NITDA, Lotus Build Capacity Of Indigenous Startups

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A cross section of participants during the training in Abuja.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) through one of its subsidiaries Office for Nigerian Digital Innovation (ONDI), in collaboration with Lotus Beta Analytics Nigeria Limited, has commenced a capacity-building programme for vibrant startups to support their capacities.

Speaking during the training in Abuja, the director-general of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, said the training centred on modernization of legacy solutions, migration of on-premises business solutions to the cloud, development of cloud applications and driving exponential revenue growth and aims to create more innovation-driven enterprises (IDEs) in line with the objectives of digital innovation and entrepreneurship pillar.

Represented by the acting director, digital economy development department, NITDA, Engr Salisu Kaka, Abdullahi noted that it was borne of the agency’s desire of ensuring the successful implementation of the present administration’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS) within the stipulated period.

“The sudden increase in demand for software and online web-based applications among businesses as necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak had a positive impact on the growth of DevOps market and led to the growing need of DevOps solution among businesses to streamline the process of software application development by promoting collaboration between various entities of the software development lifecycle.

“Additionally, the rise in need for continuous and fast application delivery and increase in focus on reducing capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) drive the growth of the DevOps’ market. The global DevOps market size was valued at US$6.78 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach US$57.9 billion by 2030. Therefore, this collaboration is apt and timely in ensuring that our startups benefit from the DevOps market growth,” he explained.

He urged participants to make the best use of the opportunity to tap into the growing DevOps market by ensuring that all learnings are translated into meaningful use to scale their businesses and contribute to the nation’s economic growth.

Earlier, the managing director, Lotus Analytics, Mr. Ademola Akinbode, said the programme will serve as a springboard to groom tech startups, adding it is also expected to develop Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.

Also in her goodwill message, representative of Nigeria country director, Microsoft, Mrs. Edu-Abasi Chukunweike, lauded the initiative and pledged Microsoft’s readiness to provide the platform required to develop indigenous startups.

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