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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of Apr 2014

News for Week 2 of Apr 2014; the biggest news was the launching of MOLPay - cash payment for e-commerce.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 24, 2014 - Microsoft Announced FY14 Q3 Revenue of $20.40 billion
  • PR - Apr 24, 2014 - Huawei enabling digital logistics systems to build a better connected world
  • Telegraph - Apr 24, 2014 - Apple returns $130bn to shareholders
  • PR - MILPITAS, CA., Apr 23, 2014 — ProphetStor Establishes New Office in China and Gains Bigger Footprint in Asia
  • PR - KL - Apr 23, 2014 - Mobile banking increases but many feel apathy towards adoption
  • PR - KL - Apr 23, 2014 - Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) joins EMC Academic Alliance
  • PR -SG - Apr 23, 2014 - Viber Releases New Design for iPhone and Comes to Blackberry 10
  • PR - Apr 23, 2014 - Violin Launches Windows All-Flash Array for Next-Generation Enterprise and Cloud Deployments
  • PR - SG – Apr, 22, 2014 - Cloud-based, social collaboration and communication platform Unified Inbox expands, launches HQ in Singapore
  • PR - KL - Apr 22, 2014 - Brocade Names Gabriel Breeman as OEM Director for Asia-Pacific
  • PR - KL, Apr 18, 2014 - Vserv.mobi Set To Boost the E-commerce Industry with Search Intent Mobile Ads
  • PR - KL - Apr 17, 2014 - Tan Yen Yen joins SAS as regional head for South Asia
  • PR - SG – Apr 16, 2014 - Fusion-io Unlocks Performance for SQL Server 2014
  • PR - KL, Apr 16, 2014 - Frost & Sullivan Awards “Data Centre Services Provider of the Year” to AIMS Group
  • PR - BEDFORD, Mass., Apr 16, 2014 - Flytxt Partners with VoltDB for Real-time Streaming Analysis of Mobile Communication Data Service Provider
  • PR - Apr 16, 2014 - Oracle Offers New Mobile Capabilities for Enterprise Performance Management
  • PR - Apr 16, 2014 - How Singapore app Muslim reached 10 million downloads across 200 countries
  • PR - SG- Apr 16, 2014 - Tata Comm. expands its global data centre footprint in Australia, Germany, Austria and Malaysia




PR - Apr 24, 2014 - Microsoft Announced FY14 Q3 Revenue of $20.40 billion

Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $20.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $14.46 billion, $6.97 billion, $5.66 billion, and $0.68 per share, respectively.

http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Earnings/PressReleaseAndWebcast/FY14/Q3/default.aspx

PR - Apr 24, 2014 - Huawei enabling digital logistics systems to build a better connected world

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently held its 11th Annual Global Analyst Summit, attracting nearly 400 analysts and business leaders from world-class companies such as BT, Intel and Volvo.

Mr. William Xu, Huawei’s Chief Strategy Marketing Officer

In his welcome address at the event, Mr. William Xu, Huawei’s Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, said that as connectivity becomes increasingly important and a way of life globally, ICT technologies, represented by mobile broadband, cloud computing, big data analytics, the Internet of things, and social networking, will continue to reshape the world and introduce a new wave of technological development. Mr. Xu also underscored Huawei’s commitment to continue working closely with partners from business, industry and academia to promote greater convenience and freedom in communications and the sharing of ideas to drive the evolution of technology, industries and interpersonal interaction. Ultimately, Huawei aims to help to build a better connected world.

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Telegraph - Apr 24, 2014 - Apple returns $130bn to shareholders

Telegraph reported that Apple is to return cash of $130bn to shareholders.

The sum consists of a buy back of own shares amounting to a total of $90bn and increased dividend.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/electronics/10784073/Apple-to-return-130bn-to-shareholders.html



PR - MILPITAS, CA., April 23, 2014 — ProphetStor Establishes New Office in China and Gains Bigger Footprint in Asia

ProphetStor Data Services, Inc., a leader in Software-Defined Storage (SDS), today announced further expansion into Asia with an office opening in Shanghai, along with the appointment of Robert Ye as General Manager of China.

The new establishment will provide pre-sales and post-sales support, customer service and technical assistance to ProphetStor's growing base of customers in China.

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PR - KL - Apr 23, 2014 - Mobile banking increases but many feel apathy towards adoption

BuzzCity, the leading global mobile advertising network, would like to share its latest quarterly report on the mobile internet which includes a spotlight on mobile banking adoption and reveals mobile users’ attitudes towards mobile banking. The rise in mobile banking is being driven by better security and flexibility around mobile payments, as well as increased investment from tech companies. Interestingly, both developed and emerging markets are adopting mobile banking methods; perhaps not surprising as the rise in mobile has been exponential, but what is surprising is the fact that those surveyed simply do not feel that they “need” mobile banking as yet. The UnderBanked now make up 12% of mobile users.

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PR - KL - Apr 23, 2014 - Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) joins EMC Academic Alliance

Today, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU), one of Malaysia’s premier private universities for courses in technology and innovation, announced that it has joined the EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) program. This was announced by Professor Leslie Trustrum, Vice Chancellor of the University, Cheam Tat Inn, Managing Director, EMC Malaysia and Krishna Kant, Head, EMC Academic Alliance, Southeast Asia, Russia & ANZ, EMC at the APU campus in Kuala Lumpur.
Cheam Tat Inn, Managing Director, EMC Malaysia and Gurpardeep Singh, Vice President of Operations, Asia Pacific University

The signing ceremony also saw EMC and APU come together to talk about the development and introduction to several new modules in the current curriculum for courses in IT, intelligent systems, internet technology, and enterprise computing. This collaboration is a part of EMC’s global academic alliance program, EAA, which aims to prepare students for successful careers in the IT industry.

As a regional hub for EAA in Kuala Lumpur, APU will be the centre for EMC’s faculty training programs, seminars and workshops. APU will also help popularize EMC Academic Alliance amongst institutions in Kuala Lumpur so that EMC could enroll more EAA partners.

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PR -SG - Apr 23, 2014 - Viber Releases New Design for iPhone and Comes to Blackberry 10

Viber, the leading mobile communications platform offering free messaging and HD-quality phone calls, announced today the release of its redesigned iPhone app that is designed for iOS 7, bringing multiple enhancements to iPhone users.
Viber made available to Blackberry 10 platform

The company has simultaneously released a new mobile app for BlackBerry 10, bringing Viber to BlackBerry’s latest OS with many of the most popular Viber features for the first time.

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PR - Apr 23, 2014 - Violin Launches Windows All-Flash Array for Next-Generation Enterprise and Cloud Deployments

Violin Memory, a leading provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, has announced the general availability of the Windows Flash Array (WFA).

Jointly developed with Microsoft, WFA is the first all-flash high-performance storage array powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 to deliver a rich set of high performance storage features and data services for the enterprise. Its unmatched speed and efficiency transforms the datacenter by dramatically reducing server overhead and application response times through improved storage performance, fundamentally altering the cost structure of enterprise applications.
Windows Flash Array

WFA enables enterprise and cloud workloads, such as SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and Windows Server with Hyper-V virtualized applications, to meet the needs of global enterprises, while satisfying IT operational demands for maximized agility, automation, and orchestration between network, storage and compute resources.

It is a tightly integrated combination of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and Violin’s award winning hardware and software into a single solution that delivers high performance all-flash array storage for enterprise and cloud customers.

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PR - Singapore – Apr, 22, 2014 - Cloud-based, social collaboration and communication platform Unified Inbox expands, launches HQ in Singapore

Cloud-based unified communications and social collaboration platform Unified Inbox officially sets up its international headquarters in Singapore, as a strategic move to grow the company globally and expand into the Asia region.

Currently in the closed beta phase, the company has also secured top tier telco companies, ISP and media as partners for a global market roll out in 2015, as it sees the huge potential of this Communication-as-a-Service platform that gives users control of their communications flow across email, Twitter, LinkedIn or SMS.

Their first offering is a Unified Inbox mobile app which allows users to manage all their incoming and outgoing messages centrally from within one interface.

The offering is dubbed as Communication-as-a-Service platform.

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PR - KL - Apr 22, 2014 - Brocade Names Gabriel Breeman as OEM Director for Asia-Pacific

Brocade today announced the appointment of Gabriel Breeman to the newly created position of OEM director for Asia Pacific (APAC). He will drive OEM strategies, strategic partnerships and alliance initiatives for the region to help position Brocade as the data centre networking partner of choice in the OEM partner business segment. Breeman will be based in Singapore and report directly to Brocade vice president for Asia Pacific (APAC), Adam Judd. Brocade’s worldwide OEM partners include EMC, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and NetApp.

Gabriel Breeman, OEM Director, Brocade APAC


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PR - KL, Apr 18, 2014 - Vserv.mobi Set To Boost the E-commerce Industry with Search Intent Mobile Ads

In recent times, mobile searches have been effective in helping consumers make crucial purchase decisions swiftly with studies showing that 75% of mobile searches lead to follow-up actions such as purchases and word-of-mouth sharing. Realising this untapped potential in the E-commerce industry, Vserv.mobi, an award winning mobile advertising exchange, today announced the launch of Search Intent Ads, a new advertising format that integrates the power of search into mobile ads.

In simple terms, Search Intent Ads is a new format of advertisement targeting mobile platform, where it is presented as a full-page advertisement with search capability and short-cut buttons - other more familiar of advertisement formats consist of image-based banner advertisement.

Search Intent Ads is powered by the deep linking technology - to enable this, advertisers need to customize their contents (such as mobile e-commerce app), by leveraging on the SDK provided by Vserv.mob.

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PR - KL - Apr 17, 2014 - Tan Yen Yen joins SAS as regional head for South Asia

SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, has announced the appointment of Tan Yen Yen as regional vice president and managing director for SAS South Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

In announcing this appointment, Mikael Hagstrom, executive vice president, SAS EMEA and Asia Pacific said, “With nearly three decades of experience in the IT industry, Yen Yen will bring with her an immense amount of experience and success to this role. She will lead SAS’s effort to claim market leadership for Analytics in the region. SAS South Asia has accomplished continual record revenue growth and this appointment will further consolidate our position.”

Tan Yen Yen, Regional VP and MD, SAS South APAC

Yen Yen’s most recent role was with Oracle as senior vice president, Applications, Asia Pacific. Prior to that, she was vice president and managing director at Hewlett Packard, Singapore.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from National University of Singapore and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Helsinki School of Economics Executive Education.

In 2011, Yen Yen was named “IT Leader of the Year” by Singapore Computer Society for outstanding contributions to the IT industry in Singapore.

PR - SINGAPORE – Apr 16, 2014 - Fusion-io Unlocks Performance for SQL Server 2014

Fusion-io today announced the Fusion ioMemory platform has been optimized for performance with SQL Server 2014. The Fusion ioMemory platform builds upon the in-memory innovation in SQL Server 2014, delivering up to 4x improvements in transactions per second and a significant reduction in data latencies in our testing. The transactional performance from Fusion-io flash memory products drives real-time insights for faster business decisions.

SQL Server 2014 delivers new in-memory capabilities built into the core database for online transaction processing (OLTP) that massively speeds the process to analyze real-time transaction data. SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP combined with the Fusion-io cut through architecture drives the highest performance level of transactions with the simplest, most cost-effective approach compared to legacy architectures.

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PR - KL, Apr 16, 2014 - Frost & Sullivan Awards “Data Centre Services Provider of the Year” to AIMS Group

The AIMS Group (‘AIMS’), Malaysia and South East Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data centre and managed services provider, today announces that they have been awarded the prestigious 2014 Frost & Sullivan “Data Centre Services Provider of the Year”.

Chiew Kok Hin, the CEO of the AIMS Group

This win was received by the data centre at the annual Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Excellence Awards that was held on 15th April 2014 at the Traders Hotel, Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, Johor.

Chiew Kok Hin, the CEO of the AIMS Group says, “It’s an honour for AIMS to once again receive the Data Centre Provider of the Year Award for 2014 from Frost and Sullivan. It’s been a remarkable year for AIMS as we continued to achieve double digit growth with a 16 percent increase in revenue in 2013. This award is a feather in the cap to our efforts to be the top data centre in the country.”

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PR - BEDFORD, Mass., Apr 16, 2014 - Flytxt Partners with VoltDB for Real-time Streaming Analysis of Mobile Communication Data Service Provider

VoltDB today announced a technology partnership with Flytxt, a leading Big Data analytics solution provider to Communication Service Providers (CSPs). Flytxt has successfully integrated VoltDB’s in-memory operational database with its real-time analytics platform, already being used in customer deployments to extract actionable intelligence from billions of events streaming each day from more than 200 million mobile subscribers.

Flytxt’s Big Data analytics solutions enable more than 50 CSPs across 32 countries to increase revenues, reduce churn, drive data adoption and growth, optimize margins and generate new revenue streams through advanced analytical capabilities.

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PR - Apr 16, 2014 - Oracle Offers New Mobile Capabilities for Enterprise Performance Management

Oracle has just newly launched mobile functionalities on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for download for Enterprise Performance Management.

The solution is aimed to help organisations access enterprise performance insights and make informed decisions from any location via mobile devices.

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PR - Apr 16, 2014 - How Singapore app Muslim reached 10 million downloads across 200 countries

Muslim Pro, a mobile app created by Singapore-based apps factory Bitsmedia – as they today announced that it has hit over 10 million downloads across 216 countries worldwide since its launch less than four years ago!

Muslim Pro is a comprehensive Islamic mobile application providing accurate prayer times based on a user’s location.

They have an average of almost 3 million active users monthly – showing a engagement rate of nearly 30% of the people who have downloaded the app.

Between 10,000 and 15,000 new users are added daily, but during Ramadan, downloads can shoot up to as high as 100,000 in a single day.

Erwan Mace, CEO of Bitsmedia

Said Erwan Mace, CEO of Bitsmedia, said “Once smart phones have become a necessity in emerging markets like they are now for other parts of the world, we can expect Muslim Pro’s user base to increase by up to 3 times.”

Muslim Pro is available online at www.muslimpro.com, and as a mobile application for iOS, Android and BlackBerry on the Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry World respectively.

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PR - SG- Apr 16, 2014 - Tata Comm. expands its global data centre footprint in Australia, Germany, Austria and Malaysia

Tata Communications further expands its global data centre footprint by entering strategic partnerships with Pacific Link Telecom (PLT) in Malaysia, NEXTDC in Australia, as well as Interxion in Germany and Austria. These partnerships will enable Tata Communications to extend its current data centre offerings in these regions and to deliver a uniform customer experience across geographies. Tata Communications has one million square feet of colocation space across the globe and these new state-of-the-art partner sites in Malaysia, Australia, Austria and Germany will act as extensions to further expand its global data centre footprint.

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