Archive for Luty, 2012

The BICC – helping organisations grow from operational efficiency to strategic Performance Management

By admin, 24 lutego, 2012, No Comment

Business Intelligence (BI) has long been acclaimed as a technology which is vital to the success of the enterprise. Performance Management (PM) has also become increasingly important as a measure of efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. The usefulness of these BI tools has been limited somewhat, by silos of information that tend to exist within organisations. The Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC) emerged as a way of dealing with these silos and improving operational efficiency in the development and delivery of BI projects, but as this tool has matured it has become clear that efficiency is only a starting point, and the BICC can in fact evolve to play a role in devising smarter, more agile business decisions.

Greg Bogiages

In order for BI and PM tools to provide the data needed by executives in the right format at the right time, it is vital to break down silos of information and areas where BI and PM are not connected across the organisation. This enables business decisions to be made based on information from across the enterprise, and not simply pockets of data that exist within certain business units.

“While breaking down silos and providing a single version of the truth of information across organisations is important for improving operational efficiency, it is often difficult to achieve. The BICC, a knowledge centre for BI and PM that enables consistent reuse of BI skills, knowledge and technology across the organisation and can provide a centralised or virtual governance capability over the repository for corporate data, has become a vital component in achieving this aim,” says Greg Bogiages, Director at Cortell Corporate Performance Management.

The concept of the BICC is not new, as the phrase was coined by Gartner more than eight years ago, but the need for a centre of excellence to deliver performance improvement across organisations has become ever clearer over the years. BICCs help organisations to develop and deliver processes and procedures that align people with technology, creating standards and best practices for use across the organisation as well as assisting with skills development and skills transfer for better business continuity. This aids in dramatically improving operational and process efficiency and business decision making within the organisation.

The BICC is also useful in drawing together various BI projects from across the organisation, creating greater consistency and standardisation for more intelligent and cost effective use of resources and information. However, the BICC is about so much more than simply improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of BI, and when taken to the next level it can move organisations from reactive, rear-view information gathering and decision making into proactive, predictive analytical forecasting which enables ever more agile, intelligent and strategic operations.

“From the perspective of the evolution of BI and PM, we typically find that organisations operate from one of three maturity levels. The first level is the organisation that still has siloed means of delivering information into the BI system, with multiple sources of data delivering multiple versions of the truth and duplicated data. The second level has implemented the BICC to enable delivery of information across siloes and improve operational processes, delivering accurate retrospective information from which to base decisions,” says Graham Cobb, European Industry Leader for Banking and Financial Markets – Business Analytics at IBM.

“The third level has only begun to emerge in the last year and a half to two years. Organisations with mature BICCs are able to deliver not just the rear-view information but are also able to examine performance going forward and predict what will happen to the business in the future. The third level is also beginning to use real-time information to make decisions in a more agile manner, to enable business analytics to be used to improve processes, customer relationships, supply chains and so on as changes happen and to allow for more effective planning in the future,” he adds.

At present the main driver for the implementation of a BICC is to improve the efficiency of processes and to place the right level and detail of information into the right hands at the right time throughout the organisation. But as the technology matures, organisations are increasingly beginning to realise that the BICC can be a strategic asset to the organisation and actually help to drive strategy through to execution in a proactive manner. By also leveraging the power of predictive analytics, performance can be dramatically improved, the results of which can then be fed back into the strategic planning process to enable smarter decisions to be made.

“BICCs can evolve to the point they actually advise on the feasibility and predicted success of proposed strategies based on historic data and predictive analytics. In this way the BICC can be used to bridge the traditional and ever present gap between business and IT, driving BI as a strategic asset rather than just a reactive audit of past performance. However, this remains an emerging trend, and the basis for this is still improved operational efficiency using the BICC,” Bogiages adds.

Establishing a BICC can take different routes. Occasionally a certain area of a business will attempt to grow one organically from the bottom up, in the hopes that the best practices will spread to the rest of the organisation or simply to meet the needs of a particular line of business, however this is a slow process because buy-in can take a very long time if it happens at all.

“A far more successful and proven best practice route is to have an executive sponsor from the outset, who will commit to establishing the BICC across the enterprise and ensure standardisation of BI. This executive buy-in is essential in ensuring that IT and business work closely together to deliver the appropriate technology to meet the needs of the business as a whole, and in ensuring that the BICC is not thought of as a project, but as an on-going capability that needs to develop and evolve with the business. A strategic roadmap is an important element of this, but delivering quick wins to create widespread buy-in with a vision towards the future and where the BICC can take the business, The key is to thinking strategically and acting tactically and is seen as a best practice that delivers” says Cobb.

Leveraging the skills and experience of a BI and PM partner is also important in ensuring that the BICC has been established correctly in order to deliver maximum benefit and returns. A specialist partner with the competency and skills required can help to deliver a BI strategy that will underpin the entire organisation. This will ensure that the BICC can grow into a larger, more strategic role than simply that of improving operational efficiency and prevent the BICC from slipping into the shared services model that will only serve to increase the gap between business and IT over time.

“However as previously mentioned, executive buy-in is vital in ensuring success, since the entire culture of the organisation needs to support the BI processes and the BICC needs to become an on-going, constantly evolving capability that adapts to meet the changing needs of the business,” Bogiages adds.

While the BICC is far more prevalent in Europe and across the United States, there remains huge opportunity in the market and there is great potential in the South African business space. BICC initiatives do exist in the country, mainly within the banking and financial services sector, but they have not yet reached their full potential. The BICC has a far wider application in the local market, and if maturity of these centres can be driven, they could deliver enormous strategic and predictive analytical benefits.

Top tips for converting online visitors

By admin, 24 lutego, 2012, No Comment

 By Simon Bestbier, Account Director, Realmdigital

Many goals of being online
An online presence can take several forms and have any one of multiple objectives.

The goal with an e-commerce website, for example, is to sell goods or services. As a run-up to a possible future sale it may wish to hook site visitors into a loyalty programme, or for other reasons get them to register for membership.

Another type of website may simply be looking to turn visitors into newsletter subscribers, whereas a Facebook page may wish to drum up awareness of a brand or campaign, which may involve a product. The call to action in such a case may be to “like” a product or page to boost its membership, or recommend a friend.

Different complexities
Depending on the objective, different levels of persuasiveness may be required. Getting someone to subscribe to a newsletter is not quite the same achievement as getting them to buy a product.

In addition, some types of product are more complex to sell than others: An insurance policy may require the buyer to complete several fields of information over and above that of something standard, such as a computer game or music CD.

Widening the conversion funnel
According to Wikipedia, any stream of visitors to a website will get progressively narrower as visitors go through the series of steps required to fulfil the site owner’s eventual objective for them, for instance clicking ‘Buy’. To achieve a high percentage of conversions, the site must ‘funnel’ as many visitors as possible towards the end-goal.

A significant body of knowledge has developed around ‘conversion funnels’ or best practices of converting online visitors (which has a direct impact on increasing profitability).

In e-commerce, for example, visitors enter a landing page with banner ads confronting them. The goal is to firstly get the visitor to click through, for instance to a product page. Once this is achieved, visitors will be asked to add a product to their shopping cart, register and check out. But as each step is taken, more visitors leave the process. In the end, only a miniscule percentage of visitors are left.

Tricks of the trade
An effective conversion funnel relies on a combination of psychology, user interface (UI) design and good-old-fashioned logic.

- Psychology:

o Understand what potential customers want, and give it to them. A buyer of CDs may want to see different tracks of the desired album, as well as the album cover. Images must be of good quality, and there must be different ways of sharing it on the visitor’s preferred social medium.
o Don’t spring surprises, like requiring lengthy registration or login upon clicking “Buy”. If a high percentage of site visitors leave at this point, it points to a need to re-think the conversion path.
o When asking for registration, keep this minimal and confine it to the start of the process, filling in gaps later. Subtle badgering for extra details may be in order.

- User interface design:

o Click-through rates (CTR) rates are typically very low, but they can be increased with subtle variations in link positioning, text, size and even colour. This is known as ad optimisation.
o Provide a good, solid call-to-action (unambiguous, visibly positioned and colourful without being off-putting.

- Logic

o Don’t do silly things like over-price your products or sell sub-standard fare, or no-one will buy them.
o Provide consistent messaging and look-and-feel in all marketing. Promising one thing on the side of a bus while not integrating the offer online can be fatal.
o You can’t manage what you can’t measure – Google analytics can give insight into successful or failed conversion. For example, ‘exit pages’ give an indication whether visitors leave the process prematurely. Over time, this will give a good indication of possible improvements.
o When requiring customer details, make sure the appropriate fields are pre-populated with information you already have.

Subtle science
Conversion is a subtle science that applies online as well as in the real world. It is also a shifting landscape, and website owners can never assume they’ve arrived, as new technologies continue to offer new possibilities and present new challenges.

Considering the difference it can make to profits, it is crucial to get the right consulting partner that will optimise the site experience and allow you to get the jump on the competition.

Gordhan delivers a safe no surprises budget with some relief for taxpayers

By admin, 24 lutego, 2012, No Comment

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered a safe, no real surprises budget today (Tuesday 22 February) with R9.5-billion personal tax relief achieved by increasing the personal tax brackets. This brings the primary annual tax rebate for individuals under the age of 65 to R11 440, for individuals aged between 65 and 75 to R6 390 and those aged 75 and older to R2 130.

A key feature of the budget is that tax revenue stabilised at about 25% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). Overall revenue was slightly lower than the estimate in February last year and the revised estimate for 2012/13 is R739-billion, which is R10-billion higher than projected last year. Also pleasing was reductions in the rates of tax on small businesses and in the compliance burden on micro businesses.

It is proposed that from March 2014 an employer’s retirement fund contributions on behalf of an employee will be regarded as a taxable fringe benefit in the hands of the employee. Individuals will be allowed to deduct up to 22.5% of the higher taxable income or employment income for contributions to pension, provident and retirement annuity funds to a maximum of R20 000 and an annual maximum of R250 000. For individuals of 45 and over the deductible amount is up to 27.5% with a minimum annual deduction of R20 000 and annual maximum of R300 000.

There is a major change relating to medical aid where from 1 March 2012 the capping system will be replaced with a medical aid tax credit, bringing in equality for all taxpayers under the age of 65 and improved benefits for lower earners, a move in line with international best practice. The medical aid tax credit is R230 a month for the first two beneficiaries (including the principal member) and R154 for each additional dependent thereafter.

Comments Grant Lloyd, managing director of payroll and HR software specialist Softline Pastel Payroll, part of the Softline and Sage Group plc: “The medical aid tax credit system will likely result in lower earners receiving greater benefits, which is a good thing.”

He adds that the Site tax portion of PAYE will fall away, making payroll administration easier.   “Secondary Tax on Companies (STC) will be terminated on March 31 this year and a withholding tax of 15% on dividends is to be introduced on April 1. The tax will be withheld on payment, not on declaration. South African branches of foreign resident companies are exempt from STC.”

Capital gains tax rates have effectively been increased to 13.3% for individuals, 18.6% for companies and 26.7% for Trusts, effective March 1.

Most individual taxpayers will be affected by the introduction of a 20-cent levy on fuel and an 8-cent levy for the Road Accident Fund.

To assist SME businesses with the changes outlined in the new Budget, Softline Pastel Payroll is incorporating all of the Budget changes to tax bracket values, medical aid benefits, and tax relief rebates.

“Automated Payroll and HR software ensures that payrolls are accurate and legally compliant the moment the new Budget stipulations take effect in the new tax year,” says Lloyd.

To find out how the Budget Speech affects your pocket, visit www.pastelpayroll.co.za and enter your current monthly salary and allowances in the online Pastel Salary Tax Calculator.

Budget Speech Quick links:

• Salary Tax Calculator: http://www.pastelpayroll.co.za/Pastel-Payroll-Software-SARS/Pastel-Payroll-Software-Tax-Calculator-Page.asp

• Budget Speech Support Tools: http://www.pastelpayroll.co.za/Pastel-Payroll-Software-SARS/Pastel-Payroll-Software-Latest-Legislative-News.asp

• Free Online Logbook: http://www.pastelpayroll.co.za/Pastel-Payroll-Software-Logbook/Travel-Logbook.asp

• View the new Tax Tables: http://www.pastelpayroll.co.za/Downloads/2012/Feb/Pastel_Tax_table_mugg_matt_2012.jpg

 

 

White BlackBerry Bold 9900 Smartphone Launches in South Africa

By admin, 23 lutego, 2012, No Comment

The premium BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone in white is now available to Vodacom customers in South Africa.*

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry® smartphone yet at only 10.5mm, and the first to offer the perfect union of a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to include built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair with NFC-enabled accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

Distinguished by its high performance, beautiful design, effective keyboard and touch display, the white BlackBerry Bold 9900 is crafted with premium materials including a brushed stainless steel frame that puts the finishing touch on a truly outstanding smartphone.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is powered by the new BlackBerry® 7 operating system, which introduces a next generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry. Combining the dramatically improved performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine together with powerful hardware enhancements, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone delivers browsing results that are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones.** Additional enhancements to the browser include optimized zooming and panning for smoother web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

For more information please visit: http://za.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrybold9900

*Now available from Vodacom stores countrywide. Check with Vodacom for specific information on availability and pricing.

** Requires BlackBerry 7 OS. Testing was performed by RIM in July 2011 and measured average page load speeds using pre-release BlackBerry 7 software.

PE leads the way in mapping its visual history

By admin, 23 lutego, 2012, No Comment

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality has created a digital treasure trove for the town’s history lovers, scanning and mapping over 10,000 old photographs to create a dramatic visual representation of the city’s history.

The archive was the brainchild of local architect Bryan Wintermeyer of The Workplace, who partnered with fellow architects at The Matrix to champion and lead the project.

“Part of the drive for the project was to preserve priceless old photographs by putting them into a digital archive,” says Andre Steyn of Aspire Solutions, the company that created the archive. “By locating each photograph on a map of the city, the archive also becomes a valuable resource to help town planners judge the heritage value of any erf.”

Aspire Solutions scanned every picture in the city libraries’ extensive collections, then used optical character recognition (OCR) technology to capture catalogue information for each photograph.

Historian Margaret Harradine then reviewed each photograph, placing it on a map with information about where it was taken, and what direction it was taken in. Database users now have the ability to search for photographs of any location in the city.

“The database and map viewer are a hugely valuable resource for anybody with an interest in the history of Port Elizabeth,” says Steyn. “Searching the database by key words can only take one so far: The catalogue information might not always be comprehensive, or the names of places may have changed over time. Being able to search directly on a map as well makes it a very powerful, user friendly tool.”

Steyn says the archive should prove popular with school learners and neighbourhood groups as well as town planning professionals.

Is your data giving you headaches?

By admin, 23 lutego, 2012, No Comment

By Gary Allemann, senior consultant at Master Data Management

The digital revolution has given rise to a literal explosion of data, as the volume of information shared, distributed and stored increases exponentially on a daily basis. An ever-growing list of regulatory compliance adds to the burden, generating masses of additional data that needs to be managed. This is further complicated by emerging trends such as big data, cloud data, change data capture, data integration, data analysis and so on. To add to these challenges, businesses need to manage a data avalanche on an ever-tightening budget, and there’s really no wonder that data has become the source of so many business woes, causing the proverbial headache.   Compliance generates reams of data that need to be managed, adding complexity onto an already overwhelming data environment. The reality is that compliance is a burning pain for organisations across all industries and sectors, with a long and continuously growing list of compliance legislation and guidelines including: Sarbanes Oxley; King III; The Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI); Basel II and Basel III; Solvency II; the Consumer Protection Act (CPA); the Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA), the Regulation and Interception of Communications Act (RICA), Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the latest Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Gary Allemann

Gary Allemann

A report recently issued by Aberdeen Research indicates that almost half of finance employees are “challenged by the fact that their organizations are leveraging risk and compliance data in different formats, making it difficult to compare data.”  According to the report, complying with regulations is a key concern for CFOs. And a distressing number of respondents indicated that the existing IT infrastructure is lacking in the advanced capabilities needed to support governance, risk and compliance (GRC) initiatives.

This is far from the end of the problem, however. Gartner predicts further headaches, stating that “by 2016, 20% of CIOs in regulated industries will lose their jobs for failing to implement the discipline of information governance successfully”. Gartner also recommends that these regulated businesses invest in information archiving technology in order to bring data under control.

While Business Intelligence (BI) is touted as the answer to help businesses make sense of their data avalanche, the reality could not be further from the truth. BI has become yet another headache for organisations, along with Master Data Management (MDM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Extract Transform Load (ETL) and a host of other tools. Despite the lauded ability of BI to help businesses improve decision making, the majority of BI implementations fail or never get off the ground.

One of the main reasons for this failure is the fact that the underlying data is fragmented, duplicated, inaccurate, irrelevant and outdated. While BI has the potential to deliver fast, reliable information and ‘intelligence’ along with a single version of the truth, this entire house of cards is balanced on one single point of failure – the quality of the data.

Maintaining accurate data, which in turn facilitates compliance and paves the way for successful BI and MDM, is key in providing the cure for data headaches. However, this typically proves to be a major challenge, mainly due to inefficient processes or reliance on inappropriate technology. Various people may have different ways of documenting the same information and without processes and tools in place to ensure standardisation, this leads to duplication and inaccurate data.

Fortunately there is a remedy at hand. Data governance – a combination of disciplines, improved processes and the right technology. If pragmatically applied data governance should assist business to cut through the overload and identify and address the critical data issues that will drive the biggest returns, resulting in clean data that deliver results and information that is accurate. Quality data delivers insight based on fact rather than guesswork, addressing myriad compliance regulations and is the key to successful BI, MDM, CRM and back office implementations.

Solving the data quality problem will provide a painkiller for the majority of data headaches.

Have fun with Gammatek’s brand new Ozaki accessories

By admin, 23 lutego, 2012, No Comment

Gammatek, leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa, now offers Ozaki fans the chance to show off the latest fashion statements for their Apple devices – the new iCarry Time2Brick and Time2Boom sound amplifiers; one of the thinnest iPhone4s covers in the world; the new Dynasty , Backbone and  “Good life “ covers; three new coloured Stylus Pens as well as the very exciting Plug & Play Wireless Smart IP Camera.

iCarry Time2Brick

iCarry Time2Brick

The new iCarry Time2Brick and the iCarry Time2Boom amplifier not only looks like two Lego pieces, it also amplifies your iPhone or iPod’s sound output five times. The device needs no power or batteries and because it is made from silicone, the two blocks can even come apart – which will ensure to make this little amplifier a real attraction! To summarise, the iCarry basically collects the sound from the iPhone’s built-in speaker and amplifies it around a room to ensure crystal clear sound. There is no doubt that both the iCarry Time2Brick and Time2Boom amplifiers will simplify your life and your music experience, wherever you are!

iCarry Time2Boom

iCarry Time2Boom

The new ultra slim 0.4mm iCoat cover is one of the thinnest iPhone4s covers in the world. The cover is seamless and weighs only 4grams. If you don’t like bulky or flashy covers, this ultra slim 0.4mm iCoat is ideal for you! In fact, it is so thin and light, you will hardly notice it! The cover is available locally in 6 different colours.

Ozaki Good Life Stainless Steel iPhone cases

OZAKI is a brand that brings people a good life and a better life, so here we are ready to introduce you to our new product that definitely meets how we named a ‘good life’.

The intention of doing these new series of ‘‘good life’’ iPhone cases is that sometimes people might have forgotten or might not even know about the Wisdom of the Chinese Calligraphy, therefore we want to draw your attention back on the ancient Chinese culture by putting the meaningful calligraphy art on the cases so that reminds you to think about the meanings of your own life. All of these meaningful writings gathered several famous calligraphy masters from different dynasties.

“Love”, love is the best answer to all your questions. Only when you love every part of yourself with no fear, love yourself in and out, love your thoughts, actions, growth and experiences, you can then bring the whole world endless love.

“Play”, play is all about having fun in life. Only when playing can human be fully inspired of their abilities, creativities, stimina and absortive without hesitation. Life is a long game and your are the main charactor, only when you try play the fullest, you will start loving it.

“Dare”, like OZAKI’s slogan, “dare to be”. You know better than everyone else how to reach your goal deep in your heart, but if you are only ‘‘thinking’‘about how to take actions without actually ‘‘doing’’, nothing will change and you know it. To really conquer fears, just dare.

Ozaki Stylus Pen

You can now also give your iPhone or iPad a ‘finger’, by accessorising it with the i-Stroke pen which is available in black, white, red and now also in blue, yellow and pink. It is ideal to use for gaming, typing and significantly enhances the touch screen experience. It also doubles up as a great looking ball point pen that simply takes a Parker refill.

Bling for Her

Bling for Her

The brand new Ozaki O!care Plug & Play wireless smart IP camera gives the nanny cam a new meaning! It can be positioned anywhere in a room – even mounted upside down from the roof – record and take snaps at any angle. The best part about this new O!care camera is the fact that up to 20 users can control the device from anywhere through a free application downloadable on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The O!care can be applied as a security monitor or simply to keep an eye on pets, babies and even the elderly. The device provides live view with sound; it has a built-in motion detector; an ultra friendly design and is easily set up and used.

Another brand new accessory introduced by Ozaki is the iCoat BlingBing for her. The Bling ensures protection all around the edges of your iPhone, is easily applied around the phone and truly makes a fashion statement at any occasion. The BlingBling is guaranteed to draw lots of attention.

Other products in the Ozaki range available locally include:

Ozaki iCoat Range

The iCoat range includes the Daily Wardrobe offering three different cases in a pack and is available in a variety of colours. Probably the most ‘famous’ and extremely popular range is Fame & Fortune. These cases are a must have for your Apple device and is truly the epitome of style and fashion. It will give your device a different edge and guarantees that you will be the envy of all your friends.

The iCoat range also includes various screen protection options, including the Anti Bacterial Screen Protection which is a first for the South African market. It will help to keep you safe from harmful bacteria and is therefore a very good option for those who are more health conscious. Also in the range are the Anti Fingerprint and Anti Glare screen protectors as well as the Privacy Protector.

Another iCoat accessory for iPods’ is the slap on iPod Nano 6G Wrist Band available in a combination of black & orange; white and the very popular pink. This provides for an interesting addition to any outfit and with the wide range of colours, it can be changed as often as you want! This wrist band turns your nano into an actual watch which makes it the perfect accessory when visiting the gym, going for a run or just for everyday wear. And when you don’t feel like being colourful, the range also offers wrist bands in black, grey and white.

Ozaki O!

Ozaki O!

Ozaki iSuppli & iNeed

The iNeed iPhone 4 home kit is a multifunction docking station for the iPhone. It does not only serve as a hands free dock, but also charges your device, synchronizes data and includes a phone cover and screen guard. The iSupply Home Kit is a multi functional docking stand for iPod, iPhone and iPad. You also have the option of horizontal or vertical viewing and typing. it is compatible for the iPad 1 & 2 and synchronize and charges these devices

Ozaki iMini

The iMini Portable Dock Digital Sound System for iPod, is the ideal bedside accessory. It two directional speakers which means you will have stereo sound throughout a room, a FM dual alarm clock, it serves as a synchronizer for your data and it charges your device – all at once! It is available in red and silver and another benefit is the fact that it weighs very little and is small enough to take anywhere.

iStroke S

The iStroke S is a tap stylus which can be stored by attaching it to your iPad or iPod Touch charging port.

Retail Values

The Ozaki range by Gammatek is available at all major consumer electronic and mobile phone retail stores.

iCarry

     Time2Brick

R399

     Time2Boom

R399

 O!care

     Ozaki O! Plug & Play wireless smart IP camera for iOS devices

R2999

iCoat Range

     Daily Wardrobe

R499

     Fame & Fortune range.

R399

     Anti Bacterial Protection skins

R249

     Good Life iphone4s covers

R399

     Privacy front and Clear Back Protector skins

R199

     iPod Nano 6G wrist band

R199-R249

     i-Stroke

R149-R299

     Ultra thin 0.4mm iCoat cover

R199

     iCoat Dynasty and iCoat Backbone

R499

     Ozaki iCoat for iPad 2 with Stylus Pen

R299

     Ozaki Bling for Her

R199

iSupply & iNeed

     iSupply Home

R399

     iNeed iPhone 4 home kit

R449

iMini

     iMini travel dock digital sound system with clock radio

R899

 

Gammatek was recently announced supplier of the year, for Vodacom 2010 and has won the Vodacom 4U supplier Excellence Award for the past consecutive five years.

For more information on Gammatek’s product range please visit www.gammatek.co.za

Gammatek now offers Apple users the storage accessory they’ve been waiting for!

By admin, 23 lutego, 2012, No Comment

Gammatek SA PTY LTD, leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa, has introduced the brand new AirStash  wireless flash drive which offers users an efficient and fast way of sharing files between devices without iTunes or e-mail.

AirStash

AirStash

If you’ve ever wished to have more storage space on your Apple device, it has just become reality with the introduction of the new AirStash. AirStash allows you to free up space for applications and more on your Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. You can file and access files wirelessly, or plug it into your PC’s USB port to drag-and-drop them. AirStash is also a social media server which allows you to watch HD videos, TV Shows or listen to your favourite music anywhere and has a rechargeable battery which is charged via usb , it then  allows you up to 5 hours of uninterrupted access.

You can even transfer photos directly from your camera’s SD card by plugging it into the  AirStash SD card slot which in return can be transferred back and forth from you iPad, iPhone or other devices.

“The AirStash is the only wireless USB drive for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and helps you to save an incredible amount of space on your device. It basically serves as a SD card reader that creates its own WiFi network, enabling you to access the content on whichever card is inserted,” says Zev Cherniak from Gammatek.

“It supports any size SD card and you can load anything your heart desires on to it. A very nice feature is the fact that you can share different videos, music or documents securely between 8 users simultaneously.”

Retail Values The AirStash is available at all major consumer electronic and mobile phone retail stores, iStores  and retails at approximately R1999.

Scream! When your cell phone gets stolen

By admin, 22 lutego, 2012, No Comment

By Fred Mitchell, Symantec Division Manager at DCC

Anyone who owns a cell phone, which really is probably everyone reading this, misplaced their cell phone at least once or twice. Fortunately, dialling the number from a friend’s cell phone or landline has assisted in finding the cell phone either under a car seat, in a pocket or in the depths of a handbag.  When, however, the cell phone has been switched to silent mode or if it has been stolen, the solution to locating a small mobile device is not so simple. 

 

Fred Mitchell

Fred Mitchell

Even more devastating than losing your mobile device, can be losing the confidential data you have stored on or accessed via your cell phone, such as banking details, e-mails and documents. This is why it is important that consumers make the connection that the information they store and transmit on their mobile device is equally sensitive to the information they’ve come to protect on their PC. A key difference is that most consumers carry their mobile device with them everywhere they go, presenting greater opportunity for loss or theft.

A website called phoneservice.org lists the top ten reasons for consumers being permanently separated from their beloved mobile cell phones.  Although “dropping it in the toilet” is number three on a list, most people will leave their mobile cell phones in a public toilet, store, restaurant or bus or taxi.  In this situation, by the time the person realises their mobile cell phone is missing, someone could have taken it – for good. It is tremendously frustrating knowing that the culprit is in the vicinity, but that there is no way to find them if the cell phone has been put on silent. When considered in this context, the need for mobile protection becomes clear.

Of the comparatively few consumers who have in fact considered mobile security, many are likely to make use of the free service offered by the cell phone manufacturer or operating system.  Unfortunately these applications usually cover the most basic of security functions such as doing backups and remotely locking a cell phone once stolen. The problem is that mobile cell phone thieves have outwitted these basic security measurements.  Security functions such as automatically locking your cell phone and rendering it useless once the sim card is removed, is much more practical.

Mobile users serious about protecting their data, as well as preventing thieves from using their expensive mobile cell phones, would do better to opt for a purpose built mobile security solution, preferably from a brand they trust to protect their PCs.

These cell phone security solutions often provide various practical applications for not only protecting your data, but also finding your cell phone once it has been a stolen. An example of such a function is the Scream.   Once a cell phone has been misplaced or stolen, the word “scream” and the user’s personal password can be SMSed to the cell phone from any other cell cell phone.  The cell phone will emit a loud alarm for 15 seconds – even if the cell phone is on silent.  This function can be activated as many times as it takes to find the cell phone.  If, however, the culprit has left the scene of the crime and is outside of earshot, the cell phone can also be located by SMSing “locate” and the same personal password to the cell phone. The user will receive two messages in response – the first with the GPS coordinates and the second with a link to a map of the location. This will enable the user to follow the cell phone and send “scream” messages until the cell phone has been located. 

If the thief has since switched the cell phone off, the user can send a single SMS command or web message with a user-authenticated passcode from any Internet connected device. This will remotely disable the protected device. A user can also remotely wipe the device. This includes removing confidential contact lists, text messages, call history, browser history, bookmarks, and any data on the device’s memory card.

What, however, differentiates this function in the trusted, paid-for security software from many of the free brands, is that the cell phone will automatically lock if another SIM card is inserted. This means that, even if you do not have access to SMS or Internet, the security software will automatically wipe the data and render the cell phone useless to anyone without your user-authenticated password to unlock the cell phone.

As the cost of aspirational SmartPhones increase, it becomes more and more important to ensure your cell phone and the data that resides on it is protected.  So look for a solution that can provide the latest functionality, ensuring you and your information are in safe hands.

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MTN Radio Awards 2012 – record number of entries received

By admin, 22 lutego, 2012, No Comment

Entries for the 2012 MTN Radio Awards have shown that the awards programme has grown in stature and popularity. With around 700 entries already received, the MTN Radio Awards programme has shown significant growth of 75% year-on-year over last year’s 400 entries. “There are still a few entries that we need to capture on our system” says Awards COO, Taryn Westoby.

Rich Mkhondo, MTN Radio Awards Chairman announced the members of the adjudication panel. “This year, we have expanded the panel and incorporated many suggestions received from public at large and industry,” says Mkhondo. “We have a diverse range of judges, with good geographical distribution and we are still awaiting the confirmation of a few more judges who have to confirm their participation.”

The list of confirmed judges includes:

• Zandile Nzalo – Managing Director – Zanenza Communications
• Greg Maloka – Station Manager – Kaya FM
• Anthony Duke – Radio Consultant
• Patrick Bogatsu – Programme Manager – Gagasi 99.5FM
• Andy Rice – Advertising and Media Commentator
• David Mashabela – Radio Presenter and Consultant
• Musa Kalenga – Head of Digital Marketing – Nedbank
• Doc Fick – Head Radio – National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa
• Alan Khan – Senior Director: Corporate Affairs at Durban University of technology
• Tony Lankester – Managing Director Grahamstown National Arts Festival
• Gilda de Araujo – General Manager Radio Advertising Bureau
• Deon Maas – Author, Publisher, Film-maker, Social Commentator and Chaos Agent
• Jayne Morgan – Broadcaster and Radio Consultant
• Ismail Variava – Station Manager – Radio Islam
• Koos Radebe – Former Station Manager of Metro FM
• Ed Jordan – South African award winning musician
• Lance Rothschild – CEO MTN Radio Awards
• Jeremy Maggs – Founder MTN Radio Awards
• Rich Mkhondo – Chairman MTN Radio Awards
• Selwyn Bartlett – Entertainment and Events Consultant and Former Station Manager

“As with most Awards programmes, peer review forms a vital part of the process of adjudication. We will ensure the integrity of the results through precluding judges from scoring entries in categories within which they have interests. This means that people from Commercial Stations will not judge entries in the Commercial sector, and people from Community Stations will not judge entries in the Community Sector,” add Mkhondo. “In addition, each entry is reviewed by several judges and we are able to preclude and eliminate any perceived bias.”

“In keeping with the founding philosophy of the MTN Radio Awards, we want to acknowledge excellent work in radio and encourage and inspire even greater work, to ensure that listeners are offered excellent, compelling programming,” says Mkhondo.

Serame Takaubong, MTN’s Chief Ayobaness Officer says: “We are thrilled at the number of entries this year. The inaugural 2010 MTN Radio Awards generated 200 entries and to see the growth to 400 entries in 2011 and to 700 this year is confirmation that this is indeed an Ayoba programme for MTN to be involved in. I am thankful for all the hard work that the stations have put into their submissions and I wish the stations luck with their submissions. The judges are most certainly going to have their work cut out for them and will commence judging on the 27 February 2012. I am looking forward to the Awards Banquet which takes place in Sandton on 14 April and which promises to be “Louder Still”.

For tickets to the MTN Radio Awards Gala Banquet, contact Taryn Westoby on 011 803 2040 or taryn@mtnradioawards.com

 

 

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