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Eric Cevis is the new President of Global Wholesale, Verizon

Eric Cevis is the new President of Global Wholesale, Verizon 

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has roped in Eric Cevis to lead the unit’s global wholesale division. Cevis most recently led the Verizon’s global wholesale sales organization for the Americas.
Verizon’s global wholesale team provides a comprehensive portfolio of voice, data, Internet, Ethernet, Global IP, FiOS and advanced cloud and security solutions, as well as professional service engagements. In his new role as president of global wholesale, Cevis will lead an international cross-functional team including sales, marketing and operational support.  The global wholesale organization supports customers including wireless service providers, IXCs, CLECs, ISPs, ILEC, MSO/cable and other telecommunications companies, as well as aggregators, resellers and content providers.


Cevis has been with Verizon and its predecessor companies since joining Bell Atlantic in 1986, as a staff supervisor for government systems. He has held a variety of roles, including delivering bundled broadband communications services to entire communities; developing new business channels for the retail markets team; and leading sales efforts in emerging markets.
He is a member, and has served as the national program chair, of the National Eagle Leadership Institute (NELI); serves on the advisory boards of the Consortium of Information and Telecommunications Executives (CITE) and the National Association of Black Telecommunications Professionals; and sits on the board of the National Multi Housing Council.  He is the founding president of the Mu Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., on the campus of George Mason University. He is also the executive champion for Disabilities Issues Awareness Leaders (DIAL), a Verizon employee resource group.
Cevis holds a B.S. degree in marketing management from George Mason University and has done post-graduate work at Wharton


Tech Mahindra and Microsoft join hands over Dynamics CRM

Tech Mahindra and Microsoft join hands over Dynamics CRM 

Tech Mahindra Ltd. has announced their partnership to help develop the spring customer care update of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Tech Mahindra’s expert engineers helped Microsoft to develop key features which include – Mobile device support, cross browser support and enhanced user experience.
Tech Mahindra is a Global SI and Consulting organization with strategic partnership with Microsoft. This collaboration with Microsoft Dynamics Product Development team leverages our experience and Microsoft’s product strengths to offer significant value to customers. Tech Mahindra was a Microsoft partner on Polaris and Orion as well, the last two product releases of Dynamics CRM.
“Tech Mahindra has contributed to the spring customer care update release of Dynamics CRM. Tech Mahindra’s practice capabilities will enable its customers to experience cutting edge solutions on Dynamics CRM for competitive advantage,” said Jujhar Singh, General Manager, MS CRM Program Management.  “It is a proud moment for us to partner with Microsoft. Our large global expert base enabling build, deploy and automate coupled with Microsoft’s global exposure on products helped us come up with a cutting edge version of Dynamics CRM,” said Venkat Paturi, Head – Technology, Media and Entertainment, Tech Mahindra.
This partnership with Microsoft and hands-on experience on MS CRM product enables Tech Mahindra to provide its Global customers with best of solution and implementation experiences to compete successfully in the marketplace.  With the ever increasing form factors and trend towards BYOD, the key features co-developed by Tech Mahindra and Microsoft will ensure CRM Dynamics is equipped with rich user interface and enhanced user experience. Tech Mahindra and Microsoft announced the new version of the product at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta.

Brocade strengthens SDN leadership with OpenFlow 1.3 Support across IP Routing

Brocade strengthens SDN leadership with OpenFlow 1.3 Support across IP Routing 

Extending the company’s leadership and evolutionary approach to Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Brocade(NASDAQ:BRCD) has announced support for OpenFlow 1.3 across its IP portfolio of routing and switching products. A key component of the company’s comprehensive SDN strategy, the expansion of OpenFlow support from the Brocade MLXe and CER/CES product families to the Brocade ICX and VDX switch families enables customers to achieve new agility and programmability across the network – from the data center to the campus to the wide area network (WAN).

While earlier versions of OpenFlow are widely deployed among Research and Education Networks (RENs) and other early adopters, OpenFlow 1.3 delivers a richer feature set required for commercial and enterprise networks to address complex network behaviour and optimize performance for dynamic SDN applications. These features include Quality of Service (QoS), Q-in-Q, Group Tables, Active-Standby Controller, IPv6 and more.

“Brocade’s commitment to SDN is clear in the significant contributions to the technical leadership of the Open Networking Foundation and OpenFlow,” said Curt Beckmann, Chair of Forward Abstraction Working Group (FAWG)at ONF and Principal Architect at Brocade. “The real payoff of Brocade’s standards work comes as we provide deployable and compelling SDN solutions. Our latest example is the Flow-Aware Real-Time SDN Analytics OpenFlow application, for which Brocade has been named a finalist as part of the Open Networking Summit’s SDN Idol competition.”

As service providers and enterprises begin the journey to SDN, they must continue to support their present mode of operation, for both economic and operational reasons. With the industry’s only true OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode offering, Brocade provides customers with a pragmatic and efficient transition, enabling interworking between SDN and non-SDN networks. Capable of running OpenFlow forwarding on the same physical infrastructure as traditional networking protocols, Brocade OpenFlow-enabled products allow customers to apply SDN for new capabilities while continuing to support existing network services. The result is an evolutionary rollout of SDN without an expensive “forklift” replacement of equipment.

Huawei inaugurates a new Club for fans in New Delhi

Huawei inaugurates a new Club for fans in New Delhi 

Huawei has launched the Huawei Club, an online interactive platform for engaging with Huawei’s fans and technology enthusiasts, in New Delhi recently.

Inaugurated by the Huawei team in Delhi, the Huawei Club is a unique consumer-centric initiative to strongly connect with the user communities across the globe and work with them in making things possible together. It is a channel for Huawei to listen to the consumers’ voice, present the latest information on products and services, provide rich online content and facilitate interaction with Huawei’s R&D engineers. The Huawei Club was first launched in the country in Bangalore, last July, and has since conducted Android and design workshops contests like Blogathon, Design Challenge and sponsored several tech fests in colleges across the city, attracting enthusiastic members from the college community.  The club today has over 67,000 members and aims to engage more members throughout the year 2014. The Huawei Club Delhi Chapter is another step in taking this initiative to the next level.

The Huawei Club, Delhi will be collaborating with Committees like Technocracy from IIT Delhi, IEEE, and many other colleges and conduct regular workshops, offer live projects, internship opportunities for its members and thus bridge the gap between academics and industry.

The Huawei Club members can benefit by experiencing the Huawei‘s latest range of smartphones, tablets, interact with geeks, developers, user interface experts and product managers. The Club will also serve as a platform for members to provide feedback on innovative ideas and enhance the product experience.

MAIT organizes workshop on Model RFPs

MAIT organizes workshop on Model RFPs 

Already wobbling under low margins, currency fluctuations and an undermining economy, the IT Industry faces a trust deficit in the form of unlimited accountability, unfavorable payment terms, unreasonable legal frameworks, fall clause, obscure SLAs and lack of clarity in e-Governance projects in India.
Deliberating on the above to provide the much needed impetus to the IT industry, the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) in partnership with Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), with Accenture as its knowledge partner, organized a sensitization workshop on Model RFPs (Request for Proposal), prepared by DeitY for selection on consultants, system integrators and PPP operators for e-Governance projects. This workshop was inaugurated by M N Vidyashankar, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary (Retd.), Govt. of Karnataka. The workshop saw the participation of southern states in the form of their IT Secretaries and IT departments and heads of leading technology companies.


Sri M N Vidyashankar, IAS

Commenting on the occasion, M N Vidyashankar said, “Karnataka being the only state to have an integrated e-procurement based on deliverables and outcomes has the potential to lead the country in e-governance. Such workshops help in arriving at cohesive solutions that enable improvements in procurement processes and complimented MAIT for leading these.”At the workshop, heads from IT majors opined their experiences in e-Governance and raised challenges faced by the industry in executing such projects. They suggested policy altercations which if implemented would foster an equitable partnership between industry, government and the beneficiaries of e-Governance projects.

Industry experts also opined that the government should invest quality time during the evaluation of e-Governance projects. MAIT, with the given maturity of industry, urged the government to respond to the changing dynamics. Through these initiatives, MAIT intends to reach out to all states through their IT secretaries, state e-government mission teams and other government procuring organizations.

Asia Powercom announces ‘Surge Ahead Scheme’

Asia Powercom announces 'Surge Ahead Scheme' 

Asia Powercom has announced the launch of ‘Surge Ahead Scheme’ exclusively for channel partners. The partners are eligible for 10 units free on the purchase of 50 Surge Protectors in a single invoice. The scheme is valid from 7th March to 22nd March, 2014.
Tejas Sheth, Country Manager at Asia Powercom, said, “Asia Powercom believes that schemes should be designed to benefit the partners. Today we are pleased to announce – Surge Ahead Scheme exclusively designed for Surge Protectors. Partners will get 10 units free on the purchase of 50 Surge Protectors in a single invoice. This scheme is valid till 22 of March. We are sure that these schemes will provide value addition to our partners beyond the usual business benefits. We realize business is facing a challenge and this is our effort to make the business more profitable for all our partners.”

AsiaPower Surge series protectors represent the next generation evolution of universal electric sockets. Surge protector comes with multiple sockets which also include USB charging to provide surge-free power for electronic equipment like smart phones, tablets, MP3/MP4 players, PSP, Powerbank, etc.Asia Powercom plans to introduce more schemes for FY 2014 – 2015.

A new Homepage for Yahoo in India

A new Homepage for Yahoo in India 

Yahoo India has unveiled a brand new Homepage delivering a beautiful, modern, intuitive and personal experience, available across smart phones, tablets and PCs. The new Yahoo Homepage, launched in 6 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and India, makes it easier for the user to discover all the content they care about – right here on one page from any device of their choice.
A more welcoming Yahoo homepage can be experienced with simpler navigation and a user can browse top stories, check his email, keep a tab on his stocks, see photos, check the weather or even find out what the stars have in store for him.

A virtually endless stream of content can be enjoyed, which the user can browse at his convenience and choose to read, save-for-later or delete from his view – making the whole experience personal. The user can directly access the Weather forecast, Flickr photos, stocks he follows on Yahoo Finance and astrological forecasts for the day from utility apps hosted on the Homepage.