The umbrella advocacy group of computer practitioners in Nigeria, Nigeria Computer Society, inducted eight hundred (800) new members, at its recent 15th International Conference held virtually.
Addressing the new inductees into one of the noblest professions, the President of NCS, Professor Adesina Sodiya urged the new members not to take anything for granted regarding the knowledge of the profession.
He said that NCS is determined to work with relevant authorities to ensure that only the people with required standards of knowledge and skills are allowed to deliver IT projects. This, he said is a means to checkmate quackery and other unwholesome practices in the industry.
He said that the new inductees are in pursuit of excellence by seeking to become members of the computing profession and improve on themselves from time to time as circumstances may permit.
Prof. Sodiya reiterated that one of the hallmarks of professionalism, especially in Information Technology (IT), is training and retraining, given the high obsolescence of Information Technology and the need to be updated on regular basis.
“It is therefore your responsibility to keep yourselves abreast of current developments in the industry if you are to remain competent, relevant and competitive”, he charged them.
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Speaking on the International Conference, he said that the Covid-19 pandemic came and completely changed our life styles hence the adoption of virtual conference.
Covid-19 has prevented us from coming together physically to professionally interact, network, associate and even socialize.
“As the masters of Information Technology (IT), we have deployed IT to carefully and effectively realise the usual experiences at our physical conferences. For over 40 years of existence, this is the first time in history of NCS that we are having a virtual conference.
This was a bit challenging, but we are always up to the task. The only thing that is constant in this world is change and IT professionals are major change actors.
“As you would have known, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Emerging Applications and Technologies for Industry 4.0 (EATI’2020)”.
“The fourth Industrial Revolution is emerging and evolving at an exponential rate and disrupting industries in every country.
“This is actually leading to the transformation of entire systems of production, management and governance. While many organizations are still feeling indifferent about this new revolution, others are implementing changes and preparing for the future of smart manufacturing and business processes”.
The conference discussed the current perspectives and future directions of industry 4.0, as well the effective transformation strategies.
Participants also discussed the opportunities and benefits of complete transformation to industry 4.0 as presented by speakers at the conference.
The developmental implications and relevant of robotics, autonomous design, augmented reality, IOT, big data analytics and artificial intelligent on performance and value chain were also discussed.
More than 40% of manuscripts submitted for this conference came from outside this Country.
“We received articles from all over the world including United Kingdom, Sweden, Iran, Norway, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Africa, Qatar, Slovenia and Australia. This is the first time in the history of Nigeria Computer Society that selected articles will be published in the Springer indexed Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing”, he said.
The conference showcased the traditional programmes such as Grand Finale of the IT Quiz Competitions, NCS Scholarship Fund, Induction of New Members, Fellows’ Forum and Annual General Meeting and Online Dinner and Award Night.