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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dimension Data Releases Its Annual List of IT Predictions

Dec 18, 2015 -

Dimension Data, the global solutions and services provider, today released its IT predications for the next 12 months, and digital transformation is high on the corporate agenda because it’s already reshaping the competitive landscape.

According to Ettienne Reinecke, Dimension Data’s Group Chief Technology Officer, social, mobile, cloud, analytics, Internet of Things, and bimodal IT are all hot topics in the IT industry which divide IT functions and teams in organisations worldwide. But, he says, where do organisations prioritise their budgets and resources?

Ettienne Reinecke, Group CTO, Dimension Data

“All of these trends and technologies serve a larger purpose, because they enable the transformation of an organisation to become a digital enterprise. In other words, the business uses IT to respond faster to market opportunities and threats, and prioritises the experience of the people it works with, whether they’re customers, employees, or business partners.”

Reinecke said the digital transformation conversations that Dimension Data’s teams are having with organisations revolve around four themes: data at the core of the transformation, hybrid cloud as mechanism for agility, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity.

2016 Predictions: What we’re hearing from organizations in Malaysia

IDC and Gartner have predicted there will be a surge in demand for digitization in all facets of enterprise businesses over the coming year. At Avanade, we are seeing these predictions becoming a reality for our clients, with digitization an irresistible force that is driving companies to rethink their response to markets and reshape their operations. These changes will have massive implications for how we all work and interact with family, friends, colleagues and suppliers. Below, Dato’ Subra Suppiah, Country Manager for Avanade Malaysia, shares his top three market predictions for 2016:

Dato' Subra Suppiah, Country Manager, Avanade

1.) We are entering the Digital Transformation Era

“The Digital Transformation Era has been promised, but now it’s here. Over the second half of this decade, it will be a case of ‘digital or die’ for organizations seeking to improve productivity, increase agility, and differentiate from competitors. Many organizations have embarked on a digital transformation journey to improve customer engagement, but to be digital on the outside, you need to be digital on the inside. In 2016, Malaysian companies will recognize the need to move beyond basic employee collaboration tools like email, and instead embrace a true digital workplace to drive continued productivity and competitive advantage. Over the coming year, organizations will focus on bringing together user-friendly social, mobile, analytics and cloud computing technologies to create a digital workplace that senses and responds to the information needs of individual employees – anytime, anywhere, and on any device. According to IDC, by 2018, 80 percent of B2C and 60 percent of B2B organizations will overhaul their “digital front door” to support 1,000 to 10,000 times as many customers/customer touch points as they do today.”

IT News Week 5 Dec 2015

Happy New Year 2016.

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For IT News Week 3 Dec 2015.


For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 31, 2015 - Biostar Introduces Racing Series Motherboard
  • PR - Dec 29, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab: mobile banking threats among the top 10 malicious financial programs for the first time
  • PR - Dec 29, 2015 - Gibson Innovations Teams Up With Top Malaysian DJ Duo for Philips A5-Pro
  • PR - Dec 23, 2015 - Flash 2 Tops Lazada’s December 12 Sales Chart as the Most Popular Smartphone in Southeast Asia
  • PR - Dec 23, 2015 - PropertyGuru's GuruCares Raises RM44,000 Through Art Auction
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - SG - Westcon-Comstor Collaborates with SimpliVity to Boost Enterprise Data Centres with Hyperconverged Infrastructure in Singapore
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - RS Components adds high-performance solid-state relays
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - Nokia Announces Designated Head of Asia South for Combined Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent
  • PR - Dec 22, 2015 - Sophos Acquires SurfRight to Strengthen and Accelerate Next-Generation Endpoint Protection Leadership
  • PR - Dec 18, 2015 - Veritas: Hitachi Data Systems Named Global Strategic Partner of the Year

Secure Identity Alliance publishes Civil Registry Consolidation through Digital Identity Management

Dec 18, 2015 - Paris -

With identity a key priority on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) today publishes a report outlining a best practice approach for consolidating civil registries through national electronic identity (ID) schemes.

The SIA’s ‘Civil Registry Consolidation through Digital Identity Management’ report provides the deep sector insight necessary to support the development of government registration and identity programs across the world - particularly in the developing world where many citizens lack official documentation to prove their identity.

For those countries that have implemented an electronic identity program, but whose civil registry is incomplete, the existence of an eID database is a chance to rebuild a comprehensive registration process. When national ID systems and civil registration are not at the same level of development, a circular and dynamic approach between civil registration and eID systems can be used to complete them both.

This report should be of particular interest to international organizations and government agencies involved in the establishment or reorganization of civil registration and identity systems across the world.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

AIMS Group: 2015 Review and Outlook for 2016 - Datacentre Industry (EPP 3)

Chiew Kok Hin, CEO, AIMS Group
AIMS Group Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin says “2015 has been a mixed year for the industry. This year we saw Patimas, Teliti and Jaring go into liquidation exposing their customers to significant operational risk and being forced to migrate their infrastructure to alternative service providers. The oversupply of space has caused an imbalance resulting in players opting into a price war to attract customers. Depressed price levels have driven out some of the players to shut down their operations.”

I believe we will see similar situations arise in 2016.

“For AIMS, this has been one of our best years. We’ve seem a stronger presences of MNC’s, BFSI and enterprise customers this year and we are expecting to end the year with a strong double digit growth. Our data centre space located at Menara AIMS is currently almost fully 100% utilised and we are approximately 85% full in Cyberjaya. To meet demands, AIMS will be adding another 10,000 sqft,” adds Chiew.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for Non-K Overclocking

Dec 23, 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan

Overclocking has been reserved mostly for high-end unlocked CPUs including the latest Skylake K series processors and many overclockers and high-performance gamers want this processors because of their easy overclocking capabilities via their unlocked multiplier. The time has come to empower everyone, BIOSTAR makes overclocking a reality on non-K 6th-generation Intel Core CPUs and makes it even easier now with the announcement of BIOSTAR HyperOC Technology for overclockers and performance seekers that enables overclocking on non-K Intel 6th-Generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium Skylake processors on BIOSTAR Z170 motherboards.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Barracuda: 2015 Security Review

Dec 21, 2015 -

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, shares its review of the security industry in 2015.

Attack surfaces changed.

Infrastructures were in flux all year as companies moved between physical, virtual, public cloud, and SaaS deployments. This meant that organizations were facing new attack surfaces, and had to extend their security posture to cover these new surfaces. Many users were surprised to discover that applications in the cloud were not as secure as the cloud infrastructure. Even very popular applications like Pocket were found to be vulnerable.

Thiban Darmalingam, Regional Manager, Barracuda, Malaysia

Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia explains, “Barracuda expanded our public cloud offerings and deployment options for our security and storage products. Our product architectures are designed from the ground up for these environments, which allows our customers to take the same security they deployed on-premises and extend this to the new surfaces. This approach simplifies our customers’ migration to the cloud be it on Microsoft Office 365, VMware, AWS, Azure, or vCloud Air.”

Barracuda Next Gen Firewalls provide connectivity across surfaces, secure all attack surfaces, provide network segmentation in the cloud, and more. Barracuda Web Application Firewalls secure apps in private and public clouds, control access to applications on cloud platforms and on-premises, and more.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Juniper Research : Robots to Reside in more than 1 in 10 American Households by 2020

Dec 15, 2015 -

New data from Juniper Research has forecast that over 1 in 10 American households will own a consumer robot by the end of the decade, up from under 1 in 25 this year. At this early stage in the market, shipments are expected to be dominated by so-called ‘task’ oriented robots assigned to take over household chores, such as lawn mowing or vacuum cleaning.

Devices such as iRobot’s Roomba and Droplet Robotics’ Sprinkler offer tremendous ‘fire and forget’ type convenience for consumers, and despite obvious design compromises, are likely to usher in a new era of housekeeping.

The new research, Worldwide Consumer Robotics: Markets & Strategies 2015-2020, found that the performance of more complex robots, such as SoftBank’s Pepper, while improving, are heavily limited by present-day technology. Thus, in order to meet consumer expectations, smarter, more contextually aware robots are required.

Achieving a leap forward in AI (artificial intelligence) will demand not only more computing power, but also much greater efficiency if processing is to be offloaded from the cloud. Therefore, new approaches in chip design, such as IBM’s TrueNorth, are likely to become important in the medium-term.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sophos Predicts Top Cyber Security Trends for 2016

Dec 17, 2015 -

1.) Android threats will become more than just headline-grabbers

In 2016, we can expect to see an increase in Android exploits becoming weaponised (as opposed to bugs like Stagefright which was heavily reported earlier in 2015 but was never fully exploited). There are significant vulnerabilities on the Android platform, which can take months to patch. Although Google claims that nobody has actually exploited these vulnerabilities to date, it will ultimately be an invitation that is too tempting for hackers to ignore.

SophosLabs has already seen samples that go to extreme lengths to avoid App Store detection and filtering—giving Apps a better chance of surviving on App stores. For example, some hackers will design an App that loads harmless games if it thinks it is being tested, but then loads the malicious payload when it detects it is ‘safe’ to do so. And more recently, we saw mobile users using third-party app markets, being tricked into granting malicious apps from the adware family Shedun with control over the Android Accessibility Service. Once they have handed over control, the app has the ability to display popups that install highly intrusive adware, even if a user has rejected the invitation to install it. Because the apps root the device and embed themselves into the system partition, they cannot be easily uninstalled.

Android malware can be complicated and consumers cannot necessarily trust the App Store to detect these vulnerabilities in every instance.

Radeon Technologies Group GPUOpen Initiative

Dec 15, 2015 -

GPUOpen for Gaming

As a continuation of the strategy we started with Mantle, we are giving even more control of the GPU to developers. As console developers have benefited from low-level access to the GPU, AMD wants to continue to bring this level of access to the PC space. AMD GPUOpen for gaming is giving developers the ability to harness the investments they've made on console development, including feature-rich, close-to-the-metal programming, and bring that to life on PC game development. Game developers will now have direct access to GPU hardware, access to a large collection of open source effects, tools, libraries and SDKs.

As such, in early 2016, libraries and samples i.e. source access to the library directly will be made available from AMD. GPUOpen is the primary vehicle to allow low-level access to the GPU.

11 Street: Outlook 2016 commentary

Dec 15, 2015 - 

By 11Street

Today, there are a total of 252.4 million Internet users around Southeast Asia, with Malaysia emerging as the third country that recorded the highest percentage of Internet users (67%) after Singapore and Brunei.

The promising Internet penetration result indicates Malaysia’s enormous potential for e-commerce market growth. Leveraging on the rise of Internet usage, indeed 2015 have been a fruitful year for all online businesses and e-commerce as Malaysia recorded one of the highest online transactions per capita in Southeast Asia.

Nevertheless, this only represents the tip of an iceberg – Malaysia’s e-commerce market owns approximately 2% of the total retail market and countless opportunities still remain untouched if we look at what has been accomplished by other advanced e-commerce markets such as Korea, which accounts for approximately 15% of the total retail market.

Over the past five years (2010-2014), Malaysia’s e-commerce market size has seen 31% increase in CAGR. Viewing from a logical standpoint, we anticipate it will follow a similar growth rate and achieve USD 3.1 billion by 2018. As for 2016, we foresee mobility, better Internet and logistics, and security will be the three key drivers to push for the local e-commerce development.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Malaysian Auto-Parts Industry To Benefit From Cross Border Trade

Dec 16, 2015 -

eBay today released consumer insights that outline the strong opportunities for Malaysia’s automotive industry to boost sales of auto parts and accessories via retail exports on the global marketplace.

According to the survey, 47% of US vehicle owners have purchased automotive parts and accessories (P&A) online, and that 23% are likely to do so in the future. This is a promising opportunity for Malaysian P&A vendors to come online and embrace e-commerce as a means of growing a global revenue stream.

Auto-parts is one of the top category for Malaysia’s retail exporters on eBay with the US as the number one destination market. This presents a huge opportunity for Malaysian P&A vendors to set up their online presence and to focus on cross border trade. According to the Export-Import Bank of Malaysia, the total export of automotive products have grown steadily for the past 5 years.

Additionally, eBay allows commercial sellers to export their products worldwide through its business and consumer online sales services. Jdm-motorparts is an example of a Malaysian company that has leveraged eBay as their business platform to expand globally. From its business premises in Selangor, the company specialises in selling new and second hand car parts to countries like the UK, US and Australia.

The survey found that 64% of buyers are DIYers (Do-It-Yourself) who installed the parts they bought online themselves

IBM Built Apps for iOS Platform

IBM has developed 100 business iOS mobile apps for enterprise focusing on many industries such as banking, retail, healthcare, public sectors and etc.

Known as the MobileFirst initiative, these mobile apps are fully integrated with IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities.

IBM fully supports the integration and deployment of these apps.

Besides harvesting IBM's big data capabilities, these apps also leverage on the cognitive capability of Watson, enabling the apps to continuously learn about the needs of the users over time.

These apps are designed to work with iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch.

In a nutshell, just imagine that IBM now sells mobile apps for enterprise, these apps are powered by IBM technologies.

For example, under the healthcare category, the Home RN app caters for in-home nurses to collaborate with hospital for home nursing application.

Another interesting app under retail category is the Pick and Pack app, which will help with the automation of fulfillment of sales using iBeacon technology of the iPhone.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

IT News Week 3 Dec 2015

For IT News Week 2 Dec 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of the first Android-powered smartphone by Blackberry.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 17, 2015 - MTV Launches MTV Trax App In Malaysia
  • PR - Dec 16, 2015 - XOX Mobile Revolutionises The Telco Industry with First of Its Kind Revenue-Sharing Postpaid Plan
  • PR - Dec 16, 2015 - WhiteSpace Alliance Global Summit Highlights Role of TV Whitespaces in Enabling “Digital India”
  • PR - Dec 16, 2015 - SAS Charity Event Raises More than RM70,000
  • PR - Dec 16, 2015 - Acronis® Updates Acronis True Image Cloud and 2016 Versions
  • Ovum - Dec 16, 2016 - EU Data Protection Regulation is a necessary step, but practical implementation will still be problematic
  • PR - Dec 16, 2015 - LinkedIn reveals Most Engaged Marketers 2015 ranking in Malaysia
  • PR - Dec 15, 2015 - Malaysia Wins Eight Awards at APICTA 2015 in Sri Lanka
  • PR - Dec 15, 2015 - Huawei Launches Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia
  • PR - Dec 14, 2015 - SG - Lazada’s Online Revolution campaign recorded US$40 million of GMV in the three-day finale
  • PR - Dec 11, 2015 - iFlix Crosses the 1 million Member Mark
  • PR - Dec 11, 2015 - 9 Nickelodeon Apps to Enjoy This Holiday Season
  • PR - Dec 10, 2015 - First Ever Global Microsoft Skype-a-Thon Celebrates Learning without Borders

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pikom: Charting the Course for 2016 and BEYOND

Dec 10, 2015 -

“Despite various challenges faced in the external environment, PIKOM remains cautiously optimistic that the industry will grow by 12-14% in 2016. The impact of GST will be less apparent as the market has adjusted and accepted it as part of the cost of doing business. Growth will come from areas such as cloud computing, Mobility, Big Data, eCommerce, online transactions and IoT etc.” – Chin Chee Seong, Chairman of PIKOM

Chin Chee Seong, Chairman, Pikom

While PIKOM will continue its main charter of being the ‘Voice of the ICT Industry’, the following initiatives can be expected in Year 2016:-

a) Individual Membership Drive

For the first time in its history, PIKOM will open and promote its membership to individuals. This is an effort in expanding and growing the association’s representation of a broader segment in Malaysia. Through this approach, PIKOM will be better positioned to enhance its talent pool, increase network, while looking to bring greater awareness and understanding of how ICT can play a pivotal role in serving Corporate Malaysia.

Defy Limits with FRĒ for iPhone 6s

Dec 11, 2015 -

LifeProof takes the Malaysian holiday adventure to the next level by allowing them to bring their beloved gadgets with them to their favourite destinations. Now available, LifeProof FRĒ for iPhone 6s allows Malaysians to take technology where it has never gone before with the ultimate protection against water, dirt, snow and drops.

Featuring LifeProof’s four-proof technology case, the FRĒ for iPhone 6s, is engineered to be the thinnest, lightest, most protective case available and complements Apple’s inspired design. FRĒ defies the elements with a built-in scratch protector that keeps the display brilliant without inhibiting use of the touchscreen experience. Every device feature is accessible and fully functional, including Live Photos, 3D Touch and 2nd generation Touch ID.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Citrix: Moving beyond disruption in 2016

Dec 10, 2015 -

In 2015, disruptive technologies reshaped business models, and changed how companies operated. Disruption brought greater competition into the marketplace, but along with it, significant headaches for those who stuck with their traditional business models.

However, companies are increasingly growing weary of the term ‘disruption’. For many organizations, ‘disruption’ is instead better interpreted as an evolution in the adoption of technology to be more competitive in a dynamic business world. In today’s ever-changing business environment, organizations are looking towards harnessing macro trends in order to drive success in business as usual (BAU) goals, while managing the evolution of technology brought about by big data, cloud, applications, the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility.

Mark Micallef, Area VP for Asean, Citrix

In this regard, companies are shifting from a traditional, infrastructure-based technology model to an applications-centered one that is focused on business outcomes and requirements. Lines of business (LoBs) are exerting more control over tech budgets and spending, and creating a hybrid investment approach that blends business with technology outcomes.

Mobility, consumer technology and the cloud have created a technology environment which is much more conducive to mobilizing workforces. In lieu of this, companies should take advantage of this opportunity to adapt their strategies. In this article, Mark Micallef, Area Vice President for ASEAN at Citrix talks about three key technology pillars that businesses need approach with more maturity as we move into 2016.

Logistics innovator Zyllem announces launch in Malaysia

Dec 9, 2015 -

Logistics startup Zyllem today announces its regional service expansion into new markets Malaysia and the Philippines.

A Singapore-based leading logistics solutions provider, Zyllem will begin offering fast, reliable and cost-efficient same-day delivery services within Malaysia’s Klang Valley from today.

Zyllem enables and connects existing resources – freelance or local couriers, delivery drivers – to create reliable and efficient distribution networks, in turn creating a large number of jobs in this market.

Accessible via computer or any mobile device, Zyllem’s technology equips businesses with a sophisticated yet user-friendly solution to seamlessly and efficiently manage their logistics needs. This cutting-edge platform is available without any setup cost, complex systems amalgamation and tedious coordination among intermediaries.

Automate the Monitoring of Key IT Assets (Review)

Dotcom-Monitor presents a software suite which serves as automation platform for monitoring of servers, services and processes.

This leads to the availability of tools for monitoring and measurement of performance such as a web site, as well as stress testing and simulation of use cases.

The key benefits are:
  • Alerting - filter, schedule and automatically escalate issues to the right people
  • Reporting - online, real-time and email reports down to element level
  • Diagnostics - determine root cause with video capture, traceroutes, HTML and more
  • SLA Management - filter, schedule and automatically escalate issues to the right people

The tools are comprehensive and industrial-standard compliance. For instance, the key metrics for website speed test are:
  • Sum of DNS times in ms
  • Sum of Connection times in ms
  • Sum of SSL times in ms
  • Sum of Request times in ms
  • Sum of First Packet times in ms
  • Sum of Download times in ms

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Symantec Predictions for 2016 -- Looking Ahead

Dec 8, 2015 -

Today’s cybercriminals are skilled enough and sufficiently resourced to have the persistence and patience to carry out highly successful attacks on consumers, businesses and governments around the world. Their efforts have turned cybercrime into big business with private information being stolen on an epic scale.

In 2015, we saw how much consumer confidence was rocked by the number of mega breaches that exposed the identities of millions of people. The ability for some organizations to recover from a data breach was paralyzing as we saw in the Ashley Maddison data breach.

There is no magic-bullet technology that will guarantee immunity from Internet crime or determined, targeted attacks, but being prepared for the worst can prevent some attacks. So, what lies ahead for 2016? What will be the biggest threats that will target consumers and businesses? How will some of the newest technology trends impact privacy and regulation? And how will businesses respond to data breaches when it is no longer a matter of if, but when you will be breached?

As the year draws to a close, Symantec’s security intelligence team has put together the top security predictions for the year ahead and beyond. Here are our top picks for 2016 -

1.) The Need for Improved Security on IoT Devices Will Become More Pressing

As consumers buy more smart watches, activity trackers, holographic headsets, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the need for improved security on these devices will become more pressing.

According to a Gartner report titled Agenda Overview for the Internet of Things, by 2020 close to 30 billion connected things will be in use across a wide range of industries and the IoT will touch every role across the enterprise. There’s no doubt the market for Internet of Things–ready devices is growing but it is still very frag­mented, with a rich diversity in low-cost hardware platforms and operating systems. As market leaders emerge and certain ecosystems grow, the attacks against these devices will undoubtedly escalate, as we’ve already seen happen with the attacks on the Android platform. The good news is that OS makers, in particularly Apple, are making good strides in enforcing security in the eco-systems they support, such as HomeKit.

In addition, the evolving concept of “care is everywhere” may see medical device security become a mainstream topic in 2016. It’s widely known that life-sustaining devices like pacemakers or insulin pumps can be hacked. Fortunately, to-date, no such case has been reported outside proof-of-concept security research; however, the potential impact remains high. Under the evolving umbrella of mobile health, or mHealth, new care delivery models will move devices into the patient’s home. This will place medical devices on public networks, provide medical apps through consumer devices such as smartphones, and interlace personal data with clinical information.

With these changes happening so rapidly, regulation may be forced to catch up with technology in 2016. We may find that some countries or industries will begin to develop guidelines that address the new risks of information use, data ownership, and consent presented by IoT devices.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

IT News Week 2 Dec 2015

For IT News Week 1 Dec 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of the industry’s best performing low profile graphics card by AMD.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 11, 2015 - Juniper Networks Advances MX Series Innovation with 3X Performance Upgrade and New Automation Features
  • PR - Dec 9, 2015 - Transatel DataSIM extends its footprint to New Zealand
  • PR - Dec 9, 2015 - Hitachi Sunway Data Centre helps Sunway IT achieve 30% Savings in energy costs
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Shenzhen, China - Huntkey Introduces SZN Series of Universal Power Strips with Child Protection and Dual USBs
  • PR - Dec 8,2015 - The new Oxford Learner's Thesaurus application for Android
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Malaysia winner to receive young leadership award from Her Majesty The Queen
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Laser Components: Lead Selenide Detectors in a TO-46 Housing
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Blackberry's First Android-Powered Secure Smartphone in Malaysia
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - GBS Industry to Grow 10%-15% in 2016
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Red Hat Launches Virtual Training Program for Asia Pacific
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Tourism Victoria Utilises Periscope in World First Campaign
  • PR - Dec 8, 2015 - Kaspersky Lab’s New Malware Count Falls by 15,000 a Day in 2015
  • PR - Dec 2, 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan – Foxlink - PQI Announces iConnect Now Available in Metallic Rose Gold
  • PR - Dec 2, 2015 - New LinkedIn App is Available
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - Tata Comm., now part of the Office 365 partner ecosystem for Skype

Brocade Predicts Top Transformative Technology Trends in Networking for 2016

Dec 9, 2015 -

The Year 2015 has seen organisations disrupting their markets with the digital transformation of their businesses as they embrace 3rd Platform computing and New IP networking strategies that have helped them become leaders in new markets. Moving into 2016, more businesses are expected to leverage smart machines and transformative technologies to give them a clear competitive advantage.

As 2015 draws to a close, Brocade looks into the crystal ball to outline the top transformative technology trends in networking to watch for in 2016 and beyond:

1. The cloud will gain even greater traction: 

According to IDC, more than half of all IT spending is going to be on the 3rd Platform, otherwise known as cloud-based technologies, and that figure will surpass 60 percent of all IT spending by 2020. The migration of old, legacy IP network architectures to New IP networks will accelerate, reaching near-mainstream adoption as enterprises and service providers transform their networks into an open, software-driven platform for innovation and a competitive edge.

2. Software-based networks are clearly the future: 

Over the past year, software has transformed the data center and networks in general, with service providers and enterprises turning to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to create new services quickly, scale them easily, and deliver them in user-centric ways. 2016 will bring about the expanded adoption of innovative, open, and automated software networking platforms as enterprises and service providers migrate to New IP networks. The increasing deployment of x86 server architecture will accelerate this transformation, replacing specialised networking hardware in multiple network roles, such as Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). ADCs have already begun transforming to a virtual (vADC) model to help enterprises and services providers scale capacity on demand to handle peak workloads. Software is increasingly permeating every aspect of this virtualization transformation.

RTG Technology Summit phase 1: Visual Technologies

Dec 8, 2015 -

Radeon Technologies group announced three new updates to its visual display technologies.

The evolution of AMD FreeSync

AMD is enabling FreeSync support over HDMI in early 2016, making smooth gaming experiences more accessible to everyone. FreeSync through HDMI will be supported on all AMD APUs and GPUs that already support FreeSync via DisplayPort, and AMD is working with ecosystem partners including LG, Samsung and Acer to deliver FreeSync over HDMI-compatible displays. Potential use cases include:
  • More affordable mainstream monitors, 70% of which lack a DisplayPort connector
  • External monitors for notebooks with an HDMI port connected to FreeSync-ready Radeon graphics
Lenovo Y700 - AMD FreeSync Notebook

AMD is also introducing the first notebook with a validated AMD FreeSync panel, the Lenovo Y700. The Lenovo Y700 features the AMD FX-8800P “Carrizo” APU and Radeon R9 M380 Graphics with a direct drive LCD display and a 40-60Hz dynamic refresh range.

AMD and its partners have now announced or shipped 40 displays across the DisplayPort and HDMI interfaces, making AMD FreeSync the world’s foremost dynamic refresh technology by 2:1.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Outsourcing Malaysia Elects New Leadership for 2016-2017

Dec 3, 2015 :

Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), a chapter of the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) announced the appointment of its new Chairman, Office Bearers and Committee members for 2016 / 2017 at the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was held on the 25th of November, 2015.

Former PIKOM Chairman, Cheah Kok Hoong (谢国雄) was selected as OM Chairman. He will be supported by Deputy Chairman – Shared Services, M. Pattabhiraman of UOB Centre of Excellence (M) Sdn Bhd and Deputy Chairman – Outsourcing, Anthony Raja Devadoss of Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group Sdn Bhd. Dato’ Lim Han Boon of ENVO BPO Sdn Bhd retains his position as Treasurer. All Office Bearers were elected uncontested to their positions and will serve a full term (two years). Past Chairman, David Wong who has served at the helm for the past 10 years since OM’s inception will continue to lend his experience and contribute in his capacity as Chairman Emeritus. He expressed full confidence in the new leadership team and is excited about the prospects of the GBS sector going forward.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

APAC Businesses Poised for Major Digital Transformation

Dec 2, 2015-

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today released its Business and Technology Predictions for Asia Pacific in 2016. According to Adrian De Luca, chief technology officer of Hitachi Data Systems Asia Pacific, enterprises will experience major digital transformation next year as they strive to improve a host of key tech and non-tech functions.

Adrian De Luca, CTO, HDS, APAC


“Digital transformation is fast becoming an organizational issue. It is no longer just CIOs who are championing the need for digital change, but leaders across all business functions. For example, CMOs are finding that traditional ways of marketing are not as effective any more, while CFOs are discovering that consumer and supplier transaction models have shifted. There is now an almost universal understanding within businesses that all functions need to look at how they transform their own practices through digitization,” said De Luca. He cited digital transformation, smart cities, cross modal IT, multicloud, and skills shortages as the five key trends that will continue to shape both the IT and business landscapes in Asia Pacific for 2016.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

IT News Week 1 Dec 2015

For IT News Week 4 Nov 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of download and watch offline Feature by iFlix.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 2, 2015 - Amadeus bolsters corporate travel in Asia Pacific with appointment of Frederic Saunier as Head of Corporate IT
  • PR - Dec 2, 2015 - Symantec Expands Global Security Operations Centers With US$50 Million Investment
  • PR - Dec 2, 2015 - Tata Communications’ data centre earns CEEDA Gold for energy efficiency
  • Ovum - Dec 2, 2015 - Ovum sees the largest impact from the growing take-up of ECM in the cloud
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - AMD Launches the Industry’s Best Performing Low Profile Graphics Card
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - Laser Components : Focusable IP54 Laser Module
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - LSE presents Authentication Platform LinOTP 2.8 with FIDO U2FToken
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - SingEx Exhibitions Expands Footprint in China with Partnership to Launch IoT China
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - “Apacer X Snoopy” Launches Exclusive Merchandise
  • PR - Dec 1, 2015 - Synthesio Announces Janet Megdadi As Chief Revenue Officer
  • PR - Nov 27, 2015 - Brocade Extends Technology Leadership with Two Industry Luminaries
  • PR - Nov 26, 2015 - XOX Mobile Announces 2 Partnerships