Bank Alfalah Rising Talent Award

LAHORE (PR): As part of its commitment to nurturing sports in Pakistan, Bank Alfalah has announced the winners of the Rising Talent Award at the Pakistan-Sri Lanka International Cricket Series 2015.

At the ODI game, M Rizwan emerged as the winner of the Bank Alfalah Rising Talent Award winning a cash prize of $1,500 while Anwar Ali took the Rising Talent Award, winning a cash prize of $1,000, in the T20 game of the recently concluded Pakistan-Sri Lanka Cricket Series. The award was given on best performance by a young player who has played less than 25 matches in each playing format. The winners of the awards were decided by a jury comprising the match commentators.

Speaking at the event, Saadur Rahman Khan, Group Head, Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank Alfalah said, “The Bank continues to foster emerging talent in sports. For the last seven years, we have been supporting new talent in polo and plan to do the same for cricket in years to come. I congratulate Rizwan and Anwar, this series’ winners of Bank Alfalah’s Rising Talent Award in Cricket. Introduced last year, our Rising Talent Programme inspires and recognises young, upcoming talent in the country and provides them with meaningful opportunities.”

The Rising Talent Award has been established by Bank Alfalah to foster emerging talent and showcase new stories of success. The Award provides a platform for young people who are talented, think differently, and have the will to fight all odds. Bank Alfalah has announced Rising Talent Awards in Fashion and Polo and now inCricket. The Bank intends to continue looking for such young talented individuals and help transform ambitions into reality.

NTS scholarships

ISLAMABAD (PR): After issuing Rs 50 million need based scholarships, National Testing Service - Pakistan (NTS) is going to disburse scholarships amounting more than Rs 150 million among the deserving students of forty different public & private sector universities under the 2nd phase of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

NTS has successfully completed its 1st phase of need based scholarships. According to NTS spokesman Engr. Shakeel Akhtar, this scheme is very much popular among the students. Universities refer the names of deserving students to NTS for scholarships. NTS is a leading testing and assessment agency of Pakistan.

POFIT to train manpower of Oman

WAH CANTT (Staff Reporter): Pakistan Ordnance Factories and Oman Munition Production Company (OMPC) Sultanate of Oman inked an agreement on Tuesday to impart technical training to 20 Omanese technical operators. Arif Saeed Qazi, A/Director Exports POF, and Brig Said Abdullah Ali Alharthy, Chairman of Executive Committee Oman Munition Production, signed the contract on behalf of POF & Sultanate of Oman respectively.

The contract signing ceremony was attended by Lt Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat, HI(M) Chairman POF Board, senior POF officers and Brig Said Abdullah Ali Alharthy, Chairman of Executive Committee Oman Munition Production, and other members of Omanese delegation. Omanese operators will be trained at POF Institute of Technology viz-a-viz Small Arms Ammunition Fy in various technical fields pertaining to production of arms and ammunition for a period of 20 weeks including 16 weeks specialized on job training.

Lt Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat said that POFIT had already trained technicians and officers from many friendly countries in the past and it is a matter of pride and honour for us to train manpower of Sultanate of Oman. Chairman POF Board elaborated that long term strategic relations with Oman would certainly be enhanced in future as Oman and Pakistan were enjoying excellent bilateral relations since long. POF has been exporting its quality arms and ammunitions to various countries around the globe. Supply of military hardware to Oman as per their requirements has also been deliberated. This is a first drop of rain and we expect a lot in near future, said Chairman POF Board.

It may be mentioned that in the 2nd phase 20 Omanese staff members will be trained and in the 3rd phase 20 Officers will get training in various technical fields at POF Institute of Technology.

Brig Said Abdullah Ali Alharthy Chairman of Executive Committee Oman Munition Production head of Omanese delegation thanked the management of POF for extending support in shape of training to their technicians. He said that it would be a great opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relations between Pakistan & Oman in near future.

Oracle cloud platform

KARACHI (PR): Small and medium sized businesses as well as enterprises in Pakistan can automate their processes using the best available IT platform without spending too much with pay-as-you-grow subscription model for Oracle Cloud Platform.

Innovation, business agility, a better customer experience, the potential benefits of cloud have made it a key component in enterprise IT strategies, with more than 90 percent of companies adopting cloud computing to some degree.

Industry leaders are embracing digital technologies at an ever increasing pace to create innovative business processes that disrupt their markets but many enterprises are still struggling to achieve the agility that’s so critical to their success.

Developing and testing new applications and setting up new environments can take weeks or even months. Just the task of maintaining the database and middleware that support all the application development and deployment environments can become so time consuming that IT has little opportunity to update or extend existing applications.

Increasingly, organizations are finding that by using cloud-based platform offerings —called platform as a service (PaaS)— to develop and deploy applications, they can eliminate the cost and complexity of managing the underlying application platforms.

Businesses that use PaaS have reported operational savings of up to 50 percent compared to using siloed technology stacks.

“With Oracle Cloud Platform, organizations in Pakistan can innovate faster, increase productivity, and lower their costs. From collaboration to mobile development, from business intelligence and big data analytics to the Internet of Things, Oracle Cloud Platform is simply the most integrated and comprehensive cloud platform available today,” said Waqas Hashmi, Country Sales Director, Pakistan & Afghanistan at Oracle.

“Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud,” said Waqas.

Oracle Cloud Platform provides all the benefits of cloud with complete, integrated, secure solutions at every layer of the technology stack. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers.

The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration.

Oracle Cloud continues to show strong adoption, supporting 70+ million users and more than 33 billion transactions each day. It runs on 54,000 devices and more than 700 petabytes of storage in 19 data centers around the world.

Oracle Cloud Platform is experiencing exponential growth and is already powering some of the world’s most recognizable brands and organizations. Oracle Cloud Platform has more than 1,800 customers with 1,419 added in the last quarter.

And, with the pay-as-you-go delivery model, organizations can shift infrastructure and software costs from capital to predictable operational expenses — making it easier to scale environments to meet the changing needs of the business