ICT Happening Updates Week 5 of June 2013

The most significant news for week 4 of June 2013 was the announcement that MS Office 365 achieved 1 million subscribers in just over 100 days.
  • Symantec 2013 Windows Server 2012 Migration/Virtualisation survey.
  • Oracle offers Cloud Services to streamline Pharmacovigilance for Life Sciences Industry.
  • AMD extends graphics and compute leadership with 2013 elite A-Series desktops.
  • PayPal: Online Exports Boost Growth for Innovative Small Biz in Malaysia.
  • Deploy Omni-Channel functionality in a Short Time-to-Market with hybris commerce accelerator.
  • Groupon Malaysia reaches out to aspiring photographers.
  • Silver Peak names founder David Hughes as CEO.
  • AMD unveils server strategy and roadmap.
  • Evernote web clipper for Chrome gets Gmail clipping.

June 28, 2013 - Symantec 2013 Windows Server 2012 Migration/Virtualisation Survey

Symantec's Windows Server 2012 Migration/Virtualisation Survey found that 18% of businesses have virtualized at least 3/4 of their IT environments; 52% of these will likely take the plunge into full virtualisation within the next two years.

93% haven't actually migrated to Windows Server 2012 yet; 43% have plans to migrate only after 6 months later or more.

One significant factor that is keeping people from making the transition is the cost of the upgrade, and some businesses are slow to make the change because their current version is getting the job done. And with IT complexity increasing, there are also concerns about compatibility issues with current hardware or software.

The pros of Windows server 2012 include:
  • virtual desktop infrastructure
  • Hyper-V server virtualization
  • ReFS file system - improves scalability and resource management

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Kuala Lumpur, 27 June 2013 - Oracle Offers Cloud Services to Streamline Pharmacovigilance for Life Sciences Industry

Oracle today unveils Oracle Argus Cloud Service for life sciences organization to monitor and deliver new insight into adverse events and pharmacovigilance programs.

The new offering is delivered via the Oracle Health Sciences Cloud and enables health sciences organizations to optimize their safety investment while reducing IT management resource requirements and infrastructure costs and gaining more predictable IT spend.

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MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur, June 26, 2013 – AMD Extends Graphics and Compute Leadership with 2013 Elite A-Series Desktops

AMD announces its 2013 Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for Desktops, codenamed “Richland”, which delivers a superior PC solution with increased computational performance, discrete-level graphics and an easy upgrade infrastructure. At COMPUTEX Taipei 2013, AMD showcased the complete and unmatched breadth of its 2013 APU portfolio with the launch of the new Elite A-Series APU for Desktops, including a diverse range of OEM systems and new generations of software and applications that harness the unrivaled compute power of the fastest AMD APUs ever: the 2013 AMD APU product lineup.

Alex and Jerry with the MSI GX70 powered by the Richland

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Malaysia, 25 June 2013 – PayPal: Online Exports Boost Growth for Innovative Small Biz in Malaysia

Based on year 2012 data, Paypal found that PayPal? merchants in Malaysia grew their businesses significantly faster by using cross-border e-commerce to export to key trade corridors in 2012. While traditional export sales to China declined by 3.1% in 2012, online export sales increased by 35%.

This is parallel with the data from Malaysia Trade Development Corporation which reported that Malaysia's exports rose by 0.6% in 2012 - SMEs accounted for over 97.3% of all businesses in Malaysia.

Computers & accessories, books & magazines and electronics were the top online export categories for Malaysia, the top purchases on mobile devices were software and fashion items.

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Singapore, June 20, 2013 - Deploy Omni-Channel Functionality in a Short Time-to-Market with hybris Commerce Accelerator

hybris has announced the integration of hybris Commerce Accelerator with hybris Order Management Services (OMS), enabling merchants to provide their customers with a complete omni-channel shopping experience, including browsing and fulfillment – like buy online and pick up in store and cross-channel stock-level display.

This significant enhancement means that B2C merchants of all sizes can now, at an affordable price point, go live with a world-class commerce system in less than four months through ready to use storefront templates and channel integrations that can be deployed quickly and then enhanced with more functionality over time.

Customers can also chose the deployment and purchase model which best meets their needs – traditional on-premise perpetual license, hosted by hybris or on-demand (software-as-a-service) with a monthly fee based on usage or revenue share.

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Petaling Jaya, 20 June 2013 — Groupon Malaysia Reaches Out to Aspiring Photographers

In an effort to further cultivate the passion for photography amongst young Malaysians, Groupon Malaysia recently hosted a special Groupon Lenses workshop which saw 60 young and aspiring photographers learn all about the art from renowned local professional photographers Kid Chan, Steven Goh and Heart Patrick.

Grouponers present a token of appreciation to the guest photographers. (From L-R) Kid Chan, Rashaad Ali – Head of Editorial of Groupon Malaysia, Heart Patrick, Steven Goh and Andrew Guan – Deal Creator of Groupon Malaysia.

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Singapore. June 20, 2013 – Silver Peak Names Founder David Hughes as CEO

Silver Peak announced that founder and CTO David Hughes has been named CEO. Hughes will build on the company’s rapid growth and market leadership in virtual WAN optimization software, which has propelled Silver Peak to record year-over-year performance and six consecutive years of double-digit revenue growth. Hughes succeeds Rick Tinsley who was hired by Hughes in 2004 to build out the organization.

David Hughes launched Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM equipment which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 40 patents in areas including data acceleration, packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.

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Kuala Lumpur, June 18, 2013 — AMD Unveils Server Strategy and Roadmap

1.) AMD Opteron X-Series processor - code named “Kyoto" - targets small-core server market - integrated CPU and GPU compute (APU); high core-count ARM servers for high-density compute in the data center; and substantial improvements in compute per-watt per-dollar and total cost of ownership.

2.) Code named "Seattle" - based on 64-bit ARM Cortex™-A57 cores - for power-efficient ARM server CPU.

3.) Code named "Berlin" - x86 CPU and APU - designed to double the performance of "Kyoto" offerings

4.) Code named "Warsaw" - next-gen 2-cores / 4-cores offering - designed for enterprise workloads - offers seamless migration from AMD Opteron 6300 series family.

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Evernote Blog, June 18, 2013 - Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome Gets Gmail Clipping

The Evernote Web Clipper allows you to save almost anything you can find on the web as a note. All the information is permanently stored on Evernote; selected text, full articles, entire webpages can be retrieved from all your mobile devices. The Web Clipper is currently available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari – and it just got better; the Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome now lets you clip entire message trails from Gmail.

Save time sorting all your emails with Evernote. Simply Clip your mail into the notebook of your choice, assign any relevant tags, and recall all conversations, images, or attachments with a few easy clicks. Because the Web Clipper designates the email’s subject as a note title and lists all the recipients at the top, Evernote keeps you constantly updated with every important conversation and detail you may need to stay on top of your game.

This is nicely complemented by the recent Reminders update, which allows you to immediately set to-do lists, alarms, and footnotes to any tasks you need to do that arrive in your emails.

Evernote Premium and Evernote Business users will also be pleased to find that the Web Clipper makes any attached documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDFs searchable. This means less time spent going through countless emails just to find a specific conversation or attachment.

The Evernote memory service makes your work experience and productivity better. Download the Web Clipper for Chrome now and start Clipping from Gmail.