Digital change begins with business leadership

Digital transformation is a powerful revolution that needs to happen in order to accelerate business activities, skills and models, enabling companies to fully leverage the changes and opportunities brought by new digital technologies in a strategic and prioritised manner. Driven by changing customer needs, those businesses that ride the wave and embrace digital change will…

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Online freedom hit by pressure on social media, apps

WASHINGTON: Internet freedom declined for a sixth consecutive year in 2016 as governments around the world cracked down on social media and messaging applications used to express dissent, a watchdog group said on Monday. The Freedom on the Net report by the activist group Freedom House said a growing number of regimes are restricting or…

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Mobile internet trends in Africa

Internet company, Opera, has released its State of the Mobile Web Africa 2016 Report, highlighting mobile internet trends across the continent, including consumer browsing behaviour and app usage. Opera – known for its compression technology and mobile browsers, including Opera Mini – compiles regular global mobile web reports, shedding light on opportunities and challenges within…

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True value of IoT lies in it being the Internet of Humans

The Internet of Things (IoT) has caused unprecedented hype among technologists, software developers, futurists and industrialists. Estimates of the adoption of IoT vary from anywhere between 2.38-billion devices shipped in 2017 (Gartner) to 50.1-billion devices connected by 2020 (World Economic Forum). McKinsey projects that IoT will be a $6.2-trillion industry by 2025. The public and…

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IT infrastructure: the lifeblood of Africa's business innovation

‘Innovation’ is a word I hear a lot in business these days. Many organisations owe their success to it, while others have realised the importance of inventive thinking and are just getting started with their own forward-thinking projects. In the true spirit of innovation, every organisation approaches the process in its own unique way. But…

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African App Awards include South African finalists

These are Abalobi, Alpha Exchange, Celstra, Domestly, PeliChat, Standard Bank, VoucherCloud SA, Vodacom, Vula Mobile and Xander Apps. © Michael Simons via 123RF “South Africa’s status as the continent’s most developed mobile market, with 130% cellular penetration, is no guarantee for local wireless application service providers (WASPs) to be included in the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards,”…

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Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa Alliance announce partnership

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, which will see the two parties working together to drive improvement of protection of networks and critical systems, as well as raise cybersecurity awareness across the continent. The Alliance is responsible for bringing together organisations at both local…

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