Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 35 | Page 74

////////////////////////////////////// FINAL WORD Digitisation key to shaping the future success and growth of African economies The world is dramatically shifting as a result of technology. And given the reach of digital technology and the change it promises, Habib Mahakian, Vice-President, Emerging Africa at Dell Technologies, says that organisations across the continent are in a race to become digital businesses. A s an accelerator of development, the world is also highly disruptive, redefining jobs and skills while also reshaping industries. As technology has evolved, so have we. The way we live, work and connect with one another has changed dramatically and this fusion of technologies means that over the next decade, every successful business will need to be digital at heart. Some companies are leapfrogging into the future as they have fewer legacy challenges to deal with, while some are running the risk of being left behind. Today, Digital Transformation is no longer a luxury or nice-to-have. It has become a necessity, spurred by those who set its development agendas. Specifically, digitisation has become the pillar that is driving growth and shaping the future success and growth of economies in the continent. For example, the Government of Morocco has put in place a new set of policies and reforms in the Morocco Digital 2020 strategy that aims to shift the country’s focus to positioning itself as a digital economy to promote the effective use of and access to technology across various sectors. 74 INTELLIGENTCIO