Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 25 - Page 8

NEWS Andela officials discuss building capacities of software developers A mr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has received a delegation from Andela – a specialised company in building the capabilities of software developers in the African continent. Routed signs expansion agreement for subscription business software Routed has signed an expansion agreement to take further advantage of subscription business management software from Ubersmith The delegation was headed by Andela Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Christina Sass and was attended by Maha Rashad, the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), and Sabrina Roshan, Andela-Director of Expansion Strategy. During the meeting, Talaat welcomed the executive steps taken by the company towards setting up a headquarters in Egypt in cooperation with ITIDA to prepare Egyptian calibers in the field of software and IT services, thus providing job opportunities for them at various international companies. He highlighted Egypt’s interest in supporting African youth to enable them to enter national and international markets and polishing their skills in the ICT field. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the efforts and initiatives of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and its affiliates in building capacities of young people and polishing their skills. These initiatives entail the presidential initiative which aims to train more than 10,000 Egyptian and African young people on the development of digital applications and games and establish about 100 African start-ups. R outed, a vendor-neutral cloud infrastructure provider in South Africa, has signed an expansion agreement to take further advantage of subscription business management software from Ubersmith, to further enable its fast- paced growth. The company is a model of efficiency using the Ubersmith software suite to automate pay-per-use billing to reduce the chance of mistakes in a manual process, as well as centralise customer information including client contracts. It bills clients on a pay-per-use model and sells its solutions through partners, such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). and the business model we have while integrating well with other applications and infrastructure, and remaining open for the future as needed,” said Andrew Cruise, Managing Director at Routed. “It makes our lives easier, helping our people in billing, customer service and sales work efficiently to handle the growth today and prepare for the scalability needs of our business tomorrow.” Ubersmith provides the flexibility for Routed to efficiently bill large enterprises as well as smaller MSPs. In addition, Routed’s customers use the Ubersmith software Client Portal for easy access to information on the services they’re using. “The Ubersmith software is ideal for the kind of subscription billing we do 8 INTELLIGENTCIO Andrew Cruise, Managing Director at Routed