Global IT spend set for 2021 recovery, growing to $4trn

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $4,1-trillion in 2021, an increase of 8,4% from 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. The source of funds for new digital business initiatives will more frequently come from business departments outside IT and...

Decline in health of SA businesses slows

The easing of lockdown restrictions helped ease the pace of decline in businesses' health, according to new insight from Experian South Africa. Experian's quarterly Business Debt Index (BDI) for quarter four (Q4) 2020 reflects the level of health of businesses in the...

Digital transformation tops the staffing agenda in 2021

CIOs plan to increase their IT staffing so they can further accelerate digital initiatives this year. A recent survey by Gartner found that 55% of CIOs will up the total number of full-time employees (FTEs) in IT across the course of 2021. They will predominantly...

NASA’s Mars helicopter survives first cold Martian night on its own

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has emerged from its first night on the surface of Mars. Evening temperatures at Jezero Crater can plunge as low as minus 90 degrees Celsius, which can freeze and crack unprotected electrical components and damage the onboard batteries...

LinkedIn breach exposes user data

In another high-profile data breach this week, security company Acronis reports that over 500-million LinkedIn users’ personal info is being sold on the dark web. This follows the personal data of over 500-million Facebook users being posted online in a low-level...

Energy efficiency vital for vaccine rollout

As South Africa is preparing for a broad roll-out of the country's vaccine programme, energy efficiency is one of the factors to consider, according to the South African National Energy Development Institute, (SANEDI). Energy is crucial to operate cold chains that...

AI, automation touted as the solution for SA

South Africa's only option for addressing poverty and poor economic growth is to embrace 4IR technologies such as automation and artificial iIntelligence (AI), to make the country more competitive. This is according to Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, vice-chancellor and...

Working from home hasn’t made the office redundant

After more than a year in which millions of office workers around the globe were forced to work from home for months and did so (mostly) successfully, businesses are faced with the question of whether 2021 heralds the end of the physical office. Downscaling or even...

SA shows a strong appetite for remote work

One of the major legacies of the pandemic is an expectation by workers that they will be allowed to work remotely more often. This is according to a new study Decoding Global Ways of Working by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network, including local partner...

African private sector recovery lags global trend

Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reports released by IHS Markit in the first week of April shows that, while African private sector activity continued to improve during the first quarter of 2021, growth lagged global trends. PwC's calculations show that PMIs for eight...

Report highlights dangers of a single password

The number of annual credential spills has nearly doubled in the last four years, according to the latest Credential Stuffing Report. The report also estimated that the average spill size in 2020 was 17-million records. Those millions of credentials, including emails,...

Malicious WhatsApp autoreplies spread malware

Check Point Research (CPR) has discovered a new and innovative malicious threat on the Google Play app store which spreads itself via mobile users' WhatsApp conversations, and can also send further malicious content via automated replies to incoming WhatsApp messages....

Cring ransomware infects industrial targets through VPN servers

In early 2021, threat actors conducted a series of attacks using the Cring ransomware. These attacks were mentioned by Swisscom CSIRT, but it remained unclear how the ransomware infects an organisation's network. An incident investigation conducted by Kaspersky ICS...

Absa, AWS partner on cloud computing skills incubator

Absa Group has launched a cloud incubator initiative in collaboration with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), to enhance its cloud computing skills across its operations in Africa. As one of the largest cloud adopters in Africa, Absa is promoting cloud fluency as part of...

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Vox supports black-owned fibre enterprise in Makhanda

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TES partners with AST Recycling

South African recycler AST Recycling has been selected as the local provider of IT asset disposition (ITAD) and IT asset recycling services for TES, which provides these services for a large number of global clients. The company approached AST Recycling, because of...

Containerisation is key for businesses needing to do more with less

At a time when economic pressures are forcing businesses to sweat their IT assets and do more with less, container technology and Kubernetes can be instrumental. By Modeen Malick, senior systems engineer at Commvault South Africa Achieving what is needed can be done...

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In today's increasingly digital world, data-driven customer analytics have become the heartbeat of modern businesses. By James Bayhack, sub-Saharan Africa director at CM.com More customers are engaging with businesses through digital channels and continued advances in...

Fintech steps in where government and banks fail SMEs

Fintech has stepped in where most others have failed, providing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the support they need to scale and create jobs, while simultaneously making funding possible for micro-enterprises that have previously been excluded by mainstream...

Staying safe with tap and go

As the world struggles through a global pandemic that has, through the manner of its transmission, severely constrained human contact, so new ways have been found to do what we usually do - but without touching strange surfaces any more than we have to. Is it then any...

The evolution towards continuous underwriting

One of the next-generation practices that insurers are looking to adopt to further differentiate themselves and add value to the customer experience is that of continuous underwriting. Kelly Preston, data analytics manager at SilverBridge Holdings Essentially, this...

DiData acquires Acacia Cloud Solutions

Dimension Data has announced its acquisition of Acacia Cloud Solutions, a cloud implementation partner with AWS expertise. The acquisition will expand Dimension Data's AWS capabilities and provide its clients with innovative cloud managed services solutions that...

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