1. Articles in category: Electronic & High Tech

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    1. Who manages your tech procurement?

      Explore Home - Enterprise Times (Sep 4 2015)

      Who manages your tech procurement?

      Wax Digital survey shows that IT departments drastically over estimate their own importance when it comes to tech procurement.

      The survey showed that 32% of IT departments felt they had the ultimate authority over IT spend. The procurement department sees this differently...

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      Mentions:   Wax Digital

    2. ERP is Not Enough!

      Explore Sourcing Innovation (Apr 16 2015)

      When your organization was sold its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution suite back in the 1990s or 2000s, it was probably told that the ERP suite was the answer to all of its information management problems and it would be the last suite the organization would ever buy.

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    3. Is There Any Room For Instinct In A World Dominated By Data?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Mar 24 2015)

      Is There Any Room For Instinct In A World Dominated By Data?

      More and more business decisions are being made based on data analytics, but is this killing off a buyers nose for a good deal?

      Data is in vogue. It is being used everywhere and for everything. In sport every single thing an athlete does from their heart rate to their passing and shooting accuracy is measured and analysed while in business, and procurement in particular, the performance of staff, products and suppliers are all monitored and scrutinised to the nth degree.

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    4. See Your Company Through the Eyes of a Hacker

      Explore Harvard Business Review (Mar 23 2015)

      See Your Company Through the Eyes of a Hacker

      JP Morgan Chase. Target. Sony. Each has been part of the growing number of cyber-attacks against private companies around the world in recent years. In the latter two cases, CEOs were forced to resign in the wake of the breach. Attacks are growing more sophisticated and more damaging, targeting what companies value the most: their customer data, their intellectual property, and their reputations.

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      Mentions:   Sony

    5. No pain, no gain for Telkom, Cell C

      Explore BDlive (Feb 22 2015)

      No pain, no gain for Telkom, Cell C

      TELKOM and Cell C both face significant upheaval in the short term — much more so than their rivals MTN and Vodacom.

      How the two companies adapt to the changing market will have a dramatic impact on South Africa’s telecoms sector and, ultimately, on the services that consumers receive and the prices they pay.

      Let’s start with Telkom. This week, South Africa’s fixed-line operator announced its biggest restructuring in years.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   France   Goldman Sachs

    6. Union to launch mass action against Telkom

      Explore fin24.com (Feb 17 2015)

      Union to launch mass action against Telkom

      - The Communication Workers Union will embark on mass action against Telkom's imminent retrenchments, it said on Wednesday.

      "We shall use anything at our disposal, including but not limited to unleashing the organised might of our members through rolling mass action to register our dissatisfaction, and force the hand of an irresponsible, inconsiderate and intransigent Telkom management," the union said in a statement.

      The union called on Telkom to withdraw all retrenchment notices sent to affected workers.  "Unilateral decision-making by Telkom management from their air-conditioned ivory towers can no longer be tolerated."

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      Mentions:   Johannesburg

    7. Telkom to restructure four areas of business as part of cost-cutting plan

      Explore BDlive (Feb 16 2015)

      Telkom to restructure four areas of business as part of cost-cutting plan

      TELKOM said on Monday it would restructure four areas of its business as part of its continuing cost-reduction programme aimed at, among other things, cutting billions of rand in costs and improving customer service.

      The latest restructuring may lead to a number of job losses. It also comes two months after the job contracts of 480 call-centre contract workers were terminated.

      Telkom said the latest restructuring will focus on the call-centre operations, some Telkom Direct Stores, the information and technology (IT) legacy systems and internal printing operations, and supply chain and properties.

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    8. High costs hinder adoption of 3D printing

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Dec 15 2014)

      High costs hinder adoption of 3D printing

      The poll of 330 purchasers of the technology by research organisation Gartner found 60 per cent said high acquisition costs had delayed their adoption of the technology “While the technology is already in use across a wide range of manufacturing verticals from medical to aerospace, costs remain the primary concern for buyers," said Pete Basiliere, research director at Gartner.

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      Mentions:   Gartner   Royal Mail

    9. How to fix IBM

      Explore Technology News and Analysis (Oct 28 2014)

      How to fix IBM

      Given IBM’s earnings miss last week and the impact it had on company shares I thought rather than just criticizing the company it might make better sense to consolidate my ideas for how to fix IBM. Here they are.

      Early in his tenure as CEO, Sam Palmisano made changes that created IBM’s problems today. IBM customers are buying fewer products and services. Revenue has dropped each quarter for the past ten.

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      Mentions:   IBM   Apple   Oracle

    10. Study Prompts Bigger Discussion About Value Over Savings

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Aug 18 2014)

      Recent research from The Hackett Group claims that procurement’s ability to generate big savings is declining dramatically. Despite what you might think, that’s good news.

      It’s not that savings are unimportant. Of course, they’re important, and they always will be. They are a large part of what organizations expect from procurement. But, as every CPO knows, they aren’t the only things procurement can provide.
      For example, in manufacturing companies, procurement can identify suppliers who can suggest alternatives to new product designs that can accomplish the design intent more cost effectively.

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      Mentions:   Hackett Group

    11. Thinking about TCO? Context is everything | by Dion de Gruchy

      Explore MarketSqr Blog (Aug 12 2014)

      Thinking about TCO? Context is everything | by Dion de Gruchy

      Total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis was popularised by the Gartner Group in the late 1980s to assist clients in quantifying the financial impact of deploying IT products. A decade later, McKinsey applied the TCO approach to asset intensive industries in South Africa

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Boeing   China

    12. Samsung finds child labour at China supplier

      Explore BDlive (Jul 14 2014)

      Samsung finds child labour at China supplier

      Samsung Electronics said it halted business with a supplier in China over suspected use of child workers, the first time it has taken such a step, after criticism that its monitoring of labour practices at suppliers was inadequate.

      The decision, announced on Monday, comes less than a week after US-based China Labour Watch said it found "at least five child workers" without contracts at the supplier and called Samsung’s monitoring process to halt such practices "ineffective."

      Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, said it conducted three audits since last year of the supplier, a wholly owned subsidiary of ...

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      Mentions:   Reuters   South Korea   China

    13. The hidden costs of software licenses

      Explore Technology News and Analysis (Jul 8 2014)

      The hidden costs of software licenses

      We're all familiar with software licenses. It's the bit you ignore when installing a new program, right? But what's less understood is the difficulty they cause for businesses. New research by IDC sponsored by Flexera looks at the latest trends in software licensing, virtualization and the compliance issues involved.

      The report points out that the software license supply chain is one of the most opaque, difficult to understand and complex to manage. As a result, the relationship between application producer and customer has often suffered in the past.

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    14. General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets

      Explore Engineering News (Apr 30 2014)

      General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets

      Alstom on Wednesday said it was considering a binding offer from General Electric (GE) to acquire its energy assets, leaving the France-headquartered company to expand its transport sector activities. The deal, representing an equity value of €12.35-billion and an enterprise value of €11.4-billion, comprised the Alstom’s thermal, renewable and grid power sectors, as well as its related corporate and shared services.

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      Mentions:   Paris   South Africa   France

    15. Questions to Consider Before You Sign an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement

      Explore Spend Matters (Apr 23 2014)

      Questions to Consider Before You Sign an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement

      For some companies, an Oracle Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) is ideal. It allows them to pay a single fee up-front to get as many licenses as they need for certain Oracle products over a set period of time. Under the right circumstances, signing a multi-year ULA with Oracle may grant the business the flexibility they need to support growth. However, there are risks to consider. Not every client needs or will benefit from a ULA. In many cases, a ULA is a fast path to overspending.

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      Mentions:   Oracle

    16. Telkom rises on report of cost-cut plans

      Explore iol.co.za (Apr 9 2014)

      Telkom rises on report of cost-cut plans

      Shares of South Africa's Telkom SA rose on Wednesday after its chief executive told a newspaper he aims to cut 1 billion rand in annual costs for the next five years, as part of a drive to turn around the operator.

      Telkom, South Africa's largest fixed-line operator, will not be able to avoid job cuts, Sipho Maseko told Business Day, adding he would begin discussions with trade unions next week on possible job cuts.

      “It's clear in my mind that Telkom will shed a bit of weight,” the newspaper quoted Maseko as saying.

      “We are way out ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg

    17. Top tips to drive change in procurement

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Apr 3 2014)

      Close collaboration with other divisions in the company and earning your seat at board level are key to creating a successful procurement function.  That’s according to Simona Pavelescu, head of global sourcing services office at Ericsson, who was speaking at the ProcureCon Indirect conference in London this morning.

      Pavelescu told delegates how she took a consultancy approach to sourcing after understanding the complex nature of the different departments at the company. “We have a chocolate box of assorted chocolates from which you can choose and pick what suits you best,” she said.

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    18. Ansys awarded Transnet dashboard contract

      Explore BDlive (Mar 31 2014)

      Ansys awarded Transnet dashboard contract

      ANSYS, an AltX-listed engineering company, has been awarded a R188m Transnet contract for the supply of an integrated dashboard display system for locomotives.

      The black-owned and controlled group, which develops products for the rail, mining, industrial and defence markets, had already designed a prototype display that had been "rigorously tested" on Transnet locomotives.

      This comes after Transnet earlier in March awarded R50bn worth of contracts to two Chinese and two North American railway groups to build 1,064 electric and diesel locomotives as part of its R308bn market-demand strategy to 2019.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet   Pretoria

    19. First E-Government Phase in Ghana Complete

      Explore allAfrica.com (Mar 20 2014)

      The integration of 20 agencies into a one-stop administration service centre will facilitate the delivery of Government services to citizens under the e-Government programme delivered today.

      Among these agencies are Ghana Post, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and Ghana Police Service (GPS).


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      Mentions:   Ghana

    20. Companies paying too much for IT equipment

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 18 2014)

      Businesses are still paying too much for IT equipment, according to a benchmarking survey by technology firm Mercato Solutions.

      The research found average margins to be between 11 per cent and 39 per cent, against the recommended industry standard of just 3 per cent. Mercato surveyed 200 IT managers with annual budgets of more than £50,000.  

      The study revealed the banking sector pays the highest margins on IT equipment at an average of 39 per cent. This is followed closely by the leisure sector at 33 per cent, insurance at 25 per cent and education at 19 per cent.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   NHS

    21. Banks to miss deadline to upgrade ATMs

      Explore iol.co.za (Mar 18 2014)

      Banks around the world, consumed with meeting more stringent capital regulations, will miss a deadline to upgrade outdated software for ATMs and face additional costs to Microsoft to keep them secure.

      The US software company first warned that it was planning to end support for Windows XP in 2007, but only a third of the world’s 2.2 million ATMs that use the system will have been upgraded to a new platform, such as Windows 7, by the deadline next month, according to NCR, one of the biggest ATM makers.

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      Mentions:   Reuters   Microsoft   Britain

    22. Seeking answers to energy trilemma

      Explore iol.co.za (Mar 10 2014)

      Seeking answers to energy trilemma

      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.

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      Mentions:   India   Africa   South Africa

    23. Kenya's Safaricom Beats Google, Facebook in Innovation

      Explore allAfrica.com (Feb 18 2014)

      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 ...

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      Mentions:   Apple   Nike   Africa

    24. Ericsson bets on 3G in Africa telecoms

      Explore fin24.com (Feb 1 2014)

      Ericsson bets on 3G in Africa telecoms

      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.

      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.

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      Mentions:   Reuters   Apple   Africa

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