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Sunday, December 30, 2012

US President Obama Recognizes LASIK Eye Surgey Scientists

Not many of us actually know that IBM research was part of the team who founded the LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) that we know today. Their remarkable journey took them 14 years from initial experiment until FDA approval in 1995.

President Obama recognized a team of three IBM scientists -- James J. Wynne, Rangaswamy Srinivasan and Samuel Blum -- with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country's most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement. With more than a combined 100 years of service at IBM Research, they are receiving this award for designing, developing, and implementing laser technology that improves people’s health, including LASIK eye surgery.

President Obama will personally bestow the award to the IBMers at a special White House ceremony at a later date. IBM has earned the National Medal of Technology and Innovation on nine other occasions.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Listviewitem Inserted But Missing

This is applicable to development using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1; .NET framework 3.5.

The issue is that some ListViewItem(s) were successfully inserted, but yet seemed to have gone missing.

Further check revealed that it was due to the presence of double instances of the ListView control with the same name, resulted in some ListViewItem(s) inserted to the other duplicated ListView; instead of the one showing on screen.

In this scenario, it happened when the Form, which was the parent to the ListView control, was disposed and a new instance was created. The disposal wasn't quite successful, resulted in presence of the double instances of the ListView control with the same name.

The Form was also a MDI child to another parent Form.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Oracle Java surpasses Adobe Reader as the most frequently exploited software

According to the recently published Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2012, Oracle Java was the most frequently exploited software by cybercriminals during the year, with Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player ranking in the second and third places, respectively.

Exploiting vulnerabilities is one of the primary methods used by cybercriminals to install malware on victims’ computers. Cybercriminals exploit applications or software that have un-patched security vulnerabilities, which exist because either the individual or business have failed to patch their vulnerable applications with the latest security updates from vendors.

Exploit packs – or malicious programs that try to infect a computer utilizing various vulnerabilities in popular software – are the main tool behind web-based attacks.

Infosecurity World Exhibition & Conference ( 20 – 21 March 2013, KL)

JSPS Group will be organising the Infosecurity World Exhibition & Conference on 20-21 Mar 2013 at Putra World Trade Centre, KL.

Three other events will also be jointly organized during that time;

It will be a great marketing affair to be participated by over 1000+ buyers and 400+ exhibitors from myriad industries of private and public sectors.

The events are opened for public at free of charge; registration required.

Check out the web sites for details and registration.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Malaysia’s Tropical Rainforest Gets Fujitsu Restoration Support

Fujitsu, Asia’s leading ICT solutions and services provider, today shares on its 10th “Fujitsu Tropical Rainforest Regeneration Project” (‘FTRR Project’) to restore the lush of tropical rainforests in Borneo.

Launched in 2002, the FTRR project is a voluntary activity which to revitalize 150 hectares of Fujitsu’s Malaysia Eco-Forest Park located at Kinarut, Sabah on the Borneo Island, with the assistance of Sabah Forestry Development Authority (‘SAFODA’) and the Japan International Forestry Promotion and Corporation Center (‘JIFC’).

Malaysian forests have been decimated by slash-burn agriculture, commercial deforestation and palm-oil plantations, therefore restoring the forest has become an urgent concern.

(L-R) Fujitsu Malaysia (FMS) & Fujitsu Component (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.(FCM),Samri Bin Anin (FCM),Michele Lum (FMS),Zuliyana binti Zakaria (FMS),Mariah Suleiman (FCM),Noor Azah Mohd Ali (FCM),Said Dasuki (FCM),Saravana Kumar A/L Paramasivam (FMS),R.Jeeva Raman A/L K.Raman (FMS)

Michele Lum, Marketing Director of Fujitsu Malaysia says, “SAFODA has been trying to recover the original forest with the support of JIFC for the development of tree-planting technologies and the training of technicians.”

Fujitsu's Human-Centric Intelligent Society preaches an utopia where human live life to the fullest and to co-exist with the nature supplemented by technologies.

More details.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Paypal Support Even on Christmas Day - Superb

I ran into some difficulties with Paypal fund transfer.

I send them email and indicated my mobile phone number.

To my surprise, they call me back with a Malaysian KL-based number within 30 minutes on Christmas Day!


Monday, December 24, 2012

2012 A Year In Review

Before that, let's look at what had been predicted for 2012 in 2011 and how they fared.

Generally, most of the prediction happened without big bang. For instance, APTs, yes there were some APTs, madwares and prominent security threats. We have concluded that the following security threats are most menacing.
  • Koobface - Koobface gang earned millions of dollars every year by compromising computers until Jan 2012 in which they were busted by authorities.
  • OSX.FalshBack.K - affected 700,000 computers all running under Mac OS X in the first half of 2012. aka Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Flashfake.ab [Kaspersky]
  • Trojan.OSX.FakeCo.a - accounted for 52% of OS X malware infection for second half of 2012 - this malicious program masquerades as a video codec installation file.
  • Flamer - APT - the most complex malware threat since Stuxnet and Duqu
  • Android.Opfake - Android malware; variant of FakeInst SMS Trojan which accounted for 60% of total Android malware infection.
  • SMSZombie - Android malware - infected more than 500,000 devices in China.
  • Gauss - APT
  • Shnakule - malnet (malware network)
  • Gozi Prinimalka - APT

Big data, sure. Things happened in certain ways but we haven't yet quite see any realistic implementation.

Cloud and virtualization were the heroes of 2011 and they are responsible to spur all sort of new product offerings in 2012. Mobility was pretty much confined to launches of new mobile devices and platforms and apps.

Hence, as what had been predicted, 2012 was about cloud, virtualization, big data, mobile and security.

Now,let's look at the details.

Jan 2012

No one would ever expect that the free world; USA would go all lengths to shutdown a leisure-based content sharing site albeit all legality involved about intellectual property - U.S. government shut down content sharing website. Others include:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Big Data for Banking by SAP

By Michel Borst,VP, Financial Services Industry, SAP

1. What are you going to offer in BIG DATA in 2013? What are the product and services roadmap that you have prepared for this theme?

Big Data was one of the top priorities of CIOs in the past few years. In 2013, Big Data makes its move into the list of the CEO. With the innovative technology to handle Big Data becoming mainstream and more affordable, companies have put the necessary infrastructure in place. The race is now on to make best use of the data to deliver value.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Computer Security Updates Week 4 of Dec 2012

Refer to 'Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Dec 2012'

The standing for the important threats identified for 2012, some of which are APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) remains. These threats are:
  • Koobface
  • OSX.FalshBack.K
  • Flamer
  • Android.Opfake
  • Gauss
  • MiniFlame
  • Malnet
  • Gozi Prinimalka
Check out Malaysia technology news.

Dec 21, 2012 - Businesses Embracing Encryption to Protect Their Most Sensitive Data

Almost half of companies worldwide have started using encryption technology to protect critical data. At the same time, companies are facing difficulties in implementing encryption systems and require comprehensive security solutions that are both effective and simple to use.

Key Numbers
  • Survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab in July 2012 polled 3300 senior IT professionals from 22 countries
  • 44% of companies have implemented encryption technology to protect critical corporate data
  • 36% of IT specialists use full disk encryption (FDE)
  • 32% of IT specialists use data encryption on external devices

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Deliver Significant ROI According to a Study

A recent commissioned Total Economic Impact (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Oracle found that Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications can deliver significant ROI by providing complete, real-time, and enterprise wide insight for all users, enabling fact-based actions and intelligent interaction.

The study found that companies experienced the following benefits:
  • Significant ROI2 – experienced a three-year risk adjusted return on investment of 97 percent with a 20-month payback period;
  • Lower procurement spend3 – realized five percent lower procurement costs in the first year and increased to seven percent in the second year;
  • Accounts payable savings4 – achieved savings of more than $1 million per year by the third year;
  • Lower inventory working capital5 – experienced 15 percent reduction in inventory for the affected product categories over three years;
  • Increased gross sales and prices – increased gross sales by 0.4 percent in affected parts of the organization6 and increased average sales price by 0.3 percent7 over three years;
  • IT and business labor savings – achieved efficiencies in both the IT and business sides of the organization;

More details.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

hybris Announces the Only Commerce Solution Specifically Designed for Telcos

hybris, the top-rated provider of omni-channel commerce software, has announced the industry's only commerce solution specifically designed to help carriers sell more phones, plans and value-added services on the web and in the store.

The new hybris Telco Accelerator comes bundled with the industry acclaimed hybris Commerce Suite and includes capabilities aimed at helping carriers launch fully functional wireless phone commerce experiences that drive higher average revenue per user in as little as three to four months.

hybris Telco Accelerator includes the rich set of B2B and B2C commerce functionality rated by both major IT analyst firms as "leader" and among the top 2 or 3 general-purpose commerce platforms in the world — and now tailored for telcos.

More details.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of Dec 2012

Dec 15, 2012 - Google search now gets 2.5 million copyright removal requests a week

Google receives over 2.5 million a week for request to remove URLs which copyright owners claim to have infringed their intellectual properties.

Apparently Google publishes such reports known as the transparency report.

More details.

Friday, December 14, 2012

5 online business tools for entrepreneurs

By Carlo Pandian

The internet has been around for the best part of 25 years, and once you've waded through all the advertising, the pictures of cute cats and the other 'fluff' that clutters up the World Wide Web, there are actually some very useful business tools online that true entrepreneurs can utilise.

From online accounting to advertising and linking your business to social media, online business tools are a crucial part of any 21st Century business operation. So here are five of the best online tools that could make your business more successful, more efficient and better organised.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fujitsu Touch Tablet: Water-Resistant and Hugely Stylish!

It is a tablet.

Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific launched in Malaysia their Made-in-Japan STYLISTIC QH582 with the new Windows 8 operating system. QH582 is touted as the world’s slimmest water-resistant and dust-resistant touch tablet, known for being a performance-focused device for personal and business use. It also boasts a long battery lifespan and lightweight chassis for greater mobility and usability.

The STYLISTIC QH582 is powered by the latest Intel Atom processor Z2760 that is designed to work flawlessly with the new Windows 8 operating system and applications to provide an optimised touch and tablet experience with low energy consumption and better power management.

With an extensive battery lifespan of 10 hours and 30 mins, users can now run applications, access the web and perform file downloads without the need to bring along a charger.

More details.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Live Traffic on Google Maps Now Available in Ipoh, Melaka and Penang

As part of Google's ongoing efforts to provide Malaysians with the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps, Google launched Traffic and Transit for Google Maps in Malaysia just earlier this year. Today, we are happy to announce that the Traffic layer will now be available in Ipoh, Melaka and Penang and we hope this will make Google Maps even more useful for Malaysian users — especially for those with long daily commutes in these three new areas.

Twitter Incorporates Built-In Image Filters

By Avtar Ram Singh

It’s no secret that Twitter and Instagram haven’t been getting along too well in recent weeks. Following the announcement by Instagram that their image cards would now no longer show up on Twitter, users would have to go to the Instagram website to check out previews and large scale images of the all photographs on Instagram. Most analysts do believe that this is part of Facebook’s campaign to step up their competition against Twitter, even though the two are vastly different in what they offer to their users. The new built-in image filters that have been incorporated by Twitter therefore, are the result of a direct hit back by the social networking firm. Their image filters have been released for their Android application and offers eight filters that include vignette, black and white, warm, cool, vintage, cinematic and a few others.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Dec 2012

Refer to 'Computer Security Updates Week 4 of Nov 2012'.

By now we have identified most important threats for 2012, some of which are APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). These threats are:
  • Koobface
  • OSX.FalshBack.K
  • Flamer
  • Android.Opfake
  • Gauss
  • MiniFlame
  • Malnet
  • Gozi Prinimalka

Saturday, December 08, 2012

AMD Paves Ease-of-Programming Path to Heterogeneous System Architecture

AMD announced availability of the AMD APP SDK 2.8 and the AMD CodeXL unified tool suite to provide developers the tools and resources needed to accelerate applications with AMD accelerated processing units (APUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs). The APP SDK 2.8 and CodeXL tool suite provides access to code samples, white papers, libraries, and tools to leverage the processing power of heterogeneous compute with OpenCL™, C++, DirectCompute and more.

In short, now you can do more with programming on platforms which are powered by AMD microprocessor.

Parallel programming, a technique for programming optimisation and acceleration, was made popular to the general programming community by NVIDIA through its GPU platform. Refer to Malaysia Technology News for some details.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

EZLogin Empowers B2B Transaction

EZLogin is a cloud-based IAMaaS (Identity and Access Management as a Service) platform; SaaS (Software-as-a-service) for Single Sign On for Identity and access management for other SaaS applications.

It offers a single platform for both consumers and vendors of SaaS solution to co-exist – allowing business to business transaction.

For instance, a vendor of SaaS CRM solution registered as a vendor to EZLogin to achieve two benefits:
  1. To benefit from its single sign on (SSO) technology
  2. A marketplace with users

More than 1-in-5 households on Fibre; Fibre broadband gaining traction rapidly

OpenNet’s subscriber base has grown to 250,000 in November 2012, a 150% increase from the 100,000 subscribers recorded at the start of the year. To meet the temporary increase in demand from the SITEX 2012 show, OpenNet added more than 4400 seasonal installation slots.

In Singapore, a Fibre Index Survey commissioned by OpenNet shows an uptrend in user satisfaction with fibre broadband connectivity. This bodes well for the take-up of fibre as more than 1-in-5 households are now using fibre connections for internet access, IPTV and other bandwidth-intensive applications. The survey also highlights a considerable increase in the number of broadband users accessing the Internet to download, upload and store digital content. The survey was carried out by Acorn Marketing & Research Consultants.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

SAP to Power the Customer Experience Transformation

The SAP® 360 Customer solution is a SaaS CRM cum analytics cum social media solutions.

It is powered by the SAP HANA® platform, the solution will harness the power of in-memory computing, cloud, enterprise mobility and collaboration to allow organizations to revolutionize the way they engage with their customers beyond traditional customer relationship management (CRM).

SAP 360 Customer will provide unique capabilities to turn insight into action and engage with customers one-to-one — in context and in real time. It will enable organizations to create a superior customer experience while driving operational excellence by empowering the mobile workforce, fostering collaboration, executing transactions faster and providing better response times. The solution is already transforming the way companies engage with customers. Lenovo, a US$29 billion personal technology company and the world’s second-largest PC vendor, has been an early adopter of the SAP HANA platform to support the fast growth of the organization.

A key component of the SAP 360 Customer solution will be the SAP® CRM application powered by SAP HANA. Other products to be included are cloud-based solutions such as the SAP® Customer OnDemand solution, the SAP® Jam social software platform and several mobile solutions.

SAP CRM powered by SAP HANA is also planned for availability as a rapid-deployment solution for new customers and CRM installations, as well as to support existing customer pilots. SAP® Rapid Deployment solutions are designed for customers to go live within 12 weeks or less and offer a complete package of pre-configured software, implementation services, content and end-user enablement for a fixed price and scope.

Brocade Predicts 2013 for the Rise of SDN

Sean Ong, country manager, Brocade predicts the following for 2013.

1.    Software-Defined Networking (SDN) deployments begin -  to reduce CapEx (capital expenditure) and OpEx (operating expenditure) and increase service responsiveness – organisations are looking for technology alternatives that will streamline service creation and foster innovative applications and services.

2.    Death of the “Transaction-Based” user - mobile and fast connectivity will allow users to be always connected to the Internet, killing away to need to save bandwidth in order to reduce costs. 

A “transaction-based user” is an individual that will connect to the Internet to conduct an activity (such as to make a purchase or to stream content), and then log off.

3.    Cloud under the microscope - cloud computing will come under review after having been promoted to elevated celebrity status for the past two years. Organisations will start to audit the benefits of cloud implementation.

4.    Customers bite back on vendor lock-in - Trust is essential when building a network to support mission-critical applications, and enterprises will turn to trusted vendors to deploy flexible and scalable solutions.

5.    Technology will begin to overcome human shortcomings- more advanced automation which will improve quality of life.

More details.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Silver Peak Survey Shows SDN ‘Very Important’ to IT Strategy

What is SDN ?

Results of a study conducted by Silver Peak Systems, the leader in accelerating data over distance, revealed that software defined networking (SDN) has become a key ingredient to information technology (IT) strategy. Results showed that more than half (59 percent) feel SDN is important to their IT strategies and 20 percent consider it “very important.”

The importance of SDN was also reflected in how soon IT managers plan to implement it. One-in-six IT managers intend to implement some form of SDN in less than 12 months, while 40 percent of those surveyed indicated that they would implement it in less than two years.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Gathering of Photos in a single app using Cooliris

If you have an iPad, most likely you will snap some photos using iPad directly. These photos can be visible from iPad photos application. But what about viewing other photos stored in Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and even Google Picasa,Google + and Google drive, in your iPad as well ?

You can view all of those photos using the Cooliris app for iPad, which allows one to login to these photo social media applications in order to view photos in a single environment. Cooliris is available for all iOS devices and is free.

Using Cooliris, it saves you the trouble of manually download photos stored in different photos social media applications such as Flickr into your iPad for viewing. For amateur users, all they need is to be familiar with one application. As the matter of fact, Cooliris can also works as a photo backup utility, synchronizing all your photos into your iPad serving as the backup media - this works when a photo is clicked on where a copy will be downloaded.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

ICT Happening Updates Week 1 of Dec 2012

Apple’s iPhone 5 gets final approval for China release

Nov 30, 2012 - Apple’s latest iPhone has received final clearance from Chinese regulators, paving the way for a December debut in a highly competitive market where the lack of a new model had severely eroded its share of product sales.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority, under China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, showed two iPhone 5 models on its website that received approval on Thursday. The two are the A1429, a WCDMA model that runs on China Unicom’s network, and the A1442, a CDMA model that runs on China Telecom’s network.

More details.

Friday, November 30, 2012

ABS’ Solution Center to Boost Oracle Partners’ Market Reach

Leading local ICT distribution house Applied Business Systems Sdn Bhd (ABS),announced the official opening of ABS’ Solution Center - located in Kuala Lumpur, for Oracle partners in Malaysia.

ABS’ Solution Center is a dedicated Center of Excellence for Oracle partners to access a wide range of Oracle technologies and solutions and product specialists with functional and technical expertise.

ABS is a subsidiary of publicly listed Formis Resources Berhad (under the “Technology” sector of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad), and a Platinum level Value-added Distributor of Oracle Partner Network (OPN).

The ABS’ Solution Center also serves as a hub to help Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) to deliver the unique value of Oracle technologies to new and existing customers - in the area of solution development, migration, testing assistance, product demonstrations and proof-of-concept (PoC) development.

The full spectrum of Oracle technologies such as maximum availability architecture, data integration and replication, new software versions testing, virtualization and, server and storage refresh or consolidation, will also be available for customers and partners.

More details.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Evernote Celebrates Arrival Of New Smart Notebook by Moleskine To Malaysia

Two products are being announced here.

1.) Evernote Mobile App - Free
2.) Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook (paper-based notepad) - on sales for two sizes; large (76 MYR) and pocket (103 MYR) formats

To whole idea is that now you can make use of Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook to write notes into paper, by using best practice techniques, these handwritten notes can be digitized which includes hand writing recognition capability, using the Evernote Mobile App. Isn't that cool ??

To learn more.

Evernote App

Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook

Evernote®, the company that is helping the world remember everything, and Moleskine®, the maker of beautifully designed notebooks and accessories, launched the Evernote Smart Notebook in Malaysia.

This is also a story about how to monetize mobile app through collaboration.

Fernando Alonso Lifts the Lid on His Digital Life

“New technologies and social media these days are really helpful for us. We’re now connected to the Internet 24/7, so we need to stay safe there - to be protected.” These are not the words of an IT professional, but those of a world-renowned racing driver speaking at a recent global press conference with Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of IT security vendor Kaspersky Lab. They are the words of Fernando Alonso, Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 star, which he used when describing his digital life.

The event brought together two giants in their respective fields, and offered a tantalizing glimpse of the various ways cutting-edge technology enhances their personal lives. They shared their experiences of how gadgets, the Internet, social networking and all the phenomena of our digital era have affected them.

(L-R: )Mr Eugene Kaspersky, CEO & Co-founder of Kaspersky Lab and Mr Fernando Alonso, Formula One Driver Scuderia Ferrari teaming up for Safegurding Me campaign emphasizes just how vital our digital life has become in today’s world

The First Ever Fantasy Football Game for AFF Suzuki Cup

AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 is Southeast Asia’s biggest football tournament with eight teams vying to be crowned king of ASEAN football. FanXT, a Malaysian company with branch in UK, and World Sport Group, the exclusive marketing partner of the ASEAN Football Federation, have launched the first ever official fantasy football game ( for this biennial tournament.

This free-to-play online game will enhance the fans’ experience of the tournament as it allows them to build their virtual AFF Suzuki Cup team consisting of football players that are playing in this soccer competition. Fantasy football managers can buy players like Safee Sali (Malaysia), Shahril Ishak (Singapore), Teerasil Danga (Thailand), Bambang Pamungkas (Indonesia) and others through this virtual platform. Top managers will earn the coveted rank of Legendary AFF Suzuki Cup Manager, the highest honour. There are a total of 12 ranks to obtain before reaching the top with a total of 13 virtual medals also up for grabs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cooliris Mobile App Hits 50 Million Sessions, Expands with New Photo Sources

Cooliris, world leader in immersive visual experiences and the creators of Android Gallery application, announces the success of the all-new Cooliris mobile app for iOS and the release of a new version. In the four months since launch, the app has exceeded 50 million app sessions on iPhone and iPad with over one million sharing actions. Today, Cooliris expands its stunning visual photo experience to include Google Drive, Picasa/Google+, and Flickr.

The Cooliris app for iPad and iPhone enables users to beautifully experience their photos and selectively share them with groups of friends. With the addition of new sources, consumers can experience more photos all in one place, including the mobile library, Facebook, Instagram, Google Images, and now, Google Drive, Picasa/Google+, and Flickr.

“We’re particularly excited about the new version’s integration with Google Drive, which provides a great viewing experience for photos and enables users to easily share photos to and from Google Drive, all within the Cooliris app,” said Austin Shoemaker, Cooliris CTO and co-founder.

Built into the Google Drive integration, a special "genie" feature leverages image recognition technology to search photos saved in Google Drive, without requiring users to manually tag photos with landmarks, locations, and other details.

“Our users love having all of their personal photos in one place – engagement is off to a great start with over 250 million photos viewed in the mobile app,” said Soujanya Bhumkar, Cooliris CEO and co-founder. “The additions of Google Drive, Picasa, and Flickr are a terrific beginning as we add more sources and more platforms to expand the Cooliris experience.”

The new version of Cooliris is available for free on iPad and iPhone at the iTunes AppStore.

Previous post.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

hybris Enables Digital Content Providers to Create High-Value, On-going Relationships with Customers

hybris, the top-rated provider of omni-channel commerce software, today further strengthened its position of offering the most agile, most modern commerce platform by announcing important new features that empower publishers of books, magazines, games and software, as well as other service providers, to sell more digital goods, content and services online.

A host of new enhancements to hybris Commerce Suite, purpose-built to support the sale of non-physical products, enables online sellers to offer a variety of flexible recurring pricing models. In addition, merchandisers can easily construct complex bundles of products, with sophisticated rule-based discounts, and give their customers the power to create their own packages with a modern guided-selling user experience.

For all publishers of digital goods and content, the result is higher conversion rates, higher average order value, higher lifetime customer value, a recurring revenue stream and much better ability to monetize their long tail of previously issued products.

More details.

Affordable 180TB enterprise-level storage is now available in Malaysia

NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company announced the availability of its NETGEAR ReadyDATA unified storage family in Malaysia.

ReadyDATA is an enterprise-class storage product that is truly affordable for the significant capacity it provides, easily scaling up to 180TB.

ReadyDATA includes the world’s first cloud-managed replication, ensuring secure, high-performance disaster recovery without extra configuration on software, server or network.

It features native de-duplication, thin provisioning and unlimited snapshots, with support for SATA, SAS and SSD disk drives.

It is both a SAN and NAS solution.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Blue Coat Introduces Security Service for Mobile Devices

Jon Andresen, Blue Coat’s APAC Vice President
Blue Coat Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in Web security and WAN optimization, introduces its Blue Coat Mobile Device Security (MDS) service, which is a network-based service for local enterprises to extend their IT security perimeters to mobile devices anywhere, anytime and on any network.

It is a BYOD security solution.

Jon Andresen, Blue Coat’s APAC Vice President says, “Mobile devices are changing the way businesses work, however users are almost completely unprotected against Web-based threats and potential data loss. Blue Coat's MDS service assures business that their network, as well as users are fully protected even in lieu of the BYOD trend."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

ICT Happening Updates Week 4 Nov 2012

Brother International Launches New Embroidery Machines With Built-in DISNEY Designs

Nov 22, 2012 - Brother International Malaysia, a leader in home and business IT peripherals that focuses on the ‘Customer-First’ approach is raising the bar on industry trends and technology advancement once again by introducing a new series of embroidery and home sewing machines featuring a multitude of built-in licensed DISNEY characters templates: the Innov-ís 4500D and Innov-ís 1500D that offer precise performance on any project under the needle for homes, SOHOs customers and the textile industry.

The Innov-ís 1500D features
a variety of built-in 76 Disney embroidery designs

Both machines include intuitive features designed to save time such as:
  • Large embroidery area
  • Instructional LCD touch panel
  • Embroidery editing capabilities
  • Built-in stitches and embroidery designs, including exclusive patterns by DISNEY
  • Fully automatic needle threading system
  • Presser foot clearances at 3 different positions
  • Equipped with a USB Port and is card slot ready

Retail Price

Innov-is 4500D – RM 15,999.00
Innov-is 1500D – RM 9,999.00

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Computer Security Updates Week 4 of Nov 2012

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Nov 2012.  

Gozi Prinimalka

A new APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) was identified; Gozi Prinimalka.

Derived from the Russian word meaning ”to receive” and alluding to a Trojan drop point, the word “Prinimalka” appears as a folder name in every URL path given by the gang over the years to its crimeware servers.

It was planned to target 30 American banks in an effort to complete fraudulent wire transfers via Man-In-The-Middle (MiTM) manual session-hijacking scenarios.

It is also unique in a way that this plan to attack american banks premises on the model of campaign whereby masterminds are recruiting accomplices who are known as botmasters to join the attack. Each botmaster is expected to find own investor who will put down the money required to purchase equipment for the operation (servers, laptops) with the incentive of sharing in the illicit profits.

Investors will eventually make a profit from the funds they will siphon from victims' accounts.
Gozi Prinimalka works on the basis of Man-In-The-Middle (MiTM) manual session-hijacking scenarios.

Unlike those C & C server (command and control) threats such as Flamer and Gauss which malwares would contact C & C servers via dynamic URLs for next instruction, Gozi Prinimalka's servers are man-handled.

It is comparable to Zeus, Citadel trojan horse.

More details.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monthly (Oct - Nov 2012) Roundup of Oracle News Highlights

1. Gartner Names Oracle as Leader in Transportation Management Systems (TMS) Market

With a share of 26% of worldwide software revenue for 2011, Oracle is also number one in TMS vendor share according to Gartner. Built on an Internet-based architecture, Oracle provides a comprehensive TMS across planning (for example, load consolidation, routing, and carrier selection) and execution (for example, tendering loads to carriers, shipment track and trace, and freight audit).

More information.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

EZLogin Provides Single Sign On Solution for SaaS

Single Sign On solutions used to be popular in enterprise environment where multiple software applications had been deployed such as ERP, HRMS, Email, Intranet and etc. In either case, each of these applications will require user login for authentication. Single Sign On allows employees to login to all these applications using the same login ID and password. This is achieved by the technology known as LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) which stores user information including login and passwords in a central repository and hosts services to allow applications to retrieve these stored login records for authentication. Microsoft has its own LDAP technology famously known as Active Directory.

Using LDAP technology, employees are only required to use the same login ID and password of their enterprise email to login to the application.

EZLogin Single Sign On solution supports the following features:
  • Multi-factor authentication – requires users to provide more than one form of authentication. For instance, a SMS will be sent to users during login attempts in other to verify login authenticity. EZLogin provides multi-factor authentication with one-time password via e-mail or SMS for access to your account.
  • Single administration point – similar to LDAP
  • Integrates with Active Directory – make use of logins from Active Directory
  • Reports - usage, billing

Apple and the Christmas Rush

By Avtar Ram Singh

One thing that has always held true for gadgets is that they make a great gift for the holiday period. Christmas rolls around and everyone waits for their gifts, and over the last couple of years, instead of sweaters and clothing, everyone looks forward to perhaps a new phone or a new tablet. With this in mind, Microsoft decided to release the Surface, and Apple decided that it would be a good time to release information on the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sourcefire Brings Big Data Analytics-Based Network Security to Malaysia

First of all, let's take a look at Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). Basically the definition from wikipedia brings it very close to terrorist attacks and here are some good examples.

Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, launched its latest FirePOWER™ appliance family in Malaysia, to protect businesses from advanced malware threats.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Nov 2012

No new deadly threats recoded since last update (Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Nov 2012). Nothing really threatening, merely pain-in-the-asses.

Deadliest threats for 2012 remains as follows:
  • Koobface
  • OSX.FalshBack.K
  • Flamer
  • Android.Opfake
  • Gauss
  • MiniFlame
  • Malnet

Friday, November 16, 2012

ICT Happening Updates Week 3 Nov 2012

BMW Group Malaysia sets new benchmark in premium mobility with the all new BMW M6

Kuala Lumpur, 16th November 2012 – BMW Group Malaysia unveiled the all new second generation BMW M6 Coupé, a masterpiece in automotive design and engineering by the world renowned BMW M GmbH.

Featuring a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, the new BMW M6 Coupé ensures exceptionally fast gearshifts without any loss of power. In addition with Drivelogic, BMW customers can further benefit from the Launch Control function that provides maximum acceleration from a standing start, as well as the Low Speed Assistance that enhances driving comfort in stop-and-go traffic situations.

New 2nd generation BMW M6 Coupé,

The new BMW M6 Coupé further provides comprehensive opportunities for drivers to customise its powertrain and chassis systems. Engine responses, Drivelogic, DSC mode, damper settings and steering characteristics can all be adjusted individually at the touch of a button. In addition, the cars iDrive menu allows drivers to customise settings for the cars M-Specific Head Up Display. Two M Drive buttons on the steering wheel lets the driver save and access their preferred set-up at any time they want, be it for relaxed and comfortable cruising or for optimised sports dynamics. The exclusive character of the BMW M6 Coupé is further enhanced with a range of products from the comprehensive BMW ConnectedDrive range of driver assist systems, BMW Apps, BMW Live as well as online connectivity via a Bluetooth enabled personal smart device.

The retail price (on the road, without insurance) for the new BMW M6 Coupé is RM 988,800.

More details.

WeChat Competes with Whatsapp Successfully for Malaysian Market

WeChat, the leading free social networking application on mobile platform developed by China’s largest internet service provider – Tencent, has reached a milestone by reaching a record breaking 400% growth locally since it became available in Malaysia in June 2012 to become the leading and strongest contender against Whatsapp. The application, formerly known as WeiXin and rebranded as WeChat, has a total of 200 million subscribers globally.

Dubbed as the new age social networking mobile platform. WeChat offers a suite of flexible communication tools which includes instant text & voice messaging, phone & contact information sharing, video calling and social networking plugins to provide an all-in one mobile social marketing platform. WeChat is available for global use by supporting up to 17 languages including English, Chinese, Indonesian, Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese, Russian and is now working towards offering Bahasa Melayu for a wider reach in Malaysia.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Google: Get on the Cloud and Live there

Sajith Sivanandan, Country Manager, Google Malaysia shared with readers about his ideas for living and ideal life on the cloud connected to Google Ecosystem.

Consider this..
  • Everything you need is always available everywhere you are
  • You never need worry about losing anything ever again.
  • Your files and software are always up to date, all the time.
  • No need to spend money on storage media like USB keys, external drives, and recordable DVDs.
  • Easier to collaborate (even in real-time) and share files with your coworkers and friends.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

MSSQL Startup Error code 17058

This example is based on MSSQL 2008 R2 Windows Server Datacenter Edition SP2.

Unable to startup MSSQL ?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Oracle’s “Designing an M2M Platform for the Connected World” Report

Oracle announced the results of its “Designing an M2M Platform for the Connected World” research, examining the evolving drivers behind ‘Machine to Machine’ (M2M) projects and how those changes are impacting solution requirements.

The research, which was produced by M2M analyst experts Beecham Research on behalf of Oracle, provides a qualitative assessment of solution requirements across the M2M value chain. Participants included end-users, major product OEMs , systems integrators, mobile network operators and M2M platform providers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The research found that M2M data from remotely located assets and devices in the field is increasingly being used more broadly for strategic purposes and value creation throughout the enterprise. It has also become a means for creating new market opportunities while providing a competitive advantage for enterprise users in their own key markets.

Other key findings included an increased focus on leveraging the cloud and managing data security in M2M initiatives, as more information is integrated and shared across departments and business functions.

Full reports.

Monday, November 12, 2012

SEEBURGER Partners with Indsoft To Offer Greater Solution Value for SAP users

SEEBURGER, the leading German-based business integration and enterprise class Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions provider, today announces its recent partnership with IndSoft, a SAP services provider to deploy the SEEBURGER Business Integration Suite (BIS).

Based in Chigago US, Indsoft is a certified SAP consulting partner that offers software consulting services to new business startups and SMEs, right up to enterprises and government agencies.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Symantec Simplifies SMB Security in Malaysia with Cloud-ready Endpoint Protection

Malaysian SMEs or SMBs rule the country micro economy, in a manner which there are more SMEs in Malaysian comparing to countries such as Singapore. The reason for this is budget - companies in Malaysia usually have lower budget allocation for IT.

It was reported in Nov 2011 by Google that Malaysia has about 700,000 SMEs, out of which only 100,000 had web sites. More so, enterprise IT budget in Malaysia is comparable to medium size companies' budget in countries like USA and U.K. Hence, SME is a big market and pretty much untapped.

From my observation, SMEs are no dummies, though with limited IT budgets, they do find their way around for solutions to help with business needs. SMEs benefited greatly from free services and software application from all over the cyber space such as Google Apps, webmails and even using Social Media for sales and marketing.

Most SMEs will only buy limited software licenses with business accounting software being top in the list. I would reckon that they spend considerable amount of money onto computer equipments, telecommunication and Internet and yes security software. More than that, they usually do not allocate much budget for anything else - but yes, security software is in the list.

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Nov 2012

Reuters reported that US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said cyberspace battlefront is the future of wars.

Well, I agree with him. That is the natural path.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab also shared similar thoughts when he said that “In the long run, cyber-warfare is where all parties lose: attackers, victims and even uninvolved observers,” said Eugene during his keynote speech at the ITU Telecom World 2012 conference. He pointed out that the viable solution is via international cooperation and advanced technology as the key requirements to survive the age of cyber-warfare. Kaspersky cited that causes of events like the 2003 blackout in U.S. and Canada were results of both a software failure and an inability to monitor the real state of energy systems.

Friday, November 09, 2012

DIY Solar USB Charger

By Ken Myers

This easy to create USB charger uses solar power to charge your phone or other device on the go! Inexpensive and easy to make, it only takes a few parts to create your own portable solar powered USB charger. The total cost for the parts should be less than $30, and can get even lower if you have some parts on hand or can buy wholesale. All it takes to put this device together is a little electrical knowledge and a steady hand. Within just a few minutes you can create your own solar powered charger for much cheaper than retail price.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Fujitsu Introduces New Windows 8 Device

Fujitsu, the No.1 Global Windows-based Tablet PC Vendor (2011 by units shipment), has launched its first wave of enterprise devices for Windows 8.

The wide selection consists of Fujitsu’s quality convertible tablet PC LIFEBOOK T902, 10.1-inch tablet STYLISTIC Q572 and 13.3-inch technology flagship LIFEBOOK SH782. The previously introduced hybrid tablet STYLISTIC Q702 now comes with the new operating system and the convertible tablet PC LIFEBOOK T732 with Windows 8, and shall be available from November 2012.

“Fujitsu is proud to bring some of the latest innovations in workplace device functionalities and usability for our customers in Malaysia,” says Ms. Yap Hui Hui, Country Manager Malaysia, Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Ltd. (FPCA)

For more information on Fujitsu products and their specifications, options and accessories available, please visit

Brocade MLXe Core Routers Power First Software-Defined Network

What is Software Defined Networking (SDN) ?

Brocade announced that Brocade® MLXe Core Routers are integral networking components of the U.S.’ first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) open, nationwide software-defined network, operated by Internet2. The new network is built to support advanced services and cloud applications for member organizations, primarily in the education and research communities.

Designed to enable software-defined networking (SDN) protocols like OpenFlow, the Brocade MLXe 100 GbE routers enable programmatic control of the network infrastructure to deliver massive scale and intelligent service delivery capabilities. As the industry’s first network vendor to deliver OpenFlow in true hybrid mode, the Brocade MLXe routers announced in September 2012 enable customers to simultaneously deploy traditional Layer 2/3 forwarding with OpenFlow at up to wire-speed 100 GbE performance. This unique capability enables network operators such as Internet2 to integrate OpenFlow into existing networks, giving them the programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is handled as before.

VMware Cloud Index Reveals Cloud Computing As Competitive Differentiator for Malaysian Enteprises in 2013

VMware announced the Malaysian results of its 3rd annual VMware Cloud Index, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting and ITR. The results were presented at the annual VMware Solutions Symposium (VSS) in Kuala Lumpur recently and a summary of the study is available for download at

Below are the highlights of the findings:

  • Enhanced business outlook in 2013 fast-tracks cloud adoption

  • One in two respondents that do not currently have cloud initiatives in place say they plan to implement it within the next 18 months

  • More than 70% of respondents say cloud computing has made their job less complex

  • Skills development and training remains a cloudy but critical issue

The VMware Cloud Index 2012 revealed the top three barriers to cloud adoption in Malaysia are: data privacy, residency, ‘loss of control’ (71%); security (67%); and access to reliable and affordable broadband (64%).

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Aggressive ‘SWITCH ON TO NETGEAR’ Campaign Launched

NETGEAR®, Inc., a global US-based networking company, announced their ‘Switch on to NETGEAR’ program that will run from mid-November to December 31st, 2012 all across Malaysia.

Netgear's product offerings include routers, switches, access points, storage, network extender, wireless adapter and cables. Some of these products are cloud-enabled.

This campaign is a direct marketing offer by NETGEAR to all local Malaysian IT resellers and distributors to experience NETGEAR instead, from their existing switch and wireless devices brands for SME, enterprise and retail connectivity solutions.

According to Tan Wee Fong, Sales Manager ASEAN, NETGEAR, this ‘Switch on to NETGEAR’ program is a great incentive for resellers who are looking for affordable, reliable and easily managed network products for customers.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Interactive Intelligence Receives 2012 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Emerging Vendor of the Year Award

Interactive Intelligence differentiates itself with its flagship offering Customer Interaction Center® (CIC) - an open, all-in-one IP communications software suite. CIC is transport and switch-agnostic, making it widely deployable in almost any environment.

CIC also includes SIP-based switching, unified communications capabilities, email response and knowledge-based management, as well as business process automation capabilities. All this has enabled customers to derive value across the enterprise by integrating contact center with broader enterprise applications.

Interactive Intelligence has been awarded the 2012 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Emerging Vendor of the Year award in the Contact Center Applications Market.

hybris announces appointment of Brian Walker to Global Management Team

Hybris provides e-commerce software solutions.

The "OmniCommerce™" is a state-of-the-art master data management and unified commerce processes that give a business a single view of its customers, products and orders, and its customers a single view of the business.

The same software is available on-premise, on-demand and managed hosted, giving merchants of all sizes maximum flexibility.

Monday, November 05, 2012

US-based nexTier Networks Inc Appoints Powerbloc Generation as Malaysian Distributor

nexTier Networks Inc (nexTier), the company that is revolutionizing information security and data leak prevention through its unique semantic analysis technology, announced that it has appointed Powerbloc Generation (M) Sdn Bhd (Powerbloc) as the authorized distributor of its Data Leak Prevention (DLP) solution for Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. The solution is to help organizations prevent malicious leaks of sensitive information and mitigate data security risks.

(L-R:) Tarique Mustafa, CEO of nexTier Networks Inc; Mokhlis Abdul Karim, co-founder of Powerbloc, and Sri Utami Kasman, GM of Powerbloc explaining about nexTier’s Data Leak Prevention Solution

Data Leak Prevention (DLP) as the name speaks for itself; is a technology which helps to control illegal possession of confidential data.

nexTier’s CEO Mr. Tarique Mustafa said that its DLP is the industry first and only DLP solution for malicious data leak prevention. Most other solutions out there claimed to be able to solve malicious data leak prevention are actually over-sell. In actual fact, most of these solutions from competitors can only deal with accidental data leak prevention such as accidental inclusion of unintended recipient in an email list.

Friday, November 02, 2012

SAP Launches Technology Summit 2012 in Malaysia

The summit focused on real-time data platform - the ability for enterprises to transform data into real-time awareness and action via real-time data analytics using technology such as SAP In-Memory Appliance (SAP HANA).

SAP growth in the database market was resulted from acquisition of Sybase and SAP HANA products. It achieved a 48% year-on-year according to Gartner and 176% growth in APAC.

SAP grew 283% on Linux as a result of strategic relationship with HP, Red Hat and Intel in Coalition 4 Innovation (C4I) solutions alliance.

NTT DATA Business Solutions Provides SAP Solutions and Consulting

Extend Technologies (Australia), Business Formula (Malaysia) and Cornerstone Asia (Malaysia and Singapore) today announced that they will begin doing business under the unified brand of "NTT DATA Business Solutions", previously referred to as the Solution Company. The brand alignment across Asia Pacific, combined with the profound expertise of itelligence, will create one of the largest SAP reseller and solutions based consulting firms globally.

NTT DATA Business Solutions provides a powerful, unified combination of businesses that will deliver full service SAP solutions to organisations around the world, no matter how big or small. This strategic collaboration represents one of the world’s largest jointly coordinated networks of SAP consultants ensuring the delivery of best in class SAP project implementation and consulting for global and multinational accounts, government agencies and internationally active SMEs. Herbert Vogel, CEO and founder of itelligence AG, Germany will lead NTT DATA Business Solutions and be supported by Max White (formerly Managing Director, Extend Technologies) who takes up the role of CEO Asia Pacific.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Email Tan Sri Vincent Tan Your Business Proposals

It was about 2 week ago on a Tuesday (16 Oct 2012) when I attended a forum entitled ‘Are angels from Heaven?’ – a DNA-TeAM Disrupt forum organized by Digital News Asia.

It was supposed to be a forum discussing the latest status of venture capitalist.

My friend had told me that Tan Sri Vincent Tan was going to there and I just didn’t think so.

But I went with the intention of finding out what is happening in the venture capitalist market in Malaysia.

It turned out to surprise me that Tan Sri Vincent Tan was really there briefing budding entrepreneurs and business person about funding and doing business.

Sophos Offers Partners Free Management Console

Sophos announced Sophos UTM Manager, a free central management tool for solution providers. With UTM Manager, Sophos solution providers can offer managed security services, while quickly and easily managing all of their clients’ unified threat management devices, regardless of location.

Sophos UTM Manager makes managing UTM installations easy by providing partners with a single console, thereby reducing bandwidth usage and management time.

Additionally, partners only need to log into UTM manager once in order to access all of the installations they administer. By removing the need for partners to manage passwords and device records manually for their clients, partners can effortlessly make policy changes, check logs, and update configurations. Partners are also able to manage antivirus and device management features through the Sophos UTM.

It is a software and available on two platforms. The software can be run on a dedicated, Intel-compatible PC of your choice, or as a Virtual Machine within a VMware environment such as a VMware Player or VMware ESX. Both, the software and virtual appliances are available as free full versions.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Social Media vs Conventional Media

Conventional media has to do four things to stay competitive in this period when the media industry is undergoing major evolution sparked by Internet, Search Engines,Social Media and Mobile technology.

1.) Embrace social media - hire bloggers, twitters, Youtubers, Facebookers and perform social media aggregation.

2.) Do it better in terms of technology.

3.) Get all contents and archive them and get them earliest. Other social medias will be able to reference to you soonest.

4.) New business model for media industry.

Writing good articles is not good enough - there are many writing talents out there.

Previous thoughts.

Groupon Malaysia, Miss Universe Malaysia and Grim Film Team Up to Support Deserving Malaysians

Groupon Malaysia, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation and GRIM FILM announced a collaborative effort to bring to life the ‘Be the Difference’ fundraising campaign, which encourages Malaysians to help charitable causes.

“With ‘Be the Difference’ campaign we wished to demonstrate to society that with greater awareness, simplicity of modern technology and a little bit of generosity, a lot can be achieved in improving the lives and wellbeing of those less fortunate than ourselves.” said Joel Neoh, Vice President and General Manager of Groupon Southeast Asia and India.

He further added that with the tremendous popularity of group-buying in Malaysia, the team at Groupon felt compelled to support those in need as a community service as the platform had proven itself extremely effective.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sourcefire’s Next-generation Firewall Sets 99% Security Effectiveness

Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions,announces that its FirePOWER™ appliance excelled in the NSS Labs independent Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) product analysis – the industry’s most rigorous NGFW testing available to date.

The FirePOWER 8250 NGFW sets a new standard for security effectiveness and protecting against 99 percent of all attacks.

According to the Country Manager of Sourcefire Malaysia, Ivan Wen, Sourcefire FirePOWER network security appliances are the foundation for Sourcefire’s entire portfolio of network security solutions.

“The universal platform enables customers to seamlessly transition from a Next-Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems (NGIPS) to NGIPS with Application Control to a NGFW. And, Sourcefire offers the only NGFW with integrated NGIPS.”

Sunday, October 28, 2012

SAP Records Consecutive Quarter of Revenue Growth in APAC Japan

SAP announced third quarter 2012 Software Revenue growth of 12% while Software and Software Related Services Revenue grew 16% in Asia Pacific Japan (APJ). This extends SAP’s track record of double-digit growth in the region to 11 successive quarters.

In APJ, Database, Technology and Analytics making up 40% of the revenue mix.

Adoption for SAP’s new innovation categories increased in Q3: Mobile revenue growth was phenomenal at 111%, with China and Southeast Asia reporting triple-digit growth.

All regions achieved market-creating revenue growth in Analytics and HANA.

Solid growth in the public sector, banking, auto, high tech and retail industries also contributed to the third quarter results.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

ABB launches Terra SC Duo AC&DC fast charging station to support electric vehicles

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, launched the Terra Smart Connect Duo, the first 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station tested and proven to successfully support the Daimler smart electric drive and Renault Zoe using AC charging, as well as with CHAdeMO cars such as the publically announced Nissan EV200, Mitsubishi Outlander, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. The Terra Smart Connect Duo supports both DC and AC charging equally and features an attached AC charging cable for customer convenience. It can be easily expanded with ABB’s AC wall box satellite system, making it the smallest and most versatile fast charging station on the market today. The Terra SC Duo is available throughout Europe. The AC wall box satellite system will be available later this year and offers additional compatibility to any electric or plug-in-hybrid vehicle.

With its convenient 30-120 minutes charging time, the Terra SC Duo is an obvious choice for fleet and infrastructure owners interested in tapping into the growing EV charging revenue stream and complements ABB’s existing portfolio of fast charging solutions for the highway, commercial, and office segments. The launch of the Terra SC Duo demonstrates ABB’s leadership in supporting the new charging standards.

The cloud connected Terra SC Duo is compatible with any charging network or payment & billing platform through open standards based interfaces, such as the widely adopted Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), enabling easy and secure payments via smart-phone, parking management terminals, RFID or pin code access. Terra SC Duo’s smart connectivity allows remote monitoring, pro-active maintenance and functional upgrades providing customers with the tools necessary to gather customer specific usage statistics and reports.

Towards the end of the 2019, ABB estimates that the market for charging infrastructure solutions will reach $1 billion. Since launching Europe’s first commercially operated fast charging station in May 2010, ABB has delivered and installed hundreds of charging stations throughout Estonia and Belgium in an effort to encourage and proliferate e-mobility programs.

For more information.

Symantec Launches New BYOD Solutions For Developers

Symantec Corp. announced new offerings in Malaysia to help businesses accelerate their mobility initiatives. The offerings include two new programs – the App Center Ready Program designed to help developers rapidly build trusted enterprise apps with no code changes, and the Mobility Solution Specialisation Program for channel partners – as well as a single mobile suite spanning device management, application management and mobile security.

According to the Malaysia findings of Symantec’s 2012 State of Mobility Survey, nearly half (44 percent) of the organisations in Malaysia surveyed see mobility as a challenge that requires effort to manage. Symantec is simplifying this process by working directly with app developers and implementation partners to create a developer program that businesses can rely upon.

Enterprise Ready Trusted Mobile Apps

Symantec App Center Ready Program allows mobile application developers to embed Symantec’s security and management features, such as encryption, authentication, data loss prevention policies, app distribution and revocation, into their apps without changing their source code. IT organisations with Symantec App Center can now confidently deploy these apps across both iOS and Android platforms with the same level of management, protection and trust as in-house apps.

Mobile application developers in the program can accelerate adoption by addressing concerns around information security. Participating developers will speed up time to market by eliminating additional coding and gain visibility for their apps through Symantec’s App Center Ready catalogue, which lists all trusted apps certified by Symantec. Developers can now focus on the functionality of their apps to create a great user experience while taking full advantage of Symantec’s strengths in protection and management. The initial members of the program include popular business applications, such as Branchfire iAnnotate, Damaka Xavy, Emtrace MoxierMail, GoodReader, iKonic Apps, Infraware Polaris Office and Picsel SmartOffice.

Mobility Solution Specialisation for Channel Partners

Symantec is announcing a dedicated mobility channel specialisation program that will allow partners to offer Symantec’s enterprise mobility products to their customers. The Mobility Solution Specialisation will cover the full Symantec Mobile Management Suite and will provide partners with access to opportunity registration, expert resources, enablement programs, and accreditations in a multi-tier model.

Partners participating in Symantec’s Mobility Specialisation will be able to establish compelling practices around enabling mobility with an end-to-end solution. By allowing partners to solve complex, enterprise-class mobility initiatives instead of point projects, Symantec’s portfolio can lead to multiple opportunities for value-added services as well as sustainable revenue streams. This program will be available to channel partners globally by the end of 2012.

“Businesses in Malaysia today are relying more on mobility than ever before with more people working in multiple locations, at various times, and on a number of different devices. Symantec’s Mobility Survey in Malaysia highlighted an uptake in mobile applications across organisations in Malaysia with 67 percent of enterprises in the country at least discussing deployment of custom mobile applications,” said Alex Ong, country director of Symantec Malaysia.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogging On Through 2012 and Beyond

There is always this revelation when I attended some events such as "they invited bloggers too?"

Ya. We got invited.

And my thoughts are these.

First of all, blog has been around way back since 2000.

I would say that blog shouldn't be part of mainstream media, it should be under social media. Also I think that bloggers don't want to be part of mainstream media because we wouldn't want to be involved with licensing constraint and red tapes. Whatever bloggers mention should be something unbiased with a bit focus on personal experiences.

Also let's not forget that enterprises can setup their own blogs which as the matter of fact, most already do. Even mainstream medias like WSJ have blogs.

And how about AllThingsD ? It is a blog fundamentally and Walter Mossberg once said that bloggers are journalists. And how about politicians and etc?

Ok I guess sometimes it ain't fair for people who didn't study journalism to be considered journalists just because they do blogging stuffs.

However, the whole media industry is actually still evolving and we are not sure how it will end up. Truth to the matter is it hasn't stopped evolving since the birth of Internet and search engines.

So, I would say that people like Google, Facebook, Twitter are the main stewards of the media industry, not bloggers and printers.

What is most important is mainstream media, social media and alternative media should represent third party opinions as much as possible and for this reason, social media would do it better because it is more personal-oriented and less business driven. How's that ??

At the end of the day, if we are talking about having big data, social media matters. It is absolute meaningless to talk about big data while trying to sideline social media for information.

Like it or not, the world has to move forward. Technology has to penetrate deeper into our daily lives. Big enterprises like IBM, Fujitsu, BMW and etc are clearly moving along this path of having technology co-exists in harmony with people. IBM calls it Smarter Planet, Fujitsu calls it Human-Centric-Intelligent-Society while BMW calls it ConnectedDrive.

As a result, some people will have to adopt new lifestyles and change job. But how about let's just say that venturing out-of-space is more excited than making a living - in the long run ?

Civilization has to move forward.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

BMW Launches Hybrids 3 Series and 5 Series with ConnectedDrive Concept

ConnectedDrive - BMW's Innovation

The BMW ConnectedDrive concept is referring to an idea of enabling the driver to be connected to the outside world while driving. Ideally, when such is achievable, the driver is in full control.

For instance, while driving from KL to Penang, the drive must be in touch with the status of the engine, fuel level, road condition, weather condition, changes to business appointments and etc.

It is not just about being high-tech, it is about being ideal.

To simply put, ConnectedDrive is the intelligent networking of driver, vehicle and the outside world. BMW figures that it can be expressed on four levels: 1.) the display and operating concept, 2.) an unparalleled light installation, 3.) the design of the car itself and 4.) the integration of the whole concept into a multimedia experience.

It promotes three key attributes of BMW’s vehicles, namely 1.) safety, 2.) infortainment, 3.) comfort.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blue Coat MACH5 Appliance Wins Computerworld Readers Choice Award for WAN Optimization

Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in Web security and WAN optimization, announced that the Blue Coat® MACH5 appliance has won the Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia Readers Choice Award in the “WAN Accelerator” category. This is the fourth consecutive win for Blue Coat, which demonstrates the strength of the solution and value it provides to customers that are embracing cloud-based applications, bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives and video technologies.

“The shift to cloud-based applications and BYOD trends is here to stay. This will only put additional strain on enterprise networks and increase corporate requirements for WAN optimization. IT departments will need a solid strategy to distinguish recreational traffic from business-relevant applications. With its fourth consecutive win, Blue Coat has clearly demonstrated that it has the answer to the ever-evolving needs of the industry in both markets,” said Jack Loo, editor, Computerworld Singapore.

In addition to traditional data acceleration, Blue Coat MACH5 appliances also provide next-generation WAN optimization to mitigate the impact of live and on-demand video, accelerate the delivery of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and manage mobile devices on the corporate network. MACH5 appliances use advanced caching technologies to prevent video floods and bandwidth consumption associated with employee-owned devices from saturating a company’s WAN or Internet gateway. Blue Coat’s asymmetric acceleration technology optimizes the performance of cloud-based applications without deploying WAN optimization devices in the application provider’s infrastructure.

“This win is a vote of confidence from the IT community in two ASEAN countries where Blue Coat has strong market presence. It validates that organizations continue to value Blue Coat’s complete and innovative approach to WAN optimization in meeting the needs of businesses with distributed employees,” said Simon Molenberg, managing director for ASEAN, Blue Coat Systems.

AIMS Enlarges Its Data Center’s Capacity in Malaysia by 92%

AIMS’ green-centric CJ1 is a Tier -3 + Fit-for-Purpose data centre. CJ1 is designed from the ground-up with the latest advancements in energy efficient data center management, business continuity, resiliency, security, disaster recovery services that provide 24X7 facilities management team at site to help organizations efficiently manage growth while reducing costs and securely mitigating risk. The data center is also layered with reliable and resilient fibre ring that interconnects CJ1 to AIMS in Menara Aik Hua.

AIMS Group the country’s premier carrier-neutral data center, announced its latest highly secured, 34,500 sq. ft. state-of-the- art ‘CJ1’ data center located in Cyberjaya.

AIMS Group, positions its newest facility as the company’s proactive response to the positive demand for the business’ IT infrastructure and application hosting services to meet and enhance their customer’s demand.

With CJ1, AIMS now operates from four separate sites within peninsular Malaysia, with added capabilities for site recovery. Its Cyberjaya data center is now fully operational and will be supporting AIMS customers starting October this year.

AIMS Group CEO, Chiew Kok Hin says, “CJ1 is a strategic move to accommodate our increasing number of regional and global customer base and to make sure that we don’t compromise on latest technologies and facilities.”

“Here at CJ1 we provide a combination of an extremely secure, top-class redundancy and supreme connectivity ecosystem for our customers to host their business applications and critical systems.”

“The expansion to Cyberjaya is a natural tactical move as it is a premier IT hub market in Malaysia and also a priority location for many multinational companies.”


Chiew says that CJ1 can be seen as a response to the government’s ambitious EPP3 program as a subsidiary of NKEA.

“EPP3 is truly a foresighted blueprint that aims to enhance the global visibility to provide capabilities in Malaysian projects that will catalyze the local ICT market. AIMS want to continue playing a major part by being a key data center operator that ensures that its direction and business operations are aligned with the government’s nation building plans via the EPP3 program for the ICT sector.”

“CJ1 is a key part of AIMS Group’s growth and will quickly contribute significantly to our climb up to be the leading carrier-neutral data centre operators and managed services provider in Asia.”

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FalconStor Opens APAC Regional Office in Singapore

FalconStor Software, Inc., a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced the official opening of the company’s Asia Pacific (APAC) regional headquarters in Singapore. FalconStor currently has offices in Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Australia.

“FalconStor has experienced growth throughout APAC due to the wide acceptance of FalconStor’s award-winning data protection and recovery solutions, and we expect it to be a key driver of the company’s future growth,” said Jim McNiel, president and CEO of FalconStor Software. “Our investment in the Singapore office demonstrates our commitment to our regional channel partners, to their customers and to the APAC business community at large.”

Jim McNiel, 
president and CEO of FalconStor Software

The Singapore office will be headed by Suresh Nair, general manager and vice president of sales and marketing of Asia Pacific for FalconStor as well.

This new office caters for:
  • A sales operations center that houses the local sales team and technology experts as well as regional financial, human resources and IT support functions.
  • Training facilities for partners to upgrade their skill set to serve their customers.
  • A new solutions center for partners to demonstrate products and to stage complex solution designs for customers.

“The new Singapore office significantly enhances our sales operations in APAC,” said Suresh Nair. “In addition to our core set of sales support services, the office provides customers the ability to test our solutions before they make a buying decision. Ultimately, our active presence in Singapore will help us build stronger relationships with our partners and customers, which will strengthen our leadership in the region.”

New CA ERwin r9 Helps Customers Make Smarter Use of Enterprise Data

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CA Technologies announced a major new release of its award-winning CA ERwin data modelling solutions that help organisations increase data quality and cost savings through a unified view of strategic data assets.

The new release—the second in less than a year—provides a collaborative data modelling environment to manage enterprise data using an intuitive, graphical interface. It helps improve data re-use, optimise system quality, accelerate time-to-benefit and enable appropriate information governance—key objectives for IT organisations serving companies in today’s highly competitive and intensely regulated markets.

“Consistent, accurate and up-to-date information across systems and business functions is one of the keys to success for IT organisations supporting highly complex enterprises running large numbers of disparate systems,” said Stefan Kausch, CEO at heureka e-Business GmbH, a leading provider of media streaming, web analytics, system management and web development solutions. “The new CA ERwin solution set directly addresses the challenges these organisations face as they seek to build and maintain these models over time—especially when it comes to making sure that all stakeholders can contribute to the model and use it to the organisation’s overall advantage.”

CA ERwin r9 includes significantly improved collaboration features—on the “back end” with a re-architected model repository and on the “front end” with enhancements to the web portal—that enable non-technical users to make important updates to business-centric metadata. It also includes support for corporate security policies and industry-standard protocols, such as LDAP. These new capabilities enable disparate teams of business and IT users to more easily work together to enforce standards, assess the impact of change, and manage data assets more effectively.

“In a data-driven economy, any disconnect between data consumers and producers can have a serious adverse impact on the business,” said James Forbes-May, Vice President, Data Management, Asia Pacific, CA Technologies. “By enabling organisations to collaborate more effectively to resolve these disconnects, CA ERwin r9 can help them more successfully manage and leverage their data resources. We’re especially pleased to deliver these capabilities to our customers so quickly since our last major release earlier this year.”

CA Technologies is the global market share leader in data modelling tools, based on 2010 revenues, according to IDC.* CA ERwin has repeatedly won awards for business value and innovation from publications such as SD Times, SQL Server Magazine and Visual Studio Magazine. It has also been the “Overall Category Winner” in TechExtend’s “Riding the Crest” awards for 13 consecutive years.

CA ERwin is available exclusively through global channel partners.

Networking Industry Visionary, David Meyer, Joins Brocade

What is Software Defined Networking (SDN) ?

David Meyer said that Brocade is going to win because it has the right combination of expertise, technology vision and business acumen.

Brocade announced the appointment of networking industry visionary David Meyer to the position of Service Provider business chief technology officer and chief scientist. A foremost authority on software-defined networking (SDN), Internet routing and OpenFlow technologies, Meyer will play an integral role in the shaping of Brocade's cloud networking, advanced routing and application delivery strategy.

Meyer will report to Ken Cheng, vice president and general manager of the Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group.

"David's a highly respected industry veteran with decades of experience within the networking space," said Cheng. "His leadership within various industry associations and Internet standards bodies is a testament to his ability to understand at a macro level the implications of the development and standardization of new and emerging technologies that are shaping the future direction of the networking industry."

David Meyer 
Service Provider Business 
Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Brocade

In this new role, Meyer will be responsible for working with tier-1 service providers, cloud hosting providers and Web 2.0 content providers worldwide. As an expert advisor, he will help customers develop cloud-optimized network architectures to support next-generation services and applications. In addition, he will actively engage in industry-wide discussions on seminal networking issues and evangelize Brocade's unique solutions in the areas of Ethernet fabrics, advanced routing and SDN.

With over three decades of networking industry experience, Meyer has long been an agent of change and an advocate of an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to IT transformation. A recognized thought-leader and a frequent speaker at industry events, Meyer is best known for his innovative work in defining the future direction of Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, Meyer held various positions at Cisco Systems, most recently as a Distinguished Engineer focused on examining the growing role of OpenFlow and SDN within the enterprise and service provider markets.

Meyer is an active participant and influential force within a number of industry associations, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Throughout his career, he has held a number of leadership positions within these groups and currently serves as the Chair of IETF's Domain Name Server Operations and MBONE Deployment Working Group, as well as the Co-Chair of the Forwarding Abstractions Group at ONF. He is often credited as being a leading expert in networking technology who has made numerous contributions that have significantly shaped the evolution of the Internet.

"The networking industry is undergoing an evolutionary period unlike any we've recently seen. The companies that are going to emerge victorious are those with the right combination of networking expertise, technology vision and business smarts," said David Meyer, Service Provider business CTO and chief scientist at Brocade. "With its heritage for driving continued innovation, I believe that Brocade is well positioned to achieve growth within the hotly contested service provider networking market."