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Thursday, June 08, 2017

IT News Week 2 Jun 2017

For IT News Week 5 May 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Jun 8, 2017 - honor Malaysia to set the stage with its new smartphone
  • PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Two new updates from Aruba HPE - Asset Tracking Solution & Aruba 8400 Core Switch
  • PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria Appointed as Microlink Chairman
  • PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Sage Strengthens Asia Pacific Leadership with Appointment of VP for Asia business
  • PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Kakitangan.com Launches Online Tools for SMEs to Manage Expense Claims and Human Resources Documents
  • PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Appoints Digital Paper as New B2B Channel Distributor
  • PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Stream live — and beautifully — with ZenFone Live!
  • PR - Jun 5, 2017 - Connected Consumers Driving Smartphone Penetration in Malaysia
  • PR - Jun 2, 2017 - Iverson Associates Leads Training Program To Accelerate Malaysia's Vision As Regional Hub For Big Data Analytics


PR - Jun 8, 2017 - honor Malaysia to set the stage with its new smartphone

The wait is finally over, honor, a global smartphone manufacturer will be introducing its best smartphone yet in Malaysia – an energetic smartphone that is purpose-built to suit millennials and the adventurous consumer.

The smartphone line for affordable versus high-end phones are blurring and the much-anticipated new honor smartphone is set to deepen that divide. The new honor smartphone is a result of various strategic partnerships in the areas of gaming, photography and virtual reality. This move by honor is said to bring much more than just a phone that offers great user experience, but a smartphone that has performance that exceeds.

The new honor smartphone will feature next-generation technology, improved speed, and an inspired design. It is placed to be a surprise and promises to be a stand out from other smartphones in the same category. For a sneak preview of the new honor smartphone, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HuaweiHonorMY/.

PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Two new updates from Aruba HPE - Asset Tracking Solution & Aruba 8400 Core Switch

1. Launch of First Asset Tracking Solution Fully Integrated into WLAN Infrastructure 

This new addition to Aruba’s location-based services portfolio helps organizations easily track valued assets, resulting in improved organizational efficiency and lower capital and operational costs associated with misplaced assets. The Aruba asset tracking solution is fully integrated into the Aruba wireless infrastructure, enabling simplified, fully integrated deployments at dramatically reduced costs.

2. New Aruba 8400 Core Switch and Aruba OS-CX Operating System 

Aruba announced a new enterprise core and aggregation switch and the industry’s most advanced operating system, ArubaOS-CX, designed for modern mobility, cloud, and IoT requirements. Taking a leap beyond today’s antiquated switching platforms, the Aruba 8400 Core Switch Series and ArubaOS-CX are purpose-built for emerging mobile-cloud business applications and changing traffic patterns that are being driven by the massive flood of data sources and growth in IoT.

PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria Appointed as Microlink Chairman

Microlink Solutions Berhad, a local ICT solutions provider specialising in financial solutions, today shares that YABhg Tun Arifin bin Zakaria has been appointed as Independent Non-Executive Chairman. The appointment is effective immediately.

Tun Arifin has a long and highly distinguished career in the legal sector, most recently holding the post of Chief Justice of Malaysia from 2011 to April 2017, when he retired from office.

Chia Yong Wei, Group Chief Executive Officer of Microlink, said, “We are greatly honoured to have the opportunity to welcome Tun Arifin onto our Board. His outstanding track record in the judiciary, exemplary integrity and insightful wisdom will add significant value to our strategic roadmap and the stature of the Microlink Group.”

YABhg Tun Arifin bin Zakaria
Graduating with LLB (Hons) from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1974 and LLM from the University of College, London in 1979, he was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1979.

His distinguished legal career began when he joined the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service, before being posted as Federal Counsel in the Advisory Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers and later as Magistrate, Session Court Judge and Senior Assistant Registrar.

He served in various capacities in the Government of Malaysia, both in the Justice Office and the Legal Department before being appointed as a Judicial Commissioner on 1 March 1992, and Judge of the High Court of Malaya in 1994.

PR - Jun 7, 2017 - Sage Strengthens Asia Pacific Leadership with Appointment of VP for Asia business

Sage has reinforced its senior leadership team in the Asia region with the appointment of sales veteran, Robin Chao, as Vice President of Sage Software Asia.

In his new position, Chao will lead sales, business strategy development, personnel management, and scale business and sales performance for Sage in Asia. A key component of this strategy includes growing and managing Sage Software Asia’s vast partner ecosystem handling the entire portfolio of segments from startup & small businesses, and scale-ups to enterprises.

Robin Chao, VP, Sage Software

A 22-year veteran in the IT industry, Chao has experience covering sales in IT and outsourcing, product marketing, new market expansion, GTM build-up and partner development and management.

Chao was most recently Regional Sales Director for South Asia at Epicor Software Asia, where he spent close to a decade. Whilst there, he was responsible for ASEAN direct and indirect quota development, strategizing on GTM plans, partner enablement programs implementation, driving ASEAN market expansion, managing and guiding a team of regional country managers and building up both the business and partner community, resulting in growth for the business.

Prior to this, Chao held various leadership positions in sales at several IT organisations catering to SMEs and enterprises such as Powermatic Distribution and Singapore Computer Systems and understands business builders of today, having co-founded an online business in the past.

PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Kakitangan.com Launches Online Tools for SMEs to Manage Expense Claims and Human Resources Documents

Coastal Hectare Sdn. Bhd. through its brand of Kakitangan.com, today launched two new products that aim at further streamlining human resource (HR) work processes for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The first product launched today is Claims and Reimbursement System that allows submissions and approvals of employee expense claims and reimbursements to be done electronically. Meanwhile, the second product launched is Premium HRIS which is a new module that lets users easily upload and download HR-related electronic documents and for HR managers to keep track of changes in employee profile information. Both products are offered individually (ala carte) and also in cost-effective bundled packages with other products such as payroll.

Claims and Reimbursement System: With the new system, employees can submit their expense claims by logging on to Kakitangan.com using a web browser on a desktop or a mobile device. This new module makes it easier for employees with a smartphone to use their phone’s camera to take a photo of a receipt and then upload it to start a claim process. Manager will be notified via email whenever there is a new claim submitted, and, they can view the claim and approve it online even using their smartphone.

Premium HRIS: A new module to allow company HR to upload documents including HR policy, employee handbook and employee documents such as copies of identification cards and education certificates. In addition, the Premium HRIS module also provides company HR with an audit trail where they can identify any changes to employee data such as their profiles that could affect their “Potongan Cukai Bulanan” (PCB) and keep track of salary or title changes.

PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab Appoints Digital Paper as New B2B Channel Distributor

Kaspersky Lab today announced it has extended its partnership with Digital Paper Sdn Bhd, a leading and well-established IT product distributor in Malaysia, to maximise the company’s B2B routes to market in Malaysia. Digital Paper has vast knowledge of the SMB security sector, alongside experienced IT specialists and a broad reach with more than eight multinational companies in the areas of marketing, support and distribution of their products nationwide in Malaysia.

Appointing Digital Paper, will further strengthen value-add services for Kaspersky Lab resellers, with the new distributor providing support and training internally and working with channel partners on deals as part of an end-to-end onboarding process. Digital Paper will be in charge of building up the sales for Kaspersky Lab’s Small Office Security (KSOS) for small medium businesses, as well as Kaspersky Total Security (KTS), Kaspersky Lab’s flagship consumer product.

Ms Sylvia Ng, General Manager - SEA, Kaspersky Lab (left) presenting the prizes to the lucky draw winners.

According to Ms. Slyvia Ng, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab – SEA, “Protection is not just about patching on basic security for businesses today, it is about building cyber-resilience into the very heart of operations. There is an immense opportunity for the channel and we are delighted to bring Digital Paper on board to bolster the sales process.

PR - Jun 6, 2017 - Stream live — and beautifully — with ZenFone Live!

ASUS ZenFone Live is the world’s first smartphone with hardware-optimized, real-time live-streaming beautification technology, that makes it possible to share an even more glamorous version of yourself on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Get the perfect look when you go live on your social-networks with ASUS BeautyLive, ZenFone Live’s all-new live-streaming beautification app! See your skin smoothed and blemishes removed in real time, and then share the more beautiful you with friends and followers!



With large 1.4μm pixels and a dedicated LED selfie flash, capturing photos of yourself and your friends has never been clearer, brighter or more beautiful. ZenFone Live even has dual microphones to eliminate background noise and enhance your speech, an innovative five-magnet speaker and smart amp for powerful audio, a curved 2.5D display and a lustrous metallic finish.

ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) has a recommended retail price of RM 649 and comes in three colors : Navy Black,Shimmer Gold,Rose Pink

PR - Jun 5, 2017 - Connected Consumers Driving Smartphone Penetration in Malaysia

GfK’s Point of Sales tracking has recently found that Malaysian consumers are choosing bigger screen size smartphones, with over two-fifth (45%) of the 8.5 million units of mobile handset purchased in the last 12 months measuring over 5 inches. GfK findings reported that consumers bought around MYR 6.8 billion worth of smartphones, a significant increase from MYR 5.4 billion in 2015, with the biggest spike in sales contributed by mid-range models costing between MYR 900 to 1,050.



Chinese smartphone brands were the key drivers to the spike in demand for mobile devices last year, which registered the highest number of new smartphone brands entering the marketplace.

“With the recent nationwide expansion in mobile connectivity, consumers in the country are increasingly using their smartphones for activities such as mobile shopping, social media and general surfing of the internet,” observed Stanley Kee, Managing Director for Southeast Asia, GfK. “Shopping apps, especially, are also gaining popularity, paving the path for mobile payments. More consumers today are contributing to the growth of mobile commerce (m-commerce) in Malaysia, making payments through their mobile devices for retail items, airline tickets, and services such as Grab and Uber.”

PR - Jun 2, 2017 - Iverson Associates Leads Training Program To Accelerate Malaysia's Vision As Regional Hub For Big Data Analytics

Iverson Associates recently launched an event where they are introducing the Microsoft Professional Program on Data Science.

With the launch, Malaysia is now the first country in the Asia Pacific region to announce the commercial availability of the program and Iverson Associates is the first training provider in the country to offer the program.

Business professionals of all skill levels can equip themselves with the right knowledge and skillsets required in the rapidly developing field of data analytics in a flexible manner.
  • The program is based on a series of Massive Open Online Curriculum (MOOC).
  • Developed by Microsoft focusing on Data Science that is hosted by Microsoft on the Open edX platform founded by Harvard University and MIT.
  • Consisting of nine courses that are taught through online classes or in training centers.
  • The program can be accessed easily anytime and anywhere through Iverson’s e-learning portal.

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