#Africa Port Elizabeth software startup bags IBM partnership


Software development startup Digijiz, located at the SEDA Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) in Port Elizabeth, has received a boost from global technology firm IBM in the form of access to the IBM Developer Works Premium Package.

Digijiz, launched in March last year, is a software development company specialising in cloud solutions and hosting. It offers bespoke software development solutions for desktops, mobile and web platforms, and also does research in artificial intelligence (AI).

The startup has gained access to the IBM Developer Works Premium Package – a web-based technical resource and professional network for IT practitioners. This access will provide Digijiz with the support needed for its three-year strategic plan, and enable the startup to develop skills, solve problems, collaborate with global experts and stay ahead of latest trends.

“The programme provides an all-access pass to powerful tools, resources, and support to enable us to rapidly prototype, develop and deploy successful cloud projects. We especially enjoy working with the tools that analyse big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud services offered,” said Musa Jali, founder and managing director of Digijiz.

Jali is also working on a social networking app, and with the IBM package aims to have the prototype ready before the end of December. Digijiz currently has a web application and website to help people find accommodation or tenants, and also designed and developed the IncuApp, which will be used by SNII to manage its clients’ progress through technology.

“I am busy with touch ups on the first phase of the IncuApp. The app will automate some of the processes which are normally done manually. It will also keep track of clients’ progress. Storing clients’ documents on one central database will make it easier for the mentors to access,” he said.

“IncuApp will also track tasks to be completed by both clients and staff, for example creating a business plan, marketing, strategy. Other features include a dedicated mailbox for communication between the clients and staff and there is also a facility through which repair requests for building maintenance can be lodged.”

Last year, Jali was one of 38 young South Africans selected to participate in a two-week e-mobility programme in Germany in April.

“The programme aims to bring e-mobility not just to South Africa but Africa as a whole. This means I will be part of the evolution in how we do things and play a major role in cutting carbon emissions. Our part will be in the area of software,” he said.

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