Intelligent Issue 01 | Page 7



New partnership to deliver powerful endpoint protection to SMBs
Opera extends offering to help SMEs in Nigeria
Opera Limited , one of the world ’ s major browser providers and a leader in AI-driven content delivery , is extending its offering to help small and medium enterprises ( SMEs ) in Nigeria to become easily discoverable online by announcing the launch of its new service Opera For Business .
With Opera For Business , SMEs can create an online profile of their business , tell their story to their customers online and show accurate location as well as opening hours across Google ’ s popular services such as Google Maps . The new offering of Opera also features a rich set of digital marketing and advertising services that will enable business owners to promote their enterprise to new and potential customers across the country .
Opera is also extending its value proposition in Nigeria by partnering with Google My Business , a tool that helps businesses and organisations manage their online presence across Google properties , including Google Search and Google Maps .
ControlScan , a leader in managed security services specialising in compliance , detection and response , has announced general availability of its MDR Essential managed endpoint security service . The new service leverages the ControlScan Cyphon and the CrowdStrike Falcon platforms to deliver fundamentally important endpoint detection , prevention and response capabilities to small and mid-sized businesses ( SMBs ). SMBs often struggle with the entry point to a stronger security posture . Many do not have dedicated security personnel ,
nor do they have the expertise needed to select and implement effective endpoint security .
“ MDR Essential is our point of entry solution for businesses needing to get essential security coverage in place , immediately , without breaking the bank ,” said Tom Callahan , Director of MDR Operations , ControlScan . “ Our partnership with CrowdStrike allows us to further extend the industry-leading Falcon endpoint solution with the talents of our in-house security analysts and our 24x7x365 SOC for managed detection and response .”
Sendinblue raises US $ 160M in series B funding
Sendinblue , a leading all-in-one digital marketing platform headquartered in Paris , has raised US $ 160 million in a Series B funding , marking the highest fundraising round for any all-in-one marketing platform in the US and Europe .
Investors for this round are Bridgepoint , Bpifrance and Blackrock , with Partech reinvesting from the previous US $ 35 million in Series A funding round in 2017 . The investment will be used to drive product expansion to further support small and medium-sized businesses and accelerate growth in the North American market .
Since 2018 , Sendinblue has experienced 100 % year-over-year growth in the US , the fastest-growing market for the company , and now serves more than 180,000 customers across the world .
“ In the wake of the pandemic , small and mediumsized businesses have been forced to be nimble to grow and even to survive ,” said Armand Thiberge , founder and CEO of Sendinblue .
“ As a result , there ’ s been a stronger demand for tools that allow businesses to reach their customers more quickly and effectively . At Sendinblue , it ’ s not business as usual . We know it ’ s survival of the fittest and the most agile . Our products help that happen .”
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