May 19, 2020

Allied Wallet Africa to launch new office in Angola

Technology
entrepreneurs
E-Commerce
Fintech
Leah Netabai
2 min
Allied Wallet Africa to launch new office in Angola

Global fintech company Allied Wallet, is set to launch a new office in Angola. The company is committed to the region’s digital growth and aims to offer its payment solutions to entrepreneurs and business owners in South Africa.

The announcement today follows the company’s recent integrations with 3dcart, J2Store and PrestaShop. These will allow its users to easily build, adjust, and maintain an online store without any programming or HTML knowledge, as well as operationalise their online store in 12 hours and accept several card types in multiple languages. “We want our merchants to be successful. We want them to be profitable and we’ll do what we can to perpetuate their success,” says CEO of Allied Wallet Africa, Andy Khawaja.

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Allied Wallet Africa is “dedicated to helping […] entrepreneurs and creating new opportunities in the region” by revolutionising the e-commerce industry. The company is looking to bring new open API online payment solutions, mobile payment solutions and digital wallet solutions as well as utility and payroll functions to the fast-expanding e-commerce market in South Africa. In doing this, it hopes to improve the region’s digital infrastructure and previously undeveloped payment processing systems.

“Africa is full of opportunity and smart entrepreneurs that deserve access to new e-commerce tools. It’s our goal to connect Africa – to further connect them as a continent and to further connect them to the world in our growing digital space,” says Khawaja. “Africa deserves the opportunity to participate in e-commerce, they deserve advancement”.  

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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