PayJoy, a mobile distributor and Allied Mobile, are collaborating to bring smartphone payment plans to markets across Africa. Allied Mobile will use PayJoy Checkout, a paperless finance system for customers without access to formal credit, and the patented PayJoy Lock which enables “pay-as-you-go” access to the phone. Consumers will be able to access these smartphone payment plans in mobile retail stores operated by Allied Mobile in 38 countries, starting with initial pilot countries. This partnership aims to solve fundamental barriers to mobile internet adoption in Africa. Africa is the least developed region in the world for mobile connectivity and adoption. More than half the population in Africa are using mobile services, yet only a quarter are accessing the internet via mobile.
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
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
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 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