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APICTA 2014 Jakarta: A young Team Pakistan picks up 2 Golds and 3 Silvers in major regional technology awards

JAKARTA – November 30, 2014 - The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced this evening that Team Pakistan won 2 Gold Awards and 3 Silver Awards at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2014 ceremony held in Jakarta, Indonesia tonight.

 

Leading the way with the Gold were the teams from Eyedeus Labs for their new product “Ingrain” and Syed Osama Maruf of NUST for his product “Smart Steth”.

 

The Silver Awards were taken by RemoteInterview.io in the Startup Category, EatOye in the Tourism & Hospitality Category and Fawad Ejaz Bhatti of NUST for TRex Tremor Reader in the Tertiary Student Category.

 

The Awards ceremony was graced by Mr. Rudiantara - the Minister of Communications & IT of Republic of Indonesia.

 

This year’s P@SHA delegation comprised of 30 members with 19 technology products competing for the prestigious APICTA Awards. The teams delivered another stunning performance in front of the Who’s Who of the technology industry in the Asia Pacific region with Gold Awards in the Media & Entertainment Technologies and Tertiary Student Categories and Silver Awards in the Startup, Tourism & Hospitality and Tertiary Student Categories – all of which are extremely competitive categories.

 

National teams from each economy are selected after a rigorous ICT Awards competition in 17 economies. The best of the best then compete against each other at a three day regional event judged by industry professionals, technology veterans and thought leaders from the APAC region. The Pakistani delegation was finalized after the announcement of winners at the PASHA ICT Awards earlier in November.

 

International APICTA Judges from 17 economies who evaluated the categories in which Pakistan participated spoke about the consistently high standard of technology products presented by Pakistan year after year. This year Team Pakistan benchmarked its products against 183 products from the region.

 

Over the years the Asia Pacific ICT Awards has become a platform for the best technology companies in the Asia Pacific to meet and form potential partnerships with each other and attract business and possible investment.

 

It is heartening to note that it was young technologists who led the way this year proving that Pakistan has enormous talent and that the technology industry has a brilliant future.

 

Speaking at the APICTA Awards gala event in Jakarta, Jehan Ara President of P@SHA said, “We are absolutely delighted that these dynamic youngsters have once again held the flag high and made us proud. We have always insisted that the technology sector is vibrant and the solution to many of Pakistan’s woes. Accolades to the winners, participants and the mentors who worked hard to guide and coach them – Jawwad A. Farid, Zafar Khan, Badar Khushnood, Dr. Shoab A. Khan and Sultan Hamdani.”

 

Tonight’s Gold & Silver Award winners included:

 

GOLD AWARD

Company: Eyedeus Labs

Product: Ingrain

Website: http://www.eyedeus.com

Category: Media & Entertainment Technologies

Eyedeus Labs is a startup developing Computer Vision technologies for smartphones. Ingrain is their second product – it is a Platform for targeted native advertisement in videos.

 

GOLD AWARD

Innovator: Syed Osama Maruf (and team members Ali Haider, M Daniyal Ashraf and Usama Azhar)
Organization: National University of Science & Technology

Product: Smart Steth
Category: Tertiary Student Category
Dubbed as a portable doctor, Smart Steth will be able to help a trained health worker in early detection of pneumonia as well as in its treatment.

SILVER AWARD
Company: Remote Interview

Product: RemoteInterview.io

Website: http://RemoteInterview.io

Category: Startup Category

An end to end remote hiring solution, from scheduling and filtering, pre-screening to hiring for the greatest technical talent in the world. It saves 10x the cost of recruiting a technical hire and amongst its beta users organizations like Twitter and Salesforce.com.

SILVER AWARD
Company: EatOye

Product: EatOye.

Website: http://EatOye.pk

Category: Tourism & Hospitality Category

EatOye assists thousands of its customers – avid diners and food aficionados – find restaurants, get-to-know the hot eateries, order food and reserve tables for FREE and pay better prices at top restaurants in all leading cities across Pakistan.

 

SILVER AWARD

Innovator: Fawad Ejaz Bhatti CEO (with CMO Kulsoom Rao and CTO Usman Shabbir)

Organization: National University of Science & Technology

Product: TRex Tremor Reader

Category: Tertiary Student Category
It is the world’s first standalone tremor quantifier. It is a small, wearable, ergonomic, aesthetic, low cost and low power device that quantifies the tremors of a patient and is characterized by state-of-the-art sensors and wireless technology, a proprietary algorithm and a purpose built mobile application.

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JAKARTA – November 30, 2014 - The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced this evening that Team Pakistan won 2 Gold Awards and 3 Silver Awards at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2014 ceremony held in Jakarta, Indonesia tonight.

 

Leading the way with the Gold were the teams from Eyedeus Labs for their new product “Ingrain” and Syed Osama Maruf of NUST for his product “Smart Steth”.

 

The Silver Awards were taken by RemoteInterview.io in the Startup Category, EatOye in the Tourism & Hospitality Category and Fawad Ejaz Bhatti of NUST for TRex Tremor Reader in the Tertiary Student Category.

 

The Awards ceremony was graced by Mr. Rudiantara - the Minister of Communications & IT of Republic of Indonesia.

 

This year’s P@SHA delegation comprised of 30 members with 19 technology products competing for the prestigious APICTA Awards. The teams delivered another stunning performance in front of the Who’s Who of the technology industry in the Asia Pacific region with Gold Awards in the Media & Entertainment Technologies and Tertiary Student Categories and Silver Awards in the Startup, Tourism & Hospitality and Tertiary Student Categories – all of which are extremely competitive categories.

 

National teams from each economy are selected after a rigorous ICT Awards competition in 17 economies. The best of the best then compete against each other at a three day regional event judged by industry professionals, technology veterans and thought leaders from the APAC region. The Pakistani delegation was finalized after the announcement of winners at the PASHA ICT Awards earlier in November.

 

International APICTA Judges from 17 economies who evaluated the categories in which Pakistan participated spoke about the consistently high standard of technology products presented by Pakistan year after year. This year Team Pakistan benchmarked its products against 183 products from the region.

 

Over the years the Asia Pacific ICT Awards has become a platform for the best technology companies in the Asia Pacific to meet and form potential partnerships with each other and attract business and possible investment.

 

It is heartening to note that it was young technologists who led the way this year proving that Pakistan has enormous talent and that the technology industry has a brilliant future.

 

Speaking at the APICTA Awards gala event in Jakarta, Jehan Ara President of P@SHA said, “We are absolutely delighted that these dynamic youngsters have once again held the flag high and made us proud. We have always insisted that the technology sector is vibrant and the solution to many of Pakistan’s woes. Accolades to the winners, participants and the mentors who worked hard to guide and coach them – Jawwad A. Farid, Zafar Khan, Badar Khushnood, Dr. Shoab A. Khan and Sultan Hamdani.”

 

Tonight’s Gold & Silver Award winners included:

 

GOLD AWARD

Company: Eyedeus Labs

Product: Ingrain

Website: http://www.eyedeus.com

Category: Media & Entertainment Technologies

Eyedeus Labs is a startup developing Computer Vision technologies for smartphones. Ingrain is their second product – it is a Platform for targeted native advertisement in videos.

 

GOLD AWARD

Innovator: Syed Osama Maruf (and team members Ali Haider, M Daniyal Ashraf and Usama Azhar)
Organization: National University of Science & Technology

Product: Smart Steth
Category: Tertiary Student Category
Dubbed as a portable doctor, Smart Steth will be able to help a trained health worker in early detection of pneumonia as well as in its treatment.

SILVER AWARD
Company: Remote Interview

Product: RemoteInterview.io

Website: http://RemoteInterview.io

Category: Startup Category

An end to end remote hiring solution, from scheduling and filtering, pre-screening to hiring for the greatest technical talent in the world. It saves 10x the cost of recruiting a technical hire and amongst its beta users organizations like Twitter and Salesforce.com.

SILVER AWARD
Company: EatOye

Product: EatOye.

Website: http://EatOye.pk

Category: Tourism & Hospitality Category

EatOye assists thousands of its customers – avid diners and food aficionados – find restaurants, get-to-know the hot eateries, order food and reserve tables for FREE and pay better prices at top restaurants in all leading cities across Pakistan.

 

SILVER AWARD

Innovator: Fawad Ejaz Bhatti CEO (with CMO Kulsoom Rao and CTO Usman Shabbir)

Organization: National University of Science & Technology

Product: TRex Tremor Reader

Category: Tertiary Student Category
It is the world’s first standalone tremor quantifier. It is a small, wearable, ergonomic, aesthetic, low cost and low power device that quantifies the tremors of a patient and is characterized by state-of-the-art sensors and wireless technology, a proprietary algorithm and a purpose built mobile application.

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.