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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

IT News Week 2 Mar 2017

For IT News Week 5 Feb 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Mar 9, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches Big Data and Analytics Solutions at Google Next 17
  • PR - Mar 9, 2017 - Commvault Partners with Pure Storage for the Flash Data Center with Cisco UCS
  • PR - Mar 7, 2017 - Huawei Wins ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ Award at MWC 2017
  • PR - Mar 7, 2017 - SG - HPE Redefines Technology Services Organization: Pointnext
  • PR - Mar 6, 2017 - Canon Introduces Four New Compact Cameras with Premium Versatility
  • GFK - Mar 6, 2017 - Overall Digital Still Camera in Malaysia Contracted by 30% in Volume in 2016
  • PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Cognizant Acquires Brilliant Service, a Japan-Based Intelligent Products and Solutions Company


PR - Mar 9, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches Big Data and Analytics Solutions at Google Next 17

AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, has announced the launch of new data and analytics solutions in Google's Commercial Dataset program. Newly integrated on Google Cloud Platform, leaders can view the impacts of weather on business performance to make data driven decisions that drive results.

AccuWeather D3 Analytics takes the most complete global real-time and historical weather database based on unique datasets from around the world with exclusive observations, satellite, radar, and proprietary metrics to uncover new levels of business intelligence through proprietary statistical analytics and predictive modeling. AccuWeather data scientists utilize proprietary analytics techniques based on geospatial time series analytics, machine learning, and 55 years of industry-leading meteorological expertise, analyzing thousands of potential weather factors to provide the most accurate and actionable insights for businesses. AccuWeather provides the most accurate forecasting data in the world, from AccuWeather MinuteCast® Minute-by-Minute, Hour by Hour, and Day by Day Forecasts through 90-Days, to make predictions based on businesses' needs that inform logistics, sales planning, inventory control, supply chain, and more.

PR - Mar 9, 2017 - Commvault Partners with Pure Storage for the Flash Data Center with Cisco UCS

Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, today announced FlashStack™, a flexible, converged infrastructure solution offered jointly by Cisco and Pure Storage, combining the latest in compute, network, and storage hardware into a single, integrated architecture.

The integration of Commvault Data Platform provides organizations with a high performance, scalable infrastructure for deploying mission-critical workloads.

With FlashStack, Commvault enables a smooth transition for organizations with the ability to protect and recover critical workloads faster, reduce risk by eliminating manual processes, and achieve lower management overhead and costs. Testing and reference architectures between Cisco and Commvault make extending FlashStack snapshot protection easy and efficient with backup onto Cisco’s Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) as part of the converged infrastructure stack.

PR - Mar 7, 2017 - Huawei Wins ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ Award at MWC 2017
  • Huawei received the ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ award at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017.
  • This year is the first year that GSMA has chosen to present the award for 5th generation mobile networks (5G) and receiving such an honor helps to showcase Huawei’s contribution to technology evolution.
  • In 2016, Huawei launched its CloudRAN Solution, which is a technology that applies a cloudified architecture to the Radio Access Network (RAN) and can create a 4.5G and 5G oriented architecture integrating multiple radio access technologies (RATs), frequency bands, and layers.
Huawei wins “Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G” at MWC 2017

PR - Mar 7, 2017 - SG - HPE Redefines Technology Services Organization: Pointnext

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced the launch of Pointnext, a newly redefined technology services organization dedicated to helping companies accelerate their digital transformations and make desired business outcomes a reality.

HPE Pointnext draws on the expertise of more than 25,000 specialists in 80 countries covering 30 languages and spanning a range of disciplines -- from cloud consulting experts to operational services experts. These teams collaborate with businesses worldwide to speed their adoption of emerging technologies, including cloud computing and hybrid IT, big data and analytics, the Intelligent Edge and Internet of Things (IoT).

The HPE Pointnext Operational Services team provides ways of delivering IT by managing and optimizing workloads, resources and capacity, on-premises and in the cloud, to help keep clients’ businesses at peak performance. This includes innovative products and services, such as HPE Flexible Capacity and HPE Datacenter Care, which simplify the IT experience and offer customers choices in where to move workloads and what to self-manage or outsource and how to flexibly consume IT.

PR - Mar 6, 2017 - Canon Introduces Four New Compact Cameras with Premium Versatility

The long awaited Canon G9X Mark II, Canon PowerShot SX430 IS, Canon IXUS 190 and Canon IXUS 185 cameras have finally made its way to be available to Malaysian customers! Designed for hobbyist and casual lifestyle users in mind, the new Canon cameras are lightweight and ultra-packed with a myriad of features that produce high quality images.

The DIGIC 7 image processor delivers high precision tracking performance and allows for touch detection of image subjects. The camera will automatically detect and track the face of a designated person, as well as animals and even objects that are not highly discernible in a low colour-saturation background. In addition, the DIGIC 7 image processor also makes continuous shooting of 8.1 fps possible, making it effortless for users to track and capture fast moving subjects on the Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II and pick the ideal image from the continuous shots taken. The 3x large aperture zoom lens (28-84mm*) assures high image clarity in varied shooting situations, even in low-light conditions.

Product Specifications Sheet



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Canon PowerShot SX430 IS
Image sensor
1/2.3-inch 20.0 megapixel CCD sensor
Image processor
DIGIC 4+
Lens
45x IS 24-1080mm
Monitor
3.0-inch, approx. 230,000 dots
Movie
HD 25 fps
Connectivity
Wi-Fi / NFC
Dimensions
Approx. 104.4 x 69.1 x 85.1
Weight
323g

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Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II
Image sensor
20.1 mega-pixel 1.0 inch type CMOS sensor
Image processor
DIGIC 7
Lens
3 x optical zoom IS
Monitor
3.0-inch, approx. 1,040,000 dots
Movie
Full HD 59.94 fps
Connectivity
Wi-Fi / NFC
Dimensions
Approx. 98.0 x 57.9 x 31.3mm
Weight
206g
Focal length
28-84mm (35mm equivalent)

Available in red & blackZ:\CM\2017 - 1H\EC415\Announcement Photo\EC415_IXUS_BK_JPEG\EC415_IXUS_black_03.jpg

CANON IXUS 185
Image sensor
1/2.3-inch 20.0 megapixel CCD sensor
Image processor
DIGIC 4+
Lens
8 x 28-224mm
Monitor
2.7-inch, approx. 230,000 dots
Movie
HD 25 fps
Dimensions
Approx. 95.2 x 54.3 x 22.1mm
Weight
126g
Available in blue & blackZ:\CM\2017 - 1H\EC414\Announcement Photo\EC414_IXUS_BK_JPEG\EC414_IXUS_black_03.jpg

CANON IXUS 190
Image sensor
1/2.3-inch 20.0 megapixel CCD sensor
Image processor
DIGIC 4+
Lens
10x IS 24-240mm
Monitor
2.7-inch, approx. 230,000 dots
Movie
HD 25 fps
Connectivity
Wi-Fi / NFC
Dimensions
Approx. 95.3 x 56.8 x 23.6
Weight
137g

GFK - Mar 6, 2017 - Overall Digital Still Camera in Malaysia Contracted by 30% in Volume in 2016

Mirrorless camera market surged with over 40 per cent growth in volume and value across Southeast Asia in 2016 The mirrorless camera market segment in Southeast Asia* expanded by 45 per cent in volume to reach 421,000 units in 2016, corresponding to a growth in value by 51 per cent that reached US$287 million. On the contrary, the compact point-and-shoot camera segment registered the sharpest decline in both volume and value, by 38 per cent and 28 per cent respectively. The digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) segment took a slight dip of 8 per cent in sales volume while market value remained flat throughout the year.

The market trends point towards a bullish segment for mirrorless cameras within the overall digital still camera (DSC) market across Southeast Asia.

In Malaysia, the overall DSC market contracted by 30 per cent in volume and 15 per cent in value in 2016, with the mirrorless camera segment decreasing in volume by 12 per cent and increasing in value by 3 per cent. The DSC market in Malaysia is expected to remain relatively stable due to the increase in the average selling price of cameras sold, echoing the same trend seen across the region. “Many consumers today, especially the Millennials, are already very much accustomed to using smartphones to stay connected and access their social media platforms instantaneously. With smartphones offering the convenience to upload photos straightaway onto social media platforms, the overall sales of compact digital cameras will continue to be adversely affected,” said Gerard Tan, senior director, Technology Retail Tracking, GfK Asia. “Camera manufacturers therefore need to rethink about their product and value differentiation.”

With the world’s largest retail panel, GfK tracks products and delivers insights based on both retailer and reseller actual sales data, to help customers align product availability with the expected market demand, as well as to optimise product assortment, distribution and pricing strategy.

PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Cognizant Acquires Brilliant Service, a Japan-Based Intelligent Products and Solutions Company

Cognizant today announced the acquisition of Brilliant Service Co. Ltd., an intelligent products and solutions company headquartered in Osaka, Japan, specializing in digital strategy, product design and engineering, the Internet of Things (IoT), and enterprise mobility.

Founded in 2004, Brilliant Service helps organizations build connected businesses by leveraging innovative smart device solutions. The company provides end-to-end Android/iOS applications, embedded software, user experience design and online-to-offline services to major corporations in Japan, who are seeking to create engaging customer experiences. Its client roster includes many of Japan’s top telecommunications, manufacturing, and consumer goods companies.

As part of the acquisition, a team of 70 professionals with extensive digital solutions experience and insights in the Japanese market will join Cognizant. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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