Sapiens International Corporation, a NASDAQ listed software provider of for the insurance industry, has indicated that it is looking to leverage Microsoft's two new data centres in South Africa for its cloud-based services. The company has said that this will offer an alternative for customers looking for an affordable and flexible option to traditional on-premise IT operations,

Earlier in 2017, Microsoft announced that it will be opening two new cloud data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. With the first data centre expected to be ready by 2018.

The timing of the announcement is also interesting as Sapiens is reported to be looking to establish its new head office and an expand its presence in South Africa.

Sapiens' core policy administration suite for the life insurance, annuities, pension, savings and medical markets - and Sapiens IDIT ‒ their flagship software suite for the short-term insurance market ‒ can be deployed over Microsoft's secure cloud.

"Congratulations to Sapiens' partner, Microsoft, on this exciting news that is expected to foster innovation and create opportunities in Africa," said Gary Tessendorf, Regional Director for South Africa at Sapiens.

The decision by Microsoft to build data centres in South Africa seems like it is likely to pay off as not only for the technical benefits for businesses but also the legal benefits and implications. The data centres are likely to increase cloud adoption by South African businesses and will likely see other cloud services providers do the same.

"There is interest in the South African market in the cloud's potential to help insurers remain agile, while keeping costs low. I am confident that Sapiens' robust presence in South Africa, the two new data centres, and the partnership between Microsoft Azure and Sapiens will build upon each other to help create an ideal solution for local insurers," concluded Tessendorf.

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