Beyond bread and butter- the case for active business development

Beyond bread and butter- the case for active business development

Very few people can last a day on bread and butter. The body needs a variety of nutrients to function; it needs water, calcium, protein and vegetables to function at a high level.  The same can be said for business. Many business ventures began with one or two clients or a customer segment- their bread and butter. In this era of cut-throat competition characterised by radical customisation and constant experimentation, a business needs to actively…

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AfyaPaP App Launched To Help Manage Diabetes And Hypertension

AfyaPaP App Launched To Help Manage Diabetes And Hypertension

Kenyans suffering from diabetes and hypertension can now receive regular personalised information on how to manage their conditions thanks to a new mobile application called AfyaPap. AfyaPap which has been developed by United Kingdom based technology company Baobab Circle collects subscribers’ personal health data and provides them with customized education. “The unique aspect of this tool is that it relies on user data to generate regular alerts which cuts out the need to perform searches…

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SolarAfrica delivers East Africa’s largest industrial solar system

SolarAfrica delivers East Africa’s largest industrial solar system

SolarAfrica has announced the official handover of the 991 kWp PV hybrid system developed for Kenya’s largest, most progressive salt producer, Krystalline Salt Limited. The bespoke solar solution will generate approximately 1.6 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, saving Krystalline around 22% of their electricity costs. SolarAfrica partnered with SMA Sunbelt and Kenyan based installation partners, Harmonic Systems to construct and execute the project efficiently and to the highest industry standard, resulting in the project being…

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Kenyan banks urged to embrace Chinese Yuan

Kenyan banks urged to embrace Chinese Yuan

Kenya’s umbrella body of the banking industry is encouraging its members to embrace the Chinese Yuan due to the increasing importance of the Chinese economy globally, officials said on Monday. Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) CEO Habil Olaka told journalists in Nairobi that China has become one of the biggest trading partners of Kenya. “As a result, Kenyan banks should facilitate the conversion of the Chinese Yuan to the Kenya shilling in order to facilitate the…

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How East Africa can unlock Big Data

How East Africa can unlock Big Data

In this era of Big Data, characterized by radical customization, constant experimentation; unique business models are the new hallmarks of achieving competitive advantage. Organizations that analyze huge volumes of data have the edge. East Africa should not be left behind; below are recommendations that companies within the region should pay attention to. Increase the variety of data collected by your company but start with questions and be aware of the mountains of data available in your…

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Three things African businesses should do in 2017

Three things African businesses should do in 2017

2016 was a tough year for many African businesses, we saw an increase in labor costs, weakening currencies and rising inflation across the continent making it hard for SME’s to borrow money due to high interest rates. The macroeconomics is gloomy and in times like these, African businesses should take the opportunity to examine their microenvironment to weed out inefficiencies and find innovative ways to generate more revenue. To achieve this, here are three things…

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Is our Money robbing from us?

Is our Money robbing from us?

$1.00 in 1940 had the same buying power as $16.89 in 2016. The first thing that might come to mind to help explain this is ‘’Inflation’’. Oh yes, lets always blame it on Inflation. But what is Inflation according to experts? Economists choose to explain ‘’inflation’’ as a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time resulting in a loss of value of the…

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Nine startups improving services in East Africa today.

Nine startups improving services in East Africa today.

Introduced below, with information compiled by Kate Hanford, co-founder and COO of Unreasonable East Africa, are the five startups from Kenya, three from Uganda and one from Tanzania are poised to tackle the region’s most pressing problems. Bidhaa Sasa Although infrastructure in Kenya’s cities continuously improves, the rural lifestyle remains a chore. Families use nauseating kerosene for a little light at night, cook on smoky open wood fires, and rely on unsafe water. Products to…

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What is the best cloud platform for mobile back-end as a service (MBaaS)?

What is the best cloud platform for mobile back-end as a service (MBaaS)?

Cloud computing has emerged as a game changer in building mobile applications especially in the provision of mobile back-end as a service. The cloud combines many fields of computing that provide great flexibility and potential cost benefits for mobile developers and start-ups. Cloud computing is rooted in the delivery of services, software and processing power over the internet which reduces cost, increases storage and automation. However, the realisation of these benefits is far from being…

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How to have successful data migration

How to have successful data migration

At one point or another you might find your organisation in a position where data migration is critical. Businesses spend millions migrating data between information-intensive applications. Yet up to 75 percent of data migrations fail to meet expectations. Because data migration in itself is not seen as an investment, the effort involved is often underestimated and procedure oversimplified. Data migrations generally result from the introduction of a new system involving application migrations or replacement of…

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