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Leading global IT research group, EMC Corporation has revealed that over 90 percent of business leaders in Nigeria have identified information technology as a strategic lever for business growth.
The survey of 528 business and technology decision makers across Nigeria’s private and public sectors revealed that more than 80 percent of respondents agree that their organisations recognise the increasing role of automation, such as software defined storage, as critical to business growth.

Chinese information technology giant, Huawei Technologies has launched an Octa-core smartphone with single-touch fingerprint technology called Ascend Mate7 in Lagos, saying the product is designed to define the future of smartphone intelligence.
In his opening remarks, Country Manager of the group, Mr. Yang Fufu said Ascend Mate7 is the product of strategic research and development division of Huawei to make life better and smarter for users.

A new international study commissioned by leading ICT solutions provider, SAP Group has uncovered various trends in banking, most notably a large disconnect between regulators’ expectations and the ability of banks to meet compliance and reporting requirements. However, many banks have plans to increase their budget for IT to invest in the necessary banking solutions to meet these changing requirements.

Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body for technology writers has called on State governments in Nigeria to increase the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to fast-track their socio-economic development agenda.
In a statement signed by NITRA president Mr. Emma Okonji, NITRA said deliberate use of ICT to automate processes in government and support every aspect of the states’ economy has become imperative if the country’s Vision to be one of the 20 most industrialised economies in 2020 is to be attained.

LG Electronics group has unveiled an engaging catch-all term for the suite of new products showcased in Berlin at the just concluded IFA 2014.
Speaking at IFA Wayne Park, executive vice president and Global Sales and Marketing Officer at LG Electronics said. “What consumers really desire is to live a better life without giving up the technology that more often than not makes our lives more complex”.

At a time e-Commerce organizations across retail and other consumer services are expanding in scope both in Nigeria and abroad, indication has emerged that e-criminals have modeled another smart scam to defraud ATM card users.
The new fraudulent scheme tagged “Card-not-Present” (CNP) is now a source of concern for not only card users but financial regulator; institutions; and law enforcement agencies.

Stories by STAN OKENWA

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned telecom operators in the country not to come to Telecoms Consumer Parliament (TCP) without documented evidence of reforms and actions taken by them to redress complaints raised by consumers.
Speaking at the 76th TCP held in Lagos recently, Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the NCC, Mrs. Maryam Bayi said that the commission is worried that upon a detailed programme of event sent to both the GSM and CDMA operators ahead of the meeting, all of them failed to come with their documentary presentations on what they have done, what they are doing and what they are about to do in addressing the shortfalls in subscribers experience of their services especially on data services.

For allegedly offering telecommunications services to Nigerians without obtaining operational licence from Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the enforcement department of the federal agency has shut down Owntel Communications Limited.
Led by Mr. Salisu Abdul, head of Enforcement, the team visited the office of Owntel on Isheri Road in Ojodu Lagos, where it confiscated some of its equipments as evidence for illegal operation.

New lease of life is on the way for operators of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria as the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Computer Warehouse Group CWG Plc.
The objective of the MOU is to provide an ICT technology platform for the use of MSMEs at very little cost; this would also avail them the services of an Enterprises Resource Planning (ERP) platform called Small & Medium Enterprise Resource Planning (SMERP).

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