The Department of Informatics has close relationships with the following companies and appreciates their input – financially and their expertise – in our Department:
A concerted effort was made from the Department’s side to strengthen the relationship between Gijima and the Department by providing them with more concrete value for the funding of the Gijima Chair. Close to a thousand searches for articles were performed in response to their requests.
This had the expected result with Gijima renewing their financial support to the Department at an increased financial level. Several discussions between the Head of the Department and Emson Moyo, a senior executive at Gijima, took place towards the end of the year and there is strong evidence emerging of a much closer, more meaningful relationship between the two organisations.
The funding received from Gijima is used to supplement staff salaries in an attempt to bring them closer to industry sector norms.
"Standard Bank is a global leader in information technology, especially with regards to banking. The environment is thoroughly first world and highly innovative and an excellent one in which to develop and progress one's IT career," says Neil Harper, former Standard Bank's director.
"A variety of IT skills are used in the organisation and we continually look for candidates to help plan and build a bank of the future as well as run the existing bank, which will undoubtedly pose some interesting and exciting challenges."
Standard Bank is one of South Africa's leading employers of IT professionals with around 2 300 permanent staff involved in an across-the-board range of IT functions and activities that provide the backbone for the bank's services to customers and its ongoing reputation as one of Africa's leading financial services companies.
Potential candidates can go to Standard Bank's website www.standardbank.co.za, About Us and the Careers section for more information.
Standard Bank Group IT surveyed a number of universities towards the end of 2005 with a view to providing funding to select universities in return for having access to students in lieu of staff recruitment. The Department was successful in its proposal and the negotiations culminated in funding for five years.
This development is seen as a significant opportunity for Standard Bank Group IT to act as guest lecturers, but also for lecturers to obtain first-hand, real-world experience of the application of IT to strengthen their teaching and provide research opportunities.
This new relationship will be nurtured and developed further during 2011.
This source of funds is intended to be used for research.
During the year, contact was established and maintained with the following companies:
- Global Continuity SA
- SAP (Research)
- Hewlett Packard