IBM invests in Accelerating Innovation in Nigeria

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New Innovation Centre to Foster Business and IT Skills Development around
Big Data & Analytics and Cloud Computing

Lagos, Nigeria, February, 4 2014: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced it is
further expanding its operations across Africa with the opening of an IBM
Innovation Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. The new facility is designed to
accelerate innovation for Nigerian and West African business and IT skills.
Using the centre, clients, IT partners, developers, entrepreneurs, venture
capitalists and academics can now access enhanced cloud capabilities and
extensive big data and analytics resources.

Adoption of cloud technology in Africa has reached a tipping point and in
Nigeria alone, cloud usage is expected to more than double to 80 percent of
businesses in the next year. In addition, the growing proliferation of
mobile phones and tablets is accelerating the opportunity to interpret data
patterns to anticipate needs and deliver improved services.

As the local demand for these types of technologies and skills increases,
Africa is quickly moving to the center of global attention as the last big
emerging market of the current economic era.   According to the IMF, Sub
Saharan Africa is set to be the world’s second fastest growing region with
projected economic growth of over six percent this year.*

To take advantage of this explosive growth, the new centre will focus on
providing solutions that use Big Data & Analytics and cloud technologies to
solve key local challenges such as improving government services,
digitising banking services and enhancing customer centricity in
telecommunications. Clients will be able to participate in virtual and
in-person training, test out new products, network with peers from around
the world, and receive mentoring and guidance from IT and business experts.
For example, the centre will provide clients hands-on access to cloud-based
industry solutions such as IBM Intelligent Operations designed to provide
cities, governments and utilities with a central command center for the use
of predictive analytics to enhance efficiency and manage all their
operations.

“Our investment in this centre is in line with our strategy to help fuel
growth in Nigeria’s IT sector and to support the use of advanced technology
service delivery for the public sector and commercial business growth,
particularly expansion in West Africa,” says Taiwo Otiti, IBM West Africa
Country General Manager. “IBM Innovation Centres are designed to help
clients envisage their future, illustrated using IBM Social, Mobile,
Analytics and Cloud solutions, combined with industry focused experience
and expertise. Through this centre, we will bring the reach of IBM’s global
capabilities and thought leadership closer to local and regional clients.”

IBM believes its new test and demonstration environment will serve to cut
the costs and complexity of assessing IT solutions, but will also assist
CIOs in presenting strong business cases for advanced technology adoption.

The company is already working with the Union for International Cancer
Control (UICC) to create the world’s largest and most comprehensive
clinical dataset on cancer patients by building cancer registries in
developing nations, beginning in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Innovation has become a key driver of positive change in developed
economies, and IBM has blazed the trail once again in this market with its
new Innovation centre,” says Mr Victor Hammond, managing director of
Lagos-based Bankers Warehouse Ltd, a non-bank financial services
institution and Nigeria’s leading cash management and cash-in-transit
service provider. “I foresee this facility becoming a key driver of
technology innovation in Nigeria, helping to promote the culture of
knowledge incubation and scientific enquiry in all sectors of the national
economy.”

IBM has been operating in Africa since the 1930’s, and today has a direct
presence in more than 20 African countries, including: Nigeria, Tanzania,
Senegal, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria,
Kenya, and Mauritius.  IBM plans to continue strengthening this network
with more new facilities, offerings and partnerships in the next few years.

The new centre joins a worldwide network of over 41 other IBM Innovation
Centers in 33 countries including South Africa and Kenya. Through this
network, IBM connects local companies and entrepreneurs with technical and
industry experts around the world and can support growth with introductions
into new markets.

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