Covid-19 still negatively impacts global smartphone market

The continued global pandemic is impacting the worldwide smartphone market. Even as some countries and regions have begun to loosen restrictions, other countries are still dealing with the initial wave of the crisis. For smartphone OEMs, this means that the second...

Capitec goes paperless

Capitec has introduced an eSignature capability, by means of a biometric fingerprint. Biometric readers allow for sanitisation after each client's use, while paper documents cannot be easily disinfected between parties. Wim de Bruyn, executive: business development...

Diabetes telemedicine attracts local investment

Covid-19 is a serious risk for the estimated 4,6-million people with diabetes in South Africa as high blood sugar levels increase the mortality risk posed by the pandemic. Digital healthcare solutions are emerging as effective tools for safe, remote condition...

Could agile data infrastructures save the retail sector?

Retailers have been hit hard by the current crisis. IT teams supporting struggling businesses now need to switch to maintaining critical infrastructures that support home-workers and enable online models to run efficiently. By Eran Brown, chief technology officer:...

Oil demand set to remain low for six months

The current reduced demand for oil and refined products as a result of national lockdowns in South Africa and across sub-Sahara Africa could last at least six months. This is a prediction from Shirley Webber, Absa Corporate and Investment Banking head of natural...

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Covid contracts demonstrate poor governance

The furore around the awarding of a contract to a politically connected individual's company shows that government has not yet accepted its role as custodian of good governance for South Africa Inc--and the extent of public disenchantment with perceived corruption....

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Pandemic drives AI demand up

The demand for artificial intelligence (AI), data, and digital tools is soaring as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to put a strain on many enterprises. This is among the findings in a new study conducted by Corinium and sponsored by Fico. The report, "Building...

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Organisational changes could boost sales managers

High-performing sales managers disproportionally focus more of their discretionary time on customer facing activities geared toward near-term commercial wins. However, according to Gartner, many sales managers are constantly distracted with fighting internal battles...

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Tech companies defy Covid-19 downturn

The Covid-19 pandemic is providing new business opportunities for the tech sector, as evidenced by the performance of the world's top 25 technology companies, which all reported quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) growth in market capitalisation (MCap) for the second quarter...

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Remote-learning platform is tailored for Africa

The University of Pretoria (UP) has seen another edtech start-up emerge out of its TuksNovation programme, the institution's high-tech incubator and accelerator. Wingu Academy is a remote-learning platform that offers educational support to schools, tutoring centres...

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Drones carry out power asset inspections

International Data Corporation (IDC) has published an IDC Innovators report profiling four companies that use drones to carry out power asset inspections. The four companies are Cyberhawk, Delair, PrecisionHawk, and Sterblue. Drones, also called unmanned aerial...

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CFOs fail to drive returns that exceed capital cost

Only a third of firms drive returns greater than the cost of capital, according to a Gartner analysis of cost structure models. For those organisations built around factors such as unique competitive differentiators they drove a 6% greater return on return on invested...

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Average vehicle age approaches 12 years

New research from IHS Markit shows that the average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the US has risen to 11,9 years this year, about one month older than in 2019. Though slight, the increase can generate new business opportunities for companies operating in...

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