Emma Okonji, This Day
March 7, 2013
Local software developers in Nigeria have been challenged to think local, and act global in the cause of developing software applications for small, medium and big size organisations.
General Manager, Sales at Computer Warehouse Group, Mr. Dayo Abegunde, who gave the challenge in Lagos, told THISDAY in an interview that the limited vision of local software developers was the reason why they were not being patronised despite their concerted efforts in software development.
According to him, "software developers in the country, should come out of their shells and develop software applications that have global vision, instead of concentrating on minor business applications like human resource and payroll. They should be able to think locally and act globally, by using local content in developing application for the global audience."
Software market in Nigeria, he said, remained huge, with ample of opportunities for local software developers to build up their research and development departments and come up with software applications that would not only have acceptable industry standards, but would also serve the needs of global industry players in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
Citing global security software developer like Symantec and Infosys, Abegunde said "Symantec is playing in the global security space that meets the needs of global audience." He strongly advised local software developers in Nigeria to create their own market niche that would enable them play in the global space.
Abegunde, who decried the position of some stakeholders who were of the belief that too much dependence on foreign software by Nigerians and the Nigerian government, was beginning to stifle the growth of locally developed software in the country, said the world remained a global village and that healthy competition remained the strategy for growth in the software market space. He called on local developers to show more commitment and come out with software that would meet global needs.
The Federal Government, through the National Information Development Agency (NITDA), had insisted that government agencies should give priority to locally developed software and hardware devices like the local brand of computers and laptops, but have failed to implement such intention, years after it was pronounced as a mere statement. The non-implementation of local patronage by government has raised criticisms that government is not serious in developing local brand of software and hardware devices in the country.
Reacting to such insinuation, Abegunde said "it is true that local brands need government support as it is the practice globally, but our local brands must have what it takes to get government support." He insisted that local software developers and computer manufacturers should come up with products that could solve global issues and get the patronage they deserve.
Asked why Computer Warehouse Group prefers foreign software solution in servicing its Nigerian clients, Abegunde said the company decided to partner foreign software developers like Symantec and Infosys, because they have the right solutions that will keep business running without experiencing downtime.
According to him, "CWG has solutions to help customer automate their disaster recovery, and we help our customers to manage their storage facilities growth. We have technologies that prevent targeted attacks on financial institutions, and against malware as well as solutions that will help them automate compliance because we have since discovered that the banks are under regulatory pressures from different stakeholders such as CBN, and others and they were given mandate to run their IT systems in a way that will make them complaint with industry standards. So we have solutions that help banks maintain that level of compliance," he said.