Increased technology adoption will create jobs, grow the bottomline for businesses, reduce corruption and lead to rapid economic transformation, the Chief Executive Officer, MainOne, Funke Opeke has said.
According to her, a recent survey carried out by the company showed that Nigeria is one of the world’s top three consumers of the internet.
Speaking at MainOne’s flagship IT event, Nerds Unite, in Lagos with: Radical Digital Transformation as theme, she said aside connectivity to the internet, there was need to collaborate in the areas of increasing the rate of technology adoption, local data hosting and content distribution.
Opeke further said it was important to engage technology gurus in sharing ideas and finding new ways to improve the standard of living, adding that the conference was a platform designed to bring together professionals in the world of technology.
“Technology is critical to the sustenance of the Nigerian community. There is no way the economy will grow without technology. Therefore, there’s need for radical digital transformation,” she said.
At the event, other IT experts highlighted the importance of applying technology to every facet of life in line with digital transformation agenda of the Federal Government.
The keynote speaker, Nnamdi Oranye, urged Nigerians to be passionate about the development of the country, adding that technology remained the only way to move the country forward.
Oranye, who is the author of Disrupting Africa’ stated that a recent United Nations survey estimated that Nigeria would be the third largest country in the world by 2050.
He said Nigeria could not afford to fail as a country, adding that Africa is looking up to the country described as a developing because of its low industrial base.
Oranye further stated that before the country could be developed, technology and innovation had to be used to identify new trends, provide incentives and develop new ideas. He added that people should take advantage of available tools to build a legacy for the coming generations.
During a panel discussion centred on ‘Disruptive Solutions for Enterprise,’ Presales Customer Solutions Manager, SAP West Africa, Chibuzor Ezeasor, said technology could be used to engage customers and the workforce in an organisations.
Ezeasor said SAP, through its CSR programme, would organise events and training around Africa for young entrepreneurs and developers. He said SAP would also build an application for entrepreneurs to build other applications.
Also speaking, the Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft, Hakeem Adeniji-Adele, stressed the need for SMEs to adopt technology. “Enterprises are driven by customer experience and engagement and technology can be adopted to get adequate feedback and suggestions,” he said.
Adeniji-Adele, who noted the interdependence of technology and innovation, also stated that there was no way an entrepreneur could innovate without using technology.
He said 62 per cent of the revenue generate by Microsoft was from the innovation of CloudShare.
On the other hand, Senior Government Manager at Avanti Communications, Srinath Logasubramanian, described innovation as critical to human existence, adding that the day innovation ends, is the day the world will come to an end. He noted that even big companies had to be on their toes in innovation in order not be pushed out of business by new firms and hinted that Avanti would be launching a satellite system in March to cover broadband services across sub-Saharan Africa.