Qatar Cloud Computing Market—Macro Outlook and Opportunity Assessment, 2017

  • ID: 4396510
  • Report
  • Region: Qatar
  • 35 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Qatar Government’s investment in ICT infrastructure expected to expose enterprises to latest technology services from Europe and North America

This Industry Docket explores opportunities for infrastructure development in the cloud market including planning and implementing best practices in Qatar. The country's market is open to international IT service and cloud providers, thereby providing an opportunity for SMEs in Qatar to leverage global standard services and applications. The docket explores the major growth patterns and risks/challenges associated/perceived by enterprises in the Qatar market as well outlines the cloud eco-system that is prevalent. The docket also provides insights on key short term and long-term impacts on each vertical implementing cloud solutions. It also, outlines key areas for local and international cloud providers to invest in, in the Qatar market.

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Advisory

  • The cloud services market in developed economies is in the growth phase, while emerging markets are playing catch up
  • Qatar’s ICT objective is to improve access and increase effectiveness of public services and create social benefits from increasing volumes of digital information
  • Qatar’s National ICT Policies and initiatives in particular drive increased rates of Cloud and other technologies adoption

Scope & Limitations

Regional Brief: MENA

  • Qatar’s Vision 2030 and cloud vision initiatives for the development of an IT infrastructure by ictQatar are vital for cloud ecosystem development

Market Outlook: Qatar

  • 70% of the enterprises state that reducing their hardware and maintenance costs is the key to upgrading to cloud services
  • Qatar Government’s investment in ICT infrastructure is expected to expose enterprises to latest technology services from the Europe and North America
  • IT maturity among SMEs in Qatar is low, and IT infrastructure relatively weak resulting in undefined and unfocussed IT expenditure
  • The cloud market is dominated by private cloud and IaaS. However, public cloud and SaaS market will have the maximum traction in the next 5 years
  • Cloud is mostly driven by the need to save on costs as infrastructure is relatively expensive and hard to acquire
  • Private cloud dominates the Qatar Cloud market, and is forecast to represent 49% of total cloud market in 2021
  • BFSI and Oil & Gas sectors would be largest adopters of cloud services for solutions related to operational efficiency and real time monitoring
  • Hybrid clouds are consumed by enterprises that need high data security but simultaneously opt for maximum automation
  • The companies in Qatar are still sceptical about the public cloud. This is mainly due to security and regulations in the country
  • Of the CIOs, 90% have cloud implementation, especially IaaS followed by SaaS, planned in the next four years
  • Enterprises in Qatar slow in adopting PaaS due to a lack of understanding, and limitations of public and private IaaS compatibilities
  • Qatar cloud market has strong competition from both local cloud providers as well as international cloud providers
  • Local cloud providers mainly compete on private and IaaS cloud, whereas global providers lead public and SaaS market

The Industry going Forward

  • Connectivity & Convergence – MENA to be linked through 545 Million Connected Devices By 2020
  • Choosing and optimising cloud infrastructure for enterprises at the initial stages would require great technology skills, which is a major challenge in Qatar
  • Driven by Government adoption Qatar is one of the GCC governments with an actionable cloud computing plan and usage
  • SaaS emerges a clear area of opportunity in the next 3 years; Innovative as-a-service SW coupled with a burgeoning SME sector will drive uptake
  • Potential to leverage telco connections as well as partner with local SIs to support a portfolio expansion to the cloud
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