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en world: Hot Desking — An Effective Operations Strategy or Does it Disconnect an Employee from the Employer Brand and Organization?

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The spacious workstations that employees used to enjoy as their “Little Office Home” by putting up family pictures and small decorative stuff are getting to be a thing of the past.

Many organisations are emphasizing reducing operating costs by adapting the LEAN methodology (a six sigma method). With this method, organisations try to reduce or eliminate the costs that have been identified as Non-Value Added (NVAs) activities. In this endeavour, due to increasing office rental costs, “hot desking” is one of the strategies which helps save money significantly. What this also means is that there is now no “Little Office Home” and employees now cannot even hang their coats or personalize their workstation since it may be a different desk they use each day at the office.

The term “hot desking” is said to have emerged from the naval field where they call it “hot racking”. It means the sailors who work in different shifts need to share the same bunks with their colleagues. This space sharing model was adopted first in the North America, Europe, and then it spread out to the Asia-Pacific regions such as Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong etc. Now, it has become a differentiating factor for attracting and retaining talent in this region.

From an organisation’s perspective, hot desking is attractive because it saves costs and office space. It is estimated that some companies have been able to save up to 30% of overhead costs and space. Besides, this approach is being considered as “futuristic” since the scarcity of office space will intensify in the near future, and increasingly, organisations perceive hot desking to provide a competitive edge over the others.

Now, let us see some of the advantages and disadvantages of hot desking:


  1. Saves costs and space significantly that will help generate more operating profit.
  2. The work environment has become more interactive since there is more communication amongst the employees who otherwise would have sat in one area of the office and only mingle with those around them in that zone.
  3. Employees come out of their comfort zone and become more flexible in terms of managing work with relatively limited resources.
  4. Useful for individual contributors as they work independently for most of their work hours.


  1. An employee might get anxious since he/she has to find a new workstation every day.
  2. It may be challenging for internal and external contacts to locate an employee.
  3. This may be challenging for employees who are part of teams as proximity has always been important in how teams work and communicate with other members of the team
  4. This arrangement may disconnect an employee from his environment and in this case, the company’s culture and social environment

The advantages of “hot desking” cannot be denied, though the lists of disadvantages are getting longer. Specialist recruitment consultancy, en world has identified and observed the usage of “hot desking” within numerous large organisations in the Asia-Pacific region and is cautioning employers to consider both the pros and cons before implementing this strategy. The reason behind this suggestion is that “hot desking” will not be suitable equally for all types of businesses, and may trigger employee dissent and dissatisfaction. As a result, an organisation’s brand identity and brand value may take a hit since its best resources; the “People” won’t be able to perform at the optimum level.

According to Mr. Brian Richards, President, en world Singapore, who commented,” While most employees are receptive to the shared workspaces concept, they typically end up feeling detached and less engaged with the business, possibly leading to lower morale and motivational levels.”

Mr. Richards further added, “Even as businesses are constantly pursuing more cost effective solutions, it would be prudent to note that for many employees, having their “own” work space gives them a sense of importance and belonging to the organisation. Hence, while shifting to a hot desking structure may initially result in cost savings the eventuality could be reduced productivity and higher attrition levels.”

“In a hot desking environment, it is even more important for managers to maintain open and frequent communication so that employees stay engaged in the organization’s goals and continue to achieve corporate objectives through managing the outcome of employees’ efforts rather than managing the number of hours people spend sitting at their desks.” Mr Richards said.

The de-personalisation of the workstation means the employees feel stressed and less connected. The HR managers — especially the prominent ones — have a significant role to play here by educating organisations to focus more on the “Humane” aspect of the business and try to provide a comfortable and productive work environment to have a win-win situation.

About en world:

en world is an international recruiting agency, focusing on managerial and senior-level career solutions. en world was established in Japan in 1999 and has expanded to Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia and Vietnam. With 270 staff representing 15 nationalities in 10 offices, we are supporting over 12,000 placements with 2,400 clients across the Asia Pacific Region. en world is a subsidiary of en-japan inc., Japan’s leading internet-based recruitment solutions provider.

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August 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

China’s Largest Hotel Group, Jin Jiang International Hotels, to Participate at the GBTA Convention 2013

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SHANGHAI, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Jin Jiang International Hotels, China’s leading hotel brand, will be present for the first time at the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) GBTA Convention 2013 to be held from August 4-7 in San Diego, California, USA, and will be represented by Ms. Cinn Tan, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales and Mr. Fabian Seet, Director of International Marketing & Sales.

Jin Jiang International Hotels and GBTA have already fostered a strong relationship after they partnered together in April for the GBTA China Conference 2013 in Shanghai. This was GBTA Asia’s first regional conference in China, and Jin Jiang International Hotels hosted the event at their flagship business hotel, Jin Jiang Tower, and also at a welcome dinner at their flagship hotel, Jin Jiang Hotel.

Ms. Tan, who heads the marketing and sales department at Jin Jiang International Hotels, is also personally involved with GBTA. A seasoned professional in international hospitality marketing, sales and distribution with over 15 years’ experience working in China, she was recently appointed by GBTA as a China Advisory Board Member and leads the supplier team within the board.

Ms. Tan is actively involved with GBTA’s efforts to bring this organization to China and states, “My vision is to contribute to the development of China’s corporate travel industry and to build and bring the best practices of business travel management to local Chinese companies, especially within large corporations such as state-owned enterprises. China is a fast-growing, key hospitality emerging market and needs an organization such as GBTA to be an educator in offering advice and setting a benchmark to enhance the country’s travel management standards. I am confident of the success of having this highly influential international organization in China, and look forward to continuing and further strengthening our close partnership with GBTA in the years to come.”

In conjunction to Jin Jiang’s presence at the convention, Mr. Welf Ebeling,GBTA Vice President, Operations for Asia, also commented, “We are extremely pleased about the participation of Jin Jiang International Hotels at the GBTA Convention as it offers attending buyers for the first time a direct introduction to China’s largest domestic hotel company. It also proves the growing presence of GBTA in China.”

Jin Jiang International Hotel’s booth is #136; for more information about GBTA and the GBTA Conference 2013 go to:

About Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd.

Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd. (Jin Jiang International Hotels), the largest star rated hotel management company in China, has a portfolio of over 116 distinctive star rated hotels with a room inventory of over 37, 000 hotel rooms spread across 75 cities in China. Under the Jin Jiang branding concept, the company has a new premium “J” hotel brand, five star properties which include the renowned heritage collection, their four star Jin Jiang properties and the Marvel Hotels, which are geared more towards business travelers.

Jin Jiang International Holdings Company Ltd. (“Jin Jiang” or the “Group”), is China’s premier hospitality conglomerate, owner, developer and operator of hotels across all market segments. The Group manages, through its wholly owned subsidiary Jin Jiang International Hotels Management Company Ltd., the entire portfolio of owned and/or operated three, four and five-star hotels and its sister company Jin Jiang Inn which focuses on budget hotels. Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Company Ltd. is the leading operator and manager of hotels in China. Overall, the Group privately owns and operates a collection of over 900 distinctive hotels and inns in more than 200 cities and towns within 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities across China with a total room inventory in excess of 190,000, and is ranked as the 9th largest hotel company globally.

Every Jin Jiang hotel is a memorable reflection of its destination’s unique style and culture. Jin Jiang International Hotels, with its qualified hotel management background and passion for excellence, dedicates itself to offering reputable hospitality services to its valued customers. With experience originating from the 1920s, its core competitiveness has accelerated in recent years. Together, the professional corporate and hotel management teams have extensive international hospitality experiences and backgrounds. This renowned company is rapidly growing and continues to strengthen and build its brand presence in China in addition to building into a strong internationally known brand.

About Global Business Travel Association

Formed over forty years ago, the US-based Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is widely seen as the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. Its 5,000 members, which include travel managers from 70 of the Fortune 100 companies, represent a global industry of $1 trillion in business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research and advocacy.

Source: Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company

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August 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

SharingValueAsia: Partnership for Growth – October 23, 2013 Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

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A corporate-led interactive conference examining how partnership can drive Asia’s next wave of social development and economic growth

SINGAPORE, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — PublicAffairsAsia has announced a top-flight roster of speakers for the 2013 SharingValueAsia forum that takes place in Singapore on October 23, 2013.

High-level speakers include Dr Noeleen Heyzer, UNESCAP’s Under Secretary General and executive director. Delegates will also hear from Unilever’s regional Executive Vice President, Peter Ker Tulve, and Fleishman-Hillard’s Kris Balderston, who masterminded Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department push for global public-private partnership.

Also participating are senior executives from ActionAid, CARE International, Conservation International, Control Risks, Diageo, Food Industry Asia, Golden Agri-Resources, KKR, McKinsey & Company, PepsiCo, Save the Children, Syngenta, WATATAWA, the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum.

Commenting, PublicAffairsAsia’s Vice President, Mark O’Brien said: “As the Asian century builds momentum global business and strategy is changing. Corporate engagement is fast evolving, shifting from philanthropy to profit-driven and sustainable partnerships. SharingValueAsia is a vitally important forum designed to demonstrate how integral sustainability and the principles of shared value are to all successful modern business models.”

Convening over 120 senior executives SharingValueAsia is dedicated to examining how sustainable development and future growth in Asia will be driven by tripartite partnerships between corporations, governments and civil society. The event is produced by PublicAffairsAsia and supported by sponsors Golden Agri-Resources, KKR, Food Industry Asia and WATATAWA. Partner groups include AmCham Singapore and EuroCham Singapore and a wide range of not-for-profit groups including World Vision with the Asian Football Confederation.

The event comes as business models evolve in response to the realisation that delivering lasting growth, sustainable development and tackling inequality cannot be pursued in isolation. The complexities of the global economy and 21st century society require the collaboration of all stakeholders and the forum will provide a platform for debate among business, NGO and government stakeholders.

PublicAffairsAsia says 2013  SharingValueAsia Forum will examine how corporations, governments and civil society can answer these demands through strategic public-private partnership and enhanced corporate citizenship.

Drawing on ongoing programmes and activities that are shaping the region’s fast-evolving corporate engagement strategies, the full day conference will deliver insight from Fortune 500 companies, multinationals, governments, development and civil society organisations.

SharingValueAsia will bring together senior practitioners from corporations, NGOs and government agencies for frank and forward-looking discussions about corporate-led partnership in Asia Pacific. Numbers are restricted to ensure interactivity and unrivalled networking among those charged with delivering Asia’s next chapter of growth and advancement.

Seats at this exclusive conference are now on sale from US$795 (government and NGO) and US$975 (corporate) and can be booked via

Selected Partner Statements:

“Responsible investment requires constructive engagement with stakeholders and informed decision making from thought leaders. Building on our Environmental, Social, and Governance programmes, which have delivered more than $644 million in cost savings and added revenue since 2008 across our portfolio companies globally all while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water use, KKR is proud to partner with PublicAffairsAsia, which will deliver relevant and valuable perspectives through SharingValueAsia.”
Steve Okun, Director of Public Affairs, Asia Pacific, KKR.

“FIA is pleased to support this valuable forum, which brings together an impressive mix of thought-leaders and experts to share insights and experiences of value-add partnerships in Asia and beyond. PublicAffairsAsia’s annual conference has earned its place as the premier forum for exploring the next generation of successful partnerships and engagement strategies in Asia.”
Bev Postma, Executive Director, Food Industry Asia

“This year’s theme — Sharing Value — is more than a worthy notion of corporate philanthropy or CSR by another name; at WATATAWA we believe the principle of Sharing Value leads to superior business performance and effective stakeholder engagement.  Integrated into the business model, it can drive innovation, inspire employees, impress customers and deliver enhanced business and financial performance. We are proud to support this timely and topical forum.”
Bill Rylance, CEO, WATATAWA

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, UNESCAP
Ruby Shang, Director, Asia Initiative, The Clinton Foundation
Simon Badcock, Chief of Party, Sustainable Landscapes Partnership (SLP), Conservation International
Dane Chamorro, Director, Asia Pacific, at Control Risks
Richard Burn, Corporate Relations Director, Asia Pacific at Diageo
Pushpanathan Sundrum, Managing Director, EAS and former Deputy Secretary General, ASEAN
Kris Balderston, General Manager, Washington, Fleishman Hillard
Bev Postma, Executive Director, Food Industry Asia
Ann Lavin, Director, Policy, Google, Asia Pacific
Joe Bae, Managing Partner, andSteve Okun, Director of Public Affairs, Asia Pacific, KKR
Penny Burt, Head of Public Affairs and External Relations SE Asia, McKinsey & Company
Layton Croft, Vice President, International Government Relations Asia, Peabody Energy
Peter Ker Tulve, Executive Vice President, South East Asia and Australasia, Unilever
Professor Ann Florini, Professor of Public Policy, Singapore Management University
Nick Finney, Humanitarian Director Asia, Save the Children
Terence Lyons, Managing Director, The Stakeholder Company
Andrew McConville, Head of Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Asia Pacific
Bill Rylance, CEO, WATATAWA

Further speakers will be announced shortly from groups including:
World Bank
World Economic Forum
World Vision / Asian Football Confederation

PR Newswire is the Regional News Distribution Partner of The SharingValueAsia forum.

PublicAffairsAsia is the network for senior government relations, corporate affairs and corporate communications professionals operating across the Asia Pacific region. It offers news, features, analysis and intelligence on practice and policy through PublicAffairsAsia magazine, online channels, intelligence and events.

For further information contact:

Oliver J. Fall, Content Manager, PublicAffairsAsia
India: +91-98-1800-1833
Skype: oliver.fall

Source: PublicAffairsAsia

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August 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

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NSFOCUS Released the New Web Application Firewall (WAF) system in the Data Center and Enterprise Market

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The latest NSFOCUS WAF system provides a complete solution

BEIJING, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — NSFOCUS, a provider of integrated web security solution for global enterprises, today launched its new WAF system, further strengthening its capability in providing an integrated web security solution in the Data Center and Enterprise Market.

By integrating multiple Web security check methods into a COMPLETE solution, the new WAF system protects Web applications from both current and future attacks. A behavior-based Anti-DDoS mechanism is integrated, so the new WAF version can not only cope with Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top 10 security threats, but also inhibit such DDoS attacks as Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) and High Orbit Ion Cannon (HOIC). In addition, the new WAF system can offer a PCI-DSS compliance report.

The COMPLETE in COMPLETE solution strives towards two goals: to help customers completely solve their complex web security issues and be easy to customers to use.

It has the following features:

  • Customer Asset Perspective
  • Optimized Configuration Wizard
  • Multiple Rule-Based Inspections
  • PCI-DSS Compliance Reports
  • Layered Security Mechanism
  • Effective Auto-Learning and White List
  • Transparent, Drop-in Deployment
  • Emergency Response through Cloud Security Service.

By providing a highly secure solution for customers, the new WAF version guarantees security of web applications and relevant data. NSFOCUS’ WAF has been adopted by over 1,500 enterprises and organizations in the Asia-Pacific market; including telecom operators, financial institutions, and Internet service providers (ISPs).


Founded in 2000, NSFOCUS, Inc. (NSFOCUS) provides enterprise-level, carrier-grade solutions and services for distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation, Web security and enterprise-level network security. With more than 10 years of experience in DDoS research and, development, and mitigation, NSFOCUS has helped customers around the world maintain high levels of Internet security, website uptime, and business operations to ensure that their online systems remain available. The NSFOCUS Anti-DDoS System (ADS) empowers customers to find and fend off a variety of incidents, from simple network layer attacks to more sophisticated and potentially damaging application-layer attacks, all while guaranteeing legitimate traffic gets through to networks and corporate-critical systems. For more information, visit


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August 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

Molecular Imprints J-FIL Technology Has Now Demonstrated The Ability To Produce High Performance Wire Grid Polarizers For Use In Flat Panel Displays

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— Large area wire grid polarizers with feature sizes of 50nm and below will increase the resolution, reduce the power consumption and lower the cost of a flat panel display
AUSTIN, Texas /PRNewswire/ — Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII), the market and technology leader for nanopatterning systems and solutions, today announced it has developed a roll-based Jet and Flash® Imprint Lithography (J-FIL®) technology and process that can readily be applied to the display industry. This new technology has been successfully used to fabricate high performance wire grid polarizers (WGPs) that can be integrated into flat panel displays.
The Flat Panel Display (FPD) industry continues to pursue new technologies that enhance the end-user experience. One such innovation is to replace conventional polarizer films with integrated WGPs. Polarizers in liquid crystal displays (LCD), are passive devices that control the output of light of the display. WGPs, which typically consist of a dense array of sub-100nm aluminum lines, are already used commercially in projector displays. “The superior performance of WGPs are well understood but the scaling challenges of fabricating larger area WGPs has limited adoption to projector applications,” said Mark Melliar-Smith, President and CEO of Molecular Imprints. “By applying our J-FIL technology to the display market we have demonstrated exceptional visible spectrum polarization performance with extinction ratios exceeding 30,000 without sacrificing the desired >80% parallel transmittance. Our roll-based implementation of J-FIL will initially enable form factors that support smart phone and tablet displays and ultimately full size monitors and TVs.”
It is expected that an integrated WGP will improve the power efficiency and color fidelity of a flat panel display while making them thinner and at a lower cost. Other applications of interest that are well suited for MII’s roll-based J-FIL technology include thin film transistors, color filters, photonic crystals and touch panels.
About Molecular Imprints Inc.
Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII) is the technology leader for high-resolution, low cost-of-ownership nanopatterning systems and solutions. MII is leveraging its innovative Jet and Flash™ Imprint Lithography (J-FIL™) technology to become the worldwide technology leader in high-volume patterning solutions for semiconductor devices, while enabling emerging markets in display, hard disk drive, and biotechnology. MII enables nanoscale patterning by delivering an imprint lithography solution that is affordable and extendible to sub-10 nanometer dimensions.
Corporate PR Contact
Paul Hofemann
Molecular Imprints Inc.
Source: Molecular Imprints Inc.

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August 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

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Chandler Corporation Becomes a Major Shareholder in Masan

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SINGAPORE, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Chandler Corporation today announced an investment in Ma San Group Corporation (“Masan”) to acquire 8.3% of the company’s issued and outstanding common shares.  With its investment, the Chandler Corporation now owns 11.14% of Masan and becomes one of the Company’s largest shareholders.

Masan Has a Proven Track Record of Building Market-Leading Businesses

As one of the largest private-sector companies in Vietnam, Masan has an impressive track record of building leading consumer products, financial services, and resource businesses. Masan’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to building shareholder value has seen its key businesses — Masan Consumer, Techcombank, and Masan Resources — become market leaders in Vietnam’s fastest growing industries.

Vietnam’s Growing Middle Class Drives Long-Term Growth Potential

Vietnam’s demographics and rising income levels will continue to support the growth in domestic consumption. Income has increased six-fold in the past 20 years and the middle class has doubled in size over the last five years. This growing middle class is supporting the expansion of the financial services and consumer sectors — such as food and beverage — which account for more than 50% of total consumption.

Chandler Corporation Invests in Masan and the Prosperity of Vietnam

David Walker, CEO of the Chandler Corporation, remarked: “The Chandler Corporation believes in building and developing world-scale companies, which create value and drive national prosperity. Vietnam is a country with huge potential. Increasing our investment demonstrates the Chandler Corporation’s support for Masan’s management team and our belief that Masan will be a leading business which competes in the global marketplace.”

About the Chandler Corporation

The Chandler Corporation builds and operates businesses in energy and environment, consumer, financial services, and healthcare, with operations in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. The Corporation’s vision of Building Great Companies and Great Nations reflects its belief in the power of business to drive national prosperity. In all its work, the Corporation places a special emphasis on good corporate governance as a crucial element of business sustainability and increasing stakeholder value.

For further information, please visit the Chandler Corporation website at

James Macarthur
Managing Director, Head of Investments

Media enquiries:
Terence Foo
Managing Director, Newgate Communications

Yuan See Lim
Partner, Newgate Communications
Tel: +65-9369-2250

Source: Chandler Corporation

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August 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

IBS Strengthens Management Team Adding Four New Executives

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– Industry Experience Key to New Hires
SOLNA, Sweden /PRNewswire/ — International Business Systems (IBS), a leading global integrated ERP and supply chain provider, today announced the addition of four new executives to its global leadership team, with the hiring of Mohit Paul as Vice President of EMA Sales, Laura Fese as General Counsel, Tim Conroy as General Manager of the Americas and Susie Andrews as Vice President of Global Human Resources.
“Our executive team is significantly bolstered by the depth of experience and supply chain and distribution management knowledge these individuals bring to our organization,” said Doug Braun, IBS Chief Executive Officer. “Their insight and leadership abilities will help our customers achieve new levels of profitability, competitiveness and customer satisfaction.”
Susie Andrews was EMEA HR Director for SafeNet Inc. prior to joining IBS. Before that, she held management and advisory positions in HR for Microsoft, Seagram Distillers/Universal Studios Theme Parks and Commercial Union (now Aviva). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Tim Conroy previously served as Chief Executive Officer for Intrepa (Manhattan Associates) and Chief Operating Officer at FiveCubits. He brings more than 30 years of experience selling supply chain software (WMS) and ERP software to the leadership team.
Laura Fese served as Executive Vice President/Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of RedPrairie Corporation (now JDA Software Group) before joining IBS. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois and Bachelor of Arts from Illinois State University.
Mohit Paul comes to IBS after holding high-level sales positions at Infor, JDA, SAP and Aldata. He earned his Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Business Systems from the University of Leeds.
About IBS
International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP and supply chain distribution software solution provider. For over 30 years, we have helped customers such as Galexis, Sigma, Rexel, Maxell, GE Lighting, Marangoni, WorldPac, MacFarlane Group, Scholastic Editions, Fidelitone, Totes Isotoner, Volvo, Goodyear, Skil, Oriola, Inotech and many more, streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency.
For more information, please visit
Source: International Business Systems

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August 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

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As India Loses BPO Grip, Philippines Poised to Achieve USD20 Billion Target by 2016

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Recent reports reveal India lost 10 percent BPO market share in the last five years to countries like the Philippines; SSON’s upcoming BPO summit in Manila tackles key areas of growth and value

MAKATI, Philippines, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As the Philippine economy continues to outperform its Southeast Asian neighbors, the country’s BPO sector is also on track to achieve its 2016 targets. Citing a recent study, the IT & Business Process Association Philippines (IBPAP), revealed “the industry can grow from USD9 billion in annual revenues and approximately 500,000 direct employees today to USD20 billion and 900,000 employees by 2016 if current conditions are sustained.” Moreover, if Private-Public Partnership with the government is strengthened and the quantity and quality of local talent supply is improved, the figure “can grow at an even faster rate and achieve USD25 billion and 1.3 million employees by 2016.”

This comes on the heels of a recent Nasscom report indicating that India, the leading BPO market in the world in terms of outsourcing revenue, has lost about 10 percent market share to the rest of the world in the last five years, most of which is in the voice contract segment.

As competition heats up and emerging BPO destinations like Malaysia, Dalian, and Wuhan are scrambling to get a piece of the pie, the coming 4th Annual Shared Services and BPO in the Philippines conference couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. With the theme, “Unlocking value, improving productivity and maintaining a competitive edge to maximize your share of the shared services and outsourcing market”, the event is shaping up to be the biggest yet, focusing on the Philippine BPO sector.

The 2-day conference will zoom in on four important topics in building a top-class shared services centre:

  • Market outlook & service culture
  • People management and leadership development
  • Operational strategy and process excellence
  • Strategy and driving performance

Happening on 14-15 August 2013 at Dusit Thani Manila, the conference has attracted extensive interest from key stakeholders in the BPO sector. Top companies that will be speaking at the event include: Henkel’s General Manager, Elaine Kunkle; Coca Cola’s Head of Talent Management, Marie Curitana; Zuellig Pharma’s Director, Karl McLean and Mark Galutera, Managing Director — Philippine Operations, DSM Manila LLC (White & Case), among others.

One of the highlights of the 4th Annual Shared Services and BPO in the Philippines is a site tour at Dell Shared Services Centre. Attendees will be taken for a tour around the facility giving them the opportunity to see first-hand how to overcome the practical challenges encountered in day-to-day working operations.

On top of the full-packed agenda and site tour, attendees will also have an opportunity to network with the most influential business leaders in the Philippine BPO space. Anupam Kashiv, Director — BPOCOE, Kraft Foods shared his experience attending previous year’s event: “It was a very encouraging and informative seminar. Networking with the industry and vendors was helpful. Sessions on current issues and opportunities being faced by others in the industry are similar to us.”

The 4th Annual Shared Services and BPO in the Philippines is organized by SSON. To find out more, or call +65-6722-9388.

To request for a press pass please email Rani at

About SSON:

The Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON) is the largest and most established community for over 65,000 shared services and outsourcing professionals. We provide a global forum, online as well as on-site at our events, in which leading experts and organizations share their experience, knowledge, and tools, and connect with each other. SSON Network is a division of IQPC.

Rani Kuppusamy
Marketing Director
FPSO Congress
+65-6722-9399 |

Source: IQPC Singapore

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August 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

DNV KEMA Clean Technology Centre Opens R&D Unit in Singapore

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ARNHEM, the Netherlands/PRNewswire/ — DNV KEMA Clean Technology Centre (CTC) today opened a research and development unit in Singapore focusing on power systems reliability, smart grids and renewable energy grid integration. The unit extends DNV KEMA’s global R&D activities to better address unique challenges in the Asian energy industry.
“This is a natural progression of our commitment to R&D in Asia. We established the CTC in Singapore 2010:the new R&D unit will support the Asian market as it navigates integrating new technologies into an aging infrastructure without compromising system reliability,” says BT Markussen, COO for DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability Asia Pacific.
Dr Kelvin Tan, currently head of section Renewable Energy and T&D services, will lead the unit, bringing over 10 years’ experience in power system and renewable energy grid integration. Lead technologist, Mr Chan Eng Kiat, has 30 years’ experience from Singapore Power, Power Automation and the Energy Market Authority.
The unit will contribute knowledge and ideas addressing technical and policy challenges posed by major growth across Asia. Power generation in ASEAN together with India and China is expected to rise from 27.5 percent in 2010 to 40.1 percent in 2030. Furthermore, the governments of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore have set aggressive targets to expand installed renewable energy (RE) capacity over the next 20 years, making South East Asia increasingly interesting for RE investors.
The R&D unit will leverage the good relationships CTC has already established over the last 3 years with a number of institutes of higher learning in Singapore which includes, the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), the National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and NgeeAnn Polytechnic and other research establishments such as the Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC).
“Establishing this R&D unit recognizes the importance of Asia as a cradle of innovation to help address the challenges faced by the power sector and the excellent R&D infrastructure and ecosystem in Singapore,” says Dr Sanjay Kuttan, Southeast Asia Regional Manager and Managing Director, CTC.
“DNV KEMA’s establishment of a research unit for power systems and renewables affirms Singapore’s growing sophistication as a Cleantech hub in Asia. Global power and clean technology companies can leverage Singapore’s skilled manpower, availability of complementary partners and strategic focus on energy research to serve global markets,” says Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director of Cleantech and Building & Infrastructure Solutions, Singapore Economic Development Board.
Source: DNV KEMA

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August 2, 2013 at 9:57 am

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