With intense business change and rapid technology development, organizations across emerging Africa are focused on transforming their IT infrastructure, that enables them to compete in a hyper-digital world. In this region, the ICT sector is poised for success like no other, with the tremendous push for digital transformation coming from governments, with the end goal of improving citizen experiences and fueling economic growth. This article is centered around one common theme – how to transform for the long term.
Companies nowadays have become more data oriented than ever. This has made data to become the new currency – and companies want and need to embrace transformation across their operations, business applications and processes and extract maximum value from data. However, organizations are struggling to ensure the right data is moving to the right place at the right time. We’re witnessing CIOs making data visibility a top IT imperative because after all, data is what makes innovation spin. We’re also seeing organizations accelerate their digital transformation by simplifying and automating their IT infrastructure and consolidating systems and services that enable more control and clarity
As I said earlier data has become a valuable resource, which means that data is on high demand by hackers. Hackers hack systems and get data and may even sell the data to wrong people who may harm the data, and this calls for data security. According to the 2020 KnowBe4African Report which examines the state of cyber security across countries in Emerging Africa,found that 52% of audiences surveyed, don’t know what ransomware is. This is troubling given the financial losses that ransomware attacks are known to cause to both people and businesses. In countries across Emerging Africa countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria and more, governments have already developed national cybersecurity strategies to protect their citizens, businesses, and critical infrastructure against these risks. A robust recovery strategy is a critical element in getting a company back on track.
Accelerating business with cloud computing
Cloud computing is expected to drive businesses success in Africa. Choices, flexibility, investment protection, technology that’s been designed for today and the future .Organizations are increasingly looking for a connected ecosystem of IT infrastructure that can enable real transformation across their businesses. Moreover, for many, the increasingly diverse cloud landscape is resulting in an enormous amount of IT complexity and having a multi-cloud strategy will be the way forward.
Digital skills development
With the evolving technologies young people in Africa are learning and practizing skills such employed in cloud computing. Most, African governments are embracing the importance of universal access and the role of technology as an enabler of a more equal society. From supporting eGovernment strategies, to assisting telehealth infrastructure and investing in the digital transformation of banking and education, connective technologies will support the roll-out of digital services, keeping organizations, businesses and public sector services operating efficiently. And as a growing number of students are exploring careers in computer science, we are also seeing a large, untapped pool of talent who want to pursue careers in ICT.