IT

Developing an IT Strategy

As an IT leader you need to set a clear and compelling vision, make sure it’s business-friendly, backed by sensible financials and explains clearly how you will achieve it. According to Info-Tech research, only 50% of business leaders are satisfied with IT core services and less than 40% are satisfied with IT’s ability to deliver…

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Thomson Reuters launches first African innovation lab in Cape Town

The Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town saw the launch of Thomson Reuters’ newest innovation lab which is the first lab in Africa in its global network of Boston, Canada, London and Zurich. The Bandwidth Barn is a technology centred community in the heart of Cape Town’s startup ecosystem. The Labs drive innovation through driving creative…

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FirstRand Tech Month is a wrap; how we energised our IT and innovation community

First Rend Tech Month

Loads of “cool stuff” outcomes in the last month helped drive collaboration, skills and awareness across FirstRand. Over 2000 people were involved with Wethinkcode, FNB Codefest, Africa DevOps Day, Ideation Day, Leadership Conference, Masterclasses and Xfest. Aki Anastasiou on CNBC Africa talks to FNB about FirstRand’s “tech month” including Codefest, DevOps Day, Xfest and much more…

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FirstRand IT Leadership Conference: Industry insights for the future of banking

FirstRand IT Leadership Conference

More than 200 tech leaders from FNB, RMB, Wesbank, Ashburton and Corporate Centre convened on Zebula Bush Lodge for a couple of days to grapple with the forces driving the industry. Strategic suppliers were on hand to advise on the latest topics such as big data, cognitive computing, digitisation, cyber security and blockchain. Conference attendees enjoyed networking with colleagues…

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IBM launches R700m Research Lab in Johannesburg

IBM

A long term commitment to Africa by IBM Chairlady and CEO Ginni Rometty has led to the creation of a 900 square metre, world class research centre in the Tshimolong Precinct in Braamfontein. Scientists in the new facility will focus on digital urban research, universe exploration and data driven healthcare. Medical treatment across the continent will benefit…

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The role of IT in Public Private Partnerships

IT

Citizens are the ultimate winners when big business and government work together. Each sector has immense assets that can be combined to create value for all parties. Supply chains, processes and skills across the state and corporate world are often complementary and it usually just takes a willingness to collaborate to find significant opportunities. Networks of relationships already…

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IBM’s Watson; the future of personalised technology

Cognitive computing

Cognitive computing is copying humanity with machinery; scary fiction becoming fact or technology solving our greatest problems? The Terminator series of movies grabbed the world’s attention with the scary possibility that a network of armed machines could somehow self organise and destroy us. This destructive tipping point dramatises a worst case scenario in the field of Artificial Intelligence…

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Social Styles and IT: Beyond personal interaction

The well known 4 social styles model is useful to understand “how” you interact with people; you can also use this model to describe the “what” of IT to different stakeholders. Driver, Expressive, Amiable and Analytical – these are the 4 behavioural styles that explain how people interact with eachother. Many leadership courses teach this interpersonal model to improve relationships, especially in…

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FNB.Grad_Programme(tech_success)

Real world banking IT experience, cool tech and talent development; it’s all happening at FNB’s 2016 Grad Programme. “moveForward(100);” was President Obama’s simple machine instruction at the 2014 Hour of Code event which also made him the first US President to write a line of code. Computer science education officially became mainstream (again) and he reminded the…

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Banking and the cloud; don’t let the hype… well… cloud your judgment

Start by understanding the risks and costs of cloud, how this model would benefit your business then assess what IT assets you want to migrate. Tesco Bank now views cloud as business as usual after a full migration in less than nine months. However cloud has struggled to make significant inroads in large banks due to issues such as availability,…

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