Designing the future with automation
March 2018
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FRESH TOAST

Learning machine systems
BY LOUIS EKSTEEN

As the world turns increasingly to a reliance on the automation of repetitive and/or complicated tasks, the role of business managers changes. Rote execution of mundane actions are better served by software. This is well-known and "IT", as it's incorrectly referred to by the C-suite, has already permeated most management discussions. Understood or not.

At the root of the new automation revolution lies two factors: Connectedness and data.

I’m a big fan of Netflix. This learning organisation may not be the best place to work, depending on who you ask, but as a business it’s a truly remarkable enterprise. Out of necessity it had to embrace the transition from physicality (mailing DVDs to customers to watch movies at home), to virtually inventing digital home streaming, disrupting the entire traditional television model in the process.

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EXPRESSO

All in a life’s work
BY KIM BROWNE

A client wished me happy New Year yesterday – in March! That’s got to be a first for me, but indicative of just how crazy 2018 has been. The passing of my father on 17 January after his protracted battle with throat cancer has derailed my world and February has been all about trying to catch-up with life and business. As anyone who has lost a close family member knows, it’s really tough and I truly appreciate the love and understanding shown by many of our clients.

Then in February I was puppy-scammed by an international syndicate! One thinks they’ll never catch you – but the truth is they are getting away with scamming people every day. There’s even a scam to report a puppy scammer… 

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SPECIAL REPORT: DESIGN INDABA

Designing the future
BY SHARLENE SAFI

Being in design means keeping abreast of trends and new developments in the industry. What’s intensely satisfying about the field of design is that it spans so many industries. Where there’s a problem, there’s a design solution waiting to be implemented, and nowhere is this more evident than at the annual Design Indaba.

I was fortunate to attend this year’s event in Cape Town and represent Twisted Toast as an agency. I came away totally inspired by the amazing creativity and ingenuity applied to some of the most complex problems. I would love to tell you about every single talk that was given, but I’ll contain myself to my top four picks...

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THE BOTTOM LINE Recent work

Our valued client Atterbury’s busy website recently celebrated 1 000 000 total views. Check it out: atterbury.co.za

Versnit Herinneringe

Atterbury Trust supports a number of worthy charities and manages a large bursary scheme for needy students with potential. In order to raise funds for their projects, the trust hosts an annual get-together in the Stellies winelands where song, great company and a glass or two of the region’s finest wines meet in a heady mix of companionship. To celebrate seven years of Versnit (Blend), The Toast produced a special edition hard cover photo book full of memories of years gone by. Read it online.

#lovewaterfall

Esteemed property development company Attacq recently launched its innovative #lovewaterfall Photographic Competition. Simply take a beautiful lifestyle or architecturally inspired pic in Waterfall and go to lovewaterfall.co.za to enter the competition and stand a chance to win your share of R30 000 Mall of Africa vouchers. Get snapping!

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