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Efficient Bandwidth Drives Cloud Computing- John



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Sony Mathew John is a senior research analyst with International Data Corporation (IDC) Middle East, Turkey, and Africa and is responsible for conducting research on IT services and contributing to services and software consulting projects across the region.
Before joining IDC, John worked for Capgemini Consulting as a senior consultant. He also worked as a research analyst at Corporate Executive Board and as a software engineer with Satyam Computers.
 John has experience in IT application development, market sizing, competitive analysis, new business identification, and market entry strategy across industries.
 He spoke to peter ugwu during the IDC cloud Computing 2013 Roadshow held in Lagos, Nigeria, recently.

IDC Cloud Computing Road Show
Basically, we are an IT advisory company and we do a lot in IT modernization across the region. The essence is to increase awareness of the emerging technology by inviting vendors and ask them to talk about existing solutions.
 Before then, we had to lay the foundation by sharing with the participants, results of our recent studies as regards cloud and other IT solutions in relation to the market.
We are confident that the roadshow is one of the lee-ways to inform them on how to leverage on the emerging technology and grow their businesses.
The moderation is to educate people on the emerging technology and how to engage customers appropriately.

Companies in MEA and Cloud Computing
The reactions of organisations show they believe in the cloud despite challenges. We are encouraging them to take advantages in the cloud by moving their operations there.
 They will definitely achieve efficiency and virtualization. On the other hand, we are aware that not everybody will move the cloud at the same time.
So there are those organisations that are very reluctant about it; unless they see concrete evidence that cloud is working properly for those that have embraced it, they may not move there. We are seeing such skepticism in Africa, especially in Nigeria, but with time they will embrace it like every other solution that has been developed in the industry.

Basic Requirement to go into the Cloud
From the user perspective they have to look at their existing system like what leads to redundancy in their environment or look at their line of application and the workload in their line of business or computing system gadgets.
They can also look at their idle systems and areas that need improvement or virtualization. The second step is on the workload identification; that will help them determine which type of cloud to embrace, whether public, private of hybrid cloud environment.
After the segmentation against acceptable cloud model, they will choose reputable vendor that will give satisfactory service and ensure security.
Critical Factors that Determine Virtualization to the Cloud
First, the motivation for most companies is efficiency. The cloud will give every other operation in the organisation especially in the virtualization; they will see the benefits immediately.
The public cloud organisations will have the tenacity to access the latest software technology which will beef up their resources, because these international cloud service providers have the best in technology class and the personnel which local companies do not have access to.
They usually depend on the channel and local partners. So cloud offers them the opportunity to access the best in class resources.
There is also the process of standardization. In the new environment you have so many discrete ideas that make things easy to manage and reduce costs.

Cloud and Security Threats
Absolutely, the cloud will drastically take care of issues on security threats to systems and processes. Both in public and private clouds there are number of things companies can do to contain cyber threats to data.
There are basic things like having strong password and having a grip on their system.
They also need to have strong or strict security policies and implementing them. The private cloud will also offer them opportunity to secure their own end of the process and implementation.

Vendors Perspective on Growing Cloud Computing Adoption
So far, the customers like showcased by Vodacom business, Cyberoam, Schneider Electronics, etc are happy. However, what the vendors need to improve on is do more local case studies and highlight the local successes so that companies can believe by seeing the level of testimonials as regards the cloud implementations.
Right now, there seem to be low turnout of local cases studies on the successes and implementations. They need to get companies share their stories, because whether we like it or not, the cloud has since begun and the earlier companies get to embrace it the better for their operations.    

Bandwidth Challenges
Some companies have become smart that they are finding several means of overcoming the bandwidth challenge.
During a discussion, a representative from a particular company said they request for bandwidth upfront from the internet service provider (ISP).
That will serve as measure to ensure there are delays in their operation. And they take the advantage of cloud to move on seamlessly.
Some other companies work with multiple internet service providers, while others save their bandwidth by compressing whatever data they are sending.

Cloud Computing Success Stories
Globally, cloud computing has recorded success stories. We have studies on that, though they are not public at the moment.
 Globally, there are case studies that companies have made tremendous returns from cloud computing implementation.

Assessment of Nigeria IT Market
We have seen tremendous growth. It is one of the fastest growing markets in Africa.
Companies, government and even individuals are spending on developments of different components of IT, and these will pay off in different.
However, areas like education should be brazened up so that available skill will be commensurate with IT gadgets in place. And the government needs to support local software companies to thrive.



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FG Offers to Support TStv to Relaunch with Pay per View Model



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National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has pledged to give necessary support to TStv Africa as the indigenous digital satellite TV service begins full operation with pay per view model on October 1, 2020.

FG Offers to Support TStv to Relaunch with Pay per View Model

Professor Armstrong Idachaba, acting director-general of NBC, made the promise on Monday in Abuja when the management team of TStv paid him an official visit.

The visit was to inform him of the company‘s readiness to commence full operation across the country on October 1.

TStv Africa is a wholly-owned Nigerian innovative multi-channel outfit which had promised to operate a pay per view model for the benefit of Nigerians.

Idachaba said: “We promise on our side that we will continue to support you.

“At this time, I think that the major issue confronting the PayTv sector is the area of giving Nigerians option of deregulating purchasing capacity in terms of pay as you go concept.

“We believe this will give you the visibility if you remain committed to the idea.

“We welcome that option and wish that it serves as a stimulant and as a progressive index for other pay-TV operators to adopt.

“Some of them have come up with a lot of excuses why pay per view is difficult and why it is not doable.

“We want you to be the galvaniser to prove the naysayers wrong that this is doable in the interest of Nigerians.

“Once you begin and you make a success of it through increased subscription base, we are sure that others will be drawn into it as it happened in the telecommunication sector.”

Idachaba said the NBC is committed to promoting local participation in the nation’s broadcasting industry, especially in the pay-TV sector, to create jobs and provide diversity for Nigerians.

He acknowledged the challenges TStv had faced over the years and encouraged the company to remain focused.

“We are aware that it has been very challenging for you.

“All over the world dominant players will always want to remain in a dominant position.

” Those who want to survive will also have to take the courage to do so,” he said.

The Acting Director-General, however, admonished the firm to refrain from any activity that would give Nigeria a bad name.

“If you are acquiring rights, you must make sure that your rights are legitimately acquired.

“You must make sure you follow the rules of engagement strictly, study the broadcasting code strictly to have a robust future ahead of you,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Echefu Bright, managing director and CEO of TStv, said they were at the NBC to seek the commission’s support to have a peaceful roll out on October 1.

He said the outfit also visited the NBC to officially present samples of its decoders to the commission and thank the management for its support.

Bright gave an assurance that the novel pay per view concept was sacrosanct.

“The model is what we have experimented and implemented and it works and we have done everything we need to do for it Nigerians to benefit.

“Beyond that, we have enough boxes on ground that will cover the entire country,” he said.

Bright also gave an assurance that with the Oct.1 roll out, every part of the country would be covered.

“We currently have a dealership in virtually every state in Nigeria and as I speak to you now our goods are already with them for October 1 rollout. The coverage from day one will be across Nigeria,”

On sports products, he said the firm has Laliga as well as the FA Cup and  Euro Cup 2021 rights.


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Why Businesses Should Take a Long-term Approach to People, Product, and Customers



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By Andrew Bourne, Region Manager, Africa, Zoho Corporation,

Business success is perceived differently today. Buzzwords like maximization, venture-backed, growth hacking, and well-conceived exit strategies (like IPOs or acquisitions) define entrepreneurial success in the current age. In a mad rush to show high quarter-on-quarter growth rates, corporate leaders have forgotten that the true value of a business is how long it stays relevant in the market and instead focus solely on transient growth spurts even if they cost profits.

Any business, no matter how big its initial success, needs to take a long-term approach if it’s to avoid being one of history’s almost-rans. This applies to every aspect of the business, including, people, products, and customers.


Invest in People

When you are a new company working on developing deep tech, discovering talent and retaining them is a challenge. Try to create and slowly nurture a pool of capable workers who will gain domain expertise over time. At Zoho, in order to sustain our long-term R&D efforts, we initially kept the teams small and worked with people who were committed to learn and understand the domain.

Patience is the key when you cultivate talent in-house. As people refine their skills and gain deeper domain knowledge, they gradually bring their learning to the business and build a solid offering that will stand the test of time. Ultimately, it’s the culture of experimental learning that you build which keeps you going and also motivates people to stick around for the long haul.


Build a product that can pivot and adapt

Equally important is to take a long-term approach to your product. You might be selling something simple today, but you need to be able to build on that. Take Amazon, for example. It started out selling books and gradually built out to become a trillion-dollar company. It hasn’t just focused on e-commerce either. Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud-computing division, keeps more than 40% of the internet up and running.

The lesson here is that long-term thinking isn’t just about having a product plan and sticking to it. It’s also about adapting to any future opportunities that present themselves. Whatever sector you operate in today, it will see disruptions sooner or later. If you can adapt to those changes, or find new opportunities in other sectors, you will be better placed for continued success than your competitors.


Keep up with customer expectations

Finally, you need to take a long-term approach to your customers. If you are constantly gaining new customers but not retaining them, you’re unlikely to see real success. Returning customers routinely spend more money on brands they’re loyal to. People are also more likely to recommend others to businesses they have had a good experience with. Simply put, it just makes business sense.

But taking a long-term focus with your customers isn’t just about the direct touch-points you have with them. Everything, including the software solutions you use, should have the customer at heart. For example, a unified tool which allows you to instantly see every interaction a customer’s had with your business (be it via voice, email, or chat), will put you in a much better position to serve them than trying to work with several different products.

Taking this long-term approach might feel overwhelming initially, but it’s much more likely to pay off than simply trying to survive from quarter to quarter. After all true success is built over time.

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CBN Pulls Rate Cut Trigger, King Dollar Returns



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By Lukman Otunuga, Senior Research Analyst at FXTM,

In a move that caught investors off-guard this week, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) slashed interest rates by 100 basis points bringing the MPR to 11.5%. Given how inflation has been above target since 2015, rates were expected to remain unchanged for the rest of 2020 and possibly early 2021.


The question on the mind of many is whether the rate cut will achieve the desired effect by stimulating consumption and economic growth? Ongoing border closures and disruptions created by COVID-19 have pushed inflation to levels not seen since March 2018 above 13.20% while a drop in the production and price of Oil continues to rub salt into the wound. While looser monetary policy could support growth, it may come at the cost of rising inflation and weaker Naira.


Over the past few months, central banks across the globe have deployed unprecedented measures to defend their respective economies against the coronavirus menace. However, fiscal policy has been identified as the sharper tool with governments across the world providing a critical lifeline to keep the wheels of their respective economies rolling.


Outside of Nigeria, King Dollar made a return by appreciating against every single G10 currency. In times of uncertainty, everyone wants a juicy piece of the world’s most liquid currency. As coronavirus cases rise in Europe and other parts of the world, the flight to safety is likely to boost appetite for the Dollar. This is bad news for many emerging markets currencies, especially those with high Dollar-denominated debt.


On the commodity side, Oil prices remain heavily influenced by demand-side factors and the state of the global economy. Prices are likely to remain stuck around the $40 regions in the near term, especially If another round of possible lockdowns hit Oil demand. Looking at the technicals, WTI Crude is under pressure on the daily charts. If prices are unable to break away from the sticky $40 regions, the next key point of interest remains around $38. A weekly close above $41.50 could pave a path towards $43.

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