By Laju Iren
The recently consummated partnership between global data storage giants EMC and Technology Distributions, one of the largest distributors of Information and Communication Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa, has been heralded as a strategic initiative which will positively enhance technological innovation across the continent.
Making this assertion at the official launch of the partnership between both companies recently, Managing Director, EMC, Levant and Emerging Africa Region, Mr. Nazim Fraijat, posited that the addition of TD to EMC’s Global Business Partner Programme is in line with the organization’s desire to deepen the pace of technological innovation and diffusion in the West African sub-region and on the continent as a whole.
Fraijat said: “We are happy to officially welcome Technology Distributions into our Business Partner Programme. Our delight further stems from TD’s status as one of the biggest and most structured ICT distributors in Nigeria and the West African region as a whole.
In view of our desire to make further in-roads into Sub-Saharan Africa, we are confident that this partnership with TD will undoubtedly accelerate the rate of access to the wide range of innovative solutions that EMC is known for world-wide.”
Also speaking at the launch, General Manager, EMC West Africa, Mr. Nicholas Travers said that EMC which is already a renowned global leader in the storage and IT field, also retains a key interest in West Africa and Nigeria in particular. In his view, this interest is justified by the short space of time in which EMC has expanded its operations in Nigeria, going from having a single employee in 1999 to employing about 45 staff at present, while maintaining offices in Nigeria and the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
While lending his voice to the landmark partnership, Chairman of Zinox Group, Leo-Stan Ekeh noted that the pact with EMC serves to reaffirm TD’s prime position as the major driver of technological revolution in Africa. Ekeh, who commended EMC’s exponential growth after just six years of operations in Nigeria, also encouraged solution providers and resellers to take advantage of the unique opportunity offered by the partnership to grow their businesses.
“TD has maintained its position as the leader of the ICT distributor space over the years despite strong competition in the market place. This is why we see this partnership with EMC as strategic as it will go a long way to expand access to technology on the continent, especially considering the status of EMC as a major player in the global IT scene.
“I wish to encourage all of our solution providers andresellers to take advantage of the unique partnership being unveiled officially today,” he added.