USSD & Dev Ops
USSD & Dev Ops
What is USSD & Why Does it Matter for Mobile Financial Services?
USSD – unstructured supplementary service data. It sounds a bit complicated, and can get technical very quickly, but for the purposes of financial inclusion, there are two key things to understand. First, when you dial a number that starts with * and ends with #, you are using USSD. Second, USSD is currently the best available communications technology to deliver mobile financial services to low-income customers.
With the notable exception of M-Pesa in Kenya, the majority of large scale mobile financial services (MFS) deployments in the developing world use USSD as their primary mechanism for communication between customers and their mobile payments platform. These include bKash in Bangladesh; Wing in Cambodia; EasyPaisa in Pakistan; Tigo and M-Pesa in Tanzania and EcoCash in Zimbabwe, to name a few.
What is DevOps? Why it’s important.
DevOps is no more than a set of processes that coordinate to unify development teams and processes to complement software development. The main reason behind DevOps’ popularity is that it allows enterprises to create and improve products at a faster pace than traditional software development methods.
Here are the reasons why DevOps matters.
Shorter Development Cycles, Faster Innovation
Reduces Implementation Failure, Reflections and Recovery Time
Better Communication and Cooperation
Reduces Costs and IT Staff
The concept of DevOps is founded on building a culture of collaboration between teams that historically functioned in relative siloes. The promised benefits include increased trust, faster software releases, ability to solve critical issues quickly, and better manage unplanned work.
At Freelyformd, DevOps is the next most famous portmanteau (combining of two words) next to Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), bringing together the best of software development and IT operations. And like our jokes, it requires some explaining.