Is Information Technology a paper tiger or is IT a tiger that bites? The world depends on IT. IT enables the knowledge economy. IT is real but who benefits? Jidaw asks: Does IT drive development in Nigeria? The difference that IT can make is tangible and so is the digital divide – the gap into digital haves and have-nots.
We use IT but does IT deliver in terms of overall prosperity? Access needs to be improved; however even access can only take us so far. The real question is what do we do with IT? Consumption rates are rising but does IT bite? Is IT biting away at unemployment and poverty? In Jidaw’s advisory consulting practice, we stress that the Nigerian nation must be strategic if it must derive real benefit from IT. What are the issues at stake? Preaching about the benefits of IT has its limits.
Current efforts, systems and institutions only directly reach a small minority. Can we grow as a nation if the majority cannot harness the benefits? At Jidaw we see a tiger – a real one or one made of paper? Unless IT positively impacts on jobs, business growth, social inclusion and wealth creation, it remains a paper tiger. The world is changing, are we adapting, following or leading?
If IT must have teeth and bite, it must address issues of substance. It is beyond the ability the buy the latest blackberry phone. In such a dynamic area, issues are constantly evolving but in the opinion of Jidaw’s consultants, the fundamental areas of significance in developing an inclusive and sustainable knowledge economy include information security, software development and IT education.
Jidaw asks: In a world powered by software innovation is Nigeria satisfied with software activity and consumption? Without radical vision and action in software we will be excluded from the real benefits of IT. Let’s give consumption a rest; it’s time to be part of the creativity and way forward in IT.
Today’s IT driven environment breeds scavengers, predators and opportunists; does your vision for the future incorporate security? As you hunt for opportunity in the digital world how does the hunter avoid ending up as the hunted? With information security will the tiger remain toothless?
Most importantly, can our people compete? Jidaw’s focus is on human capital development and Jidaw has always stressed that infrastructure cannot replace the ideas, knowledge and skills of people. The tiger remains on paper until there are people in significant numbers that have the competence, agility and ability to meet the demands of the knowledge economy.
At Jidaw we cannot stop emphasizing that the future does not lie in consumption. How well is Nigeria leveraging on education in the sector responsible for growth and innovation? Having high quality human capital in the critical specialty areas of the global system is fundamental. Who is winning? Ready to get radical or has status quo stolen the dreams?