By Robert Sussman, joint CEO, the Integr8 Group
According to the IDC, the Big Data market, globally, is expected to grow at a rate of almost 32% until it reaches $23,8 billion in 2016. Identified by Gartner as a trend, there is no doubt that Big Data is a growing influence in Africa’s ICT landscape and widely considered to be a game-changer for businesses, particularly for SMBs. The ability to source, archive, manipulate and actively leverage off information will differentiate companies in a major way going forward.
The fact is that Big Data is an influence on business. However, analysts agree that the term is still not fully understood in the market and, although many descriptions of Big Data exist, more awareness of the precise definition is required.
To extract the value of Big Data and make it work for an organisation, the solution has to be reviewed against the requirements of the business. Will the technology truly add value in the environment? What are the key requirements and challenges? Why is a Big Data solution actually necessary? These are some of the questions that need to be answered.
But the market certainly has people talking – people want to see how businesses will cope with Big Data analytics, how they will utilise structured and unstructured information, especially those maintaining a close eye on developments within social media, the cloud and data platforms.
More solutions are emerging within these areas that empower the user to gain control over information, to decide when, where, how and why they should make this information accessible.
There are implications for numerous industries and operators across several sectors. If one considers the growing relevance of consumerisation and aspects such as mobility and BYOD, the role of information in the workplace is without doubt the next frontier of solution development and application.
A recent development in the social media market is Facebook’s launch of Graph Search, which, according to Richard Stacy.com, is “an attempt to turn Facebook into Google”.
Whilst these platforms have already established a strong mobile component, they are now actively pursuing the opportunity to solidify data management and manipulation methods – such as Graph Search.
This offering is a search engine feature on Facebook that allows the user to look up material shared with them over the social network. It is a central location that allows the browser to share and re-share content.
Aside from what Facebook has presented as a new dimension to experiencing the social network, Graph Search illustrates the direction some of the key role players and platforms are going in terms of handling information, specifically personal information.
The convergence of the social graph with traditional systems to collate and create a seamless environment for information adoption will dominate commerce and trade in 2013.
A strong component of consumerisation is user experience. The fact that people will be able to use these platforms to handle day-to-day tasks quickly and with no hassle has extensive appeal. One only has to consider the popularity of social networking and payment systems, the emerging social payment arena, to realise just how far we have come.
Integr8 Group, Integr8 is an ICT management and managed services company, was founded in 2001 by high impact serial entrepreneurs, Rob Sussman and Lance Fanaroff, who are the current respective Co-CEO’s of the Group Companies.
Integr8 is the founder and operator of the only South African based Nerve Centre®, a hub of technology, skill and process, that is used to support and regulate the ICT environment of many of the country’s leading organisations
The ICT Infrastructure Management and managed services company in the Integr8 Group, Integr8 IT (Pty) Ltd., was organically grown over 12 years into the largest privately owned ICT company on the African continent with over 550 highly skilled professionals across its multiple offices.
In February 2013, Integr8 Group’s, Integr8 IT (Pty) Ltd. was acquired by the country’s largest publically traded technology company, The Business Connexion Group (BCG), in a R 126m cash transaction.
Through the BCG acquisition, Integr8’s clients enjoy access to 7,000 high skilled personnel across the group, with more offices on the continent than any other local technology company. Offices also span across United Arab Emirates and into Europe.
This passion for ICT is best demonstrated by the Integr8 Nerve Centre®, which hosts some of the finest technical operations to be found anywhere on the globe. It is from this technology hub that Integr8 remotely manages infrastructure for many leading organisations around the globe.
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