Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015, the annual technology leadership and market trends predictions by select leaders in industry and government, industry analysts and thought leaders will be launched next Monday, Technology Times Media Limited, its publishers have announced.
Commenting on the launch of the maiden edition of Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015, Founder/Group CEO, Technology Times, Mr Shina Badaru, said the publication complements efforts to showcase the ICT industry as a key driver of innovation, job creation and overall economic growth for the Nigerian economy.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Shina Badaru, Founder/Group CEO, Technology Times”]”Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015 has successfully aggregated expert insights and thought leadership of technology leaders and industry analysts to predict market trends and developments across the information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem that will shape and define Nigeria in 2015 and beyond”[/blockquote]
According to him, “cutting across diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy, the technology sector continues to drive growth and its impact spans all facets of our lives across business, lifestyle and innovation.”
Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015 has successfully aggregated expert insights and thought leadership of technology leaders and industry analysts to predict market trends and developments across the information and communication technology (ICT) ecosystem that will shape and define Nigeria in 2015 and beyond, he adds.
Under the plan, Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015 will be released in digital, online and print formats to foster the publisher’s vision to expand the contribution of Nigeria to the global technology thought leadership conversation.
In Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015, Managing Director of Resourcery PLC, Mr Tani Fafunwa, says that the year 2015 will see the emergence of the profile of the CTO, explaining that that digital disruption will be triggered further as the foothold of IT within organisations deepen and further transform the workplace, enterprises and overall business environment among players in the Nigerian economy.
“CIOs will become more strategic in their decision making while the emerging role of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) will begin to gain acceptance in the enterprise”, the CEO of Resourcery PLC says.
[blockquote cite=”Tani Fafunwa, Managing Director, Resourcery PLC”]“Digital disruption will give rise to new ways of doing businesses and to new businesses. Competitive advantages will be created through data and analytics and business models will continue to be shaped by cloud. Individual engagement will be powered by mobile and social technologies. Large organisations will invest in mobility and business analytics. All these will impact on revenue and enterprise productivity.”[/blockquote]
According to Fafunwa, “Digital disruption will give rise to new ways of doing businesses and to new businesses. Competitive advantages will be created through data and analytics and business models will continue to be shaped by cloud. Individual engagement will be powered by mobile and social technologies. Large organisations will invest in mobility and business analytics. All these will impact on revenue and enterprise productivity.”
Fafunwa predicts that, “Technology spending will be driven by the ability of the CIO to prove that the investment in IT will produce discernible business outcomes. IT spending in 2015 will be driven by cloud, mobility, data and social media. There will be an increase in IT spending by line-of-business (LOB) units outside of the traditional IT department as the adoption of services offered in the cloud become even more available.”
On his part, CEO of Phase2 Telecom, Mr Stanley Jegede predicts that the duo of the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited and its mobile subsidiary, MTel, are key players to watch in the Nigerian telecoms industry in 2015, following the successful privatization of the pioneer national operator.
“With the acquisition of NITEL/MTEL by NATCOM Consortium, 2015/2016 might see return of the telecommunications outfit as a player to watch in the sector”, Jegede says seeing that the return of the telecoms industry players will form a bevy of activities to watch in the year and beyond include the rising profile of the Nigerian Internet entrepreneurs.
The CEO of Phase2 Telecom, Mr Jegede says that this is the year that will see the rise and rise of the Internet entrepreneur in Nigeria as e-commerce amid forecast of more connected Nigerians; boom in smarter mobile phones and upswing into local e-commerce boom into a projected $10 billion industry. The local e-commerce sector, which has attracted over $200 million foreign investment thus far will double its contribution to the GDP of Nigeria in 2015, Jegede predicts with confidence bolstered by growth in players keenly competing fro stakes in the Nigerian data stakes.
“The Internet has reduced the cost and other barriers to entering many service-based markets in Nigeria. This will give way to strong and dynamic new Internet entrepreneurs. We will see increased interest from investors, locally and internationally in the Nigerian tech space in general, which will add to the growth in this space”, Jegede predicts.
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