‘Deployment of Cloud Technology, Key to Business Growth, Sustainability’


Emma Okonji

The trio of MainOne, Signal Alliance and Microsoft have declared that the adoption and deployment of cloud-based solutions would drive business growth and sustainability for both small and large corporate organisations.

Based on the importance of cloud technology for businesses, MainOne and Signal Alliance, both partners of Microsoft on cloud solutions, have collaborated to deliver Microsoft cloud solution to customers in a more cost effective manner that will drive business efficiency.

Speaking at the NERDS UNITE forum on disruptive technology, organised by MainOne in Lagos, recently, both MainOne and Signal Alliance gave details of the partnership on Microsoft Cloud, and how such partnership would deepen the adoption and deployment of Microsoft 365 cloud solution for business growth and sustainability.

Revealing the benefits of the collaboration, Signal Alliance Microsoft Cloud Services, Mr. Kenneth Ufomba, said “Signal Alliance is Microsoft biggest partner on cloud services and the collaboration with another big partner of Microsoft on the same cloud serves, will further simplify the technicalities of the cloud technology solution and make it more efficient and affordable to deploy to end users,”

According to him, before the collaboration, those who patronise Microsoft cloud technology solution were at the risk of deploying the solution by themselves, and oftentimes they pay heavily to expertise for the deployment, which in most cases, fail as a result of the technicalities involved in the deployment. He said the collaboration between Signal Alliance and MainOne, would help to demystify the process of deployment and enhance efficiency and cost effectiveness.

MainOne Cloud Services, Wale Adeyemi, said before now, MainOne was offering end-to-end cloud solution delivery, but that the collaboration with Signal Alliance would deepen the service delivery and further reduce forex since businesses can source cloud solution locally and pay with local currency as against payment in foreign currencies, which he said adds to the total cost of deployment.

He further explained that the collaboration would bring together, the technical expertise of both organisations, and use the combined technicalities as a platform to offer robust and cost effective cloud solution from Microsoft 365.

The partnership is as a result of the expansion of MainOne’s enterprise offerings with cloud-based Microsoft business solutions last year. Signal Alliance is currently Microsoft leading Office 365 enterprise partner in Nigeria with over 50 per cent account under their management and support.

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud service solution that includes Microsoft Office and other services, such as email and collaboration, from Microsoft’s cloud server. It provides desktop functionalities and is available by subscription. Microsoft Office 365 provides a comprehensive set of software tools and services that facilitate office documentation, communication and management tasks.