Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 72 | Page 66

INDUSTRY WATCH than half of IT leaders in Nigeria ( 64 %) say they are accelerating their company ’ s digital evolution because of the COVID-19 crisis . Indeed , over half ( 64 %) confirm their IT budgets have increased as a direct outcome of its legacy-an insight into the now broadly acknowledged necessity for robust digital infrastructure to pivot to evolving business needs in an instant . Furthermore , almost three-quarters of respondents ( 73 %) believe the technology changes and investments implemented during the pandemic are here to stay .
Funke Opeke , Managing Director , MainOne decision-makers in Nigeria – doing so using a bare metal solution .
Meanwhile , 47 % globally ( 46 % in Nigeria ) said they expect increased spending on carrier-neutral colocation solutions to facilitate the planned rise in digital deployments , while even more ( 59 % at global level , 70 % in Nigeria ) said they intend to increase investment in interconnection services as they plan to progress Digital Transformation and build resilience .
COVID accelerates digital evolution
The pandemic also continues to have a significant impact on businesses ’ digital strategies . More
Funke Opeke , Managing Director , MainOne , An Equinix Company said : “ The acceleration in Digital Transformation in Nigeria reinforces the need for businesses to have access to single points to interconnect locally . Increased speed of connectivity , increased flexibility of connectivity , and reduced cost of connectivity were identified by IT decision-makers in Nigeria as the most beneficial aspects of interconnection . MainOne provides a rich interconnection ecosystem that allows customers connect to each other multiple telecoms networks , and cloud , payment and content providers in a single location .’’
Earlier this year Equinix , expanded into Africa through the US $ 320 million acquisition of MainOne , a leading West African data centre and connectivity solutions provider , with presence in Nigeria , Ghana and Côte d ’ Ivoire . p
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