Di­a­mond Bank, Mi­crosoft to em­power 35m SMEs in 2017

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

Di­a­mond Bank has said that its re­cent col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mi­crosoft on Small and Medium En­ter­prise (SME) growth in Nige­ria is ca­pa­ble of em­pow­er­ing the 35 mil­lion reg­is­tered SMEs in the coun­try, by 2017, through its Di­a­mond Mo­bile Point of Sales (MPoS).

Both com­pa­nies who spoke in La­gos on a one-day work­shop on im­prov­ing busi­ness pro­duc­tiv­ity among SMEs, as­sured Nige­ri­ans that they have all it take to scale up SME busi­ness in Nige­ria, by pro­vid­ing them with the right tech­nol­ogy tools that will em­power their busi­nesses in to­day’s dig­i­tal world.

Head, Emerg­ing Busi­ness, Di­a­mond Bank, Njideka Esomeju, who spoke on Di­a­mond MPoS, said the so­lu­tion would en­hance busi­ness pro­duc­tiv­ity among SMEs in the coun­try.

“We need to get SMEs to move on­line, which is the next level of busi­ness, and to learn how to max­imise the use of their com­put­ers to im­prove their busi­ness ef­fi­ciency. At Di­a­mond Bank, our slo­gan is ‘Beyond Bank­ing’ and we have fully gone beyond the ini­tial ways where cus­tomers had to go into the bank­ing hall to de­posit, with­draw or trans­act some forms of busi­nesses. We have in­tro­duced so­lu­tions that em­power small busi­nesses to move to the next level, which is about lever­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy for busi­ness ef­fi­ciency,” Esomeju said.

Ex­plain­ing how the so­lu­tion could be used, Gideon Akpebu said “the Di­a­mond MPoS is a smart reader that works with mo­bile phones. It is unique be­cause it dif­fers from other PoS in terms of size, as it comes very handy, and can ac­cept pay­ment for busi­ness trans­ac­tions from any part of the coun­try and at any time. It takes record of daily trans­ac­tions and is­sues re­ceipt for each trans­ac­tion. Ac­cord­ing to him, all that the SME need do is to down­load the app from Play Store, pair it with a mo­bile phone via Blue­tooth and ac­ti­vate it for usage.

Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Lead, Mi­crosoft Nige­ria, Edmond Idokoko, while speak­ing on the value that Mi­crosoft brings to SMEs, ex­plained that Mi­crosoft mantra is to en­able in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions achieve more in the busi­ness by lever­ag­ing Mi­crosoft tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions.

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