Cloud Computing EA in June


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Cloud Computing EA in June

The inaugural Cloud Summit East Africa, proudly supported by the Kenya ICT Board, will be held in Nairobi from 5 to 6 June 2012. The strategic 2-day invitation-only event is hosted by international business-to-business conferencing company, Kinetic Events.

The event is targeted at IT professionals, senior decision makers and cloud computing experts with a focus on how cloud computing is reforming the IT market place. As a cost effective solution for businesses to acquire and use, the event will explore the debatable prospects of economic growth coupled with global job creation surrounding cloud computing.

In a recent research study released by industry giant Microsoft, cloud computing is predicted to create nearly 14 million jobs globally by 2015. Predicted revenues from cloud innovation could potentially reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2015.

Terence Southam, Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Events says: “This summit aims to encourage IT professionals to share and exchange knowledge on real industry issues. Increased revenue from cloud initiatives will allow strategic business advancements in employment, more specifically, financial services, communications and media, and manufacturing.”

The prediction together with cloud efficiencies is expected to result in significant organisational reinvestment and ultimately lead to job growth.

The event will allow industry experts to engage, collaborate and develop new strategies, unlocking potential avenues for cost reduction, improved efficiency and innovation. The summit will feature industry thought leaders including Kevin Kinyanjui, Information Systems Director and CIO of Kenya Airways, and Samuel Rutto, CIO of Globe Track International Kenya.

Shannon Mackrill, Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Events added: “Cloud computing in East Africa is still in its infancy; however a thirst for knowledge, development and innovation is clearly imminent within Kenya. The need to explore moving from a virtualised environment to a fully operational cloud environment has reached fever pitch in East Africa with recently increased broadband speed and efficient connectivity. The cloud offering will truly forge Kenya and East Africa as a giant in an ever developing mobile world – all that is needed is the correct solution set and innovative providers to effectively launch cloud within the Kenyan economy, while educating IT leaders about the advantages and pitfalls of moving to the cloud.”

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