TechInAfrica – World Wide Worx conducted a research project—Cloud Africa 2018—across three African countries: Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. The decision makers of 300 medium and large organizations were interviewed about the usage, benefits, and intentions of cloud computing.
World Wide Worx has conducted similar research about Cloud usage among medium and large organizations for more than five years. Throughout the period, the numbers have more than doubled, from fewer than 50% using it in 2013 to pervasive use in 2018.
The World Wide Worx’s Managing Director, Arthur Goldstuck said: “It is no longer about whether to use the cloud, but what benefits are being gained from the cloud. These depend heavily on the dynamics of each market, so we were not surprised to see that businesses in each country emphasized different benefits.”
Goldstuck said that respondents in Kenya and Nigeria agreed that Business efficiency and Scalability were the most significant benefit of Cloud, with 80% and 75% each, considering it as a benefit. Meanwhile, in South Africa, only 61% of respondent who thought the same.
“The opposite happened with the most important benefit among South Africans: Time-to-market or speed of deployment came in as the most prominent, at 68% of respondents. In contrast, only 48% of companies in Kenya and 28% in Nigeria named it as a key benefit,” Goldstuck added.
According to Goldstuck, Cloud is used in Nigeria and Kenya has become in order to address the infrastructure challenges, thus, creating more efficiency.
Around 23% of South African respondents used it as a platform for their international expansion while in Kenya it only stood at 17% and 6% in Nigeria. All three countries were all on the same level, using it for service innovation which is very low, only around 15%.
Goldstuck compared the finding to the global market, “Internationally, it is taken for granted that the cloud is an ideal platform for both innovations and for establishing a global footprint. In these three markets, these are benefits that are only now beginning to be recognized but are still a long way from being a priority. The cloud is here, but its full benefits have not yet arrived.”