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Why Many Web Projects Fail, Prepare for 2014

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Vibe Web Solutions Limited said that after years of working with various clients, it often wondered why some of the projects have failed even beyond launching and why so many of the clients have to return after their Web Projects fail.

Meanwhile, about 75% of businesses come from projects where someone else could not get the job done.  The most common situation is what the Company called the “Money Pit – No Clear Vision and Purpose”.

This informed the article on: the most common reasons why so many web projects fail, especially in 2013, even as companies and individuals get ready for 2014.

Jumping the Gun:
Lack of a clear definition of the scope and requirements:  Everyone is so anxious to get going and they think they know where they are going.  But they don’t think about how it’s going to work and what happens under different scenarios.

This is especially true when a company puts their business online.  How will this new process affect your business? 

Most clients think they know what they want, but the devil is in the details.  I can’t tell you how many clients we meet with that when pressed to detail their process, haven’t thought through all of the ramifications. 

Make sure you go through a detailed planning exercise before you start building.  Make sure building something that your customers want and need, not just what you want. Get input from customers.

Do not want to pay for the service rendered:
This kind of approach as 100% fail rate. If the client approach business this way then he will frustrate the web developer from rendering high standard service and in return get disappointed. In most cases they end up spending more than they want.

The “Facebook Syndrome” Biting off more than you can chew. 
Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  If you have a really complex project, do it in phases.  You don’t have to publish it all on the web at once.  There is nothing wrong with replacing your existing website after three or four phases are completed.

Putting the Design First:
Designing without purpose or function.  We have seen some absolutely beautiful designs for new projects that just cannot be built or would be too expensive to build.  It’s best to wireframe out all of the functionality taking into account the platform you’re using before the design is done.   Then have your development team work with the designer, so together they come up with something that is beautiful and functional.  Otherwise you could come up with a Frankenstein site that is neither.

Getting Off Track: Scope Creep: 
This happens a lot. A good PM’s main job is to keep things on track.  It’s natural as you go through the development, to come up with new ideas and things you want.  You need to realize that every time you make a change, it adds to the time and cost of your project.  Changes late within the process have large affects.  If a website is built and tested, you will have to retest after the change.  Some changes are beneficial, especially if they make the website better for your users.  But lots of indecision and changing can derail a project.   Scope Creep happens when decision makers aren’t involved early on or the project didn’t go through proper planning. 

No Functionality Testing:
Lack of cohesive Quality Assurance.    It’s important to unit test each piece of functionality and then do regression testing on the final product.   All projects have bugs, so it’s better to have the developers find the problems instead of your users.  We usually set aside 20% to 25% of the development time to perform proper QA.  Make sure there is a comprehensive QA Plan, otherwise you could get a website that has a lot of issues.  Developers need to be thinking about quality from day one and be responsible to fix their problems.  Otherwise it could get very sloppy.

Building a successful web project requires all of these areas to be properly addressed. Failure to perform any of these tasks could derail a project which ends up being completely wasted money in the budget.  When you select a developer make sure they can address all of these before you start. Properly done projects can be a tremendous asset to the wellbeing of your company.   


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FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence

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Federal government on Tuesday announced that it has developed initiatives for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technology in Nigeria.

FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence

 

The establishment of a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria (CFAIR) is also expected soon.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that AI applications enable innovative solutions, improve risk assessment, better planning, and faster knowledge-sharing.

Abdullahi Usman Gambo, director of IT Infrastructure Solution, NITDA, spoke at a workshop in commemoration of International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

He noted that AI would open up opportunities for access to information and also help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN) in the 2030 Agenda.

Gambo said: “Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives – from governance to business, legislation to medicine to defence, etc. We can all agree that AI is humanity’s new frontier.

“We have developed initiatives for adoption of emerging technologies such as AI, strengthen cybersecurity, digital skills for digitally excluded citizens while enhancing the regulatory and market environment to increase access to ICTs, and promote seamless access to information.

“We believe AI and associated emerging technologies will completely enhance the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of information gathering during the exchange of data or the ways of communication,” he said.

Delivering his paper, Yushau Shuaib, publisher of PRNigeria, described access to information as the right of the citizens to accurate, transparent, and timely facts and figures.

The former National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman stated that governments at all levels have obligations to communicate with people, while the public has the right to know and criticize authorities through constructive engagement.

The media executive, however, appealed to Nigerians not to use social media platforms for fake news dissemination.

“The merits of new media on affordability, accessibility and instant delivery are occasionally marred by the fact that social media is sometimes used to spread fake news”, he said.

Shuaib called for collaboration of stakeholders in ensuring appropriate legislation through public awareness campaigns in order to improve access to universal information.


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Samsung Unveils Technologically Advanced 2020 Consumer Products

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Samsung Electronics Nigeria has unveiled its 2020 consumer products range. The launch which held in Victoria Island, Lagos showcased the latest in its revolutionary and innovative QLED and Crystal UHD Television Series  along with Wind Free Air Conditioners, Side by Side Refrigerators and Drum Washing Machines.

Keeping with its resolve to utilize its transformative ideas and technologies to shape the future and inspire the whole world, Samsung has once again demonstrated its determination to continuously redefine the living space and entertainment of its customers.

According to Mr. Caden Chiyeon Yu, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics Nigeria, “QLED uses exceptional and revolutionary technology which offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the comfort of your living room. QLED series is available in 4K or 8K and from 58″ to 98”, and was designed with options to fit any space and budget”. For Crystal UHD Television, Mr. Yu said, with cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.

Also showcased at the launch were the new Windfree Air Conditioner, Drum Washing Machines and Side by Side refrigerators. The Windfree Air Conditioner is designed specially with the latest technology to provide coolness in quick time while ensuring that users don’t experience any chills through out its use. It also has an in-built digital inverter which reduces energy consumption by 73 percent. .

The newly introduced drum washing machine of 2020 from Samsung is very efficient and is built with eco bubble technolgy which allows it to provide cleaning of very dirty garments or clothes without the use of water.  Futhermore, the new Side by Side Refrigetor was built with Spacemax technology which has enabled  Samsung to offer more spacious interior without increasing the external dimentions or compromising energy efficiency.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Oluwaremilekun Adesola-Ogunsan, Head, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Nigeria stated that “Samsung understands the economic diffulties currently being experienced in the country and has consistently produced pocket friendly premium consumer products. We are very consistent in our approach as we understand that our customers like the good things of life and we have provided that without compromising our standards”. “So I can say boldy that there is a Samsung for everybody regardless of your income stream” She added.

In 2019, the Samsung consumer range of products received universal praise for its innovative quality and design and numerous pioneering features. This year Samsung has added even more beneficial features which its customers will appreciate in great deal.

 


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CWG Plc Empowers Small Businesses in Nigeria with SME Solution

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Pan-African Information and Communications Technology Company, CWG Plc has said the essence of its Enterprise Resource Planning Solution (SMERP) that runs on the cloud is to empower small and medium enterprises in Nigeria and offer them the required tools to manage their entire business.

Mr. Dolapo Orogbemi, Product Manager for SMERP, who disclosed this recently to the media, noted that with SMEs contributing massively to Nigeria’s economy and creating both direct and indirect jobs, SMERP was designed intentionally to help SMEs thrive.

“Since inception, it has been the number one goal for us here at CWG because we have always identified the potential for SMEs once they are provided with the right support.

Thus, SMERP was designed to make available enabling tools for all SMEs across Africa at a relatively affordable price and to also make their business operations lean where they can save more resources to increase profitability,” he said.

Dolapo explained that in support of SMEs, SMERP has provided an effective ERP tailored to the SME market, providing services such as Inventory Management, E-commerce platform, Accounting, Point of Sale and Customer Relationship Management tool.

He argued that one of the major reasons SMEs don’t survive beyond the early stage of their business is due to inadequate funding to scale the business and this has become a default gap in the SME sector.

But with the CWG’s SMERP solution, SMEs can take proper records of their day-to-day business transactions to present to financial institutions as proof of profitability and project business growth for them.

According to him, SMERP’s competitive edge is based on value to the SMEs where they can have access to a complete ERP solution at an affordable price, stressing that the solution enables each SME with special requirements to execute their business needs.

For more information on SMERP kindly visit www.smerp.ng to start a 14-days free trial.


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