SAP Labs India launches new products

SAP Labs India launched three new products — File Lifecycle Management, Policy Management Framework and Address Data Cleansing — at its fifth annual Localisation Forum that commenced in Bangalore on Friday. Over 500 customers participated in the two-day summit.

Delivering the keynote address, Alok Goyal, COO, SAP India, spoke about how ‘ out-of-the-box' solutions to unique and challenging business problems were now being made available by SAP in the Indian market. Among the three products released, File Lifecycle Management solution aims to turn a physical file movement into a completely digital experience with file approval, storage, archiving and search features, while Policy Management Framework will enable organisations to conceive, draft, formalise, simulate, launch and monitor a new policy, all in a matter of days.

According to a press release, the Address Data Cleansing solution will help parse address data in India, and convert it from a raw form to an accurate result, locatable on digital maps, in a local context, helping industries such as utilities, telecom and financials services.

Search trends crown a different Oscar winner

At the 84th Academy Awards, the French black-and-white silent flick, The Artist, bagged top honours. However, online, going by Google Trends, analytics released by the web search major, the title went to Hugo, which outscored the winner in terms of being the most-searched film.

Further, according to India-specific reports generated by Google Insights for Search and Google Trends, it turned out that netizens from south India were “more avid searchers” of the awards and Oscar-related content. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka topped a search list for Hugo and The Artist respectively.

As for the much-coveted Best Actor award, it emerged that Brad Pitt surpassed all other contemporaries in terms of online popularity, while Meryl Streep and Rooney Mara were both wildly searched topics in India.

IBM's smart cloud

IBM India announced the launch of the IBM Smart Cloud Entry, specifically designed to address customer requirements in India. This is an entry-level private cloud offering that is simple to deploy and easy to use, a press release from the IT major stated.

“Cloud computing is much more than simply saving on IT implementation costs because it offers an enormous opportunity to innovate. With this product, we will enable customers to transition smoothly to a cloud-based infrastructure through an easy-to-use web-based interface,” said Rahul Bindal, vice-president, Growth Initiatives, Systems and Technology Group, IBM India /South Asia.

Video solution for smartphones

Polycom Inc, a leading company in the unified communications (UC) sector, and cellphone manufacturers HTC Corporation announced an agreement to collaborate and enable Polycom RealPresence Mobile on select HTC smartphones and tablets in mid-2012.

Select HTC devices will be certified Polycom-ready and optimised for RealPresence Mobile, which is expected to be available for download on HTC devices via the android market in mid-2012, a release stated.

RealPresence Mobile is a secure, enterprise-grade video software solution for mobile devices that extends the reach of video collaboration beyond the conference room, allowing users on the go with a mobile device to easily connect with other standards-based video systems in HD quality.

New acquisition

Chipset maker AMD announced its decision to acquire SeaMicro, a pioneer in energy-efficient, high-bandwidth microservers, for approximately $334 million.

Through the acquisition of SeaMicro, AMD will be accelerating its strategy to deliver disruptive server technology to its OEM customers serving cloud-centric data centres, a release from AMD stated.

AMD's server technology combined with SeaMicro technology provides customers with a range of processor choices and platforms that can help significantly reduce data centre complexity, cost and energy consumption while improving performance.

Outsourcing services

Avaya, business collaboration and communications solutions firm, introduced a new set of outsourcing services to help companies dramatically increase performance, reduce costs and accelerate the transformation of their communications environment. With the new offer, Avaya Communications Outsourcing Solutions (COS), Avaya takes on the task of managing all of a company's communications operations — regardless of age, location or vendor — to help them compete in a new era of advanced collaboration, a release from the firm stated.

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