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Saturday, September 24, 2016

IT News Week 4 Sep 2016

For IT News Week 3 Sep 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR- Sep 23, 2016 - Biometric skimmers are here: Kaspersky Lab Examine Near-Future Threats to ATMs
  • PR - Sep 22, 2016 - MediaMath Partners MobileWalla to Help Marketers Expand Target Audience Segments
  • PR - Sep 22, 2016 - Sophos Placed in the Leader’s Quadrant of Gartner’s 2016 Unified Threat Management Magic Quadrant for Fifth Consecutive Year
  • PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Bandar Sunway - Making Waves at Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016
  • PR - Sep 21, 2016 - Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS and NetApp Now Shipping Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel Solutions
  • PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Dimension Data & AIG Malaysia Partner to Offer End to End Cyber Security Protection
  • PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Limelight Networks Expands Content Delivery With New Point-of-Presence and Increases Capacity More Than 200% In Malaysia
  • PR - Sep 20, 2016 - Philips izzy multiroom speaker range
  • PR - Sep 19, 2016 - MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera empower the future of Malaysia’s Digital Economy with big data skills training for academic institutions

Friday, September 23, 2016

Oracle Beats Amazon Web Services in Head-to-Head Cloud Database Comparison

Sep 20, 2016 - Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco:

Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison today demonstrated that Amazon databases are 20 years behind the latest release of the Oracle Database in the Cloud. In his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Ellison shared detailed analysis that showed that Oracle Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for OLTP, and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads than Amazon DBaaS. Ellison also showed that the Oracle Cloud is optimized for running Oracle Database while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is not. An Oracle Database running on the Oracle Cloud is up to 24X faster than an Oracle Database running on AWS.

Larry Ellison during keynote at the Oracle OpenWorld 2016

“Oracle’s new technologies will drive the Cloud databases and infrastructure of the future,” said Ellison. “Amazon are decades behind in every database area that matters, and their systems are more closed than mainframe computers.”

Ellison also announced the availability of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in the Oracle Cloud with the launch of the new Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service. This service provides the full enterprise edition of the Oracle Database running on the database-optimized Exadata infrastructure. Starting at just $175 per month, Ellison showed this Cloud service is lower cost than similar offerings from Amazon.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

IT News Week 3 Sep 2016

For IT News Week 2 Sep 2016.


For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 15, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed for the Digital Era
  • PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Global Driver Satisfaction Index
  • PR - Sep 14, 2016 - MACH-ing a unique internship for the digital generation
  • PR - Sep 14, 2016 - Siemens launches new lean paperless manufacturing solution, reduces engineering and operation effort
  • PR - Sep 13, 2016 - Barracuda Backup Enhancements to Further Safeguard Against Ransomware Attacks
  • PR - Sep 12, 2016 - Biostar Tops ITX Series With Flagship Racing Z170GTN Motherboard

Friday, September 16, 2016

Malaysian Prepaid & Postpaid Mobile Plans Comparison

Check out this article (by CompareHero.my) which tips on choosing mobile plan - four factors to consider:

  • Usage
  • Extra Features
  • Convenience
  • Flexibility

In my personal opinion, I chose Maxis Postpaid notwithstanding the following reasons:

  • Loyalty - My first sim card was Maxis prepaid
  • Coverage - Based on experience, Maxis offers a better coverage in Klang Valley
  • Pricing - I am not so particular about pricing yet, currently, I am paying RM 88 for just a 1GB data plan
  • Data plan - I admit that my data plan does not offer big value for money, however, I am not a heavy data plan user because I subscribed to other broadband plans at home and workplace.
  • Payment - I make payment monthly online, no hassle - the bill also arrives timely monthly (very important).

It also offers comparison charts between prepaid and postpaid for Maxis, Digi, Celcom & UMobile.


Siemens International Press Trip 2016 : Digitalization Increases Competiveness

Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, recently concluded an event entitled “How digitalization increases competitiveness in Southeast Asia”, where it brought together various spokespersons and customers, namely Evonik and PSA Singapore Terminals, to present the topic of Digitalization through a series of panel discussions and facility tours.

Day 1 – How Digitalization increases competitiveness in the Chemical Industry in Southeast Asia
Day 2 – Providing higher efficiency and safety with automated stacking cranes

The key findings from the panel sessions as well as spokespersons quotes, while enclosed below are the short summaries:

Siemens is paving the way towards industrial digitalization
  • Digitalization is a major trend and innovation driver, creating completely new business and growth opportunities for companies.
  • Siemens terms its approach to Digitalization and its way towards Industrie 4.0 the “Digital Enterprise”. With Digital Enterprise, Siemens provides optimum support for customers, regardless of their company size and the industry they are in, as they move towards Industrie 4.0.
  • Siemens paves the way to Digital Enterprise in process industries from Integrated Engineering to Integrated Operations, using a common data-backbone with Comos and Simatic PCS 7 with open interfaces, based on strong offerings for Industrial Communication, Industrial Security and Industrial Services.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hitachi Targets US$6 Billion Video Security and Monitoring Market With New Video Management Platform Models and Strategic Partnerships

Sep 14, 2016:

While video monitoring traditionally supported physical security only, it is now being used to support new applications - such as for improving traffic congestion, increasing industrial and operational efficiencies, and supporting workplace safety.

These applications are driving a flood of “big video” data that requires enterprise-class storage, fast data recall, expanded data security and little-to-no degradation to effectively support real-time monitoring and analysis. But while most enterprise customers today are looking to embrace digitalization to transform their businesses, many existing video storage and monitoring solutions still rely on legacy technologies and analogue video formats that cannot fully capitalise on IoT or support analytics and advanced technologies.

Hitachi Insight Group – which drives the company’s business for Smart Cities, Digital Energy and Industrial IoT, today announced introduced three Hitachi Video Management Platform (VMP) models to address this gap in the video security and monitoring market.

Monday, September 12, 2016

UOB Malaysia partners Asian Banking School to launch finance industry’s first executive certification programme for SME bankers

Sep 6, 2016:

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) has partnered the Asian Banking School (ABS), an affiliate institute of Bank Negara Malaysia, to launch the finance industry’s first executive certification programme designed for small- and medium-enterprise (SME) bankers in Malaysia.

As Malaysian SMEs expand into new markets, they may face challenges such as international trade risk, gaining access to bank financing or adapting to unfamiliar business environments. Taking into account these difficulties, the UOB-ABS SME Banking Executive Certificate will impart specialist skills and the knowledge necessary for bankers to cater to the financial needs of small businesses.

The three-month programme combines classroom-based, experiential training in the areas of credit and risk management, SME business models and client management. This includes cultivating stronger issue-resolution and collaboration skills, which will enable them to help customers overcome financial challenges and in turn, build long-term relationships. Upon completion of the programme, UOB Malaysia’s Business Banking officers will have a deeper understanding of the characteristics of SMEs, business trends as well as the challenges companies face in Malaysia.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

IT News Week 2 Sep 2016

For IT News Week 5 Aug 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 9, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Security Solutions Ranked #1 in all SE Labs Q2 Tests
  • PR - Sep 9, 2016 - ISACA’s Inaugural CSX Conference in Singapore To Equip Cybersecurity Professionals with Guidance and Training
  • PR - Sep 8, 2016 - Malaysian IoT Company N’osairis Technology Solutions Wins Prestigious 2016 TiE50 Award
  • PR - Sep 8, 2016 - Historic Dell and EMC Merger Complete
  • PR - Sep 8, 2016 - Globe Enhances Customer Experience by Giving Customers a Real Voice with NICE Solution
  • PR - Sep 6, 2016 - Microsoft Appoints Homegrown G-Asiapacific as Microsoft CSP Partner
  • PR - Sep 5, 2016 - Dimension Data Listed Among Top 10 Fastest-Growing Consulting Service Providers, 2014-2015
  • PR - Sep 5, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Expands Range of VR Gaming Ready Products with GeForce GTX 1070 Graphics Card

Five tips to build your data breach shield

by Kane Lightowler, Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Carbon Black

2016 has proved itself to be a prolific year for cybercrimes. Cyber criminals are leaving no stones unturned as we witness a number of high profile attacks on various sectors – healthcare, finance, media – just to name a few. The reality is in fact, much bleaker as millions of undetected and unreported cyber-attacks are happening on a daily basis. Yet, organizations and even governments, are turning a blind eye to these threats and are still relying on traditional methods of cybersecurity that were not designed to tackle the sophisticated threats present today.

Kane Lightowler, M.D, APAC, Japan, Carbon Black

The Australia Strategic Policy Institute reported that although cybercrime in the Asia Pacific region accounts for a significant proportion of global cybercrime, many developing economies still rely on rudimentary cyber capabilities and the support of foreign aid programmes. This may be surprising, but even more so, terrifying, as we ponder on these vulnerabilities and their potential consequences. According to the AT&T Cybersecurity Insights report in 2015, 64% of organizations acknowledged that they have been breached, and yet, only 34% of organizations believe they have an effective incident response plan.

Sure, there is no one size fits all when it comes to cybersecurity. However, there are some well tested guidelines and best practices that will keep any organization on the right track towards a comprehensive and robust cybersecurity infrastructure that is better primed to confront today's threat landscape.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

IT News Week 5 Aug 2016

For IT News Week 4 Aug 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 2, 2016 - TP-Link Unveils New Home Networking Portfolio - Wi-Fi Range Extender. Modem Router and Gigabit Powerline AC Wi-Fi Kit
  • PR - Sep 2, 2016 : Kaspersky Lab Launches Anti Targeted Attack Platform and New Security Services
  • PR - Sep 1, 2016 - Shanghai, China - Huawei Fully Unveils Its Cloud Strategy at HUAWEI CONNECT
  • UOB - Sep 1, 2016 - Why Asia remains an attractive source of income and growth for investors
  • PR - Aug 31, 2016 - ASUS Demonstrates Latest Gaming and Lifestyle Products at IFA 2016
  • PR - Aug 30, 2016 - Association taps IBM technology gauge public perception on mental health
  • PR - Aug 30, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR TB150 PRO Motherboard Designed for Professional Mining
  • PR - Aug 29, 2016 - Country's Online Shopping Soars as User Confidence Increases
  • PR - Aug 25, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - InterServ’s Heroes of the Dungeon Action RPG Mobile Game Begins Beta

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

25 things that are better because of Linux (and open source)

By John Terrill, Corporate Communications, Red Hat

Twenty-five years ago today via a short Usenet post, Linus Torvalds shared the first iteration of a free, hobby operating system that he had developed. Of course, what became known as Linux is now far, far more than a hobbyist’s OS and spawned a wave of innovation that significantly changed the IT landscape. While Linux is the poster child, open source is also about far more than an operating system (although it remains critically important!). The underpinnings of open source, from transparency and collaboration to freedom and broad dissemination, have spilled out well beyond the confines of enterprise technology to greatly impact both the world of consumer technology as well as the global business climate at large.

We’ve picked out 25 things that we think are better thanks to Linux and open source; some of these may not exist without an open source backbone, while others may have evolved out of necessity, but would likely be unrecognizable to today’s counterparts. So what made our list?

Global Industry
  1. Real-time trading - We take near-simultaneous financial transactions almost for granted, as being able to move money, make stock trades and conduct other financial transactions is functionally an on-demand service. But all of this would likely not be possible without the real-time functionality of the Linux kernel, which powers more than 50 percent of the world’s financial transactions and backs 100 percent of Fortune 500 banks.
  2. The global technology economy - Linux and other open source projects built on top of it have helped to drive the a standardization of IT, allowing for more interoperability across the world’s business environment. Via a common “language of IT,” services and software are better able to grow and evolve across traditional geographical boundaries, fostering a truly global technology marketplace.
  3. Government IT - Driven by the price efficiencies, innovation and scalability of first Linux and then open source at large, government agencies have a rich history in open source and are now driving towards becoming models of open source efficiency. Most recently, the U.S. federal government’s Second Open Government National Action Plan (pdf) emphasized use of open source, and contribution back to open source communities to help foster innovation and lower costs.
  4. Connected cities - Networking the critical aspects of a city, from manhole covers and traffic lights to emergency services and severe weather alerts, requires computing at a massive scale. It’s Linux, not a proprietary operating system, that provides this vast scalability while also offering the underlying capabilities to abstract the various computing layers to make managing such a complex deployment manageable.
  5. Air traffic control - The Federal Aviation Administration, the point of truth for North American aviation management, oversees nearly 24,000 flights per day...and it’s all run on the scalable, secure platform of Linux.

Monday, August 29, 2016

IT News Week 4 Aug 2016

For IT News Week 2 Aug 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 26, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab study proves: Smartphones distract us and make us less efficient at work
  • PR - Aug 25, 2016 - DigitasLBi and Oracle Launch Dedicated Solutions Group
  • PR - Aug 25, 2016 - Bridging Malaysia’s Talent Gap in GBS Sector
  • PR - Aug 25, 2016 - Sophos Expands Central Cloud-Based Management Platform with Sophos Email
  • PR - Aug 24, 2016 - Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform Delivers Unprecedented Insight Into Storage Networks
  • PR - Aug 23, 2016 -Kaspersky: Financial Attacks Grow by 16% in Q2 2016 as Malware Creators Join Forces
  • PR - Aug 23, 2016 - CyberSource enables Tiket.com to reach new markets faster, safer, and with confidence