Seacom shifts focus from connectivity to solutions to embrace trends driving ICT

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Panel Discussion on Digital Transformation; (L-R) Mr. Patrick Ndegwa- SEACOM Business Sales Lead, Mr. Stanley Chege- CIO, Madison Group Kenya and Mr. Harry Hare moderating the discussion.

The key to Seacom’s 2017 focus is shifting discussions from connectivity to solutions hence joining the trends driving ICT this year.

From being Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system supplying internet bandwidth, Seacom has grown to be a pan-African service provider offering cloud services allowing companies to focus on their core functions.

“Cloud technology’s core business is the secure provision of technology services. It can spread costs over multiple clients. We have invested in the best information security solutions and keep up with the latest security best practices and cyber-threats,” said Patrick Ndegwa, SEACOM’s Business Sales Lead during the SEACOM-CIO Executive Breakfast at The Fairmont, Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi.

Ndegwa says that the firms who have signed up are already reaping the benefits of technological economies of scale by sharing the cloud solutions with other businesses who sign up for the same services.

Seacom’s Cloud offers:

SEACOM’s Voice over IP (VoIP)  with a cloud PBX which allows for centralised management of all extensions and call features at each and every branch.

Online Backup 

This service enables automatic data backups of any files and folders stored on desktop PCs, laptop computers or servers are backed up to a SEACOM Cloud storage platform. SEACOM now offers two different technologies for online backup: Infrascale and Redstor.

Hosted Security

This solution provides Unified Threat Management services, including; IPS/IDS, web application traffic shaping and filtering, remote access, web server protection and email protection; which is everything a business will need to remain secure.

Enhanced Email

Cloud-based email archiving, anti-virus, anti-spam and continuity service, aimed at helping organisations store and manage email and minimise downtime.

CloudWorx

CloudWorx allows for a private connection to Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and other leading cloud service providers.

“Moving more of a business’s applications – email, Customer Relationship Management, backups, and more – to the cloud can be an opportunity to improve information security. At SEACOM, we host these applications and their data in a secure data centre, featuring the latest technology. It has disciplined processes for updating software and backing up data, taking these administrative headaches away from IT departments,” said Ndegwa.

This need to realize cost and operational efficiencies while optimizing the internet to drive business value is expected to spur the take up of cloud solutions among Kenyan corporates in the coming years.

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