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Monday, November 21, 2016

IT News Week 3 Nov 2016

For IT News Week 2 Nov 2016.


For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Nov 18, 2016 - Ministry of Education signs MoU with Microsoft Malaysia to support ICT driven teaching and learning
  • PR - Nov 17, 2016 - Hosiden Sets New Benchmark in Electronic Manufacturing with Hitachi Sunway
  • PR - Nov 16, 2016 - The Prestigious iPrice E-Commerce Merchant Awards 2016 Organized in Partnership With eTail Asia and Trusted Company
  • PR - Nov 15, 2016 - University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Selects Brocade Ruckus Wi-Fi Solution to Provide Students with Best-in-Class Online Experience
  • PR - Nov 15, 2016 - Canvas only 25% of Graduates feel prepared for work
  • PR - Nov 14, 2016 - Genius Announces its Advanced Touch Pen
  • PR - Nov 14, 2016 - UEM Group Selects Oracle ERP Cloud for its ‘Digital Transformation Journey’
  • PR - Nov 14, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - KWorld Unveils Hi-Res Audio Sets: Best Music & Gaming In-Ear Headphones


PR - Nov 18, 2016 - Ministry of Education signs MoU with Microsoft Malaysia to support ICT driven teaching and learning

The Ministry of Education (MoE) and Microsoft Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to encourage the use of ICT in teaching and learning – underscoring the importance of 21st century learning for classrooms, teachers, and students alike.

In line with Shift 7 in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 – to leverage ICT to scale up quality learning across the nation – both MoE and Microsoft would work towards equipping schools with the resources, training, expertise and technologies to help them better prepare students for life and work in the 21st century.


Standing, from Left to Right : Nik Ariff Nik Omar, General Manager, Public Sector Group, Microsoft Malaysia; YB Tuan P. Kamalanathan A/L P. Panchanathan, Deputy Minister of Education I; YB Dato’ Seri Mahdzir Bin Khalid, Minister of Education; YB Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon, Deputy Minister of Education II; Tan Sri Dr. Khair Bin Mohamad Yusof, Director General of Education Malaysia; 
Signing the MoU are K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia and Y.Bhg Dato' Sri Alias Bin Haji Ahmad, Secretary General, Ministry of Education on 18 Nov, 2016


The MoU signing was attended by YB Dato’ Seri Mahdzir Bin Khalid, Minister of Education. Please find attached the English, Malay and Chinese press release for all details on this MoU.

As part of this partnership, Microsoft and MOE will also provide content and trainers to sharpen the digital skills of teachers. The training would be based on Microsoft’s 21st Century Learning Design, which looks at aspects like collaboration, self-regulation, using ICT, knowledge construction, skilled communication and creativity and problem-solving.

PR - Nov 17, 2016 - Hosiden Sets New Benchmark in Electronic Manufacturing with Hitachi Sunway

Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn. Bhd. (Hitachi Sunway), a leading one-stop IT services and solutions provider in ASEAN, today announced the successful implementation of Infor CloudSuite Industrial ERP Manufacturing software v9.0 for Hosiden Electronics Sdn Bhd (Hosiden). Hosiden is a Malaysia based Japanese manufacturer of electronic components such as remote control unit, medical devices and switches.

The new ERP implementation has immediately enabled new supply chain visibility across Hosiden’s operations, and improved their on-time delivery to customers by 100 percent, reducing the Stock-versus-Production rate from 2.0 to 1.0 (Note: Industry lowest is 0.95).

Osamu Itoh, the Managing Director of Hosiden, said “Simply by aligning supply with demand, this new on-premise Infor ERP system empowers us with never-seen-before visibility into our operations, improving supply and demand production that, in return, allows for better forecasting and inventory control. The system enables our team to make informed decisions, improving our purchasing and operational efficiency, which has led to a 90 percent increase in cycle-count accuracy and a 0.1 percent decrease in the returned goods rate.”

PR - Nov 16, 2016 - The Prestigious iPrice E-Commerce Merchant Awards 2016 Organized in Partnership With eTail Asia and Trusted Company

iPrice Group, the fastest growing metasearch engine in Southeast Asia, launches the inaugural iPrice E-Commerce Merchant Awards (iEMA) 2016 in partnership with eTail Asia and Trusted Company. The first iEMA 2016 awards ceremony is specifically established to celebrate the efforts of Southeast Asia’s top e-commerce merchants as well as honouring them as they set the benchmark in the booming industry.

Working hand in hand with eTail Asia, the finalists and awards ceremony will be held at the annual eTail Asia 2017 conference at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on 8th March 2017. The inaugural iEMA 2016 shall feature country and regional winners in two categories which are “The Most Popular E-Commerce Merchant of the Year” and “The Highest Quality E-Commerce Merchant of the Year”. E-commerce merchants are not required to submit an entry to enlist into these categories. All legal merchants are automatically enlisted and qualifies for the voting session.



Adding on to the credibility of the iEMA 2016, finalists and winners for the awards will be chosen by consumers. The iEMA 2016 microsite will act as a platform where consumers can vote and judge the “The Most Popular E-Commerce Merchant” and “The Highest Quality E-Commerce” categories for themselves. Each individual is allowed to vote only once and the voting duration begins on 15th November 2016 and ends by 31st January 2017.

Further details of the awards, panel of experts, rules and regulations can be found at the iEMA 2016 microsite. E-Commerce merchants & consumers can begin voting at the following country microsites Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.

PR - Nov 15, 2016 - University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Selects Brocade Ruckus Wi-Fi Solution to Provide Students with Best-in-Class Online Experience

Brocade today announced that the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has become the first site in Asia Pacific to implement a complete networking solution that combines both Brocade® network switches and Wi-Fi access systems from Ruckus Wireless, which was acquired by Brocade in May this year. The new wired and wireless network, deployed under a managed service agreement, provides 2,400 on-campus students with high-availability, high-performance Wi-Fi coverage within UNMC’s student hostels, backed by a multiyear onsite support component.

Established in 2000, UNMC was the first branch of a British university in the country and one of the first to open outside Britain. It currently has approximately 5,000 students enrolled in courses ranging across the arts, engineering, and science disciplines. UNMC has been rated as "excellent" or Tier 5, making it the highest rated international university in Malaysia on a scale of Tier 1-6 by the Malaysian government.

A key requirement for UNMC was to provide students with highly reliable Wi-Fi access, offering predictable performance and support for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The solution leverages the clustering capabilities of the Ruckus® SmartZone™ 100 wireless controllers and Brocade ICX® family of stackable switches to deliver non-stop service. The Brocade ICX switches provide standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet capabilities to support over 400 Ruckus ZoneFlex® Wi-Fi access points located within UNMC’s student accommodation blocks.

PR - Nov 15, 2016 - Canvas only 25% of Graduates feel prepared for work

Canvas by Instructure, the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, has revealed the results of a recent study, highlighting the importance of student centered learning amongst Malaysian university students.

The research, which surveyed 500 undergraduates from both public and private universities, found that 52% of Malaysian university students believe that their universities are providing them with modern technology and teaching that delivers a personalized learning experience. A further 77% of undergraduates say that the teaching methods experienced at university are more in tune with their learning styles than those experienced at school.



The research also reveals the importance of university education in preparing for employment, with 65% of students indicating that their university courses play a vital role in increasing their chances of employment, putting the onus on Malaysian universities to empower students with the necessary skills and tools they need to adapt to today’s workforce upon graduation.

Troy Martin, Director of APAC for Canvas, remarked, “Our research suggests that whilst Malaysian Universities have a good understanding of the importance of delivering personalised learning, only 25% of students say they are prepared for employment. Universities still have some opportunities in terms of delivering education experiences that prepare students for the world of work.

PR - Nov 14, 2016 - Genius Announces its Advanced Touch Pen

Genius, a leading global brand in personal peripheral devices for the digital world, is proud to announce the official shipment of their latest innovation, the retractable touch pen GP-B200 and GP-B200A for iOS and Android-based smartphone devices.

The GP-B200 is crafted to resemble the familiar feel of using a ball pen and imitate the human finger minus the fingerprints on your devices. The feeling can be summed up by users as “Incredibly smooth, accurate, and simple as a pen.”

GP-B200

The Genius Touch Pen GP-B200 is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphone devices. Most users find it troublesome to type with their fingers as it blocks a portion of the screen or the keyboard consumes most of the screen size. With the Genius Touch Pen and its fine nib design, it allows you to maximize screen usage, writes accurately and provides a highly responsive feel as you write, tap or swipe on the screen.

PR - Nov 14, 2016 - UEM Group Selects Oracle ERP Cloud for its ‘Digital Transformation Journey’

Oracle announced today that UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group), Malaysia’s leading engineering-based infrastructure and services group, has selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud to support its digital transformation journey.

With Oracle ERP Cloud, UEM Group of companies will revolutionize their technological capabilities to streamline and improve their business processes, achieve a higher level of productivity and transparency, as well as enhance collaboration among UEM Group companies.

With more than 14,000 employees and operations in several countries around the world, UEM Group was in need of an integrated ERP Cloud platform to better manage all of its information and accommodate the requirements of its internal and external stakeholders. The Group undertook a comprehensive evaluation process that lasted 18 months to identify the best technology to support their digital revolution.

PR - Nov 14, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - KWorld Unveils Hi-Res Audio Sets: Best Music & Gaming In-Ear Headphones

Kworld, a pioneer in audio and multimedia technology, today announced a new series of Hi – Res audio sets, S33 and S34, which is the industry’s first in – ear headset developed specifically for both gaming and music with impressive features including Hi – Res Audio and enhanced bass, available for console and PC designed to scale to gamers’ needs and preferences as well as music lovers who cannot compromise on sound quality.

The Hi-Res S33 gaming and music headphone is designed to reproduce Hi-Res Audio, allowing users to hear music the way it was intended, offering greater-than-CD sound quality, high resolution audio files that reveal subtle details in your music. S33 headphones bring you an outstanding listening experience no matter where you are.

The 9mm dynamic driver maintains drive force for deep bass and clear mids which delivers pure immersive audio excitement during game time and the twisted tangle-free cable and in-line remote and mic provide easy, hassle-free handling.

S33 comes with high density memory foam tips (S,M) and ergonomically silicone foam earbuds (S,M,L) ensure an optimal custom fit, while providing superior noise isolation. The high density memory foam tips maximum comfort when worn for extended listening and gaming sessions.

S33 is available for $54.99 MSRP

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