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Sap Urges Technology Adoption to Solve African Problems

July 23, 2014

Mthulisi Sibanda

SOUTH African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing.

Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people the chance to make a living by helping solve these challenges.

He said the important thing to realise about cloud computing was that it was not only fundamentally changing the way business operates but driving a new wave of job creation opportunities.

By harnessing Africa's natural entrepreneurial spirit, he added, the cloud could boost small and medium businesses and stimulate job creation.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Africa is a Disneyland for entrepreneurs! I firmly believe that the challenges on the continent are massive opportunities for entrepreneurs to create jobs and improve people's lives. One of the clearest opportunities being created by the cloud is in the technology space, where more than 600 million cellphone-using Africans are hungry for local content, apps and services," Kudsee said.

The SAP Africa executive said the cloud was offering African entrepreneurs immense opportunities to explore new business models and create 'home-grown' feature-rich mobile apps, be it for social, finance, investment or business and sports.

Kudsee said cash-strapped city managers across Africa are also starting to sit up and take notice of the ways that cloud and big data could help address urbanisation and sustainability challenges.

"We've only just begun to scratch the surface of what cloud computing can do in Africa. But I have no doubt that it's going to play an important role in our future as a continent," Kudsee said.

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Source: AllAfrica

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