Execution of Joint Project for Serge Matulich, Ph.D., CPA

Scope of Request for Interactive On-Line Courseware

Prepared By: Serge Matulich, Ph.D., CPA
System Development: RAD CORPORATION

Statement of Scope

This is a major project involving complex programming tasks. The customer is an author of accounting textbooks who intends to convert one of his textbooks to an interactive on-line course. Students using the course will not be required to buy a textbook. In the context of this project, the author is also the publisher of the course. Other authors will be solicited for inputting their works into the software, but they will not be considered to be publishers. Although my field is business and accounting, it is my intention that the software will be usable with courses in many academic fields.

Problem/Opportunity Statement —

Higher education is at a crossroad. Significant changes have already taken place and more will take place as advances in technology affect the way classes are taught and students learn. Traditional approaches are slowly giving way to new methods. Among these is the move toward on-line teaching and learning.

Improving teaching with technology is possible because of the increased options offered by electronic media. The flexibility of time and place of learning, interactivity, presentation media, even the use of animation, all add to heightened interest in an arduous subject. The spectrum of pedagogical strategies is tremendously enlarged. If properly executed, an on-line course can significantly enhance comprehension and retention.

Most existing on-line business courses are designed by publishers and authors to accompany a printed textbook. Such courses may include on-line syllabi, lecture notes, examinations, chat rooms, and links to related materials, but they require a textbook. The advantages to be gained by using available technological enhancements are thus lacking in the primary source of study material where they are most needed. Much of the courseware developed to allow professors to place their courses on the Internet typically is deficient in pedagogy and lacks test security features. Examples include Blackboard, WebCT, and E-College.

The education industry is ready for a technological leap in the development of appropriate courseware. Instead of software designed to supplement textbooks, I propose to develop courseware that will allow students to study entirely on-line, without the need to buy a textbook.

Objectives —

The goal of this project is to develop courseware that avoids the pedagogic flaws currently found in existing on-line courseware. The creation of an interactive on-line course is a complex creative task that must be carefully planned and executed. The process must take into consideration sound learning psychology, design, composition, organization, and presentation.

Among the goals that this project must satisfy is to develop software that will have the following characteristics:

  1. The courseware shall be usable on the Internet and also on CD.
  2. The courseware should be easy to understand and use by authors of on-line courses.
  3. It must satisfy pedagogic principles that apply to a broad range of academic subjects.
  4. It should guide authors in designing courses that will make learning easier, more efficient, and more effective.
  5. It should stimulate students to better and faster and absorb the course material thoroughly.

Functionality —

The project should offer the following for course authors, professors, and students.

Authors: The project shall provide authors with templates for a variety of formats to suit many academic subjects and presentation approaches.

  1. Templates shall be available for presenting text, figures, study guides, self-tests, proficiency tests, and presentations, possibly accompanied by sound..
  2. Authors shall be able to specify links to on-line material without the need to understand how to program such links to make them operational.
  3. Authors will be assured that their objective tests, which are by their nature difficult and time consuming to prepare, will be secure so that they can be reused over and over.
  4. Authors will have the ability to create modify, edit, and update their work easily and without special training or programming knowledge.
  5. Authors will have control of their work and will be assured of adequate compensation for their creative efforts.

Professors: Teachers adopting the courses for use in their classes shall have ready access to appropriate material that may not always be available to students.

  1. Appropriate records will be available to teachers to assess their students’ progress, proficiency, and test scores.
  2. Professors adopting the course will be able to decide which material not available to students will be available to their teaching assistants.
  3. Teachers will have access to the author to make suggestions, ask questions, and correct errors, or to discuss pedagogic issues and problems.
  4. The ability to release course material to students at specified times, to set deadlines for tests, and otherwise control the course environment will be provided to course adopters.
  5. Teachers will be able to communicate with students by e-mail and in chat rooms.
  6. Professors will be able to integrate their own Power Point or similar presentations as part for the course only for the classes they teach.

Students: Registering and paying for the course will be simple and easy.

  1. Navigating through the course material will be intuitively easy.
  2. Students will have the ability to insert notes into the course, to access those notes when needed, and to highlight text material in their CD or downloaded version of the course.
  3. They will be able to specify when they wish to see facing pages of the material, or to enlarge parts of the material when necessary by means of a zooming feature.
  4. The course will guide students through a proper sequence of learning to maintain interest, and ensure absorption and retention of the course material.
  5. Students will be able to assess their progress by means of self-tests, improve their performance by repeating tests, and will have ready access to their record of accomplishments.
  6. Upon returning to the course, students will be able to move quickly to the point where they left the course previously, or to navigate to other parts of the course.
  7. Students will have the ability to communicate with their professor and with one another by means of e-mail and an on-line chat room.

Exclusions —

  1. The project does not include the creation of courses or the inputting of course material into the templates to be designed. The programmer will, however, have access to sample course material to facilitate his design and test the operation of the program.
  2. The course will not require the use of animation.
  3. The programmer may designate other exclusions that are necessary, subject to customer approval.

Assumptions —

  1. The programmer may need to acquire additional skills in order to accomplish the project objectives.
  2. The programmer shall advise the buyer where buyer’s requirements are not feasible and possible, and shall suggest alternative approaches.
  3. The programmer shall communicate frequently with the buyer to ensure that the project is progressing in the desired direction.
  4. Both programmer and buyer will be flexible in adjusting to necessary changes in the program specifications.
  5. Software may be available that satisfies portions of the project requirements. Buyer and bidder shall be flexible in adapting existing software, subject to copyright requirements. For example, it may not be necessary to develop chat room software.
  6. Requirements of the project to permit e-mail among professors and students shall make use of existing technology.

Constraints —

  1. The primary constraints are time and money. The project is complex and will require sufficient time to execute properly. The programmer is expected to make a realistic estimate of the time needed to complete the project.
  2. I recognize that the project is complex. My resources are limited. I am an individual who has found all available courseware to be lacking in features and performance. I am converting my accounting textbook to an on-line course and will input the course into the project. I will also make it available to other authors. I hope to recoup my investment by offering my course to professors for adoption in their classes, and to other authors for inputting their own courses.

Benefits —

  1. The project will enable professors to offer course material in a better, more efficient, and more productive way
  2. Many authors lack outlets for their work because the number of academic publishers has been dramatically reduces through mergers and buyouts. This project will provide outlets to authors who may otherwise be unable to publish their work.
  3. Students will benefit because on-line interactive courses are not only a better way to learn, but they can be available at a lower cost because the cost of printing, binding, distribution, and bookstore margin are eliminated. I anticipate that instead of paying about $100 or more for a textbook, study guide, and other ancillary materials, students will be able to access all of the same material and more for less than half that amount.
  4. The coding of this project is a complex task that involves a high degree of skill and creativity. The coder is therefore no less an author than the writers of the courses that will use the software. It is my intention to compensate the coder beyond the cost of the bid as the software program is used. Thus after the program is operational, the coder will be entitled to a royalty on each copy of the courses sold.
  5. there is no doubt that as the software is put to use, improvements and modifications will be needed. A programmer who completes this project efficiently and well will have an opportunity to benefit from additional work beyond the original project.

Risks —

  1. It is important to understand the risks this project entails.
  2. Competing software may be developed by others that is as good or better than the project as conceived here.
  3. The coder may not be capable of executing the program as specified.
  4. Although more than 100 universities adopted my textbook in printed form, there is no guarantee that the on-line interactive version will be desired by a large number of adopters. In that case future royalties available to the coder may be limited.
  5. Authors of courses in various fields may prefer existing software and may not want to author courses for the software developed for this project. In that case future royalties to the coder may be limited.

Preparation of Survey Report to Launch National Virtual Library Project

Presented to: Virtual University of Pakistan

The development of the Internet and the increasing popularity of the World Wide Web have opened up a new realm of information access, storage, and delivery for librarians and information professionals. Libraries and schools are striving to respond to the pervasive and persistent growth of global networking and manage the demand for access to this dynamic medium. Currently, 21 percent of American public libraries and 35 percent of public schools have some form of internet access (U.S. Department of Commerce, 1995; Sackman, 1995). Working in the trenches of the digital revolution, librarians and information professionals are beginning to offer internet services to patrons; their work marks the beginning of the grassroots implementation of the “public” digital library. Such efforts do not come without their attendant risks, and it is extremely important that those who are becoming network service and resource providers and content producers clearly understand what is involved in their participation in the digital revolution from an issues- and policy-oriented perspective.

This survey is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Naveed A. Malik by RAD CORPORATION to check the feasibility of Virtual/Digital National Library, and to outline statistical, scientific and technological research data.

The objective is to survey the entire field of digital libraries. Computers and networks are of fundamental importance, but they are only the technology. The real story of digital libraries is the interplay between people, organizations, and technology. How are libraries and publishers using this new technology? How are individuals bypassing traditional organizations and building their own libraries? Where does the Web fit?

We have tried to avoid speculation and to concentrate on describing current activities, trends, and research. Thus the heart of this report is a large number of examples described in sections. Each section describes some significant aspect of digital libraries, technology, application, or research.

In selecting examples, we have usually chosen those that we know are proven, with an emphasis on work carried out by different research organizations.

Methodology

This survey focuses on surveys that are conducted to advance scientific knowledge, which we refer to as survey research.

This survey conducted for research purpose has three distinct characteristics.

  1. First, the purpose of survey is to produce quantitative descriptions of some aspects of the study population. Survey analysis may be primarily concerned either with relationships between variables, or with projecting findings descriptively to a predefined population. This survey research is a quantitative method, requiring standardized information from and/or about the subjects being studied. The subjects studied are individuals, groups, organizations, communities, projects, applications, and systems.
  2. Second, the main way of collecting information is by asking people structured and predefined questions. Their answers refer to themselves and some other unit of analysis, constitute the data to be analyzed.
  3. Third, information is generally collected about only a fraction of the study population–a sample–but it is collected in such a way as to be able to generalize the findings to the population–like service or manufacturing organizations, line or staff work groups, MIS departments, or various users of information systems such as managers, professional workers, and clerical workers. The sample is large enough to allow extensive statistical analyses.

UniStar Lab – Unicode Standard Tools and Research Lab

Introduction

UniStar (Unicode Standard Tools and Research) Lab is non funded, personally encouraged and inspired by Dr. Naveed A. Malik, research lab developing Unicode enabled cutting edge technologies and tools for low level to higher level enterprises.

Asynchronous mode of education using technology as cognitive tool implemented by Virtual University Pakistan using English as instructional standard is promising to give quality education across the globe.

“When we talk about going Global then our success is measured as how efficiently we convert one standard process according to the locale of target country”

UniStar framework is based on Unicode encoding standard, a standard that provides users and developers with a universal codeset. Unicode is well-suited to applications such as multilingual databases, electronic commerce, and government research and reference.

Multilingual Computing

The concept “multilingual” in practice takes different forms. It is important to distinguish among the following types of environments:

  1. Multilanguage
  2. Multiscript
  3. Multilingual

The movement from multilanguage to multiscript to multilingual implies an increasing level of complexity in the underlying operating environment.

Multilanguage Environment

A multilanguage environment means that a locale supports one writing system, or script, and one set of cultural attributes.

In this environment, an application inherits all the language and cultural attributes of the current locale, with text manipulated according to the language rules of this current locale. Because the locale is limited to supporting one writing script and one set of cultural attributes, the application is also limited to creating documents containing text in one script.

Thus, in a multilanguage environment, the user must launch a separate instance of an application in different locales for the application to take advantage of differing language and cultural attributes.

For example, if a user is using the English-based operating environment and wishes to create a document containing Urdu characters, the user must first set up the Urdu locale and then launch the application to begin creating Urdu content.

If the user then wishes to enter Arabic text, the Arabic locale must be set up and another instance of the application launched – this time within the Arabic locale – for the user to generate Arabic text. In this environment, the Urdu and Arabic text cannot be mixed and the user must alternate between locales to create text of different scripts.

Multiscript Environment

A multiscript environment means that a locale may support more than one script, but the locale is still associated with only one set of cultural attributes.

In this environment, an application can create a document with text in multiple scripts. However, the application must tag or otherwise mark each separate run of text of the same script (script run) to apply the appropriate language attributes for proper input and display.

Note – In a Unicode-enabled locale, tagging script runs is not necessary because all language attributes are inherent in the Unicode codeset.

The multiscript environment supports text written in multiple scripts but is still limited to one set of cultural attributes. This means, for example, that text is sorted according to the sorting rules of the current locale.
To expand on the Urdu example from the multilanguage section, in a multiscript environment, rather than create two separate documents, the user can now create one multiscript document containing both Urdu and Arabic text. The cultural attributes of the active locale still apply. Therefore, if the user is in the Urdu locale, the Urdu sorting rules (for example) will be applied to the mixed script text.

Multilingual Environment

A multilingual environment means that a locale can support multiple scripts and multiple cultural attributes. In this environment, an application can have the ability to transparently make use of both the language and cultural attributes of the locale within a single locale. In this case, an application can create a document in multiple scripts, and because the application has access to multiple cultural attributes, it has greater control over how text is manipulated. For example, a document containing text in multiple scripts can sort text according to its script rather than the sort order of the current locale. In a Unicode-enabled locale, the application can eliminate the step of tagging script runs.

To Extend the Urdu multiscript document example further to a multilingual environment, you are no longer constrained to applying only sorting rules of the active Urdu locale. In a multilingual environment, you can apply the sorting rules of the Urdu locale to the Urdu portion of our multiscript text, and then call upon the Arabic sorting rules to apply to the Arabic portion of our multiscript text.

The multilingual environment brings you closest to the ideal of multilingual computing. An application can make use of locale data from any number of locales, while at the same time allowing the user to easily manipulate text in a variety of scripts. Every user can communicate and work in his or her own language and still understand and be understood by other users anywhere in the world.

Software Internationalization

UniStar defines the following levels at which an application can support a customer’s international needs:

  1. Internationalization
  2. Localization

Software internationalization is the process of designing and implementing software to transparently manage different cultural and linguistic conventions without additional modification. The same binary copy of an application should run on any localized version of the Solaris operating environment, without requiring source code changes or recompilation.

Software localization is the process of adding language translation (including text messages, icons, buttons, and so on), cultural data, and components (such as input methods and spell checkers) to a product to meet regional market requirements.

Completed Project

UniStar 2003

UniStar 2003 is a multilingual Unicode enabled editor.

Ongoing Projects

Urdu ContentProvider (Urdu Content Syndication)

Urdu ContentProvider will be a new Internet service for Web publications. The service will be designed to help Web content developers better market their work to Internet users. With Urdu ContentProvider, publishers can extend audience reach and increase revenues by syndicating their content to other Web sites.

With Urdu ContentProvider, content producers will gain greater brand exposure for their publication, greater reach for published articles and increased revenues. Our servers will automatically download your content and provide it to other Web sites for publication. Through syndication, you will provide a temporary, limited license to republish your content to qualifying Web sites. In exchange for licensing, your publication will generate revenues based on traffic of your stories on subscribing Web sites.

Who will use Urdu ContentProvider?

Anyone who is creating quality content for their Web publication will want to use Urdu ContentProvider. Our service will help increase your publication’s brand in the marketplace in addition to getting your content seen within your target audience. Because our service is free, Web sites of all kinds utilize our service. These content subscribers will help to spread your content to new readers. As a result, more people will become aware of your publication, while at the same time expanding revenues from untapped Web traffic.

How it will Work

Periodically throughout the day, our servers will scan your Web site for new articles. When an article is published that you wish to be posted to the network, our server will download the article and automatically make it available to Urdu ContentProvider subscribers. You will have complete control over which articles will be published. You also have the ability to make article corrections or retractions through our servers at any time. Once updated, any article changes will be automatically updated to all subscribed Web site.

The way our service works, your content is never actually located on any servers except our own. This ensures that you retain ultimate control over your content and that it is not “floating around” forever on the Internet. After the content license expires, the article text will be removed and your Web site will be the exclusive source for the articles.

Planned Projects

Urdu/English Translation software.

Management Information Systems Development Methodology

Presented to: Virtual University of Pakistan, University of South Asia, Cybernetics College

The purpose of the MIS Development Methodology is to document at a high-level the approach MIS takes for development projects. The Methodology was created as a set of parameters for Managers to work within on projects. The MIS Development Methodology was not created as a strict list of development rules.

The MIS Development Methodology will be used for MIS Development work. This work will be generated through customer requests. Customers will realize a need and communicate this need to the MIS department by filling out a System Enhancement Request Form (SERF). MIS will use the information from this form to determine if the requested work should remain a SERF or be elevated to a potential project. Once it is determined that the request is a potential project and the project is approved, MIS will follow the MIS Development Methodology.

Enterprise Payroll &Timesheet System for National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC)

Problem Statement & Scope of the Project

National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC), the never center of all intelligence agencies of Pakistan that acts as focal point in all emergencies is one of the most prestigious governmental organization in Pakistan.

Project Definition

The project as entitled “Enterprise Payroll and Timesheet System” is conceived out of desire to provide NCMC with robust information system to allow for complete automation of the payroll systems of organization. Users will be able to clock in and clock out from simple screens. User Clock in and Clock out can be controlled by specifying specific IP addresses from which the latter can clock in and out for work. Users will be able to view and print reports about their hours worked and work done during any period of time. Administrators will have control panels to completely customize the payroll systems. There will be tools like controlling access by IP address, generating payroll reports, edit employee timesheets, manage projects, getting payroll statistics and many other features in future.

Project Focus Point & Features

Payroll module

The Payroll module greatly reduces the workload of the HR department by automating the payroll process, allowing HR to ensure that payroll functions are completed on time and without errors.

At its most basic level the payroll module is supported by the manual entry of timekeeping and attendance data from paper-based timesheets submitted by the workforce. More advanced systems track employee timekeeping through automatic systems, connected to either a ‘clocking in’ system or a tracker connected to the desktop computers of the employees.

Once attendance data is fed into the system, the payroll module automatically calculates payment amounts and various deductions such as income tax before generating paychecks and employee tax reports.

Advantages to NCMC by using Payroll Module

Using payroll module will speed up the process of calculating pay accurately, and making payments on time. It will reduce the burden of understanding complex payroll legislation and payroll systems operation. As a consequence, it will also reduce administrative costs.

Payroll is a business-critical operation for every organization – people must be paid accurately and on time. It is therefore essential to train staff properly, and implement procedures and disaster recovery plans to ensure payroll module continuity.

The most obvious benefit of payroll module is that payroll calculations can be completed in a fraction of the time that they take to work out manually. Year-end reporting is also usually automated, and both payslips and annual reports are archived in case copies are needed later.

And the integration with timesheet Module that record employee attendance or time worked, this way, information about hours worked, whether collected automatically as a user or operator logs into a system, or manually entered into an electronic form, can be automatically transferred into the payroll system.

Payroll software capabilities

Payroll Module will:

  1. calculate deductions
  2. produce payslips for your employees
  3. produce payment reports to allow you to pay employees, showing the amount to be paid to each employee
  4. keep records of payments and deductions
  5. produce year-end reports and documentation for you and your employees
  6. produce the necessary figures or documentation when an employee leaves

Timesheets module

The Timesheets gathers standardized time and work related efforts. The most advanced modules provide broad flexibility in data collection methods, labor distribution capabilities and data analysis features. This module is designed to collate and analyze employee timekeeping information for the purposes of organizational cost accounting.

By sourcing data directly from the timekeeping devices and methods used to calculate payroll this module can provide management with valuable data regarding the use of labor resources within the enterprise.

Advantages to NCMC by using Timesheets Module

Timesheets module will improve quoting or budgeting, tracking project progress, tracking attendance and automating payroll, or to assist with client billing.

Re-Organization and Re-Establishment of SCCI (Sheikhupura Chamber of Commerece and Industry)

Chamber means a platform where the government convince the business community to implicate the government policies and the business community convince the government for their achievements and future concerns. It’s an excellent idea to make a common platform to provide a friendly atmosphere between the government and business executives, government officials, ambassadors, bankers, foreign investors to attend seminars workshops held and organized by the chambers to build industries, human resources and information networks. All chambers and associations try to provide facilities to big as well as small investors, to solve and build awareness about technology. This platform is also serving people for the good relationship between industrialist to industrialist and businessmen.

SCCI is a public business organization – the high-tech of its kind in Pakistan, and one of the most influential and respected chambers of commerce in the country.

Today, our 15 year history has given us nothing but more than a transition to be established as bridge in between government industrial policy and Sheikhupura Industry and beyond. Now we exist to assist our members in running a profitable and efficient business and project their demands and strengths to both nationally and internationally.

Our mission is simple: to help foster an economic environment that encourages the growth of responsible private enterprise and to provide a range of relevant and cost-effective services to business.

Policy Role

The subject matter of our policy work arises from a number of sources including current member concerns, statutory reviews of legislation, invitations to submit views to ministers, government departments and parliamentary committees, and initiatives suggested by our Board, councils and committees.

This policy work incorporates detailed written submissions, direct presentation and independent research commissioned by SCCI on specific business issues.

We do not differentiate our efforts in the policy arena between large and small businesses, nor do we promote the views or preferences of a business minority. Rather, we represent the majority view across a broad spectrum. In all of that, we take great pride in the fact that the majority of our members are small and medium enterprises.

SCCI does not favor any particular political party. Our non-partisan stance means our focus remains firmly on the needs of our members and that our policy agenda is build on the enduring principles of a free and enterprising society.

In short, SCCI exists to serve its members by:

  1. providing quality cost-effective support and services to help members build their business
  2. lobbying government to promote an economic and legislative environment that encourages the development of responsible private enterprise

NCMC – National Crisis Management Cell Threat Advisory System

National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC), the never center of all intelligence agencies of Pakistan that acts as focal point in all emergencies is one of the most prestigious governmental organization in Pakistan. RAD Federation was invited to draft a proposal for the development of NCMC website along with National Security Threat Advisory system. After the initial kickoff meeting with director NCMC it was deemed necessary to analyze the nature of NCMC as an organization and for this a week of in depth study was spent to produce a matching proposal. We at RAD Federation learned that the “Crisis Management represents one of the most difficult, challenging, urgent tasks that public managers face. Crisis environments are complex, dynamic and place lives, property, and continuity of operations in our communities at risk”. The study of Concepts from the emerging science of complex adaptive systems also helped us to understand NCMC better and offer fresh insight for the development of NCMC website and National Security Threat Advisory system.

RAD Federation sees NCMC as critical security information catalyst and believes that the organization shall be supported with high-tech public oriented information website and National Security Threat Advisory system. The definition of such system (website) describes the emergence of a response system in a community following disaster, when the community activates its emergency response plan and first response agencies shift their actions from daily operations to respond to the needs of a community struck by disaster. The challenge is for the NCMC to shift its performance in coherent ways, so that the separate units — Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Public Works and other agencies and general public — move smoothly into coordinated action, given their separate emergency responsibilities as directed by governance and or personal emergency preparedness plans.

Communication is critical to the process of self-organization and collective learning. Communication of information regarding the current status of the community, as well as the actions in process by participating organizations, allows participants in the response system to make informed decisions about their own actions, and to adjust their actions in accordance with those taken by others to achieve the overall goal of protecting the community and restoring its functions. An informed community is able to adapt its behavior more appropriately to its exposure to risk.

NCMC without doubt is operating at its best level but still is not meeting demands of 21st century crisis management. The internet Internet: The Ultimate Medium. The Internet has become the largest media outlet in our known universe. Interactive print, audio and video communications are all available, with the line between “amateur” and “professional”, “traditional” and “untraditional” media blurred almost beyond ken. This massive medium has spawned what RAD Federation is calling “Internet-Reporter for NCMC”

Global research on crises management reveals the significance of a Web-centered/Internet component, with the impact of the Internet on crisis management strategies and tactics growing exponentially every year. While many organizations have “IT people” on staff or on-call, IT expertise often does not translate to “Internet Communication” expertise. With the growth of the Internet, companies were very quick to experiment with it and sometimes learn how to use its capabilities to promote their products and services, to build brand awareness and enhance their reputation.

But now, just as it was “pre-Web,” the purpose of crisis management is to PRESERVE what has been gained through promotion. To, ideally, prevent crises from happening but, when that isn’t possible, to minimize damage. In the 21st Century, crisis managers need a new paradigm and an expanded skill-set to help their organizations or constituents achieve that critical goal.

In order to transit to 21st century crises management the implementation of website for NCMC and National Security Threat Advisory system is highly desirable.

Key Benefits of NCMC website:

  1. It will help foster the information about NCMC and its activities and would become focal point to general public to check about current national security level and get better self-organized in case of emergency.
  2. The concept of `self-organization’ will be promoted which indicates the ability of the human members of a sociotechnical system to learn, based on timely, accurate information present on website in form of press-releases and other informatory material.
  3. NCMC would be regarded as 21st century National Crises Management Cell across the globe while promoting its significant role in intelligentsia.

What is National Security Threat Advisory System and why it is significant for NCMC website?

National Security Threat Advisory System shall be designed to guide our protective measures when specific information to a particular sector or geographic region is received. It will combine threat information with vulnerability assessments and would provide communications to public safety officials and the public.

There are three distinct features perceived for this system:

  1. National Security Threat Advisories will contain actionable information about an incident involving, or a threat targeting, critical national networks or infrastructures or key assets. They could, for example, relay newly developed procedures that, when implemented, would significantly improve security or protection. They could also suggest a change in readiness posture, protective actions, or response. This category includes alerts, advisories, and sector notifications. Advisories are targeted to Federal, state, and local governments, private sector organizations, and international partners.
  2. Security Information Bulletins will communicate information of interest to the nation’s critical infrastructures that do not meet the timeliness, specificity, or significance thresholds of warning messages. Such information may include statistical reports, periodic summaries, incident response or reporting guidelines, common vulnerabilities and patches, and configuration standards or tools. It also may include preliminary requests for information. Bulletins are targeted to Federal, state, and local governments, private sector organizations, and international partners.
  3. Color-coded Threat Level System will be used to communicate with public safety officials and the public at-large through a threat-based, color-coded system so that protective measures can be implemented to reduce the likelihood or impact of an attack. Raising the threat condition has economic, physical, and psychological effects on the nation; so, the National Security Advisory System can place specific geographic regions or industry sectors on a higher alert status than other regions or industries, based on specific threat information.

Preparation of Information Memorandum for Metropole Downtown Project worth 20 Billion Rupees

RAD Corporation was invited to give services to prepare Information Memorandum for Hotel Metropole. Services focused on the business plan and investment aspects of the Information Memorandum. That included preparing a document with a business description and an explanation of the investment opportunity, including the preparation of a full excel based business planning and financial model.

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Preparation of Proposal for Acquiring the status of DSA with Allied Bank Ltd. Pakistan.

OMNI and ACME has been working together since a long time and delivered high tech marketing solutions and responded efficiently to the needs of local and international market for direct sales and direct marketing. ACME has been invited to execute direct marketing and sales program as DSA, for ABL credit cards. Therefore ACME with help of RAD Corporation furnished a detailed proposal outlining marketing and direct sales strategies, customer retention methods, sales logistics, and infrastructure and architecture services for the success of direct sales program.

OMNI has been offering services of enormous kind in marketing backed by years of brand marketing experience and expertise. We offer services handling everything from campaign inception to program execution. We have many of marketing reps available nationwide, and we provide guaranteed results coupled with competitive pricing.

We have proven time and again our style of marketing works according to the methods, models and strategies laid by our researchers and consultants. We provide infrastructure and skilled execution that is easily implemented into any company’s marketing structure. We also offer a proven reputation for implementing value-added marketing services designed to maximize return on marketing investment.

Allied Bank Limited with a mission to provide quality financial services with an edge of technology to businesses particularly small and medium sized enterprises through a motivated human resource endeavoring to achieve customer satisfaction is stepping ahead to acquire highly qualified DSAs for the marketing of their credit cards in all over Pakistan. According to our vision about ABL statues and mission statement, selected DSAs would be compliant to the mission statement of ABL focusing on Quality, Technology, Motivation and customer satisfaction as key indicators of ABL business.

ABL has extended its enterprise across nation and promises the largest interconnected bank with splendid financial services and products covering all the horizons of Pakistan’s economy. With its embarked strength in Pakistan, ABL is entering into aggressive marketing strategies which encompass all demographic, economic and social levels of Pakistan by hiring DSAs and provisioning its marketing and sales services.

 

Proposal for Arranging Software Competition submitted to Pakistan Software Export Board

In order to promote information technology in Pakistan and realizing the vitally important role played by software, including the tremendous potential for export an Information Technology and on spot software development competition has been planned in collaboration with RAD Corporation.

Introduction

“Despite India’s tremendous success with Information Technology (IT) where it had $5 billion of revenue in 1999 and is expected to have $50 billion in a few years, Pakistan seems to have missed this opportunity so far. And, most people feel that there are no signs that a real effort or a change is occurring in this area.”

The biggest challenge Pakistani software exporter faces is availability of trained manpower for the development of tools. According to one study there are 100,000 software programmers in Ireland, 250,000 in India and 2,000,000 in USA. In Pakistan it is estimated that there are about 3,000. The problem starts at the university level. There are a small number of high quality engineering graduates coming out every year. Then the problem is exacerbated by the brain drain to North America of people even with only 0-1 year of experience.

There is a need for a massive education program in IT. A new IT policy undergoing public review is going to address this issue. There is a need to educate people at different levels with market-driven competency-based training. Education should be such that the graduates become productive on their very first day at work.

“On an average, just one IT professional can generate at least $30,000 of exports per year. In order to have an export of over one billion dollars, we need to have about 40,000 IT professionals fruitfully employed in Pakistan. It is our target to start producing 100,000 IT high quality graduates in Pakistan each year in order to have multibillion dollar exports”

Prof Atta-ur-Rahman (The winner of the prestigious Unesco Science Prize, is the federal minister for science and technology, and director, HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi.)

Analysis of global IT services markets reveals that in near future, system integration, processing services and IS outsourcing going to have a business of more than $80 billions and the top consumers who will contribute their revenues, will be financial services, manufacturing, and business services.

On the other hand the analysis of Business Models for Pakistan reveals four types and their related tools development;

  1. Offshore Software Development
  2. Business Process Outsourcing
  3. Application Service Providers
  4. Software Quality Assurance

Considering global IT services markets and business models for Pakistan, there are two main issues; first the professional training and evaluation of students, second the increasing demand of web enabled application development conceived additionally from approved and proposed IT projects of Pakistan.

As far as the first issue is concerned there are two methods of student professional training and evaluation; first technical institution led by highly professional team and second is organization of software competitions by competitive institutes for the development of innovative tools. Students can’t get professional training unless they are prepared in professional environment because professionals have their experience and command on subject because of the time they have spent in solving real time development problems, and students are not evaluated unless they are provided software competitions.

By organizing this software competition we assure to evaluate students for future human resource with the exhibition of their projects and foresee that which areas are lacking in software development and technology implementation. In this way we will enable high quality cost effective development of different tools.

Objectives/Mission

The main objectives of this competition are

  1. Develop and evaluate an extensive pool of trained IT manpower to meet local and export requirements.
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  3. Providing Pakistani students with real-world experience in designing and developing quality software to solve its clients’ problems. It improves the region’s quality of life by building software systems for clients and by improving the software development expertise of the region.
  4. courage educational facilities to computerize their registration, examinations, accounting, and other activities
  5. Encourage educational facilities to adopt computer assisted learning and other IT tools to aid in the teaching process.
  6. Establish virtual classroom education programs, using online, Internet and/or video facilities, to provide distance learning to a large number of individuals.
  7. Changing the world’s trend by developing new technologies. The purpose of Software competition is to enhance the research efforts of the talent and to promote technical education for the development of new technology.
  8. Building a regional learning and competitive community of information technology professionals. We will provide a framework in which IT workers can share their expertise and support one another in professional development experiences.
  9. Creating awareness to regional decision-makers on emerging software development technologies and their implications for the decision-makers’ organizations.

 

Establishment of MUST (Multan University of Science and Technology) under Ibn-ul-Qasim Educational Trust

Higher education may mean different things to different people. However, the central point about HE is that unlike other forms of capital, it transcends mere economic returns. HE returns are the very substance of development and progress, and are difficult to quantify and compare with economic returns (Patel). A society that is educated and informed is better able to make fundamental decisions for itself. Education prepares people to make such decisions more objectively and provides the environment for social and cultural innovation.

Ibn-ul-Qasim Educational Trust, founded in 2002, is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-governmental, Humanitarian and welfare Trust. Ibn-ul-Qasim Educational Trust is an independent organization dedicated to provide facilities for education, science, technology, peace, digital divide, youth development, human rights, medicine and socio-economic development, and welfare of societies without any racial distinction.

Ibn-ul-Qasim Educational Trust has laid down some fundamental rights for humanity as a whole, which are to be observed and respected under all circumstances. To achieve these rights Ibn-ul-Qasim Educational Trust provides not only legal safeguards but also a very effective moral system. Thus whatever leads to the welfare of the individual or the society is morally good in Ibn-ul-Qasim Educational Trust.

A step towards functional and educational metamorphose Trust is proposing the setting up of a University at Multan under the name of Multan University of Science and Technology. The members of the foundation have previous experience of successfully organizing educational institution in Multan. The Sponsors of the projects includes eminent scholars and senior educationist whom have got experience of running institutions of higher learning both in private and public sector. The sponsors have arranged financial commitments amounting to Rs. 30.00 million to invest in the development of the University during its first phase. More commitments for funds are available. A large number of educationist and professionals are supporting the project.