Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
MainOne and Microsoft have partnered to launch a new product offering, SME-in- a-Box Pro targeted at improving productivity of small and medium businesses in Nigeria.
This new solution, SME-in-a-Box Pro offers SMEsbusiness productivity tools from Microsoft such as Office 365 and Exchange Online,along with reliable broadband communications from MainOne.
The offering will enable SMEs to stay productive and connected anywhere, anytime, from any device and on any operating system.
The connectivity solution allows SMEs to take advantage of MainOne’s fast and reliable SME-IN-A-BOX broadband service or other Internet Service provider connections to drive their business growth and efficiency.
In recognition of the fact that most Nigerian SMEs are yet to get an online presence, the companies introduced Gigalayer as their partner to provide domain name registration services for Nigerian websites, which will empower SMEs to build a branded website and gain access to new markets.
Speaking during the media launch of the product, Director- Small, Midmarket Solutions & Partners Group, Microsoft Nigeria, Oluwawemimo Adeniyi highlighted the great impact of the new offering on SMEs in terms of efficiency, cost savings and flexibility.
According to her, Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
She said “For SMEs, this means ensuring that business owners and employees have access to the technologies and solutions they didn’t previously have access to, in order to enable them compete, grow and succeed. Microsoft in collaboration with MainOne wants to enable SMEs with expertise that frees them to spend their energy on their businesses instead of on technology.”
The Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opekestressed that the joint partnership with Microsoftis a great step towards helping small businesses in Nigeria enhance their productivity and internet presence. She highlighted the impact of the new solution on such businesses in terms of growth and job creation.
Ms. Opeke said “the SME-in-a-Box Pro is a welcome product for small businesses who require tools that enable their ability to scale up. There are many challenges for small businesses especially in this period of recession. The offering enables SMEssubscribe to these products directly with support from MainOne in Nigeria and to pay for the services in Naira.”To avail of the service, SMES should log on to www.mainone.net/smepro to select a package suited to their requirement.
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