Stories by Computing SA staff

Prism stays above the water

JOHANNESBURG (01/27/2004) - Transactions technology and services company, Prism Holdings Ltd., has weathered the impact of the strengthening rand on its dollar-based earnings, as well as global pricing pressure on SIM cards, to end the six-month reporting period to December 31, 2003 profitable, and with cash in the bank.

FNB Corporate increases annual operating margins

JOHANNESBURG (01/27/2004) - Siebel Systems Inc., a provider of business applications software, today announced that FNB Corporate, a division of First Rand Bank, has increased annual operating margins by US$3.4 million following its implementation of Siebel Finance.

Comparex takes Control with AL Indigo

JOHANNESBURG (01/27/2004) - African Legend Indigo (AL Indigo), the new black-empowered ICT enterprise solutions company, has concluded a deal with Comparex Africa Pty. Ltd. valued at 5 million Rand (US$706,494), in which BMC Software Inc.'s Control product suite will be used to manage a number of IBM Corp. mainframes.

Compuware readying for Microsoft 'Whidbey' release

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - Compuware Corp. is already working with Microsoft Corp. to try to ensure that its application development solutions are fully compatible with the next release of the Visual Studio .Net development product. Code-named Whidbey, the release date is set for the end of this year.

New HP projector improves wireless projecting

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP)'s new xp8000 Digital Projector series is now said to offer local companies remote management, wireless functionality and dual color wheels, all enabled through a standard network connection.

Acer raises 2003 financial forecast

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - Acer Inc. has announced an upward adjustment of its 2003 financial forecast. The company's single revenue forecast was revised to US$2.34 billion, marking a growth of 40.41 percent from the earlier forecast of $1.67 billion.

GS Telecom, Kingston connect businesses across Africa

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - GS Telecom Ltd., one of the largest privately owned suppliers of wireless and satellite systems in Africa, says that it is putting a host of applications, including high speed data, Internet connectivity and VoIP within the reach of businesses across the continent, via two-way satellite connectivity.

EDS SA gets CMMI accreditation

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - Electronic Data Systems Corp. (EDS) on Tuesday reported that its South African Solution Centre has achieved Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 2 accreditation.

DLK gains ISO status

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - Empowered ICT consulting group DLK has secured ISO 9001 accreditation for the quality of its internal business processes and services delivered to its clients in local and provincial government, and the private sector.

Cisa certification: Register now, NSS urges

JOHANNESBURG (01/20/2004) - NSS Consulting has added the Cobit Certified Information Systems Auditor (Cisa) examination review program to its portfolio of educational services.

Converged network solutions deliver on promises

JOHANNESBURG (01/16/2004) - Joseph Mehawej, market development manager for Nortel Networks Corp. in the Middle East and Africa region, offers an international view of the trends that Nortel Networks' partners are seeing and supporting.

Synnex to market, sell MCI services

JOHANNESBURG (01/16/2004) - MCI (WorldCom. Inc.) and Synnex Corp., a global ICT supply chain services company, have announced that they have entered into an agreement in which Synnex will market and sell MCI's portfolio of business voice, data and Internet solutions to its value-added reseller (VAR) channel.

Dexchange demonstrates iSCSI over Internet WAN

JOHANNESBURG (01/16/2004) - Dexchange recently announced the successful deployment of a FibreStream Virtual Storage Gateway (VSG) in what is believed to be the first successful demonstration of iSCSI over an ADSL Internet-based WAN between South Africa (SA) and the U.S.

Thulamela municipality gets into FastTrack

JOHANNESBURG (01/16/2004) - M-R Public Sector, the asset tracking and verification black empowerment company formed last year by the M-R Systems group, is moving its business focus strongly into the public sector, announcing that another municipality -- Thulamela -- has opted for its asset tracking solution.