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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

TD boss advises resellers on 10-yr plan

Managing Director, Technology Distributions (TD) Limited, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh, has advised resellers in the country to develop a 10-year business plan as a means of keying into the current reforms based on Information Technology and aligned with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Speaking at the end of five-month promotion of her company in partnership with Hewlett Packard (HP) Nigeria, Mrs. Ekeh said that the business plan would form a window to enable them leverage on the project 2020 of some sectors of the nation’s economies, especially on IT.

The event also saw to the emergence of two resellers who went home with star prizes of Hyundai Elantra cars, which was won by the Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) in the server category and the Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) category was won by Alhaji Nasir, an Ibadan-based bulk buyer.

“Resellers should resolve today to develop a 10-year business plan as a means of keying into the current reform environment in the country and as a guide into the continental market,” she said.

Mrs. Ekeh who spoke through the General Manager Marketing at TD Limited, Mrs. Chioma Chimere, elucidated that the purpose of the draws were to provide mobility, healthy competition, and companionship among resellers, even as it was supervised by the Managing Director of HP Nigeria, Dr. Lloyd Atabansi

She emphasised that the draws were in line with the TD key objective to facilitate the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) among its resellers.

According to her, the vision of TD is to build globally recognised Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

“Our vision is to build a globally recognized ICT company and to become the key drivers of the ICT revolution across Africa,” she said.

Mrs. Ekeh further said that as TD strategies towards ensuring the achieving its vision, through flexible marketing options based on affordable prices, domiciliation of payment, and contract financing.

“All aimed at creating immense opportunities for TD’s resellers,” she declared.

Mrs. Ekeh added that TD has a firm focus to serve its customers through a proactive relationship with the resellers.

“Collectively TD and her partners must remain focused to recognize and seize the opportunities as they come knocking,” she noted, and urged them to project beyond the short-term challenges and solutions.

“Look beyond the weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports and projections, and begin to make long term plans that match the fast pace of developments in technology with the high expectations of nation building,” she said.

Mrs. Ekeh equally outlined some upcoming events expected to throw up immense opportunities to IT equipment vendors.

Some of these, she enumerated to include the 2011 general elections, that would encourage politicians to fulfill their promises to the electorate by evolving more computers in schools and at homes; 2014 would be Nigeria’s centenary and there would be a renewed sense of urgency that could invest funds in the IT sector; 2015 is the year set aside by the United Nations for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.

She emphasised that on e-governance, e-commerce, e-health, e- agriculture among others offer huge IT opportunities as the attainment of the MDGs would signal the kick off of the knowledge economy in most developing countries like Nigeria amidst others in the sub-region.

These windows, she pointed out add to the build up to year 2020.

TD, which commenced business in 1999, was last year named the Computer Distributor of the Year 2006, and had offices in Nigeria, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom (UK) and is currently the West Africa ’s No 1 distributor of hardware, software and consumables for leading global brands such as Hewlett Packard (HP), Microsoft, APC, Epson and Zinox.

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