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Oct 2017 - Market Perspective - Doc # CEMA43138417

Impact of SMB Cloud Adoption on the Kenya Server Market

By: Andrew Kibet KiruiResearch Analyst, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, Middle East & Africa


This IDC Market Perspective provides an update on the impact that cloud adoption among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is having on the server market in Kenya. It looks at the current players in the server market, outlines the challenges SMBs face in terms of server hardware spending, and identifies the business models server vendors can adopt to remain relevant and profitable. This document also explains how server vendors can leverage their strengths to sustain and possibly grow business.

"Sales of server hardware to SMBs in Kenya continue to decline, primarily due to challenging financial conditions and the ongoing adoption of cloud as part of digital transformation initiatives. The recent strategic partnerships between ISPs and cloud solution providers in Kenya are also boosting the adoption of cloud among SMBs. Server hardware vendors in Kenya should thus realign their business arrangements with channel partners to take advantage of the new technologies, particularly as SMBs in Kenya continue to embrace digital transformation." — Research Analyst Andrew Kirui, IDC East Africa



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