Sep 18 - 24, 2000
and Vroom Technologies Sign Agreement
Vroom Technologies (Pvt.) Limited, one of
Pakistan's largest software houses, signed an epoch-making Microsoft
Developers Network (MSDN) Universal Agreement with Microsoft, the
world's leading software solutions provider, in Lahore.
This agreement, the first major deal in Pakistan in
original software purchases, heralds the birth of a new era in the
country's fast developing IT industry. It will enable Vroom
Technologies, having more than 80 developers in Pakistan, plus a few
others based in the US, to legally use Microsoft's products in CRM
software development for foreign clients.
"MSDN Universal is Microsoft's premier
offering to developers, it enables them to use all the latest language
versions of Microsoft development tools, technologies and operating
systems. In short, it makes available the right tools and technology
at the right time", said Nauman Ahmad, Business Solutions
Specialist, Microsoft Gulf & Eastern Mediterranean. "We are
equally proud of the bold and visionary step that Vroom Technologies
has taken, and hope that other software houses in Pakistan will also
"Our conviction of using legal software goes
beyond spending money to buy licenses for software applications: it
relates to ethics, morality and principals. As a nation we have to
resist piracy of all sorts, be it video, audio, or software,"
said Nasser Lone, Chief Operating Offficer, Vroom Technologies.
"As a software house that spends millions on
developing software applications, we are in an ideal position to
empathise with software houses whose products are pirated and sold
without checks and controls," continued Nasser. "By
unequivocally declaring our resolve to fight this blight, Vroom
Technologies is sending a signal to all software users to respect
intellectual rights and pay legal fees for the privilege of using
applications on which a great deal of time and money has been spent.
Together we must project and cultivate a work ethic that is based on
integrity, trust and respect for the rights of others."
delights at Karachi Sheraton
Karachi Sheraton Hotel & Towers in
collaboration with the Sheraton Hotel Antalaya, Turkey, Nestle
Pakistan and Turkish Airlines recently held a Turkish Food and
Cultural Festival for the food connoisseurs of Karachi from September
7-12, 2000 at Al-Bustan. The festival was organized as part of ArtFest
2000 going on at the hotel.
Mr. Thomas van Opstal, General Manager, Karachi
Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Mr. Melih Topuz, General Manager, Turkish
Airlines and Mr. Noman Khan, Manager Food Services, Nestle Pakistan
inaugurated the festival on September 7, 2000 in a very unique manner
by slashing the entrance with swords.
products available through on-line shopping
According to a Kodak spokesperson, "Kodak has
managed to take the lead in the offering of its products through
E-Commerce in Pakistan".
He added that, Kodak films and cameras can now be
ordered from any part of the world through a web-based order booking,
and/or through E-Commerce-enabled-web-site: www.giftexpress.com.pak.
Kodak products will be delivered to more than 90
cities and towns around Pakistan, and this will be done through SMS
Couriers (Pvt.) Ltd. SMS are the renowned operators of Gift Express
and which have liaison offices in countries like Switzerland, the UAE
and the United States.
Intel Corporation announced a new family of
high-performance virtual private networking (VPN) products that
securely connect remote users to branch offices and business partners
over the Internet while helping to save on traditional private leased
line and long-distance dial-up charges. The new products are designed
for corporations, Web hosting companies and other service providers
offering managed Internet services.
The new VPN devices are part of the growing Intel®
NetStructure™ product line, which includes highly reliable and
scalable network control equipment, Internet appliances and services
that add greater intelligence to computer networks in order to help
companies provide a faster and more reliable e-Business experience.
With the growth of the Internet and online access,
companies are increasingly using the Internet to augment or replace
the use of private networks, instead routing private information over
the Internet's public infrastructure through encrypted VPN
"tunnels." These tunnels act as a secure pipeline to protect
the transmission of data over the Internet.
VPN products such as Intel's are rapidly being
deployed by service providers and enterprises as a way to eliminate
expensive long-distance dial-in and leased-line connections, reducing
costs without sacrificing security or performance. The worldwide
market for VPN equipment and software will more than triple from $1.2
billion this year to $3.7 billion in 2004, according to Infonetics
Research in San Jose.
NetStructure™ VPN Gateway Family
Intel's scaleable family of NetStructure VPN
products allow customers to select the performance level necessary to
meet their specific requirements. The products are fully compliant
with the popular IPSec 1.1 industry security standard, and include an
ICSA firewall, unlimited remote clients and BlackICE** Defender
Intel will also offer a VPN software upgrade for
its Express 8200 and 9500 routers to allow existing customers to
integrate VPN, firewall, wide area network (WAN) access and advanced
routing functionality without having to buy additional hardware
components. The routers — which provide up to 1.3 Mbps of VPN
throughput — can be used in conjunction with NetStructure VPN
Gateways to connect small sites with central offices.
BITS Club at Institute of Business Administration,
Karachi, organized an interactive session on the topic of
'E-Government' on Monday, September 11, 2000. Mr. Furqan Qureshi,
Chief Executive Asia Pacific, who is also an active member E-commerce
Working Group spoke on the occasion.
He stressed that whether the government like it or
not, the concept of E-Government is a reality which cannot be avoided.
To bring about a change in the present system of government, we need
to computerize basic operations.
He further said that E-Government could be
implemented to improve management of inventories and personnel, which
will result in reduced expenditure. Quality of life for the citizens
will be improved by automating the services provided to the public.
Government departments such as the Police Department, Postal Services,
Health Services etc. will be able to function much more efficiently.
He stated computerized inventory management could reduce the Defense
Budget. According to Mr. Furqan the government has taken some
initiatives and the National IT Policy outlines the steps to be taken
in this regard.
Most governments which are shifting to e-government
have focused on the education, health, security social services,
banking and financial services. He was of the view that to implement
E-Government in Pakistan we need to focus on 1). Technology 2) Data
Collection 3) Computer System 4) Applications and 5) Network.
In the end Faraz Haider, Seminar Co-ordinator BITS
club thanked the distinguish speaker. Other organizers of the event
are Zubair Naseer, Rehan Ansari, Imran Yousaf and Mahreen yousaf.
Coca-Cola employees to perform Haj
The manufacturers of the world's most popular soft
drink, Coca-Cola, in Pakistan, Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL),
have introduced a voluntary Haj scheme for their employees.
Through a draw held under this scheme, 8 lucky
Coca-Cola employees, one each from the 8 CCBPL plants were picked to
perform Haj and visit the Holy places at company expense.
The lucky winners who will perform Haj in 2001 are:
Hidayatullah - Karachi Plant, Hamid Ali - Hyderabad Plant, Ejaz Ali -
Rahim Yar Khan Plant, Mohammad Ramzan - Multan Plant, Mohammad Farooq
- Faisalabad Plant, Shaukat Ali - Lahore Plant, Riasat Ali -
Gujranwala Plant and Mohammad Khalid - Sialkot Plant.
Director of HR elected for office in PHA
Syed Arshad Ali, Director Human Resources at the
Karachi Sheraton Hotel & Towers was elected the Vice-Chairman of
the Pakistan Hotel Association in their recently held Annual General
Meeting in Karachi. Mr. Arshad Ali is a prominent name in the Pakistan
hospitality industry and has represented the Karachi Sheraton in
numerous seminars and workshops across the globe. Syed Arshad Ali has
also received the prestigious Sheraton President Award as well as
Hamdard Executive Excellence Award by the President of Pakistan for
its outstanding performance in the Hotel & Tourism Industry.