Microsoft appoints Ola Williams as new Country Manager for Nigeria

NIGERIA – Microsoft, a technology corporation, has announced the appointment of Ola Williams as the new Country Manager for Nigeria. In her new role, Ola will lead Microsoft efforts to accelerate Nigeria’s Digital transformation and cloud adoption across all our customer segments. She will work to identify new opportunities and mobilize internal organization resources as well as external stakeholders. “I’m proud of the significant contributions Akin has put in to accelerate the transformation journey our customers in Nigeria,” Ibrahim said. “I’m thrilled that Ola will bring her unique expertise to…

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Ecobank, consortium partner to provide SMEs with digital skills and knowledge

AFRICA – Ecobank Group, a pan-African banking group, in partnership with Microsoft, LinkedIn, GitHub and Ecobank Academy is set to provide training to equip Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across sub-Saharan Africa. This training will provide SMEs digital skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s digital world. SMEs have been significantly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic with its attendant lockdowns and disruptions to supply chains, plummeting sales, lost revenue and operational challenges. “The COVID-19 pandemic has turbocharged the shift towards digital. It is essential that businesses adapt so that they…

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Microsoft unveils Windows 11 as it takes direct aim at rival Apple’s lucrative App Store business model

WORLD – Tech giant Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11, its first major operating system revamp since 2015 with new changes that take direct aim at Apple’s lucrative App Store business model, reports Reuters and Tech Central. Windows 11, which will hit the market by the end of this year, will include a new Windows Store that will let software developers use their own in-app payment systems and pay no commissions to Microsoft and also let users both find and run Android mobile applications on their laptops and PCs, thanks to technology…

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Microsoft partners Standard Bank for its digital transformation and continental growth

AFRICA – Standard Bank and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the digital transformation of Africa’s largest financial institution and further drive the continent’s growth. According to a statement by Microsoft, creating a digital platform, application modernisation and cloud migration of the continent’s largest financial institution will enable innovation, resilience and cost-efficiencies allowing Standard Bank to respond to customer needs. The Bank’s growing investment in the Microsoft Cloud will enable the innovation, efficiencies, and resilience required to respond to market dynamics and customer needs. “Investing in the cloud…

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Microsoft partners Tech4Dev to train girls and women in deep tech skills

NIGERIA – Microsoft has partnered with Tech4Dev, a non-profit social enterprise, on the Women Techsters Initiative to train girls and women in Nigeria and across Africa in coding and deep technology skills. This partnership aims to bridge the digital and technology divide and ensure equal access to opportunities across the continent. The Women Techsters initiative, which is aimed at girls and women between 16 and 40, across 54 countries in Africa, was launched in a virtual roundtable today, hosted by Microsoft Philanthropies and Tech4Dev. The training provided through the initiative…

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Liquid Telecom buys Microsoft Dynamics specialist Quattro Business Solutions MEA operations

MEA – Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom Group, has acquired the Middle East & Africa operations of Quattro Business Solutions (QBS), a company that specialises in Microsoft Dynamics enterprise software which it says will allow the company to innovate and enhance its digital services offerings. “The strategic acquisition of this international partner allows Liquid Telecom to increase the breadth of digital service offerings to local partners,” the company said in a statement on. QBS is an official indirect cloud solution provider for Microsoft Dynamics and supports about 800 partners in 25 countries. “This purchase…

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MainOne becomes the first Microsoft Azure Peering Services partner for West Africa

NIGERIA – MainOne, a communications services company for business, has announced that it has become the first Microsoft Azure Peering Services partner for West Africa, providing enterprises using Microsoft Cloud services with a secured, reliable and high performance experience relative to what is currently available in the market. MainOne now offers enterprises improved performance in accessing Microsoft Cloud applications such as Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Teams, and other SaaS products. Speaking on the achievement, the Chief Technology Officer of MainOne, Anil Verma, said the growing migration towards cloud services by…

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Microsoft partners with AGRA to digitize agriculture in Sub Saharan countries

KENYA – US software giant Microsoft has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture. The collaboration between Microsoft through its 4Afrika initiative will support AGRA’s digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries by 2021. The MoU aims to encourage the use of big data and AI in the digital transformation of AGRA, working with the Kenyan government and expanding to Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi…

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Microsoft promotes sustainable agriculture in South Africa with US$2.3m investment

SOUTH AFRICA – Microsoft South Africa is set to inject R40 million (US$2.3m) in South Africa’s agriculture sector, to bolster the use of technology to tackle the challenges facing the sector. According to a press-release by the tech-giant, the investment is aimed at driving sustainability for smallholder farmers, who form an important part of the agricultural workforce in the country. Over two million of these farmers help reduce poverty for local communities and establish food systems for South Africa and the wider southern African region. However, they face challenges that prevent…

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Kenya partners with Microsoft to boost agriculture through technology

KENYA – The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives (MALFC) of Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Microsoft to accelerate innovation in the country’s agricultural sector. The MoU will enable MALFC to tap into Microsoft technology to accelerate the aspirations of achieving 100% food and nutrition security in the country as part of the Government’s Big Four programme. Agriculture Principal Secretary Prof. Hamadi Boga says under the deal, the government will strive at increasing the daily average income for farmers by a third and…

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