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Microsoft Nigeria, Paradigm Partner to Provide Free Training



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Microsoft Nigeria and Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) have hosted the 2013 Microsoft NGO Connection Day Nigeria in Calabar, Cross Rivers state.

The two-day networking and information- sharing event brought together non-profit organizations from across the state to an interactive ICT capacity-building program enabling participants to learn more about Microsoft’s technologies and opportunities for non-profit organizations.

Over 80 participants representing 42 NGOs from various part of the state attended the forum.

This year, the Microsoft NGO Connection Day featured training sessions and technical demonstrations of Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office 2013,
Windows 8 and Windows phone. There were also sessions on the Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum, Research Tools and Report Publishing, Internet Safety and Security, Social Media Tools and Website/Blog Development and Management.

During the 2-day workshop, participants had the opportunity to discuss technology use in their work, learn more about relevant technology tools and establish a faster online presence that helped make information regarding their services available to a broader audience. Participants came from several parts of the state such as Calabar Municipality, Odukpani, Biase and Akampka.

Congratulating Microsoft on her numerous efforts at ensuring technology penetration and growth in the region and especially the empowerment of the immediate community in which the company operates, Senator Liyel Imoke, governor of Cross Rivers, who was represented by Barrister Margaret Ebokpo, special adviser to the Governor on Civil Society and NGO’s said, “Let me again commend the vision of the initiators of this important programme- Microsoft and its partner, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and to restate our goodwill. We will continue to welcome similar engagements that contribute to enhancing the progress and development of our society as we strive to offer knowledge-based and accountable Governance to our people”.

Awawu Olumide-Sojinrin, director Marketing and Operations Microsoft Anglophone West Africa who spoke at the Opening ceremony said, “As part of the Access Pillar of the 4Afrika initiative launched in February this year, we know that access to technology alone is not enough. That’s why we’re committed to supporting NGOs by increasing access to IT services, solutions, and training to help them use technology to expand their reach, improve their services, and accelerate their impact”.

According to Gbenga Sesan, executive director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, “the NGO space is changing as everything else. Since many of these NGOs work in rural areas or with underserved groups that could benefit by employing the use of cost-saving ICT tools, NGOs need to be equipped with the applicable technologies required to make their work relevant to and effective in the 21st century”.

The high point of the event was the launch of Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN) documentary titled “Economic Cost of Cybercrime in Nigeria” which is in commemoration of the World IT day.

Speaking at the launch, the State House Chairperson on Due Process, Internal Development and Corporation Honourable John Gual Lebo who gave insights to reasons why the Legislative arm of government is yet to pass the cybercrime bill into law.

In his words, “The Presidency is currently working on achieving154 country signatories to this treaty, this will leapfrog the prosecution of offenders and then the possibility of the bill on cybercrime can be passed”.

Also, airing his views and appreciating Microsoft on this symbolic feat, Odo-Effiong , special adviser on ICT, said “We thank Microsoft on this laudable project for the people of Cross Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole and for the enthronement of equity, fairness, business investment and advancement of our Society”.

Some delighted participants, Emmanuel Etim and Adidang Oyongha of the Supreme Coalition said, “We appreciate Microsoft for bringing this initiative to Calabar and making available tools and resources to achieve our objectives as NGO’s., we also believe this initiative will go a long way in improving our environment; socially, politically and economically”.

Other dignitaries at the event were Comrade Otu, Director of Administration in the Department of Civil Society &NGOs, Mr Iso Bassey in the Office of the Special Adviser on ICT, as well as other distinguished officials in the Department of Civil Society &NGOs.

Microsoft NGO Connection Day 2013 will help fill a huge gap that will improve organizational efficiency while also help many non-profits save cost. The event previously held in North Central Nigeria (Abuja) in 2011 and South West (Lagos) in 2012.

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TikTok Picks Oracle to Provide ‘Secure’ Cloud Tech



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Enterprise software giant Oracle announced that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “secure” cloud technology provider.

According to Oracle, this technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom’s recent success in moving a large portion of its video-conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.

Oracle’s announcement comes after TikTok parent ByteDance last week said it will not be selling the video-sharing app’s US operations to software giant Microsoft.

This after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on 6 August, blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address “national emergency” issues.

On 14 August, the US president issued an order that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok.

Since then, US companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have been lining up as potential buyers for the popular short video app.

As the trade war between the US and China rages on, the US government has accelerated its efforts to purge Chinese apps and technology companies that it deems untrustworthy.

Trump and his administration raised national security issues, alleging the Chinese-owned company will share sensitive user data with the Chinese government.

“TikTok picked Oracle’s new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it’s much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers,” says Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison.

“In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud…Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score.”

“As a part of this agreement, TikTok will run on the Oracle Cloud and Oracle will become a minority investor in TikTok Global,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

“Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.

“This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”

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Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others



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inq. Holdings Limited, artificial intelligence service provider, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

It plans further acquisition in Cameroon subject to regulatory approvals.

Mr. Valentine Chime, managing director, inq. Holdings Limited, said the 100 per cent acquisition of the Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in the three countries was in pursuit of the company’s dream of building pan-African network that will help in creating better future through digital solutions.

Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, a fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Formerly known as Synergy Communications, the latest acquisition has grown inq.’s regional footprint with operations in 12 cities in seven countries across Africa. It has existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.

“Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud,”Chime said.

According to him, with operations in major African cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg, the inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customised to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil and gas, fast moving consumer goods, mining, health, real estate, information technologies, public sector and logistics.

“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and  technologies to our clients. We are about simpler, seamless solutions,” Chime said.



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HP Lauds TD Africa, Says Tech Experience Centre will Unlock New Wave in Nigeria



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As Nigeria looks forward to the official launch of the Tech Experience Centre, globally renowned tech giant, Hewlett Packard Inc. (HP) has heaped praises on the management of TD Africa for spearheading the project, noting that the centre will herald a new technological wave in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by Ife Afe, managing director – Nigeria and District Manager – Central Africa (CAF).

Equally important, HP is one of the global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) that will be represented in the Tech Experience Centre located within Yudala Heights at 13 Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Consequently, Afe has expressed delight with the development, even as she disclosed that the launch of the centre will bridge the gap to complete technology adoption for millions of Nigerians.

She said: ‘‘I do believe Nigerians are early adopters of new and exciting technology. Having a dedicated space where people can view and experience cutting-edge technology across rich and diverse portfolio is an important step towards complete Adoption.

‘‘Technology is about transformation. This tech centre will serve as a bridge, taking people from the imaginative stage to the experiential stage, thereby unlocking a new technological wave.

“I am very glad that TD Africa is taking this bold step and I look forward to the great collaborations that will flow out of this initiative.’’

Furthermore, the HP Senior Management Executive reiterated the strong interest in Nigeria by the tech brand.

‘‘We are strong believers in the Nigerian project and the boundless potential inherent in the population when exposed to cutting-edge technology.

“We also value the foresight and vision of our long-time partner and co-developer – TD Africa. We are proud of this project and are confident of its success and positive impact not just in the sphere of business but also in human capital development,’’ Afe enthused.

On what to expect from HP in the Tech Experience Centre, she revealed that a lot is in store for every visitor.

‘‘HP is in the business of making life better for everyone, everywhere, hence revolutionary innovation in Health care, Security, Gaming and Printing Solutions will be showcased in the Technology Centre.  Cutting- edge, sustainable, diverse and relevant innovation in technology.

‘‘This brings technology closer to home. I believe that the ambience of the Tech Centre will cater to a wide spectrum of users: CEO’s, Government officials, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, students, gamers etc. It will be the crucial meeting point of people and technology.

“Our wide spectrum of products and solutions will cater to all demographics – from first time users to specialists, professionals, gamers to moviemakers, work or play,’’ she affirmed.

The revolutionary Tech Experience Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, is set for launch on Thursday, October 1st 2020, incidentally the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary by 12noon, with the launch streamed live online for the benefit of tech enthusiasts.

Expected to officially commission the centre is the Minister of Communica99tions and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.

The Tech Centre is widely expected to boost Nigeria’s relevance in the global technology race and shore up the country’s march to technology independence.

For the first time, Nigeria will play host to the latest global technologies including those not normally available in Africa, offering all classes of visitors a first-hand experience of new gadgets, solutions and infrastructure that would have previously required a visit abroad, thereby saving corporate organizations, government establishments and individuals money or scarce foreign exchange expended on these trips.



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