Facebook to open its very first Community Hub space on the continent, in addition to a series of long-term impact training programmes for 50,000 Nigerians
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 22, 2017/ — Today, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria (http://APO.af/2y13ue) to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent. Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, this set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.
“In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87% of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school. This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important”, commented Ebele Okobi, Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa. “At Facebook, our mission is clear: To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos today further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria’s policy makers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial eco-system to create economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa.’’
NG_HUB from Facebook
In partnership with CC Hub, Facebook will be opening the doors to its first community Hub space in the heart of Lagos, scheduled to open early next year. ‘NG_HUB from Facebook’ will be a multi-faceted creative space, which will connect and bring together developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. The NG_HUB will also host a start-up incubator programme, as well as bespoke trainings, guest speakers and a dedicated event space, all aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.
Additionally, across Nigeria, Facebook will be supporting a number of existing tech Hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos. The hubs will function as learning centres for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training and access.
Commenting on the announcement of NG_HUB in partnership with CC Hub, and Facebook’s further support of local hubs across Nigeria, Emeka Afigbo, Head of Platform Partnerships, Middle East & Africa said “Nigeria is producing a new generation of exciting start-ups that have incredible potential. We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities build for the next billion. One of our key passions at Facebook is nurturing and helping to develop the tech and start-up community, and I’m excited to announce our partnership with the Nigerian tech hub ecosystem especially the NG_HUB space, here in Lagos.”
Facebook Nigeria Skills Programmes
Facebook is committed to working with Nigerian small businesses, tech entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools for economic growth. Launching a series of learning-based programmes facilitated by local training partners, these have been designed to provide skills that lead to employment and to support the growth of small businesses. The goal is to train and support over 50,000 students, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs across the country through a series of scaled digital skills trainings, as well as long-term impact programmes. The training programmes will include:
- Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital (in partnership with the Fate Foundation) – a four-week intensive programme for entrepreneurs across Nigeria. This will be offered throughout the year in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Ibadan, Kaduna and Enugu
- Jobs for Youth: Coding for Employment – a training programme to develop Nigeria’s next generation of coders – designed to upskill developers and prepare them for employment
- Boost your Business – designed for small, medium sized businesses owners, teaching the fundamentals of digital marketing for business growth, with the goal to help business owners better understand their brand, audience and how to best reach and service them online
- Creative Entrepreneurship Training – specialised training designed specifically for creatives, including photographers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, bloggers and other creative content creators
- Online Safety + Digital Literacy Training in Schools and Universities – featuring a series of online safety and digital literacy courses for secondary school and university students
Ahead of the programme launch, Facebook undertook a detailed ‘Economic Impact Study’ (http://APO.af/rzdya4) to further understand how communities like small businesses and consumers in Nigeria use the platform, and the effectiveness of social media as a growth tool. Nearly 1 in 2 small businesses on Facebook say they built their business on the platform, and 62% stated they have been able to use Facebook to help find employees for their business, whilst over half (58%) of small businesses on the platform say they have been able to hire more employees’ due to growth since joining Facebook.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Facebook.
Idea Engineers – PR agency for Facebook
Retail Pro International Adds Reseller in Mexico, Increasing Specialty Retail Access to Unified Retail Pro POS
Retail Pro International deepens investment in Mexico specialty retail with addition of another reseller partnership, POS Latinoamericana.
Folsom, CA, Jan. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Retail Pro International, developer of global, flexible Retail Pro POS platform, announces deeper investment in Mexico retail by expanding their existing local reseller channel in partnership with Naucalpan-based IT company, POS Latinoamericana.
Specialty retailers will benefit most from this partnership, gaining greater access to software that top retailers like Samsonite, Puma, Oakley, Adidas, Diesel and Under Armour use to centrally manage in-store and ecommerce retail – Retail Pro.
Current efforts for Retail Pro International include a focus on helping retailers unify data and operations in Retail Pro, a platform store-management software. Unified data gives end-to-end visibility, helping retailers accomplish the following:
Uncover areas for performance improvement
Improve replenishment across channels
Increase efficiency in store operations
Retail Pro International CEO, Kerry Lemos, comments, “Mexico has sophisticated retailers, with high demand for modern POS technology that helps maximize ROI with better data-driven store management. We are pleased to meet that need with the introduction of more Retail Pro resellers to serve this market.”
Retail Pro International VP of Channel Sales for Latin America, Shaff Kassam, adds, “Retailers are equipped to make the most of their Retail Pro software through our Retail Pro Business Partners. Our partners offer local IT support and training for retailers’ IT teams and provide technical expertise and consulting for tailoring Retail Pro software to a retailers’ needs and regional requirements.”
The developer currently supports 54,000+ retailers in 130+ countries via Business Partner services. The availability of this local support in regions worldwide gives retailers advantage when expanding to new markets in the global economy.
POS Latinoamericana CEO Hector Jaramillo comments, “We look forward to helping Mexico retailers improve productivity and competitiveness with Retail Pro software. Because the technology is localized for Mexico and is easily customized for a retailer’s specific business operations, we believe retailers will be better positioned to respond quickly to industry change and increase profitability.”
ESS Technology Introduces Suite of USB CODECs featuring Audiophile SABRE DACs
MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio and analog design, announced today a series of USB Low-Power Audiophile CODECs that feature QUAD DAC™ Technology. Intended for use in headsets and audio adaptors that demand high-quality sound, the new line of CODECs can support end-to-end audiophile quality. The family is built around a low-power USB controller that supports USB 1.1 & 2.0, and can handle audio data rates up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM. At its heart is the legendary SABRE® DAC audio converter with HyperStream® II modulation that provides the ultimate in sound quality and stable sound field. The integrated headphone amp delivers that performance all the way to the headsets with up to 2.0Vrms output voltage, ensuring plenty of headroom for demanding headsets.
The highly-integrated parts also include all the needed blocks to make designing a USB audio system simple, including jack detect, button detection and GPIO inputs/outputs for custom buttons or switches. Reference designs are available for USB-C audio adaptors and USB-C headsets, and the parts can be easily customized using external EEPROM.
The ES9281PRO is the flagship of the new line and can provide best-in-class audio performance at 124 dB DNR and -112 Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N).
The ES9281PRO is the first USB product to offer an integrated hardware MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) renderer that makes MQA playback easy and cost-efficient. MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as the standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms. The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later. The subsequent “unfolding” process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, including software included in smartphone applications. The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC. The ES9281PRO will automatically detect the MQA stream and engage the rendering; the entire process requires no additional design work.
An integrated Audio Signal Processor (ASP) allows for creating real-time audio filters for use as Active Noise Cancelation (ANC), customized Parametric Equalizer (PEQ), Sidetone, or other filter-based audio effects.
The ES9280PRO offers the same impressive audiophile features as the ES9281PRO but without the MQA rendering. Both products feature a wide range of additional input formats beyond USB. In addition to the standard microphone support, they feature stereo line input and 8-channel I2S, allowing it to act as USB audio bridge for desktop audio player applications.
The third product in the line, The ES9270, offers a streamlined solution focused on creating high-quality headsets and dongles. The ES9270 can provide 117 dB DNR and -110 Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N) and features the same low-power audio controller as the flagship, without the ASP or I2S bridge. These parts are ideal for mainstream USB-C headsets and adaptors that still want great sound.
Samples, evaluation boards, and reference designs are available now for all three parts; in addition, the ES9281PRO will be featured for listening in the ESS demo suite at the 2019 CES show in Las Vegas, January 8th – 11th. For more information, contact your local sales representative.
Suneratech Named as Most Innovative Cloud Managed Services Provider Partner of Oracle
Woodridge, IL — (ReleaseWire) — 10/26/2018 — Suneratech has been named as Most Innovative Oracle Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner. In a recent annual audit by an Oracle authorized external auditor, Suneratech showed a very strong commitment to Oracle Cloud as evidenced by providing Managed Services on Oracle Cloud for customers with application deployments (both Oracle and Non-Oracle) with Oracle IaaS and Oracle PaaS.
Oracle Cloud Managed Service Providers (MSPs) qualify into the program by exemplifying their capacity to manage customers’ cloud infrastructure, and/or end-user systems, and provide services including cloud advisory, service migration, DevOps, provisioning and orchestration, monitoring, 24×7 monitoring, incidence and change management, and cloud optimization, among many others.
“The Oracle Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP) program identifies and recognizes partners who have skills, tools and processes to build, deploy, run, and manage Oracle and non-Oracle workloads on Oracle Cloud Platform. Suneratech’s cloud experts have a profound understanding and capabilities in helping customers adopt, migrate, and implement a range of Oracle Cloud initiatives enabling enterprises towards their successful digital transformation journey,” said Ravi Reddy, CEO of Suneratech.
Suneratech’s services that complement the Oracle Cloud include:
– Cloud-led business transformation services
– Cloud workload management for Oracle and other public and private cloud systems
– Multi-cloud and Hybrid IT application integration and orchestration services
“Many customers of Oracle want to migrate application and database workloads to cloud infrastructure, add cloud platform to extend and modernize their applications, and digitalize the business processes. Organizations can leverage Suneratech’s cloud capabilities to adopt cloud and make their digital transformation journey. Being an Oracle MSP means that Suneratech can directly provide Oracle Cloud Services to customers as part of any hybrid IT or modernization project” said Sreeni Setty, VP of Cloud Solutions, Suneratech.
“Suneratech’s performance and compliance to the requirements of the Oracle Cloud Managed Service Provider Accreditation was exemplary. The capabilities and competencies evidenced reinforced Suneratech’s recognition as the #1 Oracle’s Velocity Cloud Partner at the Oracle Digital Town Hall 2018. Suneratech’s Oracle Cloud Managed Services portfolio across IaaS, PaaS, SaaS & TaaS is powered by a wide spectrum of innovative automation, tooling and industry assets thus rendering the ability to deliver significant thought leadership and operational efficiencies for Suneratech customers in Oracle Cloud Managed Services” quoted Natrajh V Narayann, Lead Auditor & MSP Partner Transformation Consultant, Information Security Systems International, LLC
The key strengths of Suneratech as a Cloud MSP include the following in the audit report :
Providing Managed Services on Oracle Cloud Platform for customers with application deployments (both Oracle and Non-Oracle) with Oracle IaaS and Oracle PaaS.
Suneratech demonstrates a strong pre-sales expertise to assist customers in their unique journey to the cloud in Oracle IaaS and PaaS offerings in the areas of Data Management and Infrastructure.
Suneratech has also been recognized to have a very mature and a well-established practice in implementing Oracle Cloud Dev-Ops with the aid of in-house automation tools such as DOX and CloudTestr. These are extensively used for supporting application development for Oracle EBS.
Suneratech is well positioned for delivering projects on Oracle Cloud with their reference architectures, custom images, custom scripts and cookbooks, and solution accelerators. Examples are Reference Architectures for Oracle Infrastructure, Data Management & Application Development PaaS Services, Custom scripts and cookbooks for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Data Management, Integration, Analytics Platform Services”
Sunera Technologies Inc. which includes Sunera Technologies Pvt. Ltd, together known as ‘Suneratech’, with Headquarters in Chicago, USA, and has offices in India, Canada, Australia with now close to 1,000 employees serve a broad range of industries of Automobile, Manufacturing, ISV’s, Financials, Healthcare, etc., since 2008. Suneratech is Oracle Cloud Standard and Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork. More recently, since 2016, Suneratech has been delivering Managed Services on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Cloud Services. Suneratech also has strong expertise in implementing Oracle Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) with a focus on Oracle ERP, HCM, and CX Cloud Services.
Suneratech offers digital transformation of enterprise companies through IT automation and digital solutions to Oracle customers. This includes the supply chain IoT platform-eSeal, the intelligent Bot-enabled customer support platform-Meltag, the test automation platform-Cloudtestr, the DevOps automation platform-DOX, and the cloud application management solution-CLOQ. Based on its proprietary SWITCH framework, Suneratech enables companies to transition to digital through automation, migration, and innovation with its comprehensive suite of services and solutions.