10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

Business
Today’s technology platforms are not just new versions of legacy systems. They allow you to design a completely new digital enterprise — as long as you follow these guidelines. Illustration by QuickHoney A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of strategy+business. The life cycle of information technology is becoming shorter every year. New competitors are disrupting industries by leveraging state-of-the-moment digital practices and processes. Customer expectations are constantly evolving in an accelerating race for the most advanced, hyperconnected, seamless experiences. IT functions are under unrelenting pressure to support leading-edge capabilities such as data analytics, cybersecurity, automated processing, and integration with third-party systems. The easiest way to do this is through platforms that connect everyone to the same cloud-based cross-industry digital infrastructure. In this context, your company’s…
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Xerox Plans to Take HP Buyout Bid Directly to Shareholders

Xerox Plans to Take HP Buyout Bid Directly to Shareholders

Business
HP has said that under Xerox's proposed terms, the combined company would be saddled with "outsized debt". Xerox said on Tuesday it was planning to take its $33.5 billion (roughly Rs. 2,40,000 crores) buyout bid directly to HP shareholders after the personal computer maker refused to open its books for due diligence before a deadline. HP on Sunday rejected Xerox's $22 (roughly Rs. 1,570) per share offer that consists of $17 in cash and 0.137 Xerox share for each HP share, saying the offer "significantly undervalues HP". The computer maker also accused Xerox of using aggressive words and actions to force a potential combination on opportunistic terms and without providing adequate information. "We plan to engage directly with HP shareholders to solicit their support in urging the HP Board to do the…
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Facial recognition software has a gender problem

Facial recognition software has a gender problem

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Facial recognition software has a gender problem How facial analysis sees you. Credit: Morgan Klaus Scheuerman/CU Boulder With a brief glance at a single face, emerging facial recognition software can now categorize the gender of many men and women with remarkable accuracy. But if that face belongs to a transgender person, such systems get it wrong more than one third of the time, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. "We found that facial analysis services performed consistently worse on transgender individuals, and were universally unable to classify non-binary genders," said lead author Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, a Ph.D. student in the Information Science department. "While there are many different types of people out there, these systems have an extremely limited view of what gender looks like." The study comes…
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5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

Business
1. South Africa avoided a second recession in two years, with the economy growing by 3.1% in the three months to end-June, according to Stats SA. This is much stronger than expected: A Reuters poll of economists had forecast growth of 2.4%. The mining sector rebounded with growth of 14.4% - contributing a full 1.0 percentage point to GDP growth. This was thanks to the end of strikes at gold mines, but also due to a major rally in metal prices. Gold is currently trading at its highest level in six years, while platinum jumped from below $800/oz in June to above $930 currently. The rand rallied almost a percent to R15.10/$. 2. The Nigerian government is taking action against South Africa amid  xenophobic attacks in Gauteng. Nigerian President Muhammadu…
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Why Your Customers Expect You To Have A Website

Why Your Customers Expect You To Have A Website

Business, web design, web development, Website Development
Print | Email When people are looking for a product or service, they turn to online search. They may search based on keywords, or they’ll search specifically for your business name. The truth of the matter is, your audience is going to judge you based on the results of that search. They want to know whether you’re the right business for their needs. If you’re a landscaping company who focuses on building extravagant water features, someone who’s looking for regular yard maintenance is not going to be a good fit for you. They’d rather not waste their time setting up an appointment, only to be told that you don’t offer those services. They want to see that information right there on your website. While there are a plethora of items…
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SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

InformationTechnology
SUPER SNOOPER Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe If you're feeling paranoid, you're not alone – but are you crazy? RECKON Facebook is snooping on your private conversations? Countless users say their phone's microphone has been hijacked by Facebook to target ads. If you've ever been paranoid that Facebook is listening to you, you'll want to read our guide on mysterious Facebook voice snooping.   Some users are convinced billionaire Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is snooping on their real-world conversations Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP Why do people think Facebook is listening to us? There's been endless debate about this online for years. Many Facebook users say they've spoken about something out loud, only for adverts to appear on the app…
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3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

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The Amazing Things One Can Achieve With A 3D Pen There are many artists in the world and the majority love experimenting with new mediums. Some oil painters will eventually delve into acrylics and possibly even water colors. These mediums are thousands of years old and have managed to withstand the test of time. Those looking for a more futuristic way to ply their trade should consider the 3D printing pen. This innovative pen will provide the artist with the ability to create 3D works quickly, conveniently and affordably. While it will take a little bit of time to master, the user will be able to create an abundance of unique items with their 3D pen. Some of the amazing things that one can achieve with one of these utensils…
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R32bn invested in SA’s research and development

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Five institutional sectors helped boost SA's R&D spend. South Africa's total contribution towards research and development (R&D) reached R32.3 billion during the 2015/2016 period. This is according to the recently released 2015/2016 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development, which showcases expenditure of five institutional sectors that perform R&D in the country. The survey shows gross expenditure on R&D (GERD), the total spending by all five sectors nationally, at R32.3 billion, based on the rand value for the period in review. In constant 2010 rands, GERD amounted to R24.5 billion. Godfrey Mashamba, chief director for science and technology investment at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), says the GERD in 2015/2016 indicates an increase of 10.2% compared to the year before. GERD amounted to R29.3 billion based on 2014/2015…
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How These Balloons Brought Emergency Cell Service to Peru After an 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake

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Loon has helped over 20,000 people connect with each other following a recent quake. Over the weekend, a powerful 8.0 earthquake struck Peru and neighboring Ecuador. The quake—felt in rural areas and major population centers like Lima, Quito, and even Caracas, Venezuela—killed one person, injured 18 between the countries, and damaged numerous buildings. But the disaster, which was Peru's strongest earthquake in over a decade, had one notable difference from others: Within 48 hours, people in affected regions had working cell phones. Loon, a company owned by Alphabet, deployed its signature LTE balloons, which were able to provide service amidst a broken network. By sheer chance, Loon was testing its balloons in nearby Puerto Rico. The company worked with both the Peruvian government and cell service provider Telefonica to establish…
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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services

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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services   Using an external service provider to assist with your business’s IT needs is something that has grown in popularity over the years, thanks to a number of benefits which directly translate into cost savings. Defined as ‘managed services’, an external provider monitors and looks after a business’s IT and technology needs, improving productivity, reducing expenses and streamlining processes. “With South Africa’s economy in a slump, businesses are looking to get real value for money from their IT & tech providers,” says Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape. “For smaller companies, having an in-house IT technician or department is usually expensive, and often unnecessary. SMEs’ IT requirements are generally not as complex or extensive as those of…
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