Sep 15 - 21, 2003

Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, organized a technical seminar on "Teradata Warehouse 7.0 & Beyond Technology and thought leadership" at Serena Islamabad on September 8, 2003. The seminar was largely attended by technical and IT executives from the government and corporate sectors. The guest speaker was from Teradata UK, having diverse and considerable experience of working in Europe & Middle East and Africa region. While welcoming the guest speaker, Syed Veqar-ul-Islam, Country General Manager, NCR briefed the audience about the recent achievements of NCR Pakistan including achieving the distinction of being CMM level II certified.

He said that our efforts have already helped organizations across the world and more importantly in Pakistan to become more customer centric. However, considering the enthusiasm and interest the market has willingly shown in Teradata solutions and services, we decided to hold a technical session and have plans to continue to do so.

Faisal Khaliq, Professional Services Manager, NCR Pakistan, spoke about Teradata architecture and the strength of Teradata's latest release, V2R5, of integrating mixed workloads to satisfy a potentially large number of tactical users with the more traditional strategic user. It marks the first time in the history of data warehousing that any company can extend decision-making beyond corporate management to all functions across the organization, optimizing operational and strategic decisions.

"Teradata Warehouse 7.0 is the most aggressive release of new performance and functionality features in the history of Teradata said Rusty Warner, Product Manager of Teradata in the UK.

"Customer will benefit from enhanced performance and functionality for delivering data warehouse solutions that demand extreme service levels in the areas of performance, scalability, data freshness and availability." He further added that Teradata Warehouse 7.0 is the first and only data warehouse solution to simplify complex data warehouse architectures by consolidating all decision-support databases into one central, enterprise data warehouse.

Teradata Warehouse 7.0 customer-driven enhancements focus on key areas that improve system availability, allow access by tens of thousands of concurrent users, keep data fresh, process mix workloads using historical and current data and optimize the way the system handles queries. Without these capabilities, individuals who are charged with making minute-by-minute decisions can't do their jobs as effectively. They require fast, consistent and predictable response time to their queries. In addition, cost conscious corporation recognize that the consolidation of all the company's data (both current and historical) into one central enterprise data warehouse eliminates the expense and headache of administering redundant databases.

Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), is the global leader in enterprise data warehousing and enterprise analytic technologies and services. NCR Pakistan has registered a phenomenal growth specially during the past few years. In the last two years it has become a Centre of Expertise for the entire region, taking charge of implementations for customer across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). CMM level II certification further establishes NCR and Teradata Pakistan as an IT Organization, which has the capability, the processes and the credentials to deliver to its commitment.

The professional Services division of NCR has been successfully assessed under the CMM Based Appraisal Internal Process Improvement (CBA IPI), assessment methodology for Software-CMM model. The initial rating achieved was for level II, with a level III rating targeted as a next milestone of continuous process of improvement plan of NCR Professional Services. In the words of ROM widemann SEI lead Assessor, "NCR Pakistan has achieved a very clear and solid level II assessment. They achieve this in half the time it normally takes. Management sponsorship was the key to the success of this initiative".