Techno Brain Kenya has partnered with Microsoft to open the first Microsoft software testing and quality assurance centre in Africa. The facility, stationed in Nairobi, Kenya, is only the fourth of such outsourced centres for
Microsoft after China, Poland and India.
Speaking during the official opening of the testing centre, Manoj Shanker, CEO, Techno Brain, said: “Kenya in particular has a rich pool of skilled human resources. This Testing Centre is yet another great testament of our 20-year journey, that we’re truly committed to empowering lives through education and innovation. This is our long-term vision, to build a world class company that addresses Africa’s unique socio-economic challenges.”
On his part, Microsoft Director of Software Engineering, Bambo Sofola outlined the importance of the testing centre saying, “This testing centre will help to profile Kenya as a leading regional hub of emerging technologies and innovation and provide employment opportunities for young people. We have customers, partners and employees here in Kenya, a country of great promise and one that could leapfrog others by getting the right infrastructure and skills in place.”
DP William Ruto underscored the importance of the testing centre saying: “This is a big vote of confidence for Kenya. I salute Techno Brain for leading the way in impact sourcing practices that optimally equip high-potential youths
for a demanding and rewarding future. I want to appreciate Microsoft for choosing Kenya and Techno Brain for providing the platform and capacity to make this incredible project a reality.”
Ruto further emphasised the role of technology as an enabler of development. ”The Big 4 is a tech agenda, the Big 4 is about innovation,” he added.
ICT CS Joseph Mucheru underscored the role of policy and an enabling business environment in attracting international partners like Microsoft.
The global collaboration will see Windows Development Group (WDG) engineering team from USA working collaboratively with Techno Brain Kenya engineers to build and operate a highly specialized and secured test environment in Nairobi as an extension to Microsoft Redmond Windows development engineering centre.
The partnership places Kenya as a leading global player in the technology services space and creates an avenue for attracting other technology giants to Kenya. This initiative further has the potential of creating 1,000 jobs opportunities for the Kenyan youth and position the country as a preferred destination for highly skilled engineering, quality assurance and testing work in Africa.
Techno Brain – currently operating in 20 countries including USA, UK, India and UAE, employing 1200 high tech jobs in the continent – has achieved leadership positions in areas like Public Financial management, Digital Identifications, Tax & Customs, IT Training and Education, Business Process Outsourcing and host of e-government solutions. There are more than 18 million subscribers who are using Techno Brain platform for various solutions.