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18
AUG

Checkers Rush concept store: The inside story

Shoprite Group on Wednesday announced it has launched a pilot store in Cape Town that has no cashiers and no checkout counters. The store is entirely powered by cameras and artificial intelligence software.
There isn't even a point of sale -- consumers' bank cards are billed automatically as they leave the store with the goods they have selected.
TechCentral spoke to Shoprite Group chief of strategy and innovation Neil Schreuder about the store -- called Checkers Rush -- and why the JSE-listed retail giant is testing the concept in South Africa.
Similar to Amazon Go -- Amazon.com's cashierless stores in the US and the UK -- Checkers Rush promises an "automated, cashless 'no queues, no checkout, no waiting'" experience. It's in internal testing with employees for now but may be rolled out wider if it proves successful in the pilot.
The concept store is the brainchild of Shoprite Group's new division, ShopriteX, which use data science to “enhance customer experiences”. The division was also responsible for the popular Sixty60 online shopping app.
Don't miss the discussion about innovation in South Africa's retail sector.
16
AUG

Managing workloads across multi-cloud environments with Morpheus [promoted]

Axiz is well known for its distribution network, but its cloud services business is growing rapidly, too.
With the aid of Morpheous, a multi-cloud management platform, Axiz may have found the secret ingredient to minimising cloud-sprawl risk for both large and small companies in South Africa.
In this promoted podcast, Willie Jansen van Rensburg, executive at Axiz Cloud Technologies, and Andrew Green, “chief nerd herder” at Software Evolution Africa Limited (SEAL), join host Daniel Robus to discuss start-ups, market positioning, common mistakes and technology solutions.
SEAL has secured the exclusive Africa distribution rights for the Morpheus platform, a multi-cloud management system and application modernisation platform.
The partnership with Axiz Cloud Technologies boosts the product’s reach – allowing it to meet the growing demand for this all-in-one solution that manage hybrid, multi-cloud environments.
Morpheus is a management platform that integrates with most brands and applies from bare metal to DevOps, FinOps, CloudOps and SecOps across practically any cloud platform, whether on-premises, hosted or public.
Jansen van Rensburg points out the advantage of using the toolset to help both large corporations and smaller clients unclutter the job of managing an ever-growing sprawl of applications and cloud environments. Jansen van Rensburg has used Morpheus to successfully augment his growing cloud services team at Axiz. They are geared to support and manage customers in all stages of digital transformation.
“The rush to cloud by some early adopters,” says Green, “has led to a few unexpected bills -- of biblical proportions.” Green explains how Morpheus prevents this from happening.
Any teams struggling to get to grips with their application landscape on an enterprise level should listen to the discussion. For more, e-mail Sanet.Engelbrecht@axiz.com.
13
AUG

Zero Trust: The marathon businesses need to be ready to run [promoted]

First Distribution supports multiple partners, but one of the fastest growing is Trend Micro, which has been offering world-class security solutions for more than 30 years now.
In this episode of the podcast, host Daniel Robus chats to Trend Micro’s technical lead for sub-Saharan Africa, Emmanuel Tzingakis, and First Distribution GM for cybersecurity Brad Stein.
Security is a hot topic in the IT sector, and for good reason. An impatient workforce, the need to work from just about anywhere, legacy applications and rapid digital transformation are all contributing to a whirlpool of potential security issues.
This podcast discussion unpacks some of the challenges faced by clients and breaks down how to get the most impact for customers.
Security should form part of an integrated business strategy and cannot be seen as a “silver bullet”. With threat actors becoming even more agile than businesses, security teams are more hard-pressed than ever to counter the threat.
Zero Trust is the objective, and this requires constant review to ensure the business stays ahead of the threat curve. This calls for a means to get insights to drive action.
Tzingakis unpacks the Trend Micro solution to achieving this. The solution is not a rip and replace, but rather an augmentation strategy designed to leave no holes.
Both Stein and Tzingakis have great insights to share on the subject – don’t miss the discussion!
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06
AUG

How Sean Sanders is building Revix into a crypto powerhouse [promoted]

Sean Sanders, founder and CEO of Revix, joins Daniel Robus in this episode of the podcast to talk about why he started the cryptocurrency investment company and his plans for the future.
It’s an interview with a difference, though, with a strong focus on building a fintech business in South Africa, why he moved back to his hometown of Cape Town after a stint in the UK, and his thoughts on leadership, team development and learning – and making mistakes along the way.
As a self-confessed “control freak”, Sanders is dealing with his own insecurities of empowering team members and allowing for failure. It’s a journey of self-discovery, he explains in the podcast, all while making a big impact in the South African investment market.
Don't miss the discussion!
05
AUG

Stellenbosch start-up 6DOT50 brings crypto to retail

Stellenbosch-based start-up 6DOT50 is hoping to help consumers spend bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in retail stores and online in South Africa, making it easier to use crypto money for purchases.
In this episode of the podcast, 6DOT50 founder Warren Venter talks to TechCentral's Duncan McLeod about why it’s enabling support for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether in its payment platform and why it believes there’s demand for such as service in South Africa.
“Until now, cryptocurrencies have failed to fulfil the primary purpose of money, being its ability to be exchanged for goods and services,” said Venter. “6DOT50 has solved this problem by positioning its Digital Rands money vouchers as the bridge between the crypto world and fiat world, and providing an offramp for crypto value that offers merchants a common, stable and reliable measure of value to accept as payment.”
Venter explains in the podcast that 6DOT50 offers a free transactional account to all users and is now accepting bitcoin, litecoin, ether, bitcoin cash and dash as payment for its Digital Rands e-vouchers. The Digital Rands can be spent at 40 000 retail points of sale in South Africa.
“Our primary objective was to solve the general acceptability problems associated with crypto and to make it as acceptable as cash and bank card payments. By providing an instant conversion of crypto from the consumer into Digital Rands, merchants can accept payments from crypto enthusiasts without any of the risks that have prevented merchants from adopting crypto as payment before.”
Merchants that accept Digital Rands as payment include all Zapper QR code-enabled stores and online retailers as well as all Shoprite Group and Cape Union Mart Group stores and selected Famous Brands outlets.
In the podcast, Venter explains why 6DOT50 is investing in supporting cryptocurrencies and talks about how the process of converting cryptocurrencies into electronic vouchers works in practice.
Don't miss the discussion!
19
JUL

e4's Carla de Abreu on doing document management right [promoted]

In the second of a series of interviews with e4, TechCentral is joined by the company's business development manager, Carla de Abreu, for a discussion on modern document management.
Document management software is an increasingly critical part of any business in the digital era. Instead of rows of filing cabinets, document management systems create an electronic archive that any permissioned user can access and edit.
In an era of digital transformation, document management software helps organise companies' digital documents and digitise existing paper records with ease.
In the podcast, De Abreu unpacks, among other things, what South African legislation says about electronic documents and document signing; the process and capabilities around authentication of documents; and the verification of documents and what is involved.
She also takes listeners through the various products that e4 offers in the document management space: Docfusion, Prosign, Autoverifiy and Stordoc.
If you are in any way involved in document management, or looking to automate more of your document management processes - and which company isn't? - then you won't want to miss this important discussion.
01
JUL

Duarte da Silva on the pioneering days of South African IT

Businessman, entrepreneur, deal maker and advisor Duarte da Silva joins Duncan McLeod on the TechCentral podcast for a wide-ranging discussion about South Africa's IT industry, with a specific focus on Dimension Data.
Da Silva recently posted a heartfelt tribute on LinkedIn to Jeremy Ord, Dimension Data's co-founder, who resigned last month as executive chairman after 34 years. The post has since gone somewhat viral.
In the podcast, Da Silva talks about his days as a director and analyst at Merrill Lynch, where he covered Dimension Data and companies such as Persetel (headed at the time by Roux Marnitz), Q Data (the late Piet den Boer) and Altron (Bill Venter).
Da Silva recalls some of the colourful characters at the time and how they helped shape South Africa's early IT industry - and why the country, curiously, was the only one in the world where Japan's Hitachi has a bigger share in mainframes than IBM. (Hint: It had to do with sanction and Marnitz's love of aviation.)
He also talks about his first encounter with Ord, how Dimension Data attracted and cultivated top leaders - including Richard Came, David Frankel, Alon Apteker, Malcolm Rutherford and many others - who went on to great business success - and recounts a tale about a greulling, three-week investor road show in the US.
The conversation then turns to the dot-com bust of 2000, how a US acquisition at the peak of the dot-com bubble severely hobbled Dimension Data and how the shifting sands of the IT sector - and a greater appreciation for technology among business leaders - led to tough years for the group.
Da Silva, who now serves as chairman of Huge Group, also touches on Huge's pursuit of Adapt IT, why he's enjoying being back in the IT sector and what he plans to do in the coming years.
Don't miss this riveting discussion!
22
JUN

Interview: The modern threat landscape - identify, isolate, respond [promoted]

In today’s episode, TechCentral is joined by Praven Pillay, MD of Maxtec, and Andrew Parker, chief technology officer of Teknov8, to talk about the modern threat landscape.
Pillay has 25 years’ IT experience under the belt and is well known in the South African technology market for managing a tight team. Parker is a South African now based in London who spends his time between consulting, architecting and commenting on IT solutions.
Between them, they have many years of cybersecurity knowledge, and both have dived headlong into Acronis Cyber Protect. This lively discussion led to both thought leadership and a product exploration with a security focus.
Parker is quick to point out that “the crooks know as much about you as you allow them to”, meaning our online lives are happy hunting grounds for hackers and other criminals.
The sheer volume of threat management required today means that intuitive views of the network are simply not good enough, and the ever-changing environments require a higher level of enterprise protection.
This, hand in hand with constant training of staff to be aware of and alert to potential threats, is the first step in good management. But, as Parker points out, defence is 99.9% effective, leaving a 0.1% vulnerability where a break can occur -- and that’s what companies need to be ready for.
“It is not if, but when, the bad guys get through your firewall. The success is determined by how quickly you identify, isolate and respond to the threat,” said Pillay.
Listen to this podcast to hear how Acronis Cyber Protect can take the worry out of waging war against cybercriminals, what free giveaway Maxtec is offering to customers, and an exciting announcement!
Don’t miss this power-packed episode.
18
JUN

First Technology's Gerhard Olivier on why your company needs Aruba [promoted]

Gerhard Olivier’s passion for technology shines through. As manager of consulting services at First Technology, he’s well positioned to talk on both the technology challenges and solutions to solve them.
First Technology has a long history with Hewlett Packard Enterprises’ Aruba Networks, and Olivier is passionate about the company’s offerings.
He speaks of Aruba’s Aruba Central tools as being like the monitoring heart of an organisation from which legs of work can operate in an environment of “Zero Trust”. Oliver says Aruba’s ClearPass network access control solution provides visibility into and intelligence to both managed and unmanaged networks, which allows for control up to the edge.
In the podcast, Olivier explores deployment realities and commercial options as well as some of the pitfalls that clients face when they’re not using a central management solution. “You are only as good as your last restore,” he says.
Don’t miss the discussion!
10
JUN

Kicking off your Kubernetes [promoted]

Containerisation has moved on from something that was spoken about at geek conventions to mainstream development. Gartner has predicted that 85% of global businesses will be running containers in production by 2022, up from 35% in 2019.
It has become clear that organisations that want to remain agile and future-proof their applications have made their decision: to containerise. This means that the focus has shifted to the actual Kubernetes orchestration.
In this TechCentral roundtable discussion, experts came together to discuss how to navigate the journey to empowering an organisation with cloud-native technologies and enabling it to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments, such as public, private and hybrid clouds.
For more, please visit techcentral.co.za.
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27
MAY

Inside the fast-changing world of CCTV, with Vumacam and Ava Security

Personal security is a topic of interest for all South Africans. In this podcast, a panel of guests from Ava Security and Vumacam explore the convergence of video, predictive analytics and human interaction to fight crime.
Gavin Hill, CIO of Vumacam, explains that large-scale CCTV deployments are complex IT challenges that involve connectivity, bandwidth and storage.
Vumacam CEO Ricky Croock said this overarching web of information forms a glue that can connect private sector security companies and public policing to catch criminals.
Ava Security co-founder and head of engineering Sam Lancia touches on advancements in artificial intelligence and how these can extend the reach of a security operator from a centralised point. With more than 120 000 hours of video being produced every day by Vumacam, human reviews simply cannot keep pace. Traditional analytics needs to be enhanced by modern technology, Lancia said.
With the continuously falling price of storage, better connectivity and massive strides in AI, the predictive security space is an area to watch with interest.
Enjoy the discussion!
25
MAY

NBConsult's Nicolas Blank on the fast-changing world of IT backup

The TechCentral podcast often focuses on large enterprises. Today, though, we’re doing a deep dive into the world of small and medium enterprise solutions.
Nicolas Blank, CEO of NBConsult, has a long history of providing customer-focused solutions across Africa, the UK and Hong Kong.
His mantra is to focus on simple solutions that work. “We innovate to enable our clients in practical ways,” he said.
This led to NBCube, a recent addition to NBConsult’s portfolio that offers SMEs an affordable backup solution with the features that most people would expect to get only at the enterprise level. “If you don’t want to be eating pizza at 3am while trying to restore critical data, speak to us.”
From order to operation, NBCube is enabled in hours, giving peace of mind to customers who have better things to do than worry about losing data.
This podcast dives into the world of data backup and what it means for South African businesses. “A backup is only a backup if it can be restored.”
Enjoy the discussion!

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