Pandemic forces top South African CIOs to spend more

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South African CIOs have upped IT spending since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. CIOBanquet2022

The other biggest finding was that increasingly local CIOs are fully embracing hyperscale public cloud services.

With this result, Hinchcliffe believes it indicates that “a shift to digital transformation across South African organisations is now actually happening”., which shows that globally, the pandemic sped up the adoption of digital technologies by several years. It adds that to meet new demands brought by the pandemic, companies are making digital and technology investments across their business models.

Looking ahead, 80% of the CIOs said they’re expecting to see some form of increase in budgets next year. Looking at the leading focus areas for the next two years, executing the digital strategy was the top response, followed by security, process automation, customer experience and cloud and skills.The other biggest take away from the study is trust in hyperscale public cloud services is growing among local CIOs with the majority of them admitting to ‘already using’ the platforms. 62% of the respondents said they were using it this year versus only 35% last year.

The CIOs also revealed their cyber security fears in the study, saying ransomware, data theft as well as targeted or advanced attacks are among their biggest worries.


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