ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of Feb 2013

The most significant news for week 1 of Feb 2013 was launching of BlackBerry 10 platform by RIM.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last week were:
  • WeChat launches walkie-talkie feature. 
  • Tata Communications upgraded service offerings to provide MVO with mobile broadband enablement.
  • MyIX announces peering with Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft.
  • Silver Peak delivers Multi-Gigabit Virtual WAN Acceleration on Windows Server Hyper-V.
  • Cebu Pacific launches “Search for the Juan Blogger” Contest.
  • SEEBURGER signs strategic partner Datamation in Malaysia.
  • Sunlight Unicablink launches first GPS enabled taxi in Malaysia and Taxi Booking App.
  • hybris Global Partner Summit attracts over 800 global attendees.
  • Adobe launches transformative creative cloud offering in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur, 12 February 2013 - WeChat's Latest version 4.5 Ropes In A Walkie-Talkie Live Chat Feature!

The latest WeChat Version 4.5 allows users to experience a walkie-talkie-alike group chat feature, WeChat V4.5 aims to be your communicator at any time and place, enhanced with security alerts and privacy optimization.

With WeChat’s latest V4.5 Walkie-Talkie Group Chat feature, communication would be faster, easier and much more fun when you interact with your friends and family via the group voice chat in the voice chat room – as simple as a once-touch action! This real-time voice chat room is so similar to walkie-talkies that even with your smartphone screen locked; you can still enjoy the live chats. While live chats are ongoing, you can also play games such as “Solitaire Lyrics” and “Guess the Song”.

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New York (NYSE) & Mumbai (BSE) – February 7th, 2013 - Tata Communications extends managed services offering to support mobile industry migration to 4G

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications, announces the expansion of its managed services for mobile network operators (MNOs) looking to grow their mobile broadband offering as 4G continues to gather pace globally.

Tata Communications is supporting MNOs around the globe with one of the industry’s widest reaching service offerings for mobile broadband enablement. Building on its extensive portfolio of mobile services, including IPX+ connectivity, voice, messaging, and signalling, the company has introduced two new solutions – the Virtual Private Roaming Hub which consolidates roaming operations and the LTE Roaming Service to streamline roaming for 4G networks. Tata Communications is also launching the Managed SMS Firewall to protect MNOs and consumers against mobile spam.

With the accelerated growth in mobile data spurred by greater smartphone proliferation, MNOs are looking for ways to generate increased revenue, reduce customer churn and ensure service continuity as they migrate to 4G. Tata Communications’ managed services simplify the interconnection of MNO communities, ensuring smoother end-to-end service delivery and management across networks, resulting in quality and efficiency gains. Tata Communications’ interworking across the mobile ecosystem ensures faster time to market for new services and lower total cost of ownership for MNOs.

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Kuala Lumpur, 7 February 2013 - MyIX Peers with Three Global Internet Brands

The operator of Malaysia’s sole neutral Internet Exchange, MyIX – also known as ‘Persatuan Pengendali Internet Malaysia’, today announces that top international brands including Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have recently joined the country’s national Internet exchange as part of its existing peering network.

The biggest value from this development is an immediate improvement in connectivity between MyIX members – consisting of over 50 ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and Content Providers with the three said global Internet brands.

AIMS Group CEO, Chiew Kok Hin, MyIX Chairman, Chiew Kok Hin, says, “MyIX’s ability to support the growing Internet traffic needs of these international brands have lead to the forging of these peering partnerships, which will now allow the Brand’s regional customers to enjoy better accessibility to their website and Internet content.”

Chiew Kok Hin, MyIX Chairman

Due to the burst of mobility in this region, the adoption of smartphones, tablets and mobile data applications have seen a steady increase. Smartphones continue to fuel sales of mobile phones worldwide with sales of close to 170 million units by Q3 2012 (Source: Gartner). These numbers are predicted to rise higher and with it an increase in internet users worldwide.

“Thus it is very important for these top Internet brands to ensure their customers get the best user experience while managing the burst in traffic especially from Asia. The need for faster connectivity and functionality has made them choose MyIX to better serve their regional market.”

“In addition to improved performance and connectivity, they can also expect to see lower operational costs as they are now able to bypass longer and more expensive data routes internationally,” adds Chiew.

By leveraging MyIX as the main traffic ply route for its domestic Internet data, these brands local traffic is kept local within the country’s networks and this reduces the latency of “boomerang traffic effect” when in-country Internet data need to loop to foreign networks to access the target Internet content.

“MyIX will continue to explore more extensive direct peering partnerships global Internet brands so as to benefit our members via better performance of their managed ISP networks with lessen dependency on expensive international bandwidth links,” ends Chiew.

Singapore. February 7, 2013 – Silver Peak Delivers Multi-Gigabit Virtual WAN Acceleration on Windows Server Hyper-V

Silver Peak Systems, a leader in accelerating data over distance, announced its first multi-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) data acceleration solution for Windows Server Hyper-V environments. Silver Peak’s virtual offering for Windows Server Hyper-V now extends from small remote offices to large data centers, giving Microsoft Corp.’s hypervisor customers a highly flexible and cost-effective solution for maximizing the performance of application and storage traffic over a wide area network (WAN).

Silver Peak’s unprecedented WAN acceleration performance on Windows Server Hyper-V means networking, virtualization and storage administrators can more easily meet their objectives for strategic IT initiatives such as remote data replication, virtualization, cloud, big data, and server/storage centralization. Silver Peak is the only company to offer multi-gigabit per second virtual WAN acceleration, delivering 20x the capacity of alternative solutions.

Based on Silver Peak’s Virtual Acceleration Open Architecture (VXOA), Silver Peak software delivers maximum performance with no hardware dependencies. A recent independent analysis highlights that Silver Peak virtual products perform as well as or better than physical devices from Riverbed. In addition, Silver Peak offers the only virtual software capable of running on every major hypervisor, delivering maximum flexibility to our customers.

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Kuala Lumpur, 6 February, 2013 – Cebu Pacific launches “Search for the Juan Blogger” Contest

Cebu Pacific , the Philippines' largest national flag carrier, launches the “Search for the Juan Blogger” contest, an online contest for bloggers in Malaysia and Singapore.

The winner, known as the "CEB Juan Blogger," will be rewarded with CEB flights for two to four destinations in the Philippines, two nights’ hotel stays in each destination from Agoda.com, and US$ 500 travel allowance per trip from VISA.

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Kuala Lumpur/ ATLANTA, GA (February 07, 2013) – SEEBURGER Signs Strategic Partner Datamation in Malaysia

SEEBURGER, the global business integration and enterprise class Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions provider,announces a strategic partnership with Datamation (M) Sdn Bhd (‘Datamation’) to deploy the SEEBURGER MFT SeeFX private Cloud-based file exchange solutions in Malaysia.

According to Datamation spokesperson, “Malaysia was also selected to be our Asian regional headquarters in 2012 and we have been aggressively searching for local partners with the right mix of offerings to accelerate delivering our offerings to this market. Datamation’s experience, market knowledge and strong customer base make them an ideal candidate for representing SEEBURGER.”

Prior to today's announcement, Datamation has been a very active reseller of SEEBURGER's Business Integration Suite (BIS).

“This SEEBURGER-Datamation partnership is part of the company's strategy to increase its penetration in Asia Pacific where SEEBURGER already has a significant presence in countries including China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Australia," adds Hatcher.

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Kuala Lumpur, 6 February 2013 – Sunlight Unicablink Launches First GPS Enabled Taxi in Malaysia and Taxi Booking App

Sunlight Unicablink, which is part of the Sunlight Taxi group of companies, today announced the official launch of the first Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled taxi dispatching system in Malaysia as well as the Unicablink taxi booking app.

The integrated GPS enabled taxi dispatching system will take job orders received from the call centre and automatically assign them without human intervention, to the nearest available taxis in the area. Taxi drivers can respond by placing their bid for the order as well as locate their prospective passengers through the GPS system. This results in faster response time from the point of order to passenger pick-up as well as better customer service.

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Singapore – 05 February 2013 - hybris’ Three-Day Global Partner Summit Attracts Over 800 Global Attendees

hybris, a leading provider of omni-channel commerce software, has announced that this year’s Global Partner Summit, which took place in Munich, Germany, attracted over 800 global delegates, double the attendance of the same event held in 2012. In its 12th year, the Partner Summit provides a forum for over 250 of hybris’ solution partners from around the world to come together to share ideas, network with peers and meet hybris domain experts. In addition, delegates received the latest information on hybris, its strategic direction and products, including the hybris Innovation Lab featuring exciting innovations in omni-channel commerce.

During the three-day conference, delegates were also given the opportunity to dive into different presentations covering areas such as e-business, delivery, and technology, and attend workshops that focused on knowledge transfer for the technical staff within partner organisations. Attendees also heard presentations from partners including Adobe, Bazaarvoice, Celum, Compuware.

Speaking about the event, Frank Schoutissen, Vice President of Channel, said; “This year’s Partner Conference was an unmitigated success, with twice the number of delegates compared to last year. The event is an important opportunity for us to show our partner ecosystem the impetus that hybris has in the market, the solutions we deliver and how the company is performing. Year on year we hear from our partners what an important event this is for them as they learn first-hand about our new product innovations and best practices for project delivery.”

“It also allows hybris to showcase the success of our partners with our awards program and to promote this to other attendees at the event,” concluded Schoutissen.

Kuala Lumpur, February 5, 2013 - Adobe Launches Transformative Creative Cloud Offering in Malaysia

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced Adobe© Creative Cloud™, giving Malaysian creatives their first chance to experience a radical new way of accessing Adobe’s iconic tools and services. Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that provides users with unlimited access to download and install all Creative Suite® desktop applications, plus Photoshop® Lightroom®, Adobe Muse™, Adobe Edge tools and services; game developer tools and integration with Photoshop Touch apps. Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, the first of the Creative Cloud membership options available in Malaysia, is tailored for small and medium businesses. It offers all the above features, plus administrative tools for centralised license purchase and management, increased storage capacity, and expert services.

Speaking at the launch, Adobe head of Southeast Asia Vicky Skipp, said that since its release in the USA in April 2012, the creative sector has responded enthusiastically. “In just seven months, we’ve seen an incredible take-up, with more than one million individuals in the US and globally joining Adobe Creative Cloud. Our goal is to now make Creative Cloud the ultimate hub for creative teams, where they can access the world’s best tools; store and collaborate across their workplace and ultimately showcase their creations.”

Along with desktop tools, online services for publishing and file sharing, and upgrades and feature updates as soon as they are released, Adobe Creative Cloud for teams also includes easy management of virtual workgroups, 100GB of cloud storage per user (versus 20GB for the individual Creative Cloud offering), expert support services, centralised administration for the quick and easy deployment of new seats, and centralised billing and efficient license management.

(L-R): Paul Burnett, Evangelist,
Vicky Skipp, Adobe Asia

“Creative Cloud for teams makes it easier for workgroups to create and collaborate on creative projects. Plus, business owners automatically enjoy upgrades and new features as soon as they are available,” said Ms Skipp. “We have eliminated the release cycle waiting game for our customers, who want to keep on the crest of new tools and techniques. Adobe’s new Creative Cloud for teams offering means it has never been easier for small to medium businesses to access our products and enjoy all the benefits of working with Adobe tools and services.”

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams is available at approximately US$840 per user for a one-year plan. Existing Creative Suite 3 and later customers who have previously purchased Creative Suite software through a volume licensing program may be eligible to buy at the special price of US$600 per user for a one-year plan. Team memberships are sold via Adobe’s network of worldwide resellers. Full list.


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