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IBM snaps up Kenyan international manufacturer

Kenya , 13 Feb 2015

IBM snaps up Kenyan international manufacturer

IBM has been contracted by Bidco Africa, one of Kenya's leading consumer product manufacturers, to install and maintain its IT infrastructure for the next 6 years.

The announcement was made yesterday in Nairobi underlining the importance and growth of outsourcing IT services by Kenyan companies.

"This partnership helps us to improve our competitiveness," Vimal Shah CEO of Bidco Africa told journalists at the briefing. "We can now focus on our manufacturing without worrying about our IT infrastructure."

Bidco Africa has in the past implemented comprehensive IT infrastructure within its operations. Shah said that as technology changes quickly, companies need partners who will upgrade their infrastructure as well.

The partnership will enhance Bidco's service to the 15 countries it operates in Africa.

IBM will offer Bidco Africa IT services such as hardware servers and will monitor their systems on a 24 hour basis.

"Kenya's economy is at an inflection point and we are seeing many local companies choosing innovative technology services to drive local and cross border expansion for their products and service," Nicholas Nesbitt, the General Manager for IBM East Africa said.

"Our engagement with Bidco is a perfect example of the innovative technology services IBM can deliver and the value we can provide in helping clients benefit from the many growth opportunities in Africa."

IBM has helped over 20 banks manage their IT infrastructure throughout Africa and has also partnered with companies in various sectors including health.

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