Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Ekeigwe to speaks @ FIT seminar

President, Lagos State chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Mr. Chris Ekeigwe and the managing director, Juniper Solutions, Mr. Gboyega Ojuri, have been confirmed as participants at this year’s edition of Finance and IT Summit (FITS) forum designed to create an interface between professionals in the Nigerian IT sector and financials cum banking experts.

The event scheduled for Thursday July 26, this year at the Golden Gate Ikoyi-Lagos, according to the organisers has its theme as: “Seamless IT integration in post – Consolidation Era”.

Managing consultant, ICT Africa, the organisers of the summit, Don Pedro Aganbi noted that Mr. Ekeigwe, who is also the Managing Consultant at EDP Audit and Security Associates, has been billed to speak on the topic “Systems security reliability assurance: Governance roles and responsibilities,” while Ojuri would dwell on “Deploying low cost high productivity IT infrastructure in the post consolidation era.”

Speaking on the proposed summit, Mr. Ekeigwe lauded the organisers, saying that its timely in the light of growing awareness of the place of securely deployed and effective information technology (IT) infrastructure in the creation of cutting edge customer products and thus boosting productivity.

He emphasised that its not just on the deployment of IT infrastructure but on being able to provide what the customers need every time and in a secured environment.

Equally commenting, Mr. Ojuri, said that what the banks reequired is to know where and how they could save cost without impacting negatively on their process.

He pointed out that, banks could as matter of fact save billions if they deploy the right IT systems and other infrastructure.

Mr. Aganbi, added that the theme was chosen to enable stakeholders review progress made in IT integration in the Nigerian banks post consolidation and to chart a new course going into the future for the industry.

He explained that huge investments in IT by banks following the successful consolidation of the banking sector indicates the high level of faith in IT products and solutions to improve productivity and boost the bottom line are yet to be optimised by the customers.

“The role of IT in the development of individuals, organisations, nations and the world–over cannot be underestimate,” he told Champion Infotel.

He further said that FITS has been planned to provide the platform to address some of the issues that has persisted after the consolidation.

“These issues are systems audit and security, network security versus providing faster service, risks associated with online transaction, finding cost effective IT infrastructure to handle the new distributed network systems, power problems and data protection, data warehousing vis-à-vis CBN’s new guidelines, systems reliability and availability, business continuity planning for IT disaster recovery, e-payment, secure deployment of ATMs and corporate governance among others,” he declared.

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