NCC At #NITEC2016 Tells Operators’ View On Disruptive Technology

In communications where the traditional operators have enjoyed gilded opportunities, technological advancement in the sector has intruded in the esoteric state of being, according to the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).

In a presentation at the just concluded Nigeria International Technology Exhibition & Conference (NITEC 2016), titled, “Role of Disruptive Technologies in Catapulting the African Continent’s GDP”, Prof. Umaru Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), represented by Mr Tony Ojobo, the director, Public Affairs, affirmed that the word ‘Disruptive’ has been transformed into a beautiful bride whose qualities are being considered strong and positive enough to transform the GDP of the continent.

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Agreeing that Africa needs to step up its technological development to catch up with the trends around the globe, Ojobo said that pre- year 2000, telephone, for instance, was not for the poor even as investment in the telecommunications sector was about $500m which really inserted the phone in the hands of the ‘haves’ in the society.

“Just over a decade and half, with better liberalization of the sector and a firm regulator that is in charge, the Nigerian Communications Commission, the investment profile is over $32bn, the phones out there are over 148m, and with most of them in the hands of ordinary folks who have moved beyond beholding the wonders of this technology to really begin to think of some other derivatives that can profit their lives,” he said, admitting that “Without doubt there is an amount of effusive energy which is at work here to the point of intrusion. This is the danger. And this is where Disruptive is coming from”.

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A Disruptive Technology, according to computing fundamentals glossary, is one that displaces an established technology and shakes up the industry or a ground-breaking product that creates a completely new industry.

The expression, ‘Disruptive Technology’, was first used in 1995 by Prof Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business lecturer in an article he co-wrote with his colleague, Joseph Bower for the Harvard Business Review.

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Recognizing Christensen’s aphorism, Ojobo said that identifying Sustaining technology as relying on incremental improvements to an already established technology, Disruptive technology lacks such refinement, often has performance problems because it is new, appeals to a limited audience, and may not yet have a proven practical application.

But, “The other interesting aspect of his book is that while large corporations are designed to work with sustaining technologies, excel at knowing their market, staying close to their customers, and having a mechanism in place to develop existing technology; they often have trouble capitalizing on the potential efficiencies, cost-savings, or new marketing opportunities created by low-margin disruptive technologies.

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“Using real-world examples to illustrate his point, Christensen demonstrates how it is not unusual for a big corporation to dismiss the value of a disruptive technology because it does not reinforce current company goals, only to be blindsided as the technology matures, gains a larger audience and market share and threatens the status quo.

Some Disruptive Technologies fall under the genre of Over-the-Top Services which are carried over the networks, delivering value to customers, but without any carrier service provider being involved in planning, selling, provisioning, or servicing them, thereby implying that traditional telcos cannot directly earn revenue from such services

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These over-the-top services include services such as Internet Protocol (IP) Telephony, live streaming and other social media applications, the Director said, “Many traditional telecom service providers are of the opinion that traditional telephony and SMS revenues are under threat from newer IP based alternatives like WhatsApp, Twitter, Skype, Viber, Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat and others.

“Similarly, third party web content and social networking companies such as Google and Facebook are increasingly generating huge revenues and driving high levels of data which ride on the broadband networks of traditional telecom traditional network operators even if the latter still have to spend all the money to upgrade their networks to accommodate the OTT intruders.

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“As they say in my village, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. The industry statistics don’t actually favour the disgruntlement of the traditional telcos operators. Globally there is a continuing surge in growth which means that the industry must be heading somewhere for a positive reason.

“The organisers of this conference seem to agree with the latter group that the industry is headed somewhere and there must be something attractive in the direction it is headed. I believe the optimism derives from some of these figures which bear testimony to the transformational strength of a well implemented ICT agenda which incubates new ideas. Total population of Africa by mid-2015 is 1, 158, 355, 663; Internet users by November 2015 were 330, 965, 359; 124, 568, 500 were on Facebook within the same period; There are over 722million mobile phones in Africa and over 127million are smart phones”.

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Globally, Facebook has over 1.5bn users monthly with about 798million accessing the site on their mobile phones; WhatsApp has over 700million users who are sending over 30bn messages every day; Twitter has over 302 million monthly users; Instagram has over 300million active users per month; LinkedIn over 332million registered members; Pinterest has about 70 million of which 56 per cent are females.

“Why would Microsoft want to put in a mind-blowing sum $26.2bn in LinkedIn except there is something they have seen in an organization that may not have as much physical facilities to warrant that amount.

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“But that is the point of vexation by the traditional operators who feel that organizations without tangible investments are creating the new big boys while the old fellas are struggling to balance their books.

To this end, he said, that the operators don’t want go into extinction, but the challenge is that they must listen to the new drumbeat. .

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“The story of growth spreads across the continent, from east to west and north to south, including central. There is no doubt that a liberalized telecommunications sector will help African youth to take charge of their future. Facilitate Broadband Penetration; Improve Quality of Service; Optimize Usage and Benefits of Spectrum; Promote ICT Innovation and Investment Opportunities; Facilitate Strategic Collaboration and Partnership; Protect and Empower Consumers; Promote Fair Competition and Inclusive growth; Ensure Regulatory Excellence and Operational Efficiency”.

He added that every point in the Commission’s present Agenda has been carefully thought out and followed with vision and strategy to help push the industry to new heights in an era of very fair, firm, and forthright regulations.

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“The current Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC is very excited by the opportunity given to drive the growth of Broadband in Nigeria and has already thrown his hat in the ring in full readiness for action.

The Commission is embarking on activities to aggressively drive the deployment of Broadband which it describes as the real game changer.

“It is our pledge therefore, that the Commission will always act responsibly, impartially, transparently and independently in the discharge of its statutory functions in order to validate these expectations for the common good of all Nigerians”, the director said.

Demo Africa 2014 lived up to Expectation

Demo Africa 2014 has come and gone but it’s memory certainly lingers on for most participants. It is the first time the event touched down on West African soil and I am so proud of what I saw even though I had expected a lot more in attendance.

Be that as it may, I’d give everyone who worked tirelessly to make the event worth the while a big thumbs up because they succeeded in putting up a world class event.

Personally, I had a good time connecting with people from various part of the world including Kenya, Zimbabwe, Germany, Turkey, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands and the list goes on. I understand that if not for the “Ebola Scare a lot more people would have showed up especially from the International community but it was above average nonetheless.

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L-R: CFA, Founder, www.ICTwithCFA.com; Mrs. Yewande Zaccheaus, CEO, Eventful Nig. Ltd; Mr. Neal Silverman, Senior Vice President & GM, Demo Int’l & Dr. (Mrs) Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology, at Demo Africa

The International community added their voice to emphasize the need to tap entrepreneurial energy among Africans at the DEMO Africa event held recently. It brought together players in the technology scene and provided a critical platform for discussions geared towards fast tracking prosperity and growth in Africa with entrepreneurship being cited as the key to Africa’s freedom and prosperity.

In a video message to the participants, The US Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the need to groom Africa’s young population to tap the entrepreneurial energy. He reminded Africans that places where people are free to trade and transform ideas are on the right track to growth and prosperity. “You can count on the United States support as you take on this journey to transformation through entrepreneurship.” He assured.

To thump their support, the US State Department through the LIONS@FRICA partnership will this year sponsor five DEMO Africa start-ups for a 10 day trip to pitch at the DEMO US. The five who were picked from the forty that pitched on the DEMO Africa platform, include Jifunza (Rwanda), Nerve (Nigeria), Paysail (Ghana), Chura (Kenya) and Spacepointe (Nigeria).

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Cristina Risen, GM Evernote Europe & CFA at Demo Africa 2014

This year’s event was organized in collaboration with the LIONS@FRICA partners (Microsoft, Nokia, US State Department, DEMO, USAID, African Development Bank, VC4Africa among others) and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.

The DEMO Africa 2014 event was sponsored by Nigeria Information and Technology Development Agency (NIITDA), Microsoft, USADF, Department of State, Evernote, SWELL, Airtel, Bank of Industry, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System, Accenture, MTN, Oasis Management Company, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Main One.

Demo Africa 2014 sure lived up to expectation it was not just about hype – we need more events like this to prove that Africans can indeed play a role in the highly innovative technology market.

SOFEE hosts Business Success Conference in Lagos [Press Release]

CFA’s Comments: A few days ago, I received this press release from my mentor and father who requested that I should let everyone on my network know about the upcoming business event his foundation is organising for corporate Nigeria.

Press Release: Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation For Economic Empowerment (SOFEE) is set to host the Business Success Conference 2014 with the theme: OPTIMIZING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FEDERAL AND STATE BUDGETS.

The objectives of the conference are to review the Federal and State a Budgets with focus on growth opportunity and profitability for Operators in the Nigerian Economy, to discuss how the 2014 budget will affect Governance and Business by a clear understanding of the economic policies and variables that will impact business performance in 2014. Overal, it is expected to equip participants with the knowledge for attaining growth and profitability outcomes in the 2014 Business year.

SOFEE ConferenceThe Coordinating Minister for the Economy is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour, while the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment will deliver the key-note address. Dr Bright Okogu, Director Budget office of the Federation and Pastor Ben Akabueze,Commissioner of Budget and Planning in Lagos State will present lead papers on the theme of the Conference. Dr Doyin Salami of Pan ATLANTIC University and Member, Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Austin Nweze of Lagos Business School, Mr Herbert Wigwe, GMD of Access Bank, and Mr Muda Yesufu, DG of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry will help participants discover opportunities and challenges in the Economic environment and understand how to navigate their ways through in order to achieve SUCCESS in 2014.

According to the Founder and Chairman of the Foundation, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, President of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, and Past Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the Business Success Conference would help participants assess opportunities in Nigeria’s REBASED GDP, the one day conference will hold on Tuesday, 29th April 2014 at the DRV Place, 9 Simeon Akinlolu St, off Oniru Estate Rd, Beside Four Point at Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos starting at 9am to 5pm. Attendance is by registration at www.sofee.org.ng. or by emailing admin@sofee.org.ng

I hope to see you at this event that promises to be richly rewarding.

An Invitation to Attend the Business Manager Planning Workshop

An Invitation to Attend the Business Manager Planning Workshop- I

The Business Manager Planning Workshop Series by Domino Information Company Limited is now in its 4th year and this 2014 edition promises to be the most exciting and constructive experience so far. This year’s event is being put together in partnership with a number of credible and result-oriented organizations.  The team of speakers and facilitators is of exceptional quality and the fact that Nigeria as a nation is in top-gear preparations for general elections makes the theme very relevant.  The DICL team is convinced that SMEs owners and managers, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs can hardly find a better opportunity to plan their annual business activities outside this workshop arena.

As always we promise that every participant will leave the workshop with their own business plan, or the participation fees will be refunded.  However, the participants must work with us through these 2 intensive but exciting days.

INEC PLANS TO SPEND N93, 000, 000, 000 ON THE 2015 ELECTIONS?

This year 2014 is promising a bumper harvest of revenue and profit to SME’s in Nigeria that can provide specific products and services to INEC, political party organisations and other actors within the next 12 Months.  INEC alone has a staggering budget of over N90b that will be almost fully expended within the next 12months.  The top 2 political parties alone are likely to spend more than this sum, even though there are no published figures to back this up.

As the 2015 elections draws nearer (or closer), there will be quite a number of political rallies which eventually will depend solely on services provided by SME’s. It is expected that there will be increased demand for printing, food, hospitality, transportation, consultancy etc. therefore SME’s in Nigeria should be properly positioned to respond to and take advantage of the business opportunities that will come from these demands.

So it is fact that a lot of cash and wealth will be injected into the economy this year.  It is also fact that a good percentage (50% is a good estimate) of these expenditure will be done through SMEs.  The big question is therefore: which SME has planned and positioned to capture this peculiar opportunity that comes around once every 4 years?

This year’s workshop is designed to help Nigerian entrepreneurs create their plans in a most conducive and stimulating environment, working with peers. DICL and her partners provide the tools, expertise and guidance that are needed as effective planning keeps established companies on track and serves as a guide for companies that plan to reach important milestones within a given time frame.

An Invitation to Attend the Business Manager Planning Workshop

The success of a business depends largely on effective planning. Business planning is an on-going process for all businesses – or at least it should be. Effective planning keeps established companies on track and serves as a guide for companies that plan to reach important milestones within a given time frame. 

OBJECTIVES & GOALS

“The coming elections in Feb. 2015 is a once-in-4year opportunity for SMEs.  Caterers, transporters, entertainers, event managers, these are only a few of the businesses that could harvest bumper revenues and profits in the year 2015. But, you must plan and position your business for this before the competition beats you to it.”

The objective of organizing such a workshop is to strengthen the management capacity of MSMEs operators and equip them with management system and tools they need to compete in today’s economy.

OUR PARTNERS

Media Partner:

i.            Business Day

Current Partners:

ii.            Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA)

iii.            Niger Delta Development Agency (NDDC

iv.            Quest Advisory Services Limited

v.            Nigeria-America Chambers Of Commerce (NACC)

vi.            Stanbic IBTC Bank

Other Partners:

i.            Sterling Bank

ii.            MoneyCom Finance

iii.            Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA)

iv.            Lagos State Ministry of Agric and Co-operative

THE WORKSHOP

This is not your everyday workshop where tons of lectures are given; this is a practical workshop where all participants will be expected to work out their goals with guidance from our facilitators. The workshop is scheduled to hold in Lagos on 13th March, 2014. The workshop will hold at DRV Place, 9 Simeon Akinlolu Crescent, Oniru Estate, Off Ligali Ayorinde Street, near Fourpoints Sheraton. Victoria Island 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • SME owners and managers.
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Bankers with focus on SMEs.
  • Managers, leaders of NGOs and non-profit organizations
  • CEOs or frontline Managers in charge of Planning, Admin or Projects of SMEs 

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Special inspirational session with veteran CEO and President of NACC, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa.
  • Special session contracting strategies for SMEs with Fabian Ajogwu (SAN).
  • Business planning session with Uzo Nduka, CEO, DICL.
  • All participants will leave the workshop with their Business Plan and a clear idea of what they hope to achieve in 2014.
  • Opportunity to register with The Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce 

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE

  • List and profiles of top 20 business ideas for the election year.
  • List of top 20 most risky business ideas for the election year.
  • Free copies of business planning toolkit.
  • All participants will get a free gift of the invaluable 150+ business management forms and templates

WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES 

The first part of the workshop will be an information sharing session with seasoned, experienced professionals who will talk on Nigeria Economic and Political Outlook for 2014, Leading and Rewarding People for Business Success, Legal and Statutory Requirements for Businesses, Healthy Living for Busy Managers and Financial Management amongst others.

The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to perfect the business plan for every individual present. Our aim is to ensure that every participant will leave the venue with their own 2014 Business Plan that will help their businesses remain focused throughout the year.

A tentative workshop Agenda is given below:

Topic Facilitator
Leading a business in an atmosphere of uncertainties Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa- President Nigeria-America Chambers of Commerce
Contracting Strategies for SME’s in an Election Year. Dr. Fabian Ajogwu SAN,-Kennar Partners
Sales/Marketing/e-commerce Fred Agbata – CFA Leverage
Financial Management and Raising Funds for Business – Manager, Heritage Bank
Healthy Living for Business Executives Dr Gbenga Adebayo – CEO, Living Health International
i. Impact of 2015’s Election on SMEsii. Challenges and Opportunities for SMEs Uzo Nduka, CEO – Domino Information Company LtdContracting Strategy for SME’s in an Election Year.
Taxation for small businesses Mr Patrick Idode, Penielgate Consult
Business Planning All

TO REGISTER: Visit: www.businessmanager.com.ng

Highlights of the ISPON Software Conference plus CFA honoured 1

Highlights of the ISPON Software Conference plus CFA honoured!

The ISPON National Software Competition has come and gone but the memories will forever remain in the hearts of all those who attended starting with yours truly. This is one event that has the capacity of putting Nigeria on the map as a contending IT driven Nation in the 21st century. It was a pretty memorable event for me because the President and National Executive Council of ISPON deemed it fit to present honour me at the event. A plaque was handed over the me in special recognition and appreciation for my contributions towards National Software Development Initiatives in Nigeria. This came as a surprise because I am naturally motivated by the quest to leave a good legacy rather than to receive awards; be that as it may, I am most grateful for the award.

 

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CFA receiving an Appreciation Award from ISPON

 

Back to the event, one phrase I heard repeatedly from a number of speaker at the event is the word “knowledge economy” – it is obvious that one of the last frontiers of mankind today is truly knowledge – its been argued (and proven) that wars of the future will be fought with knowledge rather than physical combat, how about man’s quest to produce food scientifically or virgin’s quest to help man visit moon in the next few years?

  • Are you prepared for the knowledge economy?
  • Is Nigeria ready for the knowledge economy or is she just banking on her natural resources alone?

The event featured speakers from across the world including Europe, America & Asia – it was indeed a gathering of experts with the intention to help Nigeria’s software industry take off properly. The conference lived up to its theme of Software Strategies for Retooling the Workforce (SORWORK) and various experts suggested ways to truly achieve this. I think ISPON is doing its best to contribute to the growth of the software industry which will in turn have a positive impact on the IT industry as a whole. Permit me to share a portion of the President’s remarks:

ISPON is concerned that, if our National Technology Character of applied Technophobia and Innovation poverty is not addressed with conscious political will and strategies to reverse its current direction, the nation may become a classical example of the “Digital Colony” of the 21st Century!

 

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Prof. Pat Utomi, Founding Faculty, Pan-Atlantic University, Mr. Odo Effiong, Special Adviser on ICT to the Governor, Cross River State & Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA”, ICT Expert & Columnist, Sunday Punch at the National Software Conference & Competition 2013 help in Tinapa, Cross River State

 

The ICT sector has so much potentials but it is not being given the required attention no wonder why Nigeria’s current Minister of Information and Communication is regarded as a woman of substance because of her quest to change the face of the industry for good and she is doing a good job at that. A big kudos also goes to the Cross Rivers State Government, Mainone, NIDTA, Jim Ovia Foundation, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Zinox Computers, NiRA, NIMC and many others. The event came to a super successful end, when we observed a group of 24 teams from various higher institutions in Nigeria compete for the grand prize and trophy. At the end, the team of Federal Univerisity of Technology (FUTA) clinched the trophy beating all other teams due to a truly innovative solution they provide.

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Journalists from different media houses gather at CFA’s FREE ICT/Internet Training

CFA’s FREE ICT/Internet training for Journalists and media personnel (v1) has come and gone. I am most grateful to God for the successful outcome, considering the fact that there was no major publicity besides the fact that I announced it via SMS and BBM broadcast – I purposely left out this blog and made a decision to use other low-key channels for promotions which I consider successful.

All said and done, we had in attendance about a dozen journalists from the following media houses:

  1. The Nation
  2. The Sun
  3. Business Day
  4. Trade Newswire
  5. Digital Sense Africa
  6. Daily Independent
  7. National Daily
  8. Vanguard
  9. Political Economist Magazine

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As you can see, the spread is quite encouraging and honestly speaking, I do not want to bite more than I can chew, so I prefer a situation where the number remains under a dozen journalists in attendance for future sessions.

The CFA experience was simply awesome. Hope to enjoy more of it. Kudos! Chuks Eze, Journalist, The Sun Newspaper.

What I basically did with this 1st session is to help the journalists understand the today’s trends with regards to their jobs and also ton make them aware of the threats and opportunities being faced by an average journalist in present times. It was a 3 hour session that many of them truly appreciated because they could perceive the fact that I poured my hearts out.

One journalists asked me; excuse me CFA, why are you doing this? How are you funding it? What is your purpose?

I laughed hard before responding simply because this for me is a unique way of giving back to an industry I believe needs what I have to offer and this was exactly my answer to him. In addition, I said this gesture is something that I will benefit from one way or the other because of the biblical admonition (which I strongly believe in) that says “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Whether he was convinced or not, I did not ask any of them for any favours or for an interview or even a newspaper mention because that is not my motive even though I know that will naturally happen over time as they come to trust in what I do.

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For those who have been following this blog, you may have realised that I have a great passion for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and this is why I have volunteered to serve in FATE Foundation, Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) & SME Toolkit Nigeria etc. I have come to understand that one way to grow very quickly is to volunteer your time in supporting a good cause – this remains one of my success secrets!

A word of caution: it is very easy for people to misunderstand you when you volunteer for a cause with no direct monetary benefits attached, so it takes a wise and strong personality to overlook side comments and outright confrontation. If this expalins your situation, I advice that you stay focused on the goal – keep your eye on the ball!

If you are just starting out then be rest assured that it profitable to strategically volunteer your time and products/services!

The Way Forward

Truth is that I am not exactly sure what how future sessions will be at the moment. I am honestly inclined towards keeping it 100% FREE for journalists but then I cannot tell now if it would be monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly sessions?

If and when eventually, I do decide to run another session, I would probably focus on blogging and how they can set-up their own blog – it is likely going to be a practical session. I certainly would keep the invitation low-key by ensuring only journalists and media men who have signed up here get update.

Meanwhile, please inform any journalist or media personnel you know that a certain ICT expert known as CFA is committed to serving men and women of this noble media profession and they should hurry and sign up here. NOTE: It is strictly for Journalist and media men!

May God bless you all, Amen!

CFA is Speaking at the ISPON National Software Conference and Competition – Tinapa 2013

Yes! I can confirm that I’ll be one of the speakers at this year’s ISPON Conference with the theme “Software Strategies for Retooling the Workforce (SORWORK)” – it will be a power packed event with a host of other experts and dignitaries lined up to attend. I will be speaking on the topic “E-Commerce – Social Media As A Strategic Tool For Business Advancement.”

ISPON stands for the Institute of Software Practitioners in Nigeria and it is a body I recommend all techies both young and old to belong to – it is time to join forces and drive ICT into the very fabrics of the Nigerian state.

Date: Oct. 22nd and 23rd, 2013.

Venue: Tinapa Knowledge City, Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

About the Event

The National Software Conference provides an interactive forum for members of the software ecosystem—developers, consumers, regulators, policy-makers, related professionals, and other interest Groups—to interact and feedback on issues impacting the articulation of this key, albeit nascent, economic sector.

In both government and the business world, the organizations which benefit most from the transformative role of IT are those which treat IT as a key strategic resource for achieving organisational goals rather than as a purely technical input. Your organisation is a leading proponent of this latter as demonstrated by your huge commitment to deploying technology for national development.

The National Software Conference will be the first edition to be organised by the Institute of Software Practitioners in Nigeria (ISPON). ISPON believes that the prioritisation of Software Design, Development and Deployment (SD&D), is one of the best avenues to engage the challenges of global competitiveness, empower the citizenry and enthrone sustainable development and progress.

The overriding vision for The ISPON National Software Conference/Software Competition for Universities is to promote an awareness of the imperative of developing Nigeria’s indigenous software development capacity as a national priority. It is hoped that by exposing the issues, establishing the strategic relevance of the sub-sector in meeting the challenge of national growth and prosperity; and providing a continuous platform for interaction and articulation of industry’s needs amongst a diverse target audience, a specific momentum can be built to create an enabling environment for the growth of the sub-sector.

It is our objective to organise an Exhibition and Conference of international standard, befitting of Nigeria’s stature on the continent; and her standing in the international community of software developers and service providers. In order to achieve this, we intend to package and present a comprehensive and well planned Exhibition and Conference in every respect.

The Keynote Speaker is Prof. Tapio Varis, UNESCO’s Chair in Global e-Learning and Chair of Professional Education, with an emphasis on global learning environment at the Research Centre for Vocational Education, University of Tampere, Finland. He is a Principal Research Associate at UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and a member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, the European Commission Media Literacy Expert Group, and the Digital Literacy Expert Group.

Other Conference Speakers

  1. Mrs. Omobola Olubusola Johnson, Minister of Communications.
  2. Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State.
  3. Dr Ernest Ndukwe
  4. Prof. Pat Utomi, Founding Faculty, Pan Atlantic University
  5. Hon. Amb. Nkoyo Toyo,
  6. Barbara James, CEO, Henshaw Capital Partners
  7. Prof. Charles Ayo, Vice Chancellor of Covenant University
  8. Prof. Musbau Akanji, Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna
  9. Prof.James Epoke
  10. Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole,
  11. Prof. Humphrey Ogoni
  12. and many others including yours truly, CFA

If you would like to attend or participate in this event then I suggest you reach out to

ISPON ADMIN OFFICE

15B Awolowo Road, Ikoyi

Tel: + 08184823854

Email: admin@ispon.org

See you at the event!!!

3 Reasons Why you Must Not Miss the EDC SME Conference

3 Reasons Why you Must Not Miss the EDC SME Conference

Nations and Governments across the globe are in agreement that SMEs remain the soul of any economy, forget all stories about GDP or growth of the economy when SMEs are actually suffering and dying for seen and unseen reasons. It is for this reason that I proudly invite you to attend this year’s Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) event for SMEs.

3 Reasons Why you Should Attend this Event

1. On-going Learning

Are you an emerging entrepreneur thinking of doing an MBA? Not a bad idea but for many SMEs (at least for me) the kind of MBA they really need is an event like this where more established entrepreneurs come around and teach them certain life and business skills that go beyond theories. Business especially start-ups in my opinion, is more of practicals than theories, so you need to keep learning a thing or 2 from folks that are way ahead of you in this game of life and death called entrepreneurship.

Business is all about learning on an on-going basis so do not fail to make the most of opportunities like these.

2. Networking! Networking!! Networking!!!

For those who know me, I am a die-hard networker. It is something I love to do with ease and passion, for the simple reason that “our success in life is tied to the quality of our network and relationships.”

Instead of remaining in your world and crying how terrible the Nigerian economy is, come to this event hopeful (like the Chinese and Indians) trusting that God will turn around your situation by connecting you to a potential customer or investor or even a partner. I just hope you are not one of those SMEs that are so scared of partnership? Click here to read my previous post on why SMEs are so scared of partnership.

3. Highly Discounted

Finally, this event is highly discounted. I am involved a great deal with training and human capital development and based on this experience I can tell you that this is event is not-for-profit because the cost involved in brining together is quite huge and therefore N20,000 fee is simply affordable.

I suggest you make the most of this opportunity by attending this event.

3 Reasons Why you Must Not Miss the EDC SME Conference

The Theme is Model, Market and Money- Positioning your Organisation.

Three Sessions will hold:

  • 1st session – What model is right for your business?
  • 2nd – Innovative approaches to expanding financial access
  • 3rd – Conversation with the CEO

At the conference, delegates will have the opportunity of listening to seasoned speakers with expertise on various fields as they talk on the various topics. Some of the Speakers are:

  1. Obi Ezeude – Beloxxi Biscuit,
  2. Helen Emore – Warri Industrial Park,
  3. Chima Nnadozie – Diamond Bank,
  4. Oludare Talabi – Talion Capital.

Date: 25th September, 2013.
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Sheraton Hotel and Tours, Ikeja, Lagos.

Register by sending an email to Nnenna on nugwu[@]pau.edu.ng or call 08174583175 0r 08033343092.

On a Final Note

Let me thank the entire EDC team for the giant strides they have made so far. A few days ago, I was at an event with the Director, EDC, Mr. Peter Bamkole and I introduced him to a friend who happened to be a visiting faculty at PAU but has never met him in person. As soon as I made the introduction, my friend said; I have heard so much about you and I said exactly, this the man taking entrepreneurship to the next level in Nigeria through EDC.

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The EDC story is the story of the mustard seed that has grown tremendously (and keeps growing). I remember Prof. Pat Utomi once told me the story of the early days of EDC – how people within the system did not believe in the idea (does this ring a bell?). Well, the team led by Bamky (as he is popular called) stayed focused and kept at it and today EDC remains the pride of PAU both home and abroad. This is a post for another day!

I look forward to seeing you at the event. Once again kudos to EDC!!!

This is to your success in life and business,

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