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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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Konga, eCommerce Giant, Thrills with New Language- Konga Me

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If there is one thing Nigerians are united on, it is the preference for quality products and an abhorrence for fake, substandard ones.

 

Despite a keen desire to extract the utmost value for money when making purchases, the average Nigerian will not hesitate to pay a higher price for a product with the guarantee of genuine quality.

 

Widely considered a growing industry with the potential to outstrip even the most ambitious projections, e-commerce is a sector where the importance of authenticity or genuine products cannot be over-emphasized.

 

In 2017, retail ecommerce sales worldwide reached $2.304 trillion, a 24.8% increase over the previous year. This year, revenue in the global e-commerce market is expected to gross $18,850m. Africa’s e-commerce share is currently worth more than $32 billion and estimated to reach $50 billion in 2018.

 

The projection above means an increased opportunity for e-commerce players in Africa and especially Nigeria, Africa’s largest market, to leverage the expected higher revenue windfall by, not only meeting the demand for more products, but ensuring quality is not compromised – a seemingly tall order that can only be delivered by business owners with the practical intelligence, local knowledge, strict adherence to standards, nous and right mentality to build a brand that will outlive generations.

 

This is one of the reasons Konga Me is fast becoming a hot fad among quality-focused shoppers.

 

Developed by Konga, the e-commerce giant that emerged from the merger between Yudala and Konga after the latter’s acquisition by the Zinox Group, Konga Me speaks to the aspirations of every Nigerian to always insist on the best quality.

 

For the benefit of the uninitiated, the customized dictionary entry below tells the story of a phrase that is quickly catching on in social circles.

 

/’kɒnɡə mi:/ (BrE, slang) is a new universal language for genuine products only. Used by young ones, adults and trendy youths to differentiate quality products from fake ones sourced from unreliable platforms. Also used to request for quality gifts or favours:

 

”I passed my exams in flying colours so Mum has promised to Konga me a new phone.”

 

“Tomorrow is my birthday. Hope you will Konga me?”

 

“Don’t stress yourself going to the market for a gift. We can Konga the newly-wedded a washing machine.”

 

synonyms: shop genuine, konga store, buy quality, konga.com

 

For the average shopper, it is a simple scenario.

“All the noise about best prices or refunds means nothing if you cannot offer me genuine products. What’s the point of a fake item when you can easily get a genuine product at the same price or at a slightly higher figure? In fact, I don’t mind paying a significantly higher cost for a product, device or gadget as long as I am assured it’s of the highest quality or procured directly from its manufacturer. Let’s just say I would rather Konga me than get a fake,” intoned Michael Aderibi, a software engineer.

 

His point is backed up by that of Juliet Anyanwu, an avid shopper.

“Quality is key. Price is also important but only a secondary consideration. Hence, the essence of Konga Me. Recently, I was celebrating my work anniversary and for those intending to get gifts, I made it clear to them that I would prefer they Konga me. And they all did. What’s more, all the items were delivered in time.”

 

For savvy shoppers who prefer quality, Konga Me is the way to go…

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Experts Seek National Data Protection Act as EU GDPR Takes Effect

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Cybersecurity experts in Nigeria have urged regulatory authorities in the ecosystem to come up with a national data protection act to prevent organizations in the country from revenue loss and sanction.

 

This is as ahead of commencement of the implementation of European Union Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) yesterday.

 

European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires any enterprise in the world that conducts business with at least one citizen of the EU to comply with GDPR protections of personally identifiable information or face stiff penalties.

 

Reacting Oluseyi Akindeinde, chief technical officer, Digital Encode, said that Nigeria needs to have a framework for cybersecurity, starting with a national data protection act.” Data is the new currency and as such has to be adequately protected.”

 

He added that: “most private organizations have invested quite a lot in securing their electronic infrastructures via security operations centers however not much can be said of the public enterprises.”

 

On cybercrime law that never had effect before it becomes outdated, he said: “any law has to be interpreted properly and be legally enforceable by the people to whom it applies. I don’t think the people tasked with the cyber law have fully come to grasp with Nigeria’s law.

 

“There needs to be a concerted effort to get the lawyers, judges and law enforcement agencies up to speed with the more intricate aspects of cyber security. The field is highly technical and there are quite a number of things they need to understand before taking up and judging cases related to cyber crime.

 

Ahmed Adesanya, IT Security and Connectivity consultant, said that ignoring the EU regulation could cost organizations millions, but thinking about privacy could make organization’s products and process stronger.

 

“I feel there must be personnel accountable for cyber security in every organization and it need to be criminalized for negligence or none-compliance for not disclosing breach to supervising agency. Our Cyber Security law must be strong as the May 25 for EU GDPR come into effect by today, which will change the model of businesses throughout the world,” he said.

 

Edward Carbutt, Executive Director at Marval Africa, making a case for people and process in fight against cybercrime, said that technology is only one of the components that make up a strong defence against cyberattack.

 

“Even with the right technology in place, organizations are still vulnerable to attack, and should protect themselves in other areas, too. For optimal cybersecurity, organizations can look towards addressing five key elements: people, processes, technology, change and culture.

 

People, Processes and Technology have long been the cornerstones of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) frameworks, often referred to as the “golden triangle” for successful project implementations and change management.

 

The ability to implement change and an organization’s culture are just as critical to security and play an important role in today’s rapidly evolving digital world.

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Top ICO Listing Rates Dataeum 5/5

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Dataeum, the first Blockchain-based platform using crowdsourcing for data generation received a 5/5 rating from the icobench’s ico analyzer bot, Benchy.

 

37 days to their pre-sale ICO, Dataeum,  is positioned to be the most revolutionary blockchain platform that will make sense to non-techies.

 

Dataeum aims to break all barriers by revolutionizing data collection, democratizing access to data and bringing back sovereignty and freedom to people.

 

Rating on ICObench is given in combination of ICObench’s assessment algorithm and the rating the independent experts give to the ICOs.

 

Benchy bot is measuring the ICO score taking into account criteria such as the project, the white paper, the video and other mvp prototype.

 

“Dataeum, ICO launch is so timely, especially after the recent scandals of manipulation of data”, the founder Charly Pham said, “We are very proud to have received such a rating for our first appearance and will do everything to maintain it that way. Myself and co-founders strongly believe, that we will disrupt the existing paradigm so that data generation will no longer be exploited by large corporations at the expense of those who create it – we feel it is our purpose”.

 

Based on blockchain, smart contracts technology and using crowdsourcing, DATAEUM’s solution enables reliable and accurate collection of all global physical data such as stores, gas stations, road signs, etc.

 

As per the white paper(https://dataeum.io/white-paper.pdf) Dataeum puts human at center of the data economy, changing completely the way data is generated. Blockchain technology does not only provide transparency on how this data generation is made, but also ensures quality and trust towards anyone looking for qualified data.

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