Jamaica as the Caribbean Innovation Hub | ICT Pulse [PODCAST]

a couple of months ago
Date:February 16, 2022
Opened this year with a great conversation on "Is Jamaica ready to be the innovation hub of the Caribbean, or are we missing some steps?" and the potential impact of Microsoft Cloud Retail product to the Caribbean region.
Jamaica as the Caribbean Innovation Hub | ICT Pulse [PODCAST]

When

Date: February 16, 2022

Why

Without a doubt and over the years, we have borne witness to the continued development of the Caribbean region’s tech space in a variety of ways. For example, we have been seeing the maturing of entrepreneurs and start-ups, along with more avenues to access capital; innovative products and services are being developed here in the region for a global market; and even in the fintech space, the region is leading the development of central bank digital currencies.

However, we must also highlight that to a considerable degree, the strides that the region is making in tech is in pockets. The critical mass or groundswell needed across our business community, or even our governments – to usher in digital economies and information societies – is still years away. There is still a reticence about levering technology, and about updating current systems to make our citizens, and our countries at large, more future-ready.

For this February 2022 Community Chat on ICT Pulse, the above sentiments are echoed in the conversation with this month’s guests.

The impetus for Bianca’s topic were recent remarks by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, in which he stated that coding will be taught in all public schools, with the objective of making “Jamaica the Silicon Valley of the region”. Similar sentiments have been expressed by other Caribbean policymakers over the years, and your guess is as good as ours how actively that goal is being pursued, However, and for someone whose professional focus these days is innovation, Bianca wanted us to tackle it head-on via the question, Is Jamaica ready to be the innovation hub of the Caribbean, or are we missing some steps?

Cognisant that most organisations use Microsoft products, from small businesses to enterprise-sized operations, he was particularly excited when it was announced that Microsoft Cloud for Retail will soon be made available to the Caribbean region. Microsoft Cloud for Retail is a solution geared towards retailers, which should help them to digitally integrate key aspects of their business, from supply chain and logistics to the customer experience, thus helping them to be more efficient, effective, whilst also elevating the their entire performance. With that in mind, Naphtale’s wanted us to discuss, The potential impact of Microsoft Cloud Retail product to the Caribbean region.

 

Bianca

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