Author: Gavin

Hola! Im a software developer/business analyst by day and a product strategist by night. Have a passion for helping persons actualizing their ideas whether through software or research. The main vision I have for contributing to this blog is to shed some light on how we can bring software in the Caribbean to the modern century which focuses on the user and how to make their usage seamless, logical yet secure. Enjoy..
Disruptive Technology banking/financial industry
Caribbean Tech, Editorial, Opinion

Disruptive Technology banking/financial industry

With this series I don't set out to be the bearer of novel solutions or brilliant ideas but just to spark conversations and thinking that could potentially lead to solutions, ideas and ways forward to potentially get these issues addressed. I don't know in the case of Jamaica if its the BOJ/GOJ and its policies or the banks themselves that has lead to the stagnation of the influx of technology in the industry, primarily as it relates how we as B2C and B2B interactions. Mobile banking has finally taken off in a way we might have intended it, but the world has developed more cutting edge/emerging technologies that have not been/minimally applied to Jamaica. Such as; Mobile Money End to End E-commerce transactions for Jamaican companies Mobile Wallets (Apple Pay/Google Pa...
Disruptive Technology
Caribbean Tech, Editorial, Green Tech, Opinion

Disruptive Technology

With this series I don't set out to be the bearer of novel solutions or brilliant ideas but just to spark conversations and thinking that could potentially lead to solutions, ideas and ways forward to potentially get these issues addressed. We have to be Progressive and Adaptive vs Conservative and Responsive. In a society where mechanical/lack of innovative ways are looked for in solving basic issues, we have to start some discourse among the population which then will permeate through the economy, organizations or the country. The Apple’s or Google’s of this world are continuing to push the edges of what is reality and what we deemed as fiction. Things 5 - 10 years ago which we would laugh at as fiction or fairy tail has in some way has become reality. Drones “Artificial...
Secure NIDS or else …
Tech News, Caribbean Tech, Editorial, Featured, Opinion

Secure NIDS or else …

For the government, cybersecurity isn’t only a challenge—it’s a big obstacle to long-awaited digital transformation. Plus, the stakes are sky-high: Hacking public-sector information might imperil national security as well as citizens’ trust. Is our government up to the task? July 2015 - "The Office of Personnel Management in the US government said hackers stole “sensitive information,” including addresses, health and financial history, and other private details, from 19.7 million people " Sept 2017 - "143 million compromised Social Security numbers. Attackers stole half the US population's Social Security numbers from Equifax" 2020 - Jamaica's entire population NIDS data hacked...???? Will this be our fate? Budgets towards cybersecurity Bank of America Corp. spent $400 milli...
Securing Jamaica’s National Identification System with Blockchain Technology
Caribbean Tech, Editorial, Opinion

Securing Jamaica’s National Identification System with Blockchain Technology

Government organizations across the globe are exploring the use of blockchain technology to improve operations. The ability to record transactions on distributed ledgers offers new approaches for governments to improve transparency, prevent fraud and establish trust. According to a recent survey conducted by IBM and the Economic Intelligence Unit, government interest in blockchain is high: 9 in 10 government organizations plan to invest in blockchain for use in financial transaction management, asset management, contract management and regulatory compliance by 2018. 7 in 10 government executives predict blockchain will significantly disrupt the area of contract management. 14 percent of government organizations expect to have blockchains in production and at scale in 2017...
The more the world changes the more we stay the same..?
Tech News

The more the world changes the more we stay the same..?

Without a doubt the past 5 years the world and Jamaica has seen a rapid evolution, with more adoption to new technologies (gadgets, social media, e-commerce, etc..) none of which has left the Caribbean and region behind. Once its released can bet within days someone will have it through the advent of companies like ShipMe/MailPac/SmartPostJa globalization is here to stay. However, has our business/small businesses realize what is happen and think to evolve to stay relevant? By the looks of this no or they are struggling. Read me Well I hope this helps ease that struggling; I want to suggest ways small businesses can keep up and compete effectively in this new/not so new global economy. 1. Make Yourself Easy to Find with a Great Website/ Expand your Online Presence - Wheth...
Data held hostage!!
Tech News, Tech Tips, Opinion

Data held hostage!!

Gone are the days where diamond, gold and precious metals and stones were high in the value chain now information and data is king a of that value chain. At the launch of Facebook's IPO the company was valued at 104 billion USD majority of that valuation was due to the amount of users and data they have about users. Awwww isnt data a beautiful thing :) For.further information on why Facebook's data is worth so much check out here. http://www.pcworld.com/article/255783/facebook_ipo_why_your_data_is_worth_93_billion.html Securing our investment If you have a home valued at 104 billion USD I'm sure you will put all measures to keep it safe from internal and external destruction and vandalism. You may even want to keep it in a bubble or this is the case for any valuable we ...
Vyral Events App Review
Tech News, Caribbean Tech, Features, Opinion, Tech Reviews

Vyral Events App Review

Young entrepreneurs doing something for themselves and fulfilling a need instead of waiting on governments to provide mediocre jobs so they can survive I always will support 100 percent. Came across this app from reading a Gleaner Article on April 16, 2017, titled Mobil App For Party Fans - ‘Vyral Events’ Links Promoters And Patrons In Cyberspace. So I downloaded I haven't found anything to buy just yet but here's what I think Pros Love the App tour - Was a welcoming feature that let me know what to expect when using the app. Short clear and to the point. Open to feedback - Listening to your users and giving them an avenue to be heard even if you don't use it is refreshing. Events today - Loved the In progress tagging and also estimated time until events end. This inform...
Stay Alert App Review
Tech News, Caribbean Tech, Tech Reviews

Stay Alert App Review

So by now we all have been bombarded with advertisement for the GOJ-MNS Stay Alert App. So if its getting this much attention then it needs a review. I played around with some of the features of the app for about a month or more and I would give this app a 2 out of 5 for design, 4 out of 5 for functionality. It provides the basic functionality to help residents and visitors when in an unfortunate situation to safely and discretely seek help. Merit to whoever conceptualize this app. However, lets make this app better. You may be able to offer it to other Caribbean neighbors. Logo This is your first representation of any app, this is also how you court your users. Stay Alert App logo lacks the basic necessities for logo designs, its Flat, lacked creativity and ineffective. ...