News and Press Releases

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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Game Plan8 Releases a New Game: Battle of Galaxies – Space Conquest

Herndon, VA October 31st, 2014 – Game PIan8 is proud to announce the release of an exciting new sci-fi space game, Battle of Galaxies – Space Conquest. Now available for iPad and iPhone in the Apple App Store.

Battle of Galaxies- Space Conquest is an exciting 3D space battle game for both children and adults. The game provides a thrilling experience of space voyage fighting enemy battleships and protecting galaxies from enemy invasions. This tactical conquest lets you develop your own space battle strategies to fight off enemy powers.

"With the availability of powerful devices and new gaming engines, motion graphics has opened up a whole new world of 3D Gaming experience"commented Zeeshan Aftab, Managing Director, Game Plan8. “We selected the space theme to unwind our imagination and emulate the thrill of a real space conquest. Our team of Gamo-Sapiens worked really hard to produce this game in a span of 3 months, making Battle of Galaxies an exciting and much awaited release of Game Plan8".
The Battle of Galaxies – Space Conquest features include:

  • Fully personalized & mesmerizing outer-space battle adventure.
  • Fast paced arcade style game play.
  • 3 different galaxies with many space missions.
  • Immensely challenging space missions to test your convoy.
  • Spectacular universe with hundreds of planets and space stations.
  • Multiple warships to unlock.
  • Guided missile along with heavy machine gun.
  • Magnetic field to attract collectables.
  • Game Centre Leaderboard and Social Media sharing.

Shift Payments Taps i2c to Provide a Global Payments Platform to Connect Alternative Currencies to Traditional Payments Infrastructure

Payment processor i2c enables Shift debit cardholders to seamlessly spend alternative currencies, including loyalty points, airline miles, precious metals and bitcoin

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Nov. 3, 2014 – i2c, Inc., a global provider of card processing and emerging financial services solutions, today announced that it is providing the payment processing infrastructure behind Shift Payments' debit card, which allows consumers to make payments in fiat, digital and alternative currencies. The companies have already collaborated to get test cards to market and are working on a global roll out.

Shift Payments taps i2c inc. to provide payments platform for debit card that uses bitcoin, loyalty pts, air miles, gold money2020 i2c's global processing platform, used by organizations worldwide to offer customized financial products, is the bridge that connects Shift to the existing payments ecosystem. i2c, as a next generation payment processor, allows Shift to integrate into the authorization stream and existing settlement process with the issuing bank and card network.

“Today, money exists in a variety of different forms, not just traditional fiat currency, but there is no easy or convenient way for consumers to pay for everyday goods and services with these alternative stores of value. Shift is solving this problem with the support of i2c,” says Meg Nakamura, co-founder and chief executive of Shift Payments. “By working with i2c, Shift gains access to a global payments technology platform that offers end users the benefits of best execution and greatest acceptance,” says Nakamura.

Stephan Koukis, senior vice president, Business Advisory Group at i2c, comments, “We are at a point in time when consumers are driving the evolution of financial services. By giving consumers more choice and control in spending their money, Shift is delivering exactly what the market is requesting right now. We are excited to be partnering with Shift to establish a blueprint for enabling consumers to p]ay using alternative funding sources, such as loyalty points, airline miles, gold and other precious metals, bitcoin, and any alternatives that may exist in the future.”

 

A2Z Press Release

Recovering global economy has improved worldwide IT spending. The Middle East in particular is expected to grow at a fast clip with region’s IT spending estimated in excess of USD 211 billion in 2015 and expected to reach USD 243 billion by 2018. The drivers for this growth include mobility, smart government, big data and Internet of Things (IoT0, communications, media and services, banking and securities, government, manufacturing and natural resources.

Taking into account the above mentioned growth, it would be worthwhile to enhance focus on the Middle East to enhance exports and thus expand the footprint of Pakistan’s IT industry. In this context it is worthwhile to note that during recent participation in GITEX Dubai 2014, A2Z Creatorz signed an MOU with a Bahrain based company that would market and sell A2Z Creatorz services in Bahrain.

The potential for Pakistan’s IT industry is significant in the Middle East due to cultural synergies, favorable country perception as well as geographical proximity. Aggressive efforts by Pakistani IT companies can therefore pay significant dividends of the local IT Industry.

Systems Limited and Higher Education Commission Launch Partnership

Karachi, Pakistan – Oct 10, 2014 – Systems Limited is appointed by Higher Education Commission, Pakistan as a strategic technology partner for the implementation of IBM Business Process Management. By partnering with Systems Limited – a premier technology company, HEC will be able to leverage on the technology, services, and expertise that they need to improve and streamline their business processes.

“HEC is pleased to be working with Systems Limited to leverage their technology expertise. This project is in line with our mission of transforming the higher education landscape in the country”, said M Pervaiz Khan, Director NIS, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.

The solution offered by Systems Limited will provide HEC with a comprehensive and consumable BPM platform that will enable them to optimize their operations with better and real-time visibility, and management of processes through continuous monitoring and analytics. Moreover, the robust collaboration capabilities as one of the highlighting features of the solution will help in the acceleration of day-to-day task completion. HEC will also benefit from the simplicity and ease of use offered by BPM, which would facilitate the organization with deeper business engagement.

Mr. Khan also stated, “As much as we are focused on providing quality education and establishing new academic institutions, we are equally driven to streamlining work processes within the organization that would help us achieve our broader objectives. As Systems Limited implements IBM BPM at HEC, we seek to achieve business process automation and improvement in all the aspects of work processes.”

“With nearly 38 years of experience in IT and ITeS and myriad successful implementations, Systems Limited stands at par and among the top leaders in technology-led service providers’ arena. Our partnership with HEC marks yet another great step towards us being a conduit of opportunity to grow Pakistan’s IT industry”, said Asif Peer, CEO and Managing Director, Systems Limited.