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Thursday, December 29, 2016

AIMS 2016 Review and Outlook for 2017

The AIMS Group, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data services provider, today shares its review of 2016 and outlook for 2017.

AIMS Group Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin says “In the last two years we have seen data centre players going bust due to mismanagement and oversupply of space that lead to a price war.

At the start of the internet boom, data centres grew in demand, bringing in good return of investment for the initial players. That attracted more players to join the market. Unfortunately a data centre is not just a piece of real estate, you need to have the expertise to manage clients’ needs and ever changing technology that at once acts as a catalyst and an obstruction to the industry.

Chew Kok Heng, Group CEO, Aims Group

Sunday, December 25, 2016

11st : E-Commerce Market Trends for 2016 & 2017

2016 has been an exciting year for online marketeers, with the online shopping industry winning the hearts of many consumers. As the e-commerce sphere continues to thrive this serves as a great time to start thinking about how the industry is going to evolve in 2017.

In a recent nationwide survey, 11street dived deep into the psyches of online shoppers to understand their sentiments with regard to e-commerce. Through this survey, 11street took the opportunity to set the tone for the e-commerce industry moving forward, and projected five key trends that will lead the way for online shoppers. These very trends also serve as a leverage for businesses to strategise their marketing plans, in order to adhere to what consumers want and how to go beyond expectations in terms of customer service and product delivery.

1.) 2016 Trends.

1.1.) Market overview
  • 83% of survey respondents have shopped online
  • Men above 36 years old shop 1.51x more than their female counterpart in the same age group

Saturday, December 24, 2016

IT News Week 3 Dec 2016

For IT News Week 2 Dec 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 21, 2016 - SkyPark Terminal and Grab enter into a ground-breaking agreement
  • PR - Dec 21, 2016 - HTC Announces Arrival of Two Brand New Smartphones in Malaysia this Holiday Season
  • PR - Dec 20, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Genius Enters Next Stage of Evolution, Debuts New Website
  • PR - Dec 19, 2016 - Innovative Applications Emerged from Big Data Analytics
  • PR - Dec 19, 2016 - SG - Rawstream launches free cloud anti-virus software, SkyAV
  • PR - Dec 19, 2016 - HP unveils sleeker, lighter Spectre x360
  • PR - Dec 19, 2016 - Barracuda Offers Next-Generation Firewall for Google Cloud Platform Customers

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sophos Predicts Top 10 Cyber Security Trends for 2017

Dec 22, 2016:

2016 saw a huge number and variety of cyber attacks, ranging from a high-profile DDoS using hijacked Internet-facing security cameras to the alleged hacking of party officials during the US election. The year also saw a rising tide of data breaches, from organizations big and small, and significant losses of people’s personal information.

Joergen Jakobsen, Regional Vice President,
Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), Sophos

With the year almost over, Joergen Jakobsen, Regional Vice President for Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) at Sophos, looks into his crystal ball to predict the top cyber security trends for 2017:

# 1 Shift from exploitation to targeted social attacks.
Cybercriminals are getting better at exploiting the ultimate vulnerability - humans. Ever more sophisticated and convincing targeted attacks seek to coax users into compromising themselves. For example, it’s common to see an email that addresses the recipient by name and claim they have an outstanding debt the sender has been authorized to collect. Applying shock by pretending to be borrowing authority or law enforcement are common and effective tactics. The email directs users to a malicious link that they are panicked into clicking on, opening them up to attack. Such phishing attacks can no longer be recognized by obvious mistakes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ransomware is Kaspersky Lab’s Story of the Year 2016

Dec 15, 2016:

In 2016 ransomware attacks on business increased three-fold: which represents a change from an attack every 2 minutes in January to one every 40 seconds by October. For individuals the rate of increase went from every 20 seconds to every 10 seconds. With more than 62 new families of ransomware introduced during the year, the threat grew so aggressively that Kaspersky Lab has named ransomware its key topic for 2016.

The Story of the Year paper forms part of Kaspersky Lab’s annual Kaspersky Security Bulletin that looks back over the year’s major threats and data and predicts what to expect in 2017.

Among other things, 2016 revealed the extent to which the Ransomware-as-a-Service business model now appeals to criminals who lack the skills, resources or inclination to develop their own. Under the arrangement, code creators offer their malicious product ‘on demand’, selling uniquely modified versions to customers who then distribute it through spam and websites, paying a commission to the creator – the main financial beneficiary.

“The classic ‘affiliate’ business model appears to be working as effectively for ransomware as it does for other types of malware. Victims often pay up so money keeps flowing through the system. Inevitably this has led to us seeing new cryptors appear almost daily,” said Fedor Sinitsyn, Senior Malware Analyst, Kaspersky Lab.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

iPrice Group Raises USD $4 Million Boost to Dominate Meta-Search Space in SEA

Dec 20, 2016:

iPrice Group, Southeast Asian’s preeminent Meta-Search platform, raised USD $4 million Series A investment. The round was led by Asia Venture Group (AVG) and Venturra – with participation by Gobi Partners, DMP, Econa, Starstrike Ventures and personal CEO investment.

Working hand in hand with its e-commerce partners, iPrice currently merchandizes over 50 million products to online shoppers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. While its e-commerce aggregation platform makes it easier for consumers to find the best prices, iPrice assists its partners with cost-effective and performance-based affiliate programs that help them broaden their marketing efforts.

Monday, December 19, 2016

KATSANA Secures RM4 Million in Funding

Dec 19, 2016:

Pixelated Sdn. Bhd., (KATSANA) today announced that it has secured RM4 million in funding from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF). The fund which is managed by Intres Capital Partners is to support the development and commercialization of current telematics business and KATSANA Insight™, a solution to empower motor insurance companies with driver behavioral analytics. In addition, the financial infusion will also be used to help KATSANA focus on scaling up its product development team, going forward.

KATSANA Insight is currently available for deployment to allow motor insurance companies drastically reduce claims loss and gather much needed data in preparation for detariffication of motor insurance in the country. It lowers barriers of entry for motor insurers by introducing packages based on dual mode smartphone telematics and a dedicated beacon on insured vehicles. Moreover, the insurers do not need to setup an expensive IT infrastructure internally to analyze data as information will be accessible online when they log-on to KATSANA Insight dashboard via a web-browser and through its APIs.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

IT News Week 3 Dec 2016

For IT News Week 2 Dec 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.

  • PR - Dec 16, 2016 - Hitachi Content Platform Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape on Object Storage Once Again
  • PR - Dec 16, 2016 - Dimension Data Drives Down Network OPEX for Leading Mobile Service Provider
  • PR - Dec 15, 2016 - 11street Dispenses the Truth About Online Shopping and Highlights What the Future Holds
  • PR - Dec 15, 2016 - ASUS ZenWatch is Now Available!
  • PR - Dec 15, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Introduces the AM3 Gaming Mouse
  • PR - Dec 15, 2016 - Hitachi Sunway and Tata Communications Strengthen Presence in ASEAN
  • PR - Dec 15, 2016 - Red Hat Media Update - Open Source: 2017’s Impetus
  • PR - Dec 15, 2016 - Limited Edition Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design
  • PR - Dec 13, 2016 - VMware Introduces Evolved Cloud Strategy to Address IT Decentralization
  • PR - Dec 13, 2016 - Lessons We Learned From Data-Driven Marketing In 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Brocade Makes Technology Predictions for 2017

Dec 16, 2016:

The year 2016 has seen organisations moving to software networking that leverages New IP technology to transform data center architectures and provide elastic infrastructure services on-demand to customers.

With 2016 drawing to a close, Aziz Ali, country manager for Malaysia at Brocade, looks into his crystal ball to predict the top transformative technology trends and developments that will take shape in 2017 such as network ubiquity and wireless unification among others :

Monday, December 12, 2016

Queensland Brain Institute to Accelerate Brain Research with Brocade

Dec 9, 2016

The Queensland Brain Institute in Australia is one of the world’s largest dedicated facilities focused on understanding how the brain works and finding ways to prevent diseases.

While it has been remarkably successful in making major neuroscientific discoveries—with an Alzheimer's breakthrough among the world’s most discussed medical research last year—the difficulty accessing, storing, and managing increasingly large data sets from brain imaging and microscopy devices is a constant consideration.

Continuous improvement is vitally important to ensure scientific research staff have a “zero friction” experience in their workflows.

Queensland Brain Institute will become the first organization in Australia to migrate to Brocade® Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking solutions, and Brocade G620 switches will be deployed to provide the speed and performance the Institute needs to eliminate data bottlenecks and accelerate research into preventing brain diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

IT News Week 2 Dec 2016

For IT News Week 1 Dec 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 9, 2016 - 11street’s First Ever Short Film Wins Malaysian YouTube Ad Awards 2016
  • PR - Dec 9, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - Biostar Announces 2nd-Gen Racing Series Motherboard
  • PR - Dec 9, 2016 - PIKOM Downgrades National GDP Forecast For 2016 And 2017
  • PR - Dec 6, 2016 - SG - Cloudera Continues Global Momentum in Financial Services Sector
  • PR - Dec 5, 2016 - Microsoft: Connecting classrooms to change the world
  • PR - Dec 5, 2016 - Barracuda Lauds Security Commission’s Cyber Security Guidelines for Malaysia

Friday, December 09, 2016

Melaka City Implements Advanced Philips CityTouch connected street lighting management system

Nov 27, 2016:

Bandaraya Melaka, Malaysia – Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has completed installation of the Philips CityTouch connected street lighting management system in the historic state of Melaka. Involving over 1,000 light points, the project marks Melaka as the first city in the country to successfully deploy a cloud-based, intelligent street lighting management system. Officiating the handover ceremony, Melaka State Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Hj. Idris bin Hj. Haron stands behind the project that is part of Melaka’s Green City Action Plan (GCAP) to make Melaka a Green Technology State by the year 2020.

"We are very proud to be part of the Melaka State Government’s green initiative. LED-based, Philips CityTouch lighting ecosystem can cut energy consumption by up to 80%. This project reflects the state government’s commitment to uphold the heritage of this city with more sustainable developments for its residents and tourists, said Mr. Alok Ghose, Managing Director for Philips Lighting Malaysia. We applaud the foresight by the Melaka State Government to make connected lighting a pillar of the smart city. With increased population growth and urbanization, connected street lighting meets the need for quality lighting, and also realizes the potential that Internet of Things (IoT) can bring to Melaka city,Ghose added.

Philips CityTouch is an end-to-end digital street lighting management system where each light point is connected and performance data gets exchanged through existing cellular networks with the servers to manage the city’s LED street lighting. Over 1,000 light fixtures of 250W conventional streetlights were replaced with 150W Philips CityTouch ready smart luminaires in the central parts of Bandaraya Melaka and major arteries into the city.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Screenshots Nov 2016

Refer to Screenshots Oct 2016.

1.) 11th Street offered discounts for Samsung products.

Customer Experience: The Key to Digital Success

By Jayajyoti Sengupta, APAC Head, Cognizant, and Swami Nathan C, Director, QE&A Technology Centre of Excellence, Cognizant

Thriving in today’s fast-moving digital age is about building businesses around the needs of customers. Staying competitive and relevant is increasingly about meeting heightened customer expectations for hyper-personalisation and instant gratification. Digital technology advancements have enabled customers to more effectively interact with brands, search for information, try products, communicate with other customers and, perhaps most importantly, buy in real time. Today’s well-informed customers are spoilt for choice and ensuring a seamless and differentiated customer experience has a direct bearing on their purchase decisions and on ensuring that they keep coming back for more.

Jayajyoti Sengupta, APAC Head, Cognizant

The game has clearly changed. When it comes to delivering a consistent, personalised and seamless customer experience digitally or in-person, businesses are under mounting pressure to excel. Rather than compete just on product quality, 90 percent of businesses this year will also compete based on customer experience. This is a substantial jump from previous years — 36 percent in 2014 and 58 percent in 2015. IDC Asia Pacific describes this as customer intimacy at scale, predicting that by 2018, 80 percent of B2C and 60 percent of B2B organisations will overhaul their “digital front door” to support 1,000 to 10,000 times as many customer touch-points as they do today.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Google Accounts Hacked - 1.3 Million Android Phones Infected

As you know, it was recently discovered that hackers have gained access to more than 1.3 million Google accounts by infecting Android phones through illegitimate apps. Gooligan is spreading at an alarming rate, with reports stating that since the start of this month, it’s been racking up an average of 13,000 new infections every day.

If you are covering this news as it unfolds, you might be interested in using the following tips from Sophos’ Director for ASEAN & Korea, Sumit Bansal, on how users can protect themselves from an attack like Googligan:

Sunday, December 04, 2016

IT News Week 1 Dec 2016

For IT News Week 4 Nov 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Dec 2, 2016 - Revised Kaspersky Safe Kids: Flexibility for Children, Advice for Parents
  • PR - Dec 1, 2016 - Huawei Achieves Major Breakthrough in Graphene-Assisted High Temperature Li-ion Batteries
  • PR - Dec 1, 2016 - Joergen Jakobsen Joins Sophos to Lead Business Growth in Asia-Pacific and Japan Region
  • Forbes - Nov 30, 2016 - APAC Businesses Poised to Become Digital Leaders, Says New Forbes Insights Study
  • PR - Nov 30, 2016 - Say ‘Hello’ to Jabra Halo
  • PR - Nov 30, 2016 - Malaysia winner to receive special award from Her Majesty The Queen
  • PR - Nov 29, 2016 - Siemens and Continental Malaysia jointly launches training centre to strengthen Malaysia's manufacturing workforce
  • PR - Nov 28, 2016 - iPay88 Bags More Awards in 2016
  • PR - Nov 28, 2016 - Goodyear's Eagle-360 Chosen as One of 2016 Best Inventions by Time Magazine