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The hard drive behind RoBoHoBo’s game-winning drive

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A hard drive’s speed affects a computer’s overall performance, especially when gaming. African gaming icon, Luca Tucconi, believes his 1TB Western Digital Black drive gives him the competitive edge when competing against dozens of other players.

Performance hard drives are a critical component of any gamer’s hardware arsenal, affecting his or her ability to play seamlessly and to the best of their ability. This is particularly important for professional or competitive gamers, whose livelihood depends on their equipment’s ability to perform. For pro gamer, business owner and South African gaming icon Luca Tucconi, also known as RoBoHoBo, his 1TB WD Black drive gives him an important competitive edge. With advanced technology that delivers superior system performance, WD Black redefines RoBoHoBo’s gaming experience, minimising lag and maximising his multitasking capability.

Tucconi is a 23-year-old economics student living in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also the face behind the well-known gamer RoBoHoBo, and the CEO and co-founder of Orena, a South African competitive eSports portal that brings together gamers from across the country. He has won many accolades as a First Person Shooter player and an in-game leader and has played under the biggest gaming banners in the country, including Bravado Gaming, Ventus E-Sports and First in Battle. He is currently part of the Bravado Gaming organisation as manager of the Call of Duty division and as a brand ambassador. He also hosts professional gaming tournaments in South Africa, and runs a very successful Twitch channel, offering the South African gaming community a fully optimised and internationally recognised streaming platform.

“When my old hard drive failed after many years of use, I approached Frances Lombard, Head of Gaming and Business Development at Pinnacle Africa, to help me with obtaining a replacement. Without a suitable hard drive, I was not only unable to play, but also unable to stream our gaming tournaments and my own individual gaming stream. As this is the crux of my livelihood, time was of the essence. She assisted me with providing the 1TB WD Black drive quickly, enabling me to get back to business in short order,” he explains.

“Pinnacle has developed a working relationship with RoBoHoBo as one of the sponsors in his organised gaming tournaments, and we were thrilled to be able to assist with a new hard drive. WD Black was the ideal solution for RoBoHoBo’s needs, offering generous capacity and incredible performance as well as supporting the high resolution needed for HD gaming. It also features a number of technological enhancements to maximise system performance, including Vibration Control Technology for faster, longer and harder gaming, and a dual core processor that offers twice the processing power to maximise drive performance,” says Lombard.

WD Black also features Corruption Protection Technology, which helps to protect and limit the potential problem of data loss during power failure or power loss to the hard drive, protecting important game data. In addition, Dynamic Cache Technology increases performance by improving caching algorithms in real time and optimising the cache allocation between reads and writes. This results in the drive automatically allocating more cache for read data, which reduces data congestion and increases overall performance. Topped off with an industry-leading five-year limited warranty, the WD Black drive is the ultimate gaming solution.

“Having a powerful PC is critical to gaming ability. Regardless of your talent or skill, if you are using low quality or out-dated hardware, you will feel an impact on your maximum output as your computer will be unable to process newer, more detailed gaming titles. Your virtual character is restricted by the capabilities of the machine that is projecting it. The WD Black drive gives me a smooth and seamless experience when dealing with multiple administrative operations and gaming at the same time. I definitely have felt a major difference with regards to hardware related lag”, says Tucconi.

For RoBoHoBo, the top features of the WD Black drive include the 64MB cache, the generous 1TB hard drive capacity, and the Corruption Protection Technology that helps save information when the PC is turned off abruptly, essential given recent load shedding issues. He also cites the improvements in Frames Per Second with the new hard drive, which has assisted in significantly improving general game play.

“I would definitely recommend the WD Black drive to my fellow gamers. It has proven to be the perfect addition to my current setup. My parts were slowly but surely beginning to become out-dated with my hard drive taking the first hit. The new WD Black drive has provided me with sufficient storage space as well as a piece of gaming hardware that supplies a high speed and quality experience. These drives are definitely suited to an avid or professional gamer!” states Tucconi.

 “Gaming is becoming a significant force in the South African entertainment industry, as the number of players and tournaments, and the size of the prize pools, continues to grow. As a manufacturer of performance hard drives, gaming is an area of focus for us both locally and across the globe, and we are proud to be behind such legendary gaming names as RoBoHoBo. We look forward to working together to grow gaming to new heights in South Africa,” Kalvin Subbadu, Product Manager: Components at WD South Africa, concludes.

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IoT at starting gate

South Africa is already past the Internet of Things (IoT) hype cycle and well into the mainstream, writes MARK WALKER, associate vice president of Sub-Saharan Africa at International Data Corporation (IDC).

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Projects and pilots are already becoming a commercial reality, tying neatly into the 2017 IDC prediction that 2018 would be the year when the local market took IoT mainstream. Over the next 12-18 months, it is anticipated that IoT implementations will continue to rise in both scope and popularity. Already 23% are in full deployment with 39% in the pilot phase. The value of IoT has been systematically proven and yet its reputation remains tenuous – more than 5% of companies are reluctant to put their money where the trend is – thanks to the shifting sands of IoT perception and success rate.

There are several reasons behind why IoT implementations are failing. The biggest is that organisations don’t know where to start. They know that IoT is something they can harness today and that it can be used to shift outdated modalities and operations. They are aware of the benefits and the case studies. What they don’t know is how to apply this knowledge to their own journey so their IoT story isn’t one of overbearing complexity and rising costs.

Another stumbling block is perception. Yes, there is the futuristic potential with the talking fridge and intelligent desk, but this is not where the real value lies. Organisations are overlooking the challenges that can be solved by realistic IoT, the banal and the boring solutions that leverage systems to deliver on business priorities. IoT’s potential sits within its ability to get the best out of assets and production efficiencies, solving problems in automation, security, and environment.

In addition to this, there is a lack of clarity around return on investment, uncertainty around the benefits, a lack of executive leadership, and concerns around security and the complexities of regulation.  Because IoT is an emerging technology there remains a limited awareness of the true extent of its value proposition and yet 66% of organisations are confident that this value exists.

This percentage poses both a problem and opportunity. On one hand, it showcases the local shift in thinking towards IoT as a technology worth investing into. On the other hand, many companies are seeing the competition invest and leaping blindly in the wrong direction. Stop. IoT is not the same for every business.

It is essential that every company makes its own case for IoT based on its needs and outcomes. Does agriculture have the same challenges as mining? Does one mining company have the same challenges as another? The answer is no. Organisations that want their IoT investment to succeed must reject the idea that they can pick up where another has left off. IoT must be relevant to the business outcome that it needs to achieve. While some use cases may apply to most industries based on specific circumstances, there are different realities and priorities that will demand a different approach and starting point.

Ask – what is the business problem right now and how can technology be leveraged to resolve it?

In the agriculture space, there is a need to improve crop yields and livestock management, improve farm productivity and implement environmental monitoring. In the construction and mining industry, safety and emergency response are a priority alongside workforce and production management. Education shifts the lens towards improving delivery and quality of education, access to advanced learning methods and reducing the costs of learning.  Smart cities want to improve traffic and efficiently deliver public services and healthcare is focusing on wellness, reducing hospital admissions and the security of assets and inventory management.

The technology and solutions selected must speak to these specific challenges.

If there are no insights used to create an IoT solution, it’s the equivalent of having the fastest Ferrari on Rivonia Road in peak traffic. It makes a fantastic noise, but it isn’t going to move any faster than the broken-down sedan in the next lane. Everyone will be impressed with the Ferrari, but the amount of power and the size of the investment mean nothing. It’s in the wrong place.

What differentiates the IoT successes is how a company leverages data to deliver meaningful value-added predictions and actions for personalised efficiencies, convenience, and improved industry processes. To move forward the organisation needs to focus on the business outcomes and not just the technology. They need to localise and adapt by applying context to the problem that’s being solved and explore innovation through partnerships and experimentation.

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ERP underpins food tracking

The food traceability market is expected to reach almost $20 billion by 2022 as increased consumer awareness, strict governance requirements, and advances in technology are resulting in growing standardisation of the segment, says STUART SCANLON, managing director of epic ERP

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Just like any data-driven environment, one of the biggest enablers of this is integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

As the name suggests, traceability is the ability to track something through all stages of production, processing, and distribution. When it comes to the food industry, traceability must also enable stakeholders to identify the source of all food inputs that can include anything from raw materials, additives, ingredients, and packaging.

Considering the wealth of data that all these facets generate, it is hardly surprising that systems and processes need to be put in place to manage, analyse, and provide actionable insights. With traceability enabling corrective measures to be taken (think product recalls), having an efficient system is often the difference between life or death when it comes to public health risks.

Expansive solutions

Sceptics argue that traceability simply requires an extensive data warehouse to be done correctly, the reality is quite different. Yes, there are standard data records to be managed, but the real value lies in how all these components are tied together.

ERP provides the digital glue to enable this. With each stakeholder audience requiring different aspects of traceability (and compliance), it is essential for the producer, distributor, and every other organisation in the supply chain, to manage this effectively in a standardised manner.

With so many different companies involved in the food cycle, many using their own, proprietary systems, just consider the complexity of trying to manage traceability. Organisations must not only contend with local challenges, but global ones as well as the import and export of food are big business drivers.

So, even though traceability is vital to keep track of everything in this complex cycle, it is also imperative to monitor the ingredients and factories where items are produced. Having expansive solutions that must track the entire process from ‘cradle to grave’ is an imperative. Not only is this vital from a safety perspective, but from cost and reputational management aspects as well. Just think of the recent listeriosis issue in South Africa and the impact it has had on all parties in that supply chain.

Efficiency improvements

Thanks to the increasing digital transformation efforts by companies in the food industry, traceability becomes a more effective process. It is no longer a case of using on-premise solutions that can be compromised but having hosted ones that provide more effective fail-safes.

In a market segment that requires strict compliance and regulatory requirements to be met, cloud-based solutions can provide everyone in the supply chain with a more secure (and tamper-resistant) solution than many of the legacy approaches of old.

This is not to say ERP requires the one or the other. Instead, there needs to be a transition provided between the two scenarios that empowers those in the food supply chain to maximise the insights (and benefits) derived from traceability.

Now, more than ever, traceability is a business priority. Having the correct foundation through effective ERP is essential if a business can manage its growth and meet legislative requirements into the future.

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