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Cisco Meraki courts MSMEs with simplified, centralised IT solutions

By Agbonkhese Oboh
Cisco Meraki, global leader in cloud-managed IT solutions, has announced its secure, central, simplified and economic offerings targeted at Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, which account for about 84 percent of employment in Nigeria.

From left: EMEAR Commercial Regional Manager, Steven Kewley; General Manager, Nigeria and West African Countries, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, and Territory Manager for Nigeria, Ghana East and Sub-Saharan Africa, Nick Malherbe, all of Cisco, at the briefing for the launch of Cisco Meraki, at Cisco’s office, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Making the announcement during a media roundtable at its office in Lagos on Tuesday, Cisco said since digitisation is the trend, it is important for businesses, whether big or small, to adopt it.

“Therefore,” according to Nick Malherbe, Cisco Meraki’s Territory Manager for Nigeria, Ghana, East and Sub-Saharan Africa, “with many organisations dealing with the challenges of lack of funding for advanced digital solutions and a lack of IT specialists to manage those solutions, Meraki provides a simplified path to powerful technology.

“The new Meraki offerings are designed to simplify IT solutions for small and medium businesses even in the absence of an IT specialist. The comprehensive set of solutions includes wireless, switching, security, communications, enterprise mobility management, EMM, and security cameras.”

He added that all Cisco Meraki devices are centrally and securely managed from the cloud using a single web-based dashboard interface; and that their feature-rich, intuitive architecture enables customers to save time, reduce operating costs and scale as a business grows.

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Other advantages revealed at the roundtable were that the Meraki technology provides complete network visibility and control, with no hardware controllers or overlay software required.

Configurations and management are easily performed remotely or on-site, while trouble shooting can be done in a fraction of the time with advanced networking analytics, allowing businesses to isolate and focus on more projects that are impactful.

He continued: “The success of the huge MSMEs sector is key for the success of Nigeria’s economy. It is, therefore, imperative that these businesses use IT solutions that are secure, simple and intelligent.

“With Cisco Meraki, these MSMEs can enjoy agility, operational efficiency and, most importantly, data security that they require to accelerate their digital transformations. Our goal is to help customers benefit from digitisation by simplifying IT solutions.”

Also speaking at the event, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, General Manager of Cisco Nigeria, said: “Cisco Meraki creates the simplest, most powerful solutions, helping everyone from small businesses to global enterprises save time and money.

“It helps organisations to rapidly roll out digital initiatives, delivering real business value. We are committed to helping our customers overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

“Technology can connect us, empower us and drive us. At Cisco, we believe that by simplifying powerful technology, we can free passionate people to focus on their mission and reach groups previously not utilising technology.”

He noted that since inception in 2006, Meraki, which was acquired by Cisco in 2012, had grown to become an industry leader in the IT space, with over 230,000 customers and three million network devices and counting online around the world.

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