May 19, 2020

Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air and Skyward Express joins Pesapal e-payment portfolio

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Ecommerce
Epayment
kenya
Genilson Manuel
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Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air and Skyward Express joins Pesapal e-payment portfolio

An Africa-based e-payment solutions provider has announced that it can now process payments for low cost airline carriers in Kenya.

Pesapal announced in a statement this week that it has partnered with Jetways Airlines, Silverstone Air and Skyward Express to enabled the companies to leverage Pesapal’s integrated payment system. The system will be able to process Mpes, Visa, mVisa, Mastercard and American Express to receive and complete payments on the airline’s websites. The airlines join African Express Airways (Kenya) and Eagle Air (Uganda) amongst a growing list of low-cost carriers within Pesapal’s growing portfolio.

“There are more locals looking for affordable modes of transport and low-cost airlines are offering a great alternative for both business and leisure local travellers,” says Mark Mwongela, CEO, Pesapal. “Working with airlines has come naturally for us, having worked in the hospitality sector for a while. We are delighted to have these airlines trust us with their payments and we look forward to working with them to grow the local tourism space.”
 

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Pesapal strives to answer this market demand with accessibility, but also security. As Africa continues its digital revolution, electronic payments and a turn towards digital brings risk and now more than ever before people are seeking safe and secure payment solutions.

In deploying CyberSource, the world’s leader in airline and ecommerce fraud verification systems, Pesapal is fast becoming a leader in Airline Fraud Management in its own right. Cybersource runs every card transaction that is made through over 500 real-time fraud tests in order to guarantee the safety of the payment.

“We have secured PCI PIN and PCI DSS certification in a bid to secure both of business customers and their paying clients from online fraud, which is on the increase as more people in the region transact online. We are confident that the airline industry will benefit too from these efforts as we work together to reduce cases of theft and fraud,” added Mwongela.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
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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