ABSA accelerating its cloud adoption

Absa is accelerating its cloud adoption, as the big-four bank evolves into a digitally-empowered business, premised on fifth industrial revolution (5IR) technologies.

During the Absa Cloud Incubator live series last week, Jolande van der Hoek, talent acquisition lead: information technology office at Absa Group, outlined the bank’s cloud strategy.

She noted that accelerating cloud adoption will have a significant impact on Absa’s ability to innovate, offer new value propositions for clients, and enhance the skills of employees to enable them to contribute to the future of work.

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South African travel restrictions eased for 2022

Both Germany and the US have eased some travel restrictions on South Africa, as global concerns around the Omicron variant continue to subside.

In a proclamation issued at the end of December, US president Joe Biden said that health officials had made substantial progress in assessing the Omicron variant since it was first discovered at the end of November.

He added that there is clear evidence that people who have been vaccinated will have significantly more protection against hospitalisation, and death.

In explaining his decision to ease restrictions, Biden said that the variant has now spread to more than 100 countries – making travel restrictions less viable – and that the US has introduced new testing rules for travellers to help make travelling safer.

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