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Why payrolls must go digital

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Transforming HR and payroll with specialist solutions is not just about doing away with the laborious manual system; it also provides additional benefits, writes SANDRA SWANEPOEL, MD at Sage HR & Payroll.

One of technology’s key gains is doing away with the time consuming and painful weekly or monthly manual payroll system.

Transforming HR and payroll with specialist solutions is not just about doing away with the laborious manual system; it also provides additional benefits. These include:

Saving time and money on manual labour

A payroll solution will automate the processes of printing and distributing payslips as well paying employees. That will save you many hours spent manually calculating statutory deductions and spare you the risk of making an error that could harm your business.

An automated system also spares payroll management employees from having to manually process leave applications, calculate hours worked, manage expense claims, print payslips for employees, and keep accurate employee information.

Taking advantage of advanced cloud technology

More and more South African businesses are embracing cloud-based software for their payroll and accounting needs. This enables them to simplify their IT environments, save money, and achieve the flexibility to get more done quicker. With an online solution such as Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll, you can simply log in from wherever you are and start working. You can access your data from the cloud which means that your data is available online, anywhere, anytime and from any device. All you need is an internet connection and the ability to pay a small monthly fee for the use of the software.

Curbing payroll fraud

Payroll fraud is a major risk and is a lot more pervasive than most business owners are aware. Erroneous payments can cost a business dearly and overpayments are often difficult to retrieve. Payroll solutions deliver better visibility into transactions, prove an audit trail, and offer a set of controls, checks and balances that help to prevent errors and fraud.

Data security

Preventing the loss of a business’s and employees’ financial, payroll, and tax information is critical to any business.

Employers with a manually run payroll system would be hard-pressed to come up with a better reason for not going the automated payroll system route, than for the safekeeping of their personnel records.

Compliance

The labour and tax environment in South Africa is always changing and a business that is not 100% compliant is at risk of breaking the law.

According to a 2016 South Africa Human Capital Trends report by Deloitte, employees rate “organizational design, culture   and engagement” as three of their top priorities. Today’s best payroll solutions can help with employee self-service modules. Such modules enable employees to apply for leave, submit travel claims, download old and current payslips, and update their personal details online or via their smartphones. This will assist organisations to align with the three top priorities mentioned in the survey.

Summary

In a time of seismic technological change and digital invention, it’s important for business to make use of smart technology to reinvent and simplify their daily business practices. We at Sage are changing the way that millions of people track the movement of money through their business.  Automating the HR & Payroll function is just one way of helping Small & Medium Businesses to succeed.

 

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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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