Sun Microsystems South Africa has appointed Inana Nkanza as its new MD, charging him with a focus on continued growth, partner and customer alignment and support of the company's commitment to energy-efficient solutions.
With more than a decade of experience at the helm of key divisions and local operations for a number of international vendors as well as an entrepreneur, Nkanza brings a wealth of experience and energy to Sun's local operations.
The appointment comes on the heels of the company's announcement of the formation of a new emerging markets sales geography to drive accelerated expansion and sales coverage across growing markets. This new region will include South Africa, and was established on 1 July.
"Key acquisitions such as MySQL have positioned the company as a leader in the open source economy," says Nkanza. "As the company moves to an even more diversified market strategy centered on open source, Sun is ideally positioned to help businesses drive the continued build-out of the internet infrastructure in South Africa and globally.
Furthermore, Sun's open source solutions are ideally placed in assisting the government implement it's Open Document Format (ODF) initiaitves, especially around enterprise development by lowering the cost of entry into technology based business. We also aim to grow the local developer communities around Sun solutions."
Sun is committed to engaging the market through a partner centric model and plans to grow and improve the skills within its partner base. At the same time, the company will strengthen direct relationships with its customer base to ensure alignment to meet customer business needs and plans. This dual touch approach will broaden the company's reach in South Africa.
Energy-efficient service offerings from Sun are winning awards and transforming datacenters to be ecologically friendly and economically beneficial for Sun and its customers. This will continue to be a focus for Nkanza.
"Sun delivers solutions that truly reduce environmental impact, our hardware is designed for maximising energy efficiency and the company offers state-of-the-art reuse and recycling programs. Our cooling technologies are superior and reduce power consumption – pertinent to our current South African situation where there is continued pressure to reduce the utilisation of scarce and ever more costly electricity, adds Nkanza.
Sun also provides thin client solutions that reduce consumption and carbon emissions and boast refreshment cycles that are three times longer than conventional desktops that end up in landfill every three years.