Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 20 - Page 8

NEWS IFS South Africa invests in youth skills development initiative Obsidian Systems and HashiCorp partner to empower SA with advanced data centre architecture I FS, the global enterprise applications company, will be sponsoring learnership programmes for 30 young, unemployed South Africans to provide them with the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications that will enhance their employability. The programme aligns with the government’s drive to reduce unemployment by creating workplace learning opportunities. The YES (Youth Employment Service) initiative announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa is confirmation of the government’s commitment to job creation, which will involve a powerful collaboration between business, government and labour to create a million work opportunities for the unemployed youth over a three-year period. According to Stats SA, the unemployment rate among young people aged 15 to 34 was 38.2% in the first quarter of 2018, while 3.3 million South African youths were not in employment, education or training during this period. Out of the 30 IFS South Africa sponsored learners, 15 disabled learners are enrolled for a 12-month General Education and Training Certificate: Hygiene and Cleaning learnership (NQF level 1), equipping them for a career in sectors such as healthcare, cleaning, retail and hospitality. The other 15 learners have been enrolled for a National Certificate: Business Administration Services learnership (NQF level 3), providing them with a solid foundation for a career in business. Mohamed Cassoojee, Country Manager and MD for IFS South Africa, said: “Youth unemployment in South Africa is a crisis that affects social cohesion in our country, undermines economic growth and deprives millions of people of the quality of life and dignity that they deserve. We are hoping to continue supporting these types of initiatives with the same YES vision of putting one million youth into employment – this national collaboration has the potential to make a large and sustainable difference to our country in the years to come.” 8 INTELLIGENTCIO L eading open source technology and services specialist Obsidian Systems has announced it has become an official HashiCorp partner and will provide the South African market with access to next generation data centre management solutions. HashiCorp was established in 2012 to revolutionise data centre management application development, delivery and maintenance. The company believes business owners can benefit by combining and applying several technologies, including public-and private cloud, hybrid cloud, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS to architect a data centre. Obsidian designs technology solutions using the best fit software and vendor partners to help any business, from large enterprises to bespoke companies, achieve individual goals, ensure team deliverables and broader business objectives. Through its alliance with HashiCorp, the open source specialist firm is pleased to now support the installation and support of top-end enterprise solutions such as Vault, Terraform, Consul and Nomad. These solutions empower companies with various levels of cloud service and competency, including secrets management, privilege access management, infrastructure as code, service discovery, distributed KV store, as well as scheduling. Although based on open source code, which is HashiCorp’s distribution model, the enterprise products are proprietary and are released as separate binaries. э