Kamal Ahmed's Message
Country General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan
Microsoft is proud to be playing a pivotal role
in the development of Pakistan. We have a
long-term commitment to support Pakistan in
developing IT education through the provision
and promotion of most modern technologies
As the global economic challenges increase, the
businesses are looking for ways to utilize their
resources more efficiently. Microsoft solutions
are helping the businesses to manage their
operations effectively. Microsoft solutions are
used in Banking, Telecom, Government, NGOs,
Small Businesses, Education and Health, through
which Microsoft is touching the lives of
everyone in many ways and drawing inspiration
from our customers to develop innovative
products that improve the lives of our
We just concluded the local finals of Imagine
Cup in Pakistan with LUMS winning the local
finals. The winning team of the local finals is
flying off to Paris to compete against the
winning teams from across the world.
Today's software users operate in an
increasingly diverse IT environment that is rich
with many products and services from many
companies. As part of its commitment to ensure
open connections to its products, Microsoft
held an Interoperability Roundtable Conference
to ensure community participation, access to
technologies and engagement with standard
We wish to do a lot more and in our endeavour
to continually improve, we look forward to
your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
Microsoft, in partnership with World Wide Fund for
Nature (WWF), announced the winning team of
Software Design category from Lahore University of
Management Sciences (LUMS). The winning team
was sent by Microsoft on a trip to Paris to compete
at the worldwide finals of Imagine Cup 2008. The
winners for the local finals of the Imagine Cup were
announced at the Microsoft Innovation Center located
at FAST National University Campus, Karachi.
The Imagine Cup is a global contest held by Microsoft
to provide student innovators from across the world
a platform to showcase their software development
skills. The theme for Imagine Cup 2008 is 'Imagine a
world where technology enables a sustainable
Mr. Vaqar Khamisani, DPE Manager, Microsoft Pakistan giving the winner's shield to LUMS team.
"Imagine Cup's focus on environment is
encouraging students to find innovative ways
to improve environment and the quality of life
in Pakistan and worldwide," said Mr. Mir Hussain
Ali, Secretary, Environment & Alternate Energy,
Government of Sindh.
A total of 2,117 students from more than 40
cities of Pakistan representing over 65
universities and institutes participated in the
nine different categories of the Imagine Cup
2008. Five teams, out of the 33 competing
teams were short-listed for the final rounds in the Software Design Category. The
National Final rounds were held at the Microsoft Innovation Center, located at FAST
"The Imagine Cup provides students a wonderful platform to think out-of-the-box
and to develop innovative technology solutions to solve real
world environmental issues," said Ms. Uzma Khan, Manager Conservation Programme,
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Pakistan.
"The Imagine Cup is all about igniting the imagination of tomorrow's technology
visionaries and leaders, and inspiring them to harness the possibilities of technology
to build a better world," said Mr. Vaqar Khamisani, Manager, Developer & Platforms
Group, Microsoft Pakistan.
|Microsoft & Government of NWFP sign MoU for Development in Education Sector
Microsoft achieved a significant milestone in
June by signing an MoU with the Ministry of
Education for development in education sector
in the NWFP province under its Partners in
Learning (PIL) Program. Microsoft and
Government of NWFP would make joint efforts
for the promotion of IT education through
innovative programs and practices. The MoU
was signed by Sardar Hussain Babak, Minister
for Education, NWFP and Mr. Kamal Ahmed,
Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan.
'Partners in Learning' is an overall IT education
program in which the provincial
government and Microsoft will work together to establish innovative schools by developing
innovative teaching methodologies through the use of innovative tools. Microsoft
will enhance the usage of innovative tools to educate students by establishing IT
academies in educational institutions throughout NWFP. This 'Partners in Learning'
MoU would be effective for the next 5 years.
Sardar Hussain Babak, Minister for Education,
NWFP, while addressing the ceremony, said,
"Our government is determined to revolutionize
IT education in NWFP to accelerate
the development of the province by adopting the best practices from around the world.
We anticipate that this long-term collaboration with Microsoft Pakistan will help
achieve shared goals of development in education for the province.”
The Innovative Schools program assists schools
by providing intellectual property,
technology expertise, experiential knowledge and the support of the community. Microsoft
works with them to inspire big thinking and discover best practices. Through shared
experiences and goals, Microsoft is creating models that any school, any system
can use in the future, to prepare children for success in the 21st century.
"We have a long-term commitment to support
Pakistan in developing IT education through
the provision and promotion of most modern technologies and methodologies. Our Citizenship
and PiL programs are the major part of our overall contribution to the social
and educational uplift of the future generation
in Pakistan. We are very pleased to initiate this
program in collaboration with the NWFP
Government," said Mr. Kamal Ahmed, Country
Manager, Microsoft Pakistan.
These innovative schools will use innovative
teaching methodologies where teachers from
around the globe have the opportunity to
build global communities of practice, collaborate
with colleagues from over 100 countries, access
quality content developed by their peers, and
challenge themselves to take their use of
technology to the next level.
Every year, teachers with the most innovative
ideas are selected by their schools
to attend a regional forum. Out of the same group, teachers are selected to participate
in the forum for their country. Finally, the teachers who demonstrate the greatest
innovation at the countrywide forum are selected to attend the Worldwide Innovative
Sardar Hussain Babak , Minister for Education, NWFP and Mr. Kamal Ahmed, Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan signing the MoU between the NWFP Government
and Microsoft. Mr. Afzaal Mirza, Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Pakistan is also present on the occasion.
Improved Reliability & Performance
Windows Vista1 (SP1) is an important update that helps improve
the reliability and performance of Windows Vista.
Improvements in reliability
Windows Vista SP1 includes improvements that address many of the
most common reasons for which Windows stops responding. Many
of the reliability improvements in SP1 are in response to issues that
customers reported by using the Windows Error Reporting tool.
Other reliability improvements in Windows Vista SP1 include
improvements in wireless computer-to-computer (ad hoc) connections,
better peer-to-peer connections, such as using Windows Meeting
Space, and many more.
Improvements in performance
Windows Vista SP1 includes many changes
that can improve your computer's speed and
performance. Here are some of the areas that
- Faster copying or extracting files from a
- Better use of network bandwidth while
browsing shared files over a network.
- Improved performance from Windows
ReadyBoost in reducing the time it takes
for Windows to wake up from Hibernate
and Standby power modes.
- Better power consumption when your
computer screen is idle for a long time.
- Improved logon experience when using
a corporate computer, such as a laptop,
outside of the corporate network.
- Faster opening of large image files.
Improvements in security
You can now use BitLocker to encrypt multiple
partitions on your computer's hard disk, rather
than just a single partition. Note that BitLocker
is only available in Windows Vista Enterprise
and Windows Vista Ultimate.
Changes to search
SP1 includes an important change to the way desktop search works in Windows Vista.
You can now select a default desktop search service, similar to the way you can
select a default search service for web browsers and media players. With SP1, you
can now get to your preferred search results from within the Start menu and Windows
Changes in memory (RAM) reporting
SP1 also changes how the random access
memory (RAM) that is installed in your
computer is reported. Before SP1, the amount
of memory reported was equal to the
amount of memory that Windows was able to use. In SP1, the amount of memory reported
is the amount of memory that is actually installed on your computer. If you have
4 gigabytes (GB) of memory installed, you’ll now see 4 GB of memory reported by
features such as System or Performance Information and Tools in Control Panel. This
change can only happen if your computer's basic input/output system (BIOS) is capable
of displaying that much RAM.
How to get Service Pack 1
You can get SP1 in two different ways: you
can install it by using Windows Update,
or you can download the installation files
from the Microsoft Download Center at
Microsoft Dynamics to drive business growth in Pakistan
Microsoft organized a seminar on June 2, 2008
at a local hotel for SMEs, retailers
and the telecommunication companies about Microsoft Dynamics business solutions.
Microsoft Dynamics is a line of integrated,
adaptable business management solutions
that automate and streamline financials, customer relationship management and supply
chain processes to drive business growth. Microsoft Dynamics solutions include applications
and services for retailers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, banks, telecom
companies and service companies, doing business domestically or in multiple countries.
"Today's businesses face complex challenges
and immense opportunities. Among these
challenges is the need to deploy and have the IT infrastructure to support business
management solutions that are aligned with their ever-changing business needs with
Mr. Shoaib Khalil presenting at Microsoft Dynamics Seminar.
budget and staffing resources. Microsoft
Dynamics provides the relevant solution by
deploying the software with easy access to
customers, employees, vendors and partners
for integrated and efficient decision-making,"
said Mr. Shoaib Khalil from Microsoft Business
Solutions Group in Microsoft Pakistan.
Microsoft Dynamics solutions help maintain
control over finances and manage them with
Audience at Microsoft Dynamics Seminar.
a high level of efficiency. The management can
make complete, current financial
information and reports available to anybody who needs it to perform business planning.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM and other customer relationship management tools help maintain
close contact with customers and prospects, and manage sales and marketing initiatives,
and track their results.
Mr. Sultan Hamdani, COO Maison Consulting,
introduced his company as the pioneers
in Dynamics ERP and CRM implementations in Pakistan. "Microsoft Dynamics ERP and
CRM is a reliable and scalable solution that can increase the capacity of businesses
in Pakistan. With Microsoft Dynamics, companies can connect their entire supply
chain, assess the business value of their vendor and business partner to make sure
they suit the overall objectives," elaborated Mr. Sultan Hamdani.
Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System
offers retailers a complete point of sale (POS)
solution that can be adapted to meet unique
retail requirements. This powerful software
package automates POS processes and store
operations, provides centralized control for
retailers with multiple stores and integrates
with Microsoft Office and other commonly
"Mantaq Systems, along with Microsoft is
striving to revolutionize the way business is
done in retail industry by promoting applications
like Microsoft Dynamics RMS in Pakistan so that
the local businesses become competitive in the
international market," said Mr. Hashim Ali, CEO
Along with introducing new products and
solutions, Microsoft in Pakistan is also deeply
committed to support the entire community to
realize its full potential through continued
engagement with the government, the local IT
industry, the citizens and the future generation
Microsoft Team at the seminar.
For more details on Microsoft Dynamics, contact
Microsoft Dynamics at Servis Sales Corporation (SSC)
Microsoft has signed an agreement with Servis
Sales Corporation (SSC), Pakistan's
largest footwear company and a part of the Servis Group. Under this agreement, SSC
will be implementing Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) for automating
POS processes and Store Operations across its network of four hundred outlets.
Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) offers retailers a complete point-of-sale
(POS) solution that can be adapted to meet unique retail requirements. This powerful
software package automates POS processes
and store operations, provides centralized control for multi-store retailers, and
integrates with Microsoft Office system programs and other popular applications.
SSC expects to have better control over their wide network of retail outlets by
using the Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System, and will ensure centralized
planning for procurement, according to demand and replenishment for stores.
A better visibility on store inventory, stock outs, customer preferences and increased
productivity of the employees will provide SSC a competitive edge over its competitors,
helping them to stay ahead.
Mr. Kamal Ahmed, Country Manager, Microsoft
Pakistan and Mr. Aamer Mohsin, Country Head Retail,
SSC exchanging agreement documents.
For more details on Microsoft Dynamics, contact
Emirates Global Islamic Bank
Emirates Global Islamic Bank Limited, a dedicated
Islamic Commercial Bank, commenced
operations in February 2007. The bank has a
network of branches operating across all four
provinces in urban and rural areas of Pakistan.
Incorporated in Pakistan and sponsored by
leading investors from the United Arab Emirates
and Saudi Arabia, Emirates Global Islamic Bank
Limited (EGIBL) is a major player in the rapidly
growing Islamic banking industry.
EGIBL believes in making a positive contribution
to society by continuously striving to provide
Halal alternatives to conventional banking
products, complemented with superior service
and cutting-edge technology.
Emirates Global Islamic Bank has recently signed
an enterprise agreement with Microsoft. Under
this agreement, the bank will be getting the
- Standardization on Windows & Office Professional Plus on 100% of their desktops.
- Adoption of Windows Server & SQL Server for their datacenter.
- Usage of Exchange as their messaging platform along with ISA Server to protect it.
- Software Assurance benefits such as training
vouchers, eLearning, free version upgrades,
TechNet Subscription and Home Use Program.
The Home Use Program increases employee
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Microsoft Office investment by enabling
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Business Intelligence: Monitor, Analyze, Plan
PerformancePoint Server 2007
Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
was designed specifically to help improve
operational and financial performance
across all departments and all levels of
your organization. An integrated application,
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is
built to support formal organizational
business intelligence (BI) and performance
With PerformancePoint Server 2007, you can:
Monitor: Monitor progress in a scorecard or dashboard.
Analyze: Quickly analyze what is driving
variances against anticipated or planned
Plan: Adjust your corporate plan or budget
to meet changing business conditions.
Built on the highly secure, scalable Microsoft
BI platform, PerformancePoint Server delivers
formal centralized and managed performance
management tools and processes in the familiar,
easy-to-use 2007 Microsoft Office system
environment. A key component of the
Microsoft BI offering, PerformancePoint Server
can help you align organizational performance
with individual and team goals and objectives.
The following top 10 benefits of Microsoft
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 can help
you transform your business process and turn
your data into a competitive advantage:
- A complete and integrated performance management solution
Many performance management applications
require connectors, interfaces, and add-ins
to link their various applications and to the Microsoft Office environment. Office
PerformancePoint Server 2007 is natively integrated across all aspects of the solution
-from reporting and analysis, to planning and budgeting, to dashboarding and forecasting.
- Performance management for all business users
While many solutions on the market focus on
business analysts and BI experts, Office
PerformancePoint Server 2007 is designed to
reach everyone involved in your business at all
levels of your organization. PerformancePoint
Server 2007 provides a user experience in the
familiar and easy-to-use Microsoft Office
system, including Microsoft Office Excel, Office
Outlook and Office SharePoint Server.
Through the scalability and high performance
of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and the
Microsoft Business Intelligence platform, your organization can afford to deliver
the right information that helps the broadest number of people make better, faster
and more relevant decisions without continually burdening the IT department.
- Monitoring, analyzing and planning across the entire organization
Because of high cost, high complexity and the need for significant IT support, most
performance management environments limit their access to just a few executives
or analysts. Because Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 resides within the Microsoft
applications that you use today, it’s now economically feasible for all executives,
managers and front-line employees to have the same access to valuable insight from
a high-quality performance management application.
- Advanced analytic and visualization capabilities
Analysis is a core component of the performance management cycle. An organization
is at a competitive advantage if every decision maker in it can quickly and easily
perform analysis that helps them make better decisions and execute better against
corporate goals and objectives.
Using the capabilities incorporated into Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, people
can benefit from a single business data model shared across monitoring, analytics
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analysis is telling them. The advanced visualization capabilities can help you spot
trends and opportunities easily, allowing for better planning for your business.
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Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 contains robust planning, budgeting and forecasting
capabilities that allow for accelerated cycles to help the organization better align
critical resources. Planning and budget analysts are able to centrally manage the
planning process. They can easily build models that contain the key business rules,
assumptions, calculations and other business drivers that enable more people across
your organization to participate in the planning process.
- Shorter budgeting cycles and broader contribution
One of the big complaints in many organizations is the length of the budgeting
process. From waiting weeks to get the initial cut of the numbers to the time spent
waiting for approvals and input from other departments, the process is never a fun
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Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 uses a model-driven approach. Users can create
scorecards, dashboards, analytics and plans that align with their own responsibilities
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maximum flexibility, the system accommodates unique departmental business models
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consistent view of the data and the most current insight on the entire organization’s
- Cross-enterprise view
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 provides a complete perspective of business
performance across enterprise functions such as finance, operations, sales and human
resources. PerformancePoint Server 2007 uses SQL Server 2005 to integrate information
across disparate enterprise systems and business functions, providing all users
with a more strategic and forward-looking view of the business.
A unique capability of PerformancePoint Server 2007 is model-to-model mapping, which
allows you to map data from one model, business unit, or plan into the model of
- Enhanced partnership between IT and business analysts
While IT provides the infrastructure and security for crucial business applications,
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 business modeling tools enable business analysts
to use their insight to manage roles, workflows, business rules and information
without having to continually rely on IT input. This increases the pace at which
business models can be developed, deployed and modified to meet changing business
conditions. PerformancePoint Server 2007 also features a user-friendly design and
application wizard that business people can use to build their own dashboards and
scorecards, and create interactive analytics charts and graphs without the need
for IT support.
- Built on the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform
Using the Microsoft Business Intelligence
platform, Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 can help you build an enterprise-grade,
scalable performance management application. PerformancePoint Server 2007 uses Microsoft
Office as its primary interface, so business users can interact with familiar tools
like Excel to consume information, collaborate with colleagues, and contribute to
plans and the performance management cycle.
PerformancePoint Server 2007 also uses the proven data engine of SQL Server 2005
for data integration; an analytical data model that includes a calculation engine
and data mining; and a highly flexible and scalable reporting platform to broadcast
information to a wide audience. All of this is delivered via the Web in Microsoft
Office SharePoint Server 2007, providing everyone with a central place to get their
business intelligence information.
Microsoft SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS)
A software assurance benefit for customers which is a pre-defined paid service offering
delivered by partners to plan an effective SharePoint deployment. This service offers
customers a 1, 3, 5, 10 or 15 day deployment planning service, based on their individual
software assurance benefit level.
Customers will work with a pre-qualified Microsoft partner to develop a customized
SharePoint Portal Server deployment plan for their specific environment and assess
the overall cost for deployment of this technology. This service will provide benefits
to the customer as they move to a secure and well-managed collaborative infrastructure.
- Provides expert and personalized service
- Evaluates how SharePoint can help lower costs and optimize the customer infrastructure
in the areas of:
- Web and Enterprise Content Management(ECM)
- Enterprise Search (ES)
- Business Intelligence (BI)
- Delivers the latest best practices and deployment tools from Microsoft
- Builds a customized deployment roadmap
- Delivers more value from their Software Assurance (SA) investment
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|Protect your Business with Genuine Microsoft Software
Benefits of genuine Windows XP Professional (with Service Pack 2) and
Office Small Business Edition 2003 (Office SBE 2003):
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Only genuine Microsoft software products, such as Windows® XP Professional (with
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- Deliver a more secure and reliable computing environment.
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Interoperability has long been a feature of Microsoft’s technologies, achieved through
extensive work with customers, partners, competitors, governments and standards-setting
organizations. Through interoperability, Microsoft strives to bring technologies
to market in a way that balances competitive innovation with an ability to connect
unique systems and applications. As a result, technologies such as XML and web services,
among many others, have evolved as industry standards.
Mr. Nasser Kettani, Director, Standard Relations, Microsoft Interoperability Roundtable.
Microsoft approaches interoperability by
design which strives for greater 'out-of-thebox'
connectivity for our customers and
partners. By design entails not only engineering
excellence in our products, but also includes
community collaboration with customers,
partners and competitors; providing access
to our technologies through licensing and
translation tools and by engaging in standardssetting
activities. The expected outcomes not
only include better software, but also an
industry that drives greater efficiency among
businesses and government entities.
Microsoft Pakistan is working very closely with different government stakeholders
to come up with unified approach towards interoperability, and for this Microsoft
has planned a series of round table discussions on the topic to get the feedback
from government stakeholders. One of the events from this chain was held on June
18, 2008 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad, where Microsoft’s Interoperability Specialist
Mr. Nasser Kettani shared his experiences from around the globe. Among others, representatives
from NADRA, PRAL, HEC participated in the Roundtable with constructive feedback
on the subject. In addition representatives from the Academia and ISV Communities
also participated in the Roundtable.
Mr. Raza Abbas Shah, Executive Director, Electronic Government Directorate (EGD),
Ministry of IT & Telecom was the Guest of Honour at the Roundtable. In his address,
he thanked Microsoft for organizing the Roundtable on a critical subject to help
EGD evolve the Electronic Government Interoperability Framework (eGIF), and appreciated
the feedback provided by the participants and stakeholders. He also praised the
tireless efforts of EGD team led by Mr. Mahesh Ahuja and encouraged them to incorporate
the feedback provided in the discussion. He concluded that eGIF is an important
area which needs to be further discussed and thoroughly reviewed before a draft
may be proposed.
Mr. Raza Abbas Shah, Executive Director, EGD
Mr. Malik Imran, Public Sector Manager, Microsoft Pakistan
Mr. Mahesh Ahuja, Director Strategic Planning and Architecture, EGD
Panel for Interoperability Roundtable: Mr. Vaqar Khamisani, Mr. Mahesh Ahuja, Mr.
Raza Abbas Shah, Mr. Nasser Kettani and Mr. Malik Imran