Dubai lock down-stay home, stay safe

April 5th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday announced its public bus services will be free of charge for individuals permitted to leave their homes during the extended two-week sterilisation period. Additionally, Dubai Taxi vehicles and franchised taxis will offer a 50 per cent discount on normal fares.

The decision follows an announcement made by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, in coordination with the Command and Control Centre for Combating COVID-19, to extend the sterilisation programme to 24 hours a day for a period of two weeks across all areas and communities in the emirate as part of enhanced preventive measures in the community. The two-week period is subject to renewal.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said the decision reflects RTA’s commitment to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide the greatest possible support to all members of the community during this sensitive period. “The measures aim to help members of the public who need to leave their homes for essential purposes and those who work in vital sectors. The decision underscores the RTA’s commitment to support the efforts made by Dubai and the UAE to combat the novel coronavirus and reduce the risk of its spread to the minimum.”

Dubai Metro and Tram services will be suspended from April 5 until further notice. According to a circular by Serco, which is responsible for the operations and maintenance of Dubai Metro, retailers have been told they will not have access to their stores during this period. All stations on the red and green line of the Dubai Metro are to be closed.

People working in support sectors are permitted to leave homes in Dubai during the 24-hour national sterilisation programme, but are requested to present proof, Dubai Police said on Sunday. Dubai Police patrols, surveillance cameras and radars are being used to identify people who do not comply with the authorities’ order during the national sterilisation programme in Dubai.

Employees working in banking and financial services (banks and exchange centres), social welfare services, laundry services (for permitted outlets) and maintenance services, are permitted to commute to work between 8am and 2pm.

Members of the public are allowed to go out for:

• Essential needs such as buying food from food supply outlets (Union Cooperative stores, supermarkets and groceries); only one family member is permitted to leave the house for this purpose.

• Buying medicines/getting medical assistance from healthcare service providers like hospitals, clinics and pharmacies

• COVID-19 tests

The measures will be effective from 8pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020 for a period of two weeks, subject to renewal. Individuals will not be allowed to leave the house, except for essential purposes or if they are working in vital sectors exempted from the restrictions. All people leaving home should wear a mask, gloves and ensure they keep a safe distance from others.

.Food retail outlets such as Union cooperative stores and supermarkets, as well as pharmacies and food and medicine deliveries are allowed to operate

Dubai Police said that people can call 999 for emergencies and 901 for non-emergencies as well as report any violations through E-Crime platform and ‘Police Eye Service’.

Synergy continues to provide email, telephone and dial in support to it customers across the MEA region. all of our staff are collaborating with TEAMS

RPA interest in UiPath grows and grows -ask Synergy Software Systems

April 5th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Interest in Ui Path RPA grows and grows.

Dynamics 365 and the power platform – don’t get left behind,

April 4th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

What is PowerApps?

PowerApps is an application development platform that is part of the broader Microsoft Power Platform, with capabilities that are both built on and that utilize Azure cloud services.

Dynamics 365 for Sales, Service, Field Service, Marketing, and Talent are all built natively on the platform.

PowerApps, users can build their own custom line of business applications using Azure cloud services to scale from personal use to enterprise-level using little-to-no code and running both mobile or desktop devices. There are two types of applications: Canvas and Model-Driven.

Canvas Apps

Canvas apps are built without code and are configured using a drag-and-drop UI similar to PowerPoint. This gives users a high-level of control over the user experience and can make the interface clean and intuitive. These apps are meant for simple and specific use-cases, such as submitting an expense report and can connect to both Microsoft (Sharepoint, SQL, etc.) and non-Microsoft (Twitter, Dropbox, etc.) data sources.

Model-Driven Apps

Model-driven apps are built using the Dynamics 365 framework and can only connect to the Common Data Service as their data source. These applications are more suited to complex scenarios with multiple functions and utilize the Unified Interface UX.

How does this relate to Dynamics 365?

As it is also on the common data service, Dynamics 365 is a datasource that can be surfaced into a PowerApp for users to interact with without having to learn how to use and navigate Dynamics 365!

Apps can also be embedded into applications that users currently use, such as SharePoint and Teams.

The Microsoft Power Platform – is empowering millions of people to achieve more. Why not you?

Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and the Power Platform on top of what we’re doing with Azure is the core of what we are doing as a company vis-à-vis I would say our commercial customers – businesses of all sizes, whether it’s small business, large business, whether it’s in an emerging market or in a developed market. Satya Nadella

RPA – how UI path is helping the fight against covid-19

April 4th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Examples of customers using automation to respond to an unprecedented challenge with drastic shifts in demand .

For details of these and many other uses see

RPA and hyper-automation in 2020 with Synergy Software Systems

April 4th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

RPA market is driving digital change and the RPA market itself is also undergoing disruption.

There is a slew of new offerings, vendors, and models are emerging. ,

Gartner projects that this renaissance in RPA is part of the bigger trend of hyperautomation.”

and that …. “Hyperautomation refers to an approach in which organizations rapidly identify and automate as many business processes as possible. It involves the use of a combination of technology tools, including but not limited to machine learning, packaged software and automation tools to deliver work.”

“By 2024, organizations will lower operational costs by 30% by combining hyperautomation technologies with redesigned operational processes.”

Find out what hyperautomation means for your business and get key insights and recommendations on how to stay ahead of this trend by reading Gartner’s latest research on 2020 predictions for RPA.

Get your copy of the report now and get hyperautomation ready. Gartner Predicts 2020: RPA Renaissance Driven by Morphing Offerings and Zeal for Operational Excellence, Stephanie Stoudt-Hansen, Frances Karamouzis, Arthur Villa, Saikat Ray, Rob Dunie, Nicole Sturgill, Laurie Shotton, Derek Miers, Fabrizio Biscotti , 10 December 2019

CFO survey shows the way growth opportunities

April 2nd, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

CFOs seek to transform their departments to take on less of a controlling and and administrative reporting role, to a more strategic advisory role. Data-driven insight is what helps the entire organization move forward.

Growth Opportunities for CFOs

1. Increase FP&A Maturity
Only 2% of the nearly 400 CFOs surveyed rate their FP&A maturity level as “leading.” The research found that the lower the level of FP&A maturity, the more time Finance spends on low-value tasks. In the Finance world, this translates to wasted time in spreadsheets.

Those using more sophisticated analytics tools and processes spent less than 20% of their time in spreadsheets. Simply put, higher FP&A maturity, frees Finance to focus their brain power on analysis and to provide critical business guidance.

2. Solving Roadblocks to FP&A Maturity
What’s preventing CFOs from pursuing their priorities? According to the survey, most of the challenges are related to capacity: lacking enough time, sufficient human resources, and the right financial resources. A majority of respondents felt they were too busy with existing responsibilities to pursue their priorities. Yet, many CFOs were unable to hire people with the right skills or train employees within their department. More sophisticated tools can help mitigate all three roadblocks.

3. Getting Organizational Buy-in to Invest in the Finance Department
In spite of these challenges, the Finance leaders surveyed expressed optimism and resilience. They understand the need to secure the buy-in of executive management for investments in technology and sophisticated FP&A.

The good news is that our research found most organizations are willing to invest. Over 60% of respondents said their organization was willing to selectively choose new areas to apply technology and run pilot programs. An additional 12% of organizations are aggressively seeking new technologies to try.

Leading CFOs are securing these investments by making a convincing financial case backed by a compelling business case.

Tackle These Challenges Head-On
With the right tools CFOs can meet the challenge of pursuing FP&A maturity, investing in new technology, and expanding the role of the Finance department.

Contact us for a copy of the benchmark report 0097143365589

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Plan beyond covid-19 with Prophix CPM, and Synergy Software Systems

April 2nd, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Prophix has seen significant growth in many areas over the past fiscal year. The company established itself as the leading CPM provider in specific vertical markets such as construction.

Part of the international success can be attributed to deployment, offered both an on-premise solution and a cloud alternative. This is important in regions outside of North America where the adoption to cloud hasn’t been as rapid. A recent report published by BARC, a respected industry analyst that focuses on European markets, noted that “the cloud is on the rise [in European countries] and a ‘cloud-first policy’ is already supported by a large proportion of companies”. Similarly, they highlighted that “the cloud offers scalability for modern planning” and consequently, is an attractive option for those looking to deploy a CPM (Corporate Performance Management) solution.

With this market momentum as a foundation, and the added focus and leadership now in place, we expect continued growth of Prophix in the GCC.

We are living in unprecedented and uncertain times. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has disrupted businesses around the world, rapidly changing market conditions and rendering most corporate 2020 plans futile. The coronavirus is a stark reminder of the volatility of our global business environment.

For C-suite executives, it’s hard enough to accurately budget, plan, and forecast in a time of digital disruption. When faced with an evolving and unpredictable situation, CFOs must quickly evaluate the impact on their organization’s revenue planning, costs, production, headcount, and overall business performance. This puts significant pressure on CFOs, as well as finance teams, to manage the financial implications of the current pandemic and position their company for continued success moving forward.

So what can CFOs a do to quickly respond to changing conditions and ensure business continuity, while improving planning processes and minimizing organizational risk.

1. Create a Business Continuity Plan
First and foremost, executive leadership and finance teams should focus on developing a plan for business continuity.

A business continuity plan is an outline of the policies and procedures that will keep your company running during major disruptions. This can include but is not limited to a reassessment of capital investments, evaluating existing cash flow, and devising a plan to acquire debt.

For most organizations, the Office of Finance will play a critical role in the creation of the business continuity plan, as they have the most insight into the company’s data and financial health.

However, to assemble an accurate continuity plan, finance professionals should consider:

“What-if” scenarios,
Cross-company financial planning,
And Budgeting.

2. Prepare for a Successful Tomorrow with Scenario Planning
As a result of COVID-19’s impact on the markets, finance teams must consider countless “what-if” scenarios, such as:

How long will the outbreak last and how will it affect the markets?
What unpredicted costs will we incur (i.e. production, real estate, equipment, headcount)?
What liabilities might we incur?
How will this impact our workforce?
How will this impact our revenue and profitability?

All of these are valid concerns and questions that the Office of Finance must endeavor to answer.

Luckily, there are processes and software that can minimize the time, effort, and errors associated with spreadsheet-based planning processes that would traditionally be used to model these “what-if” scenarios.

Corporate Performance Management (CPM) software can easily model “what-if” scenarios to provide insight into your businesses’ potential future state, helping you reorganize and plan for a successful tomorrow. At the foundation of successful “what-if” scenario planning is cross-company financial planning.

3. Leverage the Collaborative Nature of Cross-Company Financial Planning
Never has there been a more opportune time for businesses to leverage agile cross-company financial planning to rapidly plan for the future with a detailed and collaborative approach. Cross-company planning incorporates key business variables into a budget and flexible plan that can adapt to growth and uncertainty.

At the foundation of agile cross-company planning are three pillars:

People – Foster an environment of collaboration by identifying, including, and empowering key roles within your company. With the right processes and technology in place, it should be easier to keep your stakeholders engaged in the process.

Process – It’s a best practice to map the planning cycle and have regular touchpoints to follow-up on. It is also helpful to employ a tool that can help you drive your processes through workflows.

Technology – Your technology should integrate with all your business systems and enable you to have a single view of your data. This purpose-built tool should bring together your people and processes to facilitate budgeting, planning, and forecasting processes, while also providing insights to your stakeholders. Many finance-specific solutions can also simplify high-value repeatable processes like dynamic or rolling forecasts (more on that later!).

The primary benefit of cross-company financial planning is that it centralizes your data from disparate systems. As such, it is best suited to businesses that have different employees, departments, and systems that handle financial data.

With a financial planning solution like Prophix, your data is immediately accessible to all users, allowing them to evaluate the financial performance of your organization through the lens of their expertise. This will enable you to quickly and accurately evaluate the profitability of your business in the coming years, giving you a distinct competitive advantage. This type of centralized data is not available to those companies that are still leveraging manual processes and spreadsheets.

The collaborative nature of cross-company planning encourages the finance department to involve a wider set of stakeholders, which is critical during periods of uncertainty. The more perspectives involved in the planning process, the better equipped the company is to deal with foreseen and unforeseen outcomes. Collaboration is optimized with a cloud-based CPM solution. Cloud not only offers a highly available and scalable solution, but it is also available 24/7 to anyone, anytime with an internet-connected device.

What is the necessity of forecasting,? Why is a collaborative approach to planning is critical in these uncertain times ?

4. Reduce Risk with Rolling Forecasts
With the right tools and processes in place, companies create rolling short-, medium-, and long-term forecasts for their company. Rolling forecasts allow you to “view opportunities and challenges beyond the fiscal year and to fight the myopia that comes with an overemphasis on current-year targets” (CFODive). This can provide an “incentive for long-term, value-maximizing behavior over short-term, bonus/target-based decisions rooted in the current fiscal year” (CFODive).

Rolling forecasts are a critical part of the risk management process, especially in light of current economic and social conditions. Corporate Performance Management (CPM) software can assist finance departments in compiling and analyzing the data necessary for a long-term forecast, as well as “what-if” scenarios and cross-company budget and planning, which are critical parts of a business continuity plan.

5. Unlock Your Budget
It’s only March but it’s likely your 2020 budgets and forecasts are no longer relevant. Now is the time to “unlock your budget” and reconsider what line items are critical to your businesses’ success (CFO).

Address the risks and opportunities posed by a range of virus scenarios, building high-level models of business cases to quantify the impact to P&L, cash flow, and balance sheet” (CFO).

Further suggestions include assessing the implications on productivity, investigating potential hidden costs, and addressing driver-based scenarios (i.e. customer regions, units, and pricing, quarterly phasing/timing, etc.) (CFO).

This can be done in conjunction with your rolling forecasts to give you a better understanding of all possible scenarios, which can further inform your business continuity plan.

While the outlook for the coming months is still unclear. The business world will always be filled with some level of uncertainty – it’s how you react to it that determines your success. Assemble a business continuity plan that includes “what-if” scenarios, a short-, medium- or long-term forecast, and a cross-company financial budget and plan.

Businesses cannot replan and forecast and what if ind replan and reforecast in a timely manner with spreadsheets as their primary finance tool . It is now essential to survival to urgently adopt a Corporate Performance Management (CPM) solution to automate and accelerate their financial processes, while improving accuracy and reducing organizational risk.

Contact us to learn more- about Prophix which is ‘productised’ for rapid configurable implementation.
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Another security breach affecting millions.

April 2nd, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

The personal information of as many as 5.2 million Marriott guests may have been illegally accessed online, in the hotel group’s second major data breach in less than two years. The firm revealed Tuesday that information may have included names, phone numbers, birthdays, loyalty information and room preferences.

Marriott spotted an ‘unexpected amount’ of guest information had been accessed at the end of February using login credentials of two employees at a franchised property. whose logins have since been disabled while the group assists authorities with their investigation to track down the digital thieves. ‘The company believes that this activity started in mid-January 2020,’ Marriott shared in a statement.

In November 2018, the firm announced that 500 million guests’ data may have been exposed in breaches of the system for its Starwood portfolio that began in 2014. The recent data breach, according to Marriott, did not seem to include credit card information, passport numbers or driver’s license information. it is is offering affected guests free enrollment in a personal information monitoring service for up to one year.

SQL Server 2016 SP2 Cumulative Update 12

April 1st, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

SQL Server 2016 SP2 Cumulative Update 12 contains some useful fixes:

SQL Server can shut down when you hit the max number of sessions
SQL Server can shut down due to lock conflicts during error message processing
“SQL Server crashes frequently” when you check a clustered columnstore index for corruption
AGs may have “interruption” – I guess that means the AG stops replicating, but it’s not clear from the KB article.
Stack dumps when transaction replication has a heavy workload on the publication database
Stack dumps when you query persisted computed columns
Stack dumps when you run a batch mode query with multiple joins (that’s columnstore indexes in 2016)
Scalar functions run slower than they did on SQL Server 2008 R2
Non-yielding scheduler when the primary AG replica runs low on memory
AG may think there’s a missing log block when the database isn’t very active
AG automatic seeding may fail
AGs with persistent log buffers: “all of the secondaries in the AG become unavailable”
Change tracking auto cleanup causes access violations and stack dumps
Access violations when Extended Events tries to capture query text on busy servers
Error when stored proc in database A pulls data from database B while being audited in database C
Stack dumps when you alter database-scoped configurations
Incorrect statistics histograms when they’re updated in parallel – which also means that after you apply this CU, you should probably update your statistics.
There’s also a new feature: the default system health Extended Events session can store way more data now, AND you can edit how much it holds!

Government of India postpones mandatory e-invoicing policies.

March 31st, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

The Government of India has postponed mandatory e-invoicing policies. Microsoft will abide by the updated timeline and will inform partners when implementation is due to start.

Synergy support during lockdown -IT continuity guidance

March 29th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Despite the necessary lockdown we are still providing support , as best we can using a range of technologies. Microsoft Teams is helping members of practice to collaborate and assist each other.

Other than for emergencies Site visits will cease for this week, however we will be available for screen sharing sessions and conference calls.

We understand these are difficult times. You may be faced with staff absence due to illness due difficulty with travel. Ensure there is a disaster recover/continuity plan in action. Intermittent social distancing approach might be the normal way we live for at least 12-18 months.

Cybercrime is also likely to increase with new scams.

Help us to help you.

Consider shift working or staggered hours or hybrid office and home working as means to social distancing.

What if your available staff was cut by 50% for two weeks, or by 25% for 2 months? Consider if your System Admin is not there and your staff are home working.?

Improve your defences: Get servers, desktops, etc cleaned up of old temp files, update key patches and antivirus, clean down log files, review back up strategy and what is the current state of backups e.g on user laptops.
Write-up a list of your critical business services and applications that are essential to keep your company operating. Record the supplier and what you understand about their availability for remote working, for example:
- Main telephone line
- Email
- Database Applications
- Specialist “Line of Business’ applications (e.g. accountancy, architectural, legal)
- File Share and Documents
-Printers and Copiers.
Do you need additional flash storage to move or to back up data?
Who can give us access rights to dial into your system when needed?.
Who can add and suspend users?
Who can check backups?
Who can check logs?
Are key passwords securely stored?
What will be your procedure for support when your staff work from home?
Can staff take laptops home?
How will they dial into your network?
Data privacy laws
What new tools do you need? e.g.
- remote dial in connectivity e.g. to access a file on a network store
- enhanced security -you may have reduced staff to deal with any attack
- monitoring software
- central mobile network management patch a device without needing it to come back to office.

Identify home-workers who are already set-up to work from home
Your business will already have users who regularly work from home. They will have some kind of mobile computer device that can access business cloud services or have secure access (VPN) into the office network to access on-premise services. These individuals are invariably set and ready to work from home.

Identify users that may access some business services available when out of the office (e.g. email on smartphone). These users may access certain business services, such as email, on a smartphone or home PC (webmail). However, is this be enough for them to do their jobs effectively. Identify what services they would need access to be fully productive if they were forced to work from home.

Identify users that have never accessed business technology system from anywhere but at the place of work. These users will likely work from a desktop computer in the office. They also have no remote working facility and may not even have a smartphone or home computer that can access business systems. Confirm that your users have working broadband Internet connection at their home
- Don’t take for granted that your users have broadband Internet at their homes or can get access to a good-quality connection.
- Is it adequate to access your business’ cloud and office systems.
- Confirm that your existing remote-working technology has the capacity to accommodate all of your users working remotely at the same time
- Even if you have the capability for remote working for all of users, have they all worked remotely simultaneously and can your business IT infrastructure handle this?
-Do they need any extra training to work this way?

- Speak to your IT team to ensure the equipment and bandwidth can withstand your entire organisation working from home.
- Speak to your telecoms providers and determine whether you have a cloud-based system. – If you have a cloud-based telecoms system then the likelihood of being able to setup remote extensions to manage your calls is very likely. Alternatively, you should very easily be able to divert your numbers online (via a portal).

If you have a fixed-line system, ask your provider how long it will take to setup a divert at the local telephone exchange and what is the process.

How will you leave policy be affected?

- Will there be return flights?
– What if staff are returning from an infected area?
- how much leave can they bring forward to supervise children off school or care for a sick relative?
How much can they defer because they can;t travel?

Travel Policy?
Airports, railway stations and other busy hubs almost certainly carry a higher risk than working in the office.

It may be a good idea to reduce face to face meetings and use online services like Teams to reduce travel risks.

Be ready for a rush of insurance claims.

Stop the spread of covid-19 -or else – Dubai gets tough

March 29th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

We are all in this together and we all need to play our part to stop, or at least slow down the spread of the virus. Many find such restrictions onerous , or find it hard to comprehend the seriousness- so the government is enforcing firmly. Fines have drastically reduced deaths from bad driving, this is a much bigger challenge.Simple message: save money and save lives.

The Attorney General, Counselor Dr. Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, on March 27, issued resolution No. (38) for the year 2020 following the cabinet decision No. 17 of 2020 regarding implementation of regulations for spreading communicable diseases.

List of violations and penalties

> Dh50,000 fine for not complying with instructions of home quarantine.

> Dh50,000 fine for patients who refuse the mandatory hospitalisation or failing to take the prescribed medicines despite being alerted.

> Dh50,000 fine for violating administrative closure of public places like shopping centers, malls, outdoor markets, gyms, public swimming pools, cinemas, clubs, parks and restaurants dining customers. And Dh500 fine for people caught visiting these public places.

> Dh10,000 fine for organising social gatherings, meetings and public celebrations. And a Dh5,000 fine for people attending the social gatherings and events.

> Dh5,000 fine for not conducting a medical test upon request.

> Dh2,000 fine for violating precautionary measures set by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention by people coming from nations affected by communicable diseases.

> Dh3,000 fine for failure to observe health measures regarding regulation of roads, markets and other public places exempted from temporary closure.

> Dh3,000 for failure to dispose of clothes, luggage or any temporary structures proved to be contaminated and can’t be disinfected by the standard established methods.

> Dh1,000 fine for unnecessary visits to hospitals and other health facilities.

> Dh1,000 fine for allowing more than 3 persons in car.

> Dh1,000 fine for not wearing medical masks indoors and failure to maintain social distancing by persons suffering from chronic disease or having symptoms of flu and cold.

> Dh2,000 fine for leaving home with no important work or a genuine reason.

> Dh3,000 fine for violating provisions of the law when burying or transporting the body of a person who died from a communicable disease.

> Dh5,000 fine for drivers failing to maintain hygiene and following sterilization procedures in public transportation.

> Dh10,000 fine for failure to take precautionary measures failure for the crew of ships from the captain or shipping agent, as the case may be.

Remote and home working

March 25th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

Remote work is ever more popular due to the rapid technological

Organizations that adopt this model must allow their resources to be accessed by employees remotely. I

Benefits of remote work opportunities
This model has opened a range of benefits for both employees and employers. This model provides a suitable work-life balance for employees. The productivity of the employees sometimes increases substantially when they can work within their comfort zone. and are not fatigued with rush hour traffic. Collaborative working is much easier for dispersed groups with solutions like Microsoft Teams.Teams has already sold more than 1 million licences this year, as the coronavirus makes remote working a necessity.

Enabling remote work options to employees, a business can reduce risk of virus spread and shut down offices or skeleton staff and save on infrastructure and utility expenses.

Employees save on commuting expenses and reduce exposure to the virus or risk of transmitting to others. With schools closed for an uncertain period, and flights to and from home countries curtailed, right now it a necessity for many to work from home

Challenges with working remotely
There are a few common concerns with remote work. One of the concerns is the difficulty in managing remote workers and their work, as without direct supervision.

Any communication or access issues to the company application tools and software for remote workers can cause a sense of isolation and frustration for the employees.

Data security is another area of concern when company mission-critical applications are hosted in the Cloud for remote access. In this regard, the virtualization of applications and desktop environments creates easier and safer ways of remote access without the chance of critical data being compromised. However, not every virtualization solution is feature-rich, cost-effective, and at the same time easy to install.

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is a cost-effective virtualization software solution to deliver mission-critical virtual applications and desktop environments to end-user devices anywhere in the world.

We offer a FAST TRACK package to enable you to deploy Parallels RAS and extend remote access to any users in your organization,to maintain business continuity. You can quickly:

- Utilize Remote PC functionality in Parallels RAS.

- Use Parallels RAS out-of-the-box with multi-cloud deployments to publish virtual apps and desktops, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

- Leverage on-premises infrastructure to quickly publish applications and desktops using our RD Session Host configuration wizard.

- Intuitive and seamless user experience (UX) on any device, allowing employees to access their workspace from anywhere, on any device, anytime.

- Enhanced data security with tools to help your organization monitor and secure applications, desktops and data in multi-cloud environments.

- Scale your IT infrastructure on-demand - quickly adapt to continuous workplace changes and demands for new applications or desktop types.

Supports multi-cloud deployments by offering fast, scalable, and reliable access to corporate applications from virtually anywhere.

The FAST TRACK package:

- Will not auto-renew unless you want to extend its use
- Will auto-expire at the end of term

A best-in-class user experience on any device—including HTML5 browsers, iOS and Android—retains your workforce productivity even on the go.

Parallels Client provides a local workspace–like experience on any device, keeping employees' productivity high no matter the device they use. Enable employees on the move to use the native touch gestures they know—swipe, drag, tap to click, zoom—with any Windows application on their mobile devices.

Parallels HTML5 Client provides a rich workspace experience, including support for local peripherals and file drag-and-drop. Employees can continue working on active applications and desktops even when switching networks. The HTML5 Client can be customized to fit specific departments or user demands.

Parallels Client permits multiple applications to run on your device. Different files can be kept open, allowing you to switch between them on demand. Functionality such as copy and paste can be used, including native gestures like swiping left or right to switch between applications and files.

Parallels RAS enables printing from any device, utilizing local printers without any configuration needed. The universal printer driver receives the printing job, compresses it and sends it back to the local device. There is no need to install local printer drivers when using Parallels RAS Universal Printing.


- 24/7 access to your applications and files. Because the unexpected happens all the time.

- One simple tap on your mobile device, and you’re connected reliably to your computer.

- Access it from any other computer through a browser and your secure Parallels account.

- Navigate your hard drive easily to find a file or photo, then copy or open it with a tap.

Test the seamless web access UX on our HTML5 Live Demo.

Contact us now for more information. 009714365589

CO: COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

March 24th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the U.K. FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving. []

Covid 19-detection and prevention

March 24th, 2020 by Stephen Jones No comments »

We do not profess medical expertise but with limited advice available we hope it will be helpful to share this common sense advice sent to nurses in a U.K. hospital (with our additional comments in italics.)

“At The Princess of Wales hospital. NHS staff have been sent this advice to hospital staff.
It explains the virus and hopefully, how to prevent getting it. Please share with family, friends and work colleagues.

Virus Detection:

The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not cause a cold nose or cough with cold, but it does create a dry and rough cough.

( there are also reports that it may give reduction in sense of taste and smell)

The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This symptom can last between 3 and 4 days.
The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down to the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts about 5 or 6 days.

Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied, but there may be a choking sensation. In this case, the doctor should be called immediately.
(: basically it creates a very sticky mucus that blocks the airways)

Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.

The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day. These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest.
Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes.

Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY? Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs, where it is very dangerous.

For those who can, sunbathe. The Sun’s UV rays kill the virus and the vitamin D is good for you (but don’t overdo it)

The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter of 400-500 nanometers) so face masks can stop it, no special face masks are needed in daily life.
If an infected person sneezes nearby, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus fall to the ground and prevent it from falling on you.
When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings, etc. are touched, hands should be washed thoroughly and/or disinfected with alcoholic gel The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the Sun and the virus will die.
The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabrics, tissues or materials on which the virus is present.
Washing your hands is essential.
The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips. This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore, for your good and the good of all, wash your hands very often and disinfect them.
You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (i.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimize the amount of virus that can enter the throat. Doing so removes the virus before it goes down to the trachea and then to the lungs.
Disinfect things touched often: mobile phone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel, door handles, etc ….