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|Mobile Payment Forum Adds New Members
The Mobile Payment Forum announced additions to its leadership team, including
three new members of the board of directors and a new steering group chair,
following a significant year for the organization. Created in November 2001,
the Mobile Payment Forum is still the only global, cross-industry alliance
of leading organizations from the mobile and financial industries dedicated
the advancement of mobile commerce. The Forum focuses its efforts on standardizing
the features and functions needed to deploy secure and convenient mobile
Some delays in e-Governance in India
NASSCOM, the apex industry association of software and service companies
in India, sharing findings of its e-Governance study, said that the e-Governance
market in India is gaining traction but there are challenges which are stalling
its progress. According to NASSCOM, the e-Governance market is witnessing
year-on-year growth and is estimated to be Rs. 1400 crores in size in 2001-02.
The e-Governance market grew by 18% last year and is the highest growing
vertical in the domestic IT market.
As the open source community grows every day, new ideas and initiatives
come to fill in the areas where the concept was never heard before. The
most recent "open initiatives" refer to publishing, where Prentice
Hall, a technical and academic book publisher, has embraced the open-source
philosophy for a new series of books.
23rd Postal Services' Congress to Take Place in Romania
The IT&C Minister, Dan Nica, and Thomas E. Leavey, General Manager of
the Universal Post Service International Bureau signed, at the end of June,
the protocol for organizing the 23rd UPU congress in Romania.
Romania Presents E-Governance in Prague
"Romania is a player in the economic competition, and the Telecomm
and IT areas play and increasingly important role for Romania's integration
in the European structures. The modern systems we implemented - such as
the e-Procurement, that leaded to 1850 billion ROL savings - and e-Tax,
that is functional in 48 county capitals, are considered by all the users
as instruments that may be successfully used against corruption and bureaucracy",
said Adriana Ticau, State Secretary for IT within the IT&C Ministry,
who participated in the 16th Annual Conference for e-Europe in Prague, dedicated
to "Web Services - Management and Compatibility" this year.
Romania Receives Economic Mission from Virginia, USA
An American delegation, formed by the representatives of five Virginian
companies visited Romania, answering the invitation launched by the TIGREUS
Foundation and ARIES (The National Association of the Software and Services
Negotiations with the Local Administration Officials
"The Law on Transparency in Public Information and Services Administration
through Electronic Tools imposes the obligation to sent within 60 days all
the proper information referring to the sites developed by the local administration
institutions, in order to record it into the National Electronic System.
The role to be played by computer specialists in this initiative is proving
to be increasingly important. The systems they develop, maintain and secure
are an important contribution in the improvement of the populace-oriented
services, helping to simplifying the bureaucratic procedures and increasing
the information dissemination level", said Adriana Ticau, the IT Secretary
within the IT&C Ministry, during the regional e-administration seminary,
a part of the "ANIAP Caravan" initiative.
eBay Adds VAT
Settling the conflict with the new EU e-Commerce regulations, eBay decided
to add VAT to its prices thus leadin to a general price increase for its
IT&C Ministry to offer assistance for the second IST projects demand
"I wish to invite all the interested companies, research institutes
and universities to apply as numerous as possible within the Information
Society Technologies program, starting on June 17th 2003, when the second
call for projects' submission was officially launched. This is the first
year when Romania participates as a full member of the EU 6th Frame Program.
Forming the consortiums in time and finding the proper partners, after agreeing
upon an eligible subject, is an important competitive advantage for all
the interested parties", said Dan Nica, IT&C Minister, during the
official launching of the 2nd Call for IST Projects' submission.
Visa and DataCard to Offer Smartcard Solutions
Visa International and Datacard Group recently launched on the market the
first product of their co-operation, targeting a new offering for the Visa-member
banks: new customization tools for smart cards.
Netratings Launches AdRelevance 4.0
Nielsen//NetRatings, the global standard for Internet audience measurement
and analysis, launched AdRelevance 4.0, thus providing the advertising and
media buying and selling communities with new tracking tools to help more
effectively measure and research online advertising campaigns.
Labor Force Management Through the National Electronic System
"The integrated informatic system implemented by ANOFM - the National
Agency for Labor Force Occupation - will most definitely represent one of
the first services made available through the National Electronic System
projected by the anti-corruption law", said Adriana Ticau, State Secretary
in the IT&C Ministry, during the launching of the "ANOFM Informatic
Technology-based Health Program
The IT&C Ministry, jointly with the Health and Family Ministry, are
about to present to the government a project designed to solve some of the
current crisis of the medical assistance system. The initiative is based
on the previous experience of the successful use of electronic systems for
auction acquisitions (in just one year of functioning, the system brought
12 MN Euros worth savings).
The Cost of Outsourcing Is Often Underestimated
Radu Rizea, Chief Editor
The main trend in the enterprise IT development is to turn to outsourcing
to control and cut IT costs. Still, the latest Gartner research reveals
that the total cost of IT outsourcing is often underestimated, and initial cost
reductions do not always lead to lower costs. This ussually happens when
the IT managers look rather at the initial cost reductions than the total cost
during the life of a deal and to the value a service provider's capabilities can bring.
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