TWYI PARTNERS WITH ORACLE ACADEMY AND ICT BODIES TO TRAIN UNDERGRADUATES ON APP BUILDING WITH ORACLE APEX

These are indeed unprecedented times with the event of a raging global pandemic, the current youth unemployment rate in Nigeria hitting an all-time high at about 50%, and the projection that Africa will have the largest population of youths in the world by 2050. This is a similar reality for many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and so it has become crucial that African youths become equipped with the right skills that would give them competitive advantage in the future.

It was on the basis of this that The Workplace Youth Initiative (TWYI), a Non-Profit Organization which continually seeks to bridge the existing skills gap between the youths and the workplace as well as teach them entrepreneurial skills partnered with:

Oracle Academy, an international organisation that works with institutions, educators, and partners across the globe to help millions of students become technology innovators and leaders.

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella organisation of all Information Technology Professionals, Interest Groups and Stakeholders in Nigeria.

Nigeria Association of Computing Students (NACOS) provides avenues for students (in any IT related field) to highlight and champion issues of interest in a coordinated and organised manner.

The goal of this partnership was for the three partnering organisations to collaborate and develop the skills of undergraduates to build functional enterprise apps with low code using the Oracle APEX platform. The low coding skills acquired by the attendees through the training offered them an opportunity to leverage on their new, marketable skills to achieve mini projects that would provide them funds that can augment their allowances and upon graduation, create jobs for them in the booming Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

The APEX Bootcamp tagged ORACODE 4.0 was held between 23rd to 24th of March 2021 between the hours of 10 am to 1 pm. The training attracted students from different universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education across Nigeria as well as East Africa. Oracode 4.0 was the fourth edition of the training and the first one to be held virtually due to the Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings. The previous editions were held in TWYI’s training lab with Oracle Academy being the main sponsor.

Mr. Abolade Toyeeb Olamilekan, the National President, Nigeria Association of Computing Students (NACOS), applauded the initiative for being timely and highlighting the fact that an individual does not necessarily need to be a programmer to be able to create solutions or solve problems.

He maintained that Oracle APEX was the low code platform of choice when building scalable, responsive, and secure enterprise applications. He also expressed gratitude to The Workplace Youth Initiative, Oracle Academy and Oracle APEX on behalf of the Association and added that they were looking forward to Oracode 5.0.

While giving his brief welcome address at the kick-off of the virtual training, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Dr. Ayoola Iyiola, commended TWYI and Oracle Academy for spearheading such an innovative programme and encouraged the students in attendance to take full advantage of the privilege presented to them in view of their training participation.   

The Oracle Academy reiterated its commitment to Computing Education in Nigeria along with the provision of educators and their students with free relevant resources for teaching and learning. These resources include curriculum, learning resources, Oracle cloud technologies, software, support, and professional certifications.

End Of Year Tune-up

End of Year Tune-up

 END OF YEAR TUNE-UP

What if your website, social media platforms, digital collateral, business processes, tools and the technology you employ daily to run your business suddenly grew vocal cords and were given an opportunity to ask you a question, what do you think the question would be?

What have you done for me lately?

Supposing they suddenly became self-aware and by some means were able to interact with your car, your mobile phone, your clothes and accessories, your house even, what do you imagine they would learn from such interactions?

The year is winding to a close, which means that you would be planning to take stock of your business, evaluate your strategies, revenue base, review staff performance and commence planning for the coming year, if you haven’t already done so; which is great.

A quick question though.

Beyond the perfunctory look, have you considered taking an in-depth look at the systems and the technology which aids your business processes? How about your digital assets and HR processes? Do you require more competent staff or want the current ones trained in communication, customer service or sales?

With the intense competition for market share and the rapid transition to digital, it is imperative that you give your business an end of year tune-up so that you can start strong next year.

We invite you to take advantage of our highly discounted Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) and Corporate Services holiday packages and afford your business the tune-up it requires to do even better next year.

Take advantage of our Microsoft Certifications to upskill and do better next year.

>DA-100 (Analyzing Data With Power BI)

> DP-200 (Implementing Azure Data Solutions)

> DP-201 (Designing Azure Data Solutions)

> DP-300  (Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure)

Speak to one of our consultants today.

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Digital Technology: The Connector and Game-changer

In a world filled with so many technological innovations, it seems unfathomable that a virus (COVID-19), invisible to the eye, would cause so much havoc and destruction, literally bringing economies across the world to a sudden halt.

Countries across the world have been locked down for months and Digital communications have come to the fore with virtual meetings, E-commerce, E-communications (Email, Social Media, Television, etc.) becoming the primary way to connect. 

Unexpectedly, millions of people are finding themselves communicating via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other virtual meetings and collaboration tools.  Large E-commerce companies are overwhelmed, and many small businesses are scrambling to have their e-commerce channels up.

We have been forcefully thrown into a fast-tracked digital economy with technology as the connector holding the world together at this time and enabling us to connect and exchange information.

This is a wake-up call for many organizations. Whether consciously or unconsciously, organizations are on some digital journey, and than ever before, they must consider their digital state and what stage they are on their digital journey.

Some have been deliberate, leveraging technology to drive value and remain competitive while playing in new innovative spaces. Others have moved rather slowly with no clear path or strategy to guarantee them wins in these times; deliberate steps need to be taken to achieve goals, leverage technology maximally and seize opportunities especially at this time.

It has been said that failing to plan is planning to fail. In the same vein, failing to integrate technology tools is a recipe for lagging and a precursor to extinction in a highly competitive and disruptive market.

The importance of making technology work for one’s needs cannot be overemphasized; there needs to be clarity in the direction of organizational growth with clearly defined goals which should take leveraging technology into cognizant.

Digital Transformation in its simplest form is the continuous process of integrating digital technology across an organization to deliver value to both its customers, the organization, and other key stakeholders.  It is a process that gradually transforms the organization, both in its products, services, customer experience, corporate culture, and other key parameters. It requires a paradigm shift from the old to the new.

In the past, the IT department’s focus was on delivering efficiency in operational processes and improving the bottom line. However, with all the new technologies (Big Data, IoT, Block Chain, AI etc.) and smart devices, the focus has moved beyond efficiency to delivering value. 

If one considers that the Technology giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and their impact in the world, then it becomes even clearer that technology is the engine of today’s world and the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) has taken us into a new dimension of doing business.

Digital Transformation means different things to different people depending on the industry, organization, business unit, and people among other factors. It is like looking at an elephant and seeing it from different perspectives, a unique journey for each organization.

There tends to be a misconception that Digital Transformation is all about engaging the customer with a compelling and engaging online presence. However, it is much more than this.

There are three primary sides to Digital Transformation: The Internal Processes, the external processes (customer-facing/ supplier /external stakeholders) and the Products / Services. One needs to be able to derive value in operations, develop innovative products and services and strive for excellent customer experiences

In embarking on a Digital Transformation Journey, questions one needs to consider are:

  1. Where are we on our Digital journey?
  2. What systems do we have in place?
  3. What tools are we using now?
  4. How can we use technology to derive more business value?
  5. Are there new innovative or enhanced products we could take to the market?
  6. How can we engage our customers better and make their experience seamless and more pleasant?
  7. What is our competition doing?

In determining the organization’s strategy, technology should be taken into consideration and the Technology’s department leadership needs to be part of the process. This has to be a collaborative effort that will have the buy-in and be led by organizational leaders.  

Achieving success will require a projectized holistic approach, carrying the different business units along and meeting needs as required while ensuring that goals are met.

In creating value, one must think out of the box and set up cross-functional, high performing agile teams that will ask the right questions.

To successfully navigate the Digital Transformation journey, the organization will need to consider the following:

  1. Commit to wanting to use technology to take the organization to a new level of success. This commitment has to come from leadership
  2. Decide what value you want to deliver – in line with the Corporate vision, goals and objectives. Technology cannot be used just for the sake of using it or because it is trending. It needs to deliver specific value
  3. Understand where you are in your Digital Journey. There needs to be an Assessment of where you are. You need to ask questions like:  are the IT investments delivering value? Are there applications, infrastructure and tools that should be retired or moved to the cloud?
  4. Be creative and innovative and explore using technology to improve your products or create a new market.  Research what competition is doing, especially startups and the risk of being disrupted.
  5. Explore how you can engage your customers better and make their experience seamless and more pleasant.

Based on the outcome of the above exercise, a Digital Strategy plan and a Road Map can be developed. A suitable Digital Transformation framework should also be identified as this will be used for implementation.  The choice of a framework will depend on several factors including the organization, the industry and the objective of the transformational effort.

As organizations begin to seek the way forward, defining where they are, their desired playing field, and a plan to get there is crucial.  Developing and implementing a practical Digital Transformation plan will set one on the right path and ultimately towards becoming more competitive in an increasingly digital world. 

Since the COVID-19 crisis has suddenly transitioned many organizations into the Digital Space, it has become imperative to integrate the right digital technologies into one’s business so that one will not only survive in these turbulent times but transform into an organization set to excel in the 4IR era.