Hello world! In the era of digital transformation, the question is no longer whether to do or not to do; no one needs to be convinced that IT transformations are vital.
More often, entrepreneurs think about something else: how to implement the project? To entrust development to internal specialists or to hire an Angular developer?
Today, customers of IT services are already realizing the main advantages of outsourcing – access to advanced development technologies, concentration on their own business tasks and, of course, the speed of project implementation.
In our world, time is precious. Any glitch or mistake is a waste of time that can give a head start to competitors. The market wins the one who is the first to offer customers a new service or a convenient application. And in this situation, a fresh, clean look from a third-party developer can be of invaluable service.
In this article you will read why it is so important to hire an Angular developer for a successful project and how to do it. Read on, it will be interesting!
For example, Ionic, a powerful cross-platform mobile app development platform, is built on Angular. The Angular team at Google has released several versions of the framework since 2009.
AngularJS, the first version, was designed for building dynamic single page applications. Usually, the term “Angular” is applied to Angular 2 and all subsequent versions. Many well-known web applications, including Eat24, Radio.com, Udacity, Freelancer, Crunchbase, NBA.com, Google Express, and others, are based on Angular.
With so many Angular-backed products and strong Google backing, it’s clear that the framework’s popularity won’t diminish. The popularity of the framework is due to several important aspects at once, the main one of which is convenience for the developer.
Angular applications are written relatively quickly, the code has a clear structure, and even third-party programmers can understand it relatively easily. The Angular family of frameworks opens up great opportunities and allows developers to create multifunctional programs for several platforms.
It is believed that this framework has a low threshold of entry, but programmers should understand TypeScript, Angular CLI, npm to install the framework, task runners, and understand Augury’s debugging tools. This framework is chosen for creating complex applications, while simple apps and programs of medium complexity can be created using ordinary JS.
Developing applications in Angular has many features that a developer must know and perfectly understand all the functionality and tools of the framework.
With the proper skill level, a programmer using this framework can quickly create diverse applications of various levels of complexity for any platform and for any task.
Some customers choose not a single developer but a whole team to carry out their project. Understanding how many and what kind of people a project needs is formed at the time of completion of the pre-project analytics. When the scale of the work and the key tasks are known, it is easier to predict the number of future employees. The selection of the project team from the customer’s side usually meets the greatest difficulties. This process is complicated by the fact that the choice is almost always made only from the existing employees of the customer, which is quite natural, but limits the range of possible candidates.
Another unpleasant moment is the widespread unwillingness of the customer to allocate employees for the needs of the project completely. As a result, key people are engaged in combining project work with other responsibilities, which often leads to dire consequences.
What should be the composition of the team? Despite the fact that its size depends on the volume of tasks, in the classic version at the start we are talking about 4-6 participants. These are: Team Lead / Architect (often rolled into one); Front-end / back-end developer (often full stack); Tester (with regular updates); Technical support specialist (with frequent interaction with users). It is also helpful to enlist the support of contractors for rare small tasks.
When working in an unverified market and uncertain needs, it is best to start small to minimize risks and test the viability of the project. Then you can already think about expanding the composition of the IT team and a detailed distribution of roles.
Team Lead otherwise it can be called “project manager”. The coordinator from the customer is the center for approving operational decisions, in particular, on the subject area of the customer’s business.
This role requires an employee who is sufficiently competent in the subject and computer field with high performance. He must receive significant powers, including the initial signing of acceptance certificates for the stages of work, the prompt involvement of other specialists of the enterprise, the solution of current administrative and organizational issues. If such a person is found, it is a great success. In the future, replacing such an employee is extremely undesirable and can be very painful for the progress of the project, and at any stages of its implementation.
Technical IT staff. This category includes employees of the customer’s IT departments who perform technical and support work in the project team or in interaction with it: programmers, testers, teachers, operators, system administrators.
The developers play a significant role primarily in projects for the implementation of “boxed” products, where they are responsible for the main role in improving the functionality of the product to the requirements of the enterprise. This is a special kind of project in which the role of the executing team (software system supplier) is usually small. Testers perform an important function of verifying the functionality of the system (or its modules) prior to delivery to the customer.
All of these roles, despite their importance, do not imply key decisions during the project. In addition, usually their implementation is entrusted to a fairly large number of employees.
Accordingly, the risk of the absence or replacement of a specific employee for a project is often low. However, poor organization of these services in general should be avoided, otherwise unpleasant consequences can be much more serious. For this, at the start of the project, the regulations for the work of technical personnel in the project must be officially approved.
It is not enough to gather people, you need to ensure the efficiency of their work. Here are the criteria by which you can evaluate it:
Discipline: This is the fastest test for a project manager. The actions of employees must be coordinated, information must be transmitted quickly, without distortion. If one of the participants is constantly late in completing work, he can drag the entire team of IT specialists to the bottom. Take a closer look at him – if the conversations do not work, it makes sense to think about dismissing such an employee.
One goal: All participants must understand the purpose of the project and focus on one result. If everyone thinks only about their functional responsibilities and ambitions, then the work “who is in the forest, who for firewood”, “and things are still there” will sooner or later lead to a split of the IT project team.
One leader: Only one recognized team member should lead. “Pulling the blanket over yourself” by other participants leads to a mismatch of actions, conflicts, and an increase in emotional tension within the team. It is clear that in an unhealthy climate you should not expect a good result.
The responsibility of each employee: Everyone contributes to the project. Everyone should be responsible for their work, and not pass the blame onto the other. For this, a model is being developed for the distribution of areas of responsibility and team interaction.
Conditions for motivation: Types of motivation: salary increase, professional and personal growth, bonuses, career growth. It is impossible to achieve good results and high-quality work in principle without motivating employees.
If you are looking to hire talented Angular developers, you need to do a lot of research and preparation, from examining developer resumes and experiences to identifying the right requirements.
At the end, it’s important to understand that you need not only highly qualified people, but also a strong development team that can collaborate effectively and achieve the best results.
As they say “one head is good and two is better” that’s why the developer will be your right hand in the implementation of all plans!
ICT Reporters Begin Digital Skills Training in Lagos
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
Journalists reporting information and communication technology (ICT) in Nigeria have commenced a 5-day digital skills training in Lagos to upgrade their knowledge of the field.
The seminar, which kicked off on Monday, October 18, is taking place at the Radisson Hotel in Ikeja, and it involves 50 ICT reporters under the aegis of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA). The programme is being supported by the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA)
Chairman of the NITRA, Mr Chike Onwuegbuchi, commended the agency for the support, saying he expects participants to develop the digital skills that will improve their quality of news reportage.
“It wise to partner with an agency of the government on this project, and NITDA being an outstanding agency deemed it wise to work with us,” he stated at the event today.
He urged members of NITRA to use the opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn new skills, emphasising that, “The essence of this capacity training is for us to upskill.”
“We are aware that some of us have attended training within and outside Nigeria, however the dynamics of this industry where technology continues to evolve demands that we continue to train and retrain ourselves.
“NITDA has been apt in its digital transformation strategy and from our observations; the processes are up to standards we see among private sector organizations,” he further said.
On his part, the Director-General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, expressed optimism that the training will help ICT journalists in news gathering and fact-checking in this era of fake news.
The NITDA boss, represented by the Manager, Digital Architecture, Ms Chineyere Helen Nwanwko, noted that, “As most positions today require technological knowledge, organizations must provide training and education on ICT, or risk having a workforce being left behind.”
“Employees with digital literacy, skills are more competent in their work as they easily identify important information, data, patterns, and use them efficiently. This is important because we are constantly being disrupted by new information.
“Digital literacy skills also allow the workforce to use technology to collaborate and connect with each other and thus strengthen teamwork. In the digital economy, the failure to upskill the workforce in digital technologies could lead to companies and workforce being quickly left behind,” he added.
In his view, it is vital that businesses invest in nurturing a digitally literate workforce that is capable of adapting to evolving technologies. He also noted that the program corresponds with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).
According to him, this is also in line with the agency’s Digital Literacy and Skills and the Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2021 to 2024.
MTN Nigeria Blames System Error for October 9 Outage
By Adedapo Adesanya
MTN Nigeria has apologised to its subscribers, blaming the network outage experienced on Saturday, October 9 on a system error.
In a video message sent to Business Post on Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Karl Toriola, said the downtime was a result of system error from its end and not a result of sabotage as many feared, especially because it occurred a day after Facebook suffered a similar issue.
MTN users had October 9 experienced hours of network disruption, which affected calls and connections to the internet.
Mr Toriola explained that the technical team traced the cause of the downtime to an error that shifted all 4G customers to the 3G, overloading the band.
“Last Saturday, we had an outage that left our customers without a connection for several hours. On behalf of the entire MTN team, I want to start with a heartfelt apology. We are truly sorry for the disruption this caused for so many in our MTN family,” Mr Toriola said.
“We know that millions of people rely on us to stay connected to their loved ones, to manage their businesses, to coordinate their lives. We take that responsibility and privilege very seriously. That’s why we are putting new measures in place to make sure we never experience anything like last Saturday again.
“Our technical teams have traced the cause of the problem to an error that shifted all our 4G customers onto the 3G band. This overloaded the 3G band, causing a domino effect that impacted the whole network. Our engineers were able to resolve the problem.
“I know that recently other technology companies suffered outages. I want to reassure you that last Saturday’s event is in no way connected to those. This wasn’t [a] sabotage, it was a regrettable error,” the MTN chief added.
He further announced that MTN had refunded customers airtime and data used yesterday in addition to the time-bound subscription extension earlier promised.
He also assured users that MTN was working to ensure that they never experience such challenges with the network again.
“While we work to strengthen our network to prevent further disruptions of any kind, we wanted to find a way to say sorry. Something more than extending the validity of all time-bound plans by 24 hours, which we did as soon as service was restored,” he added.
“So, while we can’t give you back the time you lost last Saturday, we can give you back what you spent yesterday. Every customer on the MTN network has received a refund for the data and airtime that they used between 12 noon and 7 pm yesterday.
“We hope it shows how much we value our customers. You truly are our most important focus.
“We all have challenges, each and everyone, young or old, personally or professionally. What matters is how we respond. With you by our side, we will continue to improve and grow,” Mr Toriola stated.
This newspaper understands that many MTN users were given 1MB of data valid till October 31.
FG Inaugurates Governing Boards to Fast Track Development
By Sodeinde Temidayo David
In a bid to fast track the development of the country as well as overcome science, technology and innovation (STI) challenges, the federal government has inaugurated governing boards and councils of agencies or institutes under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Recall that recently, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the change of name of the Ministry of Science and Technology to STI in a bid to focus on ensuring the provision of STI-based solutions to overcome societal challenges.
On Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of STI, Mr Ogbonnaya Onu, during the inauguration, noted that in spite of the present challenges, his team was determined to break grounds by building a world-class ministry that would be the best in Africa and comparable with the best in the world.
However, he stressed that the team must work together efficiently to achieve this noble goal, as they are now in the path of repositioning and strengthening the Ministry to emphasize the desire to contribute to national development efforts of this administration to lift 100 million people out of poverty within the next decade.
According to Mr Onu, using the enormous power of STI, the focus will be on the development of abundant natural resources as well as the orderly exploitation of huge potentials of people and businesses.
The Minister further noted that the role assigned by the federal government on the ministry as custodian of all the fundamentals of innovations in Nigeria carries enormous responsibilities coupled with the recent change of name by the ministry.
“The new logo, vision and mission statement, our core values and critical success factors (CSF) would be unveiled very soon. A rebranded Ministry is emerging with implications for the commitment of all stakeholders within the STI ecosystem, especially the members of the various boards and councils of the Ministry.
“I employ you all to be diligent and unrelenting in the new journey to greater heights of service to our nation,” he noted.
The Minister also urged the governing boards and council members to familiarise themselves with the relevant instruments governing the operation and supervision of their respective agencies and institutes.
He expressed that the role and responsibilities of governing boards are stated in the relevant government circulars, laws, public service, administrative guidelines regulating the relationship with parastatals and government-owned companies.
In his remarks, Mr Micah Umoh, who represented the Chairman Senate Committee on Science, assured to give their full support to achieve the goal for the initiative.
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