July 17, 2012

HP Launches CloudSystems Solutions In Asia

US computer technology company HP has launched its Converged Cloud solutions programme in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. The company hopes the addition will simplify and encourage the use of cloud technology in the area, CRN reports. Customers can select from 15 HP CloudSystem solutions, according to operating system and requirements for extra hardware and licences.

July 15, 2012

How Contractors, Consultants & Architects manage their work with CRM:

Share Information
Make the most of all your clients, contacts, projects and leads with one single database - accessible both in and out of the office.

Improve Business Development Effectiveness
Profile clients and key industry sectors for targeted marketing and corporate hospitality. Measure the value of all your KPI project leads.

Reduce Bid Costs
 Co-ordinate your activities for pre-quals and RFPs, understand which projects are won or lost and access real time information on the bid pipeline.

Deliver Superior & Consistent Service Levels
Create, assign and manage RFIs and client service issues from initial contact through to resolution.

Manage Client & Project Documentation
Quickly search for and locate relevant client and project documentation.

Make Informed Decisions
Report on bids by client, region, industry sector and discipline and identify trends and opportunities.

Use Easily
Manage all your contacts and projects from within Microsoft Outlook – the tool you already use every day.

Work from Anywhere
Access the same information with Microsoft Outlook on your laptop or via a web browser. Access your diary, key contacts and activities via a wireless handheld device.

July 14, 2012

CANIAS ERP Implementation in Petro Middle East, ABU DHABI:

Petro Middle East (PME), a 100% U.A.E. National Company, engages in providing services and supply of engineering products for the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical industries and Utilities sector since 1995. PME represents a vast array of renowned international manufacturers specialized in engineering products and services. The management's vision and dynamism has enabled PME to surge ahead as one among the recognized and approved supplier with all major local and government companies in the UAE for the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical & Utilities sector.

While embarking on its ERP mission, PME had the primary objective of deploying an efficient system to streamline the day to day operations of its "Inside Sales Department" which formed the nucleus of PME's operations. Inside sales department is primarily tasked with handling daily enquiries, understanding the correct specifications, sourcing the prices and ensuring that tenders are submitted within the stipulated timeline. Further, it undertakes the expedition and logistics aspects of the customer order thereby providing the impetus for efficient and prompt deliverance. Since most of the engineering products were specification driven, majority of their customer requirements needed to be sourced back to back from the principle which makes the process lengthy and cumbersome to manage. It also required being flexible in managing the nuisances associated with an industry majorly supplying non stocking and feature specific materials as demanded by the customer.

The main challenge for the implementation of an ERP system was to come up with standard coding mechanics for its vast range of engineering products to ensure that they have a standard nomenclature thereby ensuring tracking, preventing duplication and ensuring availability of historical data. "Coming up with definite processes to manage the enquiries and criteria to distinguish the products enquired was a challenge by its own. We work against deadlines for both tender submission and delivery and required efficient mechanics to manage the tender time lines, revisions, mode of submission etc. Though I was skeptic initially, I engaged with Canias ERP consultants vehemently and all inside sales activities from enquiry receipt, bid evaluation, tendering, order, delivery and invoicing are streamlined in the system" comments Mr. Mohamad Basheer, Inside Sales & Customer Services Manager of Petro Middle East
Management was interested to ascertain the revenue generation against different business streams including trading, service, project and direct forwarding. Further, principals constitute the major element of its business operations and there required information pertaining to business performance by principal and the financial performance to the minuscule level of each order. Mr. Jamal Zaher, Managing Partner of Petro Middle East comments that, "Though I am yet to engage in ERP aided management decision making, I am sure it had added required vitality in our organization and look forward to harness its power very soon".

Canias ERP is been accessed from other locations by PME group companies. The fact that Canias is fully web enabled and its flexibility in undertaking customizations has come in handy for Mr. Karim Ghneim, ERP Administrator & IT Manager of Petro Middle East. "We have enhanced the system utility by adding in facilities for conducting bid evaluations, performance bond, bid bond, test certificates etc in the system. The availability of integrated document management is adding further dimension to the whole system utility by facilitating visibility within the organization for all commercial, contractual and HR related documents without any chaos". 

July 13, 2012

What will ERP fix in my business?

There are five major reasons why companies undertake ERP.
  1. Integrate financial information—As the CEO tries to understand the company’s overall performance, he may find many different versions of the truth. Finance has its own set of revenue numbers, sales has another version, and the different business units may each have their own version of how much they contributed to revenues. ERP creates a single version of the truth that cannot be questioned because everyone is using the same system.
  2. Integrate customer order information—ERP systems can become the place where the customer order lives from the time a customer service representative receives it until the loading dock ships the merchandise and finance sends an invoice. By having this information in one software system, rather than scattered among many different systems that can’t communicate with one another, companies can keep track of orders more easily, and coordinate manufacturing, inventory and shipping among many different locations at the same time.
  3. Standardize and speed up manufacturing processes—Manufacturing companies—especially those with an appetite for mergers and acquisitions—often find that multiple business units across the company make the same widget using different methods and computer systems. ERP systems come with standard methods for automating some of the steps of a manufacturing process. Standardizing those processes and using a single, integrated computer system can save time, increase productivity and reduce head count.
  4. Reduce inventory—ERP helps the manufacturing process flow more smoothly, and it improves visibility of the order fulfillment process inside the company. That can lead to reduced inventories of the stuff used to make products (work-in-progress inventory), and it can help users better plan deliveries to customers, reducing the finished good inventory at the warehouses and shipping docks. To really improve the flow of your supply chain, you need supply chain software, but ERP helps too.
  5. Standardize HR information—Especially in companies with multiple business units, HR may not have a unified, simple method for tracking employees’ time and communicating with them about benefits and services. ERP can fix that.

Competitive Market Position of Oracle Databases:

In the market for relational databases, Oracle Database competes against commercial products such as IBM's DB2 UDB and Microsoft SQL Server. Oracle and IBM tend to battle for the mid-range database market on UNIX and Linux platforms, while Microsoft dominates the mid-range database market on Microsoft Windows platforms. However, since they share many of the same customers, Oracle and IBM tend to support each other's products in many middleware and application categories (for example: WebSpherePeopleSoft, and Siebel Systems CRM), and IBM's hardware divisions work closely with Oracle on performance-optimizing server-technologies (for example, Linux on zSeries). The two companies have a relationship perhaps best described as "coopetition". Niche commercial competitors include Teradata (in data warehousing and business intelligence), Software AG's ADABASSybase, and IBM's Informix, among many others.
In 2007, competition with SAP AG occasioned litigation from Oracle Corporation.[87]
Increasingly, the Oracle database products compete against such open-source software relational database systems as PostgreSQLFirebird, and MySQL. Oracle acquired Innobase, supplier of the InnoDB codebase to MySQL, in part to compete better against open source alternatives, and acquired Sun Microsystems, owner of MySQL, in 2010. Database products licensed as open source are, by the legal terms of the Open Source Definition, free to distribute and free of royalty or other licensing fees.
Oracle Corporation offers term licensing for all Oracle products. It bases the list price for a term-license on a specific percentage of the perpetual license price. Prospective purchasers can obtain licenses based either on the number of processors in their target server machines or on the number of potential seats ("named users").
Enterprise Edition
As of July 2010, the database that costs the most per machine-processor among Oracle database editions, at $47,500 per processor. The term "per processor" for Enterprise Edition is defined with respect to physical cores and a processor core multiplier (common processors = 0.5*cores). E.g. An 8-processor, 32-core server using Intel Xeon 56XX CPUs would require 16 processor licenses.
Standard Edition
Cheaper: it can run on up to four processors but has fewer features than Enterprise Edition—it lacks proper parallelization, etc.; but remains quite suitable for running medium-sized applications. There are not additional costs for Oracle RAC on the latest Oracle 11g R2 standard edition release.
Standard ONE
Sells even more cheaply, but remains limited to two CPUs. Standard Edition ONE sells on a per-seat basis with a five-user minimum. Oracle Corporation usually sells the licenses with an extra 22% cost for support and upgrades (access to MetaLink—Oracle Corporation's support site) which customers need to renew annually.
An addition to the Oracle database product family (beta version released in 2005, production version released in February 2006), offers a free version of the Oracle RDBMS, but one limited to 11 GB of user data and to 1 GB of memory used by the database (SGA+PGA) XE will use no more than one CPU and lacks an internal JVM. XE runs only on Windows and on Linux, not on AIX, Solaris, HP-UX and the other operating systems available for other editions. Support is via a free Oracle Discussion Forum only.

Note: These Prices are vary country to country e.g. if you purchase Oracle License in United Arab Emirates (Dubai) than discount margin is different if you are purchasing same product in Pakistan than discount margin will be different.  

July 11, 2012

CRM Software demand is increasing in Dubai:

 Better relationships for better business. Efficient communication with ones customers and partners are vital for organizations. The CANIAS ERP CRM Module establishes the basis for efficient communication with unique features. It offers a central communication platform with an advanced architecture either as a stand-alone module or an integrated solution.

CRM Features:

• Centralized communication platform
• Standalone or integrated versions
• Intuitive user interface
• User-friendly user authorization features
• Platform independent
• Remote Access
• Seamless integration with other ERP modules
• Customer contact management:
  • -      Customer and prospect data administration
  • -      Contact planning, contact history
  • -      Telemarketing support
  • -      Campaign management
  • -      Circulars, e-mails, letters
  • -      Questionnaires
  • -      Customer group analysis

• Integration of Service Management, Sales Management and Document Management functions
• Integration with CANIAS ERP Collaborator module:
  • -      E-mail client
  • -      Agenda
  • -      Task manager
  • -      Activities Management
  • -      Delegation and reminder
  • -      Address book management
  • -      Short messenger

July 9, 2012

Dubai Internet City - Regional IT HUB

Successful Growing Accounting Software Solution in Dubai:

The CANIAS ERP Financial Accounting Module:
The CANIAS ERP Financial Accounting Module is the optimum tool for higher transparency and efficiency when administering finances. It meets all relevant standards and delivers an innovative and advanced system architecture that allows for easy integration with other system modules. This systems can be implement in any size of organization large , medium or small . Following are some features we are sharing.

• Multi-client capability including entity accounting
• Control of plant specific business activities
• Highest level of integration for Sales Management, Purchasing, Inventory Management, Cost Centers               
• Computations using multiple currencies
• Table of accounts including statistical accounts
• Outstanding Items Management
• Analysis
• Multilingual
• Overdue fines
• Payment transactions and cycles
• Invoice receipt entry
• Direct debiting
• Check printing
• Financial statements (unlimited number of balance sheet versions possible)
• Profit and loss account (unlimited number of P&L versions possible)
• User-friendly report generator
• Analysis according to IAS/IFRS and US-GAAP
• Adjustable business assessments
• Standard reports (summary of accounts, account forms, journals)
• Any number of accounting periods
• Flexible fiscal year definition
• User-friendly authorization system
• Archiving (native integrated module)

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July 8, 2012

UAE Industrial Zones and Industry Economic Composition

Economic sectors that had exhibited elasticity against the global economic crisis were the trade, transport, storage, communication, tourism, and manufacturing. These sectors demand never ended even they performed as well as good when global economic conditions were good. 

  • v  Dubai Chamber of Commerce (DCCI)
  • o   More than 100,000 members registered.
  • v  Sharjah Chamber of Commerce (SCCI)
  • v  Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & industry (ADCCI)
  • o   More than 50,000 members registered.
  • v  RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • v  Ajman Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • v  Fujairah Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Industrial Zones and Area’s in UAE:

  • v  Al Awir Road industrial area        
  • v  Al Quoz Industrial area                 
  • v  Al Safa area       
  • v  Al Khubaisi Area              
  • v  Um Ramool Industrial Area         
  • v  Al Qusais Industrial Area                              
  • v  Jebel Ali Industrial Area

 Abu Dhabi:
  • v  Mussafah Industrial Area
  • v  Al Ruwais Industrial Complex
  • v  Industrial City of Abu Dhabi
  • v  Mafraq and Madinat Zayed Small Industrial Area’s

  • v  Al Hamiriya
  • v  Sharjah AirPort International Free Zone

v  RAK Industrial and Technology Park

July 6, 2012

Best Selling ERP in Dubai with some limitations

TALLY ERP 9 is the Middle East most Favorite ERP Systems and powerful concurrent Multi-lingual business Accounting and Inventory Management software. Tally.ERP 9, designed exclusively to meet the needs of small and medium businesses, is a fully integrated, affordable and highly reliable software. Built on the proprietary technology of Tally Solutions - C:MuLATE (Concurrent Multi-lingual Accelerated Technology Engine) - Tally.ERP 9 is a perfect fusion between the path-breaking Concurrent Multi-lingual Platform and an Object Oriented Database Engine. 
TALLY ERP 9 is designed to automate and integrate all your business operations, such as sales, finance, purchasing, inventory, and manufacturing. The powerful new features and blazing speed and power of Tally.ERP 9 combine with enhanced MIS, Multi-lingual, Data Synchronization and Remote capabilities help you simplify all your business processes easily and cost-effectively.

FunctionsSalient Features
Tally.NET Capabilities- Trusted Remote Access
- Support Centre
- Centralised Account and License Management
- Centrally Deploy and Control TDL (Customisation)
- Multi-Site Licensing
- Job & Recruitments (Coming Soon!)
Accounting & Financial Management- Codeless Accounting
- Complete Bookkeeping
- Flexible Financial Periods
- Multiple Companies
- Consolidation of Companies
- Multi Columnar Reports
- Multi Currency Accounting and Reports
- Flexible Classification of Accounts
- Receivables and Payables Management
- Reversing Journals and Optional Vouchers
- Payment Performance Analysis
- Cash & Bank Book
- Bank Reconciliation
- Cash & Fund Flow Statement
- Flexible Invoicing
- Final Accounts
- Currencies with four decimal places
- Cost and Profit Centres
- Drill Down Display
- Payroll Accounting
- Expat Reports
- Post Dated Transactions
- Cheque Printing
- Ratio Analysis
- Budgets and Control
- Scenario Management
- Income and Expenditure Statements
- Interest Calculation
- User Defined Voucher Types
- Flexible Voucher Numbering
Inventory Management- Sales Invoicing
- Order Processing and Status Reports
- Multiple Grouping
- Categorization of Stock Items
- Flexible Unit of Measure
- Multiple Locations
- Stock Transfer
- Stock Query
- Profitability Analysis
- Multiple Stock Valuation
- Stock Ageing Analysis
- Movement Analysis
- Batch and Expiry Date
- Price List with Multiple Price Levels
- Reorder Levels
- Physical Stock Verification
- Bill of Materials
- Manufacturing Journals
- POS Invoicing
Other Business Capabilities- Job Costing
- Advanced MIS
- Tally Vault
- Tally Audit
- Security Control
Technical Capabilities- Data Synchronisation
- ODBC & SOAP Complaint
- E-Mail Support
- Import and Export data in XML
- Export to Excel


·         Windows based application not web based application.
·         Interface is not good if we compare with market leaders SAP and Oracle
·         Interfaces are Difficult to understand
·         No doubt all features available but Processes are difficult to understand
·         No Successful Implementation in Fortune 100 Companies
·         Cost also high if we compare with other companies who are perfect competition of TALLY

CRM Software Market Share for the Middle East:

Marketing Research Company Gartner forecasts that CRM software sales will rise by 19.7 percent in 2008, to $113.8 million, in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region and that the MEA region will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9% from 2007 to 2012.
Gartner also expects software-as-a-service (SAAS) to gain popularity in the Middle East. However, not at the same aggressive rates experienced elsewhere. "In terms of SAAS uptake in North America and parts of Western Europe, that's been very quick and it's been growing quite significantly year on year. However, in the Middle East we expect the uptake to be a little bit slower and follow the trend of continental Europe, places like France and Germany as opposed to places like the UK and Netherlands which have been faster adopters of SAAS."

According to the Annual Middle East Call Centre/CRM conference, CRM adoption among Middle Eastern countries has surpassed 20 percent annual growth and The Middle East Contact Centre market is currently witnessing a 30% growth rate in the number of agent positions.

Source: Gartner Research for Middle East (Dubai).

July 5, 2012

Best in Class Companies and ERP Systems in Dubai:

In UAE manufacturing concerns demand is expanding regarding ERP Systems Implementation and most of companies would like redefine and optimize their processes with help of ERP Solutions. Internet searches increasing day by day in Dubai regarding buzz word ERP.  C-Level CEO , CIOCFO , CMO in different organizations searching best ERP for their organization. Pre Implementation phase is very important, searching and evaluating suitable ERP Software which meets your organization requirement. For the ease of our audience and those who are in search of ERP System , we are sharing some successful Companies and ERPSolutions available in United Arad Emirates. C-Levels can reap the benefit from these systems if they match their requirement. Today we are discussing one the Software Consulting Company in Dubai which developed its market in very short span of time with excellence of work it is IAS Middle East FZ LLC.    

IndustrialApplication Software - IAS is a dynamic and innovative software company that provides ERP software and consultancy. IAS, with its out-of-the-box CANIAS ERP, successfully helps companies to improve and accelerate their way of doing business.
Currently, IAS global operations are conducted via Germany, Turkey, UAE and China offices and business partners throughout the world. CANIAS ERP is offered in 19 countries and in 11 languages.Industrial Application Software (IAS) Middle East FZ LLC has office in Dubai Internet City. The effort and determination been invested to lay the building blocks of the company is evident from the nearly 20 implementations of CANIAS ERP in UAE since its inception. The company is also focusing on developing partner network in GCC, Middle East and African countries.

Feel Free to ask any Query about ERP Solutions in Middle East and Pakistan @ http://erpbuzz.blogspot.com/p/contact-us.html

July 1, 2012

Information Technology in UAE


UAE IT spending is expected to reach US$3.8bn in 2012, up 5%, Government spending and investment should help to support the IT market, with further opportunities in sectors such as education, healthcare, utilities , banking and telecoms. Cloud computing, ERP Software, CRM and business analytics are among enterprise IT investment growth areas.

ERP Systems, Software’s & Hardware Expenditure Projections:

Computer hardware sales: US$1.9bn 2011 to US$2.0bn in 2012, +13.0% in US dollar terms. Forecast in US dollar terms upwardly revised due to stronger than expected retail sales growth in 2011.
Software sales: US$641mn in 2011 to US$681mn in 2012, +6% in US dollars terms. Forecast in US dollars terms upwardly revised due to analyst modification with the UAE being one of the regions’s fastest growing enterprise resource planning (ERP) markets.
IT Services sales: US$1.0bn in 2011 to US$1.1bn in 2012, +7% in US dollars terms. Forecast in US dollars terms upwardly revised due to analyst modification as services have become an increasingly important component of many deployment contracts.

Key Trends & Development in UAE:
·         The UAE market has received a buffet from global economic headwinds but demand for IT products and services should continue to grow in 2012. However, the property price slump and financial upheavals are likely to continue to influence business and consumer caution. Abu-Dhabi has been making most of the running in the wake of Dubai financials crisis.

·         Growth potential also exists in the less developed northern emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaywayn, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The emirates government has launched a major infrastructure investment program in the northern emirates, which could generate significant opportunities for IT vendors, despite relatively small population size.

·         One factor driving retail growth is a pick-up in the number of tourist visitors, which provided a boost to the all-important carry-trade, which had fallen off in 2009. An influx of tourist is expected to swell spending on consumer electronics goods such as notebooks and tablets. However, the possibility of UAE joining sanctions against Iran could have an impact on PC re-reports.