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NITDA DG, Experts Seek SMEs Promotion Via Cloud Technology

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The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi and other experts have called for the adoption of cloud computing in Nigeria to accelerate growth of its small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).

Nigeria currently have about 41 million SMEs. The experts who spoke at a webinar hosted by CyberCloud, an indigenous service provider, with the theme: “The New Normal: Future of Cloud Computing in Nigeria post COVID19.”

The NITDA boss said Cloud Technology will also enable rapid governance on the part of government at all levels, noting that with coronavirus pandemic still raging, companies must device means to continue to serve their customers adequately.

The experts averred that one clear-cut platform this can be achieved is through cloud computing. As such, at the webinar, which had over 700 attendees from far and wide, they emphasised the importance of fresh investment in the sub-sector.  

Those in attendance include: managing director, RackCentre, Ayotunde Coker; partner, Technology Advisory, KPMG, John Anyanwu;  CIO, First City Monument Bank, Collins Osugo; and national coordinator, Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC), NITDA, Bar. Kasim Sodangi.  

They were hosted by Head, CyberCloud Business, Laurel Onumonu in conjunction with managing director, Cyberspace Limited, Joe Onwubuya; and senior manager, Cloud Business, VMware, Dave Funnell.

According to Coker, Cloud Computing are services that you consume over the internet, regardless of its location. It’s a service you can subscribe to and consume as you require, you scale as you grow and you pay as you go.

He further stated that CyberCloud and Rack center have the capacity to provide all cloud services needed by the government, corporate bodies and individuals. Speaking on the development, Anyanwu said Cloud services have always been a part of our lives without us knowing it.

Anyanwu said several people have been using the likes of Google Mail, Yahoo, and so many services that are in the cloud and “we have been enjoying these services for our personal lives without even knowing what we are using.”

He further said ‘’Cloud gives a huge opportunity for us to facilitate innovation with low capital investment.” Dissecting how Cloud Services are utilized by the government, Sodangi said as far back as 2013, NITDA issued a guideline for National Content Development in IT.

According to him, one of the guidelines specifically speaks to the retention and domestication of Data Services of the government needs rising from the operation of government and data that is owned by government must be hosted locally.

He further stated that ‘’Cloud services will sufficiently improve how services are delivered in Nigeria and change the face of the public sector if it is understood and implemented as it ought to be’’.

Catering to the aspect of a Cloud end-user, Osugo stated that, “Banks have been in the forefront of Cloud Computing.” However, he said for banks to have the confidence to host and work with local providers, there are certain criteria that needs to be met.

He further stated, “Once the government plays its significant role in making sure adequate infrastructures are in place and the enterprenuised, i.e KPMG, VMware accesses the risk and ensure that the skills required to manage these services are also in place, then the sky’s the limit.

Funnell on his part, said ‘’Interrogate your cloud provider because not all cloud providers are equal and can deliver the services you require. However, the certification Vmware provides Cybercloud should help build the element of trust and trust is key because Cloud Computing is the way to accelerate a business’’.

He further said that Cloud is an enabler to fast forward to the future and working with a cloud provider that is reputable can really enable your business.

From his perspective, the MD, Cyberspace Limited, concluded by urging the attendees to subscribe to the flexible services that CyberCloud has to offer.

Onwubuya said: “Cybercloud can accommodate both the small businesses and big enterprises and can assure you that based on the policies from NITDA, we continue to run a very secure system.”

Bringing the session to a close, Onumonu, highlighted the offerings of Cybercloud and encouraged all the participants to contact the firm via its social media platforms for answers to the questions unattended to. The Head, CyberCloud Limited, further stated “We urge you to watch out for more series on Cloud Computing and what it has to offer.”

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ICIT Partners Microsoft, 9Mobile On Cloud-based Software Packages For SMEs

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ICIT Solutions Nigeria, a business technology solutions provider and tier-one Microsoft partner, has announced their partnership with 9Mobile to launch 9Business Cloud, a top-notch e-commerce platform where you can buy all cloud based software packages, designed to enhance business productivity in the fast-growing Nigerian market.

Located in Lagos, Nigeria, ICIT (Internet, Communications & IT Solutions) is an experienced information technology solutions provider with a mission to efficiently empower businesses to achieve more with less using automation.

 ICIT, provides both SMEs and Enterprise level businesses with affordable and trusted Managed IT services and business process automation solutions to help them operate effectively. The company’s primary goal is to help clients build systems where business productivity is optimized, profitability is increased, and peace of mind is guaranteed.

Mr. Kamar Oyenuga, Managing Director, ICIT Solutions Limited noted that, “We are excited to announce our partnership with 9Mobilie Nigeria to launch this first-in-class cloud solutions e-commerce platform 9Business Cloud for organizations of all sizes. Whether you are an organization of 1 or 10,000 employees, we have something for you to enable you manage and run your business from anywhere”.

Kamar in his statement mentioned that, “the 9business platform https://cloudbusiness.9mobile.com.ng/, caters to anyone, whether a 9Mobile subscriber or not, looking to purchase cloud-based products and solutions. The 9Business Cloud market place has affordable software products like Microsoft 365 which helps you to run your business from everywhere in a cost-effective manner, Microsoft teams for improved productivity and employee collaboration, One Note, One Drive for data and file storage online with up to 1TB worth space. Also available are SharePoint, Dynamics 365 for customer engagement and personalized service on any channel, recruitment, employee development, financial management, improved customer experiences, and improved marketing, and many more”. 

He further stressed that, “This is an innovative way for modern businesses to cut-away unnecessary cost while also achieving optimal results for a more sustainable business operation. It’s simple, quick, secure, stress-free and affordable. Having identified that the core need of any organization is to ensure that every stakeholder has peace of mind which emanates from the profitability of the company, ICIT Solutions has positioned its offerings to support such businesses that aim to attain profitability that will in turn, increase their value”.

For over a decade, ICIT Solution has been creating a sustainable and highly secured automated business solutions for companies, by engaging the businesses to understand their processes and help them break processes to measurable workflows that are automatable with the necessary support. It’s services include delivering End to End intelligent Managed IT services, fully-fledged business automation process support like software license sales and renewals, design and customization of process flows that will efficiently empower businesses to achieve more, data migration and protection, staff training and support and much more. It has also brought great value to the cloud solution offerings of 9mobile Telecommunication in Nigeria.

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Liquid Telecom Accelerates Kenya’s Digital Transformation with Azure Stack Cloud Solutions

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Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom today announces the deployment of its Azure Stack Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The availability of the hub within Kenyan borders will enable businesses to meet local data regulatory requirements and efficiently run latency sensitive business applications.

 This investment showcases Liquid Telecom’s commitment to Kenya’s digital transformation by empowering businesses with a cloud solution that is locally available, highly secure, and enables real time business continuity with flexible adoption models. 

Adil El Youssefi, Regional CEO of Liquid Telecom East Africa, said, “Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we had been enabling businesses across the continent to implement their digital transformation strategies. With the increasing demand for data to be hosted locally, we have deployed Azure Stack cloud solution as we continue to foster economic and technological advancement in Kenya and the East Africa region at large”.  

According to David Behr, Group Chief Digital Officer, Liquid Telecom, “Our commitment to the East Africa region is reaffirmed with the opening of this hub in Kenya. With Liquid Azure Stack, we offer a fully managed service, so customers can focus on their ever-evolving business needs while we take care of the rest”.  

Over the last two years, Liquid Telecom has taken the centre-stage in driving Africa’s digital transformation with our complete managed Cloud offering on Azure and Azure Stack, backed by our extensive and resilient fibre infrastructure across the continent.

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Orange, Google Partner On Cloud, Cybersecurity Services

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Orange made a step towards fostering its digital transformation, partnering with Google to offer advanced cloud, edge computing and cybersecurity services to customers.

In a statement, the operator said the move will see Google bringing its expertise in cloud technologies, analytics and AI tools, while Orange will provide its insights on information and communication technology services.

Orange also unveiled plans to build a next-generation data analytics and machine-learning platform with Google technologies.

As part of the partnership, the companies will jointly develop future edge computing services for the B2B, wholesale and B2C markets, as well as creating a lab for innovations and a training centre for data, AI and cloud services.

Orange CEO Stephane Richard noted as “Google is eager to invest in Europe, and especially in France, to develop new data centres, this is the perfect time to work on new services and opportunities in French and European markets”.

Sundar Pichai, Google and Alphabet chief, stated the move will “help pave the way for new advanced cloud and edge computing services for the telecommunications industry in Europe”.

The partnership is part of Orange’s Engage 2025 plan to boost operational efficiency and customer experience by using AI and data.

Google lined up a number of collaboration deals with operators since the start of the year, including Bharti Airtel, AT&T, Telia and Telefonic

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