Microsoft, MainOne introduces new product offer, SME-in-a-Box Pro

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MainOne and Microsoft Nigeria have introduced a new product offering, SME-in-a-Box Pro, targeted at enabling the growth of the Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria.

The SME-in-a-Box Pro offers SME business productivity tools from Microsoft such as Office 365 and Exchange Online, along with reliable broadband communications from MainOne, the firms said.

According to the companies, the offering will enable SMEs to stay productive and connected anywhere, anytime, from any device and on any operating system.

They said that the connectivity solution would allow the SMEs to take advantage of MainOne’s 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 had yet to get online presence, the companies introduced Gigalayer as their partner to provide domain name registration services for Nigerian websites, which would empower the SMEs to build branded websites and gain access to new markets.

Report from Punch stated that, the Director, Small, Mid-market Solutions and Partners Group, Microsoft Nigeria, Oluwawemimo Adeniyi, highlighted the impacts of the new offering on the SMEs in terms of efficiency, cost savings and flexibility.

According to her, Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

She said, “For the 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 Opeke, stressed that the partnership with Microsoft was 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.

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 SMEs subscribe to these products directly with support from MainOne in Nigeria and to pay for the services in Naira.”

She added,”To avail of the service, SMES should log on to www.mainone.net/smepro to select a package suited to their requirement.”

 

Posted by Juliet Ekwebelam

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