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DASIK Workshop

9th December 2014

From 8 to 9 December 2014, as part of the DAAD-funded DASIK project, the final workshop took place in Port Elizabeth (South Africa) at the partner university Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Amongst others the DAAD, the University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and various industry representatives (including SAP and SYSPRO) participated in the event.

 


DASIK ICT Research Collaboration Workshop

24th November 2014

On Monday, 8th December 2014 the DASIK ICT Research Collaboration Workshop will be held at the NMMU in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The aim of the workshop, which is the last event in the ongoing DASIK project, is to bring together people with a passion for ICT and business and to address the challenges in the field of ICT particularly in our unique environment in South Africa. Potential opportunities for collaboration between industry partners and researchers will be explored. We are privileged to have two leading researchers in the field of ICT to be presenting on topics key to the local ICT industry. In addition Kurt Lindoor who is BI Divisional Executive at EOH-SAP Services will also present on "The value of knowing". Mr. Lindoor has been a leading IT professional for many years and has vast experience in the field of ERP systems, SAP, data science and business intelligence. All presenters are well renowned for their excellent presentation skills.

In addition participants will benefit from the knowledge exchange provided by German university partners who are internationally acclaimed experts in their respective fields. Participants can also submit any problems or challenges that that their organisations are struggling with currently with regards to their ICT strategy and these will be explored at the workshop and possible routes for addressing these will be identified. Participants will also get the opportunity to strengthen the partnerships with researchers and academics in higher education institutions in order to satisfy their future employee and market demands. Opportunities for funding by Germany will also be presented and networking with other IT professionals will be facilitated.

 


Last DASIK-Module "ERP" will be conducted at the beginning of December

12th November 2014

The fifth and last DASIK module, Enterprise Ressource Planning (ERP), is scheduled to be presented in Port Elizabeth, South Africa at the beginning of December. The course will run from the 1st to 5th December 2014 in the Computing Sciences Department on the South Campus of the NMMU. The course is going to incorporate elements of e-learning, blended learning and m-learning and at the same time highlight two major ERP vendors’ ERP systems, that of SAP and SYSPRO. Delegates from various DASIK partner institutions will be attending, consisting of students and staff from the NMMU, University of Oldenburg, Unversity of Dar es Salaam, as well as employees of companies. The course is jointly presented by Mr. Paulo de Matos (SYSPRO), Dr. Brenda Scholtz and Mr. Martin Smuts (both NMMU). Furthermore, Mr. Andreas Solsbach (University of Oldenburg) is supporting the course during the practical exercises.

The key topics covered in the ERP course are:

  • Functions and features of ERP systems
  • Core concepts of ERP systems
  • Analysis of the financial, inventory and procurement module of an ERP system
  • Comparison of typical business processes with that of a selected ERP system
  • Introduction to SAP ERP and SYSPRO ERP

 


Successful 2nd DASIK Industry Workshop in Johannesburg

30th July 2014

On the 22nd and 23rd July 2014 the project partner SYSPRO hosted the second DASIK Industry Workshop at its headquarters in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The two-day workshop follows the success of prior industry workshops held in Port Elizabeth and Oldenburg, Germany in 2012 (Kick-off-Meeting) and 2013 (1st DASIK Industry Workshop) respectively. The workshop brought together some of the top global IT industry experts and leading academics to develop and conduct intense training courses in ICT-related research fields. The aim of the workshop was to encourage knowledge transfer and partnerships between countries as well as business and tertiary institutions. "The key to resolving most of the socio-economic problems facing Africa lies in the hands of education. With a sufficiently educated population, the opportunities for this continent are limitless," says SYSPRO Marketing Director, Meryl Malcomess. The theme of the first day of the workshop was ‘The IT Industry’s Demands for the Future’ whilst the second day addressed ‘IT Educational Insight and Need for Growth’. During the two days presenters from the DASIK project partners itself gave some insights in the project objectives and the results obtained so far. Furthermore, representatives from companies like iPlan, Mircosoft SA, SYSPRO, IQMates, CS Interactive Training and KPMG gave their experiences with IT industry's demands to the interested audience. As representatives from the city of Oldenburg and the State of Lower Saxony, Mr. Roland Hentschel and Mr. Lars Koenig also delivered a speech with regards to the relevance of the project with the region Oldenburg and Lower Saxony. Besides several interested members of companies and universities in South Africa Ms. Philina Wittke (Head of Information Center of the DAAD South Africa) and Ms. Maja Clausen (Head of Education, Research, Science and Innovation of the German Embassy Pretoria) were part of the invited guests.

The participants of the 2nd DASIK Industry Workshop

 


DASIK Industry Workshop 2014

25th June 2014

The second DASIK Industry Workshop will be taking place on the 22nd and 23rd July 2014 at SYSPRO in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, South Africa. This two day workshop follows the success of the first industry workshop held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2012 and the second industry workshop held in the “Kulturzentrum PFL” in Oldenburg, Germany in September 2013. The workshop is designed to create a knowledge transfer between key industry partners within the ICT sector and representatives from universities in Africa and Germany.
The first day of the workshop is themed “The IT Industry’s Demands for the Future” whilst the second day addresses “IT Educational Insight and Need for Growth”. The workshop will provide insight into project progress and successes to date as well as relevant discussions by partner institutions and industry partners. There will be a social event at Arts on Main after the first day.
The DASIK (Developing and strengthening industry-driven knowledge transfer between developing countries) project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (DAAD). While the main objective of the project is to develop and conduct intense training courses in the current ICT-related research fields, the workshop also affords attendees the opportunity to improve their understanding of the program and the possibility of future partnerships.

 


DASIK-Module on Mobile Computing

4th December 2013

From the 2nd to 6th December 2013 the third DASIK Module with its topic "Mobile Computing" is carried out at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Participants from South African companies such as Aspen Pharmacare, BranSystems, Business Connexion, Creative IT, SYSPRO, UTi Worldwide and Volkswagen Group South Africa as well as students from NMMU, Rhodes University, University of Cape Town and of the Free State learn about the development of mobile applications. In detail, the participants are getting an insight what are the main concepts with regards to UI design, agile software engineering and hands-on app development. The course incorporates groups from Software Engineering and Business Informatics to enforce a transfer of knowledge on engineering software systems to enable sustainable development of practical applications. Besides the theoretical concepts in mobile computing the participants are developing a WildlifeAfrica-application in Android. The one week course is conducted by Prof. Dr. Janet Wesson and Dr. Lester Cowley (Computing Science, NMMU) together with colleagues from University of Oldenburg, Germany Prof. Dr. Andreas Winter (Software Engineering Group) and Dirk Peters (Business Information Systems, VLBA). Furthermore guest lecturers from IBM, Microsoft and SYSPRO talk about their software products and future directions in the field of mobile computing.

DASIK Mobile Computing

DASIK Mobile Computing Course is conducted at NMMU, South Africa.

 


Second DASIK-Module "CEMIS" started in South Africa

15th July 2013

The second DASIK module, Corporate Environmental Management Information Systems (CEMIS), is scheduled to be presented in South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The course will run from the 15th to 19th of July 2013 in the Computing Sciences Department on the South Campus of the NMMU. 35 delegates from various DASIK partner institutions will be attending, consisting of students and staff from the NNMU, University of Oldenburg, Unversity of Dar es Salaam, as welll as employees of companies such as Volkswagen, SYSPRO, Bran Systems and IBM. The course is jointly presented by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jorge Marx Gómez and Mr. Nils Giesen from the University of Oldenburg and Prof. André Calitz from the NMMU.

The key topics covered in the CEMIS course are:

  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Environmental impact and protection of Enterprises
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental policies and legislation
  • Material Flow Management and Life-Cycle Management
  • IT and Green Initiatives

DASIK Mobile Computing

DASIK CEMIS Course is conducted at NMMU, South Africa.

 


DASIK Industry-Workshop on 18th and 19th September 2013 in Oldenburg

17th April 2013

On 18th and 19th September 2013 the first of two DASIK Industry-Workshops will be held in the "Kulturzentrum PFL" in Oldenburg, Germany. The Workshop is part of the project "Developing and Strengthening Industry-driven knowledge transfer between developing countries" (DASIK), which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). At the two-day workshop, the project partners will give an insight of the progress and the first results of the DASIK project. The Workshop also gives the audience the possiblity to get in contact with the topics in order to discuss possible partnerships for the future. Therefore, the extention of the existing partnerships is one of the main objective of the DASIK Workshop. At the event, different talks of project partners and interested stakeholders are planned. Some of the invited speakers are Dr. Gerd Schwander (Mayor of Oldenburg), Ursula Hardenbicker (Head of the DAAD-unit for Higher Education Cooperation Projects) and a delegation of twelve members of South African companies and representatives of the Universities in South Africa (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NMMU) and Tanzania (University of Dar es Salaam, UDSM). The Workshop participation is free for everyone, who is interested in the project. The Workshop program and other information about the workshop registration will be announced shortly.

 


 First DASIK-Module "BPM" carried out successful at NMMU

18th February 2013

Twenty-five delegates, in a combination of postgraduate students and academics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Germany's University of Oldenburg and Tanzania's University of Dar Es Salaam, as well as global industries like IBM, Volkswagen and leading software developers SYSPRO, attended to the first DASIK-Module carried out within the DASIK project. The course on Business Process Management (BPM) was conducted from the 4th - 8th February 2013 and was the first in a series of five the be held this year and in 2014. South african newspapers spoke about a "ground-breakting collaboration between NMMU and the two international academic institutions". The training not only helped graduates become more employable, but also gave local companies the edge on the international stage, and potentially save them millions of rand in efficiency and compliance. The course was presented by NMMU's computer scientist Clayton Burger and SYSPRO's David van Rensburg. We would like thank every participant for the interesting and informative week and look forward to conducting future DASIK-Modules within the project.

1st DASIK-Module BPM

The first DASIK-Module was recently presented at NMMU, South Africa.

 


First DASIK-Module in February: "Business Process Management" (BPM)

22th January 2013

The DASIK project team is pleased to confirm that the first course, Business Process Management, is scheduled to be presented in South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and all plans are on track. The course will take place from 4th to the 8th February 2013 in their Computing Sciences Department on the South Campus of the NMMU. So far 20 attendees have confirmed and registered. The attendees are staff and students from the University of Oldenburg, University of Dar es Salaam and NMMU as well as employees of Volkswagen, Seda NMB ICT Incubator, SYSPRO and Bran Systems.

The course topics are:

  • Business Prosess Management Concepts
  • Business Process Enterprise Methodologies
  • Business Process Architectures
  • Business Process Management and Measurment
  • Understanding and Scoping Business Problems
  • Software Tools for Business Process Analysis and Design

 


Successful Kick-off Meeting in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

16th November 2012

On the DASIK Kick-off Meeting at November 6-7, 2012, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, all partners agreed on a concrete catalogue of practice-oriented topics related to the following specific ICT fields: Business Process Management (BPM), Environmental Business Information Systems (EMIS), Mobile Computing (MC), ERP Systems (ERP) and Business Intelligence (BI). Every single field will be covered in a specific “DASIK-Module”, which name relates to the defined topic. In the years starting from 2013 to 2014 each Module will be carried out once in form of a one-week training course conducted by the participating and responsible universities - Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany (UOL) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (NMMU). The involved companies are acting as providers and/or recipients of the DASIK-Modules. All five DASIK-Modules take place at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

DASIK Kick-off Meeting

Delegates attending the DASIK Kick-off Meeting, with the two project leaders: Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez (UOL, far right) and Dr. Brenda Scholtz (NMMU, front left).

DASIK Kick-off Meeting

All participants had intense and fruitful discussions about the upcoming DASIK-Modules for the next two years and six month conducted in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

 


DASIK Project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service

1st August 2012

The DASIK project proposal was successfully evaluated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Therefore, the project will be funded over the duration of two years and six months, and it commenced in August 2012. The main objective of the DASIK project is to develop and conduct intensive training in current ICT-related research fields in order to generate a transfer of knowledge between the members of the participating partner institutions. In the years starting from 2013 to 2014 each DASIK-Module will be carried out once in form of a one-week training course conducted by the participating and responsible universities Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.