Companies should be careful when investing in new technologies lest they suffer huge losses that come with obsolete installations and high cost of maintenance.
According to E-Momentum CEO Kagume Chiuri, outsourcing Information and Technology (IT) departments to companies whose core mandate is technology support and installations would be the best option for companies that want to profitably reap from latest technologies.
“To reduce investment in redundant hardware and software, companies should look at IT as a utility and release the huge investment in technology…they should move it from an ownership module to pay per use ,” argues Mr Chiuri.
Mr Chiuri said E-momentum has partnered with Google to encourage businesses to re-look critically at their IT investments , especially data.
“Because of the increasing popularity of enterprise systems today, many independent resellers and consultants don‘t have the time or resources to provide a full range of thorough consulting services when a customer requests this of them. We help reduce your risks and time to market by prototyping and evaluating your solutions prior to deployment in your IT environment.” Mr Chiuri told Business Daily.
Among E-momentum’s mandate is to handle firms’ data using Google’s massive data centres.
According to Mr Barak Regev, Regional Manager Emerging Markets, Google Enterprise , e-momentum interactive is an authorised partner approved to undertake the supply and instalment of Google’s enterprise solutions – Google Apps and Postini Services.
With IT playing a critical role in the successful running of businesses, said Mr Chiuri, it‘s more important than ever to have a proactive support strategy in place.
“Our focus is on helping businesses pre-empt potential problems before they arise. That‘s why we provide assistance at the beginning of the planning and deployment cycle. We also share our knowledge and best practices to help ensure that potential problems are minimized or avoided,” he said.
Mr Chiuri spoke during a breakfast organised by CIO East Africa convening Chief Information Officers last Friday to share the latest on Business Intelligence solutions in today’s world of a myriad technology solutions.
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According to Harry Hare, CIO East Africa Director, spreparations to unveil top Chief Information Officers (CIO 100 awards) in the region has entered homestretch with more companies stepping forward to support the initiative including E-momentum issuing a sh0.65m cheque towards the initiative.
The CIO 100 awards ceremony will be held in November 28th -29th at the Nairobi’s Safari Park hotel to honour innovation and use of IT by organizations.
Introduced in 2010, the aim of the awards is to celebrate organisations that have used information technology in innovative ways to deliver business value.
Mr Hare said keynote speakers who have been confirmed for this year’s CIO 100 awards possess immense working experience with latest technolgy solutions and would share with their peers who shall be attending the awards’ symposium at the end of November in Nairobi.
Speakers will include Frank Modruson , CIO Accenture, Prof Louis Fourie from the University of Western Cape in South Africa and Kenya’s Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo.