SAP sees lower margins for years to come as cloud transition bites

Published : 12:00 am  January 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  142 views  |  

Reuters: Europe’s largest software group SAP SE has cut key profit forecasts and abandoned a target for higher margins, saying its stepped-up push to deliver products via the cloud would dampen profitability until at least 2018. The German company is in industry race to deliver business planning software via cloud-based internet services, rather than as packaged software running on customers’ in-house computers. But it says this move will force it to backtrack on long-promised, oft-delayed margin gains that had been a big investor draw. SAP is battling alongside established US software makers such as Oracle, IBM and Microsoft to boost internet-based software sales and fend off pure cloud-based... 


Intel CEO outlines future of computing

Published : 12:00 am  January 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  162 views  |  

Plans to invest $ 300 m to encourage more diversity at Intel and within tech industry The Intel Corporation announced a number of technology advancements and initiatives at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas which was aimed at accelerating computing into the next dimension. The announcements included the Intel® Curie™ module, a button-sized hardware product for wearable solutions, new applications for Intel® RealSense™ cameras spanning robots, flying multi-copter drones and 3-D immersive experiences and a broad, new Diversity in Technology initiative, which includes a $ 300 million investment to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry... 


Global IT spending on pace to grow 2.4% in 2015: Gartner

Published : 12:00 am  January 21, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  393 views  |  

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.8 trillion in 2015, a 2.4% increase from 2014; however, this growth rate is down from earlier projections of 3.9%, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. The slower outlook for 2015 is largely attributed to the rising US dollar as well as a modest reduction in growth expectations for devices, IT services and telecom services. “The change in forecast is less dramatic than it might at first seem. The rising US dollar is chiefly responsible for the change — in constant currency terms the downward revision is only 0.1%,” said John-David Lovelock, Research Vice President at Gartner. “Stripping out the impact of exchange rate movements,... 


After Gmail blocked in China, Microsoft’s Outlook hacked, says GreatFire

Published : 12:00 am  January 21, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  219 views  |  

Reuters: Chinese users of Microsoft Corp’s Outlook email service were subject to a hacking attack at the weekend, just weeks after Google Inc’s Gmail system was blocked in China, an online censorship watchdog said on Monday. People using email clients like Outlook, Mozilla’s Thunderbird and apps on their phone with the SMTP and IMAP email protocols, which are used to send and receive messages, around Saturday were subject to a ‘man-in-the-middle’ (MITM) attack, said China-based GreatFire.org. A MITM attack hijacks an online connection to monitor and sometimes control communications made through that channel. Attacks and blocks on foreign internet services have become increasingly common... 


Meet your enemy!

Published : 12:00 am  January 21, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  249 views  |  

Pierre Noel, Chief Security Officer and Advisor for Microsoft Asia is veteran on Information Security and Enterprise Risk Management; with 30 years experience in the field. Noel who has designed and built complete Security and Enterprise Risk Management environments for governments, finance, transport and large conglomerate industries over the world, is currently involved in helping several nations in Asia to build their Cyber Security Infrastructure and framework from the ground up. He was recently invited to participate in a security forum organised by Sri Lanka Cert, a subsidiary of the ICTA and shared a case study published in the ‘Futures’ magazine, on how hackers use unethical means... 


Axienta develops sales force solutions specifically geared for telecom industry

Published : 12:00 am  January 21, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  354 views  |  

With the large number of technological developments propelling the enterprise mobility business worldwide to a double digit year on year growth business, Axienta a Sri Lankan software services company is certainly riding the right wave. Hutch CEO Thirukumar Nadarasa   Having cemented their dominance in the sales force automation landscape with an envious list of top tier clients mainly in FMCG and Pharma industry verticals, they turned their focus to the much challenging telco vertical two years ago In what is described as an ‘overcrowded’ market due to its fast-paced demand, the telecom industry in Sri Lanka has, under its umbrella a populace of 21 million necessitating its services... 


Apple sues Ericsson over LTE wireless telecom patents

Published : 12:00 am  January 16, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  631 views  |  

Reuters: Apple Inc sued Ericsson alleging that the Swedish company’s LTE wireless technology patents are not essential to industry cellular standards and that it is demanding excessive royalties for these patents. The iPhone maker said it has not infringed on the patents and does not owe royalties for them. Apple says that the mobile telecoms gear maker is seeking royalties for the LTE technology calculated as a percentage of the price of the entire smartphone or tablet. The royalties should be based on the value of the processor chip that includes the technology, Apple said in the lawsuit filed in a federal court in California. If Ericsson’s patents are deemed essential and the court rules... 


Samsung Elec says has no plan to acquire Blackberry

Published : 12:00 am  January 16, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  565 views  |  

Reuters: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that it had no plan to buy Canada’s Blackberry Ltd, denying a Reuters report on a takeover approach. “Media reports of the acquisition are groundless,” a Samsung spokeswoman told Reuters. Samsung recently offered to buy BlackBerry for as much as $ 7.5 billion, seeking its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters. Blackberry said in a statement that it had not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any purchase offer.  Read More →


Samsung Electronics launches Tizen smartphone in India

Published : 12:00 am  January 16, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  604 views  |  

Reuters: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has launched the first smartphone powered by its Tizen operating system, a major development in the tech giant’s aim to build a software ecosystem to rival Google Inc’s Android. The Z1 device went on sale in India in Wednesday for Rs. 5,700 ($ 92) each, targeting first-time smartphone buyers, the world’s No.1 smartphone maker said in a statement. The no-nonsense handset – one of Samsung’s cheapest – sports a 4-inch display, a plastic body and a simplified user interface. Hyun Chil Hong (R), president and chief executive of Samsung India Electronics, and Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi hold the Samsung’s new Z1 smartphones at its... 


99X Technology named winner at National Business Excellence Awards

Published : 12:00 am  January 16, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  776 views  |  

Triumphs with top accolade in ICT Services Sector 99X Technology Co-Founder and CEO Mano Sekaram accepting the award 2014 was a golden year for 99X Technology as it was recognised and lauded for numerous achievements in many spheres of work, and bringing the year to a fitting close, the company was declared winner in the ICT Services Sector at the National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) 2014, in acknowledgement of business excellence in the IT/BPM industry. The prestigious award is a tribute to 99X Technology’s admirable all-round performance in areas that include corporate governance, capacity building, performance management, global and local market reach, corporate social responsibility... 


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