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Acronis Announces Availability of New Cloud Backup Solutions in Middle East Markets

Acronis Announces Availability of New Cloud Backup Solutions in Middle East MarketsAcronis Backup Service for Businesses and Acronis Backup Cloud for Service Providers Solve Customer Data Protection Challenges and Open New Revenue Streams for Partners

Dubai – May 24, 2015 – Acronis®, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced the availability of two new cloud backup solutions in Middle East markets. Acronis Backup Cloud enables service providers to sell, manage and deliver high value data protection and backup capabilities that create new revenue streams without a large upfront investment. Acronis Backup Service provides businesses with local and cloud backup services with bare metal recovery to any destination or system that can be purchased online directly from Acronis or from its resellers and partners with Acronis hosting and managing the services in an Acronis Data Center.

Acronis Backup Cloud: Safe, Secure, Scalable Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery

Acronis Backup Cloud is a multi-tier / multi-tenant solution, providing local and hybrid storage of backed up data, local backup on customer premises, and local recovery plus recovery from the cloud.  The service provides advanced security, including SSL encryption of management channels and in-transit and at-rest AES256 data encryption.  Acronis has provided reliable cloud backup since 2010, and it recently opened data centres in Australia, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom to complement those in place in the United States, France, Russia and Singapore.

Service providers across the globe have adopted Acronis Backup Cloud to expand their service portfolios to include backup and recovery. The new Acronis service is easy to adopt, provides a pay-for-use model and delivers complete protection that business customers require, including support for workstations, Windows, Linux, physical and virtual servers. Underscoring the growing trend of distributors building their businesses by provisioning cloud services, such market players are now delivering Acronis Backup Cloud through their Cloud Services Division.

“Opportunities currently abound for Service Providers providing cloud offers, including backup, secure file access, sync and sharing and disaster recovery solutions,” said John Zanni, Senior Vice President of Cloud Solutions at Acronis. “Acronis Backup Cloud gives them the ability to offer easy, complete and safe advanced data protection solution to their customers with a managed and monitored high-margin service that delivers security and scalability.”

Acronis Backup Service: Back Up Data from Any Source and Recover to Any Destination

Acronis Backup Service solves key data protection challenges with a complete and easy-to-manage service that provides data backup from any source, and data recovery to any destination and system. Acronis Backup Service enables organizations to capture, store, recover, control and access data in virtual, physical, cloud, and mobile environments - using one centralized web-based management console. The solution backs up physical and virtual servers and workstations to local storage or to Acronis’ secure data centers. Acronis Backup Service also recovers individual files and hard disks, as well as entire systems fast and easily. The easy-to-use web interface also reduces the IT team‘s workload so they can focus on the core business of the company.
“Acronis Backup Service is specifically designed to support end user cloud backup needs, as well as our partners without data centres that want to reinforce their backup portfolio,” added Zanni. “Acronis Backup Service is an ideal fit for Acronis distributors and resellers as it allows them to offer cloud backup and recovery services for all leading infrastructure platforms with no upfront costs and without changing the way they sell and do business.”
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Intuit QuickBooks Becoming India’s Leading Cloud Financial Management Software

Strengthens Position in Small Business Ecosystem

Apr 14, 2015

A growing number of India’s businesses and accountants are using Intuit QuickBooks to simplify running their business finances, making it one of the country’s leading cloud-based financial management solutions. Launched in India in 2012, QuickBooks has recorded over 200 percent growth in subscriber adoption in the last fiscal year.

QuickBooks is Intuit Inc.’s (Nasdaq: INTU) flagship business and financial management software, providing users with easy, cloud-based access to their finances through an Internet-connected computer or data plan-enabled smartphone.

QuickBooks is largely being adopted by the new age technology savvy small businesses from the retail sector and in service industries, including travel and tourism, information technology and telecommunications, accounting services, and advertising and design agencies. Intuit also serves one in five of India’s 120,000 practicing chartered accountants.

Adoption of QuickBooks by accountants has grown at 75 percent over the last fiscal. Accountants play a key role in recommending their own clients to migrate to QuickBooks. With the acquisition of KDK Softwares, Intuit has acquired 22,000 accountant customers and has a nationwide partner network in India that includes more than 60 channel partners.

Nikhil Arora, Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit India, says “The rapid year-on-year traction that Intuit QuickBooks has experienced in India is indeed very encouraging. Intuit is the world leader in cloud financial management solutions, available in over 124 countries. Last quarter we added 100,000 new QuickBooks subscribers and now we have 841,000 paying subscribers worldwide. Our vision is to become the operating system behind Indian small business success by delivering powerful solutions on the cloud. We will continue to work on empowering small businesses in their journey to success. Today we serve one out of five practicing chartered accountants in India and by 2020 we are looking at one in four small businesses to be using Intuit products and services.”

Varun Chawla, Co-founder, 91 Springboard, one of India's largest co-   working hub for startups, shares how the solution has affected the way he does business “Getting the reports in the way we wanted was quite cumbersome when we used a desktop accounting solution. Intuit QuickBooks puts all the reports in one place where we can view and review data better and make several business decisions faster. Our offices are distributed in different cities, so the cloud feature reduces the time gap by providing access to multiple users instantly. I believe that ‘time is money,’ and I now have more time to focus on marketing and product development. One more significant tangible cost benefit is the savings on the resource allocation as we don’t necessarily need to put accounting specialists on the job for managing our accounts.”

To meet this growing and varied demand, QuickBooks has partnered with Paybooks to offer integrated payroll, with the user interface and workflow running within QuickBooks to provide a seamless experience across accounting and payroll. The QuickBooks India edition now includes an enhanced sales tax (VAT/CST) workflow that simplifies tax and compliance for small businesses & accountants.

With a growing number of subscribers are actively using the QuickBooks Online mobile application, QuickBooks online is also available on Android and iOS operating systems. We are seeing QuickBooks mobile is increasingly being used for checking outstanding receivables, raise instant invoices and check the health of their business while they are on the go.

QuickBooks’ contribution to the accountant and small and medium business ecosystem has been awarded the “Asia Pacific Deal of the Year 2014” by Acquisitions International Global Media, and the “Online Accounting Software of the Year 2014” by Silicon India.

Harsh Vardhan, director of Wealth Cafe Financial Advisors Pvt. Ltd., a leading accounting firm, explains the tangible and intangible benefits he experiences and how the features helps him acquire new business: “Our company and clients are not always co-located, so we needed a solution that didn’t require us to physically visit the client’s office. Intuit QuickBooks went beyond our expectations. Never before have we experienced the power of viewing data across locations at the same time.  The cloud-based solution saves even a phone call or an email as the data can be viewed real time by our clients given the multiple user login feature and mobile access. Sitting in my office at Kandivali in Mumbai, I can now service my client in Navi Mumbai, some 60 kilometers away. For that matter, I can serve our clients thousands of miles away, in the USA and Singapore. A key business benefit is surely the confidence in our ability to service any client irrespective of the location."
“The budgeting feature that tracks actual vs. budgeted for business and personal balance sheets is also quite popular amongst our clients as it helps our customers keep a track of their finances. New customers are approaching us with a pre-requisite of having worked on QuickBooks and that talks volumes about the customer adoption for cloud.”
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Aashna Cloudtech to Leverage the Power of Cloud with Cloud Service Brokerage


Cloud Service Brokerage provides a ‘one stop shop’ for procurement and management of cloud services.

PUNE, India – January 5, 2015 – Aashna Cloudtech, a leader in providing cutting edge cloud business solutions, says that Cloud Service Brokerage is the next big phenomenon that is emerging on the IT services landscape. As enterprises make the transition from their legacy systems to cloud-based applications, Cloud Service Brokers are going to dominate the market. According to Gartner, 30% enterprises have adopted a cloud service broker in 2014 to ensure better enablement of the power of cloud.


Aashna Cloudtech to Leverage the Power of Cloud with Cloud Service Brokerage

Aashna Cloudtech, India’s first and only Cloud Service Broker (CSB) of its kind, serves as a single point of contact by aggregating multiple cloud services, integrating them with in-house apps, supporting and customizing them for proper usage within the organization. As a cloud aggregator, Aashna also represents other leading cloud applications like NetSuite, Google, Box, Workforce, Docusign and SilkRoad.

Mr Biswas Nair, Managing Director at Aashna Cloudtech said, “Cloud Service Brokerage is today’s version of Systems Integration. As the cloud service market matures, silo’s of Cloud solutions will be procured, integrated with in-house legacy solutions and there regulations present a significant challenge. The cloud technology is moving so fast now; there is a great need to partner. To overcome this, CSB provides an effective solution while it addresses the barriers to cloud adoption. So whether you rely on an external CSB or do it in-house, it is important to recognize that CSBs must be part of your company’s cloud equation for better results.”

Cloud brokerage is expanding and changing in many ways for the better enablement of the power of cloud. Depending on the needs of the cloud customer, aggregation, integration and customization form the three primary areas a cloud service broker can address in accelerating the adoption of the cloud. These possibilities for providing added value are probably the reason for Gartner to predict that by 2015, cloud brokerage service providers will handle at least 20% of all cloud services, up from less than 5% today. This would make it far easier to adopt multiple types of IT solutions to manage various aspects of the customer’s business like CRM to manage sales activities, financial apps for accounting, and other tools for warehouse management, e-commerce, databases, etc.

In addition, Aashna has developed a set of localized cloud apps especially in Payroll, Taxation & Mobility to meet client and regulatory requirements, which works seamlessly with existing Cloud solutions. With a consultant base of over 100, Aashna has the capabilities to add real value to global organizations as it provides real-time business intelligence, accelerates business processes and reduces IT costs.
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AVEVA acquires 8over8 Limited


AVEVA invests to reduce the risk of project cost and schedule overruns

Image caption: Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA


AVEVA acquires 8over8 Limited
AVEVA acquires 8over8 Limited

Cambridge, UK – 5 January 2015: AVEVA today announced that it has acquired 8over8 Limited (8over8). This acquisition provides the software platform for AVEVA to address the current global need for increased project control, capital discipline, minimising project overruns, and delivering improved efficiency in operations.

8over8’s flagship product is ProCon, a risk management software platform that connects Owner Operators (OOs) and Engineering Procurement Construction companies (EPCs) throughout the project life cycle. ProCon can be deployed on site, or through a privately managed cloud, providing real-time risk management for major capital projects.  Trusted to manage contract execution in multi-billion dollar capital projects globally, ProCon is firmly established in the largest capital-intensive energy projects in the world.

Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA commenting on the acquisition, said, ‘Now more than ever before, our customers are seeking improved project control and reduced risk to their capital investment programmes. We are responding to the needs of all the industries we serve to help our OO customers maximise their return on capital investment, and our EPC customers to drive greater efficiency, enhancing their profitability and competitive differentiation while providing a well-established global platform to accelerate the rollout of ProCon.

‘By acquiring 8over8, AVEVA is uniquely placed to ensure both technical and contractual integrity changes are captured during the project life cycle and provides further proof of AVEVA’s ongoing strategy to grow its business both organically and through acquisition.’

‘Delays and cost overruns are costing billions of dollars when the need for capital discipline has never been greater,’ says Clare Colhoun, CEO, 8over8. ‘We have enjoyed rapid expansion in the adoption of the ProCon platform and emerged as the leader in contractual risk management software. Joining AVEVA gives us the chance to take ProCon to an even wider global market and I’m excited by the opportunities this acquisition brings for our customers, solutions and employees. We will certainly benefit from AVEVA’s global network of professionals, industry expertise and commitment to technology innovation.’
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