ICT Happening Updates Week 3 Nov 2012

BMW Group Malaysia sets new benchmark in premium mobility with the all new BMW M6

Kuala Lumpur, 16th November 2012 – BMW Group Malaysia unveiled the all new second generation BMW M6 Coupé, a masterpiece in automotive design and engineering by the world renowned BMW M GmbH.

Featuring a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic, the new BMW M6 Coupé ensures exceptionally fast gearshifts without any loss of power. In addition with Drivelogic, BMW customers can further benefit from the Launch Control function that provides maximum acceleration from a standing start, as well as the Low Speed Assistance that enhances driving comfort in stop-and-go traffic situations.

New 2nd generation BMW M6 Coupé,

The new BMW M6 Coupé further provides comprehensive opportunities for drivers to customise its powertrain and chassis systems. Engine responses, Drivelogic, DSC mode, damper settings and steering characteristics can all be adjusted individually at the touch of a button. In addition, the cars iDrive menu allows drivers to customise settings for the cars M-Specific Head Up Display. Two M Drive buttons on the steering wheel lets the driver save and access their preferred set-up at any time they want, be it for relaxed and comfortable cruising or for optimised sports dynamics. The exclusive character of the BMW M6 Coupé is further enhanced with a range of products from the comprehensive BMW ConnectedDrive range of driver assist systems, BMW Apps, BMW Live as well as online connectivity via a Bluetooth enabled personal smart device.

The retail price (on the road, without insurance) for the new BMW M6 Coupé is RM 988,800.

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Tata Communications named Best Asian Wholesale Carrier

New York (NYSE) & Mumbai (BSE) – November 15th 2012 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, has won the Best Asian Wholesale Carrier Award at the 2012 Capacity Awards. The Capacity Awards, presented at Capacity Europe in Amsterdam yesterday, recognises wholesale players who have established themselves at the forefront of the wholesale telecoms industry by applying innovative processes and strategies to their wholesale businesses.

Tata Communications’ breadth of wholesale offerings helps service providers address their core business challenges including service reach and interoperability, end-user experience, efficient capital allocation, and technology transformation. The past year has seen service innovation to support convergence with the launch of the IPX+ framework to address mobile broadband inter-provider challenges and the Global Meeting Alliance™ membership network, which helps service providers extend the global reach of business video.

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Brocade Names New Head for South East Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, – November 9, 2012 - Brocade® named Lily Foo as head for South East Asia region responsible for charting the company’s overall growth across the region. She will be based in Singapore and report directly to Brocade Vice President for Asia Pacific (APAC) Charlie Foo.
Lily Foo, head for South East Asia, Brocade

Foo joined Brocade in 2008 and was most recently senior manager of Distribution Sales and Programs for APAC, where she worked closely with regional channel partners on localizing sales programs and leading program logistics to help drive revenue growth. Prior to Brocade, Foo was regional client director at Datacraft. She also held global account management roles with Avaya, Verizon (MCI Worldcom) and SingTel.

“The South East Asian market presents numerous opportunities for new businesses, especially with high level of interest in cloud computing from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand,” said Lily Foo. “I am excited to take on this new role and look forward to working closely with our customers and partners to further our success in the region.”

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Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Malaysia Operations Names Sunil Gupta President

KUALA LUMPUR, 7th November 2012 – A leading document management solutions and services provider, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd appointed Sunil Gupta as President on Oct 1 for Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Malaysia Operations, replacing Masahiko Saito, who had served as the company’s president since 2008. The appointment of Sunil, printing/document services executive with 34 years of experience, signals a renewed focus on Fuji Xerox’s green initiative, innovative solutions and services, as well as revenue for the company.
Sunil Gupta, President Asia Pacific Malaysia Operations, Fuji Xerox

Most recently, Sunil was the president and chief executive officer of Xerox International Partners, which handles sales and support of laser printers and related consumables for original equipment manufacturing customers. Sunil joined Xerox International Partners in 1992 and led many of the company’s projects. He managed sales, marketing, and implemented strategies to enhance the company’s infrastructure. In addition, he also oversaw the automation global supply chain and financial reporting systems.

Sunil said: “I am honored and delighted to lead Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Malaysia Operations, and I look forward to working with the Company's dedicated employees in order to bring cutting-edge products and services to the local market. The energy, talent pool and Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity offers the opportunity for me to continue to learn, grow, and contribute in this emerging business environment.”

Sunil hold a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Rajasthan in India as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Finance and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Cloud Consultancy and the Channel: Vendor Programs Critical to Growth

San Jose; November 7th, 2012 – New research from Brocade indicates that many channel organizations are being impeded in their efforts to move toward cloud-based professional services due to a lack of flexibility and capability by their vendors. The study revealed that in addition to direct competition, channel organization’s professional services ambitions are being restricted by a lack of innovative vendor solutions, overly complex programs and proprietary vendor technologies.

Based on a survey of over 500 channel organizations worldwide, the report revealed that almost half of respondents expect professional services to become their main revenue generator by 2020. Yet, for the majority of respondents, professional services accounts for 25 percent or less of revenues today.

The research also revealed the growing customer demand for professional services, with complexity and constraints on CapEx reported as the biggest customer challenges. Only 11 percent of respondents currently look to their vendors for innovative finance solutions and 19 percent for marketing funding―key when trying to build a brand and reputation rather than sell on price.

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BMW Group Malaysia reintroduces the highly popular MINI One

Kuala Lumpur, 6th November 2012 – BMW Group Malaysia has introduced a fresh batch of 30 limited edition MINI Ones for its Malaysian customers following the car’s stunning popularity with its debut in 2011.

“MINI has always been known worldwide for it’s fun character and exciting driving characteristics and the MINI One is designed to provide Malaysian customers with an excellent taste of the MINI spirit. “ said Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia.

MINI limited edition engine

“As of October this year, BMW Group Malaysia has sold a total of 291 MINI’s which is an increase of 18% compared to the same period in 2011. I am confident that the MINI One will allow us to continue to spread the excitement of MINI amongst our Malaysian customers even further.” said Dr. Pils.

The retail price (on the road and without insurance) for the MINI One is RM 143, 888. The MINI Tender Loving Care (TLC) package, which provides free wear and tear repairs, maintenance and services for 3 years or up to 50,000km based on whichever is reached first, is also purchasable as an optional upgrade to the MINI One.

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Sales Engineer Wins RM160K Volkswagen Golf TSI from P1

Petaling Jaya, 31st of October 2012 – When 43-year-old Sales Engineer, Ng Joo Inn subscribed to a P1 ForHome™ broadband plan, he didn’t expect to also get the much coveted bonus of a brand new Volkswagen Golf TSI worth RM160,000. Ng subscribed to P1 when the service provider was running its “iPunya Buy & Win Contest” with the Golf TSI as the grand prize.

The contest was opened to subscribers of P1 broadband plans who also signed up for a P1 self-care account and submitted a slogan and answered a couple of questions correctly. Ng’s slogan reads, “I like P1 because it is everyday LOW cost with HIGH quality; they know they are not the best but always try harder!”

Additionally, 35 other subscribers also won attractive prizes comprising Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung WiFi camera and X-mini speaker.

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