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December 5, 2018

Government moves to the cloud

By Xolile Ndlangana, Marketing Director

At the end of November, SITA, the government agency tasked with digital transformation in the public sector, officially began the process of migrating government data to the cloud.

This is a strategic move on the part of government. Cloud computing is essential for progress and participation in what is being called the 4th Industrial Revolution (i.e., the Digital Age).

Besides advancing forward digitally, the secure cloud storage that will be used by government will allow for greater cost-efficiency (current data is stored in departmental silos, so to speak) while enabling the public sector to become more responsive in its service to citizens.

What is important about this move towards cloud computing is that SITA has partnered with the private sector in order to achieve this mandate, namely multinationals Huawei and IBM.  As government becomes increasingly digitised, these public-private partnerships will become a cornerstone to automation and digital progress.

As one of the companies that plays in the digital space, we’re invested in seeing this progress roll out across the public sector. While the partnership with these private sector international companies is laudable and worthwhile to kick-start the migration to the cloud, it is important to leverage this progress to deliver local solutions for further government automation.

Migrating to the cloud is a large part of SITAs response to the challenges faced by the public sector. A second part of this rollout should involve approaching home-grown, high-quality software solutions that have already been developed in response to the unique obstacles that feature in the South African public sector.

It is increasingly imperative that governments go digital to meet the rising demand of the citizenry. While hosting essential data on the cloud will ensure a more responsive and agile public sector, it will also empower government to make better informed decisions based on tangible data and information across departments.

Now let us continue the digitisation of the South African government sphere through the automation of daily back-office and citizen-facing functions through cloud-compatible software that has been designed to resolve these challenges faced by our public sector. Software like the Boxfusion Smartgov for Administration solution.