Monday, 30 November 2009

Bancolombia Works with Actimize, a NICE Company, and Unisys to Build Stronger Enterprise-Wide Fraud Management Program

Actimize, a NICE Systems (NASDAQ:NICE) company and the largest and broadest provider of a single financial crime, risk and compliance software platform for the financial services industry, and Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that Bancolombia is working with both firms to strengthen its ability to fight fraud across the entire bank. Bancolombia is implementing Actimize ATM/Debit, Remote Banking, Wire & ACH Fraud prevention solutions. As a strategic Actimize partner, Unisys is working on deployment of the solutions.

As a leader in the Colombian market, Bancolombia strives to best protect customer and firm assets by combating the threat of fraud across all its lines of business. Once deployed, the Actimize suite of fraud prevention solutions will monitor all types of transactions enterprise-wide, alerting on suspicious behaviour and blocking truly risky transactions.

"We performed an exhaustive review of all the top fraud prevention solutions in the market, looking for a single vendor who can cover our entire enterprise fraud needs,” said JoaquĆ­n Fernando Yepes, IT security and compliance director at Bancolombia. “Actimize solutions and Unisys services are a major component of Bancolombia's strategy to provide greater levels of security to our customers."

Ipswitch’s MOVEit DMZ solution installed at Hermes

Ipswitch, Inc. File Transfer division, the leading global developer of comprehensive secure and managed file transfer solutions, today announced that Hermes Fund Managers, a multi-specialist asset manager owned by BT Pension Scheme (BTPS), has implemented Ipswitch’s MOVEit DMZ to provide them with a secure and reliable solution to help protect the transfer of sensitive data and information.

“We exchange a lot of data including sensitive market information, pricing and trade information, with a large number of third parties” explained Jamie Dewar, Technical Services Manager, Hermes. “We therefore required an enterprise-class FTP solution which needed to be very secure due to the sensitivity of the data.”

Hermes offers investment solutions ranging from alternative strategies, such as fund of hedge funds and commodities, to engagement focus funds, real estate, private equity and specialist equity products. Its pension fund management service, Hermes Pension Fund Management Limited (HPFM), runs alongside its multi-specialist structure and acts as the executive arm of the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS). Hermes currently invests assets on behalf of 204 clients across these product areas and has over £20 billion under management.

Extreme Networks Names Westcon As International Distributor Of The Year

Extreme Networks is pleased to announce that it has awarded Westcon Convergence with its prestigious International Distributor of the Year award. The presentation was made to Westcon during Extreme Networks’ recent Partner Conference, held in Barcelona between the 5th and 8th October. The conference was attended by more than 200 of Extreme Networks’ resellers and distributors from Europe, Middle East and African Markets.

Westcon Group is one of the industry’s largest distributors, specialising in advanced network technology solutions. The company works with significant global partners, including Extreme Networks, to provide the channel with leading solutions for modern networking and convergence challenges. Westcon provides its partners with the highest levels of service and support programmes, intensive training and the tools necessary to ensure increased profitability for its resellers – giving its customers the opportunity to be more competitive in their chosen markets.

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Thursday, 26 November 2009

dhc is the Supplier of Choice for The Guild Of Master Craftsmen

dhc, provider of integrated software solutions, is today announcing that the publishing and distributor group The Guild of Master Craftsmen (GMC) is using its Access Dimensions and iConnekt SOP software to improve its system integration and reporting services.

Based in Lewes, East Sussex, and with a presence in the USA, the GMC realised it faced various complexities with its incumbent system, which was unable to fully integrate with different parts of the business. “We like to be technically proficient, and with our previous software we experienced stability and functionality issues as the group continued to grow,” explained the GMC’s Finance Director, Ebrahim Saleh. “We’re always looking for ways to improve our working practices, so we decided to investigate other possible software solutions in order to manage subscriptions as well as related accounting processes.”

After initially inviting three software houses to pitch their individual solutions, the GMC appointed dhc, purchasing Access Dimensions along with the iConnekt SOP software for customised book, magazine and subscription sales. Since dhc installed the software, the GMC has benefited from increased system speed, stability and functionality as well as improved system integration and reporting services.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Kaspersky Lab announces Costco as first UK wholesaler to stock Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of Internet threat management solutions that protect against all forms of malicious software including viruses, spyware, hackers and spam, today announced that all 21 Costco cash and carry membership warehouse clubs across the UK will be stocking the three-desktop one year license of the award-winning Kaspersky Internet Security 2010.

Costco operates the chain of cash & carry membership warehouses that sell high-quality, nationally branded and selected private-label merchandise at low prices to businesses purchasing for commercial use or resale, and also to individuals who are members of selected employment groups.

Buyer at Costco, Alison Owen explains why it is important for all of its stores to stock the very latest security software: “The self employed, small businesses and family homes of today will often have two or three Internet-enabled PCs or laptops that connect to a wireless network. Without up-to-date protection each of these devices are at risk from the threat of cybercrime. By stocking the three-desktop version of Kaspersky Internet Security we are able to provide our customers, their families and businesses with the comprehensive protection and reassurance they need to stay safe from the threat of cybercrime.”
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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Extreme Networks Cools The Data Centre With 2nd Generation 10GBASE-T Data Centre Switch

Extreme Networks continues to innovate products for the data centre by addressing power consumption and operational costs. Extreme Networks is now shipping a greener, more energy efficient version of its Summit® X650 10GBASE-T data centre switch, a high performance 10GbE, Top-of-Rack Ethernet switch, designed for the next generation data centre, cloud computing and hosted environments.

A second generation 10 Gigabit, Top-of-Rack switch, the Summit X650-24t consumes 200W less power during operation than the first generation, to address the energy efficiency goals of data centre planners. The SummitX650 is complemented with Intel’s new lower power 10GBASE-T adapter that provides state-of the art interfaces to high performance servers.

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NanoKTN Announces Event Focused on Micro and Nanotechnology in Drug Discovery

NanoKTN hosts event to raise awareness of the opportunities nanotechnology offers the Pharmaceuticals Industry
Wednesday 16th December, BioPark Hertfordshire, Welwyn Garden City

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, has announced the date of its first NanoPharm Special Interest Group (SIG) event, dedicated to looking at the opportunities for nanotechnology within the pharmaceuticals industry and the barriers to further commercial adoption.

Monday, 16 November 2009

dhc Announces CRM Seminar With Microsoft

dhc, provider of integrated software solutions is today inviting business professionals to attend its Microsoft Dynamics® Customer Relationship Management (CRM) event on Wednesday 18th November. The free-to-attend seminar will educate and inform about the traditional deployment of CRM, as well as the operational efficiencies that will benefit all departments within an organisation. The seminar will also introduce attendees to the concept of xRM (Anything Relationship Management)

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, dhc brings an extra element to Microsoft Dynamics CRM through seamless integration, so that CRM can work alongside Access Dimensions Accounting and Finance software as well as dhc’s own workflow solution, iConnekt. dhc’s seminar, which will be hosted by Microsoft at its campus in Reading, will showcase the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and feature guest presentations from Partner Account Manager at Microsoft, Antony Ford and Partner Technology Specialist at Microsoft, Hayley Bass.

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Taylor Wessing Installs Intelligent Network Infrastructure from Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks has today announced that leading law firm Taylor Wessing LLP is using a selection of its BlackDiamond and Summit® family switches to install a fast, resilient and future-proofed network that is able to support a fully converged voice and data infrastructure.

A dynamic and pragmatic organisation, Taylor Wessing identified the need to provide its employees with the latest technological advancements in integrated communications. Prior to the relocation of the London offices to New Street, London in November 2008, the firm realised that it needed to implement a fast, resilient and fully flexible network to support the triple play services it was looking to host.

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Friday, 13 November 2009

Top British Nanofirms win Business Innovation Awards

Three top British nanotechnology firms whose innovations make solar cells more efficient, help in the fight against heart disease, and improve the production of fine chemical compounds won Business Innovation Awards today at the UK NanoForum & Emerging Technologies Conference 2009.

The two-day event, which has drawn more than 450 delegates from the UK and overseas, is hosted by the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in the London Hilton Park Lane.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

dhc Charges Up SCM Turbo

dhc, provider of integrated software solutions, is today announcing that turbocharger service and suppliers SCM Turbo is using its Access Dimensions with the Office Integration Package to improve efficiency and aid the development of the company.

Based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and with an increasing dependence on IT, SCM Turbo decided to invest in a new software solution, capable of fulfilling its current and future needs as the company continues to grow. The company has seen its day to day business increase and diversify, and required a highly sophisticated IT solution, programmed to more effectively monitor its stock, purchasing and accounting processes.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Green IT Expo 2009 Focuses On Government Strategy And Confirms Connection Between Green IT And Cost Effective Business

10th and 11th November, Barbican Exhibition Centre, London

Future government strategies and ways of using Green IT to save money and generate profit were two of the main themes highlighted by the keynote speakers on day one of the Green IT Expo 2009, the UK’s first free-to-attend event focused on bottom line benefits from sustainable computing.

At today's opening keynote, Senior Analyst at Ovum, Warren Wilson, highlighted the need for changes to business plans as environmental concerns put pressure on companies to provide greener products and services. With atmospheric carbon emissions above the danger threshold and problems looking to be twice as severe as predicted six years ago, CEOs and IT Managers are beginning to take responsibility. Wilson noted that in previous years, the idea that green and profit are two mutually exclusive words had stopped businesses investing in emerging green technology. However, with Return On Investment (ROI) of less than 12 months and evidence of international companies making major savings on energy and costs, businesses are starting to pay attention.

Wilson comments, "Changing the functions of data centres only accounts for a small percentage of energy use and carbon emissions. If we are to see a real impact, we need to look at how IT can reduce energy and carbon use throughout the entire business operation, particularly in manufacturing, building and vehicle use where green software can have the greatest effect. At the moment, this idea is underappreciated but we are starting to see more and more companies interested in making green investments, due to the increasing connection between green and cost efficiency."

During the afternoon's keynotes, Chief Sustainability Officer at Microsoft, Darren Strange, looked at how technology has the power to reduce costs as well as impacting positively on companies’ environmental sustainability.

Strange comments, “At Microsoft, we believe that true sustainability is not a quick fix, it’s a broad set of initiatives which have to be achieved in order to meet a business’ environmental goal. Technology can help drive real change, and Microsoft has a credible solution in every part of the technology spectrum, from the desktop PC to a state of the art data centre. UK business is on a journey to improve its environmental credentials and it’s great to see this becoming increasingly front of mind.”

Closing the first day was Head of Low Carbon Economy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Trevor Hutchings, who looked at the business opportunities for the transition to a low carbon economy. Hutchings confirmed the need for a focus on improved resource efficiency where it is estimated that savings of £6.4 billion per year could be made by UK businesses in this area.

Hutchings comments, "There are huge business opportunities in the development of low carbon and environmental goods and services, where globally this market is estimated to be worth around £4.3 trillion by the middle of the next decade. We want to make sure the UK seizes this huge opportunity."

Day two of Green IT Expo will see keynotes from IBM who will discuss smart solutions for greener data centres and Paolo Bertoldi from the European Commission, who will look at ways of improving energy efficiency from a European perspective.

Green IT Expo 2009 is sponsored by 1E, AMD UK Limited, BCS, Capita Total Document Solutions, Microsoft, Iron Mountain, Cisco, Computer Aid International, IT-Energy, Ienovo, Salisbury VVC, TCO, verismic, VersionOne and vmware.

Green IT Expo 2009 is organised by one of the UK’s leading providers of focused business forums, Revolution Events, in association with Datamonitor, WWF’s global Climate Savers Computing Initiative, BCS/Carbon Smart, Action Sustainability and Global Action Plan. For further information please visit

Neovia Financial Implementing Solutions From Actimize For Enhanced Card And Banking Fraud Prevention

Actimize, a NICE Systems company and the largest and broadest financial crime, compliance and risk management solutions provider to the financial services industry, today announced its Remote Banking and Card Fraud prevention solutions are being implemented by NEOVIA Financial Plc (LSE: NEO), a leading global online payments business.

NEOVIA’s services are used by consumers and merchants in more than 160 countries to address the unique challenges of secure online money transfers in a cardholder-not-present environment. The company specialises in addressing and providing innovative, secure and instant payment services through its brands (NETELLER®, NETBANX®, Net+™ and 1-PAY™), where money transfer is difficult or risky due to identity, trust, currency exchange, or distance. NEOVIA will use Actimize’s automated fraud prevention infrastructure to monitor all transactions between consumers and merchants in real-time.

“As chip and PIN implementation grows in acceptance and ‘card not present’ transactions increase, we recognise the continuing importance of an enhanced real-time fraud monitoring and prevention solution,” said Mark Healy, head of risk at NEOVIA. “Our fundamental requirements were to extend our fraud mitigation capabilities and allow for self-administration by both our risk team and our merchants. We believe Actimize has the only proven real-time fraud prevention solution within the marketplace that can cover one hundred percent of our transactions.”

Monday, 9 November 2009

Nordea Bank Monitors Its Network With WhatsUp Gold

Ipswitch, Inc.’s Network Management division, a developer of innovative network management solutions, today announced that Nordea Bank, the largest financial institution in the Nordic and Baltic regions, has installed WhatsUp Gold v14 to monitor more than 1,500 devices in use across the bank’s New European Market networks, used by more than 4500 employees.

“The most valuable benefit is keeping Nordea Bank’s corporate network up and running, and WhatsUp Gold has met all our needs and expectations,” explained Edgars Smilgzdruvs, Nordea Bank IT Network Engineer. “WhatsUp Gold’s network monitoring capabilities mean that we are able to identify any problems in the network and react quickly to them. WhatsUp Gold is able to recognise problems graphically and it helps to resolve them quickly.”

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Extreme Networks To Speak On Carrier Business Ethernet Services At Ethernet Expo

Extreme Networks today announced it will be exhibiting and speaking at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo, November 3-4, 2009 in New York City. On Tuesday November 3rd, the company will join industry experts on the panel, “Success Stories – Addressing Enterprise Requirements for Ethernet Services with Dynamic QoS & Robust SLAs.”

Extreme Networks is also pleased to announce that its BlackDiamond 20808 Ethernet Transport switch has been named a finalist in the Carrier Ethernet Switch/Router Infrastructure Solution category. According to Light Reading, “this award is given to the network equipment supplier that is shipping the best Carrier Ethernet switch and/or router infrastructure solution in the Americas.” The winner of this award will be announced on November 3rd at the Hilton New York, during the exhibition and cocktail reception at Ethernet Expos America.
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Extreme Networks Delivers Intelligent Network To Synovate

Extreme Networks today announced that market intelligence company Synovate has installed a fully flexible network that will provide interoperability with Avaya telephony systems, and contribute to lowering electricity consumption across its new offices in Central London. The network is built on Extreme Networks’ BlackDiamond and Summit® product families and sets a solid foundation for future developments.

Established in 2003 with approximately 6000 members of staff globally, Synovate is now located in a new building at London Bridge, where it required a resilient network to handle its specific requirements. As its previous network was unable to fulfil these, Extreme Networks’ Partner G3 Telecommunications recommended that Synovate deployed a variety of BlackDiamond and Summit® switches to provide the backbone for introducing IP telephony with minimal failover.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

PiMS Workspace Celebrates Opening of New Headquarters in Fareham

PiMS Workspace, the award-winning space and accommodation management services provider, today announced it has opened its brand new headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire. The new offices will accommodate the company’s 17-strong employee base and include a ‘show office’, which will support PiMS Workspace’s growth in the areas of effective space management and sustainable design.

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Monday, 2 November 2009

Bannerbridge Flies The Flag For DASCOM GB

DASCOM GB, developer, manufacturer and provider of enterprise printing solutions, has today announced that it has appointed Bannerbridge as one of its key distributors for the UK market. Bannerbridge will be supplying resellers with DASCOM GB’s dot matrix, mobile and thermal printing solutions.

Bannerbridge is one of the UK’s longest standing suppliers of computer peripherals. The company has a lot of experience in supplying office and special application printers and offers pre-sales advice and associated post-sales support services on all products. Prior to DASCOM acquiring key assets of the TallyGenicom product family, Bannerbridge had continued to source and sell its products to try and ensure a seamless transfer between the two brands for many of its customers.

Top-10 Global Bank Selects Actimize, a NICE Company, in a High 7-Digit Deal to Standardise on a Single Enterprise-Wide Anti-Fraud Platform

Actimize, a NICE Systems (NASDAQ:NICE) company and the largest and broadest financial crime, compliance and risk management solutions provider to the financial services industry, today announced that a top-10 global bank, has selected the company as its strategic partner for fighting financial crime in a high 7-digit deal. The bank will standardise on the Actimize anti-fraud platform in one of the industry’s largest and most comprehensive moves towards a single enterprise-wide fraud risk management platform. The Actimize packaged solutions will enable the institution to prevent fraud in real-time, across various channels such as Internet, call centre, cards, payments and ATM. The Actimize platform will also support self-development of proprietary fraud models by the bank’s internal experts. In addition, the bank will use Actimize’s enterprise case management solution to manage fraud investigations across the enterprise.

The bank, like many other financial institutions, has been challenged to manage multiple legacy anti-fraud systems and siloed lines of business. Following years of rapid growth and multiple acquisitions, the bank has dozens of disparate fraud detection systems in place, which are expensive to maintain, lack the flexibility necessary to respond to new fraud threats and do not leverage cross-channel information.

David Kidney MP To Deliver Ministerial Address At Green IT Expo 2009

10th and 11th November, Barbican Exhibition Centre, London

Green IT Expo, the UK’s first free-to-attend showcase of sustainable computing practices and IT solutions, has today confirmed that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), David Kidney MP, will make a Ministerial Address on 10th November.

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Capscan Enhances Matchcode For Microsoft Dynamics CRM With International Data

New, fully-customisable version of plug-in adds international address data for 190 countries...

Capscan, a leading provider of international address management solutions and data integrity services, today announced that it has added international data for 190 countries to the new version of its Matchcode for Microsoft DynamicsTM CRM plug-in. It ensures that UK and international contact databases contain high quality address data, improving the effectiveness of international marketing campaigns and supporting enterprise data quality management strategies.

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