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COBIT 5 makes enterprise architecture a mandatory discipline

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ISACA’s COBIT 5, now repositioned as a business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT, has cemented the business necessity for hundreds of thousands of companies globally, and thousands in South Africa, to engage in enterprise architecture (EA) by clearly defining such a requirement.

COBIT 5 explicitly fires off a requirement to establish EA management as a key business capability, and draws a direct link with the recommendations of TOGAF 9, The Open Group’s industry-standard architecture framework which is the most widely used in South Africa. At the heart of TOGAF is the Architecture Development Method, or ADM, which maps back to COBIT 5.

ISACA was established 46 years ago by a group of technologists who understood then already that business processes and IT were inseparable. Since then it has matured to the extent that globally adopted COBIT (formerly known as Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology) is used by more than 100 000 professionals in 180 countries.

“COBIT 5 focuses on the full enterprise architecture domains, namely business, information, data, applications and technology, this is major shift from CobiT 4 which was technology centric,” says Stuart Macgregor, CEO of Real IRM, South Africa’s leading EA practitioner. He spent a fortnight in London and Washington DC last year working with ISACA to ensure a correct correlation between COBIT and EA, and his contribution forms a key component of Chapter 5 of ISACA’s Enabling Processes handbook.

“Thousands will use COBIT 5 to ensure they are in line with the best approaches in terms of governance and management of enterprise IT,” says Macgregor. “They will have as a clear instruction the requirement to develop an enterprise architecture vision, with accountability for its overall delivery residing with the CEO. In essence, this makes the CEO the chief architect, who must own EA and ensure its successful and sustained delivery.

“This is important given the need to drive the fusion between business and IT, using EA as a support process for business transformation and realising greater value from IT”.

COBIT 5 states: “The architecture vision provides a first-cut, high-level description of the baseline and target architectures, covering the business, information, data, application and technology domains. The architecture vision provides the sponsor with a key tool to sell the benefits of the proposed capability to stakeholders within the enterprise. The architecture vision describes how the new capability will meet enterprise goals and strategic objectives and address stakeholder concerns when implemented.”

The handbook then goes on to provide practical steps, mapping to the TOGAF Architecture Development Method, defining activities, management practice, and inputs and outputs. TOGAF has since 2009 gained currency in corporate and public South African organisations and is now the de facto standard.

The King III report has reinforced the urgency of adopting EA by also making it a direct board governance requirement.

King III states: “The board should provide the required leadership and direction to ensure that the company’s IT achieves, sustains and enhances the company’s strategic objectives”.

“The board is now given a clear mandate that they must embrace EA management, and they must sign off that they have made such a commitment,” adds Macgregor. “The use of COBIT 5 will accelerate the adoption of business-appropriate, sustainable EA as the core discipline that confers flexibility, cost reduction, business-IT alignment and long-term competitive advantage.”

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Bytes Document Solutions appoints national sales operations manager

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Bytes Document Solutions (BDS), Africa’s leading document management technology and solutions company and the largest Xerox distributor in the world, has appointed Debbie Gericke as national sales operations manager.

In her new role, Gericke will be tasked with managing, monitoring and motivating the sales team, controlling budgets and executing sales plans in line with key business strategies.

“Debbie has a remarkable employment history at Bytes Document Solutions, making her ideally suited for the position”, says Warren Mande, Bytes Document Solutions divisional sales director. “For several years, Debbie has consistently achieved the targets set before her. She is a capable individual with an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the wider Bytes group. When the opportunity arose to appoint a national sales operations manager she was the obvious choice.”

According to Gericke, hard work and near on two decades of experience within the print industry has adequately prepared her for this new role. “I started work at Bytes Document Solutions 16 years ago and worked in various roles within the organisation until I found my niche in the direct sales environment. In addition to the extensive knowledge I have gained, my passion for pushing barriers and tenacity to conquer challenges will best equip me to lead our highly talented sales team.”

Gericke has indicated that the redesign of managed print services solution within the group is an area of particular focus. “In this role I intend to assist Bytes Document Solutions in reinforcing its position as the leader in total print management solutions. We will be developing our sales team into highly specialised consultants dedicated to providing customers with continuous improvement and innovation.

“My primary goal in 2013 is to continue our internal synergy which focuses on always putting the customer first and ensuring that our solutions are continuously executed with the utmost professionalism and efficiency”, adds Gericke.

Rectron appointed distributors for Toshiba internal storage devices

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Rectron South Africa’s announces new partnership with Toshiba Storage Products Division

Rectron South Africa has been appointed as a distributor for Toshibas internal bare drives that further complements the range of products that Rectron distributes from over 25 leading hardware brands.

Rectron has differentiated itself amongst IT distributors in South Africa with its relentless focus on customer and after sales service, the quality of products that it offers, and its understanding of the South African IT hardware requirements with its local PC assembly line at the company’s headquarters in Midrand. “Toshiba storage products are a flagship brand for computing enthusiasts, overclockers and computer users that demand a high level of performance from their hardware,” explains Spencer Chen, Products Director at Rectron South Africa.

“Rectron is excited about this partnership. Toshiba storage products will now form part of a flagship range of IT hardware brands from Rectron that have made the company one of the country’s leading distributors of the world’s leading brands,” says Chen.

Toshiba internal hard drives complement the high-performance hardware components that Rectron already distributes through its nationwide dealer network. These products provide a convenient and reliable way to upgrade every major brand of notebook and desktop computer as well as consumer electronics or enterprise solutions. It combines its proven and reliable hard disk drive technology to provide increased performance, capacity and compatibility.

Africa’s cloud adoption challenges and opportunities

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By Christo Briedenhann, Country Manager of Riverbed Technology, Africa

In Africa, an emerging information technology industry is betting its future on serving customers and businesses through cloud based applications. At the same time, governments and non-governmental organisations are betting that cloud-based technology can help transform their economies and societies, spurring improvements in education, public health, and the environment.

The mobile-centric nature of Africa’s future, its current infrastructure, and the scattered nature of much of its information technology industry all make the continent a prime candidate for cloud computing. It sounds great, but making the cloud work in Africa remains a non-trivial problem. There are challenges unique to Africa, notably the last mile, the remoteness of many areas, and the fact that not all regions have access to high speed Internet yet.

In general, when employees are accessing company applications and data from remote locations, they are likely to experience performance problems.

One possible option that many organisations have considered is to install servers and networking equipment in each branch office. However, this can be expensive in terms of licensing and management; require skilled staff on site to manage server and storage systems; can cause issues of data integrity, especially if employees need to collaborate on files and documents; and does not necessarily overcome the performance issues experienced by those attempting to access data via a wide area network (WAN).

For those organisations that have embarked on a consolidation project and removed servers from the branch office, or intend to, there are further hurdles to overcome. When data has to be accessed over long distances, many CIFS applications are affected by latency. Increasing bandwidth won’t necessarily overcome poor performance, as adding more bandwidth will not address latency – but a WAN optimisation solution will.

WAN optimisation overcomes latency through specific TCP and application protocols.

African organisations require technology that optimises bandwidth and accelerates applications to offer both financial and performance improvements. These technologies, brought to market by Riverbed Technology, can improve bandwidth utilisation at remote locations by between 60% and 95% and improve application performance by five to 50 times. In addition, organisations can avoid expensive bandwidth upgrades and free up bandwidth for other applications such as VoIP.

In African business, as with anywhere in the world, there’s a driving need to cut costs and do more with less. When application performance is as good at a remote location as it is in the head office, remote workers use the applications more effectively, are able to work more productively, and can deliver the service customers expect. This benefits the company’s efficiencies, reputation and bottom line, in addition to reducing operating costs.

Eugene Kaspersky calls for closer collaboration between government and business to combat cyberthreats

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Kaspersky Lab warns of the risks to critical infrastructure, manufacturing and communications if action is not taken now

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, is urging greater collaboration between the UK government and the private sector to address the very real and potentially devastating threat of cyber warfare and the consequent risks posed to critical infrastructure.

In a speech given last Thursday, 25 April, to a select gathering of UK government officials, including Adrian Leppard, Commissioner of the City of London Police; Stephen Harrison, Chief Executive of the National Fraud Authority; and other peers of the realm, Eugene Kaspersky outlined the nature of today’s ever advancing cyber threats and what needs to be done in response to them.

The event, held in the iconic Churchill War Rooms, was also attended by a number of CSOs from British enterprise, including HSBC, Unilever, Vodafone and Barclays. Key British businesses – together with the government – Kaspersky believes are pivotal in the fight against serious cyber dangers.

In his speech, Eugene highlighted the most pressing issues facing the cyber world – and by extension, the physical world today;

“Today, sophisticated malicious programmes – cyberweapons – have the power to disable companies, cripple governments and bring whole nations to their knees by attacking critical infrastructure in sectors such as communications, finance, transportation and utilities. The consequences for human populations could, as a result, be literally catastrophic.”

Kaspersky Lab currently analyses around 200,000[i] unique malware samples every day, compared to just approximately 25 per day in 1994, 700 in 2006 and 7000 in 2011. Some of the most significant recent sophisticated cyber tools include Red October, Flame, MiniFlame, Gauss, Stuxnet, Duqu, Shamoon and Wiper.

Kaspersky Lab believes that a new, proactive approach needs to be actioned to tackle serious cyber threats, which must start with government and industry cooperation and incorporate universal standardisation and policies;

“Greater investment in education from both government and industry is needed to ensure a continuous flow of talent rising up through the ranks. The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) and its Fusion Cell[ii] are needed for the UK and of course the EU is moving ahead with its European Network and Information Security Agency(ENISA) and plans for establishing a network of Member States’ NIS bodies and CERTs, but that mustn’t stop individual nations taking the lead with their own measures to raise their cyber-resilience. But regulation needs to be at a global level. The CISP and ENISA need to cooperate together, data and expertise sharing can only be advantageous in the on-going fight against cyber threats of increasing sophistication.”

“But why should state intelligence and defence bother cooperating with the private sector? In the words of Francis Maude, Minister of the Cabinet Office, ‘We need to team up to fight common enemies but the key to cooperating, in a spirit of openness and sharing, are guarantees to maintain the confidentiality of data shared.”

“The private sector – particularly IT and security related industries, and also certain key critical industries for which IT security has long been at the top of the agenda – has a wealth of front line cyber-battle experience which state bodies will greatly benefit from having access to. This benefit should then dovetail back to the advantage of the private sector, through the added muscle of state bodies and the enhanced, overall visibility of cyber threats provided by the private-public partnership.”

Eugene’s speech came hot on the heels of a recent announcement from INTERPOL and Kaspersky Lab that they are entering into a partnership of technical cooperation. Kaspersky Lab will be sending its top experts to INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore once it opens, and will also start sharing cyber analytics with the global crime fighting organisation on an on-going basis.

SAS appoints Kroshlen Moodley as head of Public Sector

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Moodley’s appointment underlines the importance of the analytics conversation within the public sector

SAS today announced the appointment of Kroshlen Moodley as the company’s head of Public Sector, responsible for driving the company’s government and utilities business strategy within these sectors.

Moodley has extensive experience within the public sector which spans national government, telecommunications and utilities. Combined with his intimate understanding of the SAS business and its entire ecosystem, he is ideally positioned to further enhance the company’s reputation as the world’s foremost authority within the local public sector analytics market.

His key focus area will be to rebuild the public sector business for SAS by growing sustainable revenue streams, retaining key accounts and positioning the company as a dominant analytics business partner of public sector clients within the SADC region.

“Through a citizen and social centric approach, public sector can make the country a better place to live in for all citizens – and through the use of predictive analytics algorithms and advanced data analysis techniques, governments have the ability to make informed decisions that will make a tangible impact on the lives of taxpayers and ordinary citizens – thereby enhancing the overall citizen experience and enabling “smart government”, states Moodley.

“A sound data management and data quality strategy for example that improves the integrity of “big data” within legacy government systems, can enable the public sector to deliver more efficient and effective services to citizens, while the use of analytics to support evidence-based decision making, significantly improves performance monitoring and evaluation – which in turn supports radical public sector transformation and service delivery excellence.”

“Another area where analytics is delivering value is through the use of social analytics, where the pro-active monitoring and analysis of social media channels combined with traditional data sources, predicts citizen sentiment, thereby informing governments on how to plan effective communications and campaign strategies – this was evidenced by Barack Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns… and in the latest Boston bombings saga where a combination of social analytics and traditional crime intelligence techniques were used by the authorities to remand the perpetrators .”

“The increased rate of adoption of mobile platforms and devices by the general public and government, especially in the regional market, is driving the need for mobile visual analytics solutions and apps by a new genre of citizens and policy makers who require information much faster than the previous ones.”

Says SAS South Africa managing director Desan Naidoo: “Kroshlen’s passion for people and his ability to relate to their challenges has helped him to support and assist business and government to achieve success. I believe that he is a fantastic asset to SAS and will inspire his team to great heights.”

Moodley was appointed at SAS in June 2008 as Strategic Account Manager for Eskom, and moved to the position of Senior Public Sector Industry Lead in 2009, where he was instrumental in driving the SAS Performance Monitoring and Evaluation business. In October 2011 Moodley was promoted to the position of Regional Head for the SAS Global Utilities business unit. Before joining SAS, Moodley held a senior management position at SITA, and positions at Telkom and EDS.

Supporting Moodley’s work experience are two university degrees which include a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) degree from UNISA. He also holds a Certificate in Public Sector Monitoring and Evaluation from Stellenbosch University and has completed certifications in TOGAF, COBIT, ITIL Foundations; and a number of post graduate modules in information management.

 

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