JSE Listed Adapt IT delivered another year of strong results to 30 June 2015, growing headline earnings per share 35%. Operating profit grew 89% while profit attributable to shareholders was up 52%. Organic growth was 18% while acquisitive growth added 24% to turnover, bringing total turnover to R575 million, up 42%. “Organic growth was bolstered by a strong demand in the higher education sector, a sector in which the business has provided specialised software services for 29 years,” says Sbu Shabalala, Adapt IT CEO. “The common thread in our business is deep vertical industry knowledge combined with the niche software we develop for selected industries.” Adapt IT acquired telecommunications software provider, AspiviaUnison in September 2014, which was the major driver of acquisitive growth contribution. AspiviaUnison develops cloud based Communications Management software solutions, deployed in corporates and telecommunications carriers. A further offshore acquisition in the Education Sector, SMSS (Student Management Software Systems), in New Zealand also contributed positively. The Adapt IT Software business is well diversified across a number of sectors and geographies, with 77% of revenue coming from South Africa, 10% from the rest of Africa and the 13% from worldwide customers. Sbu Shabalala says, “B-BBEE transformation and building ICT skills in the country is a top priority for Adapt IT in order for the business to execute on its strategy.” Adapt IT increased its B-BBEE rating to a Level 2 contributor status through the implementation of black employment equity policies and made a strategic enterprise development investment in black female owned project management consultancy. Skills development initiatives involved an Academy programme which introduced additional graduates into the IT business and skilling them in specific software technologies across South Africa. As part of Corporate Social Investment, Adapt IT opened a third (3rd) Knowledge . . .
Asus has launched a set of three new Republic of Gamers Maximus motherboards. These boards are optimized for the best gaming experience and have incorporated multiple performance-boosting overclocking technologies. Pro Gaming motherboards are designed for today’s modern value-conscious consumers, who demand affordability and the very best technology. Every Pro Gaming motherboard features multiple ASUS exclusive innovations to unleash the full gaming performance potential. The Maximus VIII boards are based on Intel's new Z170 Express chipset with support for DDR4 and Intel Skylake processors. The Maximus VIII Hero and Ranger are full-sized ATX boards while the Maximus VIII Gene is an mATX offering. Exceptional overclocking technologies ASUS Pro Clock Technology has a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel® processors for overclocked base clock frequencies of up to 400MHz and beyond. It works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base clock overclocking control and boosts performance to 5.2GHz or more. 5-Way Optimization, another ASUS-exclusive technology, dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system based on real-time use, ensuring superb processor performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and networking and audio settings that are tailored for preferred apps — perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else. This latest iteration now includes a dedicated water pump header so users can tweak pump speed in UEFI or Windows. Second-generation ASUS T-Topology enables DDR4 memory overclocking to up to 3733MHz. A customized trace layout reduces crosstalk and coupling noise to ensure time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility. Crystal-clear in-game audio and low-latency networking with LANGuard protection Crystal Sound 3 provides audio shielding and protection from . . .
Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab S2, the Essential Tablet for Readers Latest Galaxy tablet combines advanced personal visual device with unmatched mobility JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 12 August, 2015 Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced the global launch of the Galaxy Tab S2, the most immersive Samsung tablet to-date. Samsung’s newest Galaxy tablet continuously delivers a stunning Super AMOLED display perfectly optimised for reading and viewing any type of digital content. The Galaxy Tab S2 is stylishly designed with the thinnest and lightest metal frame on the market and packs powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, empowering users with new and improved choices in productivity and multitasking. “The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet ever, it also gives consumers quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “We believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 sets the bar for tablet devices and offers consumers the ultimate Tablet that’s designed for ultimate portability.” Newly Optimized Super AMOLED Display for the Best Content Viewability At just 5.6mm thin and only 389g (9.7 inch) and 265g (8.0 inch) weight*, the Galaxy Tab S2 is perfectly designed for reading and consuming content due to its stunning Super AMOLED Display. By recreating the same viewing experience of browsing through traditional print media, the Galaxy Tab S2 makes it comfortable to read digital content, including e-books, magazines, webpages and newsfeeds. This reading-optimised ratio allows the user to enjoy a seamless reading experience without unnecessary scrolling. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S2 continually offers its advanced screen technology to display bright and natural content for a more comfortable visual experience. Adaptive Display intelligently adjusts gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the . . .
MTN Business Expand Partnership with Samsung to Offer Enterprise Customers Increased Security Samsung announces MTN Business as a KNOX reseller JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –12 August, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa is pleased to announce that MTN Business has been appointed as a reseller of Samsung’s KNOX licenses to its customers. Samsung’s security platform complements MTN Business’ suite of enterprise-ready products and services as well as reinforcing the strong strategic relationship between the two companies. With a growing trend towards Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), where employees are using personal smartphones and tablets in the workplace, enterprises are increasingly cognisant of the need for a security solution that meets modern demands. The expanded partnership agreement combines Samsung’s pioneering mobile technology and secure Android platform, with MTN Business’ expertise in corporate communication services, to provide customers with defence-grade protection for mobile devices and data. “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with MTN Business to offer Samsung KNOX to more customers,” says Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics SA. “Samsung believes in the power of partnerships and together with MTN Business, we are pushing the boundaries of enterprise solutions to enable more organisations to simply and securely support workforce mobility.” Samsung KNOX Workspace, which was introduced in South Africa in 2014, is designed to systematically fortify Android systems, leveraging the hardware to provide the high level of protection customers require. KNOX addresses two of the major concerns of enterprise mobility customers – security and manageability – by placing all corporate-specific resources in a security-enhanced Android environment, which is controlled and managed by IT administrators. This provides employees with the freedom to conduct their personal tasks in an unmanaged section of the . . .
The third annual Agile Africa conference on 24 to 26 August 2015 hosted by the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University will feature a session on emergent design and how developers design with a smaller code base in agile. JCSE director, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, says emergent design is a key element of agile success in any organisation: “This exciting session will dispel the myths surrounding emergent design and outline its relevance in an agile environment.” Presented by Rouan Wilsenach, a software developer at ThoughtWorks, a leading global technology company, the session will outline what emergent design is, the differences between it and up-front design; the importance of design, its benefits, guiding principles relating to design and the concepts of refactoring and design as an activity. “In this session you will see how emergent design will facilitate the delivery of functionality, while letting the design emerge. Rouan will use his in-depth knowledge of cake (and other delicious treats) to explain what makes emergent design different from up-front design and why it's a good idea,” says Dwolatzky. The session will also include an overview and guiding principles on how to maintain good design as a system grows, as well how to encourage organisation-wide agile adoption. Register now at http://agileafrica.jcse.org.za/proposal/emergent-design-cakes-showers-and-electricians or visit http://agileafrica.jcse.org.za for more information. There is a 25% saving for Super Group Tickets, which is for organisations with more than 10 attendees. Author: Kirsty Thompson from Watt Communications. More Info link: http://agileafrica.jcse.org.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact Watt Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fastvan: On-demand local shipping start-up Fastvan just made its services accessible to a much wider audience by launching its app on Apple store and on Android via the Google Play Store. It plans to revolutionise and reinvent the industry of logistics in South Africa by moving the entire system online creating increased automation, efficiency and transparency. The industry of logistics in South Africa is a lucrative business and although there are major player’s in the market, there still remains an impressive chunk of the market that can be captured by aspiring business ventures such as Fastvan. It is estimated that the logistic industry in South Africa is about 486billion ZAR and logistic spending is only about to increase in this region. Global courier service market will become $252.1 Billion industry by 2018. Fastvan identified these growing trends for logistics in South Africa and decided to launch its very own real-time, on-demand app for local courier and removal services. With this innovative and modern app, businesses are able to track their order real-time via an in-app map. This sophisticated logistics app was developed in San Francisco USA. Fastvan was efficient enough to identify a gap in the market, which involved companies making several manual phone calls accompanied with mountains of paperwork and quotations to schedule shipment, which was costly and slow. Businesses need to deliver their orders in real-time and they also need to know where their parcel has reached during it delivery journey. Fastvan allows people to enjoy a quick and on-demand service by providing complete transparency and efficiency through its interactive app. Customers can use the app to submit their delivery request through their Smartphone or desktop and nearby courier drivers are notified who are free to accept the job. Once the job is accepted, businesses have the chance to track their van/truck throughout the delivery process. This app provides its customers a one . . .
Up to 66% more visitors at events so far “Spintelligent has had a phenomenal year thus far with events that keep growing in content and visitor numbers, we are launching four new events later this year and our move to modern and larger offices is a sign that we are ready for even greater things to come”, says David Ashdown, Managing Director of Spintelligent (Pty) Ltd, the leading Cape Town-based publisher, trade exhibition and conference organizer in the power, mining, agriculture, defence and education sectors. The first seven months of 2015 was a very busy period for Spintelligent with the successful return of six of its leading events. Changing the face of education Most recently the ninth edition of the SABC Education African EduWeek attracted 3309 visitors at the new venue at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg in July, a 15% increase on last year. The number of exhibitor stands was up 42%. The education portfolio director Nicole Muller says: “a definite highlight at African EduWeek was a presentation from educator and technologist Graham Brown-Martin, who introduced humanoid robot NAO during the E-tech Africa sessions.” During the same month, Land Forces Africa took place at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria and welcomed over 1000 attendees, a growth of 25% from the last time the show was held in SA in 2013. “The discussion of interoperability in African Union peacekeeping and disaster management operations was advanced at Land Forces Africa 2015” says event director Richard Stubbs, “we were honoured to welcome delegations from Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda at the event, and enjoyed the support of local defence industry partners”. Presidential attendance at Agritech In Zambia, the second Agritech Expo in Chisamba in April was attended by the Zambian President Edgar Lungu and the Vice-President Mrs Inonge Wina and drew more than 11 700 visitors, up from 8000 last year, with over 100 exhibitors and . . .
Agile is not the easy way out according to Agile Africa 2015 keynote speaker, Dr Rebecca Parsons, ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer. In her address at the third annual Agile Africa conference, taking place on 24 to 26 August 2015, Dr Parsons will explore three perspectives on Agile software development and demonstrate why the various Agile practices, while not the easy way out, are indeed the most effective in both the short and long term. Prof Barry Dwolatzky, Director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University and the host of Agile Africa says: “We are excited to learn more from Dr Parsons who has over 20 years of application development experience across several vertical industries. With our third conference being the most exciting, we are honoured to have Dr Parsons address Agile Africa 2015.” According to Dr Parsons, Agile is not the easiest way to develop software, but it is the easiest way to develop good software effectively. There are three aspects of Agility that make it hard: the rigour involved in the practice of Agile, the support for sustainability that is achieved through the practice of Agile, and the extent to which Agile forces us to deal with the world as it is and not how it might be. Dwolatzky says that Agile Africa 2015 will gain immense benefit from a speaker such as Dr Parsons: “Rebecca has been published in both language and artificial intelligence publications, served on numerous program committees, and done reviews for several journals. She has extensive experience leading in the creation of large-scale distributed object applications and the integration of disparate systems.” Agile Africa 2015 will take place at The Parktonian Hotel and will yet again be part of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, which runs from 24 August until 13 September 2015. For more information visit http://agileafrica.jcse.org.za or contact the JCSE on 011 717 6395. Author: Kirsty Thompson from . . .
You only have to read these names to know that email and Internet security are under threat: Edward Snowden, Ashley Madison and Sony. Thanks to advances in technology, many of the digital tools used to communicate are no longer secure and this can have far reaching consequences. Luke Fowler, CTO, DocQnet, a secure platform development company, says that while email remains a critical and viable business communications tool, it may no longer be the appropriate method to send anything classified or confidential: “The problem is that despite the very recent scandals, the issue of digital security is still not widely understood or acknowledged. It is thus understandable that the roles of secure digital collaboration and information delivery also remain unacknowledged.” Fowler quotes EY’s Global Information Security Survey 2013, which states that only 30% of respondents rate privacy as their first or second priority in terms of investment, putting privacy tenth in the hierarchy of required information security investments. When in the harsh reality of today’s threats, privacy needs to rank higher. This phenomenon has been fuelled by the rapid rate of technology development according to Fowler, most especially the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), which according to IDC will result in over 30 billion devices by 2020. “The more devices we have, the more we will want to communicate and digital tools such as email will always be one of them. It is therefore imperative that companies become more familiar with concepts such as a digital vault, which offers secure digital collaboration and information delivery. Especially as technology continues to evolve and ironically make communication easier,” says Fowler. In the EY Privacy Trends 2014 report privacy professionals; regulators and organisations are urged to work together to innovate new approaches that entrench privacy as a standard rather than an anomaly. “It says that the future will require a . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –02 August, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced plans to open two new Samsung Stores in Polokwane and Nelspruit to complement the 17 stores that are already operational across the country. The Mall of the North in Polokwane and the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit will be the latest additions to have premium outlets showcasing the full range of Samsung products including visual display, digital imaging, digital appliances and integrated mobility. “Ideal for the Samsung enthusiast and the discerning shopper alike, the new stores will ensure immersive and exciting experiences for consumers,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Our Samsung Stores are designed to inspire our users and provide them with easy access to our latest technology, cool innovations and exciting new releases.” The Samsung Mall of the North Store is set to open on July 17th and the Samsung Riverside Mall Store on July 24th. The Galaxy A-Series, the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the impressive range of Samsung SUHDTVs and the innovative Samsung activ dualwash washing machine will all be on display, allowing consumers first-hand interaction with the technology, with professional advice and support from the helpful Samsung floor salespeople. “Samsung Stores strengthen our commitment to engaging with our customers, helping them to get the most from their products and experiences and ensuring that they have access to an impressive array of solutions and services,” adds Potgieter. In addition to the new outlets, a number of stores will also be revamped in July to ensure that these meet the latest in design standards. The Samsung Stores at Masons in Benoni, Gateway Mall in Durban, Sandton City and Strubensvalley in Johannesburg will all be undergoing complete facelifts. “The Samsung Stores complement our extensive partner network and serve to grow the Samsung brand across the . . .