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Sunday, May 31, 2015

BIOSTAR Releases the Hi-Fi A68U3P with 4K Video and Super LAN Surge Protection

Press release - Taipei - May 15, 2015

BIOSTAR’s newest board, based on the AMD A68 series chipset, the Hi-Fi A68U3P, comes with 4k video support and Super LAN Surge Protection. The Hi-Fi A68U3P is based on the AMD FM2+ socket design that will support AMD Multi-Core (x4, x2) socket FM2+/FM2 processors AMD A-series/ E2-series processors all in a Micro ATX form factor along with USB 3.0 and SATA3.

The Hi-Fi A68U3P has 3 PCI slots and 2 DIMM slots supporting up to 32Gb of DDR3 ram and uses the newest SATA 6Gb/s bus which is twice the speed of current SATA 3G connections with 6 SATA connectors along with USB 3.0. In addition to the latest PCI technology support there is also a legacy PCI slot that will accept older devices for systems that still need them.

IT News Week 5 May 2015

For week 4 of May 2015, the most interesting news was the MOU between Microsoft and TM for collaboration in terms of cloud based solutions for SMEs.

​For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 28, 2015 - Microsoft announces two new Microsoft Authorized Reseller Store in The Gardens and One Utama
  • PR - May 28, 2015 - Acronis Unveils Acronis Access Connect – Delivers Seamless File Access Across Apple, Android and Windows Environments
  • PR - May 28, 2015 - WeChat Announces New Security Feature, Voiceprint and WeChat 6.2 Update
  • PR - May 28, 2015 - The Lost in Translation, Found in a Dictionary Contest
  • PR - May 27, 2015 - Ponemon Institute : Average Cost of Data Breach Reaches Record Levels
  • PR - May 27, 2015 - Signing Ceremony Between U Mobile And TM For Tm Next Generation Backhaul
  • PR - May 27, 2015 - Tel Aviv - Whitebox Security Crowd-sourcing Tech Strengthens Data Protection
  • PR - May 27, 2015 - RS Components Signed global distribution agreement with Chauvin Arnoux
  • PR - May 27 2015 - 11street Launches Online Shopping Mobile App
  • PR - May 26, 2015 - Blue Coat: Office Workers Continue to Behave Badly Despite Awareness of Cyber Threats
  • PR - May 14, 2015 - CyberArk Helps Vodafone Secure and Manage Privileged Accounts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Juniper Now Offers Industry’s First Comprehensive Training for the Full Network Lifecycle

Juniper Networks announced Juniper Design Training and Certification curriculum, a new offering that teaches best practices and new techniques across network design, including software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). For APAC, the first course in the Design Curriculum, Juniper Networks Design Fundamentals, is available now in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. The new programme is available to all existing customers, partners and IT professionals considering network changes or looking to enhance their skillset.

The first certification, Juniper Networks Certified Design Associate (JNCDA), is now available for registration.

There will be three levels of certifications available: design associate, specialist and professional.

Personally, this good for Juniper because one of the critical success factor which led Cisco to champion the computer networking industry has been through the latter's certification program such as CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) which offers young graduates and new comers to jumpstart their networking career where conventional computer and IT degrees often fail to delivery.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

IBM Launched Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform to Business Communities

IBM announced the IBM X-Force Exchange, a cloud based cyber threat intelligence sharing platform.

This collaborative platform provides access to volumes of actionable IBM and third-party threat data from across the globe, including real-time indicators of live attacks, which can be used to defend against cybercrimes.

The concept is premised on the idea that in-house cyber threat intelligence is never enough to fight the growing threats of cyber attacks which are largely driven by organized crime rings who network amongst themselves.

The point is, if the bad guys are helping each others, it wouldn't be smart if the good guys did not do the same by helping each other.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Electrolux Seeks Out SEA Tech Talents

The Electrolux Healthy Homes Challenge is on-going.

1.) Theme:

Propose solutions, devices, accessories, appliances, apps, consumables or technologies that help add value to home-based experiences.

2.) Focus:
  • Culinary enjoyment
  • Fabric care
  • Air Purification
  • Water Sanitization
  • Noise Remediation
  • Surface Functionality
  • Air and Water Sensors

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Java is celebrating 20 years - was my first love

Oracle, users and the development community worldwide are celebrating 20 years of Java. Today, Java serves as the critical backbone of software that touches both our work and personal lives. From innovations in enterprise big data, cloud, social, mobile and the Internet of Things, to connected cars, smartphones and video games, Java continues to help developers push the boundaries in technology innovation.

Many big boys use Java as core platform for their products, chief amonghts them are Oracle, Fujitsu and IBM.

I still remember those days before Oracle bought Java, when Oracle databases interfaces were built based on Java Swing framework. It was particularly mesmerizing to me because I told myself that - "hey, that looks familiar!" - because I had built applications using Swing framework as well.

From then on, I knew that Java was meant for enterprise.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Global CIO Survey Reveals Business Requirement for a New IP

Press release - May 13, 2015

A new survey of CIOs worldwide from Brocade reveals the business impact of legacy infrastructures, and highlights the need for more innovative solutions to businesses network needs. In the Brocade Global CIO Survey 2015, 75 percent of CIO respondents stated their network is an issue in achieving their organisation's goals. For almost a quarter of CIOs polled, it is a "significant" issue.

The continued rise of new technologies, which fundamentally change the way businesses operate and engage with their customers, are responsible for a dramatic renaissance of the IT department. This has led to CIOs facing a range of challenges to contend with, and ultimately highlights a clear need for them to understand and embrace the opportunities offered by the New IP.

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

GenMobile Paves Way for Enterprise Security Risks

Aruba Networks recently conducted a security threat study and found that the GenMobile is cooking up security threats.

The “Securing #GenMobile: Is Your Business Running the Risk” security threat study, which questioned over 11,500 workers from across 23 countries including Malaysia, showcases that employee attitudes are swaying towards more sharing of devices yet an indifferent view to security in the workplace.

The study shows that the younger males especially those in the high tech and finance industries in Malaysia pose the greatest risk to enterprise data security.

The study reveals several key risk indicators, amongst them are:
  • GenMobile doesn't mind sharing
  • GenMobile is indifferent towards security threat - 87% assumes that IT security is in good hands when 31% had lost data
  • GenMobile are willing to use personal assets to perform official tasks
  • 46% of high tech employees are willing to surrender passwords to IT supports
  • 28% of educators are more like to store passwords on a sheet of paper
  • 20% of men are more likely to lose personal data
  • Age 25 to 34 years are more likely fall victim to identity theft
  • Higher salary earners are more likely fall victim to data theft
  • China, Thailand and UAE are locations with highest risk scores

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

IBM and Facebook Team Up for People-Based Marketing

Press release - ARMONK, NY, May 6, 2015

Facebook and IBM Commerce today announced that they will collaborate to provide the world’s leading brands with tailored marketing capabilities that reach the right people at the right time with the right message.

Starting today, IBM’s marketing cloud clients can now utilize Facebook’s powerful ad capabilities such as Custom Audiences, along with IBM’s deep analytics and design features, to create meaningful experiences for their customers across applications, devices and time. Using IBM’s new Journey Designer, brands can create personalized customer experiences across all engagement touch points and then use Journey Analytics to gain an understanding, at an aggregate level, of how customers responded.

For example, a retailer launching a new line of running gear can use Facebook’s Custom Audiences and targeting solutions to segment its customer groups that are interested in long-distance running. The retailer can then glean aggregated insights into the audience’s preferences in running gear and, based on location, offer deals on apparel that fit the appropriate training climate.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ERPAL platform for E-Commerce System

ERPAL is an enterprise application platform based on the open source Drupal framework.

ERPAL Platform can be used to build e-commerce systems including the business management backend, as well as SaaS or standalone business applications for CRM, ERP and workflow management systems.

ERPAL was developed by Bright Solutions, who has a partner program.

In order to be accepted into the ERPAL partner program, agencies must fulfill certain criteria: candidates will be familiar with the basics of Drupal Commerce and the Drupal distribution, 'ERPAL Platform', and they must have completed at least one project in cooperation with Bright Solutions. Participation in a new partner program allows members to profit from joint sales and marketing activities, dedicated training and service offerings, and extensive support services.

Lemberg Solutions, is the first to be certified by Bright Solutions and accepted into its worldwide partner program.

Propertyguru Q1 2015 cash Income Up 39% on Continued Product Innovation

PropertyGuru Group is pleased to announce a 39% quarter-on-quarter increase in cash income for the three months ended March 2015 (“Q1 2015”), further evidence of the company’s market leadership position in Southeast Asia. The Group captured a record 92% of the market share in Singapore, and 59% in Thailand for Q1 2015 (source: ComScore).

This is despite a general downward trend across the Southeast Asian property markets. For example, real-estate advertisement spent in Singapore for 2014 decreased by 13% on a year-on-year (“Y-o-Y”) basis according to research done by AC Nielsen. This decline was mainly at the expense of traditional media such as print and TV.

PropertyGuru’s strong financial performance can be partly attributed to the shift in advertising from traditional to online mediums. The main driver is its growing strength in the online segment for advertising itself. In tandem to the Group’s market share growth across the region, combined Q1 visits across Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia increased 28% on a Y-o-Y basis, giving rise to a record achievement of 11 million consumer visits and 104 million page views per month across the four markets. Each market delivered double-digit growth in visits.

IT News Week 3 of May 2015

For week 5 of Apr 2015.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 12, 2015 - Hitachi Sunway Launches Country’s 1st Subscription-based Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS)
  • PR - May 12, 2015 - ‘XIUS AMPLIO’ Launched in Asia to Accelerate Telecom and Internet Providers Data Revenues
  • ClickAcademy Asia - May 12, 2015 - Digital Marketing Manager the most sought after in 2014/2015
  • PR - May 11, 2015 - IFlix Secures Topline Content Deals with Fox, BBC and Warner Bros.
  • PR - May 11, 20-15 - Huawei’s “Better Connected” ICT Roadshow in Malaysia@19th to 20th May 2015
  • PR - May 11, 2015 - Tata Comm. and China Telecom Global team up to deliver a new era of media and entertainment
  • PR - May 7, 2015 - World-Class Conference Systems from Bosch
  • PR - May 7, 2015 - Axiros Recognized as a Cool Vendor in IoT by Gartner
  • PR - May 7, 2015 - F&B Distributor optimises vehicles and workforce using Cartrack solutions
  • PR - May 6, 2015 - Cologne - Bareos Open Source Backup Software exceeds 10.000 daily Downloads
  • PR - May 6 - 2015 - Brocade storage networking announcements in conjunction with EMC World
  • PR - May 6, 2015 - Microsoft Introduces Lumia 430: the most affordable Lumia smartphone
  • PR - May 6, 2015 - BlackBerry Leap Arrives Msia with Exclusive Pre-order on 11street
  • PR - May 6, 2015 - Acronis Recognized as a Challenger in First-Ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service

Breakthrough Announcements at EMC World 2015

At this year’s EMC World in Las Vegas, EMC made several big announcements around Flash, Data Protection, Digital Enterprise, and Big Data Analytics among others – all to empower businesses of today and tomorrow.

1. EMC Disrupts Data Protection Landscape, Again
  • EMC Corporation announced major updates to its data protection portfolio that extend its leadership in traditional purpose-built backup appliances and deliver powerful new software solutions that disrupt the data protection status quo
  • EMC is enabling customers to radically reduce cost and complexity while protecting their data wherever it resides

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Exclusive Interview: Cartrack : Telematics Solutions Provider

1) Cartrack as a company, started off as a vehicle fleet management solution provider, what made the business diversifed into EMS (Electronic Monitoring Solution)?

Cartrack is a telematics solutions provider. Our vision is to achieve global industry leadership in the telematics industry.

The Cartrack telematics platform comes with highly sophisticated functionality and a proven track record in helping customers protect and retrieve stolen vehicles, as well as, manage their mobile fleets. As we expand our product offerings through continuous innovation, EMS naturally falls into our plans as an addition to our telematics solutions, riding on the same sophisticated platform.

2) Briefly explain your goals for EMS (Electronic Monitoring Solution) in the region (EMS has been implemented in Singapore, what are the upcoming plans?

At Cartrack, we have focused our efforts on introducing the INTEGRATE EMS to various markets across the Asia Pacific region in line with our international expansions plans. We foresee an increase in demand for the INTEGRATE EMS in this region, especially in view of the successful deployment in Singapore. We hope to engage more law enforcement agencies in the coming months.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Microsoft BUILD 2015 Summary

Microsoft Build 2015 announced several innovative Windows 10 updates and features. Capturing the breadth of opportunity, the company declared its ambition to have 1 billion active Windows 10 devices by FY18. You can read more about the announcements in a Windows Blog from Terry Myerson. Some highlights included:
  • New Universal Windows Platform Bridge toolkits which enable developers to bring existing .NET, Win32, Javascript, Cordova, iOS and Android apps to Windows 10 devices with minimal code modifications.
  • Continuum for Phones, enabling people to use their phones like PCs and Microsoft Edge (formerly code named “Spartan”).
  • Development details for Microsoft HoloLens, using one codebase and one store, with a consistent experience across Windows 10 devices.
  • A new Windows Store offering new features, improved discoverability, better payment option and a new business store portal.
  • App partner commitment to Windows 10 with USA Today and WeChat showcasing new apps.
  • A Windows 10 Developer Tools preview, released today to Windows Insiders. Developers not already building for Windows are encouraged to sign up at Windows Dev Center.

EMC : Less than 2% Ready For Digital Future

Whether we’re working, keeping fit, learning, playing, purchasing online or watching TV, we are making new digital demands of the businesses with which we deal. A new study, The Information Generation: Transforming The Future, Today , conducted by Institute for the Future and Vanson Bourne and commissioned by EMC, explores the impact of a growing global community of digital citizens. These individuals are always connected and engaged online, and have the world’s information at their fingertips. They also view the world very differently. Based on input from 3,600 Director-to-C-Suite business leaders across 18 countries, the study reveals new expectations of these individuals and identifies the fundamental business attributes critical for organizations to successfully compete and thrive in this new landscape.
  • 96% agreed that the rules of business was changed by technology trends.
  • 1 out of the 4 top customer demands is personalized experience
  • 64% agreed that customer expectations are forcing organization to adapt new technologies
  • 47% believed that it is the right thing to be customer-focused
  • The top business attribute for the future is the ability to predict new opportunities
  • Less than 2% of enterprises are addressing these demands; out of which only 30% can act based on real-time information; more than half are experiencing data overload; 49% don't know how to get more value from big data