Supporting the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Sector
The prediction by the Garner group that there will be 3 Billion devices connected to the internet, was supported by my experience last year when I visited Las Vegas and I noticed the fridge in my room had a network cable and was equipped with sensors that allowed the hotel to know immediately what snacks or drinks I took out. When one thinks about the improved customer services and operational efficiency for the hotel staff and concessionary providers, it is astounding.Then I ask the questions: who will be programming all these devices?, who will be maintaining them when they malfunction, who will ensure they are secure?. Consider also that most of these ICT services will be offered remotely.
Well it is here, the digital revolution has started and if the Jamaican ICT sector is aligned, we can get more than our fair share of this US multi-billion dollar market. It is like a “blue ocean” filled with a vast amount of opportunity for many years to come.
The Vision Statement for the ICT Sector for Vision 2030 Jamaica is “A globally competitive ICT sector that is widely accessible and makes the greatest possible contribution to the social and economic development of Jamaica”. Let us also juxtapose this with the fact that the Jamaica Computer Society (JCS) was formed in January 1975 by ICT pioneers with the objective “To promote the knowledge of the development and use computational machinery and techniques; and to facilitate the exchange of information and views of computational machinery”. Even today, the JCS objectives are still aligned to supporting Vision 2030.