Many organisations rely on cloud services or VPNs for their employees to conduct business on the move, but GREG HATFIELD says that if theses services are not secure or running incorrectly, a company’s data could easily fall into the wrong hands.
Many organisations are now turning to mobile-first strategies that provide more access and encourage employees’ mobility in order to improve productivity and overcome tough economic time. These strategies depend on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions that enable a mobile workforce to stay connected anywhere at any time.
These solutions, coupled with advances in mobile Internet connectivity such as Long Term Evolution (LTE), enable employees to connect seamlessly and faster via a corporate network or secure Cloud service.
One of the biggest headaches for Information Technology (IT) and business executives over the past decade has been securing company data and networks. Several solutions and interventions have been developed to prevent data loss if a device is lost or stolen, or simply to prevent unauthorised access to business critical information.
This has been achieved through Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions and policies that provide the necessary security. However, such interventions, are dependent on sufficiently fast mobile data services that offer a quick and seamless connection.
In the absence of such convenience, the entire structure of the best-laid EMM strategy falls flat. For instance, users are more likely to download critical documents to their mobile devices for offline use if the process of accessing and editing work through the Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Cloud service is retarded by a slow data connection.
In order to overcome sluggish mobile data connections, some users have added to IT executives’ headaches, by opting to use WiFi networks while in the field. Whether free, public networks or paid-for connections, this strategy is fraught with security threats that run counter to many organisations’ IT security policies.
And with a growing number of devices being LTE compliant – whether smartphones, tablets or laptop computers, there is little reason for organisations not take advantage of the speed and security that broadband speed connections offer.
Given the move to a more mobile workforce and the evolution of technologies to enable this, there is little doubt that organisations will be looking for the most efficient way to reap technology benefits.
From MTN Business point of view, LTE will play a central role in alleviating this pain-point and facilitating the move to a mobile first strategy. MTN Business solutions such as Managed Networks, Unified Communications, Cloud, Security and Internet of Things to SMEs, public and private sector clients are in line with the company’s strategic intent of refining traditional product offering, as well as actively developing new opportunities to help ensure MTN continues to inspire and enable the growth of its clients.
* Greg Hatfield, General Manager for Products & Solutions at MTN Business South Africa
Welcome to world of 2099
The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.
Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.
This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.
Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.
As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.
“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”
The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.
“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”
- Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube
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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.