IBM SA’s EEIP approach and development focus:

IBM SA conceived the content of its EEIP proposals with due consideration to the following macro-economic and social challenges that face the South African society namely:

The increasing importance and contribution of emerging economies to global GDP growth.

South Africa has a particular requirement in this regard in the context of its BRICS; members are able to leverage its digital competitiveness to access the rapidly developing markets of the continent and the fellow BRIC markets.

The growing shift in demographics to the majority of citizens being younger, more electronically connected and with a growing purchasing power.

The rate of infrastructure investments due to high levels of migration to cities and high potential urban areas.

The impact on infrastructure demand in areas such as rail, road and ports; dams, irrigation systems and sanitation; new energy generation plants, transmission lines and distribution of electricity to households; communication and broadband infrastructure; social infrastructure in the form of hospitals, schools and universities as well as regional infrastructure, is profound and will require a rapid rethink of spatial planning and management.

These three game changing challenges will have a profound impact on the South African growth and development strategies in the foreseeable future. Internal developmental dynamics, such as fine tuning a balance between development objectives of the State and infrastructure development objectives further exacerbate the problems and is increasingly forcing a more coherent and strategic approach to the management of the economy.

With regard to current Government policies and programmes, the National Development Plan (NDP) is the Government’s key programme to take the country onto a higher growth trajectory. It is about creating the conditions for faster growth and employment through Government investment, microeconomic reforms that lower the costs of business and for poor households, competitive and equitable wage structures, and the effective unblocking of constraints to investment in specific sectors.

They cover a longer time frame and is widely recognised as the Blueprint for growth and prosperity.

These policy initiatives seek to support a range of national priority agenda items which should make a significant difference to South Africa’s internal stability and global competitiveness.

Key to this is the focus on South Africa’s digital advantage. This will require an entire new national skills, research and innovation step change and a concerted focus on developing Black industrialists capable of delivering solutions and globally competitive services aimed at driving the transformation of the national economy sectors including the machinery of Government itself as depicted below

SA Game Changing Strategies

SA Game Changing Strategies

Thus the concomitant demand for Industry Transformation is obvious and compelling.

Growing and evolving market needs along with fierce competition for an increase share of wallet will necessitate transformation of Public Service and industry business models.

For example:

  • The transport industry requires a more integrated and efficient transport model. These will encompass a seamless model of cross modal booking, ticketing and billing.
  • Utilities need to invest in more efficient energy utilization to keep up with the urbanization demand such as the adoption of smarter meters.
  • Healthcare must mature from basic patient information to integrated healthcare with a view of patient history at every single touch point from birth to death and at every point of care supported by a comprehensive disease management strategy informed by cognitive computing.
  • Telco’s have to transform its business as subscriptions plateaus and invest in new revenue models leveraging data and provide meaningful targeted content through cloud services
  • Government has to leverage e-Government and m-Government services to develop deeper, real time communication between Government and citizens, Government to Business, Government to Government

The key technologies that will facilitate these transformative game changing steps are universally considered as the following:

Cloud computing
Mega data analytics
Mobile enterprises
Social business and
Collectively known as CAMMS

IBM has been at the forefront of delivering these new disruptive technologies to its clients around the world.

It is widely acknowledged by ICT analysts that a well-considered CAMMS strategy is central to the industry transformation demands of the country which requires world class skills, innovation through ground-breaking research, culminating in new foreground IP and knowhow which has the ability to be commercialized globally, making a significant contribution to South Africa’s digital competitiveness.

It is against this technology transformation demand that the IBM EEIP focus of skills development, research resulting in new innovation and entrepreneurial enablement strategies have been developed as depicted below.

EIP Investment Strategy

EEIP Investment Strategy

EEIP Eco System

EEIP Eco System

Each entity or institution within the ecosystem has a defined role in the execution and implementation of the EEIP.

The EEIP Team will be responsible for the administration and effective management of the beneficiaries of the EEIP on the Enterprise Development Stream as well as the Academic Programme. The team will also be responsible for the implementation of the Research Lab to facilitate the undertaking of research projects together with the Enterprise Development beneficiaries and well other research projects aligned to the defined research focus areas.

All key decisions will be made by the IBM EEIP Steering Committee and informed by the IBM EEIP Advisory Council which will be established in order to ensure external adherence to the stated objectives of the EEIP and overall fulfilment of the requirements of the EEIP.

All key decisions will be made by the IBM EEIP Steering Committee and informed by the IBM EEIP Advisory Council which will be established in order to ensure external adherence to the stated objectives of the EEIP and overall fulfilment of the requirements of the EEIP.

The role of the 3rd Party suppliers will be to provide business support programmes designed to assist a business or entrepreneurs in its development and growth.

The EEIP Strategic Collaborating Partners are those entities that make a contribution to the EEIP investment and execution. These are:

  • Wits: University of Witwatersrand
  • DS&T (Department of Science & Technology) and all its subsidiary research and skills development agencies such as
    • the CSIR
    • the Meraka Institute
    • Collaborators will be entitled to nominate beneficiaries to all three streams of the EEIP i.e.,
  • deserving students for the Academic Programme,
  • enterprises for the EDP and
  • Research beneficiaries for the IBM Research Africa as part of a beneficiary feeder system.
  • Selection of these nominees will be subject to IBM selection criteria and final selection will be done by IBM.

Collaborating partners will have a seat on the EEIP Advisory Council to provide on-going input, guidance and recommendation to ensure relevance and impact of the EEIP.

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