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Virtusa Named a Leader in Pega Services by Everest Group

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ GS: VRTU), a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT services and solutions that help clients change and disrupt markets through innovation engineering, announced that it has been named a Leader by Everest Group in the Everest Group Pega Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2021.

The PEAK Matrix provides an objective, data-driven assessment of service and technology providers based on their overall capability and market impact across different global services markets. For the 2021 assessment, Virtusa’s position was evaluated on two fronts. These include:

  • Market impact including market adoption, portfolio mix, and value delivered.
  • Vision and capability including vision and strategy, scope of services offered, innovation and investments, and delivery footprint.

Over the past 18 years, Pega and Virtusa have successfully developed and implemented Pega solutions for the financial services, insurance, healthcare, life sciences, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries.

At the center of this success has been Virtusa’s Triple R solution (Recon, Refactor, and Replatform), which is the framework that enables clients to reimagine customer experiences through intelligent automation. Through this offering, organizations can identify features and functions available in newer versions of Pega software, which they can then add to their existing systems and experience the benefits right away. Virtusa’s Conduit technology rationalizes the application migration process using a central application with off-the-shelf translation maps for several source legacy platforms. The technology then translates source system metadata into functioning Pega application blueprints.

Large organizations with investments in Pega technology rely on Virtusa to re-engineer existing Pega applications to fit into a broader, cloud-first micro-services architecture that lowers costs, increases efficiency, and improves service. Virtusa and Pega solutions support organizations across industries to achieve transformational change at scale and speed. Industries include:

  • Financial Services: Re-establishes customer intimacy and recalibrates service offerings for a digital-first world.
  • Insurance: Ensures regulatory compliance and operational digitization to exceed client expectations.
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences: Develops responsive, personalized systems for improved patient, provider, and payer journeys.
  • Telecommunications: Provides optimized customer experiences and detailed customer understanding to deliver superior cross channel experiences.
  • Logistics: Improves decision making by providing real-time insights into order statuses to enrich supply chain visibility.

“Virtusa’s Pega and industry-focused consultants, designers, and engineers have executed some of the largest Pega implementations in the world,” said John Gillis, executive vice president and co-founder, Virtusa. “Being positioned as a Leader in this evaluation by Everest Group demonstrates our strong engineering and industry expertise in building modern systems that speed up innovation and remove digital transformation impediments resulting from legacy systems.”

Read the complimentary copy of the full Everest Group Pega Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2021 at virtusa.com/lp/pega-peak-matrix-everest-2021

About Virtusa

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ GS: VRTU) is a global provider of digital business strategy, digital engineering, and information technology (IT) services and solutions that help clients change, disrupt, and unlock new value through innovation engineering. Virtusa serves Global 2000 companies in the Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Communications, Media, Entertainment, Travel, Manufacturing, and Technology industries.

Virtusa helps clients grow their business with innovative products and services that create operational efficiency using digital labor, future-proof operational and IT platforms, and rationalization and modernization of IT applications infrastructure. This is achieved through a unique approach blending deep contextual expertise, empowered agile teams, and measurably better engineering to create holistic solutions that drive business forward at unparalleled velocity enabled by a culture of cooperative disruption.

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Brisk sale at Osman Goat Farm following meat cartel scandal

— Following the expose on the meat cartel scandal involving the importation of meat with dubious halal status in early December, local livestock farmers and sellers of local meat have been doing brisk business.

One of the companies experiencing brisk sales as a result of the expose, is Osman Goat Farm in Kangkar, Tebrau here, which has been in the market for the past 31 years.

According to its managing director, Osman Cheya Kutty, after news report on the meat scandal emerged last month, the company’s sale of fresh mutton and lamb increased significantly adding that from three goats a day, he now requires nine, to meet the surge in demand for fresh goat meat.

He believes the increase in demand was due to people’s awareness and concern in ensuring that the meat they eat is lawful or halal, as many had demanded to see the halal certification for the products before making their purchase.

“Even though fresh local mutton is more expensive and is sold at about RM60 per kilogramme (kg) compared to imported frozen meat at RM25 per kg, people are willing to pay for it,” he told reporters when met at his business premises here today.

Osman added that there is no problem in meeting the increasing demand for fresh mutton in Johor as the company currently owns about 3,000 goats.

“At our farms in Seelong, Kulai and here (Kangkar Tebrau), we have two local goat breeds namely Jamna Pari and Boer Goat as well as four Australian sheep breeds namely Damara, Merino, Vanroy and Awassi.

The media previously reported on the activities of a cartel involved in smuggling frozen meat from several countries before repackaging the meat using the halal logo in a warehouse in Senai, Johor.

Meanwhile Osman said the company suffered RM60,000 in losses when several products, furniture and electrical appliances were destroyed in the floods which hit Johor Bahru recently.

He said the business premises was inundated with 1.2 metres of water while his workers were preparing to supply food to 600 flood victims in the Kangkar Tebrau area, on Jan 2 at about 11 am.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Body believed to be Md Rajihan found 15 metres from sunken car

The body of a man believed to be Md Rajihan Junaidi, who was swept away by floodwaters with his car at Batu 18, Jalan Kluang-Mersing, Kluang, since Saturday, was found around 15 metres from the location of his sunken vehicle this afternoon.

Kluang Fire and Rescue Station chief Akob Sidek said the body was found at 5.15 pm when rescue personnel searched the area before the body brought to the surface and taken to the boat to be handed over to the police.

He said with the discovery of the 28-year-old victim’s body, the search and rescue operation was ended at 6 pm.

The victim’s body was taken to the Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital in Kluang for a post-mortem, he added.

The discovery of Md Rajihan Junaidi’s body today brings the total of deaths linked to the recent floods in Johor to three.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Despite reminders, some flood victims still refuse to evacuate

Despite calls by the authorities for flood victims to obey orders, some still refused to budge when it was time to evacuate.

This was witnessed by a middle-aged couple stranded on the upper floors of a shophouse in the Kota Tinggi town here today when they were rescued by the Civil Defence Force team.

Sarina Sulaiman, 45, said she and her husband were trapped in their shophouse when floodwaters began to rise yesterday after heavy rains since Jan 1, reaching two metres deep now.

She said there was a family consisting of three adults and a child in the shophouse next to theirs who refused to be evacuated from the building when rescue arrived.

“When the rescue team arrived that family said they did not want to be rescued because they refused to leave their home and would just wait for the water to recede in the coming days,” she told Bernama when met here today.

She said this family’s unit still had electricity and clean water supply, and this could have made them reluctant to move.

Sharing her ordeal during the flood, Sarina said her house in Taman Kuso here was already flooded on Friday, prompting them to move all their belongings to their shophouse in town but they decided to stay put at home as the water was just below the knee.

“During the night it rained non-stop, so my husband took precautions by moving the car to higher ground. As soon as dawn came we realised that we were trapped here because the flood had reached chest level,” she said.

She, however, was thankful that there was still running water from the pipes and electricity in the shophouse as floodwaters had not reached the fuse box, which enabled the couple to cook and call for help.

Meanwhile, Kota Tinggi district police chief Supt Hussin Zamora said members of the public wanting to use the services of private boats to enter the downtown area to remove goods from their premises are required to obtain police permission.

He said this is to avoid untoward incidents as the town centre is now identified as a high-risk area and also to safeguard the property in the area.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Family spends 10 hours on roof beam as floods sweep across Pahang

— After spending 10 hours on the roof beam of her house, student Nur Aleeya Maisarah Mansor considers herself lucky to have survived the floods that inundated her home yesterday.

Relating her experience, she said she had not expected to face such a situation although her house had been flooded previously.

“Usually, although the area is prone to floods, the water would not rise to the front of the house, only to the road beside the house. We did not expect such a big flood to happen. For the first time ever, the water nearly reached the roof,” she said when contacted by Bernama today.

According to her, the floodwaters had risen so fast that her house in Kampung Ajai, Dong, Raub, which was under renovation, began to be flooded at noon.

“By 2 pm, the water level had exceeded the hip, and we decided to climb onto the scaffolding used for the renovation…we climbed up using the ladder.

“The situation worsened by 5 pm, as the water had engulfed the staging, so we had to climb higher to the roof beam of the house.

“We did not have anything to eat since the morning, only some candy I had in my bag,” said the single child.

Due to swift currents, Nur Aleeya Maisarah said she, her father Mansor Omar, 50, and mother Ayusyeila Zulaikha Subari, 44, were only evacuated by rescue personnel at 2.56 am before being placed at the evacuation centre at Dewan Serbaguna Kampung Pia.

“The security team tried repeatedly to save us but due to the heavy currents they were afraid the boat would overturn. But I am grateful that they finally managed to save us and I would like to thank everyone who sought help for us,” she said.

Although they were saved, the family lost nearly all their possessions, including their car, clothes and electric appliances.

“We couldn’t save anything, not books or even clothes…I hope the situation will improve soon,” she added.

Raub district recorded 1,616 evacuees from 459 families at 46 relief centres as of 4 pm today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Social media helps rescue stranded, isolated flood victims

The power of social media has helped rescue flood victims trapped in their homes and isolated from neighbours.

A resident of Kampung Ajai, Dong in Raub, about 161 kilometres from here, Mansor Omar, 50, said he was informed that a picture of his wife and daughter sitting on a roof beam on Facebook made it possible for them to be found by the Fire and Rescue Department.

He took the picture and sent to relatives to inform that the water in the house at that time had almost reached the roof and to show that they were waiting for the rescue boat since the house started flooding noon yesterday.

“I did not expect the picture to go viral on Facebook with the caption that we were still waiting for help. In my heart I was worried that no one would come because my house was quite far and from outside, no one would know we were inside due to very dark conditions.

“Around 3 am, I heard the sound of a boat approaching the door of the house and immediately shouted and turned on the smartphone lights to tell where we were. I just could not describe how grateful we were,” he said when contacted here today.

Mansor who is self-employed said they were trapped due to the rising water, while based on past experience, the floods had never entered the house since he had lived there for 19 years.

The power of social media also made it possible for him to be contacted by the authorities who informed them that they were waiting for a bigger boat because attempts to get to his house using a small boat were unsuccessful due to strong currents.

“My heart was pounding the whole time, worried about the safety of family members because in such a situation the presence of poisonous animals was not visible. The fear I had made me lose appetite,” he said.

Another flood victim, Nor Azah Muhammad @ Aziz, 48, from Kampung Sungai La, Raub said her plea for evacuation assistance was shared on social media by her stepson in Kuantan, after noticing the situation was getting dangerous and they were already waiting for help too long.

Nor Azah said at that time, she was stranded with her husband and three children and although they had initially planned to leave when floodwaters started entering the house in the afternoon, that changed when she saw that the current was too strong and the water had risen quickly.

“The water in the house started to recede around 2 am, but we did not dare to take the risk because it was dark outside and we could not gauge the water level. Finally, at 5 am, we heard someone holler for us,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Number of flood victims rises in Pahang, Perak, Selangor, Terengganu, drops in Johor

The number of people affected by floods in Pahang, Perak, Selangor and Terengganu continued to rise as of this evening, even as Johor’s number decreased slightly. Meanwhile, there was very little change in the flood situation in Kelantan.

In Pahang, the number of evacuees rose to 13,626 people at 200 relief centres in nine districts, with Maran recording the highest at 3,926.

This was followed by Kuantan district with 3,314 evacuees; Raub (1,688); Jerantut (1,458); Lipis (1,122); Temerloh (900); Rompin (772); Bentong (253) and Pekan (193).

Meanwhile, ANIH Berhad announced in a statement that as of 5 pm, the stretch of road from KM84.6-KM84.7 Lanchang of the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1) was still closed to all vehicles after being submerged in one metre of waters.

In Perak, the number of flood evacuees exceeded 1,000 people compared to 894 people at noon today. All evacuees are currently housed at 14 relief centres in four districts, Muallim, Hilir Perak, Kampar and Kuala Kangsar.

The same situation was recorded in Selangor, with two centres in Bestari Jaya and Hulu Bernam opening as the total number of evacuees increased to 174 people, said Selangor disaster management unit operations officer Muhammad Izzat Haziq Mohd Nazir.

In Terengganu, the number of evacuees rose to 1,044 as the victims in Kemaman increased to 844 people with the opening of another three relief centres. This brings the total number of relief centres in operation to seven in the district. In Dungun, 200 people remain at three relief centres.

State disaster management committee secretariat chief Lt Col (PA) Che Adam A Rahman said three new centres have begun operations in Kemaman, namely Surau Haji Othman, Masjid Tebak Batu 16 and Dewan Orang Ramai Felda Seberang Tayor.

The number of flood victims in Johor, meanwhile, dropped to 6,244 people, compared to 6,991 people at noon today following the closure of 10 relief centres in flood-affected districts.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said Kota Tinggi district now had the most number of evacuees with 2,661 people, followed by Kluang with 2,123 people and Kulai with 585 people.

He said several roads were still closed including Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing (Kubu), Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing (Batu 16), Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing (Risda), Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kluang (Mara arcade), Jalan Lok Heng/Mawai/Sungai Mas (Jambatan Sungai Semalok), Jalan Tai Hong, Jalan Tai Hong (kampung house), Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, Jalan Semanggar (bridge), Jalan Mawai Lama and Jalan Sungai Telor.

In Kelantan, there was no change in the number of evacuees in Gua Musang, with 322 people housed in three relief centres.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency