Archive for Czerwiec, 2011

GOSO products now open to all

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GOSO, an automotive social media and brand reputation company, has announced that it will be opening up its product offering to all industries starting this week. The company, which began piloting some of its Facebook applications last month, surpassed their expectations by signing up thousands of small to enterprise businesses in just under a month. Some of the brands using GOSO include Ford, Harley Davidson, Bacardi, Lancome and successful movie actor, Jon Heder, most known for playing the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite.

Last year, the company was selected as an Official Honoree in The 14th Annual Webby Awards as well as named as a finalist in three categories for the 8th Annual American Business Awards. GOSO’s founder, Adam Boalt, who has over a decade of experience as a new media innovator, was a recent panelist at the J.D. Power Internet Roundtable along with Facebook, LinkedIn and some other industry leaders.

GOSO provides Facebook applications that boast a simple message, “your Facebook page will thank you, your fans will love you.” The company, who in the past has kept their Facebook applications available only to the automotive industry, expects to make all their Facebook applications available by the end of the summer.

Lenovo “For those who do” canpaign launches

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It seems obvious to say that computers have changed both life and work irrevocably. Even in emerging economies, among the vast numbers of people who don’t yet have bank accounts, an astonishingly large number do have access to and make use of the Internet, either using computers or their mobile phones.

Hidden inside the obvious, however, is a fresh concept – and that is that computing is now so embedded in the way people function both at home and at work, that personal computing, in the form of PCs as well as smartphones and tablets, is transforming itself, quite naturally, into personal technology.

Personal technology refers to a continuum or ecosystem of related technologies, all of which in slightly different ways enable us to connect to the information and people we need. So, personal technology includes digital TV and being able to send and receive emails – and other information – through our TV sets, being able to watch videos and movies with full Dolby sound on our laptop screens, participate in video conferences via our mobile handsets, make phone calls from our laptop computers, and work on complex spreadsheets on our smartphones.

Some of these capabilities already exist and some, like working on a complex spreadsheet on a smartphone, are some way off yet.

Rallying point

The underlying principle – and user desire – however, is the same: We want to be able to do whatever we need at the time using whatever technology is available at the time. And, we no longer see the need to have one kind of technology at work and one at home or at play. The lines between work, play, and home are blurring progressively more. Hence the word ‘personal’ attached to the word ‘technology’.

Everything we do is ‘ours’; so it’s personal.

More to the point in all of this, however, is the word ‘do’.

People who don’t ‘do’, don’t really need or want technology. But do-ers do very little without technology.

Take the example of rally drivers, who do most of what they love or are paid to do in cars. So one would think that, for them, technology would be only a nice to have. In fact, GPS technology, is essential to finding the route. Many of the vehicles themselves are computerised. And every racer has a smartphone to communicate with his support team – and his friends and family – and takes videos with his camcorders and uploads his progress to his own website or social networking sites like Facebook. At the very least, he Tweets.

So, there’s ‘doing’ at more than one level. There’s the doing of rally driving. And there’s the doing of finding your way with the GPS, Tweeting, sending smses, taking videos, and uploading to websites.

Importantly, it’s all doing related to reaching goals, making things happen, getting things done.
Doing is about achievement. Personal achievement. Using personal technology.

Building our brand on and for the do-ers

Lenovo is the world’s fourth largest PC brand and it’s also the world’s fastest growing PC company. A remarkable achievement considering that our brand is only five years old and is largely based on the legacy of innovation, reliability, and robustness of the products developed by the company we bought and continued by us.

In its own right, Lenovo has a strong brand only in its home country of China. Imagine, then, how we could accelerate our growth, globally, if our brand were on everyone’s lips everywhere on the planet!

Once the decision was made to achieve that, we had to decide what the anchor would be for the brand. And, of course, that meant deciding who our target market was.

That was both complicated and simple. Lenovo’s own values are based on balance – across markets and products. We didn’t want to aim for a particular market and sacrifice the steady growth we were already achieving fairly evenly across the enterprise, SMB, and consumer markets.

By the same token, we knew that the SMB market is the engine room of most economies and SMBs prefer laptops. IDC ranks the SMB laptop market as the world’s largest and fastest growing commercial segment, set to grow by nearly 20% annually from 2011-2015. Specifically, growth of PC sales in the SMB segment in emerging markets, excluding Latin America, over the next 4 to 5 years will be twice that of mature markets.

In addition, we instinctively understood the growing trend towards personal technology and away from personal computing.
Then, we made the link from the personal technology trend to those who do – most of whom occupy the SMB and consumer spaces.

Doing is a Lenovo core value

The beauty of the link between personal technology and those who do is that Lenovo is itself, inherently and quite naturally, a ‘do’ company. Our designers and engineers are members of the do generation. They intuitively and instinctively see technology as an extension of themselves and not as something additional to their real lives. Technology is their life. And they’re continuously improving on what technology can do – as much for themselves as for our markets.

Consequently, Lenovo PCs are rock-solid, highly functional tools that ignite human accomplishment. Not just potential and not just possibilities but real action and tangible achievement.

For instance, our machines for large business are tested against MIL Spec criteria to provide utterly reliable performance in any environment. Customers rely on them to lower their total cost of operations (TCO). Built-in innovation and rich functionality allow business users to be more productive and efficient.

Our machines for small business combine dependable performance and a sleek progressive design to give small business customers an edge. They incorporate innovative features and services to drive down immediate and long-term costs, and allow customers to get more efficient and productive.

Designed to fit different lifestyles, our machines for consumers perfectly combine form and function. They are thinner, lighter and use less power, to enable consumers to experience true freedom and go the distance. They incorporate useful innovations and strong multimedia entertainment capabilities to simplify and entertain in the same breath.

In other words, we realised that ‘doing’ is Lenovo. And that, in doing, we serve our markets in exactly the ways our markets want to be served.
So, why not tell the world of doers that what we do helps them do?

Hence a brand campaign called For Those Who Do, focused on results and best practices and aimed at simplifying and unifying our brand and product strategy while creating a differentiated Lenovo personality and voice.

It is also geared to strengthen positive perception of the Lenovo brand in preparation for our rolling out an ecosystem of products that includes tablets, smartphones, smart TV, and digital home products.

Brand positioning

We’re positioning the Lenovo brand around people for whom technology is not a badge to some cool club but a tool to help them achieve their goals. One of our key targets, therefore, is the youth market – students, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, business owners, and educators who live to make things happen.

Inherently, the key attributes of the brand personality are: walk the walk, want it now, commit, doing, integrity, make it better, imagination, ingenuity, ambition, obsession, positivity, optimism, purpose.

The brand campaign represents a significant long-term investment for Lenovo. It will roll out in the emerging markets during 2011 and will include all aspects of the company’s marketing efforts – from print, broadcast and electronic advertising and product packaging to web design and retail.

Business Connexion now has a controlling stake in Canoa

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Business Connexion has invested into the general print space to enhance the Group’s ability to provide differentiated and effective supply and skill in Managed Print Services. This finalises the Managed Print Services business unit joint venture with Canoa Group that was introduced in 2010.

This investment by Business Connexion of a 50% plus one share of the Canoa Group represents the conclusion of the financial terms and structure of this partnership. The Canoa Group has exclusive distribution rights for Canon copy, print and imaging solutions in South Africa and multi brand break and fix service companies offering cost effective print solutions with a presence in all the major cities of the country. It also owns Katlego Solutions, a provider of print solutions to the public sector, and a specialist provider of printing and imaging consumables. With this investment, Business Connexion has a controlling stake in all these entities.

According to Benjamin Mophatlane, Business Connexion CEO, Managed Print Services is considered an important and growing area within ICT workspace management and managed services. “Printed paper remains an essential component of almost all business processes. But the bottom line is that too many companies are paying too much in their print environments,” he says.

It is this issue which is addressed by MPS as it takes its place as a component of Business Connexion’s managed services portfolio; a managed print services provider delivers a service in terms of which its clients pay only for the printed documents and not for the equipment itself. Included in such services is cost optimisation, maintenance of the equipment fleet and optimisation of the environment throughout the contract life. Simply put, Business Connexion MPS aims to deliver convenient, low-cost and reliable printing.

“The management of multipurpose, intelligent print devices and their related peripherals is a fundamental component of enterprise end-user computing strategies. Combining our reach and client-base with the specific expertise and infrastructure which Canoa has in the print environment effectively creates a complete delivery, support and maintenance structure for enterprise-scale managed print services,” Mophatlane adds.

While Canoa is a Canon importer, Mophatlane stresses that Business Connexion MPS will nevertheless remain vendor-agnostic, providing solutions from a range of manufacturers to meet the needs of its many clients across southern Africa and beyond. Furthermore, existing channel structures remain in place with several solution providers acting as authorised Canon partners, maintaining healthy competition within the marketplace.

With the conclusion of this investment, Mophatlane says a positive impact on Business Connexion’s key target metrics including return on equity, earnings per share and operating profit percentage is expected. Finalised on 01 June, this investment will further enhance Business Connexion’s position in this growing market in 2011.

“Our ‘Connective Intelligence’ vision is firmly centred on delivering a complete set of managed services which meets the need our clients have for efficient, low cost and high quality ICT. This acquisition represents another major step forward in making that vision a reality,” Mophatlane concludes.

EOH explains Cloud Computing

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“Technology is constantly evolving and if you look at key developments over the past decade it is a wonder that we can actually keep up,” says Lisa Fielder, Head of Infrastructure Managed Services at EOH. “APP, AJAX, microblogging, tablets and social media optimisation are just some of the new buzzwords that have been flung around this past year.  And then there is cloud computing.”

Fielder explains that cloud computing comprises of the following three types of service models: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), and then underpinning these services is the technology that supports cloud computing.

Fielder says that it is important for people to understand the concept of cloud computing in simple terms and be made aware of the impact this technology will have both at work and home.

Fielder elaborates further and says  that by breaking down the term into words down even more we will see that ‘cloud’ means that it is on the network or internet and ‘computing’ means the infrastructure, processing power and storage..  “Cloud computing therefore gives you the ability to fulfill many diverse business needs without having to spend money up front or have the management responsibility of owning your own infrastructure.  These are significant benefits that enable competitiveness.”

She says, businesses can leverage off and utilise cloud computing to provide key business services, ranging from email, accounting software, customer relationship management systems and document storage, that they otherwise would not have access to without incurring significant infrastructure and licensing costs. On a personal level users will experience greater mobility as they are able to store and access media or data files such as music, pictures, videos, and bookmarks or play games on a remote server rather than having to carry a storage medium such as a DVD or thumb drive.  People who use web-based email such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, a company owned email or even an e-mail client program such as Outlook, are currently making use of cloud email servers.

EOH’s view is that cloud computing is a delivery model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.  EOH advises that there are four basic options that can be pursued for implementing this technology:

  • Private Cloud – a private enterprise owned or leased cloud, would be a situation where the business maintains an off-site server in a location that is controlled by a service provider.
  • Community Cloud – may encompass a scenario where several organisations have similar requirements and seek to share infrastructure so as to realise some of the benefits of cloud computing.
  • Public Cloud – is sold to the public, mega-scale infrastructure is in place and a typical example would be a scenario where companies like Google or Microsoft provide business services and it is accessed solely via the internet, an example of this is Gmail, MS CRM and Jungle Disk.
  • Hybrid Cloud – is a scenario where you can have a combination of public and private cloud.

Fielder states that in all types of cloud computing, there are monthly recurring costs for services, but you don’t normally need to incur any upfront equipment investment. “There are countless reasons to implement some form of cloud computing. These may be for disaster recovery, data back-up services or simply to make use of applications such as a CRM system, e-mail or Microsoft applications. Implemented wisely, cloud computing can enhance business productivity, as long as you choose the right solution that is catered to your unique environment,” concludes Fielder.

Advanced Analytics should be top for SA’s CIOS

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A recent study conducted by IBM on more than 3 000 CIO’s globally found that 4 out of 5 CIOs see Business Intelligence and analytics as top priorities for their organisations. While this is a strong ratio globally, BI and advanced analytics experts PBT, stress the importance of advanced analytics being a top of mind priority for all South African CIOs across industries.

Says Corine van Erkom Schurink, analytics team lead at PBT; “Unfortunately advanced analytics has not had the impact it should in the local market due to various reasons, the most pertinent being that it is not understood and therefore not implemented correctly. Yet, according to the IDC’s annual Top Ten Predications for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, technologies including analytics will shape the technology strategies of organisations operating in these regions, and will subsequently provide a new platform of growth for the overall IT field. This is something PBT is very cognisant of.”

Advanced analytics offers a business the opportunity to turn data into intelligent information through the further mining of the information. This allows the company to paint the picture of yesterday, today and the future. Understanding this picture is playing an increasingly important role in the overall business model for those businesses who want to turn such data into a valuable asset. The amount of data that is available and coming out of businesses continues to grow. It has been said that by 2012, there will be 5 times more data stored than that stored in 2008 – meaning that we now have access to more data than ever before known and it needs to be managed for effective risk mitigation and opportunity capitalisation.

Continues van Erkom Schurink; “With this in mind, it is important for businesses to get the process of advanced analytics right for the technology to effectively benefit the business. Too often local businesses and CIOs have been let down by this concept due to the fact that they do not fully understand what it is and how it should be implemented. This needs to change and PBT are becoming strong advocates in this regard.”

PBT suggests that getting this right involves a top to bottom approach:

  • Advanced analytics should not be looked at as an IT function solely, but rather driven by the business as a whole, to allow for the correct platforms to be developed, based on the identified business model and what the business needs to achieve from having access to such data.
  • The business should have a solid BI process in place whereby the data warehouse is fully up and running and offers a central representation of data that can be understood on all levels of the business.

“Considering such industry insight and forecasts, as well as the benefits that advanced analytics offers a business, it is evident that South African CIOs should be taking this technology seriously now, for current and future business success. It is only a matter of time before CIOs will begin to feel the effects on their business should they not look into this technology,” concludes van Erkom Schurink.

Konica Minolta provides Brandhouse with office automation solutions

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Konica Minolta South Africa has been awarded a contract to provide office automation solutions to one of South Africa’s largest alcohol beverage companies, Brandhouse Beverages.

Brandhouse, a joint venture between three international parent companies: Diageo, Heineken International and Namibia Breweries Limited, has over 60 service outlets across Southern Africa, many of which are in remote areas.

According to Cape Town branch manager at Konica Minolta South Africa, Alten Hulme, the company invited suppliers to present solutions that would help it curb the excessive use of its print, copy, scan and fax machines.

Konica Minolta South Africa introduced its Pcounter software, which helps businesses overcome the challenges of paper and other resource wastage from unproductive printing, copying, and the use of colour for jobs where it is not needed.

“The software adds value by offering print and document accounting solutions for a wide variety of industries, achieving enhanced productivity and cost savings for customers. This enables clients to understand their current cost of printing and document management, optimise the use of existing devices, recover costs where possible, increase productivity by releasing a print job to the most appropriate device and minimise expenses through rules based printing,” says Hulme.

He adds that Konica Minolta South Africa’s service network of more than 60 branches and dealers illustrates the company’s capacity to access, provide and service all of Brandhouse’s outlets, even the remote ones. This minimises the risk of downtime, increasing productivity and user efficiency.

“Minimising downtime and increasing customer service at Brandhouse will also be assisted by Konica Minolta South Africa’s bizhub vCare, a software system designed to enhance customer care through efficient management of Konica Minolta multifunctional devices,” he says.

vCare, in short, notifies the Konica Minolta South Africa call centre of all service calls, toner refills and preventative service calls via e-mail. It also forwards monthly meter readings, eliminating human errors when recording meter readings.

“We are proud to have been awarded the Brandhouse account and confident that we will, through careful planning and a client-oriented mindset, drastically minimise costs and improve the customer experience for Brandhouse,” concludes Hulme.

HP New Converged Infrastructure Solutions

By admin, 8 czerwca, 2011, No Comment

HP Converged Infrastructure solutions are a key element in a client’s Instant-On Enterprise journey. These offerings break through IT sprawl and turn technology assets into interoperable, shared pools of resources with a common management platform. These new offerings include:

Converged Systems, a new portfolio of turnkey, optimised and converged hardware, software, tailored consulting and HP Solution Support services that enable clients to be up and running with new applications in hours vs. months. The solutions address top application areas including real-time data analytics, database consolidation and data warehouse.

Converged Storage architecture and portfolio, which integrates HP Store360 scale-out software with HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant hardware to reduce storage administration, speed time to service delivery, increase energy efficiency and improve access for any data type or application workload. The offerings are complemented by new Storage Consulting services.

Converged Data Centre, a new class of HP Performance Optimised Data Centres (PODs) that can be deployed faster than any competitive offering – just 12 weeks – and at a quarter of the cost when compared to a traditional brick-and-mortar data centre. Extending HP’s leadership in modular data centres, the HP POD 240a, also referred to as the “HP EcoPOD,” uses 95 percent less facilities energy.

HP Server Automation 9.1 software seamlessly provisions physical and virtual application instances across the entire life cycle.

UPS relies upon HP Converged Infrastructure solutions to help deliver more than 15 million packages daily and keep its website available at all times for tracking. HP Converged Infrastructure allows UPS to scale technology resources to meet changing demands and support the organisation’s highly distributed environment.

Delivering enterprise agility with Converged Infrastructure

Cloud computing and mobility are redefining how people live, how organisations operate and how the world interacts. Enterprises must instantly adjust to meet the changing needs of users, customers and citizens by driving innovation and agility through technology. Yet IT sprawl is causing enterprise complexity and crippling the ability of organisations to keep pace with enterprise demands.

Research conducted on behalf of HP found that 95 percent of private and public sector executives consider agility important to the success of their organisations. Plus, more than two-thirds of C-suite executives believe that enterprise agility is driven by technology solutions.

“In a world where enterprises must instantly react to changing markets, clients are turning to HP Converged Infrastructure to dramatically improve their agility,” said Manoj Bhoola, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking Country Manager, HP South Africa. “The new solutions announced today extend the benefits of convergence to deliver new levels of speed, simplicity and efficiency that enable clients to capitalise and anticipate change.”

Converged Systems accelerate time to application value

HP Converged Systems speed solution deployment by providing a common architecture, management and security model across virtualisation, cloud and dedicated application environments. They include:

HP VirtualSystem increases performance and reduces complexity with an architecture optimised for virtual server and virtual desktop environments. It integrates server, storage, networking, virtualisation software and services, dramatically simplifying deployment and management. It also provides advanced security and single-pane-of-glass management across hybrid environments, and it supports Microsoft® Hyper-V, Citrix Xen and VMware. HP VirtualSystem provides a simple path to cloud computing with a rapid upgrade to HP CloudSystem.

HP CloudSystem, originally announced January 2011, provides a platform for building and managing cloud services across private, public and hybrid environments. Universal security, governance and multitenant management enable clients to ensure quality of service and reduce risk.

HP AppSystem maximises performance while simplifying deployment and application management. These systems offer best practice operations with a standard architecture that lowers total cost of ownership. Among the new systems are HP Vertica Analytics System, as well as HP Database Consolidation Solution and HP Business Data Warehouse Appliance, which are both optimised for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.
HP Technology Services provides a full life cycle of consulting services including strategy, assessment, design, test, implementation and training. HP Solution Support provides single-point-of-contact services for the entire turnkey solution, including third-party software.

HP Converged Storage drives rapid response

Legacy monolithic and unified storage architectures were designed to address predictable workloads, structured data and dedicated access – before the explosive growth of web browsers and smartphones. Today’s requirements, however, are exactly opposite, with unpredictable application workloads, such as cloud, virtualisation and big data applications. These IT challenges change the relationship between storage, servers, networks and applications, requiring a new level of integration across the enterprise.

To address this gap in storage, HP’s new Converged Storage architecture fundamentally changes how data is accessed by integrating scale-out storage software with converged server and storage hardware platforms. Advanced management tools that span the architecture help speed IT service delivery. As a result, clients can deploy and grow storage 41 percent faster(5) while reducing administration time by up to 90 percent.
HP Converged Storage solutions enable clients to independently increase performance and capacity without downtime for any data type or application workload. New solutions include:

HP X5000 G2 Network Storage Systems increase availability for file serving in small enterprise environments. Built on HP BladeSystem technology, they can be deployed in minutes and reduce power requirements up to 58 percent, cooling needs up to 63 percent and storage footprint up to 50 percent.

HP X9000 IBRIX Network Storage Systems optimise retention of unstructured data with new compliance features and the capacity for more than 1 million snapshots. The solution provides insight to the enterprise on trends, market dynamics and other pertinent facts by simplifying management of massive data sets. Policy management capabilities automate the movement of data to optimise resources. It is ideal as a content archiving solution for email, SharePoint files, multimedia, medical image archival (Picture Archive Communications Systems) and other file-based data.

Enhanced HP storage systems and new services

HP’s fifth-generation Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family includes the new HP P6000 EVA, offering thin provisioning and Dynamic LUN Migration software along with 8 Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gb iSCSI and FCoE support. This easy-to-manage solution enables clients to consolidate application data to speed administration and reduce total cost of ownership.
HP Enterprise Services has integrated HP 3PAR Storage into the HP Data Centre Storage Package, which offers world-class storage management services that allow clients to “flex” their storage needs up and down with changes in demand. Offering thin provisioning and autonomic data tiering, this service provides 3PAR in a utility storage model.

HP also announced a new Storage Consulting Services offering that helps clients to design and deploy a Converged Storage environment, optimise the storage infrastructure, reduce costs, and protect and align data while preparing storage for cloud computing.
First Converged Data Centre sets standard for the future

Demands for data centre capacity continue to rise, however, traditional brick-and-mortar construction methods can take up to two years or longer to build, are costly and can consume more energy than the technology they support.

The HP POD 240a, the world’s most efficient data center, can be deployed in weeks vs. years, as well as save upfront capital costs by up to 75 percent when compared to a brick-and-mortar facility. Annual facilities energy savings can be reduced by up to 95 percent with a Power Usage Effectiveness as low as 1.05, compared to a PUE of 2.0 for traditional data centres.

Automation helps drive agility

HP Server Automation 9.1 provides heterogeneous, automated server life cycle management for enterprise servers and applications for both converged and traditional environments. With new integrated database automation, it offers a single tool that enables IT to significantly reduce the time it takes to achieve full application life cycle automation.

ContinuitySA accquires Immix

By admin, 8 czerwca, 2011, No Comment

ContinuitySA, Africa’s largest provider of business continuity solutions, has acquired 50% of Immix Network Solutions as part of its ongoing strategy to expand its service offerings in line with client demands.

“Internationally, business continuity has been tracking developments in the broader IT industry,” says ContinuitySA CEO, Allen Smith. “The growth of virtualisation techniques combined with abundant and increasingly affordable bandwidth has meant that it is now possible to offer hosted managed business continuity services. Having noted the global trends, and having started to receive requests for this type of service from our existing clients, we knew we had to be able to offer ‘Continuity as a Service’.”

According to Smith, Immix Network Solutions will continue to trade as a separate company, but will provide its specialised skills in the hosting of business continuity services to ContinuitySA.
“Aside from their constant focus on costs, today’s CIOs need to get much more clever about how they spend their budgets—that’s the big impetus behind the growth in cloud computing in general and hosted business continuity services in particular,” says Immix Network Solutions MD, Kevin Mortimer. “I’m very excited by this deal because it provides South African CIOs with access to cutting-edge skills in the hosting of business continuity combined with the solid industry experience and credentials of ContinuitySA.”

Immix Network Solutions sales director, Scott Orton, agrees. “Our association with ContinuitySA and its established network of disaster recovery centres and expertise will enable us to offer a range of new services to our existing, largely small to medium-sized client base. Our skills in hosting and virtualisation complement Continuity SA’s existing services, enabling them to expand their offerings into the hosting and managed services space,” he says.

ContinuitySA’s Smith concludes, “This is a strategic deal for us because it gives us immediate access to the skills we need to offer our clients hosted business continuity. Immix will be an invaluable partner for our newly launched Business Continuity Management Hosting Services unit and our Continuity as a Service Offerings.”

BuzzCity mobile ad network growth fuelled by white-label content demand

By admin, 8 czerwca, 2011, No Comment

BuzzCity, a global mobile media company, has for the first time in its history hit a new milestone – in May alone it served 10.5 billion adverts across its mobile advertising network.  BuzzCity attributes this increase to greater consumer demand for mobile content and being able to meet that demand with its own white-label content services, leading to record numbers in ads served on its mobile advertising network.

Through BuzzCity’s white-label service, content from BuzzCity’s mobile media properties – Djuzz, JAMsked and Now-Cook – are shared with more than 1000 content partners globally.  These sites have been designed to satisfy mobile internet users’ demand for relevant, useful and entertaining content via their phones. Providing and sharing this content also provides a great context for advertisers to promote their brands.

Dr KF Lai, BuzzCity CEO said: “Content syndication is a cornerstone of our business strategy and is having a significant impact on BuzzCity’s growth. Demand is increasing for it, and testament to that is the diverse range of more than 1000 partners we have across the globe.”

Although the rapid growth of the smartphones sector has been well-documented it still accounts for just a fifth of the 1.6bn mobile devices sold last year, according to Gartner.  Another driver in the demand for content is the emergence of the localized ’white-box’ manufacturers coming out of Asia – providing lower-end phones with capabilities similar to those of smartphones. Last week Yahoo announced a partnership with MediaTek, a supplier of microchips for mobile phones, to integrate Yahoo’s web services, such as IM and email, into their microchip packages which go into standard mobile phones.

“Mobile hotspots continue growing throughout the world as the adoption of 3G is coupled with cheaper data rates. However alongside that we are seeing the continuedrise of affordable white-box phones which will provide access to the internet where there are no 3G networks and to wider audience who cannot afford the prices of the smartphone,.” said Dr Lai.

Djuzz, BuzzCity’s mobile gaming site, which launched last year, is on track to hit the 100 million downloads target in June 2011. More than 45 million games have already been downloaded since January 2011.  Jamsked, its music listings site now promotes 40,000 gigs per day, is distributed tomobile operators, handset manufacturers and mobile portals. Djuzz and JAMsked currently attract around 3 million unique visitors monthly. By Q3 2011, mobile users can look forward to more diverse content on Djuzz such as free indie music and movie previews on the mobile site.

Secure payments from your cellphone now available with Striata

By admin, 7 czerwca, 2011, No Comment

Electronic billing specialist, Striata, is partnering with bill platform and payments provider, POCiT, to provide a simple, secure bill payment process for the South African market using cellular phone payment technology.

Striata delivers millions of electronic invoices on behalf of South Africa’s largest bill issuers. Says Striata SA Managing Director, Alison Treadaway; “Consumers have never been more eager to adopt convenient electronic processes, and enabling payment from within a print, email or cellphone bill gives them the power to make immediate payment via a secure process.”

MD Striata SA

Alison Treadaway MD of Striata SA

POCiT is a registered payer service provider that enables secure, easy to use cellphone and Web interfaces for the execution of bill payments. “I’m excited about the opportunities created by the partnership with Striata,” says POCiT Managing Director David Reynders, “POCiT has proven the success of cellphone bill payments in the South African market. Our process complies with South African banking and communications legislation and digital safety controls. We have also been awarded PCI-DSS certification, the highest level of data security issued in the industry by Trustwave.”

Treadaway believes the African market has unique requirements borne out of its population profile and the sizeable penetration of cellphone usage. “With over 50 million mobile accounts in SA and the increasing popularity of smartphones, the ability to reach and empower consumers is at an all time high,” says Treadaway. “Not only is the cellphone a device carried by most of the economically active population, but it also provides a second layer of security and trust when exchanging personal information”.

For this reason, Striata has chosen to launch a bill payment process applicable to all bill delivery methods and available through multiple interfaces; namely Web, WAP, USSD and mobile application.
Consumers register for bill payment through a secure cellphone or web application and thereafter are able to pay future bills via a unique one-click process from the email or MMS bill. “This closes the payment loop for billers.” Says Treadaway.

Reynders explains the many benefits to bill issuers: “Shorter payment cycles, operational cost savings, and simple reconciliation processes. But there’s another long-term benefit; by making life easier for customers, you increase the affinity that people have with your brand. A difficult payment experience can have a significant impact on the way a brand is perceived”.

The partnership will enable easy payment and greater convenience for consumers who are becoming increasingly comfortable with technology – and for companies, it means getting paid faster, a win-win all round.

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