Posts tagged as technology

Availability gap a threat to businesses

  It’s no longer unusual for customers or employees to need information and services to be available around the clock. Even at 2 am, there’ll be someone who’s wanting to shop online, update their insurance details or log in to finish some work while they’re travelling in a distant time zone. The always-on business needs constant, […]

SAP’s seven year plan to drive growth and innovation in Africa

  SAP has announced a seven-year plan to upskill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa.  The company’s vision is to help make Africa run better and improve the lives of Africans with an investment of $500-million. As part of this commitment, SAP Africa is now taking responsibility for SAP operations […]

South Africa to spend R6,47-billion on science and technology

  The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor announced in Parliament that during the 2014/2015 financial year the country will spend R6.47-bllion on science and technology; with the largest portion of the budget,  R3,5-billion, allocated to research and development of which  R1,7-billion is to be spent on research grants and bursaries. With the minister’s […]

DST to focus on initiatives that support the National Development Plan

  Shortly after her appointment as Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor  called a media briefing to  outline  her plans on how her department will focus on initiatives that support the National Development Plan. Top priorities are skills development, knowledge-generation and -exploitation (R&D/innovation). The minister said that following her appointment she met with the […]

Technology Innovation Agency CEO dismissed

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT The board of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) dismissed the CEO Simphiwe Duma on 31 March 2014.  This was announced by the minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom. Simphiwe Duma was suspended last year pending a forensic investigation followed by a disciplinary hearing based on the […]

Fieldbus Foundation’s new blog dedicated to Foundation technology

  The Fieldbus Foundation has launched a new blog dedicated to providing comprehensive information about its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus technology. The site,, provides an open, user-friendly environment for sharing news about global fieldbus developments, and will continue the foundation’s mission to share news about global developments in the fieldbus marketplace. Built upon the […]

Game-changing risk management solution

Esri has announced that Wall Street Network (WSN) has released the first of a dozen risk management solutions, based on ArcGIS Online, called XtremeGIS. XtremeGIS provides access to information including global tropical cyclone event and forecast data from AccuWeather, satellite imagery from i-cubed, and WSN’s knowledge management software. It can be used to discover and […]

A tale of two touchstones

by Mike Rycroft, editor Much has been said recently about the shortage of qualified entrants into the engineering profession in particular and technology based careers in general. The blame is generally placed on the shortcomings in the education system and its inability to prepare learners for careers, particularly in the teaching of mathematics and science. […]

LBS tracking and security application

Sensewhere,  a leader in indoor positioning technology and location based services, has partnered up with South America’s largest insurance company and Brazil’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Sensewhere has integrated its revolutionary positioning technology to deliver bespoke geo-fence features in a combined web and mobile application that will drive new safety and security services […]