Africa needs to push technology to grow.

Author:Dalby, Alexa

A lack of technology adoption is preventing many African businesses from achieving growth and progress, says an IBM survey of 180 Africa-based IT leaders across 29 industries in Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco. The primary reasons for this situation are the need for technology leaders to play a greater role in strategic business leadership, a lack of IT skills development and information security concerns.

Although 87% of African IT leaders rank new technologies such as analytics, cloud, mobile and social media as being critical to business success, just 53% are pushing forward with adoption.

Of the African businesses embracing emerging technologies, 36% could be considered 'Pacesetters' in terms of their focus on prioritising and rapidly adopting technologies. Of these Pacesetters, 85% link IT investment to business...

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