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Microsoft Opens Its Technology Centre In South Africa

by Sam Wakoba
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Yesterday Microsoft SA opened its Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) in Africa in a bid to help local firms develop “next-generation solutions” to end their major business problems.
The MTC hosts a team of top architects, developers and has massive hardware to help partners and customers discover new ways to  up their businesses, improve their processes and optimise their own technology.

According to Mteto Nyati, MD of Microsoft SA, “This centre is all about collaboration and building an entire ecosystem of innovation. We want to dramatically speed up the pace of innovation, and help our customers and partners slash the time it takes to get solutions and applications to market.”

 MTC has a data centre, a fully-equipped developer suite, a retail store and three envisioning centres and is open to app developers, startups and students who want to test applications before they launch them to the market.

South Africa’s Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom was also elated on the move and said the center will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and will help the youth develop home-grown technology solutions.

Hanekom said:“There has never been a better time for businesses, government and the youth to develop solutions that can address a range of challenges. Technology hubs like these can only enhance our capacity to provide innovative solutions to the most pressing social and business challenges facing our country and continent.,”

According to MTC manager Markus Hain the centre will offer a free boot-camp curriculum of software and hardware customisation.

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