THE amount of data in our world has been exploding, and business reliance on the ability to analyse and use this data has become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and customer loyalty.
Leaders in every sector have to grapple with the implications of data usage, not just a few data-oriented managers. The increasing volume and detail of information captured by large organisations, the rise of social media, and the Internet of Things (IoT), have fuelled an exponential growth in data for the foreseeable future. But what happens when this data isn’t available?
Data availability is ushering in a new age of data access, analysis, and insights to benefit organisations the world over. However, with Africa embracing connected devices in sectors as diverse as mining, healthcare, education, and agriculture, there is significant potential for the continent to leapfrog what is being done elsewhere in the world and apply its own iteration of ‘hyper-availability – a next level demand for data uptime,’
Organisations across the continent have an increased awareness of the importance of data availability. There is an understanding that their systems and processes need to be ready to deal with the influx of data and can recover when there is a disaster (man-made or otherwise).
In the Southern African Development Community (SADC) especially, many organisations have legacy systems in place and are quite mature from an integration perspective.
However, these countries are looking for ways to operate more cost-effectively and have started to embrace hosted environments from an affordability perspective. This also means that they need to ensure that the processes are in place to guarantee the hyper-availability of data wherever and whenever it is needed.
Considering how mobile devices have permeated across industries, this is an essential part of the business continuity process. The more mature an organisation from a technology perspective, the more open it is to embrace solutions designed to ensure availability whether in a hosted, on-site, or hybrid environment.
More progressive businesses are embracing a deeper understanding of this data convergence and the importance of leveraging hyper-availability to not only be more competitive but also ensure strategic deliverables are met. Decision-makers are starting to take charge of their availability needs and responding to change faster than in the past.
The biggest mind-set change required is that data is an asset that must permeate all facets of the business environment. In doing so, all departments inside the business can benefit from its analysis.
For an African business looking to jumpstart this hyper-available readiness, finding the convergence between legacy and digital will be vital. But that cannot begin without the willingness to change, and first, you must determine who will be your data champions.
Once that is in place, the rest will follow more naturally as part of a hyper-available business strategy.
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