State of Existing Infrastructure Hinders Cloud Adoption in Africa: Report

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Between Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Nigeria and South Africa are the furthest advanced in terms of cloud adoption, a new report by IDG Connect on behalf of SAP Africa finds.

In Nigeria, 35 percent of those surveyed in the report, titled “Africa Set for Cloud Market Expansion,” said they had made significant progress in terms of cloud adoption, while 30 percent in South Africa said the same.

Overall, 30 percent of those surveyed described their organization’s approach to cloud as “little or no activity.” In Kenya, that number reached 42 percent.

Less than half (47 percent) of respondents said that they expect to ramp up their cloud migration strategy in 2014 and 2015.

While security or privacy are often reasons cited in North America or Europe as top challenges to cloud adoption, in Africa the fear that a cloud service provider may go bankrupt was listed as the biggest obstacle in Nigeria (35 percent) and second biggest in South Africa (35 percent). In Kenya, 71 percent were most concerned with security and data protection.

Across all five regions, 39 percent of respondents said that the state of existing infrastructure is a massive problem for cloud adoption.

Unfamiliarity with the cloud delivery model within the region was also a concern, and 43 percent said they were using public cloud services with the “knowledge or approval” of IT. This is called Shadow IT, and is happening at an increasing rate. A recent survey found that 35 percent of IT spending is happening outside of IT departments, creating security and compliance issues.

Unlike their North American or European counterparts, there is some evidence to suggest that most IT managers in Algeria, Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa feel that cloud services are more suitable for larger, rather than small enterprises.

A recent survey by IDC estimates that South Africa’s cloud services market will reach nearly $230 million in 2014.

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