19 de January de 2018

Repositioning African Markets with Digital Devices | THISDAYLIVE

Canon, a global leader of digital cameras, through its Central and North Africa operations is seeking to reposition African markets and address their peculiar challenges in the areas of broadcasting, security and film production, writes Emma Okonji

The Just concluded CABSAT 2018 technology exhibition show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE), where global technology players showcased their latest digital devices in film production, television broadcast, radio and satellite communications, was an avenue for the Canon Central and North African operations to focus attention on the peculiarities of the African digital markets in the areas of broadcasting, security, and film production, with a view to addressing the common challenges of the various markets and their diverse cultures.

Established in 2016 to create a dedicated market in Africa, the Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) seeks to address the challenges in the African markets, Nigeria inclusive, using its diverse digital camera products.

The Director, B2C Sales and Marketing, CCNA, Mr. Somesh Adukia, who spoke with THISDAY in Dubai, said the Canon’s continued participation in CABSAT exhibitions would offer the company the opportunity to attract African investors to its range of products that cut across broadcast, security, cinematography and film production cameras.
“We have made three workflow situations that are suitable for different verticals such as filmmakers, news agencies and security companies and we plan to meet the needs of the African markets, through our digital technology cameras,” Adukia said.

About CABSAT 2018

CABSAT is the leading platform for the broadcast, production, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), and plays a critical role in delivering industry-shaping dialogue, uniting over 250 creative visionaries, technological disruptors and industry influencers for active debate and discussion.
The MEASA market offers significant opportunities for innovators looking to exploit new growth channels outside of traditional platforms. The content congress engages a unique cross-section of senior industry stakeholders and up-coming influencers to share forward looking insights into how to adapt traditional broadcast models, the benefits of disruptive thinking and the future of broadcasting not only for the region, but worldwide.

The CABSAT 2018 was a three-day event which held from January 14-16, with over 13,000 attendees from 130 countries from the broadcast and satellite industries.
In its 24th edition, the conferences and exhibition areas are divided into focused technical, strategic and creative sessions for engineers, decision-makers and content creators.

Latest Canon digital cameras

At CABSAT 2018, Canon was able to delight participants with its Cinema EOS series products, which range from C100 to C700, targeting new areas of imaging expression for Canon, building on the company’s 80-year history of innovation and expertise in the field of optical and imaging technology.

Canon’s digital cinema cameras offer not only high image quality, but also superior mobility and expandability to meet the strict needs of professionals working in the motion-picture and commercial production industries.
Prominent among the products on display at CABSAT 2018 conference, was the Canon EOS C200, which is a professional 4K/UHD/50P camera, offering flexibility and ease-of-use for single-user operation.
The EOS C200 features Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85MP, along with the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors. As a result, it can deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0TM card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.

ME200S-SH is a compact professional multi-purpose video camera featuring Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system. Ideal for use across a wide range of applications from broadcast and cinematic productions, to scientific research and wildlife documentaries, the ME200S-SH is capable of capturing professional, high quality Full HD images even in low or difficult lighting conditions.
The cameras come with endless imaging possibilities; ultimate control, providing smooth, fast, high-performance continuous autofocus; excellent image capture from daylight to near-darkness, offering an equivalent ISO range of 320 – 204,800, and the ME200S-SH is a versatile tool for difficult or low light shooting scenarios such as in sports arenas or when capturing nocturnal wildlife.

4k shooting software

Canon used the platform to showcase its 4K shooting software, which addresses the demand for 4k content across the web and in TV content.
With Canon, the ultra HD, 4K television is no longer a thing of the future – it’s here. And with streaming giants Amazon and Netflix making content available in 4K, the demand is set to grow.
Capturing footage in a higher resolution also offers an element of future-proofing. With multimedia and multiplatform viewing, the material needs to be produced at the highest quality – rather than film it in HD and try and upscale it to 4K, film it in 4K and downscale it to HD
Canon has a full range of cameras that are capable of shooting in 4K –from XF405 right through to the flagship EOS C700 to better support customers as the industry is progressing.

Canon African aspiring filmmakers

As part of efforts to address African challenges through its digital range of products, Canon sponsored aspiring filmmakers who participated in a regional competition.
As part of its role in CABSAT and to serve the overall objective of supporting the filmmaking ecosystem in Africa, Canon created a unique experience to engage aspiring African filmmakers through an interactive challenge.

The “Canon African Filmmaking Challenge” started by asking aspiring filmmakers from Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco to submit a short narrative of their idea of a film that encompasses the topic “Live for The Story” in 60 seconds. Canon then chose one winner from each market to represent its filmmaking community and to work on their own version of the film using Canon cameras.

This is only possible in a highly dynamic world through the utilisation of technology to capture lively moments with high precision, and at top quality. By catering for that, Canon encourages people to be ready to capture and document stories they are creating every day, whether through film, through photography or through the news.
In addition, Canon seeks to further penetrate the African filmmaking scene, identify the main issues that are facing young filmmakers in the region and potentially become part of the solution.
Canon focuses mainly on highlightning human experiences through its technology.

At CABSAT 2018, Canon played the short videos created by the selected three aspiring filmmakers from Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt. The short videos were played to an audience made up of journalists and filmmakers influencers from each of the markets, who have positively influenced the lives of people through their strong social media presence.

The final results were announced after the winners emerged through public voting. The aspiring filmmaker from Morocco was adjudged the overall winner, while the aspiring filmmakers from Nigeria and Egypt, got the second and third positions respectively.
The first prize winner from Morocco will receive an all-new Canon 5D Mark iv Camera, while the other two winners from Nigeria and Egypt will receive 6D Mark ii Canon Camera each, to help them launch their professional filmmaking career.

African filmmaking discussion panel

Another major highlight of the activities of Canon at CABSAT 2018, was the African filmmaking discussion panel, where industry influencers from Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt, discussed regional issues about filmmaking. The discussants were TY Bello from Nigeria, Omar Lofti from Morocco, and Injy Mokadem from Egypt.

The African Filmmaking discussion panel aims to bring Canon closer to the filmmaking community in Africa through tackling the main issues filmmakers face in the region. The overarching objective is to discuss the future of the filmmaking industry in Africa, revealing facts such as industry revenues, number of movies produced and the demand for popular culture movies within the African region.
The discussants spoke on the need to grow African passion and similarities in film production and how canon digital camera can help film makers tell more of the African stories.
They also talked about homogeneity in the African cinematography, and the need to develop young African talent in film making and cinematography.

They stressed the need for stronger collaboration between filmmakers and Canon in such a way that the Canon digital products could help film and video creators to do their jobs better.
The need to unite African creators and remove language barriers to enable them work better, was also discussed. While Bello, the Nigerian photographer and song writer, specifically wants stronger regional collaboration among filmmakers, Mokadem, the Egyptian actress and television presenter, said she looked forward to a situation where the film industry in Egypt, which used to be the second largest contributor to Egypt GDP, after cotton, would become vibrant again through informed script writing that will tell the story of the lives and culture of the Egyptian people, beyond Egypt.

For Lofti, who is an actor and industry influencer in Morocco, he would like to see more development in the area of cinema theatre in Morocco where the film produced in Morocco, could be easily viewed and appreciated by the people. He said the shortfall in the establishment of cinema theatre in Morocco and Egypt, is impeding the growth of film production and cinematography in those regions.


Article source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/01/18/repositioning-african-markets-with-digital-devices/

Cisco: Applying Decades of IT Knowledge to the Connected Car

I’m kind of a car guy. To give you an idea, when we last changed houses, I got my priorities straight and went from a 4,000-square foot house with a three-car garage where there was tons of traffic to a 2,700-square foot house with a six-car garage where traffic only occurs if the rare stoplight turns red.

I enjoy cars, but current generation cars have become a mess of conflicting technologies, multiple incompatible networks and layers of software that would give the typical IT manager a heart attack. Credit to the massive testing the car companies do, otherwise we’d likely be rebooting our cars daily in incredibly inconvenient areas.

As we move to connected — and particularly autonomous — cars, we are going to increase this complexity massively at the same time we are starting to let the cars drive for us. That would typically not end well but Cisco, along with BlackBerry, NVIDIA and Qualcomm, is working to make sure that what otherwise would be a catastrophic result will instead be rather pleasant.

Let’s focus on Cisco, but I don’t want to lose track of the other technology companies who are also playing a huge role in this effort.

Solving the In-Car Network

Current generation cars have multiple networks surrounding engine management, the audio-video system and the increasing number of sensors. In some cases, the lack of interoperability among these networks has been a good thing because the security around them was so poor that making them work together would have only resulted in a far less safe car as Chrysler so expensively discovered.

The current car is much like the early days of computing. Then — as now — the standards, when they existed, were all over the map. Every supplier had its own proprietary and isolated way of doing things. As a result, back then, we were more secure because the typewriters, calculators and early computers didn’t talk to each other than we would have been if they did.

But believing you are secure just because the car’s networks don’t talk to each other won’t work in the near-term future because systems in a connected and, particularly, an autonomous car must talk to each other. In this connected class of car, the vehicle must get software updates. It must get streamed programming. And it must be alerted of approaching danger, so it can best react to it. It must know if you are driving or if the car is expected to drive for you and transfer between modes. It must be always aware of what is around the car, both seen and unseen.

In short, the cars will have a far more common network, but that network will need to be far more capable and secure than the ones currently in vehicles.

I’ve mentioned security, but we’ll also need a massive increase in data throughput as multiple video sensors will stream feeds into the autonomous brain of the car fast enough that the computer can both formulate a response and execute. You sure don’t want an autonomous car suddenly saying, “Oh no!” right before it hits something immovable.

Cisco’s Solution

Cisco’s connected vehicle solution is to use standards-driven high-speed networking inside the car and then support vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication and the modified vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) solutions now being contemplated.

On this last, it is interesting to note that the car industry has moved away from true V2V due to incompatibilities and fear of spreading malware and hacks between cars. Now, if the vehicles talk to each other, it will more likely be routed through infrastructure so these problems and threats can more easily be addressed.

From Cisco’s perspective, this means industry-standard copper- and increasingly fiber optics-based networking technology in the car, utilizing standards-based interfaces and some of the security solutions that have matured in business. The result should be in-car networks that are better, faster and cheaper than what we have today — plus a huge jump in car control and in car entertainment.

But Cisco isn’t doing this alone. It is working with partners that include NVIDIA for the brains, Qualcomm for the 5G connection and BlackBerry for security. (BlackBerry just announced its impressive Jarvis security solution).

So Cisco is using as its approach to the connected autonomous car a well-tested approach of industry standards, foundational approach to security and solid partnerships. This should help the auto industry meet its goal of eliminating more than 80 percent of the accidents and fatalities in cars.

When Tech and the Auto Industry Unite

Of course, I’m excited about this trend because I can finally write about cars on a regular basis. But my jubilation aside, Cisco’s move to apply IT technology to cars is a good thing. It should result in the cars of the future not only being far more connected an automated, but cheaper, safer, and more secure than current cars as well (largely due to massive reductions on insurance and repair costs).

There was an old joke, that many of us thought was a real fact, about Bill Gates getting into it with the auto industry. Bill supposedly said (but didn’t) something like if the car industry was like the technology industry, cars would be flying and have low gas mileage by now. The auto industry supposedly (but didn’t) reply with “But who would want to have to reboot them twice a day?”

It is interesting to note that now that the two industries are getting together, we are getting amazing cars that run on electricity and fly. And folks like those at Cisco are making sure we won’t have to reboot them twice a day.

This is one of those rare times when real facts are more interesting than fake news. Go figure.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Article source: https://www.datamation.com/commentary/cisco-applying-decades-of-it-knowledge-to-the-connected-car.html

Former contractor says Cisco discriminated against minority …

A Wake County woman who was contracted as a recruiter for Cisco Systems is suing the technology company for discriminating against her because she is black.

Michelle Brief-McGurrin filed the lawsuit in the Durham County Courthouse on Jan. 16 against Cisco Systems and the U.S. subsidiary of the Dutch human resources consulting company Randstad, claiming that the companies terminated her position because she complained about racial discrimination in Cisco’s recruiting process and that she was treated differently than white employees.

Brief-McGurrin was contracted to work for Cisco via Randstad from June 2010 until January 2015 as a talent recruiter that focused on bringing in qualified minority candidates.

Cisco, which is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., is one of the largest employers in Research Triangle Park with 4,500 employees and well more than 1,000 contractors as of 2016. The company did lay off several thousand employees worldwide that year, however.

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The lawsuit, which only presents the plaintiff’s side of the story, claims Brief-McGurrin repeatedly met resistance in recruiting minority candidates for job interviews, was never transitioned to a full-time Cisco employee like several white colleagues had been, and was asked to hide data that showed Cisco was not interviewing qualified minority candidates.

Brief-McGurrin’s objections to the company’s recruitment process and “the fact that she did not comport with the young, Caucasian female work environment,” led to her being blocked from promotions and, ultimately, to her termination from employment with Randstad and Cisco three years ago, the suit claims.

Multiple efforts to reach Cisco and Randstad for comment on the lawsuit were not successful.

Brief-McGurrin’s termination from Cisco, the suit claims, can be traced back to 2014, when she began working for the company’s university relations team, which was responsible for finding potential job applicants at universities. Her role on the team focused on recruiting from minority candidate pools and gave her access to confidential Cisco internal data sources.

While working in this position, the suit states, “she began to identify systemic problems with Cisco’s minority recruitment efforts.”

“Cisco was not following up on top African-American and other minority candidates, top African-American candidates’ resumes were inexplicably lost and Cisco’s participation in minority recruitment events were surface level and failed to communicate a sincere interest in engaging African-American and other minority candidates for potential employment,” the suit says.

Brief-McGurrin also claims that she was prevented from recruiting at historically black colleges and universities or was only allowed to visit late in the hiring season, “which significantly limited the population of competitive candidates.” In contrast there were “year-long recruitment efforts at colleges and universities with majority Caucasian populations such as Stanford, Duke and Virginia Tech.”

When compiling a report on Cisco’s recruiting in December 2014, Brief-McGurrin claims she was also asked to remove data that showed “only 80 out of 450 (17 percent) of predominantly minority candidates that Plaintiff’s team had identified as qualified for open Cisco positions were contacted for interviews.” The suit claims Brief-McGurring had never been asked to cover up data for other reports and believes it was because it revealed a “markedly-lower percentage” of follow-ups than the percentage of follow-ups on white candidates.

Brief-McGurrin said she refused the order.

Then on Jan 14. 2015, she was asked to end the candidacies of all identified candidates not yet interviewed – many of whom, the suit claims, were minorities. Brief-McGurrin refused to do that “as this request would have permanently removed … minority candidates from the recruiting process as they would show in the system as having been interviewed and deemed not qualified for employment with Cisco.”

On Jan. 21 2015, however, her superior ordered other members of her team to end the candidacies of all candidates not yet interviewed by the end of the month.

Around five days later, Brief-McGurrin was terminated from her contract position with Cisco due to a lack of funding – though she claims that she was told earlier that her position was safe from funding cuts at least until August 2015.

The suit claims that the termination was in retaliation to Brief-McGurrin’s complaints about what she saw as racial discrimination in Cisco’s recruitment process. Brief-McGurrin is asking for more than $25,000 in compensatory damages from her termination nearly three years ago.

Article source: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/business/article195406954.html

‘Nigeria Needs Stable Economy to Attract Foreign Investment’

By Emma Okonji in Dubai, UAE

The Managing Director, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), Mr. Roman Trodthandi has emphasised the need for Nigeria to have a stable and reliable economy that will boost investor confidence in the country.

Trodthandi, who gave the advice during an interview with THISDAY, at the CABSAT 2018 technology conference and exhibition, which held in Dubai, revealed that most foreign investors had loved to invest their money in Nigeria because of her large population, and the business opportunities that are open to them in several sectors of the Nigerian economy, but explained that the investors are skeptical to do so because of the instability in the country’s currency, with regard to its fluctuating exchange rates.

“Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and the fastest growing telecoms market in the world because of its large population and untapped business opportunities, but no investor will want to invest his or her money in an unstable economy, a situation that calls for an urgent need for the Nigeria government to rise to its responsibilities and address the situation that is adversely affecting business growth and development in the country,” Trodthandi said.

Citing the issue of recession, which he said the federal government was able to nip in the bud, he explained that such economic situation could scare investors, but insisted that instability of a country’s currency could be more devastating to investors who desire long business plan that is unhindered by the fluctuations of a country’s currency exchange rate.

Speaking on Canon’s investment in Nigeria, Trodthandi said the management of Canon is interested in the Nigerian market because of its huge population and the business opportunities therein. According to him Canon is interested in developing the African market, Nigeria in particular, hence it established Canon Nigeria with local people that understand the local market. “We have established our service network in Nigeria because Canon is about quality product in the area of digital cameras and we want to give Nigerians the opportunity to have quality products from the various range of Canon digital cameras.

The instability in Nigeria’s currency as identified by Trodthandi, could be largely responsible for the lack of interest exhibited by some targeted foreign investors who are reluctant to invest in the country’s broadband initiative, despite the efforts of the federal government, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to woo foreign investors to invest in the country’s broadband sector.

The federal government has a history of wooing foreign investors to Nigeria at the yearly International Telecoms Union (ITU) exhibitions, but till date, the number of foreign investors expected to embrace Nigeria’s invitation, is not yet met, even though the NCC is optimistic that the effort of government will soon begin to yield the expected results.

But convinced that no investors will like to invest in areas that may not be profitable to them, industry stakeholders has in the past, called on the federal government to first address its local challenges that are impeding telecoms growth and network expansion, before inviting foreign investors to invest in any sector of the country’s economy.
The stakeholders were of the view that if government did not take urgent steps to address the challenges facing the telecoms industry, the situation may plunge the entire telecoms sector into depression.


Article source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/01/18/nigeria-needs-stable-economy-to-attract-foreign-investment/

Repositioning African Markets with Digital Devices

Canon, a global leader of digital cameras, through its Central and North Africa operations is seeking to reposition African markets and address their peculiar challenges in the areas of broadcasting, security and film production, writes Emma Okonji

The Just concluded CABSAT 2018 technology exhibition show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE), where global technology players showcased their latest digital devices in film production, television broadcast, radio and satellite communications, was an avenue for the Canon Central and North African operations to focus attention on the peculiarities of the African digital markets in the areas of broadcasting, security, and film production, with a view to addressing the common challenges of the various markets and their diverse cultures.

Established in 2016 to create a dedicated market in Africa, the Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) seeks to address the challenges in the African markets, Nigeria inclusive, using its diverse digital camera products.

The Director, B2C Sales and Marketing, CCNA, Mr. Somesh Adukia, who spoke with THISDAY in Dubai, said the Canon’s continued participation in CABSAT exhibitions would offer the company the opportunity to attract African investors to its range of products that cut across broadcast, security, cinematography and film production cameras.
“We have made three workflow situations that are suitable for different verticals such as filmmakers, news agencies and security companies and we plan to meet the needs of the African markets, through our digital technology cameras,” Adukia said.

About CABSAT 2018

CABSAT is the leading platform for the broadcast, production, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), and plays a critical role in delivering industry-shaping dialogue, uniting over 250 creative visionaries, technological disruptors and industry influencers for active debate and discussion.
The MEASA market offers significant opportunities for innovators looking to exploit new growth channels outside of traditional platforms. The content congress engages a unique cross-section of senior industry stakeholders and up-coming influencers to share forward looking insights into how to adapt traditional broadcast models, the benefits of disruptive thinking and the future of broadcasting not only for the region, but worldwide.

The CABSAT 2018 was a three-day event which held from January 14-16, with over 13,000 attendees from 130 countries from the broadcast and satellite industries.
In its 24th edition, the conferences and exhibition areas are divided into focused technical, strategic and creative sessions for engineers, decision-makers and content creators.

Latest Canon digital cameras

At CABSAT 2018, Canon was able to delight participants with its Cinema EOS series products, which range from C100 to C700, targeting new areas of imaging expression for Canon, building on the company’s 80-year history of innovation and expertise in the field of optical and imaging technology.

Canon’s digital cinema cameras offer not only high image quality, but also superior mobility and expandability to meet the strict needs of professionals working in the motion-picture and commercial production industries.
Prominent among the products on display at CABSAT 2018 conference, was the Canon EOS C200, which is a professional 4K/UHD/50P camera, offering flexibility and ease-of-use for single-user operation.
The EOS C200 features Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85MP, along with the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors. As a result, it can deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0TM card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.

ME200S-SH is a compact professional multi-purpose video camera featuring Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system. Ideal for use across a wide range of applications from broadcast and cinematic productions, to scientific research and wildlife documentaries, the ME200S-SH is capable of capturing professional, high quality Full HD images even in low or difficult lighting conditions.
The cameras come with endless imaging possibilities; ultimate control, providing smooth, fast, high-performance continuous autofocus; excellent image capture from daylight to near-darkness, offering an equivalent ISO range of 320 – 204,800, and the ME200S-SH is a versatile tool for difficult or low light shooting scenarios such as in sports arenas or when capturing nocturnal wildlife.

4k shooting software

Canon used the platform to showcase its 4K shooting software, which addresses the demand for 4k content across the web and in TV content.
With Canon, the ultra HD, 4K television is no longer a thing of the future – it’s here. And with streaming giants Amazon and Netflix making content available in 4K, the demand is set to grow.
Capturing footage in a higher resolution also offers an element of future-proofing. With multimedia and multiplatform viewing, the material needs to be produced at the highest quality – rather than film it in HD and try and upscale it to 4K, film it in 4K and downscale it to HD
Canon has a full range of cameras that are capable of shooting in 4K –from XF405 right through to the flagship EOS C700 to better support customers as the industry is progressing.

Canon African aspiring filmmakers

As part of efforts to address African challenges through its digital range of products, Canon sponsored aspiring filmmakers who participated in a regional competition.
As part of its role in CABSAT and to serve the overall objective of supporting the filmmaking ecosystem in Africa, Canon created a unique experience to engage aspiring African filmmakers through an interactive challenge.

The “Canon African Filmmaking Challenge” started by asking aspiring filmmakers from Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco to submit a short narrative of their idea of a film that encompasses the topic “Live for The Story” in 60 seconds. Canon then chose one winner from each market to represent its filmmaking community and to work on their own version of the film using Canon cameras.

This is only possible in a highly dynamic world through the utilisation of technology to capture lively moments with high precision, and at top quality. By catering for that, Canon encourages people to be ready to capture and document stories they are creating every day, whether through film, through photography or through the news.
In addition, Canon seeks to further penetrate the African filmmaking scene, identify the main issues that are facing young filmmakers in the region and potentially become part of the solution.
Canon focuses mainly on highlightning human experiences through its technology.

At CABSAT 2018, Canon played the short videos created by the selected three aspiring filmmakers from Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt. The short videos were played to an audience made up of journalists and filmmakers influencers from each of the markets, who have positively influenced the lives of people through their strong social media presence.

The final results were announced after the winners emerged through public voting. The aspiring filmmaker from Morocco was adjudged the overall winner, while the aspiring filmmakers from Nigeria and Egypt, got the second and third positions respectively.
The first prize winner from Morocco will receive an all-new Canon 5D Mark iv Camera, while the other two winners from Nigeria and Egypt will receive 6D Mark ii Canon Camera each, to help them launch their professional filmmaking career.

African filmmaking discussion panel

Another major highlight of the activities of Canon at CABSAT 2018, was the African filmmaking discussion panel, where industry influencers from Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt, discussed regional issues about filmmaking. The discussants were TY Bello from Nigeria, Omar Lofti from Morocco, and Injy Mokadem from Egypt.

The African Filmmaking discussion panel aims to bring Canon closer to the filmmaking community in Africa through tackling the main issues filmmakers face in the region. The overarching objective is to discuss the future of the filmmaking industry in Africa, revealing facts such as industry revenues, number of movies produced and the demand for popular culture movies within the African region.
The discussants spoke on the need to grow African passion and similarities in film production and how canon digital camera can help film makers tell more of the African stories.
They also talked about homogeneity in the African cinematography, and the need to develop young African talent in film making and cinematography.

They stressed the need for stronger collaboration between filmmakers and Canon in such a way that the Canon digital products could help film and video creators to do their jobs better.
The need to unite African creators and remove language barriers to enable them work better, was also discussed. While Bello, the Nigerian photographer and song writer, specifically wants stronger regional collaboration among filmmakers, Mokadem, the Egyptian actress and television presenter, said she looked forward to a situation where the film industry in Egypt, which used to be the second largest contributor to Egypt GDP, after cotton, would become vibrant again through informed script writing that will tell the story of the lives and culture of the Egyptian people, beyond Egypt.

For Lofti, who is an actor and industry influencer in Morocco, he would like to see more development in the area of cinema theatre in Morocco where the film produced in Morocco, could be easily viewed and appreciated by the people. He said the shortfall in the establishment of cinema theatre in Morocco and Egypt, is impeding the growth of film production and cinematography in those regions.


Article source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/01/18/repositioning-african-markets-with-digital-devices/

Avaya starts listed life with swipes at Cisco and Microsoft

Newly publicly listed comms vendor Avaya has fired shots at competitors Cisco and Microsoft after listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Avaya floated yesterday, with its strategy now coming under more scrutiny after a difficult 12 months of restructuring.

At a press briefing in the New York Stock Exchange, Avaya executives responded aggressively to claims that the vendor had fallen behind the likes of Cisco and Microsoft, with SVP Nikos Nikolopoulos questioning the pair’s commitment to the voice market.

“We are the world’s largest pure play; no one can [solely] do UC and CC [like us], and that’s all we do,” he said.

“You have Cisco and that’s larger, but it’s 10 per cent of their business and their other main business is something else, so it’s not their focus.

“They’ve made acquisitions and they’re trying to reconcile these acquisitions - look at their product offering -but they’re in flux. This is all we do.”

Newly appointed cloud boss Mercer Rowe, who joined from IBM last week to head up Avaya Cloud, said that Cisco and Microsoft have realised how difficult the voice market is to succeed in, after struggling to take advantage of the acquisitions they have made.

“Voice is hard and both of those companies have had their fits and starts,” he said.

“Skype for Businesses was acquired, looked hot 10 years ago and now it’s not so hot. It hasn’t been innovated on and hasn’t been invested in.

“Cisco has played around in the field, acquired Broadsoft, but it’s not a big focus for them.

“I think both of them are realising that voice is hard and they don’t have the service providers that you need and the strong install base.”

Nikolopoulos said that this new-found aggression will transcend into Avaya’s go-to-market strategy, with the vendor making a more conscious effort to go after new customers after relying too heavily on business generated by current customers in the past.

“We have been very defensive,” he explained. “We have the world’s largest install base – we have installed more UC systems than anyone else in the world over the last 15 years.

“A company often relies on that base; it doesn’t look for new logos. Maybe we weren’t as quick on the innovation because we could just rely on that massive base. If we take all of what we do, and pivot in a more competitive motion, it makes us sharper and makes us more innovative.”

Cloud catch up

Avaya has in the past been accused of failing to innovate quickly enough when it comes to moving to the cloud, and was last year singled out by ShoreTel CEO Don Joos for falling behind others in the race to the cloud. UK MD Ioan MacRae hit back, saying that while others had gone to market with cloud products sooner, Avaya has taken its time to make the products right.

At the New York Stock Exchange, Rowe said that the timing of Avaya’s cloud push has not damaged the vendor’s chances of making an impact in the market, with the majority of enterprises not as desperate to move to the cloud as some might think.

“As we talk to our customers they’re not rushing to cloud,” he said. “What they’re clambering for is cloud consumption models.

“What they’re saying is ‘we want different ways to consume your products – we want as-a-service models and we want innovation on top of that’. For us, moving in the cloud direction is more about the consumption model, as well as a platform for innovation.”

Alongside the focus on cloud, Avaya is plotting an assault on the SMB and mid-market spaces, after admittedly not paying enough attention to smaller targets.

It said that plan is to attack these smaller market segments through channel partners, with the vendor actively seeking new partners – particularly cloud specialists.

“This is an $85bn addressable market, but it’s much less if you only focus on the enterprise,” Nikolopoulos said.

“We do go down into the other segments but not in a concerted effort. We want a lot more new logos and that is where those are going to come and it’s through that simplification.

“We have the technology but not everyone has these robust IT departments to understand what we’re trying to sell them.

“The world is too fast and a lot of time people are making decisions as business owners not the IT department, so we have to make this consumable by the business owner. That is a core strategy going forward.”

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Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Oracle, Google lead local tech hiring

Apple, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Oracle and Google are the tech companies conducting the most hiring in Silicon Valley, according to a report released Thursday by Indeed.com.

“Although the buzz may frequently be about the latest unicorn or the hottest new tech startups, it turns some of the more established behemoths of tech continue to dominate much of the hiring in Silicon Valley,” the Indeed report stated.

Ranked by the most job openings in 2017, the No. 1 company was Cupertino-based Apple. Apple was followed, in order, by No. 2, Seattle-based Amazon, No. 3, San Jose-based Cisco, No. 4, Redwood City-based Oracle; and Mountain View-based Google, which was ranked No. 5.

Rounding out the top 10 in terms of the most 2017 job openings: No. 6, Menlo Park-based Facebook; No. 7, San Francisco-based Salesforce; No. 8, Santa Clara-based Intel; No. 9, GE Corporate, whose headquarters are in Boston with an outpost in San Ramon; and No. 10, Mountain View-based Intuit.

Ranked 11 through 15 by Indeed, based on their job openings in 2017: Palo Alto-based VMware, a Dell Technologies unit; San Francisco-based Visa; Walmart e-Commerce, a unit of the Arkansas-based retailing titan with operations in San Bruno and Sunnyvale; Pleasanton-based Workday; and San Jose-based Adobe Systems.

Indeed listed these companies 16 through 20 in this order: Santa Clara-based Nvidia; Sunnyvale-based Yahoo, a Verizon unit; Palo Alto-based Tesla; San Jose-based PayPal; and San Jose-based eBay.

During 2017, Silicon Valley’s top-ranked jobs, based on average salary, were, according to Indeed:  product development engineer, with a salary of $173,570; director of product management, $173,556; data warehouse architect, $169,836; DevOps manager, $166,448; senior architect, $161,124.

The hiring efforts by big tech companies is occurring at the same time that overall job growth is slowing in Silicon Valley.

“Job postings in Silicon Valley are down,” Raj Mukherjee, a senior vice president for product at Indeed, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

Seattle appears to be the big winner in terms of hiring activity. Listings for tech jobs jumped 10.7 percent in 2017 in Seattle. During 2017, tech job listings slipped 5.9 percent in Santa Clara County and 7.8 percent in the San Francisco-San Mateo-East Bay region. Indeed didn’t break out the East Bay separately in terms of job listing trends.

Still, Santa Clara County accounted for 19.2 percent of all tech job listings in the United States during 2017. No. 2 was the Washington D.C. metroplex, which includes northern Virginia, southern Maryland and West Virginia, with 17.4 percent; the Baltimore area, with a 12.9 percent share; the Seattle metro area, with 12.5 percent; Raleigh, North Carolina, with 12.1 percent; while the San Francisco-San Mateo-East Bay region was No. 6, with 10.9 percent of the tech job offerings.

“Silicon Valley remains an ideal location in the eyes of techs’ big players,” the Indeed report stated. “Firms such as Apple, Google, Salesforce and Facebook have recently built new campuses or signed new leases.”

Plus, Google is eyeing a major transit-oriented community of office buildings for up to 15,000 to 20,000 workers in downtown San Jose. And Apple has gained control of enough land and buildings in north San Jose on an 86-acre site where it could construct enough office space for potentially 10,000 employees.

Skyrocketing home prices appear to be a factor behind the slowing employment growth in the region, according to Indeed.

“The most frequently cited culprit for the slowdown in job growth in Silicon Valley is the high cost of living,” Mukherjee wrote in the blog post.

Article source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/18/apple-amazon-cisco-oracle-google-lead-local-tech-hiring/

A10, Aerohive Crater, Boosting Cisco, Arista, Juniper

Shares of computer network and security vendors A10 Networks (ATEN) and Aerohive (HIVE) both plunged today, after the companies both warned yesterday, after market close, that results will fall short of expectations for the current quarter.

Aerohive closed down $1.63, or almost 30%, at $4.07, while A10 dropped 99 cents, or almost 14%, to close at $6.32.

That has lifted the fortunes of networking peers, which could conceivably benefit as the duo stumble. Cisco Systems (CSCO) stock was up 66 cents, or 1.6%, at $41.20, Arista Networks (ANET) rose $10.04, or almost 4%, at $262.81, and Juniper Networks (JNPR) closed up 6 cents at $28.67.

Aerohive announced its Q4 revenue, for the three months ending in December, will come in at around $37 million, below its prior outlook for $40 million to $42 million, and below consensus for $40.5 million.

The company was “disappointed,” said CEO David Flynn, citing problems with the company’s “execution” of its sales effort. He said the company had replaced “underperforming sales team members” and the company expects to “capitalize on our improved product offering and exciting roadmap in 2018.”

Aerohive is expected to report full results on February 8th.

A10, for its part, cut its revenue outlook for the quarter to a range of $55.5 million to $56 million, down from a prior range of $64 million to $67 million, and below consensus for $65.1 million.

A10′s CEO, Lee Chen, said the company was “disappointed,” and attributed the reduction in outlook to a “shortfall in North America,” a result of “lower than expected seasonal demand trends” in the region.

Chen said A10 had taken steps during the past two quarters to improve execution, and that A10 is “continuing to work to align our sales and enablement engine with the growth opportunities in our market.”

At least one bull threw in the towel today on Aerohive. Catharine Trebnick with Dougherty Co., cut her rating on both stocks to Neutral from what had been Buy. Trebnick notes that the company “has missed guidance in three of the last five quarters and continues to lack consistency.”

At this point, she plans to “revisit and reassess the company’s ability to execute on their guide as new sales leadership settles in.”

She keeps a Buy rating on A10 shares, however. Q4. she writes, “typically is a strong quarter for A10, but our recent North American enterprise checks suggest a roll-up of regional partners may have impacted A10 sales in the period.”

“The good news is A10 expects non-GAAP EPS of $0.05 – $0.06,” she continues, “at the high end of their prior guide range of $0.01 – $0.07 and above our/Street estimates of $0.02/$0.03.”

Piper Jaffray’s James Fish, who cover Cisco but covers neither Aerohive nor A10, takes both reports as evidence that “Cisco has become more competitive, including in wireless.”

Therefore, it all just supports his view that Cisco is the best pick for investors among networking stocks.

Article source: https://www.barrons.com/articles/a10-aerohive-crater-boosting-cisco-arista-juniper-1516225291

Canon Showcases Cutting Edge Technology at CABSAT 2018

  • Unveils the latest innovations in entertainment media solutions at annual industry event

 Canon showcased its latest industry-leading innovations at CABSAT 2018, the leading broadcast, satellite and creative media event in the Middle East and Africa region. The leader in imaging solutions also provided visitors with the opportunity to experience its full range of security solutions, Pro Video portfolio and professional imaging products first-hand at dedicated shooting areas and end to end workflow scenarios.

At the three-day event, Canon unveiled the latest additions to its Pro-Video segment with the launch of its 4K XF Series cameras, XF405 and XF400, which is in addition to the recent launch of the EOS C200, the 4K compact digital cinema camera from the esteemed Cinema EOS range. Under the XA series, XA-11 and XA-15 mark their entry into the region along with the low light network camera with remarkable performance, the ME20F-SHN. The company also presented evolved and seamless workflow solutions that enable more efficient and cost-effective production for broadcasters and filmmakers.

Speaking about the event Roman Troedthandl, Managing Director – Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) said, “Canon’s presence in CABSAT, which is considered to be one of the most important events in broadcast and media technology regionally and globally; is integral to showcasing our commitment towards playing a vital role in the cinema industry. Celebrating the incredible potential of filmmakers in Africa, Canon is set on clearing any hardships they may face enroute, through offering all the necessary technical and technological support they require, and this year we are going even further and extending our participation towards supporting young and aspiring filmmakers.”

“We also understand that there is an increasing integration of 4K into mainstream television dramas, documentaries and movies, and we are committed to continually evolving to meet the fluctuating needs of broadcasters and filmmakers with the latest additions to our innovative Cinema EOS series. As well as consistently strengthening and enhancing our partnerships with Tier 1 partners in markets like Nigeria, Morocco, West Africa and Egypt while hand in hand expanding our presence through an extended network of Tier 2 partners in Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco.” Troedthandl added.

Designed to benefit broadcasters and filmmakers alike, The EOS C200 is the first Cinema EOS camera to feature the revolutionary Cinema RAW light format which provides the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW in a smaller file size, enabling filmmakers to record internally to a CFast 2.0™ card. Delivering incredible low-light performance and perfect for critical surveillance operations, the ME20F-SHN produces full colour and Full HD resolution images in limited light scenarios and packs in network capability and built-in video analytics into a lightweight and compact body. These innovations also support the convenience of seamless network integration with the ability to fit directly into existing workflows.

In addition to showcasing its full range of 4K, Full HD and HDR products, Canon also provided broadcast and cinematography professionals with a variety of end to end workflow scenarios including shooting experiences as well as review and editing processes. The ecosystem of videography was brought to life via a touch and try product section, dedicated shooting areas of Maasai Mara and a bakery area, a security zone and a chroma key area. Canon had also teamed up with the global leader in manual and robotic camera support systems, Vinten, to demonstrate the versatility of the ME200 and C200.

“Canon is set on becoming even more than a technical partner to customers in the African continent. We understand that the region is flourishing and becoming one of the rapidly growing media markets in the world; thus, we will continue expanding our footprint in the market via encouraging young talents and catering to their technical as well as support-related needs.” Said Somesh Adukia. Sales Marketing Director B2C – Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA). “We are very excited to be hosting a specific panel discussion during CABSAT that tackles the future of the filmmaking industry in Africa, as well as reviving our support to the youth by engaging them in a Canon Filmmaking Challenge; one of many initiatives which have been set to further support the filmmaking ecosystem in the region” He added.

Bringing the event to a successful closure, Canon awarded the shortlisted filmmakers for their efforts in bringing their stories to life. The announcement was made during the panel discussion which covered the future of the filmmaking industry in Africa alongside 3 prominent actors Injy El Mokkadem from Egypt, Omar Lotfi from Morocco and TY Bello from Nigeria. Where the first-place winner, (Youness Hamiddine) from Morocco was awarded a (5D Mark 4) Canon camera. The second place winner (May El Hossamy) from Egypt and the third place winner (Ifeoma Nkiruka Chukwuogo) from Nigeria have both also received a (6D Mark 2) Canon camera.


Article source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/01/17/canon-showcases-cutting-edge-technology-at-cabsat-2018/

Never a doubt for MCC Highlassies in 73-50 win over Cisco – Waco Tribune

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Article source: http://www.wacotrib.com/sports/mcc/never-a-doubt-for-mcc-highlassies-in---win/article_179053c9-db6e-5157-aa49-ffc80ac820e5.html