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International Data Corporation(IDC) is set to promote Internet of Things (IoT) in Africa with the recent announcement that its ‘Internet of Things Roadshow’ will be visiting South African shores in February 2016, with the country’s inaugural event set to take place at the Radission Blu hotel in Johannesburg. Providing a perfect platform for South Africa’s ICT community to discuss the latest goings on across the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape, the event will assess the progress that is being made at the local, regional, and global levels.

“The era of the Internet of Things is here, and the potential for the associated technologies to radically transform individual businesses and society as a whole is huge,” says Mark Walker, associate vice president at IDC Sub-Saharan Africa. “With IoT, organizations can enhance their operations to gain real-time insights, improve their efficiencies, develop new business models, and deliver innovative services to customers, partners, and employees alike. However, the IoT industry is facing a number of challenges that are hindering its growth, such as skill shortages, a lack of standardization, and concerns around security and privacy, so there is a pressing need for all IoT stakeholders to gather together to plot a mutually beneficial path for future success.”

Drawing on its most recent survey findings, IDC believes we are now entering a crucial period for educating the wider IoT ecosystem on its inherent benefits.”IDC’s ‘Global IoT Survey’ indicates that IoT deployments are still in their early stages, with only one-third of planned endpoints already connected,” says Walker.”As such, the next 18 months represent a critical window for vendors to implement strategies and position themselves as IoT thought leaders. In order to secure a key role in the future IoT arena, vendors should focus on building attractive capabilities around consulting and professional services, while simultaneously developing a broad IoT ecosystem of partners.”

During the ‘Internet of Things Roadshow’ in Johannesburg, keynote speakers from South Africa’s most innovative companies will share the lessons they have learned from their own IoT deployments, dissecting the challenges they encountered along the way and outlining the innovative solutions they used to overcome them. Industry experts from some of the world’s leading IoT players – including the event’s Diamond Partner, Samsung – will also be on hand to document the technological advancements being made across a wide variety of different domains.

Delegates will be drawn from across South Africa’s vertical spectrum, with the government, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, oil and gas, banking, energy,retail, mining, and automotive sectors all set to be heavily represented. The conference will provide insights into a range of existing and emerging vertical-specific applications and will present attendees with a clear outlook on the trends that are set to shape IoT adoption in South Africa over the coming years,with a particular focus on the role of Big Data and new approaches to data processing and analytics.

 

 

 

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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