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How cloud computing is changing the narrative

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May 21, 2024

In this supercharged environment, how can you do more than just “keep up”?   

The answer? Cloud. With it, the sky’s the limit.  

But what does the cloud do? It's an on-demand self-service environment, providing businesses instant access to services without manual setup. Through shared resource pooling, a single application can be shared among many users, each uniquely customized without requiring each user to have their own copy. Did you know? The cloud computing market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is projected to be worth a staggering $49.5 billion by 2028, up from $21.1 billion in 2023, according to an exclusive report by MarketsandMarkets research. 

With that in mind, cloud computing is no longer just an option—it's a necessity for staying competitive. With global spending on public cloud services skyrocketing, now's the time to invest in innovation.  

Gartner predicts that by 2028, more than 50% of enterprises will rely on cloud platforms to drive business growth. 

Become cloud-smart with Azure 

The writing is on the wall: businesses must unify their data and utilize all existing information using cloud to make smarter decisions. 

Azure is Microsoft’s hybrid cloud computing platform with ever-expanding services to help businesses build solutions to meet their goals. Three main service categories within Azure Cloud are: 

  • IaaS – Infrastructure as a service – rent server and storage on the cloud from third-party 
  • SaaS- Software as a service – access from anywhere, any device with internet 
  • PaaS – Platform as a service – create your own apps      

Cloud-first companies have 2x  revenue growth and 3x  customer growth  

Cloud-first companies - Systems limited

What is so appealing? What sets it apart? 

So, why Azure? What are the unique features that no other platform offers? 

It has strong data analytics support that allows you to discover new business opportunities, make informed decisions and improve CX. One of its greatest strengths is its integration capabilities with existing IT infrastructure you can connect and integrate applications, data and processes for your business. It has advanced services like AI, ML and IoT that empower developers and data scientists with a wider range of productive experiences such as building, training and deploying machine learning models faster. 

Cloud-based storage of Azure allows you to store your application or backup data safely and securely. Its regional data centres allow you to distribute your apps globally so you can locate your data in apps where they are needed most thereby improving app performance for your customers. Its portal lets you create, configure, and control all your services from a single easy-to-use web-based interface. 

How the cloud is reinventing the verticals through omnipresence 

We could go on and on about the necessity of Azure cloud adoption and how it can significantly enhance business processes, but don’t take it from us. Here’s how different industries are benefitting from the cloud: 

Azure has tools that support all kinds of industries and is compatible with open-source technologies. 

BSFIs are really diving into cloud tech to shake things up in their operations. In the fintech world, payment providers are all about using the cloud for everything from spotting fraud to crunching data and keeping payments secure. Plus, they love how they can scale up and flex their operations easily with the cloud's help. 

Telcos using Azure cloud services benefit in four main ways: they transform their networks, make things more automatic with AI, create apps that work well with networks, and make sure computing happens smoothly from the cloud to the edge.

Before you move, here are 4 questions to ask yourself: 

Can the cloud assist me in using AI better? 

Yes! Cloud migration can aid future AI implementation. Gartner reports 61% of finance teams have no or early AI plans. How do you expect to compete if you lag in AI adoption? 

How will I migrate my data to the cloud? 

It's simple! Before migrating, backup data to ensure smoother migration. 

Should I be worried about the security of my data and the effectiveness of disaster recovery? 

Did you know that Microsoft detects a whopping 1.5 million attempts per day to compromise its security? So need not worry! Azure excels at security and disaster recovery, having sophisticated tools to guard against increasingly cunning attackers. 

What am I waiting for? 

Whether it's the right price or the right moment, you should know Azure is built to optimize cost savings. And about the right moment? Well, the future is here, and it's time to start planning now. 

Looking ahead 

In this blog, we’ve merely glimpsed the tip of the iceberg, Azure! Whether you have decades-long legacy IT infrastructures or are building tech from the ground up, the cloud is most likely to be your future.  

Ready to take the world by Azure cloud? With Azure offers a wide array of cloud computing services that manage infrastructure, availability, scalability and security for you, saving you time, effort and money. Get in touch today