One of the Nigerian leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), in the Nigerian Information Communication Technology, ICT, market, Beta Computers Limited has been awarded the coveted ISO 9001:2015 certification.
Speaking on the new landmark achievement, the managing director of the Nigerian IT solutons company, Mr Will Anyaegbunam, disclosed that the internationally recognized quality management standard was awarded to BETA on attaining the PECB Management System Certificate, signifying that the company has been assessed and found to be in accordance with the management system requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
“This certification is a confirmation of our unwavering commitment to consistently provide high quality services and products that completely meet our customers’ requirements with its scope covering our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions consulting, assembling of our own SPEEDSTAR brand of computers and deployment of Information Technology infrastructure including hardware, software and networks”.
“It is indeed a significant milestone for BETA that is going to spur us to greater heights in our drive for consistent all round customer satisfaction in the coming months and years”, Anyaegbunam explained.
Anyaegbunam, who was a former president of the information technology association of Nigerian, ITAN and a member of the board of Trustees of the Certified Computer Manufacturers Organization of Nigeria (CCMON) , said that “BETA’s success during the very rigorous certification process is a testimony to the positive attitude and commitment of our staff at all levels to embrace the requirements of the standard as a “way of life” through the maintenance of internationally recognized quality standards that ensure sustainable superior service delivery to our customers”
He added that, “We acknowledge and thank all our customers and business partners for their continued custom and support all these past 32 years and assure them that, by the special grace of God, we shall remain committed to superior Continuing Support, Quality and Excellence (CSQE) in our service delivery.”
Despite the fast and frequent changes of the IT industry, Beta Computer’s MD was very optimistic that the company’s best years are still very much ahead of them.
Okonjo-Iweala, Adesina, Mohammed, Barkindo lead list of Top 10 Nigerians on World Stage
The Top10 magazine, Nigeria’s foremost publication that celebrates excellence, has honored top 10 Nigerian international figures shaping developments at continental and global levels with a special edition.
In the latest international edition of the magazine titled “Top 10 Nigerians on World Stage”, the magazine lists 10 distinguished Nigerians currently occupying important positions in continental and global organizations. The list includes professionals, technocrats, development experts, etc.
Leading the pack of these distinguished Nigerians are Dr. Okonjo Iweala, newly appointed Director General, World Trade Organization (WTO); Akinwunmi Adesina, two-term President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB); Professor Benedict Oramah, President, AFREXIM Bank; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations (UN) and Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Others are Chief Chile Ebeo-Osuji, a Judge at the International Criminal Court, at The Hague; Dr. Oloruntimi Badero, the World’s First International Cardio-nephrologist; Dr. Onyeama Ogbuagbu, A Nigerian-born medical doctor involved in the invention of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine; Bola Adesola, Senior Vice Chair Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and UN Global Impact Board member, as well as Professor Kevin Ibeh, newly appointed Commissioner, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
Mr. Tony Iji, publisher of The Top10 Magazine, said in a press release, “In keeping with our tradition of celebrating people of excellence and giving honor to whom it is due, we have decided to dedicate this edition of the publication to celebrating 10 distinguished Nigerians occupying important positions in continental and global organizations”.
He said the recent appointment of Okonjo-Iweala as the Director General of WTO – the first African and first woman to hold that position – has added to the growing list of Nigerian nationals who have made it into the global hall of fame in spite of many odds that limit attainment of individual potential at home. He added that the exploits of these individuals have demonstrated to the world Nigeria’s position as a key regional and international player and a major contributor to world development.
“The increasing rate at which Nigeria is feeding the world with rare talents is highly commendable, hence our decision to dedicate this edition to celebrating 10 of them. Our purpose is to make a strong statement to the world that Nigeria has men and women in every field of endeavor who are as good as anyone from any corner of the planet”.
“It is also our considered view that the publication will help to motivate our people, especially the youths, to aspire to greater heights in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue, knowing that they have the can-do spirit to match their counterparts anywhere in the world” he stated.
Tech Experience Centre: HP Expresses Delight, Hails TD Africa
globally renowned tech giant, Hewlett Packard Inc. (HP) has heaped praises on the management of TD Africa for spearheading the project, noting that the centre will herald a new technological wave in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by Ife Afe, Managing Director – Nigeria and District Manager – Central Africa (CAF).
Equally important, HP is one of the global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) that will be represented in the Tech Experience Centre located within Yudala Heights at 13 Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Consequently, Afe has expressed delight with the development, even as she disclosed that the launch of the centre will bridge the gap to complete technology adoption for millions of Nigerians.
She said: ‘‘I do believe Nigerians are early adopters of new and exciting technology. Having a dedicated space where people can view and experience cutting-edge technology across rich and diverse portfolio is an important step towards complete Adoption.
‘‘Technology is about transformation. This tech centre will serve as a bridge, taking people from the imaginative stage to the experiential stage, thereby unlocking a new technological wave. I am very glad that TD Africa is taking this bold step and I look forward to the great collaborations that will flow out of this initiative.’’
Furthermore, the HP Senior Management Executive reiterated the strong interest in Nigeria by the tech brand.
‘‘We are strong believers in the Nigerian project and the boundless potential inherent in the population when exposed to cutting-edge technology. We also value the foresight and vision of our long-time partner and co-developer – TD Africa. We are proud of this project and are confident of its success and positive impact not just in the sphere of business but also in human capital development,’’ Afe enthused.
On what to expect from HP in the Tech Experience Centre, she revealed that a lot is in store for every visitor.
‘‘HP is in the business of making life better for everyone, everywhere, hence revolutionary innovation in Health care, Security, Gaming and Printing Solutions will be showcased in the Technology Centre. Cutting- edge, sustainable, diverse and relevant innovation in technology.
‘‘This brings technology closer to home. I believe that the ambience of the Tech Centre will cater to a wide spectrum of users: CEO’s, Government officials, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, students, gamers etc. It will be the crucial meeting point of people and technology. Our wide spectrum of products and solutions will cater to all demographics – from first time users to specialists, professionals, gamers to moviemakers, work or play,’’ she affirmed.
The revolutionary Tech Experience Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, is set for launch on Thursday, October 1st 2020, incidentally the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary by 12noon, with the launch streamed live online for the benefit of tech enthusiasts.
Expected to officially commission the centre is the Minister of Communica99tions and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
The Tech Centre is widely expected to boost Nigeria’s relevance in the global technology race and shore up the country’s march to technology independence. For the first time, Nigeria will play host to the latest global technologies including those not normally available in Africa, offering all classes of visitors a first-hand experience of new gadgets, solutions and infrastructure that would have previously required a visit abroad, thereby saving corporate organizations, government establishments and individuals money or scarce foreign exchange expended on these trips.
From Vision to Reality: The Journey Towards Cognitive and Zero Touch Network Operations
By Mohamed Elsokkary, Head of Managed Services, Ericsson Gulf Countries
5G and next-generation technologies such as network slicing and IoT, along with an increasing number of connected devices and a spotlight on end user experience – it has become integral for Managed Services Providers (MSPs) to rewrite the rules of operations and focus on data-driven, automated managed operations.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) plays a key role in managing new operational complexities, achieving cost efficacy, minimizing operational errors and augmenting the human capabilities. As such, we are shifting gears to become more predictable and proactive than ever before by implementing AI & ML.
As automation and AI technologies improve, zero-touch networks of the future will soon be able to automatically determine which actions to take with minimal human intervention. Introduction of AI cognitive algorithms enable the network to perceive current network conditions – making it easier to plan, decide and act on those conditions to achieve better outcomes. With cognitive networks based on AI techniques, we are getting closer to realizing the zero-touch vision which is set to be a game-changer in the next five years.
Self-adapting, scalable and intelligent agents will work alongside human experts to improve quality and increase the pace of decision-making in many ways, including:
- Automated provisioning, full service and domain-orchestration (self-healing, scaling, slicing etc)
- Automated fault diagnosis to reduce recovery time
- Proactive and predictive maintenance to reduce fault risk
- Automated performance diagnostics for the network
- Augmented workforce management
- Automated reporting across all domains
- Plug & Play installation and integration (Zero touch during deployment)
Ericsson is an industry leader in AI and Machine Learning for telecom network platforms. Its goal is to empower people and machines to transform engineered networks into continuous learning networks. At Mobile World Congress 2019, Ericsson presented its AI driven operation portfolios and its vision of the future as well as highlighting the many benefits of zero-touch.
Furthermore, successful implementation of Self-Optimizing Networks (SON) can also be considered as a way to get closer to materializing the zero touch vision. Ericsson’s SON philosophy is based on applying specific SON features where they become most effective in a network topology (Hybrid SON).
SON features that requires close to real-time decisions and work in a limited network area are typically delivered as Distributed SON features (D-SON), for example Inter-Frequency Load Balancing (IFLB), Adjacent Neighbor Relations (ANR) and Automated Mobility Optimization (AMO).
SON features that operate over the complete network and thus require longer time span for data collection or need to be multi-technology/multi-vendor capable in order to make decisions are typically delivered as Centralized SON features (C-SON), for example Remote Electrical Tilt Optimization (RET).
Automation/AI is a journey and Ericsson has been on this journey for years already with a large yearly investment in R&D, and more than 300 R&D engineers on board in different global centers – working non-stop to build more and more AI/ML use cases.
Having implemented AI/ML on the ground in collaboration with service providers, we have concluded that in order to succeed in applying automation and AI, organizational aspects are just as critical as the technological ones. Change management, re-skills, upskills, developing competencies and new ways of working, altering culture and mindsets are all crucial building blocks in ensuring that AI and automation are utilized in the best way possible and transforming the operations function effectively.
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