Africa has been largely left behind when it comes to cloud technology, compared to the rest of the world. Bearing in mind the benefits of cloud computing – dramatically reduced costs, accessing state-of-the-art technology and IT infrastructure, improved productivity and access to global markets, to name a few – one has to ask “why?”.
One of the main reasons is the lack or low quality of broadband connectivity experienced in many countries. It is also very expensive – all factors that limits the use of cloud technology.
It will take a concerted effort by service providers and strong government support to get a start on rolling out better bandwidth, but once this is done the sky is the limit for cloud computing in Africa.
South Africa is lucky in this regard. According to research done by local firm World Wide Worx, the use of cloud technology by SMEs rose by 10% from 2015, from 29% to 39%. This means that nearly half the SMEs in the country are embracing the advantages of online storage and backups, cost-effective business solutions, streamlining their businesses and the accompanying reduced costs and time saved.