IBM is expanding its operations in Nigeria to capture growth in the markets of the sub-Saharan Africa region.
By expanding its Nigerian office, IBM will increase its ability to support its clients, business partners, and government organisations to become more efficient, more productive and provide better quality services to citizens. IBM's increased presence will support the country's overall development agenda, to achieve greater competitiveness and economic growth.
IBM has also appointed Endy Chiakpo as the country GM for IBM Nigeria and IBM West Africa region, effective immediately. Chiakpo has a 20-year career with IBM in Nigeria and the US.
IBM has been operating in Africa for nearly six decades. It has also invested more than $120-million in the last two years as part of IBM's strategy of focusing on the world's growth markets.
The investment includes a Johannesburg-based Africa Innovation Centre, which includes a software solutions lab, a cloud computing capability, and a banking centre of excellence. IBM also donated a Blue Gene Supercomputer, which is located at Cape Town's Centre for High Performance Computing, to be used for research by institutions across sub-Saharan Africa.
IBM has initiated "Project Djembe" offering a secure desktop alternative to business, public and government clients, helping them leapfrog into the new computing model. Project Djembe will extend skills and business opportunities to aspiring IBM Business Partners in the region.
"The sub-Saharan African market is poised for continued growth flowing from the development and expansion of telecommunications networks, power grids and transport infrastructure," says Mark Harris, GM of IBM sub-Saharan Africa.
"We are seeing continued private and public sector investment in the region, and IBM is well positioned to help create a smarter African economy to compete in the global marketplace," he adds.
Harris adds that the company is also providing resources to build capability for the delivery of intelligent IT solutions and services in the West Africa region. The appointment of Mr. Chiakpo is aligned with this objective, as he will drive business expansion and growth throughout Nigeria and the region.