South Africa: Potential growth area
The balance of power is shifting to emerging economies. Compared to stagnant Western markets, business growth and investment in the Middle-East, Africa and Russia (MEAR) continues unabated.
It’s a shift that’s amplified by technological advances. In under a decade, these seismic changes have levelled the playing field, opened the door to a global market and made rapid business growth a reality:
- The connected world where we can work, play and learn anytime, anywhere and with anyone.
- Virtualization made it easier to manage multiple servers and reduce physical computing power.
- Computing power has exponentially increased capacity and processing speeds so we can do much more for a lot less time and money.
- The cloud offers all the applications and storage businesses need minus the server infrastructure.
You’ll probably point out many other factors, but I picked these because they are particularly relevant to MEAR countries and their IT spending patterns. Specifically, they are backed up by Forrester research in 2012. This showed that over half of MEAR-based companies plan to invest more in mobility, analytics, security and collaboration.
Unlike more mature companies, their spending isn’t being eroded by having to maintain and support legacy systems. This frees up budgets to completely replace or expand their IT in ways that improve their competitiveness. The top three areas that Forrester highlighted from 2011 to 2012 were mobile apps (spending increase of 47%), business intelligence (44%) and collaboration tools (41%).
Further research was carried out by Canalys in February 2012 of its online channel community – resellers, systems integrators, service providers and distributors. The results showed a positive outlook across MEAR despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Over half emphasized a move from capital expenditure to operating expenditure, with the highest demand for IT services expected from small to midsize companies (with 100-499 employees). As a respondent said, “Companies working their way out of the crisis by expanding.”
As more companies seek new technologies to secure future growth, our partner network across MEAR needs to be ready to help them become the technology leaders of tomorrow.
*Forrester, 2012, Forrsights: Cautious Optimism in 2012 IT Spending Plans -- A BT Futures Report
*Canalys, 2012, Navigating through dramatic industry change
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Here at Cisco, we believe that Smart Solutions are game changers: a way to start new conversations with your customers and expand your sales. Now is the time to make sure you understand the Smart Solutions conversation so we can build new business opportunities together.
What is a Smart Solution?
The Smart Solutions concept is designed with two goals in mind: first, how do Cisco and our partners make it easier for our customers to achieve their business objectives by leveraging the full breadth of the Cisco portfolio? Second, how will we scale these solutions, especially through a Partner Led approach, where sales and full life cycle support is provided exclusively through partners?
The simple answer is that a Cisco Smart Solution integrates, pre-tests, and validates Cisco products for how they work together. In some cases, these Smart Solutions include third party technology which is also tested as a part of the whole offer. The idea is to include intellectual assets such as design guides, implementation guides, and customer use cases that partners can use to build a practice and accelerate pilot to profit. Cisco includes a full suite of pre-sales tools such as sales enablement and demand generation programs. Soon we will offer customer intelligence, including market insights and information on buying behaviors to help partners prospect and qualify customers.
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There’s an increasing drumbeat of news about the “Internet of Everything” (IoE)— the confluence of people, process, data, and things that makes networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before.
IoE comprises the ubiquitous ways that billions of people and numerous devices on the Internet communicate and report on their status and location. This covers everything from the location of your smartphone, to where a package might be, to the rate of your pulse or your arrival on a street corner, to the condition of a highway.
The Internet of Everything isn’t way off in the future. Today, the number of physical devices connected to the Internet is already six times the number of people on the Internet, even though there are 2 billion of those people. By 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices.
These devices will come to dominate the “cloud.” Of course, the complexity of a global system that connects all these devices and people is mind-boggling. This global system has the potential for unpredictable and perhaps disastrous behavior. That alone should get the attention of public leaders.
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By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
Shoes? Check. Computer gear? Check. Clothes? Flatware? Hot tubs with built-in TVs? Check, check, and check. There’s almost nothing these days that we don’t buy online. But there is one area where the local brick-and-mortar store still reigns supreme: grocery shopping.
When it’s time to stock the fridge, the vast majority of us still do it the old fashioned way. We trek out to the store, walk up and down the aisles, and fill up physical rather than virtual shopping carts. But just maybe, that’s about to change. A number of retailers are experimenting with online groceries, and a growing number of consumers are ready to buy.
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Now that HIMSS13 is behind us, we want to say thank you to everyone who attended the Sixth Annual Connected Health Summit and to all of our customers and partners who visited our booth in the exhibit hall.
Cisco Community for Connected Health Summit
Watch the video replays as experts from North Shore LIJ Health System, Lake Nona, Cisco and Intel discuss their views on how innovation is transforming the world and healthcare.
Cisco Healthcare Solution Demos
The Cisco booth at HIMSS13 featured healthcare solutions designed to enhance mobility, facilitate collaboration, and enable telehealth.
Cisco Booth at HIMSS13
We invite you to learn more about these solutions:
- Bring your own device (BYOD) products
- Telehealth and care-at-a-distance solutions, including VX Clinical Assistant, Tactical VX, and HealthPresence
- Cisco UCS with Intel® Xeon® Processors
- Cisco WebEx
- Wayfinding kiosk
- Patient video surveillance products
Register for upcoming workshops, watch webcast replays, view helpful materials, and learn more about special offers to help your organization transform how care is delivered.
- Complimentary Visual Collaboration Workshop for qualifying US customers
- Promotional pricing on Wireless LAN Assessment for qualifying US customers
- Significant discounts through April 22, 2013 on Cisco services for healthcare
- Upcoming Webcasts
- Funding for Healthcare Preparedness Initiative
- Funding Public Health and Prevention Efforts
- Webcast Replays
- Telemedicine Innovations at Providence Health
- HCA Delivers Training and Outreach Programs with Cisco WebEx
See you at HIMSS14!
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