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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

IT News Week 4 May 2015

For week 3 of May 2015, the most interesting news was the launching of Subscription-based Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) by Hitachi Sunway.

​For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 21, 2015 - Blue Coat Appoints Andrew Littleproud as VP of Asia Pacific Sales and Operations
  • PR - May 21, 2015 - Symantec Security Response: The Logjam attack
  • PR - May 21, 2015 - Epicor to Cultivate Smart SME Manufacturers
  • PR - May 20, 2015 - Plex Media Server Now Available On WD's My Cloud NAS Series
  • PR - May 20, 2015 - Tegile Systems Launches Award-winning Flash-Driven Storage Arrays in Malaysia
  • PR - May 19, 2015 - Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Chooses Brocade Storage Fabric
  • PR - May 19, 2015 - RS Components: Quickly integrate equipment status beacons with new Andon Light Kit
  • PR - May 18, 2015 - SG - Hitachi Solutions America Opens New Asia Pacific Subsidiary in Singapore
  • PR - May 18, 2015 - EXABYTES Partners with Japanese Payment Gateway Provider GMO-PG
  • PR - May 17, 2015 - CMO Club: CMOs Struggling to Deliver Consistent Customer Experiences
  • PR - May 15, 2015 - WD® Drives Solutions and Rewards with Enhanced myWD™ Channel Partner Program
  • PR - May 14, 2015 - Cloud-based digital experiences for Malaysians
  • PR - May 14, 2015 - Skype for Business: Reinventing Productivity for the Modern Workplace
  • PR - May 14, 2015 - Monster Launches TalentBin in Malaysia
  • PR - May 14, 2015 - Tata Communications appoints Pratibha K. Advani as Chief Financial Officer



PR - May 21, 2015 - Blue Coat Appoints Andrew Littleproud as VP of Asia Pacific Sales and Operations

Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, today announced it has further strengthened its organization with the appointment of Andrew Littleproud as vice president of Asia Pacific, responsible for its sales and business operations. Reporting to Marc Andrews, Blue Coat senior vice president of worldwide field operations, Littleproud will also focus on enhancing channel relationships.
Littleproud

He is tasked with extending Blue Coat’s Asia Pacific market penetration and leveraging Blue Coat’s dominance in the secure web gateway segment to adjacent security markets. During the last three years, Blue Coat has experienced strong growth in the enterprise security market, fueled by its expanded offerings for advanced threat defense.

PR - May 21, 2015 - Symantec Security Response: The Logjam attack

The discovery of the Logjam attack (minus a logo) comes courtesy of an international group of security researchers. This attack affects a range of commonly used secure communication services including Transport Layer Security (TLS), Secure Shell (SSH), and IPSec. It has been said that this attack method is an offshoot of the FREAK flaw. FREAK allowed attackers to force the downgrade of TLS strength to export grade, allowing the encryption to be easily cracked.

PR - May 21, 2015 - Epicor to Cultivate Smart SME Manufacturers

Aiding Small and Medium Enterprises to make smarter decisions for their businesses, Epicor Software Corporation , was a Gold sponsor at the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturer’s (FMM) Smart Manufacturing for SMEs ICT Conference at The Royale Chulan Damansara on May 21, 2015.

FMM’s conference is aimed to better equip SMEs in using innovative IT solutions to be more efficient and IT-smart in their operations.

Mr. Edwin Lim, Epicor Malaysia’s Territory Manager said, “In 2014, Malaysia’s gross manufacturing exports comprised of nearly 77% in exports, with 48.5% from the electrical and electronic (E&E) subsectors. This implies that Malaysia’s exports competitiveness largely depends on the manufacturing sector rather than the extraction of our natural resources”.

PR - May 20, 2015 - Plex Media Server Now Available On WD's My Cloud NAS Series

WD®, a Western Digital company, and a world leader in storage solutions is expanding its apps offerings by introducing Plex®, an entertainment app that can now be downloaded to and deployed on the My Cloud® NAS series. Plex organizes video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to smart TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices.

PR - May 20, 2015 - Tegile Systems Launches Award-winning Flash-Driven Storage Arrays in Malaysia

Tegile announced the availability of its full suite of award-winning T-Series All-Flash Arrays and Hybrid Arrays together with its exclusive partner Impact Business Solutions (M) Sdn. Bhd, committing to help small and midsized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprise organisations overcome their data management challenges.

(L-R) Winston Chai, Managing Director, Impact Business Solutions Sdn Bhd and Bill Cordero, Vice President of Worldwide Channels join hands to provide flexible and powerful solution for enterprises or small and medium businesses (SMBs). 

Tegile’s All-Flash Array

Tegile’s hybrid arrays are significantly faster than legacy arrays, and significantly less costly than all solid-state disk-based arrays. These virtual solutions feature both network-attached storage (NAS) and storage-area network (SAN) connectivity, and are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable.

Tegiles’s T-Series All-Flash and Hybrid Data Arrays will be generally available for purchase by customers through Impact Business Solutions Sdn Bhd, its exclusive distributor in the Malaysian market.

PR - May 19, 2015 - Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Chooses Brocade Storage Fabric

One of the world’s leading air cargo terminal operators, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl), has deployed next-generation Brocade® Fibre Channel storage networking switching solutions to support enhanced 24x7x365 data center operations over the next five years. The Brocade DCX® 8510 Backbones—implemented by Brocade partner Hitachi Data Systems—have enabled Hactl to re-architect its storage network, significantly reducing operating costs and provided a robust, high-performance foundation to support more data-intensive applications. Hactl serves more than 100 airlines at Hong Kong International Airport from SuperTerminal 1, the world’s largest multilevel air cargo terminal, with the capacity to handle up to 3.5 million tonnes of air cargo each year.

Hactl serves more than 100 airlines at Hong Kong International Airport from SuperTerminal 1, the world’s largest multilevel air cargo terminal, with the capacity to handle up to 3.5 million tonnes of air cargo each year. At the heart of SuperTerminal 1’s operation is COSAC-Plus, a new generation of air cargo management system. The system enables more than 4,000 users from airlines, freight forwarders, and related government departments to monitor and manage air cargo handled by Hactl, typically performing close to a million transactions on a daily basis. Because Hong Kong is the world’s busiest airport for international cargo, Hactl operates around the clock to avoid keeping valuable freight and aircraft waiting.

PR - May 19, 2015 - RS Components: Quickly integrate equipment status beacons with new Andon Light Kit

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is the sole supplier of the new Andon Light Kit from Werma, which provides a convenient way to add a call-to-action beacon on production-line equipment in accordance with lean manufacturing principles.

Equipment builders can use this kit to add a tower beacon to a machine, conveyor system or manual workstation to indicate operational status or show when a supervisor or engineer is required.

The kit is a complete out-of-the-box solution containing all the components needed to create an Andon system. The main AndonBOX controller contains smart electronics with illuminated switches for activating up to eight different states. Also included are: red, yellow and green Werma KombiSIGN 71 LED tower lamps, lamp base, wall bracket and support tube, mains power supply, 5-metre cable and a terminal element. The power supply has an input range of 100V to 240V allowing use in most countries, and comes with interchangeable adaptors for EU, UK and North America.

PR - May 18, 2015 - SG - Hitachi Solutions America Opens New Asia Pacific Subsidiary in Singapore

Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd., a global provider of industry solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, today announced the opening of its new Asia Pacific subsidiary, Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd., in Singapore. This subsidiary brings the sales and support closer to its customers in the region and facilitates global customers to realize local synergies.

PR - May 18, 2015 - EXABYTES Partners with Japanese Payment Gateway Provider GMO-PG

Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd (‘Exabytes’), the leading Web hosting and E-commerce solutions provider today announces that it will partner Japanese Payment Gateway, GMO Payment Gateway Inc (GMO-PG) to service Japanese E-Commerce small medium sized entrepreneurs (SME) who are using Exabytes EasyStore all-in-one E-Commerce Solution.

Chan Kee Siak, Exabytes CEO

Exabytes’ Founder and CEO, Chan Kee Siak shares that, “EasyStore is an all-in-one solution to help SMEs to easily set up an online store. SMEs are able to easily design, manage and automate a lot of business processes that is needed to run an online store. We currently have more than 15,000 online stores that are successfully operating using the EasyStore solution.”

“EasyStore is the ideal tool for SMEs looking to start an online store. With the GMO-PG payment gateway in place, Malaysian businesses can also explore entering the Japanese E-Commerce market,” ends Chan.

PR - May 17, 2015 - CMO Club: CMOs Struggling to Deliver Consistent Customer Experiences

According to Oracle’s study, CMOs are having a hard time in delivering a consistent customer experience across all customer touch points, and that organisations are not getting the most out of their marketing technology platforms.

To meet this challenge, the CMO Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud have worked together to develop ‘The CMO Solution Guide to Leveraging New Technology and Marketing Platforms, combination with the insight from the heads of marketing from the well known brands, such as American Express, Gap, Hilton Worldwide, and PetSmart.

The study found that optimizing the customer experience across all touch points, including marketing, sales and support, was the number one priority for CMOs. Yet, only 13 percent of the 110 CMOs surveyed said they are able to truly deliver a personalized and engaging customer experience across channels. Additionally, 21 percent did not know where to start in terms of understanding a customer’s end-to-end experience with their brand, and said they needed help evaluating marketing technologies to be sure they are aligned to the organization’s goals. PR - May 15, 2015 - WD® Drives Solutions and Rewards with Enhanced myWD™ Channel Partner Program

WD®, a Western Digital company, and a world leader in storage solutions, today revealed its enhanced myWD™ Partner Program, an award-winning loyalty channel program for MSPs, VARs, and integrators with new features such as product solution centers, industry-focused marketing assets and on-demand product training.

As a result of more than a year of survey and ongoing feedback from WD’s valued myWD partners, the new and improved site offers new features that lead to a seamless user experience for myWD partners providing relevant and easy-to-access information at their fingertips. The new features include:
  • Solution selling centers on growing markets such as Surveillance, NAS, and Datacenter;
  • industry focused marketing assets;
  • on-demand online product training through WD University, and
  • a points system, where members earn rewards based on purchases of WD product from authorized distributors.

PR - May 14, 2015 - Cloud-based digital experiences for Malaysians

Microsoft and Telekom Malaysia Berhad (“TM”) today announced a landmark joint effort to deliver cloud-based digital experiences for Malaysians, enabling them to meet the converging demands of life and work. This collaboration aims to combine the portfolio strength of both companies to deliver integrated services uniquely designed for consumers and businesses. While this helps fulfill TM’s promise of “Life Made Easier” and “Business Made Easier”, it will also provide Microsoft with the opportunity to innovate replicable go-to-market models with Malaysia as a launch pad.

(L-R:) Cesar Cernuda, President for Microsoft Asia-Pacific and Tan Sri Zamzamzairani, CEO of TM


Calling this collaboration both significant and exciting, Microsoft and TM highlighted that they will seek to define innovative solutions that address key industry challenges by exploring:
  • The creation of integrated offerings between existing Microsoft products and TM products.
  • Joint Go-To-Market (GTM) models to ensure a better reach to all customer segments.
  • Totally new value propositions and business opportunities for both TM and Microsoft via co-development and joint financial funding models.

PR - May 14, 2015 - Skype for Business: Reinventing Productivity for the Modern Workplace

Microsoft Malaysia today launched the all new Skype for Business at an event held at the Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, where the company showcased how Malaysian businesses now have a new and powerful tool that will help them reinvent the way people – employees, customers and partners – communicate and collaborate in the modern workplace.

Skype for Business (formerly known as Microsoft Lync) is a communications and collaboration platform with features including presence, IM, voice and video calls and online meetings. With this new version,
  • Users will be able to connect with up to 250 people with voice or video, bringing customers and partners closer than ever.
  • It is deeply integrated with Microsoft Office, enabling coworkers to instantly do work – see their contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings in Outlook, take notes in OneNote, and start conversations from Office apps.
  • It will provide users the security and IT control businesses have come to expect from Microsoft – allowing IT Professionals to rest easy knowing their end-users are supported by a secure platform that they manage and control.

PR - May 14, 2015 - Monster Launches TalentBin in Malaysia

Monster, one of the largest online employment sites globally, today announces the launch of an innovative new software called TalentBin by Monster in Malaysia.

TalentBin is a 'talent search engine' that aims to help employers and recruiters better hire niche talent across Southeast Asia. This is the first time TalentBin is being made available in the region.

Typically, hard-to-find talent, such as those in technology and design, aren't hugely active on professional websites. While they may have a CV uploaded, it may rarely be updated or given any attention, meaning recruiters have a much harder time connecting with them.

What TalentBin does is aggregate publicly available information - relevant to their professional lives - from social sites where passive talent are active (such as GitHub, Twitter, StackOverflow, Google+ and much more). This is built into a profile, bringing previously 'hidden' talent and candidates to the surface, and helping businesses reduce their time to hire.

PR - May 14, 2015 - Tata Communications appoints Pratibha K. Advani as Chief Financial Officer

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, is pleased to announce the appointment of Pratibha K. Advani as its Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for the strategic financial management of the company, including corporate affairs & investor relations. Ms. Advani brings with her a wealth of experience across a range of financial practices including financial strategy, project financing, M&A, risk management. She is highly recognised by her peers in the industry, having won numerous prestigious awards, including the CNBC TV18 - Best CFO Award in the IT & ITES sector - 2014 and Business Today’s Best Woman CFO Award - 2014 and CFO100 Roll of Honour – 2015.

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