15 March 2017

Africa: #AfricaCloudSummit - We Need More Architects in It

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We need more architects in IT who need to draw the cloud systems for us as CIOs and allow us as CIOs have better conversations in future.

This was said by George Njuguna, CIO HF Group, during the ongoing CIO East Africa Cloud Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Njuguna was speaking on cloud adoption challenges experienced from a macro level.

The event seeks to help C-level executives in the continent better understand the capabilities of cloud computing and the business transformation it can bring.

"In most institutions today, the word Architect is hazardously used. Organisations need to invest in their internal capacity as well as invest in IT Architects. As CIOs, we need them to tell us how farwe can go with the cloud, as well as walk us through the security details. This in future will help us have greater conversations in future on systems we will be implementing," he added.

He further stated, "Most of our internal projects as CIOs may not fail because the procedures and strategies were wrong but they may fail because we try and take shortcuts in implementing this systems."

In his presentation, Mr. Njuguna also touched on a couple of challenges CIOs faced in their operations. " So many times when people talk about the changing trends, we normally think of how we know this but no one understands what we go through as CIOs to get to implementing this."

He also added that there some factors in the Software and hardware environments that need to come together to help cloud be adopted a lot more bringing in a new concept of micro services.

" When we talk of application and software there is a new trend called micro services, which is about developing an application suite into small independent pieces allowing you deploy faster in cloud," he added.

Mr. Njuguna in addition said that there was a lot that needs to happen from a macro level to drive the cloud adoption citing challenges around legacy, strategy, risk and compliance, architecture Implementation and Strategies and policies.

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