Vodacom thrills students on tour of data centre
COMPUTING| Oct. 17, 2012, 8:34 a.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
As part of its commitment to youth empowerment and development through ICT, Vodacom Business Nigeria hosted the ICT Club members of Grace High School on a one day ICT tour of its Lagos, Nigeria office.
Vodacom said the tour, which included a visit to the company’s data centre, was aimed at giving these tech-savvy students exposure to the technology behind the gadgets and applications they use on a daily basis.
“For these youngsters, devices like the iPad, smartphones and video games are fast becoming a way of life. Children are fascinated by pressing buttons and making things work. By taking them behind the scenes we’re giving them a better understanding of the industry, how it works and showing them where they can one day make a difference,” said Vernon Van Rooyen, Executive Head, Network Operations Vodacom Business Nigeria.
While the tour touched on a number of areas from the development of the Nigerian ICT industry to back up and security solutions, the students were particularly interested in Vodacom’s Cloud Services. Questions relating to this were around how Vodacom provides and manages its customers’ software and hardware without being physically present at customer locations.
“The cloud is awesome. Today’s visit explained how I am able download music from iTunes without cables or an internet dongle. What I find most interesting is how credit card companies use the cloud to detect fraud faster and how energy companies monitor faraway pipelines with cloud services” said the Grace School ICT Club Captain.
The ICT Coordinator of Grace High School, Funmilola Omojola, thanked the management of Vodacom Business Nigeria for the opportunity given to the students to gain more ICT knowledge from the organization. She said, “Children’s confidence to try new things increases as they gain new knowledge and skills; at Grace School we are now challenged to make better use of technologies across all areas of learning and really ensure ICT becomes embedded in everyday practice”
The tour of its facilities follows on the back of the Vodacom Business Nigeria three day ICT workshop for the Mathematics/Computer Science students of Benue State University in June this year.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Resolving the data centre disconnectThe disconnect between virtualised applications and physical storage is costing businesses time and money. Read More
CPN could boost Nigeria’s revenue by N4.5b yearlyThe Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) or CPN says it has the capacity to boost Federal Government’s revenue with N4.5 billion yearly. Read More
Nokia aims to make Ghana’s ICT market more dynamicNokia says the introduction of its first innovation road show in Ghana is geared towards offering the country’s ICT market the opportunity to benefit from Nokia’s state-of-the-art technologies and concepts to transform networks to be more dynamic, agile and evolving. Read More
M2M technology driving agriculture’s industrialisationThe agriculture and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors are heading for a union that is being brought about by natural calamity, economic developments and changes in the ICT space. Read More
Penplusbytes to share experience at 8th ICT4D Conference in Nairobi, KenyaThe Executive Director of Penplusbytes, Kwami Ahiabenu II, will be speaking on promoting effective governance using ICTs at the eighth annual ICT4D conference underway in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More
Dirt to data – The new revolution in agricultureIt is estimated that, through technological innovation, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to increase agricultural productivity in Africa by 70% by 2050. Read More
Criticism over Remita borne out of ignorance, says SystemSpecsThe CEO of SystemSpecs, the company behind the revenue-saving Nigerian Single Treasury Account (TSA) system, speaks to Biztechafrica. Read More
MainOne joins global effort to support women in ICTMainOne has lent its voice to the global campaign urging girls and young women to consider careers in the growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector during the International Girls in ICT Day. Read More
Huawei identifies unique cloud solutions for NigeriaICT solutions provider Huawei said after a comprehensive study of Nigerian enterprise terrain, it has defined its cloud transformation agenda along four segmentations. Read More
100 non-profits receive Microsoft grants to close gap in computer scienceMicrosoft Philanthropies has announced grants for over 100 non-profits worldwide, of which 14 are in the Middle East and Africa. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.