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[Book Review] The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

Jan 13, 2019 | 1 Comment

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang believes all Americans should be given $1000 per month from the government, this is his Universal Basic Income proposal which he hopes will help him win the White House next year. Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and other leading tech thinkers support similar proposals and Yang says UBI will help avoid a…

The Lean Startup

[Book Review] The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Field-tested, lean principles for high growth businesses and corporate projects that rely on disruptive, constant innovation for growth and sustainable success A business executive once told me that Agile is just a catch-phrase for making it up as we go along and “you IT guys need to get back to disciplined process” I didn’t disagree…
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Elon Musk

Elon Musk gets boring: “I’m not trying to be anyone’s saviour”

The billionaire rocket-scientist and exponential thinker recently sat down with TED’s Chris Anderson for a wide ranging interview. Having disrupted a number of industries with his never-take-no-for-an-answer entrepreneurial flair there was keen interest in his latest physics defying venture. Musk is currently trying to solve Los Angeles’ traffic congestion problems by creating a 3D network…
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Wits MBA guest lecture: Managing technology in the age of disruption and digitisation

Full-time MBA students at Wits University in Johannesburg study the management of technology and I was honoured to present a guest lecture as part of this learning module. Among a range of 4th industrial revolution topics we covered two brief case studies (Standard Bank and JP Morgan), exponentials and incumbents, the rise of the techpreneur…
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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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Robotic Process Automation – coming to a job near you!

JP Morgan recently unveiled new internal technology that reviews contracts using machine learning which is faster and more accurate than any human lawyer. The software robot is called Contract Intelligence (COIN), it literally reads contract loan agreements and according to this article could save 360,000 legal hours annually at the global financial services firm. The…
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What is a Visionary CIO

The Institute for IT Professionals in South Africa recognises visionary IT leaders and personalities through an annual award supported by ITWeb, GIBS and Gartner. It showcases executives who have “demonstrated exceptional leadership in using technology to support and grow business.” CIOs of Standard Bank, Absa, Telkom, Discovery, Eskom and other leading South African companies made…
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CIO = Chief Influencing Officer

The large organisation of today is increasingly reliant on technology and the IT teams that support it; banks are often considered to be large IT platforms which enable banking services. Even engineering and product organisations see their IT as being mission critical; production lines would shut down, distribution would suffer, CRM and marketing would be…
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People Centric Security – Thoughts from CIOs

Whether trying to find ways to work around official systems to get on with their work or with more unethical intentions at heart, people are often seen as the weakest link in the security chain. How can CIOs reduce PoPI liabilities resulting from employees’ actions that compromise data protection? Employee actions that compromise data protection…
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FNB and Easy Equities win big at Finance Indaba’s FinTech Africa Awards

FNB has won Most Innovative Bank in Africa and Easy Equities was named Best African Fintech company for 2016. Economic inclusion and transformation were big themes at this year’s Finance Indaba where the Fintech Africa Awards also held its final round of judging and awards. The Finance Indaba is the biggest annual event on the…
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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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6 Hot Trends In 2017

Retail The race for “share of mobile” will heat up in 2017 with 53% of global consumers already feeling anxious when their mobile device isn’t near them according to the latest global Nielsen Mobile Shopping, Banking and Payment Survey. South Africa was listed as having one of the highest self-reported rates of participation in banking…
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Digital Disruption Part 1 of 13

New Imperatives for Leadership and Innovation

This article is an excerpt from a white paper co-authored by Peter Alkema and Dr Jeff Yu-Chen from Gibs University. In this white paper, you will gain valuable insights about Blockchain and bitcoin; how it works and why it is a threat Customer-centric design thinking and why banks need it The rise of digital customers,…
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