Business News: May 2011

Microsoft Office 365 Public Beta available in India

Microsoft has announced the public beta of Microsoft Office 365, the company's next generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes, in India. Office 365 was introduced in limited beta last year, bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. The public beta allows millions of people in India and across the world to try Office 365 for the first time. Globally, more than 70 per cent of the organisations that signed up for the limited beta were small businesses with fewer than 25 employees.

Aruba Wireless Solutions introduced in IIT

Aruba Networks, the global leader in distributed enterprise networks has announced the successful deployment of 'Aruba Wireless Solution' in the academic section and workshops in one of the highly renowned institutions of India- Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Prior to approaching Aruba Networks, IIT Delhi functioned on a wired network, which started to pose as a challenge when it came to safety and cost effectiveness. Aruba Networks provided the institution with a centralized Wireless LAN solution, a centralized management and authentication for AAA servers, which aimed to deliver stability, performance, security and features like Adaptive Radio Management (ARM). “Mobility is the keyword nowadays, as majority of the people have mobile gadgets that need to connect to the Internet through WLAN,” says Shalendra Singh, Country Manager India, Aruba Networks.

P&G's Shiksha to build 20+ schools all over India

Procter & Gamble's signature CSR Program “Shiksha” has come up with more schools all over India after it was launched a few days back. Shiksha has, so far, impacted lives of 150,000 children till 2010, aims to take number to 200,000 in 2011. By this initiative P&G has given its consumers a simple yet powerful way to participate in building India's educational future. Every time a consumer buys P&G products in the month of April, May and June, Shiksha contributes a portion of the proceeds towards children's education. Now in its seventh year, Shiksha is back with an even stronger commitment – to take its current impact of 150,000 children to the 200,000 mark. In 2010, Shiksha took initiative in building over 20 schools all across India, supported 100+ existing schools and now aims to build at-least 20 more in the coming year.

Azim Premji Foundation partners with TISS to launch APSE

The Azim Premji Foundation has joined hands with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to set up the Azim Premji School of Education (APSE). The APSE at TISS Hyderabad will offer Degrees and continuing education programmes and conduct research in the field of education. Under the MoU, Azim Premji Foundation will provide financial support to APSE including for research, programs and infrastructure. Foundation CEO Dileep Ranjekar, who is also Azim Premji University Board of Governors member said, ''improving the quality of education must be one of India's key goals. We think this task needs organisations who have shared vision to collaborate deeply.''

Intel ICT to boost rural health care services in Abuja 

As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, Intel Corporation has decided to launch a pilot electronic health (e-Health) programme in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to address some of the challenges that the nation is facing in healthcare. In early 2009, the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Millennium Development Goals Unit (FCTMDGU) health officials and Intel Corporation began discussing ways that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) could be used to improve health and healthcare delivery in rural areas. According to the Business Development Manager, Intel Nigeria, David Ibhawoh, the company observed that a large percentage of the people in the country do not have access to health and also where there were any they lacked the specialist, especially dermatologists. Intel with 80 per cent of the world's market for microprocessors, the brains of personal computers, he said, decided to take healthcare to the communities through mobile health (m-Health) and telemedicine that eventually gave birth to the Mailafiya Health Programme.

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