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Saudi Arabian Poultry Integrator Invests in New Software

September 29th, 2014

One of the leading poultry businesses in the Middle East, Arasco Foods, has signed an agreement with MTech Systems to purchase computer software for its integrated activities.

The agreement provides a full suite of modules covering parent stock breeder production through to hatchery, broiler growing, processing and logistics operations.

“We shall be providing a complete vertical software solution for Arasco Foods in Saudi Arabla,” said Jim Johnston, director of MTech Systems Europe. “Arasco will be implementing our full suite of modules right through to transport of finished goods to market. Interfacing with the group’s existing SAP ERP system, our software will provide key performance information, costings, volume forecasting and production planning.’

John Ross, president of Arasco Foods, said the new solutions and software would automate all their data and procedures in just one system, helping to enhance their competitiveness and future development.

“Our aim is to upgrade the data and be able to access it easily and timely which will be reflected in the financial control and monitoring, in planning quality and in helping us to make the right decision at the right time,” he stated.

John Ross, added: “The MTech software will give us the visibility we require in performance reporting, costings and forward planning that will assist us greatly in driving efficiencies to improve our overall business performance.”

Established in 1983, Arasco has grown into one of the most significant poultry producers in Saudi Arabia with products marketed under the ‘entaj’ brand. Its output is over 40 million birds a year, with plans to treble this in the foreseeable future.

Arasco Foods owns a highly advanced processing plant at Riyadh where air chilling achieves a premium product while conserving large amounts of water. The company holds a reputation for maintaining high standards of product safety, presentation, high-class features and dedication to environmental friendliness.

MTech Systems has more than 20 years’ experience working with the livestock industry on a global scale. By integrating information from every aspect of the business into a single data base, it offers a highly efficient way of managing data while providing a ‘live protein’ system with complete farm to fork traceability.

Source:http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/33297/saudi-arabian-poultry-integrator-invests-in-new-software

Samsung’s Mobile Software Engineers Shift Focus to Tizen Platform

September 29th, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest smartphone developer, recently announced plans to move 500 software engineers from its mobile division to focus on other areas with emphasis on the Tizen platform.

The other areas include TVs, networks, electronics, printers and enterprise software.

Samsung’s shift in focus intends to strengthen its overall software prowess and enhance its competitive edge in the “Internet of things (IoT)” industry, the company said.

It plans to increase synergies for its Tizen platform.

Last year, the company announced it had 40,500 software engineers working in its mobile division. Following

“It sounds like Samsung doesn’t plan on going big with Tizen on its smartphones,” said Song Myung-sup, an analyst of HI Investment & Securities in Seoul.

“The move will likely help resolve convergence issues that arise when connecting network devices like TVs and wearables with smartphones, but this shows less determination on Tizen smartphones.”

The tech giant had been working on the Tizen operating system with other partners, including Intel.

Last June, Samsung revealed Tizen’s smart interface was running on one of its curved screen TVs. In addition, the platform also works on wearables and smartphones.

The move is a step towards enabling smart devices to communicate with one another over the Internet.

Other companies such as China’s Huawei have taken similar steps following its recent acquisition of UK IoT company, Neul.

Source:http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/13149/20140929/samsung-mobile-software-engineers-shift-focus-tizen-platform-iot-internet-of-things.htm

Case study: Deutsche Post DHL develops software contract templates to reduce costs

September 29th, 2014

Deutsche Post DHL has created contract templates to manage software costs in an increasingly complex global operation.

With more than 480,000 employees, its global footprint is larger than most of the major IT suppliers, yet, when it comes to software contracts, even an organisation the size of Deutsche Post DHL needs to tread carefully.

Kamal Patheja, legal director for global licensing at Deutsche Post DHL, has worked as an IT lawyer for 20 years and at Deutsche Post DHL for almost 14 years.

Three years ago, she took on the responsibility for licensing across the Deutsche Post DHL group, a role that was created to tackle the growing complexity of software licensing.

“There is no point having a document with convoluted terminology that nobody understands. Keep it really simple,” she says. “I go for plain English and words of one syllable. A software contract should reflect what the business needs.”

Patheja says “legal” should not be treated like a box-ticking exercise.

She warned delegates attending the Gartner IT Financial, Procurement & Asset Management Summit in London that if the legal department is not used in the right way, contracts may have hidden terms that could affect software use and the company’s ability to operate effectively.

Developing software contract templates to meet needs across the business

Patheja and her colleague Cathy Hamilton, head of IT licence demand at Deutsche Post DHL, gave a presentation at the event, describing how they collaborated on making sure the company’s best interests are being reflected in the software contracts.

Patheja gets involved in contract negotiations right at the start and works alongside Hamilton and IT procurement to negotiate software contracts that meet Deutsche Post DHL’s usage requirements.

“We are seeing the evolution of software in a contractual way, where there is more of a focus on compliance by suppliers, who are looking more closely at how users are actually using the software,” she says.

At Deutsche Post DHL, there is a consistent need to look at the contracts more closely to ensure the company is protected from a compliance perspective, she says.

“As an organisation we need to know what we should be doing and what we shouldn’t be doing,” she says. “We need to ensure the wording of the contract does not inadvertently limit the use of the software for its intended use.”

A supplier may prevent the company from using the software in a particular way, such as site licences or unlimited licence agreements, which may limit site moves when datacentres are being consolidated.

“Either the contract doesn’t provide for a specific requirement, it prohibits something, or is silent. It is hard trying to find provisions which are not dealt with in a contract,” says Patheja.

The template, which was developed by legal, IT and the business, focuses on identifying and customising the contractual terms for Deutsche Post DHL to reflect the manner in which it may wish to use the software, ranging from legal jurisdiction and divestiture to offshore usage, outsourcing and audit rights.

“The licensing terms set out the terms which will support Deutsche Post DHL’s technical environment to provide a checklist for our lawyers where we need a particular clause to give the business flexibility,” says Patheja.

The company sets the agenda for software audits and, where possible, defines the audit process in the contract, even specifying a blackout period during busy times.

It seeks to agree on the scope and frequency of audits and aims to write into the contract that any licence shortfall would be made good at contract price rather than list price. An escalation process is also included, should Deutsche Post DHL not agree with the outcome of a software audit.

But Patheja stresses that it is not trying to run off with the software company’s intellectual property, it just expects a “fair and equitable contract”.

She says she tries to understand why the software company wants a particular provision in the contract. “Sometimes the supplier is trying to address a particular issue, and this is why a face-to-face meeting is helpful. We can collaborate and work out something that works for Deutsche Post DHL and works for the supplier,” says Patheja.
Cost control

Hamilton focuses on supplier cost control. “Software licensing agreements are different to buying other things,” she says. “The quality of the commercial deal stands and falls by the language of the software licence agreement. If this is not correct, you can end up with a lot of challenges, when you find your project’s use of the software is different to what’s written in the contact.”

If the contract contains ambiguous terminology, which the supplier does not clarify, “you have to be concerned about how this will play out in the future”, Hamilton warns. “If you don’t get the software licensing contract right from the beginning, you’ll run into problems later.”

She says the legal templates are not being forced upon suppliers. Instead, Deutsche Post DHL hopes to collaborate with the supplier, to make sure the software contract covers her concerns. Specifics around outsourcing or divestiture may not be a deal-breaker for the supplier, but these are fundamental to the way Deutsche Post DHL operates its businesses. The legal template gives Deutsche Post DHL a baseline to assess and potentially identify missing clauses in the supplier’s contract.

Source:http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240231046/Case-study-Deutsche-Post-DHL-develops-software-contract-templates-to-reduce-costs

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