Lillian Barnard, MD of Microsoft SA.

Lillian Barnard, MD of Microsoft SA.

The local Azure data centres, combined with Microsoft’s small and medium enterprise (SME) skills development programmes, will help local SMEs contribute around R81 billion to the South African economy by 2022.

This is the word from Lillian Barnard, MD of Microsoft SA, speaking at the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative event this week, aimed at providing an update on Microsoft’s skills development programmes and their impact on the local SME sector.

Barnard explained the technology giant’s multibillion-rand investment in the two Azure data centres introduced in SA in March, will enable world-class cloud infrastructure that will power emerging cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IOT) and edge computing innovations across Africa.

These technologies are expected to help SMEs develop…

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