Jumia wins best e-commerce Website of the Year in Nigeria at BOICT Awards
JUMIA, Nigeria’s largest online retailer, founded in Nigeria in early 2012, has scooped another big award as e-commerce Website of The Year.
The award was presented to JUMIA at the Beacon of ICT (BOICT) awards ceremony organised by Nigeria Communications Week Media that brings different players in the information, communication and technology sector together to identify the key brands that are championing the sector in the economy.
JUMIA won the award based on its efforts in helping to grow the e-commerce market in Nigeria since its launch.
Jumia beat out other online platforms such as Konga and OLX to take home the award for the biggest and best ecommerce website in Nigeria.
The e-commerce space in Nigeria has grown with a lot of players and Jumia’s Co-Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Martin who accepted the award on behalf of the company said: “We are excited that our efforts are continuing to pay off with the acceptance of our brand and retail e-commerce in Nigeria.
“The only way to stay No1 is by satisfying customers and expanding our reach. We would like to thank all our customers and all those who believe in us, hopefully next year we will take home this same award and more.”
Chike Onwuegbuchi, deputy editor-in-chief, Nigeria Communications Week newspaper, said: “The online retailer has endeared itself to Nigerians, hence it has become a household name.”
Mr Onwuegbuchi also noted that JUMIA maintained a leading position during the keenly contested voting period.
He praised the ingenuity of the online retailer, especially in the promotion of e-commerce and e-payment in the country, while recruiting many young Nigerians to drive the site.
The award was accepted by Co-CEO of Jumia Nigeria Nicolas Martin, Head of Marketing Jumia Nigeria Jonathan Doerr and Public Relations Manager Olamide Amosu.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
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.”