Gear of the Year 2017 SME Winners: Cloud

13 April 2018


The over-arching messaging from cloud providers the world over has long been “Ditch capex for opex by kicking your own tin to the curb and adopting cloud instead!” and “Deploy exactly what you need from the cloud and pay only for what you use!”, and that messaging has hit home in a big way, even here in South Africa.

But when margins are at risk and costs are always in need of cutting (while ever-improving service delivery is still expected), that should come as no surprise.

2017 saw South African businesses adopting cloud services en masse, thanks in part to the raw appeal of cloud, but also to the viability of overseas-based cloud services made possible by our slowly-improving internet connectivity. It could also be argued that an even bigger contributor to cloud adoption was our local telecommunications industry developing their own home-grown services, which they did.

You’ll see this in the results below, and how two of the top three places went to local providers of cloud services. Read the full article and see the winners on hxt here.