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Top three opportunities to grow small South African businesses in 2019

17 January 2019

Growing your business is all about efficient use of staff, scaling business systems and processes, and using data more effectively. The beginning of a new year is an ideal opportunity to review and enhance your business to iron out glitches in productivity and maximise profits.

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Sage reaches AI milestone: 1 million user queries solved with AI powered smart assistant

15 January 2019

Today Sage is embedding AI and Machine Learning into internal processes across the business to help solve the productivity puzzle. From reducing customer service wait times during busy periods to integrating AI into back office administrative functions such as travel, expenses and recruitment.

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Seven reasons businesses should promote flexible working

07 January 2019

What hours did you work yesterday? Chances are, it wasn’t 9-5. The world of work as we know it is changing. With new technology making it easier to work anywhere, anytime, the traditional 9-5 is effectively dead.

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Top four concerns for South Africa’s emerging construction companies

18 December 2018

South Africa’s construction industry has experienced its share of uncertainty since the end of the public infrastructure investment bonanza leading up to the 2010 World Cup. Public infrastructure spending has been stagnant since then, the home market has slumped, private sector investment is sluggish, and many of the listed construction groups are struggling.

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Schools around the world teach entrepreneurship – here’s how to do the same

12 December 2018

Teaching entrepreneurship in schools usually extends to bake sales and market days. While these are great ways to teach children about product development, budgeting, finance, and profit and loss, they don’t encourage true entrepreneurial thinking. We need to focus on developing skills that will help learners solve real-world problems and prepare them for the future of work.

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Domestic violence victims are not alone this festive season

10 December 2018

It will be the holidays soon; a time when families relax, reflect on the past year, and enjoy each other’s company. But one thing that doesn’t take a holiday, is domestic abuse. Some studies suggest that intimate partner violence actually increases during the holiday season. Reasons for this include financial pressures associated with Christmas and holiday spending, increased alcohol and substance abuse, and tension between family members who don’t get along.

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Riding the digital wave: Ensuring transformation readiness

07 December 2018

By leveraging emerging technology like artificial intelligence (AI), today’s accounting firms are able to expedite key tasks, such as matching purchase orders and flagging invoices for payment. According to research led by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), collecting and processing data can increasingly be done better and faster with machines.

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#CountMeIn – Using AI to support victims of domestic violence

29 November 2018

South Africa is currently recognising 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. The global campaign aims to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls, using the hashtag #HearMeToo. South Africans will unite under the theme #CountMeIn, which encourages members of society, especially men, to speak out against abuse and to work together to curb domestic violence.

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Sage Bank Feeds service goes live with Absa

23 November 2018

Absa Business Banking customers can now automate large portions of their manual transactional bookkeeping work, with direct Bank Feeds into Sage Accounting solutions. Bank Feeds went live in October and lets data flow seamlessly and automatically from Absa Business Banking accounts into Sage solutions, freeing up time, increasing efficiency, and simplifying business management.

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