Cloud Competitiveness Index 2017


Cloud Competitiveness Index 2017

MENA Cloud Alliance just released its much-anticipated Cloud Competitiveness Index 2019 and the UAE (again) tops the Index followed closely by Qatar, Oman & Bahrain.

The MENA Cloud Alliance Cloud Competitiveness Index 2019 is a project aimed at providing a bird’s-eye view of the MENA cloud market, now and on an ongoing basis.The index measures the competitiveness of the cloud computing ecosystem within fourteen MENA countries and covers five domains: Regulation, Talent, Connectivity, Government & Business aspects of the regional cloud computing adoption. This report helps decision makers gain a thorough understanding of market opportunities and challenges.

Project Details

  • Author(s): MENA Cloud Alliance Secretariat
  • Document ID: CCI02PE1717
  • Date: December 19, 2017
  • Countries covered in this report: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  1. 1. Executive Summary
  2. 2. Country in Focus
  3. 3. Rankings
  4. 4. Methodology
  5. 5. Country Highlights
  6. 6. Conclusion
  7. 7. Contributors
  8. 8. Appendices
  9. 9. About MENA Cloud Alliance

The Middle East is experiencing a significant shift in viewing how technology is shaping the future. As more countries are aiming to decrease their dependency on oil revenues in the future, the promise of a digital future is driving the agenda for many decision-makers. In this context, cloud computing can create a level playing field for businesses and become a backbone for the digital transformation. It is an interesting time for the region as cloud infrastructure and services are rolled out and use is picking up. The MENA region has been predicted to have the highest cloud traffic growth in the world, making it an attractive geography for the cloud ecosystem to flourish. However, a lack of country-specific insights into the opportunities and threats of this market has contributed to uncertainties around cloud adoption.

MENACA’s Cloud Competitiveness Index 2017 (CCI2017) is a project aimed at providing a bird’s-eye view of the cloud status, now and on an ongoing basis. The index measures the competitiveness of the cloud computing ecosystem within the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries: UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman & KSA. We have created an index that captures the underpinning parameters comprising national cloud competitiveness. Our composite index provides major constituents of the market with a tool for understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the respective countries better, thereby enabling more informed decisions and appropriate policies. Our aim has been to use publicly available data and turn it into insightful knowledge that represents the complexities of nations cloud computing infrastructure in order to help advance cloud computing in the region. At the same time, MENACA recognizes that cloud competitiveness can mean very different things in different economic and institutional contexts, and therefore sees this paper as an invitation to dialogue, debate and continuous education.