‘Nigeria’s cloud tech market worth $100m yearly’
TOUTED to be grossly underexplored, Nigeria’s cloud computing market, an arm of the country’s $32 billion telecommunications sector, is estimated to worth about $100 million (N20 billion) yearly.
This was made known by experts at an Information Technology workshop organised by Kitskoo Cloud Services Limited in Lagos, at the weekend. The workshop with the theme: ‘Love IT or Leave IT’, was organised to sensitise business community to how innovations in technology are shaping the way businesses relate and should relate with their customers and other key partners.
Major discussion at the forum was advocacy by Kitskoo to businesses to adopt cloud technological solutions, which can increase their returns on investment (RoI).
Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. According to Managing Director of Kitskoo Cloud Services Limited, Tunde Tani-Fafunwa, said: “Cloud technology is the way to go for businesses these days.
Rather than spend money on deploying their own infrastructures; businesses can actually outsource their IT aspect to a third party; business need to embrace pay-as-you-use IT services to drive their businesses.”
He said though the adoption of cloud computing in Nigeria cannot be said to have grown significantly, “the market potential for cloud computing in Nigeria is well over $100 million per year.” Tani-Fafunwa said, though the cost of going cloud does not come cheap, its adoption has greater impact on the growth of the company’s returns. “So, Nigeria has about 17 million Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) currently and how many of them have adopted could technology.
This category of businesses does not have the needed financial requirement to purchase their own IT infrastructure and even if they have the financial standing, as SME, it is advisable to go by way of cloud computing.” He therefore said that in today’s business world,
“It’s either you love technology and embrace the innovations that come with it as they come to boost your business or reject IT and remains at the background in terms of competition.” He added that with the increasing number of telephone users in the country and the large number of people, who constitute the bulk of customers for most businesses bring on various social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and so on, businesses must devise means of connecting with these customers by leveraging tailored-made cloud solutions that help them achieve the objective.
Also speaking, Executive Director, Kitskoo, Monu Ogbe, stressed the need for businesses to leverage ‘third platform’, which, he said, signifies latest technological platform.
He urged businesses to employ cloud computing which, he said, is more effective and efficient in addressing their IT needs. “Why own infrastructure when you can subscriber? It is not about the technology; it is all about business and your customer because the business is not about the technology deployed but how the technology is able to meet and surpass your customers’ expectations,” he said.
He said that though new technological adoption comes with challenges and opportunities, “we must, therefore, focus on opportunities to grow and give your customer the best because customer only care about choice, pace, cost and not about technology.” Ogbe said technology should be deployed by businesses in a way to it delivers relevance to the business. “If IT cannot meet customer expectation, its relevance is called into questions.
But today, most services can be outsourced in a way that is it leads to better user experience.” He, however, said Kitskoo delivers tailor-made cloud-based solutions to businesses in a way to meet their customer expectations while increasing their RoI.