Headway Consulting to begin training and consultancy for ITIL 4 in Namibia

29 March 2019 Consultancy.africa

Windhoek-based IT services consultancy Headway Consulting is set to offer training and consultancy in the Information Technology Infrastructure Library 4 (ITIL 4) domain, having recently launched the ITIL Foundation’s latest product to enhance technology delivery in  the Namibian market.

Headway Consulting has been the primary provider of ITIL-related services in Namibia in recent years. ITIL is essentially a cluster of operational capabilities that allows for the management and delivery of IT services and the overall alignment of organisational goals with IT architecture.

Last year, the firm held an ITIL training session amongst organisations from a variety of sectors in Namibia, hailing from the private and the public domains. Some participants include the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Namibia and financial services institution Letshego.

Headway Consulting to begin training and consultancy for ITIL 4 in Namibia

The firm has repeatedly emphasised the importance of ITIL, and asserted that attendees of its training sessions were firms that recognised the need to implement proper digital alignment, particularly as the business environment across Africa races to integrate Industry 4.0 technology.

“Both profit and non-profit organisations as well as Government departments realise the need for these processes to be aligned, and how this can be beneficial for the organisation as well as the employees,” explained Headway Consulting’s Managing Director Jan Coetzee at the time.

The firm will now offer more training and integration programmes, primarily to market ITIL 4, which is the latest in IT architecture technology. The latest version will facilitate more efficiency and speed in digital transformation processes across the country, particularly once Headway familiarises the staff with it functions.

Commenting on the latest version, Jan Coetzee said, “ITIL 4 delivers a whole new level of training and certification for Namibians and Namibian organisations. Delivering quality service delivery based on tech-driven best processes and best practises from around the world.”

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Market trends that are emerging in a post-digital African economy

15 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

The discourse is now moving to a post-digital world, where the differentiating factor among a sea of digitalised firms will become the capacity to deliver personalised services based on individual customer needs – among other things – according to a new report from global management consultancy Accenture.

Businesses in Africa have been navigating a period of rapid digitalisation recently. The continent is set to have as many as 1 billion internet connections over the next two years, which means that the population is set to be wired in. The business environment has been looking to capitalise on this digital market.

While the bigger firms have been quick to adopt digital technology within their operations, smaller businesses were initially weary due to the high costs involved in digital transformation. Nevertheless, a number of these firms are realising the value of digital integration, and Accenture is looking towards the next step.

As per a new report from the firm, most businesses are on their way to digitalisation, which is restoring a certain uniformity to the market. In this context, digitalisation is no longer the differentiating factor. Businesses must now focus on developing mechanisms for customer relationships, among other enhancements.

Market trends that are emerging in a post-digital African economy

The technology that will take centre stage in the new scenario includes distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, extended reality and quantum computing (DARQ). Such technologies allow firms to “reimagine entire industries”, as per the firm’s analysis, and nearly 90% of firms are already experimenting with such technology.

Another key trend that is emerging in the post-digital world is the need for cyber security. According to Accenture, cyber security is no longer an individual effort from companies, but must be a collaborative effort across all stakeholders in any given sector that has digitally integrated.

“Ecosystem-driven business connections increase companies’ exposure to risks. Leaders recognise that just as they collaborate with entire ecosystems to deliver best- in-class products, services, and experiences, security must join that e­ffort as well,” says the firm.

“Technology is creating a world of intensely customised and on demand experiences, and companies must reinvent their organisations to find and capture those opportunities as they come,” adds the firm, urging that meeting customer needs is now more about speed than about service.