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Posted by Hennie Loubser General Manager, Microsoft West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands
In recent years, it has been the private sector that has driven the expansion of technology access in Africa, by investing USD 11.5 billion or an average 1.3% of Africa’s GDP between 2004 and 2007 (Source: African Economic Outlook). That is because businesses like Microsoft - and many, many others - understand the capacity that technology in all its forms, from the PC to the mobile phone, can build for societies and economies.
To expand on our commitment to Africa’s development, we have partnered with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to use technology to promote good governance and poverty reduction on the continent.
Specifically, the Memorandum of Understanding that Dr Frannie Léautier, ACBF Executive Secretary, and I signed in Johannesburg earlier this month outlines how we are bringing our expertise and resources together to identify where technology and training can:
1. Improve the effective delivery of public services for citizens;2. Enhance national and regional capacity to formulate and implement ICT policies; 3. Develop public sector-oriented ICT solutions.
I am proud that Microsoft is one of the first companies in the private sector to formally establish a partnership with the ACBF, an organisation celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and I encourage others in the industry to lend their support to sustainable capacity building programmes in Africa.
To prepare for the cloud transition, IT leaders who make investments in infrastructure, architectures, and skills have a critical need for a clear vision of where the industry is heading. We believe the best way to form this vision is to understand the underlying economics driving this long-term trend. We’ve done extensive analysis of these economics in Microsoft’s Corporate Strategy Group and have decided to share these insights with our customers, partners and the broader industry by publishing a new whitepaper, “The Economics of the Cloud.”
Read more about this whitepaper and the how we believe the cloud will impact every player in the IT world, from service providers and systems architects to developers and end users at our sister blog Microsoft on the Issues.