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Experts canvass more investment in IT

By Emmanuel Elebeke
A one-day business seminar on maximizing IT investment  has ended in Lagos with professionals in the IT industry calling on players in oil and gas and financial sectors of the economy to step up action on their investment in IT infrastructure for them to achieve greater  profitability.

For the players to optimize performance and achieve greater profits, they said there is need for every operator in these sectors to commercialize their investment for them to get more value on the IT investments.

The IT professionals spoke in Lagos last week at a one day business workshop organized by Computer Warehouse Group in collaboration with Gilat Networks limited.

According to them, current trends in the global oil and gas business demands massive investment in the existing IT infrastructure to enable them meet up with the growing challenges posed by emerging technologies and for them to make more profits.

They further stated that it had become crucial for the operators  to connect all its facilities together through experts to optimize business operations and enhance performance and productivity, and also called on the operators to jealously guide their data  through mobile data Centre , which according to them, will safeguard them from intruders.

Mr. Oladipo Raji of Computer Warehouse Group,  said with mobile data centre, work can continue even in time of disaster or data loss in an organization, insisting  that industry players must be ready to brace up with challenges from emerging technologies by bring all its outlets under a unified communication system irrespective of their locations and distance.

“Data is going to be the greatest asset any organization will have and target of intruders, but with the establishment of a data centre by every organization, work can continue in cases of disaster and data loss,” said Raji.

Speaking on the topic “Oil and Gas Networks and Advanced Connectivity Solutions,” the Director of Strategic Marketing at Gilat Networks limited, Robert Bell said there was  need for advanced connectivity solutions in the Nigeria oil and gas sector with broadband and satellite network solution..

He said broadband satellite network had become an indispensable tool in modern business process because of its unmatched availability; independence of  bandwidth allocation from neighbours; full network solutions for more than 10,000 sites; independence of terrestrial infrastructure; fast and easy deployment; and continent-wide secure and private network.

According to him, the network ensures better overall network structure, higher outputs to more remote sites, more effective utilization of satellite capacity and satellite  backups to fibre connections. He posited that the current and future IT applications required high performance network with a combination of satellite and broadband network for robust communications which can only guaranteed by a broadband and satellite networks infrastructure, stressing that no nation can afford to ignore it for efficient operation of its economy.

In his presentation, the Chief Operating officer of computer Warehouse Group, Obioha Philip said the importance of system integration in an organization can’t be over emphasized, adding that system integration is needed in every organization wanting to make more profits and maintain  sustainable growth. This he said can assure adequate programme staffing in terms of quality technical mix, competence among other benefits.

The head Consulting and profit services, Expert Edge Software, Mr. Dele Fasuyi who spoke on maximizing IT investment in the downstream sector of the economy, said for the nation’s downstream sector to move forward and achieve optimal profitability, investment on IT infrastructure, critical business areas and integration of available IT facilities must be see as priority and treated as such.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the managing director, Software Division of CWG, James Agada assured the committed of CWG as  a full service IT company at offering solutions across all sectors of the economy. This he said would be driven by the company’s  aim of adding value and sustaining business growth in the nation’s economy, having transformed from vendor to solution provider.

“Today is manifestation of this goal and we want to provide avenue to perfect our plans to add value to our services,” said Agada.


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