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South Africa apprehensive about cloud computing

September 19, 2013 • Cloud Computing

With the growth of technology, the relevance of cloud computing emerged as an important issue at Gartner’s recently-concluded Symposium and ITXpo, held in Cape Town, South Africa. Local mobile operator MTN has a number of cloud offerings, but the company believes that the country lags behind other developing nations.

Navi Naidoo, General Manager for MTN’s Enterprise Solutions Implementation (image: Charlie Fripp)

Navi Naidoo, General Manager for MTN’s Enterprise Solutions Implementation (Image source: Charlie Fripp)

“In South Africa we still see a lot of apprehension towards adopting the cloud. Brazil is far ahead of us when it comes to adoption, implementation and execution. For us at MTN, we find that very strange, as we have a very good infrastructure to support cloud and broadband prices are coming down. Software as a Service (Saas) is also key, but that can only work if you adopt a cloud into your strategy,” said Navi Naidoo, General Manager for MTN’s Enterprise Solutions Implementation.

Getting as many users connected to the internet as possible is still a major priority for MTN, with mobile technology viewed by the Company as an important catalyst.

“Mobile is an integral business tool, as it allows businesses to make informed decisions easily and very quickly. We are on the cusp of a new digital world, and it’s very exciting times for our customers. Many things can be done by being connected to the internet from a mobile device, but you need a quality network in order to reap the benefits,” he said.

“Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a trend that can’t be stopped – it needs to be embraced going forward, but it does present businesses with some challenges. With technology ever-changing, the numerous advantages do outweigh the disadvantages.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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