Local tech firm IoT.nxt gains Microsoft Gold Partner status

Local tech firm IoT.nxt gains Microsoft Gold Partner status
2017-08-30

Johannesburg – Local Internet of Things firm IoT.nxt will open its first official international office in the next few days and has also achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status.

This represents the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies and means the company has a close working relationship with Microsoft, according to CEO Nico Steyn.

IoT.nxt achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status for its data platform this month, less than a year since the company was recognised as a Silver Partner.

The company joins 68 other Gold Partners for data platform in South Africa, and is now in the select company of 568 Gold Partners for all competencies in the country.

“Achieving Gold Partner status is testament to the commitment of our team as they are required to pass stringent assessments. Migrating from Silver to Gold Partner status in a relatively short period of time was achieved thanks to the fast – and accelerating – growth IoT.nxt has achieved since the start of the year,” Steyn said.

“As our company is currently expanding beyond South Africa, we are excited to now be included in the global community of Gold Partners, a support community of technology companies with comparable challenges,” he added.

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IoT.nxt joins global family of Microsoft Gold Partners

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Johannesburg, 29 August 2017

“Achieving Gold Partner status is testament to the commitment of our team as they are required to pass stringent assessments. Migrating from Silver to Gold Partner status in a relatively short period of time was achieved thanks to the fast – and accelerating – growth IoT.nxt has achieved since the start of the year,” says CEO Nico Steyn.

“Gold Certified Partners represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies, and have a close working relationship with Microsoft. Achieving this status recognises our success in the marketplace,” Steyn adds.

To be considered for this competency, companies must certify their application to harness the power of Microsoft SQL Server as well as implement their applications at a minimum of five verifiable customers.

“Being ranked as a Gold Partner provides us with access to a range of support services and a knowledge base at Microsoft, as well as exceptional training opportunities, which will ultimately be to the benefit of our customers. Furthermore, as our company is currently expanding beyond South Africa, we are excited to now be included in the global community of Gold Partners, a support community of technology companies with comparable challenges,” Steyn says.

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IoT.nxt Attains Microsoft Gold Partner Status

IoT.nxt Attains Microsoft Gold Partner Status

By Staff Writer

South African innovators in Internet of Things technology, IoT.nxt, achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status for data platform this month, less than a year since the company was recognised as a Silver Partner last year.

The company joins 68 other Gold Partners for data platform in South Africa and is now in the select company of 568 Gold Partners for all competencies in the country.“Achieving Gold Partner status is testament to the commitment of our team as they are required to pass stringent assessments. Migrating from Silver to Gold Partner status in a relatively short period of time was achieved thanks to the fast – and accelerating – growth IoT.nxt has achieved since the start of the year,” says CEO, Nico Steyn.

“Gold Certified Partners represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies, and have a close working relationship with Microsoft. Achieving this status recognizes our success in the marketplace,” Steyn added.

To be considered for this competency companies must certify their application to harness the power of Microsoft SQL Server as well as implement their applications at a minimum of five verifiable customers.

“Being ranked as a Gold Partner provides us with access to a range of support services and a knowledge base at Microsoft as well as exceptional training opportunities, which will ultimately be to the benefit of our customers. Furthermore, as our company is currently expanding beyond South Africa, we are excited to now be included in the global community of Gold Partners, a support community of technology companies with comparable challenges,” Steyn says.

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Blockchain and the IIoT: Part I

Blockchain and the IIoT: Part I

The machine to machine economy is being, and will continue to be, enabled by the broad adoption of industrial internet of things (IIoT). This is already moving beyond the hype cycle into significant adoption. However, the interoperability and intelligence brought about by the IoT is only half a solution when considering the machine to machine economy. Crypo-currencies represent the other half of this exponential rubicon.

But is the blockchain too “heavy” for the billions of micro-transactions needed to enable the machine to machine economy?

Keep an eye on our blog as Gareth Rees digs further into the relationship between blockchain and IoT over the coming weeks. 

Technology helps mines ‘do more, with less’

18th August 2017

By: Simone Liedtke
Writer

In a world of disruption, mines need to be more agile and implement improvements more readily as new technologies are introduced, says software developer IoT.nxt, which is looking to enter the US market early next year, when it hopefully launches its services and technology strategies from Silicon Valley, in California.

The company explains that it is investigating whether there is demand for its services and how suitable its solutions are for the US market, as well as how the company should position itself when it does become immersed into the US market.

IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser says it is well known that the mining industry, especially in South Africa, is under pressure and facing a more complex business environment which demands new thinking. “The industry is looking for ways to mine more economically in response to the urgent need to create leaner operating environments and unlock efficiencies and cost savings. Owing to rising costs, mines simply have to do more with less.”

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We need to talk about safety

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We sat down with Eric Croeser, our Director of Partnerships in Mining, to chat about how mines currently manage safety and incident control and how IoT can help ensure intervention before the Bird Triangle fills up because, as we all know, the Bird Triangle theory always rings true.

Not sure what we’re talking about?

Eric, how do mines manage and record safety incidents at the moment?

Mines, as they stand use a few different systems to manage the various aspects of operational safety. The most common threads through them all are people and paper.

The current risk matrix and process set up for the mining industry all starts with a baseline assessment to identify risks and then put systems and processes in place to minimise and manage them.

A baseline risk assessment is followed by an issue-based risk assessment which identifies incident-specific issues, and then broken into mini risk assessments. This should be a closed loop that highlights issues, and affects the changes in issue based risk assessments and, ultimately, the baseline assessment.

Currently, mines rely on people to conduct these assessments and update systems and logs.

Within that feedback loop, the process that should be dynamically updating the issue and baseline risk assessment is the mini risk assessment – the exercise that people do constantly – because that is the thing that always changes.

What are the stumbling blocks with this set up?

Within that short interval change process, if you’re relying on people you’re not getting the actual data. You’re getting biased opinions and run the risk of having paperwork being filled out without actual assessments being done. You don’t know if the paper-based exercise has been completed. And to what degree it was done accurately.

That’s the current status quo.

Where to from here?

When you start going digital, pulling information from the machines and moving away from discretionary to non-discretionary, you know that what you’re getting in, is true.

You have more control over the time frame between event and response to event and start building up that process. Together with that, real-time data gives you a digital audit or evidence trail so that not only can you reconstruct events in real time so that they’re not affected by biases, but you can rebuild the entire event or process.

You’ll be able to start cutting down time frames, gaining access to real, unfiltered data and allowing scenarios to be reconstructed so that your operations can start building a risk approach based on actual events.

What would you put down as the biggest benefit of digitalisation?

In short – accurate data.

Let’s look at the Bird Triangle.

In mining, we always look at fatalities free rates through production shifts – these are done on a fatality rate per 1000 man hours worked. We always look at lost time injuries, decapacitating injuries and minor injuries. But where we fall short is in accurately tracking the near misses and unsafe acts, the actions that make up the base at the bottom of the Bird Triangle. How do you know how many times you almost had an accident?

The base incidents and near misses or collisions, excessive machine use or damages, PLCs integrated into different systems showing how many times conveyer belts fall out on pull keys – those are the events that are likely caused by someone doing something unsafe. In a digitalised word, you can start to dig down for more information.

These incidents are tracked manually. Think of the paperwork and time required to report on nearly hitting someone, as well as the ease of recording this whilst under the pressue of needing to perform. Then consider an employer who downgrades performance ratings based on incidents being filed. Would you track them all accurately, even if no-one is injured.

In a majority of mines, inspections are likely mostly paper-based versus being conducted digitally, in real-time, in-shift. Again, even the pieces of paper can’t identify the stuff that never happened.

So, does this mean that the Bird Triangle theory goes out the window?

No. On the contrary, more accurate recording in the bottom two portions of the triangle ensure that you are able to intervene prior to the Bird Triangle filling up to LTI / Fatality.

As soon as you have a digital trail, you can start to accurately track and predict incidents.

Keep an eye on these women in tech

With Women’s Day just around the corner, we took a look at a few of the women driving tech forward. How did we pick them? Well, tech is a broad term, so we looked for women driving positive change in society using, and creating, innovative solutions.

Not taking anything away from their incredible achievements, Dr. Adrianna Marais, Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Meyer are all household names. Here are a few women in tech you may not have heard of:

Samantha Payne is the co-founder of Open Bionics, an award winning robotics startup creating low-cost bionic hands for amputees of all ages.
On why she thinks there should be more women in tech – “It’s diversity of minds that make the most well-thought-out idea.”

Alice Bentlick taught herself to code, and then formed Entrepreneur First, a company focused on supporting engineers and computer scientists by getting them from ideation to seed funding. She also founded Code First: Girls, to help get more women into tech.

Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz, despite not coming from tech backgrounds, created an app called Mush to help moms meet other moms. ‘It occurred to us that in a world so well serviced with technology connecting people, it was madness there wasn’t one for mums to find other likeminded mums nearby,” they explained.

Gail Carmichael is the External Education leader at Shopify. What does an External Education leader do? We’re glad you asked. Gail helps make the experience of learning computational thinking and computer science better for everyone, focusing on policy, outreach and diversity, degrees and apprenticeships, and academic research. Tell us that’s not driving tech forward!

CEO and Founder of Everly Well, Julia Taylor Cheek is helping reshape the lab diagnostic testing industry by using technology to streamline processes and solve problems.

Chief Experience Officer for the Experience Organisation at Microsoft, Julia Larson-Green uses her passion for building tech that “takes care of time-consuming tasks” to incubate new technologies and experiences that help people get things done.

Helping women push their ventures forward is Anjula Acharia-Bath, partner at Trinity Ventures. She was an early investor in ClassPass, Gobble and Hooked, to name a few.

Founded to help close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code works to create change agents in communities. Reshma Saujani aims to help bridge the opportunity gap for young girls through after-school and summer immersion programs. It doesn’t stop there. The Girls Who Code alumni are giving back in a YouTube series called My Code.

And then there are the women of IoT.nxt. We’ve built up a team of incredible women who work across the various departments of our business and are constantly on the lookout for more brilliant minds. They’re all ferocious in their appetite for tech, and work tirelessly to drive innovation forward in our business. Here’s to all of you, ladies.

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Just a few of the women at IoT.nxt

Riding the digital storm | Brainstorm Magazine

Riding the digital storm | Brainstorm Magazine

It’s time to put on your wellies. The digital disruption storm is past the horizon and in the business backyard.

By Tamsin Oxford

Business leaders are sensing the change. Gartner’s 2017 CEO Survey found that more than four in ten CEOs are in the process of undertaking digital business transformation.

 

“It’s important to know how to start and what key areas have to be looked at,” says Nico Steyn, CEO at IoT.nxt. “Everyone is looking for the ‘Uber moment’, but I don’t believe that digital disruption is defined by this. The business needs to understand how to enhance technology and the fourth industrial revolution for their particular company or industry.”

 

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