Technology is how small businesses become medium and large businesses. Can you imagine the positive economic impact if every SME in SA recruits one or two extra staff members? The fundamentals of business do not change, but the importance of educating yourself as an SME and embracing technology to avoid stagnating is key. Do not try to be resilient to the point of fatigue. Grow beyond the numbers and statistics. We need to engage SMEs and remember that support is more than just buying local. Jaco Voigt chats to Viresh Harduth from Sage about the backbone of our economy – small and medium businesses. Maintain focus on your passion and allow solutions from companies like Sage to guide you with automation, bank recons, APIs, compliance, cashflow and business management. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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Avoid being the business that thrives on break-fix maintenance! The risks of downtime increase as businesses skimp on and neglect maintenance. With a necessary uptake of using pre-loved equipment and 'sweating assets' for longer, the benefits of using a third party for maintenance starts making sense. As Covid, loadshedding challenges and fuel increases are causing derailed business roadmaps, each business’ challenges are unique. Jaco Voigt chats to Jacques du Preez about the importance of planning and maintenance of a network environment. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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You would think that the funeral industry made huge profits because of the pandemic, but it was a financial strain with the challenge of new governance like PPE, time frames of 48 hours to handle the deceased’s body, and burying people on the premise of a promise to be paid. Traditional culture, rituals and beliefs could also no longer be observed, which complicated every emotional transaction with the bereaved. During this challenging time, technology, resilience and innovation resulted in an application. Jaco Voigt chats to Nkateko Mabindisa from Vuyo’s Funerals (a third generation business steeped in history) about the most certain of all uncertainties - funerals. Their app allows their clients to pay the monthly premiums, get discounts, savings and benefits for the entire family. If you are a small business owner, give Vuyo’s Funerals a call on 0119838421 about their staff package offerings, to ensure that no employee's death is a burden to those left behind. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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Do you have the tin-hugger mentality of needing to see the flickering lights of your server? Is your business geared for the fundamental shift? Your business’ Cloud solution needs to be fit for purpose... it is no longer about listening to your 'IT guy' and being tech-savvy – you need to partner correctly and be deliberate about the how, what, when and where. There is value in testing the complexities of solution offerings. Cloud security and storage solutions are complex, but so worth it. This conversation is about the Cloud journey and bringing the Cloud to your business - rather than taking your business to the Cloud. Jaco Voigt chats to Sumeeth Singh from VMWare. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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A job spec vs the actual new world of work are completely different. It’s all about flexibility, adaptability and collaboration that ensures you as an employee finding a workspace to learn and grow at, instead of just doing a job. Single defined roles are no longer how you ensure a well-rounded skillset to add value to your position. Jaco Voigt has a candid conversation with three dynamic women about job expectations, knowing your worth and the reality of studies. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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Is your server room also the storage room, hideaway spot for extended tea breaks, and a spot with messy cables for rats to chew on? Stop, and consider the value of your stored data – the risk of losing it due to loadshedding, fire, flooding or theft. Data storage is not your core business, so why not leave it to the professionals who ensure redundancy, stability and flexibility? It’s nonsensical to have premium office space dedicated to something that can be better managed on your behalf. Your data is gold... why not keep it in a safe place? Jaco Voigt chats to Bradley Janse van Rensburg from Ultra DC about the importance of a data centre, and your server and data being hosted offsite. Whether you have one or a thousand servers, this podcast will clear up a few questions you might have about the importance of a data centre. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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Have you ever thought about stationery being a commodity tool helping you through your life journey? Thuto Stationery is a local specialist manufacturer and distributor of quality driven stationery products. The company was founded with a creative spirit and a focused objective – to offer students, schools, and businesses alike, a stylish, authentic stationery line that encompasses cultural individuality and excellence. This is a humbling story of lack being the inspiration to create a product that is now available at Makro and Takealot - an inspirational conversation with Levi Mnguni from Thuto Stationery about making failure a part of your success. “Thuto ke Lesedi” - education is a light. Visit thutostationery.co.za to become a part of this inspirational story! Brought to you by Catalytic.

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Your staff or suppliers are often your business’ weakest link. What is your line of defense? Have you ever considered a passphrase rather than a password? How security savvy is your team? Your business is not too small to consider email vulnerability and the threat of credential harvesting. You need to be vigilant - it’s not only ransomware but also redirects, DNS hijacking, sharing personal information, invoice fraud and request of changed bank details that could have your business at risk. Business security is everyone’s responsibility! Jaco Voigt chats to Amit Parbhucharan about how email - the communication tool we all use - can compromise your entire business. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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When last did you stretch yourself by getting out of your comfort zone to try something for the first time? Did you know that is actually takes 60 days to imbed a habit? As a leader; are you creating a space for staff to thrive? When last did you self-reflect and ask for feedback from others? Are you able to reflect rather than defend feedback? It's time to replace the word “failing” with “learning”. Jaco Voigt chats to Anja van Beek, a leadership expert and executive coach, about having a growth mindset. By using growth mindset principles, Anja helps people and businesses grow purposefully. Discover what mindset you have, and how you can initiate life changes! Brought to you by Catalytic.

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How much of your business data would be exposed if you were hacked? Would you even know if you were hacked? Jaco Voigt chats to Craigh Stuart from Endemik about API (Application Programming Interface). Do you have human intervention controlling your APIs? Access control when all staff were office-based was easier, but there is now a change of landscape due to workforce distribution - which escalates security vulnerabilities. You cannot protect what you cannot see... listen here to ensure that your APIs are securely managed! Brought to you by Catalytic.

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