Investment in IT is essential
Automate Business Processes to capture vital data and enable workflow. Digitized data captured in transactions are the source of information of about your business, which could be turned into knowledge and knowledge would result it new opportunities.
IT improves commnunication
Build easy and effective communication channel No two people hear the same thing the same way and get exactly the same sense and purpose. Constant, clear, concise communications is vital in having everyone on the same page and run the business like a well oiled and coordinated machine and execute tasks precisely. Also digitized communication content could be turned into knowledge and could be used to keep track of commitments.
IT creat global presence and enhance relationships
Trading and doing business in the global marker beyond boundaries pushes eCommerce higher on the IT investment side for many companies. Give the power back to customers, vendors and employees to fulfill their needs through self service. Also track, maintain and improve the business relationship.
IT increases productivity and agility
Better Resource Management/ Improve productivity /Reduce time to complete a task/Schedule Management. Getting things done quickly and efficiently with less error is the main motto of implementing any system. Make quick and well thought out “educated” decisions to respond to changing business needs.Ability to respond to every changing business needs in the complex world is the ultimate weapon to stay successful. Thos who can adopt new competitive landscape and respond will perish. Effective Change Management systems are vital for business agility.
IT simplifies management and Adds Intelligence
Understand your business at ground from the top The further you are up from the ground level of your business, the more you need to rely on systems to understand the status and ground reality of the business. Track, control and respond to your business instantly. Harness the power of huge digital information captured in every walk of life in the business and get different perspectives and understand business opportunities and issues and better at it.
Monday, 11 June 2012
Thursday, 2 February 2012
3D technology has come a long way since Wheatstone developed his stereoscope, then used to view static images and eventually pictures. Now we get to wear Wayfarer knock-offs and enjoy 3D films, television shows and video games.
For some people, seeing cool images might be enough. But others might be curious how Pandora was brought to life, or how TRON: Legacy zapped them into its glowing world. The answer is both reassuringly simple and inordinately complex, depending on who you ask and how you look at it.
How do 3D films work? What’s the difference between polarity and anaglyph (we’ll get there), and what are the next steps for 3D gadgets and imagery? Have a look below for a breakdown of how today’s “it” technology functions. Plus, we put in some sweet looking pictures. What’s not to love?
Big words! Academic nomenclature! Relax, this is actually the easy part. 3D, or “stereoscopy,” refers to how your eyes and brain create the impression of a third dimension. Human eyes are approximately 50 mm to 75 mm apart — accordingly, each eye sees a slightly different part of the world. Don’t believe me? Hold up a pen, pencil or any other thin object. Close one eye. Now switch.
The image on either side should be pretty similar but slightly offset. These two slightly different images enter the brain, at which point it does some high-powered geometry to make up for the disparity between the two images. This disparity is “3D” — essentially, your brain making up for the fact that you’re getting two different perspectives of the same thing.
This is also, essentially, what modern 3D technology is trying to replicate. All those silly sunglasses and silver-coated projectors are all designed to feed your individual eyes different perspectives of the same image. Easy, right?
Well, yes. It is pretty easy for your brain to figure out the disparity between the two images. Your brain can automatically figure out all the angles and math and geometry to sync the images. The hard part is getting a camera to do the same thing, and to get those individual images to your individual eyes without butchering the whole effect.
This article will continue Monday Febr 06...Watch this space.
Africa’s ICT revolution has been well-documented in this publication and others. In 2000 there were only 15 million mobile subscriptions on the continent, by 2010 there were believed to be in excess of 500 million. It is expected that mobile subscriptions will reach 800 million by 2015. In the period between 2000 and June 2011, internet usage on the continent grew by 2,527%, compared to a world average of 480%.
“Few alterations of Africa’s macroeconomic vista have been as noticeable and inclusive as the growth of the continent’s ICT sector,” says Standard Bank analyst Simon Freemantle in a recent research report.
Freemantle says there is growing evidence of the economic gains possible from greater ICT penetration in emerging markets. “Without the telecommunications industry, it is estimated that Kenya’s GDP growth since 2000 would have been 0.9 percentage points (pps) lower on average. And, a recent study has shown how the incomes of Kenyan rural households have increased by 5%-30% since they began using mobile banking.”
The World Bank says that for every 10 pps increase in fixed line access, economic growth is likely to advance by 0.43 pps in high income countries, and 0.73 pps in low- and middle-income countries. It has further been found that an extra 10 phones for every 100 people in an average developing country could boost GDP growth in the respective country by as much as 0.8 pps.
“Much of the importance of mobile phones in the African context rests in the manner in which they allow Africans to sidestep pervasive infrastructure constraints, share information more freely, thus making markets more efficient, and stimulate and support entrepreneurial verve,” notes Freemantle.
One of Africa’s most talked-about ICT success stories is the rise of mobile money transfer services, led by Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom’s M-Pesa platform. In only five years since it was launched in 2007, over 14 million Kenyans have used the M-Pesa service. In 2010 an estimated US$7 billion (equivalent of 20% of Kenya’s GDP) was transferred through M-Pesa. The platform’s success has led to the launch of various other similar services.
Mobile phones have also supported poverty-alleviation and empowerment schemes on the continent. These include mobile phone applications such as Farmer’s Friend, Health Tips and Clinic Finder, which provide agricultural and health information.
While Africa’s ICT sector is set to continue on its growth path, various challenges remain.
The high cost of fixed line broadband is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed. “At present, broadband costs in Africa are exorbitantly high, due in part to heavy residual reliance on satellite communications and microwave networks,” says Freemantle. “Last year it was reported that the top five most expensive places in the world for fixed line broadband were all in Sub-Saharan Africa – led by the Central African Republic, where the cost was nearly 40 times the average monthly income of the population.”
A number of new fibre optic cables linking Africa to international networks are, however, set to provide a major boost to overall connectivity. “African corporate enterprises – large and small – will benefit from the increasing bandwidth capacity and reduced cost of internet services,” explains Freemantle.
However, for the continent to benefit from the new fibre optic cable capacity, inter-African backhaul networks are essential. Without substantial investments to improve the current intra-regional linkages, broadband costs are expected to remain high.
According to Freemantle, many telecommunications markets also remain inadequately liberalised. He says that those countries with investor-friendly policies in the ICT sector will gain an edge in unlocking the potentially profound gains technology is able to generate.
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Any day now, perhaps as early as Wednesday, Facebook will announce it is going public. The firm is looking to raise $10bn selling shares in an initial public offering (IPO) that will value the firm at somewhere between $75bn-$100bn, according to reports. Not bad for a seven-year-old firm that has only recently started making money and apparently made $1bn last year. It will be the biggest tech IPO since Google, and investors (and rivals) will finally get to see what makes Mark Zuckerberg's social network.
Is Facebook really worth $75bn-$100bn?
That's the big question. This is the most hyped IPO in years, and if the company is valued at less than $75bn, that wiill be seen as a major setback on Wall Street. Even at the low end, Facebook would be worth more than Disney (valued at $70bn). The company has 850 million users, more than the combined populations of the US, Brazil and Mexico. But what are they worth? Facebook has already overtaken Yahoo to become number one in online display advertising revenues, taking 16.3% of the market, says eMarketer, a research firm. eMarketer reckons Facebook's ad revenue will be $7bn by 2013. But for comparison Disney's revenues were over $40bn last year. Facebook's outsize valuation is a big bet on a big future.
What will I notice?
Not much – at least to start with. Facebook is no stranger to innovation: its news feed, "Like" buttons and timeline are just some examples of how the company has evolved over time—and users are likely to continue to see changes with or without the IPO. "Their internal slogan is: 'Facebook's only 1% finished'," says Nate Elliott, a principal analyst focusing on interactive marketing at Forrester Research. "We will continue to see changes in Facebook between now and when they go public – and after. I don't think any of those changes will be a function of the IPO."
So: same old, same old?
Not really. As a public company, anything Facebook does will be parsed by analysts looking for how it will hit the bottom line. The best way to do this is by more targeted advertising, say analysts.
Catherine Tucker, a marketing and IT professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, expects Facebook to ramp up what she calls "social advertising" efforts, where ads are served up to users based on their friends' preferences. For instance, if I "Like" Whole Foods on Facebook, you, as my friend, are presumed to harbour a preference for organic food as well – hence you are more likely to see a Whole Foods advertisement when you log on.
Does this mean you should be concerned about how Facebook handles your information?
Yes. When Facebook goes public it will be under increased scrutiny, held more accountable, and required to be more transparent. But, at the same time, the need to maximise returns means the use of personal data is likely to increase, only raising privacy concerns. Facebook has already been slapped on the wrist over how it treats user data. In November, the company reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which accused it of engaging in "unfair and deceptive" practices, making public information that users had supposed was private.
"Facebook is probably going to face some difficult balancing issues, in terms of meeting its new shareholders' expressed desire to exploit the data they have with the fact that if they exploit the data too much it can drag down the effectiveness of advertising," says Tucker.
Facebook has to pay off its early investors, and it now has too many shareholders to stay private. But more than that, Facebook could use the cash. Google has $50bn of cash to spend snapping up start-ups. After it went public, Google bought key chunks of its business, including YouTube and ad firm DoubleClick. Facebook could raise $10bn in the IPO, enough cash to make some big purchases.
Debra Aho Williamson, principal analyst at eMarketer, expects Facebook will use its IPO cash to strengthen its mobile site.
"Facebook has always lagged a little bit behind in delivering a really solid user experience on mobile devices," she says. "As Facebook moves into markets where mobile is the primary way people access the internet, it is important to deliver a good mobile experience."
What are the risks?
Alongside Apple, Facebook is arguably the hottest company on the planet. But it's not easy to stay hot (just look at Apple before Steve Jobs came back).
Nearly all of the hot ideas online have come from start-ups, not public companies, and there's a reason for that. Public companies have to be accountable, and that accountability often means lopping off freewheeling, creative endeavoirs that you hope will make money and concentrating on making cash with what you have.
Google used to boast that staff spent 20% of their time on whatever they wanted. Not any more. Last year it closed Google Labs – "a playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of some of our wild and crazy ideas." Labs was culled so Google could devote more resources to "high-impact products" – for which you can read ones that make money.
From now on Facebook will have to do its innovating in public, and will be answerable to shareholders as well as its users
For one thing, they are devoted to connectivity. In a recent survey of more than 2,800 college students and young professionals in 14 countries, Cisco found that more than half said they could not live without the internet, and if forced to choose, two-thirds would opt to have an internet rather than a car. This intense desire to be connected leads to a demand for greater flexibility: Two out of five people said they'd accept a lower-paying job if the position offered greater flexibility on access to social media, the ability to work from where they chose, and choice on the mobile devices they could use on the job. Tomorrow's young managers will share these attitudes, and workplaces will inevitably become more flexible.
For another thing, social media is quickly overtaking phones and email and becoming the dominant form of communication. Young people are driving this change, with the one-to-one mode of interacting giving way to a one-to-many mind-set. Young leaders will use social media to create a running dialog with their employees and colleagues, issuing constant updates about their projects and ideas. Employees will use it to provide instantaneous input and feedback. Workers, via this medium, will insist on having a voice in shaping the company's vision and strategy.
The demand for increased connectivity and flexibility and greater use of social media will shape and change companies from the inside out. Companies will need to think hard about these questions:
What is the appropriate level of openness? Should employees be prevented from slamming their bosses' ideas, for example? Should managers be restricted in the kinds of things they can say to or about employees?
How much blurring of public and private life is too much? Social media encourages people to mix work- and nonwork-related communication, but some workers prefer to keep their social lives strictly off-limits.
How can the company prevent abuse of social media? Things can get ugly quickly — all it takes is one thoughtless comment. Employees and managers need to know that there will be serious consequences for any misuse of this potentially combustible form of communication.
When employees from VPs to interns are sharing company information on Twitter, on Facebook, and in blogs while your competition is watching, how do you ensure that your employees understand what information is confidential and what is public?
As companies resolve these issues, management styles will evolve. The days when a leader can confidently say "I know best" will come to an end. Managers will no longer be able to communicate with just a small circle of trusted advisers — they'll be expected to interact digitally with a much broader range of people both inside and outside the company.
Not every company will be pleased by this turn of events, of course, but those that embrace it will have new competitive opportunities. With knowledge flowing more freely throughout the organization and decisions being made more quickly, the company will be able to react more nimbly to the ever-increasing pace of change.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
It is the first time for three years that Apple or HTC have not won the category.
Talking about the handset, judges said: "Not content with pretty much owning internet search, Google has turned Android into a real threat to Apple's dominance on both mobiles and tablets."
Gadget of the year went to the Microsoft Xbox Kinect.
The console also picked up the gaming gadget of the year.
T3 Editor, Luke Peters, said: "The Kinect is not only an amazing gadget for today, it's a mouth-watering technological prospect for tomorrow too."
Other winners included Apple's iPad 2 (Tablet), Amazon's Kindle (Commuter gadget) and the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 (word gadget).
Apple picked up three awards in total with Samsung also winning the TV of the year.
Twitter was voted digital media service of the year while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg picked up the gadget personality prize.
The winners were as follows:
Phone of the year: Samsung Galaxy S2
Tablet of the year: Apple iPad 2
Work gadget of the year: RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780
Innovation of the year: Razer Switchblade
Commuter gadget of the year: Amazon Kindle
Digital camera of the year: Canon Powershot G12
Gadget accessory of the year: Eye-Fi X2
Gaming gadget of the year: Microsoft Xbox Kinect
T3 design award: Apple MacBook Air 11-inch
Tech brand of the year: Google
App of the year: Flipboard
Digital media service of the year: Twitter
Music gadget of the year: Monster Beats by dre Dre Pro Studio
Home gadget of the year: Philips Airfryer
Retailer of the year: Amazon
Computer of the year: Apple MacBook Air 11-inch
Gadget personality of the year: Mark Zuckerberg
TV of the year: Samsung 8000 Series (UE55D8000)
Outstanding contribution to technology: Sir David Attenborough
Gadget of the year: Microsoft Xbox Kinect
The glitch began disrupting services from 11am (GMT) after a service failed in one of Research in Motion’s datacenters in Slough, near London.
Users have been unable to browse the web, send or receive email messages across personal accounts, or use the popular BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging service. It is thought that at least 70 million subscribers around the world are BlackBerry customers, with as many as 50 percent of that in the European region affected.
Although corporate accounts do not seem to be affected at this time, tens of millions of BlackBerry consumers are nonetheless suffering with this outage.
Research in Motion in the UK confirmed that it is aware of the problem and is “investigating”. In a tweet, it states that “Some users in EMEA [Europe, Middle East, Africa] are experiencing issues. We’re investigating and we apologise for any inconvenience”.
T-Mobile UK confirmed the outage in a tweet this morning for UK customers, while in Bahrain the entire country is affected by a BlackBerry blackout, confirms network provider Batelco. Vodafone Egypt points the finger directly at BlackBerry manufacturer stating in a tweet to a customer: “There is a Blackberry outage, it’s from RIM side” [sic].
I noticed personally this morning when email messages were slow to come through; only to return home from coffee to discover an Outlook full of emails.
Though the company have yet to explain what the problem is, one can speculate that it could be as a result of the upgrade to BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) 4.1, the next-generation email service, for which only affects consumers.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Search giant, Google launched YouTube in Kenya today. Through Youtube.co.ke, Kenyans would be able to discover and view local content as well as instantly view the most popular videos in Kenya whenever they visit the domain.
Kenyans with slow Internet connections also have the option of using YouTube Feather.
According to Google, YouTube Feather enables users watch pages with the lowest latency possible. It achieves this by severely limiting the features available to the viewer and making use of advanced web techniques for reducing the total amount of bytes downloaded by the browser.YouTube is also currently available in Swahili and is accessible by scrolling to the bottom of the YouTube homepage, clicking “language” and choosing Kiswahili.
To seed the platform, Google partnered leading Kenyan media companies including the Kenya Broadcastng Corporation and the Nation Media Group’s TV Channel, NTV Kenya.
To learn more, check out the promo video for the launch below.
Is your iPhone not responding or not operating as expected? These tips will help you resolve most common issues.
To reset iPhone, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least 10 seconds, until the Apple logo appears. Wait until it comes back on. This may take a while
Please note all downloaded Apps and files will be lost since your iPhone will be restored and behave as a new device. To make sure you do not lose your media data you must save them on your iTunes account. Find the information on how to back-uo your files on the link given below.
Next, connect iPhone to your computer and iTunes will launch automatically. In the left column under Devices, click on your iPhone, then click on Restore in the Summary tab.
For more information about backing up, updating, and restoring your iPhone software, see this article.
4. The Dictionary Won’t Learn New Words
You may also consider downloading a special dictionary App of the language you want to use.
5. The Next Generation iPhone Always Seems To Be A Lot Better
You can also email me for further help at firstname.lastname@example.org
The tablet dubbed "Aakash", meaning sky in Hindi, has been advertised as the world's cheapest tablet computer.
The tablet is an outcome of years of patient and unnerving efforts made by manufacturer "Datawind", in corporation with the Government of India.
The initial intent was to develop a laptop for as low as $10. But, getting it that cheap was not exactly possible, and hence the government decided to subsidize the product by paying $45 to Datawind for each tablet, especially for its distribution among teachers and students.
The device is powered by "Android", and offers a colorful and sensitive 7-inch touchscreen. It is efficient in managing basic computing functions like using word processor, browsing the web, and even video conferencing.
Weighing no more than 350 grams, the tablet supports 256MB of RAM, two USB slots, and an expandable memory of up to 32GB. In addition, it will provide replacement warranty for 12 months, and will supports variety of file formats such as DOCX, PPTX, PDF, MP3, etc. Aakash also has 3.5mm standard audio jack.
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Friday, 7 October 2011
While ICT continues to advance in western and Asian countries, African countries still experience a lag in its implementation, and that continues to widen the digital and knowledge divides. In a recent study by Kiptalam et.al (2010), observed that access to ICT facilities is a major challenge facing most African countries, with a ratio of one computer to 150 students against the ratio of 1:15 students in the developed countries.
Whereas results indicate that ICT has penetrated many sectors including banking, transportation, communications, and medical services, the educational system seems to lag behind. Further, recent report by the National Council for Science and Technology (2010) indicated that computer use in Kenyan classrooms is still in its early phases, and concluded that the perceptions and experiences of teachers and administrators do play an important role in the use of computers in Kenyan classrooms.
Some of the challenges facing most of the EA countries are:
- Lack of qualified teachers to teach ICT in schools; The demand for ICT learning has been tremendous and the number of teachers who are trained to teach ICT cannot meet the demand. There are more students willing to be taught computing skills than there are teaches to transfer the skills.
- Lack of computers; Computers are still very expensive and despite spirited efforts by the government agencies, NGO, corporate organizations and individuals to donate computers to as many schools as possible, there still remains a big percentage of the schools unable to purchase computers for use by their pupils.
- Lack of electricity; Many schools are still not yet connected to electricity; being developing countries, the EA governments have not been able to connect all parts of their countries to the national electricity grid. Consequently those schools that fall under such areas are left handicapped and may not be able to offer computer studies.
- Computers are still expensive in Africa, in a country with a GDP of $1600, majority of the individuals and schools cannot afford to buy a computer and consider it as a luxury item, more expensive than a TV. While 2nd hand computers cost as little as $150 and branded new computers being sold at $500 or higher.
- Broken down computers; while a good number of schools have benefited from donated used computers, they have not been adequately equipped with the same on maintenance and repair, hence its very common to see a schools computer lab full of broken down computers, some repairable and some not. This has actually been a major problem, and the government has now put strict measures on any person, NGO or corporate bodies willing to donate 2nd hand computers. (It is seen as a dumping ground); e-waste management.
- Burglary; the fact that computers are still very expensive in EA, makes them a target for thieves who usually have ready markets to another party at a much less figure. This has made many schools to incur extra expenses trying to burglar proof the computer rooms. This extra expense makes some schools shy away from purchasing computers for their students.
- Fear by the administration; there is still a strong perception especially by the older generation that computers require highly skilled personnel to operate them, while this may not be the case, some school administrators also fear that their students will be exposed to adult sites and other undesired sites, through the use of the internet. Some also fear the infection of viruses to their computers leading to data loss, while this may be true to some extent, proper education on the safe use of computers and help alleviate some of this fears.
- Fear by the teacher, the teacher may fear being rendered irrelevant by the introduction of computers in his/her class. The ‘feel’ that the teacher still remains an authority and a ‘know it all’ in class is something that most teachers cherish, and anything that makes them otherwise is deemed an enemy of the classroom.
- Lack of internet or slow connectivity; most schools are not able to connect to the world wide web, due to the high costs involved in the connectivity. On average, it may cost approximately $120 per month to connect to about 15 computers on a bandwidth of 128/64kbps. This is considered as very expensive for a very slow speed.
- Lack of initiative by the community leaders; the community leaders who are charged with looking at the interests of a given community do not see the need to purchase and subsequent installations of computers to their schools as a priority. They consider health care, provision of water and other amenities as more important than buying computers for their schools.
- Obsolete computers lower the morale of both the teacher and the student; it is very common to find some schools using very old computers running on win98 or win 95.
- Increased moral degradation – internet pornography, cyber bullying and other anti-social behaviors is a worrying emerging problem.
ICT can play a significant role in equalizing opportunities for marginalized groups and communities. But the paradox is that for those groups that are unable to cross the technology divide, ICT is yet another means to further marginalize them. Education has a major role to play in resolving this problem. Thus, unless ICT becomes part of both the delivery and content of education, the disadvantage will deepen and development will suffer.
But the failure to use ICT is itself a result of the digital and knowledge divides that exist, and their causes are deeply embedded in the complex historical and socio-cultural context of the country. Fortunately, with the Vision 2030 goals, the African governments have begun to implement strategies that will address these paradoxes.
This is one of those questions where there is no single right answer. In other words, it depends on how you use your computer.
There are at least three situations that force you to leave your computer on 24 hours a day:
- You are on a network, and the network administrators back up files and/or upgrade software over the network at night. If that is the case, and you want your machine backed up or upgraded, then you need to leave it on all the time.
- You are using your machine as some sort of server.
- If you are running something like SETI@home and you want to produce as many result sets as possible, you need to leave your machine on all the time.
- If you do not fall into any of these categories, then you have a choice about whether or not to leave your machine on.
It's possible to use the energy-saving features build into modern machines and cut that figure in half. For example, you can have the monitor and hard disk power down automatically when not in use.
The argument for leaving your computer on all the time is that turning it on and off somehow stresses the computer's components. For example, when the CPU chip is running, it can get quite hot, and when you turn the machine off it cools back down. The expansion and contraction from the heat probably has some effect on the solder joints holding the chip in place, and on the micro-fine details on the chip itself.
Apple bado wana mengi ya kutuletea na kubadilisha jinsi tunavyoishi. Hivi karibuni wameonyesha jinsi watumiaji wa iPhone watakavyoweza kuitumia device hiyo tofauti kabisa na yulivyozoea. Kwenye video hapa utaona description ya nini kitakachotokea...very interesting.
Monday, 19 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Maendeleo ya IT Tanzania yameendelea kugusa maisha ya wengi mjini na vijijini. Kuanzia mwalimu mpaka mkulima, kwa mfanyabiashara na hata mfanyakazi wa ofisini, IT inaipeleka Tanzania kunakotakiwa. CNN imeripoti maendeleo hayo - tazama video hii
Monday, 12 September 2011
Kama unamiliki blog au website hakikisha unajua Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ni nini. Tazama Video hapa ya dakika 3!
Kama una website au blog yako, serch engine optimisation ni muhimu kujua. SEO ni technique inayosaidia website yako kupatikana kirahisi pale mtu anapokuwa anatafuta (search) vitu mbali mbali online. Kwa mfano kwa kutumia Google mtu anaweza akawa anatafuta maelezo kuhusu milima iliyoko Afrika. Kama una website au blog inayorusha maswala haya, ili ya kwako iwe juu kabisa (kumbuka zipo blog na website nyingine nyingi) unatakiwa kutumia SEO. Kwa kutumia SEO unaongeza wasomaji wa blog yako na kukusaidia kufikia wengi zaidi.
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Sunday, 11 September 2011
Getting the right information to farmers, when and where they need it, in a form (language and tone) they understand and can easily access is as vital to the success of the agriculture sector as the right type of soil, adequate water, sunlight and any other input. For this primary reason, I endorse BIID's call for information to be considered as an input in agriculture. It holds true beyond the Bangladeshi context.
It is mind-boggling to me that so few countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, where agriculture remains a key employer and contributor to national income, have created an enabling environment for the growth of agriculture infomediaries. The value of agricultural infomediaries is that gathering agriculture data and providing credible and efficient information services is vital at every stage along the value chain.
The reality is, in much the same way the global economy is driven by knowledge, enterprising agriculturists, consumers and others in the sector now depend on high quality, reliable and efficient information systems built around new technologies, well trained and knowledgeable people. So information is not just a key input for a farmer, informing him of what additives to use, when to plant, where to plant and what is more marketable to plant, it sustains the entire sector.
Researchers, farmers, middlemen, retailers and consumers need infomediaries as they do not have ready access to agricultural data. So, infomediaries function as ‘translators’, who capture, synthesize and repackage data for different groups within the sector. The rising demand for value added services, combined with a paucity of agricultural data, underscores the strong demand for agricultural infomediary services. In fact, Mobile-based agricultural support and market research is among the most attractive growth sectors in places like Kenya. There's also potential elsewhere as ICT infrastructure strengthens. The high rate of mobile phone ownership among farmers across developing countries with large agriculture sectors shows how palpable these opportunities are.
The livelihood of farmers have been hampered by ad hoc marketing systems and broader issues of information asymmetries for centuries. Poor communication between producers and buyers results in inadequate planning, and ultimately an unstable market environment.
Inadequate and inefficient information is bad for the sector.... let's fix that! Recognizing its key role as an input is a key step.
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Ufanyeje kuifanya Komputa yako ifanye kazi kwa speed zaidi? Njia 6 za kusaidia kuondoa matatizo na kuongeza speed na usalama wa komputa yako
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Thursday, 8 September 2011
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Hakikisha hupotezi data zako ikiwa system yako ita-crash. Jifunze jinsi ya kufanya backup na ku-restore kukiwa na tatizo
Windows 7 inakuja na njia salama na rahisi zaidi ili kuhakikisha kwamba haupotezi mafaili yako pale komputa yako inapokumbwa na tatizo kubwa linaloweza kuharibu hard disk yako. Kwa hiyo kila wakati umejiandaa kama maafa yakitokea.
Chagua au iache Windows ichague kipi cha ku-backup. Unaweza ku-backup kwenye CD, DVD au network.
Jinsi ya kufanya backup ya mafaili yako
Angalia video hapo chini au fuata maelezo hapa
To back up your files
- Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore.
- Do one of the following:
- If you've never used Windows Backup before, click Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- If you've created a backup before, you can wait for your regularly scheduled backup to occur, or you can manually create a new backup by clicking Back up now. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- We recommend that you don't back up your files to the same hard disk that Windows is installed on.
- Always store media used for backups (external hard disks, DVDs, or CDs) in a secure place to prevent unauthorized people from having access to your files—we recommend a fireproof location separate from your computer. You might also consider encrypting the data on your backup.
To create a new, full backup
- Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore.
- In the left pane, click Create new, full backup.NoteYou will only see this option if your backup is being saved on CDs or DVDs.
To set up a backup after upgrading from a previous version of Windows
- Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore.
- Click Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.