Data management – Why It Matters and Why It is Important We Get It Right amid Covid-19
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Data management – Why It Matters and Why It is Important We Get It Right amid Covid-19

by Seamfix

Ensuring Data Trust This Period

The word Data is not just a buzzword, it is something we live and breathe. It is basically everywhere and all around us. We live in a digital world where continually created and captured. With digitalization on the rise around the world, many services are becoming more and more data-driven.

Data has become one of any organization’s most valuable assets – almost every organization uses it for decision making and gets valuable insights that could help them improve products, services, productivity, and customer experience. 

Hence the need for a comprehensive understanding of the collated data, as this will determine the compliance standards to strive for. We understand that data creation and collection can be a daunting task but it is important to note that organizations must lay the right data management foundation now so that they neither get overwhelmed by big data challenges nor fumble the opportunity to drive their business forward. 

The pandemic

Coronavirus

Covid-19 has changed business as we know it and the entirely unprecedented crisis has forced many companies to move to a ‘work-from-home’ model, at a scale that no one planned for. 

Due to the pandemic, companies face pressure from all sides, both from their customers, employees, and the company itself as a whole which has pushed them to sort for better approaches, strategies, and processes that will ease the effect of the crisis.  This pandemic, undoubtedly, will have a ripple effect on the business operations, most especially data capture and management of customer data.

Lockdown measures have necessitated a need to work from home to stop the spread of Covid-19, which is a good thing, but the reality is that some companies might not be able to carry on with their usual business activities; some might have tools used to manage data stationed at the office; some might have decentralized platforms where data is stored which will hinder them from getting sufficient data for a particular purpose; while others might have network issues and so not be able to capture necessary data at the expected time. All of these will have negative effects, one of such can include the mismanagement of data which will give hackers the avenue to compromise data.

It is important that companies are aware of the potential risks and threats to their data so as to ease some of these concerns and gain some insider perspectives and do their research.

BioRegistra vs the Crisis 

BioRegistra is a mobile digitization solution that enables individuals and organizations to convert all kinds of paper forms into digital forms, enhancing the collection of data for business processes. 

With BioRegistra, businesses in every industry can collect different categories of information, including textual and biometric data, and ultimately enhance the running of day-to-day organizational activities.

Noting that BioRegistra is very flexible as it meets every customer’s requirement and adds value to their desired output.

Here are some Unique Value propositions BioRegistra has to offer to companies  during the pandemic: 

  • Mobile: 

While the pandemic still exists and the lockdown is yet to be relaxed fully, BioRegistra as a mobile solution will make it easy for optimum accessibility via a mobile device. This way, you (and your agents) can collect information in any location.

  • Online and offline functionality

Most companies have exhausted data during this pandemic or some suffer poor internet connectivity. With BioRegistra, whether you are connected to the internet or not, BioRegistra is always readily available for data collection. As soon as your internet returns, it synchronizes into the backend.

  • Centralization of forms

This allows for data protection. If your organization operates a lot of forms, BioRegistra will enable you to centralize all of them in one system where they can always be accessed, anytime and anywhere on a mobile device.

  • Real-time access to data

BioRegistra makes it possible for you to collect information and use it immediately to make data-driven decisions for your business.

With all the enabling features of BioRegistra, it is easy to say the crisis has got nothing on the solution.

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Seamfix Introduces A Robust solution BioRegistra To Aid The Collection Of Quality Data For Clinical Trials

by Seamfix

The maiden edition of a Clinical Research summit titled “The Clinical Investigators’ Summit” was organized by Clinique Research Development Limited in partnership with The Global Health Network. This event was held at Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria on the 12th of February 2020. The theme of the summit was “Strategy for Collection of Quality Data/Site Preparedness”.

The summit aimed at bringing together pharmaceutical companies, food companies, medical device companies, human development NGOs, Government regulatory bodies, research-active sites, clinical research professionals and study Investigators to share good clinical practices and develop strategic direction for the management of trials in Nigeria. The program intends to propose a system for the development, training, and establishment of ‘accredited’ clinical trial sites in Nigeria.

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In attendance to the program are the Director of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) represented by Mr Kayode Amuda, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health represented by Dr, Hussein Abdulrazaq, the Chairperson of the Association of Good Clinical Practice Nigeria (AGCPN) represented by Dr Anthonia Sowunmi, the Chairman of the National Health Research Ethics Committee (NHREC) represented by Dr Ado Danladi. 

 

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Other distinguished guests present were Dr Adebayo Adejumo from the Centre for Bioethics and Research; University of Ibadan, Dr Margaret Ekpenyong representing the Director-General of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Dr Mike Iroezindu who is the Director of Research at the Walter Reed Program Nigeria; U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate, Ms Temi Adeyemi who is the Director of Clinical Operations; Reliance Clinical Limited United Kingdom, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) represented by Ms Sophia Osarewe, Prof. Oliver Ezechi who is the Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Dr Adaeze Oreh who is a member of the governing council of PAMO University of Medical Sciences Rivers state. 

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Each of these guests gave presentations on different areas of expertise that are related to the conduct of clinical trials and epidemiological studies using humans. Their presentations span from the regulatory processes of NAFDAC and NHREC, the importance of quality data management in human studies, the future of young researchers in the field of clinical research, to good clinical practice guidelines.

 

What are clinical trials? 

Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research. Data/Information collected from these studies/research is the only valid means of understanding the effects of treatments in Humans.

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Dr Mike Iroezindu enlightened the audience on the methods and processes to be implemented by study sites for a prospective clinical trial. He stated that “Site preparedness is the key. The reason we end up with challenges and sad stories is because of lack of preparation and that proper planning leads to positive results”. 

Prof. Oliver Ezechi emphasized on the need for good clinical data management in conducting clinical trials, starting from the paper data collection, electronic data capture, to the database lock. He ended his presentation with “the ultimate goal of clinical data management is to assure that data support conclusion drawn from trials and achieving this goal protects public health and confidence in marketed therapeutics”.

A panel discussion was held which erupted to different conversations relating to the challenges of conducting clinical trials in Nigeria and the way forward. Representing Seamfix during the panel session was Miss Kosisochukwu ofodile, who was asked this question “What are your contributions in ensuring smooth data management and tight data security in conducting clinical trials and how can you contribute to ensuring this for clinical trial sites?”

She took a deep dive into how a robust data management system like BioRegistra is highly needed in the clinical sites and will promote high quality clinical research, coordinate resources  and most importantly gain transparency into the trial research. Giving various use case scenarios on how our cloud platform will help organisations during and after their clinical trial research, she also highlighted key benefits of BioRegistra, from the Offline and online data capture to accessibility and having one unified source for clinical trials. 

Once the panel session was concluded, the audience were given time to ask questions and give recommendations. Once this session closed, there was a consensus that clarified to all participants of the event, the quality of research expected from Nigeria on a global scale and the processes to follow to optimize the integrity of clinical trials and epidemiological studies conducted in the country.

 

 

 

Data-Driven Innovation For NGOs: Improving Project Impact Through Accurate Data Collection.

by Seamfix

It is necessary, if not mandatory, for every Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to imbibe a data-driven culture from start to finish, such that before every action is taken, data is collected to ‘get the facts rights’ and to glean insights of how to be impactful in their community.

However, the market is challenging partly because the tool needed to do this is either unavailable or not holistic enough to cater to peculiar project needs. Thus, NGOs will have to settle for numerous solutions to do different things — one to capture biometrics, one to capture textual data, one to analyze, another to do something else. This is a major problem especially for organizations in this industry that relies heavily on funding.

NGOs, Meet BioRegistra — a digitization tool that enables organizations to convert paper forms to robust digital forms, enhancing the collection of data for business processes. BioRegistra, as a data digitization tool, nullifies the shortcomings of paper forms, especially the redundancy that they bring to business operations and overall productivity of fast-paced organizations. (Request a Demo.)

With BioRegistra in mind, let us answer the grassroots problems with data collection in the NGO space, which we have summed into 2 broad questions:

 

How Do We Capture the Data We Need?

 

With BioRegistra, NGOs have a robust platform to collect all kinds of information — textual, fingerprints, image, and so on, that conform with accepted predefined standards. Considering that data collection is just one aspect of the key components needed by organizations in this space to function, BioRegistra provides them with end-to-end analytics of all data collected in the field. That’s one device to carry out the data capture and the same device to analyze. This completely eliminates the need for NGOs to spend cash on multiple half-baked devices and greatly improves on paper forms in that it saves time on the timelines set by these organizations for research and campaigns, which in turn quickens project impact.

Depending on the size and scope of a project, BioRegistra allows these organizations to onboard as many field agents as possible to the platform, ensuring that they cover as many locations as possible in a short while. Armed with BioRegistra on a mobile Android or Windows device, field agents and volunteers can collect every type of data needed, without limits in the field.

Still on the ‘No limits’ capabilities, how about when NGOs need to carry out a project in remote locations where internet connection is either shaky or outright unavailable? Here’s your answer…BioRegistra’s offline features will ensure field agents and volunteers can always fill digital forms whether there is internet connection or not. This means organizations are able to expand their reach and collect data anywhere.

Even more, admins can stay in the loop of data collection operations using the Agent and Data Management Dashboard on BioRegistra, which provides an overview of all capture activities for every project and easy monitoring and evaluation of agent’s performance.

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What Can We Achieve with the Data We Have Collected?

 

A proper assemblage of accurate data collection and proper analysis of collated data is essential to NGOs when monitoring and evaluating the impact of programs, and also instrumental to the pursuit & interaction with the right group of people and organizations.  

Data collected can be used to win the hearts of donors and ultimately convince them that their programs/projects are worth every penny of donor funds. Primarily, donors want to see verifiable outcomes of the different initiatives and programs that they fund or intend to fund, and this can be best presented using detailed data and analytics. The structured insight gained from the data will keep you accountable to your donors.

On the flip side, incorrect information or insufficient data can be a significant deterrent to the efficient and smooth functioning of the NGO’s targeted approach.

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We believe the work you do is really important and adopting a data capture solution/software that ensures your efforts make the desired impact is just as important. So if you own or work for a non-governmental organization or even a nonprofit organization and need to start making data-driven decisions, remember that BioRegistra is the perfect digitization tool for you to collect and analyze data, thereby making you a forward thinking and impactful NGO to your community.

Why not give it a try… IT’S FREE.

 

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Demystifying the ‘HOW MIGHT WE’s’ of Micro Pensions Registration and KYC Onboarding Processes.

by Seamfix

The Nigerian informal sector is fast becoming a major contributor to the nation’s economy, accounting for 65% of her GDP in 2017 (according to IMF). This sector makes up a significant portion of employment, constituting the larger percentage of the working population in the country. This is one of the major reasons why the Pension Reform Act (PRA) in 2014 expanded coverage of the CPS to individuals in this sector with the strategic objective of covering 30% of the working population in Nigeria by the end of 2024. This reason birthed the Micro Pensions Plan Initiative - a pension scheme that caters to the unique characteristics of individuals in this informal sector.

Getting these individuals all set up on a micro pensions plan will follow the same route as that of the regular pension. This means ‘data must be captured’. The registration and onboarding processes in their most basic forms will involve;

  • Gathering capture agents,
  • Deploying agents to carry out capture on the field,
  • Collecting clients’ data for profiling, both textual and biometric data including fingerprints, passport photos,  and signatures - all up to standards of the regulatory body.
  • Collecting unique identifiers such as NIN and BVN.

However, there are the intricate parts to this processes, some of which would beg the following ‘HOW MIGHT WE‘ questions …

  1.  How might we get access to a network of trained capture agents to meet these individuals especially outside the bank? And how might we   monitor these deployed agents to ensure they are capturing the required data
  2.  How might we perform constant quality checks after each capture to ensure biometrics data meet the required standard?
  3.  How might we capture contributors in remote locations where internet connection is either unstable or unavailable?
  4.  How might we speed up the process of analysis by ensuring data gets to the back-end in real-time?
  5.  How might we collect and authenticate unique identifiers on-the-go so we are not surprised during analysis?

 

 

And that’s where BioRegistra comes in to answer all the How Might We’s….

BioRegistra as a mobile end-to-end digitization tool offers itself as the perfect alternative to available solutions by providing Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) with a robust electronic platform that enables fast and seamless KYC onboarding of micro pensions contributors, including cross-border individuals, without limit in the field.

With BioRegistra, PFAs can:

Access Unlimited Capture Agents

BioRegistra’s access to a wide network of capture agents ensures that nationwide capture and faster customer onboarding can be easily achieved. The “Agent Management” feature allows PFAs to choose numerous individuals who would assist in capturing contributors’ details in different locations. This feature also allows admins to see a real-time overview of the data capture/ registration activities as carried out by these agents. Agents are fully empowered with ready-made templates that can be easily edited by dragging and dropping necessary fields.

Capture All Kinds of Information

PFAs can collect all kinds of client data, including textual, fingerprints, images, and signatures without limit even outside the bank. BioRegistra performs quality checks on-the-go, ensuring that captured biometric data meet the standard requirements - such as fingerprints capture and photos that comply with the standard FBI AFIS certification, WSQ format and NFIQ score. What more, captured data can be generated in XML formats, in compliance with the standard as stipulated by PENCOM.

Capture Contributor’s Data Successfully Offline

BioRegistra allows PFAs to reach contributors anywhere using offline forms. This means that even without internet connectivity, agents can still get to capture individuals’ data without stress. Captured data is stored on the device and synced seamlessly when internet connectivity is detected. This ensures unbiased nationwide inclusion especially for individuals in remote, rural locations.

Cut Down on Processes with Real-time Integrations

With BioRegistra, PFAs do not have to manually enter captured data after returning from field registrations. Instead, admins have access to all captured data in one glance and in real-time. This ensures analysis and onboarding with speed.

Collect, Issue and Authenticate Unique Identifiers

BioRegistra provides an interface with the National Identity Database for the authentication of NIN and BVN for individuals seeking to register under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). BioRegistra even goes further to enable electronic submissions of requests by PFAs for the registration of unique contributors and issuance of PINs; automates the process of issuing employer codes; provides an electronic interface for PFAs to carry out bio-data updates and edits of clients’ information on the National Data Bank.

 

 

In conclusion, finding a solution for meeting your KYC requirements during the micro pensions onboarding and registration process should not be a challenge when you have BioRegistra to ease the entire process of data capture. Your next question should be “How might we get started?” that’s easy, you can get started for FREE by clicking this ‘sign up’ link below.

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Are you, or your organization passionate about data? collecting it? collating it? analyzing it? then you are the kind of people we write for. Follow our publication, and you would gain knowledge on everything data, from the process of easy capture to the end goal of making data-driven decisions.

Turning Your Business’ Data Into Actionable Insights

by Seamfix

Digital technologies bring together more options for businesses, increasing competition and choice. This has benefits for consumers and sellers in the form of a broader, more competitive marketplace.

Current research by Berkeley researchers showed that five quintillion bytes of data are produced every two days. This is equal to all the information ever produced from every conversation that has ever taken place on the planet. Heavy duty, you say? You’re not alone, we think the same.

From our end of the equilibrium at Seamfix as well, we have discovered that there is a certain yearning for data among businesses, and for different purposes. Hence, the emergence of a solution like BioRegistra, which serves to whet the appetite for data by all kinds of organizations.

However, there are still businesses who don’t extensively realize the importance of data. Data, in a business context, is the information you obtain from users of your product or service, such as customer details and demographic information (there is more to the data stack though).

Below is a statistical prediction of revenues that can be generated from the big data market over the next couple of years until 2026.

This is a deliciously inviting sequence of figures. So filling that one would wonder why anyone wouldn’t want to take advantage of the data that are readily available. Bears can go into hibernation, data shouldn’t. It should be exploited, drilled, and played with, in every way possible.

How can data be exploited? We definitely wouldn’t leave you here. Which bring us to the next element — Analytics.

What is Analytics?

We know we said there is a yearning for data earlier. But you gotta beat that. There should be a yearning for its refinement as well. This is how we refer to analytics. The process of transforming data into insights. Retail giant Walmart was able to use Big Data analysis to drive a 10%-15% increase in completed online sales for $1 billion in incremental revenue, which is a well-planned ROI using data.

Analytics is how you make sense of your data and uncover meaningful trends. Analytics is the discovery of patterns and trends gleaned from your data. Think of data, without analytics, as unrefined oil. It is one thing to discover crude oil, it is yet another thing to make it suitable for consumption. There is tremendous value buried in those massive data sets, values that cannot be unlocked without the help of analytics.

You may have the information of users of your product. Great job, but, what have you done with this information? Have you been able to affect your business with it? Or is your data only a technical mannequin — an indulgence your business must afford?

A little diversion…

NB: No cause for alarm if you don’t have the information of your customers yet or if your organization is already thinking of it but do not have the necessary solutions to do so. There are several ways in which we can help you here. You can also see how we helped a leading provider of mobile data services capture lots of data.

Apologies if we distracted you, we just thought to provide you a little help in improving your business, too. Let’s continue rolling!

What we’re trying to say is, data collection is good but it’s like a baby’s first steps — limited and limp. Taking it a step further with analytics is the bomb! And the results are (often shockingly) rewarding. Who doesn’t want to be shocked with rewards?

This spins us to the next, and last, element in this article — Insights.

What are Insights?

Insight is the value obtained using analytics. The insights gained through analytics are incredible, powerful, and can be used to identify areas of opportunity for your business. Like a soothsayer is to some, so are the insights you get from data analysis. That “ugh-oh!” moment that can have a CEO or Marketing Manager have their mouths open at a new opportunity: How come I never saw this before? Well, praise be to big data analytics!

For a mobile app for instance, your data might tell you that you sent 14,000 push messages in the last month. That data on its own doesn’t mean all that much, but an analytics tool could dig through that data and reveal that your app sent 3.7 messages per user, with an open rate of 20%. This way, you can tell that your push campaigns are effective, or maybe not. The relevance of this is that you are able to get actionable insights from your data and its analysis.

Data, Analytics, & Insights: How Are They Connected?

Data is only valuable if translated into actionable insights; and for any serious institution it can become a framework for turning that data into meaningful stories, business successes and better decisions. Just like mineral resources are only truly valuable after they’ve been refined.

Analytics serve as the connection between your data and insights, and ultimately business success.

There is a symbiotic relationship between data and analytics, which when merged together give birth to a deeper understanding of your customers, with respect to your products or services. These insights then serve as a springboard for business decisions.

Using BioRegistra For Data Collection and Analytics

It won’t be so nice if we said all of the above and didn’t provide you with a solution, eh? It is then a good thing that we have something you can readily use. BioRegistra is an identity management and data capture platform with excellent biometric functions that allows your business to collect and analyze all kinds of data. So, you see, it not only helps you collect, it does what we’ve been preaching so far, data analysis.

We know how businesses are always on the lookout for solutions that are robust and tweak-able at the slightest business requirement. And this is what BioRegistra does really well, from enumeration to retail census, surveys, and more.

But let’s stick to why we’re here — data analysis. See some screenshots of analytic reports generated from our our BioRegistra analytics tool.

BioRegistra analytics can be represented based on your preference, including pie charts and bar charts, as in the case above. This analysis gives a bird’s view of your business and what’s going on in the project; of what is working and what is not. This important information helps to facilitate a benchmark for your business decisions moving forward.

For a better understanding of how BioRegistra works, visit here for more information.

See you next time with more data and KYC related tips for your business. Meanwhile, leave a comment and let us know what you think about data analytics for improving business.

How Pension Fund Administrators Can Use BioRegistra for KYC Biometric Capture

by Seamfix

There’s been a buzz around the Transfer Window policy by the National Pension Commission for pension fund administrators. Although there’s been a delay in the arrival of the transfer window, where pension contributors can transfer ownership of their pension funds from one pension administrator to the other, there’s a serious need for the PFAs to be prepared for when the time finally comes.

As part of the requirements, PFAs are required to carry out biometric capture of customer information. This means that every PFA needs a solution that can help facilitate this KYC operation.

Enter BioRegistra.

Digitizing The Client Familiarity Index

BioRegistra eases the process of Client Familiarity Index registration and better customer experience by allowing your customers update their details online.

See a sample Client Familiarity Index created using a BioRegistra form below.

 

Fields that can be created are similar to the ones that exist on the physical paper forms provided PenCom, including important client information like RSA PINs, the name of the PFA managing the client’s fund, the employee name, as well as designated individual employee codes.

 

Capture Contributor Details From Anywhere

There would be certainly no issues when it comes to capturing the information of your customers from anywhere in the country, whether as retired individuals or people still in service. Agents can be deployed to certain locations where the capture will be done.

 

 

What’s more? The platform lets you know the exact source of your data via a geolocation service embedded within. This means that from the head office of a Pension Fund Administrator, Admins/stakeholders can be in the full know of what’s going on in the capture field.

 

Instant CRM Synchronization

The details of the pension contributor captured synchronize immediately to the CRM that shows a view of what have been captured. Except in cases of internet malfunctions, this synchronization is always instant and allows agents to quickly attend to contributors during the capture process.

 

 

And Many More…

BioRegistra is robust and flexible, allowing PFAs to add as many fields and requirements to their KYC forms as much as possible. Additional details include evidence of the contributor’s legal existence, address of trustees, next of kin information, and so on.

So, you see, we’ve got you covered in preparation for when the Transfer Window arrives.

Did we strike a chord on something your organization needs regarding KYC biometric capture? Visit bioregistra.com for more information.

Digitization is The Best Form of Data Archiving – Chimezie Emewulu

by Seamfix

Managing Director, SEAMFIX, Mr. Chimezie Emewulu, spoke to Emma Okonji on the benefits of BioRegistra in digitizing data capture and archiving for organizational growth. Excerpts:

 

Your company SEAMFIX, recently launched a new data management solution called BioRegistra. What is the solution all about and what does it seek to address?

BioRegistra is a platform for all forms of registrations that are designed to capture data for various reasons. So the platform helps people in digitizing their data, which is critical for business growth. People acquire data because they need the information captured in the data to do a lot of things.

The need to digitize data in the first instance will enable custodians of data to see their data real-time and make the best of the decision, based on the information they have at hand. BioRegistra can capture all forms of demographic data, including fingerprint and facial capture. We were motivated to design and create the BioRegistra based on the request we got from customers who felt the need for a solution that can capture data accurately and safely store such data for future use. Over the years. SEAMFIX  has been involved in data capturing for various organizations and it was based on our pedigree that customers came to us to seek for a solution that will address their business needs.

So we decided to create the BioRegistra, which is a generic platform that captures all manners of data from where people and businesses could source information from.

So with the ready platform, businesses will roll out much faster since every single data they need to promote their business, is already captured.

 

What is the cost implication of the solution for customers?

The cost implication is very minimal and it is almost free because businesses do no longer need to build their own data center to begin business. Again, customers pay according to what they use on the platform. It is easy to deploy since it is mobile device-based and most people have mobile phones that are connected to the internet. So the solution can be on the mobile phone, or on any device that is not mobile.

 

So how does it operate and what specific challenges does it address?

BioRegistra was designed to help businesses do more and achieve more. A lot of businesses that spend time capturing and analyzing data will find our solution very helpful. So it is a platform used for direct data acquisition such that the user does not need to start any form of reconciliation and that is a lot of value added for the customer. So SEAMFIX is adding value to the Nigerian economy, through its solutions that support businesses.

 

What is the advantage of the solution to customers?

Any customer that keys into the solution, gets the business transacted earlier than estimated. It helps to make quick and on the spot assessment and the decision making is faster once they have the data. It also helps to address a lot of reconciliatory issues with customers’ businesses. Again they do not need to invest in data, neither will they have to get worried about losing their data, since their data is securely kept. It is an enterprise portal system that provides business owners with access to data, anytime any day.

 

What kind of support does SEAMFIX offer the society where it operates?

We have a lot of internship programmes where we develop a lot of talents and we do a lot of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes to further add value to businesses. We are in partnership with the Education Society Council in Enugu State and we partnered them to provide educational materials, and classroom infrastructure and renovation, among others.

 

Data explosion is on the increase and the volume of communication is moving from voice to data. What is your take on data growth in Nigeria?

There has been tremendous growth in data across all sectors of the Nigerian economy, but the issue on ground is that most of the data are not digitally archived for the future. In the education sector, most schools, including tertiary institutions still keep data in hard copies of papers instead of in electronic form, which I refer to as digital archiving. University of Nigeria, Nsukka for instance, until last year, had all its students data in physical hard copies, which could be lost to fire outbreak or even insects at any given time, but when the school authority invited us to help them out, we took all the physical copies of students’ results, certificates, and other academic records and digitised them, after which we ran analysis on them to find out the courses that students passed the most and courses that students failed the most. So the school is now able to know, within seconds, the number of students that graduated with first class, second class upper, second class lower and third class in a particular year, a situation that takes them months to analyze before we were introduced to the school system. So the consciousness of digitally archiving data is gradually gaining grounds in most sectors of the economy.

 

Most organizations still host their data outside the country for fear of data loss due to insecurity. How can you raise the confidence of organizations to begin to capture data in Nigeria and host same in Nigeria?

With our solution, which is cloud-based, customers do not need to entertain fears about generating data and hosting such data in Nigeria because our solution comes with high level of security protection.

 

Most data generated in Nigeria, operate in silos, but there is a need to harmonize the various data into a single data platform. What is your take on this?

SEAMFIX is worried that several data in Nigeria operate in silos and we are interested in harmonizing such data into a single platform for easy access if given the opportunity to do so. Again, we have the capacity to harmonize existing government data that are seated in various offices, but my worry is that government may not want to give such task to a homegrown company like SEAMFIX, despite the fact that we are capable of achieving a good result if given the opportunity. If allowed to do so, I am assuring the federal government, state and local governments that SEAMFIX will always deliver in record-breaking time.

 

Most times organizations need solutions that could clean up their existing data that may have been wrongly captured. Do you have solutions for that?

The BioRegistra solution that we just launched has the capabilities to clean up all existing data of organizations that were improperly captured. The solution is able to carry out deep facial analysis of photographs of people that had long been captured and identify whether the earlier registration captured the picture very well. The analysis will detect errors in registration and flag it down to identify it. Once that is detected, the person could be invited for re-capturing.

 

How will your solution enhance quality data capturing for organizations that are known for quality?

In data capturing, quality is key, and three major things could lead to quality. They are the demographics capturing, the fingerprint capturing and the facial capturing. In capturing demographics, we need to consider the regular patterns of some names and validate them, and this will help to easily identify wrong names. For the facial capturing, we consider the analysis and validation of the photo at the point of capture to ascertain the real photo of the person involved. We are also able to capture data offline and that makes it easier for data capturing in areas where there is no internet connection. For the fingerprint, we also consider capturing the exact template size that will enable the creation of a template for identification purpose. Our solution ensures that the right quality fingerprint is captured and stored in the right format for easy conversion.

 

How cost-effective is your solution, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)?

Our solution is extremely cost-effective, both for SMEs and big enterprises, and this is so because customers pay for what they use and the burden of getting the infrastructure to capture organizational data, is completely removed from the organization, and this, of course, allows them to face their core businesses. What they need do is to pay per capture and that makes it less expensive for customers. All we need to know at SEAMFIX is about the volume of data that the organization wants to capture and in record time, we get it done for the customer.

 

How do you address downtime in an organization, using your solution?

We have uptime objective of 99.997per cent, which is a very high signal level for any business to thrive on. A lot of time, we maintain high-level uptime in our data capturing and management.

 

Is your solution secured and easily assessable?

Our solution is highly secured and easily assessable because of the high-quality features embedded in it. It has a high level of encryption that makes it highly secured and it is user-friendly, such that customers can adopt it and use it with ease. Again the backend has a lot of fireworks that makes it even more secured.

 

The federal government is particular about local content development. What amount of local content is embedded in your solution?

The BioRegistra we just launched, has 100 percent local content. It was developed by Nigerians and the solution was developed from the beginning to the end with local materials and by local software developers. Again, the company is managed by Nigerians and the staff comprises young Nigerians.

 

You started SEAMFIX about 10 years ago from a three bedroom flat with N75,000, but today it has grown into millions of naira investments. What has been the challenges and prospects?

There has been a lot of challenges ranging from personal experience and from the government side of it. Funding used to be a major challenge at a time but we were able to overcome it through resilience and perseverance. A lot of customers who did not understand what we were doing, tried to discourage us, but we remained resolute and committed to our goals. Another challenge we had was that of mentorship but it was also resolved when we met some good industry players who understood our dreams and aspirations and they stood by us. We had challenges of infrastructure and we had to provide internet connectivity for ourselves by investing in fiber cable laying, which often times they are destroyed by the government during road construction.

 

How will you rate customers’ acceptability and adaptability to the BioRegistra solution?

Acceptance rate is growing as customers get to understand the unique features of our solution. The solution is also app-based and could be downloaded from the Google Play Store and it comes with an education menu that teaches people how to apply it in their various businesses. The site is very flexible and has a lot of training materials that customer could use for self-training. The solution will be quite useful for internal revenue generation because it captures right data that will address revenue loss in organizations.

Prevention is always better than cure

by Seamfix

Have you ever walked into a tailor’s shop and you were confronted with the sorry sight of the tailor turning the shop upside down in search of measurements for making a client’s outfit? It can be a pitiable sight, ehn? You would see the frustration on his face, the worry, and stress of trying to find that small piece of paper on which he jotted down the measurements, the sweat. It can be really agonizing searching for information you need very badly, even worse when that information can make you lose a client.

But that is only one out of so many cases. What about schools that misplace students’ information? I remember a story once told of a certain university in Southeastern Nigeria where students were made to re-register during their third year because the school could not find the students’ records anymore. It was unbelievable, totally unbelievable in this day and age.

By now, it must be clear that the challenge of efficient data management is not just peculiar to large organizations. Small organizations and individuals often spend a lot of time and resources trying to capture and manage data of people they work with. What is worse is that some people do not even realize they need a robust identity management system until something terrible happens.

But we do not have to wait for bad things to happen before we swing into action. We can plan for them and even mitigate them before they occur. After all, prevention, they say, is better than cure.

From the tailor who misplaces measurements to school management authorities that lose students’ information, to even parents who do not take due diligence to keep appropriate files for their nannies, house-helps, drivers and next-of-kins, everyone essentially, there is need to efficiently manage all kinds of data.

That is why Seamfix has been working very hard to give everyone a breath of fresh air. With a product such as BioRegistra, organizations can capture and access data whenever and however they want. One striking thing about this platform is that it is flexible and customizable such that organizations can adapt the platform to suit their peculiar needs.

In our world of information overload and population explosion, there has never been more need for an efficient identity management system such as BioRegistra. There should be no more excuses for data loss or misplacement. No more excuses of missing files. No more excuses of errors and loopholes caused by negligence on the part of data handlers. We can do something before the situation becomes malignant. We do not have to wait for a disaster to happen before taking safety measures because prevention will always be better than cure.

 

By Chimezie Emewulu

(MD, Seamfix)