The International Data Corporation’s Africa CIO Summit is currently underway in Cape Town, South Africa, under the theme “Driving the Agenda for Business Success”.
The summit began with IDC South Africa’s Country Manager Andries Lombaard welcoming delegates. Next, Steven Frantzen, Senior Research VP for the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region spoke about driving the CIO agenda.
Touching on cloud services and mobile devices in the future, Frantzen said mobiles would ‘win’ the 2012 battle with the PC.
“More competition is expected and emerging markets will drive the mobile price point way down. Mobile data services spending will also pass fixed line data spending for the first time,” he said.
The mobile app explosion will continue he believes, as devices jockey for position.
“We’ll see more Android downloads this year than Apple downloads,” Frantzen added.
According to Frantzen, cloud services spending will exceed $36-billion, growing at four times the industry rate, intensifying the app platform wars.
“More than 80% of new apps will target the cloud, while 2.5% of legacy packaged apps will move to the cloud. The cloud ‘arms dealer’ opportunity will exceed $23-billion, growing at a pace of over 30%,” he said.
He added that the ‘digital universe’ would grow to 2.7-zettabytes this year, a 48% increase from 2011. By 2015, the figure is expected to jump to a staggering 8-zettabytes.
“Big Data calls for a set of technologies designed to manage and analyse large collections of information to solve complex problems”.
The CIO’s role will involve more policy questions regarding generation, management and liability Frantzen noted.
“They’ll own the adoption of new business services while ensuring security and seamless information architecture. Technology remains important to them, but NextGen CIOs may be non-IT business executives who excel at innovation communication and change.”
Charlie Fripp – Online editor