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IBM Appoints ICT Brokers as Distributor for West Africa

IBM West Africa has appointed ICT Brokers, a Nigerian multinational IT Firm, as an IBM Distributor to support the sale of IBM hardware across West Africa .

"Our partnership with ICT Brokers supports our geographic expansion initiative in West Africa and will help us to meet the growing needs of clients in the region," said Lillian Barnard, IBM Business Partner Organization Executive. "ICT Brokers will join a global network business partners who play key role in our efforts to build smarter framework for our clients around the world."
 
In 2010, IBM will invest US$2.5 billion into the success of its business partner ecosystem. This community, which represents approximately 100,000 business partners which includes system integrators, resellers and ISVs in158 countries, contribute nearly one-third of IBM's revenue.

Speaking at the formal launch of the partnership in Lagos, Etiene Etukudoh, Executive Director, ICT Brokers said "we are delighted to partner with IBM which, through its vision for a smarter planet, is helping companies and governments in West Africa to transform the way they work and play". Etukudoh said that ICT Brokers is a strong player in the IT industry; a member of the Zinox Group, Africa 's most integrated IT firm, and for the past 4 years has been providing innovative solutions for all ICT needs across platforms for clients in the West African region.

The ED ICTB said that this partnership has brought together two IT giants with exemplary re-cords of professionalism, integrity and customer service. He said that the partnership would impact on the Nigerian market through exciting product architecture, availability and efficiency in delivery. "The ICTB/IBM Partnership will provide channel partners access to IBM Stock of hardware and solutions and create short but seamless Turn Around Time (TAT) in service delivery of IBM Portfolio". He also noted that the depth of the IBM range of hardware would certainly enable IT stake holders to handle tougher challenges whether they are in governance, oil and gas, education, banking, and even in sports.

IBM has already registered offices in Nigeria and Ghana and is actively expanding into other countries in the West Africa region. ICT Brokers has offices in Lagos , Abuja , Port Harcourt and Accra , Ghana .

Along side its business expansion program, IBM has shown its commitment to Sub-Saharan African countries through an active program of citizenship. One of the programmes is IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC) initiative - a corporate version of the Peace Corps, through which, over the past two years, IBM has deployed teams of IBM employees to Ghana, Nigeria , Kenya , Tanzania , and South Africa to work on projects key to increasing local and national competitiveness. The CSC teams are made up of IBM employees from around the world who are care-fully selected to perform community-driven economic development, working at the intersection of business, technology and society.

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