The Implications of Microsoft's Launch of Its African Development Centers
This IDC Market Note assesses the impact that the launch of Microsoft's African Development Centers will have on market dynamics across the continent, with analysis relating to skills and Microsoft's stated focus on developing local services. "While skills vary from country to country across the continent, it is fair to say that Africa is largely starved of deep technical skills. This is particularly pronounced in the areas that Microsoft has stated are key focuses. In the short term, the allure of working for Microsoft is likely to make enterprises' search for talent that much more challenging. Importantly, many of these skills are currently focused in the channel. Such players may therefore see staff leave to join the ADCs' ranks." — Research Manager Kieran Frost, IDC South Africa
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