Many South African CIO’s today are stuck. This is the view of Nick Truran, CEO of AgileIT, a lean consultancy which assists corporate IT shops to transition from legacy and vendor commitments to highly effective partners able to deliver on the business strategy. “We call this mired state “CxO paralysis”,” Truran says, “and the causes are not easily unravelled especially given huge investments in technologies and vendor relationships that are not deriving intended value. Pressure to deliver on these and address growing demands from the business for IT to lead in innovation and growth, makes the role of the CIO an exceptionally challenging one,” he added. Of the 178 of South Africa's top public and private sector CIOs surveyed in the 2017/18 ITWeb CIO Survey, 56 % believe their roles are changing faster and more drastically than any other industry. The key drivers for this change are digital migration, competition and globalisation. Furthermore, 80% of these CIOs cited their inability to move fast enough among their chief concerns, followed by lack of available skills, inadequate budget and compliance pressures. Similar findings were listed in Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Report, with growth topping the list of business priorities reported by CIOs for 2018. South Africa is no different with 87% of local CIO’s giving more focus on driving business growth and less on cutting cost. “Using IT to drive business growth is not as simple as it sounds,” Truran says, “Technology is evolving at such a rate that only the most adept of organisations have managed to keep up. This is aggravated by the fact that most IT executives have only three to five year contracts. During these short contractual periods, they are employed to deliver on very specific needs that the organisation may have at that point in time. Chances are by the time the executive has managed to get to grips with the organisation and forged a plan to address the original requirement, its needs have . . .
https://youtu.be/YgqF0JIAc1U If you want to purchase Bitcoin as an investment and you want to join the BitClub Network Company, so that BitClub can mine Bitcoin and other Crypto Currency on your behalf to grow a stable and increasing investment for you, please join BitClub for free at http://bitclub.network/clydethorburn. Once you join, you will be set up with a free lead account and receive follow up emails detailing how you can create a Bitcoin investment account with The BitClub Network. For any answers to questions contact Clyde Thorburn at http://clyde-thorburn-seo-specialist-johannesburg.strikingly.com/#contact-clyde-thorburn. Author : Hugh Kimura 16 January 2018 How do You Store Cryptocurrencies? With fiat currency like US Dollars, you can store them at the bank or in your wallet. It's pretty straightforward. But with digital currencies, there are a few wrinkles that you need to get your head around, but the idea is similar. Let's take a look at how cryptocurrency storage works. You store your cryptocurrencies on the blockchain in a “wallet.” This is simply an address on the blockchain. It's like how the website address tradingheroes.com directs you to my website, on the internet. Each wallet has a public address and a private address. The public address is the address that people send funds to. The private address is the “password” that you use to access and send your funds. Never expose your private key until you are ready to spend your funds, otherwise you will probably lose all the money in your wallet. Here's an example from a Bitcoin paper wallet at https://bitcoinpaperwallet.com/. Now that you understand the basics of cryptocurrency wallets, let's look at the different wallet options out there. Here are the different ways that you can store your loot. Online wallet: This is probably the easiest way to store your money. But it is also the least secure. So it's not a good long term storage solution, but it is fine for buying things and funding . . .
Swiss mountain-biking star Ariane Luthi will be the firm favourite to capture the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek women's title when she teams up with South African ace Robyn de Groot for this weekend's mountain-bike race. The popular Eastern Cape boutique event, which starts and finishes at the Zuurberg Mountain Inn about 70km outside Port Elizabeth, gets under way on Friday and finishes on Sunday. Riders will cover a total distance of 209km over the three days, traversing a variety of trails, which include sections in the Addo Elephant National Park. A former Cape Epic champion (two women's titles and three mixed), Luthi, who has been competing in Europe since March, is back in South Africa for a short period and said she had jumped at the chance to partner five-time national marathon mountain bike champion De Groot at the event. "Although we have had lots of competition on the bike, we are very good friends and I'm delighted about this chance to ride with her," said the Stellenbosch-based Luthi. "It's something we have just never managed to get right before." Riding for Ascendis Health Spur, Luthi said she was looking forward to a race about which "I have heard only good things". With a wealth of experience in South African mountain bike races, including the popular Winelands Encounter, Luthi has had a taste of riding in the Eastern Cape previously. "I did experience the Addo area in my first year in South Africa in 2011 when I competed in the Herald Cycle Tour mountain-bike race," she said. "I do remember beautiful mountain-biking terrain and I am very excited to be part of this event." The Swiss ace recently competed in the European mountain-bike marathon championship in Italy, where she was happy to take third place in the face of strong opposition. She said she was feeling strong physically and was looking forward to a competitive outing. Among their chief rivals will be Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill, who linked up for the first . . .
With over 150 000 charity organizations in South Africa, it is clear to see why we are known as a warm-hearted nation. With so many non-profits doing their part to elevate their various causes, it is the perfect time to dig deeper and investigate our unique stance on philanthropy. A new survey, put together by Non-profit Tech For Good is hoping to provide insight into our budding non-profit sector through the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey. A report which will be the first of its kind. The survey, available in five languages; Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, aims to crowdsource the largest global survey of individual donors ever, partnering with 21 Non-profit organizations to better understand generosity in the charity space. Representing South Africa in the study, which is already in circulation, is donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, a strong contender in social giving. The organization has raised an astounding R65 Million for charities and individuals alike. “The goal of the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey is to gain a better understanding of how donors worldwide engage with causes and charities that resonate with them. Partnering with BackaBuddy we hope to gauge an understanding of the ‘spirit of Ubuntu’ in the emerging market that is South Africa” – says Non-profit Technology Trainer, Heather Mansfield. We would like to encourage South Africans to join the conversation and lend their voice to the report. The results will allow our charities an opportunity to learn from each other and align themselves with latest the market trends to better serve our community. The survey is 100% anonymous and only takes 5 minutes to complete. Click here: https://givingreport.ngo CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://youtu.be/YgqF0JIAc1U If you want to purchase Bitcoin as an investment and you want to join the BitClub Network Company, so that BitClub can mine Bitcoin and other Crypto Currency on your behalf to grow a stable and increasing investment for you, please join BitClub for free at http://bitclub.network/clydethorburn. Once you join, you will be set up with a free lead account and receive follow up emails detailing how you can create a Bitcoin investment account with The BitClub Network. For any answers to questions contact Clyde Thorburn at http://clyde-thorburn-seo-specialist-johannesburg.strikingly.com/#contact-clyde-thorburn. Author : Hugh Kimura 16 January 2018 Worldwide Financial Transactions. Bitcoin at https://bitcoin.org/en/. Litecoin at https://litecoin.org/. Tether at https://tether.to/. Ripple at https://ripple.com/. Stellar Lumens at https://www.stellar.org/. Application Platforms. Ethereum at https://www.ethereum.org/. Storj at https://storj.io/. Siacoin at http://sia.tech/. MaidSafe at https://maidsafe.net/. Private Financial Transactions. Monero at https://getmonero.org/home. Dash at https://www.dash.org/. Zcash at https://z.cash/. Specialty Currencies. GameCredits at https://gamecredits.com/. ReddCoin at https://www.reddcoin.com/. Take a look at these different use cases and figure out which ones make the most sense to you. Then understand how each software implementation works and think about what will probably do well in the future. To see our extensive list of cryptocurrency sectors, read this post at https://www.tradingheroes.com/cryptocurrency-sectors-cheatsheet/. How do You Buy Cryptocurrencies? First have to go to an exchange or service that will allow you to purchase cryptocurrencies. Some of the bigger exchanges are: Coinbase at https://www.tradingheroes.com/coinbase. Poloniex at https://poloniex.com/. CEX at https://www.tradingheroes.com/cexio. Bittrex at https://bittrex.com/. Bitfinex at https://www.bitfinex.com/. Binance . . .
IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott Ambler + Associates to enable local businesses to go beyond Agile for disciplined agile solution delivery that . . .
Cyclists participating in the Kremetart road cycle race will be able to win in more ways than one when the event takes place in Louis Trichardt, Limpopo on June 9. A ride that covers 175km for the elite men and a 140km distance for the elite women is sure to attract some of the country's top cyclists. Already the women's race is set to be well-contested, with Cape Town Cycle Tour winner Kim le Court, South African road champion Carla Oberholzer and Lynette Burger of the Demacon Ladies team competing. With HEAD Bikes SA as its equipment sponsor, the team has been in dominant form this year, winning multiple events on the South African calendar. Besides the prize giving after the race, one lucky cyclist is also in line to take home a highly prized Westfalia bike rack - valued at just under R6 000 - at the closing ceremony. The prize has been donated by South African company Positive Sports Solutions, who have negotiated a number of deals to make top-rated cycling equipment from Europe available to local consumers. Apart from the Westfalia bike racks, cyclists in South Africa are able to purchase HEAD bicycles through the company, while the Italian-produced Gipiemme wheels will be available in the second half of the year. Positive Sports Solutions salesman Jaco Smit said there had been a spike in the cycling fraternity's interest in the Westfalia rack option. "There's huge interest in a good-quality bike rack at an affordable price and that is exactly what we can offer," said Smit. "It's a German product and if you compare it to any other brands you will notice that it gives you excellent value, and it comes with a five-year warranty." Smit said the giveaway, valued at R5 999, would take the form of a lucky draw, with all competitors having a chance to put their numbers in a box after the race. "We will be present at the event and will do the draw, along with emcee Johnny Koen, at the potjiekos and prize-giving." He added that . . .
International Retail Solutions Company Expands Retail Marketing Service Capability by Investing in South African Below-the-Line Agency Elevator Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 May 2018 - International retail solutions company Smollan, recently announced the acquisition of a majority stake in leading South African below-the-line agency, Elevator. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Smollan’s retail marketing service capabilities, as they are now able to tap into Elevator’s experiential, activation, digital and employee engagement expertise. Elevator was formed off the back of a merger between established BTL agencies Stretch and Point Blank in January 2017. The merged entity has enjoyed significant growth over the past year and now boasts a 50+ staff headcount with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban; with a blue-chip client list that includes Cell C, Lipton Ice Tea, Chevron, Pernod Ricard and Standard Bank. “Smollan have an incredible reputation, both from a business and values perspective. While we’ve had a number of interested parties over the years, with Smollan it became clear that there were commercial synergies and an unmistakable cultural alignment that will lay the foundation for an unparalleled offering of impactful data driven experiences,” said Mike Silver, CEO, Elevator. “While we’ve just completed our first merged year as Elevator, we are very excited about the next chapter and being part of the Smollan Group, both in South Africa and internationally.” “We are extremely proud of this acquisition,” said Michael Smollan, Growth & Innovation Officer, Smollan. “Elevator, together with the other Smollan assets start to form the basis of a very powerful offering which will further enhance our capability in this area of our strategy. We have felt a great connection with the team and the business through the process and look very forward to what the two businesses can unlock together.” About . . .
The idea of writing exams rarely brings about emotions of excitement and happy anticipation! In fact, feelings of anxiety, panic and outright fear are what most parents and learners experience when exam time comes knocking at their door! Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says “Generation after generation, people have passed on the baton of fear, anxiety and dread when it comes to exams. The stories are familiar to us all: • You can fail! • You may ‘go blank’! • There is just too much work to remember. • You are writing exams for the first time-good luck with THAT! The list is frightening and seemingly endless and yet, it does not need to be this at all. Cindy gives these simple tips to consider that will help ensure that the upcoming exams are a healthy and more positive experience for your children. 1. As parents, YOU are your child’s first teacher. You set the tone in your home. Be mindful of not allowing your past fears of exams to influence how you encourage your child now. Embrace exams as an opportunity to learn and grow. Create an atmosphere of excited anticipation, especially if your child will be writing exams for the first time. 2. Get organised! Have a designated area for your child to study. The study area is a no-go zone for cellphones or any other distractions. Before a study session, decide what needs to be covered and how much time is needed. Make sure that all stationery, learning materials and an exam pad are available before the study session begins. 3. Break the exam requirements into bite-size manageable pieces. Tick off completed sections as you go. Celebrate all positive progress. 4. Encourage children to put pencil-to-paper when studying. Learners are seven times more likely to remember new information when they write while studying. 5. Set realistic, achievable goals. Write down goals and put them up on the wall at study area. 6. Cover all the ‘easy-mark’ concepts and skills first. Tackle the . . .
https://youtu.be/YgqF0JIAc1U If you want to purchase Bitcoin as an investment and you want to join the BitClub Network Company, so that BitClub can mine Bitcoin and other Crypto Currency on your behalf to grow a stable and increasing investment for you, please join BitClub for free at http://bitclub.network/clydethorburn. Once you join, you will be set up with a free lead account and receive follow up emails detailing how you can create a Bitcoin investment account with The BitClub Network. For any answers to questions contact Clyde Thorburn at http://clyde-thorburn-seo-specialist-johannesburg.strikingly.com/#contact-clyde-thorburn. Author : Hugh Kimura 16 January 2018 What is a Blockchain? Simply put, a blockchain is a database. However, there is one huge difference between how you probably currently think of a database and how a blockchain database works. In most cases, a traditional database sits on one computer or in one location. Even if a company has redundant servers around the world, the data might only be backed up between 3 to 5 locations. On top of that, these companies collectively spend billions of dollars a year on cyber security, to protect this data. With a blockchain database, the data can be backed up on potentially thousands of computers all over the world, for a much, much lower cost. The information in these databases is heavily encrypted and sometimes files are broken up into pieces, so even if one piece is exposed, it will not expose the entire file. If the information on one server does become compromised by hackers, the other copies of the databases have to “agree” that the compromised data was a legitimate change to the data. If the other copies do not agree, then the change is rejected and it is changed back to match the others. Obviously, this is an oversimplified explanation of the technology, but I hope that you are starting to see the benefits. Instead of just one point of failure, like on a single server, you now have . . .