Nicky Rehbock The key to Africa’s development lies instimulating thriving local and globalbusinesses and brands on the continent,according to Brand Africa chairpersonThebe Ikalafeng.MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122The upcoming 2011 Brand Africa Forum will tackle key issues affecting the continent’s growth, reputation and competitiveness to ensure lasting Africa-centric solutions.The event, hosted by Brand South Africa and Brand Leadership Academy, will take place on 29 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.It offers global thought leaders, influencers and decision-makers a valuable opportunity to interact and discuss matters ranging from governance and sustainability, growth-enabling policies, as well as business and its role in shaping the continent’s economic future.The significance of South Africa joining Brazil, Russia, India and China in the BRICS bloc will also be explored, along with lessons to be learnt from emerging markets.“Brand South Africa’s involvement in the Brand Africa Forum goes back to the inaugural event in 2010,” says Brand SA CEO Miller Matola.“For us it was a natural fit because the health of Africa’s brand is important for the strength and health of our own nation brand. If countries on the continent improve in terms of their image and reputation, the same holds for South Africa. Our prosperity is inextricably linked to that of the other countries on the continent.”Powerful line-up of speakersThe 2011 forum boasts an impressive range of guest speakers, including renowned global business consultant Dr Vijay Mahajan, global economist Dr Dambisa Moyo, Brand SA chairperson Anitha Soni, Brand Africa chairperson Thebe Ikalafeng and Rakesh Wahi, who is the vice-chairperson and co-founder of CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa.A dynamic panel of young leaders from Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Senegal have also been included to discuss youth and their vision for the continent.“One of the things we learnt from last year’s event was that we need to focus on discussions that are more about the continent and include people from those places. We also need to create more media outlets for the stories that are generated as a result of this. With the diverse line-up of speakers at this year’s event – and journalists who will be there to cover it – we will ensure that it’s not just South Africans talking about Africa,” says Miller.Importance of corporate brandsWhile there’s been extensive coverage on multinational, Fortune 500 South African companies such as SABMiller, Old Mutual and Anglo American, less is recorded about similarly influential concerns elsewhere on the continent.These include Oando PLC, Nigeria’s largest indigenous energy group; Kenya’s CFC Bank and its East African Portland Cement Company; Angola’s national diamond company Endiama; as well as Sudan’s Kenana Sugar Company.“One of the messages we want to spread through the forum is that corporate brands are very important in developing nation brands and nations’ economies,” says Miller, adding that it is through telling these stories that Africa can be “positioned as the next growth frontier in terms of investment and business”.Dealing with Africa’s challengesWhile the forum will focus on the positive issues arising from the continent’s growth and development, Africa’s challenges won’t be ignored.Situations unfolding in North Africa, Ivory Coast, Sudan and Zimbabwe are just some of those which are up for discussion.“At last year’s event there were very open and frank discussions about the continent and some of its weaknesses. Issues that need to be addressed this year focus on challenges in terms of democratisation, macroeconomic reform and policies that impede competitiveness,” Miller says.“To build a strong brand you need to look at these fundamentals – it can’t just be about image. I believe the Brand Africa Forum 2011 will ensure that we have a platform for open and balanced debate, which will take the continent forward.”Practical outcomes of the forum will include a written report on discussions, which will be made available online and across a variety of platforms throughout the world. It will also be given to potential investors and interest groups, according to Miller.The 2011 forum proceedings will be broadcast by CNBC Africa to 41 sub-Saharan African countries.
Related Posts It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking of the app economy as a fully developed and mature space. And while it’s not the wild wild West that it was two years ago, the economy is still rapidly evolving – and we’re about to see some significant changes in 2011. 1. The Virtual Good is God – it’s all about in-app purchasingDoes it seem like everyone and their mother are talking about virtual goods? That’s because everyone is. And everyone’s mother just spent $200 buying virtual cows for her virtual farm. The virtual currency economy is big and growing – and it’s no joke for gaming publishers looking to monetize. Inside Virtual Goods recently published a report predicting that the virtual goods market in the U.S. alone will hit $2.1 billion in revenues this year.Monetization through virtual goods made a splash in 2010, but in 2011 we’ll see the economy grow into a real beast to be reckoned with. This year more iPhone and Android games will move from paid or subscription-based apps to a combination of in-app purchasing and advertising to monetize. Guest author Michael Chang is co-founder and the CEO of Greystripe. He has worked as an associate at Incubic Venture Capital and as an engineer and product manager with SAN pioneer Gadzoox Networks. He has a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS from Carnegie Mellon.2. Mobile ads are about to transform – the formats and placements within apps are going to changeWhen mobile ads first hit the market, the online format was simply slapped onto the smartphone. Since the beginning, standard banner ads have been king – placed haphazardly on every screen of an app and each page of the mobile Web. This year will be the year advertisers start to pay as much attention to where and how an ad is placed as they do to the number of impressions and clicks. We’re going to start seeing more and more large, engaging ads delivered as interstitials – placed at natural transition points in content. The actual ads are evolving too. Rich media will become common. Video ads will also grow dramatically, which will come as no surprise to any Angry Bird-er who experienced video ads this holiday season.3. Regional and local ads will become commonplace – but hyperlocal ads will wait until 2012Local was the mobile buzzword of 2010 – and it’s not going away any time soon. Throughout the year, local and regional ads are going to be popping up more frequently. BIA/Kelsey predicts location-targeted ads will grow from $400 million in 2010 to over $2 billion by 2014. Scale is driving better opportunities for targeting, and more advertisers are taking advantage. But even though the climate is ripe for local, you shouldn’t expect an onslaught of hyperlocal ads. Yes, you’ll start seeing more ads for the Best Buy near you. But you won’t be overwhelmed with ads for the pizza place downstairs quite yet.4. An Android application store will enhance payment and discovery. (It better, if Android wants to win the competition for developers.)Last year was the year for Android – Google’s Android OS overtook iPhone in the total number of subscribers. But with the iPhone coming to Verizon, Android is going to have to step up its game if it wants to stay on top. In particular, Android’s marketplace has proven to be a key limitation. Apple’s App Store, while hardly perfect, is far superior to Android’s for finding and purchasing new apps. Android needs to figure out a way to organize its apps and simplify the checkout process. Someone will figure it out in 2011. Maybe it will be Google who has announced plans for upgrades. Maybe it will be a third party like Amazon.5. The wild cards: Emerging platforms, cross-platform HTML5 apps, non-Apple tablets and interactive TV A few potential app economy game changers need to be watched this year. Windows and Blackberry will make a strong push in 2011 for market share of high-end smartphones. This could increase fragmentation of the mobile app economy but should also contribute to the shift toward cross-platform HTML5 mobile websites that look and feel like native apps. The introduction of iPad alternatives will be an indication of how big the tablet market can be. Google and Apple’s TV products will test if the mainstream is ready for interactive TV. It’s clear that we’re entering an exciting time.Disclosure: the author is the CEO of a mobile advertising network.Photo by Jorge Quinteros Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … guest author 1 Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The IT industry may be embracing the model of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), but there’s just one problem: Up to 20% of attempted SaaS deployments are failing due to serious problems with data integration. And that’s just one of many problems facing the hot but problematic movement.This fact doesn’t make the headlines, as vendor after vendor instead hails the signing of marquee clients for their particular service. But after the media spotlight fades, new SaaS customers are often left with shiny new portals for an online service, and plenty of headaches trying to get their legacy data to work with the new service.That enterprises and other businesses are attracted to SaaS is nothing new: a 2010 Forrester report commissioned by Symantec reported even then that “58% of enterprises use two or more SaaS-based business applications today, and 72% plan to in 12 months. More strikingly, 19% of enterprises report having six or more SaaS-based business applications today, and 30% plan to have that many in 12 months.”There is little evidence that this situation has changed in the past 27 months, according to Mike Hoskins, CTO of Pervasive Software. Indeed, as SaaS technologies have improved, applications have become even more robust and easier to deploy.Integration Is Still An Issue“But integration is still an issue,” Hoskins said. Even in the 2010 report, 39% of SaaS customers reported concerns with data integration – a concern second only to security worries. Today, the outcome of many SaaS deployments paints an even bleaker picture.“49% of our potential customers report difficulties with post-deployment integration,” said Lance Speck, General Manager, Integration Products at Pervasive. And these are not trivial problems, either, Speck emphasized. They are enough to derail the entire deployment operation for around 20% of SaaS migrations.It’s not just the potential for failure. The costs of data integration can be huge, and this potential expense is not typically mentioned by SaaS sales teams knocking on enterprise IT’s door. For every dollar spent on a customer resource management deployment,” Hoskins cautioned, “a customer can spend up to $5 on integration.”These figures punch a big whole in the theory that SaaS is the end of the rainbow for enterprise IT. And data integration is not the only problem facing SaaS deployments.Not Just Data IntegrationSecurity remains the prime concern for SaaS deployments. Actually, it was a huge concern, and now it probably ranks high on the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” scale, as service after service this year have announced hacks that have compromised their security.(See also Evernote Is Latest Hacking Victim and World War III Is Already Here – And We’re Losing for more on SaaS security.) Data portability is another pitfall of SaaS deployment. If you spend all that time and money getting your data to work with a particular service, the last thing you want to hear is that this service is about to shutter its doors. We’ve seen quite a few consumer services roll up their welcome mats, enough to warrant concern for enterprise customers.(See also Sudden Site Shutdowns And The Perils Of Living Our Lives Online.)It’s not just the threat of a SaaS vendor dying, either. Price changes, poor service or a better mousetrap are all valid reasons for wanting to pick up your data and move. With integration so expensive, that makes choosing the right SaaS vendor all the more important.Warning SignsSpeck warns IT customers to be on the lookout for tell-tale signs that may indicate that a SaaS vendor may be trying very hard to get that initial signature on the contract – and not worrying about the all-important follow through.“Whenever the SaaS vendors says, ‘we’ll worry about integration in Phase II’,” it’s a big red flag, Speck said. Another call from the cluephone? “‘Don’t worry about integration, we have an API,’” Speck added.APIs (application programming interfaces), which enable a customer’s applications to talk to the service’s code, are indeed an critical component of data integration, but the mere existence of an API is only a part of what’s needed. Other relevant questions to consider: How open is that API? How well documented? And how easy is the API is to use?Not every SaaS vendor should be greeted with suspicion, of course, but enterprise IT departments should consider the entire process, from deployment to integration, as well as security and data portability, when selecting a SaaS vendor.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. brian proffitt
By Molly Herndon & Bari SobelsonManaging finances while raising a family is difficult enough. Families facing the stress that comes with separation, divorce, or deployment can become overwhelmed by the accompanying financial changes of these circumstances.The Personal Finance and Family Development teams will host a 3-part webinar series on Family Finances. Each of these webinars will tackle the financial and emotional hurdles presented by changes in family structure.Family Finances Webinar SeriesJuly 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET: Separation and Single Parenting in the Military with Dr. Kacy Mixon & Dr. Martie Gillen. For many service members with families and children, it can be a difficult balance between responsibilities to their families and to the military. Separation and single parenting can make this balance even more difficult, leaving service members and their family members shouldering even more responsibilities than before. During this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Mixon and Dr. Gillen will discuss both the emotional and financial impacts of separation and single parenting in the military.Dr. Kacy MixonKacy Mixon, Ph.D., LMFT-is the Project Director for the Family Development Team of the Military Families Learning Network. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology, Counseling & Family TherapyDepartment at Valdosta State University. As a licensed marriage and family therapist (AAMFT clinical fellow), Kacy has worked with families from all walks of life. Her trainings, presentations and courses, however, focus primarily on family violence, trauma, military families, and foster-care transitions.Dr. Martie GillenMartie Gillen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, in the Institute for Food and Agricultural at the University of Florida. She joined the Department in June, 2011. Her appointment is 65% teaching, 10% research, and 25% Extension. She has a BA in Business Administration from Morehead State University and a MBA from Sullivan University. She earned her Doctorate in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Kentucky.August 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.ET: Financial Planning for Life Events with Dr. Barbara O’Neill.Dr. Barbara O’NeillIn this webinar, Dr. O’Neill will talk about preparing for the inevitable circumstances that life throws our way. Divorce, untimely death, health crises, marriage, remarriage, widowhood, home-buying and retirement take a tremendous toll on finances. This webinar will talk about savings and insurance as protective barriers against the financial distress these events can cause. She will also discuss recovery plans to regain lost finances and starting again on a reduced income. Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D is a Financial Resource Management Specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications.November 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET: Raising Financially Responsible Children with Neale Godfrey.Neale GodfreyNeale Godfrey will deliver a 90-minute webinar discussing the importance of raising financially responsible children. This interactive learning opportunity will include quizzes for parents and children to determine their financial management style and offer guidance for teaching financial responsibility to children. Neale Godfrey is an author. Her books deal with money, life skills, and value issues. One of them, Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children,was a New York Times #1 Best Seller. She is currently Executive in Residence at the Columbia Graduate School of Business and is a weekly contributor at Forbes.com, averaging 100,000 page views per week. She also hosts regular discussions on her web platform, NealeGodfrey.com.Save the dates and join us for this 3-part interactive and comprehensive look at the changes families experience and the tools, resources, and support we can offer to make managing finances through these trying times easier.You can download and print the PDF version of our flyer for the FFS Webinar Series Flyer!
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the government to issue photo identity cards to the 3.11 crore people who have been included in Assam’s updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was released on August 31.The party cited the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, to raise this demand.Some NGOs and political leaders in the State have felt the need for some kind of ‘NRC-included’ proof, especially for daily-wagers who move to other States for work. One of the reasons is a drive against “foreigners” in the States adjoining Assam after the release of the final NRC.In Meghalaya, for instance, some students and tribal organisations have been raiding factories in a bid to drive out those without proper citizenship credentials. At least 30 labourers from Assam were asked to leave an industrial estate in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district.“An identity card has become essential for people included in the NRC, particularly in a communally-charged atmosphere. But the authorities should issue such cards after correcting the clerical errors,” CPI(M) State secretary Deben Bhattacharyya said.There have been several instances of data entry errors with names misspelt and genders changed.The CPI(M) also sought an ‘entirely judicial’ process for handling the cases of the more than 19 lakh people excluded from the NRC.“The excluded are to be tried in the quasi-judicial Foreigners’ Tribunals. They should ideally be tried in a transparent judicial system and the government should ensure the poor among them are provided legal help,” Mr. Bhattacharyya said.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (ANA) – Olympic champion in gymnastics Lefteris Petrounias was the winner of the rings final at the Gymnastics World Cup AGF Trophy 2017 adding another gold medal to his collection.In his first international outing of the year, Rio rings champion made an excellent performance collecting 15.466 points at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi in Baku.In the second place was Japanese Kazuyuki Takeda (14.766 pt) and third was Yevgen Yudenkov (14. 233) from Ukraine.Vassiliki Millousi won the silver medal in the balance beam event on Sunday at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup “AGF Trophy 2017” held at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi in Baku.Romanian Katalina Ponor was first with 13.833 pts, Millousi collected 13.633 pts and Emily Little from Australia was third with 13,433 pts. On Saturday, Olympic champion Lefteris Petrounias won the gold medal in the rings event with 15.466 pts.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Everyone has had an opinion on the next person who should take over as the head coach of the Indian football team. While some have spoken about the need to have foreign coaches, others have questioned the need to look at other countries when there are enough experienced people in India.Speaking to IANS, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has put all debates to rest and said that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality.”It depends on the kind of profile the person has. Indian or foreigner isn’t the question here. It is about the kind of work he has done,” he explained.The first global face of Indian football said that for him to debate the standard of Indian and foreign coaches is very difficult and the decision should have nothing to do with the origin of the coach.”It is very difficult to say whether I prefer a foreigner or I prefer an Indian. The decision needs to be taken keeping only the experience and the caliber of the person and nothing else,” he added.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to participate in the upcoming edition of the King’s Cup in Thailand after four decades – India last participated in the tournament in 1977 – and a call on the next India coach is now a matter of priority.AIFF has already expressed its inability to hire a high-profile coach owing to the financial constraints that comes with it and now, with Bhaichung focusing on the profile of the next coach, it will be interesting to see if the AIFF pays heed to one of the best footballers to have played the game for India.advertisementIn the past it has been observed that whenever a coach is given a longer stint, results have been achieved. Bob Houghton, one of the most successful foreign coaches, worked with the Indian team from 2006 till 2011. Stephen Constantine was the head coach from 2015 till 2019. If the national team achieved its best ranking (FIFA Ranking 94) in 1996 under the Uzbek coach Rustam Akramov, the lowest ranking of 173 was also achieved in 2015 when Wim Koevermans was in charge of the Indian team.So, what matters is not the nationality, but the profile as well as the tenure given to him to adapt to Indian players and understand their needs and requirements. With the success that the team attained in the Asian Cup, it will be crucial that Indian football doesn’t take any step backward from here.Also Read | Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest-ranked national teams