Driving development of future-ready digital enterprises

Across several countries especially in Africa, the remote workforce trend is growing and it’s now up to organizations to keep up with the changing needs of their employees

With digital transformation being a major area of focus for businesses and governments across emerging markets in East, West and Central Africa, enterprises that will disrupt the economy are those that use technologies that mainly drive business continuity and growth.

As organizations across Emerging Africa recognize that application, information technology (IT), security and workforce transformation are key to long-term business success, Dell Technologies is betting enterprise and consumer solutions that accelerate the digital delivery of modern IT services that can differentiate a business, its products and operations. This includes new technologies and products across commercial PCs, storage and cloud such as PowerStore, which is a newly launched mid-range storage solution built from the ground up in order to address the challenges of the data era, and PowerScale, which is basically designed for organizations that want to manage their data, not their storage.

There is also Cloud OneFS for Google Cloud, a solution that helps organizations migrate enterprise business-critical, file-based workloads to Google Cloud as well as Dell EMC VxRail systems and software that brings IT infrastructure and cloud capabilities to challenging and space-constrained edge environments. All these are aimed at making remote work more efficient and safer, no matter the location. 

According to Habib Mahakian, Dell’s vice president for emerging Africa, in the last six months, the coronavirus pandemic did impact and disrupt the ICT industry globally and across Africa.

“We’re seeing a lot of changes in the market in terms of the need to increase investments in digital technologies. In this time of intense change, we see technology as a key path to economic recovery and companies need to build and strengthen the foundations for their digital future. At Dell Technologies, we aim to simplify this journey for our customers and partners, with solutions that enable business leaders to use advanced technologies to drive growth and improve competitiveness,” says Mahakian. 

Nizar El-Masri, Dell’s East Africa general manager shares the same point of view adding that, today, organizations are recognizing that workforce transformation is key to long-term business success and many have started to change their operating model to accommodate this need for change. In fact, he says, across several countries especially in Africa, the remote workforce trend is growing and it’s now up to organizations to keep up with the changing needs of their employees.

“Businesses must re-evaluate their workforce skills and develop cohesive ecosystems of technologies, services and products that are scalable and can connect with changing customer demands. At Dell Technologies, we offer real-world solutions that enable modern workforces to communicate effectively, access their data from any device and empower them to be highly productive,” says El-Masri.

The pandemic has quite simply changed the way things are done. Those who can’t stay and work from home wear masks and wash their hands as precautionary measures put in place by government while carrying out their businesses as usual.

As the future concept becomes a reality for organizations, employees demand the flexibility to work, collaborate and innovate anytime, anywhere and in any way they want. It is at the back of this that customers from sectors such as government, financial services, oil and gas, healthcare and education ought to implement technologies that, sort of, guarantee a competitive advantage to succeed in a post pandemic business environment.

“In West Africa, digitization is transforming industries and has the ability to contribute to national GDP in multiple ways while also promoting growth of allied industries such as logistics, infrastructure, and payments. As an example, the banking and finance sector, continues to evolve and transform with several digital banking initiatives being introduced that is increasing financial inclusion. This in turn leads to an increase in a country’s productivity and competitiveness – lowering unemployment rates, increasing access to technology enabled services for citizens and creating higher-wage and higher-impact jobs. At Dell Technologies, we are committed to helping organizations accelerate their digital transformation journey and building an eco-system of innovation,” says Travers Nicholas, GM – Central West Africa, Dell Technologies. 

As part of its “Progress Made Real Vision 2030” social impact framework, the tech company aims at harnessing the power of technology to drive change across four key pillars: advancing sustainability, cultivating inclusion, transforming lives with technology and upholding ethics and data privacy. Through several education and youth skills training programs, such as Solar Learning Labs, the company continues to focus on addressing the digital divide to drive long-term economic prosperity and equip youth with the skills they need to successfully compete in a digital era. 

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