Avaya & HP Enterprise Service to jointly Offer African Enterprises cloud services

Avaya and HP Enterprise Services (ES) have signed an agreement stating that the two will offer cloud-based unified communications and contact centre technology, and management solutions for enterprises.

The two companies will be selling a combined portfolio of unified communications as a service, contact centre as a service, and infrastructure modernisation services.

SAP to Accelerate Innovation and Growth in Africa With Up to US $500 Million Investment

SAP has announced a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. With more than 1,300 customers across the continent, SAP is already enabling African businesses and governments of all sizes to grow, scale and globalize, as well as make the transition to a networked, technology-driven innovative economy. As part of this commitment, SAP Africa is now taking responsibility for SAP operations across 51 African countries, including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and Mauritania.

Source: PR Newswire

Cargo clearance in Kenya goes digital

Cargo clearance in Kenya has been digitalised, with importers of cargo required to apply for their Import Declaration Forms (IDFs) through the Kenya National Electronic Single Window System (Kenya TradeNet).

The Standard reports importers now also have to apply for Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) consignment approval through the same system.

Source: humanipo

Computing – In Brief

- The federal government and Anambra State government have signed an agreement to accelerate the rollout of critical information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure across the state necessary for development. The essence is to promote the 'Smart State' initiative geared towards engaging governors and relevant authorities at the state and federal level to address the issue of multiple taxation impeding the acceleration of the rollout of critical infrastructure across Nigeria. The Ministry of Communications Technology and the Broadband Council chaired by the Minister, Dr.

Kenya Govt Procurement Finally Moves Online

The IFMIS Department, National Treasury has launched electronic procurement (e-Procurement) with the aim of promoting openness and accountability in the use of public money, thereby easing the cost of doing business.

E-Procurement is an automated business process which includes procurement planning, management of suppliers, requisitions, quotations, contracts and receipts will be shifted to a more effective and cost efficient online transaction.

Source: CIO East Africa

Computing – In Brief

- Ghana’s Fidelity Bank has signed a five year deal with IBM for the management of all the bank’s technology infrastructure and services, as the bank seeks higher efficiency to support its growth plans for new markets, services and products.

Rwanda: MTN Rwanda Launches Cloud Computing Services

Through its Business General Manager Norman Munyampundu, the telecommunications giant announced that it would be offering cloud services to businesses in Rwanda and providing access to ICT services while helping them minimize their infrastructure costs.

He went on to add that this move would help the businesses share a common pool of resources and operate more efficiently.

Source: CIO East Africa

Computing – In Brief

The country's communication and technology regulator, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), has since trained police officers on detecting and investigating cyber-related crimes, said Stella Libongani, the inspector-general of the Zambian police.

The launch of the laboratory, Stella Libongani said, will help the police enhance investigations into high-tech crimes which will eventually result in reduced cyber-crimes in the country.

MTN Rwanda launches cloud computing services

MTN Rwanda has introduced cloud computing services that are expected to help businesses minimise costs and improve productivity. MTN Cloud Services provide business automation tools to enterprises across professional services, micro-finance, health and SME sectors.

Source: Telecompaper

Teen turns scrap into satellite booster

A self-made inventor from northern Namibia has invented a satellite dish booster from scrap material to boost internet connectivity through radio signals for people in rural areas or in areas that have weak network signal.

Josua Nghaamwa said he is inspired by Alexander Graham Bell who invented the modern telephone that has presently become a daily necessity.

Nghaamwa initially made his mark at the age of 18 when he created a cellphone using discarded radio parts and old toy cellphone scraps and other junk material.

Source: New Era
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