Nigeria set to overtake South Africa on cloud computing in 2014
In a twist to the tale, the study concludes that, despite its current dominance, South Africa will be replaced by Nigeria with a wide margin as the leader in Cloud in 2014. (Image: Experts Integrated Systems)
Nigeria will take a lead over South Africa on cloud computing by the end of 2014 with great investments slated to be made in the sector.
This was the key finding of a research study carried out across three major African countries – Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.
World Wide Worx and Cisco released their study ‘Cloud in Africa: Reality Check 2013′ recently, covering a small but representative sample of senior information technology decision-makers in medium-sized and large companies across the three major economies.
Businesses in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya have great confidence in both the security and reliability of the cloud, hence cloud computing will continue to be an integral and increasing part of Africa’s major economies, the report noted.
Currently, South Africa is the regional leader in Cloud Computing, followed by Kenya, and finally Nigeria, which lags behind by a wide percentage margin.
In 2013, 50 per cent medium and large businesses in South Africa made use of Cloud services. In Kenya, 48 per cent use Cloud services, which is only slightly lower than South Africa. And, Nigeria counts only 36 per cent in the ranks of businesses using the Cloud.
In a twist to the tale, the study concludes that, despite its current dominance, South Africa will be replaced by Nigeria with a wide margin as the leader in Cloud in 2014.
It notes that the percentage of companies adopting the cloud in Nigeria is expected to increase by 44 per cent in the coming year, bringing the total in the country to 80 per cent by the end of 2014.
On the other hand, in Kenya, 24 per cent of organizations, and in South Africa, only 16 per cent, will join the Cloud bandwagon in 2014.
More and more IT decision-makers are placing their trust in Cloud computing in both Nigeria and Kenya, contributing to the rapid adoption of the product.
The report stressed that, even if the level of confidence on cloud computing is not so elevated, there is no distrust felt by cloud users on safety and reliability grounds, accelerating the move to the cloud.