As the hybrid work world sees greater productivity and a softer social aspect for businesses – technology is the key to all business challenges. There are trade-offs between connectivity offerings which include speed, contract tenure, service levels and more. Once you establish your needs, it's easier to find solutions to the different offerings that tick different requirement needs. This week, Jaco chats to Ulrich Sonn from Frogfoot about connectivity in a hybrid work world. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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In the world of technology, credibility is key. No need to sweat your assets - your tech stuff has value. TechMarkit empowers access to computing with pre-owned laptops, gaming PCs, smart devices, phones and tablets. With stringent grading, a usage model, a trade-in calculator and warranty options, you can shop with confidence. Jaco Voigt chats to David Hirsch from TechMarkit about pre-owned IT goods. Visit TechMarkit’s store in Rosebank Mall or shop online... and if you have some tech devices cluttering your home, give them a call on (010) 157 3200.

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It’s a HACK! What is your business' cyber security strategy? Utopia for a hacker or crime syndicate is a business that does back-ups onsite, and on the same network they just hacked. Intrusion prevention systems like firewalls are insufficient... your business needs to assess current defensive mechanisms. It’s about constant implementation, measuring, monitoring and improving your technical and administrative control to prevent cybercrime. Jaco chats to Pierre Jacobs from Cyberantix about the ruthless reality of cybercrime, and what cyber security efforts should support your business. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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Is your business nimble and evolved enough to start accepting crypto as payment for products or services? As younger generations have less bias towards new skills, this revolutionary form of money and moneymaking opportunities - with the help of technology - is gaining momentum. Jaco chats to Grey Jabesi about the Crypto University he launched... they delve into crypto, blockchain, NFTs, tokens, cryptopedia, and having fun in the metaverse. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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What impact does your business have on waste, e-waste, and water usage - and are you holding yourselves accountable to reduce consumption? Data centres have the ominous task of needing to reduce latency, even while watching the staggering plumes of diesel bellow out of buildings as another session of loadshedding is endured. Learn how to manage the emission scope of your business, as Jaco chats to Kevin Kent from NZero, about the layers of complexity for businesses aiming to reduce their carbon footprint. Brought to you by Catalytic.

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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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