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Friday, February 05, 2016

IT News Week 1 Feb 2016

For IT News Week 5 Jan 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - Red Hat Appoints New Country Manager for Malaysia
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - Tan Chong selects Servion to transform its Contact Center
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - K2 Appoints New Senior Vice President For Asia Pacific
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - User Information at Risk as 9 out of 10 Store Personal Data on Digital Devices
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - Huawei reached another milestone with P8 lite exceeding 10 million shipments
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - BTI Consultants Launched Asia Pacific's Resilient Leadership Talent Recruitment and Executive Development
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - AMD Reveals World’s First Hardware-Virtualized GPU Product Line
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - Tata Comm. continues to build business momentum buoyed by strong demand in data services
  • PR - Feb 3, 2016 - BIOSTAR Announces H110MD PRO Motherboard
  • PR - Feb 2, 2016 - Western Digital Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2016
  • PR - Feb 2, 2016 - Bit9 + Carbon Black is Now Carbon Black


PR - Feb 4, 2016 - Red Hat Appoints New Country Manager for Malaysia

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, has appointed Hon-Loong (HL) Kok as the country manager of Malaysia. In his new position, HL will play a strategic role leading the team in Malaysia to find ways to drive sustainable growth, as well as establish stronger relationships with Malaysian enterprise customers and partners.

HL Kok, Country Manager, Malaysia

HL brings more than two decades of experience in the ICT sector, having held key management roles at Andersen Consulting, Intel, Microsoft, EMC and most recently, Jardine OneSolution. Over his professional career, HL has accumulated significant experience leading teams in achieving organizational objectives and implementing corresponding sales strategies.

Having started its Malaysia operations in 2006, Red Hat officially announced the opening of Red Hat Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur in July 2015 to further strengthen the company’s presence in the country.

PR - Feb 4, 2016 - Tan Chong selects Servion to transform its Contact Center

Servion Global Solutions, a specialist in Customer Experience Management is pleased to announce that one of Malaysia's largest conglomerates, Tan Chong Group, has selected them to provide comprehensive customer care services to leverage the group's rapid expansion in Malaysia.

Servion will replace the existing contact center infrastructure with a solution that includes Interactive Voice Response (IVR), outbound capabilities and multi-channel services such as email and web chat.

L-R: Dennis Looi, Chief Executive Officer, TC iTech Sdn. Bhd, Dato' Rosie Tan, Executive Vice President, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd, Abhijit Banerjee, Vice President & Business Head of APAC - Servion Global Solutions, Albert Chai, Country Manager, Cisco, Malaysia

"Changing consumer behavioral patterns continue to shape what our customers expect from us. As technology dependency increases, so do their expectations, and our need to provide a multi-channel and cohesive customer experience. With Servion's proven capabilities in delivering optimised Customer Interaction solutions, we are looking to improve overall operational efficiency of our Contact Center, manage costs while transforming the way we meet our customer's needs," Says Dato' Rosie Tan, Executive Vice President, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd.

PR - Feb 4, 2016 - K2 Appoints New Senior Vice President For Asia Pacific


Tan Kwang Meng, Senior VP for APAC

K2, an award winning business application software has announced the appointment of Mr Tan Kwang Meng as the Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific. With over 20 years of experience working in the high tech sector, Tan will be responsible for the implementation of strategies to increase revenue, market share and improve customer satisfaction as part of the company's expansion plans for the region. Prior to K2, Tan was the Area Vice President and General Manager of CA Technologies in China.

PR - Feb 4, 2016 - User Information at Risk as 9 out of 10 Store Personal Data on Digital Devices

Digital devices now hold the key to a wealth of private and personal information with 88% of users storing this type of data on their devices, according to a recent consumer survey by Kaspersky Lab. But with many devices remaining unprotected, users’ digital friends could easily become frenemies, giving cybercriminals an open window through which to steal and exploit sensitive and informative data.

When it comes to entrusting information to digital devices, nearly half (48%) of users store their email and online account passwords and login details on them, and over a quarter (28%) use them to store financial data including bank details, payment credentials and PIN codes. Having this information at their fingertips when logging into an account or paying a bill online might be convenient for the user, but it also makes these devices hugely attractive and potentially lucrative for cybercriminals.

To ensure a digital friend doesn’t transform into a digital frenemy, Kaspersky Lab recommends that people always set strong passwords for devices and for their online accounts, install a trusted security solution such as Kaspersky Internet Security for Android and take care when accessing websites and downloading apps, particularly over insecure Wi-Fi networks.

PR - Feb 3, 2016 - Huawei reached another milestone with P8 lite exceeding 10 million shipments

Today Huawei announced that it has shipped more than 10 million Huawei P8 lite smartphones, a mark that was reached just nine months after launch in Europe last spring. In total, the entire Huawei P8 series has successfully reached more than 16 million people globally.

The Huawei P8 lite is the first Huawei smartphone to achieve higher sales in global markets than in China, signaling a breakthrough in Huawei’s strategy of internationalization, and reaffirming the effectiveness of Huawei’s global market structure.

Adopting the stylish design of Huawei P series, the Huawei P8 lite is beautiful and perfectly crafted. It uses contrasting shades in its gold waistline design — the slim and stylish appearance delivers a sense of peace and calmness. Among Huawei’s smartphone portfolio, the P8 lite brings youthful energy at a lower cost to consumers, who continue to adopt the phone in record numbers.

PR - Feb 3, 2016 - BTI Consultants Launched Asia Pacific's Resilient Leadership Talent Recruitment and Executive Development

BTI® Consultants, board and C-Level executive search, talent management and leadership development division of Kelly Outsourcing & Consulting Group (KellyOCG®), today launched an Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence for Talent Management & Leadership Development as part of its commitment to raising the bar on leadership development to accurately identify high-potential leaders and develop resiliency processes for continuous enhanced productivity. This initiative is being undertaken in collaboration with the Forte Institute.

Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director, BTI Consultants

The ultimate goal of the BTI Forté system is to teach individuals and teams their strengths, how they can become empowered to manage interpersonal performance improvement levels for themselves and their teams.

“The costs of poor hiring practices are extremely high, no matter how big or small an organization. As such, accuracy is critical when hiring especially in the current uncertain economic climate. This is where BTI Forté CEO Toolkit comes in,” said Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director, BTI Consultants.

PR - Feb 3, 2016 - AMD Reveals World’s First Hardware-Virtualized GPU Product Line

AMD today revealed the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU products -- AMD FirePro™ S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology. AMD’s ground-breaking hardware-virtualized GPU architecture delivers an innovative solution in response to emerging user experiences such as remote workstation, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

In the virtualization ecosystem, key components like the CPU, network controller and storage devices are being virtualized in hardware to deliver optimal user experiences, but prior to today the GPU was not hardware virtualized. AMD MxGPU technology, for the first time, brings the modern virtualization industry standard to the GPU hardware.

The AMD MxGPU technology is based on SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization), a PCI Express® standard. It enables features such as the like of hardware GPU scheduling logic with high-precision quality of service to the user.

What does this mean? Consistent performance and enhanced security across virtual machines. MxGPU controls GPU scheduling delivering predictable quality of service to the user.

PR - Feb 3, 2016 - Tata Comm. continues to build business momentum buoyed by strong demand in data services

Tata Communications today announces its financial results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31st 2015. Data has continued to drive core business performance, with both network and managed services offerings showing enhanced traction. Enterprise business has grown by 21% YoY for the 9-month period on the back of strong demand for digital transformation solutions layered on top of Tata Communications’ global infrastructure. Q3 FY16 data revenue increased by 16.7% YoY and EBITDA margins for the corresponding business stood at 21.7%. The data services portfolio coupled with improved profitability in the payment services business has been the key growth driver. The new services portfolio is also beginning to gain momentum.

Vinod Kumar, MD and CEO, Tata Communications, said: “We are happy to have delivered yet another quarter of steady growth despite volatility in the macro-economic environment. We have seen a 16.7% YoY increase in Q3 data revenues. Data especially cloud enablement and collaboration services will continue to be the growth driver in the coming quarters.”

PR - Feb 3, 2016 - BIOSTAR Announces H110MD PRO Motherboard

The BIOSTAR H110MD PRO supports the latest 6th-generation Intel Core processors and uses the H110 chip and acepts up to DDR3L 1600 memory of up to 16GB capacity. The board integrates the core features of the BIOSTAR PRO series featuring Tough Power Enhanced power design for improved stability and AudioArt capacitors guaranteeing a whole different listening experience versus similar motherboards.

The BIOSTAR H110MD Pro motherboard has an MSRP of $54.99.

H110 MD Pro Mootherboard

Audio Art Capacitors – high-end Japanese Nichicon audio capacitors bring audio to life to offer a whole new artistic dimension and clarity to your listening experience.

Tough Power Enhanced – high-endurance power design allows the BIOSTAR PRO series motherboards to endure high-current with consistent full energy output without additional energy loss.

PR - Feb 2, 2016 - Western Digital Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2016

Western Digital® Corp. today reported revenue of US$3.3 billion and net income of US$251 million, or US$1.07 per share, for its second fiscal quarter ended Jan. 1, 2016.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income was US$374 million, or US$1.60 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of US$3.9 billion and net income of US$438 million, or US$1.84 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was US$539 million, or US$2.26 per share.

The company generated US$598 million in cash from operations during the second fiscal quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of US$5.4 billion. On Nov. 3, 2015 the company declared a cash dividend of US$0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid on Jan. 15, 2016.

PR - Feb 2, 2016 - Bit9 + Carbon Black is Now Carbon Black

Bit9® + Carbon Black®, the leader in Next-Generation Endpoint Security (NGES), announced that effective today the company name is now Carbon Black®.

The new and simpler brand name signifies the company’s leadership in Next-Generation Endpoint Security that comes after the consolidation of Bit9 and Carbon Black’s capabilities over last two years. Recently reported by IDC as the leader in endpoint security with 37 percent market share, the company will continue to offer its superior endpoint threat prevention, and endpoint threat detection and response.

This announcement follows the recent establishment of Carbon Black’s new regional HQ in Singapore, led by enterprise security veteran, Kane Lightowler, Managing Director, APJ, Carbon Black.

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