South African firms, which are behind the curve when it comes to the adoption of robotics, big data and machine learning, are on the cusp of embracing these emerging technologies, a research report shows. "We see an interesting phenomenon in SA – there’s very narrow adoption of most emerging technologies, but there’s now a very high intent to use them," said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck, a technology pundit who compiled the report in partnership with software firm Syspro. South African companies were "probably two or three years behind developed markets" in terms of integrating these technologies, Goldstuck told Business Day. "Bear in mind these technologies are relatively new everywhere. However, in markets like the US, Germany and Japan, we see very rapid adoption because of the competitive advantages that these technologies bring," he said. Strong intent The study, based on interviews with information technology heads at 400 large companies in SA, found low existing usage ...

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