The United States General Services Administration (GSA) announced on Friday that the country’s Department of Defense has made requests for bids from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle concerning cloud contracts.
This outreach follows the decision made by the Pentagon to set aside a much coveted $10 billion contract which Microsoft won after getting past Amazon’s challenge. The value of the new contracts is still currently unknown, but the Department of Defense roughly calculates that it could be in the region of multiple billions of dollars.
This new collaboration is being referred to as Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC), and it may possibly support the best global cloud organizations Amazon and Microsoft, although it could also give two smaller organizations more credibility.
The General Services Administration said in its announcement that the Government looks forward to handing out two Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to “Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) and Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft).” It also stated that the Government has it in mind to hand out to all the Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) which show that they can meet the Department’s requirements.
An IDIQ contract usually includes an unspecified amount of services over a specific time period.
After necessary evaluation, the GSA announced that only two American cloud infrastructure providers appear able to comply with the requirements set aside by the Department, with the companies being Amazon and Microsoft.
The requirements contain tactical advantage devices which can function outside orthodox data centers and support every existing level of data classification.
Both Microsoft and Amazon ended up as finalists for a Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract in 2019. The contract was meant for one provider only, and was estimated to reach an amount of $10 billion across the span of ten years. Microsoft won it back then, followed by a protest from Amazon before the Pentagon canceled the contract in July.
While Microsoft refused to comment, an Oracle spokesperson touted the company’s excitement at its inclusion in the JWCC, as well as the company’s commitment to high levels of security.
Jumia Grabs Opportunity for Black Friday Deals
Black Friday is a concept that originated in the United States, but the yearly retail fever has had a popularity boom across Africa in recent years, with customers moving to take advantage of the best deals that retailers have available.
Jumia, which is a marketplace with its focus placed on Africa quickly grabbed this opportunity when it first introduced the Black Friday event about nine years ago across its markets in Africa, focusing mainly on Egypt and Cairo which are the company’s top two cities when considering volume of orders.
Since its inception, the company has witnessed staggering levels of success with the event, and company data reveals that the love which consumers have for Black Friday has been increasing across the continent every year.
During the 2020 Black Friday event, the top sellers on the Jumia platform saw a 141% year-on-year increase in the amount of items sold, with one out of three clicks on average being a new customer. The company also said that it witnessed an increase in brand appetite across every one of Jumia’s 10 markets during last year’s sale, which lasted every Friday in November.
The trend is expected to continue this year’s version of Jumia’s Black Friday, as it is running from November 5 until November 30.
The company which is based in Nigeria has entered into partnerships with major brands like Adidas, HP, Unilever and Diageo, as well as with thousands of sellers in order to provide consumers the best deals on a very wide range of products.
The CEO of Jumia Nigeria, Massimiliano Spalazzi told Lagos-based Vanguard that the Black Friday programme has been a success every year, and is the biggest sale of the year.
He also stated that the 2021 Black Friday campaign will place focus on strengthening the company’s position as a brand within the African market, and providing support to the sellers.
NQR Payment Solution Excites Nigerians: Everyone Can Now Pay Sharp Sharp
Since the NQR payment solution was introduced to the Nigerian market in March of this year, it has reached millions of Nigerians across major markets in different states. Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Kano, Uyo, and Portharcourt are just a few of the states that have witnessed the fast seamless, and reliable NQR payment solution.
Business owners and customers across Nigeria have embraced NQR en masse as a result of the market penetration drive, citing the convenience, speed, and reliability of the payment option.
The NQR Payment Solution is a secure QR-code-based payments and collections platform that allows customers and business owners to accept and make payments for goods and services. The payment system will bring together all of the country’s closed QR code schemes for a more consistent user experience and faster digital adoption.
The campaign was led by several popular celebrities who thrilled the market crowds and showcased how the NQR works. Mercy Johnson, Mercy Aigbe, Odunlade Adekola, Real Warri Pikin, Saddiq Sani Saddiq, Bisola Aiyeola, and Nedu were a few of the ambassadors for NQR. They encouraged business owners to sign up for NQR, and encouraged customers to make payments with NQR.
The NQR payment solution team recently toured Southern Nigeria, with comedians Edo Pikin and Real Warri Pikin leading the train to sensitize the people about how the NQR merchant app works and how customers can #PaySharpSharp with live demonstrations.
NQR agents also went through the markets educating both business owners and customers about NQR’s benefits. Representatives from several commercial banks were also on ground to address business owners’ concerns. Everyone learned about the NQR payment system and had the opportunity to test it out as well as express their satisfaction with it.
NQR is now available in a store near you.
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