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Sidmach displays innovative prowess at education summit in Lagos



The much publicised simplified, reliable, and affordable School Management solution suitable for every school, that allows schools keep track of information as it relates to academics- SmartSchool, has been unveiled.

The solution was developed by leading indigenous software company, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited.

The cloud based solution was unveiled at the Digital Transformation in Education summit organised by Microsoft Nigeria in conjunction with Sidmach Technologies.

In a presentation, the Account Manager for Sidmach Technologies, Mr. Owhofasa Imoh, said this will assist in the management of various aspects of school operations, and was designed to manage the registration processes, examination processes, record keeping and collation of schools, amongst several other things.

SmartSchool functions in a flexible manner such that it caters for the needs of both primary and secondary school to improve services to students, staff, visitors, while parents can leverage the platform to ascertain the behaviour of their kids in school.

“With SmartSchool you go online and subscribe to a service and you give access to your users; primarily the teachers to keep track of activities in School such as student’s attendance, academic records, student’s behaviour and many other features imbedded in the solution.

“With our SmartSchool, schools will be able to manage school administration; teachers and student management; access NERDC curriculum and WAEC Chief Examiner report, imagine Academy Office and Certification.

“It is open to any school for adoption. However, as a subscription service, private schools can easily sign up. For public schools, I suspect they might be going through the government.

Mr. Imoh further told that as an indigenous country, the subscription fees are payable in Naira.

“As a Nigerian user you make payment in Naira. However, if you are using a foreign online payment service it should be able to convert the payment to Naira.

Upon signing up an administrator grants access to whoever should have access to its usage. “As a proprietor- I sign up, make payment and gain access to the solution- I will begin to add users; who are my teachers. So, they receive an email to get their login or signup to perform their functions.

While emphasising on the need for schools to adopt technological tools like SmartSchools, the Education Program Manager at Microsoft Nigeria, Jordan Belmonte, said that Educationists have to keep in mind that technology is changing rapidly where the user now controls the real life impact.

“Whether we like it or not technology is here to stay. We are only required to think on how to leverage them to solve social problems like in education, water, issues in global health, conflicts/war, climate change, energy, amongst others as captured in the Social Development Goals.

“We need to ask questions like: are we teaching students the skills to go out there in the world and solve the existing problems? Or are we just churning out graduates who can’t fit in into the present workplace.

Speaking on why digital transformation in education is crucial she said the shift in standards moving from manufacturing to information economy where artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, cloud and other tools will be the order of the day, entails that schools can’t be the laggards.

“Think about marketing and how digital solutions have transformed the job; today, digital marketing is the skill every marketer needs to learn.

“Due to flexibility of skills today, statistics show that people are no longer interested in staying in same job for 30 years, rather they have 10 different skills before 40 years”.

Belmonte thus described digital transformation in education as a way to support the demand for robust essential life skills- critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication among the pupils.

She said that Microsoft will continue to partner with Sidmach towards creating more values for teachers; flexibility and creating the solutions that enable easy teaching and learning; better learning outcomes, saves teachers time, affordable easy to manage devices.

“Sidmach is a great company and has been doing a lot in the smartschool solution; we are happy to work with them”, she said.

Earlier, the Head of Sales and Marketing at Sidmach, Mr. Olayemi Olaleyon, said that the Company has been developing solutions in the education sector for close to three decades and has assisted the industry in transforming processes through digital tools.

For instance, in 1999, Sidmach helped WAEC to introduce Computer Based Testing; chief Examiner’s Report; Biometric e-Registration/ photo embossment on WAEC certificate.

“2012 in partnership with NERDC, we introduced e-curriculum; digitization of the National Curriculum. We help teachers to work smarter. So, over the years, we have worked with Microsoft to achieve these feats; Sidmach is Microsoft’s Gold Partner in Nigeria for over 15 years.

“Come to us with any ICT related challenge and we shall find a platform to solve it. Ours is to find a smarter way to transform what you are currently doing, digitally”, Olaleyon said.

The summit also featured a demo session on Sidmach’s newest solutions such as the Simple Electronic Assessment and Marking System (SEAMS).

According to the Creative Marketing Officer, Sidmach Technologies, Akintunde Opawole, the solution will enable schools and examination bodies enhance the conduct of examinations, marking of answer scripts and scoring of their various students.

He explained that SEAMS is a comprehensive solution that provides institutions with an automatic conversion of examination answer booklets or forms filled on paper to digital format in real time.

“It also allows candidates to take exams using their familiar pen and paper while converting it real time to electronic format.

“It provides easy and safe archiving of exams scripts. It saves cost, time and provides fast results,” he added.

According to him, this solution will convert exams scripts electronically in real time without the teachers having to input records manually.

Akintunde Opawole; Oluseyi Odusanya; Jordan Belmonte (Microsoft); Owhofasa Imoh and Oladiran Olayemi. at the event


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Meet Kingsley Adonu



In the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, there are visionaries who not only navigate the business landscape but redefine it. Meet Kingsley Adonu, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the SMobile Group, a conglomerate that stands as a beacon of excellence and diversity in the global business arena.

Kingsley Adonu is a visionary entrepreneur and the Founder of the SMobile Group, a conglomerate synonymous with excellence and diversity. As the Chief Executive Officer, he has steered the group to remarkable heights, overseeing a spectrum of businesses that span across Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Hospitality, Water Production, Agriculture, Technology, E-commerce, Energy, Sports, Entertainment, Education, Health, Logistics and Financial Services, with branches extending globally to UK, USA, China, South Africa, and Canada.

Under Kingsley’s astute leadership, SMobile Group has emerged as a major partner for MTN, evident in the impactful presence of the SMobile brand in the telecommunications landscape. His strategic insights and forward-thinking approach have positioned the group as a dynamic player in multiple industries.

Beyond the boardroom, Kingsley Adonu is a dedicated philanthropist, committed to making a positive impact in communities. His philanthropic efforts extend beyond business, reflecting a deep-seated belief in the responsibility of successful individuals to contribute meaningfully to society.

Kingsley’s influence is not confined to national borders; he has actively participated in numerous international telecom conferences, further enriching his understanding of global industry trends and fostering valuable connections with industry leaders worldwide.

With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Kingsley Adonu continues to inspire and lead the SMobile Group towards new horizons, blending business acumen with a passion for positive societal change.

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SHELT Global Unveils Security Operations Center, Training Academy

Report by SANDRA ANI



Mr. Youssef Abillama, Managing Partner (3rd right); Walid Bou Abssi, country manager of SHELT Cyber Immune Limited (2nd right), in company of business leaders and guests at the unveiling of SHELT Global Limited SOC and training academy in Lagos on February 16, 2024

Training Academy

SHELT Global Limited recently held a cocktail party at its new headquarters in Nigeria to unveil their upgraded Security Operations Center and the SHELT Training Academy.

SHELT has been operating in Nigeria across Lagos and Abuja for six years, serving the country’s leading financial, telecom, and government institutions in their cybersecurity needs.

This headquarters relocation consolidates the determination of SHELT in investing in Nigeria’s economy and in growing cybersecurity talent for the country.

Mr. Youssef Abillama, managing partner of SHELT Global Limited flanked by the team, at the unveiling of SHELT Global Limited SOC and training academy in Lagos on February 16, 2024

The party was attended by SHELT’s clients and partners, and the guests were taken on a tour of the newly opened premises.

The new SHELT Headquarters boasts a state-of-the-art 24/7 SOC to support the needs of the company’s clients all over Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

SHELT also revealed its Training Academy where young talents and experienced cybersecurity professionals looking to enhance their cybersecurity skills can enroll and benefit from the knowledge and experience of the company’s experts.

SHELT Training Academy will be issuing certifications to students in coordination with international cybersecurity bodies and affiliations.

Mr. Youssef Abillama, Managing Partner of SHELT Global Limited, said: “Our Nigeria offices are quickly turning into the company’s flagship, and we believe the country is playing its part as a role model to the rest of Africa when it comes to cybersecurity regulations. Today, with the launch of this new headquarters and the opening of our Training Academy, we can give back to the community that welcomed us from the start.”

Mr. Walid Bou Abssi, Country Manager of SHELT Cyber Immune Limited, said: “I see so many opportunities ahead of us in the future with the launch of the Academy. We hear of so many people wanting to enter the field of cybersecurity and we will be working hard to support the youth and cybersecurity professionals in their careers.”

Source: Techeconomy

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Sophos Expands Commitment to the Channel with New Dedicated Partner Care Offering




  • Partner Care Delivers 24×7 Administrative and Operational Support to Boost Channel Partner Profitability

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, is expanding its commitment to the channel with the addition of Partner Care, a new offering in its global partner program that features a dedicated, 24×7 team of Sophos experts who handle non-sales related questions and operational support.

The offering is designed to speed up response times for Sophos partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) needing assistance with administrative and operational tasks, freeing them up to focus on selling and securing their customers with Sophos’ portfolio of innovative managed services and endpoint, network, email, and cloud security solutions.

“Based on our decades of experience successfully supporting partners who sell to mid-market and small business organizations, we know that administrative and operational issues take away valuable time needed to build customers relationships, pursue prospects and close new business deals,” said Kendra Krause, senior vice president of global channels and small business sales at Sophos. “Partner Care reinforces Sophos’ longstanding strategy to be ‘channel-best,’ which is our commitment to provide partners with optimal, conflict-free revenue and profitability opportunities, curated training and support, and advanced security solutions that defend customers from data breaches, ransomware and other debilitating cyberattacks.”

Sophos Partner Care offers a single point of contact for quoting, navigating the partner portal, addressing licensing queries, Not For Resale (NFR) requests, and more. With this high level of service, partners working with small and mid-market organizations can better boost their productivity and increase profitability.

“Being busy with administration can consume a lot of time and cost, so the idea that Sophos now has a focused Partner Care program and dedicated team to handle it is unbelievably beneficial,” said Richard Wenger, account executive, Point Broadband LLC, a Sophos channel partner based in Alabama. “We are looking forward to the training and enablement of the ‘tool,’ so we can start executing right away. Every bit of time away from the sales cycle is time away from building relationships and being trusted advisors to our customers. This Sophos Partner Care program is essential to my business.”

In addition to Partner Care, Sophos is offering several enhancements to its global partner program, including an additional 5% reward on top of a deal registration discount for partners selling Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR). This expires March 31, 2024.

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