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Delivery Science SaaS Modifies Supply Chain Management

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(L-r): Lanre Oyedotun and Chuka Ofili, co-founders, Delivery Science after media chat with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek

Delivery Science, led by a team of indigenous techpreneurs (technology entrepreneurs), offers ‘Enterprise Supply Chain Software as a Service (SaaS)’ solution to companies operating robust logistics and supply chain business processes.

Speaking to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Lanre Oyedotun and Chuka Ofili, Delivery Science co-founders, said that the concept was borne from perennial bottlenecks faced by these companies in the management of the delivery of goods and services.

According to the duo, they target to be the leading supply chain software as a service (SaaS) company in frontier markets; and are on a mission to have supply chain market leaders in every industry, on the Delivery Science platform.

Oyedotun is the erstwhile CEO of Chronos a venture development and technology consultancy, and CTO of payment startup, iThena Logic.

Before that for several years, he was a technology consultant & auditor for PwC, first in Boston, MA then Lagos, Nigeria.

Oyedotun said, the firm which boasts as one of the few Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) certified Aggregators, is ultimately concerned with using data science and technology to simplify the optimization of delivery of goods and services, which informed the name “Delivery Science”.

“You can imagine where a client places an order with a manufacturing company for goods worth over N50million; these goods are loaded in about 20 trucks, but at the end of the day 18 trucks are delivered. What happened to the remaining two? It will amaze you that at the end of the day, nobody can credibly inundate the company on the whereabouts of these goods. In fact, Delivery Science is on a mission to help companies overcome the challenge.

“Most Companies have lost revenue to litigations, diversion of commodities, late delivery and so on. Now, our solution offers you ‘Visibility’”.

Ensuring visibility, he said, is one of the unique selling values of the Software, because “The need to have real-time interaction with your field operatives is there and increasing by the day. In the era of stiff competition, if you can deliver fast, another Company uses it against you.  Asides that, your challenge may be to monitor assets either from shipper or to customer, then Deliver Science offers you full visibility, 24/7 over all Supply Chain channels”.

Also, Chuka Ofili, the former Lead Software Architect for MicroSmart Solutions, who developed and implemented a SaaS value-added service for MTN and Etisalat, said that Delivery Science is out to ensure companies maintain high level of ‘accountability’ in their delivery processes.

“Our solutions provide an audit trail with gives you the accountability to settle disputes with third party field agents and end of year Audits. In line with that the ‘Insight’ generated in the process help companies make informed decisions.

The co-founders reiterated that in the contemporary business climate knowledge is key, hence company’s ability to act on information the competitor can’t puts then ahead.

The Delivery Science co-founders also added that real-time analytics is deployed to clients to make real-time decisions and always stay ahead using the all-time accessible cloud-based solutions, as affordable rates.

 

 

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Asein Replaces Ezekude as DG of NCC

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John Asein

John Asein, former director, Nigerian Copyright Institute, and copyright lawyer has been appointed director-general of Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC).

 

He replaces Afam Ezekude who had eventful but turbulent tenure at NCC

 

Asein who joined the Commission since its inception in 1988 rose to be the director of the Nigerian Copyright Institute, the training and capacity building arm of the NCC.

His appointment makes it the first time in decades that an in-house expert would be appointed to head the Commission.

 

He has for more than two decades been involved in shaping copyright law and policies in Nigeria.

 

He has also participated in negotiating Nigeria’s position on several international copyright issues.

 

A graduate of the New Hampshire School of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center), the Universities of Lagos and Calabar, Asein is also author of Nigerian Copyright Act, with Introduction and Notes; Introduction to Nigerian Legal System and consults widely in the field of intellectual property law, authorship and innovation management.

 

He lectures in the Masters of Intellectual Property (MIP) programme, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe; the Master of Laws (LL.M.) programme, University of Abuja and the Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) programme, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) Abuja.

 

He also lectures part-time at the University of Abuja as an Associate Professor of Law.

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Experts Chart Focus for Cyber Security in 2019

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Cyber security experts in the country have urged organisations to focus on increased awareness as well as creating a world class capacity development and training for their key personnel in charge of protecting their critical information.

 

This is against the backdrop of several reports pointing at increase in cyber- attacks this year.

 

According to William Makatiani, managing director, Serianu, “cybersecurity is a relatively new field in Africa. And for the longest time, top multinational banks were the target for cyber-attacks and the biggest concerns for SMEs was physical security of their crown jewels. This means, SMEs did not see the business value of investing in cybersecurity controls since the risks for them were low. However, with the recent digitization, SMEs have opened up most of their channels and operations to the internet.

 

“This swift shift in operation models without investment in controls, lack of awareness and the mere fact that SMEs make up almost 80% of institutions in Africa has contributed to the high percentage of organisations operating below the poverty line.”

 

He described security poverty line as the point below which an organisation cannot effectively protect itself against losses to cyber attackers.

 

“These organizations spend a maximum of USD 1,500 annually on cybersecurity technologies and services. Among characteristics of organisations operating below the cyber security poverty line include; lack of the minimum requirement for fending off an opportunistic adversary.

 

“Conduct substantial training and awareness activities both for corporates and general citizens. This will empower users with skills to identify cybercrime and take necessary steps to stop or contain the threat.” He added.

 

Peter Obadare, chief operating officer, Digital Encode, said that major challenge organizations face in the fight against cybercriminal and cyber warfare is lack of trained manpower.

 

“I have been in cybersecurity ecosystem for many years now and have identified lack of trained manpower in most organizations. Cybersecurity is not a certificate that speaks for you, but a continuous training to be ahead of the smart criminals, most organisations find it difficult to continually update their IT security staff to be able to face cyber threats,” he said.

 

Ahmed Adesanya, IT Security and Connectivity consultant, added that National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) should come out with a framework that organizations must follow in order to secure their sensitive data which will also provide a coordinated approach to fighting cybercrime, especially, now that organizations have taken their businesses to the cloud.

 

 

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Check Point Details Fortnite Flaw that Left Players Open to Account Takeover

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A recent discovery by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. serves as a reminder that just one small, careless oversight can give hackers all the opening they need to victimize millions and damage a valuable brand.

The company wrote in a blog post that it had identified a vulnerability in the enormously popular Fortnite video game that represented a considerable threat to the video game’s 80 million registered players.

A vulnerability linked to the game’s unvalidated login page “could have allowed a threat actor to take over the account of any user, view their personal account information, purchase virtual in-game currency and eavesdrop on in-game chatter as well as home conversations,” the blog said.

Though this vulnerability was identified and addressed before a hack could occur, the Check Point blog said that Fortnite players have been targeted before by scammers posing as discount sellers of in-game currency, V-bucks.

As the blog pointed out, “With such a meteoric rise in fortune, it is no surprise the popular game has already attracted the attention of cybercriminals set on conning unsuspecting players.”

 

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