New research from IBM conducted by IDG Connect shows a clear move towards Big Data projects across core African markets in Kenya and Nigeria. Infrastructure readiness is already very high, yet skills still seem fairly low (only 23% stated training was complete). In fact, even many smaller organisations (40% of those with 100 – 499 employees), stated they were looking to fully outsource projects.
On top this, whilst organisations surveyed know what they want from Big Data initiatives, many still seem uncertain about what Big Data spells out in practice, both from a security and cost perspective.
Key findings on the state of Big Data readiness include:
This research highlights core IT growth across the continent. Significantly, respondents from both markets select ‘analysing social media data’ as their fourth biggest analysis priority for projects. This corroborates the meteoric rise (and interest) in social media across the continent over the last 12 months.
Despite these trends however, the research does suggest a lack of local information on Big Data which certainly needs to be addressed for projects to be completed effectively:
The full report is available for download here.
A mobile-friendly version of the research can be accessed here.
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