ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of Apr 2013

The most significant news for week 2 of Apr 2013 was Oracle launched new SPARC servers with the world’s fastest microprocessor.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week and current week.
  • Groupon in APAC raises over USD72,000 for the World Food Programme to provide school meals for girls in Asia.
  • Oracle releases new updates for business analytics solutions which support big data.
  • Symantec publishes 2013 State of Mobility Survey.
  • Microsoft announces general availability of Windows Azure for IaaS.
  • WeChat announces 12 reasons for being the no.1 social comm. app.
  • Ninetology, Tune Talk, Qualcomm unveil new Pearl Mini to woo the youths.
  • Reuters reported that PC quarterly sales plummet, sharpest drop on record.
  • FalconStor appoints Synnex Metrodata Indonesia as distributor in Indonesia.

KL, 19th April 2013 – Groupon in APAC region raises over USD72,000 for the World Food Programme to provide school meals for girls in Asia

Today, Groupon APAC presented a cheque with the total amount of RM218,448.00 (USD72,000) to the World Food Programme to contribute to school meals in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, DPR Korea, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Timor Leste.

Country heads of Groupon Asia Pacific pose with the mock cheque.
(From L-R)  Patrick Cuantero, CEO of Groupon Philippines, Mr. Joel Neoh, Mr. Tobias Teuber, Trip Wagoner, President & Managing Director of Groupon Thai, Lt Gen (r) Dato’ Sri Hj Shahron Ibrahim, Indrasto Budisantoso, CEO of Groupon Indonesia, Alistair Vernn, Co-CEO of Groupon ANZ, Rafiq Razali, Country General Manager of Groupon Malaysia, Karl Chong, CEO of Groupon Singapore, Danny Yeung, CEO of Groupon Hong Kong and Stephen Lee, COO of Groupon Taiwan.
Present at the event were Mr. Joel Neoh, CEO of Groupon Malaysia & International Vice President, APAC (North) & Mr. Tobias Teuber, CEO of Groupon ANZ & International Vice President, APAC (South) and Lt Gen (r) Dato’ Sri Hj Shahron Ibrahim, Senior Advisor of World Food Programme.

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KL, 18 April 2013 - Oracle releases new updates for business analytics solutions which support big data

It is a big data solution.

Oracle Endeca is not a new product. This latest release covers:
  1. Completely Refreshed End-User Experience.
  2. Enterprise Class Data Discovery.
  3. Business user self-service.

Ideally, it should support automation.

Two features which conventional business analytics solutions lack:
  • Intelligent search.
  • Text enrichment and sentiment analysis - Extract concepts, entities, and meaning from unstructured text fields in databases or other content systems for entirely new types of analysis.

In another words, it is an extension of Business Analytics solution hoping to leverage on the big data trend.

And make no mistake that Oracle has own business analytics solution too even though not market leader; the Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite.

In short, Endeca is really going about competing with SAS Visual Analytics.

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KL, Malaysia – April 18, 2013 Symantec Mobility Survey Reveals That Good Things Come to Those Who Don’t Wait

Two distinct types of organisations emerge from Symantec Corp’s. recent 2013 State of Mobility Survey – “Innovators” who readily embrace mobility and “Traditionals” who are reluctant to implement it. Globally, 84 percent of innovators are moving ahead with mobility, motivated by business drivers, and they are experiencing significant benefits. Traditional organisations are implementing mobility more slowly, largely in response to user demand, and are seeing both fewer costs and benefits.

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MSDN Blog, Apr 16, 2013 - Microsoft Announces General Availability of Windows Azure for IaaS

It emerged that cloud computing industry is splitting into two branches; Linux based and Microsoft based.

The Linux camp is supporting OpenStack; an open framework for cloud platform while Microsoft's Windows Azure hasn't officially supported OpenStack - Windows Azure has always been known as a PaaS instead of IaaS.

IBM SmartCloud, HP Converged Cloud have updated its support for OpenStack recently.

Adoption of Open platform caters for best practices, encourage adoption, enhance interoperability and ensure costs-saving and investment-protection.

It is interesting to see how this trend develop further.

Nonetheless, Microsoft generated excitement by announcement of general availablity of IaaS for Windows Azure; beating all odds.

It means that Windows Azure now supports Virtual Machine and Virtual Network capabilities - it even supports VM templates consist of Linux images.

It was announced that one objective of this strategy is to allow Windows Azure to compete with Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 15 April 2013 – WeChat – Top 12 Reasons Why WeChat is No.1 Social Comm. App

On Apr 14, 2013, I wrote a featured article to analyze the background and latest scenario of mobile IM industry; how it got started, who was the first mover and how many players currently in the market and what they've been up to ?

In my opinion, WhatsApp is still the no.1 player in the market.

WeChat enlightened me with 12 reasons why it is better than WhatsApp.

Here you go.
  1. Holy smokes, it’s free!
  2. Voice your opinions, literally
  3. Share your life in real time with Live Chat
  4. Chill with the whole gang
  5. It’s pure fun
  6. Emote in your own special way
  7. Keep your business to yourself
  8. Switch off when you want to
  9. Choose your friends
  10. Hassle free chats
  11. Be brand aware
  12. Rub shoulders with celebrities

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KL, 10th April, 2013 – Ninetology, Tune Talk, Qualcomm unveil new Pearl Mini to woo the youths

Ninetology Marketing Sdn. Bhd., an Asean mobile device technology company, today announced its collaboration with Tune Talk, an ASEAN Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and Qualcomm the world leader in next-generation mobile technologies to woo the youth market.

The new Pearl Mini is powered with Microprocessor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ platform that offers an unprecedented combination of processing performance and optimised power consumption for the new generation of smart mobile devices.

Signing of Synergistic Strategic Alliance (Left) Mr. Sean Ng, Mr. Jason Lo, Mr. Mantosh Malhorta

Running on Gingerbread Android 2.3 operating system and a 3.5 inch HVGA display, Pearl Mini powered with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ is packed with the sleekest, coolest designs and apps to handle everything from streaming HD and 3D video to seamlessly switching between multiple applications and the Internet. All while delivering longer battery life.

The packaged plan include RM50 FREE Talktime (comes preloaded with SIM) and RM100 Airtime Rebate (RM10 x 10). To get this rebate, one needs only to reload RM20 or more in any denominations each month. For more information.

Pearl Mini is available starting from third week of April and is sold at all Ninetology and Tune Talk retail outlets nationwide at a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM399. This model is also applicable for the Government’s Youth Communication Package (PKB) rebate.

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Reuters, Apr 10, 2013 - PC quarterly sales plummet, sharpest drop on record

Reuters reported that PC sales plunged 14 percent in the first three months of the year, the biggest decline in two decades of keeping records, as tablets continue to gain in popularity and buyers appear to be avoiding Microsoft Corp's new Windows 8 system, according to a leading tech tracking firm.

IDC and Gartner both blamed the sales drop on fading sales of netbooks, the small laptops that have been rendered obsolete by tablets, and more consumer spending going toward smartphones.

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MALAYSIA, 9 April 2013 — FalconStor Appoints Synnex Metrodata Indonesia as Distributor in Indonesia

FalconStor Software, Inc., a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced the appointment of PT. Synnex Metrodata Indonesia as FalconStor's distributor in Indonesia. SMI is a subsidiary of PT. Metrodata Electronics, Tbk that focuses on information and communication technology (ICT) distribution.

The new partnership will further enhance FalconStor’s initiative to develop the company’s reach in Indonesia through the development of brand awareness as well as expansion of geographical coverage in sales, marketing and training in the region.

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