Archive for March, 2010

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

March 31st, 2010

Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who died in a glider crash on Friday in Morocco he is also a loss to the nation – considered to be the one of the world’s youngest business executives and ranked 27th on the 2009 Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people. He iwa well known of engaging in charity work and for volunteering for several humanitarian organisations and charities in the UAE and overseas

Quickly remove hidden text in Word

March 31st, 2010

To hide text in Word use the Hidden format.

Tt’s easy to forget that the hidden text is still present andd it may be sensitive or confidential. Best practice is copy and then remove the hidden text from the copy before you distribute the document.

To hide text:

1.Select the text to hide.
2.From the Format menu, choose Font.
3.Click the Font tab.
4.Check the Hidden option in the Effects section.

Uncheck the Hidden option to display hidden text. Or click Show/Hide on the Standard toolbar — it’s faster. Show/Hide is a toggle, so a second click rehides all the hidden text when you’re ready to put it out of sight.

Viewing the hidden text can be helpful, but it won’t remove it. To remove all hidden text in a document, :

1.From the Edit menu, click Replace. Or press [Ctrl]+H.
2.Click the Find What control.
3.Click More.
4.Click the Format button and choose Font .
5.Select the Hidden option in the Effects section.
6.Click OK.
7.Click Replace All
Word will delete any Hidden text

To change your mind, just press [Ctrl]+Z to retrieve the deleted text.
Note; Removing hidden text could displace other text,

Microsoft Dynamics Ax – collaborate!

March 30th, 2010

• Alerts Management system create alert rules, either data driven: a record is created, a field value is changed, or time based date e.g. lae orders , overdue payments, expiry date exceeded – either trigger a pop-up notification on the screen, or send an email to take action.
• Emails reports directly without needing to first generate the report as a file and then going to the email system to create an email and attach the file.
• With Unified Communications Microsoft Dynamics AX users communicate directly with other users from inside the Ax system – just particu right click on the contact person directly from inside Microsoft Dynamics AX and start a conversation in Communicator.
• The Windows Workflow Foundation is embedded in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, and users are automatically notified each time their approval is needed or their request is denied or approved. When defining workflows, users are assigned to the different tasks/approvals within the workflows. Set citeria based rules for execution e.g different approval route based on order value, or user id.
. Document handling – attach files and notes to any data field or transaction – a training video, an Excel analysis worksheet, a user manual, an email, a scanned invoice
. Record best practice use with a built in Task Recorder
. Integrate with Office Tools – initiate a workflow process outside of Ax with a Word document and update data directly from the document to Ax on approval.

March 30th, 2010

Microsoft is offering developers an early look into the Dynamics CRM v 5, with a new user (ribbon) interface, new customization techniques, and increased integration into Microsoft applications (Office Communication Server, Microsoft’s phone and IM software) – it will support more than 40 languages and be out this year.

CRM5 provides extensive enterprise workflow capabilities and has the integration hooks with Microsoft Office and SharePoint. There will be role based dashboard capabilities and visualization capabilities built into the software.”

Vico Software – BIM

March 30th, 2010

The Vico Services Team has worked on some pretty amazing projects all over the world – the race track in Abu Dhabi, the California Academy of Sciences with its rolling green roof, the Doha airport, and Yankee Stadium, just to name a few.

Contact us to find out how BIM project models, constructability reports, 4D schedules, and 5D estimates from your models in Revit, Tekla, ArchiCAD, CAD-Duct, etc are drving down costs and construction time

Sunsystems

March 27th, 2010

Sunsystems is used by multiple Synergy customersacross the Middle East including leading muti-nationals across the region and is a particular favourite with Financial Services, Distribution groups, Media, and major hotel groups. Its elegant, single ledger found in only the most advanced accounting packages, reduces the number of screens and the need for sub-ledger reconciliations.

Its powerful dimensional analysis and multi currency features goes far beyond what other packages can offer. The result is rapid, high quality implementations, and powerful reporting and compliance.

The major attributes of SunSystems can be described as follows:

Global Provides multi-currency, multi-lingual support and local statutory compliance, delivered across the world
Analysis Capability to undertake multi-dimensional analysis, through extensive capture of business data, providing high levels of management information
Flexible Provides the ability to map to different organizations’ processes, functional requirements and deployment needs
Integration The ability to integrate the core product with specific vertical market products via standard interfaces including XML
Scalable Deployed on anything from a single user PC through to UNIX networks, to an ASP model, and in a number of environments, including SQL Server and Oracle
Standard package A robust, out-of-the-box, parameter-driven package delivering stability, upgradeability and ease of support.

The current release is 5.4 which:
• Provides compatibility and support for latest technology platforms – in particular
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008;
• Delivers enhancements to functionality that respond to customer requirements;
• Delivere improved quality through incorporation of all released fixes to customer
reported issues;
• Established the technical framework for connection to the Infor Open SOA technology

To find out why Sunsystems is siuch a succesful, proven solution please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Visual Studio 2010 – launch

March 27th, 2010

On April 12, Microsoft will launch Visual Studio 2010.

Visual Studio 2010 includes code snippets for you to write and share code faster. You can insert snippets from the snippets manager or directly from IntelliSense

Write programs that distribute work across multiple processors without having to work directly with threads or the thread pool. Visual Studio 2010 includes parallel computing libraries for both the C runtime using the new multithreaded tool

- Build innovative customizations for SharePoint.
- Develop applications for Windows 7 .
- Understand existing code and architecture.
- Identify and test the impact from code changes
- Customize Visual Studio to meet your needs

For a comprehensive training kit – presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. try :
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=752CB725-969B-4732-A383-ED5740F02E93&displaylang=en – it does need the Professional Version not the Express version of Visual Studio.

WebsiteSpark

March 27th, 2010

http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/default.aspx

A program that offers visibility, support and software for professional Web Developers and Designers – if your company has 10 or fewer employees then , sign-up for Microsoft’s WebsiteSpark and get no up-front cost support. Training and software including full licenses of Windows Server, SQL Server and more to get your project started.

Twitter – must have

March 27th, 2010

http://seesmic.com/seesmic_desktop/windows/

If you are a regular Twitter ,then you really should take a look at this site.

Weekend trivia -Burj Khalifa

March 25th, 2010

Tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 828 m
Tallest structure ever built: 828 m
Tallest extant structure: 828 m (2,717 ft)
Tallest freestanding structure: 828 m (2,717 ft)
Building with most floors: 160 (previously Willis Tower – 108)
World’s highest elevator installation,situated inside a rod at the very top of the buildin
World’s fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) or 18 m/s (59 ft/s)[19] (previously Taipei 101 – 16.83 m/s)
Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 606 m (1,988 ft)
Highest vertical concrete pumping (for any construction): 606 m (1,988 ft)
The first world’s tallest structure in history to include residential space
Highest outdoor observation deck in the world (124th floor) at 442 m (1,450 ft)
World’s highest mosque (located on the 158th floor)
World’s highest installation of an aluminum and glass façade, at a height of 512 m (1,680 ft)
World’s highest swimming pool (76th floor) (previously Shanghai World Financial Center – 85th floor)

National id card deadline

March 25th, 2010

Assistant Director-General of Naturalization and Residency, major General Nasser Al Menhali said that residents must hold national ID cards by the end of this year, to hold ID cards as a prerequisite fto complete transactions provided by the ministry and other governmental departments nationwide.

The official urged the public to use the grace period, stipulated by MoI for UAE nationals and residents to obtain and accept the ID. The grace period will lapse by the end of this year, he noted.

He said ID cards will be used to streamline and speed up all the ministry’s services which include issuance of passports, for nationals, investment licenses, issuing licences for private security companies, announcement of tender calls, issuance of firearms licenses as well as certificates of compliance with civil defence security and safety requirements.

The Federal Law No. 9/ 2006 on the Population Register and ID Card System and the Cabinet Ordinance No. 201/1 for the year 2007 require all the individuals and their families are required to complete registration procedures as soon as possible.

Earth Hour – switch off!

March 25th, 2010

Earth Hour is an annual international event, created by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that calls on individuals and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour. This year, Earth Hour will take place around the world on Saturday March 27, 2010

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) issued a strong call to citizens, companies and public institutions throughout the emirate to switch their lights off as part of Earth Hour this year.

The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) will be participating in the World Earth Hour, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. Etisalat also announced it will join other leading UAE companies in Earth Hour . Etisalat’s iconic buildings and facilities in all seven emirates will be darkened through the evening as special care is taken to ensure all non-essential lighting and electronics are turned off. Etisalat is also inviting its 10,000 staff in the UAE to become eco-ambassadors on the evening and participate in the various events taking place across the country

Pirates and the Chinese navy

March 25th, 2010

Following recent reports of mercenaries killing pirates form Somalia we now have a Chinese naval contingent berthed at Port Zayed in Abu Dhabi – the first ever visit of Chinese warships to the UAE. The Chinese warships will berth for four days – part of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) contributions to intentional naval deployment in the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial ships and oil tankers from piracy

There are enough trade difficulties as it is without piracy.

Tough proposals to make Dubai’s roads safer.

March 25th, 2010

Speeding drivers may fined according to their salary said i al Marzouqi, the head of public health and safety at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) t onference on Wednesday,

includes issuing the fines on the spot so motorists make a direct connection between their bad driving and the financial penalty.

Officials also suggested a link between insurance premiums and licences.

“We can link car insurance to the numbers of fines people get. Someone who has been driving safely for the whole year should have a better insurance rate than someone that has had several accidents or speeding tickets’

Dedicated bus, taxi lanes

March 25th, 2010

Note there will be dedicated bus, taxi lanes in Dubai form 1 May

Motorists driving on bus and taxi lanes will be fined Dh600 from May 15, 2010

Meanwhile the RTA has introduced new bus routes and plans to increase the number of vehicles to 1,900 by the end of this year and plans to cover 95 per cent of the city areas within the next three years.