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1 1 ICT Forum for HR Practitioners March 2015 Christmar Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia THEME: ICT for Social-Economic Development

2 2 Title: Transforming to Digital Economy - Strategies and Growth Opportunities Presenter: Mr. Jonathan P. Mwakijele Chairperson, EACO HR Committee Coordinator, ITU CoE activities at AFRALTI Head of Training, Consultancy and Research Unit Tel:

3 3 Introduction Digital economy enables trading of goods and services through electronic commerce on the Internet. In this new economy business enterprises, government agencies, and the society will all be impacted in one way or another by the new way of conducting business.

4 4 Governments will need to focus on how to : - Provide universal broadband access, - Provide ICT skills to the citizens, - Provide online government services, - Focus on the new realm of security of information systems and networks, - Promote more R&D programmes, technology diffusion to business, new electronic payment methods, and protection of digital content.

5 5 Business organization will need to change the traditional form of conducting business by adopting new business processes. This will involve massive investment on training and acquisition of the supporting technologies.

6 6 The new digital economy: How it will transform business Based on both quantitative and qualitative global research conducted by Oxford Economics and sponsored by PwC, AT&T, Cisco, Citi, and SAP, this white paper identifies and investigate into the six seismic shifts that are transforming the global playing field and outlines how they will affect companies in all industries. Download

7 7 he coming of age of the global digital economy - Industries undergoing digital transformation - The digital divide reversing -- moving from West to East - The emerging-market customer taking centre stage - Business shifting into hyperdrive -- the pace of change - Firms reorganising to fully embrace the digital economy These shifts are: - The coming of age of the global digital economy - Industries undergoing digital transformation - The digital divide reversing -- moving from West to East - The emerging-market customer taking centre stage - Business shifting into hyperdrive -- the pace of change - Firms reorganising to fully embrace the digital economy

8 What should CEOs be doing to ensure their firms remain competitive in this disruptive environment? A set of imperatives and recommended actions are offered in the report. 8

9 9 The global digital economy comes of age The Internet has set in motion a third wave of capitalism that will transform many aspects of the global marketplace—from consumer behavior to new business models. Mobility, cloud computing, business intelligence and social media underpin this shift, which is taking place in both developed and developing economies.

10 Reaching adulthood While the digital economy has been operating for several decades—few companies today operate without an e-commerce platform—the survey identifies four key technologies that are now bringing it into adulthood: mobility, cloud computing, business intelligence and social media 10

11 11 Industries undergo digital transformation As a result of the maturing digital economy, companies across a range of industries have seen their business models upended as they contend with the twin forces of technology and globalization. Over the next five years, many sectors, including technology, telecommunications, entertainment, media, banking, retail and healthcare, will continue to be reshaped through the application of information technology.

12 12 The digital divide reverses With economic power shifting to the East, cash-rich companies in the developing world are now investing heavily in technology—often outpacing their counterparts in developed markets. CEOs in advanced economies will need to deal with a new competitive challenge—aggressive technology-charged firms from emerging countries.

13 13 The emerging-market customer takes center stage Rapid economic growth, along with rising populations and income levels, are putting emerging markets at the center of corporate growth strategies. Customers in emerging markets—including the consumer, business and government sectors—offer huge opportunities for Western companies that can adapt to their needs.

14 14 Business shifts into hyperdrive The ever-changing global marketplace, fuelled by fast-growth economies and new technology, has accelerated the speed of most business activities, from product development to customer response. Real-time business intelligence and predictive analysis will be required not only for faster decision-making, but to cope with unexpected market risks and opportunities.

15 15 Firms reorganize to embrace the digital economy To operate on the global digital playing field, where new rivals are agile by policies and thinking, Smart Western firms are moving away from hierarchical decision-making and toward a network structure that is more market-like and organic.

16 16 The key? Understand what drives Digital Density, measure it, and then manage it.

17 17 Can digital technologies help economies become more competitive and grow more strongly? New research from Accenture provides empirical evidence they can.

18 18 In a joint study, Accenture Strategy and Oxford Economics not only confirmed the link between increased use of digital technologies and greater productivity, but also quantified the resulting impact on competitiveness and economic growth.

19 19 According to our analysis, increased use of digital technology could add as much as US$1.36 trillion to the GDP of the world’s top 10 economies in 2020—which is 2.3 percent more than baseline forecasts.

20 20 The Accenture Digital Density Index is a comprehensive scorecard of what truly matters to digitally led economic productivity.

21 21 Areas of economic activity measured by the Digital Density Index Making Markets This is the recognition that existing markets are becoming increasingly digital, and new markets are being created through digital means.

22 22 Sourcing Inputs This is the extent to which the factors of production are sourced and used with digital technology. The second part of sourcing inputs is to capture the degree to which digital technologies change the lifecycle of sourcing these factors for the business.

23 23 Running Enterprises Running enterprises relates to the extent to which firms are embracing digital technologies and activities to carry out business functions such as supply chain, strategy, talent, procurement and research and development.

24 24 Fostering Enablers The impact of digital is in part enabled by the institutional and socio-economic environment.

25 25 Beyond the technical model – creating a new mindset While the Digital Density Index’s indicators can help pinpoint specific areas for improvement, the broad areas of economic activity that the model describes can also help government and business leaders think differently about how digital technology transforms business and economies to capitalize on new growth opportunities.

26 26 Making Markets Understand and support new business models and markets Governments need to rethink how they view disruptive new business models beyond outdated industry boundaries. For their part, businesses need to engage with governments in new ways.

27 27 An example of business and government working together is the German “Smart Service World” program. Its aim is to determine how the business models of suppliers, manufacturers, and operators will be revolutionized by new types of products and services. This public—private partnership supports Germany’s goal to become the number-one country in Europe in terms of digital growth.

28 28 Running Enterprises Transform how you operate An original selling point of digital technologies was their ability to take time, cost, and distance out of an activity or process. That still holds true today. Companies and governments should increase their use of digital technologies to transform key business processes to create greater leaps in efficiency and productivity.

29 29 Sourcing Inputs Think forward to the Industrial Internet of Things To keep growing and innovating, economies and businesses must use land, talent, capital, ideas, and other resources ever more effectively.

30 30 The Industrial Internet of Things will further accelerate the digitalization of supply chains as objects interact with objects and humans to optimize processes or create new product and service hybrids.

31 31 Fostering Enablers Look beyond digital infrastructure High-speed broadband is important. However, digital requires a much broader range of enabling factors beyond technology infrastructure. Governments and businesses must work together in at least four additional areas to create an environment in which digital can flourish.

32 32 The first is making it easier for entrepreneurs to launch digital businesses, which Italy did in 2014 by eliminating registration fees for startups and establishing a legal framework for crowdfunding.

33 The second is streamlining and simplifying market rules to reflect the degree of commerce, online and offline, that now depends on digital. The European Union, for example, wants to put in place a “digital single market” of 500 million people, based on harmonized data protection rules, ecommerce, telecommunications, copyright and consumer protection. 33

34 34 The third involves initiatives to develop digital skills, such as Estonia’s nationwide program called ProgeTiiger (Programming Tiger) to teach children aged seven to 19 how to write software code.

35 35 The fourth is consumer and citizen trust that businesses and governments will use their personal data responsibly. Digital trust relies on secure infrastructure and appropriate data protection rules, as well as initiatives by businesses to become increasingly transparent with their customers as to how and why their data is used.

36 36 References The New Digital Economy - How it will transform business, ssets/the-new-digital-economy.pdf Accenture Strategy, ments/PDF/Accenture-Digital-Density-Index- Guiding-Digital-Transformation.pdf


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