Archive for Październik, 2013

The Philips 27-inch AMVA LED monitor offers sustainable eco display performance

By admin, 25 października, 2013, No Comment

Featuring a sustainable eco design and brilliant performance with built-in webcam and USB ports, the Philips 271P4QPJKE AMVA LED monitor from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC) is the perfect tool for the power PC user with a green conscience. An ultra High Definition (HD) display, stylish good looks and intelligent design, and a host of handy features complete the package for a monitor that does it all without breaking the bank.

“This monitor features Advanced Multi-domain Vertical Alignment (AMVA) technology that delivers super-high static contrast ratios for extra vivid and bright images, optimised pixel management and a 178 degree viewing angle for a clear image from practically anywhere in a room. Other handy features include an ergonomically adjustable base, low bezel-to-table height and the ability to pivot the screen from landscape to portrait mode,” says Bruce Byrne, Philips Product Specialist at DCC.

With brilliant image colour and clarity, the Philips AMVA LED handles everyday office applications with ease, and is also perfect for demanding graphical applications and gaming as well as for displaying photographs, movies and other multimedia applications. An embedded webcam and microphone enable easy communication and collaboration, and an integrated HDMI port and USB hub with three ports enables universal digital connectivity. DisplayPort technology enhances the link between PC and monitor with greater interoperability, offering 10.8 Gigabits per second (Gbps/sec) data transfer and zero latency, delivering the fastest imaging and refresh rates for demanding graphic applications.

“While the Philips AMVA LED is an incredibly powerful monitor that delivers superior quality display, it is also designed with the environment in mind. With PowerSensor, a built-in people sensor that uses infrared to determine whether or not the monitor is in use and automatically reduces monitor brightness when the user steps away from the desk, it is possible to save up to 80% in energy consumption. The monitor housing is free from brominated flame retardant and polyvinyl chloride (PVC-BFR free), and is manufactured using 65% post consumer recycled plastics, in accordance with TCO Edge requirements. These features help to reduce carbon footprint and protect the environment, ideal for businesses and eco-conscious consumers,” Byrne concludes.

The Philips 271P4QPJKE AMVA LED display is available immediately from resellers and leading retailers for a recommended retail price of R4 370.00 including VAT.

Kathea brings ZOOM to the local market, enabling video streaming for all

By admin, 25 października, 2013, No Comment

Kathea, a local distributor of visual communications and Unified Communication (UC) solutions, has partnered with London-based Disruptive Vision to bring the innovative ZOOM video streaming solution to the local market. ZOOM is a standards-based, software only, virtualised video broadcasting and streaming platform built for enormous scale. It offers live broadcast with rich interaction, video on-demand and streaming to open area screen displays.

Says Peter Cowen, CEO of Disruptive Vision: “With indicators like 6 billion hours of YouTube video being consumed each month, it is clear that people choose video whenever it is available. ZOOM’s video streaming platform empowers large organisations to harness the power of video to communicate, teach and collaborate by providing a consistently good viewer experience irrespective of their device – even in low bandwidth environments.”

“Video streaming is still in the early stages of adoption and application in the enterprise and education sectors. As such, we required a value-added distributor with a track record of investing in skills to reach and support new markets. Kathea is a market leader in the distribution of video conferencing and streaming products in South Africa. They also have a well establish vertical specialisation in higher education and the ZOOM platform is perfectly fit for purpose for this sector,” he adds.

The ZOOM solution eliminates the requirement for significant investment in expensive endpoint infrastructure to enable broadcasting. The solution brings both recorded and live broadcasts, with instant play and instant seek, to any device using a web browser.

“Using ZOOM, universities and learning institutions can broadcast lectures live, with rich, real-time interactions, and can record these broadcasts for on-demand viewing. Marketing and communications can create enterprise television and ‘YouTube’ style channels, and broadcast company announcements in real-time. HR can use ZOOM to conduct training and employee orientation. Enterprises can use the solution throughout the organisation to collaborate across a dispersed workforce. The potential for this solution to add value to our partner and customer community is enormous, and it is all made possible through innovative technology that is ideal for the South African market,” says David Sales, Head of Product Management at Kathea.

ZOOM provides an underlying platform that delivers all of the capabilities and requirements for video streaming, on-demand viewing and integrated communications. As a fully virtualised on premise solution, there is no need to purchase dedicated appliances and define discrete disaster recovery, redundancy and backup process and with elastic provisioning makes ZOOM instantly scalable to tens of thousands of employees or students simply by providing them access to the ZOOM portal.

ZOOM enables one-way streaming with two-way interaction capability, and the “PVR” type functionality enables users to pause and rewind even during live events. Video security is easily managed, maintained and controlled with active directory authentication, encrypted video transmission and incorporated digital rights management. Reports can also be pulled from the solution for information on the number of views, comments and interactions around videos both live and on-demand.

Several features of ZOOM make it the perfect solution for the South African market. It offers true-multilingual support, ideal for the diverse languages of the country. It also plays on any device on any available bandwidth instantly, with adaptive bit-rate streaming automatically delivering the video quality appropriate to your environment to ensure no buffering even in areas of low bandwidth. Even the video broadcaster requires no software and this, together with complementary services offered by Kathea, this maximises user adoption and uptake, as well as Return On Investment (ROI).

“Video is the future, and visual communications have time and again been proven to deliver enhanced value. ZOOM is an exciting innovation for the South African market, bringing the power of video streaming to within reach of many more users and potentially changing the face of both education and business,” Sales concludes.

The ZOOM solution is available from Kathea resellers.

Respawn Entertainment and EA prepare for TitanFall on March 14,2014

By admin, 25 października, 2013, No Comment

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) announced that Titanfall, the debut game from acclaimed independent videogame developer Respawn Entertainment, will be landing on store shelves beginning March 14, 2014 in South Africa exclusively for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system and PC. Already the winner of more than 80 coveted awards from critics around the world, Titanfall is winning over fans with its thrilling, dynamic first-person action gameplay featuring elite assault pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot titans. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key designers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall delivers a brand-new online experience that combines fluid, fast-paced multiplayer action with heroic, set-piece moments found in traditional campaign modes.

“Since we revealed the game in June we’ve been absolutely blown away by the reaction to Titanfall,” said Vince Zampella, a Co-Creator of Call of Duty and Co-Founder of Respawn Entertainment. “The feedback we’re getting from fans around the world is fueling our team as we head towards March and motivating us to deliver an experience that lives up to the hype.”

Set in the near future on a distant frontier torn apart by war, Titanfall drops players in the middle of a conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) and the Militia. The action is rapid and varied – featuring parkour-style wall running, massive double jumps and the ability to hijack titans. The freedom to shift back and forth between pilot and titan allows players to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation and extending the action vertically to new heights.

Titanfall will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on March 14, 2014 in South Africa. For more information on the game and how to pre-order, please visit www.titanfall.com. Join the conversation on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/titanfallgame and #Titanfall, or on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/titanfallgame. Press assets are available at info.ea.com.

Dell delivers ultra-thin mobile workstation

By admin, 25 października, 2013, No Comment
  • The new Dell Precision M3800 is the world’s thinnest and lightest 15-inch true mobile workstation 
  • Incredibly vivid Quad HD+ display with highest resolution available for visualizing and bringing creative ideas to life 
  • Features Intel Core i7 Quad-Core processor, NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics and ISV certifications for seamlessly running top digital content creation and design applications 

Dell launched the thinnest and lightest 15-inch true mobile workstation, the Dell Precision M3800. Merging beautiful design in an ultra-thin form factor with workstation-class performance, Dell has delivered an uncompromising system for digital content creators and engineers looking for portability, power and stylish design to match their image and environment.

“Dell has a long history of delivering leading-edge performance workstations for customers in engineering and digital content creation,” said Jon Peddie, President, Jon Peddie Research. “After seeing the new Dell Precision M3800 ultra-thin mobile workstation it’s like falling in love all over again. It has everything I want in a power notebook including a super processor and GPU, high-resolution and big screen, light weight, lots of I/O, great speakers and camera. What’s not to love? With the M3800, I no longer have to sacrifice performance for mobility and beautiful design.”

Less than three-quarters of an inch thin (18 mm) and starting at 4.15 pounds (1.88 kgs), dual-cooling to allow maximum performance at all times, and up to 10 hours and six minutes of battery life with NVIDIA Optimus technology that maximizes battery life for extended productivity, the M3800 enables editing video at a shoot, presenting CAD ideas to customers in style or rendering 3D animation and modeling on the road.

“Our designers frequently travel, to meet with and collaborate with vendors and clients and the new Dell Precision M3800 provides workstation-class performance to power their software applications with an aesthetic design that fits into those collaborative environments and creates the impression we want,” said Curt Spence, Client Devices Engineer, Freeman.

Outstanding Performance in an Ultra-Thin and Light Workstation

Offering powerful performance in an ultra-thin form factor, the Dell Precision M3800 is available with Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) or genuine Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit) and is loaded with up to 16GB of memory and 4th-generation Intel Core i7-4702HQ 8 threaded quad-core processor with up to 3.2 GHz clock speeds for seamlessly running professional software applications.

The M3800 is equipped with the NVIDIA Quadro® K1100M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 dedicated memory, offering twice as much on board video memory as the HP Z series Ultrabook, for a rich visual experience with graphic-intense software applications.

“The new Dell Precision M3800 is the first and only thin and light mobile workstation to offer the power of the Kepler-based NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, the industry’s highest-performing and most capable professional graphics,” said Sandeep Gupte, senior director of Product Marketing for the Quadro Professional Graphics Business at NVIDIA. “With 2GB of video memory in the NVIDIA Quadro K1100M GPU, the M3800 delivers uncompromised performance and rich visual experiences for graphics-heavy applications that creative professionals have been waiting for.”

To manage large data files while on the go, the Dell Precision M3800 offers multiple storage configurations including up to two storage devices, with a maximum of 1.5TB of storage (HDD, SSHD, or SSD), up to 35 percent more than HP’s 14-inch Z series Ultrabook, one 2.5-inch drive and one solid state Mini-Card storage device (mSATA).

“As the traditional workplace continues to evolve, our workstation customers are requiring more portable systems, but can’t afford to sacrifice performance for their critical software applications,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director of Dell Precision workstations. “With the introduction of the M3800 we’ve not only delivered on customer requests but set a new standard for mobile workstations with the thinnest form factor, outstanding performance and highest resolution QHD+ display for designing, creating and collaborating with clients while in the office or on the road.”

Tuned and optimized for the top media & entertainment, engineering and design applications such as those in Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite and AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit, Avid Media Composer, Dassault Catia and Solidworks, PTC Creo, Siemens NX and TeamCenter, among others, the M3800 assures mission critical applications will run as designed, and comes with optional Dell ProSupport for premium 24/7 global support from expert technicians.

“The M3800 from Dell is elegant and incredibly powerful for its size. My work looks amazing in the DirectX 11 capable viewport inside Maya at a whopping 3200 x 1800 screen res, and working with Mudbox using the touch screen controls is really nice. It’s fast, ultra-quiet, and has more than enough horsepower for my needs. The only question I have is – how did they fit all that goodness into such a slim design?” said Mathew Doyle, Media & Entertainment Technical Marketing, Autodesk.

Beautiful Design and Visualization

The Dell Precision M3800 features a stylish, industrial-grade design with an aluminum frame, a strong, lightweight carbon fiber chassis, and a Corning Gorilla NBT Glass display with five-finger multi-touch on all systems. Viewing fine detail is easy with the workstation’s vivid 15.6-inch UltraSharp display available in QHD+ (3200 x 1800), which is higher resolution than the Apple Mac Book Pro Retina, or FHD (1920 x 1080). The M3800 can also be paired with the high-performance 31.5” UltraSharp 32 monitor with exceptional Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, coming later this fall, for a powerful dual-monitor workstation combination.

Simplifying the transition from the road to a desk-based workspace, the M3800 offers multiple external monitor support with the optional Dell D3000 USB 3.0 Docking Station. For customers needing access to high-speed Ethernet access, every M3800 is equipped as standard with a USB to RJ-45 dongle. It is also designed with a backlit full-size keyboard, four USB PowerPorts (3 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0), a large gesture-enabled touchpad, HD video webcam and Waves MaxxAudio Pro suite of advanced audio enhancement tools.

“We do a lot of on-location video streaming and the M3800 shaves off pounds of weight and bulk that we used to have to carry but we still have the processing power to encode multiple live HD video streams,” said Stephen Taylor, IT Manager for Web Services at Appalachian State University. “The absolutely gorgeous QHD+ screen means we are able to monitor 1080p video at full resolution on part of the screen while still monitoring our data feeds on another. When space and weight count, but performance can’t be compromised, the M3800 really delivers for us.”

Dell Rocks Accelerated 3D Workflow for Production of New Linkin Park Video, “A Light That Never Comes”
When Linkin Park needed powerful technology to produce its latest music video, the band turned to Dell. The multi-platinum rock band is premiering today “A Light That Never Comes” in collaboration with electro house DJ Steve Aoki, created using Dell Precision workstations with NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics processors. Known for such #1 rock songs as “Burn It Down,” “The Catalyst,” and “Numb,” and equally recognised for embracing technology and innovation, the Grammy-winning band has won Best Rock Video three times at the annual MTV Video Music Awards and garnered multiple nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Special Effects. Dell’s technology enables “massive acceleration,” which allowed the video team to render 3D scenes “in seconds instead of hours”.

Full details can be found here and you can check out the making-of video, with a behind the scenes glimpse at the technology and workflow used to create the video at www.dell.com/linkinpark or view the full music video at www.youtube.com/linkinparktv.

Availability and Pricing

The Dell Precision M3800 will be available worldwide on Nov. 14. Local pricing to be announced when the product is released

Wi-Fi spies – 34% use no protection at Wi-Fi hot spots

By admin, 24 października, 2013, No Comment

It’s almost second nature now, spending time online using a Wi-Fi hot spot. However hooking up to the network can carry hidden risks. Despite this, more than a third of users take no additional precautions when logging on to public Wi-Fi, according to the Kaspersky Consumer Security Risks survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab in 2013.

Nowadays it’s easy to get online – in addition to cellular networks and broadband cable communication networks, there is often at least one hotspot which can connect computers and mobile devices to the Internet.

However, many of these hotspots skimp on protection for users – and many users are unaware or unconcerned about the potential problems this can cause. In our survey, 34% of users said they took no special measures to protect online activity using a hotspot, while 14% were happy to bank or shop online using any network that came to hand. Just 13% take the time to check the encryption standard of any given access point. Does extra caution make sense when using public Wi-Fi, or is it all a worry too far?

It’s You, a Website and a Man in the Middle:

The answer is YES. You never know what “that guy with the laptop at the next table” might be doing. Maybe, like you, he’s checking his email or chatting with friends. But maybe he’s monitoring the Internet traffic of everyone around him – including yours. A Man-in-the-Middle attack makes this possible. Any Wi-Fi access point is a window to the Internet for all the devices attached to it. Every request from a device goes via an access point, and only then reaches the sites that users want to visit.

Without any encryption of communications between users and the access point it’s a simple task for a cybercriminal to intercept all the data a user enters. That might include data sent to a bank, or an online store. Moreover, attacks like this are possible even if the hotspot is password protected and a secure https-connection between the required site and the user’s browser is established.

What data are cybercriminals interested in? Anything they can use to make a profit – especially account logins and passwords for e-mail, e-banking, e-payment and social networks.

It’s obvious that we need to secure Wi-Fi connections – but how?

Security in the Middle:

First of all, Kaspersky Lab recommends only using secure connections to access points. This alone will greatly reduce the risk of the traffic being intercepted by cybercriminals. However, when users are planning to use sites which demand personal information such as usernames and passwords, this basic precaution must be joined with additional protective tools.

Kaspersky Lab’s specially developed Safe Money technology ensures the best possible protection for online banking and payment transactions. This is a set of protection mechanisms activated automatically as soon as the users enter the address of an online store or e-banking or e-payment service in the browser address bar. Safe money protects users from attacks via software vulnerabilities, phishing pages, malware and Man-in-the-Middle attacks.

Once a secure connection between the browser and the banking site is established, Safe Money checks the verification certificate of the site against a constantly updated database of trusted sites to ensure that the page is authentic. If a match is found, the connection is recognised and trusted. If the certificate is not found in the database, it may be a fake site created by a “man-in-the-middle” in order to deceive users and steal personal data. Safe Money won’t allow this to happen.

Safe Money is available in Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky PURE 3.0 for home users. Kaspersky Internet Security is also available as part of Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device, the solution developed to protect several devices working on different OS.

Focus innovation for transformation, urges IBM

By admin, 24 października, 2013, No Comment

The innovations that will successfully transform South Africa will be those that are right for the conditions and needs in the country, because innovation simply for the sake of innovation does not help the world work better. This is according to Abe Thomas, IBM South Africa Country General Manager, speaking from GovTech 2013 in Cape Town this week.

Thomas noted that the technological tools now exist to support innovation in myriad ways: “Today we can do it differently. We can monitor, measure and manage nearly any physical system. We have the ability to collect and analyse real-time information on everything from hospitals systems, to water quality in streams, to customer preferences. We can listen to the citizens and hear their voice.”

However, he noted, South Africa and Africa had to move beyond the traditional idea of ‘build it and they will come’. “Building out e-services to realise the e-government vision, needs as much thought applied to the benefits it’s going to provide as it does on the tools that are needed to deliver it,” he said. Thomas stressed that a new mindset had to be adopted to ensure that innovation had to be applied in such a way that it met local needs and benefited South Africa and its people.

Thomas noted recent innovation successes in Africa, such as M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer and payment partnership between Vodafone UK and Safaricom in Kenya, which now has over 200 million transactions per month, over 27 million users and is the precursor in changing the mobile banking landscape for Africa. In South Africa, the National Planning Commission used IBM technology – called Jam technology – to give access to South African’s to inform the priorities of the NPC Plan. And the City of Tshwane has embraced crowdsourcing to try and reduced their water wastage, which could contribute as much 25% – by asking citizens to help using a mobile app.

Thomas said: “These events may seem random, unrelated. But they are all instances of the same phenomenon: a new way in which organisations of all kinds are learning to compete in a new landscape. You can call it innovation at its best.

Innovation that matters happens when we take the challenges in the fabric of society and address them To do this you really need to differentiate between types of innovation – and who will benefit from it. Essentially, different innovations speak to different people.”

Noting that IBM invested over $6 billion a year on research and development, with a strong focus on its Smarter Planet concept, Thomas said: “We have noticed in our work with clients that it was the forward-thinking leaders in business, government and civil society who were able to convert their business or government systems and department’s processes to achieve short term efficiency, that improved long term sustainability and also contributed to progress in society. These forward thinkers tackled complex problems that were historically difficult to manage because of their size and complexity by using new ways of monitoring, connecting, and analysing the systems to develop new ways to manage these systems.

Today you’ve heard about the newest technologies: cloud, smart mobile devices, analytics and social networks. But here’s the key point: it isn’t just a change in tools, it’s a change in mindset and organisational culture that we have to embrace.”

Thomas gave IBM’s commitment to working with the public sector to help made this mindset change and called on the ICT sector to lead the way to reassessing how to serve customers and citizens, in order to build a smarter South Africa that delivers the benefit to the people and changes the very nature of service delivery for the better.

Hands-on productivity – the new HP ProBook 450 touch screen notebook from DCC

By admin, 24 października, 2013, No Comment

Take full advantage of all of the features of Windows 8 with the new HP ProBook 450 touch screen notebook from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). A sleek, 15.6-inch High Definition (HD) LED flat-panel display invites you to reach out and touch your content on a display that is as clear as a tablet. Now you can work more naturally with intuitive touch, tap and swipe navigation while taking advantage of crystal clear viewing and all of the power and portability of a professional HP notebook.

“The HP ProBook 450 features a 10-point capacitive screen design that makes the most of touch-optimised Windows 8, packaged into a thin, lightweight and stylish chassis and with top of the line specifications for incredible power and performance and enhanced broadband connectivity with integrated 3G/HSPA+ modem. This is the ultimate business machine for the mobile generation,” says Francois van Wijk, HP PSG Business Unit Manager at DCC.

The HP ProBook 450 is a workhorse for the mobile professional. With options of 3rd Generation Intel Quad-Core i7 or Dual-Core i3 and i5 as well as Celeron and Pentium processors for maximum performance, up to 16 Gigabytes (GB) total Random Access Memory (RAM) and up to 1 Terabyte (TB) of internal storage or the option of a Solid State Drive (SDD), the notebook can be customised to meet the individual needs of any user. Two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports allow for multiple peripherals to be connected and offer super fast data transfer rates, and options of integrated or discrete graphics along with integrated stereo speakers offering superior multimedia capability.

“The HP ProBook 450 also offers several features designed with the business user specifically in mind. HP Client Security Software helps you to encrypt your hard drive, permanently delete unwanted data and restrict unauthorised access, while built-in security safeguards the device from viruses, detects possible data corruption and alerts you to unauthorised changes. HP BIOS protection offers enhanced protection against viruses and other security threats and has been designed to reduce data loss and prevent downtime. All of these features are perfect for the connected business user who is always on the move,” van Wijk adds.

An all-new industrial design featuring DuraFlex paint and an aluminium palm rest deliver chic yet hard-wearing casing that protects the HP ProBook 450 from everyday scuffs and scratches for a long-lasting professional finish. Durability is carried through the design with a metal keyboard deck and spill-resistant keyboard to protect the machine from minor spills. Thorough HP testing and performance trials ensure the notebook can handle even the most rigorous work environments, and HP 3D DriveGuard protects data on the go by sensing sudden movement and protecting the hard drive.

“The HP ProBook 450 is ideal for the business person on the move. From the touch screen and full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad, to the rugged design and durability features, SSD and integrated mobile broadband connectivity, it has been designed with all of their needs in mind for ultimate productivity all day, every day, in the office and on the go,” van Wijk concludes.

The HP 450 is available immediately from resellers and leading retailers for a recommended retail price of R13 499.00 including VAT.

The launch of the 2% Employment Campaign countdown

By admin, 24 października, 2013, No Comment

The clock is ticking to the countdown of placements of 1200 persons with different types of disabilities into entry-level employment positions, some for the very first time of their lives. DWDE launched the 2% Employment Campaign with an associated target of 1200 people on Tuesday, 15th October at 07:45am at the Sinosteel Plaza, Rivonia Road, Sandton.

This 2% Employment Campaign is a partnership between Disability Workshop Development Enterprise (DWDE), The Jobs Fund, administered by the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability. A cornerstone of the campaign is the signing up of member companies to join in the uptake of the 1200 candidates who have completed the DWDE work-readiness programme.

DWDE is a Disability Employment Support Service Provider. The chief executive officer Undere Deglon says, “We understand business concerns about the risks of employing first-time job seekers. Based on years of experience and lessons from other countries, we have developed a model to source, develop and place unemployed persons with disabilities into entry-level positions for the first time in their lives. “We can make this happen through member companies who join us in the battle against unemployment” Says Deglon.

Deglon says DWDE can also “successfully supply motivated and dedicated employees from this previously untapped sector of the South African market of talent pool”.

“We can source and train candidates for any type of entry-level position. These include call centre agents, cashiers, shop assistants, customer service agents, packers, cleaners, hotel and kitchen staff,” she says.

“DWDE can help you to meet your employment equity target of 2% of your workforce comprising persons with disabilities.”

Shuaib Chalklen, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, says they are supporting the campaign because of DWDE’s “commitment to the employment of people with disabilities and because it supports the government of SA to ensure that 2% of the workforce comprise of people with disabilities”.

“Employment of people with disabilities is a key indicator of the successful integration of people with disabilities in society,” says Chalklen.

“The overall aim of the DWDE campaign is to ensure real jobs for persons with disabilities and this is a huge challenge and a good reason for us all to collectively support DWDE and to use this opportunity that the campaign presents.”

DWDE will provide work readiness training to 1700 candidates and 1200 can be immediately placed in your company.

The campaign’s Gauteng launch hosted guest speakers Advocate Bokankatla Joseph Malatji from the South African Human Rights Commission and Luvuyo Mali, project manager at the The Jobs Fund.

Call the hotline number 086 722 7762 to set up an interview or email faye@dwde.co.za.

When it comes to Big Data, how big is big?

By admin, 24 października, 2013, No Comment

By Gary Allemann, MD of Master Data Management

A client recently complained that he was struggling with a reporting requirement because his technology platform could not cope with ‘Big Data’. Upon investigation it was found that he was dealing with approximately 20 million rows from a relatively small table. This is not what I would have considered to be Big Data. However, this raised the question – at what point does data become big data?

In a recent post, Robin Bloor asked this very question. Bloor’s observation was that current trends in the growth of data volumes are not new. Companies, in sectors such as telecommunications and retail, have historically managed significant volumes of data. He concluded that whether a company has a genuine ‘big data’ requirement or not, they will still have to manage ever-increasing volumes of data.

It is essential to look at the impact of new technologies, such as Hadoop, which according to Wikipedia is an open-source software framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications. It is also important to consider the complexities associated with managing not just large volumes of data, but a distributed architecture, including Hadoop components that are built for speed or to process unstructured data, as well as traditional database components.

Bloor concluded that if you are having problems managing your data, you have Big Data, irrespective of volume.

By this definition, many companies have Big Data issues today. Data management remains an afterthought for many companies, or is implemented at a tactical level that does not address enterprise complexities.

The complexities of Big Data require a more rigorous management approach if business benefits are to be realised. There are four foundation stories to exploit Big Data, namely:

• The ability to identify the right data to solve the problem,
• The ability to integrate and match varied data from multiple data sources,
• The necessary IT infrastructure to support Big Data initiatives,
• Having the right capabilities and skills to exploit.

Of course, these are traditional pillars of Data Quality and Data Governance. Essentially, a Big Data strategy should ultimately form part of the overall data management strategy. Simply throwing technology at the problem will create unnecessary cost and complexity.

Who’re you gonna call?

By admin, 24 października, 2013, No Comment

When telcos finally offer VoIP retail products, will they have the skills? By Rob Lith, Business Development Director, Connection Telecom

Saving a packet

I recently wrote about operators saving a packet on toll charges by using IP technology at the core, while failing to pass the benefit on to consumers and businesses with retail voice over IP (VoIP) products.

This, I pointed out, is because very cheap voice products will quickly decimate their revenues, so it seems reasonable to expect that the fixed-line and mobile telcos will hold on to their traditional business models a little longer.

Writing on the wall

But the writing has been on the wall for a long time. Telecoms research firm Telegeography estimates that global VoIP traffic grew 25% in 2011, to about a third of total traffic, while traditional time division multiplexed traffic grew only 3%.

Globally as well as locally, operators have seen the light. Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C are all putting in IP networks, and it is only a matter of time before they switch over to IP.

Yet they will not find it an easy transition.

How the wheel turns

Offering a competitive VoIP service requires seasoned capabilities. In the nine years since South Africa began its piecemeal liberalisation of the voice market, VoIP providers have had time to build up invaluable expertise in offering secure, quality, reliable IP services.

The privilege was hard-fought and the new electronic communications network (ECS/ECNS) licence holders still have it tough. For instance, they still have to use Telkom’s unmanaged ‘last-mile’ network in their ADSL-based service offerings, making a quality, responsive service somewhat difficult (though possible).

Were first, now last

Nevertheless, the wheel is turning, and a brave new era of VoIP is taking shape, as outlined above. Ironically, while the traditional telcos continue to dominate telephony, because they control the physical infrastructure, they are the johnny-come-latelies of the new converged world of telecoms.

So can they be trusted to offer a reliable VoIP service?

Signs of VoIP proficiency

To offer a reliable VoIP service, providers must be able to offer excellent network design at the customer premises, data centre redundancy and managed access. All of these are complex fields in their own right, and require a wealth of experience and a high level of proficiency.

The following factors are just some of the must-haves in a VoIP provider’s arsenal of techniques to ensure, for example, reliable managed access:

  • Proactive responsive – The incumbent’s history of exclusive last-mile access has afforded it the privilege of running a reactive service. From the outset, VoIP providers have had the ability and the inclination to monitor network health in real time, leading to diminished outages.
  • Voice prioritisation – VoIP providers understand converged networks better than data specialists or traditional telcos, and have an extensive arsenal of techniques, including class-of-service prioritisation, to guarantee quality of service.
  • Call access control – Another means to assure QoS is CAC, a network design technique which focuses on low latency and guaranteed delivery.
  • Self-healing survivability – In VoIP networks, self-healing allows for critical real-time voice packets to continue to be received and understood.

Credentials

The traditional telcos have already acknowledged that VoIP is the way forward, but do not have a good record of offering managed access. Taking your would-be provider through the list above will give a good indication whether you can expect a good service or not.

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