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Orion Innovation Inks Key Deal with BNI Madagascar for Financial Services Modernization

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Latest Agreement Highlights Orion’s Commitment to Digital Transformation in Africa

EDISON, N.J., May 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Orion Innovation (“Orion”), a leading digital transformation and product development services firm, is excited to announce it has signed a deal with BNI Madagascar to revolutionize the bank’s digital banking experience for their customers. As part of the agreement, Orion will implement Temenos’ cloud-based core banking platform into BNI’s operations, modernizing its product portfolio to bring customers personalized, digital-first banking solutions. 

As the nation’s premier banking network, BNI MADAGASCAR stands as a pivotal entity in the national banking sector with the most extensive network spread across all 23 regions of the country. As a leader in banking coverage, we also aim to transform the industry through an innovative and scalable digital ecosystem.

Alexandre Mey, CEO of BNI MADAGASCAR, states, “We are committed to reinforcing our leadership in the banking sector while steering the digital revolution in Madagascar. Our vision is to create an integrated banking ecosystem that not only meets the current market needs but also anticipates them.”

Thibault Huvelle, Head of Digital at BNI MADAGASCAR, adds, “By advancing towards a comprehensive digital ecosystem, we are transforming every digital interaction into an exceptional customer experience. We work closely with cutting-edge external partners like Orion, to ensure that our solutions are advanced and tailored to the specific needs of the Malagasy market. It marks a new era for banking, where technology continually enriches the user experience.”

BNI Madagascar, a banking and financial services corporation, is embarking on a digital modernization journey for both Small/Medium-sized enterprises and retail customers. Orion’s suite of digital services and technology solutions will empower BNI to modernize legacy systems, design innovative products, and tap into new business opportunities. This deal marks a significant achievement for Orion in the region and reaffirms our commitment to investing in Africa’s digital transformation journey, enabling a unified banking experience across various touchpoints, spanning online banking, mobile banking, and in-branch services.

“This is another deal that continues our success in Africa and the Middle East as we expand our services in the region,” says Suchen Janjale, Orion’s Head of Financial Services in Europe. “Our strong track record for providing banking transformations is what motivated BNI to select Orion as their trusted partner for their modernization efforts.”

“This partnership with BNI is a testament to our dedication to revolutionizing digital banking experiences in Africa. Our comprehensive offerings around Temenos and our regional presence position us well to ensure a successful digital transformation journey for BNI. This milestone underscores our commitment to driving innovation and growth in Africa’s financial landscape,” said Anoop Gala, EVP & Orion’s Global Head of Financial Services.

About Orion Innovation 

Orion Innovation (“Orion”) is a leading digital transformation and product development services firm. Rooted in engineering and design thinking, along with a unique combination of agility, scale and maturity, its team of approximately 6,400 associates helps Fortune 1000 companies improve efficiencies, enhance customer experiences, and develop new digital offerings. Through its delivery centers in North America, EMEA, India and Latin America, Orion serves clients across Hi-Tech, Telecom & Media, Sports & Entertainment, Professional Services, Financial Services, and Healthcare industries. For more information, visit www.orioninc.com.

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Dubai World Trade Centre Drives Impact as Economic Output Surges to US$4.98 Billion in 2023, up 40% YoY

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DUBAI, UAE, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), a global leader in the events and exhibitions industry, has once again demonstrated its significant impact on Dubai’s economy in 2023, welcoming 2.47 million participants and hosting 301 events, 76 of which, were large-scale events that attracted 1.54 million attendees, with 46% from overseas.

DWTC’s 2023 Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) Report, based on its 76 large-scale events (2000 or more attendees) revealed an impressive surge in the total economic output, reaching US$4.98 billion, marking an incredible 40% YoY increase, with high returns for adjacent industries such as Travel, Accommodation and Retail, connected to the Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) ecosystem.

DWTC’s large-scale events generated a substantial US$2.87 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) to Dubai’s GDP, retaining an impressive 58% of the total economic output locally. International participation soared by 53%, with overseas visitors driving 6.2 times more contribution than domestic counterparts.

Events hosted at DWTC supported 69,281 jobs, generating US$915 million in disposable household income for the city’s residents. The substantial economic impact of these events extends beyond direct revenue generation, fostering socio-economic development and contributing to Dubai’s status as a leading global business hub.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DWTC Authority, said: “Aligned with Dubai’s Economic Agenda D33, we continue to spearhead efforts in sector diversification, reinforcing the city’s stature as a leading global business hub. The remarkable accomplishments of 2023, presented in the ‘DWTC Economic Impact Assessment Report’ demonstrate that Dubai’s MICE sector, driven by DWTC, remains a vital pillar of financial resilience and growth underscoring our accelerated strides towards sustainable socio-economic development. The increase in international participation, along with the significant economic impact generated across diverse sectors such as travel, accommodation and retail, highlights the city’s steadfast commitment to propelling business tourism.”

The venue’s formidable events portfolio strategically aligned with Dubai’s economic priorities, showcasing Healthcare, Medical, and Scientific; Information Technology (IT); and Food, Hotel, and Catering as the top contributors. These leading sectors collectively accounted for 59% (US$1.71 billion) of the GVA to Dubai’s economy, and 49% (747,468) of the total large-scale event visitation.

Adjacent sectors, including hotels, air travel, and local transportation experienced a significant boost in economic activity. The direct revenue generated through expenditure was nearly US$2.94 billion.

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Phishing, BEC, and Beyond: Tackling the Top Cyber Threats to UK Banks

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KnowBe4’s new report finds that UK financial institutions face onslaught of cyberattacks at unprecedented rate

LEEDS, England, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today released its report on cyber threats faced by the financial sector in the UK. The report examines the escalating rise of cyberattacks on this sector, the tactics deployed by cybercriminals and what financial institutions should do to safeguard themselves and their employees.

The report shows that, in general, the financial sector in the UK is under constant attack and that it is grappling to keep pace with ever-evolving cyber threats. A clear urgency is emerging for financial institutions to adapt their security strategies for dealing with more sophisticated cyberattacks as banking is shifting towards being fully digital.

Some key findings in the report reveal a startling landscape of cyber threats:

  • The frequency of ransomware attacks on the financial sector in the UK doubled in 2023, showcasing an alarming escalation.
  • Phishing and Business Email Compromise (BEC) remain the top threats to organisations, which includes financial institutions.
  • AI-driven deepfake audio impersonations are notably on the rise.
  • For the first time, cyberattacks, and their potential to disrupt essential services, were perceived as an acute risk, more so than geopolitical tensions, inflation, or economic recessions.
  • There was a dramatic 81% surge in cyberattacks against UK financial institutions in the year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, outpacing the global increase of 61% during the same timeframe.
  • Multiple UK banks are lacking basic online and app protections, including use of outdated and vulnerable web applications, failure to enforce secure passwords, and the absence of alerts for critical account changes.

The report further delves into the prevailing cyber threats in the sector as well as real-life examples. It also provides some practical advice on how financial institutions can protect themselves against cyber threats and cyberattacks.

Addressing the urgency of the situation, Javvad Malik, lead security advocate at KnowBe4 stated, “These findings underscore a stark reality for the UK’s financial sector – they are being attacked at an unprecedented rate. Cyber defences need to adapt with the same speed and intelligence as the threats themselves. In addition to traditional security strategies, fostering a culture of security awareness to mitigate the inherent human risk of any organisation is no longer optional; it is a cornerstone for survival against cybercrime.”

To download a copy of KnowBe4’s report on UK financial institutions, click here.

About KnowBe4
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 65,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. The late Kevin Mitnick, who was an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense and trust the KnowBe4 platform to strengthen their security culture and reduce human risk.

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Driven Properties Selects Yardi to Centralise Residential & Commercial Operations & Elevate Customer Experience

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Dubai-based property management company to streamline management processes with a single cloud-based solution

Dubai, UAE, May 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Yardi® is proud to announce that Driven Properties, a leading property brokerage, investment, and consultancy company, has chosen Yardi to enhance its property management operations and resident experience. Driven Properties, known for its extensive residential and commercial portfolios, offers customizable property solutions and wealth management services to clients across the UAE and abroad.

The implementation of the Yardi Residential Suite will allow Driven Properties to optimize their management operations comprehensively – from property marketing and resident screening to rent collection and maintenance. Yardi’s resident portal and app will enable residents to self-serve, enhancing convenience and accessibility by facilitating payments, lease renewals, personal detail management, and real-time maintenance updates.

“At Driven, we’re thrilled to adopt Yardi’s innovative technology to propel our operational capabilities to new heights and ensure unparalleled services for all stakeholders,” shared Grace Kenny, Director of Property Management at Driven. “With Yardi as our central property management platform, we will be able to streamline operations and improve communication across the business.”

“With Yardi’s cloud-based solutions, Driven can eliminate disparate systems, streamline its software requirements into a single solution, improve insights into portfolio performance, and enhance resident and investor relations,” said Said Haider, Senior Director of the Middle East at Yardi. “We are excited to announce Driven Properties as our latest client in the UAE and look forward to helping them further grow across the region.”

Experience how Yardi can seamlessly improve your residential operations with an end-to-end solution.

About Yardi

Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2024, Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. With over 9,000 employees, Yardi is working with clients globally to drive significant innovation in the real estate industry. For more information on how Yardi is Energised for Tomorrow, visit yardi.ae

About Driven Properties

Driven Properties is an award-winning real estate brokerage and property management company headquartered in Dubai. Since its inception in 2012, the company has been raising standards for the industry, and has grown into one of the leading full-service real estate consultancies in the region.

In a city that is synonymous with real estate, our deeply knowledgeable consultants are offering their expertise and unparalleled service to most demanding clients from all over the world. Driven Properties is a member of Forbes Global Properties, a consortium of 100 best brokerages in the world.

For more information, visit drivenproperties.com.

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