IT Experts call for Improved Technology Application

Information Technology experts have highlighted the importance of applying technology to every facet of life in line with digital transformation agenda of the Federal Government.

They spoke at the Nerds Unite Conference in Lagos hosted by MainOne under the theme ‘Radical Digital Transformation.’

The Chief Executive Officer, MainOne, Funke Opeke, said a recent survey carried out by the company classified Nigerian as one of the world’s top three consumers of the Internet.

She said aside from connectivity to the Internet, there was the need to work together in increasing the rate of technology adoption, local data hosting and content distribution in Nigeria.

Opeke stated that it was important to engage technology gurus in sharing ideas and finding new ways of technology to improve standard of living.

She said the conference was a platform designed to bring together professionals from the world of technology.

According to her, technology is critical to the sustenance of the Nigerian community.

Opeke stated that there was no way the economy could grow without technology, stressing the need for radical digital transformation.

The keynote speaker at the event, Nnamdi Oranye, urged Nigerians to be passionate about the development of their country, adding that technology remained the only way to move the country forward.

Oranye, who is the author of ‘Disrupting Africa’, stated that a recent United Nations survey estimated that Nigeria would be the third largest country in the world by 2050.

He said Nigeria could not afford to fail as a country, adding that Africa would be highly dependent on Nigeria.

According to him, Nigeria is described as a developing country because of its low industrial base.

Oranye said before the country could be developed, technology and innovation had to be used to identify new trends, incentivise actions and develop new ideas.

He added that people should take advantage of available tools to build a legacy for the coming generations.

During a panel discussion centred on ‘Disruptive Solutions for Enterprise,’ the Presales Customer Solutions Manager, SAP West Africa, Chibuzor Ezeasor, said technology could be used to engage customers and the workforce in an organisation.

Ezeasor stated that SAP, through its CSR programme, would organise events and training around Africa for young entrepreneurs and developers.

He said SAP would also build an application for entrepreneurs to build other applications.

Speaking at the event, the Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft, Hakeem Adeniji-Adele, emphasised the need for the SMEs to adopt technology.

He stated that of recent, enterprises were driven by customer experience and engagement, adding that technology could be adopted to get adequate feedback and suggestions.

Adeniji-Adele, who noted the interdependence of technology and innovation, said that there was no way an entrepreneur could innovate without using technology.

He stated that 62 per cent of the revenue generate by Microsoft was from the innovation of CloudShare.

The Senior Government Manager at Avanti Communications, Srinath Logasubramanian, described innovation as critical to human existence.

According to him, the day innovation ends is the day the world will come to an end.

He stated that even big companies had to be on their toes in innovation in order not be pushed out of business by new firms and hinted that Avanti would be launching a satellite system in March to cover broadband services across sub-Saharan Africa.