from NJABULO BUTHELEZI in Durban
DURBAN, (CAJ News) – A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with a global technology company is anticipated to accelerate the digital transformation of government services in South Africa.
The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and Microsoft South Africa have announced the signing of the MOU, which paves the way for government adoption of public cloud services.
The MOU, which was announced at Govtech in Durban, allows for government departments, through SITA, to move their services to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud and endorses Microsoft as a key partner for the South African government to enable digital transformation.
Government’s ability to accelerate its digital transformation will help to build economic growth, broaden social inclusion, enable good governance, achieve better citizen outcomes and, create a more efficient, transparent, and productive government.
“The inclusion of Microsoft in the government digital ecosystem is the first of many valued players that will collaborate with SITA to modernize and digitally transform government, enable new business outcomes and improve citizen experiences,” said Ntutule Tshenye, SITA Acting Chief Executive Officer.
Microsoft is preparing to celebrate six months since the launch of its South African datacenters.
Lillian Barnard, Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa, said the MoU was in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for South Africa to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the opportunities it presented.
“At Microsoft it is important for us to partner with government departments to empower their digital transformation and help them to maximise their ability to build economic growth, broaden social inclusion, drive good governance, and achieve better outcomes for South African citizens,” Barnard said.
– CAJ News