The Equinix 2023 Global Tech Trends Survey, which sampled the opinion of 2900 IT decision-makers globally has released its finding for Nigeria with the survey stating that Artificial Intelligence (AI) uptake is on the rise across all industries.
To create scalable AI solutions, the report recommended that businesses must ensure their IT frameworks can accommodate the required ingestion, sharing, storage and processing of massive and diverse data sets while keeping sustainability in mind.
Here are the highlights of the survey
- 94 percent of businesses in Nigeria are likely to be using AI or planning to do so in cybersecurity, IT operations 93 percent and customer experience 92 percent.
- 93 percent of IT decision-makers globally are seeking to benefit from the advantages of AI and already using or planning to use it across multiple key functions.
- Only 3 in 10, representing 37 percent of IT leaders surveyed in Nigeria believe their team’s ability or existing IT infrastructure are fully prepared for the demands of artificial intelligence technology.
- The survey also highlighted the need for education and collaboration to enable IT teams optimize the deployment of this infrastructure, with AI and machine learning expertise being sought by 52 percent of those growing their IT teams.
- The report revealed that interconnection has increased the flexibility of connectivity, including network optimization (46 percent) and optimized end-user experience (45 percent).
- On carrier-neutral colocation, the survey recorded a 35 percent increase in spending compared to the previous year, which recorded a 14 percent increase, an unsurprising result given predictions from last year, which forecasted a rise in digital deployments that will not only enhance digital transformation but also build resilience, adding that more businesses (29 percent) plan to increase their colocation spend in the next 12 months.
- Analyzing their long-term technology strategies, respondents highlighted improving customer experience, accelerating innovation, and complying with data protection regulations amongst others as top priorities amidst their digital expansion plans.
- Of the 100 IT leaders surveyed in 2023, 37 percent are planning to expand geographically into a new region, 30 percent into a new country and another 45 percent in a new city in an existing country, with data sovereignty laws as a top deciding factor for those plans. 79 percent of these respondents are likely to adjust their expansion plans in some form, in adherence to the data sovereignty laws implemented in these new markets.
Meanwhile, responding to the findings of the Report, the CEO, MainOne, an Equinix Company, Funke Opeke said, “The growth of interconnection bandwidth and associated IT budgets for interconnection and carrier-neutral colocation show how businesses are embracing interconnection as a critical component of their digital strategy, and how they are future-proofing their digital infrastructure to gain competitive advantage.”
According to Funke, “As businesses expand their infrastructure to meet the constantly growing need for digital services, data sovereignty laws play a critical part in their expansion plans. This is because businesses need to ensure that their data is stored and processed in accordance with the laws of the country in which they operate. However, strict data sovereignty laws can make it difficult for businesses to expand their infrastructure across borders.
“With MainOne, businesses can leverage a globally interconnected ecosystem to expand their reach and tap into new markets, scale their operations and lower latency for critical services and applications, adapt to changing market dynamics and comply with regulatory requirements.”