Digital Transformation

Mark Zuckerberg Says the Metaverse will Come Costly

Mark Zuckerberg visits Meta’s first ever retail shop. Image sourced from Facebook (Mark Zuckerbeg). Mark Zuckerberg told shareholders on Wednesday that the metaverse project will bleed a lot of money and that some products will not be ready for 15 years. According to Business Insider, the Meta CEO told shareholders that he spent $10-billion on the idea of a virtual world in 2021 alone. “We want to get the hardware to be as affordable as possible for everyone, and make sure the digital economy grows,” Zuckerberg said. Meta currently has 10,000 employees working on the metaverse and wants to hire an additional 10,000 to work on the project. The giant company also announced that it is holding up on hiring, so the plans to push this project forward might be delayed further. Zuckerberg re...

Zoho Announced as Platinum Sponsor for the Digital Transformation Forum 2022

Zoho Corp, a global technology company, has officially been announced as Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming Digital Transformation Forum 2022 to be held at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 May 2022. This hybrid event will see industry experts come together to tackle ideas on how to navigate the future-of-work, future-of-integration, connected digital experience, data management, and digital innovation strategies all in efforts to prepare your business for its successful digital transformation journey. Zoho Officially Joins DTF2022 as Platinum Sponsor With 50+ apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back-office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, Zoho Corporation is one of the...

Digital Transformation in South Africa – The Future is Bright for Healthcare Innovation

The last two years have awakened many people across the globe to the benefits of digitization, with the pandemic effectively working as an accelerant growing the importance of the digital transformation of the healthcare industry in particular. It makes sense that healthcare continues to be one of the most continuously evolving industries in the world. No longer are doctors prescribing broad-spectrum medicines to treat generic illnesses. Nowadays, and especially after the pandemic of the last two years, we are entering a time of personalised medicines and m-health (mobile health), a time of telehealth and robot surgeons, and along with this we are seeing the rise of consumer-focused digital pharmacies, pharmacies that are allowing patients to access healthcare virtually and order medicatio...

How Bankingly is Transforming Africa’s Fintech Industry with Simple, Smart Solutions

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Julie Snell of the Scotland 5G Centre Joins This Expert Line-up of Speakers at the #DTF2022

Julie Snell, Chair of the Scotland 5G Centre, is set to speak at the upcoming Digital Transformation Forum 2022 held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 May 2022 at the Maslow Hotel. Julie Snell, Chair of the Scotland 5G Centre, is set to speak at the upcoming Digital Transformation Forum 2022 held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 May 2022 at the Maslow Hotel. This hybrid event will see industry experts come together to tackle ideas on how to navigate the future-of-work, future-of-integration, connected digital experience, data management, and digital innovation strategies all in efforts to prepare your business for its successful digital transformation journey. Snell has 35+ years of experience as a business leader having successfully established new technology market...

How Co-Creation Will Address the Urgent Need for Digital Transformation in SA

Ria Pinto, General Manager and Technology Leader – IBM South Africa. While organisations in South Africa cannot be entirely ready for the next crisis – to better prepare for future threats requires new way of driving flexibility and delivering innovation. With the rapid changes we’ve witnessed over the past two years, organisations in South Africa now realise they have to be flexible and transform quickly during the next crisis and that this requires collaboration, flexibility and urgency. Key to this approach is adopting and accelerating co-creation and agile ways of working. While digitisation was important before COVID-19 disrupted the world as we knew it, now, it’s non-negotiable. Now, organisations have no doubt that technologies like hybrid cloud and AI are not optional, but essentia...

HMI – How People, Processes and Technology Work Together

When embarking on an industrial digitisation project, it’s important to consider how people, processes, and technology will work together. These three considerations are integrated in a somewhat symbiotic manner, which is why each should function optimally and compliment the other. A good example is IIoT; the technology promises secure access to a lot of data but is this data providing the right insight to people as opposed to burying them under a heap of information? Also, how do you ensure insights are delivered to workers whenever and wherever they need them, such as on the plant floor where they are working around production equipment. HMIs and Industrial Automation Enter Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs); a technology developed to replace hard-wired pushbuttons and indicator lights with...

Why Organisations Need to Invest in Digital, Customer-Facing Technology

Image sourced from www.emediait.com Over the past two years, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and senior IT executives have largely focused their efforts on digital transformation. This is mostly because COVID-19 forced organisations to expedite planned and unplanned re-engineering of their IT environments to fulfil the digital marketplace’s ever-increasing demand. While the top issues for IT departments have traditionally been (and continue to be) digital transformation, cybersecurity, data compliance, and cloud migration, customer experience has also become a top priority. This highlights the necessity to maintain a customer-centric mindset during digital transformation efforts, to increase customer retention, encourage repeat business, and grow revenue. Customer-centric digital transfo...

IBM Announces Real-Time AI for Transaction Processing

Image sourced from mobileworldlive.com On Thursday, IBM an international tech company, announced IBM z16, a Telum processor that allows clients to infuse AI inferencing for real-time insights. This innovation is designed to enable clients to analyse real-time transactions, at scale — for mission-critical workloads such as credit card, healthcare, and financial transactions. IBM z16 also is specifically designed to help protect against near-future threats that might be used to crack today’s encryption technologies. “IBM z16 is an essential component for organisations across the African continent as they accelerate their digital transformation journey. By simplifying hybrid cloud adoption, modernizing applications, and keeping data safe, encrypted, and resilient – clients can have the cloud ...

How CFOs & CIOs are Funding Digital Transformation with OPEX, not CAPEX

Zakhe Khuzwayo, co-founder and CFO at InnoVent. CFOs and CIOs, collaborating to drive the accelerated digital transformation necessitated by rapid technology advances and COVID-19, now have a smart alternative to traditional financing and management of IT assets that boosts business efficiencies and competitiveness. Rapid technology advances driving the 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution), as well as the impact of COVID-19, has accelerated digital transformation in organisations, transforming IT overnight from a back-end support function into an essential enabler for all business operations. Such a shift requires greater access to top technology, resulting in IT spending reaching an all-time high as organisations swop offices for work-from-home and virtual meetings; physical shops for e-com...

The Challenges in Getting Internet Access to All South Africans

South Africa is on a drive to connect its citizens to the Internet. In November 2021, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced that the government was considering a programme to bring internet access to all South Africans within the next 24 months. Attempting to bridge the country’s digital divide, the programme would not only enable access to online services but also provide opportunities for a digitally-driven economy. The proposed programme indicates South Africa’s determination to embrace digital transformation. Never before has Internet connectivity been so paramount to the expansion and development of economic activity, especially in the age of wide-reaching digital services. But what does broad Internet access look like locally, and what...

The 2 Challenges that SA’s “Culture of Digitalisation” Faces

Image sourced from Harvard Business Review. Technology is only successful if it is used. And today, business leaders in companies around the world need to shift from a tech-centered view of digitalisation and start considering how to nurture a culture that embraces technology wholeheartedly. This shift is becoming increasingly urgent because mobilising teams, channeling resources, and accelerating learning and development doesn’t happen overnight, but on the other hand, disruption can strike fast. It’s better to be ready and adaptable to the future, both resource-wise and also culturally, than risk being unable to compete. Many early adopting businesses are already some way down this path, for instance automating processes to improve product and service experiences, maintain business conti...