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Hello Paisa wins Africa Fintech award

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Hello Paisa was named the number one Fintech Company in Africa in Mauritius on earlier this week, during the SWIFT African Regional Conference which attracted up to 500 delegates from around the world.

Hello Paisa will now form part of a delegation along with two other finalists to Sibos — SWIFT’s annual global financial services conference in Geneva, Switzerland this year September. There the group will showcase how Hello Paisa performed and how they pioneered real financial inclusion   in the African  Fintech space.

Hello Group CEO, Nadir Khamissa says, “Through collaboration we are building a mobile-first digital financial services ecosystem in Africa. This allows people to leapfrog into the digital financial service space in the same manner that GSM allowed millions of Africans to leapfrog into the mobile telephony space 20 years ago.”

The Innotribe Start-Up Challenge Africa creates a platform for leading local and global organisations to support the evolving fintech space, and has been successful in showcasing innovative ideas across all spectrums.

“Hello Paisa is honoured to be acknowledged for its involvement in driving positive change in the industry at large.  To be placed alongside best of breed global businesses that have led transformation all over the world is a great tribute and a strong validation of our continued dedication to putting Africa and more importantly African technology on the map,” says Hello Paisa Managing Director, Ahmed Cassim.

Cassim reiterated that the group was proud to be acknowledged for efforts in advancing in the fintech arena. The Innotribe platform was a great opportunity for Hello Group to knowledge share on areas that will catapult this industry to the next level.

Hello Paisa launched in March 2015 as the first mobile remittance solution in South Africa and has grown its offering considerably now servicing individuals from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, India and Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Hello Group as a business is at the forefront of technology and technology innovation in an industry that is constantly changing and growing. It is evident that the financial services industry is a space for innovation and driving change that will not only contribute positively to the economic climate but will improve the lives of those who need it the most.

“We are privileged to receive the recognition and the award; as it drives us as an organisation to continue in our endeavours towards developing a sustainable financial service ecosystem,” Cassim says.

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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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