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BMS: The Foundation Of A Successful Industry 4.0 Strategy Says Sage

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Keith Fenner Vice President: Sage Enterprise Africa & Middle East looks at BMS as the foundation for a successful industry 4.0 strategy.

We are entering the age of Industry 4.0, thanks to the rise of the industrial Internet of Things and the maturity of today’s social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technology. This age of digital change offers African manufacturers opportunities to grow revenues and profits by becoming more competitive, agile and efficient.

Industry 4.0 is enabled by technology advances such as cloud computing power on tap, the falling prices of sensors and connected devices, and smarter artificial intelligence. It is also built on the next-generation of business management solutions, which offers a more flexible and modular alternative to the rigid, monolithic enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems of the past.

On the other side, many organisations have not yet invested in a Business Management Solution (BMS) that is fit for a world of rapid change, big data and collaborative supply chains.

Here are a few questions you can ask to determine whether your current or proposed enterprise applications suite is ready for Industry 4.0 and the world of SMAC:

Can You Scale To Cater For Big Data From Thousands, Or Even Millions Of Devices And Sensors?

One of the most important qualities of a good business solution for the digital era is the ability to manage a deluge of real-time and near real-time information.

You’ll need to be able to leverage data from millions of devices and users on the Internet to drive better decision-making. You can use this data to understand consumer behaviour, perform financial investigations, carry out predictive maintenance or drive sales optimisation.

Does Your Business Solution Cater For The Needs Of A Mobile Workforce?

In an Industry 4.0 world, people across the supply chain (including partners and customers) need access to easy to use solution that is accessible everywhere and built for collaboration.

Your software needs to be ready for a workforce reared on mobile apps and social media platforms. It must be attractive and intuitive; it must also provide information, services and apps to employees, customers, and other stakeholders wherever they are.

Is Your Software Modular and Flexible?
The world is changing at a rapid pace, with the introduction of the Internet of Things, smarter robotics, machine learning and other disruptive technologies in the manufacturing world. To keep up, you need a stable and solid yet adaptable business management solution that can accommodate new technology trends as well as new business models.

Does your solution make it easy to introduce new supply chain partnerships? Does it make it relatively simple to add new technologies to your environment?

Accelerating into The Next Generation
To take advantage of Industry 4.0, manufacturers that currently have legacy systems in place need to accelerate implementation of modern IT applications. Solutions such as Sage’s Enterprise Cloud to enable them to do so.

Enterprise Cloud is an open and modular cloud solution for companies who want to move away from maintaining their own data centres. It fast-tracks the deployment of a solid, integrated enterprise backbone based on the Sage X3 platform and gives you the freedom to plug in modules for extra functionality later – as and when you need them. There are no hidden costs because it is priced per user per month and includes upgrades and maintenance.

Sage X3 is designed to deliver faster, simpler and flexible business management solutions, without the complexity that typically comes with old-fashioned ERP systems. In a time of where disruptive technology is expected as well as digital invention, our smart people use the smartest technology to reinvent and simplify business processes. We enable our customers to focus on their business and help them to leapfrog to the future.

Says Richard Hurst, Director Enterprise Research at Africa Analysis: The concept of Industry 4.0 offers African enterprises an opportunity to gain a competitive edge in their own local markets and the ability to compete on a global footing.  Already we are seeing the impact of services such as mobile and cloud on African businesses as these technologies have become integrated in almost every facet of business from supplier through to customers.

An important element to consider is that ultimately all enterprises will be touched by digitalisation in some form.  In some instances, this will fundamentally transform the businesses, such as photography and image capturing, in others, such as mining and resource extraction it will serve to enhance and improve the delivery of the end product.

 


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Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model

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Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.

Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.

The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.

Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg

Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com


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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

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There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.

Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.

The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.

However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.

They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.

“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.

By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.

Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.

Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.

Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.


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Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

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Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.

Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.

In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.

And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”

The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.

According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.

The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.

“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.

Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.

He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”

Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.

On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”

 


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