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Monday, July 25, 2016

Delivering Business Outcomes Through Zero Maintenance

By Srinivasan Thiagarajan, Assistant Vice President, Global Managed Services, Cognizant

Application maintenance is one of the most critical services delivered by IT service delivery organizations with various engagement forms ranging from fixed-bid, to managed services, to business outcome-based models.

Among the many operational challenges corporations continually face is the question of how much time and money they should allocate to application maintenance. It is imperative for organizations to free up their IT maintenance budgets to allocate funds to fuel business growth.

In today’s digital age, responsiveness and agility are vital for businesses to remain competitive in consumer-focused market conditions. With a complex application landscape and infrastructure bloat, it is going to be all the more challenging to serve the business purpose.

To address these challenges, businesses need to look beyond the traditional practices of IT cost optimization. The application portfolio needs to be modular and componentized to handle any changing business requirements. The infrastructure should be optimized to meet the “right” demand. And finally, IT should be able to deliver value and make an impact on business performance and not merely focus on IT service level agreements (SLAs).

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Kaspersky : New study reveals the Internet is a source of family conflict and disconnect

Jul 15, 2016:

The way we live our digital lives at home is having a big impact on our family relationships, according to new research from Kaspersky Lab and iconKids & Youth. With people spending ever more time online, a fifth of parents and children say that the Internet and connected devices can be a cause of family tension.

The research, which surveyed over 3,700 families in seven countries, provides an insight into how the digital world is disrupting traditional family dynamics. Whereas in the past parents were the first port of call for children seeking answers to questions or advice, one-in-four (23%) of the parents surveyed say that their kids now prefer to go online rather than talk to them.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

IT News Week 4 Jul 2016

For IT News Week 2 Jul 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Symantec Security Response - Jul 22, 2016 - Spam bots drive Tinder's Users to sign up on adult webcam and erotic video websites
  • PR - Jul 21, 2016 - Intralinks Appoints Allan Robertson to Drive Asia Pacific Growth
  • PR - Jul 21, 2016 - MDEC, Iverson and Cloudera upskilling lecturers to nurture next generation of data professionals
  • PR - Jul 20, 2016 - ASUS x DirectD Grand Opening Concept Store in Subang Jaya
  • PR - Jul 19, 2016 - BIOSTAR Equips Gamers for VR Gaming Experience with GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Card
  • PR - Jul 15, 2016 - IMS Health Chooses Cloudera Enterprise to Support Big Data Factory for Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - Sunway Lagoon Ghostbuster Adventure
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - HTC Malaysia Announces Two New Innovative Smartphones to Malaysians
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Announces Sponsorship of CEST
  • Schroders : Jul 11, 2016 - Multi-Asset Insights: Have central banks lost their potency in determining exchange rates?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Barracuda Expands Cloud-Ready Next-Generation Firewall Technology

Jul 18, 2016:

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces the availability of Barracuda NextGen Firewall F-Series version 7.0, which is expressly designed for organizations adopting cloud-based applications, operating dispersed network environments, and leveraging public cloud platforms

Barracuda NextGen Firewall Version 7.0 provides security and reliability in these environments, especially for organizations leveraging public cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

Barracuda NextGen Firewall is designed from the ground-up for the cloud era and enables intelligent network perimeters at headquarters, remote and branch offices, and satellite locations to deliver secure, direct, business quality access to applications hosted in private and public cloud environments while minimizing the need to backhaul traffic. Barracuda NextGen Firewall goes beyond next-generation security with features to also improve connectivity and performance.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mind the Gap: The app-data gap is stifling more than just productivity

Jul 11, 2016 - By Mark Lazarus, Director of Technology, Nimble Storage

In today’s innovation-powered economy, ideas need to travel at the speed of thought. Business users now expect immediate access to data without interruption, demanding information at their fingertips anywhere and at any time. However, when the delivery of data to applications is disrupted, a gap is created – the app-data gap. This app-data gap not only has a negative impact on user experience, but also has repercussions on the business outcome and the organizational effectiveness.

According to a global study conducted by Nimble Storage on nearly 3,000 IT professionals and business users, nearly 75 percent of Southeast Asian respondents reported that the speed of applications they use significantly impacts their ability to perform their best in the workplace, with more than half (57 percent) of them saying that they lose more than 10 percent of their workday waiting on technology to deliver the information they need.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Giada N60E-O: New Intel® Xeon® D Server Motherboards Announced

July 12th, 2016, Shenzhen, China

Giada Technology, the industry leader in embedded systems and expert in server technology, today officially announces the N60E-O compact server for warm cloud storage applications powered by Intel Xeon-D processors which offer scalable performance on a tiny form factor.

Broadwell-DE Processor

Balancing value, performance and integration, the Giada N60E-O features an onboard Broadwell-DE based Xeon-D processor which is intended for entry-level enterprise storage applications particularly warm data storage. The Xeon D-1540 features 8-cores with 16 threads with an impressive TDP rating of 45W offering a great balance of performance and power draw making for a highly efficient setup.

Compact and Compatible Mini-ITX Form Factor
The Giada N60E-O features the compact mini-ITX form factor (170x170 mm) for compact chassis but is compatible with most general tower-types, rack-mounted cases and mini NAS server chassis. Users can adapt the Giada N60E-O to their particularly dimensions without shifting chassis of their server.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

IT News Week 2 Jul 2016

For IT News Week 5 Jun 2016

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 14, 2016 - Penang - HP Opens New Ink Supplies Manufacturing Facility in Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 13, 2016 - Red Hat Cloud and Containers
  • PR - Jul 12, 2016 - Travel stimulates higher-risk behavior online among consumers, says Kaspersky Lab report
  • PR - Jul 12, 2016 - Acronis Backup Cloud Extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack
  • PR - Jul 12, 2016 - Brother Monochrome Laser Series Engineered for Businesses
  • Mergemarket - Jul 12, 2016 - Technology, Media & Telecommunications(TMT) report for H1 2016
  • PR - Jul 11, 2016 - Sophos Named a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites Three Years in a Row
  • PR - Jul 7, 2016 - BIOSTAR Announces TB85 Motherboard, Made for Mining
  • Schroders - Jul 7, 2016 - EM and Brexit: should we worry?
  • PR - Jul 5, 2016 - Colour Your World With The HTC Desire 830 Dual Sim
  • PR - Jul 4, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Launches the First Tea Maker
  • PR - Jul 4, 2016 - Oracle Delivers the Power of Engineered Systems to Organizations of All Sizes
  • PR - Jun 22, 2016 - Hitachi Data Systems Announces New Converged and Hyperconverged Solutions
  • PR - Jun 20, 2016 - Transcosmos Increases its Stake in UNQ, the Leading E-Commerce Distributor in China
  • PR - Jun 17, 2016 - Oracle and Snapchat measure impact of snap ads on sales in stores

Friday, July 08, 2016

How human-centric design thinking can power creative problem-solving and drive change

By Theo Forbath, Vice President, Digital Transformation, Cognizant Digital Works and Kipp Lynch, AVP, UX Research and Design, Cognizant Digital Works

The lone scientist working in a lab discovers a breakthrough and changes everything; a sudden inspiration comes in a dream; a brainstorming session among the company’s best and brightest leads to the next killer app―all these scenarios might make a good movie, but they seldom reflect reality.

Creativity and problem-solving are not individual endeavours, nor do they occur in isolation. Fortunately, companies are beginning to embrace new ways of fostering innovation. Instead of approaching a new product or service creation by defining a set of requirements, many companies are seeking first to understand the human needs behind the product or service, to develop an overall experience.

This approach―often called ‘design thinking’―is based on developing a thorough understanding of what the user goals are from multiple viewpoints―emotional, psychological and behavioural. Through an iterative process of observation, ideation, rapid prototyping and testing, design thinking can help to craft an experience that is meaningful to the person engaged with it, one that seamlessly meshes the physical and digital interactions of people, processes and things. Design thinking is a mindset that draws on the interaction of all these components.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Microsoft’s Collaboration with the Prisons Department of Malaysia

Jun 30, 2016:

Microsoft Malaysia announced a three-year partnership with the Malaysian Prisons Department (under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs), to provide approximately 500 juvenile inmates, aged 16 to 21, across 13 prison schools, digital literacy and upskilling opportunities in digital inclusion, entrepreneurship and capacity building.

The main objective of this collaboration was to prepare these individuals for employability, and to pursue further educational opportunities upon their release. Microsoft also shared that the collaboration would see these inmates receiving benefits through programs with Microsoft volunteers, student partners and NGO partners such as Yayasan Generasi Gemilang. Inmates from the prison schools would be trained to use basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The company is also looking at providing training to teachers from the prison in the areas of digital literacy, which would help them to impart the necessary skills required to improve leaning outcomes.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

iPay88 announces collaboration with PayPal to promote cross-border trade for Malaysian businesses

iPay88 Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s top online payment solution provider today announces that it has entered into a collaboration with leading online payments company PayPal to promote and facilitate cross-border trade for iPay88 merchants.

Online cross-border trading is undoubtedly helping businesses of all sizes export to the global marketplace with unprecedented ease. For small businesses in particular, cross-border eCommerce creates a growing opportunity to sell to the world, expanding beyond just their local economy.

This collaboration with PayPal will enable iPay88 merchants to leverage PayPal’s 184 million active accounts and trusted presence in more than 200 markets to extend their reach and go where the demand is without the costs of traditional geo-expansion.

According to KL Chan, Executive Director of iPay88, iPay88 chose to collaborate with PayPal so as to provide greater value to its Malaysian eCommerce businesses as the collaboration will allow local SMEs the access to conduct their business in the global marketplace, thereby providing an additional source of revenue for local businesses.