Students at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, have been advised to stay up to date and embrace the new world as they are the managers of the future.
The advice came from Mr. De Wet Naude, a Senior Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, SAP University Alliances, South Africa, at the first Town and Gown Seminar organised by the Department on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
Mr. Naude, who spoke on, “A Brave World: Big Data and the Internet of Things,” enjoined the students not to be afraid to adapt to the rapid changes in the technology around the world because they would be the ones to manage them in the future.
“Remember that the world is changing rapidly and try to stay up to date with the new things that are happening in the world. You have an excellent academic institution, so you have advantage and the world is there for you to take,” he said.
System Application Product (SAP), according to him, is the world’s leader in enterprise application in terms of software and software-related services revenue. SAP innovation, he said, goes beyond software, “we are developing breakthrough technologies that shape IT and business world,” he boasted.
He noted that most multinational organisations around the world are transforming due to technology transformation. Things, he noted, are moving very fast and if they do not change, they would be left behind.
On Big Data, Mr Naude noted that it is the new oil of data flowing from computers, mobile devices and machine sensors, which, with right solutions, organisations can dive into and gain valuable insights that were previously unimaginable.
He informed the gathering that the world is gravitating towards the Internet of Things (IoT) where many devices would be communicating with one another to the advantage of man. He added that there are many advantages of incorporating IoT to help individuals, business and society on daily basis in the areas of health, security and finance among others.
Earlier in his remarks, the Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Oluseyi Ajayi, while welcoming everyone, expressed confidence that the topic would sharpen the minds of the students and broaden their horizon. He added that the coming of the SAP officials to the University was a good time.
Also present at the Seminar were the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Engineer (Dr.) David Omole who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero; Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu; HOD, Accounting, Dr. Olubukola Uwuigbe, other faculty, staff and students of the department.