Esoko recognizes successful deployments are much more than just smart technology. We've got a whole team and extensive resources to help you deploy right.
Esoko has over five years of experience in the field. Our team of experts leads comprehensive training programs for your trainers and staff on strategy, marketing, financial modelling, enumeration, and use of the technology platform itself. With our extensive training materials and guides available in multiple languages, we assure that participants will be well prepared for the tasks of setting up a successful market information service. We can provide a combination of full length in-country sessions followed by shorter refresher trainings to extend the skills and capacities of your trainers and staff.
Various methodologies and best practices have been developed over the years to address concerns about literacy, accessibility, replication, sharing, youth and gender. We have trained farming communities to use their mobile phones to access information. Our expert trainers can instruct your field officers on how to go out and train in the field, or we can train end users directly. Our extensive training materials include exercises and tests to assess the capacity of your field officers after training sessions, and we have scripts and tools available for anyone in the field (whether officer or end user) to share the products and services from your Esoko subscription with others.
Getting deployment right isn't easy, especially in rural areas. Changing behaviour, asking people to do new things, introducing more sophisticated uses of mobile, entering communities where nobody knows you . . . all of these issues require careful planning and continual awareness building. Whether you are a country reseller seeking to set up Esoko in your country as a business, or a business or project seeking to introduce Esoko tools into your value chain and to your customers, we can provide detailed deployment planning. With extensive experience using these tools and with partners in over 16 countries, Esoko is uniquely positioned to advise you on the best rollout plans that others have utilized, learned from and evolved.
Our team of expert consultants has detailed project planning forms and questionnaires, so that all steps and interest groups are identified and taken into account during the planning process. Esoko's deployment package provides our partners with insights into needs assessment, profiling, training, awareness building, monitoring, establishing partnerships and sustainability—all of the essential elements that need to be considered for successful deployment. Throughout implementation Esoko will help you think through every step of the way to ensure the greatest possible chance of success and the lowest cost of deployment.
Esoko has a dedicated team of professionals that can collect specific data from the field. Typically we collect market prices, profiles of different market actors, and offers to buy and sell. If such service is available in your country through Esoko directly or one of our resellers, you can specify the product and market you need, and our teams will collect the market data as frequently as you wish, with as many control readings as you want. This information is uploaded immediately to your portal on Esoko, so that you can track price movements as they happen in the markets. For those partners who are looking to start up their own enumeration systems, Esoko has honed and tested data collection methodologies that you can easily adapt to your specific market needs.
Our team will work closely with you to determine the best approach to collecting data from the field. Our methodology addresses how to hire the best candidates for this activity, how to train and reward enumerators, and how to track and manage their activities using our software. It also provides you with the necessary processes to identify the types of data to be gathered over a given time period and how to ensure accuracy and consistency in approach.
Increasingly export regulations, as well as supplier management requires organizations to have good profiling data on the people they are working with. Esoko field agents can be engaged to profile any type of person in any part of the country (depending on the local Esoko partner services available). Profiling can be done with customized templates on Android handsets, so that field agents are asking exactly the questions you need to capture. A GPS place-stamp can confirm the location of the profiling. Profiles can include plot/farm mapping, photographs, and simple surveys. Follow-up profiling can be performed at the request of the client.
Programs can also be established where farming communities are trained to profile themselves. Data is uploaded as soon as a data connection is available to the smart phone or tablet device. Organizations can review and edit that uploaded data, and even download it or integrate it with legacy systems (additional fees may apply).
If you are interested in selling and supporting Esoko tools and services in your country then you may qualify for our reseller program. Joining the program is easy: there is an annual license and support fee and we provide training and certification. It's crucial that you understand the product and are able to support clients who use it. We can help you with partnerships, market strategy, rollout deployment, and mobile operator negotiations (see the partner toolkit below). Royalties are payable on sales of both subscriptions and trainings that you may provide. If interested please fill out a simple form, or contact us for more information.
Looking to set up an Esoko business in your country or learn from Esoko's proven methodologies for field deployment? All partners and resellers who have purchased access to the platform can benefit from Esoko's extensive online resource of methodologies and best practices. Over 100 documents and guides are available including:
• Financial Models
• Sample Business Plans
• Mobile Operator Presentations
• Marketing Materials
• Market Assessment Tools
• Deployment Guides
• Enumeration Forms
• Training Manuals
• Contract Templates
• Monitoring & Evaluation Questionnaires
Esoko provides extensive strategy and support to help you design and implement a deployment of our technology for your business or project. Our international consultants can help with needs assessment, rollout planning and in-country trainings. With our support package, each organization receives assistance from our technical support staff and has a dedicated adviser designated to your account to assist with your daily questions needs on deployment. In consultation with your team, we can provide a full work plan and specific targets after assessing your market needs, objectives and resources. Our international experts will counsel you on your overall strategy and business model with a special focus on sustainability, revenue potential and long-term growth strategy. Esoko works to foster active dialog and learning between our partners in different countries. All Esoko partners are encouraged to attend our annual Partner Conference, where practitioners share lessons learnt and best practices. Online forums provide partners with opportunities to discuss common challenges and ideas.