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Comparison start-up shows way to highest interest

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A new, independent price comparison website now allows savers to compare interest rate options online to ensure they get the highest interest, based on their individual requirements.

Over 16 million South Africans have cash in savings accounts, but according to the latest SA Reserve Bank statistics about 42% of this sits in low interest accounts that offer interest rates as low as 1% at Postbank and as high as 10% on a five year fixed deposit at Capitec. A new, independent price comparison website allows savers to compare options online to ensure they get the highest interest, based on their individual requirements.

MyTreasury.co.za offers an efficient way to find the best savings account that offers you the highest interest rate in just a few clicks.  The optimiser service is free and provides options based on a few simple questions.

If you wanted to get the best possible returns on the money you have in the bank, it has been virtually impossible to determine which savings account best matches your requirements. Until now, it has not been easy to find bank rate data, never mind comparing different rates across multiple banks and products. Trying to find the best rate for your specific profile and savings preferences is even more complex and time-consuming.

Efficient saving can make a massive difference to your wealth. Moving your cash from a call account that offers returns of 3% to a long term fixed deposit with an interest rate of 10% for example, would effectively double your wealth over ten years!

The MyTreasury.co.za algorithm searches 670 different rates at eight deposit taking institutions (Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank, FNB, Investec, Capitec, Postbank, Bidvest) to find you the best product. These options are constantly expanding. Clients can specify liquidity ranging from one day to five years and amounts from R1000 to R50 million.

My Treasury was founded by partners Michael Kransdorff, Simon Shear and Daniel Rubenstein. As an economist, Kransdorff saw a need to demystify saving and wanted to make it easier for the man on the street to access the best rates.

“Savings accounts are a great starting point for encouraging smarter wealth management. Just about everyone with an income has a bank account, and by encouraging people to see their ordinary bank accounts as tools for actively growing wealth, we hope to make South Africans more excited about saving. It doesn’t cost you anything to get higher returns on your cash, but you need to know where to look,” says Kransdorff.

In seconds, My Treasury’s proprietary algorithm matches savers to the account that offers them the best returns for their savings needs. It is easy to use and the optimiser asks just a few questions to connect you to relevant, highest interest savings options that meet your needs. My Treasury considers your personal profile, such as your age, to determine whether you are eligible for a preferential rate,” adds Kransdorff.

He says that in periods of uncertainty, it’s especially important to grow wealth wisely. “In the current economic climate, you can’t afford to leave your money sitting idly. With the My Treasury Optimiser, there’s a much more intelligent way to save.”

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Legion gets a pro makeover

Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER

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Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.

The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.

The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme. 

The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.

The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.

The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.

Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.

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Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000

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By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa

The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.

However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.

ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?

ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks. 

ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The link to information security compliance

Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.

So, how are these standards different?

Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more

Why ISO 20000?

Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is.  ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does.  ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.

Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.

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