Looking at some of the predictions from top industry experts, Nebula has put together a list of the top ICT predictions for enterprises in 2015, including some perspectives from Frost & Sullivan on ICT trends in Africa for 2015.
Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications
In 2015 there will be continued development of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies and Virtualised network functions that will allow organisations to dynamically provision networks wherever they’re needed, on an on-demand basis, independent of any underlying fabric.
Software-defined storage, data centres, and security are also maturing and in order to deal with the rapidly changing demands of digital-business, computing needs to move away from static to dynamic models.
Cloud and Hosting
While cloud computing and third party hosting will continue to grow rapidly, it is likely that hybrid architectures will become the norm with on-premises IT remaining a reality in 2015. There will also be less of a discussion around public versus private cloud and more of a priority on building unique cloud solutions, which solve specific business needs.
Cloud solutions will become customised for specific needs such as improved customer interaction or operational efficiency.
Big Data Analytics
Decision making will increasingly be driven by analytics. With hybrid networks bringing increased visibility, control and optimisation, companies will be enabled to construct an analytics-driven infrastructure which can take action and address problems as and when they occur.
Network architectures with predictive analytics will be able to create self-correcting, self-generating networks that respond to business needs and interests.
Organisations will also be optimising the location and accessibility of data. Rapid access to data will become the priority, regardless of the location of the employee.
Data breaches will become an increasing concern as they become larger and more frequent. Companies will move towards a focus on detection and response by creating visibility across all applications, networks, and devices. Establishing a baseline for what is ‘normal’ will help to isolate threats and respond accordingly.
It is important for companies to note that as security continues its evolution towards the more digitalised future, it should not be so heavy-handed that it gets in the way of usability and innovation.
Top ICT Trends in Africa for 2015
According to a recent Frost & Sullivan press release there are several influences which will affect ICT in Africa in 2015.
Increased Connectivity Driven by Governments
Across Africa many governments are driving the increased provision of internet access to their citizens. This shows a widespread acknowledgement of the importance of telecoms infrastructure in driving development. Already many pilot projects in areas such as financial inclusion, service delivery and healthcare are being launched across the continent.
New Business Ecosystems
New trends such as peer-to-peer applications and on-demand services are a prominent global trend and Africa is not likely to be exempted from this. Numerous companies have emerged to address the key challenges the continent faces, including power shortages, education and the limited availability of data.
In 2015 it is likely that over-the-top (OTT) players like Google and Facebook will begin expanding their influence across Africa, disrupting the telecoms market. With their increased cannibalisation of messaging and, increasingly, voice revenues, the competition in the market will intensify.