TRENDS

The global key trends for 2018 brought about some significant changes in innovation and technology and my predictions on the below were spot on.

  1. AI
  2. Blockchain
  3. Robotics
  4. Cloud Computing
  5. Wearables

As 2019 approaches, technology trends that I expect to disrupt, shift and change the way you do business. The world of technology and innovation does not stay still for one moment. All around the world, there are different time zones and people are creating solutions that are solving problems. Business models are changing and therefore businesses of all sizes should be aware of and profit from.

Technology delivered wither by cloud based or managed services are at the forefront for the 2019 trend. The application of game changing technologies is becoming ever more pervasive and their adoption is growing steadily all over the world. In 2018 I predicted the rise of AI, Blockchain, Robotics and Virtual Reality which have started to come to the forefront and deliver compelling solutions for many businesses. This trend is going to be accelerated in 2019.

Disruptive technology trends will propel the future, no industry will go untouched by digital transformation. One of the innovative technologies that has seen a lot of investment over the last year is blockchain. And over the next few years we expect identity management to move into a blockchain environment, offering a solution to many of the current challenges and, in addition, opening up an entire new value chain, centered on identity.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will play a significant role in how IT teams can engage and empower entire organizations. By gaining the right insights they can point out to an employee that the tools and applications available deliver everything they require to carry out their job function. Alongside using AI, applications themselves will continue to get more intelligent and help improve the user experience and streamline business processes.

The concept of human mobility is fueling the future. A radical transformation in the automotive industry are refining and redefining existing technologies and introducing new, exciting concepts like artificial intelligence and the connected car to give us a driving experience that will be like nothing we’ve ever known. A connected car is a car that is equipped with Internet access, kitted with special technologies that tap into the internet or wireless LAN and provide additional benefits to the driver.

Robotics is set to grow exponentially over the coming year which will revolutionize customer experience. We are seeing a rapid adoption of robotics in industries and into new markets. There will be a significant adoption in markets like food and beverage, warehousing and logistics. Robotic firms are producing robots that look more human like and comfort levels will be dependent on culture and location.

By looking at theses trends and adopting them to your organization, you will give yourself a chance to outperform the competition.

Tech Trends for 2019 are:

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. The Connected Car / Self Driving Cars
  3. Vehicle Ownership Dynamics / New Business Models
  4. Block Chain
  5. Robotics

For further information and details, contact:

Damian Michael on 021 811 3333.

Cutting Edge Technology

We are all living in the era where we NEED internet in our daily lives and daily activities. With so many service providers, it becomes a struggle to choose and to figure out what is the best option to buy.

 

Lets just start off with fibre, WHY fibre?

Fibre means better and faster internet. Fibre uses optical cables to carry data via light, which makes it the fastest internet you can get – up to 50x times faster than the fastest ADSL available in South Africa. With the improved bandwidth throughput of Fibre you’ll have a more stable connection with lower latency. And, because Fibre uses light instead of electrical pulses, it’s weather resistant and doesn’t degrade over large distances – giving you a consistent, fast internet and a dependable experience.

 

Get yourself connected with more devices that will open even more possibilities. We live in a digital world, with more devices in our homes every single day – and normal broadband solutions struggle to support the increased demand on your Internet Connection. With Fast Fibre, you can connect more devices, at better speeds than ever before – start enjoying reliable, fast internet connectivity in every room of the house.

 

And yes, with us, you`ll be rid of telephone lines. One of the awesome benefits of using Fibre is that you don’t need a telephone landline to get connected. This means that you’ll save hundreds every month because you’re not paying for a phone line (which you probably don’t use anyway) just to connect to the internet. You also don’t have to worry about copper cable theft ever again!

 

And don`t forget the entertainment benefits! With Fibre, say goodbye to constant buffering, thanks to smooth, fast connectivity – allowing you to enjoy HD or 4K content at your fingertips, even if multiple people are using the internet at the same time. And with super‑low latency, you can take gaming to a whole new level too. Game unlimitedly with the best internet and be the best at your game!

 

But why Innovo? We are experts in technology and what we do! We’ve been offering industry leading products and exceptional service for over 10 years! And having won various awards, we guarantee people just like you to have trusted us to deliver the best internet experience you can get in South Africa. It’s highly unlikely, but if for some reason you’re not 100% happy with our products or our extraordinary customer service, our support team is live 24/7! Easier than ever before! Connect with them over a dedicated WhatsApp business number as well for ultimate immediate response.

 

Get the best customer experience with our amazing service! With us, you never have to wait till office hours to get help. We offer 24/7 support and our friendly, competent support team are always ready to assist you with any issue you might have.

Sign up with Innovo Networks and save on connection fees

Innovo Networks is waiving connection fees on its fibre and microwave Internet solutions for the month of July.

 

Expert communications and solutions provider Innovo Networks is waiving connection fees on its fibre and microwave Internet solutions for the month of July and August.

Innovo Networks offers SMEs secure, reliable, uncapped, and unshaped Internet with speeds up to 500Mbps.

The solutions have been specifically designed for small, medium and large businesses, delivering the best combination of connectivity, speed, and affordability. They are also fully scalable, dedicated and offer cloud services with video collaboration that can be added to the base Internet service offering.

Innovo Networks also offers best of breed, HD voice services, which can save businesses up to 30% on their monthly voice accounts. Their Hosted PBX service works with existing key systems and is designed to help mitigate downtime, provide you with reporting and ensure collabroation between teams and departments. If you are experiencing frustration with your current system or provider, you are assured that this system is designed for a 99% uptime, full management of the system and transparency through a single pane of glass.

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WHY SHOULD YOU BUY FROM INNOVO NETWORKS?

The vision of the company is to be one of the leading managed service providers helping small businesses expand and grow. Whereas our mission is to provide service excellence, while positively influencing the lives of stakeholders, partners and employees through service excellence, education and bold innovation on the continent of Africa.

 

Innovo Networks helps SME’s to make the right technology decisons using its technology expertise, service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. The power of technology can transform your organisation, taking your business to the next level. We understand the global business and technology landscape and strive to make our clients’ businesses work better through the use of information and communication technology.

 

We have quick turnaround times and we are quick to respond. No call will be left unanswered or delayed. This enables us to be more efficient in the work place and more upfront with our customers.

 

We will have easy one pager contracts for our customers to sign. We want our customer experience to be quick, easy, efficient and simple for our customers. With our contracts, we will provide a 99% SLA with a 99% uptime GUARENTEE.

 

We will be sharing monthly reporting documents with all our customers so that they can have insights to the backend on how efficient their systems are performing. With the best of breed products, we are providing our customers with feedback as an added service.

 

We are professional company with a certified ISO 9001 qualification. We follow a unique management process to ensure better work quality, efficiency and safety of confidential information of our customers. We have implanted the ITIL process recently as well for a better internal management process.

 

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GDPR

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WE ARE INTRODUCING A LEGAL FRAMEWORK TO PROTECT PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

First off all, lets start off by defining what the GDPR is; GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION. This is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU.

And the definition? The GDPR is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU. However, this will soon be implemented in South Africa and will be made a strict law in SA.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED PERSONAL DATA?

“Personal data”  shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘Data Subject’); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.

HOW WILL WE BE PROTECTING YOUR DATA?

 

We as an organization will have certain rules and regulations in order to protect our clients personal data at any and all costs. The GDPR will likely impact smaller companies as a recent study shows that 82% of SME`s are unaware of the new legislation and will potentially be hit with large fines when it starts being enforced next year.

 

HAVE A QUICK LOOK AT WHAT THE CONSENT CHECKLIST WILL LOOK LIK

– Active Consent

– Freely Given(Choice)

– Easy to withdraw

– Informed

– Separate

– Granular

– Documented

– Managed

– Children

Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purpose for which they are processed. Data needs to be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date. They should be erased or rectified without delay. Data shall be kept in a form that permits the individual identification for no longer that is necessary for the purpose it has been collected. A controller will be responsible for, and must be able to demonstrate compliance with the Data Protection Principles. Personal data will be processed in a way that ensures appropriate security of those data, including protection against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organizational measures.

 

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Apple will reportedly ditch Intel chips in Macs as early as 2020

In a major shift that carries big implications for both companies, Apple will reportedly replace Intel’s processors with the company’s own chips in Mac computers as soon as 2020, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The changeover is likely to begin with laptops such as the 12-inch MacBook. Intel’s stock price took a hit soon after the report was published; Bloomberg estimates that Apple provides approximately 5 percent of the chipmaker’s annual revenue. Aside from the processors in its Macs, Apple also uses Intel’s modem chips in some iPhones.
Apple’s last major Mac processor transition of this scope occurred when it moved away from IBM’s PowerPC chips in favor of Intel’s. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs announced the move in 2005 and it was completed by the end of the following year. As in that earlier example, Bloomberg notes this would require a “multi-step transition.” Intel chips will almost certainly remain in Apple’s top-end machines like the iMac Pro and forthcoming Mac Pro revision until the company can produce in-house chips that are capable of meeting the demands of professional Mac users.
The decision to power Macs with its own chips comes after years of rapid improvement and evolution of the ARM-based processors that Apple has built into its iOS devices, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV. Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads have grown more powerful than some of the company’s past Macs. Designing future Macs around its own chips would afford Apple more flexibility in releasing new products, and the added level of hardware control would also let the company further bolster security.
Apple is also planning to allow Mac computers to run iOS apps for a more seamless experience between mobile and desktop platforms, according to an earlier Bloomberg report. That new software cross-compatibility could arrive as soon as this year and will occur before the processor switchover.

 

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THE AI POWERED MI MIX 2S – WITH AN S FOR SMARTER

Smartphones are becoming even more integrated into our everyday lives with new and developing Artificial Intelligence-powered features. We leveraged our expertise in AI, cloud computing and big data to improve the IQ of our smartphones. Our newest smartphone, Mi MIX 2S includes exciting AI-powered features for photography, face detection, voice recognition and more.

This update from the award-winning Mi MIX 2 is a reflection of our exploration and growth in the area of AI. The powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform supports advanced on-device AI processing, with optimized CPU and GPU, achieving a 300% improvement in AI performance compared to its predecessor.

Let’s dive deeper into the amazing on-device AI features in Mi MIX 2S.

The AI-powered “mind” of Mi MIX 2S in photography

The dual camera on Mi MIX 2S is able to make photos look better without you having to take any action, because of the AI scene detection that automatically offers retouching effects. This function works for the primary rear camera, as well as the single front camera.

When taking a portrait, for example, Mi MIX 2S quickly identifies the human face and most of the surrounding objects to automatically apply different effects to each item, according to the specific conditions.

In the photos above, you can see that the AI scene detection (photo on the right) makes the buildings brighter while the environment around them is more saturated, rendering a vivid and balanced output. Usually, non-AI supported smartphones can only adjust the brightness of the whole photo, beautifying the main object, but at the same time, losing minute details.

Moreover, AI deep learning helps the camera accurately detect the edge of the subject, creating a depth-of-field effect. It can also recognize small details, such as hair accessories, detect the edge of the accessories and keep them from being blurred, generating a more realistic bokeh result.

AI voice assistant – a phone that understands you better 

Apart from AI photography, the intelligent Mi MIX 2S has built-in features including the Xiao AI voice assistant, which is integrated in our Mi AI Speaker that was announced in July 2017.

In just eight months, “Xiao Ai” has been summoned 1.1 billion times, activated 11 million times daily, and commanded smart device features 310,000 times. Mi AI Speaker has become the hub of a smart home supporting over 40 different products.

The built-in AI voice recognition in Mi MIX 2S can understand more than 100 commands in six categories, including system control, lifestyle, smart home, social, entertainment and knowledge.

You can ask your phone to show your photos taken last October, text your friend, and check the weather, just to name a few examples. If you have a smart home, it can control smart devices that are integrated into the Mi Home app, such as Mi TV and Mi Bedside Lamp.

With an improved AI performance, Mi MIX 2S can understand you better and make your life more convenient and efficient. We are excited to bring our enhanced AI technology to more users around the world, and open more possibilities for a ‘smarter’ life in the future.

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Managed Network Services

A True IT Partnership

Total network peace of mind. Your time is precious. You have more important issues to deal with than your computer network. It is, however, a critical enabler to your business and in need of attention to ensure it’s running predictably, optimally and securely. Our fully managed program is the ideal solution for an organization like yours, an organization that demands the utmost in network reliability and quality service.

Total IT support and management for a fixed monthly price – it’s that simple. We provide all of the benefits of an internal MIS department for a fraction of the price of staffing one yourself. We reduce the business impact of IT failures by minimizing their occurrence, and any unforeseen issues are dealt with as a top priority. All aspects of your network are covered: security, data protection applications and hardware.

When you outsource the management of your important IT resources to us, we look upon this as a partnership. Our comprehensive approach means we are your IT department. By optimizing your network’s performance, it will work at the peak efficiency and reliability levels that your business demands, allowing you to focus on running your business, not your network. Security, networking, data protection and user support – we handle it all for a single, predictable price.

Program Features

  • 24×7 Advanced Performance Monitoring ensures all of the critical network devices that comprise your small business network are healthy and functioning reliably and optimally.
  • Scheduled Preventative Maintenance ensures that your servers, PCs and other vital network devices function optimally. This improves reliability and security.
  • Monthly Network Health Review dedicates time to review reports and issues that are important to the ongoing performance of your network. We translate technology into business terms for you
  • Real Time Optimization keeps your infrastructure optimized through our NOC enterprise-class technology. Critical issues are identified, reported, and resolved in real time.
  • Security and Backup Management keeps your environment secure, protected and available through industry best-practices.
  • Unlimited Remote and Onsite Support ensures the utmost in business stability and reliability. Your single monthly price covers all network, server and workstation support.

Program Elements

Included Services

Managed Server • 24×7 Advanced Performance Monitoring

• Server Configuration Management

• Key Application Maintenance

• Microsoft and 3rd Party Patch Management

• Real Time Server Optimization

• Scheduled Preventative Maintenance • 24×7 Advanced Performance Monitoring

• Workstation Configuration Management

• Microsoft and 3rd Party Patch Management

• Real Time Workstation Optimization

 

 

Managed Workstation • Scheduled Preventative Maintenance
Managed Network • Firewall Management and Maintenance

• Router and Switch Performance Monitoring

 

Managed Security • Anti-Virus Monitoring and Management

• Anti-Spam Monitoring and Management

• Regular Vulnerability Scan and Report

 

Managed Backup • Backup Deployment and Configuration

• Backup Performance Monitoring

• Backup Software Updates

• Scheduled Backup Jobs

• Data Center Replication and Disaster Recovery Planning

 

Managed Support • Monthly Network Health Review

• Unlimited Network, End-user and Network Support

 

Stop Buying Downtime – Invest in Uptime

Do these issues plague your business?

  • No Technology Plan? Does your organization lack a strategy for how technology can best serve it into the future?
  • IT Budget Crunch? Under pressure to reduce IT costs, increase value or maximize profitability?
  • Management Struggles? Need to find a more efficient way to manage your company’s technology?

Program Advantages:

  • Increased Productivity: Continuous insight into your network lets us reduce the business impact of IT failure by shortening the time from network failure to issue resolution
  • Reduced Business Impact from IT Failures: Combining preventative maintenance and remote monitoring means we minimize failures that could impact your business. Your network behaves in a stable and reliable manner
  • Reduced Network Downtime Through Proactive Maintenance: Through regular, preventative maintenance activities designed to keep your network operating efficiently, we reduce the number of emergency incidents you encounter

“This program perfectly suits my business needs and ensures we have optimum uptime to avoid affecting our business.”
– D. Michael, Managing Director

 

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Innovo Networks Tech Trends 2018

On my recent trip to Dubai, 37th Gitex Technology Week 2017 where the future of business begins. Tech pioneers and futurists, business leaders and IT professionals come to GITEX to experience the world’s most advanced technology and drive digital transformation. GITEX Technology Week is a game-changing, must-attend event located in Dubai – the world’s fastest growing technology hub. For 37 years, visionaries and tech pioneers have been descending on Dubai to witness first-hand the technology that has inspired generations and innovations that are set to change the world. A dynamic innovation hub, a bridge between east and west, a pioneer in technology innovation & early adoption makes theoretical technology a mass-consumption reality. In just a few decades, the city has reinvented itself from a quiet fishing port to a global investment hub and leading travel destination, now renowned for its record-setting skyline, driverless metro and man-made islands. Its comprehensive government investments in digital innovation to advance key social, economic, governance and environmental indicators, means this incredible transformation will only gain pace in coming years. High performing organisations of the future will be those who position themselves at the centre of the digital ecosystem
taking control and making sure that they are at the heart of disruption. 

 

Hype vs Reality

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, promising self-driving cars, medical breakthroughs, and new ways of working.  But how do you separate hype from reality? How can a company apply AI to solve real business problems in 2018?

Here’s a synopsis of what I learnt, and what AI learnings your business should keep in mind for 2018.

We’ve all seen the sensational headlines: The robots are coming, and they’ll take our jobs! AI can do your job faster and more accurately than you can!

Human jobs won’t go away, but they will change. Roles will be more creative and specialized as AI is integrated into the workday. Better data leads to better math leads to better predictions, so people using AI can automate the tedious work and take action on the insights. AI does the math faster, saving money by automating normally complex processes. It makes your life easier even now, behind the scenes. This is what it looks like today.  In the longer term AI will transform industries.

One of AI’s promises is to make self-driving cars safer. AI will power everyday driving decisions, such as whether to stop abruptly or swerve to avoid hitting an obstacle.  AI will help redesign the entire shopping experience, optimizing everything with more and better data. Retailers will seamlessly stock the precise number of goods needed on shelves at any given time, and know which product at which price should be highlighted to a specific customer as they navigate a store.

 

The blockchain landscape

Blockchain is emerging as the mainstay for digital identities in the emerging trust economy. The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies hovers around $150B (with a single bitcoin trading for upwards of $5,000). Blockchain technology has fostered a renewed examination of today’s highly centralized web, and reignited conversations around currency and value, digital governance, and the fundamental structures and rails of our modern internet. Blockchain promises to solve this problem. The technology at the heart of bitcoin and other virtual currencies, blockchain is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. The ledger itself can also be programmed to trigger transactions automatically. With blockchain, we can imagine a world in which contracts are embedded in digital code and stored in transparent, shared databases, where they are protected from deletion, tampering, and revision. In this world every agreement, every process, every task, and every payment would have a digital record and signature that could be identified, validated, stored, and shared. Intermediaries like lawyers, brokers, and bankers might no longer be necessary. Individuals, organizations, machines, and algorithms would freely transact and interact with one another with little friction. This is the immense potential of blockchain and the rise of decentralizing various industries eg Telecoms, Finance, Freight etc.

 

Smart systems and robots

Using automation to assist human doctors with surgery, provide diagnostics and other applications. Robots will play an increasingly important role in business and life in general. Robotics will continue to accelerate innovation, thus disrupting and changing the paradigm of business operations in many industries. Robotics can sharpen a company’s competitive edge by improving quality, increasing operational productivity and agility, and enhancing experiences of all stakeholders. In the future there will be a robot-as-a-service (RaaS) business model. Organizations will implement a chief robotics officer role and/or define a robotics-specific function within the business. Robotics will face regulation. I believe by 2019, government entities will begin implementing robotics-specific regulations to preserve jobs and to address concerns about security, safety, and privacy. Ecommerce and omni-channel commerce companies will deploy robotics systems in their order fulfillment warehousing and delivery operations. This has already been implemented at Gitex.

 

Tech Trends for 2018

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Block Chain Technology
  3. Robotics

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Data Breaches and Security Responsibilities

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Data breaches are more than a security problem. A significant attack can shake your customer base, partner relations, executive staff, profits, and revenue. Historic data breaches have cost executives their jobs, resulted in major revenue losses and damaged brand reputations la vente de viagra.

Security breaches affect your entire organization, and that means leadership must join forces with CSOs in the fight for enterprise security.

Although Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and security analysts are on the front lines fighting hackers, they should not be considered the last and only line of defense. CFOs, typically responsible for managing a corporation’s financial risks, should be inquiring on the enterprise risk of cybersecurity. And while other executive roles don’t have security measures in their purview, they can take action to help improve their organizations’ overall security.

  • CTOs may counsel CSOs and CISOs on security software implemented at their organizations but should also focus on the security features of every piece of technology implemented.
  • CMOs and marketing executives are responsible for their companies’ public reputations must be wary of the reputation risks that can result from a breach, developing a publicity plan in the face of an attack in order to protect sales revenue down the line.
  • HR and talent management should be aware of what an internal information data breach could do to employee trust, focusing on protection of the confidential information they manage.
  • CEOs and board members must recognize the implications faulty cybersecurity can have on their companies’ valuation and prioritize security in their company’s road-map.

Dropbox. Google Drive. Media Fire. Egnite. Your organization might not support them, but chances are your security team has seen one or more of these private clouds in use within an organization.

“Rogue clouds” (private file sync-and-share options not supported or secured by an enterprise’s IT infrastructure) are creeping into organizations. A 2013 survey by Symantec found that 77% of all businesses experienced rogue cloud situations

To eliminate rogue clouds, security teams should talk with their CTOs about which organizationally sanctioned cloud service is recommended. From there, other members of leadership can weigh in on which solution will be most useful to their employees and business partners. Talk with security teams about implementing organizationally supported cloud solutions. Enterprise-level solutions, like Microsoft OneDrive for Business, enable employees to save, share, and collaborate on documents without compromising data security

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