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Leading Apparel Company Acquires Microsoft Technology

Folded & Hung is going beyond trendsetting ensembles and revolutionary fashion ideas. In a move to further grow its foothold in the local fashion retail market, Folded & Hung has recently signed an agreement with Infosoft International Solutions Inc., a Microsoft Certified Partner for Business Solutions to acquire Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS).

Microsoft Dynamics is a line of integrated, adaptable business management solutions that enables individuals and organizations to make business decisions with greater confidence. It works like familiar Microsoft software such as Microsoft Office, which means less of a learning curve, so users will be able to get the system up and running quickly. Microsoft Dynamics is built to work easily with existing systems a company has already implemented.

Folded & Hung enjoyed a significant growth in their business last year. It currently has 41 branches, with franchises nationwide. Along with this success came a need and an opportunity to explore available resources that would help the company sustain its gains.

“We needed a system that will allow us to consolidate our data seamlessly and eliminate the manual synchronization of data, which is very tedious for our manpower. With the new system, we would be able to monitor storewide operations with the data from the different branches, in the head office,” shared Jojo Sta. Agueda, IT Manager, Folded & Hung.

With the help of Infosoft International Solutions Inc., store managers from the F&H head office will be trained to use Microsoft Dynamics.

“We are optimistic about acquiring Microsoft Dynamics because this offers us more opportunity to analyze business issues and sales reports on the first day of the software implementation and not technical issues anymore. This will definitely increase the productivity of all our employees from the branches from those in the head office,” enthused Sta. Agueda.

Microsoft Dynamics is designed to meet the specific business management needs of project, service, and distribution-driven organizations. It is ideal for small and midsize companies that need to integrate with other systems and serve customers better.

“Microsoft Dynamics offers businesses solutions that are highly customizable to a company’s needs. This new acquisition will deliver the robust IT system that Folded & Hung requires to complement the industry-leading services and products they provide,” said Lyn Reyes, Partner Engagement Manager, Microsoft Philippines.

F&H has been a staple in the apparel industry for eight years now, and it has continued to innovate on its designs and store image. The company’s vision of redefining everyday fashion and its newly acquired Microsoft business solution is a clear sign that F&H has no plans of simply going with the flow.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2007 in Microsoft

 

Symantec Study Reveals Global 2000 Struggle To Adopt “Green” Data Centers

Symantec Corp. announced the findings of its worldwide Green Data Center report, a supplement to the company’s recently released 2007 State of the Data Center study. Nearly three-fourths of respondents state they have interest in adopting a strategic green data center initiative; however, only one in seven have been successful at implementing a green data center, illustrating a stark contrast between interest and execution. For the purpose of this study, we define a green data center as having increased efficiencies in energy usage, power consumption, space utilization and reduction of polluting energy sources.

“Data center managers are running out of space and energy costs are skyrocketing, so they are motivated to ‘green’ the data center for cost reduction and efficiency purposes,” said Mark Bregman, executive vice president, chief technology officer, Symantec. “The report findings indicate that cost savings and constant business pressure to maintain performance and meet increasingly aggressive service level agreements are the main reasons for implementing many green strategies. For them it is beyond environmental concerns – it is about meeting business goals and reducing costs.”

Participants noted that while energy efficiency is a priority, it must be balanced by business needs. The increasing emphasis on creating energy efficiencies has added another layer of complexity in managing today’s data center. To better manage and reduce costs, the study finds that many data center professionals are increasingly turning to software solutions, including those to manage server consolidation and virtualized environments as they develop and implement their green initiatives.

Software is a Top Strategy for Creating Energy Efficiencies
Data center managers indicate that software designed for server consolidation and server virtualization are the most popular solutions in creating energy efficiencies, with 51 and 47 percent indicating plans to consolidate and virtualize servers respectively. In fact, 68 percent of respondents indicate that reducing energy played a role in their decision to implement virtualization and server consolidation. In addition to server consolidation and virtualization, those who implement a green data center strategy are more likely to use software for storage resource management, server management and data deduplication.

Respondents also revealed that most data center managers are at least planning to implement power management products, with 30 percent implementing on selected equipment, 13 percent on equipment throughout the data center, and 34 percent either planning to use or currently evaluating.

Hardware-Based Solutions Still Key
In addition to server virtualization and consolidation, energy efficient CPUs were the second most popular technology for data center power reduction, with 28 percent of respondents citing this as one of the two technologies they think will reduce power consumption.

The following were also described as possible solutions that respondents either plan to implement, or are currently implementing: replacing old equipment with more energy-efficient equipment (44 percent), recycling obsolete hardware components (39 percent), monitoring power consumption (38 percent), and reducing the space used by servers (37 percent).

Worldwide Adoption Varies
Slightly more than a third of companies based in the United States (U.S.) said they have corporate green policies, while almost 60 percent of companies from Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) and 55 percent of European companies have them. According to the research, companies from Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico and South Korea are more likely to have green data center policies than not. Regionally, organizations with larger data center budgets implement green data center strategies more frequently than those with smaller budgets.

Server consolidation and virtualization implementations are more prevalent in U.S.-based companies and surpass implementations in other parts of the world. In contrast, while there are fewer APJ organizations currently implementing consolidation/virtualization strategies in their data centers, the majority of IT managers (88 percent) from this region who do, cite energy consumption and energy reduction as the primary reason.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2007 in Symantec

 

Personal Devices Leads Lifestyle Computing Trend

In time for the holiday season, leading global ICT research and advisory firm XMG released its latest update on “Lifestyle Computing” trends. The research results are based on XMG’s annual study of the Asia Pacific market, namely Australia, South East Asian countries and North Asia, to track new trends on consumer adoption of technology and how technology is adopting to user lifestyle. The 2007 study results show a number of interesting trends worth noting.

The rise of personal-area networking is growing due to richer interfaces in powerful and intelligent personal devices. Over 55% of consumers believe that personal devices can become a replacement for laptops in the years to come. Of this number, 60% also indicate they would rather put their investments in purchasing peripheral and auxiliary devices for their personal devices than for their laptops in the next 3 years despite indications that consumers are still not willing to spend infinite amounts of money on technology in the consumer technology market.

With the introduction of the Apple iPhone in 2007 and the eventual entry to Asia Pacific, user-centricity has reached new levels, setting the stage for other technology firms such as Nokia, Palm and Samsung to follow. Attributes of user-centricity rated high by consumers included pervasive availability, diversity and richer interfaces, enhanced personalized experience, simplicity and innovation. “As human beings, we simply need to always be connected,” said Glaiza Veluz, Research Analyst for XMG. “Our studies of consumer behaviors have shown that 9 out of 10 people do not mind having technology run rampant and moving through their lives so long as they can stay connected”. Veluz continues to add, “Success of devices comes down to making life simpler, meaningful and enjoyable in some way, rather than making life more complex such as having the need to lug around a laptop”.

Other notable trends include a drastic drop in consumers’ tolerance of less reliable devices. A stark contrast to last year’s results, the study showed that consumers are more than ready to upgrade or dispose of their devices within 6 months of purchasing the product. In 2006, consumers were willing to live with their devices for about 1 year before finding a replacement. “Consumers will no longer accept complexity and instability with their devices,” added Veluz.

As the lifestyle computing trends continue, the lifestyle shift will challenge everyone. As the lines continue to blur between personal-area space and work-area use, the study also showed ongoing challenges faced by companies in managing these devices within their organizations sighting privacy, security and technical support issues. Since traditional management enforcement techniques have failed to reach a compromise, over 90% of firms indicated they will need to modify their views and policies in supporting personal devices. Work-life balance has also been sighted as an issue as lifestyle computing devices enable workers to work anywhere with their devices. “People are working longer, harder hours because of total global connectivity through their devices, but these are the same people also believe that their personal area devices are also working more for them,” added Veluz.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2007 in Technology

 

HP Unveils Services and Solutions to Help Modernize, Manage SAP Application Environments

HP announced an expanded portfolio of offerings that help enterprise customers modernize and manage their SAP® application environments.

The latest services from HP help customers consolidate, migrate and optimize their SAP application infrastructure; upgrade to the latest version of SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning); and, establish a roadmap that leverages enterprise SOA (service-oriented architecture) to innovate future business processes.

HP also announced new Integrity Reference Configurations for SAP Applications, which help simplify and speed the transition from the customer’s existing environment to the new environment.

“HP and SAP have produced a significant legacy in offering top-notch business technology solutions to consumers worldwide,” said Daivd Tan, Managing Director & General Manager, Technology Solutions Group HP Philippines. “We currently observe how SAP customers are facing a daunting balancing act: the pressure to update and modernize while managing their own IT environments. We have a combined effort in helping customers gain agility and bigger returns on their SAP application investments while cutting down expenses of their SAP environments.”

In a related move, SAP named HP a strategic Global Technology Partner for SAP ERP 6.0 Upgrades. HP and SAP share a nearly two decade-long collaboration and HP is a global leader in SAP application installations.

“With HP as a strategic Global Technology Partner for SAP ERP 6.0 Upgrades, SAP and HP Services are working closely to accelerate the upgrades of our joint installed base customers,” said Martin Riedel, head of Global Upgrade Office, senior vice president, SAP AG. “Based on HP’s commitment, SAP will provide HP with access to SAP upgrade-related tools, access to key SAP experts in the SAP Upgrade Competency Centers, and will also invest in joint marketing programs with HP.”

New solutions from HP Services

New and enhanced HP Services offerings include:
*  HP Upgrade Services for SAP ERP 6.0 – A comprehensive suite of technical, functional and strategic upgrade services that accelerates the transition to an enterprise services-enabled environment based on SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver® technologies. These services enable customers to reduce maintenance costs, enhance efficiency of processes, increase flexibility and gain new functionality. Additional eSOA services from HP are available to accelerate business process and industry innovation through the use of SAP NetWeaver, Enterprise and Web Services, and Composite Applications.

*  HP Upgrade Factory for SAP Applications – A new globally consistent delivery model for “industrialized” technical upgrades, a collection of standardized processes, best practices, methodologies, tools and templates in combination with a balance of onshore/near shore/offshore experts. This model results in high-quality, faster, low-risk and cost-effective upgrades to the latest SAP technologies.

*  HP Application Outsourcing for SAP Applications – With these services, customers can choose to off-load SAP application management to HP. Based on structured service-level agreements, HP takes over SAP application management so customers can focus on their core business. For clients in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, this suite also includes the HP ERP Outsourcing Factory for SAP Applications, which offers operation of SAP applications using simple, pre-defined service blocks, hosted in an HP facility.

As an HP Application Services customer, Shanghai General Motors is leveraging HP’s rich experience in upgrading and managing SAP for global companies. “Shanghai GM partnered with HP as a trusted advisor due to the deep knowledge and understanding HP has of our business processes and requirements,” said Shi Yunxiang, IT senior manager, Shanghai GM. “HP’s best practices and expertise in SAP have already resulted in a successful IS-Auto project implementation, and we are expecting the same great results from HP with our new migration and upgrade projects.”

LG Chemicals, the largest chemical company in Korea, has experienced benefits in modernizing and managing their IT environment with HP and SAP. “This new capability brought by the solution from HP and SAP allows us to leverage new technology that effectively transforms our IT environments, creating scalable, cost-effective solutions that deliver demonstrable customer value all across Asia,” says Park Jinyoung, IT Manager, LG Chemicals.

New Integrity Reference Configurations for SAP Applications

The new Integrity Reference Configurations for SAP Applications are based on HP’s years of sizing and implementation experience. They incorporate HP Software capabilities such as HP Serviceguard Extensions for SAP applications, which provides increased security, availability and virtualization of a business’s SAP application infrastructure. The configurations are appropriate for implementations ranging from 300 to 2,400 users and are designed to meet mission-critical ERP requirements.

More information about the services and solutions announced above, as well as the HP and SAP collaboration, is available at http://www.hp.com/go/sap. More information about HP’s solutions and services for enterprises is available in an online press kit at http://www.hp.com/go/acceleratebusinessoutcomes.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2007 in HP

 

Symantec releases Norton 2008 products

Symantec Corp. recently launched Norton Internet Security 2008 and Norton AntiVirus 2008, two industry leading security solutions that have been enhanced to provide computer users comprehensive protection against new and emerging online threats.

Norton AntiVirus 2008 offers convenience, effectiveness, and speed to consumers who want to protect their computers from viruses, spyware, worms and other threats. Norton AntiVirus 2008 includes behavior-based protection technology that detects emerging spyware and viruses even before threat signatures are available as well as browser protection to ensure that malware on websites cannot load and execute. For greater home network security, Norton AntiVirus 2008 enables users to quickly see which computers and devices are connected to their home networks.

Norton Internet Security 2008 focuses on delivering protection with better performance and usability, all backed by integrated and automated support functionality. New Browser Defender technology defends against drive-by downloads and other new or unknown threats that exploit vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. New identity protection technology keeps confidential information safe, while performance and usability enhancements make security faster and easier than ever. New home network mapping feature checks the status of wireless network security, maps connected devices, and provides expert advice to help users manage network security settings.

Norton Internet Security 2008 includes antispyware, antivirus, antiphishing, rootkit detection and remediation, vulnerability protection, and firewall technologies. It also includes SONAR behavioral protection that detects threats even before signature-based definitions are available as well as browser protection to ensure that malware on websites cannot load and execute.

Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 2008 and Norton Internet Security 2008 are available for purchase through the Symantec online store at http://www.symantecstore.com/ph as well as various retail locations.

The suggested retail price of Norton AntiVirus 2008 is PhP1, 999.00 for a one PC license which includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates. Norton AntiVirus 2008 is also available in three-, five- and 10-user licenses for a suggested retail price of PhP2, 929.00, PhP5,289.00 and PhP10,909.00 respectively.

The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security 2008 is PhP2, 339.00 for a one PC license which includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates. Norton Internet Security 2008 is also available in three- and five-user and 10-user licenses for a suggested retail price of Php3, 219.00, PhP5,879.00 and PhP11,809.00 respectively.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2007 in Symantec

 

D-LINK unveils latest draft IEEE 802.11n series

D-Link International, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of network products, unveils their new member for Draft IEEE 802.11n Series — the D-Link wireless router DIR-615. DIR-615 provides a cost-effective solution based on the latest wireless technology, and offers increased security features for easier integration into an existing wireless network.

“Since launching our DIR-655 Draft N router last year, it has proven to be our most popular and best performing router amongst early adopters,” said Mr. George Wong, Marketing Director of D-Link International Pte. Ltd. “To encourage more consumers to adopt Draft N, we decided to introduce the DIR-615, our basic router in the Draft N series which provides a cost-effective solution with increased security features for integration into an existing wireless network, at an irresistible price tag. This, we believe, will further drive the adoption of the Draft N standard amongst consumers.”

Intelligent Antenna technology extends wireless range
Featuring D-Link’s latest Intelligent Antenna technology, the DIR-615 provides a stable wireless signal that is faster and covers a further distance than existing wireless 802.11g technology. It transmits multiple streams of data which enable it to receive wireless signals even in the farthest corners of a home. It is compliant with Wi-Fi Alliance Draft 2.0 and works with Windows Vista OS, and is ideal for users who want to experience the power of Draft N without incurring too much investment.

Increased Security Features
The DIR-615 supports the latest wireless security features such as WPA and WPA2 to ensure the best available encryption. It also supports WPS for easy and more secured setup, and utilises dual active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential attacks from across the Internet.

Convenient and Easy Setup
The DIR-615 can be easily configured using its web-based management interface, and can be used together with DWA-645, DWA-547, DWA-140 and DWA-142 (Draft N wireless adapter) to optimize the full benefit of Draft N technology.

The D-Link DIR-615 will become available in December through authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners. For more information , call Bridge Distribution, Inc. at 781-0581 or Uplink Information System, Inc. at 687-7221/7223. To find out more about D-Link and its other product offerings, check out http://www.dlink-intl.com.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2007 in D-Link

 

Lenovo Raises Energy-Efficiency Bar with Its Smallest, Quietest Desktop PC

Lenovo reinvigorated the desktop PC space today with the ThinkCentre A61e ultra slim small form factor desktop. As the company’s smallest, quietest and most energy-efficient desktop yet, it has a footprint the size of an average telephone book, whisper quiet performance and choices of energy -efficient, 45-watt AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual core and AMD Sempron™ single core processors, all at an affordable price tag starting at PhP27,497.

The ThinkCentre A61e desktop marks Lenovo’s first product with EPEAT Gold status, the highest designation a product can achieve in the ranking. Operated by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT ranks products on a variety of environmental attributes from energy efficiency to materials use to recyclability. Many organizations use this tool to help make purchasing decisions. Recognized for its environmental attributes, the ThinkCentre A61e desktop uses up to 90 percent reusable/recyclable materials as well as 90 percent recyclable packaging. It also can be powered by an optional solar panel from Advanced Energy Group.

The desktop surpasses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star® 4.0 criteria with its 85 percent efficient power supply. As the first desktop in the industry to run on energy-efficient AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual core and AMD Sempron™ single core processors, it can help users save up to 50 percent in energy costs annually over previous models. For example:

A user could save, on average, more than PhP899 a year in energy costs and the equivalent of the carbon dioxide emissions created by a 1200km flight (equivalent to two round-trip plane flights from Boston to New York)

A customer deploying as few as 50 desktops could expect to save more than PhP45,260 a year in energy costs alone. And it could help avoid more than 9,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.

A large enterprise deployment of 50,000 desktops could save more than PhP43.4 million in annual energy costs and cut more than 9 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.

“The importance of maximizing energy efficiency and being environmentally conscious is touching all aspects of our daily lives, from the light bulbs we use to light our homes to the hybrid cars we drive to the green technology we rely on to run our businesses,” said, Frank Luburic, Senior Manager – Desktop, Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence (COE), Lenovo. “Lenovo is committed to providing an extensive menu of environmentally-responsible, energy-efficient technology choices, and the ThinkCentre A61e desktop is our signature item. For the first time, a major PC vendor has combined small size and consistently quiet acoustics with a light weight, highly energy-efficient desktop offering at an affordable price.”

As energy prices rise, finding ways to control these variable costs through more efficient technology becomes increasingly important.

“Lenovo and AMD have a shared commitment to providing customers the most secure, innovative and energy-efficient computing experience that can exceed their unique business needs,” said Greg White, corporate vice president and general manager, Desktop Division, AMD (NYSE:AMD). “The Lenovo ThinkCentre A61e desktop is an exciting milestone in our relationship as both companies continue to collaborate to raise the bar for PC design and energy efficiency.”

A Smaller, More Nimble Desktop
According to IDC, the worldwide desktop market grew year-over-year by 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2007 with Lenovo growing 20.4 percent in this period.3 IDC forecasts worldwide shipments of the ultra small form factor desktop to grow by 52 percent from 2005 to 20104.

Taking up 25 percent less space than previous models and weighing just 3.6kgs, the ThinkCentre A61e ultra slim small form factor desktop fits the shrinking real estate in today’s work environment, making it an especially good fit for customers in education, medical and financial sectors. Not only smaller in size, the PC’s typical single, low-speed fan keeps it running cool for ultimate reliability and keeping it consistently quiet whether in idle mode or stretched to the maximum for peak performance.

The ThinkCentre A61e desktop follows Lenovo’s recent introduction of the ThinkCentre A61 desktop in tower form factor to equip enterprise users with leading technologies such as I/O port disablement for security, support for up to four monitors for data-intensive tasks and high energy efficiency by meeting the EPA® Energy Star 4.0 criteria.

Pricing and Availability
The ThinkCentre A61e and A61 desktops start at approximately PhP27,497 and are now through Business Partners and http://www.lenovo.com.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2007 in Lenovo