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IDC: Nigeria ICT Policy drive lifts public sector tech spendings

IDC: Nigeria ICT Policy drive lifts public sector tech spendings
Implementation of Nigeria ICT Policy is expanding technology investments by the public sector, considered one of the industry’s top spenders, a new report of the African landscape has shown.    
Nigeria, like several emerging African economies are increasingly embracing IT services solutions in a bid to support their growth initiatives latest insights released today by International Data Corporation (IDC) has shown. IDC notes that the government vertical in Africa is becoming one of the biggest investors in ICT in general, and IT services in particular. “Governments in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Botswana, and elsewhere are implementing national ICT policies that are driving the adoption of technology,” Lise Hagen, research manager for software and IT services at IDC South Africa says.
According to IDC, “Governments are using ICT to enable service delivery, while eGovernment and mGovernment initiatives are high on the agenda for driving etransformation and addressing issues around rapid urbanization. The continent’s telecom, banking and finance, oil and gas, and mining verticals also present major ICT opportunities.”
The global advisory services firm also explains that growing public and private sector IT spending, together with maturing and increasingly competitive business environments, are also driving IT services demand.
“While each country has different requirements, there are common themes supporting the adoption of IT services in Africa,” Hagen adds.
“For example, as last-mile connectivity continues to improve, Internet services are becoming more easily available over wider geographic areas at lower costs, leading to improved IT services adoption. Demand for remains primarily focused on basic implementation and support services, but larger organizations across the continent are increasingly seeking advanced solutions such as implementation and systems integration services. Early-adopter organizations are also assessing cloud technologies – specifically software as a service (SaaS) – and Big Data analytics, which is creating significant opportunities for service providers”, according to IDC.
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