The Traditional Office is Dead

The traditional definitions of what makes an office are dead. The concept of an office has evolved into something that can easily fit into your pocket and works anywhere around the world.

But before we look at the New Office, let’s look back at the old office styles. Some of the earliest office systems consisted of a series of ‘dumb’ terminals that connected to a company server through an intranet. These terminal were dumb in the sense that they were relatively low tech, cheap and completely reliant on the servers which in comparison where high tech and expensive. The terminals handled the input and output of data while all the major calculations where handled by the servers. Later as personal computers become less expensive and more powerful, they took over from the terminals.

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Global Internet Speeds

Akamai’s State of the Internet Report released towards the end of 2013 was an eye opener for anybody involved in any form of e-business or IT services in South Africa. This infographic highlights some interesting, and maybe even shocking, statistics about the state of South African connectivity and Internet speeds.

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The Dangers of Social Media

What Little Red Riding can Teach You about Sharing on Social Media

Sitting at a business lunch the other day, the topic changed to how to educate children about the dangers of sharing too much personal information on social media sites. A friend shared this wonderful modern take on a classic fairy tale and it got me thinking: This is not a children’s fairy tale anymore. Instead it is a healthy warning to everybody, children and business people alike, about being aware of exactly how much they share on social media. So, as the story goes…

Once upon a time…

Little Red Riding Hood was taking some goodies to her sick grandma on the other side of the woods. She Tweeted all her friends and the woodland animals that she was not looking forward to the long walk all alone and, of course, all the birds in the forest reTweeted. Soon everybody knew that Little Red was walking by herself through the forest.

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Is South Africa Ready for Broadband?

In 2013 the Department of Communications (DoC) announced the they had failed to meet, or not “fully met”, 46% of the total planned targets promoting a revisit to their policies on broadband. And yet the the Doc’s latest policy on Broadband, states that by 2015 they want a universal average broadband speed of at least 5Mb/s for at least 50% of the population.

While South Africa’s broadband speed cracked the 4Mb/s average in August 2013, this is still far below the world’s average of 13.64Mb/s, while South Africa’s upload speed is only a quarter of the world’s average. Due to poor infrastructure and policies, South Africa has fallen to fourth last according to The Software Alliance (Cloudscorecard.bsa.org).

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