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Africa is catching up and learning from the mistakes of the developing nations. With investment in Africa seeing significant growth throughout 2009 and it set to continue into 2010, an emergency meeting has been called between some of the leading CIOs on the continent to discuss planned Government Spending and investments into 2010. Run by GDS International the summit aptly named CIO Africa is being held in Nairobi, Kenya chaired by IT leaders such as Kevin Kinyanjui, CIO Kenya Airways, Benson Akpati, CIO Oceanic Bank, Suleiman Yusuf, CFO Intercontinental Bank and Dr Tony Githuku, CIO, Kenya Commercial Bank who have already confirmed their attendance. China and India have led the way with technological advancement, but Africa is catching up learning from the mistakes of the developing nations. Building Africa’s infrastructure is a challenge but will create growth and ... (more)

Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict

John Funnel on Ulitzer Earlier this year one of my staff attended a SYS-CON event and returned to the office a different person. Revitalised and motivated. I asked her what happened at the event to warrant such a transformation? What was her secret? Was it the New York Shopping experience? A business Romance or was it Devine intervention? She simply advised me to ‘check out Ulitzer. – Everyone who is anyone is on it’. She was not the first to introduce me to the innovation. Many of my peers had gone through such noticeable changes, It was like a weight had been lifted from the... (more)

LTE - The Rise of the Mobile Prosumer

The average handset has evolved from the humble voice-box, to the total media centre. As a result thousands of start-up companies are profiting out of the Telecom sector's advances, supplying the various add-ons which inevitably accompany any new wave of technology. Such innovations were used by the operators to supplement the pricey voice packages. However, the operators are now finding themselves in the hands of the ever-creative software/hardware companies and the changing consumer culture. iPhone appstore was the first to take advantage and make millions from the operators' ... (more)

‘A Crisis is a Terrible thing to Waste’

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It was nearly a year ago that President Barack Obama exhorted listeners during a weekly radio talk to "discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis." And in an exclusive interview for MeetTheBoss.TV Gary Greenwald, Chief Innovation Officer for Citi Finance shares his experiences in taking Obama’s advice through the company’s core businesses. Citi, which has ceded a 27 per cent stake to the US government in return for repeated bail-outs, has continued to invest during the crisis, developing areas ... (more)

JetBlue CIO Shows Creative Side to IT

JetBlue flew 2.11 billion revenue passenger miles last month, compared to 1.93 billion in January 2008, such growth is encouraging, but the company warns of growing costs throughout 2010. Its apparent due to aircraft maintenance, the volatile fuel market, and the need for greener travel, the aviation industry has a turbulent future ahead and cuts are inevitable across the board. So when in a room with JetBlue’s CIO, the question begs to be asked (and it is one that we have all faced). How do you secure your departments budget in times of cut backs? In an exclusive interview this... (more)