Applied Technology Research Center cuts the cost of corporate computer system upgrades by 50% or more through feasibility and ROI analysis, system upgrades, and support of Linux and other open source software.
Our open source business consultants help determine business software requirements, analyze cost savings, and prepare migration plans for mid-size businesses and government agencies. An initial feasibility assessment is followed by an in-depth analysis of your company's most appropriate open source options. An ROI report is prepared for each recommended option.
Our open source technology engineers install, configure, and optimize your upgraded systems. Desktops are customized to the needs of your business, with greater flexibility than ever before. Your IT staff is mentored on the upgrades as work progresses. Also, a customer care specialist ensures a smooth transition by assisting users with their upgraded systems.
Our engineers can help maintain your upgrades through either an ongoing support arrangement or on an as-needed basis. We offer flexible support options for any business scenario.
We strive to provide our clients the very best technical expertise and business computing solutions to give them the greatest competitive advantage at very reasonable costs.
Introduction to ATRC the company.
ATRC is a diverse information technology professional research and support company founded on the vision of providing its clients with a competitive edge.
This is accomplished by delivering cost effective IT solutions, based on Open Systems and Open Source technology, which are tailored to their strategic business considerations. Our aim is to develop strong, ongoing relationships with our clients and long-term partnerships, based on mutual growth and respect with industry vendors.
Our focus is in the areas of large scale Linux systems administration and network management, productivity solutions based on web and client/server technology and platform integration via TCP/IP.
Our people have been involved in the open systems, Internet and Linux/Open Source market segments for much of their duration. They eat drink think sleep and even dream open-source. They have diverse experience in the administration, development, integration and support of a wide variety of vendors' platforms. As part of our commitment to furthering the role of open systems, we are vendor neutral, and thus in the ideal position to evaluate the various technical and business advantages/disadvantages for your organization in following a particular IT path.
ATRC offers your organization a dedicated team of experienced network and system administrators, software engineers, project architects, developers, support and user services personnel committed to meeting delivery deadlines, budget allocations and other business IT objectives.
Our services fall into the following categories:
Consulting and Professional Services
Remote and On site *nix (all types of Unix) support.
Linux system administration and tuning
Linux to Legacy or Non Unix platform integration
Network planning, topology and system security design
TCP/IP administration and application development
Configuration of routers, terminal servers, and host integration
Internet security expertise and firewalls
Opensource ERP Deployment for SMEs
Rapid Application Development in Shell scripting.
Rapid development of web-based applications using technology like PHP, Perl, AJAX, Python
Client/server architectures and applications
Instructor based training in Linux and other Open Source technologies
We can provide your organization with either a select team of people for project driven or outsourcing work, or individual consultants for short and long term assignments at competitive rates. Our broad range of services enables us to take on projects starting from the creation of functional specifications, through design, implementation and testing, to manual and help file production, user training and support.
How will we help you ?
ATRC will help you achieve your business objectives on time and within budget by delivering IT solutions based on the following vital cornerstones:
Partnerships - The key to strong strategic relationships
We have a proved track record in providing a high level of technical expertise to our industry partners, all government, corporate clients and vendors. Our founding principle is to build strategic long term business relationships based on mutual trust, proved results and appreciation of each other's needs. Everyone wins when business and technical issues are resolved effectively and rapidly. This fosters a cooperative and productive atmosphere to help achieve the ultimate goal - getting the job done to specification, cost effectively and on time with maximum confidence.
Involvement - Understanding how your organization works
To be a successful business partner, it is our obligation to acquire a thorough understanding of how your organization operates. Through careful analysis of the business requirements and constraints, work practices, platform investments and growth plan in your organization, ATRC will provide you the most appropriate IT solution.
Flexibility - Fit the IT solution to the changing business requirements
We understand that organizations are dynamic, and that your IT solution must move easily with business changes. By leveraging our technical expertise in the areas of Open Systems technology, client/server architectures and Data Network management, we help you increase your organization's flexibility in human resource allocations for project driven work, tenders and outsourcing bids. Furthermore, we can enhance your options of platform vendors, system performance, scalability and interoperability and service to your users as your business and IT requirements evolve.
Standards - Adherence to proved known quantities
ATRC guarantees quality deliverables by employing established industry standards, methodologies and technology. We utilize software engineering, and use industry standard technology, such as the TCP/IP communications protocol as the basis for our solutions.
Integration - Cost effective and efficient utilization of resources and information
By integrating computing resources such as Linux servers, to industry de-facto web-standards, we will assist you in extracting the most from your IT investment. Through the use of web-based technology we can further enhance the responsiveness and effectiveness of corporate decision making, improve user productivity, simplify work practices and remove costs associated with former bottlenecks. An investment in IT integration gives your organization a gain in system performance and throughput, as well as a more useful and efficient computing service for your dollar. We can also provide a web based front end to your legacy FoxPro, xBase, or COBOL programs without having to rewrite them in a new language.
Our company is committed to the continual improvement in the quality of products and services produced, to meet client expectations. We recognize that quality is the whole development team's responsibility. Properly implemented, our attention to quality is not in conflict with our client's requirements of low cost and timely delivery.
Benefits to Your Company or Organization.
We believe that by establishing an ongoing partnership with ATRC, your organization may further benefit through:
Optimization of enterprise wide resources via ERP deployments.
Flexibility in human resources deployment
Proved track record of delivery
Leverage our skills and expertise to assist you in delivering solutions to your clients
Proactive 24 hour network management and data network support through our Internet connection.
Adaptation of our data network management tool set and techniques for your network
Our in depth knowledge of emerging industry trends and standards
A high degree of immediate technical competency being made available to your organization, enhancing your existing infrastructure and expertise.
Acquiring long term partner that is keen to assist in realizing your business IT goals and needs
Feasibility and ROI Assessments to Enable Business IT Decisions
ATRC provides detailed technical and budgetary impact analysis for clients to investigate upgrading servers and desktop systems to Linux and other open source options. Implementation recommendations are based on an analysis of the existing computing environment to determine the best use for open source alternatives. Technical recommendations are accompanied by a report on the financial return on the recommended implementation investment.
Our analysis typically address the following:
Determine exactly where and how open source alternatives can be seamlessly deployed into the existing infrastructure.
Research alternatives to existing applications, including data and application conversion.
Determine the budgetary impact of the recommended implementation.
Deliver a report of technical recommendations, along with a detailed analysis of the return on investment.
A team of open source analysts complete an on site evaluation. Issues they address include:
An analysis of classifications of desktops based on user and department requirements.
Conducting brief interviews where necessary to determine application requirements.
A review of internal software inventories to identify necessary Windows-specific applications that will preclude an open source upgrade for some systems.
Identification of the desktop systems that are well suited to open source options.
Testing of enterprise applications/protocols to ensure compatibility.
Testing of web-based applications to ensure compatibility.
Additional necessary testing as determined in the initial discovery phase.
The report of technical findings typically includes:
Recommendations for seamless integration of open source alternatives into the existing environment.
Details on alternative applications to current Windows-specific applications.
Details on necessary data and application conversion.
An ROI analysis accompanies the recommendations, with the primary goal of describing the short term cost benefits of an open source migration. The financial report typically includes:
Immediate factors such as cost of implementation and software license savings will be calculated to describe the return realized within the actual implementation time frame.
Additional longer term cost benefits such as reliability and ease of maintenance will also be described with estimated ranges for reference.
3+ years of Opensource ERP experience.
26+ years of Information Technology and Communications experience.
12+ years of Linux experience.
First company to offer round the clock support in Pakistan.
The only company offering support in all cities in Pakistan.
The greatest experience in Linux based Internet Technologies.
The most experience in Linux based Server hardwares.
The most experience in Linux hardware compatibility and driver finding.
The fastest correct response to free questions.
The fastest correct response to paid questions.
Production of custom designed server and network management softwares for each client.
With ATRC, your company can rely on our team of experts to provide a solution to any problem that might occur, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
ATRC delivers your technical team constant interaction with the ATRC network and guarantees your company business continuity. Our support product range is highly scalable to match your specific requirements and allows you to have Open Source applications deployed in no-time and without concerns.
The high costs associated with traditional, proprietary-source software licenses have forced many government organizations to evaluate the potential savings associated with Open Source technologies. Consequently, many government organizations have made it a top priority to adopt effective and efficient Open Source applications that are developed in a timely manner, for example months instead of years. However, to make this transition requires a clear understanding and vision of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Chief Information Officers (CIOs) often find with Open Source technology that they are not certain how to measure it, to leverage it, or ultimately how to benefit from it. If your agency requires assistance in defining an Open Source strategy, reviewing existing policies and guidelines, developing a risk mitigation program, or simply creating criteria and measuring the success of an Open Source transition, then ATRC can help.
ATRC can conduct a comprehensive client-specific research to identify Open Source solutions that will enhance your organization’s processes. The completed research will provide CIOs with the information necessary to make sound and accurate decisions regarding any transition to Open Source. Additionally, once those decisions are made, the research provides a road map for successful implementation with minimal risks.
Possible results of the research include :
Executive overviews of the organization’s preparedness for Open Source transition
Open Source conversion viability determination for all existing systems
Detailed pros and cons specific to each converted system
Detailed specifications of existing applicable Open Source applications
Potential impacts on mission-critical systems
Potential security issues related to Open Source
Budget development and cost savings analysis
Specific Plan of Action and Milestones with suggested timelines
Resource validation reports
Consolidation recommendation reports
Long-term scalability requirements
Complex software and hardware roll out strategies
Software licensing measurement and compliance issues
Organization-specific white papers
Case studies applicable to the organization’s needs
Development of management strategies and policies
Any specific documentation requested by the organization
Guarantees Business continuity on a 24 by 7 basis
Application configuration jump starting and guidance
Performance analysis troubleshooting
Total infrastructure audit
Top level security advice
Technical Documentation and Reporting
Flexible support options tailored for your specific needs
On site support visits
Educational Services directly from the experts!
ATRC's courses mean recognized top quality educational services. We start out with Linux basics, aimed at the initial Linux experiences and focused on desktop usage.
With System Administration, we move on to the more advanced parts of the Linux environment with highlights such as performance tuning and troubleshooting. Linux TCP/IP, Apache Web server and SAMBA Windows Integration focus deeply on these top Linux applications. In all of our courses you'll be able to live the Linux experience, with your hands on your own test systems. Our courses are presented distribution independent.
Our company goal is clear: we are here to assist you in your Linux deployment. Our experts can assist you in investigating Linux usage in your environment, providing input for your infrastructure design and deliver the required brainpower where you have a manpower shortage.
From architecture design to implementation phase, we have the expertise you're looking for.
Initial Feasibility Assessments
Many businesses are realizing drastic cost savings with open source upgrades. The first step is to examine what this means to your company.
In a short discovery session, our open source business analysts will help you determine if an open source upgrade can benefit your organization.
Call today to schedule feasibility assessment of how an open source upgrade will benefit your company.
The two primary goals of a typical analysis are to determine exactly where and how open source alternatives can be deployed within the existing environment in a seamless manner, and to report the financial return the implementation investment would generate. A process of on site evaluation combined with cost-benefit analysis provides clients with a formalized report to enable solid IT decisions and justify open source adoption to upper management.
ATRC Resource Profiles
Mr. Anwar Aziz Jakartawala
Mr. Anwar has more than 35 years of experience in the financial sector. He has worked for the World Bank and Habib Bank Limited.
Mr. Khawar Nehal
Mr. Khawar has more than 13 years of IT and Ecommerce work experience. His specializations include Internet Services, Security and Open Source technologies.
Mr. Khawar has a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from FAST ICS NU.
He has certifications in the fields of Project Management, Solaris, Linux, Networking, and Computer Security.
Mrs. Irfana Khawar
Mrs. Irfana has more than 6 years of coordination and management experience related to training and IT support and management of events.
Mr. Fawwad Iftikhar
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Mr. Sheeraz Akhar
Mr. Sheeraz has more than 4 years of Networking Experience. He has a Bachelors in Engineering from SSUET. His expertise is in System Administration, ISP support, and Troubleshooting.
Miss. Zubaida Khatoon
Internet Sales Officer.
Miss. Zubaida Khatoon has more than 8 years of experience in the marketing of Internet services.
Services offered by Applied Technology Research Center (ATRC)
ATRC as a consultancy offers the following services :
Linux and Open Source Support.
This is used primarily by the Information Technology Department for
Ensuring better reliability
Reduce Costs and
Make systems easier to use.
Internet Marketing Services
This is used primarily by the Marketing Department for
Creating usable and standards compliant websites.
Development of back office systems to support the organization's websites and portals.
Education Research Services
This is used primarily by the Institutes and Training Department for
Curriculum development for meeting goals.
Institute development for meeting training needs.
Funding research for educational related projects.
Computers and Communications System Integration
This is used primarily by the IT departments for
Finding equipment which meets their requirements.
Integration of heterogeneous systems.
Business Research Services
This is used primarily by Investors for
Identifying high risk and high return venture capital opportunities in the technology sector.
Analyzing risks in high risk business proposals.
Viability and strategy studies of high risk technology related projects in global emerging markets.
Matching investors preferences with feasible projects.
A partial list of ATRC's valuable clients.
Pakistan International Airlines
Habib Bank Limited
Statebank of Pakistan
Habib Bank AG Zurich
Abn Amro Bank
Government of Pakistan
Central board of Revenue Sales Tax, Income Tax
Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI)
Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST)
Ministry of IT (MoITT)
Higher Education Commission
Pakistan Air force
Securities and Exchange Commission
Stock Brokerage Houses
Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari (KASB)
State Life Insurance Corporation
EFU Insurance Corporation
Systems Integration companies
Computer Hardware Companies
Outsource R Us
Preston Institute of Management, Science and Technology (PIMSAT)
FAST ICS NU
Mehran Institute of Technology
The Education Center (TEC)
Textile Institute of Pakistan
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad
Pyramid Education Islamabad
Institute of Business Management (CBM, IoBM)
Institute of Business Administration Sukkur
Haven IT Institute
Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education
Internet Service Providers
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Compunet Instanet Global Net
Barbed Wire Technologies
Conwill Private Limited (Exporters)
The Education Foundation
Jamal's Yellow Pages
Land Rover Pakistan
Real Estate Agencies
Rotary Club Karachi
Karachi Chamber of Commerce (KCCI)
Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB)
Small and Medium Enterprise Alliance (SAMEA)
Consumer Association of Pakistan (CAP)
Pakistan Indonesia Friendship Society (PIFS)
IEEE Karachi (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
ATRC Security Services
Applied Technology Research Center Security services contain several areas of security.
These include :
Access Control Systems and Methodology
Access controls are a collection of mechanisms that work together to create a security architecture to protect the assets of the information system. ATRC provides services to analyze your access control systems and recommends modifications to make them more effective.
Application Development Security
This domain addresses the important security concepts that apply to application software development. It outlines the environment where software is designed and developed and explains the critical role software plays in providing information system security. Many programmers are not aware of loop holes in their design which can allow users, crackers, viruses, trojans, and other malwares to gain access to the databases and logic which runs the software applications. ATRC trains programmers to be more aware of the secure software design techniques and assists in analyzing the application programs already developed and those needed to be developed so that they can be made more secure.
Operations Security is used to identify the controls over hardware, media, and the operators and administrators with access privileges to any of these resources. Audit and monitoring are the mechanisms, tools, and facilities that permit the identification of security events and subsequent actions to identify the key elements and report the pertinent information to the appropriate individual, group, or process. ATRC uses best practices to gauge the operational security and recommends modifications to the existing techniques.
The physical security domain provides protection techniques for the entire facility, from the outside perimeter to the inside office space, including all of the information system resources. This domain is usually the area where organizations think of security guard companies like Brinks. However in the days of Ecommerce, there are some aspects like physical LAN, wireless, USB Drives, Laptops and identification badges generation and expiry among many other things which need to be considered.
The cryptography domain addresses the principles, means, and methods of disguising information to ensure its integrity, confidentiality and authenticity. ATRC provides its customers with almost all types of encryption available up to the most secure techniques employing random numbers generated from real world events. If used correctly it allows a company to make sure their encryption is not crackable by anyone who does not have the key.
Telecommunications, Network, and Internet Security.
The telecommunications, network, and Internet security domain includes the following areas :
Security measures used to provide availability, integrity, and confidentiality
Authentication for transmissions over private and public communications networks and media.
Business Continuity Planning
The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) development service addresses the preservation and recovery of business operations in the event of outages.
The Law, Investigations, and Ethics domain addresses:
Computer crime laws and regulations
The measures and technologies used to investigate computer crime incidents.
Pakistan does have cyber crime laws which can be used to keep crackers at bay. However the limits of jurisdiction of laws and their enforceability requires that ATRC analyze for the client which techniques and policies to adopt and when to enforce laws. How laws cab be used as a deterrent and when they shall not work as a deterrent.
All of the above services are carried out according the the security requirements of the organization. A risk assessment indicates the areas where a shortfall in security may cause losses to the organization. A security policy is developed or modified which shall address the potential risks.
You need to prevent network threats from impacting your ongoing business.
Businesses that rely on the Internet can no longer afford to depend on reactive security techniques. ATRC provides as simple as possible security solutions that put preemptive protection within the reach of all security-conscious organizations.
ATRC protection techniques include :
Design of end-to-end enterprise security, with solutions for desktops, servers, networks and gateways
Enabling of cost-effective business processes
Support for regulatory compliance for multinationals
Detailed analysis of security risk management requirements
Improved network performance based on monitoring and tuning
To discuss further the competencies described above please feel free to contact ATRC any time.