Stanley Okpalaeke, managing director, Task Systems Limited has said that the challenge of providing the right technology to businesses to improve their decision making processes, is source of pressure for ICT solutions providers, who automatically take the blame or credit for the failure or success of their customers’ businesses.
This is recognition of the fact that one of the most fundamental truths of the 21st Century, is that technology reduces the chances of failure in business by more than fifty percent.
According to Okpalaeke, expectations from businesses that have made huge investments in technology are not only high, they are sky high.
He stated this while receiving a Gold Partnership plaque from NetApp, world leaders in storage and management solutions.
The Task Systems boss said that the need for technology is so critical because the space of time within which decisions must be made by business leaders is shrinking by the day as global competition continues to get more aggressive; adding that entrepreneurs and business managers must decide in split seconds what options are best for their enterprises at any given time.
Commenting on the award, Okpalaeke, said that the Gold Partnership Award was in recognition of the deepening technical competence of Task Systems, in helping organizations store, manage, protect, and retain one of their most precious assets, their data.
This Gold Partnership means that companies can depend on the partnership between Task Systems and NetApp to enhance their competitiveness by improved access to information, for better decision making.
He said that the Gold Partnership also meant that the service oriented marketing strategies adopted by Task Systems’ management were bearing fruit in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the company, to deliver quality ICT solutions to organizations within Nigeria and the sub-saharan region.
“We are investing more in our human capital and with this attainment of Gold partnership with NetApp, we are poised to offer even better pricing to our growing customer base” said Okpaleke.
Aware that technology is one of the main differentiating factors between businesses, Task Systems entered into a partnership with NetApp in 2010 to expand its solution offerings to its customers.
Before this partnership, Task had remained the foremost ICT solutions provider in the oil and gas sector; but with this partnership, Task is consolidating its position in this sector to the delight of its customers.
This consolidation has also seen Task Systems increasingly becoming a key player in the banking and finance, telecommunications and government sectors.
The partnership with Task was also in line with NetApp’s tradition of forming strategic partnerships with industry leading solution providers and resellers to deliver industry-leading solutions that are tailored to the unique requirements of each customer.
This NetApp culture allows creative, inventive, and dedicated people to work together as one team for creating products and services that exceed customer expectations. NetApp, in 1992, built the first networked storage appliance, making shared storage an affordable reality.
Over the years NetApp helped their customers to overcome the challenges of tape with solutions that make disk-based back up affordable and reliable.
The partnership with Task has helped customers to make revenue faster than ever as well as anticipate and adapt to market changes faster than their competitors.
Task Systems Limited registered in 1987 and has been at the forefront of ICT solutions in Nigeria, with major contracts in most of the first 20 multinationals in the oil, gas, banking, telecom and manufacturing sectors in the last 17 years. (including Total, Shell, Chevron, and the NLGN).
Task has a partnership with all the credible Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including NetApp, HP, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, APC-Schneider, Dell, and Zinox. Task has won several local and international Awards for excellence in major ICT implementations and projects.
Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model
Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.
Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.
The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.
Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg
Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.
Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.
With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.
Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com
Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports
There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.
Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.
The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.
These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.
Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.
However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.
calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.
They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.
“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.
By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.
Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.
Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.
Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.
Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech
Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.
The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.
In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.
And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.
The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”
The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.
According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.
The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.
“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.
Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.
He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”
Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.
On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”
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