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Today's foundation, tomorrow's success

Welcome to the latest issue of Transformer, the official magazine of the CIO council of South Africa. As you may already know, our team isn't just interested in IT – we're also obsessed with where it's taking us.

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3D printing a must for classrooms

3D-printed models can aid geography and biology lessons, says Jared de Waal of Solid Edge Technology.

3D-printed models can aid geography and biology lessons, says Jared de Waal of Solid Edge Technology.

It is important to expose children as early as possible to 3D printing and 3D computer-aided design (CAD).

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Coding: 21st Century literacy

Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap computer children can use to learn coding.

Raspberry Pi is a small, cheap computer children can use to learn coding.

Coding is "the new literacy of the 21st Century", said Camille Agon, SA programme manager at the Breteau Foundation – a UK-based organisation working to facilitate coding education in SA – at the E-Tech Africa conference in Midrand yesterday.

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Software AG kicks off CeBIT 2016 idea contest for universities around the world

Software AG's University Relations department has announced its fifth annual international CeBIT idea contest. The competition is open to students and faculty at colleges and universities around the world and invites them to submit creative proposals for a project to be showcased at CeBIT 2016, the largest IT fair worldwide.

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US pushes bank cyber security exams

US banking regulators must hire and train more examiners with technology expertise so they can give more useful cyber security recommendations to small and mid-sized banks, a federal watchdog agency has warned.

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In-Depth

How are SA’s businesses meeting the perpetual training challenge?

How are SA’s businesses meeting the perpetual training challenge?

Organisations spend a lot of time and money on corporate training, too often with little to show for it. Not enough practical follow up means that many newly-acquired skills are soon lost or forgotten, and the company might as well have poured its money down the drain.

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CIOs, CTO’s and chief architects rake it in

Tech salaries in South Africa have well outstripped infl ation, according to ITWeb’s 14th annual IT Salary Survey. The average annual salary reported by all respondents went up by R48 000 or 11.3% since last year, with women having taken a longer stride to catch up with the male techies in our notoriously male-dominated IT sector – salaries of female respondents went up by 13.6% while male respondents recorded a 9.6% increase.

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Upskilling is a delicate balance of time, money and will

Upskilling is a delicate balance of time, money and will

Being charged with employee training is a sure-fi re way to elicit a groan from managers. People are unique, have different needs, circumstances and issues. It’s diffi cult to fi nd one training solution that fi ts all staff and works for each individual. 

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Chief Information Officer

Sello Mmakau

Sello Mmakau, CIO at Home Affairs

Sello Mmakau, CIO at Home Affairs, believes resilience to high levels of stress and ability to balance politics and professionalism is imperative for one to be successful in their careers.

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How much are your skills worth?

Primary technology platform vs years of experience vs salary

Primary technology platform vs years of experience vs salary

ITWeb's 13th annual IT Salary Survey fi nds that Gauteng has the highest salaries on average, while CIO, COO, enterprise architect, and software architect are the top paid jobs. More than a third of respondents do not receive a performance bonus.

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