The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Friday, 27 July 2018

Cloud Computing – The Future Radical Commercial Transformation @AcerAfrica

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Radovan Richta, a Czech philosopher, describes technological evolution as “The radical transformation of society through technological development.” Not only do we see this theory of innovation materialize in our personal lives, but businesses both medium and large enterprises are utilizing all aspects of technology to improve their daily functions and assist in fast and efficient processes. It is because of this transformation that we see the rise and increased spend on cloud computing infrastructure globally, but most importantly in Africa.

Cloud computing can be described as a conglomerate network of remote servers that work together to assist in on-demand computing services needed from these businesses that choose to migrate to the cloud. Cloud computing provides applications, storage, and processing power capabilities that are all hosted online and are normally available on a pay-as-you-use basis and is able to store, manage, and process rich and complex shared data in one place. Cloud computing allows businesses to access their data at any time from any place.

Why the Cloud?
The viable business environment in Africa forces companies to search for practical avenues that can assist, grow and strengthen its position in the market. By moving applications or processes to a cloud service provider that offers a significant platform capacity and specialist IT skills, that will streamline the operational side of any business. This should release portions of its capital margin to invest in its core business and own products.

Vic Brits, Head of Commercial at Acer Africa says, “Cloud computing is especially attractive to knowledge-based start-ups and SMB businesses as it lowers initial cost outlay. Larger corporates usually start by moving their commodity applications like mail and CRM, to cloud providers first, and then follow with other critical business systems later.”

Cloud Computing – The Future Radical Commercial Transformation @AcerAfrica

Migrating to cloud computing as a business is an integral component of any company's digital transformation strategy. According to The Cloud Africa 2018 report, a research project conducted by Arthur Goldstuck’s World Wide Worx for F5 Networks, it states that the use of the cloud is experienced and used differently in the major market regions in Africa.

The research project conducted mined information from 550 IT influencers and decision makers from the industry in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. The results revealed that the use of the cloud by medium and large organizations has more than doubled in five years. The spending forecast in these regions remains high with further growth of cloud providers expected.

The fundamental reason why businesses are turning its head in the way of cloud computing is the ease of using an operating system that doesn’t require ownership maintenance and upgrades or operational management of hardware and software applications. Businesses are able to rent specific IT services based on the operational requirements of its business on a monthly or quarterly basis. It’s as easy as renting a house.

Using or renting the cloud
Absorbing the cloud function into a business can be a tedious process but does not have to be. “Transitioning to the cloud from on-premise equipment must be approached like any major IT project. It requires a deep understanding of its current internal IT systems and the interdependency of applications and data sources. All target applications and functions to migrate to the cloud and security considerations need to be mitigated before establishing a structured phase approach,” says Brits.

“We have made it easy for companies to migrate to the cloud by incorporating very little legacy equipment in our devices via focused rental options that move their access costs to OPEX as well, further cutting down on CAPEX spend,” adds Brits.

Brits further explain that the benefits of moving to a Software as a Service [SaaS] model, can help companies achieve objectives such as:
  • Reducing CAPEX and the requirement for in-house specialist IT skills
  • Achieving cost-effective Business Continuity
  • Increase scalability and business agility
  • More seamless collaboration with suppliers and customers
Do’s and dont’s
The transition of using the cloud in your day-to-day business functions can be risky in the initial stages. Brits offer the below advice ahead of beginning your cloud computing journey. Some important considerations for cloud transitions are:
  • Allow for extra time and budget allocation if any existing applications are custom written or very complex
  • Confirm software database costs and ensure licensing supports the migration
  • Plan for an app by app approach, or small batches of related apps
  • Ensure the correct skills are available for the duration of the project
  • Avoid the “Big-Bang” approach at all costs as the risk outweighs the anticipated return in 95% of transitions
Cloud Computing is the future and is part of the greater digital interruption era we are experiencing. Trends reveal the increasing spend on cloud services, and it is predicted that this will only increase in the coming decades.

“Factors such as data sovereignty, latency, security and privacy concerns deserve serious consideration in digital transformation strategies being developed and implemented in big corporates. SMB’s are inherently nimbler and can embrace the digital transformation with less internal barriers. We, therefore, expect SMB’s to lead the adoption of Cloud in South Africa,” concludes Brits.

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Bond With Your Bestie on International Day of #Friendship #30July @SpotifySA

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There’s nothing better than taking the stage with your BFF and belting out your best rendition of Aretha Franklin’s Respect for weekly karaoke or getting into a girl huddle for I Will Survive! Have you ever found yourself singing along to your favorite song and looked up to find someone doing the same thing? How many friendships have been formed through a shared love for a track or genre of music?

Monday, July 30th marks International Day of Friendship and what better way to celebrate than to spend some quality time with your best friend or circle of friends enjoying the tracks you love best.
Bond With Your Bestie on International Day of #Friendship #30July @SpotifySA
To celebrate the International Day of Friendship, Spotify is sharing some of the best Karaoke Duets songs that you and your friends can enjoy the next time you’re together. German composer Paul Hindemith once said, “People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts,” so keep the good time rolling by signing up for Spotify for free, and create a playlist of all your favorite sing-along tracks to share with friends.

Download the Spotify app via the Android or iOS app store or by heading to To embed Spotify into a website - right click on any playlist, go to 'share' and copy the embed code.

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

#Incredibles2 Becomes Biggest Animated Film At #SouthAfrica Box Office #DisneyAfrica

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The Walt Disney Company Africa shared that, in its sixth week of release, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 has become the biggest animated film of all time at the South African Box Office, with over R47.4 million and 676k attendances.

Disney releases now account for 4 of the top 10 films of all time at the local Box Office, with 3 coming from 2018 alone, including Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War in number 1 and 2 positions respectively and Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 filling the 8th position. The 2015 release of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently sits in the 7th position.
Incredibles 2 Becomes Biggest Animated Film At #SouthAfrica Box Office #DisneyAfrica
Now in cinemas, Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 sees Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) being called upon to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Incredibles 2 is written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer).

Released in 2004, “The Incredibles” grossed more than $633 million worldwide. Earning more than $70 million opening weekend, “The Incredibles” posted the second-largest opening at the time for an animated feature. Director Brad Bird helmed “The Incredibles,” which won an Academy Award® for the best animated feature film of the year. Bird also directed Pixar Animation Studios’ 2007 Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille,” as well as 2011’s live-action film “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” 2015’s “Tomorrowland” and 1999’s BAFTA-winning animated film “The Iron Giant.” 



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#ThreeDaysToGo Will Put Family Relationships In The Spotlight! @3daysMovie #25Jan2019 #FamilyFirst

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No matter how long it’s been since you last saw your relatives, meeting up at family gatherings – especially funerals – can lead to drama and more drama. This typical - often very emotional - scenario is also the inspiration behind award-winning producer, Bianca Isaac’s directorial debut, 3 DAYS TO GO, which puts family relationships in the spotlight! The film opens at SA cinemas nationwide on 25 January 2019.

The movie marks a milestone for this talented writer and producer, who has crafted a career in storytelling with acclaimed drama series Umilio, Swartwater, Kruispad, and Getroud Met Rugby. Isaac, who owns FigJam Entertainment, a production company specializing in feature films, is looking forward to being in the director’s seat: “I am a producer at heart, but being able to direct this sensational new project is very exciting.” Isaac is supported by the producer, Gregory Mthanji, and director of photography, Jonathan De La Querra, both of whom she has collaborated with on past projects.
Back: Lillette Dubey, Leeanda Reddy, Jailoshini Naidoo, Kajal Bagwandeen Front: Rahul Brijnath
Back: Lillette Dubey, Leeanda Reddy, Jailoshini Naidoo, Kajal Bagwandeen Front: Rahul Brijnath
3 DAYS TO GO tells the story of adult siblings who, after the sudden death of their father, are forced to return to their childhood home – with an assortment of partners, children, and issues in tow. They need to survive three days in each other’s company, under one roof, before they spread their father’s ashes and part ways.

This film serves a slice of life, and the story applies to any culture and race, with hilariously funny moments and deeply touching ones. It is about family, the choices we make and finding redemption. You may recognize someone you know in the story… or you may even recognize yourself.
‘3 DAYS TO GO’ Will Put Family Relationships In The Spotlight! @3daysmovie #ThreeDaysToGo
Bianca Isaac (Director)
This humoristic tale boasts an impressive cast which includes, Leeanda Reddy, Bollywood’s Lillette Dubey, Jailoshini Naidoo, Kajal Bagwandeen, Rahul Brijnath, Pranesh Maharaj, Ruben Naidoo and Zakeeya Patel as the dysfunctional Isaac family. They are joined on screen by Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Tumi Morake, and Ashish Gangarpersad. Highlighting Isaac’s affinity towards nurturing young talent, 3 DAYS TO GO also features newcomer Kiara Govender.

3 DAYS TO GO is a universal story about family and forgiveness and will appeal to audiences of all ages. The film was produced in association with the KZN Film Commission (KZNFC), the IDC and the DTI. It will be released in cinemas nationwide on 25 January 2019 by Filmfinity (Pty) Ltd.

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Hashtag: #25January2019 #FamilyFirst #ThreeDaysToGo #3daystogomovie
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