MDG Presentation Essay
The Importance of Information Technology (IT) cannot be over emphasized as it is very necessary in all works of life; Agriculture, Health, Education, Security, Entertainment etc. It provides new opportunities for improving performance and strategic competitiveness. However, few organizations have successfully grasped the opportunities enabled by IT, largely due to their limited ability to evaluate the impact of IT on firm performance and ignorance. My Industrial Training Programme has exposed me to the IT industry with hands-on practical experience on Computer engineering and software development.
The practical side of computing can be seen everywhere. Nowadays, practically everyone is a computer user, and many people are even computer programmers. Getting computers to do what you want them to do requires intensive hands-on experience. But computer science can be seen on a higher level, as a science of problem solving. Computer scientists must be adept at modeling and analyzing problems. They must also be able to design solutions and verify that they are correct. Problem solving requires precision, creativity, and careful reasoning. Computer science also has strong connections to other disciplines. Many problems in science, engineering, health care, business, and other areas can be solved effectively with computers, but finding a solution requires both computer science expertise and knowledge of the particular application domain. Thus, computer scientists often become proficient in other subjects.
ABOUT CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
In 1986, the founder had a dream and the urge to deploy Information Technology Solutions and participate actively in the Nigerian Economy. His mission then, was to exploit the untapped resources of the nation’s Information Technology (IT) Industry. With over 100 man-years cognate professional exposure fused in, Connect Technologies Limited was in 2000 incorporated as a leading specialist IT Solutions Provider.
“Our clients’ success is our growth”
Connect Technologies Limited is dedicated to accomplishment of its vision and mission by applying the following ‘value chain’ approach:
Customer Focus – Customer First Philosophy: We will work diligently to understand our clients’ IT needs, and strive to meet or exceed their expectations, using the best practice approach.
Our People – Connect Technologies’ Management Team is its greatest asset. The Team understands the Nigerian IT needs and challenges in the competitive global economy.
Commitment – To provide the highest level of commitment to quality service and products to our customers.
CAPABILITY STATEMENT – EXPERIENCE
Connect Technologies’ entry into the information technology industry is backed with more than 100 man-years of cognate and relevant professional experience of its leading practitioners.
Connect Technologies’ professional and managerial manpower base, no doubt, represents one of the best in the industry today. Working in collaboration with our technical partners in Nigeria, Asia–India, Europe and the USA, we possess the capability to design, supply, install LAN-based/multi-tier Application Software, train, and maintain complex information technology systems, both domestic and overseas.
“To be and remain a leading IT Solutions Provider with capabilities to innovate and deliver functional hi-tech Software projects with maximum benefits to all clients.”
Our concept of customer satisfaction is derived from the fact that we aspire to reduce our implementation downtime to the barest minimum while increasing our clients’ productivity at least cost to them.
Connect Technologies practice and carry on the business of Informatics and Information with particular reference to all related activities and trade in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industries and services – involving Software Development and Hardware configuration solutions.
The core service is focused on business of design, and development of Information Technology Knowledge Infrastructure projects with particular reference to the design of Application Software and Solutions and interfacing them with Local Information Infrastructure (LII), National Information Infrastructure (NII) and Global Information Infrastructure (GII).
As professional IT trainers, Connect Technologies’ organizes and manages special I.T Seminars, Workshops and Conferences for corporate organizations – especially the banking industry for the purpose of upgrading the knowledge and operational expertise of Informatics Technology.
The customized training embraces in-house training on Information Technology and Communications Technology – especially Internet Development and Operation Training.
Design, automate, Integrate, Support and Manage complex technology-driven Application Software systems – Our Solutions are 100% indigenous effort.
Highly skilled Software Development & Implementation Team
Solutions & Services
LAN Groupware Applications and Solutions
Internet Solutions & Web Portal Design
Design and Installation of Local & Wide Area Networks
Offshore Software Project Development
Connect Technologies Limited has strong foundation in Infrastructural, Financial, Technical, Product and Marketing Resources. Today, this expertise in Retail Banking Consultancy, Software Development, Networking and other services will benefit major banks and business organizations all over the country.
CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES SOLUTIONS
Enterprise eGovernment Operation Solutions
Enterprise Educational Portal Solutions
Enterprise Business Intelligent Solutions
Enterprise Campus-wide Knowledge Solutions
Enterprise Recruitment Solutions
Enterprise Cooperative Financial (CoopFinance)
Web-based Financial Application designed to automate all Cooperative activities from Member Registration, Savings & Loan Application, Approval Process and Repayment Processes, Journal Posting, Account Management, Pool Fund Management, Payable & Receivables (Members & Third Party).
Enterprise Banker (CT2001)
Banking software specially designed to automate all banking activities, from banking needs of retail customers, routine banking needs of investments and trade-finance activities to full activity report summary.
Enterprise Stock Master
Stock Application targeted towards mid-ranged stock and Stock Brokerage, Financial and Investment Houses in its scope. It is specially designed to automate all stock activities, from shareholder registration of clients and stock needs of investments and trade-finance activities to full activity report summary.
Enterprise Inventory/Payment System
Enterprise Manufacturing and Inventory System is designed to optimize the efficiency of Trading/Sales Network, Sales Warehouses and Manufacturing capability. It is a complete Manufacturing/Inventory System [With Customer Support System, Financial Management System, Inventory Control System] [Including Sales, Purchase, Bills Receivable and Payable, Income and Expense maintenance]
With various useful Reports.
Money Transfer Management Systems
MTMS, version CT2003 is a full Multi-Currency Solution targeted towards commercial banks, Merchant banks, Savings and Loans, Financial, Passenger Traffic Systems and Investment Houses. It is specially designed to automate all online money transfer activities, from sending and receiving of money to reconciliation of accounts and full activity report summary. The Application is secure and reliable.
Digital Image / Account Security System
Digital Image / Account Security System is an application designed to monitor customer’s accounts and provide adequate Account Security through Digital Image Capturing and Confidential Data Protection.
MAJOR PROJECT REFERENCES
Nature of Project
Supply of e-Learning Application System to RITC
ICT Consultancy on Development of Computer Network Security Standards Completed
Part of Consortium of ICT Consultants that developed Framework Architecture and Standards for e-Government Applications Completed
Shell-East Cooperative Investment Limited, PH
IT Financial Consultant, Deployment and Implementation of Enterprise Cooperative Financials Software Completed and is being supported
ICT Consultancy & Implementation of eGovernment Project for Federal Government Completed
e-Government Workflow PS-NET Pilot Application deployed at FMST, Presidency, National Assembly, Finance Ministry, BOF (Budgets Office), Civil Service Commission, EFCC, PARP and Ministry of Education Completed
Akwa-Ibom State Government
ICT Consultancy on SIT Park Project
Trithel International Consulting
E-Business Solutions (e-commerce portal)
Akwa Savings & Loan – Uyo, Unical Community Bank – Calabar, Olomi Community Bank – Ibadan, Karakata Investment Limited – Ogbomosho, Aniocha Community Bank etc Deployment of our Enterprise Banker Completed and is being supported
Riggs Securities, Lagos
Deployment of our Enterprise Stock Master Solutions
Toyota Nigeria Limited
Henrich Boll Foundation, Socio Economic Rights Initiative, NOTAP (National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion), ITAN (Information Technology Association of Nigeria)
SIM Registration with Chams Plc
PROFILE OF KEY PERSONNEL
CHRIS UWAJE (FNCS, FIAP)
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, 4th August, 1951, Christopher Uwaje (FNCS, FIAP) is the Principal Consultant, Chief Software Architect and Chief Executive Officer: Connect Technologies Limited–CTL. He is the Originator/Pioneer of National Information Technology Policy for Nigeria. Guest Student on Informatics, University of Hamburg, Graduate of Informatics, British Institute of Engineering Technology and Control Data Institute, Frankfurt, Germany.
Post Graduate Qualifications.
Over Three Decades of on-the-job IT Practice as Computer Scientist – Spread across three continents (Europe/Africa and America), specializing in IT-Strategy Consulting – incorporating SIT Park project conceptualization, design, implementation, project management and Technical Support. Software Engineering Solutions; Research, Design and Development (RD&D). Special Professional focus: National & Regional IT Policy; Coordinating Chairman, Council for West Africa Information Technology Professionals (CWAITP). Immediate Past President of Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) and 1St Vice President of Institute of Software Practitioners Association of Nigeria (ISPON). Member, National Inter-Ministerial Committee on Software development.
PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Graduate of Informatics, British Institute of Engineering Technology and Control Data Institute, Frankfurt, Germany. Post Graduate Qualifications. IMMEDIATE-PAST PRESIDENT: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (ITAN) IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: INSTITUTE OF SOFTWARE PRACTITIONERS OF NIGERIA (ISPON) FELLOW NIGERA COMPUTER SOCIETY NCS)
FELLOW: INSTITUTE OF ANALYSTS AND PROGRAMMERS. U.K.
FELLOW: INSTITUTE OF CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL OF U.K.
MEMBER: COMPUTER PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION COUNCIL OF NIGERIA.(CPN) MEMBER: INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, BRITAIN.
PAST PRESIDENT: ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 9110, NIGERIA.
Born on March 14th 1971 in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Happily married with two lovely daughters and one handsome boy.
B. SC (Hons), Computer Science (First Class Honours) from University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo State (1993)
Best graduating student in Faculty of Science during 1992/1993 Academic Session Best student in Computer Science during 1992/93 Session
Best student in Computer Science during 1991/92 Session
Nigerian Breweries PLC, Prize Winner, 1991/92 Session
Best student in Computer Science during 1990/91 Session
Best Student in Mathematics. 1988 (Secondary School)
EXPERIENCE – SUMMARY
Over 10 years of active Software Development.
Therefore, students most especially in higher institution of learning are expected to have an Industrial Training experience in order to improve their practical skills in their different course of study and also be computer literate.
1.1 Industrial Training Program.
Industrial Training program provides pre-professional work experience with specific assignments and responsibilities.
An Industrial Training should be relevant to a student’s personal career interests and academic courses of study, serving as a bridge between university and the world of work.
Productive Industrial Trainings help students to make informed decisions and improve their marketability after graduation.
1.2 Objectives of Industrial Training.
To provide avenue for students in higher institution of learning acquire industrial skills and experience in their various course of study.
To prepare students for work situation they are likely to meet after graduation.
To expose students to work methods and techniques in handling equipment and machinery that may not be available in the University.
To make transition from University to the world of work easier and thus enhance contests for later job placements.
To provide students with an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in real work situation, thereby bridging the gap between University work and actual practice.
To enlist and strengthen employers’ involvement in the entire educational process of preparing University graduates for employment in the industry.
1.4a Brief History of Connect Technology Ltd.
1.4b Structure of the Company.
1.4c Training Procedure of Connect Technology Ltd.
At Connect Technology Ltd is a perfect mixture of theory and practical works also the implementation of web-based instructions to enable students on Industrial Training get a grip of whatever is taught.
Connect Technology Ltd is a highly organized firm that not only satisfies clients but also ensures that students learn a lot that pertains to their course of study.
1.4d Features of Training Methodologies.
Assignments: At the end of each lecture, students are to do their assignments and submit. Scores maybe awarded to keep check on progress level of students.
Seminars: This is an interactive forum where students including staffs come together to talk about works they have executed, siting the challenges and also make plans for further works or projects.
Textbooks: Students are allowed to go through the firm’s handout and read more pertaining to what has been taught.
Internet: Students are also given the opportunity to go online to read up on different topics, which may not necessarily be what have been discussed at work but must be relevant so as to add more knowledge to the student.
The first day of work at Connect Technologies Ltd was on the 3rd of August, 2012. I was given an orientation in the company by one of the staff by name Pius Ekeh Junior, he told me of the rules and regulation of the company, showed me around different offices in the company, the services they render to the society, and he also gave a job description, and all that is expected of me during my Industrial Attachment.
I was assigned to the hardware department, where we did jobs like formatting a system unit, ghosting of hard drives, coupling system, changing of damaged motherboard components and repairs of computer if the need arises, among others.
Every Friday, everybody including staffs and IT students are enjoined in a seminar where they are given appraisal on works done during the week, discuss on challenges encountered during the week’s work and plan ahead for further jobs and projects.
Monthly, I assist my colleagues in disk cleanup, disk fragmentation, antivirus update, and also give a well detailed report to the staff in charge of IT (Industrial Training) students.
During the first week, no much work was done since I was new in the company, but as time went on, I was been thought on computer basics, how to use Microsoft, WordPad, Command Prompt, Viruses, Malware, Spyware and how they affect the computer system.
I also learnt on the definition of disks, their different types which are Basic and Dynamic disks, their uses, and how to convert from one form or state to another i.e. converting a disk in its Basic state to a Dynamic disk or from its Dynamic state to a Basic disk.
This is a process where the computer gets rid of irrelevant programs from its
memory. It is used to clear unused files on the hard disk and offers more options than just emptying the recycle bin but also detecting temporary internet files.
Files such as temporal office setups and old restore points can be removed in one operation, this also offers more flexibility for file removal.
To do this Right Click the My Computer Icon
Then Click on Properties
Next Click Disk Cleanup
Tick the items to be removed
Select Yes to confirm deletion
Then Click Ok to finish
By these actions, the files are removed from the hard disk and the spaces occupied are being freed.
When a file is deleted from the computer, it is not completed deleted from the computer instead it is saved in the Recycle Bin, where it can be restored should in case it was deleted by mistake.
Only when a file is deleted from the Recycle Bin, is it permanently deleted from the computer.
The Recycle Bin should be emptied on a regular basis.
This is used to check the integrity of the file systems, also to scan the physical hard disk for bad sectors. These bad sectors can lead to data loss or corruption and this is one of the first signs of falling hard disks.
When bad sectors are detected, Scan Disk attempts to repair these sectors mark them as ‘UNUSABLE’.
This means creating a clone of its contents so that they may be transferred to a different and larger sized hard disk. It is not strictly the same as copying, but rather a means of accessing files and software without having to go through all the trouble of reinstalling them.
Ghosting is typically done on a computer so as to upgrade it to a larger hard disk. It is also very important to note that when doing this both hard disks should be compatible, in terms model and brand. It is sometimes called
CONFIGURATION OF SYSTEMS
System configuration is the process of setting up the hardware devices and assigning resources to them so that they work together without conflicts.
A properly configured system will allow the user avoid resource conflict problems, and makes it easier for the user to upgrade the system with new equipments in the future.
An improperly configured system will lead to storage errors and problems, and make upgrading very difficult.
Steps in Setting up or Configuration a Computer.
Power on the Computer
On Set up window, choose country or region, time, currency and keyboard layout Click ‘Next’
Accept the license terms required to use your computer
Enter username and password, then choose a default picture for the use account Enter computer name e.g. Helen-pc
Click ‘Next’ and click on ‘Ask me again if any message comes up’ Here set time and date time zone
Finally click on ‘Start’
After configuration of the computer, the user can now allow the window to check the performance of the computer and prepare the desktop.
At this juncture the user can install and download any necessary applications that are needed on the computer.
UPGRADING WINDOWS XP to WINDOWS 7.
It is the same steps taken when configuring a computer; the difference is that during the configuration, the following are done: Insert the OS cd for Windows 7
Restart the computer
When prompted to boot to boot from CD, it any key on the keyboard to proceed Then all the instructions carefully and you will have your Windows XP upgraded to Windows 7 After that install the drivers and applications that are necessary to help the user work conveniently on the computer.
Activating Windows is necessary for Microsoft to know it is a genuine version of the Operating System. It also aids in upgrading any Operating System to any version.
These are the steps required:
Click on the Start button
Right Click on My Computer
Click on Activate Windows
Follow all instructions including the EULA agreement
You will need to type the product key of the computer and it is always at the top of the system unit After that you will be required to wait for some minutes so that Windows can be activated.
TROUBLESHOOTING OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM.
Troubleshooting is a process of determining the cause of, and ultimately the solution to, a problem.
It is a form of problem solving, most often applied to repair of failed products and processes. It is a logical and systematic search for the source of a problem, so that it can be solved, and so the product or process can be made operational again.
It is also needed to develop and maintain complex systems, where the symptoms of a problem can leave many possible problems. By applying a logical, consistent method to the troubleshooting process, you make your work easier, and shorten the time it takes to discover the root of the problem.
Acquire information about the problem by questioning the user and identifying any change the user has made to the computer lately. In acquiring the information, you will find out that sometimes the user has the problem. Some complain of not being able to connect to the internet or not being able to use the printer and applications.
All that is needed is to check the machine which ever it is and try to proffer a solution.