Director of Information Technology of the Central Bank of Nigeria joins IDCA Technical Standards Committee
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Washington D.C., October 14, 2017: International Data Center Authority (IDCA) today announces that John Ayoh, Director of Information Technology at the Central Bank of Nigeria, has joined IDCA’s Technical Standards Committee.
John Ayoh is the Director of Information Technology at the Central Bank of Nigeria, the financial sector regulator with the overall control and administration of the monetary policy of the largest economy in Africa.
“It is a honor and privilege for me to join the IDCA team. I look forward, with excitement, to the opportunity of helping to build local capacity and setting standards for data center management beyond present-day constraints”, stated John Ayoh.
Within thirty months of joining the Bank, Mr. Ayoh helped to markedly improve the IT Capability and Maturity index, a measure of the effectiveness of the IT organization and an indicator of a superior return on investments in technology.
Under his leadership, the Bank attained and has maintained the ISO27001 certification for Information Security practice over the past four years. A Delivery versus Payment (DVP) settlement system has also been successfully implemented, thereby eliminating the credit and liquidity risks associated with the processing of government securities. Most importantly, a consolidation of all government agencies’ cash balances has greatly improved cash and resource management by the Federal Government of Nigeria. John has recently established a Cyber Security Working Group that will oversee an industry-wide effort to effectively manage cyber threats.
Subhan Jahromi, Director of Public Relations at IDCA stated, “The addition of John Ayoh who directs the information technology strategy for the central bank of the biggest economy in Africa exhibits the power of IDCA’s mission and message and is an amazing development on the international front of IDCA’s reach and prospectus.”
Mr. Ayoh was the founder and CEO of Hightower Technology Partners (HTTP), a technology consulting firm before joining the Central Bank. He formerly held the positions of Chief Information Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Technical Officer at Airtel Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s leading telecommunications companies, until June 2008 to focus on developing HTTP. He was a member of the team that established Airtel, which previously traded under the Celtel, Vmobile and Econet Wireless brands, in 2001.
Solomon Edun, IDCA's EMEA Standardization & Education Representative stated, “With John Ayoh joining the IDCA Technical Standards Committee, the rest of Africa is now set to witness the global transformation that IDCA is bringing around the world.”
Prior to joining Airtel, John held CIO positions in three banks, including the United Bank for Africa, currently one of Nigeria’s largest. John Ayoh holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society. Mr. Ayoh is one of the most respected and reputed information technology executives and visionary experts across the continent of Africa.
“The joining of Mr. Ayoh to our ever-growing team is a reflection of IDCA’s international horizon and the critical nature of the revolutionary education and standardization that IDCA develops and advocates to the global stage”, stated Mehdi Paryavi, Chairman of IDCA. “Mr. Ayoh’s admission to the IDCA’s standards committee is the first of many CEOs, CIOs, directors and experts from around the world to take part in IDCA’s mission of digital economy empowerment and globalization”, Mr. Paryavi concluded.
About IDCA Technical Standards Committee - Technical Standards Committee represents IDCA’s interest in matters pertaining to standards. The committee is composed of elite members from diverse yet premier data center, cloud and application centric organizations who bring decades of experience to the issues and challenges of the data center industry. Its primary mission is to develop a holistic standards and key performance indicator framework that incorporates well established third party industry standards and KPIs, as well as developing new standards and KPI models where gaps exist in the industry’s standards library to help empower and structure information technology, data centers and cloud. It also conducts research on the future needs and requirements, and its members serve as standards advocates and resources for their organizations and industry segments. More on the IDCA Technical Standards Committee: https://www.idc-a.org/about-idca
About IDCA - Headquartered in Washington D.C., the IDCA was established to streamline, structure, educate and give direction to the information technology, data center and cloud industry. IDCA’s core mission is to aid in standardizing the feasibility, approach, selection, design, implementation, documentation and operation of data centers via modern-day processes and methodologies. Formed by industry veterans who realized the problems facing the industry and decided to do something about it, IDCA has perceptively identified the gaps and shortcomings of the data center industry. Hence, while it brings together the best-of-breed practices and principles currently existing in the industry, it caters to the data center stakeholder by providing a visionary outlook -- both on a broad scale and on an in-depth level -- of the purpose, discipline, and organization of data centers. In terms of education, IDCA is paving the way for professionals in power, cooling, network, system, storage, software, application, physical security, IT security, civil, architecture, telecommunication, structured cabling, safety, business continuity, operations, management, engineering, finance, legal, sales, marketing, HR, virtualization and cloud to all gather under one roof, with one mission, and for one industry. Thus far, thousands of professionals from both the government sector, such Department of Social Security, NASA, the U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Education, U.S. Courts, Department of State, as well as major conglomerates such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, MLB, Experian, Ericsson, eBay, AOL, Salesforce, Digital Realty, Visa, MasterCard, The World Bank, Verizon, AIG, T-Mobile, Expedia, Time Warner and others have been educated, trained and certified by IDCA. More on IDCA: idc-a.org