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Amazon opens its first office in Lagos

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By Nicole

Amazon’s Lagos office to drive Nigeria’s inclusion in $480bn cloud market.

As Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announces the opening of its first Nigerian office in Lagos, the worldwide cloud computing market, which is projected to reach $480 billion in 2022, will soon be registering more Nigerian businesses. An international Technology business based in the United States called Amazon specializes in e-commerce, cloud computing, online advertising, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. AWS, the market leader in the sector with around a third of the global market, sees its debut into Nigeria as a component of a strategy to assist various organizations, large and small, start-ups and government agencies in migrating to the AWS Cloud.

AWS claims that with its new location, it can better meet the surge in customer and partner adoption of AWS services in Nigeria, where both public and private companies are increasingly finding a move to the cloud essential. With a local presence, AWS hopes to serve both new and current clients who want to use its goods and services to innovate, cut expenses associated with information technology (IT), and expand their businesses in the cloud. Following the introduction of “AWS Outposts,” an Infrastructure service that enables users to locally host, run, manage their workload, and link with Amazon’s cloud service offerings, it had been announced in July that Amazon Web Services was expanding into Nigeria.

Lagos offers a highly skilled and creative talent pool.

They state that opening their first AWS office in Nigeria makes them happy. According to Amrote Abdella, regional manager of Sub-Saharan Africa at AWS, Lagos has a talent pool of highly qualified and imaginative individuals, and the city is also home to numerous rapidly expanding start-ups and noteworthy Nigerian businesses setting the standard for Digital Innovation. We look forward to supporting the nation’s spirit of Innovation and assisting our clients in hastening their digital transformation as they offer cutting-edge new goods and services to the Nigerian populace.

The National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) has placed a strong emphasis on the role that digital platforms play in the growth of a strong digital economy, according to Isa Ali Ibrahim, the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, in a statement published by AWS. They are excited to collaborate with AWS to hasten the adoption of NDEPS and will be supported in the creation of such platforms by the services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The company supports Nigeria start-ups with various programs.

The new Lagos office, which houses teams of AWS account managers, partner managers, solutions architects, and other jobs, is said to be the company’s most recent Investment in Africa. These are to assist Nigerian clients operating a wide range of workloads, including mission-critical workloads, big data analytics, mobile, web, and social apps, enterprise business applications, and Internet of Things (IoT). According to AWS, its clients include some of Nigeria’s best-known and fastest-growing start-ups and companies, such as SeamlessHR, Yellow Card, BFree, Bankly, and government agencies.

AWS Activate and AWS educational programs like AWS Academy, AWS Educate, and AWS re/Start are just a few of the initiatives the business says it actively supports for Nigerian companies and the community. Startups can receive up to $100,000 in AWS credits through AWS Activate, along with training, support, and connections to incubators, accelerators, and venture capital firms. University students, teachers, and other professionals can speed their learning about cloud computing by gaining knowledge and skills regarding AWS.

AWS re/Start a training to cover AWS Cloud skills and others.

The University of Benin, University of Jos, and Igbinedion University are all members of the AWS Academy in Nigeria. In order to help people become ready for entry-level cloud careers, AWS re/Start is a 12-week, in-person, skills-based training program that covers essential AWS Cloud capabilities as well as useful career skills, such interviewing and resume writing. The program has been expanded by AWS re/Start in Nigeria to three cities: Lagos, Edo, and Benue. Over 100 AWS re/Start students are currently enrolled at the campus that AWS Partner, New Vision Institute Technology, just opened in Otukpo, Benue State.


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