May 19, 2020

Burundi government to purchase Russian 'MyOffice' software

cloud platform
Secure Infrastructure
data protection
Leah Netabai
2 min
Burundi government to purchase Russian 'MyOffice' software

Dmitry Komissarov, Co-Founder and CEO of New Cloud Technologies has announced it will be delivering MYOffice software solutions to the Republic of Burundi. 

“According to independent estimates by analytical agencies, the number of personal computers in Africa will exceed 200 million by 2025. The government of the Republic of Burundi is following digitalisation trends and is the first African country to take a step towards implementing secure office software.” says Dmitry Komissarov.

Due to the country’s dynamic development and the need to switch to electronic document management, the republic of Burundi requires a solution that meets three key criteria:

  • A private cloud platform for document collaboration

  • A secure cloud infrastructure 

  • Mobility and cross-platform functionalities

Extensive testing of the products available have been conducted by African partners. However, the integration will take several months. Particular features the government are keen to benefit from include, higher reliability and security, cloud collaboration, the possibility of using mobile devices and the ability to fully translate the site into multiple foreign languages including: French, English and Spanish. In total, the government of the Republic of Burundi has purchased 300 MyOffice Professional licenses.


“We carefully analysed the existing world office programs and decided to purchase 300 licenses of the Russian office suite MyOffice, which is able to satisfy our needs. This is a modern, functional product with a high level of security, it allows you to deploy a secure cloud infrastructure for working with documents and email within the existing information systems of the Government of Burundi,” commented Willy Nyamitwe, Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Burundi.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.


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