My quest to find a reliable ISP….for an SME…

After 2 year of using Safaricom business as our office ISP we needed to move office to a different location and it meant that we needed to get back into the market to look for an ISP. Now we didn’t have any issues with Safaricom business as they were a very reliable ISP and issues were addressed quite fast, faster than our previous one who had horrendous customer service.

So we got calling and looking for ISP’s and by the end of the day we had quotes from Access Kenya, Zuku, Tangerine Broadband, Xtranet and a few others. After internal consultation we decided to give Access Kenya a try, and we paid a deposit for the service. But due to different reviews in the market we decided to give them a 2 week trial with the option of taking them up full time. I think that was the best decision we ever made. Our service was either slow or non existent, with excuses ranging from a cable cut to an outage on the service for 2 weeks!!!!

We went back to the market to shop for a new provider settled on 2 Zuku and Safaricom business. Safaricom has really given us very good service at our old office and we went back to the tried & tested. Zuku seems to have really styled up and we decided we might give them a second chance as our number 2 provider. So here we go, day 1…lets see how the performance of both go…

I however think there is an opportunity for an ISP who can offer good, reliable service especially for SME’s locally. The old KDN and Jamii Telkom would be perfect to create a reliable SME product, that works well and is also affordable. As for Access Kenya, i was quite disappointed by a company that positions itself as Kenya’s largest Corporate ISP…or maybe its because I’m an SME?

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February 28th 2011 -United as one Kenya!!!

We are extremely proud to be Kenyan!

We are proud of our beautiful country!

We are proud of our diversity cultures and traditions!

We are proud of our heroes!

We are proud of our high achievers!

We are proud of being hustlers!

We are proud of our hoods!

We are proud of our tribes and twengs!

We are proud of our kanges and our mats!

We are proud of our artists and musicians!

We are proud of our industries and farms!

We are proud of our sports teams!

On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, wherever you are, at work, in the supermarket, in traffic, in school, on campus, in hospitals, in churches, in mosques, in temples, in synagogues, on sports pitches, in court, on your farm, at police stations, at armed forces barracks, in matatus, in buses, on the beach, in the game parks, at the airport, in parliament, in State House, in your homes .. On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we stand On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we unite On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, we shall speak in one voice.

On the 28th of February 2011 at 1pm, let’s sing our beautiful and powerful National Anthem, all three verses. On the 28th February 2011 the world will watch as Kenyans stand UNITED; 1pm, 1 nation, 1 people, 1 anthem, united in 1 prayer for 1 Kenya We are Kenya!

Ngilu vs Kiunjuri round 1

I get amazed by our politicians and how they dominate our news every minute of every day. Frankly i dont care much for their theatrics but this case got me wondering if they have any Strategists. Now when someone accuses you of not doing anything especially where you had knowledge of corruption happening most often than not it makes sense to wait and see what proof they have and whether the proof is tangible. In this case if i was advising the hon Ngilu i would have urged her to wait until the claims have been substantiated before retaliating if at all. A wise man says when someone splashes mud on you trying to wipe it out will only make it spread. The more preferable idea is you wait for it to dry then flick it away, it always works.

In this case i feel she is now seen to be hiding something after all why would she go all out to attack her Assistant Minister? If he claims there is corruption in the ministry of course there will come a time where he has to say what he could have done and if he is involved. If i were Hon Ngilu in this instance i would hold my cards very close to my heart.

Election Results – Starehe, Juja and Makadara

So  i blogged and made predictions of who was going to win the by elections in Starehe, Juja and Makadara and got it all wrong. Not a single candidate i picked to win actually won and to a certain extent I’m happy since my predictions were largely biased on parties and not what each single candidate brings to the table. The best of the bunch was Makadara where Sonko the youthful businessman trounced both Ndolo and Dick Wathika and as much as i dont think he could do it since i saw him as an underdog, i was very happy that he got rid of this 2 established politicians and took up the seat. And to Think ODM gave a direct nomination to Reuben Ndolo instead of Sonko!!!

For the Bishop, its vindication that she did win in 2008 and i think its time for Maina Kamanda to retire from politics. Of note here is how ODM didnt campaign for Wanjiru and were busy rooting for Ndolo, so this win is testament to her organizational skills and her strategy to recapture the seat. I actually venture an opinion here that ODM needs Bishop Margaret Wanjiru more than she needs them, so they do need to make amends for treating her shabbily.

In Juja as one person on twitter said  the electorate exchanged a Hoppa for a Chopper…dumped George Thuo for William Kabogo. I really wanted both to lose but hey well done Kabogo.

Election Day – Starehe, Juja and Makadara

So today is election day for 3 quite populous constituencies in Kenya namely Starehe, Makadara and Juja. The seats were held by Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Dick Wathika and Chief Whip George Thuo and their elections were nullified after successful petitions. Clearly not being such a big fan of politics and not voting in those constituencies i havent been an avid follower of the events that have transpired but i could venture an opinion and prediction of the outcome of the by election.

Starehe

Well i was quite sad that Jimnah Mbaru did not through his hat in the ring for this contest as it would have been worth watching. currently the battle is between the Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and Maina Kamanda. I do feel Maina Kamamnda has what it takes to get his one though i kinda wished there was another candidate to bring in a fresh perspective to the outlook on the constituency. As for the Bishop, well she didnt win in the first place and i feel she does need to pick one politics or head the church she currently heads.

Makadara

This is one constituency i dont understand, and it the current contest pits Reuben Ndolo vs Dick Wathika. Reuben Ndolo was the previous MP with Dick Wathika who was the former mayor being the MP who has held the seat since 2008. There is a relative newcomer “mr moneybags” who has been sharing out money and free rides on matatu’s for people to vote for him. I dont think that will sway people with the battle being firmly between Dick Wathika and Reuben Ndolo, in which in my opinion i think Dick Wathika will recapture his seat with a range of about 1,000 – 3,000 votes.

Juja

As one of Kenya’s most populous constituencies, Juja has a long list of contestants vying for the top seat that was held by George Thuo a self made enterprenuer and once MD of KBS. He is more known for his company City Hoppa which has a large share of the Nairobi City Transit transportation. He won the seat in 2008 against his fierce rival William Kabogo who is currently running on a Narc Kenya ticket and is known for transversing the constituency in his chopper and has the support of Martha Karua who is an aspiring presidential candidate in 2012. The other contestant of note is Alice Wambui Ng’ang’a who is running on a Kenya National Congress party ticket and was third in 2008. It would be wonderful if she was to beat the top 2 candidates and give us a repeat of what happened in South Mugirango. It will be a close one but im rooting for Alice Wambui Nganga as she seems to have good on ground contacts and the fact that we need more women in parliament…

By tomorrow will see how right i am…

So why again did i come to work?

This is a question i have been asking myself all morning, why am i in the office, what does the office hold for me today thats exciting and will motivate me to roll up my sleeves and get it done. Dont get me wrong, i like what i do or else i wouldnt be at work, im not motivated by money but more by a love for what i do selling ideas to grow my client business. You might ask why i get paid and 80% is for my brain, the other 20% i dont know maybe coz my clients like me…

But as the year wears on it gets to a point where you look back and see what you have accomplished, look forward and wonder what else is in store? See i have accomplished much more than i needed to get done this year so for the next 3 months i will be working on bonus…things i had not anticipated to be doing but the year has turned out so well im doing stuff for next year. So anyway brings me to my current dilemma what exciting thing i have to do today. As i was browsing through the Business Daily i came across this article by Carol Musyoka and i totally agree with her.

you can find her article here

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Opinion%20&%20Analysis/Work%20can%20wait%20family%20comes%20first%20when%20the%20chips%20are%20down/-/539548/1014004/-/ijnk42/-/index.html

Cabinet Reshuffle

While i dont have a great predisposition as to which Minister or MP lands in a particular ministry i was quite pleased with this reshuffle. You see to me as a Nairobian i do remember Michuki with very fond memories as the minister who made a mark in our largely disorganized transport industry and ministry. He put all matatu’s in line and we cheered on even if we spent a whole week trekking to work and back home. Then came Chirau Ali Makwere and matatu’s went back to thier default setting and many of us questioned and requested the president to move him to another ministry. After the by Election where he won his Parliamentary seat back we prayed that he didnt get his ministerial post back. Look like our prayers have been answered as he has been moved from the Transport ministry to Trade.

Im not saying the new Minister is any better as its too early to tell, but anyone surely would fair better than the former Minister.

The other piece of good news was Professor Hellen Sambili’s move from the ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. With all due respect the minister had made big side steps in this ministry going back on desicisons and fighting with her assistant ministers. From the Saga of the Coca Cola Stadium rights purchase, the Sports Stadia fall out, the Youth Fund fight with the board, football wrangles…she proved that she was way in over her head.

Side step after side step the biggest being her allution to Nyayo Stadium being a name of National heritage, Nyayo and national Heritage? Half of us Kenyans couldnt wait to get rid of that name in 2012 a name that reminded us of the dark days of Kanu and the reign of the former President Moi. As she moves to her new ministry my advice to the dear Professor is please do a bit of advance reading and ask when in doubt…it will go a long way.