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Fortinet reports second quarter 2013 financial results

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Fortinet a leader in high-performance network security announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

“Our ability to meet or exceed billings, revenue and profitability expectations during the second quarter against challenging conditions in some markets and geographies highlights the breadth and diversity of Fortinet’s business,” said Ken Xie, founder, president and chief executive officer. “While we will continue to move forward cautiously due to the ongoing macro uncertainty, we feel confident that the combination of our strong competitive advantages and product superiority positions us well for continued growth and market share gains.”

Financial highlights for the second quarter of 2013

Revenue: Total revenue was $147.4 million for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 14% compared to $129.0 million in the same quarter of 2012. Within total revenue, product revenue was $66.5 million, an increase of 8% compared to the same quarter of 2012. Services revenue was $79.7 million, an increase of 22% compared to the same quarter of 2012.

Billings: Total billings were $160.7 million for the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 10% compared to $145.8 million in the same quarter of 2012.

Deferred revenue: Deferred revenue was $389.7 million as of June 30, 2013, an increase of 18% compared to deferred revenue of $331.4 million as of June 30, 2012, and an increase of $13.3 million from $376.4 million as of March 31, 2013.

Cash and cash flow: As of June 30, 2013, cash, cash equivalents and investments were $814.4 million, compared to $782.5 million as of March 31, 2013. In the second quarter of 2013, cash flow from operations was $37.2 million and free cash flow was $35.2 million.

GAAP operating income: GAAP operating income was $13.8 million for the second quarter of 2013, representing a GAAP operating margin of 9%. GAAP operating income was $21.0 million for the same quarter of 2012, representing a GAAP operating margin of 16%.

GAAP Net Income and diluted Net Income per share: GAAP net income was $9.0 million for the second quarter of 2013, based on a 40% effective tax rate for the quarter. This compared to GAAP net income of $14.0 million for the same quarter of 2012, based on a 37% effective tax rate for the quarter. GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.05 for the second quarter of 2013, based on 168.0 million weighted-average diluted shares outstanding, compared to $0.08 for the same quarter of 2012, based on 166.1 million weighted-average diluted shares outstanding.

Non-GAAP Operating Income: Non-GAAP operating income was $24.4 million for the second quarter of 2013, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 17%. Non-GAAP operating income was $28.6 million for the same quarter of 2012, representing a non-GAAP operating margin of 22%.

Non-GAAP Net Income and diluted Net Income per share: Non-GAAP net income was $17.2 million for the second quarter of 2013, based on a 33% effective tax rate for the quarter. Non-GAAP net income for the same quarter of 2012 was $19.7 million, based on a 34% effective tax rate. Non-GAAP diluted net income per share was $0.10 for the second quarter of 2013 based on 168.0 million weighted-average diluted shares outstanding, compared to $0.12 for the same quarter of 2012, based on 166.1 million weighted-average diluted shares outstanding.

A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”.

 

The engine of real-time enterprise delivers data 350 x faster!

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Technology is not something that executives have time to focus on every day. Often frustration, and added business consequences, is the result of slow management reporting. Each time you run a query, your analytics software has to find the right data in your back-end database, run calculations, and deliver them to you – a process that can take 30 seconds or even up to a minute or more.

At a certain point, after similar delays, you’re out of time and still need to make the best decision you can with the information and insights available to you. Even with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, you likely can’t access the insight you need instantly if you are sifting through large amounts of information.

SAP Business One specialist and business management software provider 4most, offers a solution for SME’s who demand insight into business operations as they happen, but find that the volume of operational data available to manage customer relationships and complex data analysis, often exceeds the amount of data that traditional disk-based systems can process within a reasonable time.
The solution, SAP HANA, is a next generation data management platform with no need for data redundancy or extra baggage. Designed from scratch to run entirely in memory – for processing of large amounts of data extremely fast.

Simply put, HANA is built to run on a single database on clusters of affordable servers which can be scaled to fit the exact needs of your business. It can manage transactional and analytical data in the same database. This means that all the information of any branch or department can be made available at any given time, and updates are practically instantaneous. It enables business executives to make better decisions, faster, by providing immediate access to relevant information – and requiring far less reliance on IT to gain the insight needed.

More importantly, SAP HANA provides a flexible, cost effective, real-time approach for managing large data volumes, allowing organisations to dramatically reduce hardware and maintenance costs associated with running multiple data warehouses, operational and analytical systems.

SAP HANA will form the technology foundation for new, innovative applications based on in-memory technology, thus enabling better performing business applications such as planning, forecasting, operational performance and simulation solutions.

4most business development director Eugene Olivier says that the key difference of SAP HANA from traditional analytic models is the absence of any materialisation. “All models are purely virtual and calculate results based on the underlying detailed operational data. The absence of materialisations makes model changes very easy.”

There is no doubt that some of the key value adds of HANA are speed and multiple functionality in real time. The needs of Southern African SME’s are fast extending beyond standard system capacities and 4most is geared to roll out this incredibly versatile new business management platform.

 

Tele-Enterprise seeks SA’s worst VoIP

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Next generation telecommunications firm Tele-Enterprise is aiming to turn around VoIP’s bad reputation with a challenge seeking SA’s worst VoIP implementation.

Riaan Pietersen, Tele-Enterprise CMO, says many companies have had their fingers burnt by Voice over IP (VoIP) implementations that left them with unstable and unreliable connections and cost them money in the long run. The poor quality of VoIP calls has given the technology an undeservedly bad reputation, he says.

To change perceptions of VoIP as a communications channel, Tele-Enterprise has launched a challenge seeking the worst VoIP implementation story in the country. If your company has telephony expenses of at least R15 000 a month, at least 25 phone extensions and a good story to tell about how VoIP let you down, you could turn the experience around by winning a trial implementation of VoIP that works, followed by a preferential deal on a next generation system.

Pietersen says: “Communications is the lifeblood of any business, irrespective of sector. But too many businesses buy in to vendor smoke and mirrors without a full understanding of the technology behind the solution.”

VoIP is a case in point, he says: “VoIP has a negative association because so many companies have tried it and had it fail and cost them money.”

But there are many reasons why a VoIP implementation could fail, and none of them are because VoIP is inherently a poor communications tool, he says.

“In some cases, technicians are not experienced enough and don’t have the experience to understand the full requirements of different VoIP implementations. VoIP is not a plug ‘n play or cut ‘n paste implementation.” Pietersen points out that buying cheap is a major mistake. “If cheap equipment is used to save money, this will lead to problems later if it needs to be replaced or is not scalable.”

Many VoIP implementers often make the mistake of focusing on savings for the client rather than service and added value, says Pietersen. “VoIP will save clients money in the long run – but the main objective should be about control, functionality and extended features,” he says.

The three most common reasons VoIP fails, says Pietersen, are that VoIP services are implemented without a full pre-installation assessment of the complete network and office environment; that sub-standard VoIP equipment such as gateways, connectivity mediums and routers are used; and that inadequate or no assessment of call performance is done after implementation.

A good VoIP solution needs to be tailored to meet the business’s individual needs and strategy, making it important for vendors to carry out a thorough business analysis before the VoIP implementation, he says. In addition, cost savings should not be the primary goal, and the equipment used should be reliable and scalable enough to meet future business needs. The implementation partner should offer on-going support and conduct post-implementation assessments to ensure the system performs optimally.

Because Tele-Enterprise’s team has a long history of experience in the VoIP arena, they have encountered numerous companies who regret their VoIP investment. The company believes the VoIP Challenge will turn around perceptions and illustrate that properly-implemented VoIP can deliver significant efficiencies as well as cost savings.

The company that submits the worst VoIP story in the VoIP Challenge will win a 30 day trial, during which it will:

  • Not pay for calls or equipment.
  • Have the latest virtual PBX with next generation IP phones and world class features under pinned by world class BroadSoft technology.
  • Receive a free network LAN test and if required, upgraded to CAT5E with POE.
  • Receive training on the immense functionality of this feature rich world class system.

After a successful trial period, the winner will have the following next generation system in place:

  • A free video conferencing phone worth R3500.
  • Automatic redundancy and failover to two networks that gives 100% uptime if any lines go down.
  • Free servicing and maintenance.
  • Onsite probe that will monitor all calls to all destinations to guarantee and prove call quality.
  • Telephone expense management tool measuring each extension in the company – optional.
  • Some of the lowest call rates in the market to offer cost savings.

To enter, write about your experience (not more than 1 page and without any mention of suppliers) and send your latest telephony account to info@tele-enterprise.com (T&Cs apply).

 

Affordable, easy distribution of payslips directly to employees’ mobile phones

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By sending an employee’s payslip directly to their mobile devices, companies can enjoy significant cost-savings while giving their workers more timely and convenient access to their payslips. So says Jacques Swanepoel, MD at Cellfind, a member of the Blue Label Telecoms Limited Group. He says that mobile payslips bring the convenience of electronic payslips even to workers who do not have computers or the latest smartphones.

“Nearly every employed person in the country carries a cellphone, but not everyone in the average company’s workforce has email access” he adds. “There’s no quicker, cheaper and easier way to deliver payslips to your employees than via their mobile devices.”

miPayslip, a mobile payslip offering from Cellfind, enables payroll providers and organisations of all sizes to issue electronic payslips to any employee who has a cell phone. With this offering, companies can save on paper and distribution costs, while doing its bit for the environment by only printing out payslips when employees request them, says Swanepoel. Employees, meanwhile, will have immediate access to their payslips wherever they are. Non-office based employees will receive their payslips the day they are generated. They can also request historical information or a hardcopy of their payslip by sending an SMS to a short code or utilising a customised USSD menu.

Cellfind, one of South Africa’s leading location-based service providers and bulk messaging aggregators, offers a scalable and reliable infrastructure that will guarantee that payslips are delivered to each employee’s cell phone on time, every week or month. Its platform complies fully with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act’s requirements about the information that needs to be provided on a payslip.The solution works with nearly any mobile phone on the market – even the oldest or lower end handset – and is designed to be secure to guarantee the confidentiality of payroll information.

How it works

With miPayslip, employers can send their employees a text message with a WAP link or a USSD string (e.g. *120*456#) that can be used to retrieve the payslip, which is security enforced with a password via their cell phones. The corporate client simply sends the payroll data to Cellfind via a secure interface, encrypt the data on the back end and the miPayslip service will ensure that the payslip data reaches each employee in a timely and secure manner.

A third party application is also available for corporate customers who prefer to keep the solution in-house. The mobile payslip can be customised to each organisation’s requirements, but will include basic information such as income, deductions, tax number and leave days as standard. Payslips will look exactly the same on employees’ handsets as the paper based ones.

 

SAP Africa promotes business risk and compliance excellence with predictive analytics

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Fraud Management Analytic Application provides real-time detection of potential fraud

The exponential growth of big data is forcing organisations of all sizes to rapidly improve their governance, risk and compliance efforts. Speedily detecting and addressing potential fraud is completely dependent on harnessing technology that can validate and provide a defensible audit trail. SAP Fraud Management Analytic Application is well positioned to address increasing business challenges of fraud in Africa.

This application, now available in Africa, helps organisations rapidly predict and address fraud-related business issues, promoting business transparency in alignment with global best practices in governance, risk and compliance. This was announced yesterday at an SAP financial services event entitled ‘A Year in the Life of a CFO’ held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Africa is increasingly being seen as an investment destination; however, the continent struggles with a negative image in terms of fraud and corruption. Reported cases of fraud in the continent decreased from 520 in the second half of 2011 to 503 cases in the first half of 2012. In the same period, the value of fraud decreased from US$3.3 billion (R30 billion) to US$ 2 billion (R20 billion). Gartner states that by 2014, 50 percent of employees in a typical organisation will have access to some kind of analytic system. This rises to 75 percent by 2020. SAP’s best-in-class analytics solutions are now available in Africa to enable customers to deliver real-time knowledge of their businesses to the right people, at the right time, on any device.

Businesses in Africa are facing some of the biggest fraud challenges in the world. With SAP’s help, African organisations can now collaborate on this topic with their customers and partners, make fact-based real-time decisions with confidence, balancing risk and opportunity and securing competitive advantage.

Powered by SAP’s next generation in-memory platform SAP HANA®, SAP’s Fraud Management Analytic Application uses advanced rules and algorithms to identify and predict fraud behaviour, issue alerts and block fraudulent transactions in real-time. It instantly analyses millions of business transactions and compares it against historic fraud activities to expose hidden fraud activities, trends and correlations. The power of SAP HANA platform means the investigation process is simple and efficient as it collects all the data related to fraud activity including geographical data and network connections, providing fraud investigators with an accurate and easy to understand overview. It also prioritises fraud alerts based on severity and fraud likelihood so that attention can be focused on the most critical cases, saving both time and money.

South Africa-based mining group, Exxaro uses SAP Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solutions to support their integrated governance, risk and compliance strategy to drive business efficiency and sustainability. “Exxaro chose SAP GRC solutions to establish a proactive risk management culture within the organisations. We have managed to streamline processes, drive business efficiency and improve integration and collaboration,” says Saret van Loggerenberg, Risk and Compliance Manager, GRC, Exxaro. “SAP is not only a technology partner, but also a business partner, as their analytics tools have enabled us to achieve our business and GRC objectives.”

“More businesses in Africa are taking corporate governance, risk and compliance matters seriously, especially as transparency and fraud management become top of mind for all business leaders. In addition, the globalisation of business introduces new security risks as well as new regulations making compliance in Africa a complex landscape,” said Pfungwa Serima, CEO, SAP Africa. “SAP is now well-positioned to help African organisations combat the risk of fraud with advanced analytic capabilities and greater visibility into their critical business data while ensuring they remain compliant.”

 

Using employee devices to boost productivity through an effective BYOD strategy

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By Craig Freer, Head of Product: Enterprise, Vox Telecom

There are an estimated 11 million smart phones and 5 million tablets in South Africa. Moreover, 75% of employees are bringing these devices to work or using them for work purposes. It stands to reason, then, that companies should seriously consider implementing some form of BYOD, or Bring-Your-Own-Device policy to ensure that the company information their employees are carrying in their pockets is protected.

A recent survey by Deloitte and ITWeb has shown that although more than 90% of respondents can use their mobile devices to access emails, very few can access documents or file systems. Most respondents say that they would prefer to use their devices to view critical documents such as reports, or to capture information.

Rather than see devices as potential threats, companies should start mining these devices and turn into powerful tools that they can use to their advantage.

There are three layers to an effective BYOD strategy: device management, expense management and app enablement.

Device Management
Mobile device management (MDM) is the fundamental building block of any BYOD strategy. It also allows companies to secure employee devices, and the information they contain.
MDM allows the company to perform functions such as remotely wiping stolen devices, and to restrict access to sensitive information. The beauty of mobile device management is that these systems are software and device agnostic – which means that security rules can be applied across multiple devices and systems from a central point. That means that employees can use whichever device they prefer – and that they are most proficient in.

Expense Management
Of course, these devices mean that employees are likely to make use of the company Wi-Fi, or even subsidised data packages from their employer – which can be subject to abuse. Adding an expense management layer to your BYOD strategy allows companies to not only restrict expenditure but curb abuse of company bandwidth.

App enablement
For most companies, providing employees with access to important apps proves a challenge. According to the Deloitte survey, the vast majority of employees rely on a central IT department to develop functionality they require on their various devices, which may also serve to explain why roughly 40% of respondents say they have no access to enterprise apps whatsoever. But, by adding a middleware layer to all employee devices, that allows them to access crucial company information on the go, employees can truly unlock the full potential and benefits of BYOD – securely, and without inundating the IT department with hundreds of devices to set up individually. Thus, when an employee receives a new tablet, they can automatically be linked to crucial sites – such as the intranet or sales presentations in the cloud – allowing them to start work immediately, and with all the company tools at their disposal.

BYOD is not only about restriction – it’s about enablement. Employees are already bringing their devices to work and if employers stick their heads in the sand to avoid dealing with them, they won’t only be vulnerable to security breaches – they’d also be overlooking powerful tools that can improve efficiencies and productivity in their company.

 

Samsung printers win outstanding achievement at buyers laboratory pick awards

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Awards recognise Samsung’s printing expertise in performance and energy efficiency

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today announced its Mono, Colour Laser and Multi-function (MFP) Printers have won at the Buyers Laboratory (BLI) Pick awards. The Xpress M2875/2825 series and ProXpress M4020ND printers won in the Performance category while the CLX-6260FW, CLX-6260FD, and CLP-680 Series printers triumphed in the environment category. The printers received Outstanding Achievement awards, the independent authority’s highest accolade.

“Samsung’s Mono, Colour Laser and Multi-function printers reflect our commitment to create powerful, attractive products that meet consumer demands for performance, cost efficient and energy efficiency,” says Mike van Lier, Business Leader for IT Solutions at Samsung South Africa. “We are honoured by the awards from BLI and we consider them excellent recognition for our continued effort in discovering new possibilities in printer innovation.”

Samsung collects three awards for product performance
Three of Samsung’s monochrome devices took home awards in the Personal Printer, Personal MFP and A4 Small Workgroup Printer categories, confirming the devices’ reliable, affordable and eco-friendly attributes.

“The ProXpress M4020ND is a great choice for small workgroup environments, offering a combination of speed and very good output quality and a low cost of ownership,” said BLI Senior Analyst for A4 MFPs and Printers Marlene Orr. “For individuals in need of an affordable personal device, the compact Xpress M2825DW and Xpress M2875 Series help users save money and the environment, thanks to such ‘green’ features as standard duplexing and Samsung’s Easy Eco Driver.”

These new Mono Laser and Multi-function printers feature fast print speeds, high quality images and cost savings for home offices, small and medium-sized business customers.

Samsung Colour Laser and MFPs awarded for energy efficiency
The CLX-6260FW and CLX-6260FD models were commended for their significant energy savings when compared to competitor products. In BLI’s tests it was found that the two 25-ppm printers used 52% less power annually than comparable A4 colour MFPs. The CLX-6260FW also has fast recovery times from sleep mode, allowing users to make the most of the printer’s energy-efficient sleep settings without sacrificing productivity or convenience.

“BLI’s ‘Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency’ award honors devices that exceed expectations and raise the bar in regards to energy consumption and general environmental performance,” said BLI Test Technician Joe Tischner. “The CLX-6260FW earned this award for its substantially lower energy consumption when compared against its peers, as well as its advanced environmental feature set, which provides a more complete environmental solution for eco-conscious consumers.”

BLI’s environmental testing measures the energy consumed by document imaging products in all operating modes including energy-save, idle and sleep modes, as configured for a real-world office environment using a wired interface. In addition to reporting on a range of environment-related features, such as measuring a printer’s ability to use various grades of recycled paper and its toner yield, the reports include projected annual energy consumption and cost based on real-world usage scenarios in each product category.

The CLX-6260FW comes with several environmentally-friendly features, including; automatic duplexing, blank-page removal, toner-save mode, auto colour mode and job review mode for print output. It also dynamically prints text using black toner and colour elements using colour toner on the same page, thus reducing colour toner use. In addition, users have full access to the control panel while the device warms up from sleep mode, including the ability to fax or scan, which allows users to begin scanning without having to wait for the device to completely wake up.

BLI also awarded an Outstanding Achievement award to the Samsung CLP-680 Series for its superb environmental performance. Its projected annual energy consumption rate is about 55 percent lower than average while running BLI’s real-world environmental wired job stream, placing it among the best energy performers in its class.

“Only the best of the best earn BLI’s ‘Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency’ award, and that covers the best energy and best overall performances. And thanks to an energy rate 55% percent lower than average, a rich environmental feature set and faster than average recovery times, the Samsung CLP-680 Series fit all of our award criteria, said Lisa Reider, BLI’s Senior Product Editor for Environmental Testing. “We are honored to grant this award to such an outstanding product.”

The CLP-680’s environmental features include blank-page removal, job review mode and automatic duplexing, which help conserve paper consumption. As with the CLX-6260FW, the CLP-680 Series reduces colour toner usage by printing document text with black toner and any colour elements on the same page with colour toner. BLI also found black, cyan and yellow toner yields were higher than the average when tested against competitors.

Bytes Document Solutions to unveil exciting new presses at Africa Print Expo 2013

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Bytes Document Solutions, the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, will unveil several exciting new Xerox products at Africa Print, the commercial and digital print exhibition sponsored by Xerox, which will take place from 21 to 23 August, 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

For the first time in South Africa, visitors will be able to view the new wide format IJP 2000, which has already caused a stir at recent print shows in Dubai and London, where feedback was very positive. Aimed at meeting the growing demand for large indoor posters, signs, point-of-purchase graphics and banners, the IJP 2000 gives printers the extra speed needed to produce more jobs faster.

“The retail value of wide format printing is increasing exponentially,” says Paul Haglich, marketing manager for production systems at Bytes Document Solutions. “The increased speed of the IJP 2000 means printers can accept and produce more wide format jobs, even last minute requests. For example, it can print an A0 page in full colour with a resolution of 1600x1600dpi in just seven seconds. It will give our customers a huge competitive advantage. Part of the challenge of wide format jobs is they can create a significant speed bump in the work process – and profitability. That’s why Xerox designed an uninterrupted operation right into the printer.”

Worldwide, the IJP 2000 is the highest productive indoor printer in the market and if a customer produces around 3 000m² per month the total cost of ownership is the lowest compared to competitive indoor inkjet printers.

Key features of the IJP 2000 single pass device include:

  • Faster print speeds: complete jobs more than 40 times faster than comparable wide format systems; high-quality, colour signs can be printed in five seconds, 30 foot banners in one minute and production runs of 200 prints in about 20 minutes.
  • Stationary print heads: allow the paper to move under five print heads in one single pass; fewer moving parts mean better speed and less maintenance.
  • High vibrancy with instantly dry ink: produce a variety of full-colour products – from tradeshow banners and presentation graphics to life-size photos and promotional displays – with crisp, precise imagery.
  • Expansive speciality media range: allow printers to offer customers more choices in wide format applications, with media such as banner fabric, photo gloss, satin and backlit/stoplight films.
  • Wide format workflow software: the Caldera GrandRIP+ keeps the device running at full-rated speed while processing jobs. The software is easy to use, even for new operators, and includes spot colour matching for a uniform look across different jobs and media.
  • Optional personalised software: produce personalised materials quickly and efficiently with Xerox FreeFlow VI Design Express software. This Adobe InDesign plug-in simplifies the design and creation of variable signs; includes templates and step-by-step instructions.

Also on show will be the new Xerox J75 digital colour press, which combines duplex printing, copying and scanning and is capable of printing and copying at 2 400dpi on a range of coated and uncoated stocks from 64 to 300gsm at speeds of up to 76 pages per minute (A4). Both devices are laser printers, using Xerox EA Dry Ink.

The J75 is aimed at in-plants, design agencies and existing or emerging digital print businesses while also an ideal solution for commercial print shops and digital printing businesses producing high-volume, high-value applications.

“With these press, Xerox has improved on the hugely successful Xerox 770 platform, introducing a number of new technologies to complement the existing rich set of features,” says Haglich. “The new features are all designed to make the machines as productive and reliable as possible, as well as making colour management and profiling simple and effective.”

The J75 Colour Press features:

  • Production Speed: The J75 Colour Press runs all weight stocks at rated speed of 76 ipm – a unique productivity advantage in this class of digital press.
  • Xerox’s unique Automatic Colour Quality Suite (ACQS) for automated consistent, accurate and repeatable colour reproduction.  Reduces time consuming colour management tasks and colour profiling routines
  • Load-while-run capability to ensure an uninterrupted supply of paper for maximum productivity
  • Xerox’s Advanced Registration Technology for tighter paper registration control – ensures reliable and accurate registration automatically.
  • Custom paper registration profiles to reduce set-up times and minimise waste
  • Simplified Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) Toolset to boost productivity & reduce set-up time
  • Xerox® EA low melt Dry Ink ensures consistent and superior offset-like print quality
  • SMart Kit® replaceable units for Dry Inks, drums, fuser, waste bottle, staples to maximise up-times and make more profit
  • Active de-curling for producing lay-flat heavyweight media ensures trouble-free finishing and eliminates waste

All in all, the J75 is the ultimate mid-production colour press to meet the requirements of the most discerning printer.

 

 

 

Consistent high quality, eco-friendly printing – Lexmark’s new Unison toner cartridges

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Lexmark has changed the printing game with its innovative new range of Unison toner cartridges, available from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC). The new Unison range delivers consistent high-quality prints using toner that melts at a lower temperature, reducing power consumption, with an intelligent toner sensor that shows users exactly how many pages they have left to print, effectively taking the guesswork out of printing.

“Unison’s formulation is unique, with special characteristics such as shake-free performance, ensuring that users get every last bit of toner out of the cartridge with minimal effort. Other key product features include faster time to print, so there is less time spent waiting for documents to print, and low-friction qualities, which increase toner flow, allowing toner to be efficiently transferred to the page. These features, along with the lower melting point of the toner, help to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint,” explains Tyrone Malan, Lexmark Product Specialist at DCC.

Unison toner delivers consistently high-quality prints, from start to finish, because of the uniquely engineered formulation of the toner. Even when the cartridge is running low, there is no fading and no need to shake the cartridge. The print system itself features with a separate toner and imaging unit design and a high-yield fuser, which maximises the longevity of these components and delivers long-term reliability, ultimately saving time, money and the environment.

“Printers using the Unison system will also automatically alert you when supplies begin to run low. A built-in toner sensor offers information on the number of print pages remaining, based on usage averages, and when toner runs low a ‘pages remaining’ countdown that tells you exactly when you need to replace cartridges. High yield cartridges allow users to print almost twice as many pages compared to competing products, reducing waste products as a result of frequent cartridge changes and again contributing to reduced carbon footprint and greater eco-friendliness,” Malan adds.

As part of Lexmark’s commitment to the environment, the company also offers a free cartridge recycling program, preventing used cartridges from ending up on landfill sites. Recycled cartridges also contribute to the Cartridge Recycling Initiative for Babies (CRIB), which donates housing, clothing, food and care for children at Cotlands. Through this initiative, Lexmark recovers empty inkjet and laser cartridges from its customers, recycles them and makes a contribution to a charity in need.

“Lexmark’s Unison range takes this commitment to environmental and social responsibility one step further. Not only are these cartridges part of the recycling and CRIB initiative, they are also energy efficient and highly sustainable, enabling business productivity while caring for the environment and future generations of South Africans,” Malan concludes.

Lexmark Unison toner is available immediately from Drive Control Corporation.

When it comes to security, size doesn’t matter

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But it’s not always easy for smaller businesses to achieve enterprise-class protection. Check Point SA’s sales manager, Doros Hadjizenonos highlights the measures SMEs can take to increase their security stance

IT security has no respect for size. A hacking group can have hundreds or thousands of members globally, like anonymous, or just a handful, like the group that mounted the successful Eurograbber attacks against banks in 2012 – but in either case, the disruption to the target organisations is equally severe.

It’s the same with the organisations targeted by criminals: just because a company is small and relatively unknown doesn’t mean that it’s safe from attack. SMEs are being targeted for attacks as part of a widening of the net for cybercriminals.

Why pick on me?

With the current trend in attacks focusing on targeted spear-phishing attacks and social media profiling to gain access to networks, criminals are focusing on organisations that have assets that are of specific value to them. The SME may be targeted as a stepping-stone from which to attack a partner company, on the basis of exploiting any weaknesses in a supply chain. A high-tech start-up, for example, might be developing intellectual property for a much larger partner, or a small financial PR company may hold draft information about a critical upcoming deal for a FTSE100 organisation. This was the situation in the Global Payments card processor breach in 2012, which affected hundreds of thousands of Visa and MasterCard holders. The smaller company was holding valuable assets that may have been harder to obtain from the larger firms, which made it the target. Attackers are also gambling on smaller companies having fewer security controls and fewer layers of security.

Of course, this may not always be the case, but in general there is a correlation between a company’s size and the time and resources it has available to focus on security and its management. Organisations typically use around 6% of their total IT spend on security – which means companies with smaller budgets need to allocate the security portion of that budget as wisely as they can.

The security shopping list

So what security should organisations look at investing in? In terms of protection, the same rules apply for SMEs as for any size of business: they need to decide which of their assets are business-critical, then put policies and solutions in place to protect those assets and mitigate risks to them.

Until recently, this would have demanded a disproportionately large investment from smaller businesses in security. However, two developments have enabled SMEs to protect their assets with enterprise-level security.

Firstly, the cloud model enables organisations to deploy security quickly, have that security managed for them (with solution and threat updates managed by the cloud security provider) and of course with little or no upfront capital outlay, and predictable monthly costs. What’s more, advanced, integrated services can be delivered this way – from antivirus and firewalling through to web application and social media control. Fully-managed cloud services can remove a management headache for smaller firms.

The second option is made possible by the cost-of-entry for flexible, upgradable on-premise security appliances dropping dramatically. This enables comprehensive, integrated security capabilities that were previously the preserve of larger organisations (such as virtual private networking, intrusion prevention, anti-spam, application control, and URL filtering) to be accessible for hundreds, rather than thousands of Rands. For many firms, this puts advanced security within much easier reach of that 6% of business IT spend mentioned earlier.

Education matters

To reiterate, the size of an organisation has no bearing on its security readiness. A key contributor to this is employees’ awareness of IT security issues. In our 2013 security report, we found that 54% of nearly 900 organisations surveyed globally had at least one potential data loss incident as a result of emails being sent in error to an external recipient, or information being incorrectly posted online. We also found 52% of employees risk committing a breach in the workplace by engaging in unsafe computing practices.

It is these simple, human errors that attackers look to exploit: tricking an unsuspecting employee into clicking a link in a phishing email that will infect their PC, or inadvertently posting sensitive information to the wrong website. Unfortunately, we’re all conditioned to trust others, and it’s a difficult mind-set to change because employees want to be helpful, and want to feel they are doing their jobs effectively.

This is where employee education can play a key role in boosting security: making staff aware of the potential risks and threats, and how their behaviour can mitigate these risks by avoiding phishing emails, fake websites and more. And it’s here that smaller businesses have an advantage: they have fewer employees to educate.

It’s often these simple measures that can be the difference between a security incident and ‘situation normal.’

 

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