BMIT has published its SA Cloud Computing Overview and Market Sizing 2019 report, which shows that the growing adoption of cloud computing in South Africa has democratised IT resources and made technology available that traditionally would have been out of reach of the smaller player.
For businesses considering moving to the cloud, first mover advantage is more important than ever – while supporting innovation is a key success factor in today’s highly-competitive industries.
Analytics and artificial intelligence, along with other emerging technologies, are available to businesses at a fraction of the investment that would have been required before the transition to cloud computing.
IT modernisation, cost optimisation, and digital transformation are factors which motivate all companies to implement cloud computing.
The ability to scale is more important to medium and large companies than small companies, whose primary motivation is to transform digitally.
There is significantly less resistance to moving to the cloud in general – however, the question the market is grappling with is the “when and how” to move.
That being said, the conservative mindset of some in the IT market along with aversion to change is still challenging the industry and slowing adoption as more traditional-minded IT personnel often want full ownership and control over their IT resources – rather than the pay-per-use model that cloud has ushered in.
The cloud services market in South Africa is estimated to have grown at 31% in 2018 and is expected to grow another 35% in 2019 as the multinational hyperscale (Amazon, Google, Microsoft) local data centres go live over the next two years.
Looking further into the future, BMIT forecasts the cloud services market growing at a CAGR of 28% over the next five years to R23.6 billion in 2023.