From small group of 10 people at inception to much bigger 80 professionals currently growing the Nigerian Information Technology space , Microsoft, no doubt, has registered its foot print in the market while building capacity to impact the Nigerian market.
The impact of Microsoft in the Nigerian economy is e evidenced in the areas of employment, support for start-ups, education, building local innovation relevant to the market, among others.
To buttress this point, the Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Middle East & Africa, Microsoft Corporation, Ali Faramawy earlier in his remarks through video conferencing noted that the opening of the new digital office reflected Microsoft’s commitment to grow the ecosystem through innovative solutions.
He also said that the digital office showed Microsoft aspirations to play a strong role in the economic development of the Nigerian market.
Telling their success stories , the Managing Director, Microsoft Nigeria Kabelo Makwane who was full of excitement told the gathering that “the new office opening presents us the opportunity to invest and enable us localize our capability to impact the Nigerian market and forge strategic partnerships such as the one with MainOne, which is an extension of our offerings.”
According to him, “Microsoft is excited to partner with the government in the areas of innovation on a global scale, creation of employment through capacity building and skills acquisition program for young talented individuals.”
“ Our vision is to localise and bring the showcase to Nigeria. We will continue to innovate to grow the Nigerian market. ”, he said.
Also speaking, the Minister of Communication Barrister Adebayo Shittu who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Technology, Arc. Sonny Echono, said that, “It is good to know that Microsoft is committed to increasing capacity in the ICT industry in Nigeria, and this is capable of deepening participation and widening the scope of technology in Nigeria, which also present opportunities for potential investors.”
Echono said that government will continue to create enabling environment for players like Microsoft to thrive.
Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne Cable Company Nigeria Limited, Funke Opeke, said that, “As a partner, we have been working with Microsoft for 18 months, offering commercial cloud services to our customers in Nigeria and we have confidently delivered uninterrupted services; thanks to the technology provided by Microsoft.”
According to her, the transition to cloud based services in Lagos is coming into fruition with strategic partnership with Microsoft. “For us to promote local content in Nigeria, we have been doing most of our services in Nigeria and Microsoft has been an anabling partners to achieve this”, she explained.
For Jim Ovia, the Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Bank Plc, the opening of Microsoft new digital office will further provide opportunity for incubation.