ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of Mar 2013

The most significant news for week 1 of Feb 2013 was launching of next-generation Office 365 for Business by Microsoft.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week were:
  • Google to cut 1,200 jobs at Motorola Mobility.
  • Oracle provides industry’s first one-stop platform for monitoring and managing improved social interactions.
  • Brocade opens technical assistance center in China.
  • Hitachi Systems and Sunway Technology of Malaysia establish IT services joint venture.
  • Venture capital kingpin Kleiner Perkins acknowledges weak results.
  • ZALORA Malaysia to celebrate first birthday on Mar 13, 2013.
  • Epson maintains a consecutive 12th year record as No.1 projector maker.
  • IBM thinks that Open-Source and Open Standard is the future for cloud, launches IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator

Reuters, Mar 8, 2013 - Google to cut 1,200 jobs at Motorola Mobility

Google's Motorola Mobility unit is to shed another 1,200 jobs or 10 percent of its workforce as the smartphone maker tries to return to profitability, Google said on Friday.

It was reported that this exercise is the continuation of retrenchment exercise started since last summer, to streamline the product lines.

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Austin, TX – March 7, 2013 - Oracle Provides Industry’s First One-stop Platform for Monitoring and Managing Improved Social Interactions

Oracle launches Social Relationship Management (SRM).

Oracle SRM unifies—Social Marketing and Social Engagement & Monitoring—delivering a complete, integrated and enterprise-ready social business solution. The integrated products help create a seamless transition between listening and content creation, to moderation and analysis of a company’s social media efforts.

Oracle SRM fully integrates organically-developed Oracle products, with Vitrue, Collective Intellect, and Involver solutions; combining social marketing, engagement and monitoring into a complete platform which allows enterprises to seamlessly listen, create and publish content, engage customers and analyze interactions across multiple social channels in real-time.

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Shanghai, China. March 6, 2013 –Brocade Opens Technical Assistance Center in China

Brocade announced the opening of a new Technical Assistance Center (TAC) in Shanghai, China, to provide technical services and support to Mandarin-speaking customers across the Greater China region and globally. It also augments the TAC in Chennai, India, in the delivery of Brocade’s comprehensive technical services and support to customers and partners across Asia Pacific (APAC).

A significant investment has been committed to operating the China TAC annually, and providing full Level 1 and Level 2 support services on all Brocade products in Mandarin. The China TAC is composed of a strong team of technical support engineers dedicated to receiving ongoing training and certification, and providing customers and partners with the most skilled team to address their technical issues.

One of the regional customers which have benefited from the China TAC is Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, where Brocade provides premier services in areas of 24x7 support for real-time network performance monitoring, and supported by senior SAN engineers.

Tokyo, Petaling Jaya, March 6, 2013 – Hitachi Systems and Sunway Technology of Malaysia Establish IT Services Joint Venture

Hitachi Systems and Sunway Technology will jointly establish an operating company for the provision of IT services in Malaysia and throughout Southeast Asia. Specifically, the operations of several Sunway Technology's subsidiaries will be consolidated under Sunway E-Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sunway Technology. Hitachi Systems will then acquire 51% of Sunway E-Systems’ shares from Sunway Technology, making Sunway E-Systems a joint venture. The name of the JV company will be Hitachi Sunway Information Systems (subject to approval from the relevant authorities). In this capacity, in addition to the existing subsidiaries in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, Sunway E-Systems will also form a subsidiary in Vietnam this year.

Through this joint venture, Hitachi Systems and Sunway Technology will expand marketing to both Japanese and local companies around PLM and ERP packages, virtualization, cloud solutions, data center outsourcing and IT outsourcing services. Hitachi Systems will take advantage of the joint venture’s base network to further expand sales of its GNEXT global IT services, and will globally develop its IT business through partnerships with Sunway Technology, as well as with Hitachi Asia, Hitachi eBworx and other Hitachi Group companies in Southeast Asia.

This symbiotic joint-venture between Sunway Technology and Hitachi Systems will create a bigger pool of resources and allow both to leverage on each others’ expertise, strengths and networks to cater to more demands in the bigger market reach.

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Reuters, Mar 5, 2013 - Venture capital kingpin Kleiner Perkins acknowledges weak results

Blue-chip venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers expressed frustration with poor fund performance and promised to do better at gatherings for investors last month, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The firm, which has lost some of its shine recently due in part to hefty bets on green energy technology and a lack of home-run Internet investments, said it would be more careful with capital and redouble its efforts to boost performance. Several investors who received invitations to the meetings said it was unusual for Kleiner Perkins to hold such gatherings when it was not raising new funds.

Kleiner's newest fund, the 2012 Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers XV, closed at $525 million, according to the firm. Its 2010 digital growth fund totals $1 billion, and KPCB XIV, dating from 2011, totals $650 million.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 March, 2013 –ZALORA Malaysia, Online Fashion’s Latest Destination, celebrates its first birthday on 13th March 2013.

From its humble origins consisting of only 2 people, ZALORA Malaysia now boasts over 200 team members; passionate and eager to revolutionize the way Malaysians shop online. In the span of a year, ZALORA Malaysia now hosts more than 600 international and local brands, with over 30,000 products online and growing.

Since launch, ZALORA has changed Malaysian e-retail landscape with its offerings of free delivery*, free 30 days return and multiple payment methods, including cash-on-delivery option. The fashion e-commerce company has also launched a mobile website since January 2013 and brings an even more user friendly shopping environment to online shoppers.

To celebrate the birthday, ZALORA is giving out RM60 voucher to customers who spend above RM365 in a single transaction. In addition, B Card members who shop with ZALORA Malaysia will get 3x points for any purchases during the birthday week. On 13th March 2013, ZALORA will be launching an hour flash sale from 3pm to 4pm. The sale applies to all items, with participating brands such as Khoon Hooi for ZALORA, Zang Toi, Steve Madden, Nike, Adidas, Kiko, SK-II and more. Customers may shop their favorite brand and enjoy an additional 13% discount during the sale period.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4 March 2013 – Epson Maintains a Consecutive 12th Year Record as No.1 Projector Maker

According to the latest results for 2012 released by projector market research firm Futuresource Consulting, Epson achieved a record 12th year in a row as the world’s number 1 projector brand. The company grew from a 22.9% market share in 2011 to hit its highest-ever market share of 26.2% for 2012; meaning that over one in four projectors sold in the past year was an Epson. Sales of Epson projectors in 2012 were so strong that they were greater than the combined sales volumes of the second, third and fourth ranked projector brands.

Koichi Endo, the Managing Director of Epson

“Although we are very honoured to achieve the position as the no. 1 projector brand for the 12th time, we feel as excited as the first time,” says Koichi Endo, the Managing Director of Epson Southeast Asia regarding the results. “More importantly, we build on our success by using what we have learned to find even more ways to satisfy our customers’ needs. As a result, Epson has the widest range of projector models to satisfy every customer requirement or budget.”

Las Vegas - 04 Mar 2013 - IBM thinks that Open-Source and Open Standard is the future for cloud, launches IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator

IBM announced that all of its cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud architecture. This move will ensure that innovation in cloud computing is not hampered by locking businesses into proprietary islands of insecure and difficult-to-manage offerings. Without industry-wide open standards for cloud computing, businesses will not be able to fully take advantage of the opportunities associated with interconnected data, such as mobile computing and business analytics.

As the first step, the company today unveiled a new private cloud offering based on the open sourced OpenStack software that significantly speeds and simplifies managing an enterprise-grade cloud. Now, for the first time, businesses have a core set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments.

Based on customer-driven requirements, the new software, called IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, gives clients greater flexibility by removing the need to develop specific interfaces for different cloud services. With the new software, companies can quickly combine and deploy various cloud services onto the cloud infrastructure by lining up the compute, storage and network resources with an easy-to-use graphical interface.

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