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Sunday, May 28, 2017

IT News Week 4 May 2017

For IT News Week 3 May 2017

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - May 26, 2017 - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Automates Managed Security through Integration with ConnectWise
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - Malaysia Employees Do Not Feel Empowered for the Digital Age: Microsoft Study
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - London, New York and Hong Kong - Mergermarket Group bolsters equity technology and analytics capability with acquisition of TIM Group
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - Venture Into the Wild at ArtScience Museum
  • PR - May 25, 2017 - One Canon One Tree - A Tree Planting Initiative
  • PR - May 24, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Announces Theme for COMPUTEX 2017 Showcase: Go Beyond the Limit and Reach for the Top
  • PR - May 23, 2017 - Inaugural Cloudera E-Sessions 2017 in APAC to Showcase Best Practices for Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics
  • PR - May 22, 2017 - Survey Reveals Main Criterias for Motor Insurance Purchase in Malaysia
  • PR - May 19, 2017 - Jabra Extends Evolve Range with New Wireless Headset for Modern Office Workers
  • PR - May 19, 2017 - Huawei Releases eLTE SafeCity Solution for Public Safety
  • PR - May 18, 2017 - Tetra Pak responds to Asia’s rapidly evolving market needs with the first Customer Innovation Centre in Singapore


PR - May 26, 2017 - Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Automates Managed Security through Integration with ConnectWise


Kaspersky Lab has completed the integration and certification of Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business with ConnectWise Manage for remote monitoring and management (RMM) and ConnectWise Automate for professional service automation (PSA). Kaspersky Lab’s MSP partners can now benefit from a ‘single pane of glass’ for improved visibility and control over the workflow, with simplified management and monitoring via the ConnectWise console, unified administration of customers’ accounts, and seamless automated billing and reporting.

With Kaspersky Security Integration Plugin installed, MSP security teams have access to automated security scanning and updates, remote client deployment, and a centralized security dashboard — making it possible to introduce solutions that meet a customer’s specific requirements and to manage them from a single ConnectWise console.

Automated monitoring ensures that particular tasks are created and assigned to the appropriate person within a team. This significantly reduces the time that MSPs spend on monitoring and increases the number of clients a single engineer can manage. The integration also brings more resource efficiency to customer service.

PR - May 25, 2017 - Malaysia Employees Do Not Feel Empowered for the Digital Age: Microsoft Study

Microsoft today unveiled findings of its Asia Workplace 2020 Study, where it found that employees in Malaysia do not feel empowered to embrace the demands of the digital workplace.

While 70% of Malaysia respondents consider themselves to be mobile workers and spend at least 20% of their time working outside of their offices, only 41% feel empowered by their organization’s culture and managers to be able to work together productively and collaboratively. In addition, only 32% of respondents agree that their organization is committed at a leadership level to ensure every employee is included in closing the digital skills gaps within the workforce.

Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia presenting the Workplace 2020 study in Kuala Lumpur on 25 May

Launching the Malaysia survey results, Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia said, “As Asia primes itself to become the most connected market with more than half of all mobile connections originating from the region by 2021, organizations need to rethink how they empower their workforce with the right culture, policy, infrastructure and tools to maximise their potential. This means enabling collaboration from anywhere, on any device. However, it is also critical for business leaders to evaluate and implement changes to counter cultural and management challenges that are hindering employees to work seamlessly from wherever they are, which will in turn, hinder an organization’s growth and progress in the digital age.”

PR - May 25, 2017 - London, New York and Hong Kong - Mergermarket Group bolsters equity technology and analytics capability with acquisition of TIM Group

Mergermarket Group, a BC Partners portfolio company, announced today that it has acquired TIM Group. Established in 2002 and headquartered in London, TIM Group specialises in the electronic delivery of equity trade ideas and investment recommendations through its independent distribution platform.

TIM Group connects financial industry professionals with its proprietary network and technology, revolutionizing how investment advice is distributed, analysed and monetized. The TIM Group network analyses and measures trade idea performance, facilitating compliance in line with MiFID II requirements relating to payment for investment recommendations.

The acquisition extends Mergermarket Group’s reach in the domain of equity technology and analytics. TIM Group services adjacent buy-side users to those accessing Mergermarket Group’s Dealreporter product for market-critical insights on expected and live corporate events.

Hamilton Matthews, CEO of Mergermarket Group commented:

“Through the acquisition of TIM Group we are delighted to strengthen our position as a trusted source of market-critical information. The acquisition will deepen our reach into the buy-side and enable us to distribute the rich data sets in Mergermarket Group’s portfolio. As the buy-side increasingly turn to technology to support their investment decisions, we will be in a prime position to support our subscribers, especially those trading systematic and quantitative strategies. TIM is a valued and respected source that can also support our subscribers’ compliance with regulatory change, such as MiFID II.”

Rich Koppel, co-founder and CEO of TIM Group added:

“As part of Mergermarket Group, we will more effectively service and expand our network of regulated fund managers, investment banks, brokerage firms and research providers. We will complement our trade ideas offerings with data derived from Mergermarket Group’s proprietary offerings. We will continue to facilitate MiFID II-compliance by helping subscribers measure and pay for value delivered. Subscribers will benefit from the powerful combination of Mergermarket Group’s intelligence-gathering capabilities with TIM Group’s technology and analytic expertise.”

PR - May 25, 2017 - Venture Into the Wild at ArtScience Museum

Visitors visiting the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore will be able to experience the museum’s latest permanent development Into the Wild: An Immersive Virtual Adventure through real-world change via interactive technology. This exhibition has been ongoing since 11 February 2017.

Built in collaboration with Lenovo, Google, WWF, and Singapore artist, Brian Gothong Tan, in association with Panasonic and Qualcomm, Into the Wild transforms over 1,000 square metres of ArtScience Museum's public spaces into a virtual rainforest, explored using a smartphone device. The virtual adventure becomes a reality, when visitors take an active role in replanting the rainforests of Southeast Asia. For every virtual tree planted, and accompanied with a pledge to WWF, a real tree will be planted in a rainforest in Indonesia.


“Into the Wild is part of Lenovo’s long-term commitment to make augmented reality accessible to as many people as possible. This is an exciting time for AR, as the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro becomes one of the most potent tools for institutions such as ArtScience Museum to increase audience engagement, allowing users to absorb content and engage in causes via an augmented experience that’s both rich and accessible,” said Khoo Hung Chuan, Cluster General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia and Singapore.

Into the Wild begins at ArtScience Museum’s Basement 2. Using Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro, the world’s first Tango-enabled smartphone, powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 652, platform visitors will step into the role of a ranger and embark on a virtual reality adventure. This experience is made possible by Tango’s area learning, depth sensing, and motion tracking capabilities.

PR - May 25, 2017 - One Canon One Tree - A Tree Planting Initiative

As Canon Marketing (Malaysia) celebrates its 30th year anniversary this year, the global leader in imaging products and solutions is giving back to Malaysians who have supported them through its ‘One Canon One Tree’ program which sees Canon Marketing (Malaysia) planting 3,000 trees in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam.

Partnering with Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA), the initiative saw an estimated 600 participants gathered on Saturday, 20 May, to plant 3,000 trees at Bukit Jelutong, in the hopes of increasing environmental benefits and improve on the greenery landscape in the city of Shah Alam.



The ‘One Canon One Tree’ programme and the year-long ‘Canon Gives Back’ campaign is an effort by Canon to create a sustainable future by planting the seeds of tomorrow, today. Canon believes that technological innovation and improvement are not exclusive to just products but also extends in environmental awareness and social consciousness.

PR - May 24, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Announces Theme for COMPUTEX 2017 Showcase: Go Beyond the Limit and Reach for the Top

Team Group is proud to announce its participation in this year’s COMPUTEX taking place from May 30th to June 2nd, 2017 alongside the company’s 20th anniversary celebration under the theme “Go beyond the limit and reach for the top.” This milestone represents not only the maturity of Team Group’s strength in R&D, but also its continuous effort in creating brand value. In conjunction to this year’s COMPUTEX, Team Group will also set-up a VIP display area for its new products at the Grand Hyatt Taipei inviting all media to join the celebration.

AWARD-WINNING T-FORCE Series

Team Group’s gaming brand – T-FORCE series has been highly praised by media and consumers around the globe. High-end, and award-winning memory modules NIGHT HAWK and XTREEM earned high distinctions this year, the T-FORCE XTREEM holding the world record for memory overclocking frequency at 5280MHz as well as the first ever memory module to break the 5200MHz barrier. A limited edition will be debuted at the event.

Apple MFi Certified Type-C Mobile Peripherals

Following the success of the Mostash, Team Group’s MoStash Reader is another external Apple storage device. With an ultra-compact and lightweight design, the Mostash Reader is easy to carry around and allows users to back up files through its SD card reader while expanding their storage capacity.


PR - May 23, 2017 - Inaugural Cloudera E-Sessions 2017 in APAC to Showcase Best Practices for Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics

Cloudera, Inc. today announced its fifth annual Sessions roadshow and the launch of the inaugural Cloudera E-Sessions (CES) in the Asia Pacific region. The roadshow, aimed at helping organizations determine an intelligent path toward data platform modernization, has expanded to include more than 20 cities globally. The virtual sessions will explore topics such as Data Science and Machine Learning and the content will also be made available on-demand in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Both the Sessions events and CES will feature real-life examples of organizations and how they are using data to improve business critical decision-making. Alongside, the CES will provide organizations in the Asia Pacific region with a platform to discuss the use of big data across industries with Cloudera’s subject matter experts.

Cloudera Sessions 2017 in Asia Pacific are scheduled as below:
May 2017                   
Launch of CES across Asia Pacific - Australia, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Japan
 
June 2017
 
Sydney, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
 
July 2017
 
Seoul, Korea
 
August 2017
 
Canberra, Australia
 
November 2017
 
Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Shenzhen, China
Melbourne, Australia
 
December 2017
 
Brisbane, Australia
 
 
PR - May 22, 2017 - Survey Reveals Main Criterias for Motor Insurance Purchase in Malaysia

AIG Malaysia recently collaborated with motoring journalist, Paul Tan on a survey on the subject of motor insurance liberalization. The results showed that competitive pricing, guaranteed claims approval and best turnaround time for claims approval are the main criteria for motor insurance purchase in Malaysia.

The survey, which polled some 4,400 respondents who were aged above 18, showed that 89 per cent of them preferred competitive pricing for their motor insurance purchase.

On the modality of motor insurance purchase, the survey found that 24 per cent preferred to purchase their motor insurance online, while the majority at 66 per cent liked the more traditional channels, including dealing with an agent or visiting insurance branches.

PR - May 19, 2017 - Jabra Extends Evolve Range with New Wireless Headset for Modern Office Workers

Jabra, a leader in professional communications and sound solutions, extends the market leading Evolve range with a new premium wireless headset for modern office workers, the Jabra Evolve 75.

Boasting a unique combination of features including superior Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and an integrated ‘do not disturb’ busylight, Jabra Evolve 75 is the best wireless headset for concentration in the open office*.

The headset is the latest addition to the successful Jabra Evolve Series which has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide. The range was conceived to reflect the way people work in the office and enable focused and distraction free open office working. The Jabra Evolve 75 takes this promise to the next level by combining the strongest parts of the Evolve range: wireless freedom, great sound, ANC and busylight.



The Jabra Evolve 75 comes equipped with world-class speakers for music and HD voice for crystal clear calls. Dual Bluetooth® connectivity supports calls and music by allowing the user to simultaneously pair the headset with two connected devices, like both a computer and a smartphone.

With a wireless range of 30 metres (100 feet) for laptops and 10 metres (33 feet) for smartphones, the Jabra Evolve 75 offers employees the flexibility and freedom of movement for unsurpassed multi-tasking without noise and interruptions from colleagues that stifle concentration and productivity.

Key features and specifications:
  • High-definition (HD) voice for crystal clear calls and music
  • Superior Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and an integrated busylight to boost productivity by reducing noise and interruptions
  • Wireless range of up to 100 feet / 30 metres away from your laptop and 33 feet / 10 metres away from your smartphone
  • Flexibility to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time for calls and music – meaning for example both a computer and a smartphone
  • Integration with leading Unified Communications (UC) platforms including Skype for Business and Cisco certification
  • Up to 15 hours of battery life
  • All-day comfort leather feel ear cushions and an on-the-ear wearing style for all day comfort
  • Discreet boom-arm: Boom-arm can be clipped into the headband when not on calls
  • Listen-In: Easy to reach button on ear cup to hear announcements without removing the headset
  • Optional charging stand: Easy charging and docking comes with an optional charging stand to eliminate battery concerns

Pricing and Availability

The Jabra Evolve 75 retails at MSRP of 329 USD/EUR (incl. charging stand) and 279 USD/EUR (excl. charging stand).

PR - May 19, 2017 - Huawei Releases eLTE SafeCity Solution for Public Safety

Huawei has released its eLTE SafeCity solution at Critical Communications World 2017. The solution forms part of a joint effort between Huawei and its partners to enhance global safety, aiming to provide global governments and customers with reliable and comprehensive E2E wireless networks that support service convergence, multiple sensors, and mobile police cloud.

Rapid urban economic development and rising urban living standards mean that effectively safeguarding people and their properties is a growing challenge for government departments and agencies in city administration, event management, and emergency control. Traditional narrowband communication networks with basic voice service only will be insufficient to meet the demands of future networks.

The eLTE SafeCity solution consists of three components:
  • Comprehensive Solution Guaranteeing Visibility, Connectivity, Mobility, and Accuracy for Urban Safety
  • Reliable Broadband Trunking for All Services
  • eLTE Mobile Video Solution for Non-stop All-round Surveillance
PR - May 18, 2017 - Tetra Pak responds to Asia’s rapidly evolving market needs with the first Customer Innovation Centre in Singapore

Tetra Pak, the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company, launches its first Asia-based Customer Innovation Centre (CIC) in Singapore, to address the evolving needs of the fast-growing Asian markets. This Centre will help the region’s food and beverage manufacturers uncover growth opportunities, accelerate and enhance product innovation to create winning solutions for their brands.



Located at the Tetra Pak Jurong site, the new CIC is custom-made to bring together Tetra Pak’s infrastructure, expertise and processes to help customers ideate and evaluate products across the entire value chain. Equipped with the latest tools and technologies, the Centre is designed to facilitate brainstorming, prototype product formulations, customize packaging designs and finally refine the product until its full-scale market launch.

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