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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Barracuda’s Intronis MSP Solutions now includes Barracuda Essentials for Office 365

May 30, 2016 :

Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, announces its Intronis MSP Solutions, which provides backup and data protection solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), now includes Barracuda Essentials for Office 365, a suite of cloud services that combines email security, archiving, and backup in a single solution.

Barracuda Essentials enables MSP partners to provide protection for customers in Office 365 environments against data loss resulting from targeted email attacks as well as recovery after a data loss event. Providing vital multi-layered security, archiving, and backup to help customers prepare for, migrate to, and rely on Office 365 with confidence. The package enhances Microsoft’s built-in features with added email security and Advanced Threat Detection.

Kerjaya Sukses Launches Special CSR Programme

May 30, 2016:

Kerjaya Sukses Sdn. Bhd. the local partner of global HR Consulting from BTI Consultants, today launches its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative in direct support of three (3) key segments of the workforce- a) Retrenched Workers, b) Single mothers/women returning to the Workforce and c) Unemployed Graduates.

Among the programmes that will be offered free of charge are:
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Effective Networking Skills
  • Financial Management
  • Thinking On Your Feet

Monday, May 30, 2016

Brocade and Guiyang High-Tech Industrial Investment Group Co., Ltd (HTII) Announce Joint Venture in China

May 29, 2016 :

In China, Brocade and Guiyang High-Tech Industrial Investment Group Co., Ltd (HTII), announced the signing this week of a joint venture agreement to establish Guizhou Huiling Technology Co., Ltd. (GHTC). The joint venture combines Brocade’s leading data centre networking solutions with Guiyang’s leadership and innovation in Big Data to help customers modernise and transform their networks into platforms for business innovation. GHTC is 51 percent owned by HTII and 49 percent owned by Brocade, and is headquartered in Guiyang - the capital city of Guizhou, China.

The new company will deliver Brocade® IP networking solutions and services, including switches, routers, and storage networking infrastructure to the local government as well as state-owned organizations, universities, and enterprises. GHTC will also support local R&D efforts and will work with the local government and its partners as well as Brocade, to develop high-tech talent in the region. GHTC will become a member of the Guizhou Big Data Industry Alliance for technology transfer and deployment.

Capitalising on Brocade’s leadership in New IP networking solutions—including software-defined networking, network functions virtualization, network visibility, and mobile networking solutions—GHTC will play a crucial role in the establishment of the Guizhou Network Virtualization Research and Training Center. The centre will provide local R&D support to customers and deliver network virtualization training for universities and enterprises. GHTC also plans to offer Brocade certification programs to help cultivate talent.

CEOs are Increasingly Driving Digital Transformation, But with Challenges

By Manish Bahl, Senior Director, Center for the Future of Work, Cognizant

Regardless of country or industry, the digital transformation agenda is now a top priority for CEOs across the Asia-Pacific region. According to a recent Cognizant study, “Asia Rising: Digital Driving”, 62% of CEOs surveyed for the study are directly involved in making and executing digital transformation strategies for their organizations. The study highlights that 98% of CEOs surveyed for the study are well on their way to digitally transforming their businesses. Nevertheless, the transformation agenda introduces challenges, in the form of new investments, organizational structures, internal skills, change management, and roles and responsibilities for companies. CEOs need to handle these challenges well.

Manish Bahl, Senior Director, Cognizant

Leading from the front

The center of gravity is shifting from big, legacy companies to smaller, more agile businesses that can innovate faster and embrace the power of digital platforms. For instance, the payments arena that accounts for 20-25% of bank revenue is undergoing a profound transition as new digital entrants such as Mint Wireless (Australia), Alipay (China) and Paytm (India), among others, challenge long-established incumbents. In fact, 63% of CEOs surveyed are highly concerned with the increased competition from new disruptive startups capturing customer attention.

The cost of inaction can be huge for companies. While 67% of CEOs believe that the pace of digital transformation in their firms is relatively slower than the market changes, they are increasingly taking the transformation agenda in their own hands to shape the future. They are re-calibrating their business models to create new products and services, boost revenue growth, and drive new operational efficiencies across their organizations. In particular, they aim at providing seamless multi-channel, multi-device interactions and embedding the data (from social networks, mobile devices, sensors, and devices) into products and services to offer personalization to customers.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Partnering in the cloud - Taking the best approach to Cloud

by Chris Chelliah, Group Vice President and Chief Architect, Core Technology and Cloud, Oracle Asia Pacific

IT procurement has historically been a long and complex process. Just setting requirements, conducting supplier reviews and doing proof of concepts could take months and even years. And that was before there was any visibility of the business outcome. One of the major attractions of cloud, therefore, is the rapid set-up and deployment of services, made possible by the fact that organizations don’t need to select, buy and install individual hardware infrastructure. Instead, they are able to make purchasing decisions about a business outcome, based on a simple benefits and pricing models.

This makes IT innovation much more flexible and agile and less complicated and time-consuming to get up and running. You could be forgiven for thinking this means cloud computing is to enterprise technology what Tinder is to the dating world. If there isn’t a match, you can always swipe right to move on.

But, as in life, selecting a partner is more complicated than that, and not quite as easy as cutting ties in a relationship when things don’t work out. Making your choice and managing the subsequent relationship requires careful consideration.

Technology Levelling the Playing Field for Small and Medium Businesses

By Yaj Malik, EVP and Managing Director, Sage Asia

When the 2016 Budget was tabled late last year, small and medium enterprises were among those to benefit from the budget with an allocation of more than RM1.3 billion to advance these businesses. Within this fund, the government allocated RM107 million to the SME Blueprint to provide funds for small and medium enterprise entities at various stages of business development and RM200 million for the SME Technology Transformation Fund.

Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDEC also shared this sentiment when she announced that Digital Malaysia is a national agenda that aims to turn Malaysia into a developed digital economy that connects and empowers the government, citizens and businesses.

In this, small and medium enterprises are a very important economic figure in the country and they particularly stand to gain from the advancement of technology. All these focus on small and medium businesses and the use of technology come as no surprise as entrepreneurs face a competitive business environment and tight labour constraints. This is especially challenging in the current slow global economy.

Yaj Malik, VP-GM, Sage Asia

At Sage, we often see small and medium businesses that are lean on manpower. Many are run by a team of core staff who stretch across multiple work roles. Many of them are also rather conservative in operational culture, with a management that is resistance to change.

Many small and medium businesses also lag behind in innovation and technology adoption, and fail to harness technology to drive efficiency and productivity. In the long run, this can have a detrimental impact on overall business performance and competitiveness, and of course, their bottom line.

How then can small and medium businesses stay current on technology trends and better leverage innovation to drive growth? Here, Yaj Malik, VP-General Manager, Sage Asia, discusses what technology trends such businesses should focus on as well as how and why some of these can impact businesses.

Friday, May 27, 2016

IT News Week 4 May 2016

For IT News Week 3 May 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 27, 2016 - Kaspersky Academy Cybersecurity Meet-up” in Hong Kong
  • PR - May 27, 2016 - Launch of ‘’ widens halal market reach
  • PR - May 26, 2016 - Children's Day Celebrated The Sunway Lagoon Way
  • PR - May 26, 2016 - Malaysia’s digital transformation solutions on display at CommunicAsia2016
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix GL502
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - Shenzhen, China - 7th JD – Huntkey Cup Power Strip Originality Competition Successfully Held
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - Maybank, SP Setia, Canon, Spritzer, winners of Readers Digest Trusted Brands Awards 2016
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - Brocade Names Harry Chung as Software Solutions Director for Asia Pacific, Japan
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - BAE Systems and Cybersecurity Malaysia Extend Partnership
  • PR - May 25, 2016 - O2O Solutions Provider Ebizu Secured Investments of USD 3Million
  • PR - May 24, 2016 - Zalora Continues to Nurture Young Talents With the Zalora Scholarship
  • PR - May 23, 2016 - ATM is a New Skimmer: Crooks Bring ATMs on Their Side

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cloud Adoption Grew by 100% in Malaysia Over Past 12 months

May 25, 2016:

G-Asiapacific Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s leading cloud advisory and brokerage specialist, today states that the adoption of Cloud as the computing model of choice for enterprise business applications, is fast on the rise with a record 100% growth since June 2015.
KK Goh, G-AP Director

Cloud adoption is observed across all general Malaysian industries, covering local businesses in the private and public sector – including SMEs, governmental bodies and large conglomerates.

According to G-AP director, KK Goh, the main driver for this rapid growth is due to the fact that the enterprise IT solution market in Malaysia is at a ‘tipping point’ whereby finally the decision makers are convinced that Cloud computing is the best way to move forward.

G-AP is the only certified Cloud solution provider in the country that provides all major Cloud brand - Google, Amazon Web Services (‘AWS’) and Microsoft. According to KK, the popularity of these three global Cloud brands vary at the different layers of the organisations’ IT structure.

“Currently, AWS and Microsoft are the strongest for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Meanwhile for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Google and Microsoft easily dominate current market now”

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Good Luck Robotics Sdn. Bhd.

The first robot that I would know was the terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - it came out to kill people.

Robotics has always been a fun concept for humanity - a tin man who can do anything, but not as long as it has intelligent.

Arnie's terminator was able to deliver the impact, reminding us that everything comes with a price - the other robots are less than impressive.

So, Arnie's came out to tell us about the possibility that robots, once self-aware, may turn against the creator.

Nevertheless, that is yet to be sure.

Everything starts with the need to automate - If you do not agree with me, you wouldn't be using a computer.

As the computer, IT and technology industry progress, automated robotics and eventually A.I robotics are the natural progressions.

Friday, May 20, 2016

IT News Week 3 May 2016

For IT News Week 2 May 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Tokyo - Transcosmos Acquires 100% Ownership of Social Gear, a Social Media Operational Support Company
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Laser Components: 532 nm Precision Laser Module
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - OSU robotics program ranked best in West, fourth in nation
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - F-Secure’s New Service Pits Man and Machine against Targeted Cyber Attacks
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Axios Systems becomes the first IT Service Management vendor to achieve accreditation for all 16 ITIL® processes
  • PR - May 19, 2016 - Goxip: Fashion Discovery App Raises $1.6M in Seed Funding
  • PR - May 18, 2016 - New 9th edition of Oxford dictionary app includes 170 new definitions from technology
  • PR - May 18, 2016 - Hitachi Data Systems Launches New Converged Infra Platforms for SAP Hana Environments
  • Shroders - May 18, 2016 - Where next for the US dollar?
  • PR - May 17, 2016 - 11street Academy is the First E-commerce Certification Programme in Malaysia
  • PR - May 16, 2016 - Aspect Software Bolsters Cloud, Partnerships and ASEAN Region through Leadership Appointments
  • PR - May 16, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Reports Significant Increase in Malicious Spam Emails in Q1 2016

Asia Pacific Luxury Travel To Outpace Europe Over The Next 10 Years

May 19, 2016:

A new Amadeus report, Shaping the Future of Luxury Travel, reveals that Asia Pacific’s luxury travel market will see faster overall growth than Europe’s from 2011-2025. North America and Western Europe lead the world’s luxury travel market – accounting for 64% of global outbound luxury trips despite only making up 18% of the world’s population. However, the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in luxury outbound trips for Asia Pacific from 2011 – 2025, projected at 6.3%, will be higher than Europe (5.3%).

The report further finds that at a global level, growth in luxury travel will outpace overall travel, spurred on by consumers’ desire for life experiences. According to Tourism Economics data, this trend will continue to accelerate over the next ten years, with luxury travel trips projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% between 2015 and 2025, almost a third faster than overall travel at 4.8%.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

mCommerce Becoming the Strongest Driver for Mobile Digital Payment in Malaysia

May 16, 2016:

iPay88 Sdn Bhd – the leading online payment gateway provider in South East Asia, shares its outlook of the mobile commerce trend in Malaysia – emphasizing that this commercial trend will lead the revolution and growth of digital payments adoption via mobile shopping.

Chan Kok Long, Executive Director of iPay88 says that mCommerce is the hot trend to watch now, judging from the ratio of iPay88’s mobile traffic with its total online payment transactions – which represents close to 70 per cent of Malaysia market.

“In year 2015, iPay88 recorded that 3.7 million online shoppers who made purchases through its systems used mobile devices. Compare this to Year 2014, whereby it was only 2.0 million. Meanwhile, as at first quarter of 2016, 1.6 million online shoppers of iPay88 have purchased using mobile devices. Many of our merchants are also actively promoting mobile purchases in 2016 following the mCommerce waves,” says Chan.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hitachi Insight Group Formed for Global IoT Business, Lamada Core Platform Unveiled

May 11, 2016:

Digital transformation is a key initiative for many public and private sector organisations looking to optimise processes, implement broader efficiencies and improve interactions with their customers and constituents. And IoT is propelling a rapid convergence of our physical and digital worlds, creating unprecedented opportunities and challenges for businesses, cities, governments and industries. The application of IoT solutions that can deliver valuable insight to support transformation is rapidly becoming a strategic imperative in almost every industry and market sector. However, building IoT solutions that provide real value can be difficult – especially without the right underlying architecture or the deep understanding to properly simulate and digitalise operational entities and processes. IoT platforms are necessary, but often introduce new layers of complexity and rigidity to IoT solutions, making them difficult to modify and incapable of holistically supporting all the elements of digital business and market ecosystems at scale.

To address this requirement, Hitachi - a pioneer in the creation and application of sensors to provide connected intelligence and support early IoT use cases in industrial markets, such as predictive maintenance and optimised factory, today announced the formation of Hitachi Insight Group. With Social Innovation as the overarching and unifying corporate vision of the Hitachi family of companies, the formation of the Hitachi Insight Group will drive Hitachi’s unified Internet of Things (IoT) – based digital solutions business and go-to-market strategy worldwide. With USD$5.4 billion in IoT solutions and services revenue generated in 2015 and 33 solutions in-market today, Hitachi offers one of the broadest IoT solutions portfolios in the industry. By uniting its digital and IoT solutions and services businesses, Hitachi is positioning itself to lead in this fast-growing market, for which IDC projects a $1.46 trillion IoT market opportunity by 2020.1

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MS Windows 10 Evaluation Feedback #1

MS Windows 10 acting funny ... Unable to shut down.

1.) Upgraded one laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 10 recently.

2.) Installed Visual Studio 2015 --> a few hour process.

3.) Once done, click 'Power/Shut Down' --> Guess what, it restarted.

4.) Perform shutdown again --> restarted.

5.) Perform restart --> restarted

6.) Perform shutdown --> shutdown - finally.

Friday, May 13, 2016

IT News Week 2 May 2016

For IT News Week 1 May 2016

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 13, 2016 - Teradata Malaysia Appoints New Country Manager
  • PR - May 13, 2016 - UOB: Small-and-medium capitalised stocks offer long term growth for the discerning investor
  • PR - May 13, 2016 - Sophos Introduces Enterprise Malware Removal Tool That Cleans Up Exploit Code from RATs, Ransomware and Rootkits
  • PR - May 12, 2016 - Mobile-Optimised Work Environments Drive Measurably Higher Employee Engagement and Business Performance
  • PR - May 12, 2016 - Mobile Power Meter with Silicon Sensor
  • PR - May 11, 2016 - APICTA 2016 Opens for Nomination
  • PR - May 11, 2016 - LeEco Joins Forces with Twitter for Global Brand Expansion
  • PR - May 11, 2016 - Jabra report outlines business failures to support employee productivity
  • PR - May 10, 2016 - IBM Watson to Tackle Cybercrime
  • PR - May 10, 2016 - Brocade vADC Research Findings - Why Smart Organizations Maximise Application Performance 2016

A Horizontal Platform: Focusing on the IoT User Experience

By Varun Arora, Vice President, Business Development, Greenwave Systems

Today's innovations have the ability to change the world at an unprecedented breadth and pace. Cloud, social media, and now smartphones and wearables. We have seen how these disruptive technologies can transform the way we conduct business and live our lives. The next big wave in our technological and cultural future includes a world where all devices are connected and working together to improve the lives of consumers and the efficiency of organizations. This wave is being driven by rapidly declining cost of sensors, widespread network connectivity, and software that ties together the physical and digital elements of our lives.

Frequently dubbed the “Internet of Things" or IoT, this growing sector offers the potential of making our lives more seamless, efficient and enjoyable. IoT enables services to help us take better care of our loved ones, save us money through more efficient utilization of energy, and save us time by automating and anticipating tasks. It has been projected that there will be 50 billion Internet connected things by 2020, and that profits and cost savings from IoT will reach a staggering US$19 trillion over the next 10 years.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

85% of Malaysian businesses feel the need for a modern data culture


Microsoft Malaysia today unveiled findings from its first Asia Data Culture study 2016, which showed that 85% of Business Decision Makers (BDMs) in Malaysia felt that it was important to drive an agile business that is data driven, yet only 44% are starting to embark or have a limited digital strategy in place.

“Digital transformation is beyond adding a layer of digitization to your business – it’s about bringing together social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies together. And data is at the centre of this – knowing your customers, recognizing new opportunities, or streamlining processes will become a staple part of business strategy,” said Dzahar Mansor, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Malaysia. “As a case in point, IDC Asia/Pacific predicted that by the end of 2017, 60% of APAC 1000 (A1000) enterprises will have digital transformation at the centre of their corporate strategy.”

(from left) David Chmelar, CEO and co-founder of iPrice; Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia; Takeshi Numoto, Corporate VP, Cloud & Enterprise Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp; Ir Dr. Karl Ng Kah Hou, Director, Innovation Capital Division, Multimedia Development Economy Corporation (MDEC); and Dr Dzaharudin Mansor, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Malaysia

Some of the benefits that these Malaysian BDMs felt when driving a data culture includes:
  • Better business continuity
  • Real-time decision making
  • Efficiency in operations
  • Improved processes
  • Improved customer satisfaction and retention

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016

May 3, 2016:

BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 (#BIGITMY2016), the Anchor Event of the Big Data Week Asia featuring concurrent conferences themed Data Security World Show and the 4th Big Data World Show will be held on 19th-20th September 2016 at KLCC Convention Centre, Malaysia.

As the leading Big Data World Show in Asia, BIGIT Technology Malaysia 2016 is co-organized with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) - Malaysia's government agency leading the national Big Data Analytics initiative. This event is sponsored by Fusionex (Titanium Sponsor), Delphix & Cloudera (Platinum Sponsor), and Schneider Electric (Gold Sponsor).

BIGIT’s events are designed to cater the niche and exclusive market needs. BIGIT which stands for big in technology is proud to present the two days events for relevant sponsors, exhibitors and delegates from all over the world. BIGIT Technology is initiated to serve as a business networking platform for industry experts to communicate and collaborate in terms of knowledge sharing and idea brainstorming.

Monday, May 09, 2016

CU-Boulder team’s octopus-inspired ‘soft’ robot wins international challenge

May 6, 2016:

An octopus tentacle can perform tasks as complex as opening a jar and can continue to function after being severed from its body, thanks to a concentration of neurons in the tentacle itself. A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has created a robotic hand that is nearly as dexterous and self-contained, winning them the RoboSoft Grand Challenge manipulation competition in Livorno, Italy, on April 29-30.

The “soft” robotic hand created in the Department of Computer Science’s Correll Lab uses a standard USB connection to provide control signals and power. A mini-pump supplies air pressure to inflatable fingers, while embedded sensors enable the fingers to make adjustments on the fly. In addition, embedded computation is used to detect whether a grasp is successful, an important capability for future robotic autonomy.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Malaysian Broadband Plans Pros and Cons

1.) TIME Home Fibre Internet Plans

Pros: Users can download a full, HD movie in under 32 seconds
Cons: Limited coverage area

2.) TM UniFi Pro Plans

Pros: All plans come with HyppTV
Cons: Deposit of RM 1k for non-Malaysians

3.) Maxis Home Fibre Broadband

Pros: 4 different plans available
Cons: The most expensive in the market

4.) Digi Broadband plans

Pro: First mobile provider to offer 100GB 4G LTE high-speed Internet
Con: Substantial but limited quota

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

IT News Week 1 May 2016

For IT News Week 5 Apr 2016

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 5, 2016 - ASUS Announces Beyond VR Ready Program
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - On­li­ne SPC for In­du­s­try 4.0
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - SophosLabs Research Finds “Designer” Cyber Threats on the Rise
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - VCE VxRack System 1000 Goes “Cloud Native”
  • PR - May 4, 2016 - Brocade Delivers Modern Storage Networks for New EMC Unity Storage
  • PR - May 3, 2016 - Villepinte, France - Drone Volt enters the world of Virtual Reality with Janus 360 Drone
  • PR - May 3, 2016 - F-Secure Offers Free Privacy and Security App to Journalists
  • PR - Apr 29, 2016 - Harvard Business School to Nurture Data Professionals in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 28, 2016 - Cognizant Expands its Footprint in Malaysia with a New Delivery Centre in Kuala Lumpur

PIKOM Urges ‘Top IT Management to Take Bigger Role to Drive Business’

May 4, 2016 :

With increasing digitisation and the growing role of Information and Communications Technology in today’s complex business environment, the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) calls for corporate executives holding top ICT positions in the company, to play a greater leadership role in driving the organisations to greater overall business performance.

PIKOM Chairman, Chin Chee Seong says that regardless of the industry vertical or sector, the role of ICT and technology is undeniable in supporting the business.
Chin Chee Seong, Pikom Chairman

“In fact, technology can be considered the single investment that can support the business in a holistic manner. Automation is pervasive at all functional levels of the organisation, and business analytics is heavily relied on for strategic decision-making,” says Chin.

Based on this development, rather than adopting the customary “reactive” approach with regards to ICT investment, top IT management such as Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and senior IT directors, are encouraged to be more vocal at the boardroom level to drive for greater technology investments and deployment in the business.

“In today’s highly digitised, on-demand and globalised business environment, CIOs and CTOs must proactively look to advocate any areas of the business that can gain competitive edge with the support of specific new technologies or solutions.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Brocade Trends Survey Results: Channel Partners Poised to Lead in New IP Technologies

Apr 25, 2016 :

Brocade today announced the results of its annual channel trends survey that was completed by more than 1,200 global Brocade channel partners from its distributor and reseller communities.

The survey was conducted to better understand the changing needs of customers and learn how Brocade can help its partners provide more strategic networking solutions. The results show that there is a clear opportunity for the channel to seize a competitive advantage in the industry by strategically advising global enterprises and organisations on hybrid cloud networks, data centre bandwidth management, and network virtualization—by leveraging the Brocade® product portfolio.

“In 2016, Brocade will continue to provide partners with innovative technologies built for the New IP, along with market-proven solutions and vibrant brand recognition,” said Sean Ong, Brocade Malaysia Country Manager. “I am thankful the communities within the Brocade Partner Network have provided great insight, as it will help us to better support them via Brocade’s programmes, solutions, and engagement.”