Top 5 trends in the ICT sector

Blockchain Proof of Concepts (POCs) and rollouts increase
Organisations now comprehend the value that blockchain delivers and as a result, we have seen a signicant change in blockchain’s uptake.

Regulations force change in business
The European-based General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa are top of mind for businesses. Many organisations are now revising their terms and conditions due to the rollout of GDPR. However, the PoPI Act is still on the back-burner in South Africa.

Increase in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the concern of job losses
AI has been noticed by many organisations in the past few years. These companies are now leveraging it to improve customer service, automate interactions and streamline business processes.

The Digital Twin slowly but surely makes an impact
The adoption of Digital Twin technology in South Africa is likely to be slow, however, we will see it gaining momentum over the next few years, especially in conjunction with IoT. A ‘digital twin’ is the virtual embodiment of a real-world system which, linked to that system, promotes improved understanding of its relevance and connection to the overall picture, improving response times and decision-making.

Quantum computing comes to the fore
Quantum computing will be very prevalent and talked about in the coming months. This high-end computing power is able to work faster than any other computing technology available today. Quantum computers are incredibly powerful machines that take a new approach to processing information and because of this, the technology will soon make headlines in South Africa.

Sources
In2IT Technologies
Ruckus Networks’ “State of Wi-Fi in South Africa” study