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EnterpriseDB Appoints Ashutosh Sarkar As Senior Director

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EnterpriseDB (EDB), a provider of enterprise-class PostgreSQL products and Oracle database compatibility solutions, has announced the appointment of Ashutosh Sarkar as Senior Director - Partner Sales and Alliances for India, ASEAN and ANZ markets.

The expansion of leadership in the region reflects the growing interest and demand among large technology companies and systems integrators for an alternative to costly, traditional database solutions.

Ashutosh joined EnterpriseDB from C-Edge Technologies, where he held a similar role managing partner sales. Prior to that, he was an executive at Oracle. He held multiple leadership roles in strategic alliances and channel development in India and the APAC region at Oracle for nine years and was ultimately appointed Senior Director, Alliances. He joined Oracle after four years with IBM India. Ashutosh holds an engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology and completed his post-graduate studies in international business at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

EnterpriseDB has recorded compounded annual growth of 84 percent in sales over the past two years with more than 100 customers in the Indian corporate and government sectors. The growth is attributed in a large part to e-Governance initiatives across the country and the increasing preference for open source technologies with enterprise-class support.

Tata Comm Connects Major Exchanges In Asia To Enable Fastest Possible Routes For Financial Trading
Tata Communications, a new world of communications, has announced the extension of its low latency network in Asia with direct connections to the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE), the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx).

The low latency network further extends the company’s global financial trading connectivity network. As a result, it will support mission critical, real-time trading applications by seamlessly connecting the exchanges with major financial capitals in Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Tata Communications’ low latency network is faster than traditional point-to-point systems. The pure Ethernet platform with native multipoint support enables financial trading businesses and other companies that require latency sensitive connectivity to respond faster in the dynamic Asian market. The global network integrates exchanges with market leading low latency connectivity to Europe and beyond, enabling firms to reach major financial centres, such as in Chicago  and London in milliseconds, through a single network and single supplier model.

Genius Wong, Senior Vice President, Global Network Services, Tata Communications, says, “Given the challenging economic conditions, fast, secure and reliable connectivity is crucial for businesses. The extension of our network via direct connections to SGX, HKEx and NSE exchanges will enable financial trading firms around the world to execute faster transactions and receive immediate market updates, mitigating financial risks and becoming more participative in the global economy.”

Jonathan Leung, Vice President and Head of Hosting Services, Hong Kong Stock Exchange adds, “We are very pleased to have Tata Communications join as part of our Hosting Services network. Members of our ecosystem will be able to easily access Tata Communications’ services through a direct cross connect. Tata Communications’ network will further allow our members to connect directly to some of the major financial centres and cities in the world.”

This expansion announcement is the latest example of Tata Communications’ vision to make global businesses better connected and enhance collaboration between enterprises across established and emerging markets.

Hello India Launches In-Ear Headphones From Wicked Audio

Hello India Digital & Electronics, distributor for POP phones, power banks and li-on batteries For DSLR camera, media camera, handy cam & digital camera, has unveiled the in-ear headphone - 'Wicked Deuce' from Wicked Audio.
'Deuce' headphones are elegantly designed to suite the requirements of  high quality music and allows listeners and adorers to hear the music as artists aspire to hear. With three pressure relieving cushions, the headset also gives passive noise isolation features. With dedicated 10mm / Class 1 driver and gold- plated plug material; Wicked Deuce headphone delivers wider frequency range with extended highs and lows. Wicked Deuce headphones are also available with mic and off mic facility in 20 different models with exciting colors. They support high resolution audio with a frequency range of 20-20,000 Hz.

Yogendra Kumar Varshney, CEO at Hello India Digital & Electronics Pvt Ltd said "Wicked Deuce in- ear headphones are the ideal choice for music listeners. With these users can enjoy music or watch video without external sound disturbances. 'Wicked Deuce' in-Ear headphone embodies an urban style, focused on the perfect amalgamation of high performance and the finest materials. Headphone is perfect for those who demand the best audio experience without compromise on personal style"

Wicked Deuce is priced at Rs 690 and with mic is Rs 1090 and comes with a replacement warranty for mechanical fault of 180 Days and available ex-stock.

Kelvinator Firms Up Small Domestic Appliance Business

Electrolux Global Brand Licensing, a division of Electrolux, has renewed its focus for India and announced its aggressive plans with a slew of new small domestic appliance products under its power brand, Kelvinator.

It is announcing the introduction of 10 Kelvinator branded small kitchen appliances including three models of Water Heaters, 5 models of Air Coolers and two models of Tower Fans.

Electrolux is a global leader in household appliances, selling more than 40 million units per year to customers in more than 150 countries under various brand names including Electrolux, Kelvinator, AEG, Eureka and Frigidaire.

Mark Ryan, Business Development Manager, Electrolux Global Brand Licensing said: “At Electrolux, India is a very important market considering that by 2025, India is projected to rise from twelfth to the fifth largest market for consumer durables in the world. Add to that the government’s policy to increase electrification of rural areas and what you have is a market ready to explode. Thus, it is in this direction that we are building up our plans for the 21st century. On the marketing front, Electrolux Global Brand Licensing is pleased to partner with Sundev Appliances Limited. Their team shares the same passion as ours and is very cued in to the Indian market. More importantly, they have a master plan for building the market for Kelvinator small domestic appliances in Tier II and III cities.”

Electrolux Global Brand Licensing also announced its marketing partnership with Mumbai headquartered Sundev Appliances Limited (SAL). SUNDEV is known for its Desire brand of appliances that it sells Pan-India exclusively through organized retailers such Spencer’s, Bharti, Walmart, Auchan, Metro cash & carry, Reliance Digital,  Girias & other Leading Chains.

Dassault Systèmes’ Forum Lays Out Blueprint For Indian Businesses
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions successfully has concluded its annual 3DEXPERIENCECustomer Forum 2013 in Mumbai.

Severalsessions and panel discussions were held to discuss how businesses are moving from product experience to business experience and how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can enable them to bring products to market faster and more efficiently than ever before.

Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Customer Forum was a unique space for the industry stalwarts to discuss best practices and cutting edge technologyfor fourkey industries such as Energy Processes and Utilities (EPU), Transport and Mobility (T&M), Consumer Goods and Retail (CG&R),as well as Academics.Leading industry firms showcased innovative ways to win opportunities in a competitive business environment;live demos of industry solution experiences and customer success stories were also highlighted.

Businesses are now operating in an experience economy and Indian businesses too are aligning themselves to this new world. The 3DEXPERIECE Customer Forum offered a platform for businesses to explore the technology tools available to successfully navigate in this world.

IT Helps Fuel Revenue And Job Growth In SMEs In India
Tech-savvy small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) created more new jobs and drove more revenue gains over the past three years than SMEs using little technology, according to new research commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and independently conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm and a leading adviser on business strategy.

The BCG report, Ahead of the Curve: Lessons on Technology and Growth from Small Business Leaders, found if more SMEs in India adopted the latest IT tools there is potential for SME revenue to grow by $56 billion and create 1.1 million new jobs.

BCG’s research found that over the past three years, IT-enabled SMEs, which BCG refers to as “technology leaders”, grew revenues 15 percentage points faster and created twice as many jobs as SMEs that use less technology. The research also revealed that across nearly all product categories, these fast-growing SMEs use more Microsoft solutions than any other products, and that SMEs view Microsoft as the top partner for new and future technology needs. In fact, when asked what technologies survey respondents could not live without, they chose Microsoft Office as the top productivity application over all others. Moreover, SMEs that adopted Microsoft Cloud services grew faster than SMEs that do not use any Microsoft products.  These companies also reported greatly improved employee mobility, scalability and agility.

The BCG report argued that the latest wave of technological advancement, such as cloud services, brings potential for the most far-reaching innovation and business growth ever, creating an opportunity for more SMEs to achieve the growth rates of technology leaders by leveraging technology to fuel productivity and growth. The research revealed that high-performing SMEs stayed ahead of mainstream IT adoption, riding new waves of advancement to improve productivity, connect with new customers and markets, particularly outside their own region or country, and compete with much larger players. These companies employ the full range of available tools — from productivity software to Internet connectivity and cloud-based services.

Zenga's Shabir Momin Wins TiE-Lumis Partners Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards 2013

TiE Lumis has announced Shabir Momin, MD & CTO-ZengaTV, as the winner of Entrepreneurship Excellence award 2013 in New Delhi. This award was instituted by TiE Delhi- NCR & Lumis Partners in 2008.

He bagged the award after the rigorous scrutiny from the more than 150 entries and the selection was based on the business strategy, competitiveness, business scalability & potential and financial stability of the business.
Geetika Dayal, Evecutive Director, TiE Delhi NCR adds, “The idea of these awards instituted 6 years ago, was to discover path-breaking ideas that are transforming into great businesses and are potentially sustainable. To promote such companies by combining TiE network and mentoring support with Lumis Partners’ acumen. It is heartening to see how the winners each year are showing unprecedented promise”.
Zenga's unique 2.5G technology works on delivering the best possible mobile TV experience optimized for the type of the device and the kind of network being used. Zenga's mission is to bring Interactive, Collaborative, On Demand, and Informative Entertainment into the hands of mobile, tablet and web users in an optimized and is a free service to the end user.

Trend Micro Finds 718,000 Malicious, High-Risk Android Apps In Q2 2013
According to Trend Micro's Q2 2013 Security Roundup Report, the number of malicious and high-risk Android apps surged from 509,000 in the first quarter of 2013 to 718,000 in the second quarter. This volume is expected to exceed one million by the end of 2013.

The vulnerability allows installed apps to be modified without users’ consent. It further raised concerns about mostly relying on scanning apps for protection, along with the fragmentation that exists in the Android ecosystem. OBAD (ANDROIDOS_OBAD.A) also exploited an Android vulnerability. Once installed, OBAD requests root and device administrator privileges, which allow it to take full control of an infected device. This routine rings similar to PC backdoors and rootkits.

OBAD repeatedly shows popup notifications to convince users to grant permissions. It also makes use of a new obfuscation technique that renders detection and cleanup more difficult to do. The FAKEBANK malware spotted this quarter, meanwhile, spoofs legitimate apps. It contains specific Android application package files (APKs), which it copies to a device’s Secure Digital (SD) card.

Using the APK files, the malware displays icons and a user interface that imitates legitimate banking apps. This technique is reminiscent of PC banking Trojans that monitor users’ browsing behaviors and spoofs banking sites.

Trend Micro also found more fake antivirus (FAKEAV) malware this quarter that even more closely resembled legitimate ones. Targeted attacks found their way to mobile devices as well in the form of the CHULI malware, which arrives as an attachment to spear-phishing emails.

CapitalVia Global Research Launches App For Intra-Day Trader

CapitalVia Global Research Limited, one of the country’s leading pure-play financial research companies providing recommendations for intra-day equity and commodity trading, today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind mobile application that would give value-added services to its clients.

The app, which features "technical levels" that can give support, resistance and pivot point for both equity and commodities, is a must-have for all intra-day traders and aims to make trading simple, as well as more effective. It seeks to further personalize the services and also provide live intra-day recommendations, based on users' interests and the instruments they trade in.

Made available for Android-based devices to begin with, the app could be downloaded from Google Play Store - free for a limited period. It is tipped to be launched soon on iOS and other platforms, too.

Schenker India Wins ‘Best Freight Forwarder Of The Year’ Award
Schenker India, provider of integrated logistics services in the country, has won the prestigious “Best Freight Forwarder of the Year – 2013” award. This is the third consective win for the leading logistic provider.

Shubhendu Das, Chief Operating Officer, Schenker India said “ Schenker India is a customer focused organization and it is evident in our wide range of freight solutions for customers. The company stands for reliability, transparency and on-time delivery. The award, our third consecutive win, underscores not only our leading role in freight solutions, but also the high degree of customer orientation of our services. We thank the jury for the recognition and honor.”