Will CIOs still be spending on cloud in 2016?

By Leane Hannigan, cloud solutions director at Westcongroup Southern Africa

According to a poll of a wide variety of IT leaders across myriad industries and verticals by, cloud is still charging ahead as legacy systems are scrapped and mission-critical operations are transferred into a private or hybrid cloud infrastructure. These findings are consistent with analyst firm IDC’s predictions that spending on cloud software will exceed $112.8 billion by 2019.


In another survey of 92 CIOs and IT leaders conducted by Bitglass at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo at the end of last year, it was found that the majority of CIOs planned to further cloud-first strategies in 2016. So, it appears that cloud will remain a top priority for CIOs and IT leaders this year, with a large chunk of IT budget still dedicated to it. In fact, Gartner believes that by the end of this year, the bulk of IT spend will be forked out on cloud computing.


Just as cloud was the future last year, it is still the future this year and organisations will continue embracing it, albeit, perhaps for different reasons. Whether it is for more efficient storage, increased productivity, enhanced collaboration, better security or because you want to be able to expand without storage limits, business growth will continue to be enabled by cloud technology this year.


In South Africa, I still believe that there are a large number of businesses that do not fully understand the benefits available to them from adopting cloud. Our findings in the surveys conducted at out Cloud Acceleration Programme (CAP) launched last year highlighted that many of our resellers still have a massive thirst for knowledge around cloud. And I don’t just mean what it is, or how it works; what they want to know is what cloud can do for them.


Joining CAP, means that you will gain a partner on your cloud journey. A partner that will share with you their cloud go-to-market strategy, and not only share with you the benefits of cloud adoption but show you how to reap those benefits. It is no surprise to me that CIOs plan on spending more on cloud this year. I do hope however, that they choose the partners that want what’s best for them and not their own businesses.


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