In the past two decades, core banking systems have evolved from a decentralized architecture to a service oriented one. This presentation explores what has motivated this change and sheds some light on the next frontier of banking. It also provides insight into how DreamOval has prepared for this future with a stack of Open Source technologies tailored for the African Market.
<div style="margin-bottom:5px"> <strong> <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/henrysampson/big-data-banking-customer-vs" title="Big Data Banking: Customer vs. Accounting" target="_blank">Big Data Banking: Customer vs. Accounting</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="http://www.slideshare.net/henrysampson" target="_blank">Henry Sampson</a></strong> </div>
The rise in popularity of computing and internet use have been universally hailed as signs of great progress. Computers and the Internet are now used extensively in both our personal and work lives and have served to both increase our productivity, and expand our capacity for innovation in multiple sectors. However, there is also a dark side to computers and internet use that must be recognized and dealt with. For as with most human developments, if it can be used for good, it can most certainly be used for evil as well.
What is perhaps one of the most important but unseen pillars of the technology revolution, seems to finally be coming out of the shadows. Much of the technology we use most often today is either itself or is based on what is termed ‘free/open-source software’.
But what exactly is ‘free software’? The simplest explanation is that free software is not any particular program or piece of code but is rather an ideology. It is one which proclaims that software which is developed should be created in an open manner which allows anyone else to examine and make changes to the source code.
Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, recently revealed government plans to build a technology park to encourage high-tech entrepreneurial growth in Tema. This park is set to model successful examples such as Egypt’s Smart Village, South Africa’s Innovation Hub and the best known example, Silicon Valley of the United States. Laudable, and feasible, as this project may appear at first glance, strong doubts can and must be raised as to whether the government plan has the necessary factors to become as big a success as Silicon Valley.
What do Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, Rancard Solutions and DreamOval Ltd have in common? From small local firms to multinationals, from the old to the young, and from international to local; each and every one of these tech firms was started by men. To this day it’s surprising and somewhat disturbing that women seem to have been largely left out in the leadership of the world’s technology revolution. Only a small percentage of technology startups worldwide are led by women, and here in Africa ICT education seems to be more attractive to men than women. Why is this and what can be done? We examine some potential causes..
Following on from last week’s article and introduction to our vision for 2012, here are a few more ways technology will revolutionize work and life in Ghana this year. We take a look backwards at some of the innovations and events of the past year, then take a look forward at how these events could transform Ghana in 2012 and beyond.