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Placement of Internee(s) with the ICT Companies through PSEB’s National ICT Internship Program

With reference to your online application to PSEB regarding internee(s) demand, please note that Pakistan Software Export Board in collaboration with the National ICT R&D Fund has launched an internship program titled “National ICT Internship program” effectively from 2013 and through this program, PSEB plans to place 800 graduates in the ICT organizations for a period of four months. PSEB is paying the stipend amount to the selected internee(s).

PSEB has successfully placed 400 interns in the ICT Industry so far through this program, whereas placement of remaining 400 is in progress and expected to be finalized by 31st January, 2015.  I shall appreciate, if you may submit your fresh demand for the internee(s) via return email at the earliest possible date but not later than 10th December, 2015. , so that PSEB fulfill codal formalities related to the placement of internee(s) with your company.

Thanks & regards.
Saif-ur-Rehman Korai
Director Projects
Pakistan Software Export Board (G) Ltd.
Ministry of Information Technology
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex, Aga Khan Road, F/5-1, Islamabad
Telephone: 051-9211094, Fax: 051-9204075

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TPS Receives 3 Awards at P@SHA ICT Awards 2014





Karachi: TPS receives 3 accolades at P@SHA ICT Awards 2014, a prestigious event of Pakistani tech industry held on 15th November. Currently in its 11th year, P@SHA ICT Awards is a premier awards program of Pakistan's IT industry that acknowledges creativity, innovation and excellence of technology institutions.

Pakistan is full of talent and people are coming up with innovative ideas that impact lives. Winning awards at this national level ICT competition in Pakistan recognizes TPS for its continued focus and success in creating positive impact to the economy and general population through innovative and scaling financial technology applications.

After a tough competition TPS was recognized for the following:

Project Management: Winner in Project Management category
Project Management Office of TPS continues to improve its project management methodology to ensure that time, cost, quality and scope are all balanced and all stakeholders are on the same page throughout the project. IRIS migration at Allied Bank Limited (one of the 5 largest banks in Pakistan with 800+ online branches) was one such complex project where 6 legacy solutions were replaced by IRIS Enterprise Switch with minimal downtime and impact, with improved user experience and increased operational efficiency. The matured project management methodology and its immaculate execution covering detailed project planning, project risk management and timely communication helped TPS deliver this huge project on time with customer’s satisfaction.

PayAxis - Payment Gateway: Runners-Up in Financial Application category
PayAxis is a new addition to TPS payments product suite. The product is under implementation as National Payment Gateway in UAE and has already gotten attention of many other entities in the region. PayAxis provides a reliable and secure platform for integrating the merchants with the issuers supporting various payment choices including payment through the bank account. PayAxis allows various government payments, bill payments and money transfer options for customers using a single, easy-to-use interface. The system can support all online banks & merchants, major card and payment processors (VISA, MasterCard), unbranded/local cards, can integrate with branchless banking systems and allow C2B, C2G, B2B and B2G payments.

IRIS 4.0 - Enterprise Switch: Runners-up in Tools & Infrastructure category
IRIS is the flagship product of TPS and the first solution from Pakistan to win both P@SHA and APICTA Awards back in 2008. Much advanced than its earlier version, IRIS 4.0 includes support interfaces with Alternate Delivery Channels like IVR, Call Center, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, m-commerce and bill payment. EMV compliant and PA DSS validated, IRIS 4.0 has ATM and POS handlers and provides secure financial transaction processing, supports all major ATMs Brands, POS Terminals, Core Banking applications, Regional and International Payment Networks, and interfaces with Credit Card Systems. IRIS has web based built in modules of CRM, Personalization, Monitoring, Reconciliation, Dispute Resolution and Back office operations. The IRIS 4.0 version is under deployment at Central Bank of UAE and Central Bank of Liberia with several existing as well as new IRIS clients taking interest in the latest version.

TPS CEO Shahzad Shahid was part of P@SHA Annual Conference that was held on the morning of 15th November. He was part of two panel discussions titled "Changing Export Landscape" and "How to Scale a Business?". Shahzad was also honored with a memento during the awards ceremony by Chairman P@SHA Dr. Shoab A. Khan.

For further details of TPS solutions visit TPS website

 

First-ever Data Management Summit set to launch in Karachi

Karachi, Pakistan – November 19, 2014 – Systems Limited, Pakistan’s premier and leading provider of technology solutions and services, in collaboration with Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq: INFA), the world’s number one independent provider of data integration software, is hosting the region’s first-ever Data Management Summit in Karachi, Pakistan.

The summit is set to bring together the Data Community's brightest minds to push the boundaries of current thinking and discuss how data is fueling the next generation of technological innovation. Attendees will be able to learn about the latest trends, strategies and best practices on how to harness this potential by transforming fragmented, unpredictable, raw data into consolidated, high-quality, actionable information from any source, any technology, at any latency - and drive more business in 2015 and beyond.

This exclusive invitation only event will feature addresses by members of the executive leadership team from Systems Limited and Informatica. Additionally, customer cases will also be presented to enable attendees have first-hand knowledge on industry-specific approaches to deliver information businesses demand while reducing the complexity and cost of data integration and management.

“Today, with cloud applications, mobile devices, and globally dispersed teams — data is everywhere, and it touches all aspects of our lives. It is important, more than ever, to exploit this unstructured data and to translate it into useful insights to better understand the various aspects of business”, said Asif Peer, Managing Director and CEO - Systems Limited. He added, “This summit is a great opportunity for business and IT leaders to help them align their business strategies and objectives for the coming years with the best practices for data management and integration”

Ashruf Hassaballa, Regional Director – Informatica said, “In today’s global information economy, it is imperative for businesses to keep track of business-critical data and drive insights that can be used to offer more targeted products and services to the right customers at the right time. Over the years, Informatica has enabled over 5000 businesses to gain a competitive advantage by empowering them with timely, relevant and trustworthy data that can be used to design the right business strategies”, he added.

About Informatica

Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq:INFA) is the world's number one independent provider of data integration software. Organizations around the world rely on Informatica to realize their information potential and drive top business imperatives. Informatica Vibe, the industry’s first and only embeddable virtual data machine (VDM), powers the unique “Map Once. Deploy Anywhere.” capabilities of the Informatica Platform. Worldwide, over 5,500 enterprises depend on Informatica to fully leverage their information assets from devices to mobile to social to big data residing on-premise, in the Cloud and across social networks. For more information, call +971 4 448 7411 (Middle East and Africa Headquarters) , email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.informatica.com.

ABOUT SYSTEMS LIMITED

Systems Limited, founded in 1977 is the leading global Technology and Business Process Outsourcing service provider, delivering innovative business solutions and technology-led BPO services. With over 2,500 employees globally, our people help customers around the world maximize their IT investments and create specialized solutions that drive business results. These solutions leverage our deep technical skills, accelerators, frameworks and products, industry best practices, and domain expertise to ensure they achieve the business goals and creative competitive advantage for our customers.

Systems Limited brings industry insights and the business acumen focused on helping its customer achiever a high ROI, offers enterprise mission-critical software solutions, and brings a deep technology-agnostic skill set, which remains unmatched in the industry. By delivering on hundreds of projects, we have developed industry-specific offerings and ross-industry offerings, plus a suite of tools and accelerators that enable our customers to realize business benefits faster with increased efficiency and lower overall IT costs.

The winning combination of our people, best-in-class technology, innovative business practices and value-added global alliances help us team up with corporate and public sector to deliver value by producing a significant return on our clients’ investments. For more information, call (+92-21) 3454 9385-87 / (+92 42) 36304825-35, or visit www.systemsltd.com.

PSEB Holds Seminar with IT Industry in Karachi

Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) conducted a successful seminar with a large number of C-level executives from the IT industry at PC Karachi on November 13th.

The event started with a welcome address by PSEB’s Director Marketing, Mr. Sulman Hassan. Then Mr. Zia Banday from Pak China Investment Company talked about the IT outsourcing opportunities for Pakistani companies in China, which is the 2nd biggest outsourcing market after USA.

Mr. Zia also mentioned that Pakistan’s Consul General in China is planning a Pak China Software forum in Shenzhen from December 15th to 16th which will be attended by many Chinese companies. He urged the Pakistani companies to attend this forum to take advantage of the outsourcing opportunities in China.

This was followed by a speech by Ms. Jehan Ara, President Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) who highlighted the IT industry’s achievements and success stories. She recommended that small IT companies need to partner with each other to win big outsourcing projects because one company cannot fulfill all requirements of the client.

This was followed by a comprehensive presentation by PSEB’s new Managing Director, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, who talked about PSEB’s contribution to the IT industry over the last decade as well as PSEB’s plans for future. He mentioned that PSEB has supported the IT industry through different programs including Software Technology Parks (STPs), ISO and CMMI certifications, international marketing through events and delegations, IT internships, IT trainings, and many other programs.Over the last decade, PSEB has spent more than Rs. 0.5 billion on these industry support programs. However, IT exports as reported by State Bank for 2013-14 were only $370 million.

Mr. Asim emphasized that IT exporters should use one of 6 state bank codes when reporting foreign remittances received. Otherwise, those remittances will not be recorded under IT exports. He also mentioned that PSEB is planning new initiatives for the IT industry in future including new research studies on outsourcing market, IT incubators, ISO consultancies, new IT events, and new STPs. He also mentioned that PSEB is going to acknowledge and reward the top IT exporters for 2014-15 at next year’s event.

Mr. Asim hoped that these new initiatives and better reporting will take IT exports as reported by State Bank to at least $500 million by 2016 and $1 billion by 2020.

This was followed by an interactive panel discussion with CEOs of different IT companies which was moderated by Mr. Ali Hasani, Director Operations PSEB.

ASIM PSEB

The audience suggested new markets for Pakistani companies including Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa and that Pakistani companies should hire salespersons in these regions to grow their outsourcing business. Some CEOs also suggested that the new tax of 17% on IT services which has been imposed since July 2014 by provinces of Sind, Punjab, and KPK has stunted the growth of the IT industry and that these provinces should abolish this new tax in 2015’s budget. MD PSEB assured the industry that PSEB would share their feedback with Ministry of IT.

The industry appreciated the MD’s plan and assured their full support to PSEB for increasing Pakistan’s IT exports. PSEB will conduct similar industry seminars in Islamabad and Lahore also.

Article on Mobile Applications Industry in this Sunday’s Express Tribune and PSEB’s mention

It’s, however, not all bad news for Pakistan assures Asim Shahryar Husain, the current managing director for PSEB, adding that certain measures have been taken to promote the industry. In 2011, PSEB developed the first portal for IT companies in Pakistan (it.org.pk) — a repository of IT companies to connect local/international clients with developers. This year it plans to exhibit at relevant international IT exhibitions and organize delegations to strategically important markets such as the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America. “Companies have done well in emerging areas like mobile phone software, gaming and animation,” says Husain. He adds that compared to 2004, when there were only a handful of IT companies doing annual business worth $10 million, currently there are two companies that have exceeded the $30 million mark.

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