Sambus & Esri Partner Conference
The event had thirty-eight (38) persons attending. This number includes Sambus’ delegation. Only 2 out of the 4 resellers in Nigeria made it for the event. The resellers present were Support Systems Limited and GIS Konsult Ltd.
The event commenced late due to an early morning rain which exacerbated the usual morning traffic to Victoria Island. Most of the attendees therefore arrived late.
A Director of Sambus, Kwame Gyeke-Amoako opened the event at 10:30am. The General Manager, Louis Darko gave a welcome message. Due to the late start, the presentation on the platfrom was not delivered.
James Annan-Aggrey, Country Manager for Nigeria shared a story on the Esri Partner Network focusing on Esri’s Global Community of Partners, An Introduction to the Esri Partner Network, How Partners can Leverage on Esri technology to Grow their Business, How to join the Esri Partner Network program and Esri/Sambus Commitment to Partners. Question time after the presentation ushered us into the lunch break.
Simon Assuah Adu, Business Development Manager shared a presentation on Esri and Public Safety and Richmond Kyei Baffour, shared a presentation on Esri technology for the Utility Industry.
An open discussion forum had participants asking questions on;
- How Esri Technology can be used to monitor pipelines to halt the current spate of Oil pipeline vandalism. In response Prof. Fabiyi, the former head of RECTAS hinted that if professionals can come up with a proposal, it can be channeled through the appropriate quarters for the attention of decision makers.
- How do we share GIS technology at the Secondary school level? The CEO of GIS Konsult who is currently embarking on the Green Secondary School Project responded by encouraging all to volunteer to become mentors of the program to get more secondary schools onto the program.
- The need to organize a training for Developers on Esri technology. In response, Country Manager for Nigeria, James Annan-Aggrey hinted that Sambus will consider such an event in view of Google’s plan to train 1 million young Africans in Nigeria, Kenya & South Africa, in the next year.
- The formation of a social media platfrom with the proposed name “Esri Partner_NG” for all attendees.
Some photo-shots from the Conference
The team from Sambus were made up of Kwame Gyeke-Amoako – Director, Louis Darko – General Manager, James Annan-Aggrey – Country Manager, Nigeria; Simon Assuah Adu – Business Development Manager, Richmond Kyei-Baffour – Head, Technical Support, Projects &Training and Babine Edeko – Administrative Assistant.