5 reasons to avoid counterfeit software

16 Apr 2019

Software piracy and counterfeiting remain rife in sub-Saharan Africa. The Business Software Alliance (BSA) Global Software Survey for 2016 reveals that countries such as Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe have unlicensed software installation rates of 75% and above. That means only one in four or fewer pieces of commercial software in use are fully compliant and licensed.


Six cyber-security essentials for consumers and small businesses

01 Apr 2019

Cyber-crime attacks are becoming more sophisticated and the attackers are more relentless than ever, with the criminals increasingly motivated by the promise of high financial rewards at low risk. One study from McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (*1) shows that cyber-crime costs the global economy 0.8% of GDP, or US$600 billion a year.


Cloud computing will drive globalisation, innovation and efficiency across the African economy

29 Mar 2019

Across Africa, rapid improvements to the telecoms infrastructure and increased investment in data centres are paving the way for the continent’s organisations to embrace cloud computing. Large-scale adoption of cloud solutions such as infrastructure-as-a-service, software-as-a-service and security-as-a-service could drive significant economic benefits for many companies and countries.


Four hidden costs of software piracy for your business

27 Mar 2019

Africa’s ICT industry pays a heavy price for software piracy each year, with the latest research from The Software Alliance (BSA) showing that unlicensed commercial software worth US$3.1 billion is in use in Africa and the Middle East. More than half (56%) of the software in use across the region is unlicensed. But the software industry is not the only loser when it comes to pirated and counterfeited software. Whether they do so knowingly or unwittingly, organisations that use unlicensed software will find that it costs them more in the long run than purchasing the correct software licences.


Five strategies ICT resellers can use to enhance their profit margins

25 Mar 2019

Most value-added resellers (VARs) know that it’s getting tougher all the time to run a profitable business based on product sales alone. The competition is fiercer than ever, clients are shifting towards the cloud for a growing range of their business needs, and corporate budgets are under enormous pressure.


Tarsus On Demand and iConnect SA offer SMEs complete collaboration, connectivity solution featuring Office 365

06 Dec 2018

Cloud and solutions provider iConnect is partnering with Tarsus On Demand, one of South Africa's leading hybrid cloud enablement partners, to offer bundled connectivity and Microsoft cloud solutions to South African organisations. These offerings will enable businesses to acquire their productivity and connectivity solutions from a single provider.


Microsoft aims to entice customers to the cloud with Office changes

11 Oct 2018

South African ICT resellers will benefit from a streamlined stock-keeping unit (SKU) for the on-premise edition of Microsoft Office following the launch of Office 2019 on October 2. Microsoft is releasing only a single SKU for the product that will support both Mac and Windows clients.


Demand for two-in-one notebooks on the rise in South Africa

05 Oct 2018

More and more South African consumers and businesses are investing in convertible or two-in-one mobile computers as they seek devices that offer them the versatility and functionality of a traditional notebook, paired with the portability and easy media consumption of a tablet computer.


Local Azure data centres to create new revenue streams for SA IT channel

03 Oct 2018

The imminent launch of Microsoft Azure data centres in South Africa will help dispel many of the fears still holding companies back from deploying the cloud for mission-critical applications, in turn creating a significant market opportunity for local resellers and systems integrators.