Archive for Maj, 2012

MDM delivers Trillium Software’s Claims Data Quality solution for insurance professionals

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

New software and consulting offering automates the assessment, monitoring, and analysis of critical insurance claims data to reduce expenses, maximise recovery amounts and improve customer satisfaction

Master Data Management, distributor of Trillium Software, a business of Harte-Hanks and provider of industry-specific data quality solutions, is now delivering Trillium’s new Claims Data Quality solution for property and casualty insurance claims professionals. This new offering leverages Trillium’s deep data quality and insurance claims expertise to help insurance professionals automate the assessment, monitoring and analysis of critical structured data, as well as unstructured data elements with free form text such as in adjuster notes, providing greater insight and visibility into their claims data.

Says Gary Allemann, MD at Master Data Management, “Better quality claims data delivered through automated data quality processes enables more accurate forecasting of loss reserves, better management of allocated expenses, and the identification of missed opportunities for time-sensitive recoverables including subrogation and catastrophe coding. As a result, insurance firms can reduce overarching expenses, maximise recovery, improve overall claims operations efficiency and identify opportunities to grow their business.”

“The quality of insurance data related to improperly reserved claims, misclassified expenses or loss reserves deeply impacts business results and decision-making at insurance companies – and keeps claims professionals up at night – especially in light of regulatory and competitive market pressures,” says Stephen Applebaum, senior analyst for property & casualty insurance at Aite Group. “By utilising a solution such as Claims Data Quality, claims professionals can create more visibility into their data in order to more effectively accomplish insurance operations processes that could potentially maximise recovery, improve operational efficiency and increase customer satisfaction. Moreover, the higher the quality of data used to drive the many business analytics programs being adopted, the more valuable will be their output.”

Claims Data Quality is a unique solution designed to meet the needs of insurance companies. It is a combined software and consulting solution, powered by the Trillium Software System and Master Data Management’s expertise and consulting experience.  Insurance companies engage with Master Data Management’s consultants that use a proven data quality methodology to Assess and Quantify (identify data defects) in an automated fashion, deploy and apply insurance-centric business logic to measure impact, and manage and establish business-as-usual processes in order to automate data defect analysis and visualisation. Trillium also can create the business logic and measurement processes to correct data and monitor progress towards defined objectives, and implement ongoing data quality processes to prevent future data problems.

Clients receive an overall data assessment that reviews all current claims data across repositories, systems, and processes to identify areas that need improvement. This includes an examination of structured data contained in fields and unstructured data from claims adjuster notes and other sources. Resulting analysis, reporting and data assessment information can be delivered in any requested user interface or format – from business intelligence dashboards and scorecards to spreadsheets and files.

Adds Allemann, “When insurance claims professionals have to make decisions based on poor quality data, this can lead to adverse department performance due to incorrect assumptions on loss reserves, catastrophe management, subrogation maximisation and litigation control. Our answer to these data quality challenges is based on deep insurance claims subject matter expertise, world-class data quality assessment capabilities and a proven data quality methodology to help claims professionals understand and solve their data issues.”

The solution helps address a number of uniquely-claims-based data problems such as:

  • Loss Reserves – proactive, automated identification of potentially inaccurate loss reserves in order to adjust reserves in a timely and accurate manner to match the true claims exposure and mitigate costly manual remediation processes;
  • Allocated Expenses – automating identification and matching of case files to specific claims activities to minimise expenditures while maximising value,
  • Subrogation and CAT Recovery – automated identification and remediation of claims for Subrogation and CAT coding to optimise claims recovery amounts and processes.

Jasco Broadcast Solutions to represent world brand Matrox in Southern Africa

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

New open architecture for Avid supports Matrox product set; Broadcast Solutions bolsters end-to-end solution

With the launch of Media Composer 6 in November 2011, leading brand Avid opened up its architecture to third party hardware solutions for the first time. Part of this new open architecture includes support for the entire range of Matrox MXO2 I/O devices and the new Matrox Mojito MAX card, with full integration into Avid editing systems, including capture, monitoring, and output. Jasco Broadcast Solutions, a longstanding partner of Avid in Southern Africa, recently signed an agreement to distribute the full Matrox product set to the Southern African market. By partnering with a newly approved Avid hardware partner, Jasco will now be able to offer customers more choice on a complete end-to-end broadcasting solution.

“Matrox is a well-known and respected international brand, and enjoyed limited support on Avid Media Composer 5. Now that the Avid architecture has been opened up and Matrox is an approved Avid hardware brand, it made sense for us to offer this hardware as part of our comprehensive product offering,” says Steve Lauter, Sales Manager, Jasco Broadcast Solutions. “This means that customers wishing to use third party gear rather than proprietary hardware will now enjoy full support, and will also be able to source the Matrox component of their solution along with Avid from Jasco Broadcast Solutions as a single supplier.”

Matrox Video Products Group is a Canadian based company with more than three decades of experience in the broadcasting field. The company is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and computer graphics (CGs). Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide.

“Last year Matrox celebrated its 35th anniversary, and we continue to deliver innovative graphics, video and imaging products to customers worldwide. Partnering with Jasco Broadcast Solutions, who has nearly as many years of experience in the broadcast and technology industry, can only have positive benefits for all the regions of Southern Africa. They offered the right mix of specialist skills, integration expertise and many years of experience supplying broadcasters within Southern Africa. With Avid as one of their other suppliers, Jasco Broadcast Solutions can now offer a one-stop shop for cost effective I/O solutions for Avid editors”, says Paul Mothersill, Sales Executive at Matrox.

Jasco Broadcast Solutions will be distributing the entire MXO2 Family of I/O devices, as well as the Convertor range of Matrox Video products. MXO2 products are a unique offering in the broadcast market, delivering lightning fast H.264 encoding directly from Media Composer 6 and representing the only solution that connects both Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt, PCIe or ExpressCard/34 with the same versatile unit.

This partnership will enable Matrox to generate greater brand awareness in Southern Africa and access this previously untapped market. For Jasco Broadcast Solutions the Matrox products complement the existing product offering, with a niche solution that addresses a gap that opened up with Avid’s new open architecture.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows Tops Corporate Solutions in VB100 Test

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

Two Kaspersky Lab products – Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 – have won prestigious awards in independent testing conducted by the authoritative British magazine Virus Bulletin in April 2012. A total of 56 products participated in the comparative test conducted on a Windows XP Professional SP3 platform.

As well as operating smoothly and blocking the most commonly encountered threats, the products had to detect all the malicious programs from a WildList collection made up of samples currently spreading throughout a diverse user population. As part of their comparative tests the specialists at Virus Bulletin use both a traditional and an extended version of the WildList collections, as well as two types of tests: on-demand scanning and on-access scanning. Participating software is expected to detect every malicious programme from both lists without returning a single false positive during an additional scan of clean files. Kaspersky Lab products demonstrated perfect results, detecting 100% of the malware with no false positives.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 also produced one of the best results in Reactive and Proactive (RAP) testing. The corporate product Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows neutralised 97.2% and 75.29% of malicious programmes respectively while the home user product, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012, detected 96.75% and 74.55%. Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows achieved the best scores among the corporate solutions.

In addition to the test results, Virus Bulletin experts gave special ratings for ease of installation. They initially found the interface of Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 slightly unusual, but once acclimatised they found it intuitive and user-friendly. The interface of Kaspersky Internet Security 2012 also won high praise.

“This is not the first time that Kaspersky Lab products have participated in Virus Bulletin testing and we are glad to see they have achieved excellent results yet again. We are particularly pleased that Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8 for Windows topped the rating for corporate solutions,” commented Oleg Ishanov, Director of Anti-Malware Research at Kaspersky Lab. “It means our IT security developers and experts are moving in the right direction, providing Kaspersky Lab’s customers with maximum protection from all types of digital threats.”

A summary of the testing conducted by Virus Bulletin in April 2012 can be found at:  http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/test?order=29&id=174&tab=onDemand

SME Survey 2012: SME slow to harness Cloud

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

Despite the clear benefits of Cloud computing, ranging from reduced costs to improved efficiencies, small and medium enterprise (SMEs) have yet to embrace this approach to technology use.

According to the annual SME Survey, South Africa’s longest-running survey of competitiveness in small businesses, just 9% of SMEs made use of the Cloud at the end of 2011. Cloud computing generally refers to accessing services and applications via the Internet that would previously have resided on the user’s computer or internal network.

Arthur Goldstuck, principal researcher of the survey, says that this is not surprising, as the SME sector tends to follow in the wake of technology adoption among corporations. He adds that around half of all corporates in SA are still not making use of the cloud, so it is no shock to see how few SMEs are doing the same.

“Although the number of corporates expected to be using the Cloud this year will reach 52%, the number of SMEs doing the same will only reach 18%. While this does represent the proportion of SMEs using the cloud doubling this year, it will still mean that by the end of 2012 less than one in five SMEs will be utilising the Cloud,” says Goldstuck.

“This means that SMEs are not benefiting from the multiple obvious benefits they stand to gain from cloud adoption. But it is clear why it’s not happening, and it is for the same three key reasons that adoption has not been more pervasive among corporations.

Firstly, many of these organisations simply don’t understand the concept of the Cloud, due to industry terminology shrouding it in jargon. This in turn means that they fail to see the real advantages it offers. And, as with the corporate hold-outs, many consider it to be unsecure. This is especially ironic, considering that most cloud solutions are more secure than the average SME’s PCs.”

Broken down by sector, communications (13%); education and financial services (14%) and IT & telecoms (16%) are all well above the overall rate of adoption. However, tourism, transport and healthcare (4% each), and retail (5%) are all sectors that are far below the mean. Goldstuck adds that some of these sectors are potentially the biggest beneficiaries of managing their processes via the cloud.

They could benefit both from driving down the operational and capital costs of IT, and from obtaining richer functionality and better business flexibility.

He points out that the age of the business plays a role in the likelihood of adoption, with only 5% of new businesses indicating that they utilise the cloud. Among all other age categories of SMEs, more than 8% have taken to the Cloud. Goldstuck says that this shows that new businesses are more cautious about adopting cloud services. This is again ironic, since start-ups have the most to gain from the cloud, as, for example, they would not need to invest heavily in infrastructure.

“Furthermore, there is a correlation between profitability and cloud adoption, with 11% of SMEs that are strongly profitable using cloud services. Conversely, of those breaking even or making a loss, only 7.5% utilise the cloud.”

“There is certainly evidence that cloud computing offers more benefits than drawbacks to SMEs, yet a lack of understanding of these benefits means uptake continues to be slow. Despite this, there is a clear edge for those who do make use of it; after all, cloud computing is an enormous cost saver to any business, and cutting costs is a key element of profitability,” says Goldstuck.

SME Survey is the original representative survey of small, medium and micro enterprises in South Africa. For more information, visit www.smesurvey.co.za

Kronos Launches Next Generation of Workforce Management to South African Businesses

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

At an event held in Midrand recently, Kronos launched the latest version of its Workforce Central workforce management suite, the industry’s leading solution for helping organisations control labour costs, minimise compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity.

Workforce Central 6.3 includes many enhancements to better serve Kronos’ global customer base. Kronos also introduced the latest version of Workforce Analytics, an enhanced labour analytics solution built to deliver instant insights that inform fact-based decisions.

David Hunter, divisional director for Kronos at sole SA distributer Bytes Systems Integration, said there are around 30 Kronos sites in Africa as well as 100s of sites locally and around 30 million employees using Kronos solutions globally.  Bytes Systems Integration is part of the Bytes Technology Group, which is wholly-owned by JSE-listed Altron.

“Enhancements in this latest version of the Kronos solution deliver tremendous value to multi-national organisations as customers can now deploy multiple languages on a single server, significantly reducing their IT support costs,” said Christine Paquay, global product manager at Kronos. “New time-off features for hourly, salaried, and contract employees simplify the process of managing complex and unique country and regional time-off policies. And built-in approval workflows ensure that employee requests, no matter where they are around the globe, are reviewed and approved quickly and efficiently.”

Paquay also pointed out the company’s award-winning Navigator user interface, which delivers new and more efficient ways to work with the solution. The release also introduces a new employee self-service design that makes it fast and easy for employees to check their schedules, request time off, or edit their timecard. And both employees and managers can easily customize the user interface to meet their specific requirements and preferences.

Vince Teso, director of product management at Kronos, introduced attendees to the Kronos InTouch time clock and award-winning Kronos Workforce Mobile applications.  During the event, Teso said, “InTouch provides an unrivalled user experience with a colour touch screen and easy-to-understand graphics that supersede the traditional ‘box on the wall’ approach to a time clock. In addition to its data collection capability, InTouch provides robust self-service capabilities such as allowing employees to request time off, view and approve their time card, or view their schedule.”

Teso continued, “Workforce Mobile provides the power to access the Workforce Central solution where you want it and when you want it, improving efficiency and increasing engagement.  Managers gain instant visibility into their workforce, being able to take action on potential workforce issues while on the go. Employees can request time off, view their accruals, or see what days they are scheduled to work next week, all in the palm of their hand. The benefit of native applications is users have the same familiar look, feel, and user interface they love, making Workforce Mobile truly simple with no training required.”

ISPA welcomes National Consumer Tribunal rulings

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

The Internet Service Providers` Association (ISPA) has welcomed a recent ruling by the National Consumer Tribunal that have cancelled a compliance notice served on Multichoice by the National Consumer Commission (Commission) under the Consumer Protection Act (the Act).

“The ruling by the National Consumer Tribunal demonstrates that proper compliance with the Act is being enforced,” says Jaap Scholten ISPA Co-Chairperson. “ISPA commends the Tribunal for its rulings, and urges the Internet service provider industry to take note.”

In this case, the Commission served a compliance notice for various alleged infringements of the Act on Multichoice, an entity licenced and governed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

Section 100(2) of the Act states that the Commission must consult with ICASA before serving a compliance notice on an entity regulated by ICASA. The Tribunal found that the Commission did not properly consult with ICASA before it issued the compliance notice and therefore ruled the compliance notices invalid.

The Tribunal further ruled that the Commission had not fulfilled the requirements of section 100(2) in that it did not consult with ICASA about the specific company alleged to be in non-compliance with the CPA and did not provide information about these alleged contraventions. They also did not provide ICASA with the outcome of the investigation it had conducted about the alleged non-compliance.

“The Act places considerable onus on the Commission in this section, and I wonder whether most of the compliance notices already served actually met this standard,” Scholten says. “It’s particularly important because of the compliance notices issued to ISPs relating to the Commission’s application of Section 63 of the CPA.

The issue revolves around the Commission’s apparent desire to apply Section 63 to the payment in advance for data and other electronic services. Section 63 of the CPA refers specifically to transactions in which some form of actual prepayment device (“prepaid certificate, card, credit, voucher or similar device”) is issued by the supplier. ISPA contends that payment in advance for bandwidth does not fall under Section 63 because there is no prepayment device which “holds” the value to be exchanged for services in the future. Rather, it is a simple payment in advance for future access to services, which is specifically excluded by section 63(1).

If applied to data and electronic services, Section 63 would force providers to allow customers to roll over unused bandwidth until it is used up, or three years have passed. ISPA advises that this would materially change the business model of ISPs and cause prices to be driven upwards.

“Clearly, ADSL services that are uncapped would not be affected if Section 63 were to be applied to data services. What concerns is the application of Section 63 to contracts where the consumer buys the option to consume ‘up to’ a fixed amount of bandwidth per month,” says Scholten.

In this case, Scholten argues, the business model for the Internet service provider would have to change quite considerably, with the net effect of driving up prices. It will further become impossible for Internet service providers to manage their networks effectively. Internet service providersmanage the capacity of their networks based on the anticipated amount of bandwidth usage in a particular month, sourcing capacity from upstream providers based on this forecast. If data starts to roll over every month, Internet service providers will have no idea how much bandwidth would roll-over at the end of the month and would have to purchase extra capacity for possible roll-overs.

It would also be difficult for them to manage their networks to avoid congestion and deliver acceptable performance.

“If Section 63 were to be applied to data services it would not only drive up prices as Internet service providers has to provide for potential roll-over, it would also affect the effective management of networks,” says Scholten. “ISPA therefore urges the Commission to apply the law in the manner it was clearly intended and not to strain its interpretation in a manner that would ultimately be to the consumer’s disadvantage.”

ISPA advises its members who are served with a compliance notice in terms of the CPA first to ascertain whether the National Consumer Commission has properly consulted with ICASA.

What lies beneath: Behind the scenes of a Business Transaction

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

By Rick Parry, MD of AIGS

Companies relying on complex IT systems to complete transactions are often unaware that rogue services and other security threats are damaging their bottom line. Visibility as to what goes on within a network is a low priority – until something goes wrong.  Rick Parry, MD of AIGS, the Sub Saharan Distributor of Progress Software, discusses why this lack of awareness often lies at the root of a poor customer service experience.

In a country where we have more cell phones than inhabitants, it’s safe to say that most South Africans will have filled out an application for a mobile contract at least once during their lifetimes. It is also safe to say, judging from the number of complaints lodged on customer experience sites or in the press, that a fair amount of us have experienced some form of delay or error during the process. This brings me to my point: how many of us have thought about what lies beneath a business transaction, of which a cell phone contract is but one example? What path does it follow through the system? What traffic will it encounter? And how secure is it?

Business processes are becoming more and more complex, involve an increasing number of different technologies, platforms and sophisticated applications, subject to an increasing amount of requirements – such as security, governance and most importantly: visibility.

Companies spend millions on application performance management (APM). APMs can drill down directly into each application and reveal what’s going on behind the scenes, but it provides little insight into the end to end transactional behaviour.

We recently dealt with a cell phone service provider who had, at any given moment, thousands of stuck orders. Their entire application process, from the time a customer registered an account to where it became live, involved a dozen different applications, each comprising of several transactions running on multiple servers. Although they could pore over the log files and investigate each application individually, they were unable to locate the root of the problem and determine where the transaction had become stuck – at the expense of valuable customers.

This problem has become endemic in South Africa, where true adoption of a Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA) from a tech perspective is embryonic at best. Although companies are eager to adopt sophisticated applications, they have yet to master the art of seamlessly bringing these applications together. As a result, when something goes awry within the dependent services in their network, they are faced with an unexpected performance crunch.

By making use of a console that communicates with monitors and provides an intuitive, graphical representation of how transactions are progressing across the system (regardless of the technology), companies are able to take preventative measures when necessary, capitalising on revenue opportunities and responding to impending risks before the customer or sale is affected.

Most companies are aghast when they come “face-to-face” with the number of rogue services within their supposedly well-behaved operating environment. By merely making use of available SOA technology, their enterprise risks are reduced and customer service delivery is improved.

Just as the network world went from simple single vendor to complex unmanaged single vendor to complex unmanaged multivendor to complex managed multivendor environments, the enterprise software world needs to realise that if they want best-of-breed, they must have a system that can manage it, from start to finish.

Kenya Prioritises BPO Pillar of Growth at East Africa Outsourcing Summit

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

The East Africa Outsourcing Summit will be held in Nairobi from 5 to 6 June 2012. The event is hosted by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events in proud partnership with the Kenyan ICT Board.

A global spotlight is on East Africa, more predominantly on Kenya’s business process outsourcing sectors. The Kenya ICT Board is aiming to boost the ICT sector with various key initiatives already in place. It is evident that opportunities in BPO and contact centres within the country are now capable of fully delivering on their purpose.

The Government of Kenya has prioritised BPO as a national pillar of growth, taking action to ensure the industry’s success following guidelines set out in the Kenya Vision 2030. The implementation of the Vision is aiming to transform the country into middle-class, uplifting the destination by 2030. In efforts to solidify sectors within the IT-BPO space, Kenya has shown notable growth improvement in strengthening the outsourcing industry.

Kenya offers a copious mix of skilled workers, recently installed fibre optic networks, and efficient business processes enabling businesses to start up cost effectively, within a few days. Other positive developments within the country include improved infrastructure for the information technology enterprise sector.

The summit will act as a platform for both existing and potential players in the outsourcing space in East Africa to network and gain insight from the major outsourcing regions.  The summit will focus on global trends and underpin what it takes to achieve the market penetration and recognition that Kenya needs to develop as an outsourcing hub, which, in turn, will support the development of a strong information technology industry.

The strategic event will explore the alignment of people, process and technology; offering insight into the solutions available to contact centres today, assisting companies in the negotiations and selecting the tools best suited to their needs.

For more information, to apply to attend, comment or photographs, visit www.eaosummit.com or contact Shaunei Meintjes on +27 21 555 0866 or shaunei@kineticevents.net. Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates and news feeds.

MTN Business and Qhubeka continue to empower today’s children for tomorrow

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

Since 2011 MTN Business has been working in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust and Qhubeka, to empower rural communities and children across South Africa. Over the past 12 months, as part of the MTN Business Qhubeka product offering, MTN Business with customer Etana Insurance, have raised funds to the value of over R35 000, and today, MTN Business Qhubeka has benefited the lives of the broader community in Vosloorus, by handing over 20 bicycles to children in the area, all of which was aided through the funds raised.

The MTN Business Qhubeka product offering differentiates MTN Business by allowing businesses the opportunity to embark on a social responsibility initiative while simultaneously addressing their communications requirements. This enterprise solution offers voice, data and ISP solutions, customised to the corporate, where a portion of the total spend is contributed towards the Qhubeka initiative.

Says Angela Gahagan-Thomson, Managing Executive of MTN Business; “MTN Business is proud to be part of the broader Qhubeka initiative, one that is aimed at not only empowering communities in rural areas around our country, but is also focused on undertaking youth focused educational programmes to share the importance of recycling and planting trees as a means of ensuring a more sustainable future is built for South Africa”.

Qhubeka is a corporate social investment project which aims to improve rural communities by providing bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and larger communities. The Wildlands Conservation forms part of the MTN Qhubeka initiative, which supports a network of thousands of ‘tree-preneurs’ and ‘green-preneurs’. Through Wildlands, children in rural communities can barter their trees and recycling efforts/products for food, clothes, water tanks, building material and any form of educational support. Since 2004, Qhubeka has provided thousands of bikes to children.

Adds Gahagan-Thomson; “As Qhubeka is all about moving forward and progressing through the use of bicycles, and considering the fact that the MTN brand has supported cycling for many years now, getting involved in this initiative was a natural fit. Along with the MTN Business Qhubeka offering, Team MTN Qhubeka continue to race to raise awareness of the Qhubeka initiative which is essentially about mobilising children on bicycles, to allow them the opportunity for a better future”.

Says Josie Holley, head of marketing at specialist business insurer, Etana; “Upon hearing about the innovative layers of the Qhubeka initiative and the MTN Business Qhubeka product offering in this regard, Etana immediately wanted to get involved and selected the MTN Business Qhubeka offering. This is not only due to excellent service and integrated solutions they provide, but also because they care about the future of SA’s children and education as well as the environment. This is what makes MTN Business stand out for us and this initiative is certainly something that we believe will go a long way in enriching rural communities in South Africa.”

The benefits that accrue to such communities not only include reducing the time it takes for children to walk to school, by up to 75%¹, but it also allows the children to get to school on time without exhaustion or fatigue – which aids to concentration levels and improving the learning experience. Additionally, through the use of the sport of cycling into these communities, and providing these children with bikes, Qhubeka is inspiring potential new athletes to arise within these communities and go forward to achieve more. Furthermore, through providing these communities with a means of transport, Qhubeka aids in the access to services such as education, healthcare and community services that may have been previously lacking.

“Today is proof to the community of Vosloorus that by putting their minds to something, they can achieve anything. Today these children received a bicycle that will assist in the upliftment of their entire community. MTN Business is proud to be able to be a part of this project and our thanks must also be extended to Etana for getting involved here by selecting the MTN Business Qhubeka solutions and playing a role in giving back to communities. The Qhubeka project will continue to be a focus for MTN Business as they strive to reach as many communities across South Africa as possible. One child, one tree and one bicycle at a time,” concludes Gahagan-Thomson.

For more information regarding MTN Qhubeka, please visit: http://www.mtn.co.za/Sponsorships/Cycling/Pages/Qhubeka.aspx

Notebook and iPad prices set to increase by 6,5

By admin, 25 maja, 2012, No Comment

With the Rand weakening against the dollar over the past few weeks and now hovering over the R8.40 to the dollar mark, from below R7.80, the prices of the popular iPads from Apple- and of notebooks in general – are set to rise again.

Christopher Riley, the MD of notebook and accessories retailer,The Notebook Company (Notebook.co.za and Laptop.co.za) – and the pioneer importer of the latest Apple iPads – said he expects prices to rise by around 6,5%, or more, if the Rand continues to weaken.

“We are trying to keep prices as low as possible but it seems the Rand is weakening against the dollar and is staying above the R8,00 mark. This puts additional pressure on pricing.”

He said iPad sales now account for around 60% of the company’s total sales. The company was the first in SA to import the latest iPads as stock shortages continue to hamper South African purchases. Local users keen to lay their hands on the latest Apple iPads are seemingly willing to pay a premium, with Riley saying he will continue to import iPads if customers say they want them”.

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