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Sage Africa Stamps Footprints in Nigeria

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Sage Africa, a leading provider of business and human resource management software to companies in the small to upper mid-market, has opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria.

“Sage is already an established brand with a strong presence in Africa, and establishing another local office, in addition to the successful Kenyan operation, is an important step in our growth strategy and to enhance our global footprint,” said Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia (AAMEA).

The newly established office comprises three product suites: Sage ERP, Sage HR Africa and Sage Pastel Accounting.

“Although each product has a very specific focus, ensuring for a diversified client-focused product map, the team will actively work together to ensure an even stronger collective position on the continent,” said  Epstein.

The African landscape typically comprises businesses that are no larger than upper mid-market in size, as measured by global criteria. According to Jeremy Waterman, managing director of Sage ERP Africa:

“We have been selling and implementing Accpac (recently rebranded to Sage 300 ERP) into the English-speaking parts of Africa for more than 25 years and are currently doing business in more than 20 countries. Traditionally, these companies had to choose between ERP solutions designed and priced for large global enterprises, or solutions designed for smaller companies. The introduction of Sage ERP X3 into Africa provides a perfect fit for these larger, mid-tier businesses.”

Sage Pastel Accounting’s focus in West Africa is on the small to medium-sized (SME) market, through its flagship product Sage Evolution.

The Standard Edition focuses on the small company and the Evolution Professional product range, which provides for more functionalities than the traditional accounting software, meets the needs of the medium-sized businesses.

 According to Rutendo Hwindingwi, divisional manager of Sage Pastel Accounting, the company is currently experiencing substantial growth in the West African region, fuelled by a number of large-scale ICT projects and significant offshore investment.

He said  a local presence is critical for companies wanting to expand into Africa: “The local office will enable us to be closer to clients and reinforces our existing channel model.”

To further enhance its African growth strategy, Sage recently launched Sage HR Africa, a joint venture between Sage Pastel Payroll & HR and Sage VIP Payroll & HR.

This new endeavour will cater for HR and payroll requirements across the continent, regardless of the size of the business.

Anton van Heerden, managing director for Sage VIP Payroll & HR and Sage Pastel Payroll & HR, said : “Sage remains at the forefront of HR and payroll legislative changes and will continue to provide the African market with legislative-compliant software solutions in conjunction with government and local authorities. Local people will be employed at the new office.” Van Heerden believes Africa is a significant growth opportunity for Sage HR Africa: “The quality of support and training of the team in Lagos will contribute in developing and enhancing the skills of local people,” Van Heerden concludes.

Epstein agrees and says Sage has solid market share in South Africa and will continue to explore the many exciting business opportunities that exist in Africa: “There will always be challenges to overcome, such as high travel and operational costs, complex legislation, language barriers, and local skills development, but the return on investment remains substantial. Key to investing in Africa is thorough research of the prospective market and I am confident that our team is prepared and will continue to offer our clients solutions that effectively address their specific needs.”


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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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