First carbon-positive data centre goes into operation

With data centres expected to consume as much as 20% of the world’s energy within only a few years, the deployment of energy-efficient data centres is crucial. Swedish developer of climate-positive data centres EcoDataCenter has launched the first carbon positive data...

Cloud-based systems help to combat poaching

Faced with swelling numbers of increasingly brazen poachers and an apparently insatiable appetite for the purported mystical qualities of their horns and tusks, African elephants and rhinos face the real prospect of extinction in our lifetime. But for the brave work...

AI and visual recognition improve fleet management, driver safety

In a country as vast as South Africa, where transport by road is the norm, it’s imperative that organisations manage their vehicle fleets effectively. Today, fleet management goes well beyond the traditional realms of vehicle financing and maintenance to...

Understanding payment trends to make sure customers get what they want

Start-up companies are faced with a number of challenges before they even begin trading. Market research and designing an excellent customer journey are, of course, important, but ensuring your customer has a payment option that engenders confidence is critical. By...

Why today’s ERP could stand for ‘earn, rest and play’

Thor has his hammer, Captain America his shield and Wonder Woman her bracelets of submission. When we’re young, its tools like these we think will make us ‘super’ people. But as we become adults and come to grips with reality, our definition of what it takes to be...

Audi develops digital learning ecosystem

Audi is testing the learning of the future. On floor space of approximately 500 square meters, the car manufacturer is trying out the infrastructure for new training formats in the company’s own Audi Academy. Nowadays, this includes software labs as well as...

Business go-slow: is it your employees or your tech?

When it comes to IT within a large business environment, it’s important to look at it in a multi-dimensional way, taking all the various facets into account. By Colin Baumgart, Microsoft South Africa’s consumer and device sales director It’s not just about an...

High performance, smart hospitals in Africa

The next generation of healthcare buildings will be very different from the hospitals, clinics and general practitioner (GP) surgeries we are familiar with today. By Laura Swanepoel, head of healthcare, building services at WSP in Africa A revolution in building...

Why the Aston Martin Red Bull F1 team chooses hyperconvergence

The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team faces a great deal more IT challenges than your average enterprise. Not many IT teams have to rebuild their data centre 21 times each year and spin it up in a matter of hours. Not many data centres are packed up and transported...

Neural biometrics the next generation of security

With security as the watchword at every turn and in practically every transaction in modern-day life, the unsettling reality remains that fraud, identity theft, and cybercrime are rapidly on the increase globally. In South Africa, the SA Fraud Prevention Services...

Consumer power in a multi-cloud world

Simon McCullough, major channel account manager at F5 Networks, discusses how consumer power and the new data economy are rewiring business as usual. Consumers are wielding a huge and unignorable impact on global cloud uptake. Thanks to influential legislative...

How can I be compliant at a reasonable cost?

While the cost of compliance has escalated due to the ever-changing regulatory landscape, which can often mean a ripple effect of change across the business, there are solutions that enable organisations to reduce these costs. Taking a closer look at what these costs...

News ways to drive energy efficiency in the data centre

Reducing energy consumption in South Africa is a national imperative. Hyperscalers currently investing in South Africa, and those planning on doing so in the future will have to take this into consideration when designing their facilities. By Sameer Cassim, R&D...

Blockchain in Africa: the new frontier

An interview with John Kamara, director for Global Gaming Africa, on how Africa has embraced blockchain technology, by Katy Micallef What kind of solutions can blockchain technology offer the continent? Is Africa on the road to becoming a blockchain hub? Africa is...

Protect your business from the unexpected

Whether it is caused by cataclysmic weather, technological malfunctions or human actions, an IT outage can be devastating. By Kate Mollett, regional manager for Africa South at Veeam Unfortunately, the perceived cost and complexity of disaster recovery put many...

African businesses could become obsolete

If African businesses do not adapt to the fourth industrial revolution (4th IR), they will become obsolete. At the very least, they will become isolated and unable to compete globally. This is according to Dr Gustav Rohde, chief operating officer of Aurecon, speaking...