East African business, innovation and technology leaders gathered in Nairobi this week to discuss innovation opportunities for corporate and public sector organisations in the digital economy.
The agenda was part of SAP Kenya Innovation Day a high profile affair that featured an estimated 600 attendees, including a line-up of local and global SAP experts who hosted interactive sessions focused on key business and technology trends that are shaping the East African innovation landscape.
The event comes at a time when public and private sector interest in building Intelligent Enterprise capabilities is at an all-time high, according to Pedro Guerreiro, Managing Director for Central Africa at SAP Africa.
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“Public and private sector organisations are reconsidering how they offer products and services to citizens and customers to meet high demands for quality, convenience and personalization,” he explained.
“As the pace of change in the digital economy continues to accelerate, leading organisations are increasingly adopting Intelligent Enterprise capabilities that will help them build the agility, capacity and speed to remain successful,” Guerreiro continued.
In 2008, the Kenyan government launched its Vision 2030 agenda, an ambitious development plan that aims to establish Kenya as an industrialising middle-income country that provides a high quality of life to its citizens.
Current President, Uhuru Kenyatta, introduced the country’s Big Four Agenda, which aims to accelerate economic growth and inclusion, in 2017. It includes an expansion of the manufacturing sector, affordable housing, healthcare, and food security.
Keynote speaker, Professor Bitange Ndemo, Chairman of Kenya’s Blockchain and AI Taskforce, said the digital economy presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape the economy and accelerate the socio-economic development of the East African region.
Based on recent data, this drive to build intelligent enterprise capabilities in the private and public sectors is bearing fruit: Kenya improved its ranking on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from 135 in 2015 to 61 this year.
Sessions at this year’s Kenya Innovation Day included discussions over experience management powered by the Intelligent Enterprise, placing people at the heart of the intelligent enterprise transformation, and the intelligent supply chain.
“Kenyan organisations are on the move and ready to take advantage of Intelligent Enterprise benefits in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Guerreiro.
“SAP will remain committed to helping customers in the region run better and build the agility and intelligence needed to succeed in the digital age,” he concluded.