Microsoft predicts big ME shift to cloud in 2019
Survey shows half of firms not using third party cloud, but three-quarters plan adoption this year
Three-quarters of Middle East organisations that have yet to move to the cloud plan to do so this year, according to a survey from Microsoft.
The survey of 1,300 technology decision makers found that just under half (48%) have yet to move any of their IT infrastructure to third-party cloud, but that the 73% said they intend to do so this year.
Microsoft said that the findings are inline with other research that shows an accelerated uptake of cloud computing in the region.
The survey also showed interest in AI, with 39% saying they have already adopted AI, and 37% saying they plan to invest in AI this year. One third of respondents will spend 5% or more of their IT budgets on Ai, while 9% will spend more than 10% of budget.
"The overarching lesson from these findings is that the region's need for a trusted, secure, intelligent cloud has never been greater," said Ihsan Anabtawi, Chief Operating and Marketing Officer for Microsoft Gulf. "Concerns over security and escalating IT budgets, as well as the desire to develop intelligent digital ecosystems that serve business needs in real time, are driving more and more organisations to the cloud. Microsoft's commitment to regional economic development - demonstrated by our contribution to infrastructure development, entrepreneurial mentorship and job creation - will take another huge step forward, when we open our first Middle East hyperscale cloud data centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai this year.
"We called this study the ‘Middle East Digital Transformation Manifesto' because it is the clearest indication yet of the business community's ambitions and intentions with regards to digital transformation. Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. It is our obligation and privilege to move forward with our customers - to help them engage citizens and consumers, empower employees, optimise operations and reinvent business models. We will continue to play our part in spurring entrepreneurship, accelerating innovation and fuelling growth," added Anabtawi.