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SAP Announces Strong Growth in Asia Pacific

SAP’s operations in the Asia Pacific region continued its strong forward momentum in the third quarter of 2007, with client wins averaging to eight new customers each day in yet another quarter of double-digit growth across the region.

Year-to-date, SAP Asia Pacific Japan has been the company’s fastest growing region, with 26 percent software revenue growth (in constant currency) compared with the previous comparable period. Total revenues for the third quarter in Asia Pacific grew 20 percent year-on-year (in constant currency) to €318 million. SAP Asia Pacific Japan refers to the company’s operations in Asia, including Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

“SAP Asia Pacific Japan has had a tremendous year so far,” said Geraldine McBride, President and CEO, SAP Asia Pacific Japan. “The signing of 539 new customers is a testament to the strength of our offerings and the quality of our people in the region. “Our customers are strongly motivated to grow their business and want to derive real value from the systems they implement – SAP directly addresses those needs by offering the best value products, developed and implemented by a very talented global team,” said McBride.

SAP Asia Pacific Japan’s growth can be attributed to the consistent performance its offices across the region, including that of its Philippine office, which landed key customer wins such as SEAIR, Air21, Sta. Lucia, Alaska Milk Corporation and Norkis throughout the year, and closed out Q3 by securing Honda Cars Makati. With the continued high adoption of SAP Business One particularly in Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro, SAP Philippines looks forward to increasing its provincial customer base further with the help of its implementation partners.

SAP Philippines reports a large increase in its SME customer base, as with the entire regional operations of SAP.

“Key to our success has been the continued embrace of SAP by fast-growing small and midsize enterprise organizations, all keen to compete globally. More than half of all new signings in the region are SME customers,” said McBride.

SAP’s global SME business contributes 31 percent of SAP’s worldwide total order entry on a rolling four quarter basis. SAP’s global goal of 100,000 customers by 2010 will be underpinned by the SAP Asia Pacific Japan commitment to triple its small and midsize enterprise (SME) customer base.

SAP’s indirect channel partners also continued to play a major part in the region’s success this quarter. Building on its commitment to empower small and midsize customers with new ways to leverage software for profitable business growth, SAP worked with its partners to roll out 16 new additions to the portfolio of qualified SAP® Business All-in-One solutions in Q3. SAP’s Powered by NetWeaver ISV partner ecosystem has continued to grow to more than 150 members. Working with SAP, they have already delivered close to 180 certified applications available for sale worldwide.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2007 in SAP

 

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results

AMD reported third quarter 2007 revenue of $1.632 billion or an 18% increase compared to the second quarter of 2007 and a 23% raise compared to the third quarter of 2006 [1]. The third quarter also indicates AMD’s operating loss of $226 million, and a net loss of $396 million, or $0.71 per share. Third quarter bears a negative impact of $120 million, or $0.22 per share, due to ATI acquisition-related, integration and severance charges and impairment of assets.

“We are encouraged by the progress we made in our third quarter financial results. We delivered a strong revenue increase, gained 8 percentage points of gross margin and reduced our operating loss by more than half,” said Robert J. Rivet, AMD’s Chief Financial Officer. “We sold a record number of microprocessors through our distribution channel and began revenue shipments of Quad-core AMD Opteron™ processors in the quarter.

“Graphics segment revenue increased 29 percent sequentially, as customers increasingly adopted AMD’s new ATI Radeon HD™ 2000 series of graphics processors.”

Third quarter charges of $120 million consisted of ATI acquisition-related, integration and severance charges of $78 million and asset impairments of $42 million associated with our ownership of Spansion, Inc. common stock.

Third quarter 2007 gross margin was 41 percent, compared to 33 percent in the second quarter of 2007 and 51 percent in the third quarter of 2006. The increase from the prior quarter was due to increased microprocessor unit shipments, manufacturing efficiencies, improved inventory management, and a richer product mix in the Computing Solutions and Graphics segments.

Computing Solutions
Third quarter Computing Solutions segment revenue was $1.283 billion, a 17 percent sequential increase. The increase was driven primarily by a 19 percent increase in microprocessor revenue. Microprocessor unit shipments increased 16 percent sequentially. Mobile processor unit shipment growth remained strong, increasing 41 percent sequentially and 68 percent year-over-year.

Graphics
Graphics segment revenue of $252 million grew 29 percent from the second quarter of 2007. The success of the new ATI Radeon HD 2000 series of graphics processors led to increased unit shipments and revenue.

Consumer Electronics
Third quarter Consumer Electronics segment revenue was $97 million, compared with $85 million in the second quarter of 2007 driven by improved handheld unit sales and increased game console royalties.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2007 in AMD

 

SMART, technology partners receive global awards for breakthrough mobile ad services

In a sign of the expanding role of mobile phones in the Philippine marketing scene, leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and its technology partner Zad Mobile, Inc. received Tuesday an innovation award for mobile advertising from the GSM Association (GSMA).

At the Mobile Asia Congress held here this week, the “1-in-5 Panalo” promo that SMART had recently implemented for the global cola brand Pepsi was awarded Best Mobile Advertising in the GSMA’s inaugural Asia Mobile Awards 2007.

The mobile multimedia platform Mercury™, developed by another SMART technology partner, Netherlands-based 3ple-Media, was also awarded by the GSMA as the Most Innovative Carrier Infrastructure, another category in the association’s Asia Mobile Innovation Awards.

The GSMA is the global trade association for mobile operators, and its citations are considered the Oscars of the mobile communications industry.

Done together with US-based Zad Mobile, the Pepsi promo was one the most successful promo campaigns for the cola brand, and put the country in the international spotlight as an emerging hotbed for mobile advertising in Asia.

“We are of course very happy and deeply honored, and we thank the GSMA for this award – the third from the GSMA for Smart after Smart Money and Smart Load,” said SMART president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno.

“This international award highlights the huge potential for innovation that mobile phones offer to the advertising community in the Philippines,” said Danilo J. Mojica, SMART’s head for Wireless Consumer Division.

“Pepsi emphasizes pushing the boundaries of teen-relevant technology. Our partnership with SMART has opened many doors to reaching our consumers and building a strong affinity with them on a real-time basis,” said Maricelle Narciso, Marketing Director for Food and Beverages of the Philippine Branch of Pepsico, Inc.

Global, award-winning technologies
According to the GSMA, the new Asia Mobile Awards were created “as a platform to showcase leadership and diversity for mobile content, products and services across Asia. A specialist panel of independent analysts, journalists, and industry experts, judged the winners. The Asia Mobile Awards are open to operators, vendors and the broad value chain from across the mobile industry that provide products and services that are commercially available in at least one Asian market.”
“We are delighted with this year’s Asian Mobile Awards – they recognize the sheer pace of progress that’s been made right across the region’s mobile communication market. Our congratulations to the winners and nominees and our thanks to everyone who participated,” said Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association.

According to the GSMA, the Asia Mobile Innovation Awards were created by the GSMA “as part of its Mobile Innovation Programme to encourage breakthrough technology, applications and services in the mobile industry by bringing together small and medium-sized companies developing innovative mobile products, industry investors and mobile operators.”

Jumpstarting mobile advertising
With mobile advertising predicted to explode into a billion-dollar global industry in just a few years, SMART had partnered with Zad Mobile and 3ple-Media and invested in award-winning, state-of-the-art systems that are expected to drive the company’s mobile advertising efforts. SMART’s moves are geared toward jumpstarting the development of mobile advertising in the country.

From 3ple-Media, SMART had acquired Mercury™, a fast, robust, and high-performing technology that allows the cellular operator to harness the richness of multimedia messaging as a compelling tool in the delivery of mobile ads.

Through the Zad Mobile Advertising Platform (ZMAP), SMART subscribers will receive only the ads that are meaningful, relevant, and interesting to them. It provides value and incentives in exchange for their participation. Most importantly, it assures subscribers of privacy and complete control over the choice whether to receive advertisements or not.

To advertisers, what this means is a much greater depth of consumer engagement via the mobile phone – a very personal device to more than 50 million actively subscribed mobile users in the Philippines – enabling them to talk to the right people in the right way.

Offering convergence and synergy
“We are working closely with the GSMA to help develop metrics, standards, and best practices for mobile advertising. We look to this with great excitement, because simply put, that device in your hands now is the convergence of advertising,” added Mr. Mojica of SMART.

“Operators and advertisers worldwide are taking a closer look at mobile advertising and SMART intends to lead in this area”, Nazareno said., “Given SMART’s leading position, we will provide the advertising community new tools that can complement very well campaigns implemented in the traditional media. At the same time, we will put in place policies that protect first and foremost the interests of our subscribers.”

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2007 in Smart Communications

 

Fake, Refill Inks print less, More Expensive

Hewlett-Packard has announced the findings of its first- cartridge yield and reliability study for Asia Pacific. Conducted by leading technical test organization TÜV SÜD PSB, the findings quantitatively show that on average Original HP Inkjet Print Cartridges produce over twice as many pages (106.6% more) compared to Asia Pacific brands of remanufactured and refilled ink cartridges tested.

With regards to reliability, the findings revealed that more than one in four (25.7%) cartridges from Asia Pacific brands of remanufactured and refilled cartridges tested were found dead on arrival (DOA) or failed prematurely, compared to Original HP Cartridges that had no such reliability issues during testing.

Refilled ink cartridges were found to have reliability and yield issues. In the tests, on average Original HP Inkjet Print Cartridges produced almost two and a half times as many pages (146.7% more) than refilled cartridges which were also found to have an extremely high failure rate. A third of them (33.2%) were either dead on arrival or failed prematurely.

“Ink cartridge consumers across the Asia Pacific are unaware of the issues in reliability when printing with remanufactured and refilled cartridges, and HP has long been concerned with this. We commissioned the study to expose the concealed real costs involved to aid consumers have a more informed choice,” said Neel Pillai, Marketing Manager for Supplies Category, Imaging and Printing Group, HP Asia Pacific. “Customers’ time and money bear the impact from high failure rates of remanufactured and refilled cartridges. These failures also cause a lot of frustration and might also lead to expensive long-term printer.”

“TÜV SÜD PSB is the first company in Asia Pacific to conduct such a comprehensive remanufactured and refilled ink cartridge test on behalf of HP,” said Mr. Tan Lee Heng, Assistant Vice President of Testing Services, TÜV SÜD PSB. “From the test findings, we note that original HP inkjet cartridges, on the average, produced 106.6% more pages compared to refill brands tested, and 59.8% more pages compared to branded remanufactured cartridges.”

From February to June 2007, HP commissioned TÜV SÜD PSB to conduct a study to evaluate the page yield and reliability of HP branded inkjet cartridges versus 14 brands of remanufactured or refilled cartridges from the Asia Pacific region. The 14 brands of cartridges were selected based on sales and usage in the region and sourced from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea and the Philippines. The study was completed in June 2007.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2007 in HP

 

New Lenovo ThinkStation Brand Wins in Fast Lane with the AT&T Williams Formula One Team

Lenovo partnered with the AT&T Williams Formula One team today to launch the new ThinkStation brand – a powerful new entry in the workstation PC marketplace that extends the company’s 15-year-old Think product lineup.

ThinkStation marks more than ten years since a major PC vendor has entered the workstation market 1. As the first new Think brand introduced in more than five years, t he ThinkStation S10 and D10 workstations offer the ultimate performance and reliability for professionals in the most demanding data and graphics intensive environments, such as computer aided design/engineering, digital content creation, oil and gas exploration and electronic design automation. These workstations further extend Lenovo’s portfolio in the professional computing space.

The workstations are based on the upcoming Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 series and Intel® Core™2 Extreme processors, the first processors based on new 45-nanometer manufacturing process that nearly doubles the density of transistors on the chips for new levels of energy-efficient performance.

Two organizations highly dependent upon using the latest technologies, the NBA and the AT&T Williams team, are evaluating the workstations for integration into their operations.

“We run our motorsports business like our cars – fast, accurate and innovative,” said Alex Burns, chief operating officer, Williams F1. “We’ve relied on Lenovo to diagnose, repair and push the limit on racing performance. In an ongoing battle to be next in the victory lane, Lenovo’s new ThinkStation workstations are helping change the way our engineers work with faster interaction and design simulation to produce the next winning car.”

Workstation Designed for Maximum Performance and Usability
The ThinkStation dual processor D10 and single processor S10 workstations offer the fastest Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 series and Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor QX9650, respectively, large hard drives and the latest graphics solutions from NVIDIA. They also come equipped with fast connectivity with dual Gigabit Ethernet and multiple slots, bays and USB ports for expandability.

“Lenovo designed the ThinkStation to be the highest performance, highest quality workstation, delivering an unparalled experience for professional users who work in graphically and computationally intensive environments where a standard desktop PC isn’t enough,” said Chris Kelly, Workstation Director, Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence, Lenovo. “Not only do the Lenovo workstations provide excellent performance and industry-leading acoustics, our environmentally responsible, user-centric design helps to increase productivity even more.”

Lenovo is collaborating with leading independent software vendors to obtain the certifications that ensure seamless hardware and software interaction. Lenovo will offer a variety of storage, graphics adapters, memory and rail kits for the workstations.

“Together with Lenovo, we examined the types of applications that will be running in customer environments and the type of work being performed,” said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel. “To meet the needs of these data-rich environments, Lenovo is using the fastest Intel processors to deliver more efficiency, speed, memory and throughput. This technology helps customers work differently, allowing them to run multiple tasks simultaneously instead of working in a serial fashion. This allows them to do more, faster. ”

Beyond the high-performance focus, Lenovo designed the workstations with the environment in mind by offering models complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® 4.0 requirements to help users manage energy usage and costs. The workstations feature 80 percent efficient power supplies. Additionally, they contain more than 50 percent recycled plastics content.

The workstations also incorporate usability along with cutting-edge performance. Lenovo’s user-centric design includes a removable top handle for moving the workstation easily in a variety of work environments as well as a side cover latch for easy access to the system. The workstation also includes illuminated front I/O ports to help users work more easily in multiple system and low light conditions. For a cool and quiet experience, Lenovo designed a unique dual channel thermal system that pulls outside air over the processors providing the workstations with the acoustics equivalent to Lenovo’s standard desktop PC.

To help increase user productivity and reduce system downtime, the workstations come equipped with a range of ThinkVantage Technologies including Rescue and Recovery, Client Security System and Image Ultra Builder. These unique productivity tools help reduce the total cost of system ownership.

Pricing and Availability
The ThinkStation workstations will be available in January 2008 through Business Partners and http://www.lenovo.com. The ThinkStation S10 will start at approximately PhP45,000 and the ThinkStation D10 desktop will start at approximately PhP72,000.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2007 in Lenovo

 

ViewSonic launches new CASA LCD series from 17’’w to 22”w

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual display products, launches its latest CASA series of LCDs from 17’’ to 22’’ with innovative DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio) technology, which enhances LCD contrast ratio by up to 2000:1. ViewSonic’s new CASA series LCDs include the 17-inch VA1716w, 19-inch VA916 and VA926, 19-inch VA1916w and VA1926w, 20-inch VA2016w and VA2026w, and the 22-inch VA2216w and VA2226w, which are all certificated with Windows Vista .

With these new displays, ViewSonic is now able to provide one of the most comprehensive LCD monitor product lines with affordable pricing and innovative technology to satisfy every PC user’s needs.

Alan Chang, the Managing Director of ViewSonic Asia Pacific region, says “As the leading LCD provider in the market, ViewSonic strives to provide only the most innovative LCDs. With the launch of our CASA series LCDs from 17-inch to 22-inch widescreen displays, we hope to provide price-friendly products with 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. We also expect this series to enable users to easily experience ViewSonic LCDs’ high quality performance.”

ViewSonic CASA series LCDs feature DCR (Dynamic Contrast Ratio) technology, which can automatically detect image signal and intelligently control backlight brightness to make the black “blacker” in a dark scene, and the white “whiter” in a bright environment. One primary advantage of DCR technology is it intelligently controls LCD panel backlight. When an image is viewed in a dark room, the drawback is that a dark scene that does not contain small areas of superbright light may get blown out. By intelligently modulating the backlights, a user gets to experience lower black levels while watching darker movies or video games. This provides for a better user experience, and overall front of screen performance.

A second advantage of DCR technology is its power-saving feature. With DCR automatically detecting image source then adjusting LCD panel back light, back light power consumption therefore differs in back light usage. Compared to conventional LCDs, whose backlight is usually always on, the voltage in LCDs with DCR technology becomes more flexible based on its contrast ratio.

Finally, the ViewSonic CASA series LCDs can provide faster response time with ClearMotiv II technology while still demonstrating smooth video performance and delivering broadcast-quality, fast-action video for gaming, entertainment and graphics-intensive applications.

The VA1716w is ViewSonic’s 17’’ widescreen LCD with a stylish slim-bezel design enhanced by a contrast ratio of up to 2000:1 and with 5 millisecond response time. For conventional 19’’ LCD users, ViewSonic has the VA916 (non-DVI) and the VA926 with 5 millisecond response time. Both the VA2016w (non-DVI) and the VA2026w are 20’’ widescreen LCDs that feature a 5 millisecond response time. Also, the new ViewSonic series includes 22’’ widescreen LCDs, the VA2216w (non-DVI) and the VA2226w.

With these comprehensive widescreen LCD monitor product offerings, end-users now have a choice as to the most suitable LCD to fit their needs. More importantly, ViewSonic’s newest LCD series only offer the best price/performance in LCDs, so they should always be your first choice.

The CASA LCD models will be available soon through ViewSonic’s authorized distribution outlets, with the VA2026 now available at a suggested retail price (SRP) of P13,570 while the VA2226 costs P15,870. For pricing and other information about these products, call Innovista Technologies at 723-4273. To find out more about ViewSonic and its various other products, you can also check out http://www.viewsonic.com.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2007 in Viewsonic

 

New D-Link switch range to relieve network of traffic

D-Link International announced the launch of a series of high port density Layer 3 chassis switches aimed at providing enterprises with a complete core switching solution. Featuring the most complete Layer 3 solution, the D-Link DES-7206 and DES-7210 switches are next generation switches that provide businesses with IPV6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) core routing, high density, high redundancy and reliability.

Effective routing capabilities
The DES-7200 series chassis switches offer Layer 3 routing and forwarding to relieve the network of unnecessary traffic, with six slots in the DES-7206 and ten vertical slots in the DES-7210. Comprehensive enterprise routing features such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and a complete set of Spanning Tree Protocols are included.

The DES-7200 series also features integrated QoS, which prioritises transmission for bandwidth intensive applications and is an important feature when handling VOIP calls and image transmission from IP cameras.

Control and optimize bandwidth performance
Comprehensive management options such as Calling Line Identification (CLI), Telnet, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Remote Network Monitoring (RMON) are also included while integrated bandwidth control feature allows administrators to control the bandwidth being used.

Coupled with extensive VLAN support, including GARP/GVRP (Generic Attribute Registration Protocol/ GARP VLAN Registration Protocol) and Class of Service (CoS), traffic control and performance can be enhanced. The built-in Broadcast Storm control helps reduce the damage of a virus attack.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2007 in D-Link

 

Free iPHONE from GMASK!

e the first in the Philippines to own an EXCLUSIVE GMASKED iPHONE ….FOR FREE! Starting on Nov 15 to Jan 31, 2008, Gmask Philippines will be conducting a raffle to give away one (1) specially-wrapped iPhone to a lucky customer with his choice of design . The brand new iPhone comes in the 8Gb version all the way from USA.

There is no added cost to join the raffle. Each customer will get a raffle coupon for every gadget he Gmasks during the promo period. By first week of Feb, just in time for Valentine’s day, one lucky customer will get to bring home the iPhone and be one of the few to own it ahead of its official launch in Asia.

“A Gmasked iPhone is protected from unwanted scratches and is a lot more vibrant with its exclusive designs,” said Eric Chao, Marketing Manager of Gmask Phils. “Hundreds of iPod Touch owners had also clamored for the Gmasking of their gadgets to keep them neat and hip.”

Join in the fun! GMASK your gadget and be the LUCKY WINNER OF iPHONE

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2007 in Technology