Tag: gartner

Does Africa get the Internet of Things?

Business, Cyber Security, Internet
Business and social development opportunity that lies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the enhanced ability to track and control all things connected is widely acknowledged. However, ICT service providers have also pointed out that while billions of things can be connected, there are also billions of points of contact to check to identify faults. The question arises: Is Africa ready to take advantage of the opportunities that lie in connecting things, extracting information, connecting people and enhancing systems – and, ultimately, society? There is no shortage of statistics available online, attributed to global research and analysis firms such as Gartner that help quantify the magnitude of IoT. Some examples include that IoT will comprise 26 billion units by 2020, 50 billion ‘thi

25% of Top Global Banks to Have Mobile App Store By 2016

Internet, Mobile
The explosive growth of apps is causing significant challenges for the banking industry, this is according to the latest Gartner reports CIO East Africa Banking CIOs, CMOs and line of business (LOB) heads face two key challenges. The first is that the visibility of customer banking apps in public stores is decreasing due to the total number of apps available; the second is that visibility of apps on bank websites is decreasing as the number of apps a bank deploys increases. This second issue is exacerbated by the fact that most bank web sites do not make it easy for customers to find their apps. Apps are often listed by LOB, making it difficult for a customer to see all the apps offered by the bank, and even if they are listed in one place, the descriptions are often high-level and vag...

Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Gartner just concluded its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, gathering tens of thousands of IT executives. Among the most anticipated aspects of the gathering are the ruminations from the Gartner pontificators regarding IT trends.  Among several trends shared were the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. Here is a summary of those trends: Mobile Device Diversity and Management Gartner suggests that now through 2018, a variety of devices, user contexts, and interaction paradigms will make “everything everywhere” strategies unachievable. The unintended consequence of bring your own device (BYOD) programs has been to render much more complex (by two or three times, Gartner estimates) the size of the mobile workforce, straining both the information technology and the finance o