Johannesburg, South Africa: 11:30am 10 October 2012 – Nearly 80 per cent of organisations either use Cloud computing in their business or are planning to do so over the next 12 months, an audience of South African business executives heard today.

Visitors to the Cloud and Virtualization Africa Summit attended a workshop by KeyedIn® Solutions, the global SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions provider and consulting organization that has recently established an office in Johannesburg.

The workshop ‘Cloud Computing and the Changes to the Way we see Technology’ was presented by Patrick Coulbourne, VP Channels and Ecosystems and Hugh Muller, Director of Channels and Ecosystems, Africa.

Patrick Coulbourne, who has more than 18 years’ experience in the technology space, told his audience that although Cloud adoption was high, organisations were taking a cautious approach, running small pilots and evaluating them against enterprise deployments.

Despite this, he described the Cloud as heralding a ‘Business Paradigm Shift’, as Cloud economics continue to lower barriers of entry for companies, driving experimentation and innovation.

“Cloud computing will radically transform the way companies approach business,” said Coulbourne. “It will impact go-to-market strategy, pace of innovation, customer involvement, partner channels and sales teams and talent.”

Currently half of all Cloud deployments are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Coulbourne described Cloud success across the organisation as: Project Portfolio Management – Doing the right work; Project Management – Doing the work right; and Project Management Office – Tying it all together.

The Audience was presented with a 10-point Checklist for Cloud Computing Success, which included the advice to ‘Start Small, Think Big’.

The Workshop was presented twice, 1100-1300 and 1400-1530, Wednesday 10 October 2012.

For a copy of the presentation and more information, contact: africa@keyedin.com

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