Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 64 - Page 74

FINAL WORD

Data centres : A steppingstone to success of Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation in the broader scheme of things means evolution . Antoine Harb , Team Leader Middle East and North Africa , Kingston Technology , tells us here that given that data centres are a much-needed part of the process for all the newly created data , it makes sense to call them the steppingstone to the success of the Digital Transformation .

Digital Transformation in the broader scheme of things means evolution . This evolution is driven by an explosion of content and , therefore , data creation and the use of this data .

Over the past decade , data has become something increasingly valuable in all aspects of life , as it holds information that , at a first glance , can look overwhelming and chaotic . However , when structured and put into perspective , patterns form and data starts to equal knowledge and potential competitive advantage .
As with most regions , the Middle East has much to gain from the Digital Transformation . This is something that recently governments across the region have caught on to .
According to a Deloitte white paper on Digital Transformation initiatives in the GCC region , it has been estimated that every 20 % increase in information and communications technology ( ICT ) investment results in over 1 % growth in a country ’ s gross domestic product ( GDP ). Given this obvious value of using and processing data and the rapidly expanding digitalisation , an easily upgradable and scalable system is the base to success .
Not surprisingly , COVID-19 has been a huge accelerator in the push for Digital Transformation worldwide and within Middle Eastern industries such as online education , online healthcare , and online shopping .
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