To advance its public sector digitalization project in Southern Africa, Johannesburg-based technology company Word Is Bond (WIB) has teamed with enterprise content management company ELO, which has its headquarters in Stuttgart.
In its quest to develop solutions to help address enduring difficulties in the healthcare, public transportation, and security sectors, WIB Group claims that the ELO collaboration enables it to fulfill its ambitions to digitize the public sector in SA and other nations in the region. ELO’s digital office launched in Johannesburg last year. It currently operates in 16 countries. Through collaborations and a focus on digital solutions, ELO wants to increase its presence on the continent.
“ELO Africa looks forward to the partnership with WIB Group and believes the relationship will put in place a sound foundation, which will facilitate digital transformation in Africa,” says Kevin Nono, CEO of ELO Africa.
With an emphasis on the public sector, the ELO and WIB cooperation on digitisation comes as more government departments begin their digital transformation to support them in providing services instantly.
The CEO of WIB Group, Thandile Fikeni, emphasizes the significance of working with the German company noting that the company intends to digitize the African continent through the partnership. He cited that Africans have been stereotyped as only consumers for far too long, and the WIB Team are now working to change that. He added that the continent wants to demonstrate that they are also leaders in technical innovation and advancement.
“We will be able to create an African database by mining data within the African setting and be able to create an African database, using this data to further our continent as a whole and end the expropriation of our resources.
“Right now is the time to get value out of our data. This collaboration will ensure skills and knowledge transfer to our own people by creating centres of excellence and training centres. By working directly with communities on the African continent, we hope to not only improve our community collective memories, but also ensure the development of future communities.”
To digitize patient records, Word Is Bond Group is now also collaborating with the Department of Health. Additionally, it has collaborated with the Social Housing Regulatory Authority to support a computerized system for tenant on-boarding. The WIB Group is focusing on digitizing financial management systems and revenue collection for electricity providers in neighboring Botswana.