Five essential steps to close the cloud skills gap in Kenya

By Corine Mbiaketcha Nana, Managing Director Kenya Hub covering East, Central and West Africa at Oracle The ability to find and retain cloud-savvy, IT staff continues to be considered as one of the key barriers to cloud adoption according to Oracle’s latest ‘You & IaaS’ survey. As Infrastructure-as-a-Service adoption grows and the technology matures, the […]

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Cloud computing can improve local realities in Kenya

Corine Mbiaketcha Nana, Managing Director Kenya Hub covering East, Central and West Africa at Oracle Kenya has distinguished itself as a hotbed of technological innovation and creativity. The challenge now is how to consolidate these gains and leap forward as a country– to enhance the quality of life for all.  Cloud computing in layman’s terms […]

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DDoS in the cloud: who’s watching your back?

Cloud computing is seeing a steady and undeniable  growth in adoption across all types of industries. Growing just as progressively, however, is the extent to which it puts many corporate networks directly in cyber attackers’ line of fire – most specifically when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The challenge with moving […]

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Nokia opens Cloud Collaboration Hubs to strengthen its cloud and data center services

Nokia has opened a Nokia Cloud Collaboration Hub in Singapore to strengthen its cloud and data center services. The company also plans to open another hub in Irving, Texas in February 2018, to be followed by a third one in Reading, UK. The hubs are execution centers where multivendor cloud services from strategy and design […]

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Opinion: Cloud computing evolves, becomes enterprise cloud-as-a-service

Over the past two decades or so, the concept of cloud computing has evolved dramatically, as new data centre and networking technologies came to the fore, and new types of ‘cloud’ emerged. While the cloud’s roots may be traced back to computing from decades past, the tipping point is often considered to be the introduction […]

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Business success and nimbleness accumulated in cloud gets serious

The outstanding business value delivered by cloud technology has seen numerous small businesses boom into global giants. “Cloud computing is the not-so-secret key to a business’ success,” says Anton Jacobsz, managing director of value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited. “For years, the mantra for good business has been to have a brilliant support system in place so […]

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Being open about being open: priorities for IT in 2018

By Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO at SUSE There are some big things set to come in 2018. In fact, we are seeing numerous significant developments in the world of enterprise IT. These include the emergence of the container infrastructure ecosystem, a continued move to hybrid cloud and the growth in software-defined infrastructure and storage. So, […]

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Sophos expands its partner program to enables partners to secure Cloud platforms

Sophos is expanding its Partner Program for its channel partners to now training, certification and financial incentives that will help them support customers using or migrating to the public cloud. The company made this announcement becoming the first next-gen security vendor to introduce a program specifically designed to help partners address this revenue growth opportunity. Sophos also […]

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Sage unveils next generation of cloud solutions for Africa and Middle East

Sage the market and technology leader for integrated accounting, payroll & HR, and payment systems has today announced new products and features for Africa and the Middle East. Sage made the announcements at Sage Summit Tour in Johannesburg South Africa saying the products will take Africa and Middle East’s business builders and entrepreneurs closer to a world where admin […]

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Microsoft and Liquid Telecom partner to provide cloud services across Africa

Microsoft East Africa has joined hands with Liquid Telecom to improve and accelerate the use of cloud services across Africa. The joint project according to the two partners will help boost the continent’s access to world-class software. The two partners will focus on the delivery of cloud services, small-and-medium business development and the enablement of […]

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CIO East Africa to Host Premier Africa Cloud Summit in Nairobi

CIO East Africa is set to host the Africa Cloud Summit in Nairobi Kenya. The two-day event will run from 15th – 16th March 2016. The event is targeted at the C-suite and seeks to take them through the trends, create awareness on what is happening in the industry and also notify them of some […]

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What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure as a base to deliver key services in […]

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#CIO100AwardsEA: CIOs urged to lead Digital Innovation in their Organisations

CIOs in East Africa have been urged to work closely with their boards to invest in technology that will enable their organisations to thrive against the background of more demanding customers, digital disruption and fiercer global competition. That’s according to Billy Owino, Regional Director for Sage East Africa , which will be exhibiting at the […]

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Nikki Summers, Director, Sage One in East and West Africa

Accounting meets Tech: The Benefits of Cloud Accounting Software for Small and Medium Businesses

Sound bookkeeping is essential for a business’s financial well-being, which is why cloud accounting solutions have an invaluable role to play in helping Nigerian entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. That’s the word from Nikki Summers, Director, Sage One in East and West Africa, which is sponsoring and presenting at the BusinessDay SME Market Access Forum […]

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Kaspersky Lab announces new business solution to empower SMBs

Kaspersky Lab announces a new Software-as-a-Service solution that will provide small and medium-sized businesses with multi-layered IT security. Known as Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud, the solution offers advanced functionality and proven protection that can be managed easily via a simple cloud-based console with an intuitive and user-friendly interface. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are using 100-1000 […]

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Oracle and KCB to hold a developers forum to help drive Cloud Adoption in Africa

In an effort to grow the adoption of cloud services efficiently across Africa, Oracle , has partnered with Kenya Commercial Bank to together to hold a three-day developers day targeting the firm’s ecosystem of customers, partners, independent software vendors, user groups and innovation hubs. The four-day event will entail focused and in-depth sessions with experts […]

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BT Compute for Microsoft Azure will make it possible for BT customers to order Microsoft Azure alongside BT’s own cloud services

British Telecommunications (BT) Joins Forces with Microsoft to Simplify Hybrid Cloud

British Telecommunications (BT) has partnered with Microsoft to launch a new service that will allow BT customers to build hybrid cloud infrastructure with a single service wrap, contract and on a single bill. Known as BT Compute for Microsoft Azure, the new service will also make it possible for BT customers to order Microsoft Azure […]

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The new facility in Norway is IBM's 48th global cloud data center and It is part of the company's growing global data center network.

IBM Opens Industry’s First Cloud Data Center in Norway

Customers throughout Fetsund, Norway will now have local access to a complete portfolio of IBM cloud services after IBM opened a new cloud data center in the region. The IBM Cloud data center according to IBM will support growing cloud adoption in the Nordics.         Other services consumers in the region will enjoy […]

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Nikki Summers, Director, Sage One in East and West Africa

Opinion: How Cloud Software can help Kenya’s Accounting Practices

There is a growing market for accounting practices in Kenya. Economic growth has improved significantly  in the past decade, internet adoption is increasing (39%) and the country scored highly in innovation and financial services in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Competitiveness Report. Because more businesses are starting up, there is an increased demand for […]

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Janusz Naklicki, Oracle Vice President of the Russia, Africa and Central Europe region, welcomed customers to the 2-day Oracle Africa Innovation Summit in Mauritius this week

Oracle Continues to Drive Cloud Adoption in Africa

Exchange of best practices and gaining expert insights from top cloud strategists was the key focus for Oracle  customers who took part in Oracle’s two day long ‘Africa Executive Summit’ that concluded today in Mauritius. Dozens of Oracle customers gathered to understand various aspects of the cloud adoption process including capacity building, innovation, security and […]

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”We were lucky to get into the Techstars incubator” – Bamba Group

In February this year, prominent US accelerator Techstars selected Kenyan Startup Bamba Group  as the first East African company, they would invest in. The announcement would see Bamba Group taken through intensive training in Austin, Texas, as well as given a cash investment to fast-track their growth. Founded in 3 years ago, the company has developed […]

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How Moving to the cloud can help your business stay secure from cyber threats

A few weeks I got the chance to attend the East African Cloud Summit organized by the University of Nairobi’s C4DLab in collaboration with Microsoft. The summit was about Cloud Computing and how it can be used to improve societal growth and transformation. One of the panelists present during the summit was Dr.Bitange Ndemo, a […]

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IBM Unveils its New Cloud Data Center in South Africa

IBM is expanding its cloud data infrastructure in Africa. The company has announced that it is opening a new Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg,  South Africa. This means from now on African companies that rely on IBM’s cloud platform will no longer have to keep their applications outside Africa. The company has partnered with Gijima, […]

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Interactive Intelligence wins Zimbabwe service excellence award

Interactive Intelligence has been named the winner of one of the excellence awards at the fourth annual Contact Centre Association of Zimbabwe (CCAZ) Service Excellence Awards. Interactive Intelligence won the top award in the Best CRM and Call Centre Vendor Supplier category. CCAZ, noting that the awards were presented to recognize, promote and reward excellence, presented […]

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Oracle Cloud Day: CEOs should help drive business transformation

Oracle Kenya last week held its annual Cloud Day event at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. The event attracted customers; partners, stakeholders and government officials from various industries to discuss how Cloud is transforming business today. According to Oracle, the event sought to bring together private and public sector players, creating a platform for networking […]

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Orange and Gemalto Partner to provide customers with highly secure access to cloud-based applications

By Nixon Kanali, TechTrendsKE Gemalto, the world leader in digital security has unveiled a new partnership with Orange Business Services that will see the integration of Gemalto’s market-leading SafeNet Authentication Service with Business VPN Galerie, the Orange Business Services secured cloud hub. Under this partnership, Orange Business Services customers will benefit from Gemalto’s solution through […]

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