With the local Microsoft Azure cloud officially going live as well as the Huawei cloud
being available in country, South Africa is literally on the hyperscale cloud map and
it will have a significant impact on the adoption of cloud services locally. Data
domicile and latency as objections are something of the past and conversations
have moved from whether or not to adopt cloud to how cloud is going to be
The impact of first mover advantage amongst cloud providers could prove to be
significant where companies are looking to move to cloud as a matter of urgency
and have been waiting for a local offering. There is a view in the industry that the
market will tend towards a preferred cloud provider due to the challenges in running
on multiple platforms especially as it relates to development but this is offset,
particularly in larger organisations, by the need to spread risk as required by
corporate governance. Many industry players are of the view that we will operate in
a Multicloud world, for the foreseeable future but this may change as cloud matures.
An area that may provide a significant competitive advantage is the Cloud Providers
Partner Ecosystem. Cloud Computing should be much more that lift an shift,
leveraging all of the benefits of cloud. Having a partner that understands the
environment and the potential benefits is invaluable, especially given the dearth of
Cloud skills locally.
In the cloud world developers are shaping up to be the king makers. Legacy
solutions are a real inhibitor of cloud adoption and the decision around maintaining
legacy vs taking the plunge and recoding in a cloud environment is a tough one.
Fighting against the current may just be delaying the inevitable.
A great advantage of being plugged into a global hyperscale environment is the
ability to expand beyond the local borders and make your products available to the
rest of the world. The success Discovery has had with vitality globally is a prime
example of this.
Cloud Computing is changing the IT landscape as we know it and those failing to
add it into their IT mix will be exposing themselves to huge potential disruption.