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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

IT News Week 1 Sep 2015

For week 5 of Aug 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of Huawei Certified Network Graduate (HCNG) Programme by Huawei.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Sep 3, 2015 - BAE Systems Extends Malaysian Cyber Security Portfolio with Launch of Cloud-Based Solutions
  • PR - Sep 3, 2015 - Mumbai, India - Leading Tier 1 Operator in Malaysia deploys Elitecore’s Crestel Online Charging Platform
  • PR - Sep 2, 2015 - IBM and the Singapore Economic Development Board launch the IBM Smarter Commerce Centre
  • PR - Sep 2, 2015 - HTC RE Camera Wins Design Award at the 2015 International Award
  • PR - Sep 2, 2015 - Queen’s University developing new drug against leading causes of death in the UK – sepsis and ARDS
  • PR - Sep 2, 2015 - WD Makes Cloud Storage More Personal (and Private)
  • PR - Sep 1, 2015 - VMware Unveils New End-User Computing Innovations For Universal Application Delivery and Device Management
  • PR - Sep 1, 2015 - U Mobile Offers Latest Postpaid Offering
  • PR - Sep 1, 2015 - Chong Chye Neo named Managing Director, IBM Malaysia


PR - Sep 3, 2015 - BAE Systems Extends Malaysian Cyber Security Portfolio with Launch of Cloud-Based Solutions

Building on its strong presence and portfolio in the country, BAE Systems is augmenting its security offering of on-premise and managed security services with new cloud-based services. This is a natural progression to meet high customer demand for a wide and flexible portfolio of cyber security solutions.

BAE Systems has signed an MoU with CyberSecurity Malaysia to establish a general framework for potential collaborations in the field of cyber security and is funding a post-graduate programme in Cyber Security at the National Defence University of Malaysia.

With 95 per cent of cyber attacks starting with an email message, the first set of cloud-based products that BAE Systems is introducing in Malaysia comprises BAE Systems’ Email Protection Services (EPS) which provides comprehensive protection against advanced threats. The offerings include:
  • Zero Day Prevention
  • Insider Threat Prevention
  • Email Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
  • Email Encryption
  • Email Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam
  • Email Archiving
  • Email Business Continuity

PR - Sep 3, 2015 - Mumbai, India - Leading Tier 1 Operator in Malaysia deploys Elitecore’s Crestel Online Charging Platform

Elitecore Technologies, a global provider of BSS and Packet Core solution, announces that a leading Tier 1 Operator in Malaysia has deployed Elitecore’s 3GPP compliant Online Charging System (OCS) for their voice and data services; the solution enables its subscribers to keep track of their account, services and usage in real time. It supports dynamic notifications to customers prior to reaching their credit thresholds and also supports admin action in real time on threshold breach. The solution enables real-time charging of VOIP calls over SIP interface for post-paid subscribers on FTTX network.

Elitecore’s real time OCS is a modular solution integrated with operator’s existing CRM and Billing systems, without having to go through a transformation of its existing billing system to support next generation services. The entire project was completed in just 3 months. The platform supports features such as single touch Point of Credit Governance for customer, Self Care service interaction in real time with accurate and timely information related to their usage, time/volume based rating, differential rating, advice of charges, shared balances, policy based discounting etc.

PR - Sep 2, 2015 - IBM and the Singapore Economic Development Board launch the IBM Smarter Commerce Centre

IBM and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) today jointly announced the launch of the IBM Smarter Commerce Centre of Competency (SCCOC) at IBM Connect 2015. In support of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, the SCCOC aims to drive innovative development of Commerce products and solutions, and transform the way businesses in Singapore and Asia-Pacific engage with their customers.

By leveraging real-time analytics and connecting the silos of procurement, marketing, selling and fulfilment, Commerce solutions focus on delivering personalised experiences to the customer. According to yStats, Asia-Pacific is one of the world's fastest-growing markets for e-commerce, which is forecasted to grow from $567.3 billion at a forecasted annual growth rate of 20 per cent between 2013 and 2018, owing to the large population base and high internet and mobile penetration rate in this part of the world.

“With the establishment of the Centre of Competency, IBM is well positioned to help clients improve process efficiency, create new market opportunities and accelerate the digitisation of businesses. The Centre will also groom Singaporeans in software development and analytics to serve the fast growing Asia-Pacific region,” said Ms Thien Kwee Eng, Assistant Managing Director, EDB

PR - Sep 2, 2015 - HTC RE Camera Wins Design Award at the 2015 International Award
HTC RE Camera

HTC today announced that the HTC RE Camera has won a design award at the 35th annual International Design Excellence awards ceremony. The awards, conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America, are a premier design competition recognising excellence in product design around the world.

PR - Sep 2, 2015 - Queen’s University developing new drug against leading causes of death in the UK – sepsis and ARDS

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast are developing a potential revolutionary new treatment for Sepsis and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which are among the leading causes of death in hospitalised patients in the UK.

Currently, there are no effective treatments available for these life threatening syndromes.

The novel anti-inflammatory drug, SAN101, is being developed by a team of scientists and clinicians at the School of Pharmacy and the Centre for Infection and Immunity at Queen’s, alongside colleagues at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It is the result of an initial discovery made over 6 years ago at Queen’s.

PR - Sep 2, 2015 - WD Makes Cloud Storage More Personal (and Private)

WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and a worldwide leader in storage solutions, today introduced significant enhancements to WD’s family of My Cloud® personal storage devices, including a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system, Software Developer Kit (SDK) enabling enhanced app integration and a dual-drive My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage offering increased memory and faster processing performance than previous generations.

WD’s My Cloud OS 3 features an intuitive user interface delivering a rich content-sharing experience, and back-up and sync capabilities that elevate the personal cloud NAS offering while retaining the privacy and control unique to personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office.

PR - Sep 1, 2015 - VMware Unveils New End-User Computing Innovations For Universal Application Delivery and Device Management

Earlier today at VMworld 2015, VMware announced new End-User Computing innovations for universal application delivery and device management to help organizations transform business processes and deliver a more user- and application-centric experience.

VMware End-User Computing solutions will help customers bridge from the traditional world of client-server technologies to the new world of mobile-cloud technologies that deliver greater agility, seamless access across user devices and enhanced security.

VMware extended its End-User Computing product portfolio with solutions that are purpose-built to securely deliver any app to any device while supporting Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows including:
  • New VMware Identity Manager Advanced EditionVMware Identity Manager is the industry's first identity as a service (IDaaS) offering integrated with a leading, enterprise mobility management and security solution.
  • Extending Application Delivery and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with VMware Horizon® 6.2 and VMware Horizon 6.2 for Linux – Continued innovation in application and desktop delivery will introduce several key advancements in VMware Horizon

PR - Sep 1, 2015 - U Mobile Offers Latest Postpaid Offering

U Mobile, Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative telco, is unveiling its most competitive postpaid plan to date. Taking note of the growing demand for data and calls, the telco is upping the game by adding unlimited local calls to all networks on top of its 7GB data offering. The plan is now named as HERO Postpaid P70 for giving its consumers the most awesome mobile experience in town.

U Mobile’s HERO Postpaid P70 is available from today till 31st December 2015. U Mobile is also delighted to inform those who would like to upgrade to Malaysia’s Best Postpaid and Broadband Plans, the telco is extending its FREE Extra Internet promotion until 31 December 2015. For only RM 28, consumers can enjoy 3GB of high speed mobile Internet, FREE calls, LOWEST call rates to all networks as well as an array of value-added services.

PR - Sep 1, 2015 - Chong Chye Neo named Managing Director, IBM Malaysia

IBM today announced the appointment of Ms Chong Chye Neo as Managing Director of IBM Malaysia, succeeding Mr Paul Moung, who retired on August 31.
Ms chong Chye Neo, Managing Director, IBM

The appointment is effective September 1 with Mr Moung staying till the end of the month to ensure a smooth handover and transition of the business to his successor.

Chye Neo brings to the role 26 years of extensive knowledge in intellectual property, sales and marketing having helmed diverse leadership roles across the IBM organization. Prior to her current appointment, Chye Neo served as Director, Strategic Projects responsible for refining strategy and overseeing the management of key client engagement campaigns in Malaysia. She also advocated intellectual property driven innovation among clients across ASEAN.

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to lead IBM Malaysia in today’s digital first era where corporates and consumers are transforming the way they work and engage. IBM Malaysia is well positioned to provide the relevant business intelligence and data analytics technologies to deliver differentiated value for clients to thrive,” she said.

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