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Companies need next-gen approach to business continuity

During the pandemic, many organisations embraced a hybrid environment, allowing employees to work from home or anywhere else. Furthermore, many have adopted, or are now implementing infrastructure-modernisation initiatives and digital transformation programmes. These significant changes...

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Assessing data literacy in companies, sales teams

In my first article in this series, I established the critical importance for every sales leader to have effective sales reporting, analytics and eventually advanced analytics. In this article, I will firstly explore building data culture...

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Investing in the future

South Africa’s official joblessness rate is currently at almost 35%, with youth unemployment at 66.5%. While there are many initiatives aiming to help alleviate this situation, the digital sector is currently seeing a skills gap...

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Why Integrate EPM and ERP? The Value Proposition

By Paul Bouchier Sales Director at iOCO, within iOCO Software Distribution, an Infor Gold Partner Every organisation would perform better with access to deeper operational insight. Here, enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are invaluable for...

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Use analytics to set sales targets that are on point

Whether we know it or not, we are all in sales, from the first line ambassador of the business − the receptionist − through to the CFO and CEO… everybody in the organisation. Without sales...

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Breach and attack simulation: What are the drivers?

Active breach and attack simulation does not gain credibility by exposing more problems; it gains it by contextualising them and continuously testing attack paths.Let’s start by taking a bird’s-eye view of what the global breach...

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The Value of an Effective Data Funnel with d/EPM

Creating an effective and reliable funnel to direct data from enterprise applications into governance, risk and compliance, performance management, and analytics offers immense benefits in today’s data-rich world. If the insights are pulling from a...

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Reduce Spreadsheet Risk, Drive Efficiency with Infor d/EPM

By Paul Bouchier Sales Director at iOCO, within iOCO Software Distribution, an Infor Gold Partner Modernity demands that business leaders leverage data for better and more strategic decision-making. Unfortunately, in many cases analysts still choose...

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You don’t know what you don’t know

Breach and attack simulation is the method that tests everything and replaces speculation with certainty in terms of security posture.What is breach and attack simulation and why does your organisation need it?The simple answer to...

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Change how you do finance

By Varsha Ramesar, Managing Executive, Data and Analytics, iOCO For decades, finance teams steered the business using a rear-view mirror to provide the information they needed to make decisions. New service delivery models, emerging trends,...

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Farewell DBA, it’s the age of the DDA

Accelerated cloud adoption means many of the tasks traditionally assigned to the database administrator can now be done at the click of a button. But while the traditional DBA role may be on its way...

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CA Southern Africa enters into strategic alliance with Perforce Software

CA Southern Africa, the sole sub-Saharan representative of CA Technologies – a Broadcom company – has entered into a strategic alliance with Perforce Software. The relationship is a critical building block in completing CA Southern...

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The backbone of modern board meetings

The business environment has never been more dynamic, or challenging. Organisations have to be able to make fast decisions to stay ahead of competitors and evolving customer needs. While strategy is paramount to keeping an...

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Getting to grips with data

The success or failure of a data project relies on the organisation's ability to move from raw data to an analytics-ready state. By Kevin van der Merwe, Sales Director at iOCO Qlik. In this second...

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Data backup is increasingly a front-burner issue

The wrong storage architecture can send your company’s application modernisation strategy back to the dark ages.By Byron Horn-Botha, Business unit head, Arcserve Southern Africa.The application modernisation services market is forecast to expand from $11.4 billion...

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Data: Does your firm speak business’s new lingo?

Why data literacy is so important, what the current state of play is, and how to start the journey towards becoming a truly data-driven enterprise. If your firm − and that means everybody in it...

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Cloud Provider Leverages VMware To Build Any Cloud-as-a-Service

"VMware is a major part of our hosted cloud platform. iOCO is front and center of this and a massive part of our technical landscape. The ongoing investment into VMware offerings and solutions like CloudHealth...

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EPM and modern business

In a digital world, unlocking opportunities for today's enterprise requires businesses to leverage financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting; consistently deliver workforce planning and budgeting; take advantage of sales planning with in-depth analysis; and monitor capital...

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Migrating the enterprise data warehouse to the cloud

Cloud-based enterprise data warehouses have flexibility and capabilities that are usually not present in on-premises solutions, but require a strategic approach. Let’s get one thing out of the way upfront: today it’s not a matter...

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Finance has become a data game

By Varsha Ramesar, Managing Executive, Data and Analytics The data revolution has fundamentally changed the role of the finance professional as we know it. In order to continue to be seen as a value-added service...

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Exceptional healthcare solutions built on an exceptional platform

Exceptional healthcare solutions built on an exceptional platform

Covid-19 has presented a health crisis the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918. From January 1918 to December 1920, this virus infected an estimated 500 million...

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How modern, intelligent tools drive dynamic enterprise performance management

In a digital world, unlocking opportunities for today’s enterprise requires businesses to leverage financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting; consistently deliver workforce planning and budgeting; take advantage of sales planning with in-depth analysis; and monitor capital...

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Six Reasons Why Clients Choose Infor d/EPM

As the world innovates, the demands on real-time information, total integration, and instant (informed) decision-making power are constantly and exponentially increasing. The reality is that today’s decision makers need integrated information at their fingertips. According...

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Data-driven planning and budgeting

Data-driven planning and budgeting By Janro Grey, FPM Solution Delivery Manager, iOCO Data and Analytics You might have heard the saying that if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. An organisation’s ability...

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Are you ready for the drone economy?

Are you ready for the drone economy? By Dean Conde, UTM Lead, iOCO Digital Of all the technologies to have emerged in recent decades, one has impacted a surprising number of industries: Drones. While still in...

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Healthcare is now the industry most targeted by hackers

Global reports indicate that healthcare data breaches reached a record high in 2021. Indeed, healthcare now sees more cyberattacks than any other industry. Fully one-third of all cyberattacks are aimed at healthcare institutions. Why? Because...

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Innovate at speed and scale

In a world today, organisations can’t afford delays in the delivery of their solutions, nor in accessing the technologies that enable them to service their customers. Unfortunately, many have to choose between quality and speed...

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Moving to the Cloud is only the First Step

So many options ahead of you… During many of our cloud advisory engagements, we’ve seen customers start their cloud journeys but get stuck in a quagmire of how to progress next. Many organisations have moved...

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Why analytics is crucial for CFOs today

iOCO’s Adriaan Rossouw reveals how analytics helps CFOs tackle assumptions and move on business moments. Over the past three years, business and financial leaders have learned that the concept of business as usual doesn’t exist...

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Beware the bevy of black swans

At a time of unprecedented black swan events, a good data protection strategy remains absolutely priceless for all companies. By Byron Horn-Botha, Business unit head, Arcserve Southern Africa. Early in 2022, the British Chambers of...

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Immutable e-mail archives reveal ‘gold mine’ of fraud information

Immutable e-mail archives hold a ‘gold mine’ of information relating to white collar crime and corruption, enabling organisations to discipline, prosecute and root out the culprits. This is according to experts addressing a webinar hosted...

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Arcserve introduces N Series appliances, offering enterprise-level integrated data protection, recovery, cyber security

Allows customers to simplify their IT environments and secure data with all-in-one scale-out backup and recovery appliances. Issued by Blain Communications for Arcserve Southern Africa Arcserve Southern Africa has revealed that Arcserve, the world's most...

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Enterprise data requires persistent protection

Low-cost data storage, combined with elastic computation and data analytics services, shift big data deployments from on-premises to the cloud. By Charl Behrens, Principal technical consultant (security), iOCO Application Management. Gartner defines data security as...

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Embarking on the OT cybersecurity journey

By Sunjay Ramessur, Cybersecurity Specialist at iOCO Advisory While most of us are familiar with cybersecurity processes related to information technology (IT), the same cannot be said of those relating to operational technology (OT). This...

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PR – Modern ERP Driving Integration and Process Excellence in Manufacturing

In today’s fast moving, quick changing, increasingly competitive business environment, good enough is no longer good enough. Manufacturers must achieve enterprise-wide visibility, total collaborate, agility and flexibility to respond to a changing market and grow....

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Safe acceleration of cloud migration is crucial

Data-centric security must be embedded across hybrid IT, so that risk to sensitive data is reduced and safe migration to cloud environments is accelerated. By Charl Behrens, Principal technical consultant (security), iOCO Application Management. A...

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Infor WMS offers complete, best-in-class WMS Solution

By Paul BouchierSales Director at iOCO, within iOCO Software Distribution, an Infor Gold PartnerIn modern warehouse management, the need to support omni-channel commerce (B2B/B2C) from a single site cannot be overstated. Warehouses today face greater...

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Modern ERP Revolutionising Manufacturing Operations

Today, new business models, products, locations, and regulatory concerns are driving change across the manufacturing industry. Old technology simply can’t support businesses in the new environment.Flexibility to Support Growth As businesses change through the years,...

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‘Connected information’ really is power

Technology can help turn sales and debtors books into powerful tools to grow profits and build customer loyalty. By Jon Mantel, Account manager, iOCO Qlik, Western Cape. In my previous article, I argued that with...

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Seeing in the dark

Businesses globally have been moving to the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model even for core applications, over several years. Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the emergence of a hybrid working model that...

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The importance of data resilience in an unsafe world

It's not an exaggeration to say data is the lifeblood of every business today − it is an immense, if not the most valuable, asset in all companies. Data resilience can be defined as the...

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Zero-trust security must include data backup and recovery

Who can you trust? The straight answer to that question is – nobody. Unfortunately, in today's digital world, the reality of the situation is that the old security maxim of 'trust but verify' is no...

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Broadcom’s industry-leading AI, security, hybrid cloud solutions accelerate client value on new z16 Mainframe

CA Southern Africa, the sole sub-Saharan representative of Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), has announced the global technology leader’s expansion of opportunities for organisations to acquire greater value from the company’s advanced AI, security and hybrid cloud solutions...

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Exploring the numbers equals better decision-making

What CFO doesn't want to unlock the hidden gems/insights buried in their general ledgers? By Jon Mantel, Account manager, iOCO Qlik, Western Cape. Getting data-driven, business-critical information into the hands of CFOs and their fellow...

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iOCO Cloud leverages VMware to build its any cloud-as-a-service offering

iOCO Cloud offers cloud services to customers through its hosted cloud services built on VMware technologies. Services that today allow customers to build a multi-and hybrid cloud environment, and with the help of the interoperability...

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A ransomware crisis plan is now a business imperative

Most organisations today are aware of the ransomware threat. Unfortunately, the gap between awareness and broad, company-wide action to mitigate the impacts of ransomware is still far too significant. Cyber criminals around the world have...

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Unified data framework delivers insight and control

We live in a world consumed by data that informs and controls us every day. In this world, the regulatory landscape has become a veritable minefield of constraints that are ignored at your peril. The...

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Arcserve enhances key ransomware defence solution

Arcserve Southern Africa has revealed that Arcserve, the world's leading ransomware protection and data resilience provider, has announced the availability of Arcserve Backup 19, an enhanced version of its widely adopted tape air gapping solution....

Cloud Adoption Framework

With a cloud-agnostic solution, iOCO has taken what all the providers offer and defined a unique approach. With years of cloud expertise in everything from private, to hosted, to hyperscale cloud through various partnerships, iOCO has developed a framework that includes all important aspects for a company to engage on their cloud journey.

Cloud Adoption Framework

Cloud Adoption FrameworkThere are several different variations to the Cloud Adoption Framework. It seems like every hyperscale cloud provider has their own iteration of this. If you do a Google search for Cloud Adoption Framework,...

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Artificial intelligence bringing precision and speed to the production line

With the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI) technology integrated with modern cloud platforms, embedding AI into business processes is no longer an expensive or lengthy process. is Automotive industry leaders are displaying a rapid...

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Application automation: Game-changer in the world of analytics

As noted in my previous article, automation throughout the analytics pipeline is the backbone of a system capable of real-time, hyper-contextual information and analysis.But beyond enabling faster, smarter acquisition-to-insight, automation holds the promise of even...

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When cloud, data, privacy and governance intersect

According to Forbes, 90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years alone, with each one of us being said to create1.7 megabytes of data every second. With this data explosion and...

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Embrace the future with an API-first approach

In 2002, Jeff Bezos issued what is now known as the API mandate: ‘The new direction at Amazon is that all capabilities will be designed and exposed as APIs’. This is an early version of...

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Automation is backbone of trusted data analytics pipeline

As analysis becomes increasingly crucial for business, data analysts, developers and business users alike are encountering stumbling blocks and disconnects in their quest for real-time, trusted data that delivers insights and action at the speed...

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Digitisation in Mining

Technology is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage and the convergence of the digital and physical worlds is one of the fundamental aspects underlying the digital transformation of business and the economy... Download Whitepaper

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Three New Ways of Working in 2022 and Beyond

As the vaccination rollout brings some relief to restrictions, it is time to start thinking about how the world of work should move forward. While the pandemic forced the adoption of new ways of working,...

Add digital product management to your value stream

Companies not traditionally dealing with software as a primary focus of their business can benefit tremendously from adding digital product management (DPM) to their value stream management. That may seem an extraordinary statement at a...

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Welcome to the 3-2-1-1 world of immutability

As explained in my previous article, immutability is a crucial element of successful ransomware protection as it converts data to a write-once, read many times format, which cannot be altered. This provides enterprises with the...

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Take storage security back to sound basics

I think we all approach a new year with a fairly large degree of optimism and trepidation, with a few resolutions thrown into the mix as we attempt to change how we do things. Criminals...

A digital revolution in the insurance industry

The following article is an edited version of “Digital transformation and the claims process – a history” by Hyland Software, a leading US developer of the enterprise content management (ECM) and process management software suite...

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A ransomware crisis plan is now a business imperative

Most organisations today are aware of the ransomware threat. Unfortunately, the gap between awareness and broad, company-wide action to mitigate the impacts of ransomware is still far too significant. Cyber criminals around the world have...

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How digital product management creates real change

In my previous article, I looked at what digital product management (DPM) actually is and why it is important. The key point is that DPM allows companies to move beyond seeing IT simply as an...

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iOCO named Best Performing Qlik Partner of the Year 2021

Qlik has awarded iOCO Analytics Solutions the prestigious award ‘Best Performing Qlik Partner South Africa 2021’. Nick Loumakis, Regional Director, Qlik, Middle East & Africa, says: “iOCO has displayed a deep commitment to building world-class...

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What is HPE Primera?

Digital transformation and dynamic business models are fast becoming the key to success for many businesses. Data is an invaluable asset that underpins modern digital transformation strategies—data-driven insights can help organisations solve business challenges, make...

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Web 3.0 is coming: What does it mean?

While nobody can be certain how it will impact business and individuals, the world needs to be getting ready for Web 3.0 – the next evolution of the internet. This is according to experts taking...

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Digital transformation and its role in advancing the public sector

Both public service and technological innovation should ultimately result in tangible improvements in people’s lives, whether at the point of daily service delivery or whether larger projects for the greater long-term good are involved. If...

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How artificial intelligence speeds up application delivery

We all interact with some form of artificial intelligence (AI) multiple times a day without even realising it. The applications of AI are too numerous to detail here but I will explain where it is...

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Navigating digital transformation

Necessity has indeed sparked invention as organisations have scrambled to adapt to the extraordinary circumstances brought on by the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Many have had to fast-track their digital transformation due to...

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Take intelligence to a real-time, active level

We live in an age of disruption where digital transformation no longer cuts the mustard, but rather digital innovation is the requirement. Markets are looking at disruptive technologies that have revolutionised how business is conducted...

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How companies can leverage AI to speed up delivery

There is a considerable amount of hype surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), as it seems that virtually every discussion around technology and the move to digital and initiatives to enhance services and quality are peppered with...

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iOCO and Skywind Software Group partner to deliver GRC solutions

Automating governance, risk and compliance iOCO, part of the EOH group, has partnered with Skywind Software Group, a leading Israeli provider of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) software, to help international and domestic clients in...

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Active intelligence creates in-the-moment awareness

Active intelligence is a new paradigm, creating in-the-moment awareness about every aspect of business. It delivers a state of continuous intelligence derived from real-time, up-to-date information designed to trigger immediate actions. Businesses today need a...

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Driving innovation with intelligence and composability

COVID-19 has created massive uncertainty and amplified the need for businesses to advance their digital transformation efforts and innovate to survive. According to Deloitte, many organisations began innovating rapidly immediately after the World Health Organisation declared...

Born in the cloud

What the new generation of cloud-native applications can do, and what happens to those left behind. In the beginning there were mainframes: big, expensive computers that could only do one thing at a time. The...

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Creating competitive advantage through custom, design-led development

Creating competitive advantage through custom, design-led development Traditional drivers of custom software development – building additional revenue streams and cutting costs – consistently motivate our clients. But business sustainability in a constrained economy and a...

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“Adapt or Die” – enter the API economy

The world is converging, and this convergence is increasingly held together by the API environment. APIs – Application Programming Interfaces – are much talked about, but not always well understood. So let’s begin at the...

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The future happens all the time

The future happens all the time The future happens all the time. Technology is fuelling a fourth industrial revolution that is exponentially increasing the rate of change and threatening the relevance of all businesses, regardless...

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Building your digital workforce (and making humans happier)

Ever since the advent of industrialisation we’ve been fearful that machines are about to put us out of work. In South Africa, in the face of increasing, widespread unemployment, it’s a particularly acute concern. Won’t...

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Cloud-driven transformation

COVID-19 has highlighted the urgency for digital transformation. It has forced organisations to rethink their business strategies to confront the future and remain sustainable and competitive. Technology has enabled many businesses to continue in ways...

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One+One=Three – Why you still need system integrators

Businesses today have a lot of options when it comes to software development. Whether they choose to go the custom, bespoke route, or use out-of-the-box products, there is a level of fine-tuning required to make...

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Digital Trends in Mining

The mining industry is accustomed to operating in an unstable environment: constantly battling a volatile global economy, fuctuations in demand, availability of resources, a shortage of skilled labour, government regulations and social responsibility requirements, all...

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HCM Technology Driving Employee Productivity

There’s no doubt that productivity is a key contributor to commercial and financial success. It is a driver of efficiency and has the power to transform resources into goods or services, boost economic activity and...

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The power of people and technology creating an agile sustainable future

Covid has drastically and irrevocably changed the way that the world works. Even as South Africa moves forward into semi-normalcy, the looming “fourth wave” reminds businesses of the need to remain agile, embrace remote working...

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Herding cats: The case for application management services

In 2008, Apple coined the slogan, “There's an app for that”, inaugurating the app economy − the proliferation of apps designed for easy use on mobile devices. Apps have become vital ways to deliver the...

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What to consider when modernising mainframes

Before I outline key considerations in any mainframe modernisation strategy, let’s confirm why companies must consider modernising their mainframe.The straight answer to this question is that many businesses are now implementing mainframe modernisation strategies because...

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Focus needs to turn to doing AI analytics right as adoption soars

Digital transformation and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) have soared around the world since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, making it increasingly important for organisations to focus on the tools, models and ecosystems in...

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Enhancing the security of your applications

Is software part of how you are delivering value to your customers? But how is your organisation innovating through software? Software adds value, but it also introduces risk. Let’s take the example of Equifax, described...

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Unlocking the value of modernising the ‘big iron’

Far from being on the way out, mainframes − or the ‘big iron’ as they are affectionately known – are reputed to run 30 billion transactions per day, hold 80% of the world’s business data...

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Enabling the future of business today

Together, iOCO and FD offer a complete Microsoft toolbox to #solve any business challenge. With a focus on providing the most effective and most secure solution, our user-centric approach guarantees a smooth transition to the...

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How CFOs can derive significant business benefit from the cloud

For years, conversations around the benefits that the cloud brings to business have centred on innovation and agility, with a focus on how organisations could become and remain more competitive. With the massive changes the...

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AI Powered Analytics for Digital Acceleration

Watch this high level summary of factors that accelerate business, why data and analytics efforts can fail and how AI Powered analytics can enable technology-driven business transformation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cqz5EYLAhQ

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Bolster your ransomware posture with immutable storage

Immutable storage is a crucial tool in the fight against ransomware, as data can’t be overwritten, changed, tampered with, or deleted − even by someone with admin rights. Let's start by explaining what 'immutable storage'...

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CIO CONNECT: Enabling the Mobile Enterprise

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is changing the organisation at many levels, from the users who expect the same ease of use at the office as they have at home, to executives who...

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CIO CONNECT: Data-centricity

The amount of digital data in the world is growing at an exponential rate: doubling every two years, with 44 times more data growth over the next 10 years. This is providing both opportunities and...

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Finding flexibility in the software testing lifecycle

Shift left is unquestionably the way to go in app development, but sometimes it's necessary to incorporate a move to the right, encompassing post-production testing. I have explained that while shift left thinking is crucial...

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Exponential organisations are data driven

The term “exponential organisation” came to the fore some years ago when author Salim Ismail outlined new paradigms in organisational design and described businesses that were able to fast-track traditional growth and make 10x the...

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Delivering good customer experience under Zero Trust

In my previous article, I argued that the Zero Trust model was gaining traction because it is so well-suited to the digital and highly-fragmented organisational models that are becoming the norm in business. So far,...

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Embracing the three categories of business intelligence

Companies need to add experimental business intelligence to their curated and federated BI planning, as it’s a high-risk, high-reward arena in the data and analytics space. According to Gartner, business intelligence (BI) platforms enable enterprises...

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Securing the IT perimeter in the new hybrid world of work

Zero Trust is a key principle in the increasingly boundary-less business world, as opening up the corporate network and IT estate has profound security implications. E-commerce has been growing steadily for years and is expected...

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Solving for POPIA and securing business data

You know that you need to be POPIA compliant, but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture: effective data management has massive benefits beyond checking boxes, including heightened security and governance, and reduced risk. POPIA...

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Get on your bike, and work

How the workplace has evolved and why workforce mobility has become a critical success factor for the futureproof, modern organisation. There’s one word that defines the future of work, one word that captures the shift...

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Lewis and Thompson dominate the 2021 Foursome

The annual WP Foursomes was held this past Sunday, 5th September 2021 in conjunction with the Westlake Foursomes fixture. The field was jam packed with 58 pairs, 116 players, ready to take on the beast...

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DevOps: the secret weapon behind business innovation

DevOps isn’t just about IT: in fact, by embracing this model, businesses can become faster to market, more agile, and better at meeting customer needs. What is DevOps? Every company is becoming a software company,...

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Exponential transformation under way, with data at its heart in SA

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically fast-tracked digital transformation globally, launching a wave of exponential transformation. This is according to Anthony Marshall, Senior Research Director, Thought Leadership at the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), who...

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Three Processes Ready for Automation in Finance

In my previous blog posts in this series, we looked at the challenges and subsequent benefits of automating the Procure-to-Pay and Order-to-Cash finance processes. In this third and final post in this blog series, we...

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Three Technology solutions to increase business agility

In a marketplace characterised by extreme change and uncertainty, business agility is becoming essential to enable companies to respond rapidly, retain momentum and succeed. Business agility means the ability to adapt quickly and easily to...

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