[su_heading size=”14″ align=”left”] Collins Onuegbu, Executive Vice Chairman, Signal Alliance, in this article for the Nigeria Technology Forecast 2015 (#NGTF2015) the technology thought leadership annual by Technology Times, offers insights into Top 10 Key Trends that will shape and define the Nigerian technology landscape in 2015 and beyond.[/su_heading]
2015 will be the year driven by the falling oil prices and General Elections. These two factors will drive major sectors of the economy because of their underlying effects on all activities both in economy and society.
Technology however will not just be driven by local issues but also by international trends and existing local trends. Recently we have seen a lot of trends in the local technology space driven by Internet penetration, e-commerce surge, rise of local software companies and local cloud adoption.
Going into 2015, some of these trends will continue and more new trends will be driven by new realities in Nigeria economy and trends driving ICT globally. The trends listed here are not in any order of importance:
The e-commerce boom will accelerate driven by a lot of factors. First is that competition within the space will continue with new entrants. This will lead to better offerings and better discounts. In a year when Naira depreciation will hit people’s pockets, buying things online at discounted prices will be the trend. This will drive more traffic to online stores.
There has been an explosion of data centres in Nigeria in recent times. Last year saw the launch of several including Rack Center. MainOne has launched its centre in early 2015. Expect a few more centres to open this year and upgrading of existing data centres especially by the telcos. What will be the effect of the rise of data centres? Local hosting of online applications. Better services from corporate organizations that will have options to have better technology services from the data centres than their internal data centres.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Collins Onuegbu, Executive Vice Chairman, Signal Alliance.”]“In a year when Naira depreciation will hit people’s pockets, buying things online at discounted prices will be the trend. This will drive more traffic to online stores.” [/blockquote]