The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4.1 “fresh” and LibreOffice 5.3.6 “still”

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.1, the first minor release of the new LibreOffice 5.4 family, which was announced in early August, and LibreOffice 5.3.6, the sixth release of the mature LibreOffice 5.3 family, which was announced in January 2017.

LibreOffice 5.4.1 represents the bleeding edge in term of features, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts and early adopters, while LibreOffice 5.3.6 is targeted at conservative users and enterprise deployments.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice 5.3.6 with the backing of certified professionals (updated list available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.4.1 includes approximately 100 bug and regression fixes, along with document compatibility improvements. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.1/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.4.1/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

LibreOffice 5.3.6 includes approximately 50 bug and regression fixes. Technical details about the release can be found in the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.6/RC1 (fixed in RC1).

Download LibreOffice
LibreOffice 5.4.1 and LibreOffice 5.3.6 are immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, with the next one taking place in October in Rome (http://conference.libreoffice.org).

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

USINPAC and Smart City Works hosts Urban planning delegation from India

Explore ventures on developing livable and resilient smart cities

This week, USINPAC hosted a business meeting at Center for Innovative Technology for visiting smart-city planners from India. The meeting was co-hosted by Smart City works, first of its kind business actuator and a premier business accelerator with a focus on the built environment aiming to dramatically change the way we design, build, and operate civil infrastructure. The meeting reviewed how communities, corporations can work with technological innovation to transform India’s urban areas and improve basic services, lower energy costs, while maintaining ecological balance.

The visiting delegation from India included entrepreneurs, government officials and industry experts; Ms. Namita Banka, CEO, Banka BioLoo, Mr. Srikanth Kireeti Katam, Independent Consultant, Mr. Naim Keruwala, Program Manager, Governance and Advocacy, Avantha Foundation, Mr. Sandeep Sarin, Deputy Director, Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr. Maheep Singh Thapar, Managing Director and Principal Consultant, Adapt Technologies and Consultancy Services, Ms. Jyoti Krishnkant Unadkat, Senior Contributor, Khabarchhe.com and eminent Indian Americans from the area.

Topics that were explored included working with local and regional governments; to plan and provide equitable access to vital infrastructure such as water, electricity, and sanitation while encouraging growth and investment, to develop basic infrastructure including water, electricity, sewage treatment, and solid waste management, for personal and community health and safety, that would trigger economic growth and investments in urban areas, encourage sustainable practices such as smart building technologies, lower cost energy and transportation options, safe and people friendly greenway developments and collaborate with international partners, corporate leadership, and clean technology in urban spaces.

Sanjay Puri, Chairman, US India Political Action Committee, welcoming the delegation said, “India has some of the most crowded cities in the world. Cities attract migrants because of better work opportunities but urban spaces need to be livable and sustainable. USINPAC has a tremendous opportunity under PM Modi’s ‘smart city initiative’ to provide a platform to transfer technology and expertise to make good on this promise.”

Industry awaits Renewable Energy India Expo (REI) 2017

Global Interest, International Investments & Technology breakthroughs to mark the 11th epic edition of Asia’s leading Renewable Energy Expo by UBM India

REI 2017 at a glance:

· Asia’s leading Renewable Energy Expo by UBM India from September 20-22;
45 participating countries, over 750 exhibitors, 1,500 Delegates and estimated to attract over 30,000 Trade visitors
· 3 – Day power packed conference – ‘Accelerating Momentum…From Ambition to Action’. Conference to highlight innovations, challenges and way forward
· 3rd edition of Renewable Energy India Awards on 19th September: To recognize Innovation & Excellence in the Renewable Energy Industry

Mumbai, 22nd August 2017: After completing a successful decade of existence, the Renewable Energy India 2017 Expo (REI), hosted by UBM India, India’s leading exhibitions organiser is set to take place from 20th to 22nd September 2017 at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida. A flagship event, REI is the most reputed global platform where India’s green economy community including overseas participants will congregate to discuss industry trends, challenges and market insights including the Indian regulatory framework. The event aims to further upscale and mainstream the applications of renewable energy resources, showcase product launches, innovations and augment the forethought through the international exhibitions and conference platform.

In its 11th edition, REI will see active participation from countries such as Japan, Germany, France, Poland, USA, Korea, China and Taiwan amongst host of other countries. It is supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), NEDO Japan, Indo German Energy Forum ( IGEF ), Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Mercom Capital to name a few.

The expo, certified by UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibitions Industry and will see the presence of key dignitaries – Shri Anand Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India; Shri Amitabh Kant, IAS, CEO, NITI AYOG, Government of India; Shri Upendra Tripathy, IAS, Interim Director General, International Solar Alliance (ISA); Mr. Justin Wu, Head of APAC, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Singapore; Mr. Hans-Josef Fell, President of the Energy Watch Group (EWG) & Former Member of German Parliament; Mr. Naoki Tomotake, Director General International Affairs, NEDO, Japan; Mr. René Van Berkel, UNIDO Representative in India and Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water(CEEW ) during the high profile Opening Ceremony of 20 September.

Bringing together Manufacturers, EPC, and Service Provides, the expo will have over 750 exhibitors including companies like — Adani Solar, Tata Power Solar, Azure Power, Sky Power, Canadian Solar, Huawei, Trina Solar, Jinko Solar, Siemens Gamesa, Vikram Solar, Waaree Energies, Mitsubishi, Delta Electronics, Panasonic, SMA, ABB, Kyocera, Sterling & Wilson, Mahindra Sustain, Applied Materials, POSCO, Fronious. amongst others. The show will feature country pavilions from Japan, China, Poland, France, Korea, Taiwan to name a few.

A power packed three-day conference themed ‘Accelerating Momentum…From Ambition to Action’ will take place encompassing knowledge -rich sessions by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, International Solar Alliance ( ISA ) , UNIDO, Indo-German Energy Forum, MNRE – EU Technical Cell, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, PV Magazine, Skill Council for Green Jobs, and Mercom Capital . The highlights of the conference are ‘India: A Poster Child of Renewable Energy Sector’ which aims to outline key policy initiatives; ‘Skilling by Nations’ which will highlight how skilling is being integrated in the industry, impact of skilling and best practises; Sessions by Skill Council for Green Jobs and CEEW; ‘Surya Namaskar: Earn from the Sun’; ‘Rooftop PV Market Development in India’; ‘Winds of Tomorrow: Make in India’; ‘Driving operational excellence in solar and wind asset management’; ‘Micro Grids: Localising Utilities and maximising opportunities’; ‘Neighbourhood Energy: The role of block chain in the electricity system; ‘Smart Power for Smart Cities: Pushing the envelope and ‘The Circular Economy: Finding convergence among the Swach Bharat and the Smart Cities Mission for waste to energy

At this year’s REI Expo 2017 we will see new innovation’s like India’s first Mobile PV test lab on display by Mahindra Susten; Quality Round Table – An interactive forum by PV Magazine, Germany; Solar Super Heroes by PV Magazine, Germany; Skill Competition for Solar Installers; Solar Design Challenge for EPCs and Developers; Master class by Enphase Energy, USA: To provide Installers and Engineering, Procurement and Construction companies (EPCs) with knowledge on innovations behind micro-inverter technologies and how micro-inverters are best suited for the Indian rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) market; CEO Roundtable and Finance Roundtable; ‘Advantage Telangana’, a seminar by the state of Telangana to attract potential investors and developers; ‘Advantage Rajasthan’ a seminar by the state of Rajasthan to attract potential investors, manufacturers and developers and Workshop on ‘Driving operational excellence in Solar & Wind asset management’ by 3E, Belgium and Wise Energy, UK.

Speaking on the announcement of the 11th anniversary of Renewable Energy India, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The Indian solar sector is growing rapidly with a capacity addition of 4,765MW during H1 of 2017, according to a recent report. Rooftop solar is also showing a robust growth as solar power becomes increasingly more attractive with falling costs. Besides, India has recently moved up to the second spot from third position in this year’s ‘Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index’, nudging past US. All this is acting as a huge pull for international investors and equipment suppliers. UBM India’s objective for the 2017 edition of REI Expo is “Accelerating the Momentum…….From Ambition to Action” being the theme of the show this year, and to bridge the gap between industry, Government & Investors.”

He added, “In a nutshell, REI 2017 is a marquee event in this sector with multiple country participation, best of technology, cost effective solutions, participation of Industry leaders, various country delegation, top global brands exhibiting their product and solution offerings, and a content rich conference.”

The trade show will also be preceded by the 3rd Renewable Energy India Awards, slated for 19th September, 2017 that aims to recognise the efforts, innovation, and excellence and promote the talent in the industry. The Awards will have an august audience of industry stalwarts competing under various categories from both manufacturing & implementing communities.

11th edition of FICCI HEAL gets under way

Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, underlines need for investing two-thirds of spending in primary healthcare and enhancing preventive care

FICCI-IMRB Knowledge Paper launched

NEW DELHI, August 17, 2017. Mr. C K Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, today underlined the need for investing two-thirds of the spending in primary healthcare and enhancing preventive care to keep the requirement of diagnostic care and admission to hospitals in check. As financial resources are limited, it is essential to invest in the right place for optimal results, he said while inaugurating the 11th edition of FICCI HEAL on the theme ‘Indian Healthcare: A Patient’s View’.

Mr. Mishrasaid thatinfrastructure in remote areas was weak and only government establishments were functional in such places; therefore active private sector participation was needed to make quality and affordable healthcare accessible to all.

He said that the new National Health Policy 2017 with the three pillars of accessibility, affordability and quality of care are in line with a patient’s needs. He added that there was a need to customize care and value the choices of a patient.

Recognising FICCI’s efforts in the health care space, Mr. Mishra said that the industry had been forthcoming with policy and reform suggestions, which enabled the government to strengthen its policies. He urged FICCI to develop a framework in conjunction with the government to step the country’s healthcare delivery system.

On the occasion, Mr. Mishra released a Knowledge Paper ‘The healthcare consumer: Understanding expectations & experiences in the patients journey’ prepared by FICCI in collaboration with KANTAR-IMRB. The report is based on interviews with over 5000 patients pan-India from both public and private hospitals. Some key findings show that 61% of the patients rated their overall experience in private hospitals positively as compared to 45% for government hospitals. The report delves on the experiences and expectations of the patient and provides recommendations for the government and healthcare providers.

Mr.Pankaj Patel, President, FICCI, said thatthe government’s intent to increase the public health spend to 2.5%, efforts should be made to increase it to 4% of GDP to meet the universal healthcare goals of the country. He added that long-term financing options from banks are still not available to healthcare providers and this was hampering the penetration of private healthcare in the country. He said that while retention of healthcare services in the tax exemption list under the GST regime is thoughtful and will enable flow of seamless tax credit and improve overall tax compliance, the services rendered by the hospital are exempted from taxes, several input services are subject to GST, which will result in increase in overall cost of care for the patient. Mr. Patel said that FICCI assures the government, its complete support for achieving affordable, accessible and quality healthcare to all Indians.


Sharing a patient’s perspective,Mr. M Damodaran, Founder Chairperson, Excellence Enablers P Ltd & Former Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), said that care, patience, dignity and empathy are the four key words that stakeholders must understand to appreciate a patient’s needs. Referring to Gorakhpur tragedy, he said that it is a wake-up call for all and it is time to take stock of the situation and find solutions.

Mr.Damodaran said that there is a need to recognize and reward skilled workforce such as the nursing staff to enable them to render quality services. Challenges would always be there but the need is to find and deliver the best in such situations and not settle for sub-optimal services. He added that while there is a demand to increase outlays for healthcare, it must be understood that outlays do not result in outcome; what is required is action and execution.

Mr. Rahul Khosla, Chair-FICCI Health Services Committee; President, Max Group & Chairman, Max India Ltd., said thathealthcare financing isa huge issue. Healthcare is a sector with infrastructure status, and needed low cost financing options. This will enable creation of last mile connectivity. Besides, there was an acute shortage of skilled manpower and capacities. The need is to build new capacities and re-vitalize existing capacities. He added that there was an urgent need for the government and stakeholders to work collaboratively.

Mr. Varun Khanna,Co-Chair-FICCI Health Services Committee and Managing Director, BD India, delivered the vote of thanks. Also, on the dais wasMr. Ashok Kakkar, Co-Chair-FICCI Health Services Committee; Sr. MD, Varian Medical Systems International India Pvt. Ltd.Ms.Shobha Mishra Ghosh,Assistant Secretary General, FICCI, moderated the session.

FICCI HEAL 2017 to Unveil Patients’ Expectations

The two-day conference to showcase exclusively curated sessions that will catalyse Indian healthcare

New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Amidst rising debates on cost, access and quality of healthcare services in the country, FICCI, the largest & oldest apex business organization in India announced the 11th edition of its annual healthcare conference- FICCI HEAL dedicated to bring the perspective of the core stakeholder of health – the patient, to the forefront. The two-day conference scheduled on August 17-18, 2017, will attract the biggest names in healthcare, offering key networking and partnering opportunities and also provide insights on major trends affecting the healthcare industry.

The conference will bring together over 350 national and international stakeholders of the health sector, including healthcare providers, government officials, policy makers, representatives of different embassies, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, healthcare education providers, health insurance companies, financial institutions etc.

Speaking on this announcement of 11th edition of FICCI HEAL, Mr. Rahul Khosla, Chair-FICCI Health Services Committee; President, Max Group & Chairman, Max Healthcare said, “With a population reaching 1.3 billion, providing affordable and quality healthcare to all its citizens is not an easy task for any country. India is home to 21% of the global disease burden. With increasing incidence of lifestyle and infectious diseases and lack of primary health care infrastructure, we have a long way to go. However, rapid technological advancements, increased public and private investments and seamless collaboration between the government and the industry can help us create a patient-centric affordable healthcare ecosystem. As the largest healthcare leadership conference in the industry, FICCI HEAL will strive to address some of these issues this year.”

FICCI HEAL 2017 will convene high-impact sessions on the best practices, quality assurance mechanisms and policies for achieving global standards of healthcare across the country. The deliberations will help in paving the way for transformation required in the Indian healthcare ecosystem and facilitate the stakeholders in adapting to the growing trend of patient centricity. The conference sessions will examine matters concerning the patient who will be the pivotal point of deliberations on Government Policies, including the National Health Policy 2017, role of media in bridging the trust deficit in healthcare, transparency in pricing in healthcare, building an ethical healthcare system, financing innovations to promote investments in healthcare, reaching beyond the traditional mindsets of delivering care through integrated healthcare models and empowering patients with technology driven care.

Dr Narottam Puri, Advisor, FICCI Health Services; Board Member & Former Chairman, NABH said, “While the industry members and policy makers often come together and engage with each other to voice their concerns, the patients remain largely unheard. Therefore, as change agents, we decided to address the conference from the patients’ perspective this year. We are looking forward to this edition with great enthusiasm and hope to pave a path for a patient–centric healthcare ecosystem.”

Another unique addition to FICCI HEAL 2017 is the exclusive session on MiTalks “Health and Humanity”. A curated session that will feature the best creative minds and past TED fellows and speakers who through their fascinating ideas on health and technology will inspire the FICCI HEAL attendees.

To enhance the patient focus, FICCI has also collaborated with KANTAR IMRB for a nationwide survey of 5000 healthcare consumers to evaluate their experiences and expectations from their healthcare providers. A knowledge paper capturing the findings of this survey will be released in FICCI HEAL 2017.

Ms Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI said “India is already witnessing the emergence of an informed, engaged and empowered healthcare consumer. Today, the industry is faced with greater challenges than we have seen in years. Through the exclusive new formats at the 11th edition of FICCI HEAL, the conference promises to catalyse the Indian healthcare ecosystem in becoming more patient-centric.”

FICCI will also host the 9th edition of its annual Healthcare Excellence Awards supported by Quality Council of India to celebrate the excellence in healthcare delivery and innovation, on the evening of August 17, 2017.

Harit Jal Vaayu : Addressing Advancements in Green Engineering

Mumbai, August 4, 2017: The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) is an association of 12000 members of HVAC&R engineers across India with presence in 41 cities. It also has 10,000 student members. The main goal of ISHRAE is disseminating the knowledge of HVAC & R through trainings and courses.

The Mumbai Chapter of ISHRAE in association with Mumbai chapter of Indian Plumbing Association and Mumbai chapter of IGBC organized a stimulating seminar on Advancements in Green Engineering on August 4, 2017 at The Leela, Andheri (East), Mumbai, which brought together nationally renowned industry players, consultants and industry experts on a single platform from the Indian Construction and Infrastructure Industries.

Key dignitaries present for the inaugural were Mr. V.Suresh, President, Good Governance India Foundation, and Chairman, IGBC Policy and Advocacy, Mr. Ajaj Kazi, President ISHRAE Mumbai Chapter, HH Mr. Gauranga Das, Life Coach, & Mentor – ISKCON, Mr. Vishal Kapur, National President, ISHRAE, Mr. Ashish Rakheja, Regional Managing Director, AEON Consultants & Presidential member ISHRAE, Mr. Jagdeep Singh, Managing Director, Rosemex Ecotech Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, Mr. Deepak Gadhia, Social Entrepreneur, Gadhia Solar Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd., , Mr. Gurmit Singh, National President, IPA, Co – Chairman, IGBC Mumbai Chapter & Executive Board Member, IGBC, Mr. Sharat Rao, Chairman, Indian Plumbing Association among other industry players.



Harit Jal Vaayu brought together over 350 delegates and business experts from the Construction, Infrastructure, Cement, Architecture, Realty and Electronic industries to congregate, interact, network, discuss the latest innovations, source business solutions and gather invaluable expert support, under one roof.

The conference also provided a platform for addressing contemporary topics like Breaking new Barriers in Green Engineering, Net Zero Building – giving back to the environment with Carbon-neutral structures, Smart and efficient buildings powered by Hybrid Geothermal Technologies and Sustainable Community living in a ‘Green Ashram’.

Mr. Vishal Kapur, National President, ISHRAE said, “30% (400 million) of the Indian population lives in urban areas and this figure is increasing every year and could well touch 50% ( 900 million ) by 2050. Thus, the requirement for building stock will increase multiple times and we need to ensure that the growth is responsible and sustainable. Affordable & efficient thermal comfort, water conservation and green buildings are the way forward. A conference like Harit- Jal – Vayu is a good platform to build awareness and bring forward the solutions and technologies of the future. We are expecting an exceptional turnout of participants and eminent speakers handpicked from various industries to address new developments in the infrastructure industry.”

Gurmit Singh, National President, IPA and Co-Chairman and Board Member CII – IGBC said, “We at IPA and IGBC are delighted to be part of the Harit Jal Vaayu seminar. Convergence of building services is very important for the proper functioning of a building.”

Sharat Rao , Chairman IPA Mumbai Chapter said, “Indian Plumbing Association ( IPA) is honored to be a part of this wonderful event “Harit, Jal,Vayu. We collectively believe that plumbing has an immense role to play in shaping the Environment awareness especially on the conservation front.”

Ajaj Kazi, President – ISHRAE Mumbai Chapter said, “ISHRAE is honored and delighted to be part of the Great Initiative of “Hari Jal Vayu” Seminar. This is a great gathering of building systems and services for smooth operation and sustainability of buildings.”
This seminar also included a talk on a never-before spoken topic: how Spirituality and Sustainability go hand in hand, by HH Gauranga Das, Life Coach and Mentor – ISCKON.

LibreOffice 5.3.5 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.5, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at enterprises and individual users in production environments.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organisations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.3.5 includes a number of bug fixes along with improvements to the help content. Technical details about the release can be found in the change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.5/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.3.5/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.3.5 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://www.libreoffice.org/donate/. Donations help TDF to maintain its infrastructure, share knowledge, and organise events such as the LibreOffice Conference, with the next one taking place in October in Rome (http://conference.libreoffice.org).

Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) provide either value-added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice 5.4 released with new features for Writer, Calc and Impress

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility.

Shorter, sweeter documents make interoperability easier

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, LibreOffice developers have focused on file simplicity as the ultimate document interoperability sophistication. This makes ODF and OOXML files written by the free office suite more robust and easier to exchange with other users than the same documents generated by other office suites.

Thanks to the efforts of developers, the XML description of a new document written by LibreOffice is 50% smaller in the case of ODF (ODT), and around 90% smaller in the case of OOXML (DOCX), in comparison with the same document generated by the leading proprietary office suite. Additional details in the file simplicity backgrounder: https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/5Oe8guDN0XSS7h8.

LibreOffice 5.4 highlights

A new standard colour palette has been included, based on the RYB colour model.
File format compatibility has been improved, with better support for EMF vector images. This helps when you’re importing detailed diagrams from other office software.
Imported PDF files are rendered with much better quality, also when inserted into a document, while exported PDF files – from Writer and Impress – support embedded videos (and linked videos if opened with Acrobat Reader).
LibreOffice 5.4 supports OpenPGP keys for signing ODF documents on Linux. If you already use GPG/PGP for signing emails, it ensures the authenticity of your ODF documents regardless of the mode of transport or storage.

WRITER

In Writer, you can now import AutoText from Microsoft Word DOTM templates.
When you’re exporting or pasting numbered and bulleted lists as plain text, their full structure is preserved.
In the Format menu, you can now create custom watermarks for your documents.
New context menu items have been added for working with sections, footnotes, endnotes and styles.

CALC

Calc now includes support for pivot charts, which use data from pivot tables. When the table is updated, the chart is automatically updated as well.
Comments are now easier to manage, with menu commands to show, hide and delete all comments.
When applying conditional formatting to cells, you can now easily change the priority of rules with up and down buttons.
Extra sheet protection options have been added, to optionally allow insertion or deletion of rows and columns.
Lastly, when you’re exporting in CSV format, your settings are remembered for the next export operation.

IMPRESS

In Impress, when you’re duplicating an object, you can now specify fractional angles. In addition, your settings are saved for the next duplication operation.

ONLINE

Finally, LibreOffice Online has been improved as well. Performance is better, while the layout adapts responsively to mobile devices. In addition, a read-only mode has been added.
A list of the most significant new features is presented in a short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBNWOWJul4w). A page with a description of new features – and links to relevant resources – is available on the wiki at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.4.

LibreOffice 5.4 has also been improved “under the hood,” thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers. This translates into an open source office suite which is easier to develop, maintain and debug. Although this is not visible to users, it is extremely important for enterprise deployments.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service and should be installed and configured by adding a cloud storage and an SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud of ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations. Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/. Background document providing the positioning of LibreOffice Online: https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/uSdCYL2TgPa3yUI.

Enterprise deployments

LibreOffice 5.4 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.3 family – to be updated very soon with the announcement of the 5.3.5 release – which should always be supported by certified professionals (http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is deployed by large organizations in every continent. A list of the most significant migrations announced in the media is available on TDF wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/LibreOffice_Migrations.

Availability of LibreOffice 5.4

LibreOffice 5.4 is immediately available from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://www.libreoffice.org/donate.

LibreOffice 5.4 is built with document conversion libraries from the Document Liberation Project: http://www.documentliberation.org.

Infosys Wins Three Catalyst Awards at TM Forum Live

Awards for innovative prototype products & services for communication service providers

Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services, today announced it participated in six of the 32 Catalysts at TM Forum Live – winning three of the seven Catalyst Awards at the annual flagship communications industry event, held in Nice, France. The Awards recognized Infosys’ open innovation to co-create commercially viable prototypes of new digital services and business models.

The three winning Catalysts:

A platform for IoT and Anything as a Service: This Catalyst focused on how operators can attract ecosystem partners to co-create new digital services beyond connectivity through the platform business model. Infosys worked with Vodafone and was recognized for its outstanding performance. The focus was on delivering agility, experience and efficiency to communication service providers and exposing TM Forum Open APIs to third party developers to create new revenue streams enabled by network slicing, edge computing and a service marketplace.

“This Catalyst has brought several leading industry players together to show how platform business models together with orchestration and closed-loop assurance can deliver innovative new services and new revenue streams to our industry,” said Dr. Lester Thomas, Chief Systems Architect, Vodafone Group. “Infosys played an invaluable role in the overall architecture, and in particular, defining the Open APIs and contributing enhancements to the Open API programme.”

Joint Agile Delivery – Phase II: In this Catalyst, Infosys was recognized for ‘Outstanding Use’ of TM Forum Assets and worked with AT&T, Orange, Telecom Italia. This Catalyst has been recognized for continuing efforts towards contributing APIs and processes to TM Forum and has a vision for a ‘standardized and platform-based’ approach to developing and delivering world-class software that capitalizes on cross-organizational synergies to dramatically improve time to market, quality and cost.

“Seamless Joint Agile Delivery across complex partner ecosystem is going to be key for rapid service innovation, delivery and operations. Infosys, along with other major industry partners, collaborated on this catalyst to provide a standardized and platform based approach for service validation and service assurance for Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and associated Network Services from different suppliers,” said Michel Valette, Tests and Diagnostics Domain Manager, Orange & Stream Leader, Operations Centre of the Future, TM Forum. “Infosys leveraged their rich capabilities on machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide closed loop adaptive service assurance for dynamic network services coming from different partners.”

Logical Factory: Virtualizing Manufacturing for Agility: This Catalyst, developed with BT, Telecom Italia and TWI, built on a prior award-winning Catalyst – the Smart Industrial Manufacturing: Robots as a Service, which demonstrated the use of TMF’s Open-APIs in the Industrial Internet-of-Things domain to order and configure Robots-as-a-Service. In this enhanced version, the scope was expanded to the entire manufacturing and maintenance process lifecycle. TM Forum recognized this Catalyst project in the category for ‘Outstanding Ecosystem Design’ using CurateFx – TM Forum’s digital ecosystem design and management SaaS solution.

“We thank Infosys for being a key participant in our recent ‘Logical Factory – Virtualizing Manufacturing for Agility’ catalyst project which was demonstrated at the TM Forum Live! 2017. Infosys’ contribution in this project enabled us to evolve in our approach to utilize innovative thinking around Industry 4.0, IoT, and connectivity to overcome current challenges in various manufacturing industries. Infosys’ commendable effort and focus in developing the concept played a key part in the team winning the ‘Outstanding Ecosystem Design Using CurateFx’,” said Darren Williams, Welding Systems Lead, TWI.
TMF Catalysts are quick, member-driven, proof-of-concept projects which leverage TM Forum’s best practices and standards, connect service providers, technology suppliers, and global enterprises to create innovative solutions that address industry challenges. More than 100 member companies participated in the 2017 Catalyst projects which spanned across Open APIs, SDN & NFV, digital health, data monetization, customer experience management, smart cities, the Internet of Everything among others.

Nik Willets, Chief Executive Officer, TM Forum said, “Infosys has made significant investments to enhance its knowledge base in new and emerging technologies. Winning three awards for Catalyst projects proves that Infosys is a knowledge partner capable of defining next-generation products and services for communication service providers. The company is also an early adopter of TM Forum’s Open API initiative.”

Mr. Rajesh Krishnamurthy, President and Head of Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications and Services, Infosys said, “We are focusing on developing new technologies and opening new revenue streams for CSPs. We embarked on this journey by being the first systems integrator to sign up for TM Forum’s Open API initiative. Our technology focus and collaboration with like-minded partners is accelerating innovation and delivering results. The three awards for catalyst projects at TM Forum Live! demonstrate our commitment to delivering innovative products and services to our clients.”

NTT Communications Expands Presence in India to Meet Growing Digital Demand

Company launches international data network services and plans to invest more than 160 million USD for data center expansion in India.

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group (TYO: 9432), today announced the launch of international data network services in India through its affiliate NTT Communications India Network Services (NTTCINS). The acquisition of this licence in India follows the initiation of construction of the Company’s two new data centers in Mumbai and Bangalore, through Netmagic, a subsidiary of NTT Com and one of the leading managed hosting and cloud service providers in India.


This reinforces the Company’s commitment to enable customers with high-quality infrastructure services as well as the management and security services to meet their Information and Communications Technology (ICT) outsourcing needs.

NTT Com acquired Virtual Network Operator – International Long Distance (VNO-ILD) network licence in March this year. NTT Com has been providing Arcstar Universal One services as its international network services, by partnering with local carriers. The Company implements its own value-added services such as Network Virtualization Functions (NVF), while utilizing the infrastructure of its partner carriers in India.

NTT Com is the first Japanese ICT provider of VNO-ILD network licence in India.

On top of this move, NTT Com has decided to invest more than 160 million USD on the two data centers, which will become operational by April 2018. These data centers will add nearly 500,000 square feet of gross floor space at full build. This brings NTT Com’s total gross footprint to 1,100,000 square feet in India.

“India has been a key strategic market for us with the accelerating shift of IT services from traditional enterprise data centres into the cloud-based services,”said NTT Com President and CEO Tetsuya Shoji. “For the past few years, our business in India has consistently grown over 35 percent annually. With further expansion of data center foot print and addition of international data network services to our service portfolio, we aim to meet the growing market needs for Mobility, e-Commerce, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud and Big Data.”

“There is a continuous demand for a resilient and scalable IT Infrastructure backbone in this digital era. And, our Company has a rich history of evolving itself ahead of the curve to meet the dynamic requirements of our clients’ businesses,” said Sharad Sanghi MD & CEO of Netmagic (An NTT Communications Company). “Our strategy is to accommodate this demand and ensure that our network service offering and data centres enable our ICT clients with rich IT infrastructure for maximum connectivity and enhanced productivity. With this two new data centers, Netmagic becomes one of the largest data center service providers in India.”

Built to the exacting global design standards of NTT Com, the new data centers in Mumbai and Bangalore will be accommodating 2,750 racks / 22MW power and 1,500 racks / 15 MW power respectively. With NTT Com’s high-speed, high-volume Internet backbone and network services, customers can accelerate their business development to meet the increasing demand of Cloud services.
Netmagic provides Colocation service with a global network of data centers operated by NTT Com under the Nexcenter™ brand, as well as Managed Hosting, Cloud, Network, Managed Security, Disaster Recovery and Software-Defined Storage services to more than 2,000 customers globally, across banking and financial services, insurance, e-commerce, healthcare, manufacturing, media & entertainment, IT & ITeS, logistics, hospitality, and education. The Company was the first in India to launch services – Cloud Computing, Managed Security, Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) and Software-Defined Storage.