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Taha Khalifa to manage Intel's channels in the region

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Intel recently announced that Eng. Taha Khalifa has promoted as Sales Manager, Intel Reseller Channel Organization for the Middle East and North Africa region. Currently, Taha has been serving as the Country Manager for Egypt and the new role would see him relocate himself to Dubai starting August 2011. Taha joined Intel in 1995 and has spent 11 years with Intel US where he assumed several senior engineering, marketing, and management positions in the Intel Architecture Group and the Software Services Group.

Federal Foods drives competitive advantage with SAP

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In order to drive significant competitive advantage and ensure best practice across the organisation, Federal Foods LLC has announced it will implement SAP ERP business solutions software. As a leading food products marketing and distribution company in the GCC, Federal Foods with head office based in Dubai, caters to the full spectrum of retail, food services and wholesale sectors. To compete with the fast moving landscape of the food and beverage industry, the implementation of SAP ERP will optimise the business in seven key areas: financial accounting, cost controlling, human resources, plant maintenance, sales and distribution, materials management and business warehousing.

Omnix International targets big

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Omnix International today announced that it is on track to reach its goal of AED 500 million in total revenue for the fiscal year 2011, which covers the period of January to December 2011. The company has also expressed confidence in keying in 40 per cent growth this year with the roll out of the latest range of Autodesk Infrastructure Suite of solutions in the Middle East market. The announcement was made during the roadshows held recently at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The roadshows are part of the company’s recent move to introduce its integrated package of new BIM based software, which includes the 2012 editions of AutoCAD, Autodesk Navisworks and Autodesk Revit Architecture, Structure and MEP.

Epicor enters in strategic partnership with HCL Technologies

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Epicor and HCL Technologies recently announced a services partnership to meet the growing demand for the award-winning next-generation Epicor 9 enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. The partnership expands HCL’s presence in the broader midmarket segment while bringing effective global implementation and services capabilities to Epicor’s existing and new ERP suite customers. Under this partnership, HCL will expand overall Epicor services capacity, helping meet the demand for services and speeding the implementation for Epicor's ERP customers. The demand for implementation services is strong with close to 400 customers worldwide live on Epicor 9 ERP and a further 1 , 500 projects in process having been shipped to more than 2 , 100 businesses in 60 countries, including shipments to over 900 new customers.

Seagate joins forces with Redington Gulf

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Seagate Technology partnered with Redington Gulf to distribute its award-winning portfolio of retail products in the region. Redington Gulf will distribute Seagate's GoFlex and Expansion ranges of external hard drives and the company's BlackArmor network attached storage solutions for small and medium enterprises across the region. Sofocles Socratous, Sales Director for the Middle East, Seagate said, "Teaming up with a distributor as well-entrenched as Redington Gulf is a strategic move in this high growth market. Redington's strong business relationships, its in-country infrastructure and its impressive network of offices and warehouses will help strengthen our reach within the Middle East. The continued growth in demand for digital storage by consumers and businesses, presents a significant window of opportunity for us. This partnership is a great fit given Redington's experience of successfully working with global technology brands."

Xerox Emirates in alliance with Tuqnia

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Xerox Emirates today announced the appointment of Tuqnia as a business partner to sell Xerox products, services and consumables. Tuqnia is a systems integrator offering a range of solutions from world leading technology brands including Dell, Microsoft, Juniper, EMC, Symantec and Cisco to name a few. The partnership alliance between Xerox Emirates and Tuqnia will provide their customers in the UAE with the widest selection of products and service offerings.

New Logitech HD Webcam to shoot video

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Logitech launched its new portable Logitech HD Webcam C615 for easy video calling and HD recording on the go compatible for both PC or a Mac. The webcam’s fold-and-go design, coupled with autofocus capabilities and a 360-degree swivel rotation, expands the possibilities of what you can capture in full HD video anytime, anywhere. Logitech C615 can make video calls in HD 720p on Skype, FaceTime for Mac, Logitech Vid HD and Windows Live Messenger, as well as video calls on Yahoo! Messenger, iChat, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and other popular instant messaging applications. It also includes one-click HD video and photo upload to Facebook, as well as HD video upload to YouTube and Twitter, so you can share your video recordings. The webcam comes with a 90 cm USB cable with an extender, and has a tripod-ready designto easily capture video from any vantage point.

KSA software piracy cost US$414 million – report

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The Global Software Piracy Study conducted by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the world advocate for the software industry, in partnership with International Data Corporation (IDC), covered 116 countries, and revealed that commercial losses caused by software piracy in the Kingdom increased from $304 million in 2009 to $414 million in 2010. The study underscored the reality of software piracy in KSA during a time when many emerging markets are making concerted efforts to tackle software piracy. The study found that software piracy in developing nations was 2.5 times higher than in developed markets, and the total worldwide commercial value of pirated software in 2010 was US$59 billion, nearly double when the first study was conducted in 2003.

help AG partners Palo Alto in the region

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help AG, leading information security consultants awarded as the region’s first Support Service Partner for Palo Alto Networks, the network security company. help AG which has been working with Palo Alto Networks since January 2010, currently has the highest number of Palo Alto Networks certified engineers in the entire Middle East region. This partnership with Palo Alto Networks defines help AG as a single point of contact for enterprise customers. help AG’s Palo Alto Networks-certified and hands-on experienced, technical consultants will be providing 24-hour, 7 days a week, local advanced support services under the service level agreement (SLA) through phone, email and onsite support services.

Schneider powers STC data centre

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Schneider Electric announced the successful installation of first Tier IV data centre with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in Saudi Arabia. STC has always been a front runner in keeping pace with the emerging technologies in the telecommunications sector to satisfy the ever growing needs of their customers. Its goal has always been to provide the highest quality service at affordable prices. This strong commitment for customer satisfaction ensures that they are up-to-date with advances in technology. This prompted their decision to go for a Tier IV technology-led data centre.

NETGEAR emerges as global leader in NAS segment

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NETGEAR has been ranked as a global leader in the Network-Attached Storage segment in the latest 'Market Share: Network-Attached Storage (NAS) / Unified Storage Worldwide 2010' report released by leading IT research firm, Gartner. The report shows the global NAS market grew by 37.4 per cent in 2010, which translates to total revenue of over AED 13.6 billion. NETGEAR ranked number one in global vendor revenue share for NAS/unified storage systems priced under AED 18,400; number four for NAS / unified storage systems under AED 92,000 and ranked eighth in the NAS / unified systems overall segment.

NEC launches Smart solutions for SME's

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NEC announced the launch of its new SL series of smart communication servers in the Middle East. Specifically directed at smaller businesses, the SL is an intelligent cost-effective telecommunication solution that packs affordability, efficiency, IP-telephony and ecology all into one. It is equipped with the capabilities to adapt to the needs of any small organisation. The new SL series offers extreme value for money. Meeting the needs of the increasingly mobile workforce, a mobile phone can be designated as the answering terminal when users are away from their desk or the office.