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Western Cape Business 2018 edition

  • Text
  • Nedbank
  • Sectors
  • Growth
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Africa
  • Management
  • Infrastructure
  • Transport
  • Opportunities
  • Energy
  • Development
  • Wesgro
  • Vodacom
  • Investment
  • Cape
  • Business
  • Tourism
  • Economic
  • Municipality
The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Western Cape. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there are special features on the growth of tourism (spurred by an innovative programme designed to create more direct flights to Cape Town), medical technology as a growth sector and the pursuit of excellence that drives the Cape Winemakers Guild. The journal contains a message from Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and contributions from significant business leaders from Accelerate Cape Town, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum. An interview with Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, reveals some of the recipe for the province’s economic success. Updated information on the Western Cape is also available through our monthly e-newsletter, which you can subscribe to online at, in addition to our complementary business-to-business titles that cover all nine provinces as well as our flagship South African Business title.

Adam Rabie, Executive

Adam Rabie, Executive Head of Enterprise Business, Western Region Vodacom Business is a leading telecommunication operator progressing rapidly in our digital transformation journey in terms of strategies and our value propositions to enterprise customers. Shaping a better future in the smart technology era as we embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Digitisation!! Herewith a snapshot of some of our key and exciting offerings, positioning enterprise customers for the smart technology era and being competitive. Internet of Things Creating a smarter connected world The Internet of Things (IoT) is big news, and it’s all around us right now. Whether it’s the smart meter at your home driving down your utility bills, or the connected car making your journeys more convenient, many of us already benefit from IoT in our daily lives – and we’re only just beginning to understand its full potential. Making it happen The five key elements of any IoT deployment are: • Connected devices sense their environment • Network connectivity carries IoT data • The management platform aggregates data and controls devices • Applications use IoT data in business processes • Professional services keep everything running smoothly Why Vodacom? IoT projects can be challenging. At Vodacom, we aim to make iteasy. Here are three simple reasons why you should partner with us: 1. Unrivalled IoT experience Vodacom has more than 1 400 dedicated IoT experts that you can rely on. We’ve been delivering IoT solutions to our customers for more than 25 years and have over 50-million IoT connections. 2. Vodafone networks you can rely on Vodacom has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of June 2016, Vodafone had 465-million mobile customers and 13.7-million fixed broadband customers. Our scale doesn’t just give you the confidence that we operate wherever you do business – it means we can offer the exceptional levels of service you need. 3. The solutions to simplify IoT projects We have delivered IoT applications to organisations of all sizes and across all industries, so we know how to make your IoT solution deliver maximum value to you. We partner with the world’s leading connected device makers to offer a wide range of out-of-the-box IoT solutions that take the complexity out of IoT deployment. But even when you need a customised solution, our team of experts will ensure your business takes advantage of best practices and methodologies for IoT implementation to ensure you achieve maximum ROI. To find out more about how Vodacom can help you make the most out of IoT, or to book a free innovation session with one of our IoT experts, contact us at, call us on 082 1960 or visit WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018 68

Enterprise Mobility Enterprise Mobility FOCUS Enterprise Mobility is a productivity tool which allows a business to operate more efficiently. Enterprise Mobility has five components: Vodacom Virtual CIO Vodacom Virtual CIO is an IT support service aimed at the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment. This is targeted at those companies that can’t afford a full-time IT technician. The service will initially be limited to the following geographical areas: Greater Johannesburg metropolitan, Greater Pretoria metropolitan, Greater Cape Town metropolitan, Bloemfontein, Durban, East London, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth. The service offers proactive and remote monitoring services for both residential and SME customers to prevent IT issues before they occur, and remote telephonic assistance and on-site field support for SME customers at no additional cost. Mobile Order Entry This is Vodacom’s solution to bring the benefits of electronic commerce to very small retail outlets, many of them informal traders such as spaza shops. This service extends the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transaction capability to the informal retailer, digitises the commerce chain and drives brand awareness. In addition, Mobile Order Entry assists in the management of product and price information, the distribution channel and ordering. The traders’ time is better used. Vodacom Field Communication Managing a team out in the field can be challenging due to delays in exchanging information with the central office hub. Vodacom Field Communication is a custom-built application that allows hands-on management of data from a distance with the receiving of immediate updated information on smart devices. Services include customised, daily checklists, task management, real-time chat and messaging, route optimisation, tracking user activity and check-in/ out via geo-tagging. Mobile LiveTrack LiveTrack is a GSM/GPS tracking solution that allows businesses to track their vehicles in real time. Econz Wireless Timecard Solutions When companies have employees who are always on the move or in the field, it’s difficult to track the time they start, when they finish, whether they are in the right place, and if the job has been completed to the customer’s satisfaction. Econz Wireless allows you to keep track of where and how your employees are spending their time, export your employees’ attendance data directly to payroll systems for easy accounting, track progress of various tasks assigned to your employees and monitor your employees’ driving behaviour. It is available for use on cellphones, smartphones and tablets. 69 WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

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