Merethis consultant post : Back from Abidjan!

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A few months ago, I went to Abidjan in Ivory Coast, where I had the opportunity to train the teams of a major logistics corporation located across forty African countries for two weeks.
The course topic was obviously about Centreon Enterprise Server software !

The project was to ensure the deployment of Centreon for the group. We prepared the project in France by working on masters and embodying resources before the deployment in the African territory. To help the teams to get a grasp of Centreon, I went to meet and train representative people from each BU. It’s always nice to follow a project from A to Z.

The monitoring services in those BU were quite basic until I came. This skill transfer must have been a true asset in my opinion. Good news, the trainees shared the same feeling! And so I met a very interested and enthusiastic audience, yeah!
Because not every country has its own IT department (some are pooled) and some countries even have multiple workgroups, there were 39 trainees who attended the training. It was organized in 4 sessions of 2.5 days and the courses were in English.

The represented countries were:
Benin, Cameroon, Comoros, DRC, Spain (for the entire Maghreb), Ivory Coast, North Sudan, Togo, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Nigeria, Chad, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Madagascar, Ghana, Angola, Central Africa and certainly some that I forgot.
You can try to locate all these countries on the map below .


Speaking of which, some had even traveled two days and had 3 or 4 stops in order to attend this training. For instance, one of the trainees from Angola had to stop by Johannesburg and Nairobi in order to reach Abidjan. That very trainee even told me that to he had to drop by Lisbon in order go to Senegal. In short, we do not travel in Africa the same way we travel in Europe.

At last, we had two busy days. Doing a 5 day program (Methodology and administration of a Centreon monitoring platform) in 2.5 days was some serious business. But all in all, it was really fun!
Some pictures with my trainees… who now have a solid basics to handle and deploy Centreon Enterprise Server. After the theory, it is now time for you to practice!


Abidjan , it’s also :

  • The Gniamakoudji (macerated ginger juice) as welcome drink
  • The discovery of pure African meal: Chicken, fish, attiéké, Aloko …
  • A wonderful bus driver who made ​​us discover Ivorian music clips
  • The chef of a restaurant that likes to stuff dishes with pepper
  • Full of people who found me very photogenic and who wanted to take pictures with me all the time
  • The possibility of buying everything and anything (peanuts, eggs, puppies?? …)
  • Warm and friendly people, places to discover
  • Some attractions in the city where you can bargain the taxi rates, CFA Franc 1000 most of the time :p


Thank you all for the good times! Have fun using Centreon, hope to see you soon.

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