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Friday, March 30, 2018

When ‘Nerds Unite’ For Tech Infrastructure In Nigeria

The quality of technology innovation is mostly determined by the quality of infrastructure powering it. To be sure, infrastructure encompasses an enterprise’s entire collection of hardware, software, networks, data centers, facilities and related equipment used to develop, test, operate, monitor, manage and support information technology services.

At the second edition of NerdsUnite organised by MainOne, several experts emphasised the critical need for infrastructures that power the different segments of the tech ecosystem in Nigeria.

NersUnite is one of the largest tech platforms that bring together entrepreneurs, big tech companies, professionals and experts every year, to discuss issues around the development of the tech ecosystem in Nigeria and Africa.

One of the critical infrastructures highlighted was cloud. Cloud infrastructure aggregates hardware and software components – such as servers, storage, a network and virtualisation software – that are needed to support the computing requirements of a cloud computing model.

Cloud computing alludes to the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. MainOne for example, is a cloud computing provider.

In cloud computing, virtualised resources are hosted by a service provider or IT department and are delivered to users over a network or the internet.

Many Nigerian businesses have over time become reliant on cloud services for the many reasons. To start with, adoption of cloud computing could mean big changes for small business owners whether tech start-ups or non-tech start-ups.

Cloud infrastructure has lower costs implications for businesses, meaning they can make significant savings while fully maximising their hardware. It also engenders collaboration. Cloud collaboration tools like Google Drive enables employees to upload, edit, and comment on documents enhancing the workplace relationship. Another attraction to cloud computing is being able to access work-related files and information from any device in any place at any time. It also promotes simplified integration for businesses.

There are different industries that are utilising cloud computing to disrupt their services in Nigeria. In the financial services for instance, the technology has been responsible for the many innovations the sector has witnessed in recent times. Wema by ALAT, for instance, has within a short time revolutionised the banking sector with its services. Aside from making money transfer easier, the app has a solution that offers customers loans in five minutes.

A panellist on one of the sessions, explained that cloud computing is a perfect response to changing consumer appetite which demands more gratification speed and convenience. Beyond gratifying the customer, cloud adoption also means Nigerian banks are no longer thinking traditionally and waiting for somebody to bring the solution to them.

One of the panellists harped on improving the user experience of mobile applications. Deji Olowe, executive director at SystemSpecs, the creators of Remita App noted that user interface is critical.

“When you are developing for the mobile there is a lot of variations as against when you are developing for desktops. So when designing, you have to design it in such a way that you meet everybody at their point. Beyond the screen signs, you have to look at the different networks. A smartphone that is running on a fast network could within one minute switch over to a portion of the network that is not very fast. So user experience on mobile is like signs, you have to put in so much effort.

“When you design, you have to look at the fact that when using mobile people usually just have one hand to use it, hence the form factor is very important; the speed of loading and the type of interaction for example the things you can do on desktop like Java script you have to minimise them on a mobile,” he said. BD

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