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Sidra Capital goes Live on Agile FT’s Agilis IMS Software

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Sidra Capital (DIFC) Limited, a Category-3A company, licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), has completed the successful implementation of Agilis Investment Management Suite.

The deployment of Agilis at Sidra Capital lays down a strong technology platform that enables Sidra Capital to pursue the omnibus business model in relation to the advisory provided to family offices for both Wealth Creation and Wealth Preservation.

It also fulfills Investment Banking, Corporate Finance as well as Family Office needs of both corporates and entrepreneurs. 

Sidra Capital seeks to offer a hassle-free alternative to investors to tap capital markets. Agilis has also empowered Sidra Capital to ensure exemplary service levels and security to its clients, whilst enabling it to meet the stringent compliance and audit requirements of DFSA.

“We recognize the need to build a vibrant capital market that will support small to medium business in the MENA region with Investment Banking, Corporate Finance as well as Family Office solutions of both corporate and entrepreneurs. Our structure seeks to offer a hassle-free alternative for investors to tap capital markets.” said, Ajay Arora, CEO Sidra Capital (DIFC) Limited. 

“Understanding client centric financial requirements, strengthening their growth and providing scalability options are some of the primary services we provide our clients. The 360 degree experience we have of the capital markets provides our clients with a strong path for wealth accumulation, wealth transfer and wealth preservation.” added Ajay Arora.

With its operating model, Sidra Capital is able to take away the cumbersome processes that investors would face otherwise, by offering a single bank account, a single custodian while Agilis IMS takes care of accurately segregating and maintaining the clients’ accounts and clients’ assets.

This enables Sidra Capital to focus on its core goal of providing advisory services to revitalize the capital markets, the SME segments as well as entrepreneurs who can do with more advice and less obstacles.

Agilis Investment Management Suite has won many accolades and awards for its new generation technology and ground breaking features that the Investment Management Community has long wanted.

Sidra Capital conducted a thorough due diligence on a dozen leading software solutions in the investment technology space, using stringent evaluation criteria across front, mid and back-office functions including the ability for the software to manage investments across various asset classes including equities, money markets, debt, derivatives and structured instruments.

Sidra Capital chose Agile FT’s Agilis Investment Management Suite for what Ajay Arora calls its “Double S” edge of Service & Security.

“It was a perfect match as Service and Security are of paramount importance to Sidra Capital and we need to ensure the highest levels for our customers and regulators. We found that Agile FT stood by the same values in its organization and its software solutions.”

The entire implementation was done in just six weeks owing to the clarity in objectives of the Sidra Capital Core Team together with the robustness and flexibility of the Agilis IMS system.

Moreover the complete deployment process was carried out remotely by Agile FT’s strong Development Centre in India.

“We had a smooth and seamless implementation without feeling the need to even physically meet the deployment team as the superior use of web based technology enabled us to complete the entire process online,” said Arora.

Kalpesh Desai, CEO, Agile FT added, “Sidra Capital’s leadership team is extremely focused and were clear on what they wanted to accomplish from both a go-to-market and from a regulatory compliance process. The implementation process which was completed in record time is an example of exemplary teamwork across both enterprises.”

Agilis IMS has automated the entire end-to-end operations in Sidra Capital, from, client onboarding, KYC, wealth management, security controls, compliance, and reporting to accounting.

“We are happy that Agilis IMS has been able to deliver value to Sidra Capital given that they had a very high benchmark for risk management and wanted to implement a pioneering Omnibus model. The customer core team was very particular about its exact workflow, processes and controls and we were able to map Agilis IMS to the exact specification owing to its flexible platform, strong architecture and straight through processing across Front-Mid-Back Office,” stated  Shefali Khera, chief marketing officer & business head at Agile FT.

“Agilis IMS has been truly able to map our unique value proposition of the desired model. We can give real time and instant reports to clients any time they want, and we are always ready for an audit by the regulators as everything is automated, recorded and controlled. We don’t even need a separate accounting system as Agilis gives us all our financial reports as well. One solution gives us the complete analysis that our enterprise needs through Dashboards and MIS. Overall we are happy that we made the right investment in Agilis technology and are in a position to provide outstanding service and security to our clients at all times,” said  Arora.


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Samsung Launches the Incredible Crystal UHD TV

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TV has become a massive part of our lives from those must-watch series to the sports matches that have us glued to the screen. World-renowned for pioneering innovation in this popular category of technology, Samsung has now launched Crystal UHD TV.

Featuring Samsung’s cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.

Controling all function with Voice Assistant and enjoying multiple contents on one screen with Multi View are just some of the welcome advancements on this incredible TV.

“Samsung TV has been constantly paving the path for technological innovations by offering consumers a new TV experience and a future for global TV industry. This is the core driving force that makes Samsung No. 1 TV for 14 consecutive years. Crystal UHD builds on this success in ways that people will truly love.” said Dudu Mokholo, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Central Africa.

Crystal UHD is the purest form of picture quality with 1 billion rich and vibrant colours with guaranteed crisp and vivid images time over time. Its features include:

Real 4K UHD Resolution – 4K UHD TV goes beyond regular FHD with 4x more pixels, offering your eyes the sharp and crisp images they deserve. See it like you’re really in the scene.

Lifelike colour expression – Immerse yourself in the picture with a wider range of colour. Dynamic Crystal Display delivers lifelike variations so you can see every subtlety.

Crystal Processor 4K – Experience picture quality that moves you, made possible by a single chip that orchestrates colour, optimises high contrast ratio, and masters HDR.

See the picture, not the TV – A sleek and elegant design that draws you to the purest picture. Crafted with an effortless minimalistic style from every angle and a boundless that sets new standards. You will see only the most immersive cinematic experience ever.

Get what you want just by speaking up – Everything is so much easier with voice control. Now you can quickly access favourite content, get answers, and even control your TV and other connected devices around your home. Just tell it what you want.

See multiple contents at the same time – Multi View splits your TV screen in two, putting the content you’re watching on one side, and mirroring your mobile screen on the other. This means you don’t have to look away from the TV screen to glance at your phone anymore.

Get gaming faster – Get into the game faster with Game Enhancer, which optimises your screen so you have more control with barely noticeable input lag. Experience smooth gaming in its most impressive form without motion blur and judder.

Decorate your space with your favourite photos  – When you project your favourite photos onto the TV screen, the TV itself blends into your décor elegantly. You can lay out multiple photos in a beautiful collage or place them in a slide show for to keep the visual fresh and on point.

Clean up the clutter – Samsung UHD offers a neat solution for keeping all your TV cables tidy, hiding them away right in the stand. This helps you reduce your clutter so you can fully enjoy your TV’s beautiful design.

Samsung Crystal UHD clearly does what many TVs cannot, in the most amazing ways.

The Crystal UHD TV is now available at various retailer stores and retailer online pages. For extra peace of mind, Crystal UHD TV comes with a 24 month warranty.


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FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence

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Federal government on Tuesday announced that it has developed initiatives for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technology in Nigeria.

FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence

 

The establishment of a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria (CFAIR) is also expected soon.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that AI applications enable innovative solutions, improve risk assessment, better planning, and faster knowledge-sharing.

Abdullahi Usman Gambo, director of IT Infrastructure Solution, NITDA, spoke at a workshop in commemoration of International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

He noted that AI would open up opportunities for access to information and also help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN) in the 2030 Agenda.

Gambo said: “Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives – from governance to business, legislation to medicine to defence, etc. We can all agree that AI is humanity’s new frontier.

“We have developed initiatives for adoption of emerging technologies such as AI, strengthen cybersecurity, digital skills for digitally excluded citizens while enhancing the regulatory and market environment to increase access to ICTs, and promote seamless access to information.

“We believe AI and associated emerging technologies will completely enhance the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of information gathering during the exchange of data or the ways of communication,” he said.

Delivering his paper, Yushau Shuaib, publisher of PRNigeria, described access to information as the right of the citizens to accurate, transparent, and timely facts and figures.

The former National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman stated that governments at all levels have obligations to communicate with people, while the public has the right to know and criticize authorities through constructive engagement.

The media executive, however, appealed to Nigerians not to use social media platforms for fake news dissemination.

“The merits of new media on affordability, accessibility and instant delivery are occasionally marred by the fact that social media is sometimes used to spread fake news”, he said.

Shuaib called for collaboration of stakeholders in ensuring appropriate legislation through public awareness campaigns in order to improve access to universal information.


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Samsung Unveils Technologically Advanced 2020 Consumer Products

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Samsung Electronics Nigeria has unveiled its 2020 consumer products range. The launch which held in Victoria Island, Lagos showcased the latest in its revolutionary and innovative QLED and Crystal UHD Television Series  along with Wind Free Air Conditioners, Side by Side Refrigerators and Drum Washing Machines.

Keeping with its resolve to utilize its transformative ideas and technologies to shape the future and inspire the whole world, Samsung has once again demonstrated its determination to continuously redefine the living space and entertainment of its customers.

According to Mr. Caden Chiyeon Yu, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics Nigeria, “QLED uses exceptional and revolutionary technology which offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the comfort of your living room. QLED series is available in 4K or 8K and from 58″ to 98”, and was designed with options to fit any space and budget”. For Crystal UHD Television, Mr. Yu said, with cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.

Also showcased at the launch were the new Windfree Air Conditioner, Drum Washing Machines and Side by Side refrigerators. The Windfree Air Conditioner is designed specially with the latest technology to provide coolness in quick time while ensuring that users don’t experience any chills through out its use. It also has an in-built digital inverter which reduces energy consumption by 73 percent. .

The newly introduced drum washing machine of 2020 from Samsung is very efficient and is built with eco bubble technolgy which allows it to provide cleaning of very dirty garments or clothes without the use of water.  Futhermore, the new Side by Side Refrigetor was built with Spacemax technology which has enabled  Samsung to offer more spacious interior without increasing the external dimentions or compromising energy efficiency.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Oluwaremilekun Adesola-Ogunsan, Head, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Nigeria stated that “Samsung understands the economic diffulties currently being experienced in the country and has consistently produced pocket friendly premium consumer products. We are very consistent in our approach as we understand that our customers like the good things of life and we have provided that without compromising our standards”. “So I can say boldy that there is a Samsung for everybody regardless of your income stream” She added.

In 2019, the Samsung consumer range of products received universal praise for its innovative quality and design and numerous pioneering features. This year Samsung has added even more beneficial features which its customers will appreciate in great deal.

 


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