Janette Toral

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Cisco Introduces for Business Communications Solution for SMBs and Start-Up Call Centers

In Infotech on December 3, 2005 at 5:17 am

Responding to the need for smart, simple and secure network solutions specifically designed for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and start-up call centers, Cisco Systems introduced the Cisco Business Communications Solution featuring a tailored family of products, services and support options to help businesses control costs, improve operational efficiencies and gain a sustainable competitive advantage.

The Cisco Business Communications Solution is the first complete purpose-built communications system for the SMB market. In the Philippines, it will be offered as part of the new Cisco SMB Class Solutions, which bring enterprise technologies in voice, routing, switching, security and wireless to SMBs that are affordable and easy to deploy.

A start-up package with 10 IP phones include cost less than US$10,000. Financing options are also explored that will allow SMEs and start-up call centers to pay this for an extended period of time instead of outright cash.

As part of the Cisco Business Communications Solution, Cisco also announced the new Cisco Catalyst® Express 500 Series switching family and additions to its IP Communications portfolio, including new IPC Communications applications and an expanded line of XML-enabled IP.

Cisco Business Communications Solution system for customers with 20 to 250 employees is based on the new Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switch and the IP Communications Express Solution featuring Cisco CallManager Express and Cisco Unity Express within the Cisco Integrated Services Router.

The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series switches are built specifically for businesses who want to run converged networks. As a family of wire-speed Layer 2-managed Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet switches, it provides a secure network foundation optimized for data, wireless and voice. The switches also support IEEE 802.3af compliant Power over Ethernet (PoE). Together with the Cisco Network Assistant 3.0 application, customers now can quickly and easily configure their networks and enable advanced technologies such as wireless LANs and IP Communications in a solution purpose-built for the SMB.

For simple, all-in-one communications, Cisco is introducing new versions of Cisco CallManager Express and Cisco Unity Express. Cisco CallManager Express 3.3 features embedded “MeetMe? conferencing for 20 to 96 users, enhanced call routing and queuing capabilities and increased security. Cisco Unity Express 2.2 offers new Auto Attendant integration with Basic Automatic Call Distribution and five new languages. Together, these solutions deliver affordable, converged data and voice services. They are available immediately and are free upgrades to customers with SmartNet support contracts.

Rounding out the whole offer for SMB customers, Cisco also introduced the Cisco SMB Support Assistant featuring the SMB Support Assistant portal, client electronic tools, software bug fixes and advance hardware replacement delivered next business day, where available.

For more information about Cisco’s Business Communication Solution, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/ap/businessdialogue.


December 20: DigitalFilipino.com Club 16th Eyeball

In Events on December 3, 2005 at 4:18 am

The DigitalFilipino.com Club will be having its 16th networking event this December 20, Tuesday, 1:30 to 6:00 pm. The venue shall be at CheqSystems 17th Floor 88 Corporate Center, 141 Sedeno Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Our sincerest thanks to our corporate member, CheqSystems (http://www.cheqsystems.com), for hosting our small get together.

This gathering is exclusive for DigitalFilipino.com Club members only and are requested to confirm attendance for food count purposes. (Guests who are interested to participate should sign up as a club member prior to the event.)

Agenda shall be as follows:

1:30 – 2:00

2:00 – 2:30
Introduction by each club member

2:30 – 2:45
Club membership updates

2:45 – 3:15
Lessons Learned in Implementing Software Testing in the Philippines (Roel and Eden Hernandez, CheqSystems)

3:15 – 3:30

3:30 – 4:30
Lessons Learned in Managing IT Integration Projects and Online SME Portal (by Encarnacion “Cannie” May)

Cannie is an IT Integration Project Manager for Boeing in Seattle, USA and recently working on the new Boeing 787 program. She has extensive experience in managing outsourcing projects dealing with contractors in India, France, Italy, and Russia. She will share her
lessons learned in managing IT Integration Projects. In addition, Cannie is the site owner of YOSSN.com that offers free website services to SMEs. She will share her lessons learned in running this business.

Cannie is in the Philippines for a limited time. She is looking forward to partnering with an existing Philippines IT Services firm who’s into bringing outsourced IT jobs to the Philippines. Club members who are interested to meet her are requested to attend this eyeball and take advantage of this rare opportunity to catch up and learn.

4:30 – 6:00
Networking among members

Interested non-members are requested to sign up as a member prior to December 20 and confirm attendance for food count purposes. There are two types of membership:



We hope you can join. Thank you.

Cebu: December 6: DigitalFilipino.com Club 3rd Eyeball

In Events on December 3, 2005 at 4:11 am

The DigitalFilipino.com Club will be having its 3rd networking event in Cebu this December 6, Tuesday, 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm. The venue shall be at Primary Software Development Corporation (http://www.primesoft.ph/) 2F Takuria Building, Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City.

Our sincerest thanks to Mike Jurado for hosting our small get together.

This gathering is exclusive for DigitalFilipino.com Club members only. However, club members are entitled to bring a guest too.

Agenda shall be as follows:

6:00 – 6:15

6:15 – 6:30
Introduction by each club member
Club member updates

6:30 – 7:00
Echo: The Philippines Consumer Technology Market Updates and Trends and Philippine Mobile Phone Sales Trends
(presentation delivered by GFK Marketing Services last November 21 during the DigitalFilipino.com Club Manila Eyeball)

7:00 – 7:30
Making IT Projects Procurement Process Fair and Competitive to SME players
(by Mike Jurado, Primary Software Development Corporation and Cebu Software Association)

7:30 – 8:00
Networking among members

Interested non-members are requested to sign up as an individual or corporate member at http://www.e-commercephilippines.com prior to December 6 and confirm attendance for food count purposes. The same goes to club members who are due for renewal.

NBI praised for successful raids vs. software pirates

In Infotech on December 3, 2005 at 3:59 am

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a non-profit trade group consisting of the world’s biggest software manufacturers, applauded the National Bureau of Investigation’s Intellectual Property Rights Division for its series of successful raids against violators of the copyright law. 

Since the start of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team crackdown last September, the NBI-IPR Division headed by Attorney Jose Justo Yap, has already raided eight companies found to be using software without proper licenses, and has arrested an American and his Filipino pal for selling pirated software. 

Just recently, the NBI conducted a raid against the three branches of Expressions Center for Learning or Excel, a large Internet café chain with more than 40 branches nationwide.  During the raid, the NBI agents were able to confiscate 286 desktop computers and software worth P10 million.

The BSA maintains an anti-piracy hotline for reports on companies using unlicensed software or for inquiries on software piracy.  Individuals may call the BSA anti-piracy hotlines at 819-5897 (Metro Manila) or the toll-free 1-800-1-888-8787 (outside Metro Manila). A report piracy form is also available on the BSA Philippines website at www.bsa.org/philippines.