Commvault Partners with SETS in Lebanon

SETS to offer cutting-edge Commvault data management solutions to clients across Lebanon and wider Middle East region

Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data management, has appointed SETS as an authorized partner in Lebanon. The appointment is in line with Commvault’s strategy to expand its markets and create a solid support infrastructure for its end user customers through partners committed to the Commvault brand.

The appointment enables the distribution of Commvault’s industry leading enterprise backup, recovery, archive and cloud solutions to customers across Lebanon and the Levant region. As a national leader in information technology with more than 25 years of experience in the industry, SETS will be able to provide customers with comprehensive end-to-end professional Commvault services in addition to the company’s latest solutions.

Shady Saba, Regional Director, Levant & Turkey at Commvault, said: “As we continue to deliver customers the industry’s best data protection offerings we are also expanding our partner relationships to bring our solutions to new markets and increase value to partners and customers. We are delighted to be partnering with SETS to introduce our state of the art solutions to customers in Lebanon and the Levant region and I look forward to working closely with SETS to offer customers a complete data management solution from the end-point, to the data center and to the cloud.”

Maher Chahlawi, CEO, at SETS, said: “Becoming a Commvault partner allows us to offer the full Commvault solution to our customers, from design to implementation, delivery and support. Our appointment recognizes our technical skills and knowledge as well as our extensive industry experience in Lebanon and the wider Levant region. It also highlights our capabilities as a trusted consultant and solution provider. We look forward to a lengthy and successful relationship with the Commvault team.”

The best web browser 2017

When did you last try a new browser?


Most of us tend to choose a web browser and stick with it for years. It can be hard to break away from your comfort zone – especially when you’ve become used to its quirks – but trying a different browser can greatly improve your experience on the web.

Whether it’s enhanced security, improved speed, or greater flexibility through customizable options and plugins, the right browser can have a huge effect on your online life. Here we’ve put the biggest browsers through their paces (plus one that you might not be familiar with) to identify the one that does the best job of ticking all those boxes, but if you have a particular concern then read on to see if there’s an alternative that might be better suited to your needs.Divider

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Chrome is a superb browser – fast and adaptable – if you aren’t bothered by letting Google handle all your online activity

1. Google Chrome

If your PC has the resources, Chrome is 2017’s best browser

With Chrome, Google has built an extendable, efficient browser that deserves its place at the top of the browser rankings. According to w3schools’ browser trend analysis its user base is only rising, even as Microsoft Edge’s install numbers are presumably growing. Why? Well, it’s cross-platform, incredibly stable, brilliantly presented to take up the minimum of screen space, and just about the nicest browser there is to use.

Its wide range of easily obtained and installed extensions mean you can really make it your own, and there’s support for parental controls and a huge range of tweaks and settings to ensure maximum efficiency.

But there are downsides, and potentially big ones. It’s among the heaviest browsers in terms of resource use, so it’s not brilliant on machines with limited RAM, and its performance doesn’t quite match up to others in benchmarking terms. And with Google’s tentacles running through it, you might be uncomfortable with the ways in which your browsing data may be used.

Review and where to download: Google Chrome


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Opera is a superb browser with a clean interface and built-in ad-blocker, plus a Turbo mode that makes slow connections more useable

2. Opera

An underrated browser, with a superb Turbo mode for slow connections

It’s sad that Opera makes up only around 1% of the browser market, because it really is a quality browser. It launches fast, the UI is brilliantly clean, and it does everything its rivals can do with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure.

The key reason we’d at least recommend having Opera installed alongside your main browser is its Opera Turbo feature. This compresses your web traffic, routing it through Opera’s servers, which makes a huge difference to browsing speed if you’re stuck on rural dial-up or your broadband connection is having a moment.

It reduces the amount of data transferred too, handy if you’re using a mobile connection, and this re-routing also dodges any content restrictions your ISP might place on your browsing, which can be mighty handy. Opera automatically ducks out of the way if you’re using secure sites like banks so your traffic is free and clear of any potential privacy violation.

There’s also an integrated ad-blocker – which can be switched off if you’re morally inclined in that direction – and a battery-saving mode which promises to keep your laptop going for longer.

Review and where to download: Opera


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Edge works on all your Windows 10 devices, with sandboxing for security and a special reading mode to isolate the important content on pages

3. Microsoft Edge


Edge – Microsoft’s new browser – offers full integration with Windows 10

The default ‘browsing experience’ on Windows 10, and unavailable for older operating systems, Edge is an odd one. Quite why Microsoft needs to be running a pair of browser products in tandem rather than making Edge backwards compatible is beyond us. The company’s reason, it seems, is that Edge represents the more user-friendly end of Redmond’s offering while Internet Explorer scales a little better for enterprise.

Integration with Windows 10’s core gimmicks seems to be Edge’s main strong point. It happily runs as a modern-skinned app on Windows 10’s tablet mode, and works with Cortana. It’s also highly streamlined for the current web age, doing away with insecure protocols like ActiveX and forcing you into Internet Explorer if you want to use them. We’re more used to browsers failing to render newer pages than we are to being told off for visiting older corners of the web.

Curmudgeonly grumbles aside, actually using Edge is a perfectly pleasant experience. It’s super-quick, hammers through benchmarks, its integrated reading mode makes complex sites more palatable, and by sandboxing it away from the rest of the operating system Microsoft has ensured that Edge won’t suffer the security breaches of its older brother.

Review and where to buy: Windows 10, including Edge


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Firefox is updated on a six-week schedule, which means bugs are fixed quickly, but its performance lags behind its main rivals these days

4. Mozilla Firefox

A divisive choice these days – Firefox is very flexible, but can feel sluggish

Once the leader in overall popularity in the browser war, Firefox is now now a slightly sad third place. It’s not clear why; while it lags behind its main competitors in terms of design, keeping the search and URL boxes separate and leaving buttons on display where others have removed them, it’s regularly updated on a six-week schedule and has a raft of extensions available.

Firefox tends to hit the middle-to-bottom end of benchmark tests, however, and we did find it a little sluggish to a barely noticeable extent. Recent additions like built-in support for Pocket and Hello aren’t going to be to everyone’s taste, but some will love them. And that about sums up the Firefox of today; incredibly divisive, despite being a solid browser with a quality rendering engine.

If you’re looking for an alternative take on the same structure, Waterfox may fit the bill. It’s built on Firefox code, removes many of the restrictions and integrations of the main release, and purports to be one of the fastest browsers around.

Review and where to download: Mozilla Firefox


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Vivaldi is a relatively new browser that’s bound to see more development soon. Its interface is fully customizable, though it doesn’t officially support extensions yet

5. Vivaldi

Build your ideal browser with Vivaldi’s unique docking and tab-stacking

Here’s something a bit different. We all spend probably far too much time sitting in front of our web browsers, and up-and-comer Vivaldi wants to make that as pleasant and personal an experience as possible. Itself build out of web technologies like Javascript and node.js, Vivaldi can adapt its colour scheme to the sites you’re using, and indeed the structure of its interface is entirely up to you.

There’s a built-in note-taking system, you can dock websites as side panels while using the main window to do your main browsing, and we love its innovative tab stacking tech, which allows you to group up tabs and move them around to avoid the crowding that so often plagues other browsers.

It’s not the fastest and it’s not the most fully featured, lacking any official support for extensions, but Vivaldi is relatively new and we don’t doubt it’ll receive further expansion as time goes on. It’s a refreshing and creative take on web browsing, and one to watch in the next couple of years.

Review and where to download: Vivaldi


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Microsoft Internet Explorer is a fast and powerful browser, and makes modest use of your system resources, though it lacks the flexibility of Firefox and Chrome

6. Microsoft Internet Explorer

IE is fast and efficient, but less expandable than Firefox and Chrome

Microsoft Internet Explorer has seen some ups and downs in its long tenure, from dominating the browser charts to languishing behind its main two competitors. This is partly an issue of choice – particularly the browser choice that Microsoft was forced to give customers after a court ruling – and partially because older versions fell behind the rendering and compatibility curve.

There are no such issues with Internet Explorer 11. It’s clean, powerful, highly compatible, and it demands less of your RAM and CPU than equivalent pages would on Chrome or Firefox. Plus it one-ups both of them on WebKit’s Sunspider benchmark.

That’s not to say this browser is perfect. Google’s V8 benchmark sees it struggling, and IE isn’t quite as able to handle add-ons and extensions as many of its competitors. So while there’s no reason to avoid IE like there might once have been, if you’re looking for a more customised browsing experience you’re out of luck.

Download here: Microsoft Internet Explorer


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Tor Browser is a heavily modified version of Firefox that re-routed web traffic via random nodes worldwide

7. Tor Browser

Not just a browser – a whole set of browsing tools with security at its heart

Tor Browser is, perhaps unjustly, most regularly associated with the seedy underworld of the dark web. While it’s true that you can use this web browser to access otherwise unlisted sites, Tor’s privacy aspects – where your traffic is routed through random nodes the world over, making it very hard to track – are its real asset.

Tor Browser is really a package of tools; Tor itself, a heavily modified version of the Firefox extended support release, and a number of other privacy packages that combine to make it the most secure browsing experience you’re likely to find. Nothing is tracked, nothing is stored, and you can forget about bookmarks and cookies.

You’ll need to alter your browsing habits to ensure that you don’t perform actions online that reveal your identity – Tor Browser is just a tool, after all – but for a secondary browser useful for those private moments it’s a great choice. Run it from a USB stick and nobody need even know you have it at all.

Review and where to download: Tor Browser

Related product: Microsoft Windows 10 Home

Our Verdict:

While some of its improvements have minor kinks to work out, the Creators Update is the most exciting Windows 10 revision to date with both welcome changes and sweet new tools.


  • Start menu improvements
  • Action Center, Cortana are useful
  • Edge continues to improve
  • Windows Hello is simple and secure
  • Ink finally gets momentum

  • OneDrive needs work
  • Improvements also cause issues
  • Some changes are incomplete



SETS to take part in the “Lebanese Week in Muscat” Event


SETS, the leading provider of Human Resource Management Solutions (HRMS), will be participating in the “Lebanese Week in Muscat” event that will be held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat from 23 to 25 October, 2016.

The “Lebanese Week in Muscat” is an effort from the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut to fortify and create business relationships with Oman. It also aims to market Lebanon in the Sultanate and expand horizons for Lebanese economic sectors in this promising market as well as developing bilateral economic, trade and investment relations between both countries.


With more than 25 years of experience in the HRMS industry and over 1,000 references, SETS will be showcasing its fully integrated Human Resources Management Solution “People 365”, enabling businesses to easily automate and optimize the management of their HR operations through its Time Attendance, Payroll and HR streams.

Visit our booth (D15) to meet SETS’ expert team and learn more about how “People 365” can benefit your business.

SGBL selects SETS for major HRMS transformation

SETS, the leading provider of Human Resources Management System (HRMS), announced today that Societe Generale de Banque au Liban, a leading bank in Lebanon and the Levant, has selected the Time Attendance and Payroll modules from People 365 to automate its HR processes.

SGBL operates in retail, corporate, investment and private banking services through 70 branches and 1,500 employees in Lebanon. Having more than 20 years of experience in the HRMS industry and 37 references in the local banking sector, SETS will be offering SGBL a mature and flexible solution that is fully compliant with BDL, ABL and NSSF regulations to support the bank in automating and simplifying the management of its HR activities.

SGBL team and SETS’ qualified consultants engaged through a series of consultancy workshops prior to signature to identify the bank’s needs based on SETS know-how in implementing such large-scale banking projects. Through this exercise, SETS was able to narrow down these needs and deliver the value SGBL was looking for to drive its vision.

Philippe DUBOIS, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at SGBL commented: “SGBL has benefited from SETS innovative consultancy approach and professional methodology that is aligned with our high business standards. Our business experts were able to evaluate the product features, functionalities and new business processes at an early stage. We are confident that People 365 will enable us to drive efficiency and accuracy through automating our Time Attendance operations, generating a compliant and consistent payroll and optimizing our internal processes.”

Maher Chahlawi, Chief Executive Officer at SETS added: “We are delighted to have been chosen by SGBL and look forward to supporting them in their strategic IT transformation plans. We believe that our years of expertise combined with People 365 full-fledged features will definitely meet the bank’s expectations and requirements due to the system maturity and SETS proven track record in implementing Human Resources Management Solutions for the banking sector.”

Sunset gathering with Sesobel


SETS core values are the basis of who we are and what we stand for. They define the culture and shape the character of our company.

As part of our CSR initiative, SETS is a proud supporter of the “Sunset Gathering” event that will be celebrating SESOBEL’s mission at The Gärten on June 29.

Join us and help improve the quality of life of children and youth with disability!


SETS Celebrates 25 Years of Success and Growth

SETS, the leading provider of innovative IT solutions and services, held its annual strategic dinner on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the Playroom, marking its 25th anniversary and gathering employees from Lebanon and the region under the theme: “Together Committed for a Brighter Future”.

The event included top management speeches and presentations reflecting the alignment in SETS strategy along with the huge success and expansion accomplished during the past years, through offering its customers best -of- breed brands, IT solutions and services. The presentations were followed by a lovely dinner and a hilarious comedy show.

Among its many achievements, SETS is proud to be the first HRMS vendor in terms of customer acquisition and delivery with the number one Time Attendance and Payroll solutions in the market along with a leading HR solution. SETS has more than 1,000 references coming from primary companies in all sectors and has accumulated 25 years of in-depth expertise in HRMS offerings.

SETS is very excited about the future as we continue to expand, driven by a team of professionals, dedicated to deliver an added value and competitive edge to our customers through service excellence.

SETS Contributing to the Growth of the Islamic Finance Industry at the WIBC 2014 in Bahrain

SETS, the leading provider of Human Resource Management System (HRMS) in the Middle East, successfully participated as “HRMS Partner” at the 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) 2014, that took place at the Gulf Hotel, in the Kingdom of Bahrain on December the 2nd and 3rd, 2014.

Organized under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa and held with the official support of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the event was attended by over 1,300 industry leaders from over 50 countries representing over 300 international and regional organizations. The conference tackled critical issues that would enable Islamic finance to move forward in the global financial markets.

Through 24 years of experience in the HRMS industry and more than 1,000 references coming from leading companies in all types of industries, especially banks and financial institutions, SETS participated at the WIBC to showcase its flagship product “People 365” a comprehensive Human Resources Management System (HRMS) consisting of the Time Attendance, Payroll and HR modules.

Commenting on SETS participation, Maher Chahlawi, Chief Marketing Officer at SETS said: “We believe that the future of the Islamic banking industry is promising and this sector is robust. Reports shows that assets of Islamic banks is growing at an average rate of 20% per year, two to three times faster than the rate at which conventional banks is growing. Our mission towards the banking sector is to empower their Human Resource Departments (HRDs) through a fully integrated solution that can optimize and automate their HR operations and thus enable better strategic decision making. Having an extensive experience in the banking industry and over 50 references, SETS is dedicated to support Islamic banks as well as Islamic windows in conventional banks to manage their most important asset “Human Capital” in this rapid expanding market.”

SETS portfolio comprises successful implementations of its HRMS application “People 365” within financial institutions across the Middle East where support is provided directly through our regional offices.

“People 365” by SETS participated in the “Microsoft Communications and Media Global Outlook 2014 – 2017” Guide


People 365, the leading HRM application based on Microsoft.Net technology, has been selected to be part of the Microsoft Communications and Media Global Outlook 2014 – 2017 guide. 

This guide from Microsoft provides insight into the Microsoft and partner technologies that are being developed for communications and media companies to drive positive change and address new trends. Topics around mobile, cloud and the Internet of Things are covered in the technology roadmap and regional perspective sections of the guide.

The published advertisement and article highlights the benefits of having an HRMS application hosted on the cloud and how the mobile application from People 365 can enable managers to work while on the move.

You can check an online version of the guide here:

SETS Successfully Participated at the Human Assets Expansion Summit 2014 in UAE!


SETS Empowers HRDs in Building Corporate Strategy


SETS, the market leading provider of Human Resources Management Solutions (HRMS) in the Middle East, concluded its participation as Bronze Sponsor of the 9th Annual Human Assets Expansion Summit MENA 2014 that took place in Dubai at the Grosvenor House on 14 & 15 May.


The summit gathered many HR professionals from leading organizations who discussed the challenges they encounter in such a competitive and fast-changing market and shared their experiences. The two-day event, officially endorsed by the Ministry of Labor in UAE, revealed critical key strategies and drivers for growth in the HR function as well as best practices for a high performance workforce.


Commenting on SETS participation at the HAES 2014, Maher Chahlawi, Chief Marketing Officer at SETS said, “Being an expert in the HRMS industry for more than 24 years, SETS is proud to take part of this annual summit, as we believe that nowadays, the HR function has become a vital player in setting and delivering any company’s strategic objectives. For that purpose, “People 365”, our leading HRMS, has been developed to support HRDs in managing and automating their HR operations, enabling them to focus on the company’s core business and maximize profitability”.


With over 1,000 medium and large businesses that have chosen us as their HRM solutions provider, SETS has accumulated through the years, an in-depth expertise in HRMS offerings and is now recognized as a leader in the industry covering all verticals.  SETS operates both regionally and globally, covering Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq and Algeria.