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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Era of Internet of Things is here - Mark Walker

The Associate Vice President, International Data Corporation (IDC) Sub-Saharan Africa, Mark Walker, has said that the era of Internet of Things is here, and the potential for associated technologies to radically transform individual businesses and society is huge, ITRealms reports. 

Walker made this known in a press release available to ITRealms proclaiming IDC’s 'Internet of Things Roadshow' would be visiting South African shores in February, 2016, with the country's inaugural event set to take place at the RadissionBlu Hotel in Johannesburg. He said it will provide a perfect platform for South Africa's ICT community to discuss the latest goings-on across the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape. ITRealms learnt,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. 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.

"IDC's 'Global IoT Survey' indicates that IoT deployments are still in their early stages, with only one-third of planned endpoints already connected.  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," Walker said.

IDC, the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets,ITRealms reports,  said 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, 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, ITRealms learnt.

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