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Fit for business – KRS Club and Itensity Online club together

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The South African gym and fitness industry got a powerful boost this month with the announcement that leading software development company Khanyisa Real Systems (KRS), and fast-growing web development company Itensity Online, have joined forces on the Club Management software front. The new venture is named KRS Club (Pty) Ltd, and will be enhancing and growing the web-based Itensity Club management system from Itensity Online. Read more here

Of the merger, KRS’s co-Founder and Simplifier-in-Chief, Lorraine Steyn remarked: “We are all very excited at the prospects for innovation and growth in the African gym and fitness market through the merger with Itensity. We see this as the best marriage of our experience with fresh new ideas and a leading edge Cloud-based solution for Club management. It’s very affordable, with extensive features to make any club or studio able to effectively

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November news from KRS

Check out our latest newsletter, which takes a look at the top enterprise trends for 2018 and our company news.

To top it off, we’ve compiled a gadget gift guide to treat the tech-lover in your life.

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Jerm on Bitcoins

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Top Enterprise Trends for 2018 - digital transformation

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Software developers are now in high demand. We are no longer the geeks confined to the back rooms of corporations, we are leading the transformation of enterprise – from the front. The change may have started in 2017 but next year, technology and digital transformation will be the big talking point for companies and governments who need to get into the digital conversation – how to serve their customers and citizens, better.

If 2017, was about introducing IoT, AI, Software Defined Networking (SDN) etc, then 2018 will be about using it. We’re learning to embrace these developments a whole lot quicker, so expect to see a proliferation of what some are calling; ‘application-aware-networking’ – optimising an application’s performance.

This of course, will include completely updating old IT architecture, integrating device management into IT infrastructure, and most definitely improving

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Jerm on Elon Musk

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Simplifying software design

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Software organization is a difficult subject. Most developers agree that good code design is important, but few can consistently describe what good design is.

A lovely definition from author and software engineer Steve McConnell is: “Once you understand that all other technical goals in software are secondary to managing complexity, many design considerations become straightforward”. That’s a ‘wow’ definition for me. The essence of the problem that we grapple with – managing complexity.

Software projects have two types of complexity: inherent complexity in the problem being solved, and accidental complexity introduced by the development team through poor design, misunderstood specifications, time pressures or lack of skill in a technical field.

We should aim to eliminate all accidental complexity. Then what remains is only the problem that needs to be solved. In solving the problem

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Announcement of KRS and Honeykome partnership

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Progress – a match made in digital heaven

Khanyisa Real Systems (KRS) and digital agency HoneyKome, have announced a formal collaboration designed to deliver integrated campaigns – backend and frontend – around the Microsoft.net Progress® SitefinityTM CMS and Marketing Automation platform. The partnership successfully merges the roles of technology and marketing, providing a seamless and exciting one-stop solution for Chief Digital Officers (CDOs), Chief Technical Officers (CTOs) and Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs).

KRS, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, recently communicated its appointment as a Progress Partner+ for Progress® Sitefinity™. As a Certified Microsoft Partner, KRS was introduced to the feature rich CMS when HoneyKome was appointed as digital agency to Ashburton Investments and was looking for a software development partner that could bring its expertise to the

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Jerm on phones

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Machine learning: no longer reserved for Hollywood blockbusters

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The jury is still out on whether or not Facebook really shut down an artificial intelligence (AI) experiment which, saw two robots invent their own language to communicate with each other, but the signs are clear: machine learning is no longer a far-fetched flight of fancy for Hollywood’s latest sci-fi flick.

Machine learning and AI are largely interchangeable terms among today’s tech-savvy industry players – and need to be treated with the greatest respect and understanding. Getting to the heart of both requires genuine interest in the long-term value, not shallow regard for short-term gains.

Language processing and the mimicking of human behaviour certainly has its advantages, but those involved in the advancement of this technology need to hold themselves accountable – and add far more value than Entrupy Inc’s eagerness to tell a real Louis Vuitton handbag from a knock-off, or

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Radical Data Transformation

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Forget growing the economy if data is not made affordable and accessible, or if app developers continue to disrespect phone users in South Africa, says Lorraine Steyn, CEO of KRS.

There is currently a lot of buzz around ICT4D – the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As wonderful and exciting as the possibilities are of what technology can facilitate for the advancement of mankind and Africa specifically, it will all fall short if the access to this revolution, is denied to the majority.

We are simply not going to get technology advancing in Africa unless data is more accessible and more affordable. It’s a complete waste of time if nobody can afford it.

In July, we hit the streets and did a random survey of phone users, asking them how many apps they had on their phones, what kind of apps did they download and did they ever check their data usage. Since they were all contract phone

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