Ex­pert: Lack of clar­ity de­ters SA IoT adop­tion

African Times - - Business - AKANI CHAUKE

SOUTH African busi­nesses have em­braced the in­ter­net of things (IoT) but adop­tion is hin­dered by a lack of clar­ity among stake­hold­ers on dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion plans.

This is ac­cord­ing to industry ex­ec­u­tive, Alexan­der Je­newein, as IoT emerges as tech­ni­cal pri­or­ity ahead of other ma­jor fo­cus ar­eas such as ro­bot­ics and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

“In South Africa, the ap­petite for IoT is grow­ing, and many busi­nesses have es­tab­lished a trans­for­ma­tion char­ter,” the Hi­tachi Van­tara Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, said.

“…Yet the adop­tion of IoT is still fairly slow be­cause stake­hold­ers aren’t clear on the out­comes of their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion plan,” he said at a round ta­ble event in Jo­han­nes­burg.

He said glob­ally, 33 per­cent of busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives listed IoT as a tech­no­log­i­cal pri­or­ity but busi­nesses are still frus­trated by how to ben­e­fit from this tech­nol­ogy. “There’s no doubt that IoT is quickly be­com­ing the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion end game,” Je­newein said.

Je­newein urged busi­nesses to start im­ple­ment­ing tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions with ac­tual busi­ness out­comes in mind.

“Hi­tachi Van­tara’s re­cent re­brand is uniquely po­si­tioned to take busi­nesses on their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion jour­neys,” he said.

Hi­tachi Van­tara of­fers an­a­lyt­ics, in­dus­trial ex­per­tise and tech­nol­ogy.

This new com­pany uni­fies the op­er­a­tions of Hi­tachi Data Sys­tems, Hi­tachi In­sight Group and Pen­taho into a sin­gle in­te­grated busi­ness aimed at cap­i­tal­is­ing on Hi­tachi’s so­cial in­no­va­tion ca­pa­bil­ity in op­er­a­tional and in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies.

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