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MainOne, SAP To Provide Enterprise Solutions For West Africa   

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MainOne, West Africa’s premier data centre solutions provider, has announced a service partnership between its Tier III Data Centre, MDXi and SAP, the world leader in enterprise applications for software and software-related service to deliver high-quality cloud and infrastructure operations services for customers running SAP solutions in West Africa.

MDXi which was recently certified by SAP for Infrastructure Operations Services for SAP® solutions will now be able to host SAP applications for Nigerian businesses by utilising the company’s in-Country enterprise cloud platforms, across its private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Speaking during the joint product launch recently in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke noted that the ability of MDXi to host and run SAP applications in-country is a game-changer for Nigerian businesses as it would reduce the barriers to leveraging world-class technology during this economic recession, when it is most required.
According to her, this would greatly improve the ease of deployment and ongoing availability of SAP’s suite of enterprise applications to Nigerian companies, with the added advantage of paying in Naira.
“Previously, businesses that required enterprise applications from software manufacturers such as SAP had to purchase and install their own hardware in their own data centre or run the software in data centres outside the country with the attendant issues of FOREX scarcity and application latency among others. With our partnership with SAP, Businesses in Nigeria can now host their SAP applications in the cloud, locally and on our MDXi SAP Certified platform.

This will speed up time to deploy SAP applications, guarantee a robust operational environment from Day 1 and assure cost effective subscription charges, backed by premium customer support”, she said.
Managing Director of SAP West Africa, Kudzai Danha said:  “More than ever, SAP Africa is excited about the certification of MainOne’s Data Centre as the first Infrastructure Operations Services partner in Nigeria. This means MDXi is now SAP HANA® ready and well positioned to support SAP customers who want to innovate and redesign their business processes. The current market demand attractive business applications that are simple and fast and cloud technology presents the market with such great business opportunities”.

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Lersha Showcases Innovation and Collaboration at GITEX Africa 2024

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Lersha, a one-stop digital platform, recently participated in GITEX Africa 2024, an event celebrated for its networking and exposure opportunities within the tech ecosystem. The event proved to be a platform for Lersha to engage with industry stakeholders, forge strategic partnerships, and showcase its commitment to driving innovation in Africa.

Embracing the theme of innovation and investment, Lersha navigated the vibrant tech landscape of Africa with strategic objectives and meticulous preparation. The event provided a conducive environment for Lersha to foster cross-border collaborations, exchange insights with startups, and explore investment opportunities, contributing to the advancement of African innovation.

Reflecting on the experience, Satta Abraham, Strategy and Growth Lead at Lersha, remarked, “GITEX Africa was an invaluable opportunity for us to connect with industry leaders, exchange ideas, and establish meaningful partnerships. We are excited to harness these connections to drive forward African innovation and empower communities.”

One of the highlights of the event was the productive engagement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) team. Lersha’s Strategic and Growth Lead participated in insightful discussions, exploring avenues for collaboration and growth over dinner.

Furthermore, Lersha actively contributed to the panel discussion on “Agtech for Financial Inclusion,” where its Strategy & Growth Lead shared key insights on leveraging AgTech to promote financial inclusion in Africa. This discussion underscored Lersha’s commitment to utilizing technology to address pressing challenges in the agricultural sector and enhance financial accessibility for all stakeholders.

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In addition to participating in panel discussions, Lersha showcased its digital solutions alongside other innovative startups, demonstrating its role in shaping the future of Africa’s digital landscape. From cutting-edge technology to groundbreaking ideas, reaffirming its dedication to driving positive change through innovation and collaboration.

As Lersha continues to expand its footprint in Africa, the company remains committed to leveraging technology to empower communities, drive economic growth, and foster sustainable development across the continent.

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Ark-x: Revolutionizing Tech Talent

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Ark-x is committed to accelerating the Moroccan and African tech ecosystems by ensuring the availability and competitiveness of tech talent through agile, scalable, upskilling, and reskilling solutions. This effort is part of the broader JOBINTECH project, a government-sponsored program.

Founded in 2019, Ark-x has been pivotal in addressing the disparity in access to skilled jobs in Morocco. The “Talent Factory” offers comprehensive training programs designed to transform potential candidates into job-ready professionals, ready to meet industry demands.

“Our mission is to unlock the potential of individuals and organizations through competency-based talent solutions,” said Hamza DEBBARH, Founder and CEO of Ark-x. “With advancements in AI, robotics, and IoT, it’s crucial to equip our workforce with the necessary skills to lead in this new era.”

Key Challenges Addressed:

  • Skill Gap: Rapid technological advancements have created a mismatch between available skills and industry needs.
  • Talent Shortage: Companies struggle to find qualified entry-level developers.
  • Economic Impact: Underutilization of local talent hampers economic growth and innovation.

Solutions Provided:

  • Skills-based Training: Comprehensive bootcamps focusing on in-demand tech skills.
  • Career Coaching: Workshops to enhance soft skills and job readiness.
  • Industry Partnerships: Collaborations with leading tech companies for real-world project experience.

Outcomes:

  • 1000 Careers Accelerated: With a goal to accelerate 10,000 careers by marrying scalability with adaptability.
  • 90% Placement Rate: High success rate of graduates securing positions in top tech firms.
  • 95% Recruiter Satisfaction: Achieved through a recruiter-centric approach engaging recruiters early in the program engineering phase and throughout the talent journey.
  • 89% Trainee Satisfaction: Through experiential learning, real-world problem solving, and expert coaching, delivering a transformative, individualized experience.

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Our commitment to excellence has been recognized by leading tech firms and industry experts. We are dedicated to creating a pipeline of skilled professionals who will drive the digital transformation of Morocco and Africa.

Our successful participation at GITEX AFRICA highlighted our innovative approaches and our significant impact on the tech ecosystem.

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Polymorpho, a Moroccan cyber security company shines at GITEX Africa

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Founded in 2022 by Moroccan entrepreneurs and cyber security experts with over 15 years of experience, Polymorpho has always been committed to defying the complexity of cyber threats through innovative and adaptive solutions for individuals, companies, governments, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement agencies to prevent and investigate cybercrime. Reda Cherqaoui, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Polymorpho, confirmed that the Moroccan cyber security company used their global expertise and know-how to launch their own venture.

Indeed, after many years of experience in France, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, the Moroccan founders have chosen to return home and Africa to create Polymorpho, a company offering a comprehensive range of services and solutions meeting the diverse cyber security needs of each organization.

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At GITEX Africa 2024, Polymorpho demonstrated to visitors and potential partners how their constant research and development make it possible for them to be ahead of increasingly diverse and rapid attacks. Through this event bringing together all digital players from throughout Africa, the continent keeps demonstrating to the world that the future of digital innovation is being formed by extraordinary abilities. Yet in cyber security alone, the potential and improvements to be made in Africa are quite substantial.

In fact, according to the most up-to-date statistics by Nairametrics, cyberattacks against African firms increased by 20% in Q1 2024 when compared to the same time last year. While there was a 5% rise in the average number of attacks per firm globally compared to the same quarter last year, the research found that African organizations saw the most attacks compared to others. With an increasingly attacked continent, the need for effective and adaptive cyber security measures is imminent. Polymorpho is ready for the challenge with their cutting-edge services and solutions in defensive security, offensive security, and cyber intelligence.

According to the Polymorpho team, being part of Gitex Africa was a great way to meet key partners and clients in need of more adaptive and tailored solutions. Polymorpho is motivated to keep inventing and pushing the limits of traditional cyber security solutions. We are honored to represent Morocco on the global scene and to demonstrate that Africa has nothing to envy from other continents in terms of technology, innovation, and cyber intelligence.

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