Archive for February, 2010

PLDT-SME Nation recently introduces a service called “FASTrack”, a service that will allow entrepreneurs to track the movements of their company vehicles and even their field personnel, resulting in improved safety, security and cost-efficiency. Essentially, FASTrack is a high-tech service that allows SMEs to track and monitor the location of company vehicles and personnel as they travel en route to their set destination.

FASTrack uses a portable, pocket-sized homing device that is wirelessly connected to a GPS (Global Positioning System) network. The network relies on satellite navigation technology to monitor the location of business field assets; providing on-the-road, real-time tracking of delivery personnel and vehicles.

“PLDT FASTrack is specifically designed to help SMEs track their vehicle-carrying goods while in transit. Its features and monitoring tools enable business owners to determine the whereabouts of their fleet or vehicles thus allowing them to extract maximum efficiency and productivity from their employees,” says PLDT SME-Nation Vice President and Head Kat Luna-Abelarde.

PLDT FASTrack would be of great benefit to companies that require delivery of goods as part of their operations such as manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade; security and investigation; and service and utility companies.

“This simple device can offer a number of features that protects your business from bad elements and illegal operations that most business owners fear when it comes to transporting goods. Even their field agents can carry the device along with them,” says Amil Azurin, PLDT SME-Nation Marketing Head.

Symantec launches BackUp Exec 2010

Posted: February 14, 2010 in Tech

Symantec Corp. announced the availability of Backup Exec 2010 to help mid-sized businesses save time and money by protecting more data and utilizing less storage. Backup Exec 2010 offers fully integrated data deduplication and archiving technologies and is the first backup and recovery solution to offer granular recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL and Active Directory in VMware and Hyper-V environments from a single pass backup. Backup Exec also adds new support for Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, Hyper-V R2, Exchange 2010, Windows 7 and VMware vSphere 4.0.

Delivering on Symantec’s deduplication strategy, Backup Exec 2010 offers a flexible approach to eliminating duplicate data without adding complexity. Backup Exec offers integrated deduplication technology at the client/source and media server, in addition to integrating with third-party deduplication appliances through the Symantec OpenStorage Technology (OST) program.

Lenovo Philippines recently unveiled two new ultraportable notebooks, the ThinkPad Edge and the ThinkPad X100e.

Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X100e, the company’s first professional-grade ultraportable laptop starting below $500. The introduction pioneers a new category of PCs for today’s business users that blends professional performance, usability and design with new color options, such as Heatwave Red, at an extremely affordable price.

The X100e also represents the first time Lenovo and AMD have collaborated to offer AMD processors on ThinkPad laptops and to leverage AMD’s VisionPro branding.

Lenovo also announced a new ThinkPad laptop series named “ThinkPad Edge,” the 13, 14 and 15 inch models are designed specifically for small to medium sized business (SMB) customers. Series ThinkPad Edge is a new, progressive, and a surprisingly clean look,

while maintaining the durability and reliability of the ThinkPad. Laptops are equipped with a waterproof keyboard, for example, a number of ThinkVantage Technologies, including the Active Protection System and Rescue and Recovery.

Veoh founder Dmitry Shapiro has confirmed that the Web video service company would be liquidating and filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

“The distraction of the legal battles, and the challenges of the broader macro-economic climate have led to our Chapter 7 bankruptcy.” said Shapiro, speaking about the lawsuit Universal Music Group filed against them in 2008.

Shapiro added that the Veoh had over 28 million users at one point and was generating revenue at a run rate of $12 million. “[We] helped educate many blue chip advertisers about the bright future that online video holds for them,” he said.

Jupiter Systems wins CITEM plum

Posted: February 9, 2010 in Tech

Jupiter Systems Inc. received the Best Consumer Application award in the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) sponsored e-services award.

Jupiter Systems Inc. (JSI) is a Philippine-based IT company dedicated to delivering business solutions for medium to large companies globally. JSI is one of the most experienced software houses in the Philippines and was one of the pioneers of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in the country. The company has been delivering business solutions for the past 25 years.

The e-Services Awards is open to all Philippine-based IT companies who have successfully developed and marketed new products and services in the Philippines and other foreign countries, as well as individuals with essential achievements and contribution in the field of IT-enabled services.

SAP Chief Quits

Posted: February 9, 2010 in Tech

SAP AG Chief Executive Leo Apotheker resigned as the German software company said it would return to a dual-CEO structure. The company said it had “reached a mutual agreement” with Mr. Apotheker, a 20-year veteran of SAP, not to renew his contract after less than a year as solo chief executive.

Mr. Apotheker was appointed as co-chief executive, alongside Mr. Kagermann in 2008, and became the sole chief executive in May of last year.

IBM launches eight-core Power7 chip

Posted: February 9, 2010 in Tech

IBM announced the new POWER7 systems designed to manage the most demanding emerging applications, ranging from smart electrical grids to real-time analytics for financial markets.

The new systems incorporate a number of industry-unique technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services that rely on processing an enormous number of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time.