Cloud Computing in Africa: The Next Frontier

By Bay Arinze and Onuora Amobi.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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Africa will be an emerging profit center for the cloud computing industry. The Africa of tomorrow will be much more than just a rich source of natural resources: we contend that she will be a sizable new technology consumer. Our research indicates that part of the African continent is undergoing a substantial technology infrastructure expansion that will be a source of tremendous opportunities for hosting providers, application vendors, and cloud service companies. From the recent undersea network cabling between Europe and Nigeria to the proliferation of cellular smart phones, Africa is rapidly joining the 21st century. Our presentation will explore these new developments in detail through a narrative that highlights Africa’s unique technology history, current trends, the emerging cloud opportunity, and a 5 - 10 year market forecast (including financial projections). Furthermore, we will offer clear and focused recommendations for how to target, approach, penetrate, and implement solutions in this growth market.

Keywords: Cloud Computing, Africa, Expansion, Network Providers, Computer Technology, Developing Countries

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.11-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.981KB).

Dr. Bay Arinze

Professor, Management Department, Drexel University, Voorhees, NJ, USA

Bay Arinze is a professor of management information systems in the Management Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His current research focuses on cloud computing, e-research collaboration, and social networking. He has published numerous articles in such information systems and operations management journals as Information and Management, Decision Sciences, Omega-International Journal of Management Science, Decision Support Systems, and the Journal of Management Information Systems. He has received many private and public research grants from such agencies as the National Science Foundation and consulted widely in the information technology area. He is also the Lead Founder of MyNetResearch.com – a global e-research collaboration portal.

Onuora Amobi

CEO, Nnigma Inc., Pasadena, CA, USA

Onuora Amobi is a Nigerian-America with more than a decade of information security, project management, and management consulting experience. Having specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client / server systems, his responsibilities have ranged from consultant to senior project manager to principal and director. He is the founder of the Learn About the Web (http://www.learnabouttheweb.com ) and is the CEO of Nnigma Inc., an online marketing company based in Pasadena, California.