Category Archives: ICT

5 steps to achieving business IT alignment in the digital age

Digital transformation continues to transform the businesses landscape, affecting business strategies, operations and the development of products and services. Emmanuel Tita Sama, Global Account Director, West & Central Africa, Orange Business services, explains the importance of aligning IT strategies with business operations. read more

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MainOne launches plan to become largest internet hub in West Africa with Open-Connect Service

Following the partnership of MainOne’s (www.MainOne.net) Data Center company, MDXi, with the Nigerian Internet Exchange, (IXPN) to improve national transit traffic in Nigeria, the company has recently announced a new interconnect service for carriers, enterprises, and ISPs called Open-Connect. Open-Connect is a service that facilitates improved interconnection, collaboration and peering within the MDXi Lekki data center and the Internet Exchange. The product will enable the creation of an environment that allows colocated customers connect to multiple networks, cloud and content providers while significantly reducing the cost of backhaul links to various providers and it offers competitive pricing in an open access, carrier-neutral environment. read more

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AIF announces the top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2017

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announced the top 10 nominees who will be contending for the 2017Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), to be awarded in Accra, Ghana on 18th July 2017. Innovators from nine African countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe have been shortlisted for the prestigious Prize. read more

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Exploiting Data Breaches

High profile data breaches are regularly in the news and, seemingly, businesses and are losing the battle to protect their intellectual property (IP), corporate, and customer data from the threats posed by professional cyber criminals. read more

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Digital transformation in Africa: Real change requires a fundamental shift

Global markets are being disrupted by an accelerating pace of technological change, and Africa is close behind. Digital transformation has entered an era of unprecedented change for enterprises, and real change requires a fundamental shift across processes, functions, customer engagement and many other aspects of business. Frost & Sullivan will be discussing these insights at its seventh consecutive Growth, Innovation and Leadership Africa (GIL 2017: Africa) summit, taking place on 17 August 2017 at The Table Bay Hotel, in Cape Town. read more

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FinTech and the Positive Transformation of Banking in Africa

The impact of Blockchain, Open Banking, Mobile Money and Payments innovation are radically transforming the financial services landscape as FinTech disruptors intensify the challenge to Incumbent Banks in Africa and kickstart new opportunities read more

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Digital Shadows Research Reveals Password and Username Reuse is Major Threat to Enterprise Security

Report highlights the growing risk of account take overs and the low barrier to entry to automate attacks read more

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Boards still not grasping cyber threats, say IT decision makers

Key decision makers do not have confidence in their Boards’ ability to manage cyber security threats, according to the latest cyber security analysis from Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com). The global ‘Cyber Security Landscape’ survey of IT and Business decision makers found that almost half of respondents reported they believe their organisation’s board-level executives do not take cyber security as seriously as they should. This is despite 77% of respondents citing the C-suite, rather than the historic owner, the IT department, as being most accountable for cyber security management and decision making in their organisation. read more

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UN study: Digitization of Kenyan farmer payments helps tackle poverty

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A new case study (http://APO.af/v5Wxdm) by the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance (www.BetterThanCash.org) shows how agriculture nonprofit organizationOne Acre Fund (www.OneAcreFund.org), in partnership with Citi Inclusive Finance(www.CitiInclusiveFinance.com), successfully digitized loan repayments for farmers in Kenya. This move significantly boosted transparency and efficiency, driving economic opportunity and financial inclusion for thousands of smallholder farmers and their families. read more

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