May 19, 2020

The August Edition of African Business Review is Live

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The August Edition of African Business Review is Live

August’s issue of African Business Review is live, bringing C-level executives across the continent the latest news, tips and trends across a vast array of sectors on the continent

Read the August edition of African Business Review's magazine here

 

Making a Mark in the Technology Landscape

When it comes to advances in technology African countries are often not the first that to jump to mind for innovation, more likely are places such as Silcon Valley in the States, Japan, China and even the UK.

However, this thought process is gradually changing as more and more indigenous solutions make their mark on the continent’s tech landscape and around the world.

Young entrepreneur Daniel Marcus is one such innovator whose own cloud-based business solution company Magnetic has already surprised the naysayers.

Marcus has penned a special opinion piece for African Business Review which highlights some of the myriad companies that are breaking technology moulds.

Technology, in fact, plays something of a central theme to this month’s offering which also discusses why businesses must make themselves omni-present through the many platforms available to them if they are to meet demands of customers.

Also Nick Wonfor, of CommVault South Africa, explains why the changing role of Chief Information Officers means that they are increasingly playing a major role in adding value to their companies.

Achieving a competitive advantage through the use of technology is also true of online holiday booking agency Travelstart, whose Head of International Markets is the subject of our monthly series Who’s The Boss.

 

Marketing: South African Retailers Can’t Afford to get Behind on the Omni-channel Revolution

Technology: Building Digital Solutions to meet the Continent’s Challenges

Finance: Chief Information Officers Must Deliver Corporate Value With Data

Leadership: Travelstart’s Maija de Rijk-Uys’ Career Takes Her on a Voyage of Discovery

Top 10: Top 10 brands

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

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VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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