Archive for November, 2009

Motorlas new industrial grade mobile computer

November 10th, 2009
The MC9500’s one-piece housing, makes it ideal for deployment in challenging environments – whether in warehouses, on the road or in the field.  This rugged device provides real-time information and data-captureIP67 sealing protects against dust and water, while rubber sealing also acts as a shock absorber. This lightweight mobile computer is tougher than it looks and can withstand drops of up to six feet (1.8m) onto concrete and it runs smoothly even when used at -20 C.

The MC9500’s ergonomic shape and design is significantly lighter than its predecessors, and offers a slim grip area plus a modular keypad with lower keys for entering information and raised keys for thumb navigation – enabling straightforward data entry, even when wearing thick gloves.

What’s more, a hand strap plus various application-specific keypads are available for ultimate flexibility. And the 3.7-inch colour screen provides great visibility, even in poor lighting.

The MC9500  includes support for all the latest mobile technologies, such as 3G and 3.5G WAN, WLAN, WPAN, and integrated GPS.

It comes with a 1D scanner or 2D imager, plus a 3MP auto-focus colour camera – catering for all your data-capture needs. Interactive Sensor Technology, battery performance indicators and comprehensive voice support round out this next-generation device.

 

Sunsystems 5.4 and SOA

November 10th, 2009

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Serialisation deadline for older versions of Sunsystems

November 9th, 2009

Important: Reserialisation of SunSystems 4.2.6 SP8 and below, or 5.1.4 SP2 and below

With 31st December 2009 fast approaching there are customers running older versions of SunSystems who will be affected by serialization problems if they do not take action now.

Infor have recently announced that due to a software bug, if you are running older versions of SunSystems (including 5.1.5 and 4.2.6sp8 or lower) then you will not be able to serialize past 31st December 2009 unless a troubleshooting patch from the software authors, Infor, is applied.

Please be assured that this patch and its installation is fully covered by your current Synergy Software Systems support agreement and can be applied easily during the course of your next reserialisation.

We reccomend that you ensure  that you are on the latest SunSystems service pack and a Microsoft supported SQL databsae version, so that we can make sure that any intrinsic software flaws are resolved.

If you have any questions, or would like more information then please contact the support desk

If you do not have a current Synergy support agreement, then please contact our Sunsystems Account Management team.

What do I need to do?

That depends on a number of things. Follow the guide below to walk through the process step-by-step.

First of all, what version of SunSystems are you using? The version is shown on the login screen.

Once you have established the version you are on, you can move to the steps below – please read carefully as there are a number of variations regarding the proposed solution.

Please note that if further action is needed (as defined below) then you will also need to know your database and operating environments – your IT department should be able to provide this information.

Step 1 – Is any action required?

If you are on one of the following versions of SunSystems, you do not need to do anything.

Sunsystems 5.4

SunSystems 5.3.1
SunSystems 5.2.2
SunSystems 5.2.1-SP1
SunSystems 5.2.1
SunSystems 5.1.5-SP1

Not in this list? OK, then you may need to take action. Let’s go on to the next step and look at the options.

 Options for affected versions with available patch

Option A: If your SunSystems version has a patch available and you are currently active on maintenance, then the  simplest option is to apply the patch  developed for your SunSystems version and platform / database type. Please ensure that you know which SunSystems version and service pack you have installed, and which server operating systems and database type / version you are using. The attached list shows which patch is required for your installation. This information will be needed to help ensure that you get the correct patch. Follow the link below to access the available patches (see Solutions area):

www.infor365.com

The process of installing patches has been simplified and full details of the process are included with the patch files. Once the patch has been applied you should be able to continue using SunSystems as before and create a new serialization at some time in the month before your existing serialization runs out.  There is no need to re-serialise immediately.

Option B: You also have the option of upgrading to the latest version of SunSystems 5. There are a number of advantages to upgrading, in addition to support for the latest software platforms, you can also take advantage of the product enhancements that have been introduced over the past few years and be in position to take advantage of other new components that are part of the SunSystems product set.

Please note: 
If you are interested in moving to the latest version of SunSystems 5, then you may also need to upgrade your database software or operating system.

N.B. If you need to engage Synergy Professional Services to assist with your upgrade then do not wait the deadlien is fast approaching.

If you are not active on maintenance , but would like to upgrade to the latest version of SunSystems, then you will need to reinstate maintenance.  Infor has reinstatement programs for inactive customers that are looking to go back onto maintenance. Contact us for details.

 Options for affected versions without available patch

 If your installed version /platform combination requires you to take action  but does not appear to have a patch available, then you should contact us for details on how to proceed.

Tech updates Nov 09

November 9th, 2009

Etisalat nearing 100 million global subscribers

Yahoo! enters Arab market with Maktoob purchase

Exchange Server 2010 Launches Today

Scareware

November 9th, 2009

Malware at highest level all year last month, as scareware continues to grow more dangerous

Dubai news Nov09

November 9th, 2009

UAE ranked 8th most optimistic nation in the world in the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index -maybe due to the world’s first Arabic-speaking robot or perhaps the coming Oil Barons Ball or could it be tonight’s Dubai Welsh Society Quiz evening?

Data Leakage

November 9th, 2009

Most companies have security systems in place to protect information from malicious destruction or loss due to a catastrophic event such as a fire or other natural disaster,.

Few have effective protections in place against the more common security breaches due to process gaps and related mistakes made by a company’s own employees. Research indicates that 4 out of 5 successful breaches of company data security come from the inside – “data leakage”.

An errant memo or an inappropriate e-mail attachment can lead to loss of proprietary or competitive information, expose your organization to risk or lead to increased competition or loss of certain contracts.

In some cases, regulatory or legal rules govern who can see what information.

Our data leakage protection solution is simple, easy to administer and automatic. No matter who receives a file – even personnel inside the organization – only those authorised can see the content..

This security solution  is a major advancement in the level of security brought to your IT infrastructure with an easy-to-implement and seamless system that is transparent to the end-user but still offers unprecedented protection through compulsory compliance and state-of-the-art encryption.

While our solution has a solid foundation rooted in the cryptography credentials of our vendor, the real strength of the product is that it is always in place and working to protect your data. Most employees don’t even know that data is being encrypted or decrypted while they open and close files – unless you tell them, or they try to access information to which they are not authorized. Best of all it’s simple to deploy and economical.

In many other regions Data Protection Acts legally limit who can hold what data and who can have access .  Sarbanes Oxley, Basel II,  ITIL, and other standards or compliance legislation affect international companies in all regions.  

For good reasons there have been spectacular data losses and compliance enforcement is difficult.

 Ensure that your plans, prices, formulas, contracts cannot just be emailed out of the company

Protect budgets, forecasts, payslips,

Secure sensitive and confidential personnel information:  contact data, personal medical and financial data, references, credit card details.  

HIPAA security regulations down to basic patient/physician confidentiality; protecting the data stored by a health care provider is increasingly important.

In 2008 the average cost of a data breach was $6.6 million (which equates to $202 per record).
-Ponemon Institute

 

Quickly add multiple hyperlinks to Outlook email message

November 9th, 2009

  Outlook Hyperlinks

To insert hyperlinks to multiple files, instead of using the Insert-> Hyperlink feature in Outlook,  browse to the file/folder in Explorer. Select the file(s)/folder and to create hyperlinks  use the right mouse button menu option to drag and drop the items into the  new message.

 

When you drop these you get the option to insert it as a hyperlink.

 

Saves a lot of clicks and browsing

 

 

 

 

 

Mind Manager on You Tube

November 8th, 2009

 To get a fun introduction to mind map concepts  take a look at :

MindManager on Youtube

Infor Sunsystems – Fiscal Year End Close Training

November 8th, 2009

Compliance and timely year end close of the fiscal year is a challenge for many companies. In addition to the financial close, reconciliation and reporting there are other operational considerations such as: fixed asset depreciation.

This professional  course will provide informed guidance from experienced consultants, with hands-on practice in Sunsystems and Vision,  supported with our detailed notes and a high instructor student ratio.

The course will be held in early December and a high dmeand is expected. Spaces will be limited.

 It is available to all Sunsystem users to book but  priority will be given to existing Synergy customers. For more details, or to reserve your place, or to inquire about running this course at your premises either contact your Synergy Account Manager, or send us your contact details.

Microsoft Dynamics Ax – Year end close – Synergy Training Course

November 8th, 2009

Compliance and timely year end close of the fiscal year is a challenge for many companies. In addition to the financial close, reconciliation and reporting there are other operational considerations such as: fixed asset depreciation, stock checks, new budget loads, inventory revaluation, new forecasts, and new contracts to negotiate and set up. 

This professional  course will provide informed guidance from experienced consultants, with hands-on practice in Microsoft Dynamics Ax,  supported with our detailed notes and a high instructor student ratio.

The course will be held in early December and spaces will be limited.

 It is available to all Ax users to book but  priority will be given to existing Synergy customers. For more details, or to reserve your place, or to inquire about running this course at your premises  either contact your Synergy Account Manager, or send us your contact details.

Introduction

November 8th, 2009

This blog site will complement our company web page and contain current news updates, tips and tricks, company announcements, news  about our solutions, useful information

U.A.E. Wages Protection System (WPS)

November 8th, 2009

U.A.E. Wages Protection System (WPS)

 The legislation to enforce salary bank transfers for blue collar work is now in force, and the more recent news items imply a mandatory, integrated T@A system. 

 The new system makes the electronic transfer of labourers’ wages from employer to employee mandatory following a decree issued by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash.

 Firms with 100 and above employees have until 22 November 2009 to comply with the regulation, with companies with 15 to 99 employees given another 3 months to comply.  Firms with 15 or less employees have a deadline of the end of May 2010.

 If your company has not already made arrangements, then it is something that we recommend you should urgently address to avoid potential problems with the Ministry of Labour.

 WPS is a new initiative from the Central Bank of the UAE along with the UAE Ministry of Labour to provide a safe, secure, efficient and robust mechanism to streamline timely payment of wages to employees by employers.

 WPS Connect offers banks and exchange houses an interface to connect the WPS System at Central Bank of the UAE based on WPS file formats with Automatic File Transfer.

 Quotes from recent press coverage

 http://gulfnews.com/business/general/new-wage-plan-to-aid-transparency-1.524276

 The government has “means and ways” of ensuring companies comply with its new Wages Protection System (WPS) for workers, the UAE minister of labour said on Tuesday.

 Saqr Ghobash, was addressing members of the media after the launch of the WPS in Abu Dhabi – a new scheme that involves measures to make sure the Emirates’ construction workers are paid on time, and in full. 

 However, he refused to say what punishments would be meted out to firms that failed to adhere to the initiative, which makes the electronic transfer of labourers’ wages from employer to employee mandatory

 ……the newly introduced wages protection system (WPS) will entertain only salaries paid in dirham, said banking sources.

 The new system will ensure that all employees of companies with a workforce of not less than 100 receive their monthly salaries through a bank or exchange company pre-decided by the employer.

 There was confusion among banks as to how salaries paid in foreign currencies could be included in the WPS scheme, which is designed to handle only payments in the UAE currency.

 “Several multinational firms make payments partly in foreign currencies, especially to those who have come to the UAE on deputation, and we were waiting to hear from the Central Bankhow this can be dealt with,” said a banker.

The new system will require all firms to pay their employees’ salaries within a stipulated time in the ensuing month, failing which will invite the authorities’ intervention. The system requires all employers to deposit the salaries in their respective banks with employee files that contain key details such as the employee’s name, identity number, the salary amount, as well as the period for which the salary is paid.

 This will go to the Central Bank, which in turn will forward it to the respective agents of the employees – banks or exchange houses – where the final payment of salaries can take place.

All firms registered with the UAE Ministry of Labour will start making payment of workers’ wages through the newly introduced wages protection system (WPS) from September, the ministry has said.

 Around 4.2 million staff employed by almost 270,000 companies across the UAE will be paid under the WPS.  Government related entities (GREs) and companies registered with free zones are among those exempt from the new regulation as they are not registered under the ministry.

 The WPS involves the transfer of salaries through selected banks, authorised and regulated by the government.

 The banks send information electronically to the government if a wage payment from an employer is received, with the payment itself sent to an agent – usually a bank – chosen by the employer, who will then pay the employee.

 Firms with 100 and above employees had three months up until the end of November to comply with the regulation, with companies with 15 to 99 employees given six months to comply.  Firms with 15 or less employees had a deadline of the end of May 2010.

 Around 28,000 workers had already had their wages paid electronically through the system in June, the ministry said.

 Firms which consistently failed to transfer payment through WPS on time would be denied the right to apply for new working permits for a period of up to three months.

The UAE’s wages protection system – a scheme that aims to make sure labourers are paid on time and in full – could be rolled out across the Arab world.

 With millions of foreign construction workers employed across the region, the Arab Labour Organisation is now looking to other countries to follow the UAE’s lead.

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