Vanguard (Lagos)

29 January 2013

Nigeria: ISPON, Ovia Link Up for Software Excellence

With the establishment of a prize for excellence dedicated to software startups, President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje has said with optimism that Nigerian youths will be empowered with digital entrepreneurship that will prepare them for the 21st century job market.

The initiative, according to the ISPON President is a functional response by Mr Jim Ovia - founder of Visafone Networks, to resolve the missing link in the nation's knowledge capacity development space by invigorating a proactive strategy to enthrone software startups.

The prize for software excellence domiciled under the flagship of ISPON, Uwaje noted is perhaps, the most ambitious ICT knowledge initiative to date.

Uwaje said the initiative was designed to recognize and mentor the "Best Software Start-up of the Year" and to ensure that Nigeria becomes a force to reckon with in the global software development-entrepreneurship landscape. The maiden edition of the prize for software excellence, established to recognize the "Best software start-up of the year" (2012), will be held at the prestigious ISPON President's Dinner 2013

ISPON, he said was greatly honoured to be associated with the prize for software excellence and also inspired by the dynamic relevance of ICT and technology-related initiatives powered by the Jim Ovia Foundation.

The initiative, Uwaje said aims to redefine and add value to the existing models for digital knowledge development and empowerment. It will also advocate and promote agile software development process. "This ensures refinement of the model informally or formally with a justification tool. The advocacy will also focus on Domain analysis involving a broad study of the relevant domain, its intrinsic aspects, its particular technologies, roles of the people involved, perhaps its role in a wider socio-economic context.

"Software is a key enabling technology in business, industry, government, and defense, and permeates products and services of all kinds. It is no exaggeration to state that the progress of modern society is now totally and irrevocably dependent on software, as clearly exemplified by the year 2000 bug ("Y2K") crisis.

Economic sectors such as manufacturing, financial services, communications, health care, energy, transportation, entertainment and education, as well as national defense and government, depend for the conduct of daily operations on software - ranging from personal computer applications to large-scale, networked systems and Cloud computing with astonishing complexity

"The critical infrastructure of the nation is largely controlled and managed by software. In short, software has become a prime critical national resource, vital to national well being, sustainable development, creation of wealth and global competitiveness.

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