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The Need for web presence for a business/organisation /individual.

WEB PRESENCE is simply defined as a position on world wide web where a person, business or an entity is represented OR a collection of websites on a particular subject that includes a beginning file called a home page.

Web presence is a very fundamental tool for every institution or sector. In this era where digitalization is growing at a sky-high rate, web presence is a very technical aspect that should never be given a blind eye. For any kind of business be it small scale, moderate sized or large scale it is very significant to have exposure to the online presence. Seemingly complex it is, but not so if it is given attention. Whoever has been in ponders about establishing an online presence, it’s now time to break through the inertia of action. It is a rhetoric experience to find organizations in the 21st century rigid to the old ways or means and perplexed about the digital world yet the digital and internet lunatics are celebrating the vigil of the traditional systems.

As a practice from us we make it a point that each and every one of our clients  has a well established web presence. That notwithstanding, some of the reasons as to why a web presence should be prioritized by every business, individuals and organizations include;

  • Capturing international markets. A website is a full time accessible platform on the universe in as much as internet is present. So when your product is digitalized on the web sites, every one across the world can access it and place orders without boarder limitations.
  • Facilitation of online based client interactions. When a firm, individuals, or organizations possess a web presence, it is easier to always interact with customers using chat rooms, online newsletters, forums, polls etc. this exhibits high level of customer care.
  • Facilitates a full time open business. What does this mean? Physical shops are closed for some hours of the day and a webpage is open 24/7. So when you choose to sell products online, even the sky isn’t strong enough to be the limit.
  • Strengthening brands for completion purposes. Creating big brands across the world should not be something to feel perplexed about. Just create a website and if your competitor doesn’t have one then you are already a goal ahead.
  • Creation of trust in the facets of clients. Customers feel comfortable dealing with a business that has a web presence. A website itself creates a perception of legitimacy of the venture. Many prospects will bother to do an online search about your frim and if they find nothing about you they may feel its illegitimate.
  • Opportunity to advertise. Creating an online company profile is not a waste of time, it adds value since the company has ability to promote and advertise the company in a professional and digital manner.
  • Linkage between all social media platforms i.e. twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, linkedIn, which creates more exposure and reach to your clientele.

The current covid era has established a great need for online presence with regards to the ability keep the business running as well as adhering to covid-19 SOPs. As Eight Tech Consults Ltd we provide web development services, integration with social media platforms, management and content authoring to aid you build your clientele at a sky-high level.

For details and how to access our services and activities please contact us on info@8technologies.net, cc: cto@8technologies.net.

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Release of the National Seed Tracking & Tracing system

In March, eight tech consults limited in partnership with Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) got the privilege to work on a prestigious system, the national seed tracking and tracing system which we are proud to announce that is running and up on google play store.

During the covid-19  task response towards food supply for the vulnerable people, there were cases of substandard seeds that were supplied to individuals for consumption and yet there was no way to trace it back to the farmer or seller who got it out to the market  and yet we are living in “a dot com world” where technology can make anything happen. This can be resolved using   the STTS.

This system is designed in a way that seeds can be tracked  (following the seed production sequence from the breeder’s fields through to certified/quality declared (QDS) seed; up to sales) and traced (following a seed sale backward sequence from certified/quality declared (QDS) seed back to Breeders’ seed production lots and fields). All this in order have a clear accountability of its quality. The National Seed Strategy (MAAIF 2016) emphasizes the development of an Integrated Seed Sector Management Information System (ISSMIS) which deems it necessary to have a digital tool in place to do this.

The system has two component a Mobile app and Dashboard with mainly two types of users. A seed farmer and a seed merchant. A seed farmer registers his seeds using the app which then goes through the hands of experts in a lab test who take the initiative to verify the quality levels of the seeds before handing it back to the farmer and flagging it as ready to be planted or to be sold for the merchants. This will prevent occurrence of having substandard seeds that are not worthy of human consumption or to be put back into the planting value chain. The system also allows the farmers to update and keep track of his seed stock levels. Quality assurance is a measure put in the system to ensure that regulators (MAAIF) keep only the quality seeds in circulation.   

Sample mobile app features and display on playstore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.eighttechnologes.stts&hl=en)

With the help of the expertise of the developing team (eight tech consults), the system has been tried and tested to make sure that it as simple to use as possible that even a farmer deep down in the village will find it easy to used.

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Eight Team holds ICT4Farmers Design thinking workshop.

The creative design thinking work shop was held at Makerere University Agricultural research institute, Kabanyolo, for 5 days (3rd -7th August 2020).

This workshop was an initiative of the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) in Partnership with Eight Tech Consults is implementing a multi-year programme with kind support from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on accelerating digitalization of smallholder agriculture in Uganda as an engine of social transformation of our country.

PROJECT TITLE: ENHANCING ICT ADAPTION, SERVICE DELIVERY, CONTENT AND DIGITAL SKILLS FOR SMALL HOLDER FARMERS.

This workshop was graced by the attendance of several key stake holders from the agricultural sector among which include CEO-UNFFE; Dr. Kenneth Katungisa, Assistant Commissioner-MAAIF; Mr. Peter Baine, President-UNFFE; Dr. Dick Kamuganga, UCC-Research & Innovations; Dr. James Beronda and the Eight tech team led by Prof. Jude Lubega and Dr. Drake Mirembe.

Information sharing will always be a key factor in agriculture where farmers in different sectors have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, have sought information from one another. During our discussion, a number of challenges were identified in from this process e.g. Limited access to quality input materials, Limited access to markets, limited access to extension services among others. The team therefore realised that creating an ICT solution for farmers would enhance the above challenges and also improve the agricultural sector in Uganda by providing them with sufficient agricultural information that will improve their efficiency.

Studying the current eco system and agriculture value chain which is majorly “brick and motor” approach that results to poor record keeping and poor decision making which required transitioning to ICT.

The workshop kick started the developement of a #ICT4Farmers platform that will be developed by Eight Tech Consults.

Eight team

For details on project activities flollow us on Face book: UNFFEICT4farmers @ict4farmers, twitter =@ict4farmers

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COVID-19 sparking the journey to Digital transformation.

In normal times, we all rise up early and go through the morning traffic in order to be at our desks before 8am or 8:30 for others. There are days when you literally do not have meetings or any client engagements that require you to be on desk,but you have to be there because that’s the only way they will notice that you are working.

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We were just so fond of this routine and honestly nobody ever predicted a time when there will be need to work from home. Is work from home even possible? Can you an employer pay employees that didn’t surface to office??? Well with COVID-19 the answer is YES! The pandemic has opened our eyes and highlighted the need for businesses to act with alacrity and prepare for long haul-and to do so with cyber security in mind.

The pandemic has opened the eyes of many CEOs to a journey of digital transformation in their businesses. This is the use of new, fast and frequently changing technologies to solve and address problems. So we are right to say that COVID-19 had led the digital transformation journey of many companies. The technology industry abounds with buzzwords and phrases, with digital transformation being one such term that many companies have taken on and others aspire to undertake. But when faced with reality, it can be difficult to implement while conducting business as usual. There are, however, impressive examples where companies have changed course and transformed their business by integrating technology to fundamentally change how they operate and how they deliver value to customers. For companies like PR and advertising agencies, media houses, financial institutions to mention but a few, digital transformation is relatable and will be easy to implement.

Allowing the workforce to be flexible is one part of digital transformation, but it carries with it the need to ensure that services are implemented securely. Devices need to be protected from any risks including theft and interference. Using full disk encryption, enabling strong multi-factor authentication, and using VPN technology to access data are some security considerations. Applications and tools to enable remote productivity need to be vetted and configured to protect both consumer data and sensitive company material.

“I recently delivered a presentation virtually, and I’ve currently signed on board that client for business.” Companies world wide have adapted their workforces during the pandemic by embracing technology especially video conferencing, collaboration tools and cloud services. One of the most commonly used video conferencing application is Zoom.
Covid -19 has seen zoom’s daily active user base grow by 67 per cent in the first three months of this year and the company now has a market value of $42bn. In recent weeks, the app has been downloaded more than 50 million times from Google store alone. It has now expanded far beyond its existing business base. The app has allowed isolated people keep in touch with their families. A few weeks back, I was able to do a virtual party with my three friends one is in China, the other Dubai and another in South Africa. At around this time last year, I could never imagine this.

In such a rapidly evolving situation, it’s almost impossible to balance what’s best for your company, while protecting your employees and still deliver great experience to customers.
It’s unlikely that things will get back to normal after the pandemic hence business owners need to start accelerating their digital transformation journey now. Someone once said that “A meeting without food should be an email” but in this case, all meetings should be emails or video calls. Though it is extremely important to improve communication and collaboration across the organization, businesses cannot afford to have employees missing out on important information such as urgent company updates or the latest changes made to projects they are working on. That’s why improving their internal communication is the most important digital transformation project.

Digital transformation does not happen quickly. According to my research,the percentage of successfully implemented digital transformation and change management efforts is pretty low, it is a complex process that involves several steps;
from planning to preparation, implementation, training, and evaluation of the success and it involves several teams that need to align and coordinate their efforts.

This is a wake-up call for organizations that have placed too much focus on daily operational needs at the expense of investing in digital business and long-term resilience. Businesses that can shift technology capacity and investments to digital platforms will mitigate the impact of the outbreak and keep their companies running smoothly now, and over the long term.

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Written by: Ateenyi Victoria

It’s real, true & its happening. “ICT in Agriculture”

Eight tech consults in coporation with Intergrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) take ICT in agriculture to the next level. Among our portfolios at Eight tech, our technical team is soon launching a Seed Tracing and Tracking System, a project by ISSD.

Efficiency: To provide an effective tool for verifying proof of existence, full records, and the ownership or origin of exchanged seed stock or information.

Eight tech prides itself in fields of; Software Engineering, General ICT Management Consultancy Services, Mobile technologies and Applications, Applied and basic research services, E-learning systems, Project management, Monitoring and evaluation, Data Science, Artificial intelligence,  Internet and web technologies, Cyber security and digital forensics,  Information Systems risk management, and Business process engineering, Organizational leadership and development, Training services among others.

Images from the meetings held at the ISSD offices.

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Call for Applications – Capacity building intern

Eight Tech consults ltd https://8technologies.net/ is looking for a female to fill up the position of a capacity building intern.

This position is open for a female candidate only who is available to work for a minimal of 10hrs a day in flexi-work time model. 
Profile of the candidate; Excellent in all office applications, excellent social media and writing skills, creative and innovative. Must be agile, a quick learner, results oriented, excellent with organizational and interpersonal skills,

Duration: The training position for the initial period of 4 months, with an opportunity of a long term contract with the organisation. The candidate shall be facilitated in line with the company human resources policy on graduate intern trainiing. 
Note: Must be ready to take up the task with immediate effect.

What to Expect:

  • Cross-functional experience
  • Training & personal development
  • Support to fulfill your potential and career goals during your internship
  • Build expertise in your chosen area in line with your college course and work placement requirements

Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to fiona@8technologies.net. and copy to cto@8technologies.net

Eight Tech Consults leads resource mobilisation training in Jinja.

Eight Tech Consults Leads the resource mobilisation training in Jinja that was spear headed by our CTO Dr. Drake Patrick Mirembe and the finance director Mr. Adolf Twesigye.

This training was carried out for the BUVAD(Butakoola Village Association for Development) staff in Kayinga with kind support from the CUSP a project by GIZ uganda that is focused on equiping the BUVAD staff on how to design a resource mobilisation strategy, with knowlegde on how to manage resources, understand clients needs to enable them support organisational stability through easy running of programmes, easier means of seeking for finances, and many others.

Below are some of the images from the training.

This 5day training was carried out in Jinja.

The Art of financial planning

Your life has multiple aspects – your family, your work, your social life, your hobbies, and so on. Money touches all of these aspects. For this reason, financial planning is not a simple task. It has to be all-encompassing to be an effective plan. Moreover, you need to consider not just your present, but also your future.

Here is a seven-point checklist covering the broad areas in which financial planning can be undertaken:

CASH FLOW PLANNING: In simple terms, cash flow refers to the inflow and outflow of money. It is a record of your income and expenses. Though this sounds simple, very few people actually take time out to find out what comes in and what goes out of their hands each month. Cash flow planning refers to the process of identifying the major expenditures in the present and the future (both short-term and long-term), and making planned investments. This is to ensure you have the required amount whenever needed. Cash flow planning is the first thing that should be done prior to starting an investment exercise. Without this planning, you will not be in a position to know how your finances look like, and what you can invest in without stretching your liquidity. It will also enable you to understand if a particular investment matches with your cash flow requirement.

RETIREMENT PLANNING: This kind of planning means making sure you will have enough money to live on after retiring from work. Retirement should be the best period of your life, when you can literally sit back and relax. You are essentially reaping the benefits of years of hard work. This is easier said than done. To achieve a hassle-free retired life, you need to make prudent investment decisions during your working life, thus putting your hard-earned money to work for you in future. Planning for retirement is as important as planning your career and marriage. Life takes its own course and from the poorest to the wealthiest, no one gets spared. We get older every day, without realizing. However, we assume that old age is never going to touch us. The future depends to a great extent on the choices you make today. Right decisions with the help of proper financial planning taken at the right time will assure your peace during retirement. Retirement planning acquires added importance because of the fact that though longevity has increased, the number of working years have remained  at 60years in Uganda.

INVESTMENT PLANNING: Saving and investing are two separate activities. One has to do with your expenditure, while the other has to do with financial instruments. Your wealth will only grow over time if you have invested it in assets that appreciate in value annually. . Investment planning deals with the kind of instruments an individual should invest in to get the best out of his wealth. The first part of this planning has to do with your risk and return profile. This is where you set your limits in terms of the risk you are willing to take and the minimum return you expect. This is done based on your life stage, spending requirements with respect to your income and wealth, time horizon, liquidity requirements, and various individual specific constraints. Investment planning is important because it helps you to derive the maximum benefit from your investments.

TAX PLANNING: Tax evasion is illegal, but tax minimization is legal. Thus, you can reduce your tax liability by planning effectively. With proper tax planning you can increase your after tax income. This could also decide your investment decisions. For example, if you want to save tax, you may prefer to hold stocks for at least a year before selling. That way, you could avoid the short-term capital gains tax. This would change your trading strategy altogether. Similarly, you could prefer instruments that offer tax-benefits like Public Provident Funds (PPF) and so on.

CHILDREN’S FUTURE PLANNING: It is essential to plan for the future of your children. The purpose of planning for your child or children’s future is to create a corpus for foreseeable expenditures such as higher education, wedding and capital to start business once done with University  education.  Thus, you will be able to provide an adequate security cover during their growing years. For ensuring adequate funding of your child’s education, you as a parent need to not just save, but also invest systematically and at regular intervals.

INSURANCE PLANNING: You never know what surprise life will throw at you. Insurance planning helps you provide a safety net that can come handy in times of trouble. This type of planning is concerned with ensuring adequate coverage against insurable risks. Calculating the right level of risk cover requires considerable expertise. Have you ever imagined  what would happen  to your life incase of an  accident  where your hands are amputated? Proper insurance planning can help you look at the possibility of getting a wider coverage for the same amount or lower premium. Insurance enables you to live your lives to the fullest, without worrying about the financial impact of events that could hamper it. In other words, insurance protects you from contingencies.


ESTATE PLANNING: Everyone acquires a considerable amount of real estate during his lifetime. In case of death or during lifetime, this can be transferred to either heirs or to institutions and charities. Planning this transfer in the most efficient way is termed as estate planning.

If you want to learn and know more about financial planning  plus preparing for retirement,  contact: Adolf T. Sabiiti Consultant in Finance and Investment Eight Tech Consults  Ltd www.8technologies.net www.8learning.org or email info@8technologies.net for more details.

You can register for 2 days training in Financial planning and retirement scheduled  for 6th and 7th March  2020 .


Eight tech consults finalises release of viazi mobile app.

After a successful long journey of research, prototyping, designing, development , field visits, application testing and training of users under the ICOPSEA project, a regional initiative currently operational in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, under the Ministry of Agriculture, animals and fisheries partnering with Professor Settumba Mukasa from Makerere University, Professor Samuel Kyamanywa from SENAI Bioscience Laboratories  and Harvest Plus . Eight tech consults wishes to release the viazi mobile app that can be now downloaded from  google play for android users and App store for MAC.

This project was aimed at Integrating ICT in Commercial Production of Quality Sweet potato Planting Material in East Africa thus bringing sweet potato farming closer to the people using technology tools that were developed by Eight tech consults which included a website http://www.sweetpotatoeseastafrica.org/, and a mobile Application (viazi mobile app).

The functionalities of these tools include; buying clean planting material, gardens mapping, farmers certification, reporting of disease instances, Farmer and Inspector profiling, Garden and Screen House Mapping, Garden inspection reporting (Inspectors), Capturing and sending of queries (extension services), Variety Capture (Documentation of Maturity periods and attributes) and Ordering of Roots and Vines.

The need for a business consultant today.

Here is the big question that has been running in your mind, does your business need a business consultant?

There will be a time when you and your business will face the need for outside consulting and help. It might be to market information you need, or advice, skills, training, strategies and techniques that don’t exist in your organization. Consultants can provide solutions for a huge range of business issues.

A Business consultant is an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide area of knowledge in a specific subject. A consultant can save their clients time, revenue, and resources working with areas of business such as management, accounting, law and order, human resource, marketing, public relations, finance, engineering, security electronic or physical and  any  other specialized fields.

Categories of consultants;

  • Internal consultant – someone who operates within an organization but is available to be consulted on areas of specialism by other departments or individuals (acting as clients); or
  • External consultant – someone who is employed externally (either by a firm or some other agency) whose expertise is provided on a temporary basis, usually for a fee. As such this type of consultant generally engages with multiple and changing clients.

Types of Consultants

Business consultants can generally add value in five major areas of your business:

  1. Information Technology. This is a fast-growing area for consulting, as the demands for new technology are impacting companies every day. Whether you need to develop a new system or integrate your old systems so that they work together, an IT consultant can help. IT consultants such as Eight tech consults will enhance your capabilities and also make your IT more flexible in meeting the dynamic needs of internal and external customers.
  2. Human resource: The need to improve the overall satisfaction of your employees, recruit top talent, and retain your top performers? HR consultants specialize in developing compensation strategies that align with your overall business goals, training, and developing your people in areas such as business communication and leadership. They can help you improve performance-related feedback and evaluation to your team, making your employees work smarter.
  3. Management and strategy. Qualified consultants should have a deep understanding of your particular market and bring the best practices from your industry (or even other industries) to your company. If you’re looking to expand your markets geographically, extend your product portfolio, reorganize your middle market company to promote efficiency and cost-effectiveness, buy out a smaller competitor, or increase your overall capabilities, then hiring an experienced management/strategy consultant can make perfect sense.
  4. Operations. Do you want to improve the quality and efficiency of your production processes? An operations consultant  can help you create and implement a new way of doing just that. Some consultants specialize in business process re-engineering, meaning that they come in and map out your existing processes, analyze opportunities for reducing the number of steps in that process while maintaining quality, and re-engineer your processes in a way that reduces steps and costs. Other consultants are experts in quality control systems and can help you make changes that will reduce defects.
  5. Marketing. Whether you need a new logo for your company, a new market position for one of your brands, or a new social media strategy to interact with your customers, marketing consultants can help offer you a creative spark when your own people have run out of ideas, letting you see what other companies have done to attract more customers.

Reasons why your business needs a consultant

  1. Business Consultants Save You Time and Money

A business consultant has the expertise and knowledge to help you strategically plan, make decisions and grow your business. You remain in the driver’s seat, but a consultant furnishes you with the knowledge and insights you need, freeing you up to focus on your business. Which reduces the time business managers spend on research before making business decisions.

2. Business Consultant Can Help You Plan for the Future

Your future goals matter and are some of the reasons you are in business. In the day-to-day operations of your company, are you losing sight of your long-term goals? A business consultant can help you step back and create strategies for expansion and growth years from now, ensuring you are focused on the future. Since business consultants have worked with larger companies, they know what it takes to get to the next level.

3. Business consultants Deliver training.

You can hire a consultant to share knowledge about almost anything. Consultants are born trainers, so they’re a natural choice to do a training course or day-long presentation for your company in almost any area. A good consultant blends theory and practice, and this can deliver high value to your midmarket company.

4. Business consultants Teach and implement best practices.

Consultants are often the leading experts in the fields they work in. They not only have academic and theoretical expertise, but they’ve also worked directly with leading companies to implement change. If you want best practices in areas such as IT and management, then consultants are the best source available. Why try to invent a best practice when consultants have already implemented some with multiple clients?

The overall impact of a consultant is that clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be feasible for them to retain in-house, and may purchase only as much service from the outside consultant as desired.

Business Consulting is one of the specialties that Eight Tech Consults deals in with all the experienced professionals in various fields to support your business needs and help you achieve your future goals.

To mention but a few!!!

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