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HP Recharges Hybrid Work at GITEX Africa

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HP Inc is joining the inaugural GITEX Africa, bringing to the region its robust portfolio of products and services designed to deliver powerful hybrid experiences and workplace equity across all working styles, set ups, and locations.

HP’s exhibition of a comprehensive set of innovative hybrid work solutions will be held at Booth 1C-10 in Hall 1 at GITEX Africa, in Morocco.

GITEX Africa – the largest tech event on the continent – aims to accelerate the construction of new tech communities and to help advance the shared goal of amplifying Africa’s digital aspirations and achievements.

HP joins this all-inclusive gathering of industry leaders to connect with African stakeholders and customers and to showcase how the company is working to shape the continent’s future through sustainable, inclusive, and tech driven solutions.

“HP’s focus and investment in Africa have always been high and we are even more energized to increase it. Especially in these changing times, we believe in helping our customers and partners to be more competitive, productive, and efficient.

“The rules of work have completely shifted over the past couple of years, and we have entered a new era of work where the lines between office- and home-based work are now blurred.

“Our future-ready portfolio of products and services has evolved to reflect this, especially in countries with compromised infrastructure and connectivity,” says Ertug Ayik, Managing Director for Middle East and Africa at HP.

“The work we do in Africa has always had a focus on advancing equity, supporting education, and removing barriers to business for entrepreneurs through technological innovation.

“GITEX Africa shares all these goals – making our participation at this most prominent tech summit even more pertinent,” says Salah Ouardi, Managing Director Northwest Africa, at HP.

The shift to working flexibly and from various locations has accelerated the need for organizations to scale their network and security capabilities, equaling snap decision making for the deployment of solutions that optimize security and user experience. HP’s Future-Ready portfolio redefines effective collaboration and productivity from commercial PCs, workstations, peripherals, and services that deliver exceptional experiences from anywhere – ushering in the new era of hybrid work.

Identifying and deploying the right collaboration solution to guarantee the best experience remains a core consideration, evidenced by findings from the 2023 HP Wolf Security Hybrid Report.

Even though only 22%1 of workers consider themselves ‘thriving’ in hybrid work the majority (90%) of those thrivers believe that access to the right technology and tools leads to a positive work experience.

Such findings support the idea that every workplace (regardless of the stage of hybrid work adoption) needs to maximize and transcend obstacles and innovations to ease into – and adapt to the new future of work.

With the normalization of hybrid work, the right digital strategy can enable employees to blend physical and digital work in a manner that best serves the immediate business operating needs and ensures uninterrupted productivity for employees. A software service that can make this a reality is not only a requirement but an undeniable priority.

HP Wolf Protect and Trace with HP Wolf Connect is the world’s first software service that bears such capabilities as locating, locking and erasing a PC remotely, even when it’s turned off or disconnected from the Internet2.

Providing a highly resilient and secure connection to remote PCs, Wolf Connect equips IT with the capability to protect sensitive data on the move. IT teams can readily manage a dispersed hybrid workforce – reducing the time and effort needed to resolve support tickets, secure data from loss or theft to mitigate potential breaches and optimize asset management.

Considering the ongoing hybrid work trend, HP’s high-performance printing solutions are designed to help both businesses of all sizes to maximize productivity and minimize disruptions, catering to the demands of modern-day ways of working by offering technologies to boost their productivity and consumers to print sustainably and cost-efficiently.

The all-new HP Color LaserJet series printers are powered by HP’s next generation sustainable toner, which delivers up to 27% reduced energy3 use and up to 78%4 less plastic in the packaging.

Based on a recent HP survey5 more than half of the hybrid workers surveyed said that they had missed their office printer more than happy hour or a free lunch and to address the need for a true workplace of the future, the HP LaserJet Managed E800/E700 series, support and inspire a productivity-focused hybrid workforce, with intelligent solutions that can make work flow faster.

The next generation of refillable printers, the HP Smart Tank printers deliver an enhanced user experience with an intuitive and seamless set-up, smart features, and better connectivity -including self-healing Wi-Fi and mobility with Smart App.

Made from up to 25%6 recycled plastics, and with an ink refill system that creates more prints with less waste are an ideal option for high-volume print needs where quality is preferred, but sustainability is also valued.

Hybrid work is one of the greatest shifts the workforce has ever experienced but it’s also one of the biggest business challenges of this decade. CIOs are under extraordinary pressure to digitally transform their businesses and overhaul their processes while ensuring their employees are productive and motivated.

They need to offer an amazing digital employee experience in a way that doesn’t compromise security and allows for flexibility as their business needs change. With offerings like HP Active Care and HP Proactive Insights, among others, HP Workforce Solutions empower customers to transform the way they work.

With a rich 80-year heritage, HP’s deployment of its Future-Ready Portfolio exemplifies an understanding and appreciation of the future of work. From high end performance to seamless collaboration and productivity between devices and locations, HP is delivering exceptional experiences from anywhere.

This is further embodied by HP’s recent joining with UC (Unified Communications) experts Poly, with a focus on hybrid working innovation and even more importantly, meeting equality – to ensure everyone is heard and seen clearly.

HP is showcasing a range of innovative new offerings designed to set up customers for success in the hybrid working era at Booth 1C-10 in Hall 1 at GITEX Africa 2023.

 


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Konga, CeraVe Ink MoU for Exclusive Launch of L’Oreal Product in Nigeria

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At long last, relief is here for the skincare enthusiasts in Nigeria! Konga Health, Nigeria’s premier digital healthcare distribution company, has sealed an exclusive partnership with CeraVe, a leading global skincare brand under the L’Oréal umbrella, to launch its product in the country. L’Oréal is the world leader in beauty: makeup, cosmetics, haircare and perfume in terms of quality, efficacy and safety.

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Through Konga Health, a technology-driven healthcare solutions company focused on revolutionizing the healthcare value chain and a member of the Konga Group, this exclusive collaboration will debut with the renowned CeraVe line, offering unbeatable prices and free delivery to some locations Nationwide.

This enhanced partnership empowers Konga Health to onboard pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare providers Nationwide to support the distribution of CeraVe’s product line. This initiative includes opportunities for recruitment, partnerships, and collaboration to ensure that high-quality skincare solutions are accessible to all nationwide.

This strategic alliance ensures that genuine CeraVe products reach Nigerian consumers swiftly and conveniently, leveraging Konga’s extensive e-commerce infrastructure. Concerns about counterfeit items that often plague the beauty and skincare market are now a thing of the past, as Konga becomes CeraVe’s official distributor in Nigeria.

CeraVe now boasts a dedicated official shop-in-shop (SIS) on Konga.com, serving as a one-stop destination for all authentic CeraVe products. Shoppers can directly access top-tier skincare solutions identical to those available globally.

Starting Monday, July 15th, CeraVe’s flagship products, such as the Cerave’s Hydrating Cleanser, Foaming Cleanser, SA Smoothing Cleanser, Fragrance-Free Moisturizer with 3 Essential Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid, Barrier-Reinforcing Moisturizing Cream, Night Cream with Niacinamide, Exfoliating Salicylic Acid Foot Cream, Retinol Serum, Eye Repair Cream, Facial Moisturizers, Hyaluronic, and Vitamin C Serums, will be readily available on the Konga Health and Konga.com platforms, offering customers a seamless and convenient shopping experience.

Nnenna Emenyonu, Senior Vice President of Konga Health, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with CeraVe, a brand synonymous with quality and scientific excellence in skincare. This collaboration allows our customers access to top-tier skincare products that are dermatologically tested and proven effective.”

Rabah Deroueche, LID LDB SSA and Business Development Director at L’Oreal, shared similar sentiments, noting, “Our partnership with Konga marks a significant milestone for CeraVe in Nigeria. By leveraging our commitment to quality skincare products and Konga’s platform, CeraVe can reach a wider audience and address the skincare needs of Nigerian consumers. This collaboration ensures Nigerian consumers can easily access our products and experience the benefits of our dermatologist-developed formulations.”

CeraVe has earned its stellar reputation globally through scientifically backed formulations. Developed in close collaboration with dermatologists, CeraVe products meet the highest standards of skincare and are celebrated for using essential ingredients that ensure optimal skin health.

The partnership between Konga and L’Oreal establishes Konga’s standing as a trusted e-commerce platform offering only high-quality products. As the official distributor of CeraVe, Konga is dedicated to maintaining the brand’s integrity by providing shoppers with authentic products that meet their skincare needs.


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TD Africa Partners CISCO on Tech-Skills Development in Africa

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In its continuous drive to bridge the widening skills gap in Africa’s technology sector, TD Africa, Africa’s largest technology distribution company, has partnered with Cisco on its month-long inaugural training program.

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The program, the first of its kind in the TD Academy training series, was aimed at empowering young minds with technical skills and professional exposure.

The initiative, titled “Introduction to Cisco Networking Solutions and Workplace Professional Skills,” exemplifies TD Africa’s comprehensive and futuristic approach to technology education and professional development, empowering individuals and businesses to thrive in the digital age.

This innovative series of pooled training aims to equip the participants with the foundational knowledge of Cisco networking solutions, which is critical for building and managing robust IT infrastructure and workplace professional skills, recognizing the importance of soft skills in today’s dynamic work environment.

This combined focus on technical competence and professional development aligns with TD Africa’s robust approach towards impacting appropriate skills set into young people.

Cisco’s extensive portfolio for this first leg of TD Academy encompasses carefully curated programs in cybersecurity, data analysis, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address the most sought-after skills in the African technology market.

For Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, CEO of TD Africa, the company’s dedication to bridging the skills gap is not a one-off training program nor limited to knowledge transfer.

Her words: “We understand the critical need for a skilled workforce to propel Africa’s digital transformation. Through our collaborative training programs with industry leaders like Cisco, we are committed to equipping individuals with the right tools and knowledge to succeed in this exciting field.”

Amblessed Ubong, one of the beneficiaries of the training program, said, “I recently completed a four-week training at the TD Academy; it was enriching and transformative.

“The sessions were thought-provoking, the trainers were passionate, and the environment was highly supportive. Collaborative projects enhanced my teamwork skills and made learning enjoyable.

“I left the TD Academy with a wealth of knowledge and a renewed enthusiasm for my career.”

Impressed by the exceptional talent emerging from the program, Africa’s number one tech distribution company immediately recruited some of the top graduates who participated in the training program.

This commitment to recognizing and nurturing talent further strengthens the technology ecosystem in Africa, creating a pipeline of skilled professionals for the future.

By empowering individuals and businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge, TD Africa is further stamping its foot in the sand of time, playing a pivotal role in Africa’s digital renaissance.


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Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

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David Adeleke, Nigerian musician well known as Davido, has launched Chatter, a new social media application.

Davido Launches Chatter, Own Social Media App

Chatter is a social audiovisual utility platform designed to help amplify the voice of content creators and connect them with a vibrant community.

However, the app’s usage goes beyond content creators; business-minded individuals, as well as people looking to connect, have a place on it.

The musician used his social media accounts to announce the app’s release.

He gave a brief history of the development of the software and its features with his friend.

The well-known musician from Nigeria stated that he and Sir Banko, his close friend  are the owners of the app.

The music icon posted information about Chatter, a social audiovisual utility platform that connects content creators to a lively community and helps them magnify their voices.

In the past eight months, Davido has undertaken three internet projects.

Recall that the musician introduced his cryptocurrency.

However, the $DAVIDO coin fell a few days after it launched, prompting some cryptocurrency fans to call it a scam and a rug-pull.

 

 


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