think we would have a real problem going forward," said Liam Condon, head of crop science at Bayer, the world's second-largest pesticides supplier.

Bayer bought proPlant, a developer of software for plant health diagnostics, earlier this year. Rivals are also investing in digital farming with the aim of generating service revenue that could offset any future drop in chemicals volumes.

"If you only spray half of the field that's much less inputs," Condon added. "The knowledge to get to the fact that you only spray that part of the field – that, you can sell."

After an aborted takeover move for Syngenta, US seeds giant Monsanto says data science and services are the "glue that holds the pieces together" of its strategy for future growth.

Optical sensors on a tractor help to adjust nitrogen fertilisation.

Global pesticides, seeds and fertiliser companies may be forced to re-engineer their business models as farmers adopt specialist technology.

E-retail tops the list of online fraud with overall incidents estimated to reach $16.6 billion by 2020. 4 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga E-retail driving online fraud loss
E-retail driving online fraud loss
E-retail tops the list of online fraud with overall incidents estimated to reach $16.6 billion by 2020.

Juniper found e-retail tops the list of online fraud, followed by online banking fraud and airline ticketing.

Employing individuals who are IT4IT certified will assist in mitigating the shortage of IT management skills, says Real IRM's Stuart Macgregor. 4 May 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Real IRM debuts IT4IT training programme
Real IRM debuts IT4IT training programme
Employing individuals who are IT4IT certified will assist in mitigating the shortage of IT management skills, says Real IRM's Stuart Macgregor.

The programme is aimed at architects and other IT professionals responsible for delivering IT services and business transformation.

Openserve's decision to peer will assist it to deliver increased innovation and choice, says Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco. 4 May 2016 - by Staff Writer Openserve peers at Teraco's NAPAfrica
Openserve peers at Teraco's NAPAfrica
Openserve's decision to peer will assist it to deliver increased innovation and choice, says Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco.

Telkom's new business unit opts to peer at Africa's biggest Internet exchange point.

There is no SA journalist in jail for doing his or her work, says communications minister Faith Muthambi. 4 May 2016 - by Admire Moyo SA blessed with free press, says Muthambi
SA blessed with free press, says Muthambi
There is no SA journalist in jail for doing his or her work, says communications minister Faith Muthambi.

Although the country has had a fair share of criticism regarding media freedom, the communications minister thinks otherwise.

The top 10 teams of the #Hack.Jozi challenge have been selected for their tech start-up ideas from more than 400 entries. 4 May 2016 - by Staff Writer Top 10 picked for #Hack.Jozi challenge
Top 10 picked for #Hack.Jozi challenge
The top 10 teams of the #Hack.Jozi challenge have been selected for their tech start-up ideas from more than 400 entries.

Ten tech start-up ideas have been selected from over 400 #Hack.Jozi challenge entries.

Students in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya using tablets from Instant Classroom. (Photo by David Muya, UNHCR) 4 May 2016 - by Staff Writer Vodafone provides 'digital school in a box'
Vodafone provides 'digital school in a box'
Students in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya using tablets from Instant Classroom. (Photo by David Muya, UNHCR)

Students in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya using tablets from Instant Classroom. (Photo by David Muya, UNHCR)

The Vodafone Foundation is launching the Instant Schools For Africa initiative, to provide children on the continent with free access to online learning materials.

The programme will launch this autumn in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania.

The online learning materials were developed in conjunction with Learning Equality − a not-for-profit provider of open source educational technology solutions − and with education partners, ministries of education and local education experts in each country.

"Education is a powerful antidote to poverty. Children and young people in some of the poorest countries on earth are desperate to learn but parents, teachers and other educators often lack both means and materials to teach them. Mobile and digital changes everything," according to Vodafone Foundation director Andrew Dunnett.

"Our programme will put a wide range of advanced learning materials – tailored for each local language and culture – into classrooms everywhere, from city slums to remote villages. We believe Instant Schools For Africa could transform the life chances for very large numbers of young people."

The educational resources will include subjects such as maths and science – from primary through to advanced high school level – comparable in quality, range and depth to those in schools in the developed world. The materials are curated to align with local standards and include content designed for children who do not benefit from traditional schooling.

UNESCO research found 59 million children aged six to 11 were out of school in 2013, with 30 million of those living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Vodafone says conventional teaching materials can be prohibitively expensive for many African schools. Digital learning materials provided via mobile networks offer a cost-effective alternative and can be updated instantly, to ensure pupils receive the latest information and insights in the classroom and at home.

A similar initiative was recently launched by Vodafone's South African subsidiary, Vodacom, which worked with the Department of Basic Education to develop a free education portal – Vodacom e-school – that supports the national curriculum.

Boxed solution

The programme is enabled by the creation of the ‘Instant Classroom', which Vodafone calls a "digital school in a box". This is a portable case containing equipment to enable tablet-based teaching in schools where electricity and Internet connectivity are unreliable or non-existent.

The digital 'school in a box' includes a laptop, tablets with educational software and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. (Photo by Jason Andrews Photography)

The telco giant's foundation begins the Instant Schools For Africa programme, to bring tablets and e-learning resources to millions of young Africans.

Tencent established Future Mobility to make electrified self-driving cars. 4 May 2016 - by Reuters Tencent venture poaches Google talent
Tencent venture poaches Google talent
Tencent established Future Mobility to make electrified self-driving cars.

Automaker Future Mobility steals personnel from Google and Daimler AG, as China races to make self-driving cars.

Uber users and drivers have not been able to make use of the platform this morning. 4 May 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Country-wide Uber outage
Country-wide Uber outage
Uber users and drivers have not been able to make use of the platform this morning.

The e-hailing taxi service is experiencing an outage across South Africa this morning.

Artificial Intelligence will in future lead to a crisis in the legal fraternity, says World Wide Worx's Arthur Goldstuck. 3 May 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Artificial Intelligence threatens a jobless future
Artificial Intelligence threatens a jobless future
Artificial Intelligence will in future lead to a crisis in the legal fraternity, says World Wide Worx's Arthur Goldstuck.

Artificial Intelligence will lead to a crisis in certain industries, as massively disruptive technologies replace jobs, say experts.

Radiohead has left only a mysterious chirping bird in place of their digital footprint, purportedly to promote its new album. (Picture: radiohead.com) 3 May 2016 - by Michelle Avenant Radiohead quits Internet, possibly to promote new album
Radiohead quits Internet, possibly to promote new album
Radiohead has left only a mysterious chirping bird in place of their digital footprint, purportedly to promote its new album. (Picture: radiohead.com)

The English rock band is famous for announcing and distributing their music in new and unpredictable ways.

New USAASA CEO Lumko Mtimde (above) replaces Zami Nkosi, who made a quiet exit from the agency last month. 3 May 2016 - by Admire Moyo New CEO, CFO for USAASA, Sentech
New CEO, CFO for USAASA, Sentech
New USAASA CEO Lumko Mtimde (above) replaces Zami Nkosi, who made a quiet exit from the agency last month.

Lumko Mtimde is appointed CEO of the Universal Service and Access Agency, while Clarinda Simpson is named Sentech CFO.

Virtual reality and augmented reality will redefine work, learning and play, says Dell CEO Michael Dell. 3 May 2016 - by Matthew Burbidge Dell-EMC ready new identity
Dell-EMC ready new identity
Virtual reality and augmented reality will redefine work, learning and play, says Dell CEO Michael Dell.

After the completion of the Dell-EMC merger, the company would be known as Dell Technologies, says CEO Michael Dell.

Altron HEPS are expected to swing to a loss of at least 140c, compared to a profit of 94c a year ago. 3 May 2016 - by Paula Gilbert Altron's losses grow
Altron's losses grow
Altron HEPS are expected to swing to a loss of at least 140c, compared to a profit of 94c a year ago.

Even bigger earnings losses are expected as struggles in the multimedia division, Altech Autopage and Powertech pull down the company's full year results.

3 May 2016 - by Paul Booth Comcast living the dream
Comcast living the dream

The company bought DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion.

Some commentators say Bitcoin's creator could help resolve a row among the currency's software developers. 3 May 2016 - by Reuters Australian claims he created Bitcoin
Australian claims he created Bitcoin
Some commentators say Bitcoin's creator could help resolve a row among the currency's software developers.

Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright identifies himself as the creator of digital currency Bitcoin, but experts are sceptical.

IBM is addressing security issues in several ways in its new cloud services for blockchain. 3 May 2016 - by Reuters IBM unveils cloud services for blockchain
IBM unveils cloud services for blockchain
IBM is addressing security issues in several ways in its new cloud services for blockchain.

The new services aim to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure cloud environment.

Sixteen women who graduated from the Samsung Women's Technical Programme will be placed in jobs next week. 29 Apr 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Samsung trains women in mobile electronics repair
Samsung trains women in mobile electronics repair
Sixteen women who graduated from the Samsung Women's Technical Programme will be placed in jobs next week.

The Samsung Women's Technical Programme is a nine-month long course providing technical training in the electronics field to women from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

29 Apr 2016 - by Kimberly Guest Tender Watch: Govt gets soft
Tender Watch: Govt gets soft

Software leads the tender pack as government looks to its systems.

Cisco will host 20 young South African girls as part of the Girls Power Tech initiative. 29 Apr 2016 - by Staff Writer Cisco encourages gender inclusion in ICT
Cisco encourages gender inclusion in ICT
Cisco will host 20 young South African girls as part of the Girls Power Tech initiative.

The firm will host young girls from 50 countries in 90 locations, including SA, and provide career advice and demonstrations of Cisco technology.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. 29 Apr 2016 - by Reuters Amazon profit crushes estimates
Amazon profit crushes estimates
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Amazon.com yesterday reported profit and revenue that blew past analysts' expectations, sending its shares soaring in after-hours trading and demonstrating the growing market power of its core retail business and new cloud services division.

The results draw a sharp contrast to the disappointing fourth quarter Amazon reported in January, which renewed worries among some shareholders about the company's comparatively thin profit margins. Shares of the world's biggest online retailer jumped nearly 13% to $679 in extended trading yesterday.

Amazon's performance also assuaged concerns about a broader slowdown among tech and Internet companies after Apple, Microsoft and Intel all reported disappointing earnings.

"It did restore my faith," said Dan Conde, an analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, who keeps a close eye on Amazon's cloud business.

The company also offered a bright outlook, with revenue guidance for the current quarter of $28 billion to $30.5 billion, compared to the $28.33 billion analysts had expected.

While Amazon displayed impressive growth for a company its size – revenue last quarter rose 28.2% to $29.13 billion, the biggest revenue growth since 2012 – its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing division was the highlight. Revenue at the division climbed 64% to $2.56 billion, while operating income more than tripled to $604 million.

Even though operating margins fell at the unit compared to last quarter, as Amazon spends heavily to compete with rivals like Microsoft and Google, they remain a healthy 27.9%. That compares to 28.5% last quarter, and 16.9% a year earlier.

Cloud growth

AWS, launched 10 years ago, delivered more profit in the quarter than Amazon's retail business. Research firms say AWS has more than 30% of the fast-growing cloud computing market and it remains far ahead of rivals including Microsoft and Google.

Amazon said it has also seen strong growth in subscribers to its Prime loyalty programme, which offers one-hour delivery, original TV programming and access to its digital entertainment products such as Prime Music and Prime Video for an annual fee of $99.

The company said it would ramp up spending to entice Prime customers through video content, particularly its "Prime Originals" – shows Amazon develops itself. That strategy builds on the success of programmes including "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Transparent", which have each won Golden Globe awards.

Amazon Web Services delivered more profit in the quarter than Amazon's retail business.

Profit blew past expectations, demonstrating the market power of Amazon's core retail business and cloud services unit.

The EU's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 29 Apr 2016 - by Reuters EU lawmakers hold off regulating blockchain
EU lawmakers hold off regulating blockchain
The EU's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

A parliamentary committee agreed the European Union should for now not regulate the technology that underpins Bitcoin.

The shared space industry, which includes provider Airbnb, is set to significantly impact the hotel industry, says Juniper. 28 Apr 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Shared space platform revenues set to surge
Shared space platform revenues set to surge
The shared space industry, which includes provider Airbnb, is set to significantly impact the hotel industry, says Juniper.

Airbnb to surpass Uber by 2019 as shared space platform revenues soar to $6 billion globally.

FNB Connect was awarded the most innovative MVNO at the 15th Annual World MVNO Congress. 28 Apr 2016 - by Staff Writer FNB Connect racks up 200 000 subs
FNB Connect racks up 200 000 subs
FNB Connect was awarded the most innovative MVNO at the 15th Annual World MVNO Congress.

The bank's mobile offering has 200 000 active subscribers just shy of a year since launch.

26 Apr 2016 - by Ilva Pieterse IoT a heaven for hackers
IoT a heaven for hackers
IBM SA's security sales leader Kevin McKerr.

Security can no longer be considered a choice.  

Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba says his department is on track to replace 38 million ID books with smart ID cards. (Photo: DOC) 25 Apr 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba More funds needed for modernised Home Affairs
More funds needed for modernised Home Affairs
Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba says his department is on track to replace 38 million ID books with smart ID cards. (Photo: DOC)

Despite receiving an increase in the 2016 budget, minister Malusi Gigaba says his department will require more money for modern and secure systems.

SA-born Elon Musk says recent Tesla tests show self-driving cars will reduce accidents by up to 50%. 25 Apr 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Self-driving cars will reduce accidents: Musk
Self-driving cars will reduce accidents: Musk
SA-born Elon Musk says recent Tesla tests show self-driving cars will reduce accidents by up to 50%.

Elon Musk says even the early version of Tesla's Autopilot is almost twice as good as a person.

25 Apr 2016 - by Paul Booth EU charges Google
EU charges Google

The European Union has accused Google of monopoly abuse regarding its mobile operating system, Android.

As more bank consumers migrate to online banking platforms, the risk of smart phones being compromised has also amplified, says Sabric. 22 Apr 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa SA sees rise in mobile bank fraud
SA sees rise in mobile bank fraud
As more bank consumers migrate to online banking platforms, the risk of smart phones being compromised has also amplified, says Sabric.

Online banking fraud has increased mostly because of the high level of phishing and malware attacks targeting banking customers.

22 Apr 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa iPhone users hit with Apple ID expiration scam
iPhone users hit with Apple ID expiration scam

We round up trends from across the globe that had us scratching our heads.

21 Apr 2016 - by ITWeb Dimension Data and Cisco Announce Project to Protect Rhino by Tracking People
Dimension Data and Cisco Announce Project to Protect Rhino by Tracking People

South Africa-headquartered technology company, Dimension Data, and worldwide leader in networking, Cisco, today announced an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa.

Google claims advertising on YouTube delivered a higher ROI than TV in nearly 80% of cases. 22 Apr 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins Battle of the adverts: YouTube vs TV
Battle of the adverts: YouTube vs TV
Google claims advertising on YouTube delivered a higher ROI than TV in nearly 80% of cases.

Google claims advertising on YouTube delivered a higher ROI than TV in nearly 80% of cases.

Google has released a research report that shows adverts on its online video service, YouTube are far more effective than traditional TV adverts.

The report, commissioned by Google, found that the return on investment (ROI) for online video is 50% higher than that of adverts made for television.

Goolge EMEA president, Matt Brittin, presented the report at Advertising Week Europe, taking place in London at the moment. The report, entitled ‘The (Entertainment) Revolution will not be Televised', shows how online video contributes to offline sales.

It meta-analysed 56 case studies across eight countries. The research was carried out by a range of firms including BrandScience, MarketShare and Data2Decisions.

The report shows that advertising on YouTube delivered a higher ROI than TV in nearly 80% of cases.

Lucien van der Hoeven, EMEA GM at MarketShare, said: "We found [in our projects] that digital video is under-invested in several categories we measured in the UK, France and Germany."

Paul Dyson, founder of Data2Decisions said: "We have been modelling online video for clients throughout the past five years and our experience consistently finds higher ROIs from online video compared to TV. So it was no surprise to see this repeated in the studies we conducted with Google."

It's remarkable content that matters

Mike Sharman, founder of local digital agency Retroviral, says SA is still a little behind in digital spending, "but it is picking up and that is exciting because there are so many creative opportunities in the digital space."

Retroviral's Mike Sharman says he is weary of blanket statements, like Google saying online video is more effective than TV adverts, because each platform has its own strengths

A report, commissioned by Google, says advertising on YouTube delivered a higher ROI than TV in nearly 80% of cases.

22 Apr 2016 - by Jon Tullett Can SA turn insecurity into profit?
Can SA turn insecurity into profit?
Craig Rosewarne, Wolfpack Information Risk

A weak economy, advanced malware, information theft, critical infrastructure under siege...and yet infosec experts are upbeat.

22 Apr 2016 - by Leon Coetzer Future-proof or foolhardy?
Future-proof or foolhardy?

Sometimes 'innovation' isn't all it's cracked up to be…

Securing shadow IT continues to be a major challenge, says Intel. 21 Apr 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Security, trust critical to advance cloud adoption
Security, trust critical to advance cloud adoption
Securing shadow IT continues to be a major challenge, says Intel.

Compliance and data protection concerns remain top barriers for cloud adoption, says Intel.

Craig Wing, partner at Future World. 21 Apr 2016 - by Charmaine Shangase Innate humanness will set you apart
Innate humanness will set you apart
Craig Wing, partner at Future World.

Digital disruption is bringing new demands to the workforce in the future.  Craig Wing of Future World elaborates on how to prepare.

21 Apr 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins SA companies to invest billions in digitisation
SA companies to invest billions in digitisation

The level of digitisation and integration in SA is expected to rise from 27% to 64% within the next five years, says PwC.

If SA continues with the lack of innovation and technology funding, it will be overtaken, says minister Naledi Pandor. 21 Apr 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba SA lacks innovation investment
SA lacks innovation investment
If SA continues with the lack of innovation and technology funding, it will be overtaken, says minister Naledi Pandor.

Investing in science, technology and innovation creates new industries, products and services that can boost the economy, says minister Naledi Pandor.

CIOs are becoming ever more central to the boardroom and overall business strategy, says BT. 20 Apr 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa BT introduces initiative for digital transformation
BT introduces initiative for digital transformation
CIOs are becoming ever more central to the boardroom and overall business strategy, says BT.

The proposal is aimed at empowering CIOs and helping them with their digital transformation efforts.

Everything in the e-commerce environment needs to start and end with the customer and their specific requirements, says Foschini's Robyn Cooke. 20 Apr 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Online retail space still emerging in SA
Online retail space still emerging in SA
Everything in the e-commerce environment needs to start and end with the customer and their specific requirements, says Foschini's Robyn Cooke.

However, there is the overarching drive for convenience and customised experience for the millennial customer, and retailers should be planning to meet this need.

Viber is following WhatsApp's lead by adding encryption to all its messages. 20 Apr 2016 - by Staff Writer Viber adds encryption to messages
Viber adds encryption to messages
Viber is following WhatsApp's lead by adding encryption to all its messages.

The messaging app will roll out end-to-end encryption on all messages globally in coming weeks, as it prioritises security.

AG Mobile's new smartphone device will be available for purchase in stores next month. 20 Apr 2016 - by Staff Writer AG Mobile goes for cool with new smartphone
AG Mobile goes for cool with new smartphone
AG Mobile's new smartphone device will be available for purchase in stores next month.

The mobile company created the AG#Hashtag smartphone with the help of local hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest.

The Africa-1 undersea cable will extend more than 12 000km along Africa's east coast towards Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan. 19 Apr 2016 - by Lauren Kate Rawlins MTN, Telkom collaborate on new undersea cable
MTN, Telkom collaborate on new undersea cable
The Africa-1 undersea cable will extend more than 12 000km along Africa's east coast towards Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan.

The South African operators are among five telcos worldwide to sign a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a faster undersea cable.

The funds will mostly be used to connect households in areas where there is no electricity, says Eskom. 19 Apr 2016 - by Admire Moyo Eskom receives R2.6bn renewable energy boost
Eskom receives R2.6bn renewable energy boost
The funds will mostly be used to connect households in areas where there is no electricity, says Eskom.

The power utility will get the funds from the BRICS-backed National Development Bank over 12 to 20 years.

Four in 10 consumers would pay to eliminate ad interruptions, an Accenture study finds. 19 Apr 2016 - by Admire Moyo More consumers pay for ad-blockers
More consumers pay for ad-blockers
Four in 10 consumers would pay to eliminate ad interruptions, an Accenture study finds.

The rapid adoption of the technology threatens the future of the digital advertising market, says Accenture.

Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during a discussion on innovation hosted by Reuters in Washington. 19 Apr 2016 - by Reuters Limit covert e-mail searches, says Bill Gates
Limit covert e-mail searches, says Bill Gates
Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during a discussion on innovation hosted by Reuters in Washington.

No one is an "absolutist" on either side of the digital privacy debate, says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

It is hoped the robot will get kids interested in the abstract world of programming. 19 Apr 2016 - by Reuters Robot will teach kids coding
Robot will teach kids coding
It is hoped the robot will get kids interested in the abstract world of programming.

A robot named Root exposes kids to coding in a way that brings computer science to life.

Melanie Trollip, CEO of PE Corporate Services. Photo: Vernon Reed 18 Apr 2016 - by Ansie Vicente Top performers, key staff continue to be treasured despite economic downturn
Top performers, key staff continue to be treasured despite economic downturn
Melanie Trollip, CEO of PE Corporate Services. Photo: Vernon Reed

Top performers are unlikely to fall foul of HR strategies designed to minimise costs, according to a survey conducted by PE Corporate Services.

Through its partner ecosystem and commitment to open standards, Cisco is making it easier to harness the intelligence of an organisation's building, the company says. 18 Apr 2016 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Cisco names Siemon digital ceiling partner
Cisco names Siemon digital ceiling partner
Through its partner ecosystem and commitment to open standards, Cisco is making it easier to harness the intelligence of an organisation's building, the company says.

Siemon has been named an enabler partner in the Cisco Digital Ceiling partner community.

The DTPS did not renew Zami Nkosi's contract as CEO of the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA. 18 Apr 2016 - by Simnikiwe Mzekandaba USAASA CEO makes quiet exit
USAASA CEO makes quiet exit
The DTPS did not renew Zami Nkosi's contract as CEO of the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA.

Zami Nkosi's contract was not renewed following its expiration at the end of March.

Ransomware can infect backup systems and large numbers of computers over a single network. 13 Apr 2016 - by Reuters Hackers borrow customer-service tactics
Hackers borrow customer-service tactics
Ransomware can infect backup systems and large numbers of computers over a single network.

Players in the booming ransomware underworld employ call centres and technical support to streamline payment and data recovery.

Regulators move closer to regulating fintech, which houses the blockchain technology that supports Bitcoin. 1 Apr 2016 - by Reuters Fintech regulation edges closer
Fintech regulation edges closer
Regulators move closer to regulating fintech, which houses the blockchain technology that supports Bitcoin.

Global regulators move nearer to regulating the fledgling industry, which houses the blockchain technology that supports Bitcoin.

Ransomware is affecting the healthcare sector at a fast pace, says Gemalto's Neil Cosser. 18 Mar 2016 - by Sibahle Malinga Healthcare data breaches a growing concern
Healthcare data breaches a growing concern
Ransomware is affecting the healthcare sector at a fast pace, says Gemalto's Neil Cosser.

Ransomware is on the increase and it is hitting the healthcare sector at a fast pace, says Gemalto's Neil Cosser.

Ransomware operators generally set modest prices that many victims are willing to pay. 15 Mar 2016 - by Reuters Chinese hackers behind US ransomware attacks
Chinese hackers behind US ransomware attacks
Ransomware operators generally set modest prices that many victims are willing to pay.

Hackers using tactics previously associated with Chinese government network intrusions join the ransomware cyber crime industry.

Interest in blockchain among local banks is rapidly growing, say industry players. 14 Mar 2016 - by Admire Moyo SA banks dabble with blockchain tech
SA banks dabble with blockchain tech
Interest in blockchain among local banks is rapidly growing, say industry players.

Interest in blockchain among local banks is rapidly growing, say industry players.

Large South African enterprises, especially banks, are beginning to dabble with blockchain technology, as they look to simplify their transactions.

Industry players say interest in blockchain among local banks is rapidly growing. They point out that blockchain technology, best-known for underpinning Bitcoin, is being explored by major organisations around world as a way to streamline the transaction process, saving time and money.

Lorien Gamaroff, CEO and founder of Bankymoon, a software company providing blockchain solutions to the financial services industry, explains the blockchain works similarly to the Internet.

"The Internet consists of millions of computers around the world which host Web sites. Instead of Web sites, the blockchain hosts a database. This database stores records of ownership and if somebody wants to transfer an asset to somebody else, they update the database. Nobody controls the blockchain and it is publicly available for anyone to use."

According to Gamaroff, there are many kinds of assets the blockchain can manage but the first and most famous is Bitcoin. "Bitcoin is a currency that is not controlled by a central bank or government and can be sent anywhere in the world without requiring a bank or remittance company."

Absolute trust

He believes the most important advantage is that nobody can manipulate or corrupt the information in the blockchain.

"This means the data can be trusted absolutely. Digital currencies, like Bitcoin, can be sent to anyone in the world almost instantly and at a very low cost. Billions of dollars are spent each year in fees by people remitting money around the world.

"These fees can be eliminated by using Bitcoin. Bitcoin can serve the billions of people around the world who do not have access to banking services. Other assets can be transferred without requiring a trusted third-party to manage the transfer. This also means a reduction in time and costs."

In a recent interview with ITWeb, Ross A Mauri, general manager of IBM's z Systems, said in SA, all the leading financial institutions have some proof of concept or early stage technology in regards to blockchain adoption.

Blockchain technology has the potential to transform the way business is done, says Ross A Mauri, GM of IBM's z Systems.

Most financial institutions in the country are actively investigating the potential and opportunities for the technology.

The partnership with BitX makes it easy for bidorbuy sellers to accept payments from millions of international Bitcoin users. 11 Mar 2016 - by Admire Moyo Bidorbuy intros Bitcoin payments
Bidorbuy intros Bitcoin payments
The partnership with BitX makes it easy for bidorbuy sellers to accept payments from millions of international Bitcoin users.

The online marketplace partners with BitX to allow individuals and businesses to trade using the virtual currency.

Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of BitX, believes banking will become an \ 4 Mar 2016 - by Matthew Burbidge Why Bitcoin adoption is growing so rapidly
Why Bitcoin adoption is growing so rapidly
Marcus Swanepoel, CEO of BitX, believes banking will become an \

A web of lies and deceit and a bizarre attempt to hire a hit man were discussed at a fintech conference in Johannesburg yesterday.

4 Mar 2016 - by ITWeb Leading independent research firm cites TIBCO as strong performer in dynamic case management
Leading independent research firm cites TIBCO as strong performer in dynamic case management

TIBCO ActiveMatrix BPM 4.0 was named a strong performer in DCM, according to The Forrester Wave: Dynamic Case Management, Q1 2016 report.

26 Feb 2016 - by ITWeb TIBCO Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation
TIBCO Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation

TIBCO will be in a position to actively contribute to the development of the platform to meet the demands facing enterprises in the midst of cloud adoption.

10 Feb 2016 - by ITWeb TIBCO to host destination digital roundtable series featuring independent guest analysts
TIBCO to host destination digital roundtable series featuring independent guest analysts

The four-part online Webinar series will explore how businesses can better adapt to ever-changing industry environments by using intelligent technologies.

10 Dec 2015 - by ITWeb TIBCO partner and smart home pioneer digitalSTROM triumphs at IOT Awards
TIBCO partner and smart home pioneer digitalSTROM triumphs at IOT Awards

The Swiss-German outfit, which is pioneering a new era in intelligent living, saw off tough competition  to take the accolade.

23 Nov 2015 - by ITWeb TIBCO positioned as leader in two Gartner Master Data Management Magic Quadrant reports for third consecutive year
TIBCO positioned as leader in two Gartner Master Data Management Magic Quadrant reports for third consecutive year

The company was recognised in the "Magic Quadrant for MDM of Customer Data Solutions" and "Magic Quadrant for MDM of Product Data Solutions" reports.

17 Nov 2015 - by ITWeb Consumerising IT with TIBCO Simplr and TIBCO ActiveMatrix BPM 4.0
Consumerising IT with TIBCO Simplr and TIBCO ActiveMatrix BPM 4.0

TIBCO Software today announced the launch of these two tools that extend beyond automation, into the realm of digitalising businesses.

Businesses that will thrive in the next decade will be the ones that view themselves as software companies foremost, says TIBCO's Raj Verma. 6 Nov 2015 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa TIBCO prioritises cloud with integration solutions debut
TIBCO prioritises cloud with integration solutions debut
Businesses that will thrive in the next decade will be the ones that view themselves as software companies foremost, says TIBCO's Raj Verma.

The company's new solutions will enable companies to leverage the cloud as they make the move to digital enterprises.


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