Running a tech startup in Nigeria obviously come with a lot of pain, starting a business generally in Nigeria is not an easy adventure. Some of the peculiar challenges associated with Startups here in Nigeria include limited fund, inadequate infrastructure like electricity and also the limited technology-enabled environment, you have to work around these limitations to develop an innovative solution. This is where cloud computing comes in, and all startups must try their best to leverage the tools provided by this new paradigm.
Below are some reasons why Nigerian Startups should embrace cloud computing:
1. Cloud computing helps move the Capital Expenditures of buying servers and running a mini datacenter to Operational Expenditures of paying the cloud providers a regular sum. This is ideal for startups here in Nigeria as most cannot afford to invest heavily in technology and always would look to leverage every kobo of capital to develop their product development. Cloud computing has substantially reduced the entry barriers to get started up.
2. Pay as you go. Cloud gives you the opportunity to pay only for the resources you use. For instance, if your app is suddenly getting 200K hits, you become a hotshot and will pay for the cloud resources proportional to this usage. On the other hand, if your app bombs and barely hits 51K downloads you pay very little.
3. Scalability is very easy. Predicting the scale is very hard in a startup. Nobody, not even their founders, could have predicted the successes of Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter. Thus, if you planned for 1510K users and bought 4 servers for the load, but instead hit 2M users you can create a very bad experience for users. Forums will buzz with the fact that you built an app that sucks and crashes on every load. On some occasions, this could mean the end of your startup. In the case of cloud apps, scalability is built right in and you can elastically increase your resources based on the load.
4. They don’t need a lot of IT support personnel. In a typical startup, the developers double as IT support guys, as the company cannot afford a separate IT desk. This reduces their productivity and also can slow down your deployment. By outsourcing your IT support task to your cloud provider, your developers are freed to work on your product development.
5. Help Keep Startup Lean and Mean. Companies are at their best when they start out in their garage as a lean mean unit. However, hiring and resource addition creates a lot of goo and makes many startups slow down. Using cloud apps would let your startup stay lean and mean for a longer period, as you don’t need to keep your server in-house or maintain a large IT team.
6. Help Startup Stay Agile. Startups have to stay at the bleeding edge of technology and have to hop on the newest innovations very quickly. By spending less on the servers and desktop software, you can move quickly to new platforms.
Cloud computing is a technology innovation that was born out of the need to address the pain of startups. Startup founders in Nigeria must keep cloud as a core part of their technology strategy.