JOHANNESBURG, 15 November 2017 – Technology is the business leveller that enables South African small and medium businesses to become global organisations – but not if internet and communication technology services are over-complicated or beyond the reach of entrepreneurs. To address what is currently a reality for many SMEs, Ignite - the ICT services provider focused on South African SMEs - has comprehensively refreshed its market offering.
Business owners can now set up and pay for affordable technology infrastructure - from Internet connectivity and email, to business applications and cloud services – almost instantaneously, via Ignite’s relaunched self-service website.
By introducing contractual flexibility, Ignite has made it much easier for SMEs to upgrade and scale their services or provision new technology requirements as their business demands.
“Entrepreneurs are spirited, determined, and innovative, and many require guidance from a technology partner to leverage technology as an enabler to accelerate their business growth,” says Tony Koutakis, Executive Head of Ignite. “Our response was to redesign our e-commerce platform through which our products are delivered to our clients and the market, so that no South African business is left behind as technology advances.”
Koutakis believes that by making connectivity, cloud, communications and security services easier to procure, install and manage, whatever the level of technical expertise in a business, SMEs are more likely to adopt technology to improve communication, productivity, and client service.
“We know that SMEs have very different characteristics and requirements compared to large corporates,” he says. “We have streamlined Ignite’s product offering in keeping with SMEs’ lean, often mobile, operations. We have also matched their quick-to-action ethos by offering contractual flexibility and qualified technical support at any time, from anywhere.”
A survey of South African small businesses earlier this year revealed a mismatch in how SMEs perceive the importance of technology in running their businesses, and how many actively implement digital tools that are in common use around the world.
For example, 87% of respondents agreed that technology is very important or essential to their operations, but more than half do not use mobile apps for business, while the majority underestimate the importance of cloud technology in their businesses.
Koutakis says that South Africa simply cannot afford for SMEs to be stifled because they lack the expertise or the budget for adequate technology services.
“The Banking Association of South Africa suggests that SMEs are a significant driver of employment, economic transformation and innovation. Putting technology in the hands of these businesses so they are sustainable and globally competitive is in our country’s best interest,” he says.
Ignite is celebrating its new platform with three special launch offers*
- LTE-A Double the Data Packages with one of three discounted set up options to choose from:
- A Free Huawei B315 Router which includes free SIM and delivery
- A Huawei B618 Router for R999 once off which includes free SIM and delivery
- SIM-only option with a free SIM and delivery
LTE-A Double Data Package options include:
- 25GB + 25GB for R299 monthly
- 55GB + 55GB for R549 monthly
- 85GB + 85GB for R799 monthly
- 120GB + 120GB for R999 monthly
- 220GB + 220GB for R1,349 monthly
- 330GB + 330GB for R1,599 monthly
- LTE-A with Cloud Backup Bundle
Buy the 85GB + 85GB LTE-A package from Ignite with either the free B315 Huawei router or the B618 Huawei router for R999 or the SIM-only option including free SIM and delivery, and you will receive a 10GB Cloud Backup for free
- From 10 November 2017 – 31 March 2018, Ignite is offering its reseller clients an additional 5% discount on original wholesale prices on selected products purchased online through their e-commerce platform
- Cloud Backup
- Cloud Server
- Cloud PBX
- Hosted Premium Email
For more information on Ignite’s ICT solutions for SMEs or the Ignite Channel Programme, visit www.ignite.co.za or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Terms and conditions apply
Ignite offers complete business Internet services to South African SMEs, from getting connected, to building an online presence, collaboration and communication technology as well as staying protected with its security offerings. With Ignite, SMEs are better equipped to compete in today’s fast-paced, competitive and tech-led business environment.
Ignite leverages both the Internet Solutions infrastructure and brand to deliver on its promise of simple, reliable and flexible products and services that scale with your SME.