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Uganda public sector undergoes SharePoint training

Participants from Ugandan public sector organisations have undergone a week of collaborative computing training by the Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC).

The training, held at the Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) was attended by 14 participants from organisations like Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Growers Tea Factory, National Information Technology Authority- Uganda (NITA-U), COSEKE-Uganda among others.

In a bid to help improve the productivity and increase profitability for different organizations, the Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) organized a one-week training for IT professionals on Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The course was intended to teach individuals how to efficiently incorporate Microsoft SharePoint 2010 in their daily activities in order to improve data management in their workplaces.

Drake Mirembe, the MIC manager, said the centre seeks to build capacity aimed at making businesses more profitable. “The Centre works in a global partnership that enables us pass on the right courses to the public. The courses we offer are impacting organizations worldwide,” he added, noting that the College, which hosts the MIC, is privileged to be able to impact on the core areas of social transformation through using ICT to change communities.

The trainees lauded the MIC for this training, revealing that it helped address a number of challenges experienced by the individuals who were already using Microsoft SharePoint in their organizations. Gloria Nshekanabo of URA said they have been underutilizing SharePoint, but after the training, the organization will adopt the various functions within the application. URA uses SharePoint to communicate, store documents and collaborate with partners.

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