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Intergrating ICT in agriculture using mobile applications.

Information technology is growing at a high pace in the world today where most of the activities in various sectors have been digitalized and can be accessed through our mobile phones to improve sales and widen people’s engagement in the business processes using information and communication technology, in this endeavor  the agricultural sector has not been left behind  as a way to promote access to information and accountability . At eight tech we have supported this cause through the development of web and mobile applications for our customers. Some applications include;

 Viazi vitamu App, a mobile application that runs on all devices it empowers farmers who are growing sweet potatoes in East Africa under the ICOPSEA project to have  disease free crops starting from 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. Website: http://www.sweetpotatoeseastafrica.org/

Erignu App, this was designed to introduce green-gram in rice cropping system to increase land productivity, improve soil fertility, and enhance farmer’s income and nutrition among women and youth. Thus to also evaluate use of rhizobia inoculum to inoculate green-gram and develop farmer-centred seed production and business. Website: http://erignu.org/

Surface App, this is designed to help resolve farmers queries easily for example how to fight pests and diseases on the farm, get new ideas on how to improve yields and others. The Uniqueness of this app is that farmers can post queries about the any disease attack on the crops then the experts will have to respond to them by providing them with the solution and these queries can be in form of text, audio and even images of the parts affected.

Cassava Carp App, The Farmer registers himself into the application and can also register his land size on which the garden, the application has got automatic Geo-location Tracker which keeps the co-ordinates of the gardens. This helps the farmer to keeps track of his gardens and their locations, Date of planting and the expected Harvesting Date. With Cassava Carp app the farmers can be able to know who are the service providers going to buy his produce after harvest. Also a farmer gets in touch with suppliers who sale agricultural materials which include pesticides, machinery plus their locations. Website: http://www.cassava-carp.org/

These ICT tools developed have helped farmers  in various ways which include  connect farmers to other farmers, to potential customers, easily find seed for their next planting, make orders for seed, apply for their field inspections , to machine suppliers, veterinaries and potential investors to help bring the agricultural sector closer to the people thus leading to its improvement.

At Eight Tech we are continuously finding better ways of providing cheap, efficient and cost effective solutions for the agricultural sector. We understand that farmers information priorities include weather information, disease resistant varieties, crop advisory or extension services and price information all of which information can be easily aggregated into one simple solution and that is what we are doing for our partners.

Do you have a great idea on how to integrate ICT in agriculture don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

You can also get all these apps on google play store .

Do you know how to handle your E-waste?

E-waste or electronic waste is an informal name for electronic products which have reached or are nearing the end of their useful life. deveices include laptops, computer, phones, radios, televisions and others.Ewaste is a generic term embracing various forms of electrical and electronic equipment that have ceased to be of any significant value to their users.

End-of-life” (EOL) is a term used with respect to a product supplied to customers, indicating that the product is in the end of its useful life (from the vendor’s point of view), and a vendor stops marketing, selling, or rework sustaining it.

Electronics require some of the rarest minerals and materials available in a world with finite resources, making landfills a bad choice. In addition, dumping old products eliminates the chance of seeing any financial return from handling the waste in a more effective manner.

Some ways on how to manage your ewaste.

There are four ways that companies can manage e-waste, increase a commitment to sustainability and even save money (because putting things into a landfill isn’t cheap).

1. Repair and Upgrade

Just because a device is older doesn’t mean it’s worthless. Ask your information technology (IT) department or technician for a cost-benefit analysis for repairing or upgrading old gear. It might be that some equipment could get a face-lift with easy improvements such as additional memory, a larger hard drive or even the latest version of software. Some IT equipment can gain new capabilities with a firmware upgrade, which means replacing the lowest level of software with a new version. Reconditioned products might let you equip employees at a lower cost, helping eliminate financial waste.

2. Sell or Swap

Old computers don’t necessarily have a lot of value to many people, although you can check eBay and other sites that allow individuals and companies to sell used products. It may be that what no longer has worth to you might be helpful to someone else. However, be sure that the IT department wipes any equipment being sold or swapped to prevent the loss of confidential information. That can include customer data in addition to proprietary corporate material.

When it comes to mobile electronics, the chance of reclaiming value is even better. Companies such as OLX and local repair shops are marketplaces to buy, sell and trade in old smartphones and tablets. In some cases, the devices may not even have to work.

3. Donation

Another possibility is to donate electronics. You don’t get cash, but your accounting department and lawyers can tell you whether there could be a tax deduction available. A variety of charities accept old electronics. Some send computers, phones or tablets to classrooms in developing countries. Others provide products to hospitalized children, or resell items through a third party and only take a portion of the proceeds to run their operations. As with selling or swapping, be sure there is no confidential or personal information left on the devices.

4. Recycle

The final option is to recycle products. Depending on the volume, you might be able to use free services offered by manufacturers and specialty retailers, or use commercial services that can handle bulk recycling. However, this option can be tricky. Recycling companies vary in how stringently they do their work.

Electronic waste presents an opportunity for organizations to get back some of their investment and even demonstrate a commitment to environmental conscientiousness. Just be sure you’re using the proper outlets, and that your services of choice operate in an eco-friendly, responsible manner.

Has your company ever discarded a large amount of electronic waste? How did you do it, and what outlets did you use? Did you have any concerns regarding a service’s environmental responsibility? Tell us by commenting below.

An Appreciation Award from RUFORUM

Dr. Drake Patrick Mirembe, a senior consultant at Eight Tech Consults receives an Appreciation Award from RUFORUM in recognition for his dedicated support to the network’s programmes and activities.

Dr. Drake Patrick Mirembe has worked and partnered with RUFORUM in many projects that have been successful. Congratulations Dr. Drake Patrick Mirembe upon this achievement .



Management Consulting

Management consulting involves individuals with expertise in an area of interest, using their knowledge ,experience,  analytical and problem solving skills, to add value into a wide variety of organizations within a framework of appropriate and relevant professional standards, disciplines and ethics. Management consulting can be further broken down into a number of career tracks

A management consultant is a person who is professionally engaged in advising and providing a detached or external view of a company’s management techniques and practices. A consultant can operate as a specialist or a generalist. The client’s requirements dictate which skills and expertise are the most appropriate and the situations in which to use a consultant.

Consultancy is in specific functional areas such as Finance advisors, marketing, corporate strategy, human resource, business operations ,information technology systems and applications, Risk & Compliance

Consultancy is applicable to any of these areas. When organizations attempt conscious changes, whether it involves implementing a new IT system; changes in strategy, goals, direction, consultancy offers relevant processes and techniques to make the change function effectively. A consultant practitioner would use expertise in one of these content for example, best practices in information technologies or contemporary systems analysis / auditing to make recommendations about how an organization can involve on these areas.

Eight Tech Consults Presents the ARINEA and EAAACA secure portal at the validation workshop

A team of highly skilled experts yet again attend a diplomatic workshop to Present the  EAAACA/ARIN-EA  website and secure portal at the validation workshop held in Entebbe. The EAAACA/ERIN-EA project was won by Eight Tech Consults last year, funded by Giz and coordinated by the office of the IGG Uganda. Eight Tech consults has highly qualified experts with skills in Software Development  designed and developed  the EAAACA/ ERIN-EA Website with an embedded secure portal that will be used for secure information  exchange between stakeholders in the East African Region. The presentation was led by the Technical Manager of Eight Tech Consults Mr, Robert Tumusiime along  with Abert Namanya, a software developer at 8tech and Kato Deogratious a web developer.

Teachers Educators E-Learning System (TEELS) Training

Eight Tech Consults Leads the facilitating of the  TEELS assessment features training of the  selected teacher educators from various institutions benefiting from the CFIT project being implemented by UNESCO to use the TEELS LMS  and to manage continuous assessment of PTC student teachers .

This program is sponsored by (UNESCO) the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ,to to equip teacher’s educators with appropriate skills in MOODLE LMS assessment features to be able to facilitate online teaching and assessment using the TEELS platform.

 

Eight Tech Team attends the ERINGU project workshop

 

ERIGNU is a project in Northern Uganda to enhance rice and Greengram Productivity  .The workshop was intended to technically validate and test the ERIGNU system and application by a team of experts with high Knowledge and professionalism in this field before the tools is actually deployed in Northern Uganda.

Technology in 2018 and why still behind.

With the ever increasing and complexity of business processes, advancements in infrastructure, demand for better service delivery and various mind bubbling challenges in society, technology has taken up the role as a catalyst to improve any use case . As a consumer I believe that technology should help us ease our work, communicate better and connect with our surroundings better. However, the rising trends are capable of doing more than this by changing the way we live and interact with each other. Some of the trending technology in 2018 include:

IoT to BIoT (Internet of Things to Block chain Internet of Things):

Internet of things is a concept that has developed in recent years because of the developing underlying infrastructure which has allowed companies develop mobile devices which allow users to command these devices to do as they wish. However, this is not enough as the consumer needs more, hence the integration of the famous block chain technologies known for creating the crypto currency bitcoin, to the already existing IoT to create a web of connections for many devices to have data decentralized which has advantages such as improved security of data. New applications have risen due to the integration of IoT with BIoT because such as smart cities for example where connected traffic lights manage rush hour.

The rise of the BOT

The increase in demand for better customer care and relation management, many platforms have built these famous software robots to aid in this regard. In 2018 bots have gotten more functionality from the original pre-determined responses to having a component of Artificial intelligence which now make them act as financial investment advisors and given the necessary data, they can act as predictive models to remind of certain things.

With all these technologies coming up, Africa however is still playing catch up, and this has so many contributing factors, amongst them is under developed infrastructure on which some of these technologies will thrive. Infrastructure in this case, is the well-defined processes and structures that govern particular establishments in a community these include transport, governance, education, health, industry and so many others.

Africa badly needs technology to foster development in these establishment because we have seen it work in the first developing countries like USA. The importance of a well-defined infrastructure is too aid clear and unambiguous course of actions to solve the prevailing challenges and with this, innovations can be guided accordingly to fit and better the use case. Innovations in few a companies in Africa have managed to own any Stoll and this has been possible because these companies have built their business model on top of already existing infrastructures and the only thing they add is the technology to make it easy for the consumer to interact with these infrastructures.

The way forward for Africa is to push and embrace the existing developmental infrastructure and build upon them to create sockets that can be plugged in by the this rising surge of improved and advanced technologies to foster the development of Africa as a continent and also smooth adaptation of these technologies by the African consumer.

In conclusion, the rate of disruption is high and off course there will be hindrances such cyber security, government regulations and consumers’ ability to adapt to change. But all in all, the world is changing which begs the question, are we ready?

Eight tech consults Ltd takes part in the Sweet Potato Seed System in Uganda

Eight tech consults Ltd well-known for its unique expertise in Websites and Mobile Application systems among other services offered , to yet again takes up another project of Sweet Potato  Seed system 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  team attends the conceptual  review to present the model of the Sweet Potato mobile Application functionalities to the commercial beneficiaries ; farmers ,field inspectors , multi-vein suppliers and others from different regions in Uganda ,how the Application will work and its relative interfaces. Mr Abert Namanya  a software  Developer  from Eight Tech presents the system.

Eight Tech and Precious Vocational College Staff Capacity Building Training

Eight tech Consults and precious Beauty and Vocational College had a capacity building training for its staff  following a series of training s to develop and strengthen the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations needs to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world change ,the staff attitudes and behavior through raising awareness and understanding of their responsibilities. This training tackled three major concepts to aid staff in acquiring high uptake knowledge on proposal writing, report writing and system analysis and design.

This training was facilitated by Dr. Drake Mirembe Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Eight Consults Ltd and Director at Precious Beauty and Vocational College and participants of the training comprised of staff of Eight tech Consults and Precious Beauty and Vocational College whom included Mr. Tumusiime Robert the Technical Manager, Mr. Lwevuze Joseph the e-learning specialists, Ms. Winnie Adengero the Business Development Executive, Mr. Namanya and Mr. Byaruhanga Steven both software developers from Eight Tech and Ms. Evelyn Nabiryo an Administrator at  Precious Beauty and Vocational College.

The main objective of the training was to develop the staffs’ business writing skills which will improve the team’s productivity and the quality of their work product. In addition, the training also focused on the following;

  1. Increase the efficiency in work processes leading to significant growth.
  2. Increase the capacity to adopt new technologies and methods.
  3. Increase innovation in project strategies and products service
  4. Enhance the staff motivation
  5. Building the team inter-work relationship.

After a successful training, we believe that there will be an improvement in business writing skills among the staff of Eight tech and Precious Beauty and Vocational College which will enable the increase in productivity and career development of staff at both organizations and hence growth.

 

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