Samsung Unpacked 2020: Here Is Everything You Missed

Samsung holds a popular event every year dabbed “Samsung Unpacked.” In the event, the company reveals its latest devices before they hit the market. This year’s event was held on February 11, 2020.

The popularity and performance of Samsung devices in the global market make the event popular. If you do not have the time to go back and watch the live stream of the event, here is a summary of what may interest you.

Galaxy Z Flip

The rumours about the return of the Samsung flip phone started last year after the Galaxy Fold was introduced. Tech analysts noticed that manufacturers were going back to old designs and reintroducing them with new functions.

Some images leaked of the predicted flip phone. However, you cannot be sure until the manufacturer makes an official announcement.

Well, the flip phone is back with the following features:

– It has a 6.7 inches OLED screen

– The display when folded shows new notifications and battery level

– You can take quick selfies when folded

– The device has a “flex mode,” which a halfway unfold that resembles a laptop-mode

– The flex mode is ideal for hands-free video calls and selfies as well. It clicks at around 120 degrees on the hinge

Galaxy Z Flip: PHOTO|COURTESY

– The three-stop hinge has a layer of fibers that protects the device from dust and debris

– Galaxy Z Flip will start shipping on February 14, 2020 at an introductory price of $1, 380 in black and purple variants. Samsung will release the gold version later.

– The flip phone folds and unfolds more like the Motorola Razr

– It closes to a smaller square compared to its previous version that was released in the 2000s

– The device is 183 grams with 256GB storage, 8GB RAM, and Snapdragon 855 Plus processor

– The estimated shelf life of its Infinity Flex Display is 200,000 folds.

– Galaxy Z Flip has three cameras for photo lovers; a 10-megapixel f/2.4 selfie camera at the front, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera at the back, and a 12-megapixel regular camera.

– It is has a custom UI that gives a different view of images and videos

– The device has multi-view window support to enable multitasking or using multiple apps

-Galaxy Z Flip is different but it feels and functions like a better foldable design of the Samsung Galaxy Fold that was officially launched in 2019.

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Galaxy S20

Samsung announced the Galaxy S20 at the event, which comes in three series. The company seems to have been building up to the new decade for the past three years.

In 2018, the phone manufacturer released the Galaxy S9. Last year (2019), the Galaxy S10 hit the market. Many expected  S11 this year but Samsung skipped all the way to S20, perhaps to mark the new year and decade.

Here is what you need to know about the new S20 series:

– The phone comes in three variants that include S20, S20+ and S20 ultra.

– The recommended retail price for S20 starts at $999, S20+ at $1,199 and S20 ultra at $1,399

– The three variants support the 5G network

– The phones have different display sizes that include 6.2 inches,  6.7 inches and 6.9 inches for S20, S20+ and S20 ultra respectively.

– Samsung has gone all out with the cameras of the three devices. S2O has 3 cameras while S20+ and S20 ultra have four cameras.

– The largest cameras in both S20 and S20+ are 64-megapixel. S20 ultra has a 108MP wide angle camera.

– S20 and S20 + have a 3x hybrid optic zoom and up to 30x super-resolution

– S20 ultra has  a 10x hybrid optic zoom and up to 100x super-resolution

– The front selfie camera is 10MP in the S20 and S20 + and 40MP in S20 Ultra

– You can shoot 8k videos with any of three devices

– S20+ and S20 Ultra have a depth sensor that improves the quality of images and videos for the users

– The series comes with the “Single Take” option for videos, which allows you to take a short video and get different versions. You can share the video in looping clips, boomerangs, and AI-enhanced versions among others.

– You can start ordering for the S20 devices from February 21, 2020, but Samsung will release them officially into the market on March 6, 2020

Galaxy Buds +

You may need new buds to go with the new devices. Samsung thought of it and announced the new Galaxy Buds + alongside the new mobile devices. Expect the same quality sound with the buds as it is with the original Buds.

Here is what to expect with the new Buds +

– A dual-driver system in place of the single driver system in the previous make

– The Buds can run up to 11 hours on a full charge

– Samsung sells a charging case alongside the Buds that provides addition with a single pinch that can last for another 11 hours

– The Buds+ can charge wirelessly with the “PowerShare” feature as long as you have a compatible Samsung device. The Company introduced this feature in some of its latest devices in 2019

– You can charge the Buds wirelessly within 3-4 minutes to get enough charge that will last for at least 1 hour

– The Buds + will retail at $149 starting February 14, 2020

Final remarks

Samsung is already shaping the decade with its new range of devices. The capabilities get better in every new device that the Company releases into the market. You can be sure that there will be a new series before competitors can copy the outlined features.

As tech giants shape the future, what are you doing about the technology in your startup? Are you stuck in outdated systems and technologies that slow your business down? Talk to Muva if you want an upgrade or to keep up with the latest technologies in this new decade.

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Pros and Cons of Hiring IT Consultants in Kenya for a Startup

You confronted your fears, took a risk, and implemented your business idea. Your startup seems to be doing well with the client database growing by day or week. Why should you consider the services of IT consultants in Kenya? Is it better to hire a permanent IT professional and hand over all IT-related tasks?

Founders struggle with the decision of hiring consultants for various reasons. Accessing funds to start and grow a new business is perhaps the greatest challenge for business owners. Hence, founders do not prioritize consultancy services for start-ups. Some assume that such services are reserved for large companies.

Another misconception that hinders many entrepreneurs from hiring consultants is the notion that the services are expensive. As we will discover later in this article, hiring a consultant sometimes saves costs. Some founders are just unaware of the potential benefits of engaging consultants at the early stages of their business

If you are still unsure about this decision, let us look at the pro and cons of hiring consultants.

Pros of Hiring ICT Consultants in Kenya

Expertise and Experience

The top reason for hiring consultants is to get expert advice or services. Consultants have years of experience a field that you and/or your IT staff members have limited experience. You benefit from this experience and make the right decisions at the formative stages of your business. Many small businesses start without an IT department. Engaging a consultant gives you access to the same technical expertise that large companies enjoy.

Objective and neutral advice

Sometimes IT consultants come in to solve issues in your business such as a security breach. You may also hire consultants to audit your internal system including its performance and efficiency. The IT staff may have the expertise for such an audit but give feedback that protects their jobs. Consultants give authentic and objective feedback on ICT issues and recommend practical solutions. Consultants enable business owners to face inefficiencies in their business that they would prefer to ignore.

Related: How IT Consultants in Kenya Are Helping Clients Stay Ahead Of Digital Transformation

Fixed upfront costs

Hiring a staff member is different from hiring a consultant. You may incur a high initial cost with a consultant for the expertise and experience. However, consultants give you the full cost of their services upfront. Once you meet the cost, you will enjoy agile technical solutions in your business without recurring costs. Compare the upfront cost with the cost of hiring such an expert with a monthly salary, benefits, and paid annual leave.

Security

Are you worried about data security? Every business, whether small or large, has to plan for cyber security issues. The crimes have become sophisticated over time. Customers lose their confidence easily in a service provider after a security breach. Even with a well-equipped IT department, hiring external experts in data security is advisable. IT consultants in Kenya do not only follow secure procedures but also recommend the best security systems.  

Increased productivity in IT staff

One reason why you may be experiencing slow growth could be that your IT team is underperforming. Choosing the right performance metrics for such a team is difficult if you have limited knowledge and experience in IT. Most entrepreneurs fall into this category. IT consultants will easily determine if you have redundant human resources and recommend changes.

Happy employees

Imagine a working environment with the latest digital technologies and fast systems.  How much time will employees save when working in such an environment? The working environment is directly correlated with the satisfaction of employees. Analyse the technical issues that your staff members complain about regularly. If your IT professional or department has not solved them yet, it is time to call a consultant.

Cons of Hiring IT Consultants in Kenya

We told you that IT consultants give objective or neutral advice and Muva is not different. Hiring a consultant has a downside too.

Availability

The availability of IT consultants depends on the company or individuals that your firm hires. Some are available for 24/7 but most work within normal working hours. Hence, should your systems need quick attention during off-working hours, you will have a challenge accessing quick help. In addition, consultants allocate specific hours to each client and will not be in your premises all day for consultations. Be careful with the choice of an IT consultant to get reliable services.

Also Read: The Top 8 Essentials Of Choosing The Best IT Consultants In Kenya

Lack of continuity

Once a project or contract ends, the engagement of the consultants ends as well. Some consultants offer help after a contract such as maintenance services but the period is limited. While you may want continuous expert services for your business but such an engagement with consultants is costly. The best approach is to hire consultants for a specific project and ensure that your team can run the systems after the consultants leave.

Knowledge loss

The moment a consultant packs and leaves your premises, knowledge leaves as well. You may not realise the loss until you encounter a challenge with the new technology. Internal IT experts do not have the same level of expertise. Otherwise, you would not have hired the consultants in the first place. Encourage your employees to learn as much as possible during their interactions with consultants. The right consultants are always willing to transfer knowledge to other IT professionals.

Budget constraints

The cost of hiring an IT consultant is low in the long term. However, the services of ICT consultants in Kenya may be beyond your company’s budget. Cost constraints limit many small businesses from upgrading to the latest technologies. Compromising the quality of IT services is not the solution. Identify the best consultants and then negotiate for a flexible payment plan.

Final remarks

Saving the best for last does not work in business. Invest as much as you can when building the foundation of your startup. The approach will you save high costs that other entrepreneurs incur when trying to deal with a crisis. Hiring IT consultants in Kenya is one way of ensuring that you get the technical bit right. Consider hiring other types of consultants as well if necessary. Success is inevitable with expert advice on the major aspects of your business.

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How ICT Consultants in Kenya Are Helping Clients Stay Ahead Of Digital Transformation

The technology landscape has been evolving over the years. The rate of change seems to have accelerated in the past few years. Before digital solutions were introduced, small businesses could survive without ICT consultants in Kenya. The case is different today.

Technology has a significant influence on results. Businesses are heavily relying on analysis and the latest technologies to stay ahead of competitors. IT consultants have a role to play in helping businesses adjust their strategy in a rapidly changing tech landscape.

Implementing a business idea is a tough journey. Some challenges like lack of sufficient capital and labor at the initial stages still limit entrepreneurs. The common approach among entrepreneurs is to learn as much as they can to handle most of the tasks in the business.

The strategy works for most departments except the IT department. Unless the entrepreneur has educational background in the IT field, staying ahead of technological changes is difficult. Consultants take off the pressure from entrepreneurs and enable them to focus on growing their businesses

The effect of digital transformation on businesses

Digital technologies are no longer just an option for companies. The technologies are a necessity for business growth. Customers and potential partners have already embrace digital transformation in other aspects of life. Hence, business owners must keep up with the trend or lose their most valued customers.

Mobile is one of the digital trends in the world of business. Customers interact with service providers on their mobile devices. Employees also prefer to work on the go instead of sitting in the office for hours. While some traditional operations must continues, companies must realise the role of mobile solutions.

ICT consultants in Kenya can advise businesses on how to move their operations from desktops to mobile devices. The process may be costly at first but the benefits are long-term. Mobile trends have also forced companies to redesign their websites and explore mobile apps.

Big data has become a common term in the digital world. Every critical decision that a business makes should be based on data. The task for managers is to generate, collect, and analyze big data. However, the greatest challenge is to convert the insights from data into tangible results.

Related: Pros and Cons of Hiring IT Consultants in Kenya for a Startup

How do businesses transform insights or generate ideas from them that will lead to higher sales? Big data is only useful if it influences decisions. It is important for entrepreneurs to keep up with the trends in their respective industries. Competitors look at the same insights and trends. The trick is to transform data into strategies that work for a firm’s business model.

The role of social channels is critical today. The major benefit of social channels to businesses is that the channels provide an easy way to communicate and interact with customers. It is risk to rely on the traditional channels such as emails and chats in a digital world. The channels still play a role but they must combined with modern forms of communication.

Social channels also act as effective marketing channels. In fact, many customers today learn about companies and new products on social media. Hence, companies must maintain a positive image on social media platforms. Social channels provide a platform for employee collaboration.

Virtual teams are now a reality that business owners cannot ignore. Employees want flexibility working hours and conditions. Remote employees sometimes deliver more value to a business because of the reduced costs. However, they need the right communication tools to collaborate with other remote employees.

Another digital trend that businesses cannot ignore is cloud computing. The technology has enhanced flexibility and agility in businesses. With cloud computing, businesses use modern infrastructure in their operations at low costs. The main concern when shifting to cloud computing is the security implications.

The role of IT consultants in a digital world

Information on the latest digital technologies is readily available to entrepreneurs. Technology has made it easy for business owners to access information on how to grow their business fast. However, the challenge comes in choosing the right digital technologies for a business. The implementation of the chosen technologies is also a challenge to entrepreneurs.

ICT consultants in Kenya help a business choose and implement the right technologies. For instance, consultants can help companies chose the right cloud technology while considering data security. Digital transformation has invited many players in the market including data fraudsters. Working with consultants is important, especially when exploring new technologies.

It consultants enable entrepreneurs to focus on business growth. Entrepreneurs struggle with delegating responsibilities at the initial stages of building their business. The professionals may want to remain in charge of all operations and micro-manage everything. Hence, most companies start considering consultants after their operations expand.

The best approach when building a business is to get everything right from the beginning. The growth process is faster when the right technologies are in place. Consultants also offer business tips beyond the obvious technical advice. Hence, entrepreneurs should not consider the size of their business when hiring IT consultants.

In addition to offering customized advice to business owners, consultants help through the implementation stage. Employees naturally resist change, including technical change when they do not understand its benefits clearly. Moving users from a working system to a new system is a task, even when the new system is more effective than the old system.

IT consultants are trained to handle such resistance and train users in a way that they easily transition to new technologies. Some of the digital tools require constant updates. Consultants can handle such updates while employees focus on core operations. In addition, IT consultants save entrepreneurs the huge cost of establishing a fully equipped IT department.

Final thoughts

Digital technologies will continue to transform operations in businesses. Entrepreneurs cannot ignore the transformation or hold on to the traditional way of doing business. Following new trends requires time off work, which entrepreneurs and their staff may not have. ICT consultants in Kenya enable businesses to choose the right digital tools that suit their business model. The consultants help the businesses to adopt the tools in their daily operations and save the cost of hiring IT experts on long-term contracts.

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The Top 8 Essentials Of Choosing The Best IT Consultants In Kenya

We already established in a previous article the importance of hiring IT consultants in Kenya. Some of the advantages include reduced labor costs and access to expert advice. All consultants advertise their services as the best in the market, which makes it hard to settle on one consultant

We have prepared a guide to help you choose the right consultant for your project or business. Remember that your needs are unique. Hence, you need a consultant that understands the nature of your business clearly.

Before signing the dotted line, ask the following questions:

1. What is your level of experience in this area?

Why do you need a consultant? Document your project clearly including all the areas in your company that need expert advice or intervention. With the checklist, you can ask for the consultant’s level of experience in each area.

You may get a vague answer to this question if you give a poor description of your project. Ask about the type of companies that the consultant has worked for in your industry. Case studies, references, and referrals are good sources of information on the consultant’s experience.

2. Will you hire sub-contractors?

Many entrepreneurs are frustrated after hiring consultants because they are not bold enough to ask tough questions. Do not assume that the consultant has enough manpower to complete your project. Many consultants look for new projects and then hire subcontractors with relevant skills.

Do not shy away from this question. The right IT consultants in Kenya should give you a straight answer. Hiring subcontractors is not a problem if the consultant can answer the following questions:

3. Who will supervise your employees?

If you are thinking of hiring consultants, chances are that one employee will not complete your project. You do not want people coming in and out of your business unsupervised. Who bears the liability if anything goes wrong while the project is ongoing?

If the consultant hires subcontractors, you need a contact person who will be in charge of all workers. You can demand reports and updates from the supervisor. In addition, you need the profiles of subcontractors for security reasons.

4. How long will you take to complete the project?

The duration of your project will depend on your requirements. Top consultants like Muva Technologies will tell you that some projects are never “done.” For instance, if you are designing a new app or website, you will need help after launching it. It may take months before your IT department takes over managing the website or app.

No matter how complex your project is, the consultants should give you a timeline. The easiest way is to break it into milestones and allocate a time-frame for each. Otherwise, it will be difficult to determine if the consultant is putting in the work or just dragging the project.

5. How will the new technology add value to my business?

Sometimes you want to invest in new technology or systems to keep up with the latest trend. However, some of the ideas that the consultants give may not apply to your industry. For this reason, you need to be sure that your investment is worth. The best IT consultants in Kenya do not come cheap.

Whichever investment you make in your business should always lead to higher sales in the end. For instance, if you are integrating social media platforms or developing a new app, the result of increased publicity should be higher sales.

6. How much do you charge for your services?

Many entrepreneurs start with this question and then try to fix other questions after that. The moment you start thinking about the price, you will forget to ask other important questions. This is not to say that the question of cost is unimportant. The reality is that you need IT consultancy services in Kenya that your business can afford.

When you are sure you are speaking to the right consultant, you can negotiate the price of the services. Some will charge an hourly rate while others give a lump sum for the entire project depending on what you need. Remember that all businesspersons leave some room for negotiations.

Here is a word of caution about the cost of services. Always think about the brand you are building. Cheap is in most cases expensive. Do not compromise the quality of services in efforts to save costs. Poor technology may cost you dear customers or the position of your brand in the market.

7. When can I expect a return on my investment?

You now know how much the project will cost you, its estimated timeline, and value to your business. The next step is to estimate the return on your investment. After all, the cost of hiring top consultants should make financial sense to your business.

If you are working with experienced consultants, they will offer a near accurate timeframe on when to expect returns. Again the timeline will depend on the technical solutions offered. The estimated returns will vary depending on how much you invest in each solution.

8. Do you offer support services?

We mentioned earlier when discussing the timeline of your project that you may need after-sale services. Some consultants will offer free services for a given period to ensure that new tech solutions work properly. For instance, they may offer to maintain your new website or app for a year until your team learns how to do the same.

If you need additional services, ask about them and any associated costs before closing the deal. The consultant may be quick to quote a figure for the project without mentioning the cost of after-sale services. You also need excellent support services when the project is ongoing.

You now have a checklist of the top things to consider when choosing IT consultants in Kenya. Even with the checklist, you still need to follow your gut and ask any additional questions that come to mind. For instance, do the consultants have good interpersonal or communication skills? Does the deal sound too good to be true? If you have any doubts that the consultants’ answers cannot clear, it may be time to look for another consultant.

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Top 7 Companies That Offer IT Consultancy Services in Kenya

Is it time to hire an IT consultant? Many entrepreneurs spend long hours every week trying to understand how emerging technologies work. They need help but are simply unwilling to ask for it.

You cannot handle all functions in your business and allocate enough time to its growth. The good news is that you can keep up with the latest tech innovations by hiring IT consultancy services in Kenya.  

In this article, you will learn the major reasons why your business needs consultancy services. We have also reviewed top companies that offer quality IT services to ease your selection.

Reasons Why You Need IT Consultancy Services in Kenya

1. Working with experts

IT consultants specialize in offering reliable ICT solutions to businesses. If you want technology to work for your business, consult experts. Outsourcing this function gives you access to knowledge and experience that the consultants took years to attain.

It will take an equally long time for your team to attain the level of knowledge that experts possess. IT experts are in step with the latest innovations. Hence, they can recommend the right solutions for your type of business.

2. Identifying and solving problems objectively

Are you experiencing IT challenges in your business? Do you think that your IT department is ill-equipped and under-performing? Well, you may not get an objective perspective of the problem internally. Consultants will identify the IT problems affecting your business and recommend objective solutions.

Your team may not own their mistakes or recommend solutions beyond their training. You might also be in denial that your business is using outdated technology. Experts will give you an objective perspective of your IT challenges.

3. Saving costs

Here is the bitter truth. Hiring an IT expert as a permanent employee is expensive. Remember that you need a team of experts and not just one to adopt the right tech solutions in your business. If you are trying to grow your profits, hiring the best IT consultancy services in Kenya is the best move.

You will incur a one-time cost for the consultation service. In return, you get expert advice and install all the solutions your business needs at a go. Your team will then handle the simpler task of maintaining the new systems.

4. Implementing major changes

If you are thinking of implementing major IT changes in your business, outsourcing is the way to go. Such changes require experience, skill, and caution. Sudden changes can break or make your business. For instance, if you are introducing a new internal system, a dysfunction may affect your relationship with customers.

Top IT consultants in Kenya will implement the change and follow up to ensure that all systems work perfectly. Here now are the companies to consult for such moves.

Top 7 Companies That Offer IT Consultancy Services in Kenya

1. Muva Technologies

Muva offers a wide range of IT services including ICT consultancy and training, web development, mobile solutions, and payments integration. The advantage of consulting such a company is that you can get integrated services. Many consultants specialize in just one or two solutions.

The experts will advise you on the best innovative technologies to adopt for your online and offline activities. In addition, the company trains your team on how to install, use, and maintain the new systems or solutions. Muva offers customized solutions that will meet specific needs in your company.

2. Smart Web

The company offers consultancy services in search engine optimization, web design and development, software development, and cloud computing. The consultancy firm also specializes in internet marketing and can help you set up online campaigns to expand your clientele. Other consultancy services that you may find at Smart Web include web hosting and app development.

3. Digital Consulting Group

The tech firm appears on this list of IT consultants in Kenya because of its wide range of services. The consultancy services range from accounting software advice, system design and strategy to in-house IT services.

The latter include services such as designing a database, infrastructure cabling, email design, web design and hosting, and equipment procurement. The Digital Consulting Group offers both remote and on-site support to its clients.

4. ICT Consultants Limited

ICT Consultants specializes in email marketing, bulk SMS, and social marketing. The company’s communication solutions can help you engage your customers better, especially if you run a large database. Other services that the consultants offer include web design and hosting, domain and registration, BPO and computer maintenance.  

5. Advantech Consulting

Some firms offer different categories of consultancy services that a business needs. Such companies do not specialize in one area like IT or ICT. Advantech Consulting is one such company. Strategic ICT consulting is just one category of the services that the business offers.

The firm offers an ICT strategy that businesses can adopt. The plan includes the development and implementation process, quality assurance, and a security policy to go with the ICT function.

6. Eclectics International

Eclectics International is an audit firm whose owners are auditors and experts in ICT consultancy. Hence, auditing forms a large part of the company’s portfolio. Some of the services that the consultants offer include information security audits, system audit, and project management.

Others include post-implementation audits and ICT infrastructure consulting, design, and implementation. The company’s audit services can help you determine if tech solutions are operating at their optimal level.

7. Fortune Consulting Limited

Fortune is another firm that offers ICT consultancy services among other services. The company specializes in both HR and IT solutions but HR solutions form the larger part of the business. Some of the IT services that your business can enjoy from Fortune include software and web development.

We have reviewed the top companies that offer IT consultancy services in Kenya based on the information provided on their websites. The information on the website is not enough to help you make a smart decision. Learn how to choose the best IT consultants in Kenya in this article. Remember that the quality of solutions and advice the consultants give will determine the results you achieve in your business.

 

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