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Meet Ssennoga, the US- based software engineer

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Added 22nd November 2010 03:00 AM

“I have no excuse but to succeed,” says Minneapolis-based software engineer and architect, Francis Ssennoga.
“A number of the big companies in the US used the same resources which we now have access to, for founding their companies.

“I have no excuse but to succeed,” says Minneapolis-based software engineer and architect, Francis Ssennoga.
“A number of the big companies in the US used the same resources which we now have access to, for founding their companies.

By Shamilla Kara

“I have no excuse but to succeed,” says Minneapolis-based software engineer and architect, Francis Ssennoga.
“A number of the big companies in the US used the same resources which we now have access to, for founding their companies.

There are so many success stories of individuals with all odds stacked against them,” he adds.
Ssennoga is the founder of ssensoft.com, an information technology partner of individuals, small businesses and organisations which he started in 2002.

The software he has made, Ssensoft urAccess member management system, has managed events in some big hotels in the US which include the Orlando World Center Resort Marriott, the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Marriott Minnetonka, The View, Calhoun Beach Club, Downtown Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile and the Washington D.C Gaylord National Resort.

What he does
In between creating software applications, writing code, designing a user-interface for a web application, setting up server architecture for a web application, Ssennoga also runs the software enterprise.
“I have to look into the security, the performance and the usability aspects of any web application I create. Then I have to worry about usability concerns,” he says.

Education
He studied at the University of Saint Thomas in the US where he got a BA in Computer Science, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Software Engineering. His earlier studies were taken in Uganda, he says.
At university, he was President of the African Students Association and also represented international students in the student government.
Now, he is the vice-president of the Ugandan North American Association and is is also a member of a peer mentoring group, KnowYour Community.

His career
Ssennoga has worked as a software applications administrator at Paisley Consulting, a Thomson Reuters Company in the US.
Prior to that, he worked as a mechanical engineer at Minco Products Incorporated, an engineering expertise firm in Minneapolis which also specialises in flexible heaters.
Ssennoga has also worked as a computer lab technician at the University of Saint Thomas in the US.

Something he worked towards
Ssennoga says designing and developing software solutions is something he worked towards, fuelled by his curiosity to know how things work.
“I always chose a path that was part of my overall strategy,” he says.
He remembers how, while at primary school, he tried to make an electric bell after a science lesson. His experiment went wrong when he put uninsulated copper wire on the coil of the bell which caused sparks and resulted in power going off at home.
Faced with the prospects of punishment once his parents found out he played with electricity, he found a way to get the power back. He knew from then that he wanted to be an engineer.

Growing up in Uganda
Ssennoga says growing up in Uganda brings advantages to his work.
“Uganda has its own challenges when it comes to available resources and that stimulates creativity in solving problems. I like the fact that I can create solutions to problems, using aspects of my background and creativity,” says Ssennoga, who is inspired by the success of people doing what he does or intends to do.

Bringing expertise home
Ssennoga says his profession is intended to benefit organisations and individuals regardless of where he is located. “I write software that can be deployed globally.”


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