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Monday, August 29, 2011

madworkshop kl 2011 Malaysia (Mobile App Development Workshop)

This is a one day training workshop organized by Instep Learning Asia, Info Trek and Frenclub.

It aims to introduce mobile app development on Multiple platforms.

Objective:

  • Get inspired with the latest trend and updates on mobile app and technology
  • To proactively collaborate and leverage on and utilize the various MDEC and government grant & incentives in developing mobile app
  • To understand and proactively create programs that are able to help participants in developing mobile apps.
  • Focus on on-demand mobile app in the market that will benefit companies who are in the mobile development filed
  • Over challenges in developing mobile app on cross platform by using the right tool

Trainer:
Daniel Freeman

Date:
18 October 2011 (8:00am to 6:30pm)

Location:
Equatorial hotel, KL, Malaysia

Price:
RM 580 (standard price)
or RM 480 (Early bird).  Make use of the promo code 'IT-Sideways470' and pay only RM 470

Refer madworkshopkl2011 for details.

Email Iris Khoo for registration:

Mobile:016-295 8740
Email: iriskhoo@info-tek.com

Tun Dr. M Simple Advice On Economy

Refer to 'I was the prime minister for too long'

Former prime minister Tun Dr. M "If you keep your money under your pillow, the economy will never grow."

Needed A Break ? Go for Fujitsu's East-West Knowledge Leaders Program

Refer to 'Call for Submission of Application for Fujitsu Scholarship'

East-West Knowledge Leaders Program is offered by JAIMS (Japan-America Institute of Management Science) in Honolulu.

The EWKLP is a three (3) month long certificate management program that provides continued education for experienced business professionals with a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of full-time work experience.

The curriculum focus of EWKLP is on East-and-West global best practices delivered in a highly conducive learning environment for scholarship recipients to develop a wide range of knowledge-based leadership competencies and innovation skills.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dell Dwells Into Cloud Computing Business

Refer to 'Dell Completes Acquisition of Data Center Networking Leader Force10 Networks'

Refer to the editor's summary.

Dell's Virtual Network Services Infrastructure is a solution targeting enterprise IT market.

It is a cloud computing product.

Essentially, it is an infrastructured as a service (IaaS) product where it allows customers to make use of cloud computing infrastructure on pay for rent basis.

Cloud computing has made such possibility possible.

Force10 Networks was famous for developing Enthernet switches which is based on the Force10 Operating System (FTOS). FTOS is based on the NetBSD.

Recently, it launches the Force10 One Automation Framework to address virtualization for data center. It consists of 4 technologies 1.) JumpStart, 2.)SmartScripts (supports Perl and Python), 3.)Hyperlink and 4) SwitchLink.




The whole enterprise market is going full force on cloud computing and looks like if you are not, it is time to take serious attention. This reminds me a day (some years ago) when I told a friend I wanted to do something like YouTube, and he told me "who is going to watch your video ?". Ya right, they are not, they are going to watch "Lady Gaga.." : D

It is now possible to rent an unlimited data center complete with integrated security and management tools. The question to ask is, 1.) Do you really want to own your virtual servers, what are the pros and cons ? 2.) How cheaper it is for me to rent virtual servers, what other pros and cons ?

It is also interesting to take note that companies like Dell are forced to take alternative routes to sell more hardware such as servers.

Refer more on trends and cloud computing

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Open Facebook Store

Open Facebook store, sell to 750 million users.


Check out Cenext.

Breaking Down The Cloud

Refer to 'Breaking Down The Cloud'

Date Time: 20 October 2011 | 9:30am - 3:00pm
Location: Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Keynote Speaker: MR Chiew Kok Hin, Malaysian Internet Exchange (MyIX) Chairman and AIMS Group CEO will address the topic 'Connectivity: The Fundamental Element for Cloud Enablement'

The whole promise of the Cloud would evaporate without the most basic and critical component of Connectivity. Why is this commodity of Internet connectivity so crucial, and how best can you ensure the bandwidth necessary to support your Cloud Adoption?


This event is supported by Enterprise IT News.

Refer more on Cloud Computing.

Intel Creates Ultrabook Concept to Compete

Refer to 'Intel Capital Creates $300 Million Ultrabook Fund'

Refer to the Editor's summary.

Ultrabook is a term from Intel which defines a new class of 'PC' that is a cross between laptop and tablet; for the best of both world.

The first 'Ultrabook' in the market is Apple's Mac Book Air, but that is not for the 'PC' market which is pretty much Microsoft Windows based.

Ultrabook concept promises better battery life, thinner physical casing and enhanced storage capacity.

One of the primary driver of the Ultrabook concept is through the introducation of Intel's latest 2nd Generation Intel Core Processors which is to be followed by 'Ivy Bridge' processor series (in 2012) and 'Haswell' series (in 2013)


It suggests that Ultrabook is meant for PC (Windows based) market to compete with Apple's gadget particularly the MacBook Air. Also, I think netbook will be phased out soon, due to the fact that tablets has gained prominence.

Right now, if you want to buy 'Air' book, Apple MacBook is the choice, and if you want to buy tablet, iPad seems like the first choice. The only thing PC can compete is laptop or netbook. However, remember that Steve Jobs once said netbook is a result trade off of many things? Laptop is heavy and slow to boot up, so probably you should wait for Ultrabook if you are waiting for Window based tablet.

Free Cloud Hosting For Java EE6 Using OpenShift

Refer to 'Red Hat is First to Deliver Java EE6 via Platform-as-a-Service with OpenShift'

Check out the editor's summary.

RedHat is famous for its licensed Linux based operating system for both server and desktop. It targets the enterprise market.

Jave EE (Enterprise Edition) is a software development platform based on Java which focuses on web based architecture. During the early days, only enterprise level software are web based capability, while normal software are considered to be standard edition.

Java EE is now in its 6th edition. Since the 2nd edition (J2EE), it is now more than 10 years.

OpenShift is a cloud computing platform provided by RedHat which offers developers free software development and deployment platform for web based application. In other words, it is a free platform as a service (PaaS).

OpenShift is the first to provide Java EE 6 in the Cloud. This is really cool stuff!




OpenShift is something like Windows Azure.

So now you can deploy Java web based application on the cloud using OpenShift for free. It is actually similar to Google App Engine.

I am not too sure how free is free, but what RedHat is trying to achieve is "aimed at allowing enterprises to transition their existing Java EE applications and skills to the cloud with zero friction." Once this is able to achieve, enterprise will be more willing to adopt cloud computing technology such as RedHat Enterprise virtualization; which is cloud enable solution based on its RedHat Enterprise Linux platform.

This will translate into more sales for RedHat Enterprise Linux platform.

Refer more on Cloud Computing.

MDEC Official Web Site Is Down ...

MDEC official web site (http://www.mdec.my/) is down like nobody business.

I started to notice this since yesterday (26 Aug 2011).

It is hacked ?

Come on, please get up soon because I need to do something!





iPad SuperGuide at RM98 Only

This training is to be conducted by my friend Mr. SY Lim.

Some Details
  • 76% OFF: 4 hours iPad Super Guide Workshop for RM98 instead of RM400. Complimentary RM20 Marche Cash Voucher. Location: Marche Movenpick Restaurant, The Curve.
  • Maximise the power of your iPad for business, entertainment and lifestyle. Learn tips and tricks that allows you to use your iPad to its fullest potential.
  • 4-hour workshop to be held at Marche Movenpick Restaurant, The Curve (8 September 2011, 2pm - 6pm)
  • Suitable for all. No experience needed.
  • Workshop conducted by trainer Lim See Yew, with over 15 years in iPhone and iPad apps and software development.
  • Those without iPad are also welcome to join.
  • Complimentary RM20 worth of tea time at Marche Movenpick Restaurant.

The reason you can get it cheaper is because it is sold via 'group' sales. Check out the link.

Refer to Trends.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs Resigns As CEO

This is big news.

Steve Jobs to remain as chairman while Tim Cook becomes CEO.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

12TH INTERNATIONAL COMMON CRITERIA CONFERENCE (12ICCC) IN KUALA LUMPUR SET TO RAISE QUALITY ASSURANCE LEVEL IN INFORMATION SECURITY EVALUATION AND CERTIFICATION

CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), will be hosting the 12th International Common Criteria Conference (12ICCC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 27 - 29 September, 2011.

The 12ICCC is a significant and eagerly anticipated event by the global IT security industry as it serves as a strategic platform that facilitates valuable knowledge sharing among the region’s top technology security experts from various established certification bodies and evaluation laboratories.

The three-day conference has attracted an impressive line-up of more than 70 speakers from all over the world. Some of the world’s most renowned chief technologists, policy makers, and product developers will converge to exchange policies and ideas on the specification, development, evaluation and certification of IT security products.

The 12th International Common Criteria Conference offers a balance of highly informative keynotes, valuable technology and industry insights, and interactive technical sessions. Among the key highlights of this year’s conference include keynote addresses by Andras Robert Szakal, IBM’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and David MacFarlane, Director of Security Certification from Research In Motion (RIM). There will also be a prestigious award ceremony honouring participants and certified product vendors during its Gala Dinner on 28 September 2011.

“We are pleased to announce that over 200 distinguished IT certification experts from North America, Europe as well as within Asia Pacific region will be gathering at this year’s conference. The 12ICCC aligns with Malaysian Government’s objective to facilitate and promote the growth of quality IT products in the country. This forum will be a catalyst for Malaysian ICT companies to work towards enhancing their technical knowledge through exchange of innovative ideas and valuable experience with global participants,” said Lt Col Prof Dato’ Husin Jazri (Retired), Chief Executive Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia.

Common Criteria (CC) is recognized as ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard ISO/IEC 15408 (Information technology -- Security techniques-- Evaluation criteria for IT security). It is regarded as the international benchmark for IT security evaluation criteria which addresses product functionality, development environment, documentation, and product testing measures.

Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) is an International group that is active in supporting the standard security evaluation and certification. CCRA creates value for ICT product vendors by allowing them to conduct an evaluation of their ICT product in one participating country and have the result recognized across all participating countries in CCRA.

“Malaysia has been an active CCRA Consuming Participant member since 2007. We have submitted an application to the committee to be recognized as an Authorizing Participant member during 12ICCC. Should the application meet with the committee’s stringent approval process, Malaysia is set to join an elite group of nations including USA, Japan, France & UK to be able to operate CCRA approved certification schemes,” said Dato’ Husin.

The 12th International Common Criteria Conference will be held at OneWorld Hotel, Petaling Jaya from 27th to 29th September 2011. For further enquiries on conference program and registration, kindly visit http://12iccc.cybersecurity.my/contact.html

Media Contacts:

Lynn Lee
PiPR

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Company Records RM23.9 million Revenue for 1HFY2011 with record PAT of 5.6mil

ACE-listed and MSC-status eBworx Berhad ('eBworx') reports a profit after tax (PAT) of RM3 million for Q2FY2011 closing 30th June.

This adds up to a total PAT of RM5.6 million for the first half of FY2011 – which already exceeds the company entire PAT for FY2010 (RM4.7 million). This total half year PAT of RM5.6million is on the back of RM23.9 million in revenues. Comparing to the first half of the previous financial year, the revenue has grown 50% while PAT surged by 100%.

According to Group CEO Tan Suan Fong, this achievement puts the company steadily on track to achieve an internal PAT target to exceed RM10 million this year.

“Due to the recovery and uptrend in the banking sector, we have also experienced a boost in our sales orders threefold of that in FY2010 and stands at over RM80 million in banking project orders on hand.”

During the first half of current financial year, the company also strengthened its financial position with a positive operation cash flow of RM12.2 million. After the share buy back, the cash reserve has increased from RM19.5mil to RM27.2 million.

Currently, the Group's Earnings Per Share (EPS) for 1HFY2011 stands at 2.67sen.

Continued Strong Demand for Credit Management & Internet & Mobile Banking

eBworx’s exceptional profit growth performance is primarily due to strong demands for its credit management, Cash Management, Internet & Mobile Banking solutions over the region in the recent months.

This local banking systems provider has also integrated the latest Islamic banking features into its consumer loans systems such as mortgage, hire purchase and credit card applications, making the eBworx Loans Origination System (LOS) a premium credit management brand for Tier-1 banks across the region.

In the region, eBworx has by far the largest client base (of Tier-1 Banks) for credit management systems as compared to any other competitor - with its LOS credit management solution having received various industry recognition such APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) and International Data Corp (IDC)’s FIIA (Financial Insights Innovation Awards) in 2009 and 2010 respectively. The Group’s Digital Cash Management System (CAMS) installation sites have also awarded “Best Cash Management System” by Asia Money and Asia Banker Journal.

Media Contact

Judy Wong
PiPR Consultancy Sdn Bhd
Tel: (+603) 7724 1710/ (+6012) 622 4688
judywong@pipr.com.my

MBSB Using SAS® Rapid Predictive Modeler for better customer insights

Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB) has enhanced its data mining solution with SAS Rapid Predictive Modeler, from the leader in business analytics software and services, to gain more precise insights about customers to create better products and services. MBSB invested a total of RM1.4 Million for SAS Credit Scoring which was purchased in 2005 and upgraded its Data Mining solution which comes with Rapid Predictive Modeler when they moved to higher capacity server. MBSB is one of earliest adopters of SAS Rapid Predictive Modeler since its release late last year.

“This is an upgrade to MBSB’s existing predictive analytics and data mining solution – SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner – implemented in 2005,” said Dato’ Ahmad Zaini Othman, CEO of MBSB. “Back then, it was aimed for holistic reporting, to address high nonperforming loans (NPLs). Now, we are using campaign management and credit scorecard solutions to better measure clients’ behavior and campaign penetration.”

Through intensive product development and new marketing campaigns, MBSB plans to grow its retail assets –personal financing and home mortgage products – while also establishing a position as a reliable corporate financial provider.

Caption (From Left): Dato’ Ahmad Zaini Othman, CEO of MBSB exchanging handshake with SAS Managing Director Andrew Tan.

MBSB will capitalize on its strengths as a small financial institution: agile decision-making, personalized customer service, flexibility and fast turnaround time. The company does not plan to compete directly with existing financial players.

“MBSB relies on SAS solutions to realize their corporate objectives, especially assessing and approving good loans via credit risk scorecard for its retail business,” said SAS Managing Director Andrew Tan. “With SAS, MBSB decision makers can execute their business plans effectively and efficiently. The new SAS Rapid Predictive Modeler solution will help MBSB uncover unknown patterns, opportunities and insights to drive proactive, evidence-based decision making.”

MBSB recently introduced an array of new products, such as the MBSB Ultimate, Bijak Malaysia (Bancassurance) and the Cheeky Savings Account, to tap into under-penetrated markets, such as young professionals just beginning their careers and requiring reliable financial advice.

About Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB)

The origin of Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB) can be traced back to the Federal and Colonial Building Society Limited incorporated in 1950. Subsequently, on 15 March 1956, it changed its name to Malaya Borneo Building Society Limited (MBBS), with the Malaysian Government as its major shareholder. MBBS was then listed on the Stock Exchange of Malaysia and Singapore in August 1963.

Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB) was incorporated on 17 March 1970 in Malaysia to take over the Malaysian operations and was listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange on 14 March 1972. MBSB is a Scheduled Institution as defined under the Banking and Financial Institution Act 1989 (BAFIA). The status of an Exempt Finance Company was granted to MBSB on 1 March 1972 by the Ministry of Finance and the status has remained in force since.

Employees Provident Fund Board (EPF) and Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) are two major shareholders of MBSB. As a financial provider, MBSB offers a spectrum of innovative financial products and services for both individuals and corporate throughout its branches nationwide.

Media Contacts:

Lynn Lee
PiPR

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Different Ways of Making Millions

Refer to 'Going for the first million isn’t all that hard'

I do believe this is in conjunction with TEDxKL.

Different speakers and successful entrepreneurs shared their experiences.

If you look carefully, critical success factors can be categorized into the followings
  • Opportunity. You must wait for opportunity to happen at the right time and place. Especially if you want to create something new. If Bill Gates was borned 30 years ago, he may not be the one who revolutionizes Personal Computer. Gates was borned 55 years ago.

    And once you have identified opportunity, make decision whether you want to embrace it and take all the risks. Be prepare to fail totally.
  • Passion and patience.
  • Be prepare to work very hard, sacrifice your life and take more risks. There is no such thing as just go with the flow. Come on, you are entrepreneur.
  • Something to sell and make money, even to the smallest bit. You got to sell something and make some cash.
This is what I want to share, even though I feel inadequate (I don't have a million bucks :D)
  • Start small, low cost and one man.
  • If you can't afford to have a place (office, shop or etc), at least have a web site and do it nicely. Try to maintain it yourself if possible.
  • You need to have products which people want to buy now and you have to start selling tomorrow. You need to make some cash.
  • You need to always be alert on what is happening in the industry and always plan ahead. Basically, you need to make sure that you will always have incomes.
  • Do not spend 100% of your time on R & D.
  • Get exercised, eat simple, maintain a healthy lifestyle because health and time is your capital.
  • Anticipate problems and more problems. Because you are supposed to solve problems.
  • Before you embark on a business venture, get all the facts that you require. Evaluate everything thoroughly, make sure you have all necessary facts. Talk to people, read blogs, read books and everything. Get facts, not opinions.
  • They key to success is two things: survive now, and incomes tomorrow. If you can keep replenish these two elements, you are on your way. Of course, saying is easy.
  • Finally, this is what most people would agree with me. If you don't have 3 years, just forget it. Most of the people that I know would say 10 years, I would say at least 3 years, you have to struggle for 3 years before you can feel comfortable. Mind you, struggle is painful.
More on entrepreneur.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Why Should We Have M.I.M in Advertising Industry ?

Let's go find out what's in it for us in Advertising industry.

I encourage all the web entrepreneurs to attend this networking session.


Date: 24 Aug 2011

Location:

UOA Bangsar South

Tower 1, Avenue 3
The Horizon
Bangsar South
No.8 Jalan Kerinchi
59200 Kuala Lumpur

P1 CELEBRATES ITS 3RD ANNIVERSARY WITH TRIPLE EXCITEMENT PROMOTIONS

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (“P1”), Malaysia’s first and leading 4G wireless broadband service provider turns three today, 19 August, 2011.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already,” said Michael Lai, CEO of P1. “In just three short years we have rolled out a nationwide 4G network covering 50 percent of the West Malaysia population and we have nearly 350,000 subscribers.”

To celebrate three amazing years, P1 has released its Triple Excitement value promotions on its popular P1 4G ONE Plan, its P1 4G Home Plan and P1 4G Voice Plan.

The One Plan is a 2-in-1 broadband bundle that comes with a powerful P1 4G modem with WiFi and a nifty P1 4G on-the-go modem with shared quota at the most attractive price point in the market. The One Plan is also designed to offer an amazingly convenient 4G broadband service because consumers only have one broadband provider and only one monthly bill.

P1’s 3rd Anniversary ONE Plan promotion is RM30 off for the first three months on the ONE 129 Plan. That’s only RM99 for the first three months and RM129 monthly thereafter! Get a Home modem with speeds of 2Mbps, a Wiggy with speeds of 5Mbps and 15 GB shared quota.

The 3rd Anniversary Home Plan promotion is RM20 off for the first three months on the HOME 99 Plan. Get a Home modem with speeds of 2Mbps and 15GB quota, all for RM79 per month for the first three months!

To triple the excitement, P1 has slashed its P1 4G Voice 30 Plan in half! For the first two months, P1 4G subscribers pay only RM15 instead of RM30. Customers get 200 minutes of free talk time to numbers within Malaysia and to Singapore, China, Hong Kong and the USA.

It’s three times as exciting with P1’s 3rd Anniversary Triple Celebration promotions!

Media Contacts:

Diane Barton
PDQ

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Solarwinds Introduces Synthetic End User Monitor For Comprehensive Internal, SAAS, And Cloud Web Transaction Monitoring And Alerts

SolarWinds® Inc. (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced the availability of its latest application management offering, SolarWinds Synthetic End User Monitor. This new product helps systems administrators and application support professionals monitor multi-step web-based transactions in mission-critical applications.

With an easy-to-use recorder, Synthetic End User Monitor delivers affordable cloud-based and internal web application monitoring that allows users to respond to transaction problems before customers see them. It monitors web applications through synthetic user tests, reporting on duration and success. Alerts are sent if there are issues with completing transactions, providing expected results, or timing. The cost isn’t based on frequency like many other synthetic monitoring products, so users can run transactions as often as they like, minimizing downtime.




“Synthetic End User Monitor provides reliable and affordable web application monitoring, with the best, most easy-to-use recorder on the market, at a fraction of the price,” said Doug Hibberd, SVP of Engineering and General Manager APAC Operations, SolarWinds. “It also provides the option to monitor mission-critical internal applications, an area that is ignored by most of our competitors.”

When combined with SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor (APM), Synthetic End User Monitor looks at issues from the customer point-of-view, while APM monitors servers and services from the inside. Together, they help the user understand the status of their system, and more accurately pinpoint problems. SolarWinds also announced Web Transaction Watcher today, a free tool that allows the recording of one web transaction, with the option to replay every 30 minutes to let users know if there is a problem. Web Transaction Watcher recordings will not need to be re-recorded if users decide they need to upgrade to Synthetic End User Monitor.

SolarWinds Synthetic End User Monitor Key Features:
  • Affordable web application transaction monitoring
  • Easy-to-use recorder is as simple as using your application like an end-user
  • Know if there is a problem before users do, minimize application downtime
  • Ensure you are getting the most out of your slice of the cloud
  • Monitor cloud, SaaS, and internal applications
  • Ability to deploy recorders to various locations
Customer Testimonial from Evan Marks, Infrastructure Manager at COCC, Inc., an information technology service for banks and credit unions.

“We were impressed by Synthetic End User Monitor’s ease of use; I didn’t have to read anything in order to install, configure, or record my first transaction and start monitoring. It was up and running in 20 minutes. It allows us to monitor performance levels at different times of the day, week, and month — enabling us to appropriately allocate infrastructure over time for the most cost-effective web application performance. We plan to deploy multiple recorders within our data center, and possibly onsite for our hosting clients. Synthetic End User Monitor may enable us to identify an issue with a client’s network performance even before their own IT department is aware of it. Recently, one of our partner sites was unavailable for an extended period during the early morning hours. Because the Synthetic End User Monitor provided alerts and screenshots from our partner’s site, I knew that their site was down for maintenance, and didn’t need to investigate further.

With Synthetic End User Monitor, I can drill down to specific pages within our web applications for better visibility on the causes of slowdowns and other problems.”

Additional Resources

Pricing and Availability

SolarWinds Synthetic End User Monitor is available now and pricing starts at $1,995 (USD), with the first year of maintenance included; pricing for SolarWinds Application Performance Monitor (APM) starts at $2,495 (USD). For more information, visit the SolarWinds website, download a free 30-day evaluation, or call +65 6593 7600.

Media Contacts:

Lynn Tan
The Hoffman Agency
Phone: 65.6238.0297
ltan@hoffman.com

Tiffany Nels
SolarWinds
Phone: 512.682.9545
pr@solarwinds.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Small Boys vs Big Boys Theory

Refer to Google Buys Motorola Mobility.

--> Acquisition and consolidation, big boys consolidate money.

Refer to When Government Have Got Not Enough Money.

--> Public sector ran out of funds, small boys gain opportunities.

In other words, the near-future money for big boys are in the consumer. And the near-future money for small boys are in public sectors.

Bear in mind that private sector is consolidating, I understand (as a consumer) that Hong Leong Bank has recently acquired Eon Bank in Malaysia. There isn't going to be increasing number of big clients in the private sectors. Customers in the private sectors who can pay will always going for the best solutions, to survive in that arena, you have got to be the no.1 such as SAP AG.

And for security and business competition reasons, private sector may not regard open source as the ultimate solution even for lower cost.

However, what about smaller private companies ? It tends to be more consumer oriented, it will go for bigger brands for the mass market.

So, public sector, private sector and consumer sector, the overlaps are getting smaller.

Check out more about trends.

Maybank Phishing Site Aug 2011

Do NOT login!!




The actual URL is http://www.maybank2u.com.my/

Refer more on Phishing.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Google Buys Motorola Mobility

Not too long ago, we had Microsoft acquiring Skype for $8.5 bn.

Such shopping spree is not going to end in this model of economy and especially in the technology industry.

Now Google is buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 bn.

Since when is an open source software based company buying a manufacturer ? It is Google we are talking about.

There are many theories proposed by industry analysts.

My comments is that this follows the industry trends of acquisition and consolidation, which rewards monopoly and penalizes competition.

It reduces jobs and creates wealth for the elites.

This is a trend and it is just going to keep happening anyway.

Motorola phone is expected to see a surge in sales pretty soon.

and ya, Google is dead serious about the future of Android; that is because it is their baby.

Find out more on available Android Tablet PC currently in the market. Part 1 and part 2.

On competition with Apple, Google is actively acquiring new companies while Apple has always been out of limelight for this regards. Apple is still Apple with their very 'godly' culture and their own closed-border technology ecosystem. Google has always been at the open source side and Google hasn't got a programming language of its own yet.

On business sense, I think Google is finally going to have something to sell other than Adsense. That is a good thing, I would consider this option myself.

On entrepreneurship, making a difference is getting ever harder. You have to co-exist.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Software Quality Vs Business Quality Software Development

Inspired by Automated software quality metrics a cure for slapdash software? which describes that Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) is developing standards to evaluate software quality.

It is not happening yet, however the article argues that current trends and culture tends towards achieving business quality; fast to market with user oriented features.

Such is made best practice by software big brother Microsoft which sells software license and would make up for trade-offs in terms of bugs and issues via software updates. It is the best practice now and I believe it is a practical thing to do.

What CISQ is trying to achieve is to denounce this as the de-facto and preaches that deployed software should have as little issues as possible hence reducing the needs for updates which can happen very frequently.

It is a question between ideals and business.

My experience with software development tells me that the best solution to any logical problem is to think of an ideal solution, even though it may not be the most straight forward and optimized. However, following an ideal solution may lead to longer coding duration and hence will introduce more stresses into a project.

More so, an ideal solution for now may not be an ideal solution later. Nevertheless, an ideal solution should conform towards generality; means applicable to a larger thinkable boundary of the problems we are trying to solve.

Using software development life cycle analogy, CISQ is trying to create the ultimate waterfall software development life cycle while SCRUM agile development life cycle is what largely being regarded as best practice for today's business oriented software development culture.

In fact, most of us are doing SCRUM without we realizing it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Brocade's IPv6 Transition And Application Delivery

On February 3, 2011, the last available IPv4 addresses where allocated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

The clock is counting. The situation is further intensified with proliferation of mobile devices, spiking up the demand for even more IP addresses.

It is time to plan your strategy since IPv6 is just a matter of time.

According to Adrian Low,Regional Director, Application Delivery Platform (APAC), It‘s the 'Y2k' problem of Internet world. Jumping directly from IPv4-only network to IPv6-only network is not an economically viable solution, it is a marathon and not sprint.

The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series application delivery switch can be used to present an organization's existing sites and services to IPv6 users, and Brocade also has a NAT gateway for translating IPv4 to IPv6 addresses. These provide the necessary inter-operability and allow for resilient, reliable networks with the application intelligence that router-based implementation can’t provide.

More on Brocade and trends.

Media Contacts:

David Gibson
david@inter-asia.biz
m. + (6) 012 612 1425
www.inter-asia.biz

Saturday, August 06, 2011

If there is no virus, there is no need for antivirus

I have said this before.

If there is no virus, there is no need for antivirus.

In other words, it works according to the law of co-existence.

Some people classified hackers into white and black.

White are supposed to be the good guys and black are the bad ones. However, without black hackers, what is the for that we need the white ones ?

Banks are constantly under cyber security attack, of course it will be too late to argue about chicken and egg. Thus, to suggest that the world do not need intrusion prevention will be wrong.

However, we shouldn't really label people as good or bad. I can just say that each category lives by different ideals and they co-exist.

When Governments Have Got Not Enough Money

Public project funding crisis ? Refer to here and here and here.

UK prime minister; Mr. David Cameron talked (The Next Age of Government) about how to manage the country with a lower budget. The solution is IT.

Who is going to fund public projects when the government is cash tight ? Comes from end users ? Who is going to maintain it ?

My suggestion is that we need to find a large team of human resource who can work long hour on lower than median income basis.

Obviously, private business entities will not be able to fill such role. NGO can't either because NGO is dependent on private sponsors. Charity organizations will have larger human resources capacity than private companies or NGO, however, I am not sure if they should get involved with public administration.

This leaves only one option, the public servants.

Thus, the future of IT for public services will be open source, open standards and projects will be funded by end users.

Support works will be taken over by public servants and not by private business entities. What about development work ?

In the long run, it is possible that public sectors will sponsor more public servants to learn up ICT development work much to a larger extend as compare to current scenario. In short term to medium term, I think development work will still have to be filled up by private entities.

This is actually not a good thing for the big boys like Microsoft, SAP and etc when public sectors do not have enough money to service the public anymore. But ICT is still much needed. The question is how ? As David Cameron puts it: "how do we make things better without spending more money?"

So standards, best practices, are definitely going to rule.

For Malaysia, it will be up to MAMPU.

Nevertheless, as irony as it may sound, public funds are actually end users' money;tax.

So, conclusion for now is.
  1. IT is needed to mitigate budget problems, but you need money for IT implementations.
  2. Not only we need to think about open standards and best practices, we must also look at the issue with maintaining the IT implementation at a lower cost.
  3. In other words, we need to use cheaper solutions to cut cost.
  4. Public service needs robots and automation, however, the core purpose of public service is to protect the interest of the people. Means that public service cannot go about large scale retrenchment drive just to cut cost.
  5. To hire someone to sit there and do nothing is not recommended, but in this scenario, top guns are not affordable.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (July 2011)

As usual, check out the analysis for 2010.

For month of Jan 2011.
For month of Feb 2011.
For month of Mar 2011.
For month of Apr 2011.
For month of May 2011.
For month of June 2011.

For month of July 2011, we have the followings.
  • Latest PC trend
  • Brand of this blog
  • Name of this blog
  • A contemporary hardware feature
  • A feature of hotlink
  • An issue with Windows updates
  • A Cisco certification

Overview

  • Total monthly traffic increased by as much as 2.89%.
  • Traffic from referring sites decreased by 2.83%.
  • Google still top contributor (53.5%).Up from last month.
  • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, India,Singapore, Canada). Refer here.
  • New visitors 87.09% (Up from last month).

Streamyx and Unifi Internet Problems - Gateway Submarine Cable Fault

Streamyx and Unifi broadband service users in the country can expect to experience intermittent service disruptions until Sunday.

The Internet service provider Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) is carrying out maintenance work on the Asia-America Gateway submarine cable that links Malaysia to the United States and North Asia after detecting a fault on Sunday night.

From my observation, this affected corporate users more. I think they are performing load balancing on limited bandwidth.

More for details.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Brocade Recognized for Excellence in Branding and Marketing at CMO Asia Awards 2011

Networking vendor Brocade Communications Systems has been conferred the CMO Asia Award 2011 for Excellence in Branding and Marketing, in recognition of its branding, communications and marketing effort in Asia, for the information technology category. The winning entries were decided by an independent panel of judges comprising luminaries from the marketing, branding and corporate communications profession across Asia Pacific. The awards were presented at Suntec City in Singapore, on July 22.

Brocade’s advertising campaign with Forbes magazine and an integrated campaign for its VDX series of data center switches won the Brand Excellence Award in the information technology category.

CMO Asia is a global community of partners and affiliates dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange through leadership and networking among senior CMOs (chief marketin officers) and decision makers across industry segments. For more information about CMO Asia, please visit http://cmoasia.org/cmo_asia_overview.html.



Edgar Dias, Head of Brocade’s APAC Enterprise business (middle), receives the CMO Asia Award 2011 for Excellence in Branding and Marketing, on behalf of Brocade

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