May 19, 2020

Microsoft Newly-Promoted Mteto Nyati Points to Nigeria for Future Growth

Microsoft South Africa
Microsoft Middle East and Africa
Microsoft Nigeria
Mteto Nyati
Kgothatso Kage Kgiba
2 min
Microsoft Newly-Promoted Mteto Nyati Points to Nigeria for Future Growth

Microsoft South Africa’s Managing Director Mteto Nyati, who has been promoted to General Manager for its Middle East and Africa (MEA) emerging regions, said Nigeria holds the key to further growth for the software giant on the continent.

He pointed to Nigeria’s potential during a special briefing at which the announcement of his promotion was made and also revealed Microsoft expects its African business to double in size over the next five years.

Nyati said: “Nigeria being a country that has the biggest potential for us.”

Microsoft has now established a stand-alone business unit in Nigeria and appointed Kabelo Makwane as Microsoft Nigeria Country Manager.

Nigeria’s economy is one of the fastest growing on the continent and earlier this year toppled South Africa to take first place as Africa’s biggest economy following a gross domestic product (GDP) recalculation.

Nyati also indicated that Microsoft may well seek to increase its representation in all 35 countries in the MEA region, as it does not already have a physical presence in all of them.

He said: “We are looking for growth, we are looking at making investments in these areas and looking at helping country leaders of these territories drive growth for the Microsoft corporation.”

Nyati also announced that his replacement in South Africa will be the company’s former Chief Operating Officer, Zoaib Hoosen.

He joined Microsoft SA in 2012 as Enterprise and Partner Group Director before beining promoted by Nyati to COO last year.

Hoosan has BSc and MBA degrees from the University of Durban-Westville and Open University in the UK respectively.

 

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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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