THE Business Connexion has stressed the need for small and big enterprises in Nigeria to drive their businesses with technology solutions, if they must remain relevant in business during this period of economic recession.
The company is an Information Technology systems integrator company, with operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The newly appointed Managing Director of Business Connexion Nigeria, Mr. Ayo Adegboye, said this in Lagos, while briefing journalists on the activities of Business Connexion in Nigeria as a technology solutions provider.
Adegboye, who became the first Nigerian to assume the position of managing director of the multinational company, promised to boost customer confidence and satisfaction using the Internet of Things and the cloud technologies.
Speaking about the economic recession the country is currently passing through; he said that business owners did not need to panic, provided they allowed technology solutions to drive their businesses, which he said were capable of reducing total cost of managing businesses and at the same time helping business owners enjoy economics of scale and business sustainability.
Adegboye, however, called on government to diversify the economy by channelling its policies to enhance technology development in the country.
“Government needs to come up with strong policies that will turn around the economy, and it must ensure diversification of the Nigerian economy from monolithic economy to diversified and knowledge-based economy.
“India, for instance, has been able to catch up with technology by developing software solutions that are used in other parts of the world, and this is a typical example of a knowledge-based economy,” Adegboye said.
He, however, said that for government to achieve knowledge-based a economy, it needed to channel its policies to encourage IT development in the country, as well as local content development.
He said that government also needed to encourage public/private partnership to drive economic growth in the country. “Technocrats from the private sector should be engaged in policy formulation that will drive technology development in the country,” he said.
BCX, he said, had taken an initiative to support businesses in the country with technology solutions that would make businesses enjoy economics of scale and stay alive always.
“We have developed technology solutions that will help customer save on their CAPEX,” he said.
“Today, technology is evolving and BCX is at the forefront of business, making sure clients enjoy economics of scale in their business, and we are doing this by taking businesses to the cloud. We are making huge investment in the cloud, and what that translates into is that the Small and Medium Enterprises and the big enterprises do not need to invest so much in infrastructure, because we built infrastructure in the cloud for them, and that is the direction of businesses globally,” Adegboye said.
The Managing Executive, Business Connexion Nigeria, Mr. Jakes Mogale, said business in Nigeria was about total cost of ownership, “which is a concept that will continue to be on the minds of business owners.”
He said, “Our concern is to ensure that businesses have the right solution that will enable them do successful business such that their income is far more than their expenditure and BCX has solutions that will address all of that for business owners,” Mogale said.
He added, “When we get into a banking environment for instance, we do not only look at what the bank is using for their network infrastructure, but we look at customer interaction and look for a solution on how the banks can interact more with customers, without the customers crowding banking halls on a daily basis.”
The General Manager, Services at Business Connexion Nigeria, Mr. Emmanuel Akhidenor, said BCX technology solutions were designed to address those challenges that could lead to economic recession.
“Our belief is that when companies are doing well in business, it will bring in more money to the economy and the issue of recession will be far off from the Nigerian environment, and our solutions are geared towards business sustainability for small and large enterprises,” Akhidenor said.
“Inadequate power supply, for instance, is a major drawback to businesses and we have to design our solution to fit into the cloud, where power,” he added.