On January 27, 2014, IBM announced the results of a new study entitled ‘Setting the pace in Africa: How IT leaders deliver on the potential of emerging technologies’, which found that while nearly 87 percent of African IT leaders rank new technologies such as analytics, cloud, mobile and social media as being critical to business success, only 53% are pushing forward with adoption. Africa’s IT and business climate is changing rapidly and the booming technological and consumer revolution is underway. But for all the new opportunities there also are some leadership challenges, skills shortfalls and security risks that threaten to slow tech-driven progress. However, pace-setting IT leaders are tackling these challenges and positioning their organizations for competitive advantage.
What’s holding businesses back – and giving Pacesetters the lead:
- STRATEGIC BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FOR IT: African Pacesetters do more to tangibly demonstrate the value of emerging technology. They are 30 percent more likely than their peers to link IT investments to business outcomes.
- IT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Half of African businesses are still addressing IT skill deficits and not yet developing skills to transform the business. BUT – Pacesetters are 80 percent more likely than their peers to cultivate IT skills to meet future business needs.
- INFORMATION SECURITY: The majority of African companies cite security of emerging technologies as a top-of-mind issue. BUT – Pacesetters are 30 percent more likely to create a risk-aware culture, employ new security technologies and bolster security skills and expertise.
- Innovating in Africa (View the Study and Infographic)
- Download the Report (also available in French and Arabic)
- IBM Press Release (Jan 27, 2014)
–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, IBM Center for Applied Insights