Archive for October, 2010

Cloud survey

October 12th, 2010

According to a survey of IT professionals worldwide, cloud computing will “overtaking on-premise computing by 2015 as the primary way organizations acquire IT.”

Free webcast – Budget, forecast, consolidate, report

October 12th, 2010

Finance leaders recognize the need to simultaneously manage the key business performance processes of forecasting, budgeting and reporting-

To align these processes  poses a daunting challenge because finance executives rely on a variety of data  sources and need to collate information from multiple budget holders..

Learn ways  to determine priorities, and to reduce the complexity that organizations encounter, when forecasting, budgeting and reporting.

 Find out about tools and techniques that enable your organization to achieve fast  return on investment to execute essential business performance processes.

Register for this free and Forrester Research webcast today to discover the strategies that help the your company succeed.

Webcast: Maximizing the Value of Business Performance Processes
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 2 P.M. (ET); 11 A.M. (PT)
60 minutes
Speakers: Paul D. Hamerman, Vice President Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

Or call us in Dubai for more information or to see a live demonstration 00971 4 3365589

BI for Dynamics- zap -White papers

October 11th, 2010
If you are a Dynmic user cosniderign BI then contact us now- we have a zap workshop running all next week at our offices. 
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In built wizards from zap make takes away the pains of ETL, cube creation data warehousing etc The result is low cost, rapid implementations, with: dashboards, KPi indicators,  drilldown charts, data slicers and reports.
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Facebook enhancements

October 9th, 2010

I am internet luddite when it comes to social networking tools, which all too often seem to waste a lot of time and to create additional secruity vulnerabilities . Nonetheless resisting  Facebook is like Canute trying to hold back the waves and it has become a must use daily tool especially for the ‘younger generation ‘, which in my case means just about everybody.

Facebook recently announced features to give users more flexibility with their information, more control over how third parties access their data, and a new way to handle their social groups.

The company announced a new data portability initiative that lets users more easily move their information elsewhere. ; Facebook will allow you to download your wall posts, photos, videos, friend lists, events, and all manner of other details wrapped up in a zip file so that it can be archived or posted somewhere else.

Facebook is rolling out a new app dashboard to show which apps you’re using and what kind of information it accessed about you. This isn’t limited to Facebook apps—it includes the other websites that accessed your information through Facebook Connect. The dashboard can show you every API call made to your profile, and allow you to change permissions over time .

 Facebook also announced a change to how users group their friends. In the past,  only five percent of users categorized their friends into lists but  95 percent of Facebook users have been tagged in a photo, usually by their friends, which led to the idea of ‘friend groups’.

People will be able to add friends to a social group and then have group chats, document editing, and other group features that will be isolated from users’ main Facebook walls. If you don’t want to be part of a group you’ve been added to, though, then you don’t have to be. Zuckerberg said that you can leave a group and you won’t be asked to join it again unless you specifically request it. So, if you want to create a group for your family, a group for your sort-of-friend coworkers, and a group for your old college buddies, you can, and then keep all of those interactions separate.

The whole point of groups is to mirror the social groupings of people in real life,and will not replace friend lists .

Oct 12 ‘Patch Tuesday’ looks massive

October 9th, 2010

The Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue 16 Security Bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities on Tuesday, October 12. It will also host a webcast to address customer questions on Oct 13th .

Four of the vulnerabilities are rated “Critical,” 10 are marked “Important,” and the last two are classified as “Moderate.” All of the Critical vulnerabilities earned their rating through a remote code execution impact, meaning a hacker could potentially gain control of an infected machine. At least eight of the 16 patches will require a restart.

The list of affected operating systems includes Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007, and Office 2010 are also being patched, as are the supported Mac versions: Office 2004 and Office 2008. Interestingly, Microsoft Office Web Apps is also included on the list; (for first time ?).

This is the highest number of bulletins Microsoft has ever released in one month, as well as the most vulnerabilities that are being fixed sice the prior record . The last record was just two months ago of 14 bulletins and 34 vulnerabilities

Microsoft: New Dynamics Executive Managers

October 9th, 2010

Microsoft Dynamics welcomes three new executives.

  •  Paul White to grow ERP volume business;
  • Adrian Johnston as General Manager, Dynamics Asia Time Zone,
  •  Benoit de la Tour as Vice President, Dynamics EMEA Time Zone.

e-SignLive now supports the Apple iPad.

October 4th, 2010

We are really excited to bring to market e-SignLive – our new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering from Silanis.

e-SignLive now supports the Apple iPad.

 To mark the occasion, we are offering our customers the chance to win a free iPad when you sign up with us for a free 30-day trial of e-SignLive.

5 Reasons to Try e-SignLive

  1. E-signing has never been this easy. e-SignLive is a web-based, zero-client ‘click-to-sign’ solution. Signers don’t need an e-Persona file. They don’t need a digital certificate.
  2. E-signing with external parties is just as easy. You can invite your customers, partners and suppliers to e-sign an unlimited number of documents for free. No strings attached.
  3. It’s the quickest time-to-market. As a Software-as-a-Service, there’s no integration or installation involved. Just log-onto the service, upload and prepare your documents, and start e-signing.
  4. It’s the lowest up-front investment. The service is available for as low $15 per user per month.
  5. Built on a proven, trusted technology. e-SignLive is built on the same e-signing engine as ApproveIt Desktop. So you know it’s reliable and secure.

To sign up for your free 30-day trial of e-SignLive contact Kamlesh on 009714 3365589 to learn more.

401st blog post

October 4th, 2010

Yesterday was our 400th blog entry. A lot has chanegd in Dubai in that time.

There seems to have been overraction to bad news ealrier in the year when mcuh to outsider’s surprise Dubai got through the recession and debt probels with no more fuss than any other mdoern economy. Now with little improvement changed in much of the world (look at Ireland and Greece and the USA debt, natutral disasters on all continents, stagnation in Japan etc ) suddenly the regional markets are upbeat:

Dubai ruler says ‘We are back’ after debt accord

Oil is predicted to rise to $85 in 2011

Aramex stock soars on foreign takeover hopes

Colony Capital plans further GCC expansion

Iraq’s proven oil reserves rise to 143 bln barrels

International Herald Tribune : ‘Dubai rises from the ashes of debt crisis’,…”getting back to basics.”

The new sovereign bond issue was four times oversubscribed  ……and of course the really good news: traffic fines in the emirate rose 47.6 percent over the last twelve months

Lets not forget and  end to many roadworks, the metro works, the new new airport is working, we have bendy buses and welcome realignment of rents and hotel rate and Dubai Wolrd and most of the banks have reported profit turnarounds this year.

So its been a turbulent year. On the IT front, new partnership models loom, Cloud computing and hosted software and rapid development tools and increasing use of social media and mobile systems, virtualisation , ever faster systems and lower cost memory,  are all  changing the way we do business. Nonetheless ourbusines which supports cleitns across the region in many industries is a good indicator of economic activity.

Since Ramadan Dubai seems to have come alive again and we are deluged with requests for demos and tenders as companies reopen suspended projects and consider next year’s budgets and what systems they need to stay competitive. Of course the real test is how many companies have the confidence and funds to invest in their future and place orders now – when that trend increases we will know Dubai has really turned the corner from survival to opportunity.

A cautionary quote from a comment by Paul  King, an Arabian Business reader :

The “delay & pray” restructuring of debt just pushes today’s obligations forward a little more. It is important to remember that bad news and notices of default are like a five course meal. They arrive in stages. No financial institution or government possess the balance sheet strength to choke down all their bad loans at once. Most will take a few nibbles from their heaping plate of bad loans, pause a little to digest the losses, then start nibbling away again. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

E-mail Encryption – Promotion!

October 3rd, 2010

Business continuity and the confidentiality of any sensitive information and communication has always been a concern. As more and more data is held in digital form s the risks increase and he greater the due diligence and compliance requirements.

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 fideAS® mail V5.2 Encryption Appliance comes with a 2 years warranty 

 In addition we will provide you with:

  •  Free 5 user license (for internal users), upgradeable
  • Free unlimited external recipient license
  • Free digital signature for e-mail through build-in CA

Multiple appliances can be clustered and the user licenses can be merged.

POCs / demos can be provided on VMware on short notice.

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Microsoft Dynamics Ax Process manufacturing

October 3rd, 2010

 Managing Process Manufacturing using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. written by Scott Hamilton,  “The targeted reader includes those individuals implementing or considering Dynamics AX as their ERP system, as well as those providing consulting assistance.  The book content (400 pages) provides a complete walk through of functionality related to operations and supply chain management in process industries, and includes 70+ case studies.”

Microsoft transfers blogs to WordPress

October 3rd, 2010

Microsoft has decided to transfer its users’ Windows Live Spaces blogs to ”WordPress powers over 8.5 percent of the Web, is used on over 26 million sites, and is seen by over 250 million people each month,” Dharmesh Mehta, director of Windows Live Product Management, wrote in a Sept. 27 posting on The Windows Blog. “So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through”

SQL 2008 Sp2 released

October 3rd, 2010

Technet reports that SQL 2008 Sp2 is ready for download

To download the SQL Server 2008 SP2 release  select from the links below: