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Biometrics: the next frontier in digital payments

05 July 2017

Imagine a world where you never had to worry about having your bank card with you or remembering a long list of passwords and PIN codes. The time you’d save not having to dig in your handbag or pockets for some cash or a card to pay for your coffee.

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Mandela Day: What not to do if you really want to make an impact

05 July 2017

Mandela Day (18 July) is coming up. The day corporate South Africa rolls up their sleeves and heads off to the closest non-profit organisation (NPO), armed with business builders, volunteers, gardening tools, buckets of paint and plenty of good intentions.

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Fuel price fluctuations: How this impacts small businesses

28 June 2017

Did you know that UPS, the package delivery company, saved 38 million litres of petrol by avoiding turning left (or turning right, in South Africa’s case)? This is because just one minute of idling consumes 3.8 litres of petrol an hour. Imagine the impact of that on UPS’s bottom line. And all it did was change one thing.

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Accounting’s future? So much more than just a tick box exercise

26 June 2017

If you think that tech is done with transforming the way accountants work (and every sector for that matter), you’re in for a surprise. As an accountant by qualification, I see a very bright and exciting future.

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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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Revealed: Sage Payments Landscape Report for small business

19 June 2017

Sage Payments Landscape Report reveals that 90% of respondents are more likely to shop somewhere that offers them multiple ways to pay. Payment methods still remain a key factor for small businesses. Half (50%) of small businesses surveyed agree that South African businesses are lagging behind other countries when it comes to introducing new payment methods.

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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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Messy tracking of customer relationships can harm a growing business

12 June 2017

How to know when it is time for your business to invest in CRM.
As a startup, you may have had a ‘little black book’ where you noted the names of your most important customers and their key details, like what sort of products / services they usually buy from you and the last interaction you had with them. As your business began to grow, you may have started to capture you client’s contact details and other account information on spreadsheets to track them.

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