By Emeka Aginam
How best to address the transformation of key Nigerian sectors such as banking and telecommunications with IT solutions to help meet market challenge was the focus of business meeting between IBM executives and local businesse and government leaders in Nigeria last week.
At the meeting which discussed among other things business challenges and the role that technology can play in meetingÂ Nigeriaâ€™s 2020 vision, the business machines giant announced technology offerings in the areas of business analytics and service management that can help companies increase the visibility of information, improve the manageability of their organizations and reduce costs.
Speaking with IT journalists last week in Lagos,Â Mario Passalacqua, Director, IBM Software Sales said that, â€œclients in Nigeria are keen to leverage best of breed offerings to address their sophisticated requirements and leapfrog the competition as they transform the way they work and become more competitive â€” both within the country and on the global stage.
These new offerings in business analytics and service management enable our clients to more efficiently manage their businesses – cutting costs, improving customer service and paving the way for the future growth and development of the country.â€
The new Smart Analytics and Transactional Systems offerings, according to himÂ are based on hardware and software from companyÂ which are integrated and optimised at every level for analysing enormous amounts of data in real time and for handling data intensive transactions. With this, he said that Union Bank of Nigeria is using IBMâ€™s Cognos software to help the bank to monitor and manage the corporate performance of the bankâ€™s 400 branches across the country.
He also disclosed again thatÂ Nigeriaâ€™s Intercontinental Bank is using a number of products from IBMâ€™s Tivoli portfolio to help the bank better manage its IT systems and ensure optimum levels of performance.