Some technology thought leaders have called on corporate organizations to take advantage of digital disruption as a way of surviving the challenges posed by the Covid 19 pandemic.

The leaders, who gathered at the NerdsUnite conference the flagship tech programme organized by MainOne, West Africa data center and broadband connectivity unanimously agreed that taking full advantage of the evolving ICT landscape and embrace digital technology capable of positively disrupting their business model is obviously the way to go.

First to make the call is Ms. Funke Opeke, Managing Director of MainOne said in her presentation when she said Digital Disruption is the change that occurs when digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services and the outbreak of covid-19 pandemic sparked a new era in the application of ICT to business

“Organizations need to take full advantage of digital disruption in order to survive the challenges posed by Covid 19,” she said.

Ms. Opeke argued that the major cause of digital disruption is the rapid advancement of technology and globalization, which allows new business models to be introduced at an ever-increasing rate and with rapidly declining costs of adopting technology, the Covid 19 Pandemic, improved Technology innovation, Growth in Broadband Penetration, Millennials ease with digital platforms, Growth in Social Media, Growth in Mobile Penetration and the Shift to Work from home.

On his part, Mr. Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch Limited – Founder and Group Managing Director noted that organizations must think of the traps and triggers on their digital transformation journeys. The traps and the pitfalls they could face, while the triggers are the internal and external factors that define what technology to be adopted. In his view, Digital is about solutions that work for everyone. Regulation is very important, as digital has implications for national sovereignty and security.

The 2021 edition of the event was collaboratively put together by Deloitte, a first of its kind, it addressed two audiences one online composed of participants from around the world while few attended the programme physically.

Nerds Unite 2021 featured sought after speakers and industry thought leaders in the local and international tech sector including Mr. Mitchell Elegbe, Founder and Group Managing Director, Interswitch Limited; Dr. Olubayo Adekanmbi, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria; Mr. Moses Baiden Junior, Chief Executive Officer, Margins Group, Ghana; Mr. Tomi Davies – Chief Investment Officer, GreenTec Capital Partners as well as other notable speakers.


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