Dangote, Ovia: How KPMG’s Insight Centre will Enhance our Companies’ Bottom Lines

Seye Joseph

From the entrance of KPMG Nigeria Insight Centre up to the last part of the centre, one thing that captures your attention is the state-of-the-art-facility. The ambience oozes creative works with arrays of colours that adorn the walls and different works of art that resembles entertainment centre. This idea is uncommon with technology centres around the world.

As the Associate Director, Data and Analytics, KPMG Nigeria, Yomi Akinyemi puts it “the centre is an interplay of an environment that has mixed colours, designs and technological innovations deliberately put together to shock visitors into creativity to come up with innovative concepts”

The centre is a next-generation high-tech environment that has interactive touchscreen video walls that allow business leaders to interact directlywith data and new technologies in order to see potential solutions for their business challenges..

Beyond just having a space that supports innovation, Akinyemi said that the centre also supports collaboration and creativity to the highest level.

“For us to combine technology with the environment is a big one for us. We capped it up with advanced facilitations techniques that are available to our team to tease out creative ideas through, working with startups and other organisations in co-creation sections.”

He again described the ambience of the centre as topnotch executive workspace that leverages on the capabilities of what is available in the KPMG network to push most of the solutions to the fore.

Providing silver-tongued details about the centre on why it was established, Partner and Lead for Innovation, KPMG Nigeria, Olumide Olayinka, explained that what prompted the birth of the centre is the emerging changes that happened both at local and global markets. With what KPMG Nigeria is known for in empowering change, the firm wants to use the centre with clients to co-create solutions.

“Whether they are in growth mode, or trying to manage their risks, whatsoever they are trying to do, we want to use this centre to give them opportunity to create information tools to grow their businesses”.

Olayinka also explained why data is extremely important towards making an informed decision for business growth, saying that what data does to a lot of organisations is the ability to have insightful information to make decisions.

“The more information you have, the better for you. Gone are the days when you were making decision based on experiences or the way you feel about a particular decision, but now it will be supported with data and it’s going to be a very informed decision.”

He pointed out that KPMG  have opportunity to learn from the past data to do what they want to achieve in the market place, adding that they have also developed thought leadership  to leverage on information for further research that will add to their bottom line.

“With the rate and pace of disruption in the market, KPMG is constantly focused on making strategic short and long-term investments that address market disruption and support a transformation journey,” said Kunle Elebute, Senior Partner, KPMG in Nigeria and Chairman, KPMG Africa.

“We are excited to open the KPMG Insights Centre in Lagos. This helps us to bring together our capabilities in innovation, facilitation and leading/ emerging technologies in a new way that represents how KPMG is transforming businesses across the industry and how we can help our clients succeed.”

President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, congratulated KPMG for coming up with the idea of the Insights Centre in Nigeria.

“The Insights Centre will really help to transform the way that we do business. I’m sure this will help in taking us to the next level, and this will assist in our own businesses by predicting our customer behaviour and our operations in various industries because we have a lot of industries that are very complex, but this will help sort out our issues and help us run our businesses”.

Dangote said that it is more reassuring to see an innovation that will positively enhance the way businesses are done at Dangote Group.

“We are at about $4 billion revenue now, and we are going to $30 billion but with this kind of innovation, we are very comfortable; so I must congratulate KPMG.”

Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia was impressed with artificial intelligence and innovation at the centre. “We do think that’s the future, and many organisations will look forward to partnering with KPMG in this regard. The digital economy that KPMG is introducing in Nigeria is one of its kind in Africa and obviously the 17th of such in the Global KPMG activities, we are highly impressed with the centre”, Ovia commended.