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MIKE VINCENT, AFRICA INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT AND SERVICES SECTOR LEADER AT DELOITTE · Africa is an available new frontier for development. With untapped natural resources and large areas still open for development is it correct to label the continent as one of the emerging markets? One of the major advantages Africa has as an emerging market is the existence of pockets of developed infrastructure across the continent that can drive development at an enhanced pace. There are however also areas that need basic infrastructure development that need to be addressed for the continent to push forward with this. · What value does the integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) in a start-up hold for SMEs? How would you motivate the early implementation of these for new ventures? The Internet of Things (IoT) will give rise to a profound change in manufacturing which is being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This refers to the convergence of embedded production technologies and smart production processes which is reshaping our economies and the way companies operate. In Europe and other more developed countries, legacy systems are being replaced as firms embrace the opportunity to aggregate information from across business operations and processes to allow them to make smart choices. However, in Africa there are far fewer legacy systems in place, allowing companies to move quickly in integrating new systems. Africa is starting from the beginning, and that's not a bad thing. A further advantage is that IoT can be integrated into the daily functioning of any business leading to a world of no unscheduled downtime, thus improving efficiencies and increasing profit margins. This is about using technology to achieve exponential growth. · With regards to big businesses and original equipment manufacturers (OEM), many have already begun implementing IoT and Industry 4.0. However, many rely on SMEs in their supply chain. For effective localisation, where do these SMEs fit in? Most companies in Africa are family-owned so their motivation for investing in new systems is around competitiveness, as multi-national organisations often have already utilised IoT and embraced Industry 4.0. In my experience, much of Industry 4.0 in Africa is being driven by multinational corporations or large listed companies who are embracing the benefits of Industry 4.0. If local suppliers want to do business with OEMs, then they will have to make the investments to integrate into their systems and processes. At the same time, African companies can compete internationally with first-world companies thanks to these new technologies. Reducing costs and improving efficiencies will allow African companies to be competitive. But African companies will need the technological and analytical skills to be able to compete. All the while, first world companies will be looking to on-shore jobs that they previously off-shored because of labour costs. This holds significant challenges for African countries. · How can SMEs implement the effective use of IoT on a significantly smaller budget? SMEs must choose their battles and identify where IoT can make the most difference to their business. Supplying cost effective products to large global businesses will remain a significant opportunity. Looking at domestic markets to identify where local SMEs can outcompete global competitors in-market will also be critical. SMEs should study existing examples and find success stories that can serve as a guide. · With support for the industrial sector with the DTI's IPAP – would you say that South Africa is ready to embark on joining the 4th industrial revolution and embracing disruptive technology? The 4th Industrial Revolution is underway in South Africa and leading companies have already made significant investments. But, as a country, to be really competitive, collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society (including unions) is required, with both universities and private companies investing in research and universities producing the required skills. The challenge for South Africa is that Industry 4.0 will naturally lead to a decline in manual and labour-intensive jobs. Africa and South East Asia have fulfilled the global manual labour role for some time now. However, the skills focus will shift from these labour intensive jobs to IT and analytical skills. If we want to remain competitive and keep people employed government, the private sector and civil society will have to collaborate to make sure that we are not left behind. This is not only a private sector imperative but it will affect all sectors of society and social instability is not in anyone's best interests. Contact Number 011 806 5000 Email Website 4

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