Saudi Ministry of Justice signs strategic deal with Nexthink

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Updated 19 October 2016

Saudi Ministry of Justice signs strategic deal with Nexthink

DUBAI: The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, today announced that they have signed a strategic deal with Nexthink at GITEX 2016, DWTC to implement its advanced IT analytics solution to improve IT visibility and security.
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, serves the legal needs of the country through its vast network of offices with over 30,000 endpoints (employees) throughout the Kingdom. The Ministry is continually working on ways to ensure the delivery of critical services and has been at the forefront of IT and technology adoption.
It has also been chosen among the first ministries to implement the country’s Vision 2030.
The very nature of the MOJ’s work requires both real-time and highly secure IT operations. Even with existing backend monitoring tools, the Ministry is faced with critical challenges in key areas such as network and bandwidth issues, malware, etc., without a clear visibility on the impact of these problems.
With Nexthink, the MOJ now has advanced IT analytics, enabling it to strengthen security compliance and make better business decisions.
“The Ministry of Justice has a tradition of showcasing new technology, and the IT analytics solution from Nexthink allows us to maintain the highest standards,” said Majed Othman AL Othman, general manager of the IT Department at the Ministry of Justice, KSA.
“We now have real-time visibility from the end-user perspective to monitor our entire IT infrastructure and ensure a secure and stable environment.”
“Nexthink understands the critical and highly sensitive nature of the Ministry of Justice’s work and has thus developed its solution to meet these specific requirements,” said Yousif Hassan, Regional Sales Manager at Nexthink.
“We are proud to support the Ministry in this very important project and work together to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
Nexthink’s solution offers real-time visibility to help future-proof the MoJ’s IT infrastructure and endpoints; ensuring that the Ministry’s environment is both security compliant as well as resilient, to better meet the needs of the population and support future growth.
Nexthink is the innovator of End-user IT Analytics for security, ITSM and transformation. Nexthink helps IT departments connect, communicate and collaborate to achieve their major goals and to optimize endpoint security, operations, support and workplace transformation projects.

Japan’s households tighten purse strings as sales tax and typhoon hit

Updated 06 December 2019

Japan’s households tighten purse strings as sales tax and typhoon hit

  • Falls in factory output, jobs and retail add to fears of worsening slowdown after Tokyo unveils $122bn stimulus package

TOKYO: Japanese households cut their spending for the first time in almost a year in October as a sales tax hike prompted consumers to rein in expenses and natural disasters disrupted business.

Household spending dropped 5.1 percent in October from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday.

It is the first fall in household spending in 11 months and the biggest fall since March 2016 when spending fell by 5.3 percent. It was also weaker than the median forecast for a 3 percent decline.

That marked a sharp reversal from the 9.5 percent jump in September, the fastest growth on record as consumers rushed to buy goods before the Oct. 1 sales tax hike from 8 percent to 10 percent.

“Not only is the sales tax hike hurting consumer spending but impacts from the typhoon also accelerated the decline in the spending,” said Taro Saito, executive research fellow at NLI Research Institute.

“We expect the economy overall and consumer spending will contract in the current quarter and then moderately pick up January-March, but such recovery won't be strong enough.”

Household spending fell by 4.6 percent in April 2014 when Japan last raised the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent. It took more than a year for the sector to return to growth.

Compared with the previous month, household spending fell 11.5 percent in October, the fastest drop since April 2014, a faster decline than the median 9.8 percent forecast.

Analysts said a powerful typhoon in October, which lashed swathes of Japan with heavy rain, also played a factor in the downbeat data. Some shops and restaurants closed during the storm and consumers stayed home.

Separate data also showed the weak state of the economy.

The index of coincident economic indicators, which consists of a range of data including factory output, employment and retail sales data, fell a preliminary 5.6 points to 94.8 in October from the previous month, the lowest reading since February 2013, the Cabinet Office said on Friday.

It was also the fastest pace of decline since March 2011, according to the data.

Real wages adjusted for inflation, meanwhile, edged up for a second straight month in October, but the higher levy and weak global economy raise worries about the prospect for consumer spending and the overall economy.

While the government has sought to offset the hit to consumers through vouchers and tax breaks, there are fears the higher tax could hurt an economy already feeling the pinch from global pressures.

Japan unveiled a $122 billion fiscal package on Thursday to support stalling growth and as policymakers look to sustain activity beyond the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

A recent spate of weak data, such as exports and factory output, have raised worries about the risk of a sharper-than-expected slowdown. The economy grew by an annualized 0.2 percent in the third quarter, the weakest pace in a year.

Analysts expect the economy to shrink in the current quarter due to the sales tax hike.