A survey conducted by IDG Connect on behalf of SAP Africa has highlighted the fantastic opportunity open to cloud service providers (CSPs) as a result of Africa’s rapid adoption of mobile network technology.
This survey, entitled Africa Set for Cloud Market Expansion, sets out the possibility for new revenue streams and business that will be accessible to CSPs that are targeting large enterprise customers during 2014 and 2015.
Organisations within South Africa, Algeria, Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria appear poised to increase their spending on cloud hosted infrastructure (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) within 2014-2015 and beyond.
According to the survey, the majority of organisations within South Africa, Algeria, Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria have moved some virtual workloads, applications or services into cloud hosted IaaS, PaaS or SaaS environments, or have started preparing to do so.
“There is however, a sizeable minority that has yet to formulate a cloud migration strategy on any meaningful scale,” said Chris Willcocks, director: Cloud and Line of Business at SAP Africa
South Africa and Nigeria appear furthest advanced in current adoption, with 30% and 35% of respondents saying they have already made significant progress with cloud implementation strategies, though respondents from these two countries also recorded the lowest number of organisations to have undertaken little or no activity (27% and 24%).
At the other end of the cloud adoption spectrum, Kenya experiencing the highest percentage (42%) of respondents whose employers had undertaken little or no activity in terms of cloud migration, substantially higher than the average across all five countries (30%).
Currently, fixed telecommunications infrastructure problems relating to the availability, reliability and security of wide area network and broadband links may be partly responsible for the relatively slow take up of cloud within Africa to date.
“Although the survey results paint a mixed picture for cloud service adoption in Africa, it does serve to illustrate the extent of the commercial opportunity for CSPs in this territory,” Willcocks said in conclusion.