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Monday, February 29, 2016

Randstad responds to The 2016-17 Budget

Feb 24, 2016 - Hong Kong -

Randstad is one of the world’s largest recruitment & HR services providers, with Asia Pacific operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Randstad Hong Kong responds to the initiatives laid out in The 2016-17 Budget announced today.

Randstad believes the policies will drive talent trends in specific growth industries, and key supportive measures will enable better utilization of the talent available in Hong Kong.

On the strong push for innovation and technology development

Mr Kieran Sim, Associate Director for Randstad Technologies, said: “In today’s competitive world, companies in Hong Kong are pressed to innovate and be technology savvy in order to capitalize on the fast-changing industry trends. The Financial Secretary’s push for advanced manufacturing industries and intelligent systems will strengthen the demand for IT sales managers who are able to sell ‘super computers’ with artificial intelligence as a business solution.”

“As Hong Kong’s start-up scene continues to thrive on the back of the InvestHK initiatives, the need for IT project managers will rise. Roles in basic IT functions, especially infrastructure and creative developers, will see the greatest demand for fresh graduates.”

“As public and private enterprises increasingly embrace and capitalize on the e-commerce boom, this trend will continue to drive demand for front- and back-end web developers, especially those with experience in building mobile applications in Hong Kong and mainland markets. Competitive junior web developers will earn up to HK$40,000 a month.

“Cyber security specialists will also be sought after, due to the increase in cyber attacks alongside the growing popularity of e-commerce. Competitive security specialists will earn up to HK$65,000 a month.”

“In addition, the $500 million fund to broaden the public WiFi network in Hong Kong will drive demand for architects, 4G network engineers and security specialists higher than ever. This trend – coupled with the shrinking population of IT fresh graduates – will intensify the war for talent in the IT and telecommunication industry to a new height.”

Sunday, February 28, 2016

UOB to provide RM3 million in funding to 30 of Asia’s best Fintech start-ups

Feb 26, 2016 -

United Overseas Bank (UOB) Group today announced its plans to encourage the growth of the best and brightest financial technology (FinTech) start-ups in the region. A 100-day accelerator programme will be run by The FinLab, UOB’s joint venture with Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) for 30 start-ups.

Through The FinLab, UOB is providing each start-up RM90,000 in seed money in return for a six per cent equity stake. Each will also receive RM1.2 million in software credits sponsored by The FinLab’s partners and about RM21,000 in complimentary office space. In total, each start-up stands to receive up to RM1.32 million worth in cash and benefits.

The programme will be rolled out in Singapore over three cycles in the next two years. The first batch of 10 chosen start-ups will start in May this year. Each start-up should preferably have developed a minimum viable product for financial solutions in payments, wealth management, customer experience management, big data analytics, mobility solutions and small and medium-sized enterprise banking. The participants will be exclusively mentored by financial institution experts and successful entrepreneurs. They will also be given the opportunity to connect with potential investors with the aim of taking their business ideas to market.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

IT News Week 4 Feb 2016

For IT News Week 3 Feb 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - Obliteracers: 16-player party racer now available on STEAM!
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - AMD Expands Low-Power, G-Series Processor Family to Scale Performance, Price, and Power across its Embedded Line
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - MWC, Barcelona, Spain: - Elitecore Showcasing 2 New Wins for Cable TV and Broadband
  • PR - Feb 24, 2016 - Barcelona - Tune Talk: Are you ready for 8G ?
  • Ovum - Feb 24, 2016 - Prepare for an m-commerce explosion
  • PR - Feb 23, 2016 - Steltix best Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Selling Partner in EMEA
  • PR - Feb 23, 2016 - Barracuda Appoints James Forbes-May as Vice President of APAC Sales
  • PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Sophos Delivers Easy-to-Use Security Solutions for Enterprise Mobility Management
  • PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Red Hat Unveils Flexible and Portable Cloud Storage with Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google Cloud Platform
  • PR - Feb 22, 2016 - Galasys Secures 25 New Contracts worth GBP1.1 mil
  • PR - Feb 19, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab Outperforms the Competition to Secure Testing Top Spot
  • PR - Feb 18, 2016 - Consumers Abandon Brands Following a Bad Experience, Study Finds

SteamVR Performance Tool Certifies AMD Radeon Series VR Ready

All Radeon R9 390 series and Fury series products, including the R9 Nano can achieve the highest attainable status:‘Recommended for VR’.

This was concluded via the VR Performance Test by valve.

This app features high quality VR content from the Aperture Science Robot Repair demo, designed specifically for the HTC Vive, though it can be run on any PC and does not require a headset to be connected to the system. It’s available for anyone to download and test their system.

In short: the test employs a technique called dynamic fidelity, which automatically adjusts image quality as required to avoid dropped frames that can break the sense of presence critical to VR experiences. CPU and GPU hardware is then assigned one of three categories (VR Recommended, VR Capable, or VR Not Ready) based on the average fidelity level attained.

Radeon R9 products are perfectly positioned to deliver superior VR experiences for the HTC Vive headset– whether you choose the R9 390 or opt for a true enthusiast product like the R9 Fury, AMD Radeons are in a position to deliver a better VR experience than their direct competitors for this headset. We’re especially proud of the Radeon R9 Nano’s performance in this VR test that is unmatched at its mini-ITX form factor. There’s also a wider selection of Radeons currently available that are capable of attaining the ‘Recommended for VR’ status than the competition’s offerings.

Visa Brings Secure Payments to the Internet of Things

Feb 21, 2016 - Mobile World Congress – Barcelona, Spain and San Francisco, CA -

Visa Inc., today announced that it is expanding its Visa Ready program to include Internet of Things (IoT) companies, such asmanufacturers of wearables, automobiles, appliances, public transportation services, clothing and almost any other connected device. Emerging IoT companies will join mobile device manufacturers, including mobile point-of-sale acceptance (mPOS) providers, mobile NFC-enabled device manufacturers and other technology partners in the Visa Ready Program.

The Visa Ready Program gives companies one seamless path to integrate secure payments into their products and services. Visa Ready partners receive access to industry best practices, tools and resources, and Visa’s Digital Enablement Program (VDEP), which includes streamlined access to Visa Token Service (VTS). The Visa Token Service, an innovative security technology, allows secure mobile and digital payments anywhere there is an Internet connection.

The first IoT companies to join the Visa Ready Program will focus on payments for wearables and automobiles. Initial Visa Ready partners include Accenture, Coin, Giesecke & Devrient, Fit Pay, and Samsung, who will work with device manufacturers including Chronos and Pebble, to help embed secure payments in consumer devices and have those devices certified as Visa Ready.

Friday, February 19, 2016

IT News Week 3 Feb 2016

For IT News Week 1 Feb 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Feb 19, 2016 - Hitachi Data Systems Releases its Most Secure Enterprise File Sync, Share and Collaboration Solution To Date
  • PR - Feb 19, 2016 - UOBAM’s United ASEAN Discovery Fund outperforms its benchmark by more than eight per cent in its first year
  • PR - Feb 18, 2016 - Winjit State of the Art IOT Gateway
  • PR - Feb 18, 2016 - New WD Prosumer NAS Storage Targets Creative Pros
  • PR - Feb 17, 2016 - VulkanT API-enabled RadeonT Software driver to unleash new, rich visual gaming experiences
  • PR - Feb 17, 2016 - EnterpriseTV is Launched as Malaysia’s Latest Internet TV Channel
  • PR - Feb 17, 2016 - Circus Social Partners With Datasift To Give Customers Across Asia Access To Facebook Topic Data
  • PR - Feb 16, 2016 - COUNT® T - Single Photon Counter for Time-correlated Applications
  • PR - Feb 16, 2016 - CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia 2016
  • OVUM - Feb 16, 2016 - Ovum’s analyst among top Architect Analyst Power 100
  • PR - Feb 15, 2016 - 11street collaborates with UITOX (Taiwan) to bring many more products to Malaysia
  • PR - Feb 10, 2016 - Acronis Accelerates Revenue Growth for Service Providers, Distributors and Resellers with New Cloud Partner Program
  • PR - Feb 9 , 2016 - Villepinte, France - DRONE VOLT robotized drones through its Software for iOS "DRONE VOLT PILOT®"
  • PR - Feb 4, 2016 - IBM Launches Cloud Data and Analytics Marketplace for Developers

Future Digital Awards 2016 – Technology & Innovation Winners Announced

Feb 18, 2016 -

Smart wearables, smart homes, digital health, automative telematics, robotics.

The winners of this year’s Future Digital Awards for Technology & Innovation have been announced. This category recognises some of the most innovative and promising products across the consumer technology sectors of Digital Healthcare, Automotive, Smart Homes and Wearables. Juniper identified the cutting-edge applications, technologies and vendors that it believes will galvanise the industry in the years to come.

The complete list of award winners and ‘highly commended’ can be found at juniperresearch.com. The winning vendors and products were as follows:

1. Smart Wearables
  • Best Consumer Product: Winner - Vuzix AR-3000
  • Best Platform/Technology: Winner - idOO born identity and NXP
Vuzix is a leading company of specialist video eyewear. Its AR-3000 smart glasses use innovative waveguide optical technology to deliver AR (augmented reality) smart glasses for both enterprise and consumer use.

idOO born identity is the result of a partnership between NXP, a leading global semiconductor manufacturer, and identity management company idOO, which offers a unique blend of anti-counterfeit measures and brand engagement tools for high value fashion, active wear and luxury goods.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

VMware Workspace ONE : The Platform for Delivering a Digital Workspace

Feb 11, 2016: The Platform for Delivering a Digital Workspace

Organizations today are limited in their selection of solutions available to help mobile users maintain effectiveness and must choose between standalone point products for identity, device management and application delivery solutions. VMware Workspace ONE™ is designed to deliver a digital workspace that integrates device management, application delivery and identity management technologies. These combined benefits, on a single mobile platform, will enable secure management and delivery of business critical resources to employees for corporate IT, and consumer simple access for end-users. This solution will deliver options for all types of users from those with BYOD to corporate fully-managed devices.

Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Next-Generation Pentaho Big Data Hyper-Converged Platform

Feb 17, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation has announced the next generation Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP), which now offers native integration with the Pentaho Enterprise Platform to deliver a sophisticated, software-defined, hyper-converged platform for big data deployments. Combining compute, storage and virtualization capabilities, the HSP 400 series delivers seamless infrastructure to support big data blending, embedded business analytics and simplified data management.
HSP 400

Modern enterprises increasingly need to derive value from massive volumes of data being generated by information technology (IT), operational technology (OT), the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-generated data in their environments. HSP offers a software-defined architecture to centralize and support easy storing and processing of these large datasets with high availability, simplified management and a pay-as-you-grow model. Delivered as a fully configured, turnkey appliance, HSP takes hours instead of months to install and support production workloads, and simplifies creation of an elastic data lake that helps customers easily integrate disparate datasets and run advanced analytic workloads.

HSP’s scale-out architecture provides simplified, scalable and enterprise-ready infrastructure for big data. The architecture also includes a centralized, easy-to-use user interface to automate the deployment and management of virtualized environments for leading open source big data frameworks, including Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and commercial open source stacks like the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Readying Finance for a Rapidly-Changing World

By Mahadevan Natarajan, Senior Director, APAC Enterprise Performance Management, Oracle

The story of 2015 has been one of change and uncertainty, with major economic, geo- and socio-political, and even climactic upheavals. It might seem trite, but the only thing to be certain of in the next few years is yet more uncertainty.

In today’s hyper-connected world, businesses can be affected by events that take place virtually anywhere. The rise and fall of new economic superpowers can cause massive fluctuations in commodity prices, while swings in political leadership or a single company’s demise can affect financial outlooks around the globe. At a time where the ramifications of change are spreading at such a fast pace, the ability for businesses to react to change quickly and strategically has never been more important.

A symptom of working in this environment is that companies everywhere are taking measures to make themselves as “uncertainty-proof” as possible – a process that begins with the ability to react with agility to rapid change in the market.

Given the volatility of the last twelve months – both financial and geopolitical – it is perhaps not surprising that we’ve seen such an uptake of cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) tools within the finance department. Big and sudden changes can have a significant impact on factors like borrowing, debt exposure, revenue predictions, and workforce.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

2016 Trends: Business Will Drive Digital Transformation

by Subramanian Iyer, January 2016

The movement to digital is the most important trend impacting business in the last few years. According to McKinsey Consulting, “Digital is fundamentally shifting the competitive landscape in many sectors. It allows new entrants to come from unexpected places. We’re seeing banks get into the travel business in some countries. We’re seeing travel agents get into the insurance business. We’re seeing retailers go into the media business. So your competitor set is not what it used to be.”

Subramanian Iyer, Oracle Insight, Customer Strategy

In 2016, companies will continue to use technology to support digital transformation through a five-pronged approach of social, mobility, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and analytics. However, technology is only an enabler of digital transformation—it is business that needs to drive strategy for organizations.

So, in 2016, what will be the key considerations for organizations that need to transform digitally?

1. Companies need to commit to transforming digitally. This is not a pilot project. Rising customer expectations and a high degree of competition from startups have made digital transformation a necessity. Executive management must champion digital strategies, and IT must be agile enough to carry them out. Digital strategies can succeed only when front-office digitization is closely integrated with optimized core environments.

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

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

HP's new Device-as-a-Service Programme keeps business on the leading edge

Jan 27, 2016 -

HP today announced that it is offering a Device-as-a-Service programme to help enterprises in Malaysia more easily acquire, deploy, manage, and refresh their PC technologies.

Businesses want to move fast, be more efficient, and still provide the best experience to demanding employees. However the time, cost and complexity of procuring and maintaining their PC infrastructure is a challenge.

With HP Device as a Service (DaaS), customers use their PCs like a utility - they pay one price per seat on a monthly basis over a three or four year period. They also get customized services and support from HP, such as PC configuration and installation, onsite break-fix, data migration, proactive support, while having the ability to refresh to the latest HP technology for subsequent contract periods. The devices covered under HP DaaS include commercial desktops, notebook PCs, tablets, and workstations.

Not only does HP DaaS free customers from having to pay the upfront costs of buying new PCs, it incorporates services, support and eventual disposal as part of an overall services agreement. This is different from typical leasing agreements where PC acquisition, setup and maintenance are covered under separate contracts. This means that customers can enjoy more predictable annual costs and greater ease from having to manage just one contract during their entire PC lifecycle.