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Meeting the demands of Nigerian business

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Specialist systems integrator Logikal Consulting is capitalising on its expertise with IBM’s range of software products in one of the company’s fastest growing markets: Nigeria. Together with sister company Interlogikal West Africa, Logikal Consulting provides Nigeria’s only full IBM software integration offering.
“IBM has been on an acquisition spree for some time now, and each addition to its range provides businesses with added value and efficiencies,” explains Gerald Naidoo, CEO of Logikal Consulting. “Every new addition fits beautifully with the existing products, whether it’s data analysis, e-commerce, supply-chain management or computer security.”
Etim Amana, chairman of Interlogikal, explains that the growth seen in the Nigerian market has led to increased demands on businesses in the West African country, and that the company is using its unique capabilities to provide comprehensive solutions based on the IBM range of products, often capitalising on the global giant’s latest acquisitions to enhance the solutions it provides.
“Document management has become a priority for many Nigerian businesses, and while many IT companies offer simple document management solutions, we are unique in our approach and use the IBM range to take document management one step further for our customers,” he explains.
“We don’t stop at simple document management. We analyse the needs of our customers, and integrate this solution into other essential business elements, creating a seamless process with document management as a part of a whole.”
For example, Interlogikal integrates its IBM document management solutions into Oracle or SAP ERP systems to enable its customers to make better use of these systems. Datacap and Filenet, two of IBM’s recent acquisitions, help facilitate this by providing simplified document capture and analysis, allowing for better insight across all areas of a business.
“Datacap and Filenet make it easier for organisations to manage incoming documents, to extract insight for analytics, and expedite workloads and other processes. They allow centralised access to content from multiple repositories, so our customers are able to track and control all their content in one place and still achieve actionable insights where they need them,” Amana says.
“Together with the other IBM products, our approach provides content in motion for better business results.”
The aim, he adds, is to transform business operations and ultimately improve the bottom line.
“There are hundreds of Nigerian companies still relying on silos of data, spreadsheets and e-mail to manage their businesses, and there is an enormous opportunity to apply analytics to help them uncover new, untapped growth opportunities.
“It is now more critical than ever that all people across the enterprise have insight into business data, and we are bringing our technological expertise to help our clients mature and advance the efficiency and effectiveness of their businesses, improve their processes, and strategically align their systems with profitable growth.”