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Africa: Cloud, Mobile Innovation to Drive Market Disruption
Source: BiztechAfrica
Source Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Focus: Internet Governance
Created: Oct 01, 2013

“Continuing developments in Cloud and Mobile, and the interplay of these technologies, is enabling new business models that take advantage of economies of scale, provide virtual access to supply chains and allow physical products to operate in the Cloud. The survey findings indicate that tech leaders are bullish on the power of these technologies to continue to fuel innovation in coming years and drive disruption in many industries,” said Gary Matuszak, global chair, KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. “At the same time, the ongoing emergence of other technologies such as biometrics and artificial intelligence prompts innovation opportunities in the next three to four years that we cannot imagine today.”
Survey respondents selected Mobile, Cloud, and biometrics (gesture/facial/voice) as the top three technologies that will enable the next indispensable consumer technology in the next three years. Asked which technologies would drive business transformation for enterprises, technology leaders selected Cloud, Mobile and data and analytics as having the greatest impact. However, in China, tech leaders differed from the global view in two ways.
“China’s tech leaders placed artificial intelligence third, ahead of data and analytics as a business transformation driver, and they ranked Cloud ahead of Mobile as the top choice to enable consumer technology,” said Richard Hanley, U.S. Advisory Leader, KPMG Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. “China’s tech leaders believe that mobile innovation has advanced far enough, and much quicker than other regions of the world, that they are now turning a greater amount of their focus to Cloud.”
In the African context, Frank Rizzo, Technology sector leader for KPMG in South Africa, believes that mobile is still the top technology to drive business transformation, followed by data analytics and then cloud.
“With our upcoming Africa survey to be released at the end of 2013, we will be able to tell if the rest of Africa is in agreement with my sentiments,” says Rizzo.
KPMG surveyed tech leaders on a number of topics, including which factors are most important to fostering innovation. More than three-fourths of them said that the availability of talent is the most important factor enabling technology innovation, followed by access to technology infrastructure (69 percent), ability to drive customer adoption (68 percent), and access to capital (66 percent). But not all countries cited talent as the top factor. Innovation incentives were among the top two most important factors in India (tied for first with infrastructure), Israel (tied for first with talent) and China (2nd most important). Yet, when asked how accessible innovation incentives at the respondent’s company are, 82 percent of those in large enterprise and mid-market companies in India said they were accessible, 64 percent in Israel, and 60 percent in China.
Rizzo expects that African executives would most likely rate innovation incentives as the foremost driver for fostering innovation.
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