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Why Cisco Meraki simplifies IT solutions for SMEs

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By Prince Osuagwu

Cloud managed IT solu-tions provider, Cisco Meraki, has taken the cause of Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs in the country into consideration, tailoring services towards ameliorating their technological shortcomings.

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.

The company said it has created a simplified Information Technology, IT solution to modernise their operations.

According to Cisco, many organisations today are dealing with the challenges of lack of funding for advanced digital solutions and a lack of IT specialists to manage those solutions. So, Meraki provides a suite of simplified digitisation solutions to which small organisations can plug their systems to access the path to powerful technology.

According to Cisco’s Territory manager, Nigeria ,Ghana, East and subsaharan Africa, Nick Malherbe, the need for businesses to use data smartly and securely for business success cannot be overemphasised. He said: “In Nigeria, small and medium businesses account for 84 per cent of employment attesting to the fact that they contribute greatly to the GDP of the economy.

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The success of this sector is key to the success of our 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.”

Digitisation is the big trend of today and it is important for businesses, whether big or small, to adopt digitisation. The new Meraki offerings, according to Cisco, are designed to simplify IT solutions for small and medium businesses even in the absence of an IT specialist. The technology provides complete network visibility and control – 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 focus on more projects that are impactful.

General Manager, Cisco Nigeria, Olakunle Oloruntimehin, 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.”

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

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