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Saturday, October 10, 2015

How Shadow IT Is Emerging Into The Light

Contributed article by By Mark Micallef, Area Vice President, ASEAN, Citrix

Windows OS, Apple iOS, Blackberry OS, Android OS, on smartphones, phablets, tablets and most recently smartwatches... the list goes on.

We have all come to recognize that we are in a multi-device, multi-OS modern business world.

However, what we are slower in recognizing is that the same diversity we see in the above list, also applies to our data. As bring your own (BYO) becomes the norm, so does the fragmentation of data. It is prime time we start acknowledging this and consider what it actually means for business.

While it may be tempting to ignore or overlook the plethora of choices available for storing and sharing data, the reality is that people have unprecedented freedom to choose among cheap and convenient cloud storage options. This means we are continually creating and storing documents in multiple repositories, across multiple devices, inside and outside the firewall. This practice is commonplace and the number of document silos only seems to be increasing.

So what does this mean for business? With this wide and varied spectrum of document silos, it is becoming more difficult for organizations to manage critical business information, as well as keep it secure. This raises real privacy concerns, especially when the navigation of existing firewalls and integration with legacy systems and applications remain huge hurdles for businesses in achieving true enterprise mobility.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Acronis survey exposes low backup rates among consumers, ranks ’ease-of-use’ as biggest driver of adoption

Oct 5, 2015 - APAC

Acronis®, a global leader in new generation data protection, today released the findings of a consumer survey conducted during the COMEX 2015 technology show in Singapore. The survey was aimed at quantifying the data backup practices among general users of digital devices, including computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets.

The survey found that despite frequent data loss incidents, more than a half of the respondents do not backup any person data, including pictures, video, files, documents, and contact information. The survey also found that those who do back are not taking advantage of the ease of use and advanced capabilities of cloud backup solutions instead using external hard drives and USB flash drives, which can be prone to malfunction, theft and physical damage.

Key Survey Findings:
  • More than 52% of the respondents reported that they experienced data loss between one and three times, and nearly 6% experienced it four or more times in their lifetime.
  • A large proportion of the respondents (55%) currently do not use any data backup solutions.
  • Only 24% of the respondents had ever performed data backup in the past.
  • Most of the respondents (64%) store their photos and videos on external storage devices; 25% store photos and videos in the cloud, and 11% only have the copy on their computers, mobile phones or tablets with no backup copy at all.
  • Software user-friendliness was ranked as the most important aspect of backup (56%), above the feature set (26%) and price (18%).

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Case Study : Universal Robots empowers Wistron with greater production flexibility

Wistron is the world’s first Original Design Manufacturer to deploy collaborative robots from Universal Robots (UR) in its laptop assembly line, enabling efficient and flexible production.

Since February 2015, Wistron has deployed 60 sets of UR robots in its production,performing functions that include applications such as pick and place, screwing as well as those involving vision systems. With the implementation of UR robots, the company has gained more flexibility for its future production line layout and configuration, effectively improved its product yield and optimised personnel allocation. At the same time, the company is expected to see a reduction in operating costs and enhanced profitability in the long term.

Wistron began automating its production with the installation of robotic arms more than two years ago using other robotic brands.

During that time, Wistron’s laptop production line was unable to achieve complete automation due to technology limitation - the motion range of the robotic arms has to be restricted to ensure the safety of workers.

They realised that they require robots that can function effectively without compromising workers’ safety, robots’ operating speeds and other functionalities within tight spaces.

MTV: 97% Young People Affected by Boredom, Despite Technology

Oct 6, 2015 - Singapore:

MTV Asia unveiled its international research study, “Break Boring, Ignite Passion,” revealing that almost all (97%) of more than 15,000 12 to 24-year-old respondents across 26 countries claimed to be affected by boredom, with two-thirds experiencing it on a weekly basis and nearly one-quarter daily, equating to more than 340 million people aged 12 to 24 being bored at some stage today.

With the average teenager in markets now owning up to six connected devices, MTV’s study suggests that being able to choose from a much wider array of content and social media choices, and the overwhelming access to information they provide, may actually be fuelling boredom in addition to alleviating it. 40% of those surveyed said mindlessly browsing the Internet was one of the most boring activities they undertook, more so than school (39%) and work (33%).

Although three in four say boredom is a part of life, 85% believe it is something you can get rid of. To combat boredom, respondents’ first go-to is media and entertainment – specifically listening to music, watching movies, browsing social media, watching YouTube and entertainment television. Additionally, nearly nine out of 10 respondents cited humour as a key antidote for breaking the cycle of boredom. Meanwhile, those surveyed identified creativity (85%), curiosity (81%) and passion (73%) as valuable characteristics to stop boredom. Additionally, the vast majority (95%) said they are least bored when they’re with friends.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

IT News Week 2 Oct 2015

For week 5 of Sep 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of partnership between Acronis and ID Quantique to Bring Quantum-Safe Encryption to Cloud Data Protection.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - XOX Mobile Revises Prepaid Monthly Data Plans
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - Exabytes' EasyStore and EasyParcel For Asia’s Hottest eCommerce Market
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - RS Components expands hand tool product lines via new partnership with Snap-on Incorporated
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015- Private customer support at Viseca and business customer care at Aduno are based on BSI CRM
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - Malaysian Internet Alliance to Participate in Major ‘IoT Workshop’ in TAIWAN
  • PR - Oct 5, 2015 - AT&T and Brocade Join Forces to Extend Network on Demand Platform
  • PR - Oct 2, 2015 - Kaspersky: DDoS Attacks Often Coincide With Other Threats
  • PR - Oct 1, 2015 - ARMONK, NY - IBM advances hybrid cloud capabilities
  • PR - Oct 1, 2015- UMobile to Offer iPhone6

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

IT News Week 5 Sep 2015

For week 4 of Sep 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of Alcatel Flash 2 as a Mobile Photography smartphone.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 30, 2015 - Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 Released
  • PR - Sep 30 , 2015 - Tata Comm. and MasterCard join forces to empower 100 million women
  • PR - Sep 29, 2015 - OTT Mobile Voice Revenues to Top $10Bn by 2020 Eroding Mobile Operators Share
  • PR - Sep 29, 2015 - Acronis Partners with ID Quantique to Bring Quantum-Safe Encryption to Cloud Data Protection
  • PR - Sep 29, 2015 - AMD Introduces PRO-A Series Processors and Business Collaborations
  • PR - Sep 28, 2015 - U Mobile Enables 24/7 Bill Payment at 7-11
  • PR - Sep 28, 2015- Waze and Ambi Pur Introduce the First Voice Prompt in Bahasa Malaysia Voiced by Harith Iskander
  • PR - Sep 28, 2015 - Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS 2016
  • PR - Sep 22, 2015 - HP Announces Multi-Function and World’s Most Secure Printers
  • PR - Sep 8, 2015 - Squire Technologies Partners with Globalstar on Next Generation Gateway Upgrades

Juniper Networks Introduces the Unite Architecture

Sep 30, 2015:

Juniper Networks today announced Juniper Networks® Unite, a new reference architecture that provides simplified and secure network infrastructure solutions required to modernise enterprise campus and branch networks into cloud-enabled service platforms. This new introduction will deliver an agile and secure network architecture for enterprises looking to quickly deploy cloud applications and services through a single, easy-to-manage network management platform.

The Juniper Unite architecture provides the building blocks required to modernize enterprise network infrastructure and support new deployment and management paradigms, enabling customers to experience the same automation and scale as in MetaFabric™-enabled data center and cloud environments. With Juniper Unite, customers can dynamically automate their network resources to meet their growing business needs and support today’s operations while preparing for the future.

Everything is moving to the cloud. From public to private and hybrid, enterprises are making cloud their default operating model for applications and services. This makes enterprise campus networks even more critical as an on-ramp to cloud-based applications.

Industrial Shields PLCs and panel PCs now available at RS Components

Sep 29, 2015:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now stocking the Industrial Shields range of PLCs and panel PCs, which combines the advantages of open-source hardware (OSH) with the reliability of industrial-standard products.

The Industrial Shields PLCs and panel PCs are based on the most popular open-source developments boards, such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Hummingboards, and can be programmed exactly in the same way. This unique characteristic allows engineers to go from prototype to industrialisation using the same flexible programming code.

Industrial Shields PLCs and Panel PCs

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Nicer App to Connect Like Minders

The Nice app (photo sharing app) has all the usual stuffs, i.e login with Facebook, discover people, invite friends and etc.

A few things which differentiate it from others are:
Nice App main interface

1.) Nice app uses algorithm to execute content sharing - photos sharing between users.

The algorithm works by leveraging on every bit of information made available by users pertaining to the photos - i.e geolocation information, tags, stickers and etc.

A tag can be any text based information pertaining to people, place and etc.

2.) It already has a database of over 200 million photos with over 30 million users to date.

3.) The app caters for photo search feature and photo slider.

4.) It allows one to be presented with the most relevant content available (to you), including those photos from users nearby you.

5.) The most important thing to take note is : Nice is not about ephemeral sharing, it’s about connecting like minded people.

6.) Currently available in iOS and Android platforms.

Friday, September 25, 2015

IT News Week 4 Sep 2015

For week 3 of Sep 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement that latest AMD processor reduces greenhouse gas emissions from PC by 50%.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 25, 2015 - Buy BHPetrol Voucher at Special Discounted Price on
  • PR - Sep 25, 2015 - Smartfren consumers to get Start based interface on Android devices
  • PR - Sep 24, 2015 - RESCUE: Heroes in Action: Rising Storm
  • PR - Sep 22, 2015 - groov industrial appliance for remote control and monitoring of automation systems in stock at RS Components
  • PR - Sep 22, 2015 - Alcatel Flash 2 Ups the Level Playing Field In Mobile Photography
  • PR - Sep 22, 2015 - Huntkey to Present at Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show in Hong Kong on October 11
  • PR - Sep 22, 2015 - Splash Math and Sony Announce Strategic Partnership for "Global Math Challenge"
  • PR - Sep 21, 2015 - Huawei and Melaka ICT Holdings Join Hands in Smart City Initiative

WD Revolutionizes Private Cloud Storage Experience with the My Cloud OS 3

Sep 23, 2015

WD®, a Western Digital company, and a worldwide leader in storage solutions, introduced significant enhancements to WD’s family of My Cloud® personal storage devices, including a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system (new simple and intuitive setup process, WD Sync™, Plex Media Server, Milestone Arcus™ Surveillance Software and others) offering consumers with greater photo sharing, backup, synchronization and surveillance features, and Software Developer Kit (SDK) enabling enhanced app integration.

WD’s My Cloud OS 3 features an intuitive user interface delivering a rich content-sharing experience, and back-up and sync capabilities that elevate the personal cloud NAS offering while retaining the privacy and control unique to personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office.
(L-R): Simon Whitford, Senior Regional Marketing Manager, Asia Pacific, WD, and the new My Cloud Mirror held by Margaret Koh, Sales Director, Asia South, WD.

As part of the My Cloud OS 3 launch, WD has introduced My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API enabling developers to build new extensions, features and capabilities within the My Cloud ecosystem of personal cloud storage devices. The My Cloud Device SDK, based on the Docker™ open platform technology, ensures developers can easily access and collaborate to create customized experiences. Partners already developing extensions and new features based on the new SDK include Plex and Milestone.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Microsoft Malaysia’s Cloud Solution Provider Program Mints Seven New Partners

Sep 22, 2015:

At its annual Channel Partner Conference (CPC) held at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre today - a gathering of over hundreds of key local service providers, distributors and resellers that consumers and businesses in Malaysia - Microsoft Malaysia proudly announced seven (7) Malaysian partners under its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program in the country; VADS, MAXIS, INGRAM MICRO, SHINJIRU, SOFTWAREONE, RHIPE and CRAYON.

  • (L-R)
  • Patara Yongvanich, Regional Managing Director, Rhipe South-East Asia
  • Faycal Bouchlaghem, Executive Vice-President Global Cloud, Crayon Software Experts
  • Tay Boon Tiang, Managing Director, Ingram Micro Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  • K. Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia
  • César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific
  • Azizah Ali, General Manager, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P), Microsoft Malaysia
  • Massimo Migliuolo, Chief Executive Officer, VADS Berhad
  • Shanti Jusnita Johari, Head of Enterprise Solutions, Maxis Berhad
  • Jeffrey Khow, Sales Director, Shinjiru Technology Sdn Bhd
  • Raphael Erb, Vice President, Asia Pacific, SoftwareOne

Through the program, CSP partners will be able to directly manage the entire Microsoft Cloud customer lifecycle, utilizing dedicated in-product tools to directly provision, manage and support their customer subscriptions. This provides them the latest and best-in-class solutions to businesses in Malaysia to embrace the cloud and manage and drive value from the explosion of devices, data and applications.

The company also announced that Azure and CRM Online will be joining Office 365, Microsoft Intune and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) as available services in the CSP program.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Global Business Services Outlook Report 2015

Sep 17, 2015 - KL :

Malaysia’s Global Business Services, ‘GBS’ industry (formerly and also known as ‘Shared Services & Outsourcing Industry, ‘SSO’) is in a stronger position to tap the USD670 billion global market; with several factors driving growth for the sector.

(2nd from Left) David Wong with Cheah Kok Hoong (3rd from Left) together with PIKOM and OM Council Members launching the GBS Report

This report is based on findings gathered from respondents from 15 key countries / economies; and reveals that the global GBS industry stood at USD670 billion in 2014, with APAC accounting for the largest share of 36% at USD240 billion. Of this, Malaysia’s share of the pie is comparatively small at USD4 billion, which indicates much room for growth.
  • Overall, demand that fuels GBS growth is expected to stem from the banking and financial services (‘BFSI’), government, retail and hospitality/ tourism industries.
  • Despite current economic challenges, Malaysia continues to retain its attractiveness as a leading GBS location, given the country’s continued ability to provide cost savings for buyers and its capacity to serve global markets.

Confronting IT Challenges through Hyperconvergence

Contributed Article:

Today’s enterprise IT infrastructure is a picture of complexity. Customers buy and integrate numerous products, for different functions, from as many vendors, each with different management screens, training courses, licensing, refresh cycles, and modes of operation.

Legacy IT infrastructure is complex, costly to maintain, and not designed to deal with mission critical applications running in virtualized environments for enterprises. IT leaders are looking for viable, simple, scalable and cost-effective solutions in order to maintain competitive operations. Hence, the nature of Hyperconvergence makes it a worthy consideration and it’s no wonder that Hyperconvergence has become the hottest trend in IT infrastructure!

Hyperconverging IT infrastructure

Hyperconvergence brings a simplified and consolidated computing or IT infrastructure designed for virtual workloads. Specifically, it seamlessly combines all of the IT components and services below the hypervisor into an x86 building block. This means there are no silos of independent IT components. IT teams also do not need to manage discrete devices or have specialized training in component-level technology, such as storage area networks (SANs).

This way, hyperconvergence greatly simplifies IT infrastructure, which makes operations more efficient. It improves the speed and agility of deploying resources for virtual workloads.

What is the ‘side effect’ of hyperconvergence, you may ask. Well, hyerconvergence also help enterprises to significantly reduce IT costs. Before we go in the cost savings, let us see how this innovation came about.

Barracuda Introduces Virtual Barracuda Backup Appliance

Sep 17, 2015 - KL :

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces Barracuda Backup Vx, a new deployment option for Barracuda Backup aimed at organizations looking to reduce onsite hardware through virtualization.

Complimenting VMware vCloud Air, Barracuda Backup Vx was introduced to customers at VMworld 2015.

Barracuda Backup Vx uses both inline target-based deduplication and compression to reduce storage and bandwidth requirements, and easily scale storage as data grows, eliminating the need for forklift upgrades.

Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager for Barracuda in Malaysia says, “Barracuda Backup Vx further expands the flexibility and virtualization support we’re able to offer our customers, especially those who are moving away from physical infrastructure.”

“Part of providing complete data protection means that we need to offer customers the option to deploy our products in a way that makes the most sense for their environments - whether that’s in the form of a physical appliance, a cloud solution, or a virtual appliance,” adds Thiban.

Scalable for growing environments, Barracuda Backup Vx is licensed as a per-TB capacity subscription allowing customers to pay only for what they back up.

Replication is built into each Barracuda Backup Vx subscription; customers can choose whether to replicate to the Barracuda Cloud or to a virtual receiver for disaster recovery. Replication to the Barracuda Cloud includes “Unlimited” Cloud Storage and extended retention through offsite vaulting.

Brocade Extends Leadership in Open Source Software-Defined Networking

Sep 17, 2015 - K.L :

Ninety percent of respondents in a recent survey conducted by Heavy Reading said that a truly open SDN controller with support for multiple vendors is an essential or important factor in SDN deployment plans. The same survey ranked the lack of in-house SDN expertise as the third biggest obstacle in implementing SDN.

Helping to address these needs, Brocade today announced the Brocade SDN Controller 2.0, a commercial distribution of the OpenDaylight (ODL) controller based on the Lithium ODL release, and two new software-defined networking (SDN) applications—Brocade Topology Manager and Brocade Flow Manager. These new solutions reinforce Brocade’s leadership in open source SDN, providing greater innovation, interoperability and choice while eliminating vendor lock-in for customers.

The Brocade Topology Manager is a free SDN application that displays discovered network topology, allowing administrators to create a list of nodes and conduct simple searches for nodes. Brocade Flow Manager extends these capabilities by enabling users to view and interact with the network topology using near-real-time information to perform traffic engineering and network segmentation based on end-to-end flow views. In addition, the Brocade SDN Controller now supports the recently-announced Brocade Flow Optimizer to intelligently manage traffic flow and proactively mitigate network attacks.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

9 Things You Need to Know About the Galaxy Tab S2

Contributed Article:

Whether used for browsing the web, reading e-books or watching videos, the tablet is slowly but surely becoming the preferred device to improve one’s efficiency in an on-the-go world where there are simply not enough hours in a day. The launch of the Galaxy Tab S2, packed with many innovative features and boasting an ultra-thin design, has ushered in a new era of portable productivity. Here are nine things you should know about what this amazing device has to offer.

Ultimate Portability

When it comes to consuming content, laptops are too big and bulky. Smartphones can be too small. Yet, at just 5.6mm thin and only 392g (9.7 inch) and 272g (8.0 inch)*, the Galaxy Tab S2 is just right. As the thinnest and lightest tablet on the market, toting around the device is equivalent to carrying a light magazine or a coffee tumbler. As such, the tablet fits effortlessly into a small bag, is easy to handle with one hand and is ideal to carry when on-the-go.

On-the-Go Productivity

In a fast-paced work environment, the Galaxy Tab S2 is the ideal device for maximizing workplace productivity and managing tasks efficiently when on-the-go. The tablet’s MS Office Solution allows for the creation and editing of documents, tasks that would normally be done on a PC. And for those who might not be quite comfortable utilizing a touchpad to perform such tasks, the optional Book Cover Design Keyboard delivers a PC-like experience that’s far more portable.**

IT News Week 3 Sep 2015

For week 2 of Sep 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of the yearly Malaysian Cybersale.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Upgrading to Latest AMD Processor Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Personal Computing Use by 50%
  • PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Kaspersky: Businesses Pay More to Recover from a Security Breach if Virtual Infrastructure is Affected
  • PR - Sep 17, 2015 - Elitecore’s 24online product Introduces CRM and Mobile APP for ISP
  • PR - Sep 16, 2015 - Pierre Cheung Named SVP and GM of Greater China for Viacom International Media Networks
  • PR - Sep 15, 2015 - PacHosting Extends Services to Include Acronis Backup Cloud
  • PR - Sep 15, 2015 - Red Hat Named a Leader in Mobile Infrastructure Services by Independent Research Firm
  • PR - Sep 14, 2015 - Genesys Named a Worldwide Leader in IDC MarketScape on Contact Center Infrastructure and Software
  • PR - Sep 14, 2015 - Aruba Networks (HP) Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure
  • Ovum - Sep 14, 2015 - London - 10Mbps has become the new minimum to support customer broadband expectations
  • PR - Sep 8, 2015 - VIACOM Launches 'Viacom Play Plex' Suite of Branded Mobile TV Apps
  • PR - Sep 8, 2015 - Axios Systems recognized in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Service Support Management Tools