Public cloud a decade away from being fully embraced in GCC: Gartner

Gartner’s 2019 Hype Cycle for IT in GCC charts cloud growth

Change is underway in the Middle East cloud computing landscape driven by governments, startups and SMEs, said Rao.
Change is underway in the Middle East cloud computing landscape driven by governments, startups and SMEs, said Rao.

Public cloud computing in the GCC is forecast to grow in the next two to five years. However, Gartner, in its 2019 Hype Cycle for IT in the GCC, predicts that the technology is a more than a decade away from the Plateau of Productivity, at which point the benefits of the technology will be completely understood by organisations.

“Recent regional initiatives such as the Government of Bahrain’s Cloud First Policy, the ascent of innovative startups, and the willingness of fast-growing SMEs to adopt emerging technology are starting to change the cloud computing landscape in the Middle East,” said Santhosh Rao, research director at Gartner.

Hyperscalers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft (Azure), SAP and Oracle have recently opened data centres in the GCC, thus contributing to the hype.

Gartner Hype Cycle for IT in GCC, 2019

One of the reasons for the gap between the hype about public cloud computing and the current level of adoption is the lack of clear policies and governance for the technology. “Our advice to CIOs is to work closely with risk and compliance teams when moving applications to the cloud,” said Rao.

Gartner analysts expect robotic process automation (RPA) to achieve early mainstream adoption in the next two years, by penetrating 20% to 50% of the businesses in the GCC. According to Gartner, RPA is the fastest-growing segment of the enterprise software market. The business impact of RPA deployments is likely to be high, and the top five global RPA vendors — UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, NICE and Pegasystems — will control almost 50% of the global market.

“Globally, RPA is experiencing adoption in industries such as banking and insurance and in consulting, business process outsourcing and shared service centres. Its core benefit of replacing humans in tasks that are rule-based and involve repetitive keying or data collation is accelerating its adoption and success in these sectors,” said Rao.

IT infrastructure monitoring (ITIM) tools capture the health and availability of IT infrastructure components that reside in a data centre or are hosted in the cloud as infrastructure as a service (IaaS). “While ITIM tools have been around for decades, organisations today are investing in the technology to monitor availability of servers, networks, storage and databases, as well as enable the ability to troubleshoot network and server issues in a reactive manner,” said Rao. Gartner predicts that ITIM will achieve early mainstream adoption by 20% to 50% of GCC businesses in the next two years.

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