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Gartner Identifies Five Tactics to Protect IT Investment Funding

By admin, 4 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Analysts to Discuss IT Budget Management for New Projects at Gartner Program and Portfolio Management & IT Governance Summit 2012, 19-20 June, in London

Almost every CIO identifies reducing operational expenditure and increasing the amount spent on IT investments as a top priority.* However, many fail to manage properly the operational costs of IT investment in new programmes, which can erode investment funding, according to Gartner, Inc.

“Organisations that overspend on operational activity have little money left to invest in new projects. Without reinvestment, organisations cannot restructure and optimise their operational spending,” said Stewart Buchanan, research vice president at Gartner. “This results in rising non-discretionary costs, which in turn result in further underinvestment, lack of competitiveness, failing client service and loss of revenue. This makes future spending even less affordable and even less avoidable. Programme and project managers need to break their organisation out of this spiral of terminal decline.”

To help CIOs and IT professionals avoid this spiral, Gartner has identified five tactics to help manage IT investment in new programmes.

  • Diagnose the investment challenges your organisation faces and change governance to improve the way they are managed.

The cost of a new project’s implementation, and the ongoing operational expenditure derived from it, are often treated separately. It’s imperative to link project and operational spending together and not manage them in silos. If the increase in operating costs from new projects is not sustainable, it can drain IT budgets and reduce the scope for future investments, leading to a downward spiral. 

  • Keep a log of nasty surprises your organisation has faced in budget management. Plan ways to detect and avoid similar events in future.

Hidden costs can be most dangerous. In many organisations, particularly in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, it is now mandatory to forecast future operating costs in project plans. However, over optimism is still widespread when it comes to planning. Common misjudgements in planning new projects include: underestimating support costs because a new kind of service has never been managed before; dependency on sole suppliers, which then raise costs; failure to account for demand shifts.

  • Create a single portfolio view of assets, services and project spending.

Link project and operational spending management by removing silos. One way may be to require service managers and project managers to work together on business case approval. When working on business case approvals, ensure that new operating expenditures are identified through a total cost of ownership analysis. It is also important to create a process that funds new operational expenditure resulting from projects — some companies already provide a budget for operational spending as part of their project costs. 

  • Plan asset and service lifecycles to identify when investment is needed.

New projects and the assets or services they create are often seen as being very valuable to organisations. However, this value tends to depreciate, and this process does not stop at zero because IT assets and services usually cost money to support, maintain and retire. For example, many IT assets or services contain data that must remain readable to ensure legal and regulatory compliance. Whether the decision is to replace, refresh or retire these assets or services, it can involve unforeseen expenditure that can eat away at IT budgets. Without proper lifecycle planning the organisation may be unaware of cost implications and fail to plan for them. The result is that money badly needed for strategic projects may end up being used to “take out the trash.”

  • Plan for success by agreeing how wider deployments will be paid for (for example, through chargeback, contingency funding or further projects).

Often IT is expected to deliver “more with less”, and achieve exponential increases in computing power. However, many IT organisations are at a point where it is time to deliver “less with less”, if there remains a business goal to continue reducing IT spending. The success of a project can have the effect of increasing demand. Therefore, it is just as important to manage demand for a service or asset as it is to manage the project itself. Otherwise, efficiencies and savings can be wiped out and funding for future projects jeopardised.

Mr Buchanan will discuss IT investment funding at the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit 2012, which will run from 19 to 20 June, in London. For additional information on the Summit, please visit Members of the press can register by contacting Robert van der Meulen at Gartner on + 44 (0) 1787 267 738 or at Information from the event will be shared on Twitter at using #GartnerPPM.

* Findings from Gartner 2012 Executive Program Worldwide CIO Survey

Crowdsourced rating app set to shake up the wine industry

By admin, 4 lipca, 2012, No Comment

Deciding which wine to buy can be a daunting experience, says Real Time Wine (@realtimewine) founder Andy Hadfield (@andyhadfield) – which is why the 140-character wine blog has now become a fully realised mobile product, including free smartphone apps. “It’s a smooth, sexy and extremely useful mobile experience,” says Hadfield, “a giant leap forward from the blog-style pilot we started with”.

“Most wine buyers are not wine experts,” Hadfield points out. “The challenge of discovering new wine at the right price is so great that we tend to stick to the old and familiar. Real Time Wine makes the process of choosing, drinking and sharing wine easy. It’s a real tool for a particularly fun hobby!”

The free app allows users to browse short reviews by other everyday wine drinkers, check prices, contribute their own pictures or reviews and share the experience on social media.

“The more reviews a wine has, the more reliable the rating will be,” says Hadfield. “So we’ve made it as easy as possible for people to contribute their own opinions. Just tap an icon to add a Yum, Hmm or Yuk rating, or if you feel moved to say more, you can check in when you’re drinking the wine and add a review.”

There’s a catch, though: Real Time Wine bans wine review clichés and jargon. “Words like ‘bouquet’, ‘compote’ and ‘sweaty saddle’ are just wine snob waffle,” says Hadfield. “If one of our users tries to slip in a banned word we’ll gently suggest an alternative. We want real words from real people.”

Real Time Wine is available free for most smartphones at, or as a standalone app for iPhone and Android users. It can be found on the Apple and Google Play stores currently. Downloads from other local app stores (Samsung, Vodacom) will be available soon.

Hadfield says the app will ultimately become a “social wine discovery” tool. “People can track and explore their own tastes, find others who have the same tastes and discover new wines to try. Wine is one of the pleasures of life – we want to take away the anxiety and focus on the fun.”

The app has been developed in partnership with Prezence Digital (@prezencedigital) and with support from AngelHub (@angelhubza).

Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 Features New IT Optimization Capabilities

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Server utilization and monitoring, IT asset auto-discovery, and the Genome™ library enable Data Center Managers to maximize optimization at the server, rack, row and room levels

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today introduced StruxureWare™ Data Center Operation v7.2, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software that identifies underutilized and comatose servers enabling the optimization of IT equipment within the data center.  Updates to the Operation platform include the addition of IT Power Control, powered by Intel® Data Center Manager (DCM), and the inclusion of the Cisco UCS™ Manager Plug-in.

“Businesses are increasingly looking to the data center for opportunities for optimization, which can be achieved through right-sizing and consolidating the physical infrastructure and optimizing the IT layer,” said Soeren Brogaard Jensen, Vice President, Solution Software, Schneider Electric.  “StruxureWare Data Center Operation version 7.2 provides crucial information for making key decisions on how to run data centers more efficiently.  The platform provides data center managers with the ability to operate, monitor, analyze and optimize the energy usage of a data center all the way down to the server and CPU levels, gaining significant CapEX and OpEx savings and extending the data center life cycle in the process.”

StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 helps customers optimize the IT layer of the data center by focusing on actual IT power consumption rather than nameplate ratings, and by reducing the power and cooling required to support the IT layer.  The platform also provides an instant report on top power consumers, presenting data center managers with a list of servers that are likely candidates for upgrades, load sharing or retirement, as well as a report on underutilized and non-utilized servers, ultimately ensuring that server sprawl is reduced and ROI is improved.

New features of StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 include:

  • IT power and utilization monitoring determines the business usefulness for all IT assets and helps eliminate underutilized servers and maximize IT capacity at the rack, row and room levels.
  • Underutilized server tracking reduces costs by eliminating unnecessary servers and maximizing efficiency and rack capacity.
  • Server usage chargeback enables businesses to capture and assign IT costs to individual departments for accurate billing support down to the physical or virtual server level.
  • IT asset auto-discovery saves time and increases accuracy of managed asset inventory.
  • Auto-association automatically associates discovered IT devices with the inventory, based on properties such as make, model and IP address.
  • IT asset monitoring continually discovers and monitors IT components through standard protocols for accurate and current inventory management.
  • Genome™ library constantly growing asset library enables the software to determine power consumption without the aid of hardware sensors.
  • Reporting capabilities provides reporting on underutilized servers, top power consumers and KPI data.

In order to provide customers with the most comprehensive DCIM suite on the market Schneider Electric has equipped the StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 platform with a number of sophisticated and automated ways to keep track of inventory from any vendor, reported into one system.  Integrations with Cisco, VMware and the inclusion of Intel’s IT Power Control  technology all provide valuable support to the platform and greatly increase the flexibility to deploy StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 in any data center.

IT Power Control, powered by IntelDCM, provides real-time, server-level data on power and thermal conditions within the data center, which allows StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 to deliver comprehensive power and thermal consumption information to data center managers.

“The Intel DCM enables the StruxureWare IT Power Control module to continuously monitor the ongoing level of power and thermal consumption at an increased granular level, across a broad range of servers and IT devices,” said Jeff Klaus, director, Intel Data Center Manager Solutions. “The technology integration, and the relationship between Schneider Electric and Intel DCM, should send a clear signal of confidence to large enterprise data centers still hesitant about DCIM technology.”

In addition to the existing VMware vSphere integration, version 7.2 adds the Cisco UCS Manager plug-in  which offers Cisco UCS customers a plug n’ play configuration that provides automatic inventory, proactive warnings, and real time data showing Cisco UCS power draw, CPU and memory usage. The plug-in allows customers to set the power cap for their racks with the knowledge of real-time physical capacity constraints, which ensures that the power and cooling loads are matched appropriately, optimizing the usage of the physical infrastructure and reducing over-provisioning, making customer’s data centers more agile.

StruxureWare Data Center Operation v7.2 is currently available as part of the complete StruxureWare for Data Centers software suite, available for demonstration at Schneider Electric’s corporate headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison, France as well as the Schneider Electric Technology Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  Please visit for more information on Schneider Electric’s complete line of data center software solutions.

GSA Confirms LTE User Devices Tripled in 12 Months, 417 Products Announced

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An update to the ‘Status of the LTE Ecosystem’ report published today by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) confirms that 67 manufacturers have announced 417 LTE-enabled user devices, including frequency and carrier variants.
Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: “The number of LTE user devices announced in the market has more than tripled over the past year.”

The figures include 83 LTE smartphones and 31 tablets.

Research for the report covered devices for use on FDD or TDD modes of the LTE system, their form factors, operating frequencies, and the fallback technologies which are supported when customers move outside the LTE coverage areas (i.e. ability to access HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, EV-DO, or TD-SCDMA systems).

Breakdown of LTE user devices by form factor:

45 Modules
31 Tablets
19 Notebooks
1 PC card
3 Femtocells
83 Smartphones
157 Routers
78 Dongles

Total = 417 user devices (July 3, 2012)

Note that certain products are carrier or country specific and are not available in all markets.

68 devices can operate in the TDD mode.

267 LTE devices also operate on either HSPA, HSPA+ or DC-HSPA+ networks, ensuring a seamless mobile broadband experience for customers moving between LTE and HSPA coverage footprints. Within this figure, 109 LTE devices can operate on 42 Mbps HSPA+ systems.
126 LTE devices support operation on EV-DO networks.

The report also considered the availability of devices by frequency band and support of the likely required combinations. The report findings are summarized below for the main LTE bands:

700 MHz (US Digital Dividend, various bands) 193 devices
800 MHz (EU Digital Dividend, Band 20) 90 devices
1800 MHz (Band 3) 98 devices
2600 MHz (Band 7) 120 devices
800/1800/2600 MHz 75 devices
AWS (Band 4) 78 devices

The majority of LTE user devices operate in the 700 MHz band since LTE networks using this spectrum are the most extensively developed today, driven by market developments in the USA. As LTE network rollouts rapidly develop in other regions, particularly in Europe where operators are primarily using 2600 MHz, 1800 MHz and 800 MHz digital dividend spectrum, in many cases using all three bands, manufacturers have quickly responded with products for these markets. For example, the number of user devices capable of operating in 2600 MHz spectrum (band 7) has increased by 85% since January 2012. The choice of LTE1800 (band 3) devices has also significantly expanded. There are now 98 LTE1800 user devices, which is almost double the number reported by GSA in January 2012.

The GSA Status of the LTE Ecosystem report (July 3, 2012) is available as a free download to registered site users via the link at (registration page for new site users at )

LTE is the fastest developing mobile system technology ever. According to the Evolution to LTE report published by GSA on June 4, 2012, a total of 327 operators in 99 countries are currently investing in LTE and 144 LTE networks are expected to be in commercial service in 59 countries by the end of this year.

Numerous charts, maps etc. confirming the progress of mobile broadband developments including LTE are available at

Selling online: What every small business owner needs to know about payment gateways

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Selling goods online is a fantastic way for a small business to reach a bigger market than the local shop could ever provide — and avoid some of the overheads associated with renting premises. But says, PayGate MD Peter Harvey, would-be online businesses need to become familiar with very different ways of being paid.

“Getting an online merchant account so that you can take credit card payments directly can be a very involved and expensive process and not everyone will qualify,” he says. “Fortunately, you don’t need a merchant account to trade online. There are alternatives available like UKash, FNB Cell PayPoint, PaySum1, Mpesa, SID (Secure Internet Deposit) and more: But how do you know which one is right for your business?”

A payment service provider (PSP) should be able to help business owners answer that question, says Harvey. “PSPs specialise in making online payments happen – they are the link between sellers, customers, their respective banks and card companies. One of the first things to look for in a PSP is whether they’re able and willing to guide you in making the right choices.”

The last thing to do, says Harvey, is to leave the decision about payment methods up to your web site developer. “You absolutely cannot afford to abdicate this decision,” he says. “These are things that go to the very heart of your business: How will you get paid and when, what fees will you pay, how does your PSP talk to your bank and your customers’ banks, will they help protect you against fraud and can your business grow with them?”

At the same time, he says, “you will want to make life as easy as possible for your web developer. Find a PSP who offers plugins for all the popular shopping cart applications your developer might want to use – you don’t want to have to develop anything from scratch. Ask if the PSP has a fully functional test system so that you can try transactions on the site before it goes live. Finally, make sure they offer tech support – your developer must have someone to call with any questions.”

The relationship needs to continue long past the web development stage however, says Harvey. “Look for a PSP you can build a long-term relationship with. The costs of changing payment providers are high, especially if your business can’t afford to be out of action for a few hours or days. You don’t want to have to do it, basically – so pick someone you can rely on to meet your needs in the long run.”

Payment needs are likely to change as a business grows, notes Harvey. “For example, if you start doing large numbers of transactions you should be able to negotiate a lower fee per transaction. Don’t get tied into a two-year contract with a high minimum monthly commitment – or any two-year contract, in fact. A 30-day notice period should be the standard.”

Finally, says Harvey, “ask your PSP about their reporting system. Banks will often deposit the proceeds of many small transactions into your account as one lump sum, which can make reconciliation very difficult. Make sure you can track all the traffic through your payment gateway and that there’s a good reporting system in place.”

Online commerce can be scary for first-timers, says Harvey, “but many people have built very solid businesses online. If you’re supplying any kind of niche product or service, selling online might be the only way to build a sustainable customer base. The secret is to find the right partners to help you make it happen.”

Samsung introduces Pastel My Business Online app to local Samsung Apps store

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 Enterprise Mobility – just got that much easier

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, is pleased to announce the release of the Pastel My Business Online app to the local Samsung App Store. Pastel My Business Online is an online accounting application, now available through an easy to use app on your Samsung mobile device*. While its back-end is as comprehensive as any accounting programme, its simplified front-end  dashboard, with graphs and drill-downs of all  transactions, makes daily financial management simple for any business owner.

Says Paulo Ferreira, Head of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa: “As the enterprise market continues to grow, businesses require the right technological tools to implement an effective enterprise mobility strategy. At Samsung, we understand this and have therefore placed a strong focus on vertical and horizontal solutions for the enterprise – aimed at enabling a mobile workforce to meet the needs of accessibility, flexibility, efficiency and productivity through smart, innovative technology. Adding the Pastel My Business Online app to our Samsung Apps Store is a natural extension and evolution of this.”

Pastel Software in the Palm of your Hands

Through the mobile app, businesses can:

  • Buy and sell inventory in the palm of their hand – using My Business Online, users can manage their customers, suppliers and inventory items. My Business Online keeps track of sales per customer by item, purchases by supplier by item  allowing users to create customer categories, supplier categories and item categories to analyse sales.
  • Get the information they need – providing a bird’s eye view of the business, the dashboard in My Business Online is the quickest and easiest way to get an overview of how the business is doing, no matter where you are.
  • Financial security at their fingertipsimport your bank statements instead of capturing each transaction. What’s more financials can be accessed and completed by you or your accountant from anywhere in the world. 

“Pastel’s My Business Online provides simple, secure online accounting, giving small and start up business owners the freedom to run their business anywhere, anytime, without any hassles,” says Steven Cohen, MD of Softline Pastel Accounting. “Softline Pastel’s philosophy has been to allow businesses to drive technology by remaining cognisant of customers’ growing needs and requirements and one such need was to provide a mobile extension of the web-based service – and this partnership allows us to do exactly that.”

Concludes Ferreira: “We are certainly excited about this partnership. Pastel is a trusted name in accounting and payroll software, couple this with a consumer electronics company at the forefront of technology that offers an end-to-end business solution – makes for a smart enterprise mobility partnership.”

The Pastel My Business Online App can be downloaded on the Samsung Apps store – 

*Please note, the Pastel My Business Online app is currently only available for the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphones.

Local industry urged to learn from UK Bank computer glitch reputational disaster

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The week-long computer glitch that delayed payments between UK based Royal Bank of Scotland and its subsidiary brands NatWest Bank and Ulster Bank, affecting at least 15 million personal banking customers, highlights the importance for the local banking sector – and any organisation with a large clientele base reliant on immediate access to critical services – to ensure effective Public Response protocols are incorporated into Business Continuity Management to mitigate the risk of severe reputational damage.

This is according to Ray Stride, Managing Director of Global Continuity South Africa – a group company of JSE-listed Metrofile Holdings Limited – who says while the details of the glitch are unclear at present, it appears to be related to possible negligence around the testing of software upgrades before implementation in the live environment.  “This was compounded by inadequate contingency plans that did not provide a clear Public Response protocol required to identify and contain any reputational damage.”

“When an organisation plans to change anything in a production environment, they need to ensure that it is tested properly, and also make certain there is the option to revert to the old system if a fault occurs.”

Stride says the actual cause of the technical error loses its relevance now as company directors and other involved partners suffer the consequences of reputational damage and the subsequent financial losses following the event.

Stride says the banks will not only have to compensate customers for any financial losses experienced as a result of delaying the process of payments of bills, access to accounts or the receiving of wages, but will also have to pay for the additional staff presence due to the extension of operating hours, which included NatWest branches opening on a Sunday for the first time in its 44 year history. “The banking industry and financial commentators are already estimating the costs to range anywhere between tens of millions to hundreds of millions of pounds.”

“Despite the financial losses, the reputational damage RBS will suffer may be irreparable. Clients and staff could migrate to other banks, shareholders may dump their stock, public confidence in the brand will take a significant knock providing a perfect environment for competitors to take advantage of the situation and the banks could be heading for a rating downgrade which will increase interest rates and hammer profits and competitiveness.”

These severe repercussions could easily have been avoided had the banks implemented effective Public Response plans that focussed on providing customers with a clear understanding of the situation and solution to their problem, says Stride.

“The lesson to be learnt from the RBS disaster is that all industries and organisations that are heavily reliant on real-time service delivery must ensure an appropriate Public Response to disasters is incorporated into a sound Business Continuity Management plan to mitigate reputational, legal and financial damage,” concludes Stride.

CEM Africa Summit explores measuring the voice of your customer

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The anticipated Customer Experience Management Africa Summit will be held in Cape Town from 2 to 3 August 2012. The event will bring together Africa’s industry leaders, and provide a unique platform to build relationships, share ideas and most importantly, to do business. The summit is produced by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events.

Applying the latest marketing tools to employ the voice of the customer as your company differentiator allows the enterprise to leverage the latest technological advancements geared to differentiate your brand among competitors in an ever-evolving market landscape.  Behavioural analytics provides us with the tools to track the customer conversation through cyberspace, across all touch-points, and enabling us to tap into the vast pool of information widely available to us; proactively generating a higher level of customer loyalty by tracking and mapping your customer conversation.

The CEM Africa Summit explores the technological advances currently available, assisting you to adopt the customer experience techniques which will allow you to differentiate your brand in the industry among the marketing “noise”.

For more information, to register to attend, comment or photographs, visit or contact Shaunei Meintjes on +27 21 555 0866 or Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates and news feeds.


From luxury to commodity to absolute necessity – the consumerisation of digital storage

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By Khalid Wani, Western Digital Sales Director – Branded Business – Middle East, Africa and India

The world’s first hard drive, shipped in 1956, was the size of two refrigerators, held just 5MB of data and cost an incredible $10 000 per megabyte. By today’s standards this would not even hold a single high quality MP3 format song, could probably only hold one or two photographs, and the drive would take up more space than the average office cubicle. Storage has come a long way in less than 60 years, becoming smaller, more portable and higher in capacity, and the price per gigabyte has continued to drop, from $300 000 in 1981 to less than 10 US cents in 2010.

Digital storage has evolved from a rarity to a luxury, and from a luxury to a consumer commodity, driven by constant connectivity and a lifestyle that drives digital content generation. One could even go so far as to say that storage is a necessity, since much of our lives are now online and losing entire hard drives full of data could be a disaster for business and personal users alike.

Driven by more available connectivity and evolving technology, file sizes are only getting larger, and high definition photographs, music, video and multimedia are becoming easier to download and share.  These files all need to be securely stored and backed up. Users are also becoming increasingly mobile and want to be able to take their digital files with them wherever they go. The trend of smaller, more portable, cheaper hard drives with greater capacity than ever is one that is set to drive the future of storage, as content generation and sharing continues to grow and files sizes increase.

The sheer number of digital devices available to consumers is also contributing to the growth in demand for storage. Smart phones allow users to take photographs and share them, receive emails, even create videos, and tablet PCs enable all of this and more. Users also want to be able to share this content online, which means that whoever is hosting social media sites will also need more and more storage. Content creation and the social media revolution is driving demand for consumer storage, and the average home now requires in the region of 1TB of storage, compared to a few hundred gigabytes a few years ago.

However, as more and more data is stored digitally, the need for backup storage has also grown. Users who store their music, movies, photographs and more in a digital format need to ensure that this data is also securely backed up, whether this is on a portable hard drive, a desktop hard drive, or increasingly in a network attached storage environment that also enables personal cloud storage for access anywhere anytime.

When it comes to storage, mobility is key. Portable storage enables users to take their files anywhere, but networked cloud storage allows them to keep their files in a centralised facility and access them from a variety of different devices. And while portable drives are increasing in capacity, this space still remains limited, and the Cloud is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Networked storage with personal cloud capability allows the best of all worlds, with access to centralised storage from multiple devices without the security concerns of the public cloud. Networked storage also enables users to store content on a central drive and then share this content wirelessly for sharing and streaming of videos, music and more onto televisions and other smart devices. This convergence and the emergence of the connected home is again a result of the proliferation of content creation and the current lifestyle of sharing and collaboration.

Once thing is certain, digital storage is here to stay, and we can fully expect it to follow the same trend as it has for the past 50 years and more. We will continue to see more storage, in a more portable format, with greater speeds and at a more affordable price. Storage is no longer a luxury, but a necessary commodity that keeps business and consumers connected to their world.


Xerox announces winner of Business Boost in a Box competition

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Live event technology company Stage Audio Works, founded by entrepreneur Will Deysel in 2000, has won the Xerox Business Boost in a Box competition. The competition was launched in November 2011 by Bytes Document Solutions, the authorised Xerox distributor in sub-Saharan Africa and a division of Bytes Technology Group, with the aim of focusing on Xerox’s ability to help companies become ready for real business.

The prize includes a total of R250 000 worth of Xerox and Bytes products and services, as well as the opportunity to be part of the Aurik Business Incubator Acceleration Programme, run by well known entrepreneurial expert and Aurik founder Pavlo Phitidis. As part of the competition, qualifying entrants were able to ask Phitidis for help with their most challenging business questions, and receive insightful, practical and real-world advice on growing the business.

What comes in the box will be tailored to Stage Audio Works’ business needs to ensure it makes the biggest possible difference, and takes the business to the next level. The five semi-finalists all won Xerox Phaser printers, a monochrome laser printer that offers excellent productivity and reduces operating costs.

“The Xerox Business Boost in a Box competition attracted over 1 500 entrants and some amazing entrepreneurial talent,” says Rabin Ram, Xerox MD at Bytes Document Solutions. “A total of 45 entrants were shortlisted and went through a rigorous selection process of which five semi-finalists were chosen. We congratulate Will Deysel as well as the other four semi-finalists for their participation in the competition and exemplifying such great entrepreneurship.”

The competition targeted small and medium businesses, and the winner and semi-finalists were chosen based on their ability to innovate, their resilience, business growth, their entrepreneurial journey, and their passion as entrepreneurs.

“As the winner of the competition, Stage Audio Works met all the winning criteria and will receive support to accelerate the growth of the business, and to build the company into an asset of value,” says Phitidis. “Aurik defines a business of value as one that can successfully raise funding, or be sold at a premium price should the entrepreneur decide to move on at some point in the lifecycle of the business. As the founder of Stage Audio Works, Will Deysel demonstrated that he has passion with purpose and is a true entrepreneur at heart.”

“The size of the SME market in South Africa warrants attention, and it’s time for big businesses to invest more money in the growth of this sector for the benefit of all our citizens,” says Ram. “The Xerox Business Boost in a Box campaign is about reaching out to these entrepreneurs and helping worthwhile small businesses to evolve and fulfil their true potential.


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