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Author: Shahab Malik

Cloud Adoption and Opportunities in Pakistan

Cloud hosting in Pakistan

The State of Cloud Adoption in Pakistan

All the tech giants of this world are following a “Cloud First” or a more aggressive “Cloud Only” strategy. The post COVID-19 era has strengthened their resolve even more. We as technology sales professionals are trained to highlight the benefits of the cloud as if it’s a daily sermon. The benefits of cloud continue to shine as bright as day, some of which include:

  • Eliminate Hardware CAPEX: no huge upfront investment required to run your business-critical applications.
  • Eliminate Hardware Upkeep & Maintenance: no need to extensively hire IT staff just to keep your systems running. Save on round the year air conditioning, power and physical space required for your hardware
  • No Periodic Hardware Refreshes: As silicon chips keep getting smaller, HW will need to be upgraded every 3 to 5 years. Throw that expense and worry out of the window!

So why has cloud hosting adoption been a challenge for big businesses and government bodies in Pakistan? The most common reason is government regulation. Public Sector, Telcos and Banks are heavily regulated by their respective regulatory bodies and they are prohibited from using foreign-based cloud services. They are not allowed to have their data leave the boundaries of Pakistan as it raises serious data security concerns. Pakistan is not alone in this as many other countries also impose similar restrictions. So, does this mean that all the benefits of the cloud will remain elusive for these big industries?

Local ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ providers such as TallyMarks Cloud is the solution to those problems. Their Tier 3 Data Centers are located within Pakistan which means that the data never leaves the country unlike other international cloud services available in the market. However, the performance of TallyMarks Cloud Service is at par with all leading international cloud service providers by guaranteeing 99.9% up-time. One other very important benefit of opting for a local cloud service is the option of having all commercial terms and billing locked in your local currency. No mandatory requirement for paying in US dollars.

It is now time, all businesses and organizations (public and private alike) chart out their cloud strategy to stay relevant and keep up in this era of digital transformation.



A Smarter Analytics Platform with Qlik Alerting

Business intelligence alerts notificationInformation Technology (IT) was already at the forefront of business globally but due to the unfortunate emergence of the “COVID-19” pandemic and the resulting “Work from Home” (WFH) phenomenon, technology is now at the center-stage, backstage, front row you name it! Being in the technology sales profession long enough, one starts to pick up patterns of perception and behavior exhibited by enterprise customers regarding certain technologies (“IT Buzzwords”). I can tell you a thing or two about what I have observed in the Pakistani market about how one of the holy grails of IT buzzwords “Analytics” is perceived by the majority. In this blog, I will highlight some major misconceptions and expectations that are running rampant in the market and how Qlik Alerting has the potential to change all of it.

I have lost count of the number of times I have been in customer meetings talking about analytics and it all boils down to one question. It goes a little like this, “Will your Analytics Tool be able to send reports to the senior management?”. Well yeah it can but it can do so much more! Its true utility lies in actually helping you uncover the story that your data is telling you. How it allows business users to explore their data with minimal to no training. It’s like buying a high-performance sports car and then getting it to do the daily school pick-ups and drop offs rather than taking it to a racing track. Customers are asking for ‘Business Intelligence’ but are still thinking in the confines of soon to be antiquated ‘Reporting’.

Qlik just came out with a brand-new offering called “Qlik Alerting” and it has the potential to be a game changer (or a mindset changer even). It offers you the ability to be automatically notified immediately if you hit or miss a certain KPI or target exactly the same way you get alerted when somebody comments on your post on social media. No more waiting for a report that you will get via email which you will then open losing valuable hours or even days. Nobody can return all that time which was lost but with ‘Qlik Alerting’ you can make sure it never happens again.

Learn about Qlik Business Intelligence: An end to end Data Analytics & Data Integration Platform