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// April 2007

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Who can turn on the lights?

With more sunshine than any other place on the planet, Africa should be leading the way in solar energy provision and development....

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More than just a contact centre

Although contact centres across the globe are viewed as a necessity by most corporates, some are failing to optimise these resources as they attempt to maximise returns....

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New addition to the menu

The limitations of Linux forced Nando`s to re-evaluate the role IT plays within the organisation....

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Things that raised a chuckle

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Computing on the surface

Microsoft`s surface computer has interesting prospects for the future of interaction, but it could go the same way as other touch-sensitive devices....

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New muscle chip emerges

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127
Schoolyard bullies shake on it

Fujitsu-Siemens and Sun Microsystems have co-developed a range of Sparc servers. The two might be pals in the R&D classroom, but there`s an intense rivalry on the school ground...

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Command and control fanatic

Running a $30 billion networking company with 55 000 employees is not too dissimilar to running a small country. So, what makes Cisco CEO and chairman John Chambers tick?...

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Tit-for-tat spat continues

Can AMD undo the market share and share price declines it has experienced over the past year or is Intel preparing to finally steam ahead?...

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Brite young things

Four Dimension Data companies have been consolidated under a new name. Although they have each retained their individual brand names, this may change over time....

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Opening up, changing business

SAP highlighted a new open standards approach at its annual EMEA conference SAPPHIRE, held in Vienna recently....

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High-speed ERP

Afgri`s Producer Services division implemented a home-grown ERP solution to manage its vastly expanded enterprise in record time....

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The lean forward experience

Adobe`s Bob Donlon was in South Africa last month to show off some of the company`s new video-editing tools, and talk about the future of Flash, television and the internet....

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T-Systems goes to 30 percent

T-Systems has increased its BEE shareholding and taken on a new partner....

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Where others fear to tread

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Security ins and outs emerge

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How slow can you go?

The departure of Jonas Bogoshi from the State IT Agency (Sita) and its slowpoke approach to appointing a new CEO is viewed as a recipe for disaster....

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Government pulls up its IT socks

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139
The curse of the monitor

Every two decades or so, a new computing platform appears. And every time, it's the same old story: what starts as simple system monitor software that makes the machine easier to use soon becomes a monster operating system that sucks all the life-force fr...

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Connect us to the past

This wasn`t intended as a column extolling the virtues of reading history. Yet if only Poison Ivy would do so, she might actually “connect us to the future”, to use her words....