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Dell, changing the world

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Dell South Africa has partnered with the Change the World Foundation by providing ICT equipment and funding that will be used to establish a Hub and ICT Training Centre for the youth, teachers , high school IT workshops, boot-camps and focus programmes for learners.

Natasha Reuben, Head of Transformation for Dell South Africa, “Change the World Trust works with various organisations, NPOs and the private sector to develop talented IT Trainers, programmers and IT literate youth for successful, professional careers. We, at Dell, through the Dell Development Fund support learning that bridges the gap between the technology “haves” and the “have-nots”. We do this through placing state-of-the-art technology into underserved communities and working with global non-profit organizations. Our action helps young people discover new possibilities, change their lives, and unleash their true potential. Therefore, this partnership is a natural fit.”

The 25 laptops and three projectors will provide 100 youth with basic and intermediate ICT skills, potentially train up to 50 youth as qualified, accredited PC technicians and offer comprehensive training to three non-profits and social enterprises seeking to implement ICT Training for youth. It will contribute to providing ICT training for 100-120 educators and teachers and enable youth programming boot-camps.

“Socio-Economic Development (SED) is the mechanism Dell uses to give back to the societies in which we operate and live. Our objective is to provide previously disadvantaged individuals with the means of becoming economically active and focusing on initiatives aimed at establishing support and upliftment,” adds Reuben.

“Through our various SED initiatives we hope to assist organisations on the pathway towards improving and sustaining the lives of the communities they serve,” Reuben concludes.

Absa Rewards gives customers 5% cashback at Sasol

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Hot on the heels of a steep increase in fuel prices in South Africa, Financial Services Group Absa today unveiled a rewards deal that offers 5% bank sponsored cashback on purchases at all Sasol branded service stations.

This exclusive offer provides added incentive to the approximately 1.3 million Absa Rewards members that will also have the ability to earn 5% in cash rewards simply by swiping any Absa card within Sasol Convenience Centres.

“What sets Absa Rewards apart is its simplicity. Customers don’t have to remember to carry an additional card or make complex points conversions. We have no hidden costs, coupons or punch cards. For Absa Rewards members it’s as simple as swiping an existing Absa card and getting cash back,” says Absa Head of Retail Banking Arrie Rautenbach.

He explained that through the fuel rewards offer, Absa Rewards members would typically save an average of 11 litres of fuel in cash rewards per month and extra cash savings within Sasol convenience stores that would especially benefit travellers.

“We are delighted at the prospect of joining the Absa Rewards programme as a partner. This development will enable customers to earn 5% of their spend back at our Sasol Convenience Centres,” says Alan Cameron, Managing Director of Sasol Oil.

In addition to the fuel rewards offer, Absa Rewards announced a partnership with Dis-Chem that offers an extra 15% benefit when converting Absa cash rewards to Dis-Chem benefit points. Absa is also offering new customers who take up vehicle finance or register for Absa Rewards before 31 October 2013, a chance to win one of forty R5000 gift cards from Tiger Wheel & Tyre.

“Most loyalty programmes are points based or have expiry dates on points/miles, making it hard to maximise award value. Our aim is to ensure that our customers and clients get a full service bouquet, but at the same time getting paid real cash for using their Absa debit, credit or cheque card as we understand that even the most valuable loyalty currency isn’t the same as cold, hard cash,” says Rautenbach.

“It is imperative for us to make sure that we offer our clients a straight forward and easy to understand rewards solution. This is in line with our focus to make customers’ lives much easier,” he concludes.

Nashua Mobile goes even more Mobile

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If you’re a Nashua Mobile customer why not get your new phone set up at your office or at home or even while you are on holiday at the coast, so you can get on with the things that are really important to you, while we do what is important to us: saving you time, saving you money and putting you first.

Nashua Mobile’s ultra-mobile Smart Squad is an innovative service that’s grown out of an existing service, previously only available for major corporate clients and VIP customers. This on-site support is now available for anyone within a reasonable distance from Nashua Mobile’s major regional offices, at a time and place that’s convenient to the customer.

The Smart Squad features 12 agents providing mobile support in Greater Gauteng, Durban, Bloemfontein and Cape Town. There are six Smart Squad vehicles in Jo’burg, and two vehicles each in the other three regions. The team is supported by a dedicated specialist in the Bloemfontein Call Centre, who sets up the appointments in real-time.

Nashua Mobile CEO Mark Taylor says time has become an increasingly scarce commodity, creating a definite need for customers to get support from a highly qualified specialist in a time and place that suits their hectic schedule. “Customers simply do not have the time to drive to a retail store to have their devices set up or questions answered, so we created a solution that is responsive, adaptable and highly qualified to assist with any and everything that’s thrown our way,” says Taylor.

This service is unique in the telecommunications market, and another way that Nashua Mobile is differentiating itself as the service provider of choice.

EA SPORTS joins F.C. Barcelona as official video game partner

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Barca Players Get Stunning 3D Digital Models And Camp Nou Featured In EA SPORTS FIFA 14

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and F.C. Barcelona today announced they have agreed to a three-year partnership that will make EA SPORTS™ the Exclusive and Official Video Game Partner of one of the most popular and storied football clubs in the world.

“Joining a world class football club like Barcelona as an Official Club Partner is a fantastic opportunity for EA SPORTS and our fans,” said Matt Bilbey, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, EA SPORTS. “We will create a deeper connection with their passionate, global fan base, and use our games as a platform to engage supporters all around the world for years to come.”

Laurent Colette, Chief Marketing Officer, FC Barcelona said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with EA SPORTS, one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment brands, and to create a stronger relationship between our global fan bases. We encourage everyone to try out the game, get a feel for being under the skin of our players and emulating their actions on the pitch; without a doubt those who try it will enjoy it.”

Through the partnership, EA SPORTS captured 3D head scans of 17 F.C. Barcelona stars such as Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas, Dani Alves, and Andrés Iniesta, and they will appear as stunning, high-quality and authentic 3D digital player models in FIFA 14. In addition, Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home pitch, will be a featured stadium. F.C. Barcelona and its superstar forward and FIFA 14 cover athlete, Lionel Messi, will become central figures in global marketing, advertising and social media activities for the critically acclaimed FIFA franchise. Plus, F.C. Barcelona will host an exclusive videogame tournament later this year to determine the best FIFA 14 player on the squad.

Over the course of the partnership, F.C. Barcelona and EA will develop a range of interactive activities to entertain and engage fans both at Camp Nou and around the world. At selected home matches over the course of the season, the EA SPORTS Dugout, a mobile gaming trailer, will be on-site so fans can play EA SPORTS games. In addition, F.C. Barcelona will receive in-game insights and data about how their fans engage with the club through EA SPORTS FIFA.

F.C. Barcelona joins many other prestigious EA SPORTS partner clubs around the world, including Valencia from Spain’s La Liga, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City from Barclays Premier League in England, Borussia Dortmund from the German Bundesliga, Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain F.C. from Ligue 1 in France, and AC Milan in Italy’s Serie A.

Experience the emotion of scoring great goals in FIFA 14*. Innovations to the award-winning gameplay make the game more authentic and more fun. Dictate the tempo of a match, create chances through midfield, and then unleash the perfect strike. A new feature called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating.

FIFA 14 is available for pre-order** now on selected platforms at http://www.origin.com and other retailers. FIFA 14 will release in South Africa on September 27 and the game will be available on Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4, later this year. Join the EA SPORTS community at http://www.facebook.com/easports. Follow us on Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hash tag #FIFA14. For information about FIFA 14 visit www.easports.com/fifa.

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™, and EA SPORTS UFC. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com.

EMC offers IT professionals unique transformation opportunity

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EMC Southern Africa is offering IT professionals a unique opportunity to transform their businesses by journeying further into the cloud, leveraging Big Data analytics to extract value from their information, securing their data, and glimpsing the future in virtualised, software-defined data centres.

Servaas Venter, Country Manager of EMC Southern Africa, says all this insight – and more – will be revealed at EMC Forum 2013. “The Forum will show IT professionals how EMC cloud solutions transform IT and business, enabling them to grasp the opportunity that arrives at the intersection where their Cloud Computing meets Big Data – both enterprise Big Data and unstructured Big Data,” he says.

EMC Forum 2013, a free one-day event, is being hosted by EMC Southern Africa on Tuesday, 13 August at The Westin in Cape Town and on Thursday, 15 August at Gallagher Conference Centre in Johannesburg.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Howard Elias, President and Chief Operating Officer of EMC Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services. Elias has a wealth of information and insight to impart to the delegates and will be sharing his views on the top challenges and trends impacting enterprises today.

Elias has overall responsibility for setting the strategy, driving execution, and creating best practices for EMC services that enable customers’ journey to cloud computing.

“EMC Forum 2013 will enable IT professionals to connect and network with their peers from across South Africa as well as around the world,” Venter says. “They will hear local and international insights from high-calibre keynote speakers and presenters, as well as case studies featuring the latest integrated solutions from EMC and our partners. A highlight will be the results of a country-specific IT Transformation survey, which will disclose how businesses are approaching Big Data, IT transformation, and technology skills.

“To complete the package, a hand-picked selection of our partners will be exhibiting their products, and our VLab will offer hands-on experiences from EMC engineers. During the session, the leadership team will discuss the exciting new opportunities for partners, EMC’s vision and strategy for 2013 into 2014, and our Cloud, Big Data, and Trust initiatives. I believe it’s an excellent opportunity to begin the journey to lead any organisation’s transformation.”

Highlights on the agenda include topics such as: Lead your Cloud Transformation; Building Data Science Teams; Visibility and Security for the Virtualised Enterprise; Battling Cyber Crime with Cyber Intelligence; and Virtual Private Clouds: the Role of the Service Providers.

The list of sponsors and EMC partners which will be participating in EMC Forum 2013 encompasses Cisco, VMware, Dimension Data, Stortech, Brocade, Business Connexion, Intel, Internet Solutions, ITWeb, Sithabile, VCE, DataCentrix, First Technology and Varonis.

 

Africa’s digital, marketing, commerce and enterprise show awaits you!

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With innovations in technology moving at such a rapid speed, organisations are on the back burner trying to keep up.

Enterprise’s most urgent need right now is to identify and evaluate the most efficient and appropriate technologies to keep them ahead of the competition.

The Enterprise Technology Show Africa is the leading marketplace and ideas exchange for African businesses and organisations hungry for innovative solutions. This is a platform for enterprise technology thought leaders and disruptors to showcase their solutions to Africa’s IT buyer community.

The ultimate goal of the show is Africa’s business community meets to discuss their ICT challenges and opportunities and where they make decisions to invest in new solutions.

This show presents a lucrative opportunity for the continent’s foremost solution providers to meet new customers and to grow their client base in Africa.

Further to that, drawing as many as 1500 attendees including end-users and suppliers of technology to find cost effective and reliable solutions. This is where the continent’s most innovative solutions are showcased for your customers to evaluate, buy and ultimately improve their business.

Get inspired by listening to the masterminds of technology innovations. These headline makers will expose what’s new, what’s hot and what’s next in the lightning paced ICT technology space.

With over 110 speakers, the Enterprise Technology Africa show is not to be missed. Keynote speakers include Mark Forrester, Co-founder, Woothemes, South Africa, Stuart Forrest, CEO, Triggerfish, South Africa, Andre De Wet, General Manager, Price Check, South Africa and Tinus Le Roux, Founder, Fancam, South Africa.

The exhibition and conference hosts local and global leading solution providers and is attended by decision makers from across Africa, from a variety of key industries. With quality and quantity of visitors in attendance, exhibiting gives you brand exposure to decision makers who will buy your solutions.

The programme has been shaped by top CIO’s and will be delivered strictly by top C- level job titles, no consultants!
The show comprises of 6 brands coming together as one event. The 6 brands include: The Enterprise Technology Show, The Internet Show Africa, The Marketing Technology Show, Loyalty World Africa, The Mobile Show Africa and Big Data Africa.

Two of the brands in the event causing controversy and conversation in today’s times are:

The Internet Show Africa 2013 is the place where Africa’s marketers meet to discuss ways to transform social media into an effective strategy.And it’s where they make decisions to invest in new solutions.

The Internet Show is the leading marketplace and ideas exchange for African businesses and organisations hungry for innovative solutions. It is well known that social media now drives more traffic to popular sites than Google.Marketers are currently grappling with the question of how to monetize the hidden power if the internet. The most urgent need right now is for them to understand, identify, and evaluate the solutions that will help them capitalise on these trends.

The Mobile Show Africa 2013 is a platform for thought leaders and disruptors to showcase their solutions to Africa’s buyer community. African enterprises are becoming aware of the explosion of mobile uptake throughout the continent. What these organisations are still grappling with is the question around how to monetize the massive opportunities that this presents. The most urgent need right now is for them to understand, identify, and evaluate the solutions that will help them capitalise on these trends.

The Show takes place on 29-30 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, it brings you face-to-face with key customers to do more business and get more exposure. What a great opportunity to make sales, debut new products, profile your brand, meet new business partners and distributors, develop key relationships, educate buyers and promote thought leadership.
If you are looking to find syndication deals, brands to leverage or develop relationships, Africa’s digital, marketing, commerce and enterprise show is a must.

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