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This Year Will Be The Year of Learning Management System! You Should Know Why

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Technology has come a long way in solving the inevitability of time, but Covid-19 Pandemic pushed the global lifestyle towards digitization within days which now relies heavily on Internet access, digital infrastructures, and learning programs.

Be it a student, employee, or enterprise of any kind, are now embracing innovative solutions to continue their efforts to realize the set goals. And today’s learning and development strategies require smart solutions that go beyond the capabilities of conventional tools.

SAP SuccessFactors Learning Management System is that solution which has been a proven tool for providing a holistic answer to Improve business results, boost productivity, and increase organizational competitiveness that allows to develop leaders, assure compliance, and train the external audiences.

Key features of SuccessFactors – Learning

  • Blended Learning Capabilities
  • Extended Enterprise Environments
  • Automated Assignment Profiles

Significant benefits of SAP SuccessFactors – LMS

  • Saves time – Learners can access and learn on the go hence saving time to complete other essential tasks.
  • Cost reduction – business can significantly cut costs on massive hardware investment and administrative work related to arranging and delivery of training.
  • Adaption and reusing training materials – this can help in reusing pre-existing material and modifying new tools that can speed up the learning process by embedding video content or using files like Pdf/imp/doc. It can also increase training efficiency, and improve the user experience.
  • Automation – this can relieve you from micro-management where one can automatically add learners, enroll them in the appropriate courses, roll out exams, issue certificates, and access reports.
  • Reporting – One of the meaningful benefits of the LMS is the invaluable data you get, and the reports generated will present impactful insights that can be translated into decision making.
  • Centralized access point – LMS provides a centralized way of managing eLearning materials within an organization. Having your content stored and controlled from the integrated platform allows you to create courses with ease and access information on a need basis, on the go. It also reduces the risk of losing invaluable data and sensitive documents.
  • Regulatory Compliance – For learning professionals at organizations that need to regulate, qualify, and certify their employees, LMS allows you to automate and assure compliance-training. Also, compliance laws are always changing, and LMS keeps you updated so the organization won’t suffer avoidable penalties by meeting compliance regulations.

 

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Cloud Adoption and Opportunities in Pakistan

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The State of Cloud Adoption in Pakistan

All the tech giants of this world are following a “Cloud First” or a more aggressive “Cloud Only” strategy. The post COVID-19 era has strengthened their resolve even more. We as technology sales professionals are trained to highlight the benefits of the cloud as if it’s a daily sermon. The benefits of cloud continue to shine as bright as day, some of which include:

  • Eliminate Hardware CAPEX: no huge upfront investment required to run your business-critical applications.
  • Eliminate Hardware Upkeep & Maintenance: no need to extensively hire IT staff just to keep your systems running. Save on round the year air conditioning, power and physical space required for your hardware
  • No Periodic Hardware Refreshes: As silicon chips keep getting smaller, HW will need to be upgraded every 3 to 5 years. Throw that expense and worry out of the window!

So why has cloud hosting adoption been a challenge for big businesses and government bodies in Pakistan? The most common reason is government regulation. Public Sector, Telcos and Banks are heavily regulated by their respective regulatory bodies and they are prohibited from using foreign-based cloud services. They are not allowed to have their data leave the boundaries of Pakistan as it raises serious data security concerns. Pakistan is not alone in this as many other countries also impose similar restrictions. So, does this mean that all the benefits of the cloud will remain elusive for these big industries?

Local ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ providers such as TallyMarks Cloud is the solution to those problems. Their Tier 3 Data Centers are located within Pakistan which means that the data never leaves the country unlike other international cloud services available in the market. However, the performance of TallyMarks Cloud Service is at par with all leading international cloud service providers by guaranteeing 99.9% up-time. One other very important benefit of opting for a local cloud service is the option of having all commercial terms and billing locked in your local currency. No mandatory requirement for paying in US dollars.

It is now time, all businesses and organizations (public and private alike) chart out their cloud strategy to stay relevant and keep up in this era of digital transformation.

 

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Ways to constantly improve your Business Intelligence in times of Pandemic

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Qlik Alerting in Recent Times. 

The pandemic of COVID-19 and its impact around the globe has altered the way businesses think about their bottom line. Many “Fortune 500” companies are announcing remote working for the rest of the year and beyond. The changeover seems to be an easy sell for the services sector as compared to manufacturing. Regardless the success of approach is dependent upon the way businesses are run.

Traditional physical store sales could face a drop but these will have to be compensated with exploitation of online avenues. The top-level executives will have to build checkpoints against key parameters to stay on top of the sales targets and customer satisfaction indices. Plus, with restrictions on travel, businesses with presence in multiple countries will find it difficult to keep a close check on standard guidelines and procedures to run business operations. Customer engagement will have to be kept at the center by using innovative technologically driven solutions.

How about an off the shelf world class product which has interface to consolidate multiple data sources, present analytics and generate alerts based on configurable benchmarks.

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Qlik has been declared a leader for 10th year in a row by Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms. The robustness of Qlik Sense and BI platforms now leverages businesses via intelligent alerting all available in the palm of executives. The platform lets businesses define KPIs for operational, tactical and strategic management.  Which means you get real-time business intelligence.

The use cases which benefit from an alerting platform could be endless, presenting just few of the examples being used by businesses below:

Alert Industry
Reorder level of life saving drugs, Next appointment intimation and self-triaging Hospital Administration
Customers typically buying in end of season sale Apparel Stores
Drop in stock levels Grocery Stores
Drop in customer satisfaction indices Transport Services
Drop in sales, Delays in delivery of raw materials Manufacturing Business
Drop in Attendance Branch Offices
Delays in day close out Banking

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A Smarter Analytics Platform with Qlik Alerting

Business intelligence alerts notificationInformation Technology (IT) was already at the forefront of business globally but due to the unfortunate emergence of the “COVID-19” pandemic and the resulting “Work from Home” (WFH) phenomenon, technology is now at the center-stage, backstage, front row you name it! Being in the technology sales profession long enough, one starts to pick up patterns of perception and behavior exhibited by enterprise customers regarding certain technologies (“IT Buzzwords”). I can tell you a thing or two about what I have observed in the Pakistani market about how one of the holy grails of IT buzzwords “Analytics” is perceived by the majority. In this blog, I will highlight some major misconceptions and expectations that are running rampant in the market and how Qlik Alerting has the potential to change all of it.

I have lost count of the number of times I have been in customer meetings talking about analytics and it all boils down to one question. It goes a little like this, “Will your Analytics Tool be able to send reports to the senior management?”. Well yeah it can but it can do so much more! Its true utility lies in actually helping you uncover the story that your data is telling you. How it allows business users to explore their data with minimal to no training. It’s like buying a high-performance sports car and then getting it to do the daily school pick-ups and drop offs rather than taking it to a racing track. Customers are asking for ‘Business Intelligence’ but are still thinking in the confines of soon to be antiquated ‘Reporting’.

Qlik just came out with a brand-new offering called “Qlik Alerting” and it has the potential to be a game changer (or a mindset changer even). It offers you the ability to be automatically notified immediately if you hit or miss a certain KPI or target exactly the same way you get alerted when somebody comments on your post on social media. No more waiting for a report that you will get via email which you will then open losing valuable hours or even days. Nobody can return all that time which was lost but with ‘Qlik Alerting’ you can make sure it never happens again.

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Khushhali Microfinance Bank signs for SAP Audit Management System

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Khushhali Microfinance Bank Limited, the largest microfinance bank in Pakistan are stepping towards a digital world with TallyMarks Consulting, who are SAP Certified Gold Partners in Pakistan. Khushhali Microfinance Bank have signed with TallyMarks Consulting to acquire Audit Management System by SAP. This acquisition aims to boost the quality and effectiveness of audit process at KMBL and help them to automate internal auditing procedures and improve quality with this audit management software.

SAP is one of the largest blue chip technology company in the world. Its Audit Management System solution is capable of handling complete audit process / lifecycle – data collection, risk assessment, audit planning, execution, reporting, and follow-up. The system is also able to support all types of audit i.e. operational audit, IT audit, and management audit which will assist KMBL in elevating the overall audit impact with technology-based insight into business risks.

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On the occasion, KMBL CEO, Ghalib Nishtar shared his views, “KMBL is steadily taking initiatives towards becoming digital and acquiring Audit Management System by SAP is a step in that direction. I believe this will streamline the process of passing an audit and surely increase business operations efficiency and customer satisfaction at KMBL.”

The signing ceremony was attended by CEO and senior management team of KMBL, Executive Director TallyMarks Consulting, SAP MENA representatives and Internal Audit representatives.

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Digital Transformation in the University of Central Asia

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The University of Central Asia is an internationally chartered not-for-profit secular institution which was established in 2000. It was formed as a partnership between the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan under the sponsorship of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

As a university focused on the development of mountain societies, UCA resolved to make informed decisions regarding their ERP. To achieve this goal, they become one of the first organizations in Central Asian region to adopt SAP S/4HANA. As a result, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan are the 4 countries in this region that have been introduced to the power of SAP, to transform their business processes with the Intelligent ERP.

TallyMarks SAP Partner Pakistan

SAP S/4HANA basically provides end-users with active decision support driven by data (external and internal) in real-time. However, most importantly, the biggest advantage of SAP S/4HANA is that it allows organizations to work seamlessly in a digital economy. It revolutionizes business processes with intelligent automation to meet your IT landscape goals.

TallyMarks Consulting is proud to successfully complete its implementation of SAP S/4HANA in a record time of 6 months, we were able to smoothly complete the overseas project, adding yet another feather to our cap of SAP greenfield implementations.


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Qlik Pakistan Annual Event 2019 (Augmented Intelligence in Action)

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Business Intelligence is optimized when you harness the collective human intelligence across an organization.

The 4th Annual Qlik Session 2019 mainly focused on AI (Augmented Intelligence) and Data Literacy. The way these two concepts are connected is that Augmented Intelligence and machine learning basically find and highlight new insights for users, increasing data literacy and trust, thus empowering the data user.

This year’s event was conducted in Karachi and Lahore with sessions designed to share Global Data Analytics trends and discussions on how Augmented Intelligence can impact Corporate decision making. In addition, there were informative and interactive booths and a live demo session showcasing the latest releases and technologies of Qlik including Cognitive Engine, Data Catalyst and Insight Bot.

Data Literacy was a hot topic this year. Attendees were able to assess their literacy skills during the event and understand the steps they would need to take to Be Data Brilliant.

Data Literacy assessment

The event included CXOs from top Multinationals and Government bodies as well as those professionals affiliated with Data Analysis and Business Intelligence. The guest client speakers on board were from different industries of renowned companies such as Byco Petroleum, Punjab Information Technology Board and Taar Consulting. They shared deep insights regarding Qlik as well as unique perspectives about Augmented Intelligence and Data Analytics.

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Top Cloud Data Centres in Pakistan

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The demand for Cloud computing is rapidly growing in Pakistan. Companies are realizing it is expensive for them to maintain their own IT infrastructure.

PTCL, TallyMarks Cloud, Wateen Cloud, and Rapid Compute are the only Cloud hosting providers whose data centers are physically present within the boundaries of Pakistan. In order to help you select the best cloud hosting service, we have compiled a comprehensive list of important features that you should consider before making a decision.

  • Sandboxing is a software management strategy that isolates applications from critical system resources and other programs. It provides an extra layer of security that prevents malware or harmful applications from negatively affecting your system.
  • Micro-Segmentation is a method of creating secure zones in data centres and cloud deployments that allows companies to isolate workloads from one another and secure them individually. It’s aimed at making network security more granular. 
  • Two-factor authentication is an extra security check where a user has to provide another passcode using the provided key generator or encrypted App on their phone. Generation of random number every time as a second password makes systems impenetrable.
  • Advanced threat protection is a security solution that would defend the data center against sophisticated attacks such as malware, ransomware and hackers. This system is a combination of threat protection systems and agents to correlate alerts and manage defenses.
  • Endpoint detection and response is an emerging technology that addresses the need for continuous monitoring and response to advanced threats. One could even make the argument that endpoint detection and response is a form of advanced threat protection.
  • SOC or Security operations centres is a facility that houses an information security team responsible for monitoring and analyzing a data center’s security position on an ongoing basis. The SOC team’s goal is to detect, analyze, and respond to cyber-security incidents using a combination of technology solutions and a strong set of processes.
  • Web applications firewall filter and monitor HTTP request between your web application and public internet. For companies hosting their cloud application for customers this is a very integral security check. It typically protects web applications from attacks such as cross-site forgery, cross-site-scripting (XSS), file inclusion, and SQL injection, among others.
  • Blockchain uses the data centre in a different manner. It does not use a central server, it is distributed among decentralized servers instead (hundreds, thousands or even hundreds of thousands of servers or computers). These are often referred to as nodes and master nodes. Every full node contains a full copy of the entire blockchain history.
  • SIEM or Security Information and Event Management is a solution that aggregates and analyzes activity from many different resources across your entire IT infrastructure in a data centre.

Overview of Providers:

PTCL
A semi-government body PTCL (Pakistan Telecom Company Limited) has one of the largest data centers in Pakistan in terms of size. They host data of government organisations and their own mostly.
The size and multiple locations of the data centre are where PTCL data centres excel. However, as with any government organization, bureaucracy and red tape is the norm which means that working with PTCL can be hectic due to unnecessary paperwork and slow human processing of requests.

TallyMarks Cloud
A private organisation having its data centre in Pakistan. They provide IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) for Enterprise Cloud application with complete Managed Services and Disaster Recovery Services (DRaaS). Their vast experience in implementation of enterprise applications in SAP, Qlik and Oracle gives them an edge in Initial Setups, Migrations and Support services.
As a private company, you can sign a Service Level Agreement with them which opens doors to negotiations and saves the client a lot while not compromising on costing.

Wateen
Wateen private company have launched their data centre after years of experience as one of the leading internet providers. They have experience in Implementation and managing ERP system of telecommunication of their own company. However, Wateen support team has recently conveyed that they do not provide data center services even though they have an operating webpage.

Rapid Compute
Rapid Compute is a company by Cybernet. Cybernet is an ISP provider in Pakistan with years of experience in the management of ISP server. Some solutions provided by RapidCompute such as Call Center, VoIP and others are outstanding. They also offer Enterprise Class public cloud computing platform.

 

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Why having a Cloud Infrastructure located within Pakistan is important?

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The physical location of infrastructure is one prime factor that enterprises overlook when selecting a cloud hosting provider. The ongoing trend is to simply opt for big names in the market who lure you in with eye-catching facts. Especially in Pakistan, one tends to place blind trust in a western product or service. This blog covers how that can be a big mistake for your company, we are carefully explaining in detail the main factors you should consider when selecting your cloud services provider.

Latency:
Enterprise Application data could be coming into your server on a daily basis by thousands of users. Not only the size of this data is huge, but in some cases, the system network gets clogged when every user starts sending data and requests at one particular hour. Computation power, network delay and memory size can play a vital role in that hour to keep the system up and running while giving a seamless experience to users and customers.
In simple terms, latency is the delay between the user’s and system’s correspondence. Greater the distance, the more the delay. Other aspects can be improved with better or costly infrastructure, but latency is highly dependent on physical distance. Tests performed in Pakistan for latency show that cloud infrastructure located outside the country can have a delay of more than 350% compared to cloud infrastructure located within Pakistan (without any use of VPN). When dealing with colossal amounts of data this is a lot.

Data Privacy:
This factor isn’t given much importance in Pakistan because as of now the law is not strict regarding this. However, a new bill for data protection is being drafted (https://www.dawn.com/news/1455963). If this goes through, customer-centric companies will need to be diligent about data privacy laws. By having data within the boundaries of Pakistan, such companies can give a sense of control to their customers over their data that it is safeguarded by their countries law.

Physical Backup:
A cloud service provider has multiple locations where they store copies of their data. Having a cloud infrastructure provider in Pakistan gives the enterprise an edge. They can simply arrange for a hard backup of their data and collect it on disk if needed, while still maintaining multiple soft backups at different locations.

Support:
24/7 support is a common phrase that any service provider uses but having support in the same time zone can prove to be a huge relief for your team. When it comes to large scale enterprise applications, support can be provided even by mobilizing a team to the physical location of the cloud infrastructure in case of upgradation or migration.

Setup:
Setting up cloud hosting initially can be a pain, especially when the company does not want to manage it on their own. Managed cloud service decreases your cost majorly. To have a smooth migration you can opt for a service provider that can guide your team onsite. Local companies allow you to include this in the SLA (Service Level Agreement). This approach is faster and safer because no one wants to do RnD on new systems and they would rather leave it to the experts.

Cost:
Hosting enterprise application on cloud can be cost-effective. But the organizations which have unique requirements for particular types of costly servers, this limits them from opting for cloud hosting. There are companies in Pakistan who can buy these servers and provide a very cost-effective monthly plan for their customers so that they don’t have to spend a large amount of cloud infrastructure in a single go.

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