AbacusConsulting, SAP launch SuccessFactors

KARACHI (PR): Today’s business challenges present a new wave of HR, talent and organisation priorities. One of the key success factors of high-performing organisations is putting their people first. Given this emerging need of the market, AbacusConsulting together with SAP launched SuccessFactors: the complete HCM suite on October 7, 2015 at Movenpick Hotel, Karachi.

AbacusConsulting, a correspondent of Mercer for Pakistan, the leading global HR consultancy firm, is building on its Gold Partnership with SAP to offer a unique combination of HR advisory and technical implementation of SAP SuccessFactors-the complete HCM suite which is a complete set of tightly integrated talent management solutions, robust workforce analytics and planning, plus a next generation core HR solution.

Abbas Ali Khan, Partner AbacusConsulting opened the event providing a brief introduction of Abacus and its long-standing relationship with SAP and how that puts Abacus in the best position to deploy SuccessFactors. During the ceremony, Ms. Fatima Asad-Said, Executive Director AbacusConsulting reinforced the importance of HR transformation, as she stated: ‘ The future of business must leverage on redesigning talent management systems that are driven by technology, and are flexible enough to support different business models and strategies’.

Dr. Sitwat Husain, Group HR Head at Habib Bank AG Zurich, also attended the event. He said ‘SuccessFactors appears to be, perhaps, the most comprehensive and extensive HR Delivery system seen in the global context. Its core methodology of standardiSing and simplifying HR is amazing to say the least! It certainly creates a ‘wow factor’ for any HR professional.”

Huawei unveils latest prodigy Mate S

LAHORE (PR): Huawei unveiled its latest flagship smart phone, Mate S, in a glittering and glamorous event, organised at the Royal Palm, Lahore on 8th October. The evening was star-studded; prestigious media personalities, famous celebrities, fashion icons and high ranking bloggers adorned the event with their presence. Music maestro, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, created magic with his enchanting voice and left the audience spellbound for several minutes. The event ambiance was alluring and the aura of it conveyed the matchless prestige of the Huawei brand.

The gem of the evening, Mate S and Huawei G8 were put up on exhibit on the stalls, so that the honored guests could have a first hand experience of these, elegantly crafted smart devices.

The launch event was further escalated with the series of entertainment programs and engaging activities. Fraz M Khan, Huawei’s Head of Marketing, gave out a detailed insight to the audience about the exquisite wonders, wrapped in the Mate S.

Emirates sweeps APEX Passenger Choice Awards

KARACHI (PR): Emirates emerged as the biggest winner at the 2015 APEX Passenger Choice Awards held at the Oregon Convention Center Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, USA on Monday. The airline clinched seven awards, topping all the categories it was nominated in. The honours included Best Overall Passenger Experience and Best in Region: Middle East for the sixth consecutive year.

Emirates was also recognised for its on board product offering and airport services, being awarded: Best In-Flight Entertainment User Interface, Best In-Flight Connectivity and Communications, Best Cabin Ambience, Best Food and Beverage and Best Ground Experience.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, said: “The customer is at the heart of everything we do. In the air and on the ground, at the frontline and behind the scenes, our dedicated staff works hard every day to deliver an exceptional travel experience. To be recognised by passengers is the best kind of recognition and we will strive to keep raising the bar. Emirates continually invests in delivering products based on the latest available technology and innovative cabin furniture as well as enhancing the services and product offering of our ground facilities. This is thanks to the unlimited support we receive from HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, and Sir Tim Clark, President of the airline.”

Opportunities for women in IT sector

LAHORE (PR): Sanjh Preet Organisation has organised a consultative workshop at UMT. This workshop was basically organised for the female IT graduates with the provision of internship to enhance the employability of women in IT sector. Currently the situation of employability of women in IT sector is only 14pc. Sanjh Preet Organisation is working with the collaboration of USAID under Small Grant Ambassador Programme (SGAFP) to enhance the employability for women in IT sector.

This consultative workshop was attended by Abid Hussain Gill (CEO Sanjh Preet Organization), M. Rashid Aziz Project coordinator, Pervaiz Akhtar Director Program Sanjh Preet, Chairperson Punjab Commission Ms. Fauzia Viqar, Sohail Zafar Cheema (CEO Brainoids software house), Khizer Abbas Gillani from SGAFP (USAID) and a large number of attendees. Addressing to consultative workshop Chairperson Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Ms. Fauzia Viqar said in her speech that women’s employability is very low in Pakistan especially in IT sector and it should be enhanced, She also said that the Punjab commission on the status of women is a forum for females to take guidance and support in case of any violence/ harassment. And SPO will support to female graduates by providing the internship in IT sector.

Oxford University awards certificates to teachers

ISLAMABAD (PR): At a ceremony organised at the Oxford University Press bookshop, 10 teachers from different schools in Islamabad, Abbottabad, Swat, and Peshawar were awarded certificates upon the successful completion of a course held as part of the Oxford Teachers’ Academy (OTA).

While addressing teachers and the media present on the occasion, Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan, said that the OTA is a first-of-its-kind professional development programme launched in Pakistan for school teachers.

The OTA courses, developed by Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and Oxford University Press, provide quality teacher training which help teachers develop the skills they need to meet teaching and learning goals. Teachers who successfully complete the course and provide evidence of learning are awarded a certificate by the University of Oxford. “This is the first time in the history of Pakistan that school teachers are being awarded certificates endorsed and issued by the University of Oxford,” she further added. 

The OTA has run courses in over 30 countries, for more than 15 years, making a difference through education and learning to thousands of teachers and students. The courses constitute interactive presentations, role-plays, video clips, energisers, case studies, individual and group presentations, as well as group discussions to consolidate successful learning.

Guwen Services holds discussion on illicit trade

LAHORE (PR): A round table discussion was conducted on Thursday at the Royal Palm to discuss the menace of illicit trade in Pakistan and its impact on the Pakistan’s economy. The event was hosted by Guwen Services (Pvt) Ltd. Various notables were present including DG IPR, Customs, DG Excise & Taxation, Secretary Industries, Former Chief Secretary Punjab and various other officials from Police, Excise and Taxation, Anti Narcotics Force, Customs and Punjab Revenue Authority.

The private sector was represented by company representatives, members of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as representatives of Anti-Counterfeit and Infringement Forum (ACIF).

Speaking on behalf of Guwen Services, Ahmed Umair presented the case study of the pesticide industry and how illicit trade has impacted its dynamics. Barrister Ahmed Uzair talked about the regulatory framework, both international and legal framework.

Speaking on behalf of Anti-Counterfeit and infringement Forum, Amer Naseer spoke about the challenges that are faced by the legitimate businesses from counterfeit and duty evaded products. He reiterated the need for enforcement as counterfeit and duty evaded products are not only being manufactured and sold openly in Pakistan but also being imported in large quantities causing not only revenue loss but undermining the health agenda.

At the occasion representatives from Nielsen Pakistan, also shared their recently published report titled “The challenge of Illicit trade in Cigarettes: Impact & Solutions for Pakistan”. According to the report 23.7pc of the total market share in Pakistan is that of Illicit Cigarettes which causes a loss of more than Rs. 24 Billion per annum to the national exchequer in the form of duties and taxes.

ACCA hosts session on “Ending Late Payment”

LAHORE (PR): Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Pakistan hosted a research and insights event in Faisalabad on “Ending Late Payment”. The session was attended by representatives from local businesses for a panel discussion moderated by ACCA Regional Head of Policy (MENASA), Arif Mirza.

The panelists included Dr Abid Ali-CFO Rafhan Maize, Imran Ghafoor- CEO Sitara Peroxide, Muhammad Zeeshan Abid -Partner Parker Randall, Suleman Zahid Jamil Chairman- Zahid Jamil & Co and Taha Hussain Director FGS.

Arif Mirza, speaking on the occasion highlighted that “circular debt is a cold example of the devastating consequences prolonged late payments can have on an economy. Circular debt and the concurrent energy crisis plays a pivotal role in depressing the Pakistani economy, our economic growth( based upon real GDP) is nowhere near that of our regional emerging markets.”

The CFO of Rafhan Maize gave a laudable presentation about the payment policy of Rafhan Maize as compared to the Sugar industry. He highlighted Rafhan’s strong commitment to pay suppliers as soon as possible without any exploitation, even though a large portion of their suppliers are small farmers without any bargaining power. The result has been spectacular, with corn production in Pakistan rising from 3000MT (metric tonnes) in 2009 to 5000MT in 2014. In contrast, the Sugar industry is notorious for late paying farmers. Just recently, nine sugar mills were seized by the Punjab government because of large outstanding dues to farmers.

Microsoft redefines laptop with surface book

LAHORE (PR): Microsoft Corp. unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices, taking advantage of powerful and versatile hardware to unlock new Windows 10 experiences, including fast and secured login with Windows Hello, new Cortana2 experiences that turn Windows 10 devices into a personal assistant. The improved touch and pen experiences on Surface and Continuum for phones, enables the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones to work like PCs. Showcasing the innovation possible with Windows 10, Microsoft also shared new gaming experiences from Xbox and new details on Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully untethered holographic computer.

Now running on 110 million devices around the world, Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in history — seeing upgrades at three times the rate of Windows 7 in the same time period. With more than 1.25 billion visits to the Windows Store, Microsoft announced all-new universal apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipagram, Uber, and others. These apps add to the existing Windows 10 experiences that will be available on the new Microsoft devices.

“With Windows 10 and these new Microsoft devices, you are at the center of magical new experiences,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We’re moving people from needing to choose to loving Windows, and these devices promise to fuel even more enthusiasm and opportunity for the entire Windows ecosystem.”