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Industry 4.0 – How West African businesses can get ahead

29 June 2017

The next industrial revolution has arrived in Africa, and it will help make businesses of all sizes more efficient, productive and profitable. This fourth industrial revolution could help power West African companies to become major global players. However, the big question is – how will this help transform your business?

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Ethiopian businesses should use digital tech to ride the GDP growth wave

28 June 2017

With a decade of consistently high GDP growth – powered by booming manufacturing, agriculture and construction industries – Ethiopia is one of the most vibrant markets in Africa. It is positioned to be one of East Africa’s major digital players as Ethiopian businesses begin to harness digital technologies to boost their competitiveness, agility and productivity.

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Machine learning is here. How switched on are you?

21 June 2017

Machine learning, which used to be something only computer scientists in server rooms discussed, has become a hot topic, along with big data and artificial intelligence (AI).
Machines develop algorithms that allow them to make predictions, such as the shows you might want to watch on Showmax or Netflix, to use a simple example. Machines will also update their models as new data is received, without human intervention.

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Why bots? Less admin, more time for creative work

19 June 2017

Bots won’t take away (all of) your work, but they will help build a more creative workplace. Businesses shouldn’t be developing bots and artificial intelligence solutions just because they’re trendy, or because they think they can replace their employees.

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CIOs: it’s time to be less engineering and more pioneering

13 June 2017

CIOs are struggling to come to grips with a world changing at an exceptional pace – this was the picture that was painted at the recent IDC CIO Summit 2017 series that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria.

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East African CIOs: Lead change to increase efficiency

13 June 2017

The role of the East African CIO has never been more critical to business success -- leading innovation, driving ROI and finding the right IT talent, all the while doing more with less, getting executive buy-in and ‘keeping the lights on’. This was the picture painted at the IDC CIO Summit in Nairobi today.

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A new meaning for CIOs: Champions of Innovation in Organisations

07 June 2017

What a difference 10 years makes.

In 2007, Apple released its first smartphone, services like Uber, WhatsApp and Instagram did not yet exist, and high-speed mobile broadband and fibre were a distant dream for most users in Africa. Now, there are 2 billion smartphones in global circulation and people depend on them for everything from messaging to shopping to banking to hailing a taxi. Kenya alone has at least 39 million internet users, an internet penetration of 89.7%.

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Is your accounting admin too taxing to deal with?

29 May 2017

If you’re like most business builders, you probably don’t love doing bookkeeping and working on your tax dues. You’d rather focus on what you do best – growing the company, bringing out new services and interacting with customers and employees.

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Why Made-in-Nigeria will give small businesses a boost

25 May 2017

Nigerian Federal Government should be commended for putting the spotlight on local manufacturers through initiatives such as the Made-in-Nigeria Dress Days and an Executive Order compelling state agencies to direct at 40% of procurement to Made-in-Nigeria goods and services.

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