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Monday, May 19, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 4 of May 2014

News for Week 2 of May 2014; the biggest news was the news of U.S Federal jury says Samsung infringed Apple on two patents by USA Today.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 20, 2014 - Microsoft Lumia 630 Dual Sim available in Malaysia
  • PR - May 19, 2014 - Dimension Data becomes SAP-Certified Provide of Cloud and Hosting Services for SAP Solutions
  • PR - SG - May 19, 2014 - Tata Comm. announces next steps in proposed Neotel and Vodacom transaction
  • PR - May 16, 2014 - Brocade Appoints Benjamin Hickey as Software Networking Director for APAC
  • PR - KL, May 16, 2014 - Latest Oracle BI Applications Deliver Greater Insight into Talent and Procurement
  • PR - SG- May 14, 2014 - Fusion-io Appoints Michael Mendenhall EVP and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • PR - KL - May 14, 2014 - MIMOS: Addressing the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Malaysia
  • USA Today - May 14, 2014 - European's court rules rights to be forgotten by Google
  • USA Today - May 2, 2014 - White House raises concerns about power of big data
  • PR - KL - May 8, 2014 - CA Unveils Latest Disaster Recovery Suite : CA arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP)
  • Stanford - Apr 28, 2014 - Bioengineers create circuit board modeled on the human brain



(L to R) Gary Chan,Head of Marketing, Microsoft Devices;
Eda Lim, Head of Marketing Microsoft Devices, Malaysia
PR - May 20, 2014 - Microsoft Lumia 630 Dual Sim available in Malaysia

The Lumia 630 Dual Sim with Windows Phone 8.1 will be available in Malaysia. The first Dual Sim Lumia smartphhone delivers an unrivalled affordable smartphone experience, with quad-core processing and a ClearBlack 4.5” LCD screen at only RM549 (RRP).

The phone runs on Windows Phone 8.1 powered by quad-core Snapdragon processor


PR - May 19, 2014 - Dimension Data becomes SAP-Certified Provide of Cloud and Hosting Services for SAP Solutions

According to Forrester Research Forecast, spending on cloud computing services is expected to grow to RM509bil globally by 2020. Cloud computing investments in Malaysia are expected to head towards an upward trend, too, reaching RM2.8bil by 2020 - a sharp increase as compared to RM140mil recorded in 2012. The figure showcased the need for businesses to adopt cloud storage and systems as the way forward, which has also been acknowledged by the government through its various initiatives such as MSC Malaysia Cloud Initiative for SMEs.

To address the rise in cloud computing services adoption, Dimension Data, the USD 6 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, announced it is now a SAP-certified global provider of cloud and hosting services for SAP® solutions. Dimension Data also released a set of pre-configured cloud server images that makes it easy, safe and cost-effective for cloud clients to have a new cloud server operational in Dimension Data’s Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) within 30 minutes.

Dimension Data offers integrated, enterprise-class cloud services that enable businesses to leverage the flexibility of the cloud for both temporary and mission-critical data centre workloads.

Details.

PR - SG - May 19, 2014 - Tata Comm. announces next steps in proposed Neotel and Vodacom transaction

The shareholders of Neotel and Vodacom SA have announced today that they have favourably concluded an agreement on the commercial structure and terms to proceed for Vodacom to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of Neotel valued at an enterprise value of ZAR 7.0 billion. This follows the announcement late last year that the parties were entering into exclusive talks for a due diligence.

Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications says, “Tata Communications is pleased with the outcome of this deal. It is in line with our financial objectives while paving the way for Neotel to improve its value proposition in the South African market.”

Details.

Benjamin Hickey,
Software Networking Director APAC, Brocade

PR - May 16, 2014 - Brocade Appoints Benjamin Hickey as Software Networking Director for APAC

Brocade today announced the appointment of Benjamin Hickey to the newly created Software Networking Director position for Asia Pacific. In this role, Hickey will be responsible for aligning and executing the Brocade software networking strategy across the region, particularly in the areas of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN).


He will be based in Sydney, Australia, and report directly to Brocade Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Asia Pacific, Matt Kolon.

On May 14, 2014, Brocade announced the hiring of networking and open-source veteran Colin Dixon to the position of Principal Engineer.

An active contributor to the OpenDaylight Project, Dixon is considered a foremost authority on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), specifically as it applies to scalable and distributed systems.

Details.

PR - KL, May 16, 2014 - Latest Oracle BI Applications Deliver Greater Insight into Talent and Procurement

Today, Oracle released its new Business Intelligence (BI) solution to help organizations improve Procurement-to-Pay processes and talent management. It's currently being used by 4,000 companies worldwide and offers high-performing analytics at a lower cost.

The new release will enable purchasing and sourcing organizations to quickly identify saving opportunities and improve operational performance through decision-ready, best practice analytics.

Details.

PR - SG- May 14, 2014 - Fusion-io Appoints Michael Mendenhall EVP and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Michael Mendenhall has joined the company as executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer. Mendenhall formerly served as senior vice president and global chief marketing officer at Hewlett Packard. Before HP, Mendenhall spent 17 years at the Walt Disney Company, culminating in his positions as president of marketing and synergy for Walt Disney Studios and EVP of global marketing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Mendenhall sits on a number of boards and is widely known for being a prolific speaker. He was named one of BtoB Magazine’s top marketers of the year and was ranked on Advertising Age’s “Power Players” list. His campaigns received the Silver Lion’s Best Corporate Campaign Award at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France two years in a row.

Details.

PR - SG - May 14, 2014 - Achieving Greater Cost and Operational Efficiencies with Virtual Network Operator, Nevigate

Singapore-headquartered independent global Virtual Network Operators (VNO) Nevigate Communications (Nevigate) and Telefonica Global Solutions (TGS) recently concluded a discussion with IDC on the role of Virtual Network Operators (VNOs) in helping Service Providers (SPs) achieve better balance between network quality and reach priorities with lower price pressure.

The report “IDC - Buyer Conversation: Global Coverage, One-Stop-Shop and On-Site Support are Key for Virtual Network Operators Success” shows how VNOs allow SP customers to access greater choices in network partners to build seamless, flexible and resilient global networks.

At the same time, SPs enjoy Single Point Accountability through its VNO partner, ensuring ease of Partner and Billing Management, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) management and have a single point contact for post-sales support services.

Details.

PR - KL - May 14, 2014 - Addressing the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Malaysia

MIMOS today launched the first national Internet of Things Technical Working Group (IoT TWG) Workshop to kick start the development of the National IoT Blueprint, which will play a key role in shaping Malaysia’s ICT landscape and take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by IoT technologies.

The two-day Workshop, which brings together the cream of the cream from the technology community, academia and government agencies nationwide, will share knowledge and discuss ideas on means to best address the importance and impact the IoT will have on the country’s economic and social progress and explore collaboration in IoT research, development and commercialisation.

Details.

USA Today - May 14, 2014 - European's court rules rights to be forgotten by Google

USA Today reported that Europe's highest court ruled that Internet users have rights to request Google to remove sensitive information from the Internet search results.

According to the report, this ruling is going to be a game-changing requirement for all major Internet players who live by the concept of net neutrality.

I totally agree that the net should remain neutral and enforces no censorship or whatsoever.

Nevertheless, looks like this ideal is not going to last.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/05/13/google-search-european-court-of-justice/9027645/



According to Luca Schiovani, analyst at Ovum, “This move may sound reassuring for individuals and their personal freedom; however, it also looks difficult to enforce on a large scale, and may be very disruptive for the functioning of search engines going forward.”

In another similar development, on 15 May 2014, with a vote of 3-2, the FCC adopted proposed rules for the Open Internet. The public now has until 15 July 2014 to give feedback on the rules, (there will be a further 60 days for responses - making 120 days in total), after which it must adopt something permanent.

Matthew Howett, Practice Leader of Ovum’s Telecoms Regulation team, has the following comments:

“Go back a year, and it’s almost inconceivable we would be in a position where effectively both Europe and the US appear to have swapped sides. Before Europe’s Connected Continent package was unveiled last September, most national regulator’s appeared comfortable with allowing carriers to experiment with new business models on the assumption that strong competition at the retail level between ISPs would prevent more serious forms of discrimination and blocking from taking place. Whereas in the US, the FCC has fought hard for over a decade to enshrine the principle of treating all traffic equally, with little room for manoeuvre.

“Following both today’s vote in the US, and a recent vote in Europe, on the face of it, things couldn’t appear more different. The EC’s Open Internet proposals, as they stand, come down heavily on the side of treating everything equally, to the extent that in their current form may actually be unworkable, and in the US the possibility of ‘fast lanes’ remains a distinct possibility, despite the proposals having evolved from a more controversial stance leaked in the days prior. In reality the truth is somewhere in between. Both legislative attempts leave open the possibility of prioritisation, but on the assumption that the ‘basic lane’ remains unaffected in an attempt to avoid a situation of ‘haves’ and 'have-nots’.

USA Today - May 2, 2014 - White House raises concerns about power of big data

USA Today reported that the growing power of big data has got the White House burning midnight oil over its limitless implication.

President Obama advised that new rulings may be required to protect ordinary citizens from abuse of 'powerful data intelligence'.

I totally agree with this. Imagine a time when a common citizen has equal access to all information similar to those empowered to government bodies such as law enforcement agencies ? Things can get messy.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/01/white-house-big-data-discrimination/8566493/



PR - KL - May 8, 2014 - CA Unveils Latest Disaster Recovery Suite : CA arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP)

Today, CA Technologies has unveiled CA arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP), an easy-to-use solution providing cost-effective backup and Assured Recovery® across mixed IT environments – helping businesses boost the availability of critical systems.

CA arcserve UDP is a transformative enhancement to the CA arcserve data protection software family and a uniquely compelling alternative to the cost and complexity of deploying multiple point solutions.

Details.

Stanford - Apr 28, 2014 - Bioengineers create circuit board modeled on the human brain

According to a report by Standard News Service, the microchip is 9,000 times faster and powers less than a typical PC.

The project application of the chip is targeted at robotics.

The innovation is called Neurogrid, a circuit board consisting of 16 custom-designed "Neurocore" chips. Together these 16 chips can simulate 1 million neurons and billions of synaptic connections.

http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2014/pr-neurogrid-boahen-engineering-042814.html

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