The research centre will be working with Professor Jose Luis Encarnacao
to evaluate the gap in underlying technology adoption in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) region.
Experts at SAP's research centre in Pretoria explain that the research will take the form of a strategic research agenda that will cover the whole BRICS region. It will examine the challenges that the different BRICS countries face in adopting ICT, which can be an instrumental factor in reshaping business and stimulating economic growth.
"ICT has the potential to play a huge part in bridging these gaps, but before it can do so, we need to have a clear understanding of the issues that have delayed the advancement and appropriation of technology thus far," Professor Encarnacao, an advisor to the German government on its own ICT policy, said.
In February, the International Telecommunications Union found that African countries still lagged behind in their adoption of ICT. Its Measuring the Information Society 2010 report
found that all of the 159 countries measured had increased their use of ICT, but only only the Seychelles, Mauritius and South Africa made it into the top 100 countries in the ITU's ICT Development Index (IDI). South Africa ranked third after the Seychelles and Mauritius, reaching 92 in the IDI.
"The Least Developed Countries - many of which are in Africa -- still have very limited access to ICTs, especially in terms of broadband infrastructure and household access to ICTs," said the ITU when the report was released, indicating that there is still much work to be done.