Moving IT operations to the cloud benefits both large organisations and medium-sized enterprises alike. The flexibility of the cloud to scale up and scale down, the newfound agility to launch services quickly and the cost savings are hard for most companies to ignore. Consequently, there has been a significant uptake in cloud services in the Middle East and worldwide.
GCC cloud market is expected to more than double in value by 2024, growing from $956m this year to $2.35bn at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 per cent, a recent study by IDC reveals. Factors influencing cloud uptake in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s cloud services market is already estimated at $10 billion. Going forward, IDC expects more organisations across the Kingdom will embrace cloud solutions. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the attendant focus on strengthening digital infrastructure have emphasised the need for improved IT solutions with Saudi Arabia, echoing government moves encouragement to prioritise digital transformation.
In 2019, the Kingdom launched its Cloud First Policy to encourage public sector migration from traditional IT solutions to cloud-based models. The policy aims to help Saudi organisations improve efficiency, enhance agility and reliability, strengthen cybersecurity and promote innovation to achieve the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 programme.
However, regional organisations cite obstacles to a cloud rollout. These include cost considerations, insufficient migration capabilities, cloud management challenges, security concerns and a lack of skilled talent. It is this gap that we in BIOS hope to fill with our new cloud footprints in Riyadh and Jeddah.
Managed services support cloud transformations in Saudi Arabia
Cloud Service Providers (CSP’s) such as BIOS can help to bridge the cloud skills gap in Saudi Arabia. CSP’s can help organisations move quickly and safely to the cloud to replace legacy solutions and reduce costs while also helping to transform a companies’ IT systems and optimise business processes across the organisation. This in turn drives further efficiencies by giving a company’s internal IT team more time to focus on their core operations. The result is improved efficiency across the board.
BIOS Middle East already supports its customers in Saudi Arabia with trained expert teams, state-of-the-art cloud systems, up-to-date security protocols and proactive IT support across a range of proficiencies. With the recent launch of two new cloud footprints in Riyadh and Jeddah, BIOS extends those relationships to support extended digital transformation services in the Kingdom, with expert teams offering cost-efficient migration solutions, cloud management, state-of-the-art cybersecurity.
As a prominent Gartner recognised vendor, BIOS Middle East brings its ISO-certified cloud to organisations across Saudi Arabia, offering regional expertise in Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS). BIOS Middle East’s cloud services arm has strong reference accounts in Saudi Arabia’s financial services, healthcare and other sectors and can service organisations across a wide range of industries across the Arabian Peninsula.