The World Standards Day is commended globally every year on October 14. It is an international day of observance recognized worldwide since 1970 coordinated by IEC, (International Electrotechnical Commission) ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ITU, (International Telecommunication Union). The World Standards Day celebrates the collaborative efforts of the thousands of public and private-sector experts that dedicate their time and expertise to the development of international standards. In 2015, acknowledging the critical role standards play, Digital Jewels a leading Afro-centric IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Consulting and Capacity Building firm firmly anchored on implementing best practise standards for organisations across Africa, led the continent to mark the 2015 World Standards Day by organizing a landmark conference with the theme: Global Standards: becoming Africa’s common language. The landmark conference which also marked the 63rd session of the firm’s renowned IVC forum- an eclectic platform for knowledge sharing, information exchange and business networking amongst Senior executives and accomplished professionals had in attendance the movers and shakers of the financial sector, e-payments and ICT industry as panelists and participants. In 2016, Digital Jewels had her in-house consultants share their views on how standards build trust in line with the World Standards Day theme for 2016. This year the World Standards day takes the theme: “Video standards create a global stage”. Videos make great storytellers. They make information more digestible and easier to understand. Our brain loves video because it is programmed to retain visual content better than a page loaded with words. According to studies, the average viewer remembers 95% of a message when it is watched, whereas only 10% when read. The influence of digital videos on our everyday culture is undeniable as proven by a few mind-boggling statistics showing the power of using video to increase awareness: • Users view more than 1 billion hours of video each day on YouTube. (YouTube) • By 2020 there will be close to 1 million minutes of video crossing the internet per second. (Cisco) • Over 1.9 billion people use YouTube. That’s about one-third of the internet. (YouTube) • YouTube has 23,946,561 subscribers (and counting!) (SocialBlade) • Facebook has over 8 billion video views per day. (TechCrunch) • 75 million people visit Facebook’s video platform every day. (Adweek) • Social video gets shared 1200% more than text and images combined. (Wordstream) The innovation of recent decades has driven a huge leap forward in video quality. And video has also become more accessible, helping people worldwide to share their stories in vivid, moving pictures. These gains in both the sophistication and accessibility of video are built on International Standards. International Standards assist the expansion of tailor-made resolutions which can be adapted to the particular situations of a given establishment. We at Digital Jewels want to share our short video depicting a sample of clients who have trusted us over the years to support them in implementing International Standards. We commend these clients who have led the pack by implement standards and worked towards best practices and expert knowledge in guaranteeing the quality and performance of goods and services. • June 2009- Galaxy Backbone (ISI27701)- 1st Public Sector International Certification in Africa • Nov 2009- Fidelity Bank (ISO27001):-2nd Bank ISMS Certification • April 2013- First Bank of Nigeria Ltd ITSM (ISO20000) • Jan & Feb 2014- standards and PCIDSS bank assessments on behalf of the Central bank of Nigeria • April 2014- ISO27001 ISMS Award to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) • October 2014- ISO27001 and ISO22301 Certificates were awarded to Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems (NIBSS) • February 2015- ISO2000 (ITSM) Award was presented to VDT Communications • March 2015- ISO27001 & PCIDSS Certificates were awarded to Jaiz Bank PLC • March 2015- ISO27001 Certificate was awarded to Union Bank Plc • August 2015- ISO27001 & PCIDSS Certificates were awarded to Mainone • October 2015- ISO27001 & ISO22301 Certificates were awarded to Access Bank PLC • March 2016- ISO27001 & ISO22301 Certificates were awarded to Diamond Bank PLC • March 2017- ISO27001 Certificate was awarded to Interswitch • June 2016- ISO22301 Certificate was awarded to keystone Bank • March 2017- ISO2000 (ITSM) certificate was awarded to Galaxy Backbone PLC • February 2018- ISO22301 Certificate was awarded to Fidelity Bank PLC • April 2018- ISO27001 & PCIDSS certificates were awarded to SunTrust Bank • September 2018- ISO27001 Certificate was awarded to Zenith Bank Ghana • February 2019- PCIDSS Certificate was presented to Data Integrated Kenya • April 2019- ISO27001 Certificate presentation to CAL Bank Ghana • May 2019- PCIDSS award presentation to Apps n Mobile • September 2019- ISO27001 Award presentation to National Information Technology Development Agency • September 2019- ISO27001, ISO22301 and PCIDSS Certificates were awarded to Access Bank Ghana Plc. The clients mentioned here where those who went ahead to have award ceremonies to celebrate their feats as there are many more not mentioned here. The importance of standards cannot be over-emphasized as Standards are critical to establishing and growing strong institutions and economies. They make life safer, healthier and easier for people, organisations and enterprises all over the world and enable communication and trade, while allowing resources to be used more efficiently. When properly implemented, standards help to expand national, regional and international markets; reduce costs and time to market for products and services and achieve competitive advantage. Don’t be left behind in reaping the benefits of implementing best practise standards. Contact us today so you can have a story to share.