During 2005, the locally serviced IMATT IT system suffered a catastrophic failure. In a chance conversation between IMATT personnel and staff from another military project, Fujitsu was recommended as an IT team that performed well in uncomfortable environments.
Fujitsu was duly invited to visit Sierra Leone to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the IMATT IT infrastructure. The resulting report highlighted a number of issues: there was no dedicated server room with a controlled environment; power was intermittent; there was no offline back-up provision and internet access was affected by the cloud cover on a local hill!
They needed the kind of IT that most people in the West would take for granted. But, of course, budgets were tight and conditions were less than ideal.