Software AG opens entries from University students to 2021 Future Disruptors Award

After a successful debut in 2020, Software AG (Frankfurt MDAX: SOW) has launched the second edition of Future Disruptors Award; a program for undergraduate students from UAE Universities. This year students will create and celebrate prototypes under the theme ‘Enriching lives, improving experiences’. The program is intended to spark creativity that delivers cutting-edge and innovative real-world solutions and play an active role in today’s digital world. Recognized projects will give students the opportunity to showcase their solutions at the 41st GITEX Technology Week.

The program aims to nurture innovation by bridging the gap between the current developments in the corporate world with increasing expectations of the ‘digitally-native’ workforce and citizens of tomorrow. Participants are encouraged to address real-world challenges through IoT, AI and machine learning based innovative models. Anchored by Software AG, the program empanels advocates of leading organisations in the region as members of the jury; the 2020 edition the program empanelled officials from DEWA, Smart Dubai and Du Telecom to name a few. This year as well, this stellar panel of experts will put entries through a rigorous process and reinforce the awards’ innovation agenda.

The program that spans a six-month schedule featuring extensive resources and indepth training on Software AG’s industry leading Cumulocity IoT platform led by the firm’s technical team.  In addition, mentoring sessions through the period from industry experts will further nurture students to unlock their potential. The highlight is its culmination at the 41st GITEX Technology Week in October this year.  Three finalists, chosen by a combination of jury and public voting get an exceptional opportunity provided by Software AG to present their prototype at this coveted event which attracts over 100,000+ visitors from 140+ countries.  shortlisted finalist teams will receive IoT training from the industry’s best, funding to build the prototype, presence at GITEX Technology Week and an enriching internship at Software AG with hands-on experience and projects and career opportunities to eligible interns.

Announcing the program, Rami Kichli – Vice President, Gulf and Levant, Software AG stated, “After the overwhelming response in its first year, we are thrilled to open the Award to all Universities in the country this year under the pre-requisite guidelines. We strongly feel that students are catalysts of a paradigm shift in any industry. This belief has led us at Software AG to create a sustained bridge platform for these students to distinguish them in today’s competitive workforce and rub shoulders with the corporate world. They inspire and dare us to think outside the norm which is the only way to break the corporate glass ceiling for all of us. I look forward to exciting knowledge sharing times ahead with all of them.”

Lusben Completes The Refit Of “Morning Glory” 48 Meter Perini Navi Sailing Superyacht

Last week, Lusben concluded the refit of “Morning Glory”, Perini Navi’s 48-meter sailing superyacht, famous for having the Australian telecommunications magnate Rupert Murdoch as a previous owner.

The historic ketch, built in 1993 at the iconic Perini Navi shipyard in Viareggio, has been restored to her original splendor according to the wishes of her new Italian owner. Through the Forza 3 company in Milan, Lusben was chosen to carry out the ten-year refit of the yacht.

The Lusben team was responsible for painting the hull, living areas and part of the aft cockpit, as well as replacing the generators and refurbishing almost half of the teak deck. The deck work in particular has allowed the shipyard’s specialized workers to highlight their experience and know-how; more than 40% of the teak was replaced with slats of variable length from 4.5 to 6 meters, a notoriously complex operation. The standard slats are typically much shorter at just 3 meters, and work of this type requires greater care and precision on sailing boats than on motor boats.

The refit went on for a total of 5 months and involved almost 50 workers in total, including direct employees and external suppliers who worked in cooperation with the crew. The incredible team effort earned the expressed interest and satisfaction of the owner, who is now ready cruise the Mediterranean.

“Morning Glory” is the first of 6 Perini Navi boats to be launched this season. The remaining 5 are currently undergoing refits at the Lusben facilities in Livorno and Viareggio, planned for delivery to their owners in the coming weeks.

Despite the severe limitations imposed by the global pandemic, careful planning of activities has allowed Lusben to stay on shedule. Operations within the site’s premises have progressed without delay; in fact, this year the turnaround has been faster than usual. At the Viareggio site alone, the number of boats peaked at 23, from 28 to 50 meters, occupying the work stations at sea and on land.

Ramadan – Eid Trends – Crescent Jewellery from House of Biori

This year let’s make Ramadan & Eid more meaningful by starting with what we wear and what we gift. Yes it is these small choices that make a big difference. 

Marking the onset of Ramadan, the crescent moon and star motifs have always been intertwined with sentiments of this holy occasion. House of Biori – a sustainable jewellery brand, offers an exquisite range of celestial ornaments that aptly reflect these sentiments in more ways than one. Complement your Ramadan-Eid look with fashionable moon & star jewellery that represents your spiritual side and also fulfills your desire to contribute towards the society and environment. 

House of Biori is a homegrown, evolving contemporary brand of handcrafted ethical fashion jewellery for men and women, created by artisans in sustainable communities.  

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Design International celebrates the opening of Silicon Central, designed by their team

Silicon Central, designed by Design International, opens its doors to the public of Dubai who will experience the latest Lulu hypermarket, a new 9,000 sqm flagship store by Lulu Group.

The project, already considered a new landmark in Dubai, represents a step forward in the now well-established collaboration between Design International and Line Investments & Property FZE, the shopping mall division of Lulu Group International, a world-renowned purveyor of an international business portfolio that ranges from hypermarket operations to shopping mall development.

Strategically positioned 12 km from the city-centre and 15 km from Dubai Airport, Silicon Central is located at Dubai Silicon Oasis, the first eco sustainable district in Dubai focused on low carbon footprint, AI, and technology, masterminded by Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA).

The innovative design of the project is well embedded in the iconography of the place: 5 large dunes inspired by the natural movement of the desert sand frame large internal areas populated by plants, water, and natural light, recreating an oasis in the city. Lulu Group and Design International, assisted by local practice Eng. Adnan Saffarini Office, have targeted the highest certification possible – LEED Platinum – and therefore paid great attention to create an environmentally friendly project, using state-of-the-art technologies for waste management, energy savings, and a plethora of sustainable services provided within the mall, such as a bio-farming facility and electrical charging stations in the car-parking area.

Davide Padoa, Design International’s CEO, explains: “All of the parties involved in this project share the same values: the development of the community, as well as the desire to be at the forefront of style, technology and sustainable innovation, which is what Silicon Central stands out for.”

With a total of 81,500 sqm GLA and 3,500 car park spaces, Silicon Central will include 218 retail shops and services, 50 restaurant outlets with dedicated home delivery services, 12 cinema screens, 5,000 sqm fitness and a 7,000 sqm family entertainment centre. During its latest months of construction, Silicon Central has been adapted to integrate physical spaces with a digital application, moving boundaries to deliver a fully integrated customer experience both inside and outside the mall premises. Davide Padoa, CEO of Design International, summarizes saying: “Silicon Central is one of the first major projects that boldly symbolizes the rebirth, and the recovery to normal daily life, after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in one of the most dynamic cities in the world”.

Three scents to help you find your signature

“Purchasing perfume is a delicate and very individual process so you must pace yourself, to find the perfect one,” says Julien Sprecher, Creative Director of Parfums de Marly. 

Finding the right perfume is nothing but a series of trial and error. To find your signature scent you’ll have to put your olfactory senses to work  – inhale, exhale and think about the notes, are these fruity, floral, musky or spicy? Only then will you be a step closer to finding your scent soulmate. Below are some of our favourite scents from the Parfums de Marly, to get you on your way.

Dimension Data joins SAP PartnerEdge Programme to deliver SAP solutions to clients across the Middle East

Dimension Data today announced that it has joined the SAP PartnerEdge® programme, through which it will resell SAP solutions to organisations across the Middle East region. Through this engagement, Dimension Data can provide complete solutions that encompasses all facets required for successful implementations, including software licensing, implementation services, training and documentation, staffing and optimisation and support.

“Today, companies are seeking flexibility, and the SAP PartnerEdge Programme offers engagement models that fit the way we work and engage with our clients. The standardised fees, consistent benefits, harmonized discounts, and simplified contracts reduce administration and ensures the programme grows along with our business and ambitions,” says Mohammed Hejazi, Managing Director, Dimension Data Middle East

“Our focus for the next couple of months will be centered around SAP S/4 HANA and helping our clients migrate to the Cloud, SAP Customer Experience and eCommerce, Ariba, Integrated Business Planning (IBP), Human Capital Management (HCM), SuccessFactors (SF) and SAP S/4 HANA transformation,” says Hejazi.

“This is the right time to be investing in this partnership as our clients are revisiting their core business strategies and looking at how to use intelligent technologies and solutions to gain a competitive advantage in the market,” continues Hejazi.

As an SAP partner reselling of an array of SAP solutions to clients across the Middle East region, Dimension Data is well positioned to help organisations achieve their objectives of improved growth, lower costs and a better understanding of business processes.

“Our aim is to drive enterprise-wide digital transformation for our clients, and the SAP PartnerEdge Programme will enable us to help our clients optimise their SAP investments, by reducing costs, improving agility, flexibility and speed and ensuring complete compliance and governance,” concludes Hejazi.

Kodak Alaris Earns 5-Star Rating in 2021 CRN Partner Program Guide

CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has acknowledged Kodak Alaris in its 2021 Partner Program Guide. The annual guide provides a conclusive list of the most distinguished partner programs from leading technology companies that provide products and services through the IT Channel. The 5-Star rating is awarded to an exclusive group of companies that offer solution providers the best of the best, going above and beyond in their partner programs.

Given the importance of IT vendor channel programs, each year CRN develops its Partner Program Guide to provide the channel community with a detailed look at the partner programs offered by IT manufacturers, software developers, service companies, and distributors. Vendors are scored based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support, and communication.

“Our customers face numerous challenges associated with inefficient, disconnected, manual document workflows,” said Don Lofstrom, President & General Manager of Kodak Alaris. “Partnering with Kodak Alaris helps our channel vendors find new ways to deliver solutions that accelerate digital transformation, while expanding their offerings and tapping into new sources of profitable revenue.”

With the widespread adoption of IoT and cloud-based solutions, Kodak Alaris has been increasingly focused on partner expansion. “Our goal is to continue to be a premier technology vendor for existing partners while establishing new relationships with the ISVs, SIs and developers who can help us deliver INfuse – our next generation, smart, connected scanning solution,” added Lofstrom.

Another reason partners are attracted to Kodak Alaris is the firm’s top-rated service and support organization, which has a 95% customer satisfaction rating and a 92% first-call completion rate. Their partner program has earned CRN’s 5-Star rating four times in recent years.

“As innovation continues to fuel the speed and intricacy of technology, solution providers need partners that can keep up and support their developing business.” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s 2021 Partner Program Guide gives insight into the strengths of each organization’s program to recognize those that continually support and push positive change inside the IT channel.”

The 2021 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April 2021 issue of CRN and online at

Fortinet Enhances Students’ Cybersecurity Awareness and Safety with Availability of Free Training and the Release of a New Children’s Book

News Summary

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, today announced continued commitment to educate students and underrepresented groups on cyber awareness and safety. In addition to Fortinet’s NSE 1 and NSE 2 training courses focused on fundamental cyber awareness providing an overview of threat actors and their tactics, Fortinet is releasing a children’s book designed to increase cyber awareness amongst children ranging from 7 to 12 years old. The book “Cyber Safe: A Dog’s Guide to Internet Security” was co-authored by Renee Tarun, Deputy CISO at Fortinet.  

John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet said, “Fortinet’s mission is to secure people, devices and data everywhere. As part of this mission the company is committed to educating the global community on cybersecurity knowledge and skillsets regardless of age, background or life experiences as cybersecurity affects everyone. Fortinet’s NSE 1 and NSE 2 training courses are available for free as part of the NSE Training Institute and can be taken by anyone of any age, including children.”

Renee Tarun, Deputy CISO and VP Information Security at Fortinet and Co-Author of “Cyber Safe” said, “With more children being online for prolonged periods of time as a result of remote learning, it’s especially important to educate our youth about internet safety. The “Cyber Safe” book was written to help protect kids by teaching them from an early age how to behave and to keep themselves safe online.”

  • The release of this children’s book further builds on Fortinet’s NSE 1 and NSE 2 training courses’ focus on basic cyber awareness and an overview of threat actors and their tactics. These two courses – part of the eight-level NSE Certification Program – are free for anyone interested and is for all ages including young children.
  • The children’s book takes readers on a journey to learn how the Internet is a useful place, and how to stay secure. Lacey, the cyber smart dog teaches her friend Gabbi the cat how to use the Internet safely.
  • With a strong focus on seeding cybersecurity education at all levels, Fortinet will make copies of the book available to elementary and middle schools across the country to instill a strong foundation of cybersecurity at an early age as part of the NSE Training Institute’s initiatives to close the skills gap.

Instilling Foundational Cyber Awareness Knowledge from an Early Age

A year into the pandemic and many students are still learning virtually. With the onslaught of new devices on the home network linking students to teachers, threat actors have identified an open opportunity to execute ransomware attacks, target specific devices to steal information and compromise public school districts’ security defenses. Young children are especially a vulnerable target for cyber criminals due to their little understanding of all the bad actor tactics and methods and the detrimental impact of falling victim to these actors.

With the influx of online activity, it’s crucial for both parents and children from an early age to know basic cybersecurity best practices as many continue in a hybrid capacity through the end of this school year and into the next. “Cyber Safe: A Dog’s Guide to Internet Security” provides an easy to understand introduction to possible dangers for children connecting online for school, video games, streaming shows and more. For parents, the book includes a parent’s guide with details on what they should be aware of when their children are online.

To purchase the book, please visit here.

New Advancements to Aruba ESP Deliver Edge-to-Cloud Security to Enterprises

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced an expansive set of cross-portfolio edge-to-cloud security integrations for Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform). The new advancements include the integration of the ClearPass Policy Manager secure network access control platform with the Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform, formerly Silver Peak, the integration of Aruba Threat Defense with the EdgeConnect platform, and the expansion of the Aruba ESP multivendor security partner ecosystem, providing enterprise customers with the freedom to deploy best-of-breed, cloud-delivered secure access service edge (SASE) security components of their choice. Today’s Aruba ESP advancements will enable enterprises to fast-track their digital transformation journey from edge-to-cloud.

As organizations contend with challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a new “work from anywhere” normal, the adoption of cloud-hosted services will continue to accelerate. This shift is intensifying the urgency to transform conventional data center and MPLS-centric and VPN-based networks to a cloud-native SASE architecture that features more dynamic provisioning of secure network services while protecting data from end-to-end.

In parallel, digital transformation is causing a significant increase of IoT devices connecting to the network, presenting new challenges that are not addressed with cloud-delivered security alone. Since IoT devices are agentless, IT departments cannot install security clients or redirect device traffic to cloud security services; therefore, Zero Trust security must be applied at the WAN edge.

To realize the full potential of the cloud and digital transformation, organizations require a new WAN edge that combines on premises and cloud-delivered security, delivering on the promise of SASE to protect users connecting to SaaS and public cloud platforms, and to safeguard IoT devices that require Zero Trust identity-based security. Through the new Aruba ESP integrations being announced today, enterprise customers now have the ability to apply granular-level, identity-based security policy from edge-to-cloud to safely connect and protect both users and devices.

A recent report from communications research firm 650 Group highlights the growing emphasis on SASE while explaining the need for enterprises to re-examine their security approach in light of the current technology evolution. Chris DePuy, founding technology analyst at 650 Group states, “As enterprises shift toward Zero Trust and SASE architectures, they are increasingly evaluating and deploying multi-vendor cloud-delivered security services, and it’s not necessary for all the SASE components to come from a single vendor. Aruba’s approach strikes a balance between delivering on-premises security functionality at the WAN edge and providing customers with the freedom of choice to integrate leading cloud-delivered security services from partners like Zscaler, Netskope, and Check Point. This multi-vendor partnering strategy provides enterprises with the flexibility to continue working with existing vendors or shift toward ‘best-of-breed’ systems.”

ClearPass Policy Manager Integration with Aruba EdgeConnect

The integration of ClearPass Policy Manager with the Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform augments application intelligence by adding identity knowledge of users, IoT devices, roles, and security posture to form the basis of a SASE WAN edge. Combining role and security posture intelligence with advanced dynamic segmentation capabilities eliminates the complexity associated with implementing hundreds of VLANs for each class of user and device, dramatically simplifying network administration and management. Integrating ClearPass Policy Manager with EdgeConnect provides a consistent and automated definition of roles that can be enforced network-wide from the user’s device, through the LAN, and across the WAN.

Aruba Threat Defense Integration with Aruba EdgeConnect

The integration of Aruba Threat Defense with the Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform extends advanced intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) capabilities to EdgeConnect physical and virtual appliances. This allows the EdgeConnect platform to leverage the Aruba threat infrastructure, sharing critical threat information between Aruba Central and EdgeConnect to deliver full visibility across the network. These advanced unified threat management (UTM) capabilities enable enterprises to deliver east-west lateral security as well as secure local internet breakout from branch locations and can be deployed centrally on premises or in the cloud. By leveraging a common threat infrastructure and threat feeds across Aruba ESP, network and security managers can centrally apply and enforce threat management policies enterprise-wide.

Freedom of Choice through a Multivendor Partner Ecosystem

As enterprises shift toward a Zero Trust and SASE architecture, they are increasingly evaluating and deploying multivendor cloud-delivered security services. A new Ponemon Institute security best practices survey affirms this, revealing that over 70 percent of respondents would opt for a best-of-breed, cloud-delivered security solution over an all-in-one approach,[1] in order to architect a comprehensive Zero Trust and SASE infrastructure.

With a new Service Orchestration provisioning workflow, the Aruba Orchestrator management console, formerly Silver Peak Unity Orchestrator, now includes pre-configured default information regarding the cloud security partner’s proximity-based cloud security services. Network administrators can quickly and easily associate Aruba branch locations with the partner’s points of presence (POPs) and cloud-data centers. Leading security vendors such as Check Point, Forcepoint, McAfee, Netskope, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Zscaler are currently a part of Aruba’s extensive technology alliance partner ecosystem.

“The integration of ClearPass Policy Manager and Aruba Threat Defense with the EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform allows us to deliver a consistent identity-based policy framework across the Aruba secure edge portfolio,” said David Hughes, founder of Silver Peak and senior vice president of the WAN business at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “This powerful combination will enable customers to move at their own pace, from legacy data center-centric network architectures, with perimeter-based security, to a cloud-centric WAN with security based on the principles of Zero Trust and SASE. Enterprise customers can deploy our on-premises EdgeConnect WAN edge platform to enforce policy from the edge, and easily integrate with leading cloud-delivered security services from the vendor of their choice, all centrally controlled within Aruba Orchestrator.”

Comprehensive Secure WAN Edge Portfolio Spans Hybrid Work Locations 

The Aruba ESP platform offers customers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of secure wired, wireless and WAN edge solutions that enable customers to adapt to today’s new normal and tomorrow’s unknowns. The WAN Edge portfolio includes:

  • Virtual Intranet Access Client (VIA) – maximum mobility for work-from-anywhere users whether connecting to private or public networks
  • Remote Access Points (RAPs) – minimal footprint for mobile, remote and temporary workspaces, delivering secure connectivity to the corporate enterprise network
  • SD-Branch – maximum integration and simple unified management across WLAN, LAN and SD-WAN with Zero Trust security
  • EdgeConnect – optimal QoE (Quality of Experience) from edge-to-cloud with an advanced SD-WAN edge platform and unified SASE components

[1] Ponemon Institute, The State of SD-WAN, SASE and Zero Trust Security Architectures, April 2021

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Welcomes Rossiya Airlines

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK Airport) has opened up a new service to Russia through a partnership with Rossiya Airlines, with the inaugural flight from the carrier arriving from the Russian city of Yekaterinburg – Russia’s fourth-largest city and the second-largest in Siberia – today (2nd April). The airport’s commencement of operations with the airline directly connects the UAE’s northernmost emirate to nine destinations in the world’s largest country.

Touching down at 08:35  at RAK Airport – currently the UAE’s fastest growing aviation hub – Rossiya Airlines flight FV 5633 marked the start of a service that offers passengers weekly flights to and from major cities (in Russia, including its capital, Moscow and its second largest city and cultural centre, St. Petersburg. Other cities being serviced include Kazan, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Ufa and Rostov-on-Dov. 

“Ras Al Khaimah International Airport forms a major plank in Ras Al Khaimah’s growth plans by increasing its numbers of destinations and schedules through forging partnerships with new carriers and extending services with existing ones. Its new partnership with Rossiya Airlines represents a significant step forward in the airport’s phased expansion strategy, opening up as it does nine direct flights into and out of Russia,” said H.E. Engr. Salem Bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, Chairman of Department of Civil Aviation and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, and Board member of General Civil Aviation Authority and Ras Al Khaimah Executive Council.

“This new service will be instrumental in bringing in a greater number of Russian visitors to experience the unique attractions of Ras Al Khaimah, with an increase in guests – an important part of the emirate’s diversification strategy. Russia is one of the UAE’s top source countries for tourism, where business between the two countries is also important for bi-lateral growth and development. The new direct connections between Ras Al Khaimah and nine industrial and cultural conurbations in Russia will help meet current tourist and business requirements in both the countries, as well as fuel up the new demand for capacity building,” His Excellency added.

“With the start of Rossiya Airlines’ commercial operations from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, we are connecting Ras Al Khaimah to nine cities in Russia. This expands our reach to new destinations, offering our customers a broader selection to choose from when planning their travel through RAK Airport. The new routes development comes as an added attraction for travellers, since its completion of two years of opening visa-free travel policy between Russia and the UAE in February 2019,” said Sanjay Khanna, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.

“With the coronavirus situation tightly being controlled in the UAE with stringent measures, active vaccination drive, and the easing of travel lockdown, we are expecting strong demand for this new service,” he added. “RAK Airport continues to play a vital role in building trust in both business travel and tourism at this critical time. The steady and solid growth decisions being taken in the pandemic era are  both extending operations and building passenger confidence. Our recent expansion phase has seen us increase flights throughout India and Kazakhstan – this new service to Russia further strengthens our position as one of the most significant UAE airports, flying passengers to numerous destinations globally and connecting people to the world’s most notable places,” he added.

On  6th April, Rossiya Airlines’ first flight from Moscow to Ras Al Khaimah touches down at 7:05 at RAK Airport. On the same date, a flight from Ufa – the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bashkortostan – lands at 9:30, followed by flight Perm, a population centre that is located on the banks of the Kama River near the Ural Mountains, which lands at 19:20.

Rossiya Airlines’ flight to RAK Airport from Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, lands on 8th April at 12:05, followed on the same date by the first in the new schedule from St. Petersburg – known as the ‘Cultural Capital of Russia’ – which arrives at 10:30. Also on 8th April a flight from Samara, Russia’s eighth-largest city, lands at 14:05 at RAK Airport followed by a flight from the port city of Rostov-on-Don, which arrives at 21:10.

Finally, as the last component in Rossiya Airlines new schedule to Ras Al Khaimah, 10th April sees a weekly flight arriving at RAK Airport at 12:45 from Nizhny Novgorod, the sixth-largest city in Russia and second-most populous on the Volga – the longest river in Europe.