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Samsung Proud Sponsors of the first ever South African Enterprise Mobility Forum

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Mobility – a crucial element to the local workforce

Cape Town is preparing to host the first ever Enterprise Mobility Forum in June this year. This conference is designed specifically with CIOs and senior managers in mind and will focus on delivering a comprehensive overview of enterprise mobility topics and technologies to attendees. Samsung Mobile South Africa is proud to be the platinum sponsor of this inaugural event.

“The IDC* has predicted that the number of mobile workers will reach 1.3 billion – 37.2% of the entire workforce – by the year 2015, indicative of the fact that despite fluctuations in the economy and market turmoil, mobility remains a crucial element of the workforce across the world,” says Paulo Ferreira, Head of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Mobile South Africa. “As the enterprise market continues to grow locally, businesses require the right technological tools to implement an effective enterprise mobility strategy. Samsung understands that any smart mobile strategy has to be underpinned by functional products and therefore we have placed a strong focus on vertical and horizontal solutions for the enterprise – aimed at delivering real accessibility, flexibility and efficiency to the mobile workforce. The theme of this Forum is driving operational efficiency through mobile technologies and certainly provides the perfect alignment for us.”

Bringing together a strong industry eco-system

The Enterprise Mobility Forum 2012 will be taking place from the 6 – 7 June at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Cape Town. The first day of the event is dedicated to keynote presentations and technology briefings while the second day comprises of carefully selected and pre-arranged 20 minute one-on-one meetings – designed to match the expectations of both vendor and customer.

“The conference offers the unique opportunity to meet with and personally engage with a select set of local and global experts on enterprise mobility, as well as industry peers in various sectors,” says Event Director, Carlos Ferraz. “Executives and senior management of some of the world’s largest solution vendors of enterprise mobility will be on hand to discuss the very latest trends and developments.”

“As a first for South Africa, this event promises to focus on a very real requirement for the local market – enterprise mobility solutions. While enterprise mobility ranks high in terms of business priorities, organisations still need to understand the challenges and opportunities for driving growth and profitability, ensuring they are able to leverage their IT assets correctly. Samsung understands this and is committed to providing not only the relevant and innovative solutions, but supportive advice on how effective/efficient smart implementation of a well-planned enterprise mobility solution can be for the overall business’ productivity and bottom-line success,” concludes Ferreira.

For more information on the conference visit www.enterprisemobilityforum.co.za

 

*Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2011-2015, International Data Corporation (IDC), 2012

Don’t leave spatial data out of real-time business intelligence

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How spatial data can help to solve business problems

Business can cut costs and operate more efficiently by using real-time data in decision making, says Mike Steyn of Aspire Solutions — especially now that more and more spatial data is becoming available.

“Spatial data is anything you can put on a map,” explains Steyn. “Weather, traffic information and vehicle tracking are some of the obvious examples, and the available data will only get more complex and sophisticated. But already, there are many business problems that can be solved with the help of spatial systems.”

Reducing transport costs is one area where spatial data is already beginning to prove its worth, says Steyn. “The price of petrol is at record highs and it’s not likely to come down in any significant way despite short-term fluctuations,” he says. “Global demand for oil is still increasing, and the supply is static — and sooner or later we’ll start to run out. In that context, it’s insane for any business to be burning cash by letting its vehicles sit idling in traffic. Using real-time data about road and traffic conditions to plan routes will soon be not just an advantage, but a necessity.”

Then there are the work hours lost to transport delays. “Traffic congestion and late busses and trains have a serious impact on South Africa’s productivity,” notes Steyn, “but using real-time information can minimise the damage. If you know where the congestion is, or which the worst potholed roads are, you can plan alternative routes. In the same way, if you can track weather systems in real time you can avoid storms, fog and other dangerous and slow driving conditions.”

Steyn says getting employees to work on time, and with less stress, is just the start.  “A lot of the traffic on our roads is delivery vehicles and maintenance crews,” he says. “The less time they waste in traffic, the better for everyone. If you know exactly where your trucks are, where they need to be and what obstacles are likely to get in the way, you have vastly improved control over your operations.”

Presenting all this data visually in map form is the key to its power, says Steyn.  “Information takes on whole new meanings when you add a spatial dimension and put it in on a map,” says Steyn. “Humans are profoundly visual thinkers and it’s much easier for us to spot patterns and trends when data is mapped compared to presenting it in tables. Spatial thinking is a powerful way to solve the disconnect between data collection and business intelligence.”

The Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® celebrates 10 years today

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Choose your tomorrow, today!

 Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® which has become one of the country’s biggest collaborative acts of volunteerism.

Since its launch, more than 600 000 girl learners have visited over 400 “places of work” as part of the campaign.  Themed “Choose your tomorrow, today” this year, the project seeks to provide girl children in grades 10, 11 and 12 across the country with platforms to deepen their thinking and aspirations about their role in society and more importantly show them what opportunities are available in the workplace.

Hundreds of companies around South Africa have again registered to be part of the day and provide girl child learners with the opportunity to experience the world of work.

This year, Cell C will host 60 learners, 20 of whom are from Eastbank High School in Alexandra. Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig will welcome the group and two girl learners will spend the entire day with him to get first-hand experience of what it takes to be the CEO of a major company.

“This is not only an important annual event for the company but also for the country and the hundreds of thousands of girl learners that have participated in this day over the past ten years,” says Cell C’s CEO Alan Knott-Craig.

“In my career I have been very fortunate to work with and for some of the greatest female minds in the country and they have inspired me tremendously.  I am therefore grateful to have the opportunity today to give some advice to young girl learners and hopefully inspire them the way I was inspired in my career.”

The 60 girl learners will today also attend an event hosted by Cell C where Nicky Newton-King, Chief Executive Officer of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will address the young learners and various influential women in the public and private sector.

“On this 10th anniversary of the project, 400 companies have formally registered with us to host girl learners today. About 50,000 girl learners are expected to visit companies, NGOs and Government departments throughout the country today,” says Mercia Maserumule, Cell C’s Corporate Social Investment Manager.

“We challenge corporates in South Africa to continue to share their knowledge, job experience and ideas on career and job opportunities not only today but on an on-going basis to help us achieve our goal of encouraging young girls and women to be active in the country’s economy, “ Maserumule concludes.

 

Meeting key challenges in the mining industry with Sage ERP X3

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The mining industry in South Africa faces very specific challenges, creating a need for business solutions that can cater for their precise business processes. So says Johan Hanekom, ERP business unit manager at Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions.

He explains that there are a number of hurdles that mining organisations need to overcome, including balancing short-term responses with long-term strategy and weighing the long timescales needed for major infrastructure projects, such as mine development, against sharp downturns in prices and demand.

“As part of a mature industry, these companies must also achieve enhanced profitability, in a large part through best in class performance and disciplined cost control as market demand for their products strongly fluctuates. At any point in time, commodity prices may be high or low, but management teams know that these price levels are cyclical. In the face of fluctuating demand and cyclical pricing, operating an efficient and streamlined business, as well as squeezing costs, is critical.”

High levels of transactions across all segments of the sector, involving industry players of all sizes seeking deals all over the world, continue to rapidly change the face of the global mining industry.

“Major capital investment decisions are being made in this increasingly volatile operating and price environment, where future returns on the capital invested are increasingly uncertain,” says Hanekom. “Given these attributes of their operating environment, global mining companies are placing increasingly higher priority on the need for effective corporate risk management.”

Furthermore, the ability to recruit strategically and retain key employees and scarce skills in mining companies is more important now than ever before and is imperative to the future of the industry.

Hanekom maintains that the Sage ERP X3 integrated business management solution is an ideal option for the mining sector as it drives performance and will rise to the challenges facing this type of business. “These benefits are achieved by helping control the effects of globalisation related to international development, new market expansion, or changes in corporate ecosystem.”

In addition to this, Sage ERP X3 can also:

·        Run all of your company’s activities on one system and improve the efficiency of your processes;

·        Make internal and external collaboration easier by increasing a business’ ability to respond and anticipate;

·        Improve customer satisfaction; and

·        Guarantee a quick return on investment and controlling operating costs.

“With its Web 2.0 technology, Sage ERP X3 focuses on collaboration and customisable ergonomics to simplify processes and increase efficiency,” states Hanekom. “Thanks to its application extensions, its international scope and its expert and advanced functionalities, Sage ERP X3 adapts to your company regardless of size or organisational style. It helps to constantly align operations with the company strategy and to run activities with 360 degree visibility.”

According to Keith Fenner, VP for sales at Sage Accpac SA, Enterprise Asset Maintenance (EAM) is a crucial part of a capital-intensive business like the mining industry. “Sage ERP X3’s ability to manage maintenance planning schedules, job cards and rotables management with equipment master files held separately but fully integrated to the fixed assets suite was an essential step forward. Sage ERP X3 EAM allows us to provide a completely integrated maintenance suite that has transactional flows touching assets, inventory, internal issues, procurement, job cards and costing to the general ledger.”

With a network of 200 partners and operations in over 50 countries, Sage ERP X3 has already gained over 3,300 customers and has over 180,000 users.

“As a recognised player within the mid-market ERP space for the past decade, Datacentrix’ Business Solutions unit has built a track record as a reliable implementation partner that gets the work done in budget and on time. Focusing on the manufacturing, distribution and service industries has enabled us to build a vast amount of industry and ERP knowledge and skills,” Hanekom adds.

“We have invested in our Sage X3 ERP skills, which complement our current Microsoft solution set, and believe that it is a solution that can provide for all of the requirements and functionalities needed for day-to-day operations within the mining sector.”

Mindjet appoints new MEA channel manager following global channel success

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Collaborative work management provider, Mindjet has appointed Bruce Skjolde as the new channel manager for its MEA & Emerging Markets regions, covering South Africa, the Middle East, Iceland and Ireland.

This move forms part of the company’s strategy to further strengthen its channel focus, following solid growth in the channel in 2011, with 19 percent increase in its core European markets. The Netherlands and the Nordics boasted a growth of 27 percent and 22 percent respectively, followed by the UK at 12 percent.

Skjolde’s appointment is part of a greater Mindjet team expansion, which includes the recruitment of three other channel managers for its NEWS region (focusing on the UK, Nordics and the Netherlands). He has spent the last seven years operating within the channel, working not only for a number of global hardware and software vendors, but also running his own channel enablement company for two years.

Skjolde is using his focused approach and experience in both sales and channel management to develop customer relationships and to ensure that adequate support and training is provided to promote growth in the region.

In addition, Alexis Gorton joins Mindjet as the UK channel manager and will be responsible for driving the region to achieve its growth rate targets. Gorton previously worked at Noble Security Group, managing OEM sales, channel sales and sales operations for EMEA. Prior to Noble, Gorton was at Dell for 11 years in various roles, most recently selling and project managing hardware and software deployments into large corporate and public sector accounts.

Jeroen Van Der Lugt is responsible for the channel in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, being based in the former. He brings more than 15 years of channel experience to the team, including 10 years at security specialist RSA. Van Der Lugt will look to identify, develop and support the channel partners to optimise the revenue in the region.

Frida Nystedt joins Mindjet as channel manager in the Nordics later this month after holding the same position at Mimecast and, prior to this, also working as sales and account manager at both Symantec and McAfee. Based in the UK, she brings a wealth of IT sales and channel experience to the team and will be using her drive and track record of success to maximise Mindjet’s performance in this area.

Says Chris Harman, regional vice president for the UK and Ireland, Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Mindjet: “2011 was an important year for us having continued to sustain multiple years of high growth, announced major product launches and affirmed our mobile offering to help companies and their teams work smarter together.

“It is testament to the dedication and expertise of our channel partners that we have been successful in carrying this through. The channel is very important to us and the addition of four new members to our channel team will ensure we continue supporting our partners in growing their own businesses and achieving continued success together with Mindjet in 2012.”

This success in the channel follows Mindjet announcing more than 20 percent overall global growth last year – with new product releases bringing in over one million mobile users and taking the number of paying customers to over two million.

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Schneider Electric SA announces “Connect”, the Group’s three-year strategic plan

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Specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric South Africa has presented the Group’s strategic ambition and operational priorities under the Connect programme for the period 2012 to 2014.

With “One” – the Group’s 2009 to 2011 strategic programme – Schneider Electric was re-organised into five customer-focused businesses and strengthened its integrated portfolio to establish itself as the global reference in energy management. The Group became a leading provider of high value-added solutions and developed great positions in new economies, which respectively represented 37 percent and 39 percent of Group sales in 2011, a significant jump from 2008. The Group emerged from “One” leaner, simpler and more agile. Under “One”, it simplified its supply chain, reduced the number of its brands and drove operational efficiency.

“Our company programme ‘One’ was a success and a big step forward in the transformation of the Group’s profile. It also laid a very solid foundation for our future: One brand, one company for our customers and employees, one organisation everywhere, and a far higher efficiency than in 2008,” says Carl Kleynhans, country president at Schneider Electric South Africa.

“Our new company programme, ‘Connect’, is another major step in the consistent deployment of our strategy. With ‘Connect’, we will extend the strong foundation of ‘One’ to all our strategic levers: Products and solutions, mature and new economies, our people, while continuing to drive efficiency at all levels.”

The new three-year plan, covering 2012 to 2014, includes four major initiatives: Connect to Customers, Connect Everywhere, Connect People and Connect for Efficiency.

Connect to Customers: Further improve the performance of its business models and be a leader in products and in solutions.

·        Partner excellence: Continue product growth by creating new opportunities for distributors and partners, leveraging the strength of “One” Schneider Electric and leading product innovation. This initiative will further reinforce the Group’s leadership position in the Product Business.

·        Solution excellence: Leverage the Group’s unique value proposition with its solution capabilities, improve equipment cost competitiveness, reinforce execution while being more selective on projects, and boost service sales.  This initiative will temporarily impact the Solution Business’s growth but will raise significantly its profitability and return profile.

·        Tailored supply chain: Bring the supply chain to a new level of excellence by aligning organisation to customer needs and providing differentiated manufacturing and delivery models for each customer segment.  This initiative should lead to higher customer satisfaction and inventory efficiency.

Connect Everywhere: Identify key investment areas in new economies and create new opportunities in mature countries to be a leader in both mature and new economies

·        Grow in new economies: Expand geographical coverage by increasing the Group’s presence in the fast-growing second-tier cities and further penetrate these markets with mid-market segment offerings supported by strong brands with wide local coverage. The initiative will continue to support the long-term growth potential of new economies in Schneider Electric’s portfolio.

·        Grow in mature countries: Grow activities that develop independently from traditional capex trends with a focus on opex-driven opportunities and new businesses. This includes developing installed base and energy management services, capturing the smart grid opportunity while investing in new businesses in areas such as electric vehicle charging infrastructure, home automation and carbon management. With this initiative, the Group aims to create its own growth momentum in the mature countries.

Connect People: Create a culture and an environment for the Group’s employees’ development and performance:

·        Engaged leaders: Train leaders with Schneider Electric University and promote diversity.

·        Engaged individuals: Support employee development via training, empowerment and cross-business mobility.

·        Engaged workplace: Step-up collaboration and communities, regroup locations, ensure safety at work and develop the “Schneider Way”.

Connect for Efficiency: A new chapter in the Group’s history of profitable and responsible growth:

·        Industrial productivity: Raise the bar with tailored supply chain and drive significant industrial productivity through purchasing, footprint optimisation, supply chain flow re-design and transportation rationalisation.  A best-in-class planning process by customer segment and an IT system aligned with supply chain segmentation will support this.

·        Support functions efficiency: Leverage scale to drive savings on support functions through non-production purchases rationalisation, more globalisation of corporate functions, simplification of business and country level set-up, and implementation of acquisition synergies. At the same time, the company will continue to invest in commercial presence and R&D to support future growth.  Total R&D expenses to sales ratio is expected to move towards five percent of sales going forward.

·        Planet and society barometer:  Maintain best-in-class standard in environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Management compensation is partly tied to barometer performance.

With “Connect”, Schneider Electric expects to raise Group performance to a new level of excellence by 2014. The management is confident that Schneider Electric will continue its transformation with “Connect” and emerge from it leaner, more efficient and well positioned to respond to customer challenges in a fast-changing world.

Redefining monochrome A4 printing with the DEVELOP ineo 36/42

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The ineo 36/42 from DEVELOP South Africa moves beyond the norm in monochrome A4 printing, with an A3 printing option, a sophisticated stapling function and reassuring security features. Since black-and-white A4 documents account for the majority of print output in most office environments, the ineo 36/42 is just the device needed.

“Monochrome systems are so popular because they are reliable, long-lasting and economical,” says Marc Pillay, general manager of DEVELOP South Africa. “While our new monochrome print system certainly fulfils all those requirements, it is designed for office users who want more than a standard office solution. We’ve redefined monochrome A4 printing to bring in some extremely useful ‘out-of-the-box’ features.”

Although most office printing involves black-and-white A4 documents, A3 can be extremely useful, for example for the printing of Excel tables. Up until now, the decision on whether to buy an A4 or an A3 printer usually had to be taken before the printer was purchased. The ineo 36/42, in contrast, comes with an A3 option allowing users to print A3 formats via the bypass.

Office users who frequently have to prepare handouts of Excel tables, presentations or other documents for internal or external meetings, will appreciate the optional finishing unit that staples documents either in the top left-hand corner or twice on the left-hand margin. That not only produces neatly finished documents but also saves time and effort.

The days of stand-alone print systems in office environments are well and truly over. The ineo 36/42 not only features network capability, it can also be enhanced by a number of proprietary software tools to improve the efficiency of document workflows.

“What more can be said about the multifunctional ineo 36/42?” Pillay asks. “Thirty six or 42 A4 pages per minute, copying, scanning and optional faxing functionality, a colour scanning capability, an easy-to-use colour touchscreen display: all more or less standard features of an office device in this segment. However, the features that really give this newcomer the edge are its non-standard A3, finishing and security capabilities.”

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