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Brute Force vs Intelligence

The avalanche of data continues. An Exabyte (EB) of data is 270 bytes or a million Terrabytes (TB) and International Data Corp (IDC) estimates that 1,200 EB of digital data will be generated in 2010. The Large Hadron Collider generates 40TB worth of data every second,...

Cost Cutting in Recessions

Cutting costs – everyone’s at it. One of the features of severe economic conditions is a renewed focus on the containment and reduction of costs. Why is it that the first casualty in any cost-cutting exercise is a usually a very significant area of discretionary spend...

Sustainability and Reporting Standards

Mervyn King, the champion of corporate governance in South Africa, spoke at a sustainability seminar in St James’s Place, London recently. The language amongst politicians and business leaders in 2010 is becoming one of sustainability; Of the 100 largest economies in...

Regulators and Tariff Increases

There has been much press coverage regarding Eskom’s proposed tariff increases following a series of presentations at roadshows around the country. Nersa, the industry regulator, has been asked to approve an increase of 35%, compounded over 3 years, to fund the...