FIT PhD Candidate publishes Journal Paper on Enterprise Systems Implementation

Mr Clement Nyandiere, a Ph.D. candidate in the faculty of information Technology, has published a Journal paper on the Implementation of Enterprise Systems for Universities Management, titled, "Implementing Enterprise Systems for management: A Case of Kenyan Universities", with Faustin Kamuzora, Ismail Ateya and Vincent Omwenga in the Computer Technology and Application, Vol. 3, pp. 558 - 563, 2012. The paper points out recent implementation of enterprise systems by universities to strengthen their institutional management with emphasis on standardization, streamlining and integration of business operations. The research established that there are no significant differences in information Systems needs among Kenyan Universities.

The key focus areas for Universities Management are four, namely: Finance and Accounting, Student Enrollment/Admissions, Examinations Management and Library Services. As the research indicated, there are significant differences in strengths and weaknesses among the Public and Private Universities in the capabilities of Systems they have implemented. It was further noted that despite fears especially on delays in Projects Implementation and Systems costs, many of the Kenyan Universities that have not implemented Enterprise Systems are set to implement in the near future to facilitate their daily management operations. However, these Universities need to allocate more funds to Systems Implementation if they have to be successful, which generally requires more financial resources than the ordinary software applications acquisition.

Mr. Nyandiere’s academic supervisors are Prof. Faustin Kamuzora, from Institute of Development Studies, Mzumbe University - Tanzania and Dr. Ismail Ateya Lukandu, a Senior Lecturer and the Academic and Research Director, Faculty of Information Technology. Mr. Nyandiere’s doctoral research has been on-going, supported by Faculty of Information Technology’s academic staff development programme. Mr. Nyandiere has already published a journal paper titled, “Application of Structuration Theory and Activity Theory in Enterprise Resources Planning Systems Implementation for Universities” with Faustin Kamuzora and Ismail Ateya on the same research topic.Mr. Nyandiere holds a Master of Business Administration (Information Systems and Strategic Management) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science (Information Science) from Moi University.

FIT PhD Candidate Awarded NCST Research Grant - 2012/2013

Mr. Bernard Shibwabo, a Ph.D. candidate and Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology, Strathmore University has been awarded a research grant by the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) to the tune of Kshs. 440,000 to support his doctoral research titled, “Deriving a Transparent Data space-Oriented Entity Collaborative Infrastructure.” The award follows a very competitive selection process from applications submitted from Universities in the country for the 2012/2013 season. The application’s key strength was the novel idea that was multi-disciplinary in nature.

The research aims to develop a set of techniques to support the development of a data-space support infrastructure that integrates data residing in divergent data stores prevalent in today’s information age.

In the research, he will seek to address the problem of systems integration based on the heterogeneous information that organizations generate and misuse/confuse on a daily basis. A large number of existing companies possess information in divergent repositories and therefore, firms are not in a position to mine this information in order to create value.

Mr. Shibwabo’s academic supervisors are Dr. Gregory Wabuke Wanyembi, a Senior Lecturer from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) and Dr. Ismail Ateya Lukandu, a Senior Lecturer and the Academic and Research Director, Faculty of Information Technology. The doctoral research is on-going and has been supported by Faculty of Information Technology’s staff development programme. Mr. Shibwabo has already published a journal article titled, “Modelling Data space Entity Association using Set Theorems” in Computer Technology and Applications, Vol. 3, No. 6, 2012 based on the research topic. Mr Shibwabo holds a Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BBIT) and Masters of Science (MSc. IT) degree from Faculty of Information Technology. The National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) is a statutory institution of the Government of Kenya, having been established in July 1977 by the Science and Technology Act. Cap. 250 of the Laws of Kenya. The purpose was to provide machinery to advice the Government on all matters relating to the Scientific and Technological activities in the country, and for coordination of research and experimental development.

SU FIT Lecturer Published on Africa Journal for Information Systems

DR. Ismail A. Lukandu of Strathmore’s Faculty of IT has a new paper published at the African Institute of Information Systems. The paper co-authored with Amos Gichamba of Nazarene University, is titled, '' A Model for designing M-Agriculture Applications for Dairy Farming

The paper addresses the need for development of models that software developers and researchers can use to design technological solutions. Specifically the work is focused on implementation of mobile systems in agriculture, an area which previously existing application development models do not address keenly as per the study.

A model is presented in the paper to guide in designing M-Agriculture applications. It focuses on dairy farming and the needs of various stakeholders in the sector who would share the mobile platform.

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