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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 3 of July 2014

News for Week 4 of June 2014; the biggest news was Brocade unveiled open networking platform for service providers.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jul 18, 2014 - Study from Google reveals opportunities for Malaysia’s retail industry online
  • PR - New York - Jul 18, 2014 - Microsoft Recognizes Accenture and Avanade as 2014 Alliance Partner of the Year
  • PR - Jul 18, 2014 - Huawei: 4G broadcast trial announced
  • PR - Jul 16, 2014 - Malaysia Internet Business Summit 2014@15-16 Oct 2014
  • PR - Jul 16, 2014 - VMware Expands Hybrid Cloud Network in Asia Pacific and Japan
  • Ovum - KL, Jul 16, 2014 - Line IPO signals next level of chat wars
  • PR - KL, Jul 16, 2014 - Easy.my and Digital Malaysia Scour For Nation’s Top 25 e-Commerce Success Cases
  • PR - Jul 15, 2014 - Bull and Axiros announce a strategic partnership to accelerate the delivery of M2M & IOT solutions
  • PR - SG, Jul 15, 2014 - Fusion-io Announces Atomic Series – Higher Performance and Maximum Capacity for Optimized Efficiency
  • PR - Jul 14, 2014 - Brighten up this Ramadan with Free BlackBerry 10 Apps
  • PR - Jul 14, 2014 - Huawei to Support its Global Supply Chain to Go Green
  • PR - Kuching - Jul 14, 2014 - MDeC Online Community Gathering pushes for increased connectivity
  • PR - Jul 11, 2014 - First 8Gb DDR3 components and 16GB unbuffered DIMMs & SO-DIMMs by I'M Intelligent Memory
  • PR - KL, Jul 10, 2014 - Vserv.mobi announces series of senior appointments
  • PR - Jul 10, 2014 - MDeC Partners with EMC to build Data Science and Analytics capability in Malaysia
  • PR - Jul 9, 2014 - Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN Solutions Provide High Performance Foundation for EMC Enterprise and All-Flash Storage Systems



PR - Jul 18, 2014 - Study from Google reveals opportunities for Malaysia’s retail industry online

According to the study, many consumers who have yet to try online shopping will start soon. For example, two out of five (43%) of Malaysians who have never shopped online expect that they will start in the next 12 months. This closely matches the rest of the region: the Philippines reported lowest at 40% and the highest figure is from Indonesia with 46% indicating they intend to switch to online shopping within a year.

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PR - New York - Jul 18, 2014 - Microsoft Recognizes Accenture and Avanade as 2014 Alliance Partner of the Year

Avanade and Accenture have been recognised by Microsoft as Alliance Partner of the Year for the eight time and awarded the Mobility Partner of the Year award for the third year in a row. Microsoft received over 3,200 nominations from 112 different countries before announcing the award recipients at Worldwide Partner Conference this year. The results were awarded according to votes by Microsoft global sales field.

Highlights:
  • Accenture and Avanade received Microsoft’s Alliance Partner of the Year award for demonstrating business excellence and customer satisfaction in delivering innovative Microsoft solutions.
  • The Mobility Partner of the Year award recognises Accenture and Avanade’s deep industry and technology expertise, and the companies’ ability to help customers realise results.
  • Microsoft has recognised Avanade for business excellence and customer satisfaction in delivering innovative solutions. Avanade has worked on over 10,000 Microsoft-based business and public service projects for over 4,000 global clients.

The Accenture-Avanade-Microsoft alliance combines customer-centric knowledge with deep understanding of the key market drivers and delivers both with an absolute focus on execution. As businesses move forward in this digital transformation based on a cloud-first, mobile-first strategy, these combined skills and ability to execute will benefit customers greatly.

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PR - Jul 18, 2014 - Huawei: 4G broadcast trial announced

Today, Huawei announced that they will be collaborating with EE, the BBC, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to explore the role that 4G can play in the future of broadcasting. The trial technology, which will be demonstrated on a dedicated stand at the BBC R&D Future of Broadcasting Showcase in the Glasgow Science Centre from 24 July to 3 August, is designed to help deliver high-quality, uninterrupted live streaming to mobile devices, with no buffering.

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PR - Jul 16, 2014 - Malaysia Internet Business Summit 2014@15-16 Oct 2014

The Malaysia Internet Business Summit 2014 mission is to gather numerous experienced industry leaders and key players to provide insights to the current situations, challenges and advancements relating to Online Business and offer valuable techniques and advice, with the objective to enhance the capacity of online business. The Conference is the 1st in the series targeting over 100 - 200 participants. The audience will be comprised of senior level professionals within their organizations (including director, VP, executive, and C-level). The audience members are inclusive of Big Players, Renowned Entrepreneurs, Industry Level Companies and SME Business Owners.

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PR - Jul 16, 2014 - VMware Expands Hybrid Cloud Network in Asia Pacific and Japan

VMware is making a couple of announcements this week in Asia Pacific and Japan. Yesterday, VMware announced plans with China Telecom to build out a hybrid cloud service in that market. Additionally, VMware announced the launch of vCHS in Japan, in partnership with SoftBank. The press release can be found below, alongside relevant links to the China Telecom announcement.

Together, this news marks a major milestone for VMware hybrid cloud expansion in the region. VMware has two routes to market for its hybrid cloud: 1) the vCHS (vCloud Hybrid Service,) which was announced last year and have launched in the US, UK, and now Japan. 2) vCloud Partners, which extends in APJ across nine countries, with 31 vClouds in 40 data centers. The VMware Service Provider Partner Network includes more than 500 partners in the region. Partners are critical for the VMware hybrid cloud.

Overall, the market is growing in APJ from over US$9 billion in 2014 to more than US$18 billion in 2017. The Japan market will double during this time period and the China market will triple (all data according to IDC forecasts.)


Ovum - KL, Jul 16, 2014 - Line IPO signals next level of chat wars

It has been an eventful year for the messaging industry, the consolidation in the market (Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition and Rakuten’s Viber acquisition) allowed both WhatsApp and Viber to concentrate on building the product and user base rather than worry about funding. Along with this, chat app Tango has just got a Series D US$285 million round of funding led by China’s Alibaba; this leaves them with a lot more resources to spend on growing their footprint and product. This signals the next level in chat app war that is taking place, one that goes beyond geographical expansion to one focused on monetization, quality of service and product features.

The messaging space is may not be as crowded as before, but there will now be a greater emphasis on quality of service, product offerings and of course monetization. Product innovation will be a strong differentiating factor at this level of chat app competition. Line seems to have understood this change in the market and its IPO move makes perfect sense given the recent activities in the industry. The IPO application is said to be valued at 10 trillion Yen, and would provide Line with the resources and recognition it needs to compete in the next level of chat wars.

An IPO will not only raise its profile further in the market, but it will also provide them with adequate funds to strengthen their product offering and grow their multiple healthy revenue streams which include games, stickers, e-commerce, content and so on.

Unlike most other players Line is already a revenue generating chat app focused on innovation, the IPO will not only help them get further visibility in markets outside Asia, but the resources can also be put to further marketing efforts and product innovation to grow their user base internationally.

PR - KL, Jul 16, 2014 - Easy.my and Digital Malaysia Scour For Nation’s Top 25 e-Commerce Success Cases

Today, Digital Malaysia (The National Digital Economy Initiative by MDeC under the stewardship of MCMC) and Easy.my (a subsidiary in e-Commerce business of Malaysia’s largest web hosting provider—Exabytes Group of Companies) call for submission for its ‘e-Commerce Reward Programme’ to scour for Top 25 e-Commerce Success Cases in Malaysia.

All participating SMEs will stand a chance to win RM50,000 in cash rewards and sponsorship prizes from the industry’s Internet providers and e-Commerce bodies.

The ‘e-Commerce Reward Programme’ that is organized by Digital Malaysia—in partnership with TM Malaysia, supported and endorsed by MCMC, Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK), SME Corp Malaysia, CyberSecurity Malaysia and MYNIC to identify and train 600 eligible SMEs, with the intention of identifying and rewarding the Top 25 SMEs as successful Malaysian e-Commerce case studies, in order to driving the growth of Internet businesses in Malaysia.

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PR - Jul 15, 2014 - Bull and Axiros announce a strategic partnership to accelerate the delivery of M2M & IOT solutions

Bull, a leader in secure mission-critical digital systems, announces today a strategic initiative to provide breakthrough Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Bull intends to become a leading player in this arena. It's leveraging its unique expertise in Cloud (including its certified health data hosting), Big Data and Security.

Axiros brings in a portfolio of Open Device & Embedded Application Management, Smart Automation and Quality of Service & Experience. Enterprise customers will thus benefit from the combined expertise and capabilities of Axiros & Bull: state of the art M2M technology efficiently integrated into Enterprise information systems and business processes, within the perspective of enabling and developing new uses at business application level.

PR - SG, Jul 15, 2014 - Fusion-io Announces Atomic Series – Higher Performance and Maximum Capacity for Optimized Efficiency

Fusion-io today announced Atomic Series, the newest flash memory platform featuring breakthrough innovations that achieve unparalleled performance and double the capacity on the smallest available NAND footprint for appliance and server environments. Companies both big and small, from small and medium enterprises (SME) to the Fortune 500 and hyperscale, all rely on Fusion-io to accelerate their applications.

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PR - Jul 14, 2014 - Brighten up this Ramadan with Free BlackBerry 10 Apps

The BlackBerry Ramadan Apps Giveaway enters its 3rd week and continues to surprise users with an array of thoughtful, useful and exciting apps to accompany users in the annual observance of Ramadan, regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

BlackBerry users who celebrate Ramadan will appreciate the Surah Yaseen app, which was specially selected to provide users who are less familiar with the Arabic language with English versions of the preachings. Popular games such as the highly-rated Flippy Bird 3D, a re-worked version of the original, have also been thrown into the mix for a dash of fun and ensure our customers are entertained at all times.

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PR - Jul 14, 2014 - Huawei to Support its Global Supply Chain to Go Green

Today, Huawei announced its plans to support its global supply chain to go ‘green’, making its end-to-end operations more environmentally sustainable. A pilot scheme currently underway among 24 suppliers will be extended to cover more suppliers gradually, by which time environmental performance will become a prerequisite for future commercial relationships. The initiative was announced as Huawei published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which highlights that Huawei reduced its own energy consumption by a further 42 million kWh in 2013, the equivalent of avoiding an additional 38,000 tons of carbon emissions.

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PR - Kuching - Jul 14, 2014 - MDeC Online Community Gathering pushes for increased connectivity

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) held the first MDeC Online Community Gathering in Sarawak last Friday, in its bid to engage with the online communities in East Malaysia.

With the focus of “Adopting digital technologies to fuel business growth and create connected community”, the panel discussion was joined by Kashminder Singh, Co-Founder of pitchIN.my, Carol Fung, e-Commerce trainer from Chiica Consultants and Cyril Dason, Coordinator and Founder of Sarawak Bloggers as speakers at the discussion.

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PR - Jul 11, 2014 - First 8Gb DDR3 components and 16GB unbuffered DIMMs & SO-DIMMs by I'M Intelligent Memory

I'M Intelligent Memory, a Hong Kong based fabless DRAM manu-facturer, announces availability of the world's first 8 Gigabit (Gb) DDR3 components with a single chip-select, doubling the amount of memory per chip compared to other DDR3 DRAM devices on the market. Based on these new 8Gb components, I'M is also in-troducing the first 16 Gigabyte (GB) DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules with optional ECC error-correction.

The JEDEC specification JESD79-3 has always allowed an 8Gb density for DDR3 memory devices. While most DRAM manufac-tures are waiting for a 2x nm process to fit such high memory ca-pacity into a single DRAM IC package, I'M has developed it's own a revolutionary way to manufacture 8Gb DDR3 components with single chip-select utilizing existing 30nm manufacturing technolo-gies.

PR - KL, Jul 10, 2014 - Vserv.mobi announces series of senior appointments

Vserv.mobi, an award winning mobile advertising exchange, is proud to announce a series of senior appointments across the Southeast Asia region, including Malaysia. Tony Kan has been appointed Business Director in Malaysia, and he forms the core leadership team for the region to capture the next wave of opportunities and will contribute to Vserv.mobi’s overall strategy to grow its Southeast Asia team strength by more than three times by the end of 2014.

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PR - Jul 10, 2014 - MDeC Partners with EMC to build Data Science and Analytics capability in Malaysia

At the recent Big Data Week in Malaysia, the government announced its aim to build the country’s Big Data Analytics capability to stimulate growth and counter skill gap. In line with this initiative, MDeC and EMC have joined hands to offer the first ever 5-day Open Tech course on Big Data Analytics and Data Science under MSC Malaysia’s MyProCert Strategic Reforms Initiative (SRI) Programme. The course is open to Malaysian fresh graduates as well as working professionals with 2-8 years of work experience.

Commending EMC for the collaborative effort, Imran added that MDeC’s Talent Division through the MSC Malaysia MyProCert (SRI) programmes has rolled out multiple skills enhancement programmes for graduates and young working professionals to acquire industry-relevant skills which will help meet the demand for another 160,000 job opportunities that will be created in the ICT industry by year 2020. EMC’s partner Iverson Associates Sdn Bhd, a leader in Malaysia’s professional IT training industry, is partnering EMC in the MSC Malaysia MyProCert (SRI) Programme.

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PR - Jul 9, 2014 - Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN Solutions Provide High Performance Foundation for EMC Enterprise and All-Flash Storage Systems

Brocade today announced that Brocade® Gen 5 Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions provide a reliable and high-performance foundation to support and enhance new enterprise and all-flash storage systems that were announced today by EMC. Fibre Channel SANs are a key unifying element for the new EMC® VMAX®3, and XtremIO™ systems that, as complete end-to-end solutions, allow businesses to redefine what is possible in the data center.

Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN directors and switches, sold by EMC under the Connectrix® brand, are purpose-built to support highly virtualized cloud infrastructures and are optimized for all-flash array storage systems that enable applications to perform tasks significantly faster than with traditional disk-based arrays.

Flash storage is another common element across the new EMC XtremIO and VMAX3 systems. To support this EMC innovation, Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel switches are purpose built to maximize system performance, scalability, manageability and availability in all-flash storage. For all flash storage, Fibre Channel offers the highest-bandwidth capability, fast application response time and superior reliability—all of which are critical requirements to deliver the full flash benefits for applications and users.

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