James Francis

Google hijacks the $180 billion gaming industry

Stadia, Google's Gaming-as-a-Service platform, is a legitimate threat to large parts of the video gaming industry.

4 Mar

The future of fibre

Fibre is no longer a dream on the horizon of a connected South Africa. This is the largest fibre market on the continent and, despite a continental year-on-year slowing of fixed line services by 0.1%, SA's FTTH connections were growing by more than 30% by mid-2018, according to the FTTH Council. But the migration from ADSL and the saturation in affluent urban areas are reaching their peaks. What's next for the local fibre market?

Feb 18, 2019

Agile manufacturing: plan smarter, not longer

Adjusting to market demands, developing efficiencies and discovering new revenue streams stem from agility, says nCoded Solutions MD Lance Zikalala.

Feb 8, 2019

Facebook's convergence conundrum

Merging Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram is a risky gamble and there isn't a good enough reason to do so.

Feb 8, 2019

Bad strategy execution: the bane of good business

Risk management, auditing activities and compliance must be tied to and aligned with the corporate strategy, says e-SEK.


Why your ERP is secure in the cloud

Cloud platforms invest a lot more in security than most single companies could ever do, says One Channel.

Jan 16, 2019

Workforce key to unlock agile manufacturing

Digital platforms help employees lead the change to make manufacturing more flexible.

Dec 24, 2018

A wishlist for 2019

What columnist James Francis would like to see happen, technology-wise, in the year ahead of us.


Application quality assurance testing: what can SA learn?

There is a clear trend towards more agile development and DevOps activities, says Raffi Margaliot, senior VP and GM of Application Delivery Management Product Group at Micro Focus.

Dec 6, 2018

Private data centres take their place in the cloud

Not everyone is abandoning their data centres for the cloud. Some leading sectors, such as financial firms and manufacturers, are keeping their feet in both worlds.

Dec 3, 2018

Five reasons to modernise core business systems

Upgrading to modern business systems and services is not just a step up. It's a watershed for how companies can run their affairs.

Nov 19, 2018

Understanding agile manufacturing

How can manufacturers avoid cascading problems on their floor and increase the speed of planning?

James Francis
ITWeb contributor

James Francis is ITWeb contributor.