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There is little doubt that there is now a mass understanding, or at the very least, mass awareness, of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Paradoxically, that is thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are some serious 4IR policy considerations that do not seem to be getting the right levels of attention and focus on the African continent. 4IR has to be a matter of national agenda; national economic and political sovereignty & national security - necessitating commensurate prioritisation.
SAP supports organisations by transforming their data management capabilities through the deployment of its market-leading HANA platform. In a time of ongoing disruption and uncertainty, the ability to access insights into your organisation and the environment in which it operates can mean the difference between growth and stagnation.
Established two years ago to represent the interests of Internet of Things (IoT) technology service providers in South Africa, we are advocating for faster uptake of IoT technology by business and government in small, focused use cases.
The lockdown, interruption of supply chains, and the emergence of a distributed workforce are accentuating the need for innovation and entrepreneurship, with countless technology opportunities emanating from these unusual times. We are facing unprecedented disorder, with COVID-19 highlighting the need for bold, innovative solutions at all levels of society.
COVID-19 cannot take all the blame for the disruptions taking place in the global economy. The pandemic and resultant lockdown simply provided a conduit for highlighting the failings across industries in South Africa, whether that is healthcare, public transport, education, or others.
Our recently released study takes an in-depth look at the state of innovation in South Africa specifically, however the study indicates that even though the majority of South African companies are expecting to be disrupted by innovations in their industries over the next three years, half of them are not prepared to cope with it.
Over the lockdown period, utilities have stepped up, keeping hospitals running and laptops charged. Energy has not been top of mind for consumers during the current pandemic, but in this new operating environment, we cannot ignore what may soon follow and must ensure we continue to work toward sustainable solutions.
If you haven’t made the switch yet from ADSL, you might be feeling a little lost with all the options on the market. Fibre infrastructure and development is booming in South Africa with more and more areas coming online every week and an ever-increasing pool of internet service providers (ISPs). With this in mind, fibre is probably at the top of your list, and for good reason.
Fuel forecourt retailers or convenience shops are highly vulnerable to disruption. Although their operations have always provided a convenience-driven competitive advantage, they now have a lot more to grapple with. South African consumers are more tech-savvy and time-strapped, demanding greater relevance and convenience from service providers, all within a tighter economy and rising fuel costs.
Digital transformation is changing the ways businesses operate throughout the world. New technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and predictive analytics, already have had a profound impact on the world’s economies and continue to disrupt industries.