Retail Banking

Converging forces set to transform retail banking

A range of models and millions of dollars in consulting hours are expended to understand the potential impact of a range of market forces on the retail banking sector. While the potential outcomes are fraught with unpredictability, it is worthwhile to pause and consider some of the forces that could have an impact to avoid being caught off-guard. Some of the major forces potentially playing out in... »

Rene Jacobs Gartner

Gartner says South African IT spending will grow 2.4 percent in 2017

IT spending in South Africa is forecast to total R266 billion in 2017, a 2.4 percent increase from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. Software is predicted to be the best-performing segment, with a 13.2 percent increase year on year (see Table 1). “South Africa has traditionally underinvested in IT,” said John-David Lovelock, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “So... »

Microsoft's data centre

South Africa: Microsoft’s data centre investment to boost cloud adoption

Microsoft’s announcement that it plans to build hyperscale datacentres in Cape Town and Johannesburg to deliver a range of cloud services, is set to give a massive boost to enterprise adoption of infrastructure-as-a-service, software-as-a-service and other cloud services in South Africa. That’s the word from Robert Marston, ‎Global Head of Product at SEACOM, who says that Microsoft’s decision to l... »

Internet of Things

Simplicity is the future of building automation systems

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding rapidly. There are more and faster chips as well as more sensors in every element of buildings. Paired with improved wireless networking technology and standardised communication protocols that make it easier to collect data, it’s possible to transmit information, crunch numbers and use data like never before. This is putting the spotlight on Building Auto... »

Internet of Things

IoT expected to change African landscape of data communications

Eseye, a global provider of intelligent connectivity for IoT, says that the IoT has the ability to fundamentally change the landscape of data communications and utilisation across the continent. Having recently appointed its first regional director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Jeremy Potgieter, Eseye says that Africa has unique challenges that can be effectively addressed by IoT. Stephen Stewart, regio... »

Moto Z Play Mods

IFA 2016: The new Moto Z Play mods have been revealed

We’ve seen some rather fantastic tech at IFA 2016 so far; however, one range of mobile accessories really caught our attention. Unveiled by Lenovo and Motorola, the Moto Z Play Mods allow consumers to transform their mobile device into, according to both parties, anything they need it to be. At an exclusive press event, held in Germany’s capital city Berlin, we were introduced to a var... »

app development

Gauteng evolves as South Africa’s hub for enterprise app development

Gauteng is fast emerging as a centre for enterprise app development. This is according to Cassie Lessing, Managing Director of the Strato IT Group, adding that the app economy is expected to create trillions of dollars of opportunities globally over the next few years, including in Africa, where a highly mobile market is poised to leapfrog directly into the era of apps. “Many South African organis... »