Mar 11, 2021

Wragby Solutions and Sterling Bank: an evolving partnership

Sterling
Wragby
BizClik Media
2 min
Wragby Solutions and Sterling Bank: an evolving partnership
Oluyomi Alarape, outlines the Cloud services which are taking Sterling Bank’s business to a new level and major plans to boost Nigeria’s SME sector...

Our partnership with Sterling Bank started five years ago. It’s a classic case of digital transformation – I don’t mean that from the perspective of technology, but from the view of strategy, business process and leadership, and the way Sterling leverages data for decision making, and creates innovative products and delivers value.

We created various cloud solutions that cuts across Business service monitoring, Disaster recovery Enterprise mobility & Security, Centralized communication & Collaboration and took Sterling from a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement to a Cloud Service Provider. With this, the bank has enhanced its operations and can now better manage costs, drive efficiency, empower their employees, optimize productively, and deliver superior returns to shareholders.

We are proud to be the premier Microsoft partner in Nigeria and been selected as worldwide finalists across a range of areas – Enterprise, Mobility and Security, and Application Innovation – in recent years.

Now we are looking at how we can maximise data, make faster services and raise revenues for the bank. We have introduced a solution called Business Service Monitoring (BSM) for Sterling, which talks to all the services across the chain, and gives the bank a competitive edge. 

We build our own intellectual properties. We have built an ERP for SMEs (wBizmanager) – which plugs a major gap in Nigeria. It will be a core platform and major focus in the next 12-18 months. 

We will continue to drive insightful decision making through data and provide more context-based products and solutions – developing new projects such as ‘Alt Mall’. In the Enterprise space, we will be building application programming interface – a monetisation platform.

My leadership style ties into our mission, vision, and core values, combining responsibility and sensitivity. We have an open-door policy. We encourage ‘bottom up’ and create a fluid culture, which drives innovation. 

Like the game of rugby, Wragby combines ruggedness and beauty, to make the world a better place through technology. We do this through our products, consulting services and transformation projects with our partners. 

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Jun 11, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

G7
Sustainability
G7Summit
EU
3 min
Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve, in terms of sustainability and global trade

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 

 

Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.

 

Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 

 

When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 

 

Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 

 

The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 

 

It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 

 

Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 
 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”

 

The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 

 

According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 

 

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