[South Africa] Pick n Pay bets on SAP solution to enhance efficiency
For one of South Africa’s leading retailers, a fast-tracked digital transformation of its transaction and reconciliation processes built on SAP S/4HANA has unlocked immense benefits and efficiency across the business.
[Column] Hardeep Sound: Close the tech skills gap to unlock East Africa’s economic growth
For East Africa, the digital economy holds enormous opportunity, with the potential to power growth across every sector of the economy.
[Column] Cathy Smith: With change the only constant, leaders will need to be adaptive in 2023
The last few years have revealed the futility of making predictions about what lies ahead. In our uncertain times, the only guarantee is that the world will keep changing, with change coming at an ever-accelerating rate.
[Column] Cathy Smith: Empowered employees walk the talk on social impact
But social impact requires more than just a clear sense of purpose. It requires concerted action to redirect resources and effort toward activities that hold the greatest potential for positive impact.
[Column] Percy Letwaba: State’s developmental role puts procurement at center of economy
With the Presidency announcing a raft of measures aimed at attracting foreign direct investment, unlocking local investment, improving capacity-building, and creating new jobs, work is underway to repair some of the damage caused by COVID-19 and to rebuild the economy.
[Column] Shiraz Khota: How to beat the great resignation with human experience management
The past two years have shifted the goalposts for every company wishing to build a high-performance culture.
[Column] Tracy Bolton: How to close the gap between sustainability and profitability
New research has highlighted the challenges most organisations face with balancing sustainability and profitability.
[Column] Cameron Beveridge: The new business balancing act has leaders walking a tightrope
Business leaders are engaged in a delicate balancing act as radical workforce changes, new customer demands, external pressures and the impact of the pandemic collide to create a multitude of new challenges and opportunities.
[Column] Tracy Bolton: How to build a sustainable business in 2022
As our fragile planet experiences unprecedented man-made changes to its climate, organisations are being challenged to move onto a more sustainable path in 2022.
[Column] Dumisani Moyo: Three rules for marketing in the post-pandemic era
The role of marketing has changed forever, and marketers now have to get to grips with what the future holds. Will marketing activities remain digital, or will they evolve into a hybrid of digital and physical, especially as vaccination rates rise and the world returns to some semblance of pre-pandemic normalcy?
[Column] Titilayo Adewumi: West Africa’s circular economy efforts at the forefront of fostering a more sustainable future
The vast majority of population growth across the continent will be concentrated in urban areas. WEF data indicates that more than 80% of Africa's population growth between now and 2030 will be in cities, with Lagos growing at a pace of 77 people every hour.
[Column] Cathy Smith: Sustainability or extinction: what African enterprises need to know about the next ten years
Businesses and countries across the continent are attempting to rebuild following the devastating economic impact of the pandemic.
[Column] Claudio Muruzabal: Building environmentally sound businesses in the ‘Decade of Delivery’
Consumers and customers don’t just value sustainability, they’re prepared to pay for it. More than two-thirds are willing to pay a premium for brands that are sustainable and environmentally responsible.
[Column] Dumisani Moyo: Navigating the winds of change in a digital-first world
Following the devastation caused by the COVID pandemic, business leaders are now faced with navigating yet another set of disruptive market conditions.
Three factors driving West African organizations’ rapid cloud adoption
West African businesses are adopting cloud technologies at an unprecedented rate to unlock a range of competitive capabilities through digital transformation.
[Column] Bonisiwe Tshabalala: Five technology priorities for enhancing the African healthcare sector
What actions can African countries, healthcare providers and healthcare organisations take to improve the provision of health services to the continent’s 1.4 billion citizens?
SAP collaborates with Coursera to empower a new generation of developers
SAP has announced at the SAP TechEd conference the launch of a powerful new offering to drive the next wave of business transformation by unleashing the expertise of those who know best – business users.
[Column] Tjaart Malan: Four ways to overcome common digital transformation challenges
Organisations and their IT teams have had to accommodate huge changes to the way people work and deploy new technology tools to support their teams while unlocking new capabilities to meet changing customer demands.
[Column] Cameron Beveridge: How tech is enhancing life-saving blood transfusion value chain
New technologies are reshaping the blood transfusion value chain to bring greater efficiency, traceability and consistency to this life-saving procedure.
African tech company BCX taps SAP’s cloud solution to boost sales
SAP CPQ is a cloud-based software-as-a-service offering specifically targeted to help sales teams perform complex product configurations and create and manage sales quotations.
[Column] Jade Michael: Four reasons why SMEs are taking to the cloud
In the midst of a period of ongoing disruption, SMEs are increasingly turning to the cloud to help evolve their business models, achieve greater efficiency, and drive innovation.
Kenya Tea Development Agency embraces SAP technology to boost efficiency
The deployment of SAP by KTDA and its managed factories has provided analytical tools that are used for better decision making while making payment for farmers’ green leaf efficient and quick.
SAP cooperation project creates over 530 jobs to power Africa’s digital economy
The project is part of the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation and the develoPPP program that the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
[Column] Dumisani Moyo: How to use the cloud to supercharge your SME's growth
As global economic growth slows down and many developed and emerging economies face severe pressure, the SME sector is again taking centre stage as a catalyst for job creation and growth throughout the African continent.
[Column] Tjaart Malan: Urgency, simplification and effective change management key to digital transformation success
Since the start of the pandemic, digital transformation has become a core objective and top priority for nearly every business in the world.
[Column] Mpho Matsitse: Value advisory is a necessity for business transformation success
The pandemic and growing relevance of 4IR technologies continues to drive greater digitalisation across industries. According to Gartner, 64% of organisations are accelerating their digital investments in 2022.
[Column] Titilayo Adewumi: Rise to the challenge: Building intelligent enterprises in West Africa
The past few years have been a wake-up call to businesses to speed up their digital transformation efforts and more quickly adopt the technologies needed to deal with disruption.
Graduates of SAP Young Professionals Programme paves way for Africa’s digital future
Graduates of the SAP Young Professionals Program are adding valuable digital skills capacity to African enterprises across the continent.
[Column] Sunil Geness: Serving vulnerable communities raises stakes for public sector digital transformation
The ongoing damaging impact of the pandemic combined with a growing number of climate-related emergencies is bringing into stark relief government’s ability to provide essential public services to vulnerable communities.
SAP announces plan to establish Africa’s first AppHaus in Cape Town
Tracy Bolton, COO at SAP Africa says the customer-facing AppHaus represents the next step in SAP’s evolution of innovating with customers by putting human experience first.
SAP closes gap between sustainability and profitability with solutions for Africa
According to SAP Africa Chief Operating Officer Tracy Bolton, companies can choose to focus on sustainability as a key strategy - creating additional business value, transforming their business by creating new products, services and solutions that reach additional customers, markets and segments.
[Column] Dumisani Moyo: Can technology be the driving force behind Africa’s development?
Although technology is not the only answer to the question of building world-class competitive African businesses, it is one of the most accessible solutions to many of the challenges that businesses face.
SAP digital literacy programme upskills 1.8 million young learners in Africa
Since 2020, there has been a 23% increase in youths trained, bringing the total number of youngsters and teachers empowered to a staggering 10 million.
[Kenya] Fargo Courier adopts SAP solution to boost business performance
The company sought a system that could fully integrate with client systems and enable improved controls.
SAP, Unilever pilot blockchain technology supporting deforestation-free palm oil
SAP and Unilever have announced a pilot of the GreenToken by SAP solution to further increase traceability and transparency in Unilever’s global palm oil supply chain.
[Column] Hardeep Sound: Three East Africa economic sectors ripe for tech innovation
Countries across East Africa are breathing a sigh of relief as pandemic-related challenges finally ease and the prospect of some form of normalcy emerges.
[Column] Cathy Smith: Don’t believe the negative hype: tech is a force for good
Is a dysfunctional relationship with technology keeping us from harnessing tech for the greater good?
[Nigeria] Shell partners with SAP to boost digital skills in the workplace
In Nigeria's highly competitive oil and gas sector, a partnership between one of the largest oil and gas exploration and production companies and SAP on its Young Professionals Program is producing a steady supply of work-ready digital skills that can support vital digital transformation efforts.
[Column] Cathy Smith: What 2022 may hold for technology’s role in Africa
With the world in flux due to the impact of the pandemic, the growing influence of digital technologies in every facet of our lives, and the increasingly visible impact of a changing climate, most business leaders are operating in an environment of rapid and near-constant change.
[Column] Hardeep Sound: Four make-or-break priorities for East Africa’s economic recovery
How does the East African region achieve a full economic recovery from the impact of the pandemic while also building toward a more globally-competitive and sustainable future?
[Column] Cameron Beveridge: How South African organisations are using tech to succeed despite disruptions
South African small, medium and large enterprises are using technology at an unprecedented scale to help manage the uncertainty and disruption caused by the pandemic and broader changes in the business and consumer landscape.
[Column] Claudio Muruzabal: Making profitability sustainable and sustainability profitable
The businesses that are going to stand out over the next decade will be those who see market opportunities in social responsibility, and develop business models, products and services that have societal elements and sustainable practices baked in, as it were.
[Column] Cathy Smith: Social enterprises could hold the key to a prosperous and equitable future for Africa
Today, Africa is more prosperous than at any other time in history, with more children having access to education opportunities, fewer people living in extreme poverty, and most people living in democracies.
[South Africa] Capitec Bank taps SAP’s innovation to modernize operations
Prior to the implementation, Capitec had to contend with increased people overhead due to a reliance on manual data capturing, which reduced its capacity for information analysis and business optimisation.
[Column] Dumisani Moyo: Winning hearts, minds and market share: Four key focus areas for African retailers
Technology has transformed every aspect of our personal and professional lives, and has left no sector of the economy untouched.
SAP Young Professionals Programme evolves to meet Africa’s digital skills demands
According to Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa, while many educational programs struggled with the complex demands of distance learning during the pandemic, the SAP Young Professionals Program went from strength to strength.
Absa partners with SAP on Pan African finance transformation
Absa Group has joined forces with SAP for a core finance transformation. A multi country digitisation journey has started with the Absa Groups’ Kenyan subsidiary S/4 HANA implementation being the first country to go live with SAP S/4 HANA
Google Cloud and SAP partner to accelerate business transformations in the cloud
Under this expanded partnership, Google Cloud will be a strategic cloud partner for the RISE with SAP offering.
[Column] Titilayo Adewumi: Cybercrime is an existential threat to West Africa's economic growth
While organisations across West Africa work to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, the global cybercrime industry is going into overdrive.
[Column] Hardeep Sound: The pandemic’s impact in East Africa demands accelerated digital transformation
Facing the prospect of a rapidly growing youth population, countries in the region are in a race to equip their youth with the digital skills they need to drive economic growth and innovation.
[Column] Pedro Guerreiro: Cloud as a tool to create certainty
Organisations need the flexibility to adapt to these multi-faceted changes while also improving the accuracy of the decisions they make regarding which route to take.
SAP Young Professionals Programme extends digital skills build to Lusophone Africa
SAP's flagship digital skills build initiative the Young Professionals Programme is celebrating its first-ever graduates from Lusophone Africa.
[Column] Cathy Smith: Transforming African businesses into intelligent enterprises to build resilience
Having the capability to quickly deploy new technologies – such as AI-assisted processes or scalable cloud applications – empowers organisations with agility and adaptability.
South Africa liquor company DGB taps clouds solution to bolster sales
DGB chose the SAP Sales Cloud Retail Execution (ReX) solution and worked with implementation partner Consnet to design and introduce the solution into the business.
[Column] Genevieve Koolen: How organizations can shape their culture for the new world of work
Will people return to the office when it’s safe to do so? Since the start of the pandemic last year, organisations and employees across the world have embraced remote work like never before.
[Africa Tech Review] Duncan Mochama: Investment in African startups is now stronger than ever
Despite the global economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, the case for investing in African startups is stronger than ever with new opportunities being announced every day.
[South Africa] Sasol taps SAP platform to standardize procure-to-pay processes
To centralize and standardize its procure-to-pay processes, Sasol chose SAP Ariba, the world's procurement platform that facilitates $3.2-trillion in commerce transacted annually across 190 countries.
SAP and Microsoft expand partnership and integrate Microsoft Teams across solutions
SAP SE and Microsoft Corp. announced plans to integrate Microsoft Teams with SAP’s intelligent suite of solutions.
[Column] Pedro Guerreiro: The role of technology in unlocking trade value in East Africa
The latest data – and East Africa's continued focus on transforming its key industries, sectors and infrastructure through technology – is giving me hope that the economic outlook is brightening.
[Column] Claudio Muruzabal: Building Sustainable Businesses in the Next Normal
The pandemic has forced many enterprises to re-think how they measure their success and performance. Pre-Covid, most businesses focused largely on managing profitability and growth.
[Interview] HYCU Steven Cooper, Vladimir Djordjevic on SAP HANA Investment on Google Cloud
For many companies today, maintaining a robust IT-infrastructure that includes terabytes of data to protect on SAP HANA, while balancing the need to reduce costs and simplify IT-management, can be challenging
[Webinar] Make the Most of Your SAP HANA Investment on Google Cloud
For many companies today, maintaining a robust IT-infrastructure that includes terabytes of data to protect on SAP HANA, while balancing the need to reduce costs and simplify IT-management, can be challenging. For HYCU and Google Cloud Partner Incentro, there are ways to manage and protect without breaking the bank
H. Pierson partners with XPLANE USA to offer management consulting services to African companies
H. Pierson Associates Limited and XPLANE Consulting have entered into a partnership, combining H. Pierson’s industry-leading management consulting services with XPLANE’s world-class design-led approach to Strategy Development & Activation.
[South Africa] PayFast reveals first Ecommerce Performance Index
Online payment gateway PayFast has launched its first Ecommerce Performance Index – the PEP Index.
[South Africa] Teraco begins construction of Africa’s largest data centre
Teraco Data Environments has announced that construction has commenced on a new hyperscale data centre with 38 megawatts (MW) of critical power load in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa.