L-R: Paul Umoru, Head, Analytic and Cybersecurity Business, Layer3, Oyaje Idoko, CEO, Layer3, Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz, Director General, NIMC, Antoinette Edodo, Account Executive, Africa, SAS, Tony Ayabam, Director, Layer3, Ikenna Nwakanma, Account Executive, Africa, SAS and Shawn Pilusa, Channel & Alliance Manager, Africa, SAS

Heads of government ministries, department and agencies as well as representatives from the defense headquarters, other security agencies and the armed forces gathered last week to discuss the benefits of data analytics in organizational transformation. The workshop, organized by Layer3 through its new division, Blacksentry, was tagged “Using Analytics to Drive Change in the Public Sector” and was held at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

The event, which was co-sponsored by SAS Technologies, the global leader in big data and analytics, enlightened the participants on the importance and the great potentials of harnessing the value of big data existing in these agencies using analytics.

The keynote speaker at the event was the Director General of National Identity Management Commission, Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz. In his remarks, he emphasized on the need for better collaboration amongst the various agencies on data sharing which will be a means of better efficiency and cost cutting. In his words: “Collaboration amongst MDAs is stronger now as we have seen a lot of progress in the harmonization of data in Nigeria.”

In closing, Layer3’s CEO, Oyaje Idoko stated that “Data is the new oil and its our hope that the government and its agencies don’t get left behind in harnessing the huge gains that resides in this data. Layer3, through our culture of continuous improvement and innovation, birthed Blacksentry, to journey with you as you start your analytics and big data journey. Blacksentry is a new division in Layer3 focused on Data Analytics and Cybersecurity.”