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ABQ Zawya, Proleads in out-of-court deal

Emirates Business 24-7, 19 January 2010

ABQ Zawya has received an undisclosed amount in out-of-court settlement for copyright breaches committed by Proleads.

Proleads yesterday placed a notice of apology on its website addressed to ABQ Zawya, which operates Zawya Projects, admitting that a number of Proleads employees and contractors have copied material from the Zawya Projects website, which was then published on Proleads’ website, for almost five months between February and June 2009.

// According to the apology notice, which was also circulated in e-mail notifications to clients, the breaches took place in 472 incidents. The settlement included legal costs and compensation for loss of business, according to Husain Makiya, Director of Opportunity Division, Zawya.

The access to the copied information took place when an ex-employee of Zawya approached Proleads and gave his Zawya username and password to a Proleads sales executive who then passed it on until it reached the research team.

Emil Rademeyer, Director of Proleads, said: “We have deleted all the copied information from our servers and have taken disciplinary action. We have also implemented new procedures for research and data.”

By Dima Hamadeh

© Emirates Business 24/7 2010

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January 19, 2010 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

DIC growth in 2009 defies global slump

Dubai: Dubai Internet City (DIC), the region’s premier ICT cluster and a member of Tecom Investments, on Sunday announced 2009 proved to be a successful year with the addition of 135 new companies.

It said several companies expanded business partnerships in the cluster amid a flurry of industry-related milestones including mergers and acquisitions affirming the region’s strong fundamentals.

Communications leader Nokia Siemens Networks also expanded its existing facilities, as did Qualcomm, McAfee and Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry.

Malek Al Malek, Executive Director, Dubai Internet City, said: “The trying times during the year following the onslaught of the global economic crisis brought unpredictable consequences to companies globally and regionally. Yet the region’s ICT industry weathered the storm as regional government spending on IT infrastructure continued while the entrepreneurial spirit of the region played a crucial role in pulling the industry through the crisis, giving the much-needed impetus to continue with our decade-old growth.

“DIC has once again sustained its annual growth with the addition of over 100 new business partners and we are delighted with our continued success as a major destination that attracts large corporations, SMEs and technology start-ups. But the tenacious success of our business partners amidst challenges further strengthens our confidence and we believe they are delighted to be part of a cluster that remains the key engine for growth in the region’s ICT sector.”

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, established its regional headquarters in DIC, aiming to use the base to cater to the region’s IT industry.

Commitment

AT&T, the global telecommunications major, opened its new office in the cluster, underscoring its commitment to the Middle East and Africa region

Other ICT players that joined DIC last year include leading companies such as India-based Tata Communications, Norway headquartered Telenor Global Services, KDDI Singapore and Sophos Middle East.

Cementing its position as a driver of the region’s ICT industry and as a destination that aids companies to grow and develop, DIC also witnessed key acquisitions within the industry.

In one of the biggest deals of its kind, Yahoo! acquired DIC-based Maktoob, providing further incentive to IT startups in the region.

Another business partner Tandberg, one of the largest makers of video conferencing systems, was acquired by Cisco recently. Cisco also expanded its already significant presence at DIC to accommodate its regional growth.

DIC has also been successful in attracting SMEs through its FirstSteps@DIC Business Center, a unique facility that allows new companies to test the region.

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January 13, 2010 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

US technology and IT firms to expand their presence in the Dubai Silicon Oasis

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the region’s premier integrated innovations hub for high-technology industries, yesterday announced a high-level official delegation held discussions with a number of US-based technology and IT companies seeking to set up presence in the Middle East.
The companies represented diverse technology segments including consumer Internet, digital media, enterprise software, IT infrastructure, and circuit design.
The delegation was in the US as part of DSO’s participation in the 10th Annual Intel Capital CEO Summit. The event held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California, brought together select CEOs and key executives from Global 2000 businesses and Fortune 500 companies, academia, thought leaders, government officials and professional services providers.
Led by Dr. Mohammed Al Zarouni, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the delegation included Ray Milhem, Chief Technology Officer, Technology Investment, and William Chappell, Chief Financial Officer at DSOA. The delegation met with Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp, and other members of the executive management team in addition to representatives of other Fortune 500 technology companies such as CISCO and Comcast.
During the discussions, Dr. Mohammed Al Zarouni emphasised the importance of cooperating with Intel to attract international technology companies to the region in general and more specifically Dubai Silicon Oasis since the high-technology hub serves as a great launching platform for businesses due to its array of services and facilities.
Dr. Zarouni said: “The Intel Capital CEO Summit was a great platform for industry leaders to exchange ideas and network with the key decision-makers. Our sponsorship of the event demonstrates our commitment to establishing a strong presence internationally and promoting DSO’s offering to a diverse customer base. It is a great privilege for us to participate in such events that seek to focus on leadership in the technology sector”.
He added, “The event allowed us to meet and explore different ways to attract technology companies to operate at DSO while channelling research and development to the technology park. The summit also explored investment opportunities in these start-ups and ways to collaborate with different companies”.
A wholly-owned entity of the Government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for semiconductors, microelectronics and other electronics-based companies looking to set up their regional headquarters and R’&’D divisions in Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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January 8, 2010 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

Free 3G modem, 3 months free subscription and volume discounts offered

Dubai, December 26, 2009: Etisalat today announced significant savings for businesses looking for a reliable and cost effective access to mobile Internet with attractive savings of up to AED 2184 on devices and its Mobile Business data package subscriptions.

Etisalat customers will be able to enjoy the first 3 months subscription for free when they subscribe to a 5 GB or 10 GB Mobile Business data package .Etisalat is also offering a 75% discount on a wide variety of 3G devices with 5GB subscription and Free 3G Devices with 10 GB subscription on a 1 Year Contract. Moreover, customers going for bulk subscriptions will get the benefit of attractive volume discounts of up to 15%.

These initiatives are aimed at providing cost-effective access to the Internet and corporate intranets for business executives while on the move so that they can access company IT resources and applications. The service can also be used for secure IP communication to automate physical processes thereby increasing productivity and efficiency dramatically.

Some of the applications include:

* ATMs / Kiosks / Vending Machines

* SCADA ( Supervisory control & data acquisition) System

* Automated Meter Reading

* Fleet Management & Vehicle Tracking

* Point of Sale Solutions

* Security, Alarms & Surveillance Systems

* Parking Terminals

Mobile Business Data service is built over Etisalat’s 3.5G network that allows wireless IP communication for a variety of applications on speeds up to 7.2Mbps. It caters to any IP connectivity requirements ranging from in-office or on-the-move use. Speed of installation and scalability of the service are the key advantages. Setting up numerous IP connections anywhere in the UAE, can now be done in a matter of minutes.

According to Abdulla Hashim, Senior VP, Business Solutions, Etisalat, “Access to Internet while on the move is a critical requirement for companies in today’s competitive business environment. These latest offers from Etisalat will give our customers a great incentive to stay connected with their various stakeholders in addition to using it for secure IP communication through access to a world class mobile broadband service which facilitates enhanced productivity and instant access to information.”

Etisalat offers two flavors of Mobile Business Data Packages viz. Per SIM & Shared Packages. Per SIM Packages provide companies with the option to link SIM cards to the corporate account, where every SIM card has its own dedicated data access capacity and charging. In the case of Shared Packages, any number of SIM cards can be linked to a shared data pool, where the total Data Access Capacity is shared among all SIM cards.

For more details, customers can call 8005800 or contact their respective account managers.

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For further media information, please contact:
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Mobile: 050 8815000
Website: www.etisalat.ae

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December 26, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

McAfee asks companies to rethink security for removable media devices

Emirates Business 24-7, 22 December 2009

IT security technology company McAfee has advised companies to rethink their approach to removable media devices.

By providing a framework for companies to approach removable media strategies, McAfee aims to provide its customers with “freedom through security”.

// McAfee’s formula includes providing device control, endpoint encryption and encrypted USB devices to help firms achieve this freedom.

“Enterprises are looking for ways to solve the evolving and critical problem of data loss via removable media storage devices,” said Brian Burke, Program Director, Security Product Services at IDC

“Employee-sourced storage devices, employer-provided USB sticks, and the management and enforcement of corporate device policy all need to be addressed in a cost-effective manner that doesn’t sacrifice security. A complete removable media solution requires behaviour and content-aware controls, fully-secure managed devices for users with integrated anti-malware, and portable software encryption.”

Companies, employees and their data are more mobile than ever before, and the number of removable media devices is skyrocketing. These changes have created new risks and new management challenges for businesses of all sizes, which must determine policies and maintain control of how users work with devices such as USB memory sticks.

“Encryption is not enough,” said Gerhard Watzinger, General Manager and Executive Vice-President of McAfee’s Data Protection Business Unit. “Companies must manage device usage in order to cut down on harmful data loss, but they must also enable safe usage of USB devices. McAfee is the only security company to combine encryption with centralised management. This enables organisations to safely enable their employees to do their job and be productive – in a secure manner.”

McAfee is providing businesses with a way to manage removable media through a combination of device control, encrypted USB devices, and software encryption, all integrated though ePolicy Orchestrator.

McAfee Device Control protects data from leaving a company’s control and falling into the wrong hands through removable media, such as USB drives, MP3 players, CDs and DVDs.

By Staff Writer

© Emirates Business 24/7 2009

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December 22, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

Sybase enters partnership with Information Builders for business intelligence solutions for the Middle East

Dubai, December 17, 2009: Sybase Products Middle East has recently entered into a partnership with Information Builders, the award-winning New York based company that provides business intelligence and enterprise integration software. With a turnover of over USD 300 million in revenue, and more than 12,000 worldwide customers for over 30 years, this partnership will enable Sybase Products Middle East to provide radically innovative enterprise analytics and data warehousing software in the region and Turkey.

The joint partnership of Sybase Products Middle East and Information Builders will target the fast growing market for business intelligence in the Middle East. This will bring into the region the renowned WebFOCUS, the world’s most widely used business intelligence platform that is designed to help enterprises make better and informed decisions, ensuring higher productivity during the current challenging market conditions.

Speaking on this crucial association, Tony Achkar, General Manager, Sybase Products Middle East, said, “We are proud to announce our partnership with Information Builders for the Middle East and Turkey. This venture allows us to complete our offering for an Enterprise Data Warehouse solution and further enhance our ability to bringing information together so business users can access and understand it.”

Data warehousing solutions are critical for decision makers in sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, insurance, media, healthcare, retail and market research. With the recent partnership, Sybase Products Middle East will now be in a position to enable companies within these sectors to ease the strain of traditional data management systems and introduce systems that will extract and analyze information from ever growing databases in real time. This provides them with the power and speed to make business intelligence work towards profitability.

In today’s business environment, companies are determined by the quality of predictions and decisions that make. Business intelligence helps to overcome critical challenges that depend on accurate and timely answers in order to deliver results and stay competitive. These include getting the required analytical answers, answers that are drawn from complete information and the ability to respond to complex analytic environments in today’s ever changing demands of the business. Sybase Products Middle East will now be in a position to provide BI products and services that are low cost and provide faster ROI.

Commenting on its entry into the Middle East, Dennis Bartels, Vice President EMEA Sales, Information Builders, said, “The growth potential within the Middle East and Turkey is enormous for the business intelligence sector. Sybase Products Middle East has been providing data warehousing solutions to a cross sector of business establishments and we look forward to working with them to provide relevant sectors with the business intelligence requirements in the region.”

Information Builders has been renowned for creating software that has provided its customers with a range of services and strong support structure that enables them to not only implement sustainable systems in the long term perspective, but also provides a strong support system by understanding the individual customer requirements, thus innovating products and services according to customer needs, and ensuring long term success.

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December 18, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

Middle East IT Market is Worlds Fastest Growing

IT Spending in the Region Expected to Reach USD 16 Billion by 2011, say Industry Experts Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With exceptional factors shaping the growth of the Middle East IT sector, and regional companies increasingly looking globally for best practice solutions, successful implementation of IT solutions is key to maintaining integration and sustaining growth, say industry expert.

High oil prices boosting government capital, e-government drives, and the pressure to convert oil revenue into diversified economic sectors are dictating the changing role of IT in the region.

Dimension Data,  a leading global IT services and solutions provider, with an annual  revenue of USD 3.8 billion is looking to bring its international expertise of 25 years to service the region�s IT market.

With more than 74 percent of the global fortune 100 and 60 percent of the fortune 500 companies as Dimension Data clients, the IT specialist is clearly looking to capture a significant share of the regional market.

Companies are increasingly looking for integrators that can provide specialized IT services and solutions, and help clients plan, build, support, and manage their IT infrastructures,� said Siddeek Rahim, Managing Director of Dimension Data for the Middle East Region.

Success will depend on the ability of the solution provider to leveraging new technologies, with the goal of driving optimal business performance.

Companies have to increasingly design a top-down approach to boost their IT infrastructure in order to grow. Vendors must take a holistic approach to supplying this demand.

Dimension Data will bring to the Middle East market, not only better services, but a more consistent approach to servicing the IT needs of regional enterprises.

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December 15, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

UAE Software Development – Introduction to jQuery And Microsoft

This is opensource light libaray of JavaScript. With main features of allow to HTML components to be modified and elegantly find with sort of codes.  One more features of this jQuery that it supports to chain mode, means one command may feed to other command.  For working, it supports to selector via API that allows manipulating HTML elements. There are also built-in set of APIs that can be used as commands. we can use jQuery with CSS and in HTML element with example of: there is diva class question of CSS file.

$(“div.question”).slideup(‘slow’).addclass(“end”);

jQuery is now supporting with microsoft visual studio without changing any jQuery library. With Visual studio support some coding are needed.

$(“div.question”).slideup(

jQuery slideup (volume, callback)

Volume: this is multiplication of length, height and width.

}

Moreover, Microsoft has announced about its products would support to jQuery library. The jQuery intelligence annotation would be available on internet to be free downloaded. For making higher level controls, Microsoft would use jQuery library with ASP.Net AJAX.

For software services from software development companies are growing around the world. software services like software maintenance is also growing market for exist software modification.

May 12, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

UAE Software Development – Learn AJAX with ASP.Net

In, ASP.Net there is one more feature is called AJAX. AJAX is combination of JavaScript and XML Httprequest object to call HTTP request from client side. The technique of working AJAX is like once response would be taken from client side, JavaScript calls to Document Object model and CSS settings, then webpage  layout would be refreshed and page design would be create. the full definition of AJAX is Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, in this data send to web server is asynchronously instead of whole page to be  refresh only required data would be available to client side. With help of AJAX, website would be interactive, slick.

At past, this was difficult to develop ajax because the developer were responsible of client side java script to send request to server with asynchronous data transfer. Now with ASP.Net, use AJAX is easy for every one. With AJAX, you can make website content to be indexed for goggle and other search engine that would help to get good keyword ranking. With AJAX technology, you would have some advantages as well as disadvantages.

Disadvantages: with some disadvantages, AJAX has advantages list like:
1). Page created by dynamically has not features to be listed in history of web browser means you would not able to go back to recent AJAX enabled page.
2). In case of security purpose, this AJAX code has open doors for malware even though, web developer would test the AJAX script.
3). some time you need to has other script or supportive coding to crawl your web site content.
4). it doest not allow to bookmark any application or web content, if the page is created dynamically.
5). Web browser compatibility also may be issue if, web browser does not support to JavaScript.

Advantages: AJAX also have advantages along with some disadvantages. Having good advantages, its limitation can be ignored.
1). Use of connection with web server would be less because calling for JavaScript and CSS is once using AJAX.
2). you can maintain your website stat with JavaScript help.
3). calling of asynchronous data makes website interactive and fast to response to client side.
4). with use of AJAX, you can call of required data instead of bulk of data that is already similar to other pages. this would reduce your server bandwidth uses.

ASP.Net along with AJAX has more features than old version to ASP.Net. Now a day, software services for any software companies is going to more reliable and easy to develop. software development also growing market around the world.

May 4, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | Leave a comment

UAE Software Development – Features Of ASP.Net 3.5

Microsoft has already announced about .Net framework with supporting lots of language and databases. In .Net frame work, there is also ASP.Net, ASP.Net 2.0 and ASP.Net 3.5. ASP.Net is announced in 19 november 2007. This has some features like ASP.Net 2.0 but with more additional features. As latest version, it has some additional features like:

New Controls: Two more new control named datapager and listview along with datasource datacontrol named LinqDataSource.

a). Datapager: it provides to listview with paging support. best feature for this control that you need to have tied with other control that have already paging associated with this.

b). Listview: Itis very flexible with features of gridview, datagrid and repeater. it provides to insert, delete and update option to database. best features for this control is that it is flexible to display data.

LINQ: LINQ (Language Integrated Query) adds data query capability with VB.net and C#. It defines code to operate query over databases, XML and objects.

ASP.Net AJAX: In ASP.Net ASP.Net is integrated with .Net Frame work. moreover, you can add ASP.Net AJAX control extenders with VStudio2008. This is a IDE control features.

ASP Merge Tool And Assemblies: This merge tool allows to merge assemblies created by aspnet_complier.exe. There are new assemblies be added in ASP.Net 3.5 are System.Core.dll, System.Data.DataSetExtensions.dll, System.Web.Extensions.dll, System.Core.dll and System.Data.Linq.dll. Moreover, It has features like it supports to IIS7 and VS2008, with supporting to multiple version at same machine.

ASP.Net is now getting popular then older version of ASP.Net. For any software companies, giving software services based on .Net framework, giving their best services and completing their clients requirement with latest additional version. Software development is now growing worldwide because of modernization.

April 29, 2009 Posted by | Software Development | | Leave a comment

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