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Dell Introduces New Line of Tablets and Updated XPS Laptops

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment
  • New Dell Venue tablets offer the ability to connect, share and access content with ease
  • XPS 15 powerhouse laptop offers the world’s first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ display for jaw-dropping visuals and the ultimate experience

Dell took a bold step in unveiling a new family of tablets and new laptops. The Dell Venue line of tablets is comprised of four new ultrathin models designed to address the changing way people live and work today. Dell’s “damned sexy” tablets, as described by leading Enderle Group analyst, Rob Enderle, deliver leading performance and quality, backed by Intel processing technology. With compact designs that make it easy to stay connected on the go, the Dell Venue tablets have an exquisite fit and finish.

In addition to the versatile new Dell Venue tablets, Dell is introducing new XPS laptops, each with breakthrough displays for a phenomenal viewing experience with vibrant, crisp images in any available screen size. The XPS 15 multimedia powerhouse boasts a stunningly thin design, and offers as an option the first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display in the world, which is the highest resolution available on a laptop of that size. Dell is also refreshing its award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook with faster processors, touch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and improved battery life. With these three laptops, Dell is leading the industry with the highest resolution displays possible.

“People today expect the best experience possible from their technology – they are counting on it to keep them connected and move with them, wherever they are,” said Boitumelo Kgonare, Dell Client Product Manager for South Africa. “The new Dell Venue tablets and XPS laptops give customers the stellar experience they expect from us, with performance that allows them to work how they want, when they want, in a design they’ll be proud to show off and own.”

Dell Venue Tablets: Connect, Share and Access Content With Ease
Dell Venue tablets are designed to give people on-the-go a wide-selection of sizes and options to meet their varying needs. From 8 and 11-inch Windows-based tablets complete with keyboard and stylus options, to the 7 and 8-inch Android tablets, Dell has created a dedicated brand of tablets to meet the needs of customers who are the epitome of the evolving workforce.

  • The Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1-based tablets combine the level of performance, design and responsiveness end-users love while giving IT departments what they need – the ability to integrate into an existing corporate environment with full compatibility with current Windows applications and Microsoft Office integration. Both tablets feature optional advanced security features and services such as TPM.
  • The lightweight Dell Venue 8 Pro runs Windows 8.1, has a bright HD IPS display, advanced connectivity options and provices long battery life so range anxiety is no longer an issue. People can also stay productive with Office 2013 Home & Student, included with the device, and the optional Dell Active Stylus.
  • The Dell Venue 11 Pro, also based on Windows 8.1, provides ultimate 2-in-1 flexibility with the power of an Ultrabook, convenience of a detachable keyboard and experience of a desktop. Unlike competitive tablets, it has a user removable/replaceable battery, and its large, Full HD display with wide viewing angles makes it easy to read and create content while staying mobile. It is also available with a variety of keyboard and stylus options:o Dell Active Stylus makes it easy to annotate, draw or take notes.
    o Dell Slim Keyboard, designed for travel, also serves as a cover for the screen when folded up.
    o Dell Mobile Keyboard with integrated battery provides all day productivity with a full-sized keyboard while extending the battery life.
    o Dell Tablet Desktop Dock for full productivity on a desk with USB 3.0 ports, and dual display out ports for display extension.
  •  The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 Android-based tablets are affordable, feature-rich tablets for people who want to be constantly connected wherever they are. Both tablets have an upscale fit and finish, and are designed with longevity in mind with the right components so that customers will be just as delighted with their tablet one year from now, as they are on the day they take it out of the box.

All Dell Venue tablets are based on Intel processing power for speed, responsiveness, and battery efficiency. The Dell Venue 7 and Dell Venue 8 feature Intel Atom Z2760 (“Clover Ttrail”) processors, while the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Dell Venue 11 Pro feature the new Intel Atom quad-core processors, code named “Bay Trail”. The Venue 11 Pro offers up to 4th Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options and Intel vPro for manageability.

Dell XPS Laptops: The Ultimate Experience with Gorgeous Displays
Dell’s award-winning XPS laptop line just got even better with the new XPS 15 powerhouse laptop, and an update to the flagship XPS 13 Ultrabook. In keeping with the XPS tradition of offering the best computing experience in any product category.

  • The XPS 15 continues to be a multimedia powerhouse delivering the highest resolution in its class, and incredible power in an ultra-thin, light wedge design, starting at 4.44lbs / 2kg. The XPS 15 is the first 15.6-inch laptop in the world to feature a Quad HD+ display, based on IGZO technology and with a touch option, boasting over 5.7 million pixels – five times the amount of standard HD – for jaw-dropping resolution. Designed for creative enthusiasts, the XPS 15 packs 4th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad core processor options and NVIDIA discrete graphics options. Every XPS 15 boots and resumes within seconds with hard drive configuration options from 500GB to 1TB, both with a 32GB mSATA SSD, to a 512GB solid state drive, all including Intel Rapid Start Technology.
  • The award-winning XPS 13, with its 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge display that is razor thin and light, starting at under 3 lbs / 1.3kg. It is now even faster with 4th generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD 4400 graphics, and has longer battery life for the mobile professional who values a sleek design, responsiveness and ultimate mobility. Its Full HD display provides a brilliant viewing experience and is now even more versatile with a touch option.

“Dell appears to have its innovative mojo back,” said Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies. “These new products clearly emphasize Dell’s commitment to create innovative mobile solutions for businesses and consumers and I believe represent some of the best products they have made in many years.”

Get the Most Out of Your Technology with Dell Services
Dell customers can get the most out of their technology with Dell Services, dedicated to keeping them connected and productive, whether they’re using their tablet or XPS purchase for work or home. Dell’s technology experts are available around the clock. Consumers can include additional protection such as Accidental Damage Service, Premium Phone Support and Rapid Return for Repair services. Business customers can be rest assured that their devices will fit seamlessly and securely into their corporate IT environment with Dell ProSupport on the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablets.

Availability and Pricing
The complete tablet range will be available from November & December. Pricing to be announced soon.

SA retirement investing industry is not competitive

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

National Treasury’s Discussion Paper on costs confirms this

Despite the millions spent by financial services companies marketing their ‘unique’ abilities, insights and offerings, the retirement industry is fundamentally uncompetitive.

That is the view of Steven Nathan, Chief Executive Officer of 10X Investments. Referring to a discussion paper published by National treasury in July this year titled ‘Charges in South African retirement funds’, he says the requirements for a competitive market, as listed in the paper, are lacking. National Treasury laid down the following minimum requirements for a truly competitive market:

  • Transparency of charges and product terms
  • Comparability and portability of products between providers
  • Financially informed and active consumers

Nathan sees fund management as a commodity service. “In a competitive market, consumers would compare products on the basis of quality and price. This does not happen in the investment industry.”

Fund managers imply they have a unique talent to validate the fees they charge, says Nathan. “There is no doubt that individual fund managers are highly skilled, but in the context of their peer group, their skills are mostly just average and so their product is essentially a commodity.”

This means they should be competing on price, but this is not the case as the industry maintains the illusion of skill, says Nathan. “Invariably, every fund manager owns top-performing funds in a particular category at a particular time. This is then marketed to death to create the impression of a singular ability, but the hundreds of underperforming or average funds are just ignored.”

Of course, it helps to have many horses in the race, as one is sure to come home eventually, he says. “But this profusion of choice creates unnecessary complexity. Investors are being offered similar products in different formats. Savers struggle to compare these options. They are effectively disempowered and forced to rely on advisors to aid in their decision. This makes the market uncompetitive.”

Nathan compares the artificial complexity of retirement investing to that of the cellular phone market. “Every network operator offers dozens of different bundles; the average consumer cannot decide which is the most sensible and cost-effective one. In the end, they opt for what the sales consultant recommends.

“In addition to this, just as cellular phone contract providers make it very difficult to change products (with too many options that are too complicated to understand and possible surcharges), the retirement industry also makes it difficult to change from one investment product to another, with the investor often suffering a financial cost.”

In this, investors also pay too little attention to the level and impact fees, says Nathan. “But then it is impossible to quantify the impact of fees if the fees are not quantified.”

He says neither the level nor the disclosure of fees is properly regulated. “Without a standard measure of the cost impact, price comparisons are impossible. The paper argues that providers make it deliberately difficult for customers to compare prices – Treasury identified a “profusion of charges and charging structures” – to avoid price competition.”

According to Nathan, this complex pricing model necessitates and justifies the use of financial intermediaries, which further inflates costs and helps entrench the incumbents. “Uninformed investors are unaware of, and insensitive to the level of recurring charges, and do not push back. In this way, uncompetitive high fees persist.”

Nathan says National Treasury is sensitive to costs because it understands the impact fees can have on an investor’s retirement savings. “Many savers think they are only giving away 1 or 2% in fees without fully understanding the long term impact, which is that they have between 40 and 60% less money at retirement.”

National Treasury has made a number of proposals to combat the lack of competitiveness in the retirement investing market, says Nathan. “One proposal is that the industry must agree on a standard or default cost measure. Another is to eliminate costs that cannot be determined up front, such as performance fees. Thirdly, consumers need to be made aware of costs. The paper proposes the regulation of disclosure so that investors can compare the likely outcome of a high cost active product with the outcome of a low cost passive product.”

“We agree with these proposals and feel they are necessary in order to make the retirement industry a competitive market that serves investors rather than the industry,” concludes Nathan.

 

Xerox celebrates 75 years of xerography and simplifying how work gets done

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

Written in a bold hand on a glass slide was the date and location: 10-22-38 Astoria. The copy might have been fuzzy, but it was still a copy. In fact, it was the world’s first xerographic copy.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first xerographic image, created by Chester Carlson in a rented second story room in Queens, N.Y. This humble invention would eventually lead to the formation of the Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and the birth of an industry. Even today, this xerographic process is still at the heart of most office printers and copiers around the world.

Trained as a physicist and lawyer, Carlson was a serial inventor. He kept notebooks full of a wide array of inventions including a rotating billboard, raincoat with gutters and a shoe cleaning machine.
In honour of his inquisitive nature and his remarkable invention, that truly changed how business has been conducted for decades, this October Xerox is kicking off a celebration of innovation and its role in the company’s history and future. Over the next year, Xerox people will be engaged in a series of activities celebrating and imagining the future through the company intranet, webchats and social media.

“Now is the time when many companies would look back, and we certainly will, but only for a moment. The real focus of our celebration will be the future and how Xerox will continue to simplify how work gets done,” said Ursula Burns, Xerox CEO and chairman of the board. “That’s why the theme of our anniversary year is ‘The Next 75.’”

Carlson’s vision at the time of his Astoria experiment was “to make office workers a little more productive and office work a little simpler and less tedious.”

Xerox has changed greatly in size and scope since this time, but the basic principles have remained the same. From printers and copiers to transportation, education, and even healthcare the company’s team of engineers, scientists and researchers are continuing to invent in ways that make work, and life, a little simpler.

Bytes Document Solutions is the authorised Xerox distributor in South Africa and sub-Saharan countries and a division of Bytes Technology Group.

Smart collaboration needed to tackle big government issues like crime

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

Private-public sector collaboration, underpinned by smart technologies, stand to significantly reduce South Africa’s crime levels, says IBM South Africa. Speaking from GovTech 2013, IBM South Africa Sales Lead Hamilton Ratshefola noted that the most recent crime statistics, while showing some gains in the fight against crime, were still cause for concern.

“What is needed to deal a real blow to crime is a coordinated programme of collaboration, involving the public and private sector, as well as citizens, enabled by the innovative use of advanced technology,” he says.

Ratshefola, explaining that IBM has moved beyond its roots as a technology company, to become a high-tech consulting house and solution enabler, says IBM’s global Smarter Cities initiative has illustrated the advantages of collaboration and the use of advanced technologies in enhancing public safety around the world.

New York, for example, is now the safest large city in the United States, thanks in part to collaboration and innovative use of sophisticated storage, analytics and search tools. IBM worked with the New York Police Department to create a data warehouse that could bring together information buried in filing cabinets, on index cards and in handwritten notes. Now, more than 120 million New York City criminal complaints, 31 million national crime records and 33 billion public records are available in an integrated database that allows officials to make connections across multiple databases in minutes, and relay critical information to police officers at a scene immediately.

In Colombia, the government’s Financial Information Analysis Unit worked with IBM to develop a tool to systematically gather information across different agencies, and analyse it to identify potentially related crimes. The system now links 16 government entities into a single, united front to fight organised crime.

Closer to home, IBM recently collaborated with the University of Fort Hare in East London, on a city public safety project that simply invites members of the public to phone a special report line with complaints regarding public safety issues such as potholes, exposed wires, crimes and suspicious activities. The calls are transcribed and run through analytics tools, which allows for trends to be identified and appropriate action to be taken.

“There are scores of examples where collaboration and the innovative use of technology have substantially improved the authorities’ fight against crime. We believe that wherever there is a system of operation – in society, government or business – technological innovation has the power to improve it,” says Ratshefola.

Ratshefola supports comments made by the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa during the release of the crime statistics, on the need to reorganise, streamline and in some areas, redefine responsibilities in the South Africa Police Service, as well as on the need for qualitative analysis of the primary factors driving violent crime, in order to advance a deeper understanding of these issues.

“Through cloud-based, integrated data systems and advanced search and analytics, it becomes possible to delve into problem areas, track trends, visualise the crime situation end even predict future crime hot spots,” says Ratshefola.

“Through shared information and advanced analytics, it also becomes easier to trace and prosecute offenders and better manage public safety resources. The innovative application of technologies can also streamline and support the work of the Criminal Justice System, Correctional Services and forensic services,” he says.

Ratshefola says in South Africa, it is evident that many of the crime prevention successes were built on collaboration with stakeholders, improved access to information, and better technologies. He notes that the SAPS strategic partnerships with the banking sector (SABRIC), business (Business against Crime), CrimeLine and LeadSA; as well as shared intelligence with the banking industry, were credited with contributing to decreases in certain crime areas. These successes can be extended, he believes, through increased accessibility to shared data and the greater use of advanced analytics, to support proactive, rather than reactive, crime prevention.

SYSPRO – Celebrating 35 years of specialised ERP experience and success

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

What began in 1978 as a discussion between two brothers, followed by many hours of development of applications around STARS at the time, is today, 35 years later, known as SYSPRO – one of the world’s leading independent software developers with a client base of over 15, 000 companies, across more than 60 countries.

SYSPRO’s solutions and services are designed primarily for the manufacturing and distribution mid-market, so that these companies are able to leverage the value of business critical information.

“Our focus has always been on simplifying business software and building lifetime relationships as the basis for business success. I believe that our focus on offering a single product line as well as the fact that we are 100% owned by our people is what sets us apart within this highly competitive market. In addition to a team of incredibly talented developer resources, our significant global network, which allows continuous input from our broader community means that collaboration in pursuit of excellence is at the heart of what we do.” Says Phil Duff, co-founder and CEO of SYSPRO.

“Our extensive track record supports the fact that the SYSPRO system will be delivered exactly to budget and to time. Our customers benefit from us leveraging our experience as one of the longest standing international vendors of enterprise business solutions. At the core of the multiple successful deployments is our focus on developing long-term relationships with our customers, and we are so proud of our 98% customer retention rate, one of the highest in the industry.” Says, Meryl Malcomess, Marketing Director of SYSPRO Africa.

Over the 35 years SYSPRO has been recognised by a variety of organisations. Ranging from being on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies in 2009 and 2010; to being a Microsoft Gold Partner, honoured as ISV of the Year in 2004 and being invited to participate in a number of Microsoft Technology Adoption Programs (TAP); to annually receiving awards from top global IT bodies, such as MSI Magazine, VAR Business Magazine, Logistics Management Magazine and Software Magazine, START Magazine, People’s Choice Stevie Awards and Golden Bridge.

“Our latest product offering is SYSPRO 7. The successful evolution of the single product and continued growth of the company from very humble beginnings to an internationally recognised ERP player can be attributed to the passion of the staff, partners and customers past and present who have helped build on this success.” Concludes Duff.

Advanced technology, brilliant colour, superb viewing – the Philips UltraWide 29-inch monitor

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

Take your content to a whole new level with the Philips UltraWide 29-inch monitor from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). Advanced High Performance ‘In Plane’ Switching (AH-IPS) technology used for liquid crystal displays to provide consistent and accurate colour, in a 21:9 screen with true 8-bit colour depth and an Ultra Narrow Bezel deliver crystal clear images, superb colour accuracy and panoramic MultiView display for a viewing experience like no other.

Extraordinary resolution of 2560 by 1080 pixels is delivered thanks to extreme performance display panels with high-density pixel count for crystal clear, truly High Definition (HD) images. The ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and a 178 degree viewing angle enables panoramic views from practically any angle, enabling you to open two full sized Internet pages side by side, navigate multiple applications and multitask with ease. The latest LED display technology ensures you get the best possible picture, and enhanced features make this display perfect for both work and play.

“Superior display quality automatically lends itself to gaming, videos, multimedia content viewing and home entertainment, making this monitor ideal for the discerning home user. Added to this, MultiView display lets you connect two PCs, or a PC and a notebook, to a single monitor, ideal for multitasking as well as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and desktop publishing applications. The wide aspect ratio also lets you view more spreadsheet columns at once, and a display port with daisy chain capability lets you connect multiple monitors together for enhanced efficiency, perfect for accountants, bankers and financial services professionals,” explains Bruce Byrne, Philips Product Specialist at DCC.

A variety of connectivity options include dual link DVI to support high video bandwidth, display port for daisy chaining multiple screens, universal HDMI to connect external HD monitors and USB 3.0 for high speed data transfer and fast charging of mobile devices. A SmartErgoBase can be lowered to almost desk level for the ultimate in comfortable customised viewing. The ultra-narrow bezel offers a minimalist design feel, with an outer bezel of just 2.5mm and an in-panel black matrix strip of 9mm, reducing overall bezel dimensions and maximising the display space on the screen.

“These smart design features and the functional specifications of the monitor make the Philips UltraWide 29-inch monitor ideal for multi-display purposes, where screens can be tiled to deliver one large seamless view,” add Byrne.

For the eco-conscious consumer, the monitor also has several green features, using a minimum of 65% post consumer recycled plastics, minimal hazardous materials and 100% recycled packaging as well as offering excellent energy efficiency and zero power consumption with a zero watt hard off switch.

The Philips UltraWide 298P4QJEB 29-inch monitor is available immediately from resellers and leading retailers for a recommended retail price of R6 600.00 including VAT.

Mobility beyond the device: A future view

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

by Ashton Steyn, CTO and Cloud Ambassador, HP Enterprise Services, South Africa

Over the past 24 months there has been a veritable tempest surrounding the rise of the cloud. From cloud-lovers to cloud-haters, the debate has rumbled back and forth on the likes of security, sovereignty and sustainability. In truth, all advancements in technology are met with debate – it is in our nature to question the unknown. But as ever, we will learn as we go and what we’ve picked up so far is already shaping the future of IT.

Going mobile

Space and cost-saving are two key benefits of the cloud. For me, however, the true value of the cloud is mobility. By this I don’t mean BYOD (bring your own device) or souped-up wireless devices; focusing on the technology rather than what it enables would miss the point. Mobility is access to information at the point of need – at the point of thought. Indeed, it’s about creating the possibility for employees, customers and users to access and manipulate information appropriately – whenever, wherever and on whatever device they choose.

To put into context this ‘appropriate’ use of information, let me use the example of a commonplace situation. A business call taken in a car would currently entail the user speaking on a handset, presumably accessing or recording information on the same device afterwards and in most cases waiting until arrival at the destination to fully make use of the transaction. Imagine instead the same user was able to view conversation-relevant data on the windscreen and access an instant list of actions on the dashboard. You see, as technology develops ever onward, it is the information that is crucial, not the device.

Ubiquitous access to data is certainly an exciting prospect for us all – with the possible exception of the CIO, whose task it will be to manage it! Indeed, with 360° access to information the possibilities are seemingly endless. But what does it mean in real business terms?

It certainly means an end to the traditional workplace. We’re already seeing a far more mobilised workforce, with people utilising flexible working with greater ease than ever before, without any loss to productivity.

The extinction of the office

Once upon a time, employees used IT in the manner in which they were instructed. The technology was functional and had no real overlap with that used in home lives. Similarly, workers compartmentalised their lives into ‘work’ and ‘play’, but today the boundary is blurring. Work and office are no longer coupled and people are increasingly aware that time is, in fact, more valuable than money. With email, internet and social media making it easier for workers to conduct elements of their social life at work and vice versa, we are hurtling toward full scale work-life integration.

The implications of this alone are incredible; whole pockets of under-utilised members of society – stay-at-home parents, the physically impaired and those living in remote, rural areas – are suddenly empowered.

It is likely that in the future people will work as “free agents” or form into clusters of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) – a HQ-less network of freelancers. The days of the grinding commute to the city centre or company campus are numbered. Enterprise mobility allows far greater freedom, meaning that the office doesn’t have to be a room with a desk, a chunky PC and a decorative fern. Similarly, concerns about fuel shortage and availability of land in cities will likely cause enterprises to radically re-think their real-estate strategies.

The global market for enterprise mobility is expected to exceed 174 billion by 2017. By 2020, IDC predicts that “third platform technologies,” (mobile, cloud, social and Big Data) will comprise 80 percent of all IT spending compared with 20 percent in 2011[1].

CIO 2.0

However, as technology becomes infused into every aspect of users’ worlds, managing the requirements and expectations has become more challenging. Indeed, in an increasingly talent-short market, the IT department will have little choice but to accommodate the working habits of its staff. Securing workers may not only require embracing their chosen hardware, but also their chosen software. Users will guide enterprise IT development in mobility and this presents a challenge because most of today’s IT professionals didn’t grow up in this era. CIOs are trying to understand shorter development times, shorter refresh cycles and better user experience where the bar is being driven constantly higher.

Tablet apps have unfortunately created a mindset in the user-community that IT services are both easy to acquire and cheap. The Cloud has created a ‘plug and go’ perception in the user’s mind, but for businesses to adopt this mindset will require a hefty management rethink. CIOs are correct to highlight security, cost and lessened control over data as potential threats – greatly added to by personal devices – but a one size fits all IT policy is a thing of the past. Similarly, it would be foolish to assume that by allowing staff access to email via phone or tablet the journey is complete.

IT and business strategy will need a serious rethink in the coming year. Cloud and mobility aren’t going anywhere and CIOs who have put up barriers and adopted a CI-nO attitude will be left behind unless they adapt to the change accordingly. Fully embracing user-driven IT services requires a light-touch approach to technology management and finding the balance between this and good corporate governance will be the challenge.

From a workplace perspective, the crucial overarching enabler of the cloud is more than just BYOD, it is full scale enterprise mobility.

 

CIO speakers sign up for the EMA Summit

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

As preparations for the Enterprise Mobility Africa Summit gain momentum, we look forward to welcoming experienced IT and EM professionals from a range of industries to share their knowledge on the current and future status of mobility in the African workplace.

Vijay Pillay, the Group CIO of Medscheme will be joining us to share his views on the best platform and Operating System for your organisation’s mobile workforce. As MD of Helios IT Solutions and CIO of Helios’s anchor client, Medscheme, Vijay has a wealth of experience in the IT arena and also sits on the advisory Board for the University of Pretoria Technology Faculty.

Clive Donninger, the CIO of Associated Motor Holdings will take part in a panel to discuss the best means of taking advantage of mobile technology for the delivery and capture of critical information. A well-known figure in the automotive industry, Clive was CIO at Barloworld Motor Retail prior to stepping into his role at AMH in April 2012.

Other experienced IT professionals including Robert Boccia, the CIO of Lion of Africa Insurance and Mohamed Ganie the ICT Enterprise Architecture Manager for Armscor will also be joining a panel to discuss what they believe will be the primary mobile business device of the future.

An interactive agenda designed to maximise audience participation with Q&A sessions integrated into panel discussions, keynotes and workshops aims to give attendees the opportunity to discuss the mobility challenges that they face in the workplace with these IT experts and peers alike.

The summit aims to ensure your enterprise remains up to date with the most relevant and valuable mobile technology and will explore this technology in action through strategic workshops and focused presentations. A provider at the forefront of enterprise mobility solutions, Airwatch, will be dedicating a 90 minute workshop on ‘The next frontier in the mobile evolution’. Ian Evans, EMEA managing director of Airwatch will lead this workshop and provide strategies to secure and empower the mobile workforce. Delegates will leave the EMA Summit with the information needed to develop and sustain successful mobile strategies by leveraging these technologies to create business value.

The 2013 Enterprise Mobility Africa Summit will take place in Johannesburg at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton, on the 6th and 7th of February 2013. Apply to become a delegate and join this year’s most important discussion on enterprise mobility.

For more information, visit www.emasummit.com or contact Marcia van Jaarsveld on +27 21 555 0866 or marcia@kineticevents.net Follow @ITLeadersAfrica and @KineticEventsSA on Twitter for daily updates and news feeds.

Intervate and AvePoint introduce ‘SharePoint Starter Pack’ to South African customers

By admin, 22 października, 2013, No Comment

Intervate and AvePoint introduce the ‘SharePoint Starter Pack’, a bundle of AvePoint’s DocAve SharePoint solutions to assist South African customers in their migration, protection, administration, and reporting of Microsoft SharePoint

Intervate, South Africa’s foremost provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) and Microsoft SharePoint solutions, has collaborated with AvePoint, the leader in governance, compliance, and management solutions for social enterprise collaboration platforms, to introduce the ‘SharePoint Starter Pack’ to local Microsoft SharePoint users and potential users in South Africa from 21 October – 31 December 2013.

The essential areas of the starter pack focus on getting the content you need into SharePoint, and address the most common challenges which are very often standing in the way of a broader ECM level of SharePoint confidence and adoption. These challenges were identified as providing an enterprise level of data protection and restoration, scalable and efficient management, restructuring of content based on constantly changing business demands, as well as a wide range of reporting for ecosystem monitoring within the SharePoint environment.

“We worked with AvePoint to identify the key challenges that SharePoint administrators and managers were experiencing and we came up with five key products in the DocAve suite to improve these users’ experience: Migration, Administrator, Backup & Recovery, Content Manager and Report Centre,” said Marc Fletcher, Marketing and Sales Director of Intervate in Cape Town.

A 30-day trial version of these products will be available from Monday, 21 October 2013 for download via the Intervate website.

“This initiative was designed with a very good understanding of what the current needs of South African customers are as well as empathy with the SharePoint practice of enterprises and their limitations around SharePoint related expenditures during the early stages of proving value,” Fletcher said.

“The ‘SharePoint Starter Pack’ is an extension of SharePoint’s native capabilities and adds a significant benefit to the administration and management functionality available to the IT team. This application suite was created to help new and emerging customers migrate content, manage users, protect their SharePoint assets and report on user activity and infrastructure changes.”

The five key ‘SharePoint Starter Pack’ products are:

Migration: DocAve Migrators allow users to consolidate multiple content sources into SharePoint 2010/2013 or Office 365 with minimal disruption on the business and migrate content granularly from 14 different legacy systems in real-time or on a scheduled basis.

Administrator: DocAve Administrator allows for search across all assets, batch changes of user settings, and delegation to power users to increase efficiency and productivity.

Backup & Recovery: DocAve Backup and Restore provides business-aware and comprehensive protection of the SharePoint ecosystem.

Content Manager: DocAve Content Manager allows users to copy, move, migrate or restructure content from one source to multiple destinations in order to quickly distribute changes across multiple sites or SharePoint environments.

Report Center: DocAve Report Center can provide intelligence on platform performance by reporting on SharePoint storage trends, sites, and users on a real-time or scheduled basis.

“We are proud of our partnership with Intervate to introduce the ‘SharePoint Starter Pack’ and we believe it will help companies with SharePoint in South Africa realise the platform’s full potential,” said Peter Sornat, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for AvePoint EMEA.

Intervate and AvePoint will host a series of webinars on 12, 19 and 26 November 2013 from 14h30 – 15h30 in order to take audiences through the components of the ‘SharePoint Starter Pack’ journey.

The webcast series will include:

  • Driving a Cost Effective, Business Aware Migration to SharePoint 2013
  • Winning Strategies for Comprehensive and Successful Backup and Recovery for Microsoft SharePoint
  • Best Practices for Implementing Scalable SharePoint Management and Reporting

 

TruTeq celebrates 13 years anniversary in Wireless Connectivity Solutions

By admin, 21 października, 2013, No Comment

Mobile communications specialist, TruTeq Devices, has announced it has been supplying its wireless modem and router solutions to markets for the past 13 years, as markets look at ways of increasing wireless connectivity and operating efficiencies.

“We have just passed our 13 year anniversary servicing the likes of municipalities, Siemens, Road Agencies, all the Cellular Networks and especially the vast automation markets with our range of wireless connectivity solutions “said Derick Roberts, CEO of TruTeq Devices.

“While we cannot drill down into details of all solutions and the specific usage of our products, what we have seen is that, regardless of industry and market segment, products sold or customer service delivery supplied, the burning issues for every business today is how to Increase income and reduce costs in a more demanding, competitive, volatile and ruthless economic environment.

“The mobile IT sector is going to account for 57% of ICT spend during 2013, which,” said Roberts, “is a staggering amount. What we are seeing on the ground is the increased desire for connectivity-and we see this via our wireless modem and router solutions.”

Roberts said TruTeq Device’s goal is to deliver this connectivity hardware at customer premises and remote sites in the field and providing interfaces to them via its GSM Network Infrastructure Monitoring and Hosting Services Solutions.

“Reduction of downtime and loss of revenue and associated expensive maintenance costs can be curbed by immediate access to sites through the Internet or Mobi application environments from mobile phones, tablets, laptops or control rooms. This, “he said, “means the finger stays on the pulse all the time.”

Pre-paid security solution

Citing an example Roberts said TruTeq Devices had recently become the first company in South African to launch a solution for the pre-paid security market in South Africa – an industry excepted to rival the pre-paid utility and airtime markets. The company has implemented a number of pilot sites for its pre-paid solutions and has already announced the signing of commercial partners throughout the continent.

“The pre-paid security solution is a prime example of how wireless solutions can boost efficiencies earn additional revenues for the service providers –and, at the same time, reduce the costs to the man in the street. With our pre-paid security solution, for instance, we are able to produce a new revenue stream for TruTeq Devices, but, on the other side of the coin, millions and millions of South Africans –who are unable to hire services of security companies –can now run their home security solutions off their cellular phones, in absolute real-time.”

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