Experts, who should know have advocated for massive investment in cloud computing both from the private sector and government, stressing that the adoption of cloud computing in Nigeria will drive the growth of about 41 million Small and Medium Enterprise and enable rapid governance on the part of the government.
The experts, who gathered virtually at a webinar hosted by CyberCloud, an indigenous service provider, argued that with coronavirus pandemic still raging, companies must device mean to continue to serve their customers adequately.
Those in attendance at the virtual meeting with the theme: “The New Normal: Future of Cloud Computing in Nigeria post COVID19,” are the Director-General, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, MD; RackCentre, Ayotunde Coker, Partner Technology Advisory, KPMG, John Anyanwu, Collins Osugo- CIO; First City Monument Bank and Bar. Kasim Sodangi- National Coordinator; NITDA. They were hosted by Laurel Onumonu, Head CyberCloud Business in Conjunction with Joe Onwubuya- MD; Cyberspace Limited, Dave Funnell- VMware Senior Manager Cloud Business.
To them, one clear cut platform where the growth of SMEs can be enhanced is through cloud computing. As such, the importance of fresh investment in the sub-sector was emphasized at the webinar, which had over 700 attendees from far and wide.
The Managing Director of RackCentre, Mr. Ayotunde Coker, explained that Cloud Computing are services that you consume over the internet, regardless of its location. He said it is a service you can subscribe to and consume as you require, you scale as you grow and you pay as you go.
Speaking on the development, Partner Technology Advisory at KPMG, John Anyanwu, said Cloud services have always been a part of our lives without us knowing it. He noted that several people have been using the likes of Google Mail, Yahoo, and so many services that are in the cloud. “We have been enjoying these services for our personal lives without even knowing what we are using,” he stated.
He further said Cloud gives a huge opportunity for us to facilitate innovation with low capital investment.
Dissecting how Cloud Services are utilized by the government, Barr. Kasim Sodangi- National Coordinator; NITDA said as far back as 2013, NITDA had issued a guideline for National Content Development in IT. According to him, one of the guidelines specifically speaks to the retention and domestication of Data Services of the government needs rising from the operation of government and data that is owned by the government must be hosted locally.
He further stated that Cloud services will sufficiently improve how services are delivered in Nigeria and change the face of the public sector if it is understood and implemented as it ought to be.
Catering to the aspect of a Cloud end-user, Osugo stated that ‘’Banks have been at the forefront of Cloud Computing’’.
However, he said for banks to have the confidence to host and work with local providers, there are certain criteria that need to be met.
He further stated ‘’Once the government plays its significant role in making sure adequate infrastructures are in place and the entrepreneurs such as KPMG, VMware accesses the risk and ensure that the skills required to manage these services are also in place, then the sky is the limit.
Meanwhile, Dave Funnell- VMware Senior Manager Cloud Business on his part, said ‘’Interrogate your cloud provider because not all cloud providers are equal and can deliver the services you require. However, the certification Vmware provides Cybercloud should help build the element of trust and trust is key because Cloud Computing is the way to accelerate a business’’.
He further said that Cloud is an enabler to fast forward to the future and working with a cloud provider that is reputable can really enable your business.
From his perspective, the MD, Cyberspace Limited, concluded by urging the attendees to subscribe to the flexible services that CyberCloud has to offer. “Cybercloud can accommodate both the small businesses and big enterprises and can assure you that based on the policies from NITDA, we continue to run a very secure system.”
Bringing the session to a close, Onumonu, highlighted the offerings of Cybercloud and encouraged all the participants to contact the firm via its social media platforms for answers to the questions unattended to.
The Head, CyberCloud Limited, further stated “We urge you to watch out for more series on Cloud Computing and what it has to offer.”