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iSON Technologies Urges Skill Transfer Through Public Private Partnerships

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iSON Technologies, an arm of iSON Group Africa’s largest IT and ITeS company,with a presence in almost 25 countries in Africa has urged greater public –private partnership in order to further boost growth and transference of technology skills.The company, a systems integrator, managed service provider and strategic outsourcing company provides end-to-end IT services and solutions across Africa. The company’s strong service offerings include consulting, systems integration, managed services and off-shore/on-shore services and cloud services.  We are among the leading pan-African partners for major companies such as AVAYA, Oracle, Huawei, IBM, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Juniper and Fortinet. 

“At iSON Technologies, we are passionate about deploying tech services to our customers. Over the years, we have become the go-to technology provider for different verticals spanning Telecom and ISP, BFSI, government, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, FMCG, DTH and Entertainment, Education and Healthcare, says, Rahul Srivastava, COO iSON Technologies.

“It helps that we have a strong delivery center and ready access to unique technological skills but also our constant search for improved service practices that can be utilized to better reach throughout our expanding customer base is also a unique strength. We are extremely excited about the future of technology, especially in a country like Nigeria, where technology inclusion is quite promising and of course we are firmly set to lead the revolution in this market.”

“Of course what could expand skill base even more is more public/private partnership in  order to build and transfer specific skill base,.” Srivastava concludes.

So far the company has been in the mainstream of driving technology inclusion within its markets with a number of key service offerings to some of the biggest organizations around the world.

iSON’s clients include MTN, Airtel, Etisalat, Standard Chartered Bank, AIICO, AXA Mansard, GT Bank, Chase Bank, UNICAF, Zuku, Toyota Kenya and more.

 

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Comercio Offers Enterprises PAYG Option in Public Cloud Service

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Comercio Nigeria Limited has launched its Enterprise Public Cloud that will ostensibly help Enterprises in Nigeria reduce cost of ownership whilst trying to grow their businesses with the option of Pay as you go (PAYG) subscription.

Mr. Aderemi Adejumo, Chief Technical Officer, Comercio, speaking at the launch of the cloud service in Lagos, noted that the Public Cloud Platform, which he described as the first in Nigeria will offer enterprises the opportunity to move their IT expenditure from a CAPEX to OPEX as well as pay for only service they are rendered.

“The Public Cloud Service we are launching today is on a subscription basis (Pay as you go). It minimises expenditure and create great savings for the medium and large enterprises, considering the economic challenges faced worldwide and especially in Nigeria,” he declared.

He explained that the launch of its Public Cloud will ultimately change the old process, where computing takes takes 4 – 16 weeks to request, get appropriate approvals and procure hardware before installing and configuration of the software

“With our Public cloud platform, the required hardware can be provisioned and available in less that 48 hours. With the flexibility, agility and expansion potential, our clients do not need to have an accurate estimation of the growth and sizing. In a public facing service delivery this is crucial as an inadequately sized infrastructure will guarantee failure whilst an overspeed infrastructure will be a waste of funds,” he added.

In terms of security, Adejumo assured that in the last 18 months of deploying the services, there has been no a report or incidents of breaches, as Commercio goes the extra mile in deploying very sophisticated security setup for both physical and virtual security for the service.

He also argues that overall, there is a greater peace of mind on a local cloud platform such as the Comercio platform. “We have a number of advantages over the notable foreign cloud platforms. Our  platform has a lower latency than offshore platforms. It takes on average less than 25% of the time to retrieve data from an offshore cloud platform,” he emphasized.

Comercio provides a bespoke service, engaging its customers and guide their request to the most optimum solution on its platform. Their services are rendered in local currency. Meaning, there is a stability in payments.

It is not unnoticed that 70 percent of CIOs worldwide are moving to the cloud this year and the total revenue from Cloud computing tripling in the next 2 years.

Comercio Public cloud adheres to international standards like PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data security standards), ISO 27001, (Information security management system) and ISO 9001 (Quality management system).

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NITDA Sets Up 83 Digital Job Creation Centres

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Dr. Isa Pantami, Director General of NITDA

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said it had established 83 digital job creation centres across the country to ensure digital inclusion.

 

 

 

Prof. Isa Pantami, director-general of the agency, disclosed this at the ongoing 24th Annual Information Technology Professionals Assembly of the Computers Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria(CPN) in Abuja.

 

 

 

The assembly coincided with the 25th anniversary of the council and the induction of 309 members into the profession.

 

 

 

The conference theme is: “Professionalism in Information Technology; Past, Present and Future”.

 

 

 

Pantami, who was represented by Dr Usman Gambo, the Director, IT Infrastructure Solutions, said that establishing the Information Communication Technology centres was in line with the mandate of the government to create jobs.

 

 

 

He said: “IT is part of our everyday lives and no country can develop without ICT.

 

 

 

“NITDA in 2017 deployed 86 digital job creation centres and has already deployed 83 this year across the country with a minimum of 15 computers available.

 

 

 

“The centres have created jobs for many and are serving as a way of routing poverty out of our society.”

 

 

 

He said that since 2010, NITDA had established over 500 digital job creation centres which were helping to drive digital growth in the country.

 

 

 

Patami said that overlapping of regulatory roles had limited the growth of digital economy in the country, adding that IT projects among agencies of government were done in silos.

 

 

 

According to him, inadequate IT capacity, infrastructure, no patronage of indigenous IT products and services have contributed to the poor performance of IT.

 

 

 

He expressed concern about the country`s lose of huge money to importation of IT products and services, adding that the agency was making effort to reduce and promote local content.

 

 

 

He said: “NITDA is developing the e-Nigeria framework and guidelines for the regulation of IT projects within government framework.

 

 

 

“We are also reviewing the local content guidelines which involve developing human capacity, software, hardware development to ensure that products made locally are promoted.”

 

 

 

He said that the country could leverage on its youthful population to solve the challenges in driving the IT sector.

 

 

 

Pantami added that ICT possibilities were endless but carrying out IT projects needed to be done in a more coordinated manner.

 

 

 

He, however, called on the new inductees to find ways of promoting local content in their practice and abide by the ethics of the profession.

 

 

 

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NITDA Bars MDAs from Using Unregistered IT Firms

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Dr. Isa Pantami, Director General of NITDA

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to avoid using the services of unregistered companies on Information Technology (IT) projects.

 

Kasim Sodangi, National Coordinator, Office for Nigerian Content Development (ONC), on Information Communication Technology (ICT), who gave this advice, explained that heeding the advice would ensure better implementation of the 2018 budget.

 

He said NITDA was poised to ensuring the promotion of the development of indigenous IT in the country through the validation of the Executive Orders 003 and 005 of the Federal Government, which sought to promote local content.

 

The coordinator recalled that the agency had earlier in the year issued a framework for the registration of indigenous IT service providers and contractors in the country, which would serve as a guide to projects implementation.

 

According to him, MDAs engaging certified and registered companies by NITDA will ensure quality service delivery of IT projects.

 

“The process of engaging indigenous IT service providers and contractors is designed to ensure that local companies with proven indigenous capability are given priority in executing IT procurement jobs in Nigeria.

 

“NITDA, therefore, directs all indigenous IT service providers and contractors not yet registered with the agency to immediately commence their registration process for verification and classification of capacity as IT companies in Nigeria.

 

“In implementing the 2018 budget, NITDA will advise MDAs to avoid implementing IT procurement with companies not registered with NITDA, as they may not have the capacity or professionalism to deliver IT projects.

 

“This is to reduce the high incidence of failure and poor delivery of IT projects in Nigeria,” he said.

 

Mr Sodangi said the agency was currently amending the guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT of 2013 to further enable the agency to accomplish its mandate.

 

He said the 2013 Guidelines for Nigerian content development in ICT as a coherent framework for ICT development in the country saw to the establishment of the ONC.

 

He added that the ONC was mandated to coordinate the implementation of the programmes and supervise compliance to the guidelines.

 

According to him, the review will ensure ease of doing business and give priority to indigenous registered IT companies.

 

He said they were working with stakeholders to review the guidelines, adding that the agency would issue the amended guidelines before the end of the third quarter of 2018.

 

Mr Sodangi said that the ONC had issued series of notices and had intervened in ensuring that the guidelines were enforced.

 

“The ONC has ensured that data hosted by MDAs outside Nigeria is repatriated to Nigerian Data Centres in line with the provisions of the guidelines.

 

“NITDA is also utilising various instruments within its operations to ensure implementation of its guidelines and ensure local content policy implementation.”

 

He added that NITDA had directed strict compliance with the guidelines through the IT project clearance process.

 

Mr Sodangi further said that MDAs implementing IT procurement projects were compelled to disclose project alignment with government’s local content policy and comply with all extant regulations.

 

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