How Tech-Savvy Kenyan Is Cashing In On Developing Mobile Apps
James Wahome, the lead developer at software products development firm, Ujuzi Code, was always keen on innovation through computers. He joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology for an undergraduate Mathematics and Computer Science degree course and later proceeded to Strathmore University for a master’s degree in mobile telecommunications and innovation.
Wahome says his lecturers supported him to found Ujuzi Code together with Fabian Muthusi and two others that have since left.
From Business Daily. Story by James Kariuki.
Then attention revolved around M-Pesa and Ujuzi Code concentrated on developing products that could be integrated with M-Pesa.
“We made Pesabox, a free online App that helped people track their M-Pesa transactions followed by an SMS backup App and an SMS Wipeout App. We realised mobile Apps were popular and approached a local entrepreneur who funded our first mobile software product, a customisable Sales Force Automation (SFA),” he recalls.
The SFA product
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The product has since been upgraded to include a realtime payment platform embedded in a digital receipt printer that a salesman carried together with a tamperproof rugged SFA phone that a company salesman uses during his travel across Kenya.
“This remains our property that we can disable when a company informs us of an employee’s desertion. Salemen no longer use books but key in everything and must be on location when making orders since the information reflects realtime on their employer’s portal,” he adds.
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