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Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region.
Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region.(Read Full Article)
Kenya's mobile network operator Safaricom has been rated number 9 in innovation globally by Fast Company magazine due to its role in bridging the healthcare gap with telecoms services.
The magazine noted that Safaricom's Daktari 1525 which helps connect the doctor and patient had improved the lives of millions of Kenyans by making them healthy.
"In Kenya, where more than half of citizens live on less than a dollar a day, medical care can be a far-off luxury. But local telecom giant Safaricom has built a vital bridge between doctor and patient. This year, it's boosting marketing ...(Read Full Article)
The world's top mobile infrastructure supplier Ericsson is betting that the fast-growing African mobile broadband market will remain dominated by 3G services over the next years as the newest 4G smartphones remain too expensive for local consumers.(Read Full Article)
Africa's rapid telecoms expansion has come to symbolise the continent's economic growth, with the World Bank estimating a 10% increase in broadband coverage could add 1.4 percentage points to economic output.
IBM today sold its Intel server business to Lenovo, yet another example of Big Blue eating its seed corn, effectively dooming the company for the sake of short-term earnings. It’s a good move for Lenovo and an act of desperation for IBM. Wall Street analysts may see this as a good move but then Wall Street analysts typically aren’t that smart. They’ll characterize it as selling-off a low-margin server business (Intel-based servers) to concentrate on a higher-margin server business (Z-series and P-series big iron) but the truth is IBM has sold the future to invest in the ...(Read Full Article)
For years now procurement departments across the world have been facing the challenge to reduce costs, do things quicker, source more locally, support SMEs and become more sustainable. When a much-heralded technology like 3D printers comes along, you might well ask if it can solve some of these challenges. Well potentially yes, but it also brings risk too, raising difficult questions around intellectual property and liability.
According to Google trends 3D printers reached the maximum 100% in interest in May 2013; suddenly the world has woken up to the possibilities of 3D printing and certain industries will have given the ...(Read Full Article)
Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunications systems vendor, announced today the signing of a Frame Agreement with MTN, a world-class telecommunication services provider operating in 22 countries across Africa, Middle East and Asia, to supply its innovative Point-to-Multipoint wireless system, WiBAS.
Intracom Telecom's WiBAS system will enable MTN operators to decrease their annual spending on fees for operating frequencies, reduce the expenses for site rental and enhance their network coverage, and offer high-quality, reliable broadband services to its corporate subscribers across MTN's countries of operation.(Read Full Article)
A breakfast debate on the principle of outsourcing IT was told the number of deals dropped during 2012 and luxury car maker Daimler saved €150 million (£127 million) by “insourcing” IT. Philip Joss, director at 4C Associates, which organised the debate, said there was a 34 per cent year on year drop in ITO deals in the final quarter of 2012. He cited surveys of CIOs that revealed disillusionment with IT outsourcing deals, with changing technology needs and fewer benefits than expected the most common complaints.(Read Full Article)
Purchasing and supply blog | Supply Management » Seven quick wins (and eight longer-term tactics) to cut IT costs
There are various small commercial changes that, if applied in a timely manner, can produce a significant effect on end IT costs. Here are some tips and pointers for IT sourcing professionals to make reductions. Quick wins 1. Audit the software that you use. You might be paying maintenance on software that you no longer use. 2. Review your software licence numbers. If you have more than you need, shelve some and renegotiate the maintenance costs. 3. Check the level of support that you need.(Read Full Article)
Demand for IT equipment is changing. Sales of desktops and laptops are diminishing and in its place the tablet is taking over. Recent Forrester research has shown that the market for tablets is growing more than desktop computers ever has, predicting that sales of tablets will grow at a compound rate of 25.6% annually up until 2017 reaching 318 million. Along with tablets, the growing demand for touch screen smart phones is increasing the need for new and simpler ways of interacting with IT that do not involve a keyboard and mouse.(Read Full Article)
A key supplier to Apple has been accused of violating the rights of its workers, including insufficient training and underage labour. An investigation carried out by campaign group China Labor Watch (CLW) into three Chinese factories operated by Pegatron, which produces computers and parts for the iPhone, accused the company of 86 separate labour violations, 36 legal and 50 ethical. Allegations in the report Apple’s Unkept Promises, claimed a series of commitments made by Apple to root out worker violations from the supply chain were broken.
A key supplier to Apple has been accused of violating the rights of ...
SAFARICOM has been directed to pay $27 million (Sh2.36 billion) fee and improve its "poor" service before it is issued a new operating license. Communications Commission of Kenya yesterday said Safaricom's initial license term is due to expire on June 30 next year and has given the company until then to improve its quality of service failure to which it may be denied a license. "We are not going to allow consumers of services that we regulate get poor services when they are paying for them," said CCK director general Francis Wangusi. He added that Safaricom has for ...(Read Full Article)
The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom hosted the first-ever dialogue between government, business, academia, civil society and members of the Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology to enhance the Science Technology and Innovation system of South Africa. Strengthening the system is required to address the need for improved coordination and coherence in the use of research and development in promoting innovation for the purposes of social and economic development in the country.(Read Full Article)
In 2011, Aldelante conducted a survey of supply chain executives and asked them what the impact of social media sites would likely be in the future. Half of the responding executives indicated social media would change the supply chain in positive ways, one-third answered that it would make supply chain processes more responsive, efficient, and effective, and 17.5 percent believed social media would have no significant impact on the supply chain. In all, 80 percent of the executives believed social media would have a significant impact, and none of the responding executives believed the impact would be negative. Fast ...(Read Full Article)
That “Global IT spending is growing, albeit cautiously” was the message shared by Gartner in their IT Spending Forecast, 2Q13 Update. While the analyst firm previously predicted a 4.1 percent growth in IT spending this year, they have lowered expectations to 2 percent for a total of $3.7 trillion. The caution can be chalked up to instability in U.S. dollar exchange rates and declining PC sales, which isn’t exactly surprising. Between fiscal policy debates and global economic instability, not to mention the death of the desktop, the impact on IT spending is evolving in real time ...(Read Full Article)
Is there a way for businesses to be smart about managing the cost of smartphones, without missing out on the opportunity? In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites VykeBusiness’ Mark Egginton to offer some insight into how telecom buyers can get a grip on smartphone spend. We live in a society that can’t wait to adopt the latest technology, no more so than with smartphones. Month after month new models become available, each one outsmarting its predecessor – a problem for buyers of telecoms services. However, is there a way for businesses to be smart about managing the cost of ...(Read Full Article)
More than a third of senior IT professionals feel ‘locked in’ to outsourced supplier contracts, with most finding it difficult to renegotiate deals, according to research. Just under two thirds of respondents to a survey by independent sourcing adviser Alsbridge said they did not believe their IT outsourcing (ITO) suppliers would be approachable about renegotiating contracts, with almost half thinking they would “kick up a fuss” if they tried to.
In 2012 alone, Apple sold more than 120 million iPhones, 60 million iPads, 35 million iPods, 15 million Macs – staggering numbers, to say the least. The success of the world’s biggest technology company has come on the back of a robust supply chain network. Recently, news surfaced that Apple is planning to award more business to a relatively unknown company called Pegatron. Though the jury is still out on the success of such a move, it nevertheless provides some pointers on the procurement’s alignment with overall organizational goals. GEP takes a look at the potential benefits of Apple ...(Read Full Article)
One year ago, the new Swedish framework agreement for the procurement of open source became active. Five suppliers were contracted to provide software and services. Central government, the public educational sector, all twenty county councils, and 225 out of the 290 Swedish municipalities are participating. They call off mini competitions for contracts the suppliers then have to battle for. This model differs from the recommendations made in the European 'Guideline on public procurement of Open Source Software', aiming to overcome current barriers and increase the use of open source.
The Swedish framework agreement 'Öppna programvaror 2010' (Open Source Software 2010 ...(Read Full Article)
If you’re in supply chain management, have you gained the necessary expertise in an emerging must-have technology? Geographic information systems (GIS) give users the power to turn massive amounts of data into intelligence that can drive both supply chain strategy and execution. Because SCM significantly affects value in a corporation, any operation needs access to the most advanced tools and techniques available if it wants to remain competitive.(Read Full Article)
The company has identified 195 smelters within its supply chain and is the first technology company to publish such a list as well as having the smelter identification process independently reviewed. Metals such as tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG) are widely found in electronic products and the minerals used to produce these are mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and have links to the funding of armed groups within the country that have been involved in armed conflict. "We approached this issue with the same rigour as other complex operating challenges and have achieved something notable," said ...(Read Full Article)
Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda were recalling about 3.3 million vehicles worldwide because the passenger-side air bag could deploy with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger area, the companies said on Thursday. The recalls, announced in Tokyo, include about 1.7 million Toyotas, 1.1 million Hondas, 480 000 Nissans and 20 000 Mazdas. Almost 1.4 million of the vehicles are in the US. Among the vehicle makers, Honda has had the most serious, continuing problem with air bags. Before Thursday’s action, Honda had recalled almost 2 million vehicles since 2008 for an ...(Read Full Article)
The volume of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has grown significantly over the last year in the US, but concerns over the economic benefits of the new transport technology continue to hold back uptake, according to experts. Navigant Research notes that the PEV market is expected to grow "swiftly, with a compound annual growth rate of 30% between 2012 and 2020 in the United States." A recent survey by the analyst group, however, reveals that makers of PEVs have not been successful in changing several concerns about these vehicles in the marketplace.(Read Full Article)
This model was called a 'shoe phone' because it resembled a boot. As we reach the 40th anniversary of the first public mobile phone call, we look back at four decades of innovation, from the 'brick' handsets of the 1970s and 1980s to today's smartphones. Expert Mike Short says: 'Since its first use 40 years ago, the mobile phone has completely changed our lives. The first decade was a research or a 'demonstrator' phase, rapidly followed by analogue networks deployed over 10 years from the early 1980s largely based on carphones and used in business in the developed world.(Read Full Article)
According to estimates from stock brokerage company Angel Broking, India IT companies accounted for $31bn, or 4.8%, of global IT spend of $641bn in 2006-07. The study goes on to predict that in 2013 this spend will jump to $77bn, or 9.8%, of the worldwide spend of $785bn. Indian newspaper Economic Times notes that Angel Broking’s report explains Indian companies’ gains saying that although the labour cost advantage for Indian IT had been on a declining trend, there still was a comfortable 20-25% cost saving for clients along with availability of a young workforce. Pradeep Udhas, partner ...(Read Full Article)