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Is security ruining your integration project?

Identity access management (IAM) is an older approach to enterprise security that is complex and difficult to manage across all users, throughout the business and its many systems, both sanctioned and shadow, along with the associated on- and off-premise data.

Mining Charter III approved by Cabinet

On Wednesday, 19 September, Cabinet approved the long-delayed Mining Charter III and also approved the withdrawal of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill which has been subject to the legislative process since 2013.

SHAKY FOUNDATIONS PLAGUE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

South Africa’s construction industry faced a challenging year in 2016 with ongoing pressure on margins, lower revenue and lower order books. Andries Rossouw, PwC Assurance...

Beyond Robotic Process Automation

Cloud Technology is a critical enabler of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Particularly when data intensive processes are involved, ‘platform as a service’ allows for innovative new ways for traditional problems to be solved, bringing agility, speed and scalability.

Smart factories just got smarter

In manufacturing, the rise of ‘smart factories’ has re-invented the way factories operate, leveraging data, analytics and ‘connected everything’ to enable unprecedented levels of automation and optimisation.

Lean analytics – benefits for your business?

With increasing pressure to do more with less, businesses need to look at alternative methods to improve new product development and business growth. To reduce high wastage of valuable resources, an approach that revolutionised the way businesses develop products and grow is Lean Startup, a principled approach to building products.

Impact of load shedding on consumers

Businesses and households were left scrambling to keep the engines and the lights on after the national power utility, Eskom, suddenly plunged South Africa into darkness over a week ago. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday last week, Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan alluded to the fact that Eskom was facing structural, operational and financial challenges.

IWS – pushing accountability to the shop floor

South African manufacturers face serious challenges. Among them are a flood of cheap imports, a shrinking domestic market, often fractious labour relations and low productivity levels. We do have a weak currency and good technical expertise, but it remains a tough climate for manufacturing.

Personal protective equipment is there to save lives

Failure to adhere to best practices in occupational health and safety can have adverse financial implications for companies. We have in recent times, seen lawsuits approaching R100 million lodged on behalf of workers who were not properly protected from the hazards inherent in their workplace.

IOT CAN HELP MANUFACTURERS INTERNATIONALLY

The South African manufacturing industry has come under significant pressure in the last decade. According to Deloitte’s Global Manufacturing Competitiveness survey, South Africa is...
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