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Technology Assurance & Advisory

Cloud Computing

Cloud adoption in South Africa is still very reactionary, specifically due to regulatory issues, compliance and security concerns, bandwidth constraints and inadequate understanding about what makes cloud computing different from traditional virtual infrastructures.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing services unlock measurable business value, enabling innovation, competitive advantage, agility, scalability and flexibility, while addressing governance, risk and compliance requirements. It provides organisations with a unique and pragmatic approach to cloud computing that focuses on technology, risks and business transformation.

Cloud adoption in South Africa is still very reactionary, specifically due to regulatory issues, compliance and security concerns, bandwidth constraints and inadequate understanding about what makes cloud computing different from traditional virtual infrastructures. Cloud computing is not simply a technology evolution. It is a different way of enabling and transforming enterprise IT delivery and services.

Cloud computing is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so it is critical to perform a detailed analysis before deciding on the best approach for your organisation. This process revolves around analysing five core areas:

  • Alignment of cloud benefits to strategy
  • Support from management and business initiatives
  • Business readiness and the maturity of cloud products and suppliers
  • Regulatory and compliance considerations (specifically around the security of personal and commercial data when held on shared servers or located overseas)
  • Understanding of specific business and technology risks (Data management and controls, security, identity and access management, resiliency and availability, vendor management, and governance and risk management).
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