EngineerIT Inbox – March 2014

  The March 2014 letters to the editor discussed challenges facing electronic manufacturers, and bridging the needs of academia and industry.   Winning letter to the editor Electronic manufacturing industry realities Dear Editor Your article titled “Is the electronic manufacturing industry in SA dead?” (lead editorial, EngineerIT November/December 2013) refers to the difficulties facing original […]

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 […]

Third-party cloud services gain traction in Africa

  World Wide Worx and Cisco’s recent study of cloud computing trends in Africa suggests the continent is gaining confidence in both the reliability and security of the cloud. In support of this forecast, Ovum predicts that cloud services spend in South Africa will likely double over the next four years, growing from $190-million in […]

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’ […]

Write a letter to EngineerIT, win a prize

  Letters to the editor expressing views, comment and opinion on relevant topics, and or responding to articles or letters previously published, are welcome and highly valued. Send your letter to the editor either by completing and submitting the form below, or simply email your letter to the editor of EngineerIT at engineerit@ee.co.za. Letters should […]

“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 […]

Virtual panel discussion – ISA 100 and WirelessHART

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, EngineerIT Currently there are two industrial wireless communication standards, ISA 100 and WirelessHART with varying support for each one. There have been efforts to develop a common standard but some believe that newer versions of ISA 100 obviate the need for WirelessHART. Recently Tim Bourke, Honeywell Analytics, UK said […]

In conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, University of Johannesburg

  Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, UJ Hans van de Groenendaal in conversation with Prof. Saurabh Sinha, executive dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg. They discussed the need to challenge the corporate framework to achieve the ultimate goal: industry and universities need to work in […]