May 19, 2020

General Electric secures $2.5 billion in African orders

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Nigeria
Ivory Coast
sub-saharan africa
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General Electric secures $2.5 billion in African orders

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General Electric (GE) has ploughed $2.5 billion into sub-Saharan Africa over the past year in the form of purchasing orders for oil and gas equipment, as well as locomotives which will be delivered over the next two years.  

All told, these orders span 25 African countries and will mainly provide transportation to the oil and gas, power generation, health care and aviation sectors.

GE will seek financing for projects worth at least $1.5 billion in Africa each year as seeks to expand its operations on the continent, which will mainly contribute to developing its infrastructure. The company is expected to announce new facilities that will support current operations in Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa.

Eni, an offshore Ghanaian project, notably ordered $850 million of equipment which included three gas turbines and four centrifugal compressors; GE will start delivering the equipment later this year. Angola placed an order for 100 locomotives as part of its initiative to build a transport hub in an effort to diversify its economy.

The company will also be supplying 60 wind turbine generator units to a renewable energy project in Kenya which comes with a 15 year service agreement, costing of over $150 million dollars. Up to 100 Kenyan hospitals are also set to receive radiological infrastructure.

Following up these large scale orders, GE is planning to open an office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to cover French speaking regions of the continent. This commitment show that the company is confident in its abilities to deepen coverage across all the regions of Africa.   

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Source: [Mail and Guardian]

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

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VMware
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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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