CURA Software Wins Da Vinci TT100 Award for Excellence in Management of Innovation CURA Software Solutions was honoured with the Da Vinci Award for Excellence in Management of Innovation in the Small Business Category at the 2018 Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovations Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 14 November 2018. The Management of Innovation Award acknowledges how well an organisation capitalises on the ideation process to develop an innovative product, service, process or system and, in turn, how well the business commercialises and implements such innovations. This award is centred around the development, implementation and monitoring of innovative technology strategy within an organisation. Companies are evaluated their ability to maintain a competitive advantage through their incorporation of emerging, pacing, key and base technologies. Key focus is on their improvement of quality and productivity, higher flexibility, cost leadership and new market exploitation. CURA also secured a spot as small enterprise finalists in the Management of Technology, Management of Systems and Overall Excellence categories. Alex Roberts, CURA Software’s Regional Director of Sales and Operations, says, “We are extremely proud that CURA has been recognised for being on the cutting edge of managing Innovation, Technology and Systems. The Small Business Category is extremely competitive, and we were compared to a wide variety of other companies from industries such as mining, water management and ICT companies. CURA has won a TT100 Award for two years consecutively, and the fact that we are expanding the number of areas in which we are placing as finalists really does show that we are moving onward and upwards.” About the Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovations Awards The Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovation Awards Programme is South Africa’s foremost business Awards programme. TT100 has been recognising innovation and technological prowess in South African companies for . . .
The IMM Graduate School has been providing distance learning to students for the past 60 years. Evolving with the ever-changing needs of students, the school has fully embraced ‘Anywhere, anytime learning’ and says this basic necessity is no longer seen as a ‘nice to have’. Anisa Fielding, Professional Programmes Manager, IMM Graduate School, says: “We met with New Leaf Technologies to discuss their content generation services and made the additional decision to invest in their e-learning platform, aNewspring. When comparing it with other solutions, we found aNewspring to be cost-effective, user-friendly and scalable. We have also implemented integration into our website and CRM systems, which has helped to streamline our student engagement process.” Fielding says that the School’s journey with New Leaf Technologies has been exceptional. Receiving the highest level of support, knowledge and service delivery, aNewspring’s approach to content development is forward-thinking and adheres to international best practices: “We currently have 17 online short courses on the platform and the student feedback has been phenomenal. For each course, we assign an online head tutor who has strict KPIs to ensure each and every student query is dealt with within a 24-hour time frame.” Charmaine du Plessis, CMO, IMM Graduate School adds: “The IMM Graduate School wants to better align with strategic partners to enable us to extend our online course offerings beyond the marketing and supply chain realm. We have thus entered into a partnership with ISO training experts, WWise, and are also offering their Quality Management training programmes on our e-learning platform.” She says that the School is looking to enter into more partnerships with companies like WWise, to be able to provide a more comprehensive selection of online training available. Paul Hanly, Co-Founder of New Leaf Technologies, the distributor of aNewSpring, says: “We are delighted with the outcomes achieved . . .
Independent Tier 1 telco, ICTGlobe, has provided a welcome boost to dozens of ICT sector SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) with the recent launch of its reseller portal. Dubbed ‘The Ninja’, the new platform radically boosts the ease of doing business in an important ICT market segment. The ICTGlobe reseller base provides Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Cloud and other key telecoms services to a significant number of South African businesses. “Helping our resellers to lower their cost base through the use of an efficient, single-view online portal has a positive knock-on effect. The ultimate winner is the hard-pressed South African consumer,” says says Riaan van Stryp, ICTGlobe General Manager. ICTGlobe’s new platform is as stealthy and light on its feet as its namesake. ‘The Ninja’ is easy to operate and enables resellers to get on with the business of winning, pleasing and retaining both SME and corporate clients. The powerful yet intuitive portal can provision new client voice and data services in minutes compared to the hours previously required for manual set-up by resellers. Impressive functionality underpins ‘The Ninja’. Resellers can manage their customers, cloud services, voice services, licensing and hardware orders online and in a flash. “Previously, resellers had to log onto several different portals to achieve what can now be done using a single interface. The result was that resellers relied heavily on the ICTGlobe help-desk for manual, human intervention when automation should be the overriding goal in our technology-based sector,” comments Mr Van Stryp. “By giving our resellers full access to ICTGlobe’s entire voice and Cloud infrastructure through ‘The Ninja’, we’ve now achieved a level of automation that means resellers can direct the lion’s share of their energy towards building and maintaining their revenue-generating customer bases,” Mr Van Stryp says. New customers or services can be operational in minutes . . .
The winner of the inaugural South Africa Wine Industry Innovation Challenge is Jan Thomas and team from Ask-Jean, with a winning concept of an app which innovatively predicts your wine preferences. He was chosen by a panel of judges from 7 outstanding pitches presented at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab on Friday, 2 November. The second place went to Torsten Babl from Ackerview, with an idea that uses data to save time and money for farmers. There was also a student award that went to Martha Mukama Asiimwe from Vino Tea, with an innovative tea using grape agri-processing waste which produces quality tea. Winetech, together with the LaunchLab and the Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, went on an entrepreneurial drive to invite business pitches for their first Wine Industry Innovation Challenge in South Africa. This was a major opportunity for South African entrepreneurs and students with excellent business/product/tech ideas that could transform their concepts into a start-up businesses which will support the Wine and related industries in South Africa. The judging panel consisted of wine industry representatives as well as business leaders and technology experts who are familiar with the entrepreneurship journey, namely: Adriaan Oelofse (Winetech) Lucinda Heyns (Winetech) Audrey Verhaege (SA Innovation Summit) Marius Lambrechts (Head of Innovation at Distell) Joubert de Wet, (Technology Transfer Manager Innovus) MJ Freeborough (Faculty Manager of Agrisciences) Albert Strever (Stellenbosch University, Winetech) Aidan Morton (Viticulturist at Tokara) Selected winners will now continue into LaunchLab programmes according to the needs of the startup, and LaunchLab will ensure that the continuous growth, acceleration and valuable connections are made for these startups. “The wine industry is ripe for disruption. A report released earlier in 2018 noted that only 14% of wine brands in South Africa make enough . . .
Homemation: Home Automation Experience Centre October 2018, Kramerville Johannesburg, Homemation, the AV, home automation and theatre specialists, recently revealed their state-of-the-art Experience Centre. Guests were welcomed into the awe-inspiring, spacious Scandi-style showroom, offered drinks and enjoyed snacks from the live sushi chef. They were able to walk through the ‘home of the future’ viewing invisible speakers, drop down screens, automated blinds and even a robot vacuum cleaner. The spaces were alive with the sound of people talking excitedly about high-tech offerings and tempting DJ’ing coming from outside. The ‘home’ is completely automated, which means that using voice, or the touch of a button, lights are turned off, on or dimmed, the blinds can be adjusted, stove switched on, fireplace lit and music of choice streamed through a variety of speakers – even ones that are completely hidden in the ceiling. Walking into the lounge, the invisible Stewart Filmscreen screen and JVC projector emerge from the ceiling for an even more immersive experience. The bedroom features an LED strip light behind the bed that is motion activated when you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The room that fascinated most, was the THX “CANNES” cinema room where guests could experience a thrilling car chase that had the hairs on the back of their necks stand upright! After the tours, the house warming bourgeoned into a real party… live sushi, premium gin and whisky bars and the ultimate DJ’s Small Paul, Roger Goode and international acclaimed Timo ODV! Founders and Joint CEOs, Nicholas Gliksman and Daniel Mclean, welcomed everyone and their pride of seeing their dream become a reality was evident as they shared the vision behind the first Home Automation Experience Centre in the country. It is a world-class experience, comparable to the US and UK markets. The scale is exciting – a mini-house fitted out with tech, home automation, . . .
LeoSat at AfricaCom 2018 - New low earth orbit satellite constellation providing the first backbone in space specifically designed for global business AfricaCom - Stand A114, Hall 4 LeoSat Highlights: • Unique global data network using inter-satellite links to provide an MPLS network in space • Optical backbone in space 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber • Extremely-low latency and ultra-secure network • Combining the speed of fiber with the reach of satellite Cape Town, 13th November 2018–LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites that will provide the fastest, most secure and widest coverage data network in the world, is participating for the first time at #AfricaCom2018 in Cape Town. Ronald van der Breggen, CCO of LeoSat will be outlining LeoSat’s game-changing system – a key enabler of the digital economy - offering many advantages for data communications. Global networks are already carrying more than 1 Zeta Byte of traffic globally and this is forecast to grow exponentially. This increasing demand to move large quantities of data quickly and securely around the world is fast outpacing the infrastructure needed to carry it. LeoSat’s unique new network has been designed to solve essential communications and connectivity issues and provide new opportunities for business sectors such as telecommunications, multi-national enterprise, oil & gas, maritime and government services. The key attributes of LeoSat can be used for a number of applications, for example, to give banks secured networks with their foreign offices, provide enormous uploading bandwidth for oil & gas and mining exploration, provide the only native 4G and 5G satellite backhaul to the cellular industry and allow Internet access to passengers on cruise ships. LeoSat will not only provide a competitive advantage in existing satellite services markets, it will help to expand these markets by enabling new . . .
Two SA students selected from hundreds of entries to deliver their TED talks, “How can we stop racism in private schools" and "How criticism affects people’s confidence" Johannesburg, South Africa – 9 November 2018 – Think Ahead is ecstatic to announce that Boipelo Moagi (Roedean School) and Ayanda Bokaba (Carlswald House) from Think Ahead’s TED-ED Club have been invited to New York to deliver their talks, “How can we stop racism in private schools” and “How criticism affects people’s confidence” at the upcoming TED-Ed Weekend event 17 – 18 November. The TED-ED weekend is an annual gathering of students from around the world, who participate in TED-Ed Clubs, designed to amplify the voices of the next generation of TED. The TED-Ed team in New York has spent months reviewing hundreds of talks uploaded by Clubs like Think Ahead's and have chosen a select group of passionate student speakers to present their TED-Ed Club talks live on the TED stage – including these two students from South Africa. The Think Ahead TED-Ed Club ran a thirteen-week public speaking curriculum prepared by TED to help participants from schools across Gauteng discover and develop their ideas to deliver their own TED-style talk. During the event at TED’s New York headquarters, participants will share inspiring performances, participate in hands-on workshops and attend sessions of TED Talks. They will also deliver their talks in a newly created theatre housed at TED’s New York headquarters. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “Think Ahead believes strongly in giving young SA a voice. We ensure all our programmes instil key 21st century skills in the students that participate. That is why we were so excited to offer our partner schools the TED-Ed programme. We are so proud of Boipelo and Ayanda – and can’t wait to hear their voices from the NY TED stage.” About Think Ahead Think Ahead works in partnership with schools to support them in their 21st century . . .
AfricaCom 2018 - Press Briefing Notification. One week to go to the world’s largest Africa-focused TMT event London, 8 November 2018 – There is now less than one week to go before the 21st AfricaCom. This event, as always, is expected to cast the net wide in terms of how technology, media and telecommunications is shaping the future of the African continent. Aside from the hundreds of exhibitors, speakers and thousands of delegates that will congregate next week with loads of newsworthy insights to fill column inches, there will be some key press briefings for press. Media are requested to please diarise the following: Tuesday 13th November 2018: Liquid Telecom 11H30 – 12H30 Room 1.3 which is at the top of the escalator by the main entrance to CTICC. Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom’s Group CEO, will be giving an update on the company’s progress across Africa - and plans for the future. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm attendance. MTN 14H00 – 15H00 Grand Ballroom Press conference to announce the biggest strategic technology partnership on the African continent. Orange 14H00 – 15H00 Connectivity Hall – Stands D1A-D1B-D2A Meet Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East & Africa as he presents the company's strategy for Africa. Wednesday 14th November 2018 Huawei Technologies South Africa (Proprietary) Limited 09H30 and 11H30 Huawei to launch its Public Cloud service in South Africa in partnership with its local South African partners. Attending: • Minister of Telecommunications and Postal services • Mr. Li Peng, President of Huawei Southern Africa • Mr. Deng Tao, Vice President of Huawei Cloud BU • Accenture, IDC, MTN, VDC, SITA, EMM, Standard Bank, ABSA, SAPS, PRASA, Transnet, ESKOM In other news: Media should note that the Media Lounge will be located in the Technology Arena this year. We look forward to welcoming you all there. To attend any of the above mentioned press conferences or gatherings, please . . .
2G/3G/4G/5G Open RAN solution helping to bridge the digital divide for the estimated 800 million still unconnected in Africa Deploying network facilities across Africa, can be a costly and lengthy exercise. However, with its world’s first ALL G software-enabled Open network solution, Parallel Wireless, Inc. is helping global mobile network operators (MNOs) ‘connect the unconnected’ by making ALL G network deployments as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. As a result, it has been welcomed across the African continent with several deployments and pending trials in 12 countries (to date), which are assisting in Africa’s rapidly advancing connectivity. “Africa is the most digitally divided continent with only 44% unique mobile users,” said Lux Maharaj, Director of Sales for Parallel Wireless, Southern Africa. “To bridge the digital divide, people need access to technology, but it is a commercial dilemma for the regional MNOs given the deployment cost. Traditional 2G, 3G or 4G networks require expensive and bulky equipment for their deployment and operation. These hardware-based networks are difficult and pricey to upgrade.” Parallel Wireless enables a shift to open, software-based, and virtualized network architectures to overcome these deployment challenges, while also delivering network agility and much lower deployment cost. The solution is attractive to African MNOs because of easy upgradability to any G, allowing operators to keep building 2G networks in areas untouched by telecom networks, while at the same time continuing to allocate resources and time to expand their 3G or 4G networks with the same investment. Since its introduction to the African market in 2017, the Parallel Wireless solution has undergone trials and deployments with multiple African operators in 8 countries (Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Somalia, Sudan, Senegal), and has forthcoming trials and deployments in Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Kenya, Angola, Guinea Conakry, . . .
Fintech company, e4, recently handed over a newly renovated and equipped computer centre to benefit 667 pupils at Lelalani Primary in KwaZulu Natal. Working directly with the Robin Hood Foundation, e4 were made aware of the plight of the primary school and its need for a computer centre. The area where the centre was created, received a full makeover as well as several brand-new computers and workstations. Adri Führi, Group Chief Financial Officer, e4, says that the company is passionate about education and upskilling not only employees, but also its broader community: “Education and improving skills form a significant part of e4’s ethos. To work with the Foundation and the Lelalani Primary School has enabled our Durban-based team to become personally involved within a community that greatly needs assistance with basic computer knowledge.” Führi says that the e4 team will assist with training the teachers, after which computer lessons will start at the school for the learners: “The handover and training is part of an initial phase at the school. We will look at other ways in which e4 can support the school and continue to make a meaningful contribution.” e4 is passionate about empowering students and educators through technology and has other projects, similar to Lelalani, underway: “As a team, e4 has identified several initiatives that focus on education through the use of technology. In addition, we are working with small enterprises that will improve the quality of life for many. We have exciting projects that will be implemented this month, such as a waterless car wash at our Durban offices and a food truck at our Johannesburg offices. These initiatives will empower the individual business owners and also benefit e4 employees. We like to see a “win-win” for all and are very proud of our team that dedicates their time to help others,” says Führi. At the informal Lelalani computer centre handover, 11 e4 employees assisted to make the day exciting and . . .