Experts at Pamoja say that channel collaboration around cloud services is an early indication that there is development within the broader cloud cycle.
Albie Bester, CEO of Pamoja, said: “Many IT service providers have yet to embrace the Cloud services model to the same extent as larger telecommunication companies and IT services businesses.
“The issue is exacerbated by the fact that value added resellers and system integrators are projecting the Cloud as a competitor or a necessary nuisance. As the adoption of Cloud services grow in the market, these organizations will come to realize that the Cloud computing paradigm offers new business opportunities.”
Pamoja 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.
The CEO believes that there are several components to successful Cloud service delivery and collaboration between partners is necessary in order to acquire these components.
“Some of these are quality services, quality access to the service, solutions that work for the specific market, clear business value proposition, easy provisioning and simple billing models.
“It is very seldom that one organization can manage all of these at the same time. Partnerships between ISP’s/Telco’s and Cloud providers coupled with good sales capabilities and access to customers have to be part of the mix in order to deliver a successful Cloud business,” Bester continued.
As an increasingly competitive market segment complicated by a lack of technical skills sets in Africa, those wishing to set their mark on the Cloud Services area are advised to look seriously at alliances.
Bester added: “The common factor linking these ventures is limited IT experience, and, essentially, people trying to build their own Cloud businesses from base zero. From the outside a Cloud business looks relatively simple, once inside, people realize that they need skills and experience which is not in abundance on the continent.”
While it is generally accepted that the ICT sector is driven by the quality of service delivery and competence of service providers, this is particularly true of the Cloud Services space. It is important to remember that partners will stake their reputation on services that they will be provided with – over promising and under-delivery will result in elimination in what is effectively a confined market.
“The fact is that a partnership is really the only safeguard to ensuring collaboration between role players including support, sales, provisioning and billing. Operations requires solid experience and security of skills, while market ownership or relationship paves the way for the sales engine to deliver good returns and not wheel-spin for extended periods of time,” he concluded.