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More African SMES going cloud, research shows

by Caroline Vutagwa
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Albie Bester, CEO Pamoja

Albie Bester, CEO Pamoja


Africa has so far responded well to cloud computing services. A study by Pamoja indicates that cloud adoption has increased by up to three times in some African countries.

The study further indicates significant adoption of the cloud services in South Africa’s SME market. According to Pamoja, cloud adoption within the South African SME space has more than doubled between 2012 and 2014.

Commenting on the new trend, Albie Bester, CEO of Pamoja, said: “27 percent of the country’s small and medium businesses are using Cloud services for business and this number could double in the next two years. Our vision is to further establish the Cloud services ecosystem across Africa to meet the anticipated increase in requirements.”

Pamoja is a cloud services and content aggregation business entity. The Company is focused on driving increased adoption of Cloud services, addressing traditional challenges and successfully replicating the Cloud services model for the benefit of operators throughout Africa.

Bester said that while general awareness of Cloud services and the implications of migration in business has improved, there is still more work to be done to help businesses extract maximum value from cloud and translate that into real business value.

“The ecosystem, which incorporates service providers, solution providers, networks and application owners, is certainly evolving. Our role is to help drive this process in order to unlock the potential that resides in Africa,” Bester concluded.

Pamoja recently announced it has deployed its second cloud platform at Liquid Telecom’s East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

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