The sub-marine cable business is about building diversity

  From just one coaxial undersea cable, SAT 1, taken into service on 18 February 1969 and providing 360 channels to Lisbon, South Africa and indeed the continent, is now served by a multitude of sub-marine cables providing thousands of circuits with plenty additional circuits in store when more bandwidth is lit up. Could this amount […]

Always available, always on – in conversation with Claude Schück, Veeam Software

  Always available, always on – the two phrases seem to contradict each other. If an IT network is always on, surely it should be always available? Not so says Claude Schück, regional manager for Africa at Veeam.  And that is how Schück and I had a conversation over a cup of coffee, clearing up […]

Local students excel in international super-computing competition

  It is not often that I have the opportunity to have a conversation with a group of young people for this monthly feature in EngineerIT. The recent Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) conference in East London presented the opportunity, resulting in a most interesting conversation with 14 of the brightest young men and […]

Information technology – an integral part of life

  Whenever the subject of employment statistics arises, the statement is inevitably made that there are not enough women in industry or in senior positions and lately, in the armed forces. In my conversation with Ulandi Exner, president of the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), we spoke about why information technology (IT) people […]

In conversation with Hans van de Groenendaal, amateur radio enthusiast: A lifelong passion

  Following his International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award in August 2016 (see EngineerIT August 2016, page 6) , I chatted to Hans about his life-long interest in amateur radio – where it started, and where it is today. Radio amateurs in the early days were in the frontier of communication and broadcasting development, […]

In conversation with Michael Goodyer, CEO Microtronix: Local content set to grow the electronic manufacturing industry

  Industry growth in order to create jobs is being used in many political campaigns but are South Africans really walking the talk and doing something positive that will show results? The electronics manufacturing industry – also referred to as the electronic contract manufacturing industry – is one of the sectors that could be leading job creation.  Th is month […]

In conversation with Isaac Mophatlane, CEO of Telkom Business Connexion: People make it happen!

  “In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined 20 years ago that I would one day be a CEO of a company that employs 7000 people and that would be owned by the largest telco in South Africa – the Telkom group”. This is how my conversation with Isaac Mophatlane, CEO of Telkom […]

In conversation with Daniel Dock, Trax Interconnect: How technology ramp-up can save the PCB industry

  Trax Interconnect, which started off in a garage in Cape Town over 40 years ago, has developed into one of South Africa’s foremost printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers. Last year the company went through a management buy-out – with Daniel Dock, marketing manager for the past seven years, becoming the CEO.  With the current focus on […]

In conversation with Ravi Gopinath, Schneider Electric

  Driving transformation of the industrial software market was the subject of the keynote delivered by Ravi Gopinath, executive vice president, software division of Global Solution Business, Schneider Electric at the recent Wonderware User Group Xchange 2016. Gopinath and I had the opportunity to have a one on one conversation about this interesting topic. Transformation […]