Monthly Archives: September 2017


Commoditisation of the Internet

Commoditisation of Internet is a threat to business The commoditisation of Internet has clearly entered the South African marketplace, with differentiation being eroded by competition which has led to customers treating Internet as a commodity and selecting services based on price alone. This is a dangerous point for businesses and the industry as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) struggle to differentiate themselves. When commoditisation happens, customers choose Internet based on price alone without examining in detail what they are getting or whether it will enable their business vs hamper it. Because the Internet......

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Being strategic on cost cutting

Being strategic on cost cutting in a downturn can help startups to stand out In any downturn, operational expenses are the first thing that needs attention as businesses go into survival mode, however while curbing unnecessary expenditure is important, business owners need to balance this with tactics that enable them to grow and thrive on the upside. By being strategic and targeted on what you cut back and what you don’t, businesses can stand out from their competitors. A Harvard Business Review study on the impact of a downturn on businesses shows that those......

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South African SMEs vulnerable to ransomware

In the most recent mega ransomware attack, ‘Petya’, which broke out in the Ukraine, and swept through Europe and Asia, South African SMMEs need to be wary, and not caught on the back foot. “South African businesses and institutions tend to feel far removed from major malware attacks that launch in the northern hemisphere,” says Warren Bonheim, Chief Commercial Officer at Zinia, a business internet telecoms service provider. “However, while our banks and large scale enterprises are fairly safe, it’s small to medium businesses that face the most risk.” A report by......

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Why Partnerships Will Make Or Break Your Business

Partnerships are tricky, whether you looking to start a business or grow your existing one, partnerships will make or break you. The definition ‘partner’ can actually be a polygamous relationship, with partnerships ranging from suppliers, investors, banks, financiers, contractors and joint ventures… so how do you make partnerships work for your business? KNOW WHO YOUR BEDFELLOW IS Resist the urge to jump into a partnership quickly, even if it seems perfect. We often want something so bad we convince ourselves that the terms of the relationship presented are too good to be......

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