Interactive Business Information Technology, IBIT Consultancy is a charitable Information Technology (IT) Consulting Organization. Aiming at helping students, staff and other small entrepreneurs grow with aid of IT resources and expertise at a break even, markup price, (to meet expenses in service delivery excluding labor charge). Currently our main target beneficiaries are college/ tertiary education students through provision of brand new laptops at a cost price payable in installment. Building Digital Repositories in Secondary Schools through usage of open source systems.(Dspace) to bridge the main study text material gap.

Laptop/notebook computer machines are quite useful on college level academic work. Most students in African colleges, Malawi in particular struggle with the use of unreliable second hand (used)  laptops.  This is mainly attributed to lack of enough financial capital, which results into students procuring second/ 4th hand laptop machine. Used laptops seem relatively cheaper, but expensive in a long run due to frequent maintenance and becomes expensive overtime, adds to academic pressure as laptops may die during assignments writing, frustrates students and gives a sense of insecurity which derives focus from academic work. Read more facts on this.

Objectives

To help student concentrate and easy the academic work pressure through provision of  reliable Information Communication Technology based study support materials.

Reduce poor students performance in Secondary schools attributed to lack of reference study materials main books. Through provision of alternative unlimited multiple access to books by use of digital text local area network libraries. Powered by open source systems that are cost effective and sustainable.

Promote and motivate Kindergarten level students towards Science and Mathematics to unearth innovative ideas towards the same through usage of kids friendly Inspiring Technologies such as 3D Pens.

Reduce the amount of College students’ expenditure on electronics repair costs, by providing free technical support four years warranty on all new sold machines, which will cover the entire college study period.

Reduce greenhouse effect attributed to the high rate of improper disposal of dead electronics machines, as the new machines life span will be prolonged.

Set a model that will champion future decision making towards buying electronics in student. Through enabling access to brand new electronics mindset to students. Which will likely foster and motivate, the future graduates to opt for new products. Setting a benchmark of acceptable standard in decision making.

Possibly towards the reduction rate of laptops theft by introducing price comparative aspect with new related pricing products, to halt the second hand laptops demand. The second hand laptops market growth is fueling theft of the same.

Our Strategies and Tactics

Using a single desktop as a server and wireless routers to run open source digital repository server and broadcast to all students around campus enabling unlimited  multiple access to scarce resources such as books. And disabling the time and physical location barrier as students will be able to access the study support resource anytime disregarding the opening and closing hours of the school library and remote access at any convenient location within the network boundary.

IBIT Consultancy also supply’s affordable brand new laptops to students on a long term loan scheme. By finding alternative means to the key high electronics pricing contributing factors in the country, which mostly is attributed to Shipping Costs.

This is being done through using various goodwill volunteers / tourists planning to visit Malawi to carry with then one Laptoppurchased by IBIT to the volunteer’s address prior to coming in the country (MALAWI). With cost cutting tactics the supplied basic brand new machines are sold at relatively $100 dollars below the current market rate of the similar machines. A 4GB RAM, Intel Cerelon/ i3@ 1.6 to 2.4GHZ processor, 500GB Hard Drive, 15.6 inch wide HD display, windows 10 Home. Is sold between $250 to $340 Dollars. While the same exact machine’s current lowest market price from electronic vendors is around$350 to $500 (USD). Most Second hand machines with similar specs are rated from $180 to $340.

The current kids projects encompass drawing of  different toys using 3D pens and  referencing shapes and behavior to basic science related concepts.