ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of Apr 2013

The most significant news for week 3 of Apr 2013 was Microsoft announced general availability of Windows Azure for IaaS.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week and current week.
  • Yes 4G & Eduspec launches Chrome Lab at SRJKC Choong Wen.
  • Digital Malaysia launches POKOK platform.
  • Silver Peak sets WAN performance record with new software and hardware products.
  • hybris delivers integration with Adobe Marketing Cloud available through hybris Extend.
  • PUMA STYLECADDIE - Your Golf Closet in the Palm of Your Hand.
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS links up with Tata Communications.
  • Tata Comm. takes HD voice mainstream with the launch of its HD voice compatible voice network
  • CA Tech. CEO Calls on Tech. Leaders to Embrace Disruptive Tech.
  • Cards & Payments Asia 2013 Expo to Tap on Growth of Mobile and Contactless Tech.; 24 – 25 April 2013@Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore.
  • Reuters reported that SAP's cloud computing push stalls in Asia.
  • HTC Malaysia to give away 9 units of new HTC One via contest in Klang Valley.
  • Fujitsu and Oracle announce worldwide availability of Fujitsu M10 Servers.

KL, Apr 25, 2013 - Yes 4G & Eduspec launches Chrome Lab at SRJKC Choong Wen

Yes, Malaysia’s fastest 4G mobile Internet with voice service provider, together with K-12 IT Literacy Materials provider Eduspec, SRJKC Choong Wen’s Parent Teacher’s Association (Persatuan Ibubapa dan Guru or PIBG) and the School Board of Directors, today launched Malaysia’s first Chrome Lab at the School.

The Chrome Lab — jointly built by the PIBG as well as the School Board and fitted by EduSpec — is fully equipped with Yes 4G Chromebook units donated by YTL Communications Sdn Bhd (YTL Comms). The Lab is also powered by Yes 4G mobile Internet.

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 2013 –Digital Malaysia launches POKOK platform

Leveraging on the Digital Malaysia initiative, MDeC announced the POKOK (grassroot) platform aims to facilitate societal uplift and to harness and coordinate greater private sector contribution in term of societal development targeted to the B40 group (the lower 40 percent of the Malaysian population in terms of household income).

What this means is that activities of POKOK targets the B40 group as users or 'customers'. The service providers consist of private companies with strong exposure to ICT & HR industry who service the targeted users having supported by financial initiatives from MDeC.

The POKOK platform is expected to help with the economy in two ways.

Facilitating Societal Upliftment:
  • GNI: RM70 million
  • 1,400 job opportunities
  • RM 72 million of investment

Microsourcing to Generate Income for the B40:
  • GNI: RM287 million
  • 340,000 job opportunities
  • RM413 million of investment

The POKOK activities or verticals will consist of:
  1. Reading & Spoken English Program
  2. Cancer-Free Family Project
  3. Child Safety Campaign
  4. Connecting Communities Through Cycling
  5. Micro sourcing: Temporary Work Activity
  6. Domestic Home Management Services

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Singapore. April 25, 2013 – Silver Peak Sets WAN Performance Record with New Software and Hardware Products

Silver Peak Systems today raised the bar for wide area network (WAN) performance with the release of two new data center class software products, and the introduction of the world’s fastest WAN optimization hardware appliance capable of delivering 20 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of data throughput.

The new Silver Peak VX-8000 and VX-9000 are the industry’s fastest software data accelerators. The VX-9000 delivers more than one Gbps of WAN performance—10-times faster than the nearest competitor’s virtual product family (Riverbed Virtual Steelhead). The new products complement Silver Peak’s comprehensive portfolio of downloadable VX virtual software, which run on any standard hypervisor including VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, and KVM. The VX software combines the cost and flexibility benefits of virtualization with the performance gains associated with Silver Peak data acceleration technology.

Availability and Pricing

Like all Silver Peak software products, the VX-8000 and VX-9000 may be instantly downloaded from the Silver Peak Marketplace for a free 30-day trial. The Silver Peak VX-8000 is available today for US$38,731/year, and the VX-9000 is available today for US$55,331/year. The record-setting Silver Peak NX-11K is available in June for US$399,995.

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Singapore,24 April, 2013 -hybris Delivers Integration with Adobe Marketing Cloud available through hybris Extend

Adobe Analytics, a key component of Adobe Marketing Cloud, has been integrated with hybris Commerce Suit to enhance digital marketing including measurement, segmentation, targeting and optimization.

The integration, jointly developed by Adobe and hybris, gives organizations a unique combination of real-time analytics across online (including Web, mobile, social, and video) and offline marketing channels.

The solution enables multi-dimensional view of customers that makes it possible for organizations to fine tune and better personalize every interaction. The integration mobile will be available in the hybris Extend marketplace.

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KL, Apr 24, 2013 - PUMA STYLECADDIE - Your Golf Closet in the Palm of Your Hand

PUMA Golf is fusing the worlds of Golf, Fashion and Technology together in their newly released iPhone and iPad application (Android application is now available starting April 2013 onwards) – PUMA STYLECADDIETM.

The app is a virtual dressing room that contains all of the key apparel, footwear and accessories that PUMA Golf offers allowing consumers to mix and match anything they want to create their own one-of-a-kind golf look.


PUMA STYLECADDIE, a truly revolutionary fashion app, it lets users select a male or female silhouette to dress. From there, the user can select from a wide assortment of shirts, bottoms, shoes and accessories, changing the styles as often as they want until their masterpiece have been assembled. The silhouette can be rotated so the outfit is viewable at almost any angle, and don’t be surprised if the silhouette celebrates your work with a guitar riff in true PUMA Golf fashion.

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New York & Mumbai– Apr 24 2013 - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS links up with Tata Communications

Tata Communications today confirms a new partnership with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS which will see the delivery of world-class trackside connectivity for the team at all Formula One® race locations using the Tata Communications global network. With the new partnership, Tata Communications becomes the ‘Official Managed Connectivity Supplier’ to the team.

This new partnership will see Tata Communications working closely with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS to deliver high-speed, high quality and secure trackside connectivity, enabling the team to transfer vital real-time data from the Silver Arrow cars at any Grand Prix location to its headquarters in the UK, three times faster than at present. The improved trackside connectivity will enable the team to react more quickly to developments at the track and help to increase car performance.

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New York (NYSE) & Mumbai, April 22nd 2013 – Tata Comm. takes HD voice mainstream with the launch of its HD voice compatible voice network

Tata Communications launches today an HD voice service that offers unrivalled call quality for end-users and increased revenue opportunities for mobile operators.

The improved quality of HD voice simulates a sense of being in the same room during a telephone conversation, so users are likely to spend longer on calls. HD voice will play a critical role in enabling mobile operators to increase customer satisfaction and reduce churn on premium international calling and high-margin roaming.

Over 60 mobile operators globally have enabled HD voice on their networks to date.

As Tata Communications’ network is connected to 210 mobile network operators via IP voice interconnect, this launch will become the platform that enables a broad community of HD destinations, and ensure that HD customers calling HD-compatible destinations internationally will receive the full HD experience.

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KL, Apr 22, 2013 - CA Tech. CEO Calls on Tech. Leaders to Embrace Disruptive Tech.

Disruptive technologies = cloud, mobile, social media and big data; we've heard a over million of times, but have you done it ??? Mike Gregoire, CEO of CA Technologies challenged your passion in IT and encourage ones to become driver of change for the business of your organization by adoption these trends in order to achieve innovation, speed, insight and security.

He said it 100% right. The only motivation for IT people besides waiting for yearly bonuses is in fact to help organizations to achieve innovation, speed, insight and security. Make these as your personal KPIs, it will shower a difference and bring virtues to your organizations.

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Sinagpore, Apr 22, 2013 - Cards & Payments Asia 2013 Expo to Tap on Growth of Mobile and Contactless Tech.

Singapore – The rise of mobile, contactless technology, tighter regulations and emerging payment platforms are driving a revolution. Compounding this change is the increased competition from new entrants such as retailers, telecommunications and non-banks into the payments landscape. The need to be prepared for the future by investing in innovative technology and developing processes to serve the next generation of consumers has never been greater.

Bringing together the whole payments ecosystem in Asia, the 18th edition of Cards & Payments Asia will occupy a total of over 10,000 square metres at Basement 2 of The Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. It is the comprehensive platform that will present insights on how consumers can leverage innovative platforms and keep pace with the latest digital security, smart and virtual technologies and payment trends. 2013 will see a total of 8 shows in 1 expo floor encapsulating end-to-end products, services and solutions for banks, telecommunications and mobile network operators, enterprises, government agencies, ticket and transport operators, travel and hospitality, financial institutions and retail and F&B companies to drive and grow service and profitability for these businesses.

Ms Katrina Leung, Country Managing Director of Terrapinn Pte Ltd, said, “With over 200 exhibitors this year, Cards & Payments Asia has seen a 25% growth year on year and will be a one-stop hub for businesses and leaders in the industry. The addition of the Korean pavilion, the doubling in size of our China pavilion and the continued growth of our Singapore pavilion is testament to the strong interest in the growing and fast expanding Southeast Asian markets, while the Future Village Zone will be featuring exciting worldwide product launches that will revolutionise the lifestyle we know today.”

More than 100 industry leaders will address conference attendees on the most pressing issues, challenges and opportunities on the following topics: Cards & Payments, NFC, Information Security, Retail and Future Bank. Over the course of 2 conference days, key leading speakers participating in our 2013 edition include:

Cards & Payments
  • Tony Chew, Director (Specialist Advisor), Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Mr. Richard Harris, Head of Retail Banking, Vietnam International Bank
  • Mr. Thakorn Piyapan, Managing Director, Krungsri Consumer
  • Mr. Kelvin Poon, Regional Head of Marketing, International Cards, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
  • Mr. Chris Skinner, Chief Executive, Balatro Ltd

  • Mr Chandra Barathi, Operations & Technical Director, TUS Isobar
  • Mr. Shankar Dharmaratne, Senior Manager- New Business Development, Dialog Axiata
  • Mr. John Jung, Senior Manager of Financial Product Planning Department, Telecom & Convergence Business Group, Korea Telecom
  • Mr. Seung-hyun (Jack) Lee, Head - Mobile Planning Team, eBCard
  • Ms. Mun Ling Yeong, Vice President, Business Strategy and Product Management Office, StarHub

Future Bank
  • Mr. Bojan Blecic, Vice President- Experience Design, OCBC
  • Ms Bee Leng Chng, Head of Mass Affluent, OCBC Bank
  • Ms. Carmencita Gozar, VP Brand, Bank of the Philippine Islands
  • Mr. Bernard Lokasasmita, Head of Service & Operational Excellence, PermataBank

Information Security
  • Mr Syahrir Mat Ali, Senior Executive - Strategic Policy Research, CyberSecurity Malaysia
  • Ms Ruth Annus, Head of Migration and Border Policy Department, Ministry of the Interior of Estonia
  • Ms Rodora Babaran, National Program Manager, Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines
  • Mr. Brian Hay, Detective Superintendent- Fraud & Corporate Crime Group, State Crime Operations Command, Queensland Police Department

Other key highlights at the event will include:
  • 4 dedicated seminar theatres with over 70 free case study educational seminars on the latest industry development and how to leverage on them to propel business growth
  • A Future Village Zone where over 50 companies will showcase the latest and most futuristic product innovations including ‘First in Asia’ and worldwide launches.
  • An NFC-in-Action Zone that will demo top NFC product innovations
  • Diverse country pavilions from Singapore, China, and Korea that will bring you exhibitors from the region
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Reuters, Apr 19, SAP's cloud computing push stalls in Asia

Reuters reported that SAP AG's Asian business stumbled at the start of 2013 when top sales managers left the business software company, giving rivals an edge just as customers were switching from hardware to cloud computing.

The biggest disappointment in SAP's quarterly results was SAP's performance in the Asia Pacific Japan region (APJ), said Stacy Pollard, an analyst at JP Morgan.

Its software and cloud subscription revenue there declined 7 percent, lagging the Americas, where revenue jumped 49 percent, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where it grew 13 percent.

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MALAYSIA, 19 April 2013 – The New HTC One Hunters Contest

HTC MALAYSIA today launched a campaign The New HTC One Hunters Contest across the Klang Valley. The event is open to the public starting 19 April 2013 and will continue for nine days, until the 27th of April. Nine units of the new HTC One will be given away as prizes to winners who manage to complete the challenge.

Be on a lookout and start locating the new HTC One Double Agent for your chance to win a smartphone between 19 – 27 April 2013. The objective for the HTC One Double agent is to give away these nine units to fans and public. While on the run, HTC One Double Agent will be updating their location from time to time on the HTC Malaysia Facebook page to Malaysians for them to locate and win the new HTC One

Individuals will need to locate HTC One Double Agent carrying the new HTC One and provide the correct secret code. Clues to the location of the HTC One Double Agent and the Secret Code will be revealed on the HTC Malaysia Facebook page daily.

On Apr 22, 2013, Reuters reported that Nokia Oyj won a court injunction that would prevent rival HTC Corp from using microphone components made by STMicroelectronics NV in HTC One phones.

The Finnish phone maker said in a statement announcing the decision by the Amsterdam District Court that the microphone components were invented by Nokia and manufactured exclusively for Nokia phones.

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Redwood Shores, Calif. and Tokyo, Japan– April 10, 2013 - Fujitsu and Oracle Announce Worldwide Availability of Fujitsu M10 Servers

Continuing their more than 20-year partnership and leadership in mission-critical computing, Fujitsu and Oracle today announced the worldwide availability of Fujitsu M10 servers, based on the 16-core SPARC64 X processor.

It was first announced in Oracle Open World 2012, Fujitsu M10 servers deliver mainframe class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) adopted from Fujitsu’s 60-years of mainframe development with maximum scalability for mission-critical workloads.

It features breakthrough technology including Software on Chip and Liquid Loop Cooling, Fujitsu M10 servers provide highly flexible system configurations with physical partitioning as well as built-in, no-cost virtualization technologies via Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones.

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