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Dubai lock down-stay home, stay safe

April 5th, 2020

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

Government of India postpones mandatory e-invoicing policies.

March 31st, 2020

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.
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Synergy support during lockdown -IT continuity guidance

March 29th, 2020

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 e.g.to 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.

Medical
Be ready for a rush of insurance claims.

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

March 29th, 2020

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.

Covid 19-detection and prevention

March 24th, 2020

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.

Prevention:
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 ….

COVID -19 – Synergy Software Systems

March 23rd, 2020

Its a difficult time for all.
We continue to provide the best support service we can taking into account the safety of our staff, compliance with local health and statutory authorities, and the impacts of travel disruption for consulting assignments outside the U.A,E, or those returning from holiday.

Where possible please engage with us by email and telephone rand fax rather than seek face to face meetings.’

In most case support cases can be dealt with by screen sharing internet sessions. Similarly for training or for virtual meetings.

Any meeting should involve minimal travel, meeting duration, and minimum number of people and ensure appropriate social distancing and dispensing with shaking hands.

Please note that our building management are no longer allowing visitors to our building.

You may find yourself short of staff due to absence, or staff who cannot return from holiday. Consider engaging us to provide a limited set of managed services for essential tasks that can be done remotely e.g checking backups are complete, managing log files, adding new users.

In Lombardy’s northeastern city of Bergamo, 134 family doctors out of 600 – or 22% – had fallen sick or were quarantined, Guido Marinoni, the head of the local association of general practitioners, said….
“…….like fighting a war with a toy gun. I hope the rest of Europe learn from the good things Italy did, but also from our mistakes.”

Dr Hugh Montgomery, chairman of intensive care medicine at University College London, explained why Covid-19 is so infectious and why it’s so important to stop it as early as possible.
“If I get normal flu, I am going to infect on average between 1.3 and 1.4 people. When those 1.3, 1.4 people gave it to the next lot, that is the second time it gets passed on. By the time that is happening 10 times, I’ve been responsible for about 14 cases of flu.

This coronavirus is very, very infectious, so every person passes it on to 3 others.Now that doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but if each of those three passes it to three, and that happens at 10 levels of contact then I have been responsible for infecting 59,000 people.”

Grim and terrifying news – that starkly exposes the seriousness of the problem we all face. A Frontline Doctor For The Mail On Sunday

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/medical/the-look-of-panic-among-medics-patients-failing-to-get-oxygen-in-their-lungs-and-dangerous-under-dressing-of-staff-frontline-nhs-doctor-reveals-how-coronavirus-has-unleashed-terror-in-hospital/ar-BB11w4yB

Stay safe.

U.A.E. National Nutrition Guidelines ask Synergy Software Systems

March 18th, 2020

Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) launched the National Nutrition Guidelines (to serve as a unified national reference on food and nutrition education in the UAE’s community and health institutions. The guideline aims to:

- improve the nutritional status of the UAE’s community and raise awareness about healthy eating behaviour and lifestyle-related diseases
- reduce the prevalence of chronic and malnutrition diseases such as:obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, anemia, osteoporosis and vitamin deficiency
- scale down non-communicable diseases and mortality rates
- encourage individuals to engage in physical activities for better health.

The guidelines consist of six guides. These are:

- to support and promote a healthy living system through healthy food and physical activity
- to maintain healthy food intake at all stages of life
- to reduce calories resulting from high sugar, saturated and trans fats and to reduce salt intake
- to eat variety of diet food and drinks that are rich in nutrients and high in nutritional intensity
- to adopt healthy food patterns
-to achieve food safety.

The National Nutrition Guidelines were developed in collaboration with the U.A.E’s Food Security Office, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Gulf Nutrition Committee and the local government bodies across the U.A.E.

If you are involved in food preparation and menu planning and need access to comprehensive nutritional databases and easy to use software then callus and ask about our Nutrition solution.

UIPath recognition award for Synergy Software Systems, Dubai

February 25th, 2020

Synergy today was awarded the first Gold Partner status earned in the Middle East, and recognised as the Partner for its high number of implementations with its own certified resources.

The award was made at the Annual Partner Kick off at the Marina Address Hotel today, which focused on hyper-automation.

Qatar and Kuwait defer VAT to 2021

January 20th, 2020

Kuwait and Qatar are the only GCC member countries which have delayed the implementation of the VAT system. The budget committee’s decision is not to implement the VAT before the year 2021, since they don’t see the need to expedite VAT this year..

The IMF has estimated that the revenues from VAT in the UAE may equate to 1.5% of GDP, but Kuwait’s government has no immediate need for fresh revenue with state finances that are the strongest amongst the region.

The Qatar Ministry of Finance, stated that it is still evaluating the potential impacts of VAT introduction and therefore did not implement any VAT law in the year 2019. Qatar said in December that it plans to spend 1.9 percent more in 2020 than in 2019, outlining a 210.5 billion Qatari riyal ($58bn) budget and a reduced budget surplus.

As the government of these two countries are in no hurry to implement VAT as of now, businesses have time to plan their investment and expansion strategy and to be prepared and ensure readiness and be VAT compliant.

Microsoft yesterday announced plans to establish a new cloud datacenter region in Qatar

December 15th, 2019

Microsoftannounced plans to establish a new cloud datacenter region in Qatar to deliver its intelligent, trusted cloud services and expand the Microsoft global cloud infrastructure to 55 cloud regions in 20 countries. The new region is anticipated to be available starting with Microsoft Azure in 2021, and Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform to follow.

The announcement was made by HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti and EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Corp., Jean-Philippe Courtois. HE the Minister said in his opening remarks, “This collaboration with Microsoft comes as part of accelerating the efforts led by the Government of Qatar to implement the country’s digital transformation agenda and build a knowledge-based economy as laid down in the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Government entities, organizations, public and private enterprises and developers will have access to scalable, highly available, and resilient cloud services to accelerate their digital transformation journeys – better engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and transform products and services – from the new cloud region in Qatar. The new cloud region is anticipated to play a pivotal role in bridging the skills gap in Qatar. Microsoft is also collaborating with the Qatar Digital Government to launch a nationwide upskilling program that will train government employees enhancing their technical acumen in cloud technologies.

The new cloud region will adhere to Microsoft’s trusted cloud principles and become part of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world, already serving more than a billion customers and 20 million businesses. Microsoft’s cloud services are compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and are certified for a large portfolio of international security and privacy standards, some of which form the basis of Qatar government policies, including the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ National Information Assurance Policy and the Cloud Security and Information Privacy Protection regulations.

The new Microsoft region in Qatar will offer Microsoft’s scalable, trusted and reliable cloud services combined with in-country customer data residency. Microsoft will help empower customers through its deep expertise in protecting customer data to meet extensive security and privacy requirements as well as the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry.

This news follows the recent announcement at QITCOM 2019, where MOTC announced its choice of Azure as its preferred cloud platform – a collaboration the two sides see as an opportunity to encourage government entities and institutions in Qatar to embark on or continue their digital transformation journey.
Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services that offers computing, networking, databases, analytics, and Internet of Things (IoT) services. Office 365 enables cloud-based productivity with email, collaboration, conferencing, enterprise social networking and business intelligence. Dynamics 365 and Power Platform is the next generation of intelligent business applications that enable organizations to grow, evolve and transform to meet the needs of customers and capture new opportunities.

Microsoft has accelerated the pace of global expansion with the opening of cloud regions in five new markets in 2019, including being the first global cloud provider to deliver services from datacenter regions located in Africa.

Saturday 9 November will be a National Holiday, Synergy Software Systems offices will be closed

November 7th, 2019

Saturday 9 November (12th of Rabi Al Awwal) will be a National Holiday to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Synergy Software Systems offices in: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar will be closed.

Mohammad (PBUH) was an Arab religious, social and political leader and the founder of Islam. He was a prophet, sent to present and confirm the monotheistic teachings preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. Muhammad (PBUH)united Arabia into a single Muslim polity, with the Quran as well as his teachings and practices forming the basis of Islamic religious belief.

The name Mohammad (PBUH )means “praiseworthy” and appears four times in the Quran. Mohammad’s birthday is celebrated as a major feast throughout the Islamic world,( excluding Wahhabi-influenced Saudi Arabia where these public celebrations are discouraged). When Muslims say or write the name of Muhammad (PBUH), they usually follow it with the Arabic phrase ṣallā llahu ʿalayhi wa-sallam (may God honor him and grant him peace) or the English phrase peace be upon him
In casual writing, the abbreviations SAW (for the Arabic phrase) or PBUH (for the English phrase) are sometimes used; in printed matter, a small calligraphic rendition is commonly used.

A happy and prosperous Diwali from Synergy Software Sytems

October 27th, 2019

Synergy Ladies’ celebrating Diwali.

Wishing you a Happy Diwali.
Doubt is like darkness, Trust is like light,
There is no way to destroy light by throwing darkness in to it.
So come together and enjoy the festival of lights
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SnapLogic iPasS integration as a service – from Synergy Software Systems.

October 20th, 2019

Business Intelligence Managers/Analysts, Data/ETL Engineers, and Information/Data Architects are tasked with empowering business users to make use of
data to drive smart decisions and innovations. Data-driven initiatives can be challenging considering the explosion of data volumes due to the proliferation of sensors, IoT, and mobile computing.

Moreover, a growing number of groups within the business want access to fresh data.

To fully harness their data, organizations must also have a cloud strategy for their digital transformation efforts, namely to migrate data from
on-premises environments to the cloud. Considering the tremendous business value of unlocking that data, it’s imperative to prioritize and streamline these
data integration and migration projects.

Gone are the days when IT needed hundreds of coders to build extract, transform, load (ETL) solutions and then maintain those by writing more code. Modern integration platforms eliminate the need for custom coding. Now, data integration projects deploy and scale, often as much as ten times faster.

iPaaS platforms ease the pain because they’re designed for flexibility and ease of deployment for any integration project. A drag-and-drop UX coupled with a powerful platform and hundreds of pre-built connectors out of the box.

The connectors are always up-to-date, so the IT organization doesn’t spend an inordinate amount of time maintaining every integration by hand. This saves an incredible amount of time, money, and frustration across the team and projects and greatly reduces risk.

Not all integration platforms are created equal. Some do simple point-to-point cloud app integrations while others transform large and complex data into a data lake for advanced analytics. Some stgill require extensive developer resources to hand-code APIs while others provide self-service, drag-and-drop offerings that can be used by IT and business leaders alike. Some are best for specific tactical projects while others provide a strategic, enterprise-wide platform for multi-year digital transformation projects.

Organizations must address four key steps during the data migration and integration process:
1. Capture data that supports both the known use cases as well as future undefined use cases (think IoT data to support a future machine learning
enabled use case).
2. Conform inbound data to corporate standards to ensure governance, quality, consistency, regulatory compliance, and accuracy for downstream
consumers.
3. Refine data for its eventual downstream application and/or use cases (once its been captured and conformed to corporate standards).
4. Delivery of data needs to be broad and prepared to support future unknown destinations.

For decades, IT has been tasked to manage integration projects by writing tons of custom code. This onerous task is even more complex with the proliferation of SaaS applications, the surge in big data, the emergence of IoT, and the rise of mobile devices. IT’s integration backlog has exploded. Not only is the deployment too much work, but there is a growing cost to maintain all of the integrations.

Deploying a tactical or departmental data warehouse solution should take days, not months. Moreover, enterprise-wide data transformation projects should take months, not years.

The best data integration platforms:
- Support multiple app and data integration use cases across cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployments
- Offer the flexibility to be used in cloud, hybrid, or on-premises environments, regardless of the execution location
- Provide a self-service user experience aided by AI, machine learning, hundreds of pre-built connectors, and integration pipeline
templates (patterns) resulting in greater user productivity, and faster time-to-integration
- Have an underlying, scalable architecture to grow with evolving data and integration requirements
- Support different data modes such as streaming, event-driven, real-time or batch

The SnapLogic iPaaS offering is functionally rich and well-proven for a variety of use cases. It supports hybrid deployments and provides rich and differentiating features for analytics and big data integration (Hadooplex). Clients score SnapLogic as above average for cloud characteristics, functional completeness, ease of use and ability to meet SLAs.” Gartner

SnapLogic is a U.S.-based integration platform company. In mid-2013, it transitioned from a traditional software business to an iPaaS model with the release of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform which provides a large set of native iPaaS capabilities that target the cloud service integration, analytics and big data integration use cases.

The flagship Enterprise Edition features a set of base adapters (Snaps), an unlimited number of connections and unlimited data volume.

Synergy Software Systems has been an Enterprise Solutions Integrator in the GCC since 1991. We are pleased to announce our formal partnership to represent Snap Logic in the MEA region.

Do you need to integrate with Azure? with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud? with Workday? With Odette compliant auto mamufacturers………..?.

To learn more call us on 009714 3365589

VAT update Qatar, KSA

September 10th, 2019

On 23 May 2019, Qatar’s General Tax Authority (GTA) disclosed to tax advisors in Qatar a new online tax management system known as “Dhareeba.” The new system should be available to taxpayers near the end of 2019, with all taxpayers expected to be registered before 1 January 2020, at which time Dhareeba will replace the current Tax Administrative System (TAS). PwC Qatar was invited to go through its own registration as a ‘pilot’ exercise during the last week of July 2019.

The Qatar General Tax Authority (‘GTA’) has redesigned the Tax website, allowing it to be operational in both English and Arabic. The website aims to provide vital information regarding any new taxes which may be implemented, particularly emphasizing the Excise Tax which came into effect on January 2019.

VAT is widely expected to be introduced on 1 Jan 2020. Synergy support several companies in Qatar and has a local registered company there. If you need assistance with planning VAT implementation for Dynamics Ax./Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, or Infor SunSystems then please contact us. we have already undertaken numerous VAT projects In the GCC.

You will find much useful advice in our previous blog posts.

Meanwhile today the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested that the value-added tax (VAT) should be doubled from 5% to 10% in Saudi Arabia in consultation with the other Gulf countries. Analysts expect the hike in VAT rate will come only after 2021 once Kuwait and Oman will also be ready to implement it and as a customs union, the increase makes sense across the GCC countries.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia introduced the 5% value-added tax from January 2018 and both the countries surpassing their tax collection targets. So this proposed increase seems odd because it has already impacted businesses more than expected.

The Kingdom’s non-oil revenues last year increased by 59%, buoyed by the VAT, excises, expatriate levy, and proceeds from the settlement agreements. IMF estimated that the VAT rate increase will add 2.0% to the Kingdom’s GDP in 2024.

Of course, as a customs union, it is logical that GCC countries would seek to keep their VAT rates harmonized in order to prevent tax arbitrage opportunities emerging within the GCC.

“Disbursements & Reimbursements’: U.A.E. – VAT clarification

July 31st, 2019

The Federal Tax Authority (‘FTA’) has released a Public Clarification on “Disbursements & Reimbursements” which addresses how to distinguish reimbursements and disbursements, and to clarify the applicable VAT treatment.

U.A.E. businesses incur expenses and subsequently recover such expenses from another party. The VAT treatment of the subsequent recovery of expenses depends on whether the recovery is a “disbursement” or a “reimbursement”.

The first step to determine whether a recovery is a disbursement or reimbursement is to establish whether you have acted as a principal or an agent in purchasing the goods or services

General principles to determine the VAT treatment of such recoveries:
Where a taxable person acts in the capacity of an agent, the recovery would generally amount to a disbursement.
A disbursement does not constitute a supply and is,therefore, not subject to VAT

Where a taxable person acts in the capacity of a principal, the recovery would generally amount to a reimbursement.
A reimbursement is part of consideration for the supply and follows the same VAT treatment as the main supply.

Principles

* The other party (from who you are recovering such expenses) should be the recipient of the goods or services;

* The other party should be responsible for making the payment to the supplier;

* The other party should have received an invoice or tax invoice in their own name from the supplier;

* The other party should have authorized you to make the payment on his behalf;

* The goods or services paid for should clearly be additional to the supplies you make to the other party;

* he payment should separately be shown on the invoice and you should recover the exact amount paid to the supplier, without a mark-up.

* You should have contracted for the supply of goods or services in your own name and capacity;

* You should have received the goods or services from the supplier;

* The supplier should have issued the invoice in your name;

* You have the legal obligation to make payment to the supplier;

* In case of goods, you should own the goods prior to making any onward supply.

Examples

Company A procured group medical insurance from a local insurance company and received an invoice directly from the insurance company.

* Company A requested Company B to make the payment on its behalf.

* The subsequent recovery of the amount by Company B from Company A will amount to a disbursement, and would not be subject to VAT.

* Company A should ensure that the Tax Invoice is addressed to it from the insurance company and should recover the input tax through its UAE VAT return, subject to the normal input tax recovery rules.

Company A entered into a contract with Company B to provide marketing services.

* The contract stipulated that Company A would be eligible to reimburse the expenses from Company B.

* Company A incurred the expenses in its own name and subsequently recovered the amounts from Company B as per the terms of the contract.

* The recovery of expenses from Company B would follow the same VAT treatment as that of the main supply.

We recommend;

* Identify the nature of your contract and agent/principal relationships (if any) based on the above principles;
* Ensure that all disbursements have proper authorizations (contracts); and
* Re-view all inter-company disbursements/ reimbursements (cross-charges).