Author: Nasha Harper

Enterprise customers look to resellers to share the risks of IT deployment

Enterprise customers look to resellers to share the risks of IT deployment

Technology
ICT resellers that want to thrive in a changing technology market need to be prepared to share risks with their customers and move towards consumption-based billing models that allow companies to spread their technology procurement costs over a longer period of time. That’s the word from Gary Pickford, CEO of Tarsus Distribution, who says that enterprise technology users have lost their appetite for ICT projects that require high levels of upfront investment and a long wait for return on investment. Instead, they want to bring more predictability to their IT spending and conserve their capital for other strategic business projects. Says Pickford: “In an environment where access to financing is tight and where most companies are in cost reduction mode, few mid-sized companies are wi
Mobile apps are empowering a collection of business processes

Mobile apps are empowering a collection of business processes

Business, Mobile, Uncategorized
With mobile phone subscribers numbering in the billions today, the majority of businesses are wanting to develop one or more mobile apps to reach this massive audience. Mobility has changed life and business forever. It has vastly grown the types and volume of devices that connect to an organisation’s resources. The number of subscribers is burgeoning globally, the devices are forcing businesses into an “always on” or 24/7 mentality and the flood of Internet of Things (IoT) devices promises to see tens of billions of devices connecting to the Internet within just a few years. Richard Firth, CEO of MIP Holdings, says these IoT devices, which include mobile phones in the broad sense, have new operating systems that are forever altering the way companies deploy software and services. “Ove
Is Kenya Ready to Embrace the Power of Digital HR?

Is Kenya Ready to Embrace the Power of Digital HR?

Business, Technology
In the west, digital HR has become a booming business, with companies constantly seeking ways to improve operational efficiency and recognising the strategic value HR can provide, when empowered to act as a partner of the business. Things have progressed immensely in the last decade and in such a highly competitive marketplace today, technology plays a pivotal role in helping organisations to deliver the strategic HR agenda. Over the last few years, Asia has followed the trend and has also been building a strong industry within the HR technology space. So, what about Africa? There are 54 markets in Africa and it would be impossible to summarise a complete view of the entire continent, this one is focused on Kenya. Stewart Samkange, SAP SuccessFactors’ East Africa Director and
Thomson Reuters’ Eikon Mobile App Launches in Africa

Thomson Reuters’ Eikon Mobile App Launches in Africa

Mobile, Technology
Thomson Reuters has announced the launch of the Thomson Reuters Eikon mobile app to give their customers in Africa access and instant connection to financial analysis. According to the company, the Eikon mobile app will have the same comprehensive financial analysis as the desktop version but with greater agility. “The World Bank and technology giants report that Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest growth rate in mobile subscriptions globally and as the company at the forefront of innovation and customer centricity, Thomson Reuters has launched the Eikon mobile app continuing to lead digital trends and meet customer needs,” said Euvin Naidoo, head of Financial Institutions for Africa at Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters Eikon provides easy access to trusted news, da
What Open Banking Means for South Africa

What Open Banking Means for South Africa

Technology
Imagine if you owned your bank data and could decide who you want to share this data with, thereby gaining access to a broad range of products to suit your needs. Matthew Barnard, an executive at software development company BBD, says that this could become a reality through open banking, whereby a third party could assess a user’s bank information to provide superior service. “Open banking requires banks to open their data via secure application programming interfaces (APIs), giving access to outside developers, to allow them to develop other apps. This would provide customers with many resources to view and understand their finances. Well-known examples of open APIs include PayPal and Apple Wallet.” Through open banking, customers would have more control of their finances, as ba