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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pikom Says "ICT Sector Continues to be ranked the top 5 paying industry"

Kuala Lumpur, Friday (June 28, 2013) – PIKOM, the National ICT Association of Malaysia launches its 2013 ICT Job Market Outlook today. Following the earlier Job Market study series, PIKOM again collaborated with KPMG and on the 2012 job market analysis. The report gives an overall study on the job market in Malaysia comparing to the region by focusing on the state of ICT Jobs, in particular the salary component.

Key highlights in this report include an increase of 8.7% in average salary over 2011, the top paying jobs and industries and three featured articles. The report again confirms that ICT industry remains in the top five paying industries in Malaysia.

“Despite the challenging economic state and uncertainty in the political scene last year, there is still an upward growth in the average salary for ICT professionals, be it junior or senior level. We expect this positive growth to continue for the remainder of 2013 with a projected increase of 8.9%,” said Woon Tai Hai, PIKOM Chairman.

The overall average salary of ICT professional increased from RM 6,240 in 2011 to RM 6,782 in 2012, a rise of 8.7%. Average entry-level salary for fresh graduates continues to grow from RM 2,238 to RM2, 343, albeit only a marginal increase of 4.7%. “Although there has been improvement on the average salary, the supply of ICT fresh graduates continues to decline. At the same time, enabling the employability of our fresh graduates is still an ongoing discussion and debate,” added Woon.

Friday, June 28, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 5 of June 2013

The most significant news for week 4 of June 2013 was the announcement that MS Office 365 achieved 1 million subscribers in just over 100 days.
  • Symantec 2013 Windows Server 2012 Migration/Virtualisation survey.
  • Oracle offers Cloud Services to streamline Pharmacovigilance for Life Sciences Industry.
  • AMD extends graphics and compute leadership with 2013 elite A-Series desktops.
  • PayPal: Online Exports Boost Growth for Innovative Small Biz in Malaysia.
  • Deploy Omni-Channel functionality in a Short Time-to-Market with hybris commerce accelerator.
  • Groupon Malaysia reaches out to aspiring photographers.
  • Silver Peak names founder David Hughes as CEO.
  • AMD unveils server strategy and roadmap.
  • Evernote web clipper for Chrome gets Gmail clipping.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

HP World Tour@Beijing, China Updates

At the HP World Tour in Beijing, China, HP leaders, customers and industry analysts from all over the world have come together to discuss and highlight the most recent technology updates in the world of devices, solutions and services. In line with this, HP has announced its latest products and solutions that help make consumer and commercial technologies more efficient, secure, and valuable to customers.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fantasy Premier League Managers Can Now Fully Manage Their Own Fantasy League

Most sports fans are familiar with fantasy games, but English Premier League (EPL) fans are not exposed to the premium commissioner fantasy league system; as it is only implemented in popular American sports like American football and baseball. However, EPL fans too can jump on the bandwagon as the EPL edition is now made available worldwide.

FanXT’s Fantasy EPL Commissioner is a league system which offers avid fantasy EPL fans a chance to not only have a league, but customize the settings of the league to make it uniquely their own, as opposed to following standard fantasy league formats.

Monday, June 24, 2013

LAZADA Secures $100 Million of Funding and Launches a New Mobile Shopping Platform

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20, 2013 - LAZADA, Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall, today disclosed that Verlinvest, a Belgian family-owned, consumer-focused investment holding company, has joined the company as an investor. Existing investors Holtzbrinck Ventures, Kinnevik, Summit Partners and Tengelmann Group also participated in the financing round that injected about $100 million of fresh capital into LAZADA’s German holding company.

“We are extremely happy to have finalized this investment round shortly after our 1st year anniversary and to again focus 100% of our attention on what we enjoy most: providing an amazing shopping experience to our customers” Maximilian Bittner, CEO of LAZADA, commented. “The interest in joining this round and its quick closing has exceeded all our expectations” he added.

“We are thrilled to join LAZADA as a partner of Rocket Internet and an investor, the company’s scale and achievements after only one year of operations are highly impressive. Given the management’s track record and the region’s macro outlook we are very confident in LAZADA’s future” Frédéric de Mevius, Chairman of Verlinvest, said.

Ford Using Robots to Improve “Built Ford Tough” Durability Testing of its Trucks

robotic control module installed in the test vehicle
  • Ford is first automaker to develop robotic technology that drives vehicles during new accelerated high-impact on-road and off-road durability testing
  • Robotically driven vehicles ideally suited for durability test conditions that could prove too taxing for human drivers
  • New technology used to ensure Ford trucks, including the all-new Transit van family, are Built Ford Tough

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Developers Updates Week 4 of June 2013

In the last updates series (week 1 of Apr 2013), the most interesting update was that Intel released SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 supporting the OpenCL 1.2 standard on 3rd and future 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors.

For this updates series, the followings had emerged.
  • Tata Comms main sponsors the world’s first cross-border Silicon Valley / Bangalore hackathon (July 12th-13th 2013).
  • MySQL Cluster 7.3 enables faster and simpler development of new web and mobile services.
  • Reuters: Microsoft offers rewards for hacking tools and talents.
  • Oracle launches New Java platform Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7)
  • Highlights from IBM SmartCamp in Moscow.
  • iOS development via Delphi XE4.
  • Microsoft unveils what’s next for enterprise IT.
  • 305 young innovators advance to Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals.
  • Lambda Labs to release Face recognition API for Google Glass.
  • Romanian teenager wins big for low-cost, self-driving car innovation.
  • IBM Unveils New Software to Enable Mainframe Applications on Cloud, Mobile Devices via Java 7.
  • Intel releases SDK with OpenCL* 1.2 Support for Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors.
  • Software AG acquires Cloud Platform vendor LongJump.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Symantec Issues Global SMB IT Confidence Index

KL, Malaysia – June 19, 2013 – Symantec Corp. today released its 2013 Global SMB IT Confidence Index, which found that SMBs with higher IT Confidence scores are more successful in leveraging IT to drive their business, and ultimately experience stronger, better business outcomes.

“In Malaysia, the survey shows how the attitudes about IT of SMB founders have a positive correlation between protecting their information assets and achieving their business goals,” said Alex Ong, country director of Symantec Malaysia. “If small businesses want to maximise their success, they need to embrace IT as a strategic tool with the potential to deliver a competitive advantage and really drive their business.”

Koh Ee Laine, senior technical consultant of Symantec Malaysia, added, “It is also interesting to note from the survey that the typical top-tier SMB spends seven percent less on computing than bottom-tier organisations, which may be due to their commitment to invest in the right technology from the beginning and having the future growth of the company in mind. There are significant advantages in a forward thinking attitude towards computing when it is embraced for strategic purposes rather than being treated as simply a necessary evil.”

Symantec surveyed nearly 2,500 SMBs across the globe to determine their attitude toward IT, including 101 organisations in Malaysia. Their responses were utilised to develop an “SMB IT Confidence Index,” a measure of how confident they are in using IT to address strategic business goals. Three tiers of companies emerged, with the contrast between the top tier and bottom tier forming the basis of the survey’s key takeaways.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dear Malaysia, Thanks for Internet Freedom

Dear Malaysia, thanks for Internet Freedom since 1996.

Thank you.Thank you.Thank you.

Computer Security Updates Week 4 of June 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 3 of June 2013; in which the biggest news was Juniper announced the-only DDoS solution for data centers.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Reuters: Facebook admits year-long data breach exposed 6 million users.
  • Reuters: Cyber Cover on the rise in U.S market.
  • MMU wins national IT Security competition.
  • Barracuda Firewall Integrates with Client ‘Fingerprinting’ to protect against DDoS attacks
  • Sophos Launches Complete MSP Security.
  • RSA Conference APAC in Singapore.
  • Trend Micro co-worked with Taiwan CIB to solve targeted attack crime.
  • Kaspersky Lab uncovers APT ‘Operation NetTraveler’.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of June 2013

The most significant news for week 3 of June 2013 was the announcement of Malaysian government to implement national Enterprise Architecture.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Network World Asia names FalconStor CDP Best Backup and Recovery Solution in Information Management Awards 2013.
  • ASUS announces Republic of Gamers G750 Notebook.
  • The United Nations gets social with WeChat official account.
  • hybris is selected by ASICS as backend for new global consumer websites
  • MS Office 365 achieved 1 million subscribers in just over 100 days - available for iOS.
  • Exabytes calls for submission for nationwide video contest.
  • MSTB develops home-grown software testing service providers.
  • Bosch launches ‘Innovation Around My Campus’ competition with UTAR.
  • Bosch associates come together to aid the homeless.
  • Brocade signs new training partner for APAC and Japan.
  • Kit Loong reinvents tyre management for fleet operators.
  • HP introduces SureSupply App for simplified supplies selectability and ordering.
  • First Data acquires full ownership of Merchant Solutions.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Local Tyre Company Reinvents Tyre Management for Fleet Operators

Kuala Lumpur, 13th June 2013 – In conjunction with the Malaysian International Bus, Trucks and Components Exhibition (MIBTC) 2013, leading local tyre company, Kit Loong Commercial Tyre (KLCT) Group has today officially unveiled its innovative KL Sigma Formula approach to tyre management.

The “cpk --> Sum = sc3" TM formula represents the core substance of professional tyre management solutions. It addresses the sum total of five Sigma elements, namely tyre and its related products, services and maintenance, 24/7 outdoor rescue service and network, scientific knowledge and overall management, in order to deliver the "sc3" benefits of safety, competitiveness, cost effectiveness and control, which are all important factors to measure effective CPK (cost per kilometre).

KLCT’s Managing Director, Kenneth Teh said “There is often a narrow focus on the product cost perspective and a lack of coherent prescription to address the challenges of effective tyre management. At KLCT, we recognize this and that is why we have developed our professional tyre management formula for tyre life extension, the underlying principle of our comprehensive solutions for various fleet market segments.”

Mark Fernie, Managing Director of Vehicle Management Corporation (L) with Kenneth Teh, Managing Director of KLCT unveiling the KL Sigma Formula

Friday, June 14, 2013

Survey Finds Op Siloes is the Key Hindering Effectiveness of Cloud Apps

Oracle Corporation, the world's leading IT solution provider, today shares the findings on a research survey report titled “Cloud for Business Managers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.

The independent market research report by Dynamic Markets details interviews with 1,355 senior decision makers from businesses globally. Respondents were selected from a wide range of business functions including R&D, Sales/Commerce/E-commerce, Marketing, CRM, Finance and HR. The results showed that operational silos are often preventing organizations from realizing the promise of improved business performance. Businesses have not yet adequately integrated their cloud applications across their business functions. Due to this, many have reported operational inefficiencies and challenges around innovation.

Key results:-
  • 54 percent of respondents say their department has experienced staff downtime in the last six months due to cloud integration problems.
  • 52 percent of businesses have suffered from missed deadlines and 75 percent have had their ability to innovate impaired by poor integration of their cloud applications, which has left applications isolated from the rest of their business functions.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Electcoms Bhd Deploys Secure Digital Radio System via Motorola MOTOTRBO

Petaling Jaya, 12 June 2012 – Motorola Solutions, Inc., announced that Electcoms Berhad, the largest trunk radio system operator and service provider in Malaysia has implemented MOTOTRBO Digital Radio System to benefit trunk radio users in Malaysia who can subscribe to Electcoms communication services.

Motorola Solutions, the leading provider of business and mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers has successfully deployed its MOTOTRBOTM Digital Radio System for Electcoms which will provide reliable coverage across the west belt of Peninsular Malaysia from Padang Besar to Johor Bahru.

The decision by Electcoms to implement MOTOTRBOTM’s digital radio system is timely and aligned to efforts by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to migrate all public trunk operators from the analog frequency of 800Mhz to a digital frequency of 410-430MHZ by end of the 2015 to ensure better efficiency for users.

Computer Security Updates Week 3 of June 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 2 of June 2013; in which the biggest news was nothing. Nonetheless, one significant trend was observed; many Internet-based services such as Twitter and Evernote beefed up security with mulit-factor authentication.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • U.S. charges eight people for cybercrime targeting banks, government.
  • SourceFire provides updates to FirePOWER platform.
  • Blue Coat positioned by Gartner in “Leaders” Quadrant of Secure Web Gateway Magic Quadrant.
  • Reuters reported that Israeli PM accused Iran and allies of APT.
  • Juniper announces the-only DDoS solution for data centers.
  • Reuters reported that Internet big boys deny granting servers access for U.S Government
  • Symantec reported that global banking trojan Citadel taken down.
  • Social networks are the most dangerous virtual ‘playground’ for children.
  • Sophos gets top marks from leading independent Antivirus Tester.
  • Silicon Valley should lead the battle against cyber attacks.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of June 2013

The most significant news for week 2 of June 2013 was Microsoft unveiled latest products for enterprise IT which include Windows 8.1 updates and Visual Studio 2013 IDE.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • hybris integrates with LivePerson to provide powerful Digital Engagement Solutions.
  • Apple unveils iOS 7.
  • Brother launches MFC-J2510 InkBenefit; inkjet for SOHO.
  • WD launches new hard drives@Computex Taipei 2013.
  • CSF clinches Tier III Certification.
  • Caterpillar unveils remote equipment monitoring capabilities.
  • U Mobile partners 99 speedmart to expand distribution outlets
  • Government implements national Enterprise Architecture.
  • Rakuten Malaysia banks on mobile to spur E-Commerce growth.
  • PIKOM sets to bring Malaysian to Mobile Social Commerce International Conference@Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Exabytes Mid Year Sale.
  • Tata Comms. announces world's first LTE roaming peering with Telecom Italia Sparkle.
  • Bosch introduces new range of digital sound systems and loudspeakers.
  • Evernote Reminders arrive on Android.
  • ASUS@Computex 2013, Taiwan.
  • HP customers deploy HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio.
  • New HTC One Wins Gold Medal Award for Design & Innovation@Computex Taipei 2013.
  • Tata Comms deployed Telepresence facilities in Shanghai via partnerships.
  • Disaster Recovery and Data Protection - Acronis and Avnet join forces.
  • Silver Peak integrates WAN optimization software with new Dell branch Data Center-in-a-Box.

The biggest threat to your data centre? The people within it

06 June 2013 – Singapore – Human error poses the biggest internal threat to business continuity as the data centre industry refuses to wake up to change, according to intelligent PDU provider Enlogic. The firm conducted its latest survey of industry professionals and analysis shows that more than a third of people viewed human error as the most likely cause of downtime. Equipment failure and the external threat of power outages were second and third in the top responses.

Unintentionally adjusting the temperature from Fahrenheit to Celsius; accidentally pulling power cords from an IT asset; or inadvertently overloading a circuit by accidentally plugging in a server are just a few ways in which data centre workers can cause a crash.

Unplanned downtime can lead to financial loss as well as reputational damage to businesses. A natural response is to implement a redundancy plan which requires investment into additional equipment that remains idle until it might be needed. This approach increases upfront purchase costs and escalates energy bills by sending power to idle servers; Enlogic urges companies to reconsider using this method.

Juniper Announces Only Security Solution to Deliver Intelligence-Based Analytics for Data Centers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – June 7, 2013 – Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation, today announced the availability of Junos® DDoS Secure to protect data centers against increasingly complex Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. A key part of Juniper’s security portfolio, Junos DDoS Secure uses behavioral analytics and detailed network visibility to provide scalable protection against all major types of DDoS attacks.

For enterprises and service providers with a major online presence, the potential loss of productivity and customers due to a network outage from an attack can be catastrophic to business operations. Along with traditional high-volume attacks that leverage massive amounts of traffic to overwhelm a data center, businesses now face targeted low-bandwidth attacks on data-heavy applications that go undetected by traditional DDoS mitigation solutions.

Preventing application-level or “low-and-slow” attacks requires security professionals have granular visibility and control of network traffic once it enters the data center versus simply the ability to block DDoS traffic at the edge of the network. Juniper Networks® Junos DDoS Secure offers this visibility providing customers with fully automated DDoS protection against “low-and-slow” application attacks with minimal false positives, as well as up to 10 Gbps of mitigation against volumetric attacks.

Shanghai joins Tata Comms' global Telepresence network via Partnerships

New York & Mumbai, June 4th 2013 - Tata Communications today announced the addition of a state-of-the-art “virtual meeting” Telepresence suite to its global network, situated in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Launched in partnership with China Mobile and JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai, the new in-hotel facility located within the 5* luxury JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square, provides participants a life-sized, high definition and immersive virtual collaboration experience.

Business communications has seen an incredible transformation over the last 10-15 years. Whilst video conferencing’s reputation may have suffered a bit of a bumpy start in the early days due to quality, usability and accessibility issues, thanks to advancements in communication infrastructure, hardware and reach, the use of video in business is booming. In fact, according to Infonetics Research, sales of enterprise telepresence and video conferencing equipment will maintain steady growth through to 2017 at a compound annual rate of six per cent.

Organisations looking to improve business communications for employees, partners and customers worldwide require business video that is reliable, high in quality, affordable and offers broad reach. To encourage pick-up at the individual user level, accessibility and ease of use are some of the key factors when business executives choose a particular communications method.

To make true seamless business communications possible, Tata Communications does not only operate the world’s only fibre optic sub-sea network ring around the world that effectively supports the explosion in video network traffic, it is also working with leading industry partners, including AT&T, Telstra and Etisalat as part of the Global Meeting Alliance to broaden its ecosystem and provide customers access to high-quality video communications wherever they are. Today, Tata Communications runs one of the broadest and widest-reaching Telepresence networks available in the form of its Global Meeting Exchange™ Telepresence inter-exchange. As part of this, Tata Communications offers access to public Telepresence rooms in over 40 locations across five continents, with the JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square having very recently joined the network.

Get more details.

Monday, June 10, 2013

CSF Clinches Tier III Certification

Malaysia, 10 June 2013 - Regional data centre space provider, CSF Group plc was recently awarded Uptime Institute’s Tier III Design Certification for CSF Computer Exchange 5 (CX5) facility. The CX5 facility, built and managed by CSF, is the largest data centre in Malaysia and only the third in Southeast Asia to receive this prestigious certification. CSF Group plc was also recently awarded the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Data Centre Service Provider of the Year due to its strong ability to offer customisable data centre space, high utilisation rate of its facilities and the many green data centre initiatives it has taken.

“Being awarded Tier III certification is proof of our commitment to providing only the highest level of service to our customers as well as our dedication to help Malaysia realise its goal of being a regional data centre hub. We are both proud and glad that our brand of data centres, CSF Computer Exchanges, has been acknowledged by our industry peers and an international accreditation body.” says Adrian Yong, CEO of CSF Group plc.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of June 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 5 of May 2013; in which the biggest news was Twitter beefed up security with two-factor security system.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • McAfee publishes Q1 2013 threat report.
  • Symantec publishes Internet Security Threat Report v 18 (for 2012 data).
  • Sophos appoints Mavisco Resources as distributor in Malaysia.
  • Evernote introduces three new security features.
  • Kaspersky Lab publishes Q1 2013 security reports.
  • Bit9 blog reported that US electric grids under persistent cyber-attacks.

Lotus F1® Team Turbocharges Quest for World Championship with EMC

Quick notes:

Lotus F1 team teaches a lesson on implementation of storage, disaster recovery for cloud on fast lane environment.

Here it goes.

1.) Use EMC® Atmos® object-based cloud storage platform to store, archive and access Lotus F1 Team’s unstructured content at scale;

2.) Use EMC® Data Domain® deduplication storage systems to enable fast backup and recovery of the factory’s information estate;

3.) Use EMC® Cloud Tiering Appliance™ to ensure the secure and efficient tiering of the Team’s CAD files before they are moved to the cloud – key to reclaiming valuable primary storage space, lower operating costs and reducing backup requirements

4.) Use EMC’s Syncplicity® enterprise file sync and share solution and Documentum® Information Rights Management (IRM) technology to facilitate secure CAD file-sharing and collaboration between the Team and its partners, Lotus F1 Team will also be using

5.) Use VCE Vblock System and EMC VNX solution to support the Team’s virtual desktop infrastructure

Vblock™ Systems from VCE provides virtualization and cloud computing environment - ripped out of best of breed technologies from Cisco, EMC, and VMware - it provides pooling of resources

Now you have the big data, what about analytics ?

It seems that Lotus F1 is using Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution and some Computer-Aided Design (CAD) program at its data center in Enstone, UK, headquarters to for data processing.

Monday, June 03, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of June 2013

The most significant news for week 5 of May 2013 was Reuters reported that Singapore authority requires online news to get licenses.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Oracle unveils latest iPad app to support business mobility.
  • Microsoft unveils what’s next for enterprise IT.
  • Aramex sees data center off-Site failover fly 50x faster with Silver Peak.
  • Brother eyes greater growth in the Asia Pacific.
  • WD Green HD wins Best Choice Award at Computex Taipei 2013.
  • WeChat now available for Nokia Asha Touch family of smartphones.
  • Tata Comms. completes successful unified communications deployment for KPIT Cummins.
  • AMD launches industry's highest performance small core x86 server processor - AMD Opteron X-Series.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

GoDaddy Edit Mailbox Advanced

For GoDaddy's users only.

The intention is to perform email forwarding - to forward a copy of email from GoDaddy mailbox (webmail) to other email addresses (i.e Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail).

First of all, it cannot be done by just login into the webmail, it can only be done by login to GoDaddy's Account Manager - login from GoDaddy's homepage.

The official method is described here or here.

The issue which confused me was that I couldn't find the 'Advanced' tab as described - in fact, there is no 'Advanced' tab, so don't go about looking for it.

One should instead lookout for 'Send copy to:' option under 'Email' tab.