Whether we like it or not, we are all a part of the matrix – whether we have a Facebook account or not as a swiped credit card, any form of payment (other than cash), is recorded. Our personal details, likes and dislikes and even habits are all on file, somewhere. For marketers and brands alike, big data is an opportunity to increase sales. Big data is able to serve huge amounts of selected data to billions of people at exceptional speeds. It influences everyday purchase decisions, but the ability to keep up to date with the fast evolving developments in this field that will classify the winners and the losers of the information age.
However, ‘Cloud’ is much more than just a storage place. The provision of cloud-based computer services linked to ‘businesses on the go’ is helping to drive entrepreneurship in both established and emerging markets. Fuelled by necessity, the quickest uptake in cloud services is coming from the SME sector, however Enterprise is beginning to sit up and take notice of the many benefits and cost savings of migrating to a more flexible and efficient infrastructure.
However, there are still questions around security of the information stored in the cloud, and the need for the Telcos and cloud service providers to work together in order to maximise the customer experience and help grow economies.
AfricaCom, as the African continent’s single largest digital ecosystem conference and exhibition, continues to provide a platform and environment where these issues, can be debated, challenged and resolved. Considering that both the ‘cloud’ and ‘big data’ affect just about each and everyone on the planet, it’s probably best to discover why and how to get the most out of it.
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