Africa’s biggest tech trends in 2015

Posted on January 15, 2015 12:21 am

Business across the world are ramping up efforts to develop their data management policies, such as with its Data protection, Open Data, Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics. That means in 2015 we shall see those trends as among the biggest trends in technology this year. To further underscore this, a new research notes that cloud business is growing at an average of 25% year-on-year in sub saharan Africa, and is expected to generate revenues totalling more than $1billion this year. Companies like Microsoft, MTN group, Safaricom in Kenya, Vodacom in Tanzania among others have already leveraged  expertise in storage and cloud to improve response time, increase business agility and provide better value for money to its customers.

Notably, the Big Data analytics segment is estimated to reach revenues of some $900m by 2017.However, the Internet of Things will be the most significant revenue stream driver for sub saharan Africa’s ICT industry.With the convergence of technology, this translates to a huge opportunity for tens of thousands of independent and private software vendors to innovate and bring their business to greater heights. Certainly, its critical given how Africans go about their days when there are so many different components of their lives competing for time and attention ranging from work, friends and even families.Managing between being a full time parenthood and handling several tasks at work isn’t a cakewalk. But the crucial thing in managing all that lies in being productive and using our time wisely to make most of the moments that matter.Organizations in Africa have understood how to build their business around most of the what that matter for their customers.

And its driven mainly by the cloud, the Internet of Things as well as Big Data.These trends should not be seen in isolation, but instead, work in tandem to deliver added value to customers. This is especially so in an era where storing, as well as managing data affordably has become increasingly significant. This is where Cloud computing has altered the landscape. We live in situations where each and every object can easily be seamlessly connected through the cloud, in which large amounts of data can be sent, received and analyzed effectively and efficiently.Moving forward, it’s exciting to see this shift to the concept of productivity in African countries especially Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya where devices, software, and the cloud has improved business and lives, and Africans we spend ample time on what really matters to them and their businesses.

Contador Harrison