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Latest ITU data shows digital divide still growing

New data released by ITU, the UN specialised agency for information and communication technology, show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion […]

EIU VMware surveys cloud adoption in five verticals

An Economist Intelligence Unit global survey of 360 technologists and senior executives predicts that cloud’s importance in multiple industries will increase almost 400% in the next five years. This high rate of growth is expected to be found in all of the industries, and in both developed and developing countries. While each industry has its […]

How cloud platforms will benefit healthcare

The power dynamics of healthcare are shifting. To date, healthcare providers have been the source and gatekeeper for all information about a patient’s health. Now, consumer technology is allowing individuals to measure their own health in greater detail, and therefore play more of an informed role in their own treatment. Technology driven investors see a […]

Freight, utility, healthcare, key for IoT investment across Africa says IDC

International Data Corporation forecasts that organisations in Africa and Middle East will invest more than $6.6 billion in Internet of Things hardware, software, services, and connectivity in 2016. IDC expects IoT revenues in the region to increase at a CAGR of 21.3% over the next four years to total more than $14.3 billion in 2020. […]

$1 Trillion IT spending affected by shift to cloud says Gartner

More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years, said Gartner. This will make cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age. “Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant […]

Devices decline, software up, for South African IT industry

South Africa IT spending is forecast to reach R272 billion in 2016, a 3.8% increase from 2015, according to Gartner. Software spending is on pace to exhibit its highest ever year-on-year growth in 2016, at 11.4%. “Last year we witnessed an 8% increase in overall IT spending by South African organisations, and in 2016 companies are […]

Advanced Underserved Comms next big driver across Africa says Gartner

According to Gartner’s 2016 hype cycle for Africa, Advanced Underserved Area Comms, which is an entrant on the rising slope of the hype cycle, may be the next big business driver. With the proliferation of Advanced Underserved Area Comms into semi-urban and rural parts of Africa, Gartner expects Advanced Underserved Area Comms to have a […]

Governments, critical applications driving broadband, Technavio

Technavio’s latest report on the global mobile broadband in public safety market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline. Rakesh Kumar Panda, […]

Average cost of US cyberattack $1M to $10M, Radware survey

How many businesses will pay a ransom if attacked? It might depend on if they have already been a victim of ransomware. Some 84% of US and UK information technology executives at firms that had not faced ransom attacks said they would never pay a ransom. But among firms that had been attacked, 43% paid, […]

Impact from plunging UK IT spending significant, Gartner

The UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union caught many within and outside the UK off guard. CIOs and IT leaders, in particular, may wonder how the pending changes in the financial and political landscapes will impact their organisations, vendors, and technology purchases over the coming months. John-David Lovelock, Research Vice President at Gartner, […]

Gartner’s how to manage post-Brexit impact for CIOs

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, commonly known as Brexit. The UK government is now expected to activate the European Union’s Article 50, thereby starting the two year-period in which Britain will negotiate its exit. The UK has embarked on a process to change, but that […]

Tablets join PCs in downward trend across region, IDC

The Africa and Middle East tablet market declined 12.3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016 to total 3.32 million units, according to the latest figures from International Data Corporation IDC. The global research and consulting services firm’s Middle East and Africa Quarterly Tablet Tracker indicates that the MEA tablet market contracted on a year-on-year […]

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