Business

Africa’s cloud solution pundits urge market to ‘try it out’

Business, Cyber Security
Although business leaders and analysts within Africa’s growing ICT sector agree that a sense of hesitancy hovers over the increased adoption of cloud solutions, there is consensus that there is benefit in the application of the technology. At ITNewsAfrica’s Innovation Dinner on the topic of Real-world Cloud Adoption, hosted on Thursday 05 September in Johannesburg, experts acknowledged that issues like security, cost of investment and control over data has hampered the uptake of cloud – at the same time they urged the market to ‘try it out’. “Try it out… try it in a non-mission critical production-type environment, in those grudge purchase areas like disaster recovery, like test and development. You will soon realise that the cash injection to your budget becomes so much more compell

East Africa is the ‘future BPO global hub’

Broadband, Business
East Africa could become one of the the world’s leading business process outsourcing (BPO) centres, organisers of the just-ended Kenya Information Technology (IT) Week have said. More than 100 senior executives representing the region's largest enterprises and government organisations gathered for the event that Tejpal Bedi, chairman of Kenya IT and Outsourcing Services (KITOS), officially opened. Events management firm, Kinetic Events, organised the gathering. “East Africa is setting itself up as a BPO hub of choice due to the ongoing introduction of data centres as well as significant investment in human capital and infrastructure development,” Marcia van Jaarsveld, marketing specialist at Kinetic Events, said. BPO is the contracting of a specific business task, such as p

NSA collecting phone records of Verizon customers

Business
The White House is defending the practice of gathering cell phone records from American citizens while neither confirming nor denying a report that the NSA is collecting records from millions of Verizon customers. The practice was first revealed by the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday, which obtained and published a highly classified court order that requires the production of “telephony metadata” by the telecommunications giant. The order, marked "Top Secret" and issued by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court instructs Verizon to hand over data including all calling records on an "ongoing, daily basis". More
A future made in Africa: 50 Trailblazers under 50 MADE IN AFRICA includes a .africa applicant

A future made in Africa: 50 Trailblazers under 50 MADE IN AFRICA includes a .africa applicant

Business
Trailblazers under 50 includes Obama, Didier Drogba, Hadeel Ibrahim among other African icons of influence. The NewAfrican a leading pan-African current affairs magazine an IC, in its May collector’s edition, looks at a Future Made in Africa and, in a 60 page supplement. This coincides with the African Union Formerly OAU jubilee celebration. The release focuses more on infrastructural, innovative and economic reflections on the work of individuals throughout Africa who have in one way or the other catalyzed a remarkable project in their daily activities. The edition has internationally renowned Ghanaian designer Ozwald Boateng, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and founder of the Made in Africa Foundation as the guest editor.  Other distinguished editorial contributors inclu
2.7 billion users active on Internet, ICT now more affordable

2.7 billion users active on Internet, ICT now more affordable

Business
ABOUT 2.7 billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s populations across the seven continents of Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica are now on the Internet. Today, the world has about seven billion people, with two/third of the population now with mobile phones, according to World Bank statistics. Indeed, the ‘2013 ICT Facts and Figure’ released by the Geneva, Switzerland based International Telecommunications Union (ITU),  informed that in 2013, there are almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people in the world, with more than half in the Asia-Pacific region (3.5 billion out of 6.8 billion total subscriptions). source