Funke Opeke
Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke

Emma Okonji

In order to address the enterprise solutions market that is fast developing in big data usage and management, MainOne, West Africa’s premier connectivity and data centre solutions provider, has announced a partnership deal between its Tier III Data Centre, MDXI, and Software Application (SAP). The partnership agreement will enable MainOne to deliver high-quality cloud and infrastructure operations services for customers running SAP solutions in West Africa.

MDXi, which was recently certified by SAP for infrastructure operations services for SAP solutions, will now be able to host SAP applications for Nigerian enterprise businesses by utilising the company’s in-country enterprise cloud platforms, across its private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Speaking during the joint product launch recently in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke noted that the ability of MDXi to host and run SAP applications in-country is a game-changer for Nigerian businesses as it would reduce the barriers to leveraging world-class technology during this economic recession, when it is most required.
According to her, this would greatly improve the ease of deployment and ongoing availability of SAP’s suite of enterprise applications to Nigerian companies, with the added advantage of paying in Naira instead of foreign currencies.

“Previously, businesses that required enterprise applications from software manufacturers such as SAP had to purchase and install their own hardware in their own data centre or run the software in data centres outside the country with the attendant issues of FOREX scarcity and application latency among others. With our partnership with SAP, businesses in Nigeria can now host their SAP applications in the cloud, locally and on our MDXi SAP certified platform. This will speed up time to deploy SAP applications, guarantee a robust operational environment from the beginning and assure cost effective subscription charges, backed by premium customer support,” Opeke said.
Managing Director of SAP West Africa, Kudzai Danha said: “More than ever, SAP Africa is excited about the certification of MainOne’s Data Centre as the first infrastructure operations services partner in Nigeria.

“This means MDXi is now SAP HANA ready and well positioned to support SAP customers who want to innovate and redesign their business processes. The current market demands attractive business applications that are simple and fast and cloud technology presents the market with such great business opportunities,” Danha said.

Speaking on the benefit of the partnership, Opeke said MainOne provides services for the hosting of enterprise data, but that the company needed better business applications to serve customers better on its enterprise platform, hence it has to partner SAP.

The Chief Operating Officer of SAP, Olu Famulusi, said SAP adopted the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, strictly to provide better software solution to customers. He listed the advantages of cloud technology to businesses, to include reduction in capital expenditure, achieve less than 10 minutes latency, shorter time to market, zero forex, business efficiency and productivity, among other benefits.