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INNOVATION HAPPENS EVERYWHERE

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Updated : October 29, 2013 0:0  ,
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Firms’ innovation and growth philosophies can be summed up into two

Companies have many different philosophies when it comes to innovation and growth, but I think they fall into two main categories:

Not invented here – basically all innovation needs to happen in-house. All innovations outside the confines of the corporate firewall are considered inferior and poor and should be avoided.

Innovation happens Everywhere – basically innovations happens inside the company and innovations outside the company are embraced and included into internal innovations where appropriate.

Innovation happens even in places where tradition is highly treasured. The Middle East, for one, places a lot of weight on trust in its business dealings and has a unique way of managing its organizations. But the region has come to embrace innovation as well, with GCC countries ranked among the top innovating nations.

The recent Global Innovation Index 2013 published by Cornell University, INSEAD, the leading international business school, and the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization points to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait as leading the Middle East in overall innovation performance. This is reflective of how innovation has become a visible and crucial tool for Arab countries to pursue economic diversification, competitiveness, and global integration.

I am happy to say Software AG falls into the ‘Innovation happens Everywhere’ category and this is why we have been able to take the leadership position  in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant. We are naturally very proud of this achievement, but we would not have got there ourselves.

A few years ago we realized that our messaging backbone that is at the heart of our integration offering just didn’t have the scalability and performance that would carry us forward for multiple years. It still worked (and still does work) great but it lacked some additional sophistication like active-active clustering to name just one feature. To solve this problem we acquired a company called MyChannels  and have integrated this product as our core messaging component into the webMethods Integration offering. This integration work was hard, but it was the right thing to do and honestly we wouldn’t be where we are in the market and in the Gartner MQ without this work. It wasn’t enough to just buy a messaging product; we had to do the hard work of integrating it into our product so our customers could get a fully integrated product that “just works!”

Similarly we saw our customers asking for higher performance on larger and larger data sets (now everyone is talking about this category as big data) and we looked outside the company again for a technology leader that could bring in-memory technology into Software AG.  We purchased a company called Terracotta to create the underpinnings of a new big data offering from Software AG. We have used this product extensively inside of webMethods creating increased performance and scalability across the suite. Here again it wasn’t enough to just acquire technology, we needed to acquire the right technology and the right teams that would work together to create an integrated suite that our customers can take advantage of.

We don’t just rely on outside innovation, we have created completely new products without any acquisitions – webMethods CloudSteams and webMethods Active Transfer  are two examples where it was better for us to innovate inside the firewall and create products ourselves.

What sets us apart from the competition is that we have wonderful innovation happening inside the company and we are not constrained by the NIH (not invented here) syndrome. Our unique selling point still remains that we do all the hard integration work, with products that we build and that we acquire, allowing customers to have one product that works together and solves their needs.

We will continue to innovate both organically and inorganically with a strong focus on creating an integrated product that works and gets the customer to production faster. Especially for the benefit of unique markets such as the Middle East which demand continued and impactful innovations.

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HID Recognized for Its Design Expertise as Bahrain’s ePassport Wins Multiple Prestigious Awards

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HID has recently achieved global recognition for its Bahrain ePassport project, clinching several top honors. These include the distinguished London Design Awards, the High Security Printing Award, and the iF Design Award. This suite of praises reinforces HID’s leadership in security design, showcasing its innovative approach to integrating cutting-edge security features with aesthetic and cultural elements.

Craig Sandness, Senior VP and Managing Director for Citizen Identity at HID, shares, “Our design philosophy is centered around seamlessly weaving security into the fabric of the document’s design. The Bahrain ePassport is a prime example of this approach, where innovation meets artistry. This is not just our success; it’s a shared victory with our Bahraini partners, local artists, and calligraphers. Together, we’ve crafted a document that is as secure as it is symbolic of Bahrain’s rich heritage.”

The Bahrain ePassport, celebrated for its innovative design, marks a milestone in document security by introducing the world’s first document-embedded hashtag, #teambahrain. This feature is more than a nod to digital savviness; it’s a strong symbol of national unity and a testament to HID’s ability to integrate modern digital elements with traditional security measures.

HID’s work on the Bahrain ePassport has been recognized across several categories in the London Design Awards, including Gold awards in Service Design for Government, Cultural, and Best User Experience categories, underscoring the project’s excellence in functionality, cultural sensitivity, and user engagement. The High Security Printing Award for Best New ePassport for EMEA and the iF Design Award in the Publications and Communications category further validate HID’s skill in creating secure, user-centered design.

The collaboration between HID, Bahraini authorities, and local artisans highlights HID’s commitment to incorporating local culture into its security designs. This partnership approach not only enriches the document’s aesthetic appeal but also enhances its acceptance and significance among citizens, demonstrating HID’s leadership in creating identity solutions that respect and celebrate cultural heritage.

“As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Bahrain ePassport, we look forward to continuing our journey of innovation,” adds Sandness. “We invite governments and organizations worldwide to join us in this journey of creating secure, innovative solutions that pave the way for the future of identity documentation.”

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Fitness First Marks Mother’s Day with Four Days of Free Access

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As Mother’s Day approaches, Fitness First is proud to honour and celebrate all mothers with a special gift of health and wellness. From 21 to 24 March, Fitness First invites all mums to enjoy complimentary access to its state-of-the-art facilities at any of its UAE-based clubs.

Recognising the invaluable role of mothers in our lives, Fitness First is opening its doors to mothers of all ages and fitness levels, offering them the opportunity to prioritise their well-being and embark on a journey to better health. Whether it’s a rejuvenating yoga session, an invigorating cardio workout, or a strength training class, Fitness First provides a wide range of fitness options tailored to meet the diverse needs and preferences of every mother.

In addition to offering access to top-notch gym facilities and equipment, mums visiting Fitness First during this special period will also have the opportunity to participate in group fitness classes led by certified instructors, and connect with other like-minded individuals in a supportive and motivating environment.

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Visa-free countries for UAE residents looking to book last-minute getaways this spring term break

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As UAE schools gear up for the upcoming spring term break starting from 25 March, residents are planning for their well-deserved getaways, ready to embark on new adventures and explore the world. Global travel marketplace, Skyscanner recommends these visa-free travel destinations for UAE residents this spring term break.

Ayoub El Mamoun, Skyscanner Travel Expert, invites families and adventure seekers alike to explore these captivating visa-free destinations

Seychelles starting from AED 2,711 – “A tropical haven with pristine beaches and lush greenery, Seychelles is perfect for family retreats. Explore Anse Lazio’s white sands or snorkel in vibrant coral reefs for a blissful escape.”

Georgia starting from AED 1,703– “Steeped in rich history, Georgia welcomes UAE residents to explore ancient monasteries, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities. Georgia is becoming a regular tourist haunt for UAE residents given the sudden influx of Georgia tour packages and the family activities to be experienced.”

Jordan starting from AED 1,752 – “A treasure trove of ancient history and natural wonders, Jordan is a captivating family destination. From the rose-red city of Petra to floating in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, Jordan promises a timeless family adventure.”

Malaysia starting from AED 1,903 – “A melting pot of cultures and landscapes, Malaysia invites families to explore bustling Kuala Lumpur, beautiful Langkawi beaches, and vibrant neighborhoods in Georgetown. Trek lush rainforests in Taman Negara or dive into the colourful underwater world of the Perhentian Islands. Try Skyscanner’s multi-city search too to explore all that Malaysia has to offer.”

For travellers still deciding on a destination to visit this upcoming break, a Skyscanner ‘Everywhere’ search is one of the easiest ways to be inspired. Ordered by cheapest price, a search to ‘Everywhere’ shows travellers all the destinations available for your desired travel departure.

Skyscanner’s Everywhere search tool reveals return flights to visa-free destinations such as Thailand from AED 1,891, Philippines from AED 1,932, Azerbaijan from AED 1,634 and Malaysia from AED 1,976 round trip.

With the convenience of visa-free travel to various destinations, the options for an unforgettable getaway are endless. So pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for a stress-free holiday.

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