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Friday, May 09, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 2 of May 2014

News for Week 4 of Apr 2014; the biggest news was the news of Apple returning $130bn to shareholders by Telegraph.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 9, 2014 - Unified Inbox acquires US Startup Smak
  • PR - May 9, 2014 - Strategy Analytics Recognizes BlackBerry as the Lowest TCO Multi-Platform EMM Solution
  • PR - May 8, 2014 - Brocade Redefines SAN Management and Operation for EMC Entry-Level Primary Storage and Data Protection Solutions
  • PR - May 8, 2014 - Microsoft Delivers Data Platform For The Era Of Ambient Intelligence
  • PR - SG - May 8, 2014 - Tata Comm. and Orange announce voice and signalling IPX peering agreement
  • PR - KL - May 7, 2014 - CIO & Big Data World Show KL Sep 2014 announces tentative speakers
  • PR - KL, May 5, 2014 - Oracle SOA Suite Achieves Significant Customer Adoption
  • USA Today - May 2, 2014 - U.S Federal jury says Samsung infringed Apple on two patents
  • PR - May 2, 2014 - Cooliris launches on Android in Asia to become your photo universe
  • PR - May 1, 2014 - Oracle Introduces New Solaris Platform for Cloud
  • PR - KL - Apr 29, 2014 - MyKRIS Secures RM5.2 Million COURTS Contract



PR - May 9, 2014 - Unified Inbox acquires US Startup Smak

Social communication and collaboration platform Unified Inbox today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Smak (previously available at mysmak.com) for an undisclosed sum.

Smak (Secure Messaging Alerting and Knowledge) is a cloud solution to help executives and professionals sort their incoming information from email accounts and social media and increase their productivity by applying so-called LifeModes®. It was started in the US by Matt Hooper and Doug Fleming with the vision to provide those who wanted to cut through email and social media clutter with an option to actually do so.

The acquisition comes a few weeks after Unified Inbox, currently in its closed-beta phase, announced its expansion in the Asian region and officially set up its international headquarters in Singapore with further operations in Germany, India, New Zealand and the US in time for a global market roll out in 2015.

Details.

PR - May 9, 2014 - Strategy Analytics Recognizes BlackBerry as the Lowest TCO Multi-Platform Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Solution

The “Enterprise Mobility Management: A review of Total Cost of Ownership,” report found that BES10 is the lowest cost Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution based on a five year total cost of ownership (TCO). Migrating from BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 (BES5) to a BlackBerry competitor is, on average, more than double the cost over 5 years than migrating from BES5 to BES10.

Details.

PR - May 8, 2014 - Brocade Redefines SAN Management and Operation for EMC Entry-Level Primary Storage and Data Protection Solutions

At EMC World in Las Vegas today, Brocade, the leader in data centre fabric networking solutions, announced it has redefined management of storage area networks (SANs) for midrange enterprises deploying virtualization and private cloud architectures running on the new EMC VNXe3200 unified, hybrid storage array and EMC Data Domain deduplication storage system that were recently introduced. The new EMC storage solutions, sold exclusively through the channel, are integrated in EMC VSPEX solutions that are available to EMC Business Partner Program participants.

Enhancements to elements of Brocade® Fabric Vision technology perfectly complement the Fibre Channel connectivity offered by the two new entry-level EMC systems. This allows midsized businesses to deploy Fibre Channel SANs that provide the same enterprise-class reliability, availability and performance used by more than 90 percent of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies.

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PR - May 8, 2014 - Microsoft Delivers Data Platform For The Era Of Ambient Intelligence

At a customer event held today in Kuala Lumpur, Microsoft Malaysia launched new data platform solutions which includes SQL Server 2014, Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS) which enables Internet of Things; and Analytics Platform System (APS), a low cost Big-Data-in-a-Box appliance. These new data platform solutions enable Microsoft to deliver the most comprehensive data platform to organizations looking to harness greater business value from their information today.

In the age of Big Data and the Cloud, business organizations stand to lose momentum if they do not keep up with the megatrends that continue to shape the industries they are invested in.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 customer launch event, KL, Malaysia

Nations, businesses and communities are living in a ‘mobile-first, cloud-first’ world surrounded by technology that are increasingly connected. In this new world of ubiquitous computing, Data is the fuel for intelligent systems and services to improve how we work, live and play. Data, is the new currency in business.

But how can organizations turn data into insights that matter for their business? An IDC research discovered that organizations that take a comprehensive approach to data have the opportunity to generate US$1.6 trillion in top-line revenue over the next four years. In Asia Pacific, that opportunity is worth US$278 billion – that’s a whopping additional 60% return on their data assets. This is called the “Data Dividend”.

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PR - SG - May 8, 2014 - Tata Comm. and Orange announce voice and signalling IPX peering agreement

Tata Communications and Orange International Carriers today announced an agreement to interconnect their respective IPX (IP-Exchange) communities for voice over IPX and Signalling Sigtran which allows IP networks to inter-work with the public switched telephone network. By tapping into both Tata Communications’ and Orange’s worldwide networks, mobile operators deploying innovative broadband services such as HD voice will have access to unprecedented global reach. The peering agreement enables faster connections and the best quality for voice over IP by enabling direct connectivity.

Details.

PR - KL - May 7, 2014 - CIO & Big Data World Show KL Sep 2014 announces tentative speakers
  1. Mr Kashif Syed Haq, CIO of Celcom
  2. Mr Leon Jackson, Head of Healthcare IT (CIO) of UM Specialist Centre (UMSC)
  3. Mr Lee Jong Gun, Data Scientist and Research Lead of Pulse Lab Jakarta
  4. Mr Loon Wing Yuen, Programme Director of Innovation of CIMB Bank
  5. MIMOS
  6. Dr. Mohammad Zainuddi, Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU)
  7. Vinay Gupta, Wind World India
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PR - KL, May 5, 2014 - Oracle SOA Suite Achieves Significant Customer Adoption

Today, Oracle shares that there are nearly 5,000 customers across industries are using Oracle Service-oriented architecture (SOA) Suite to simplify application integration and gain tangible business results.

As the industry’s most complete and unified application integration and solution, Oracle SOA Suite transforms complex application integration into agile and re-usable services by simplifying connectivity of applications across cloud, mobile, and on-premises environments.

As of today, there are more than 1,300 partners around the globe have achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized status for Oracle SOA Suite.

Details.

USA Today - May 2, 2014 - U.S Federal jury says Samsung infringed Apple on two patents

USA Today reported that U.S federal jury ruled Samsung infringed Apple on two patents, notwithstanding that Samsung phones did not infringed the other two as claimed - it was just the software features.

On the other hand, the jury found Apple infringed one of Samsung's patents.

As a result of these, Apple was awarded nearly $1 billion while Samsung awarded a meek $158,400.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/05/02/apple-samsung-trial-decision/8537339/



PR - May 2, 2014 - Cooliris launches on Android in Asia to become your photo universe

After the success of Cooliris on iOS with over 4 billion photos connected, Android users will also now be able to personalize their media hub in Cooliris by aggregating all their photos scattered across various social networks and cloud services into one app, making it a one stop app for all their photos. Users can browse their photos on our award winning 3D wall and selectively share photos with the default Android sharing panel

In China, Cooliris partnered with their leading app search platform Wandouija to reach a wider Android audience.

Details.

PR - May 1, 2014 - Oracle Introduces New Solaris Platform for Cloud

Today, Oracle launches the new Solaris Platform to cater enterprises’ Cloud demands.

Oracle Solaris 11.2 is a complete platform that can help organisations accelerate their businesses and capitalize on the potential of cloud computing while reducing cost. It allows IT organizations to now deliver services from “zero to cloud” in minutes rather than weeks, with enterprise-grade reliability, security, and performance.

John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle

As of today, there are thousands of customers worldwide are running Oracle Solaris 11 on Oracle servers and Engineered Systems.

Details.

PR - KL - Apr 29, 2014 - MyKRIS Secures RM5.2 Million COURTS Contract

MyKRIS Limited, a Tier-1 Malaysian Internet Content & Services Provider (ICSP) listed in New Zealand, announces it has secured a RM5.2 million nationwide contract to provide secure Internet and Intranet services for Courts (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Chew Choo Soon, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of MyKRIS Limited says, “This is a significant win for us as it signals our first step into a new business sector as Courts is a household name for furniture, consumer electrical and IT products throughout Singapore and Malaysia.

This newly minted three (3) year contract with Courts will see MyKRIS providing WAN Network Management services for all 74 nationwide Courts branches; thus expanding MyKRIS’s presence in Malaysia via their vast customer sites.

MyKRIS which provides Managed Internet services (MIS) and HSIA, is the current leading provider for the hospitality sector with clientele comprising top hotel chains in Malaysia, as well as airports, shopping malls, publications, multi-tenant buildings and more.

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