IDC 2018 Sub- Saharan Africa Directions

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IDC 2018 Sub- Saharan Africa Directions

Digital Economy at a Tipping Point: ICT Market Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa in 2018

Johannesburg, February 13, 2018


The ICT Industry is entering the 2nd chapter of the 3rd Platform Era, built on technologies and business models that will dramatically accelerate – and scale – digital innovation. The Sub-Saharan Africa region is at the DX tipping point and is well poised to accelerate its adoption of 3rd Platform technologies including cloud, and big data analytics, but also highly disruptive Innovation Accelerators such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence/cognitive systems, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, Blockchain and others. Various sub-regions and countries are moving at varying speeds. Countries that are heavily dependent on hydrocarbon and commodity exports have been constrained by weak global demand and low prices. Some of them have redirected their visions towards building more diversified economies, and here, ICT is moving to the center of their national transformation strategies. In the wake of rapid transformation, the ICT talent mix is being reviewed by organizations and national policy makers. At the same time, technology-led innovation and entrepreneurship are taking root in many cities and countries, often fostered, promoted and supported by visionary governments.

For the ICT markets in the region, the next 2 -3 years are expected to be dynamic, disruptive, and laced with innovation. Rapid change will present significant opportunities for technology providers across the industry landscape – MNC vendors, telecom operators, system integrators, IT services companies, distributors and others. However, in order to tap into them effectively, they will be required to make several smart bets and moves - on country markets, products and services, go-to-market campaigns and skills.

IDC Directions 2018 event is designed to provide senior executives, regional leaders and strategists at technology firms a forum to engage with experienced international and local IDC analysts and hear from them about their predictions and outlook for country and technology markets.



Time Event Speakers

Welcome Address

Andries Lombaard
Country Manager, IDC South Africa

DX Economy Tipping Point in Africa: ICT Outlook for the Region and What it Means for Regional Leaders

Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President, Regional Managing Director, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

SSA Outlook - Macro-economic and Regional Trends

Mark Walker
Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa;, Africa
This presentation will unpack the current and near-term macro-economic indicators in sub-Saharan Africa, and the most relevant regional ICT trends on IDC's radar.



Cloud and DC

Jonathan Tullett
Research Manager, IT Services

The balance of datacenter and cloud spend continues to drive discussion amongst end-users, service providers and local channels across sub-Saharan Africa. This session will explore the key trends and expectations in the maturing hybrid IT landscape in this region.



Tea/Coffee Break and Networking


Telecom and IoT

George Kalebaila
Research Director, Telecoms and IoT

Telecommunications providers are central to the developing ICT strategies seen across the world, and no less in sub-Saharan Africa. Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are one of the most significant of IDC's Innovation Accelerators: George will discuss the growing opportunities offered by IoT, and the ongoing trends within the telecom landscape.




Jonathan Tullett
Research Manager, IT Services

Security concerns overshadow many strategic discussions in ICT, including public cloud, IoT, regulatory compliance and risk. After another challenging infosec year in 2017, what are the expectations for 2018?



Enterprise and Vertical Trends Discussion

A panel discussion of the major enterprise ICT trends IDC has observed from interactions with end-users, and the major directions within key vertical markets.



Summary and Close

Andries Lombaard
Country Manager, IDC South Africa

Cocktails and Networking

General Information

Date and Time

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

15:00 to 18:00




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