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  • Wrike – project management software for entrepreneurs [Partner Content]

    The world wide web has enabled people from all over the world to start a business. From the US to Japan, a growing number of entrepreneurs are starting and growing their own ventures, giving themselves more opportunities to realise their dreams. With the increasing popularity of the internet and successful online businesses, entrepreneurs have found that using the right project management solution to manage their daily business operations to be a key decision. There are literally hundreds of project management tools available on the market that claim to be the best project management software for entrepreneurs. Some have more of a rightful...

  • The do’s and don’t’s of mixing business with pleasure [Sponsored]

    The majority of us spend most of our time, sadly enough, in work. And because of this it's easy to see how so many of us find a partner, a fling or a sense of excitement with someone in the work place. The chance encounters in work, the meeting up on a dating website or the years of working with someone you like very often boils down to an office romance that can improve or destroy your working day. Whether you're already seeing someone in work or a love interest has recently become single here are some do's and don'ts to help...

  • What you need to know about commercial vehicle insurance [Sponsored]

    With most businesses thriving on mobility, the numerous dangers that your commercial vehicle is exposed to on South Africa's roads are quite significant. As a business owner of commercial vehicles, it is important for you to understand your business vehicle insurance needs. Commercial vehicle insurance differs in comparison for most insurance companies and therefore standardised packages (along with optional extras) are offered by insurers. It is always best to choose a tailored insurance cover for your business, for example, commercial vehicles that operate within shorter routes do not require the same cover as those that travel long distance. We've put together...

  • Accenture SA awarded level 1 B-BBEE status [Sponsored]

    Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been awarded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 1 status in South Africa under the Government initiative introduced to empower historically disadvantaged groups and boost the economy. Following a successful B-BBEE verification process based on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Codes by Empowerdex, Accenture’s investment on skills development programmes for black employees was cited as a significant contribution to the achievement of Level 1 status. "Accenture’s programmes to identify, recruit and train historically disadvantaged individuals who show potential to develop their skills pre-date government requirements," said William Mzimba, Chief Executive of Accenture in South Africa...

  • Public-private sector collaboration is key to addressing ICT skills shortage [Sponsored]

    Setjhaba Molloyi, Managing Director for Accenture South Africa Delivery Centre, says there is no doubt that we are in the midst of a major technology evolution and organisations across all sectors are going through a significant transformation. To address the skills shortage issue and make a great impact in the economy as well as create more jobs, public-private sector collaboration is key, says Setjhaba Molloyi. "That is why Accenture works very closely with partners across all sectors (including SAP, SETA and various NGOs) to increase the pool of ICT professionals who have the requisite skills," notes Molloyi. Accenture is working with...

  • Platform economy: do SMEs need their own platforms? [Sponsored]

    As weak growth dogs the world economy, there's a tendency to turn to multinational companies to drive a recovery of trade and investment. But the roles of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often overlooked. New digital technologies now make it easier for small businesses to expand and export. And the emergence of digitally-enabled platforms, in particular, offers one of the fastest routes to export-led growth. It may seem counter-intuitive that SMEs can compete alongside the leading platform brands we know so well today: Uber, Airbnb, Tencent, Alibaba and others. These powerhouses have reshaped entire industry sectors. Indeed, some fear...

  • Digital collaboration and open innovation: SA vs. the rest of the world [Sponsored]

    In an increasingly digital and connected world, large enterprises and small entrepreneurs alike are exploring the value that can be created by closer and deeper collaboration with each other. Enterprises gain access to new skills, ideas, talent and markets, while entrepreneurs tap into large companies’ distribution networks and customer bases. In fact, recent Accenture research titled: Harnessing the Power of Entrepreneurs to Open Innovation, found that 82 percent of large companies say they can learn from entrepreneurs about how to become a digital business. And 50 percent believe they need to work with entrepreneurs to be sufficiently innovative. Yet obstacles to effective collaboration remain. Entrepreneurs...

  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [Sponsored]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. "The question that needs answering is what can we do with what we have to make a difference and create a city of opportunity? By bringing together thought-leaders, innovators, enablers and industry leaders at the High Impact Series, the discussion has started around co-creating and moving South Africa's beautiful Mother City forward," said...

  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [SPONSORED]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Pictured from left to right is Thomas Wittig (CEO of WITTIGONIA, Switzerland), Abbas Jamie (Director of Innovation at Aurecon Africa), Aurelia Albert (Innovate Durban), Dr Morne Mostert (Director, Institute for Futures Research), Lance Greyling (Director of Trade and Investment, City of Cape Town) and Lesley Williams (Master...

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

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