CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Enterprises across a growing number of verticals in South Africa are turning to smart machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions to improve operational efficiency, optimise resources, and enhance customer experience. The ability of M2M solutions to automate processes, as well as boost visibility and control assets, enables mobile operators to improve profit margins by generating revenues from this segment. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies are gaining prominence in a growing number of enterprises across different sectors in South Africa. Enterprises are using M2M solutions to improve their operational efficiency, optimise resourced and enhance their engagement with customers. M2M connectivity represents a growing opportunity for mobile operators to diversify their revenue streams.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, M2M Market Opportunities in South Africa—Vertical Focus, finds that automotive, retail and finance, utilities and vehicle fleet companies are currently among the most extensive users of M2M solutions in South Africa.

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“Agriculture, healthcare, security, and process-intensive sectors, like mining and manufacturing are expected to be some of the main adopters of M2M solutions in their operations,” said Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Research Analyst Lehlohonolo Mokenela. “Globally, operators have set-up spin-off companies to focus on providing M2M support, a trend that some of the larger local operators, Vodacom and MTN, are looking to follow.”

Device manufacturers in South Africa, encouraged by the sturdy adoption rates and the proliferation of connected devices, have developed new M2M applications for the automotive, retail and finance verticals. These product innovations are encouraged by the growing availability of advanced networks. Mobile operators are now in a position to support data requirements from the growing number of connected broadband M2M devices. They are also able exploit opportunities arising from the high demand for analytics solutions among enterprises looking to make intelligent use of device and customer data.

While the infrastructure is in place, the lack of standardisation in devices and protocols is limiting the implementation of smart M2M solutions, particularly in the healthcare sector. This will undoubtedly slow down the development of the market; however, only until providers in the ecosystem collaborate to develop more common standards.

“Managed connectivity is likely to remain a core value proposition of the mobile operators as they own the networks, however, the long-term decline in data prices will drive down Average Revenue Per User M2M SIMs,” noted Mokenela. “Mobile operators are looking to engage in vertical consolidation to strengthen their presence along the value chain and expand revenue sources beyond basic connectivity and more towards content-rich enterprise applications,”

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M2M Market Opportunities in South Africa—Vertical Focus is part of the Mobile & Wireless Communications ( Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: U.S Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communications Market–Tier-I Mobile Operator Profiles and Analysis, Smart Cards in the M2M Communications Market, M2M–The Role of Telecoms Services Providers. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent research of the data discovery and visualization (DDV) segment in the big data analytics market, Frost & Sullivan today announced that it is presenting the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership in Global Big Data Analytics – DDV segment to Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in user-driven Business Intelligence (BI). DDV solutions offer capabilities to integrate, transform, analyze and graphically represent visual relationships across multiple data sources. Amidst intense competition from a number of pure-play and point solution vendors, Qlik has achieved this Frost & Sullivan distinction by maintaining a relentless focus on product innovation and offering a highly flexible end-user experience to its customers.

Qlik’s growth and innovation in the category of user-driven data discovery and visualization continues as customers want to move from passively receiving reports to actively participating in analysis. The Company announced it will release a free desktop version of its next-generation product QlikView.Next early in the third quarter of 2014. Qlik will also make available a cloud service for small group sharing of analysis with the desktop version. The desktop edition business analytics users will be able to leverage QlikView. Next’s intuitive features to build a customized application in minutes by just dragging and dropping, experiencing many of the Natural Analytics™ user interface capabilities before the server and enterprise functionality of the complete platform is expected to be generally available in the second half of 2014.  

Over these years of continued innovation and changing the face of BI, Qlik has maintained its commitment to become the de facto global standard for how people gain insight from their data.  With QlikView’s® patented core technology, associative experience, and collaboration and mobile capabilities, users can ask and answer streams of questions on their own or in teams and groups, wherever they are working. Users can continue to explore information freely, rather than being confined to a predefined path of questions, and gain rapid time to value in deployments that can be productive in just days or weeks. QlikView also offers data governance capabilities to provide the security and control required by enterprise IT.

“Qlik is widely used by end users from a number of industry verticals, including healthcare, retail, banking and financial services, telecommunication as well as media and entertainment. Furthermore, Qlik is working on the next generation of its software with QlikView.Next,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Hiral Jasani. “With this latest release, Qlik will offer a complete technology platform surrounded by an ecosystem of people, services, and applications that reinvents data discovery and visualization.”

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for outstanding achievement in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research.

Key performance areas for Qlik include growth strategy excellence; growth implementation excellence; depth of product suite; degree of innovation with products and technologies; and speed of response to market needs and global expansion. 

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About Qlik

Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) simplifies how people explore their data to help them make better decisions.  With its QlikView Business Discovery platform, people quickly bring data sources together to create dynamic visual applications that can be navigated and searched intuitively. QlikView uses Natural Analytics to reflect the way human curiosity searches and processes information while delivering the enterprise manageability, governance and service offerings organizations require. Qlik and its global partner network support approximately 32,000 customers in over 100 countries.

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