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Oracle Pushes for Cloud Adoption in Nigeria, Others




In a major push to help its partners drive cloud adoption in Nigeria and across Africa, Oracle Partner Network (OPN) has hosted its Africa Partner Day in Nigeria. The event focused on presenting new resources and initiatives for partners to create innovative digital transformation strategies for organisations across the continent.

Speaking at the event, Director, Alliances and Channel, Oracle Africa, Stefan Diedericks, said: “Oracle Partner Day is the foundation to building a better future with our partners. Our aim is to drive united African growth that will result in shifts towards globally relevant intellectual property, arising from our continent while remaining locally relevant.”

During the Partner Day event in Nigeria, Oracle introduced new OPN enablement resources including the Cloud Excellence Implementer (CEI) programme. Diedericks said the programme aimed to help businesses make a smooth transition to the cloud through Oracle implementation partners.

According to Oracle, CEI programme is only available to partners with the skills and infrastructure to build, deploy, run and manage both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads.

“Our aim is to drive African intellectual property creation on top of the Oracle cloud platform. As Oracle’s cloud business continues to grow, Oracle partner network is expanding its ecosystem of highly qualified implementing firms to help drive customer success and experience with Oracle Cloud,” Diedericks said.

As a late entrant into the cloud market, Oracle has been doubling down on efforts to bolster its cloud-based services. Oracle’s total cloud business revenue rose to $1.47 billion in the three months ended August 31. In July, the company added 1 000 new jobs in Europe, Middle East and Africa, in order to grow its cloud computing business.

Also, the company plans to open cloud centres of excellence in Nigeria and Kenya – for now they are only available in Johannesburg, said Diedericks. “Cloud centres of excellence are physical environment where partners engage with Oracle cloud specialists and participate in workshop where they get help in developing innovative solutions,” he added

He continued:“Oracle is on a radical journey in driving global cloud adoption, inspiring partners to invest in economic and skills development by positioning and prioritising the creation of solutions built on the Oracle Cloud Platform.

“This gives businesses new innovative ways to engage with their citizens, customers, suppliers and consumers via artificial intelligence, cognitive learning, machine learning and blockchain technologies.”

According to the research manager IT services for IDC, Jon Tullet, cloud adoption in Africa is expected to evolve rapidly, just as it is worldwide, not just in sharp revenue growth, but in methodology, distributed services such as Internet of Things (IoT) and multicloud hybrids and channel mediation.

“The role of the channel must be emphasised in this; IDC forecasts that by 2020, more than 70 per cent of global cloud services providers’ revenues will be mediated by the channel,” he said.

“As a result, there is tremendous pressure on local channels to align themselves and their portfolios with their vendor partners as they come to emphasise cloud as a primary go to market strategy,” said Tullet. These changes within the channel and partner ecosystems in South Africa have been underway for a number of years, but at a slow pace,” he added.

He continued:“This will have to accelerate very quickly in the near term. We expect to see the channel move quickly to extend services around “complementary or value-add solutions for top-tier provider partners, workload migration and optimisation, hybrid infrastructure services, multicloud brokerage, and more.

“There will inevitably be a degree of business risk and some consolidation among providers; the partner support systems provided by the major vendors will be critical in supporting this evolution, including changes in incentivisation, support, training, and integration.”

Oracle has introduced a host of partner programmes in Africa including the Oracle Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP) programme, which enables customers to speed up success in the cloud with support from the right partner and platform.

available to partners with the skills and infrastructure to build, deploy, run and manage both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, enabling OPN members to offer a complete managed service solution for workloads running on Oracle Cloud.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial market.

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ICT Infrastructure Powers by 32,800 Power Generators Says Pantami




32,800 Power Generators in the ICT Sector Says Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said the Information and Communications Technology sector’s major challenge is constant electricity.

According to the minister, who spoke at the inauguration of 11 ICT projects executed by agencies in Abuja, ICT companies are spending a huge amount of money in powering their infrastructure and ensuring constant service to their broad esteem customers.

He said over 32,800 power generators are used to power infrastructure in the ICT sector alone despite having a power grid.

Responding to some of the concerns raised by Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, on the need to improve growth in the sector, enhance security and boost the economy, Pantami explained that the main challenges holding the sector back were right-of-way issues and power constraints.

He said, “With regards to the issue of backbone, particularly broadband, I think it is an excellent observation.

“The intervention of the President on the right-of-way, vandalism, which we were able to resolve, is to improve the quality of service.

“The major challenges affecting the quality of service in Nigeria, one is with regards to vandalism of infrastructure. Two, with due apologies to our colleague here, the minister of power, is the issue of power, which is beyond our control.

Pantami added, “You may wish to know that today in Nigeria most of our facilities in the sector are being powered by generators and they are supposed to be on the power grid.

“Based on the report I have received; we have over 32,800 generators all over the country powering the facilities while they (facilities) have been denied to be powered by the power grid.

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FG Implores Parastatals to Promote the Country’s Digital Economy Initiative



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FG Tells MDAs to Promote the Country’s Digital Economy

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the management of Dr. Isa Pantami, has implored all the federal government parastatals to promote and safeguard the country’s digital economy initiative.

Dr. Isa Pantami, while presenting the keynote address in a virtual forum organised by the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON),  said based on the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for critical data infrastructure and broadband is now high.

The minister urged government parastatals to put in effort to uphold and promote government’s digital economy initiative designed to reduce the effect of the pandemic on the nation. He also disclosed that the interests of all Nigerians would also be protected by the government.

Federal government will continue to develop its digital economy policy for a digital Nigeria. Both the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) that are under the supervision of my ministry, now have special departments that promotes digital economy initiative and I urge them and all other parastatals under my supervision, to ensure that they promote the digital economy initiative of the federal government in order to maintain investor’s confidence and to protect the interest of Nigerians, especially telecoms consumers.

Government on its part will ensure that the interests of telecoms companies and the interest of Nigerians are protected. Government is currently addressing the challenges in the cost of investments such as the issue of vandalisation of telecoms infrastructure, and President Muhammadu Buhari has officially directed all security institutes, through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), to protect telecoms investments in the country,” Pantami said.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, when making his presentation said “The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly and sharply ravaged the globe, Nigeria is no exception. Governments therefore, faced unprecedented challenges from COVID-19 pandemic. The impact affects most sectors of the global economy, ranging from health, to education, to finance, to trade and investment.

While explaining the Commission’s efforts at resolving consumer-related issues, Danbatta noted that less than 500,000 people activated Do-Not-Disturb (DND) code as at 2015 when the code was introduced by the Commission but presently, over 22,722,366 people line on the code.

He also made it known that the commission has resolved 98 per cent of service-related complaints received from telecoms consumers from January 2019 to April 2020.

according to Danbatta “the Commission has monthly engagements with operators as well as quarterly industry working group on Quality of Service and Short Codes, and is currently monitoring 2G Key Performance Indicators, while the KPIs for 4G are being prepared.

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Union Bank, Awarri Partner to Launch ‘Next Robotics Legend’ Initiative




Union Bank Partners Awarri to Train Kids on Robotics, Artificial Intelligence

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and Awarri, a pan-African technology company, has announced the commencement of the ‘Next Robotics Legend’ initiative.

The training program organised through the banks’ education platform, Edu360, will train students between 11 and 16 years of age in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Union Bank said the training is in line with its mission to boost education in Nigeria through its Edu360 platform, saying the Next Robotics Legend initiative would identify and nurture young innovators necessary to address some of the challenges confronting the nation and the world at large.

According to the bank, entry for the initiative will start on August 7th, 2020 and closed on August 21st, 2020. Parents and guardians of qualified students are, therefore, advised to register their children on Edu360 website as soon as possible.

It added that the top 25 entries will participate in the intensive 3-month training programme and each of the participants will receive a tablet with preloaded information; a MekaMon, a robot, which offers an unparalleled education experience in advanced robotics as well as access to seasoned tutors for the programme duration.

Participants are required to identify a need in their community, and apply the skills learnt to provide a solution to societal need at the end of the free training programme. Admission for a mentorship program with Awarri awaits the student with the best solution.

Ogochukwu Ekezie- Ekaidem, the Head, Corporate Communications and Marketing at Union Bank, when speaking on the Bank’s partnership with Awarri said, “Edu360 is excited to work with Awarri on this initiative because this links three areas that we are passionate about – Education, Innovation and Talent Development.

Our focus on these three areas stems from the realisation that they are crucial in driving development and sustainable impact in Nigeria.

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