Atos Origin now certified in Run SAP Methodology

by Editor 12/22/2009 8:49:00 PM

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, has been certified by SAP AG as a provider of solution implementation based on the Run SAP methodology, the company said. Atos Origin is among the first Global SAP partners to be certified in the Run SAP methodology and will incorporate the methodology into its implementation standards.

“By adopting the Run SAP methodology into our own implementation standards, we are going beyond the vision of implementing the solutions required by our customers,” said Paul Bray, senior vice president and global head of SAP solutions at Atos Origin. “We are now providing our customers the proven methodology for managing their SAP applications through end-to-end solution operations standards. This will empower our customers to manage their SAP applications more efficiently and at a lower cost.”

Run SAP methodology is a phased methodology based on world-class knowledge. It provides best-practice procedures, content, services, training and tools for end-to-end solution operations, along with a standardized and proven implementation method. The Run SAP methodology focuses on application management, business process operations, and administration of SAP solutions. The methodology describes how support should be implemented across the lifecycle design, set-up, operations and optimization. In addition, with its best-practice documents for solution operations, it describes how to implement end-to-end solution operations for different SAP software-based business processes.

“We applaud Atos Origin’s achievement as a global SAP services partner certified in the Run SAP methodology,” said Dr. Uwe Hommel, executive vice president of Active Global Support at SAP AG. “By adopting the end-to-end solution operations standards provided by the Run SAP methodology, Atos Origin will deliver to its customers a higher level of effectiveness and efficiency.”

Run SAP is an integral part of SAP Enterprise Support services, a holistic support model designed to enable continuous improvement and successful solution operations at lower risk and cost.

SAP customers will realize the benefits of operating with the end-to-end standards. SAP standards for solution operations are a prerequisite for the continuous improvement of SAP solution operations. Not only do they enable automation, reducing the cost of operations, but also improved traceability and an audit trail, helping companies to achieve cost efficiency, quality assurance and compliance enablement.

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Gauntlet down for IT sector

by Editor 12/4/2009 1:38:00 AM

Leading aid and development agency CARE International is looking for teams of intrepid colleagues from across the IT industry to take part in the third CARE 3 Peaks Challenge, on 12-13 June 2010.

The challenge will see teams from the sector tackling the three highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis, 1,334m), England (Scafell Pike, 978m) and Wales (Snowdon, 1,085m) all in the target time of 24 hours.

In 2009, QA completed the challenge in the fastest time of 23 hours and 18 minutes, and the gauntlet is down for any team who thinks they can beat them! Better still, last years event raised £50,000 to support CAREs poverty-fighting work.

Head of CARE Challenge Neil Munro said, The funds raised by teams on previous challenges are already achieving fantastic things around the world. The IT sector is one of the most fun and enthusiastic sectors we work with. It would be wonderful to top last years fundraising total and were confident the IT sector is up to it!

The CARE 3 Peaks Challenge offers corporate teams a fantastic teambuilding and networking opportunity, with a well deserved dinner and awards following the challenge. Experienced CARE Challenge staff will be available from the day teams sign up, to offer advice and support with fundraising and training.

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IBM set to build 911 systems for U.S. Virgin Islands

by Editor 10/10/2008 12:02:00 PM
The United States Virgin Islands chose IBM to help build two 911 systems designed to assist police, fire and medical services respond faster and more efficiently to emergencies throughout the islands.

IBM will provide technical design and installation, project management, and consulting and testing services for the systems, to be located at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Kings Hill, St. Croix. In addition, IBM will provide training to 911 operators, first responders, IT support personnel and agency leadership; topics will range from the basics of using the system to improved practices for emergency response.

The systems will feature computer assisted dispatch technology that will promptly provide 911 operators with relevant questions to ask individuals reporting a broad range of emergencies -- including fires, medical crises and crimes. For example, software will instruct an operator responding to a report of an automobile accident to ask about injuries, evidence of fire, whether any roads are blocked and other vital questions. The information will then be relayed to first responders, better equipping them to help those in need.

USVI Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. has been committed to establishing a fully functioning 911 emergency communications system since taking office in 2007. The USVI retained IBM to evaluate the territory's current emergency communications system and work with the first responder community to identify shortfalls and determine the requirements for a new 911 system. This new system will provide for the creation of new call centers with updated technology to support the 911 system, proper training programs and the ability for the Virgin Islands to meet the new federal digital emergency communications standards.

"Our Administration is working to overhaul its outmoded emergency 911 communications system to provide enhanced safety and security for all residents and visitors to the territory. This project represents this administration's long term commitment that will help to protect our residents and visitors from crime as well as natural or man-made disasters and provide a level of safety and security necessary to foster robust economic growth by attracting more businesses and visitors," deJongh said. "We've come to value IBM's technical experience and professional project management."

The project leverages IBM's deep expertise in large-scale systems that integrate computers, networking, telephony, mission-critical applications and call centers.

"An efficient and sophisticated 911 system is one of the key building blocks of modern society," said IBM Partner Jeffrey H. Smith. "The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands understands how this project is expected to assist in improving the quality of life for the islands' residents and many visitors."

The IBM team includes equipment and support from business partners Daycom Systems, BCG/enVision Technologies, Hyperion Inc., Lenovo, and PlantCML.

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Africa is the fastest growing IT market, says UN

by Editor 5/15/2008 4:12:00 PM

Africa has been the fastest growing information and communications technology market globally over the last three years, said Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at ITU Telecom Africa, a telecommunications industry fair held in Cairo that closed yesterday.

The UN International Telecommunication Union released a report that stated that the mobile phone sector in Africa had “defied all predictions” and that there were as many as 65 million new subscribers in 2007. For comparison, only one in 50 African people owned a mobile phone in 2000. Today, a third of the population has one and users are more evenly distributed across the continent.

In 2007, the number of Internet users in Africa has grown to approximately 50 million, which is to say that about a fifth of the population now has Internet access.

ITU Secretary-General Touré added: “Market liberalization continues and most countries have established regulatory bodies to ensure a fair, competitive and enabling environment.”

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Detica signs £18m deal with Metropolitan Police

by Editor 4/1/2008 4:48:00 PM
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Consulting company Detica has secured an £18m contract with the Metropolitan Police Service to provide the police force with communications support - operational PDAs, mobile data terminals and associated infrastructure - over the next five years.

Supporting infrastructure also falls under the terms of the agreement. The communications devices in question will allow police vehicles to exchange information with the central dispatcher.

Analysts say that Detica has made an excellent move in deciding to use its experience and expertise in the security market to reach out to a wider client base in the UK public sector.

Detica Group is a global business and technology consultancy that specializes in information intelligence. The company's work mostly lies in the area of security, risk management and regulatory compliance. The contracts for the Mobility Projects with the Metropolitan Police total £18.1 million.

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Quadriga Consulting and Blauw Research partner up to target ICT sector

by Editor 3/26/2008 4:11:00 PM
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Business-to-business marketing and research firm Quadriga Consulting and MR agency Blauw Research have formed a partnership in order to offer the IT and telecommunications sector better insights and a broader range of international research resources.

Quadriga Consulting Ltd. is an experienced consultancy and a firm that focuses on technological research in the IT and telecom sector.

Based in Northern Ireland, Quadriga has broad international experience in enterprise and telecommunications software, computer hardware and digital content.

Blauw Research brings 15 years of experience in information and communication technology (ICT) to the partnership. It has offices in London, Rotterdam and Nürnberg.

Commenting on the new partnership, Quadriga Consulting Managing Director Jeffrey Peel said:

"This represents a major step forward for ICT players that need both specialist sector expertise and international data collection resources across multiple markets. Many so-called international agencies try to offer turnkey international research capability but typically that means farming data collection out to local agencies that have no overt sector understanding. What we offer is end-to-end management of the process, while never losing sight of the business and research objectives."  

Jonathan Wheeler, MD at Blauw, added: "The ICT sector is very demanding in terms of international capability. Many MR and marketing managers in tech firms get very frustrated that they can’t find agencies that can offer a full understanding of their product management challenges at the same time as offering an international data collection ability. We can offer both. The result is easier, more responsive project management and a focus on the findings rather than the process.”

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