Tuesday, February 09, 2016

16m Nigerians on Facebook

An estimated 16 million Nigerians are on Facebook every month, with 100 per cent of them coming on mobile, even as Facebook intend to deepen partnership to bolster this growth, reports ITRealms.

This was revealed at the recent 12th anniversary of Facebook held in Lagos as part of the global Facebook community by the Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Facebook, Nicola Mendelsohn, asserting that Facebook has made tremendous progress in Nigeria.

“For us, Friends Day in Nigeria was about hearing the stories of our community using Facebook our platform to grow and connect with others. We have made amazing progress over the past year.  We’re only 1% done in Nigeria and inspired to do even more in this fast-moving, mobile first country,” Mendelsohn said. 

Head, Africa for Facebook, Nunu Ntshingila, also said 2016 year is a year for deepening partnerships with Nigerian businesses. 

“We’re committed to Nigeria, and during this visit we shared insights with our business and agency partners on how to deliver personalised marketing, at scale, where people are – on their mobile phone. We want to make sure Nigeria - its people, its agencies and its businesses - realise the opportunity that technology and mobile bring,” Ntshingila said.

Stressing that the mobile platform people use most in Nigeria is Facebook and up to 77 per cent of Nigerians on Facebook use their mobile device to discover new products and services, describing Nigerians as sophisticated mobile users which is increasing fast – people are ahead of businesses, and assuring that Facebook is on ground to help businesses create mobile-first solutions to grow their business.

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NITDA trains 50 unemployed graduates on OBPO

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has commenced training of 50 unemployed graduates on Online Business Process Outsourcing (OBPO), reports ITRealms

Online Business Process Outsourcing is usually available jobs online that could execute from any location via digital device like computer or smartphone as long as the device is connected to the internet.

Declaring the training open on Monday, the Acting Director-General, NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, informed participants drawn from the six geo-political zones in the country, that the training aligned with NITDA’s mandate, stressing they are more repositioned to training unemployed Nigerians who will be able to compete with others globally. 

“I am excited to declare this training open, which is the second in less than two weeks. I was here two weeks ago to declare open a training for people with disabilities and now with able people. What we are doing is to affect the lives of every Nigerian irrespective of status. We are to develop a globally competitive human capital with the aims of equipping them with training to make them globally employable,” Dr. Olatunji said.

He also pointed out that the world of work is changing and there is need to realign the nation’s workforce and labour market to this change, emphasizing that geographical locations are no longer hindrance to job hunt any longer with online Business Process Outsourcing. 

Additionally, Dr. Olatunji said that not adopting the Online Business Process Outsourcing platform has dire effects on the nation’s economy, maintaining that leveraging on the platform would make diversification of economy achievable as it would attract foreign flows of income into the country.

He listed the deliverables of the Online Business Process Outsourcing to include, freedom to choose what to do; who you want to do it with; where you want to work; consistent income; access to basic need of life and social relevance.

He advised the beneficiaries of the training to value it as key in helping them to achieve crescendo, declaring, “Only if you know this training this training can help you reach your goal of sufficiency and less dependence on the white collar jobs.”

The Director, Software and Outsourcing, Mr. Chris Okeke admonished participants to see future in the Online Business Outsourcing and make it a spring board of becoming employers of labours themselves in the near future. 

ITRealms gathered that NITDA promised to reward three outstanding trainees with a laptop each to complement with the knowledge acquired, just as it urged them to put whatever they have learnt in practice as there are mechanism put in place to measure their performances.

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Vodacom, Etisalat partner on enterprise solutions in Nigeria

Vodacom Business Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria on Tuesday consummated a partnership agreement to facilitate provision of mobile voice services to Vodacom customers and equip Etisalat to provide improved enterprise solutions to its customers, reports ITRealms.

According to the Chief Executive Officer, Vodacom Nigeria, Mr. Guy Clarke and his Etisalat Nigeria counterpart, Mr. Matthew Willsher, this strategic partnership brings together two forward-looking companies focused on delivering superior telecommunication services to businesses in the country.

The Executive Director Commercial, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Mr. Solomon Ogufere, told ITRealms that Vodacom is well positioned to offer a full package of customised enterprise class mobile voice and data services to businesses in Nigeria through its Enterprise Mobile Voice Solution (EMVS) which aims at improving productivity and response time for corporates; especially those businesses with large number of staff on the move. Large cooperates in Nigeria now have access to high performance and easy to manage mobile communication solutions for their business.

Equally, he said, the partnership affords Etisalat to provide point-to-point and point-to-multi-point fixed connectivity solutions to its customers, thereby offering them a one-stop shopping experience, thereby providing Vodacom and Etisalat customers with a single billing platform to negate the trouble of dealing with multiple communications service providers.

Further, CEO of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher pointed out that in the fast paced telecommunication market of today, the successful companies will be those who build the right strategic partnerships to accelerate innovation, growth, and offer customer more value for their money. 

“Etisalat is committed to offering quality services both in voice and data, and to continuously provide solutions that help enterprises and startups remain sustainable. This partnership brings together two outstanding industry leaders, with proven track records of innovation. Etisalat’s partnership with Vodacom will drive growth for both companies, unique value for our customers, and incredible innovation for the industry,” he said.

This, industry watchers say, goes further to demonstrate Vodacom Business Nigeria and Etisalat’s commitment to delivering total communications solutions to customers and providing industry-leading customer service to Nigerian businesses. 

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Pix: l-r Executive Director, Commercial, Vodacom, Mr. Solomon Ogufere, CEO, Vodacom, Mr. Guy Clarke, CEO, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Matthew Willsher and Commercial Director, Mr. Angelno.

ICANN names Goran to replace Fadi as CEO

A Swedish business executive, Mr. Göran Marby is the new chief executive officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), reports ITRealms.

Mr Marby will take over from the current President and CEO Fadi Chehadé whose term finishes on March 15, 2016. Marby will join ICANN in May 2016. 

According to the chairman, ICANN Board of Directors, Dr. Stephen Crocker, "I'm delighted to announce Göran as the new head of ICANN," stressing that his leadership experience as a technology CEO and start-up founder as well as his current experience as Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority will be invaluable as ICANN moves towards the next chapter in its history.

“We conducted an extensive, global search and Göran impressed us all throughout with his shared values, operational experience and understanding of the Internet ecosystem. I'm looking forward to working with him and what I know will be his substantial contribution to ICANN and to helping ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet," he said.

Marby is a Swedish citizen, currently living in Stockholm. He and his family will be relocating to Los Angeles, California, the headquarters of ICANN's three global hubs.

Reacting, the new ICANN’s CEO, Mr. Marby said, he was excited to be joining ICANN at the start of a new era for the organization and the community, acknowledging he has a lot of learning to do, but expressed eagerness to work with ICANN multistakeholders community to continue all the good work that ICANN has been doing and am very committed to implementing the community's decisions – both with respect to the IANA Stewardship Transition, but also in the myriad important areas of ICANN policy development as it fulfills its mission.

Meanwhile during this time, ITRealms reports that the President of ICANN's Global Domains, Division, Akram Atallah, will serve as acting CEO.

"I am very grateful to Akram for agreeing to step into this role and providing the continuity and leadership ICANN needs at such an important time," said Dr Crocker.

ITRealms further gathered that Göran Marby has over 20 years of experience in the Internet and technology sectors. Prior to joining PTS he co-founded AppGate Network Security AB a security software company where he served as CEO between 2002 and 2009 with a focus on international customers and operations.

He has held several other leadership roles in the Internet and technology sectors including as CEO of Cygate a network services company, Country Manager for Cisco in Sweden and as CEO of Unisource Business Networks in Sweden.

Marby holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Gothenburg School Economics.
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Ringier Africa, Asia Pacific get new leadership structure

… As Stiegeler leads African operation
The Zurich, Switzerland-based entity Ringier with footprint across Africa and Asia Pacific has restructured its leadership with Mr. Leonard Stiegeler as the new General Manager Ringier Africa, even as the former Head, Digital Marketing Agency RDM in Nigeria, Mr. Mark Slade, was elevated to General Manager Ringier Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

Ringier Africa with four dedicated teams each of its business models, namely classifieds, content, e-Commerce and digital marketing said the new leadership took effect from January 1, 2016 in order to further strengthen the implementation of various changes to support the strong growth of its international markets, with additional personnel and international support.

Ringier AG, Corporate Communications, Celine Krapf, in a press statement made available to ITRealms, noted that this new leadership structure follows a successful 2015 with strong growth across all core businesses and countries on both continents of Africa and Asia Pacific.

“The accomplishment of important milestones, including the new market entry in Myanmar, Ringier introduced a new international setup which will ensure further growth in quality and efficiency for future expansions, she said.

To facilitate this, Krapf said, the former General Manager Ringier Nigeria & Head of Ringier West Africa, Mr. Leonard Stiegeler, has been appointed to the new position of General Manager Ringier Africa. While former Head of New Business Implementation Ringier AG, Florent de Rocca-Serra will take the new position of General Manager Ringier Asia Pacific. 

Jessica List, formerly part of Ringiers M&A and Business Development team will take the new position of CFO Africa. Jessica Stiles, former Head of Marketing International Markets becomes CMO Africa & Asia. All of these positions will be reporting into the current CEO Asia & Africa, headed by Robin Lingg, who was elected to the Group Executive Board of Ringier AG in December. 

Julian Artopé, current Director Ringier Africa will pursue an MBA by the end of March after four years of building Ringiers African business on the continent, whereas Mark Slade, former Head of the Digital Marketing Agency RDM in Nigeria, will take over the position as General Manager Ringier Nigeria.

To further support the risen complexity in Ringier’s fast-scaling operations, four dedicated teams were established for each of the African business models Classifieds, Content, E-Commerce and Digital Marketing. Each will consist of a dedicated team supporting their field in Marketing, Business & Operations and Product Development.

Robin Lingg, CEO Ringier Africa and Asia: “With the high speed and growth of our digital business in Africa and Asia, we were in need of stronger support structures to facilitate further aggressive scaling of our business. 

Through this evolution of the organisation I’m convinced we’ll be able to further boost and expand our leading market positions in Classifieds, Content, E-Commerce and Digital Marketing across all our markets. We have a proven and highly experienced team of which I’m very happy to see so much internally promoted leadership emerge. I also would like to thank Julian Artopé, who has been essential for building this organisation on the ground and has been a key part for the success of Ringier”.
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