Logica launches competition to find innovative partners

by Editor 3/18/2010 4:55:00 PM
Logica, the technology and business services company, is looking to partner with the world’s most innovative Small and Medium Enterprises. It today kicked off its 2010 Global Innovation Venture Partner (GIVP) Programme to search for the company with the most innovative products and solutions.

Now in its third year, the GIVP Programme invites nominations from across ten countries – UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Portugal, US and India. Nominated companies will be judged by a Logica panel and the winner will work with Logica to further develop its product or solution. It will get access to Logica’s global sales resources, go-to-market support and opportunities to engage with client organisations where appropriate.

Speaking about the competition, GBS Bindra, Global Innovation Director, Logica said, “The GIVP Programme is a perfect example of collaborative value creation. For partners, it is an opportunity to make their products and services visible in a highly competitive industry. For Logica, our Innovation partners can support us along the way with new talent and interesting technological developments. Together we can achieve the highest levels of success and meet the needs of our clients. Overall, it’s a perfect example of how different companies can come together to build business value.”

GIVPP 2009 attracted more than 600 nominations from eight countries. Seven country winners and one global winner were identified as Logica’s innovation partners. The global winner for 2009 was a Swedish company - Appear Networks, which has impressive new technology in context-aware software services.

Commenting on the benefits of the partnership Xavier Aubry, CEO, Appear Networks, said, “"The GIVP Programme has been without a doubt a business accelerator for us. After winning the global award in 2009 in a very competitive selection process, we quickly developed a joint go-to-market plan with Logica in key countries. We were able to close our first million Euro deal and generated a substantial pipeline in our target industries within the same year. We had been developing our vision for innovative workforce mobile solutions in the travel & transport sector and with Logica's support, we have now been able to reach out to a wider range of industries such as public sector, healthcare and utilities. The joint value proposal is very strong and fits perfectly with today's requirements - providing innovation that can help clients reduce costs and increase client service."

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CSC employees help mentor next generation cyber experts at fifth Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

by Editor 3/16/2010 7:34:00 PM

CSC will provide judges and support staff for teams competing in the 5th Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), March 11-13, 2010. Pitting college students against hackers trying to disrupt and compromise their networks, the competition is unique in its focus on the operational aspects of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. Student teams are scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services (e.g., e-mail servers), respond to business requests (e.g., add user accounts), and balance security needs against business needs.

CSC will provide cyber subject matter experts as judges for the event to ensure team compliance with the rules and handle tasks such as scoring scripted business events during the competition. In addition, CSC employees will champion each of the five regional finalist teams during the pre-competition phase and observe and support their chosen team during the three-day event.

“CSC is dedicated to developing cutting-edge, long-term solutions to the evolving cyber threat environment, and an important component of these efforts is the development of next generation cybersecurity curricula and workforce,” said James Menendez, vice president of CSC’s Global Security Solutions. “We know that supporting the CCDC and all of the CyberWatch activities is one important way we can help pursue these goals for ourselves and our nation.”

CSC’s active participation as an industry member of our Advisory Board is a real help to the mission of CyberWatch. As a leading provider of cybersecurity services to government and industry, CSC’s commitment to the long-term development of a viable work force and their support of academic institutions are essential to the government’s ongoing ability to protect our national security,” said Dr. Robert J. Spear, director of the CyberWatch Center, which hosts the Mid-Atlantic event. “We’re thankful for all of the efforts of our Advisory Board members from industry, and especially for CSC’s contributions and leadership in this year’s CCDC. We wish all participants the best of luck for the upcoming competition.

Five winning teams from the preliminary regional competition, conducted remotely during January and February of this year, will participate in the Mid-Atlantic CCDC: Towson University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, Community College of Baltimore County and Millersville University.

The winner of the Mid-Atlantic CCDC will move on to represent the region in the national CCDC, April 16-18, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. For more information about the competition, visit www.midatlanticccdc.org.

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Asia-Pacific Oil and Gas pros lead industry in workplace adoption of social media

by Editor 3/11/2010 8:38:00 AM

Oil and gas industry professionals in Asia Pacific lead the industry in the use of social media and collaboration tools at work, reports a recent Microsoft Corp. and Accenture survey, with three out of four respondents from that region saying social media tools improve their work performance. 


The Microsoft and Accenture “Oil & Gas Collaboration Survey 2010” – that polled 275 professionals from the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific – found that industry workers in Asia-Pacific significantly led other regions in the business use of social media tools such as instant messaging, video conferencing, social networking sites, mobile phone text messaging, video or photo sharing and the use of blogs and micro-blogs, sometimes surpassing their peers in other regions by margins of 10 to one. In fact, 37 percent of Asia-Pacific respondents stated social media is “very valuable” for work collaboration.


“Asia-Pacific, with its rapidly growing demand for energy, will set the oil agenda of the future, so driving increased productivity, enhanced collaboration and more efficient operations is of top importance in this region,” said Dr. Ali Ferling, Microsoft manager of worldwide oil and gas industries. “Oil and gas professionals in Asia-Pacific clearly have their sights set on adopting the newest technologies to help them keep up with the growing demand for energy.”


Drive to locate information in EMEA


Over one-third of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) respondents reported they spend more time in collaboration this year than last. Sixty-two percent of them, however, said that collaboration was often hindered by the inability to find exact resources, including people and information. Three out of four EMEA professionals said social media was valuable for business, and over half reported using social media primarily as a search tool, with many more in EMEA choosing to use wikis for business purposes than any other region.


Americas adjust to changing workforce


When asked where they see the most value in social media for collaboration, the top answer of workers in the Americas was “documenting and transferring knowledge.” This response tracks with the 61 percent of all respondents who said that “scarcity of skills/talent due to shrinking or aging workforce” is the global industry trend most often driving their need to collaborate. However, 40 percent of respondents from the Americas said they are not currently using any public or company social media tools in the workplace. While half of respondents from all regions said their companies were on board but not widely implementing social media at this time, one in four from the Americas said their companies were not open to the adoption and implementation of these tools, a higher response than from Asia-Pacific (14 percent) and EMEA (17 percent).


James Arnott, Accenture senior executive in Energy industry group’s consulting practice, said, “Companies slow to embrace collaboration technologies are missing strategic opportunities to leverage tools to drive workforce utilization and improved business and operational performance. The high rate of usage in emerging markets reflects those companies’ rapid adoption of new technologies to provide differentiated levels of workforce, operations and business performance – this is creating new levels of competitiveness. The key finding that individuals, work groups and teams around the world are driving the use of collaboration tools within their company is indicative of the widespread need for knowledge-sharing and improved productivity through collaboration. It also highlights the increasing use of technology to support a critical shortage of skills and experience within the oil and gas industry.”


Three out of four professionals in all regions cited complex projects as the largest workplace factor driving collaboration, with 21 percent from the Americas saying they use social media to manage capital projects. Beyond that, geographic responses varied: Americas felt strong pressure to push for innovation to stay competitive (35 percent), while Asia-Pacific (43 percent) and EMEA (34 percent) said the new tools help them meet the demand for frequent or detailed reporting to management.


Overall survey results reveal that nearly 75 percent of oil and gas professionals worldwide see value in using social media and collaboration tools at work – an 83 percent jump from responses one year ago.

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Sybase & Wipro join hands to power SAP applications on mobiles

by Editor 3/8/2010 7:42:00 AM
Sybase Software (India) Pvt. Ltd. (Sybase India), the Indian subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., an industry leader in enterprise and mobile software and Wipro Infotech, the India and Middle East IT Business of Wipro Ltd and a leading provider of IT and business transformation services, today announced a partnership to extend SAP applications to a variety of mobile device types. With these solutions, SAP customers will be able to securely access their business-critical enterprise applications while on the move.

Sybase and SAP are jointly delivering co-developed solutions for extending SAP CRM and SAP Business Suite to mobile devices. SAP customers will now be able to leverage Wipro’s SAP implementation skills to customize these Sybase® Mobile Solutions for SAP, in addition to developing custom mobile applications for other SAP modules such as SRM SCM, PLM, etc. that will be directed towards areas like mobile services, mobile sales, time and travel approvals, workflows, warehouse management, asset management, etc. Wipro’s solutions will be based on Sybase® Unwired Platform (SUP), a mobile enterprise application platform that provides systems integrators, independent software vendors, and enterprise developers with the ability to easily develop, deploy and manage mobile applications. This comprehensive, yet flexible mobility infrastructure will enable enterprises to implement, manage and expand their mobile computing initiatives in a coherent, streamlined and cost-effective manner. Mobile solutions created using the Unwired Platform enable mobile workers to access business critical data anytime, from anywhere, leading to a positive impact on productivity and revenue.

Mr. Sunil Jose, Managing Director, India & Sub-continent, Sybase Software (India) Pvt. Ltd. said, “The Sybase & Wipro partnership will offer Wipro’s SAP customers, applications on the go. SUP supports a wide variety of popular mobile platforms. This enables true mobility for a large section of employees and not just top or middle management. Through this, SAP’s customers will be able to create an information edge by optimizing and enhancing the infrastructure they already own, linking valuable data resources in place, and securely delivering information anytime, anywhere.”

Commenting on the partnership, Sairaman Jagannathan, Vice President, Business Solutions Division,Wipro said, “ Building on our SAP partnership, this partnership with Sybase demonstrates a strong synergy between our companies as we share a common goal of providing businesses easy access to valuable information contained within enterprise applications. As Sybase’s implementation partner, we will bring in tight integration with a wide range of mobile environments to ensure secure and real-time access to information. Wipro chose Sybase as a strategic partner based on the strength of its mobile enterprise application platform  and rich expertise and proven leadership in the enterprise mobility space.”

As part of this joint initiative,  Wipro will set up  a Center of Excellence at its research Center, Sangam, in Bangalore, where customers will be able to experience the various mobile applications developed by Wipro to mobilize SAP. This Centre of Excellence will also be used to develop newer industry frameworks that can be used across different customer verticals.

Mr. Sunil Jose further added, “Sybase is in the best position to support the movement away from siloed mobile applications to the mass adoption of mobility across the entire enterprise. With the growing number of end users and device types to the demand for real time access to information, our enterprise mobility platform is unrivaled in the industry. We believe our position in Gartner’s leader quadrant is a further validation of the significant advancements made to our Sybase® Unwired Platform and success in building out our partnership ecosystem”.
Recently, Gartner, Inc. positioned Sybase in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP) report, authored by William Clark and Michael King (December 2009). “We believe that more than 95% of organizations will be choosing MEAP or packaged mobile application vendors as their primary mobile development platforms through 2012,” states the Gartner report. “From 2010 through 2013, the number of enterprises choosing multichannel MEAP vendors will rise 10% annually.”
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