About Frank RizzoI have been involved in the Information technology industry for over 20 years. Over this time, Technology has changed the way we live and the way we work. The pace of change in this industry has accelerated further and I am excited about the new innovations and inventions that Technology is bringing to business. My focus is to help our clients understand how Technology can be used to improve current business models and how Technology is opening up new business opportunities for our clients. I look forward to your comments and views on this exciting industry.
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The African technology market has emerged on the back of the continent’s mobile networks and is unlocking economic potential on the African continent in some of the most unconventional ways.
As technology becomes more and more pervasive, we are seeing an increased integration of mobile devices, sensors, applications and other data feeds into everyday life. With this comes an upsurge in the amount of data being collected and stored. Today’s C-level executives are facing unprecedented business demands. These range from operating in more countries, dealing with new regulations and increasing government oversight, to complex tax policies, cost reduction, increasing risks and customer centricity. This complexity is further compounded by complex systems and data management.
In the recent KPMG 2012 Technology Innovation Survey, we identified privacy issues and cost concerns as the top barriers to commercialising disruptive technology innovations. Specifically, transparency and privacy issues were named by 40% of respondents as the highest hurdles getting in the way of tech advances in the corporate world.
In the recent KPMG 2012 Technology Innovation Survey, we discussed the potential challenge to Silicon Valley’s position as the centre of technological innovation. This got me thinking…do we have a contender for Africa’s Silicon Valley?
From the survey, 44% of respondents said that it’s likely that the world’s technology innovation centre will move from Silicon Valley to another country in the next four years. And some 29% of respondents globally predicted that the US and China had the highest potential to lead the charge in the next generation of tech innovation.
In the recent KPMG 2012 Technology Innovation Survey, we found that mobile is a clear theme in technology innovation and comes a close second in its potential to shake up consumer and enterprise markets. Of the 668 technology executives who took part in the survey, 44% forecast mobile (broadly categorised to include communications, commerce, platforms, software, and applications) as the next indispensable consumer technology.
This rings true in Africa as well. With the plethora of mobile apps, solutions, and platforms that are being made available across the African continent, we are seeing new and innovative uses for mobile platforms to suit our specific needs and requirements.
When asked to predict future technology transformations over the next three years, more than half of the 668 global technology leaders who took part in the survey pointed to cloud computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) as the biggest indispensable consumer technology …
Cloud computing has generated significant hype in Africa. But with IT vendors pushing the technology case, few companies have taken the time to look at the value it can offer from a business perspective, says Frank Rizzo, partner in Advisory at KPMG. “With services such as Apple iCloud, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Google Drive popularising the commoditisation of cloud computing, we have reached the point where implementation has become a question for the CEO and not the CIO. Cloud computing is not driven solely by technical experts any more but by business leaders who are looking to leverage cloud computing from an overall business perspective,” says Rizzo.