TTCS launches Cumulus in Rwanda
Rapidly-growing, Pan African business solutions provider Twenty Third Century Systems (TTCS) has launched its cloud services in Rwanda.
TTCS’s cloud solution, Cumulus, is aimed at Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) as it doesn’t require heavy investment in soft and hardware systems.
The solution is accessible through the web and is able to provide SME’s with a single business management solution to manage critical business processes in a cloud-based offering.
TTCS is a partner of SAP, a German multinational software corporation that develops enterprise solutions to manage business operations and customer relations.
Cumulus was first launched in Africa in Zimbabwe last year and similar launches are planned soon for Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and Malawi.
TTCS Chief Executive Officer, Ellman Chanakira said: “TTCS is convinced that cumulus will lead to significant growth of African economies where the SMEs employ a very large number of its population. The idea is to bring innovation to the door stop of our SMEs in Africa. This sector has been neglected for a long time.”
The customers for the new cloud offering pay a monthly subscription fee which starts at $75 per user.
"TTCS recognised this opportunity across the whole African continent. With Cumulus TTCS is providing technology that will bring efficiencies to SMEs and give them insight into their business at an affordable cost," said Chanakira.
In a move designed to enable business owners to have immediate insight into operations through integrated financials, sales, inventory, materials resource planning and human resources modules, Cumulus is powered by SAP Business One.
TTCS is the first and the only SAP partner to launch this SAP cloud offering powered by SAP Business One in Africa.
The group has its head quarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, and has subsidiaries which operate through strategic partnerships in Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.
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.”