Death of the CIO?

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT I will give chief information officers (CIOs) one to two years to survive, unless they transform to take on a more business-focussed role.  – Terry White, director, CXO Advisor Terry White, director at CXO Advisor and chairman of “The future of the CIO” panel discussion held at […]

Security in SCADA systems

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) security is being taken more seriously, but is it still fragile? Is action required to beef up security on SCADA systems? What are the concerns? We put these and a number of other questions to a panel of industry leaders […]

When the earth moved for ICT

  by Arthur Goldstuck, WordWideWorx At the end of February 2014, the earth moved. It wasn’t a seismic event, but in the world of information and communications technology, it represented a clear movement of the tectonic plates underlying the industry. The event was Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which has long been a focal […]

Telkom CEO warns MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting SA

  by Hans van de Groenedaal, features editor, EngineerIT In an open letter published in the weekend media, Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko urged MTN and Vodacom to stop hurting South Africa. This follows legal action by Vodacom and Cell after ICASA published new call termination rates which will favour Telkom Mobile and Cell C. The two companies’ […]

“Parting of the clouds” to be a major trend in 2014

  by Jay Kidd, NetApp The author gives his predictions for 2014 and the trends that will impact the industry including flash, cloud, and software-defined storage. Jay Kidd. He also takes a look back at 2013 and the predictions that came true. The key themes that will emerge in the upcoming year include the “parting […]

Home or away? Is off-shore better?

  by Stephen Sher, Cirtech Electronics “Offshore” means China. When we talk about offshore manufacture, we are invariably talking about China and possibly Singapore. There are several factors to consider when looking offshore for a printed circuit board manufacturer. Essentially they amount to cost, manageability, reliability and safety of intellectual property. Through an economy of […]

Is fibre-to-the-home for the elite only?

by  Hans vd Groenendaal Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is currently a serious discussion point in many sectors of the communications industry in South Africa. We all know that it is costly, particularly for a widespread population. Tim Parle, BMI-T Dobek Pater, Africa Analysis Juanita Clark, FTTH Council Africa Reshaad Sha, Dark Fibre Africa Michael Colin, BitCo Johan […]

Tshwane Metro metering contract branded “blatantly corrupt”

by Chris Yelland CEng, investigative editor, EE Publishers On 5 December 2013, Afrikaans business rights watchdog organisation, AfriSake, initiated court proceedings to prevent a contract between the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and private service provider PEU Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd (PEU) from proceeding. The contract, with service fees to PEU estimated to be in excess […]

Software defined everything

by Grant Vine, Cybervine IT Solutions The buzz around software defined storage; networking and security are sparking new concerns in businesses. Grant Vine The terms software defined storage (SDS), software defined networking (SDN) and even software defined security and firewalls are being bandied around a great deal lately, sparking concern among those who aren’t clear […]