When Big Data, Cloud and Internet of Things Technologies can enable African Startups become Disruptive.


The new technologies making waves now revolve around Big Data, Cloud and Internet of Things. We are really getting so familiar with these words these days. Am sure this is a very exciting times for anyone, no matter where in the world you live in, you don’t even have to be a techie to start using these technologies to create something big. What is most interesting is that the wide range of applications of these new technologies give everyone a flexible option to start a new business or improve an existing business in a fast, easy and secured environment. It’s now affordable to benefit from the technologies of existing big companies like Oracle.

For someone who is curious, the new questions to ask will be, which sectors of the economy do I want to disrupt, how fast can I start this idea and how well can I leverage the new technologies at hand to bring these ideas fruition.

I remember sharing with you the need for African Startups to see the future of building businesses in Africa that can compete with other businesses around the world. Today as I attend the Oracle Open World in San Francisco California, and listen to Thomas Kurian, the President Product Development at Oracle and Larry Elision the founder and the CTO of Oracle, I see an increasing opportunity for anyone in any part of the world to build a business around these new technologies . The interesting thing about these technologies is that the complexity and security implications often associated with them have been demystified, be it the platforms as a service, Software or applications as a service and Infrastructure as a service. These three layers of the Cloud offer great opportunity to build new digital businesses in Africa. Essentially, the gap between imagination and reality is increasingly closing.

For Africa where we experience a lot challenges in Infrastructure, it might just be the opportunity for young people to build businesses that will disrupt known businesses in different sectors of the economy.

We have seen companies like Uber, Airbnb and many others you can see under this category are leveraging either platform as a service, software as a service or Infrastructure as a service to change the way businesses are done in the sector of economy they play in. Check the time it takes for such businesses to scale, check the impact they are making and many more facts you can deduce, that’s exactly what am talking about.

In Africa some people are already doing it, but they are also forced to start looking at the traditional model of doing businesses.

The banking sector, education, Security, health, ecommerce, transportation, media, entertainment you name them are sectors yearning for such ideas. In fact every sector needs disruptive ideas in Africa even governance.

Am glad that countries like Botswana is making efforts in partnership with Oracle and other companies to increase cloud adoption in order to create solutions to challenging situations in their country and at the end create employment for her citizens. We should all think of innovative ways to do whatever we want to do using these new technologies because they are great opportunities.

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) On Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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