EMC, a technology solution provider in the areas of Big Data and Cloud Computing has reiterated its commitment to boost the development and growth of local software industry in Nigeria, by investing in the sector.
President of EMC Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Adrian McDonald, who made the disclosure at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday this week, also announced fresh plans by the company to open its new office in Nigeria, which is an expansion of its existing office in Lagos. EMC also used the occasion to launch its Educational Services Centre (ESE) in Nigeria.
According to McDonald, the opening of the new office is an expansion for its operations in Nigeria in order to support the growing market demand and customers needs in the country.
He also said the company's extension of its educational service offering to clients in Nigeria, would be established through the setting up of a brand new local training centre that will enhance customers' readiness and ability to redefine their information Technology (IT).
Speaking on the plan to grow local software development in the country, McDonald said the company would through the process, help enhance local content development in the country. "EMC has a lot of software solutions for cloud computing and big data management. We will therefore collaborate with local software application developer to boost local content development in Nigeria," he said.
Announcing the expansion of its operations with the opening of a new office in South Atlantic Petroleum Towers in Lagos, McDonald said EMC's operations in Nigeria has become imperative in light of the consistent growth of the local economy. In addition, with 2014 set to see unprecedented change in the technology industry as one era of computing gives way to the next - built on mobile, social networking, cloud services and Big Data analytics technologies, Nigerian businesses are looking for the tools and support to help them manage this challenge and redefine the delivery of IT so that it becomes a truly competitive advantage to their business.
"Another key element of EMC's expansion in Nigeria is the launch of its new training center in Lagos which will deliver a comprehensive range of leading-edge IT courses to businesses, channel partners and service providers, as well as EMC employees. The courses will cover a range of systems and solutions such as EMC VNX Series high-performing unified storage; Data Domain protection storage for back-up and archive; NetWorker back up and recovery software; VMAX enterprise storage systems; VMware; Big Data analytics; and cloud computing," McDonald said.
Regional Manager for EMC in English Speaking West Africa, Mr. Rasheed Jimoh, said the training centre would host up to eight courses each quarter, catering for approximately 200 attendees from Nigeria and West Africa throughout its first year of operation.
"Globally there is a fast-growing knowledge gap in the area of information storage and analytics, due in part to the rapid adoption of virtualisation technologies and the emergence of cloud computing infrastructure at a rate much higher than that of the available skills in the market. Across the world organisations and IT professionals are being challenged to meet evolving business and strategic requirements, while controlling explosive data growth, Jimoh said.
According to him, "The Nigerian market is growing fast and technology needs are evolving as business leaders increasingly look to IT to help enable, drive and lead their strategic initiatives. Many organisations have recognised the need to invest in cloud computing, Big Data analytics and information security solutions. EMC is keen to bring the knowledge transfer closer to Nigeria and West Africa professionals through our educational services programmes and to help our customers to effectively lead their IT and business transformation."