Samadhan Launches Microsoft Dynamics Based ERP Solution for the Leather Sector

Samadhan has announced the formal launch of ‘Leather Export Samadhan’ on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, the ERP solution for the leather sector. This integrated solution has been especially designed for small and medium businesses in India and has been built on an internationally acclaimed ERP framework, Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This focused offering will allow the industry to be more competitive and meet increasing challenges successfully. This solution will help the industry help them meet delivery time line of customers and be in control of all processes in-house or outsourced.

“India’s share in the global exports is 2.2% occupying the 9th position and one of the major reasons for this is the backlog in terms of technology adoption. We focus our organizational energies on the practice of Microsoft Dynamics to create industry solutions—such as Leather export Samadhan—to address the unique needs of specific industries. I believe this solution will be a milestone in enabling the leather industry walk with sure footed steps towards efficiency, low wastage, predictable deliveries and happier customers,” said Manoj Tiwari, MD, Samadhan. “At Microsoft we strive to support and develop our partners into high-growth and successful businesses. Having achieved brilliant growth in the past few years, Samadhan clearly accentuates our partner-first ideology. The company has brought values to small and medium organizations using the innovative and flexible ERP framework of Microsoft Dynamics and has demonstrated a profound understanding of the market through local engagement. I am sure Leather Export Samadhan will make a huge difference to the way the leather industry operates,” said Subhomoy Sengupta, Group Director, Microsoft Dynamics. “I would like to congratulate Samadhan and Microsoft on this launch. The Indian leather industry is recognizing the need for technology adoption in order to catalyze their growth and become globally competitive. ERP is a very important tool in the whole business and I am sure our industry will benefit greatly from such offerings,” said M. Paresh Rajda, Regional Chairman, Council for Leather Exports, Eastern Region. “I chose Microsoft Dynamics ERP because it is comprehensive in functionality coverage yet easy-to- use given familiar MS Office like interface. I have been extremely happy with the knowledge, skill, and supportive attitude of Samadhan team and will strongly recommend them to other fellow members from leather industry,” said Gautam Rajda, Director, Rajda Industries and Exports Pvt. Ltd.

“Technology is an imperative for all business today, however big or small. I would like to thank Samadhan and Microsoft for their efforts in making small and midsized organization like mine to become competitive,” said Mr. P K Guha, Managing Director, Hicare Plastics Pvt. Limited. “I am very happy with the solution and use it on a day to day basis to keep full control on my business and monitor the health of my company by using only 4 key reports, designed to our exacting requirements by Samadhan. We believe with world class solutions we will be able to gear up for future challenges and accelerate our growth through innovation.” The Assistant Director of Council for Leather Exports, Mr. D. K. Acharya, explained the possibility of IDLS benefits up to 30% of the ERP investments can be availed of by the leather units. The Leather Cluster Manager of EDI announced that SIDBI will be in a position to give an assistance of Rs 50000.00 each to units who successfully implement ERP solution in their units by 31st March 2010. Bogus News on Facebook with Fabricated Quotes Fuelled the Flames IT security and control firm, Sophos, warn that more than one million Facebook users are believed to have fallen for a hoax claiming that the popular website will close its doors on March 15th. A bogus news story, published by the "Weekly World News", said that Mark Zuckerberg had told reports that "managing [Facebook] has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness." In a panic, Facebook users have spread the story far and wide across the internet. Although Facebook debunked the hoax via its Twitter account late on Sunday, users continue to pass the bogus messages onto their online friends. Sophos has made a video demonstrating the scale of the hoax's impact, and debunking the myth that the site will cease to be on the Ides of MarchThe "Weekly World News" article went on to quote another company official, Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook, as saying "After March 15th the whole website shuts down. So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won't be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business." Sophos believes that many people would not believe the report, which comes from a newspaper that has previously reported George Clooney is running for president and that alien spacecrafts will visit earth in 2011. However, it only takes a small proportion of people to think it might be possible to turn a joke of a news story into an internet hoax."I certainly wouldn't disagree that users would be wise to have their own backup of their photographs, rather than rely on Facebook - but it's nothing more than a scare to suggest to people that they have to do it before March15th because Facebook is going to close down," explained Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos. "There's an important lesson here -don't believe everything you read on the internet, and think twice before you pass a story on to your friends."

Although a hoax is not as serious as malware worming its way between users and stealing information, it's still a nuisance, clogging up communications, increasing the overall level of spam and perhaps leading people to make decisions for the wrong reasons.

Jabra Launches Two New Hands-Free Jabra, has announced two new offerings Cruiser 2 and WAVE, thus extending the company’s leadership position in the Indian hands free market. Speaking on the announcement Jonathan Tang, APAC Managing Director of Jabra Mobile Business said: “We now offer a full portfolio of hands-free products and look forward to continuing to help grow the market as consumers become more informed about the benefits of hands-free solutions. The Jabra CRUISER2, the next generation of the critically acclaimed CRUISER in-car speakerphone, builds on Jabra’s extensive experience developing easy-to-use products that enhance users’ everyday lifestyle and the Jabra WAVE will offer even greater comfort as these behind-the-ear legacy products, with a thinner, sleeker design.” Jabra CRUISER2 is looking to provide a “no excuses” approach to hands-free driving in an effort to change consumer behavior. With ease-of-use in mind, Jabra CRUISER2 has several new features that set it apart from other in-car speakerphones including Caller ID – the speakerphone will tell you who is calling, exactly how you have the caller programmed into your mobile phone (for example, “Mom calling” or “Martin Work calling”) - and Voice Guidance to both guide users through the set-up process and to clearly tell you connectivity status and low battery levels. In addition, the FM Transmitter gives the ability to transmit and play MP3s from a mobile device to the car’s stereo system via the in-car speakerphone. With Noise Blackout technology that reduces ambient sound without comprising voice quality, the Jabra CRUISER2 features strategically placed microphones that are able to distinguish between background noise and the caller’s voice, ensuring optimized audio without distracting noise from other passengers or outside traffic. Both Jabra WAVE and Cruiser2 can be connected to up to two devices at the same time via Multiuse technology, allowing users to transition seamlessly between multiple phones, or even internet calls if connected to a Bluetooth enabled PC. Voice guidance takes the guesswork out of operating a headset or in-car speakerphone by notifying users of the crucial status updates, such as connectivity and low battery. Jabra Cruiser2 is available in the India market at the price of Rs. 5999 and Jabra Wave is available in the Indian market at the price of Rs. 3899

Data Centers Get New Consolidation Box Solution The Indian data center market is projected to touch $1.1 billion by 2015. This creates a huge requirement for cabling solutions. To satisfy this need, Swiss cabling specialist R&M has developed a new subfloor cabling solution for data centers. The R&M Floor / Consolidation Box solution serves as an intermediate distributor in double floors in zone distribution and storage areas. It reduces patch panels in the racks or cabinets, freeing up space there for active components. The new advance is an aid in increasing the equipment density in computer rooms and in quickly building up high performance networks using 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet. As many as 288 fiber-optic or copper cable terminations fit into one unit. It is also suitable for combining the two media. R&M markets 19" patch panels from its own range of data center products for configuration. Up to six patch panels can be incorporated in the raised floor solution. R&M has planning aids to help cabling projects run more smoothly and preterminates factory-inspected assembly kits that are delivered just in time. The R&M Floor / Consolidation box solution consists of a steel box that is inserted seamlessly into the 600 x 600 millimeter grid of raised floors. It is fastened to supports in the raised floor and connected to cable runs in a quick installation procedure. For example, each distributor cabinet or row of cabinets can be assigned one box. The subfloor design meets the requirements in international standards for structured cabling in data centers: TIA 942, IEC 24764 and EN 50173-5. Gaurav Ahluwalia, Managing Director of R&M India says, "The new floor / consolidation box Solution is developed keeping in mind the requirement of new age data centers. This platform enables increased productivity of the data center. The significance of this platform is that the surface area of the data center need not be increased." Besides applications in data centers, the R&M raised floor solution can also be used in offices, control stands, command centers, clinics, surveillance or monitoring centers, on the trading floor of stock exchanges and in other similar settings. Cisco Intros New Catalyst Switch Family Cisco has introduced the Cisco Catalyst 3560-C and Catalyst 2960-C Compact Series (C-Series) Switches, expanding the Borderless Networks portfolio’s ability to deliver highly secure, cost-effective network connectivity and power outside the wiring closet. The new switches are designed for locations that pose unique wiring, space or power challenges. The new Cisco C-Series Switches illustrate Cisco’s commitment to solve unique customer challenges even in the most nontraditional of networking environments, as networks’ expand their reach and scope.

Cisco C-Series Switches are compact versions of the Cisco Catalyst 3560-X Series and 2960-S Series, with the same functionality, OS and management capabilities as their wiring-closet brethren, and are roughly half the size of an Xbox console. Cisco C-Series Switches enable the deployment of highly secure advanced customer services, including unified communications, wireless access, IP video and other applications in wiring-, space-, and power-constrained environments. With Cisco’s pass-through Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability, the C-Series Switches eliminate the need for access to power outlets and dramatically reduce cabling complexities and overall infrastructure requirements. According to the press release, Cisco’s Industrial Ethernet 3000 and 3010 Series Switches provide much-needed connectivity in harsh manufacturing environments, such as those subject to extreme temperature fluctuations, vibrations, and other challenging conditions, so the Cisco Catalyst C-Series Switches are designed to enable the agile delivery of network services in environments where unique wiring challenges would otherwise require the disruption of regular business operations. Such environments include those in: retail ,education, health care, hospitality/entertainment, offices. Dramatically reduces cabling costs. C-Series Switches eliminate the need for expensive individual cable drops for network endpoints and the wiring complexities of running cables to locations far from the wiring closet — for example, check-out kiosks at the front of a big-box store. The Cisco Catalyst C-Series switches are on display this week in the Cisco booth (2529) at the National Retail Federation's 100th Annual Convention & Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City this week. Rob Soderbery, senior vice president and general manager, Ethernet Switching Technology Group, Cisco, “The C-Series Switches exemplify the customer-driven innovation that Cisco is known for. Today’s organizations are packing more networked devices into more challenging environments; from hospitality to health care, new business needs are driving new requirements for the access network. The C-Series Switches are powerful compact managed switches that provide all the Borderless Networks capabilities and benefits found in Cisco’s enterprise-class Catalyst 2960 and 3560 Series Switches.” Intel Atom based Smartphone to Hit Market in Q3’11 Taking another step towards mobility, Intel has announced its System on Chip based on Atom processors for the smart phone code named Tunnel Creek in recent past. Intel processor based Smart phones are scheduled to be launched at second half of this year.

While talking to IT VAR News, Rajesh Gupta, Director, Sales and Marketing Group , India, Intel said, “Intel has made Atom processor based System on Chip for smart phones . Battery backup and performance are two important features of a smart phone. System on Chip ensures reduced power consumption.” “Three major known brands will launch Intel SoC based smart phones this year It will also be available as a building block for theassemblers.OEM too will be able to develop products around it, ” added he.