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With the cloud services market expected to grow at a rate of 28% over the next five years to top R23 billion by 2023, South African companies have finally woken up to its potential. Providing some of the impetus behind this is the local availability of Microsoft Azure data centres.
Larry Bossidy, the former Chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc., captured what it takes to successfully execute strategy when he said, “Execution is the ability to mesh strategy with reality, align people with goals, and achieve the promised results.” He emphasised the critical role of people, as they are the enablers and implementors of strategy and this is true of a successful cloud enablement strategy.
The phrase ‘multi-cloud’ is surfacing often and for good reason: it’s part of cloud’s natural evolution. Multi-cloud is a very popular architecture among enterprises. A survey released by the IBM Institute for Business Value found that a staggering 85% of polled businesses use multi-cloud. South African businesses are already prolific adopters of cloud - at least 65% of local CIOs intend to invest in cloud during 2019 (IDC). A significant number of those deployments will be multi-cloud.