Business continuity planning and disaster recovery is an essential business risk management technique which is great on paper but often doesn’t deliver when it needs to. Business continuity planning is also expensive and has always been something only large corporates, with large budgets, could afford. But now, with cloud computing, even small businesses can put a plan in place to ensure they are able to continue their business in the face of a radical environment changes.
The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa and the Germany-based InWent project have launched a programme to develop trainers in East and Southern Africa capable of teaching others to build free software-based businesses.
Businesses could reduce their software implementation and operating expenses by as much as 60% over three years if they opted for open source software in place of proprietary solutions, says Synaq’s Yossi Hasson.
The South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), a Pan-African not-for-profit foundation, have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of free open source software (FOSS) in South Africa.
First started almost nine years ago SchoolTool, an open student information system built for Ubuntu Linux has released version 1.0 of the application. The project, which began life as a school timetabling tool with Shuttleworth Foundation backing, is now a comprehensive school management system which can manage all aspects of school management from tracking student grades, demographics, enrollments and reporting.
The Cape Town Python Users Group (CTPUG) with hold its 18th meeting on Saturday 9 May at the Centre for High Performance Computing. Kicking off at 2pm the meeting will include a talk by Keven Colville on Parallel Programming with Python. Directions and meeting details can be found on the CTPUG website.« go back