Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) specialists, DATASCOPE, recently realigned their corporate image and identify to build synergy with business partners SYSPRO ERP. The aim of the realignment was to build an integrated relationship between these two complimentary software solutions. In a collaborative effort between the DATASCOPE directors, SYSPRO and the appointed agency Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency, a logo was created to symbolize synergy as well as the optimisation of the businesses’ entire supply chain. “We are taking a collaborative approach to working with clients and business partners to ensure that they reap the maximum benefits of our products and we wanted to make this tangible through our new corporate identity,” said Anton Jurgens, DATASCOPE Director. DATASCOPE will also be launching new offices in Midrand in February this year due to the demand within the area. The DATASCOPE WMS can give clients bar-coded Inventory Control, Accuracy and Optimisation through their entire supply chain. “Our aim is to help clients streamline their business’ supply chain which essentially leads to improving their bottom line. We have realised over the years that through collaboration we are able to offer our clients more benefits, we are also able to manage our own competitive edge as well as that of our partners,” added Ben Jurgens, DATASCOPE Director. END Editors Note: The DATASCOPE WMS is a plug and play software solution integrating seamlessly via the e.net API business objects into SYSPRO. DATASCOPE WMS is one hundred percent real time using mobile scanners, Vocollect voice directed talkman and headset devices and PC front ends. Its functionality covers purchase order receipting, landed cost tracking, EDI, job picking and receipting, sales order stock reservation and picking (including Voice picking), lot traceability, checkout audits, stock taking, cycle counting, customer returns, container management, asset management, quality module, pickface . . .
The integration of QR Code technology with memorials provides an interactive visit to the cemetery. Johannesburg, Gauteng, 22 Nov 2012 – West Rand startup company, EverMe Technologies, today announced that they have launched the latest worldwide memorialisation trend in South Africa. The integration of QR Code technology with places of remembrance, gives a long overdue face lift to memorials, which has not changed much since inception. A discreet plaque, which contains a QR Code, is placed on any memorial (from tombstones to garden benches). When the QR Tag is scanned, with a smartphone, tablet or similar internet capable device, an online digital tribute is displayed of a life story preserved virtually. Information contained in the tribute may include an obituary, biography, photo gallery, videos and even GPS coordinates with maps to the grave location; as well as a comment section for family and friends to share their thoughts and memories. “Our lives are more than a dash between two dates.” says Admari Wilson, Managing Director and spokesperson of EverMe. For her, it has also been a personal journey through several months of research and development, to ensure the life story of her late brother, Paul Barnard (who passed away in October 1999 at the age of 29), both lives on and is accessible to anybody who visits his grave. Her family was also ecstatic about the possibilities of the concept. They all welcomed one of the first installations of this technology on Paul’s gravestone in Pretoria North. Installation will happen within the next week during a small, close family gathering. Admari admits that: “This new concept might not appeal to everyone”, but goes on to say: “We have implemented privacy measures, which includes optional passcode protection, so only persons to which the passcode is known can gain access to a protected tribute”. Those who are not concerned about sharing the story of their loved one with the world, may leave their tributes open . . .
Did you build a website for your business and now find yourself asking, Now What? Do you own a website that may help you market your business? Do you have time for the continual online marketing that is needed to keep your product range in front of new clients? Have you ever searched for a manufacturers product online only to be flooded with Chinese and foreign results? Online Catalogue addresses this issue by putting South African products back in the search and back in front of potential customer’s eyes. Branding all products under one roof our aim is to become the #1 site for manufacturing, raw materials, B2B supplies and consumer products. If you stock it we want it! Online Catalogue is a leading B2B and B2C catalogue marketplace that connects buyers with suppliers all over South Africa. With the digital age entering its full swing in South Africa, Online Catalogue has developed a website that will help make use of online marketing to its full capacity. We provide the marketing support to the website allowing you to gain more exposure. In today’s world, Search Engine Optimisation, (SEO) is critical to the success of any business that wants to market their business online. SEO is a critical part of marketing their presence on the internet. Not coming up on a search engine first page will leave you short changed. The main aim of SEO is to get the website higher in the rankings of keywords that are relevant to your business. There are techniques there will we offer to improve the success of this operation. Without a full online presence, you will struggle to maximise the full power of the internet and will be unlikely for you to attract the correct customers to your business. Online Catalogue is a South African website to help business market their products to other businesses or consumers. The online shopping framework helps businesses trade with customers by allowing the customer to contact them directly by either emailing direct or phoning them up. Our . . .
"It is so good to be able to report some very positive and exciting news for members of the ECA(SA)" said National ECA (SA) Director Chris Greager. On 16 October 2012 a formal function was held at the offices of the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) at which the ECA(SA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CETA, and entered into a contract in which it will finance three of four Special Projects we submitted to it to the value of R4 050 500. These are: To pay the training and trade testing costs of 100 apprentices to undertake Modules 0 – 3 and 4 – 6 at CETA accredited or recognised training centres - R3 330 500; To pay the training costs of 25 Electrical Construction Operator 2 ( Elconop 2) and 25 Electrical Construction Operator 3 (Elconop 3) learners to attend CETA accredited or recognised training centres to undertake the necessary modular training to enable them to qualify and be promoted to the higher level - R600 000; and To purchase and take ownership of the Electrician (Construction) Training Manuals developed by experts on behalf of the ECA(SA) so that the standard and quality of training provided to apprentices will become standardised throughout the country - R120 000. This contract was the culmination of a press conference held in March this year at which the ECA(SA) was very critical about the non-performance of both the Construction SETA and the Energy & Water SETA under which we previously fell. There was wide publicity about this "scandal", and our Attorneys also communicated with the Minister of Higher Education and Training threatening legal action if nothing was done to address the lack of training taking place in the Industry. The criticism was taken very seriously by the CETA and led to numerous meetings taking place to address the problems we had raised. These included outstanding trade test certificates for apprentices who had successfully passed their final trade tests; apprenticeship . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 October 2012: 1toGo Mobile (http://www.1togo.net), a provider of mobile Cloud based IP PBX and unified communications services, has announced the launch of new mobile Cloud unified communications services powered by the CommuniGate Systems (http://www.communigate.com) Unified Communications Hosting Platform and its open-source cPanel adaptor. 1toGo Mobile's new mobile Cloud unified communications services offer users features like personal and shared mailboxes, calendars, contacts and tasks; business grade instant messaging; secure file storage; push email, calendaring and contacts to devices that support ActiveSync and inbox consolidation. The services include mobile unified communications clients for Android and iOS devices as well as Web and desktop unified communications clients for PCs and Macs. 1toGo Mobile's new mobile Cloud unified communications services will be offered from a virtual private server (VPS) environment. Built for the VPS provider cPanel environment, the CommuniGate Systems Unified Communications Hosting Platform and its open-source cPanel adaptor provide remarkable performance and reliability without the hardware overheads of other solutions. 1toGo Mobile already uses CommuniGate Systems' CommuniGate Pro unified communications technology to power its existing mobile Cloud IP PBX and unified communications service which apart from a powerful IP PBX offers additional features such as presentation sharing / Web conferencing; high definition (HD) VoIP calling / conferencing and video calling. "CommuniGate Systems' powerful carrier grade compact, multi-tenant integrated platform offers us unbeatable scalability and reliability as well as a low total cost of ownership", explains Nigel Sinclair Thomson, CEO of 1toGo Mobile. "This in turn enables us to provide our users with aggressively priced affordable and reliable mobile Cloud IP PBX and unified communications services. As an example, we are able to . . .
Experts in many and varied disciplines gather to explore climate change at the Hot Water Symposium, hosted by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) in association with the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) on 28 and 29 September 2012. Keynote speaker Professor Mark New is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town. Professor New acts on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor's office to provide enhanced academic leadership around the strategic goal of addressing the climate and development challenges of Africa from an African perspective, and he takes the lead in facilitating and substantially extending climate research at UCT, as well as continuing his own research. He holds a joint appointment as Professor of Climate Science at the School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxfo rd. Completing his Honours studies at UCT, New went on to receive an MPhil in Environment and Development, and a PhD in Geography (Climate Change and Hydrology) from Cambridge University. Over the last 12 years, he was involved in two outstanding Masters programmes at Oxford University's School of Geography and Environment: as a lecturer on the MSc in Environmental Change and Management, which has a strong climate change science and policy focus; and as Academic Director of the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management. New has a wide range of experience and professional training in communicating with stakeholders who range from lay public, through to media organisations, NGOs, industry and government agency professionals and government departments, and his international reputation and track record has attracted sign ificant external funding for large research programmes. His research and consulting expertise in climate change, especially with respect to development in Africa, spans key interlinked areas of climate science: climate monitoring, climate modeling, impacts . . .
A great deal has been said about cloud computing – although companies still have a limited understanding of what it is and how it impacts their business. Simply put, the cloud is a set of services and technologies that enable the delivery of computing services over the Internet in real-time, allowing end-users instant access to data and applications from any device with Internet access. “It is generally accepted that there are three different types of cloud: public, hybrid and private. This has several implications, particularly when it comes to implementing PBX systems in your organisation where the need for security and cost effectiveness is crucial,” says Rob Lith, Director of Connection Telecom. As you move towards a cloud-based PBX system, a question you will need to consider is which option would work best for you: Public Cloud Public cloud applications exist in off-site data centres owned by a service provider. In our experience, a large number of smaller customers, representing a comparatively small number of extensions, favour public solutions. The benefits to your business are that it is easy and economical to set-up; it is flexible and scalable and you only pay for what you use. The main pitfall being that you are completely reliant on your service provider. Private Cloud Private cloud solutions remain in customer-owned data centres, hosted by the customer or the service provider, on- or off-site. Large companies prefer private cloud because it allows them to leverage their considerable investments in high-end network and data resources and equipment, thus retaining control over the running and support of their deployments. The private cloud option takes costly and time-consuming installations, but it provides a sense of security and control. Hybrid Cloud Hybrid implementations reside in customer-owned data centres, and calls are carried out over a virtual private network via a public switch. Hybrid installations are used by a small but . . .
“Cloud-based communications has clear benefits, but whether those benefits will accrue to your organisation depends on a number of factors,” says Rob Lith, Director of Connection Telecom. “If your enterprise answers to any of the questions in the checklist below, you may be in the market for a hosted PBX.” Are you likely to expand? Entities with significant potential for branch-like expansion – such as a medium-to-large-footprint bank, a retail chain or a service station franchise – can derive the most value from cloud telephony. Every time a new branch of franchisee comes on-line, the expense of an on-site PBX has real potential to sink the business case. With cloud, the franchisor or corporate head office can offer hosted telephony into the bargain, significantly lowering the entry barrier for local businesses. In addition, this model of telephony is much easier to roll out and manage for uptime, and the “on-net” savings possible with cloud further lift the business case.* Are your employees mobile? Is a significant portion of your workforce mobile, either by virtue of being constantly on the road or remotely stationed? A cloud communications configuration can provide satellite working units with full enterprise collaboration and unified communications at low cost. Even user administration tasks can easily be done via Web portal, from any operating platform (device). Do you need flexible communications capacity? Cloud computing operates on a “virtualised” design principle, where physical separations between resources like disk drives or servers are irrelevant – all the computing power represented by these resources are pooled together in an amorphous “cloud” of divisible capacity. In such a scenario, you’re not bound by the limitations or excess capacity of discrete servers; you can simply procure just enough virtual capacity for your use in any given month (or shorter time increments). This makes sense for campaign call centres or varying seasonal . . .
Sub Saharan distributor of Progress Software, AIGS, has announced that they will be launching the Corticon Business Rules Management System in October 2012. Corticon enables organisations to make better, faster decisions by automating business rules and is used by over 450 customers to automate their most complex decisions processes – reducing development and change cycles by 90%. “Corticon empowers organisations to improve productivity and customer service through its agility, allowing businesses in volatile markets to adapt quickly to changing market conditions,” says Premie Naicker, Chief Operating Officer of AIGS. “What makes the product particularly powerful though is that it empowers businesses to manage the rules themselves – even complex algorithms – which eliminates the typical IT bottleneck. It’s particularly well-suited to industries that have a vast number of processes and products.” The event will include the presentation of both local and international case studies, an interactive live demonstration and an examination of both complex and simple rules. The event will start at 08.30 on the 18th October. Those wishing to attend can register on www.aigs.co.za or contact email@example.com for further information. More Info: http://www.aigs.co.za Author: Estelle Nagel from DUO Marketing. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: . . .
One of South Africa’s quietest tech success stories is a seven-person business that’s gone from startup to profitability in just four years – without ever marketing itself or taking a cent of outside financing. In the process, mobile social network 2go has come to dominate the Nigerian market, where it has over nine million active users – several million more than Facebook. The secret, says director Peter Lockhart, has been balancing a tight focus on what 2go’s users really want – a cheap, easy way to chat and socialise using their mobile phones – with the deep technical expertise needed to deliver that experience across thousands of different devices. “Building mobile technology for an African market is tough,” says Lockhart. “Data and SMS are expensive, and our users are price sensitive and savvy. That means we have to deliver an application that uses the absolute minimum of system resources and bandwidth. Our response has been to develop proprietary communications protocols and compression algorithms that minimise the app’s data usage.” The 2go team has also cracked the technical challenge of producing an app that works equally well on all of the myriad feature phones that still dominate the African market. “It’s much, much harder to develop for feature phones than for smartphones,” says Lockhart, “partly because there is such a variety of platforms and operating systems. You need deep technical knowledge. This technical knowledge also extends to our ability to scale the back-end in a very resource efficient manner.” The fact that 2go works well on many handsets has been critical to the viral spread of the app, says Lockhart, adding “feature phones aren’t going away any time soon. Projections from Informa indicate that non-smart phones will still comprise 85% of the African handset market in 2015.” 2go has resisted the tempation to bloat its app with added features, adds Lockhart. “Our users log in and out quickly, several times a day – they want . . .