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Sunday, November 30, 2014

ICT Happenings Week 5 of Nov 2014

News for Week 3 of Nov 2014.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 28, 2014 - Startupbootcamp FinTech launches Asia accelerator programme in Singapore
  • PR - Nov 28, 2014 - NTT DATA Business Solutions Malaysia Outlines Growth Plan
  • PR - Nov 28, 2014 - Datacloud South East Asia Congress@Johor – 25-26 March 2015
  • Ovum - Melbourne, Nov 25 2013 - Ovum reveals telcos must invest in the flexibility and agility of their IT estates in 2015
  • PR - Nov 27, 2014 - RS Components announces availability of new BEETHEFIRST professional-quality 3D printer for rapid prototyping
  • PR - Munich - Nov 25, 2014 - QSC Partners with Axiros for Cloud Data Management Platform Services
  • PR - Germany - Nov 25, 2014 - Paragon Software announces Black Friday 80% off deal
  • PR - Nov 25, 2014 - TalentCorp, OM, MDeC Initiate Programme to Boost Employability of Graduates in Outsourcing Sector
  • PR - Nov 25, 2014 - TM Sets to provide enhanced customer experience with EMC Smarts
  • PR - Nov 24, 2014 - Sentient Technologies Raises $103.5 Million in Series C Funding



PR - Nov 28, 2014 - Startupbootcamp FinTech launches Asia accelerator programme in Singapore

Startupbootcamp FinTech, Europe’s leading accelerator focused on financial innovation, today announced the immediate opening of the Startupbootcamp FinTech Asia accelerator programme in Singapore. This is brought about by a strategic partnership with Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), the investment subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Steve Leonard, the Executive Deputy Chairman of IDA and Chairman of IIPL, announced the launch at an event co-hosted with Mayor of London Boris Johnson who is on an ASEAN tour to build stronger links between London and Asia.

Startupbootcamp FinTech Asia accelerator programme will provide funding, mentorship, office space and access to a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms for up to 10 selected Singapore-based FinTech startups. Each successful team will also receive €15,000 (SG$24,000) ‘beer and pizza’ money and office space for at least three months at Singapore’s new startup cluster at one-north, where two new blocks – Block 73 and 79 – will be added to the current Block 71.

To kick off, startups from all over the world are invited to apply to present their ideas to the Startupbootcamp FinTech team at a series of Pitch Days between January and March 2015. These are being held across the region including in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tokyo and Sydney. The 10 successful applicants will then enter a three month accelerator programme beginning in May 2015.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Nov 28, 2014 - NTT DATA Business Solutions Malaysia Outlines Growth Plan

NTT DATA Business Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a leading SAP reseller and solutions based consulting company, today announced that it will be embarking on strategic initiatives to help organizations better utilize their SAP investments to gain competitive advantage. The company are now twelve months into establishing Malaysia as a regional centre servicing customers both in Malaysia and across South East Asia.

The company plans to introduce a new SAP cloud-based solution next year, which will utilize the latest SAP in-memory and cloud technologies. Legacy SAP users will be able to draw on real time insights to make more informed decisions by migrating to the new cloud platform.

Brian Dickinson, General Manager
of NTT DATA Business Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd

The company has CMMi Level 5 centers in India, China (Wuxi) and Spain.

The company employs 75,000+ persons in over 40 countries and won many SAP awards.

NTT DATA ranked as 6thlargest IT services provider in worldwide market share.

The 2015 buiness plan strategizes that revenues will be generated from ERP license, FIORI mobility upsell, consulting services, hosting & HANA.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Nov 28, 2014 - Datacloud South East Asia Congress@Johor – 25-26 March 2015

Networking at the annual Datacloud South East Asia Congress has always received high approval ratings for the quality and level of attending executives. Join 400+ representatives from more than 13 countries at the flagship SEA regional event for datacenter and cloud.

The newly added Finance & Investment Symposium for Datacenter, Hosting, Cloud uniquely brings an extra dimension to the event, with the leadership of datacenter and cloud operating companies, private equity firms, hedge funds, investors, bankers and analysts.

Early Speakers Announced include:
  • Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, MDeC
  • Paul-François Cattier, President, Cloud and Finance, Schneider Electric
  • Khadir Fayaz, Senior Director - Information Security, Asia Pacific, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Murari Kalyanaramani, Global Head of Service Architecture & Integration, British American Tobacco
  • Darren Thayre, Director, Citihub
  • Billy Lee, Chairman, Malaysian Data Center Alliance
  • Aylwin Tan, Chief Customer Solutions Officer, Ascendas Pte Ltd
  • Ronald van Kleunen, CEO, Globeron Pte Ltd
  • Andy Waroma, Co-Founder, Cloud Comrade
  • Adrian Yong, Investor & Entrepreneur Development
  • Steve Wallage, Managing Director, BroadGroup Consulting
  • Claude Achar, Managing Director, Actel Consulting
  • Nicholas Chan, Partner, Squires Sanders
  • Priyaranjan Kumar, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Adrian Jones, Director of Technical Development, CNET

Ovum - Melbourne, Nov 25 2013 - Ovum reveals telcos must invest in the flexibility and agility of their IT estates in 2015

The telecoms industry is showing signs of recovery due to the positive economic scenario, and telecoms will be one of the top industries for IT spending in the next 12–18 months, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

Based on Ovum’s latest Telco IT Trends to Watch report*, telco IT budgets are on the rise, with a lot of investment directed at either optimizing network assets and infrastructure or improving service quality and the customer experience.

Ovum recommends that telcos develop a roadmap to become a customer-adaptive enterprise. If the customer perspective is not embedded in every product and service, telcos will not prosper. They need to adapt their organizational structure and business processes to encompass customer needs, viewing quality of service and experience from the customer perspective.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Nov 27, 2014 - RS Components announces availability of new BEETHEFIRST professional-quality 3D printer for rapid prototyping

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has announced the addition of the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer to the company’s portfolio of rapid-prototyping machines targeted at electronics and mechanical engineers involved in design, prototyping and research and development, as well as enthusiasts and students.

Manufactured by BEEVERYCREATIVE, the new easy-to-use BEETHEFIRST desktop 3D printer uses the highly popular fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and accepts 1.75mm-diameter PLA filament materials in many different colours.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Munich - Nov 25, 2014 - QSC Partners with Axiros for Cloud Data Management Platform Services

Axiros, the technology leader in open device management solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced that QSC, a leading provider of information communications and telecommunication services in Germany, has selected Axiros’ Cloud data management platform. Under the terms of the partnership, Axiros is providing QSC an easy cloud-based standardized managed service solution perfectly tailored to their needs that only takes a fraction of the time and investment to implement.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Germany - Nov 25, 2014 - Paragon Software announces Black Friday 80% off deal

Paragon Software Group (PSG), a leader in data protection, backup and disaster recovery solutions for home and business, announces a Black Friday deal of 80% off on the most popular essential, all-in-one data management solution for Windows PC users working in physical or virtual environments, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional. The software tool will be available at only 20$ starting November 28, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. until November 28th, 2014, until 8:20 p.m. EST, with no coupon code required.

Updated recently with the newest features, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional offers everything you need for system and hard disk management. The most advanced data safety and disaster recovery software with powerful partition features, it comes with a full spectrum of virtual and physical migration operations, agentless MS Hyper-V backup, secure data wiping (even on SSDs) and includes a free update for Windows 10 support.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Nov 25, 2014 - TalentCorp, OM, MDeC Initiate Programme to Boost Employability of Graduates in Outsourcing Sector

Working together with Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) which is the lead agency in this initiative and Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp), OM will lead the training of university graduates through the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) Certified Outsourcing Specialists programme and internship which is set to boost the employability of these graduates in the SSO industry.

This programme was also partly initiated in response to Malaysia’s Ministry of Education 2012 Graduate Tracer Study that reported about a quarter (25%) of local graduates were unemployed (51,835 out of 202,328 graduates)

David Wong, the Chairman of Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), exchanges MOU with Michael Warren, Vice President, Shared Services & Outsourcing Cluster, MDeC. 

David Wong, the Chairman of OM says, “Yet at the same time, the fast growing SSO industry is facing constant challenges in employing suitable graduates – this is a problem that is also faced by many companies across industries in Malaysia.

Under the programme, over the next 12 months, university students will undergo 10 days of intensive training with specialisation into HR or Finance Business Process Outsourcing. This training is internationally certified and will be carried out by *IAOP certified trainers.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Nov 25, 2014 - TM Sets to provide enhanced customer experience with EMC Smarts

As part of its relentless commitment to provide reliable and enhanced Internet experience toits customers nationwide, Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has collaborated with EMC to deploy EMC SMARTS for TM’s high speed broadband (HSBB) network infrastructure.

TM Network Operation Center

EMC SMARTS is an industry leading operations support system (OSS) that provides aservice-centric approach to network management. It gives TM end-to-end visibility of its network and services, and utilises intelligent analysis tools to automatically pinpoint the root cause of network issues and their associated service impacts.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

PR - Nov 24, 2014 - Sentient Technologies Raises $103.5 Million in Series C Funding

Today, Sentient Technologies announced that Tata Communications has become one of its new investors within its series C funding round.

Tata Communications is investing in Sentient Technologies, which is a San Francisco-based privately held company that is at the forefront of distributed artificial intelligence products and services. Tata Communications sees the investment as helping businesses tremendously. AI also brings a disruptive approach to cloud based computing service, and Tata Communications’ growth of its global network infrastructure and data center footprint complements Sentient’s growth plans and enables its global deployment.

Sentient operates distributed artificial intelligence on an unprecedented scale, enabling it to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. Utilizing evolutionary computation and deep learning - designed to continuously evolve and improve - Sentient aims to create the world’s most powerful intelligent system. This system enables researchers, innovators and companies to solve mission-critical, high value, problems.

Sentient’s distributed artificial intelligence has unique, patented and powerful capabilities that address the distributed, varied, asynchronous nature of data and its continuous influx and growth in order to understand it and make accurate, actionable decisions.

Email team@it-sideways.com for details.

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