Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 25 - Page 29

A PUBLICATION Providing Unparalleled Technology Intelligence ISSUE 25 // Security trends The cybersecurity trends poised to significantly alter the landscape in 2019 Focus on Angola Large investments are set to boost agricultural technology in Angola Overcoming digital dread How to embrace the digitisation journey in the manufacturing sector EDITOR’S NOTE H ello and welcome to the 25th edition of Intelligent CIO Africa. This month’s front cover features the work Decision Inc has done with Attacq, a real estate company that is ranked among the top 15 real estate companies listed on the JSE by market capitalisation and is included in the FTSE/JSE South African Property Yield (SAPY) Index. In South Africa, Attacq has 1,056 tenants, so managing building needs is a huge operational requirement and is fundamental to the brand of the business. A pilot programme using the MyBuildings mobile app as an operations management tool was implemented in October 2017. The MyBuildings app gives Attacq’s management real-time information, with operational needs being addressed expeditiously. Outstanding tasks can be tracked centrally, continuously improving tenant and customer service. The company decided to enhance it with an overlay of Decision Inc’s analytical reporting features using the Qlik solution. One of the strengths of the approach is that Attacq can easily compare overall operational metric performance and measure that against key performance indicators while still having the ability to drill right down to granular source data. We are now two months into 2019 and many organisations are looking at how they can improve their security measures. To help, Ashraf Sheet, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Infoblox, has provided a list of cybersecurity trends that he says will ‘significantly alter the landscape’ this year. This includes attacks powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI); adhering to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); and securing Internet of Things (IoT) devices. When you think of a country that has a lot of potential when it comes to technology, Angola probably doesn’t instantly come to mind. But the Southern African nation is set to benefit from significant investments, especially in agricultural technology. This includes US$200 million from the UAE that will go towards 18 agricultural technology centres, while Vietnam has joined forces to increase cooperation in agriculture and technology, as part of the ongoing economic diversification process in the country. You can also read about Leveraging IoT The Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation, a manufacturer based in north east Swaziland, turned to Britehouse, a division of Dimension Data, to leverage Internet of Things (IoT) technology to help it adapt to market demands. Global Cooling Partner Intelligent Business Solutions Partner Intelligent Phishing Partner Global ICIO Knowledge Partner Intelligent Data Security Partner Intelligent Manufacturing Partner Global Innovation Partner Intelligent Supporting Partner Intelligent ITSM Partner Intelligent Partner the forthcoming Angotic IT Forum event in Country Focus, which will showcase telecommunications and ICT in Angola. This months’ Industry Watch is manufacturing and includes thought leadership pieces from Adriaan Rossouw, a Director at EOH Infor Services, who says there are five steps to embracing the digitisation journey; and Cassie Lessing, Managing Director of Strato IT Group, who believes that digitising traditional supply chains has become a critical element of businesses moving forward. As always, there are also the other regular features and news items from across the continent. If you want to contribute towards any of these, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at Paul Rogers Editor INTELLIGENTCIO 29