As one of the few remaining untapped markets in the world, Africa is full of opportunities for those companies that can offer excellent value propositions. This is one of the reasons integration specialist Logikal Consulting has partnered with SAP in providing vital solutions across the continent.
Logikal Consulting has a presence in 15 African countries, providing its unique brand of dynamic consulting, expert integration and outsourcing services across the financial services, banking and insurance, telecoms, manufacturing, retail, logistics and public sectors.
“We focus on enabling organisations to achieve optimum operational efficiency,converting strategies into measurable operational benefits by deploying the right technology,” explains Kevin Mani, Logikal Consulting, Managing Executive.
“Our longstanding relationship with SAP makes this even easier. Together, we are allowing our customers in Africa access to industry-leading solutions and best practices, putting them on the path from concept to realised revenue and business value, at a reasonable cost.”
One African country that has become a particular focus of the partnership is Nigeria. This growing economy is a vibrant market for those in the technology sector offering solutions tailored to their specific needs.
“Nigeria’s oil industry, coupled with its increasing commercial activity, has resulted in a major growth market,” explains Logikal Consulting’s CEO, Gerald Naidoo.
“SAP as a product is uniquely positioned to meet the needs found in this type of environment, and our expertise with the SAP solutions is helping us make inroads into this growing economy.”
Mani adds that the company is not merely selling products and services, but is helping customers take their technology to the next level. As an emerging market, Nigeria has the same opportunity as many other African countries to leapfrog existing solutions in favour of cutting-edge technologies. One of these, SAP’s Hana software, is aimed specifically at emerging markets for pre-integrated hardware-software appliances.
“Hana can analyse terabytes’ worth of data, and can hold hundreds of millions of database records, in a computer’s memory instead of retrieving them from disk drives. In some cases, the software has been able to analyse hundreds of billions of records within seconds,” Mani explains.
“An analysis that might have taken 30 minutes with conventional technology you can now do in seconds, or subseconds. It changes the whole character of the decision-making process,” he says.
Naidoo explains that it is effectively the death of the database, and it makes sense to use the unique circumstances found in emerging markets to implement a much more effective solution. “We are taking the technology forward into early adopters like Nigeria because companies there are interested in achieving increased efficiency and more agile business. In addition, because many of these businesses are relatively new, we do not have to battle with legacy systems and are able to provide the newest, fastest and best solutions to our customers easily.”