ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of July 2013

The most significant news for week 3 of July 2013 was that Bosch Software Innovations introduced software suite in APAC; I found it very up to trend.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Brother extends portfolio with innovative mobile and desktop scanners.
  • Silver Peak gives hardware customers free, anytime upgrade to virtual.
  • AMD powers visual computing experiences with Industry Leaders at SIGGRAPH 2013.
  • Cisco announces agreement to acquire Sourcefire.
  • UPM graduate wins big with Lazada’s Giveaway Extravaganza!
  • Fujitsu launches Fujitsu Business Corner In Prangin Mall.
  • Epson announces investment in new production lines for Next-Gen print heads.
  • Oracle unveiled latest multi tenant and cloud nature database 12c in Malaysia.
  • LeBron James comes to WeChat!
  • Gartner recognizes Oracle as the leader in IT Project and Portfolio Management services and applications.
  • Evernote and OfficeSuite integrate to facilitate mobile productivity on Android devices.
  • Oracle accelerates product innovation in China.

Petaling Jaya, July 24, 2013 – Brother Extends Portfolio with Innovative mobile and desktop scanners

Printing and document management specialist Brother International Malaysia is launching three new innovative mobile and desktop products, ADS-2100 standalone desktop scanner, DS-600 and DS-700 compact mobile scanners. The new devices mark Brother’s expanding product portfolio and entry into the mobile and desktop scanner category, bringing cost-effective and high-quality scanners to users in the office and on-the-go.
DS-700D Mobile Scanner, RM 499, 2 years carry-in warranty

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Singapore. July 24, 2013 –Silver Peak gives hardware customers free, anytime upgrade to virtual

Silver Peak, today announced that its WAN optimization hardware customers can upgrade to an equivalent Silver Peak virtual software product at anytime for free. This is a lifetime investment protection program that allows Silver Peak hardware customers to freely transition to virtual WAN optimization software on any schedule, helping streamline the eventual transition to virtualized network services.

Silver Peak delivers the industry’s fastest and most-flexible WAN optimization software, which allows customers to move more data, over longer distances, and in less time. The Silver Peak virtual products deliver multi-gigabit performance on all standard hypervisors, including VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V Server, and KVM. With flexible pricing options, customers can pay-as-they-go and pay-as-they-grow, including annual subscription licensing or even hourly utility pricing offered by Amazon Web Services.

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MALAYSIA, July 23, 2013 - AMD Powers Visual Computing Experiences with Industry Leaders at SIGGRAPH 2013

Today at the 40th SIGGRAPH 2013 International Conference and Exhibition, AMD (NYSE: AMD) powered visual computing experiences for content creation with outstanding industry leaders Adobe, Autodesk, Christie, Dell, and Optis. AMD FirePro™ professional graphics demonstrations featured unique animation, display, simulation and other creative hardware and software collaborations for attendees from around the world.

With strong adoption of OpenCL™, AMD FirePro graphics have gained positive momentum in the months leading up to SIGGRAPH 2013. Recent highlights and wins for AMD FirePro graphics include:
  • Acknowledgement as the dual graphics solution for the forthcoming Apple Mac Pro;
  • Optimization and certification of Maxon Cinema 4D application;
  • Certification for The Foundry’s MARI application;
  • Optimization of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, backed by OpenCL™ standards.

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Jul 23, 2013 - Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire Sourcefire

The acquisition of Sourcefire adds a team with deep security DNA to Cisco and will accelerate delivery of Cisco's security strategy of defending, discovering, and remediating advanced threats. With world-class research teams, increased intelligence and expanded threat protection, customers will benefit from continuous security in more places across the network.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $76 per share in cash in exchange for each share of Sourcefire and assume outstanding equity awards for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.7 billion, including retention-based incentives. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 23 July 2013 – UPM Graduate Wins Big with Lazada’s Giveaway Extravaganza!

Having initially been invited to collect a consolation prize, Musa Sabri instead received the surprise of his life when he was presented the keys to a brand new, sleek and sporty Mazda2 Hatchback as the lucky grand prize winner of Lazada Malaysia’s Giveaway Extravaganza contest.

Musa was chosen after rigorous rounds of audited draws from thousands of existing and new customers who had participated in the contest which took place from May 20 to June 20.

 (second from left) Musa Sabri Ab Sattar, posing for a photo with (from left) Managing Director, Lazada Malaysia, Jan Hansen, Vice President of Social Media, Lazada Malaysia, Natasha Suyin Azemi  and Managing Director of Operations, Lazada Malaysia, Hans-Peter Ressel during the recent prize-giving event for Lazada Malaysia’s Giveaway Extravaganza. He took home a brand new Mazda 2 Hatchback for shopping online with Lazada Malaysia.

On winning his grand prize, the 25-year old Musa said, “I was shocked as I didn’t expect this. Lazada called to inform me I won a smart phone and a voucher worth RM1,000. When I arrived, I was swamped by photographers and videographers who picked me up from the lobby! Once I opened the doors to Lazada, I got the shock of my life when everyone in the office screamed ‘Surprise!’ and handed me the mock key to the Mazda2.”

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MALAYSIA, 23 July 2013 – Fujitsu Launches Fujitsu Business Corner In Prangin Mall

Fujitsu, leading provider of ICT based business solutions, launched its latest business corner located at Prangin Mall, Penang – Lot 33-04-59 on the fourth floor, in its efforts to strengthen brand exposure, extend its reach to its consumer base as well as to drive commercial business. Ms. Yap Hui Hui, Country Manager of Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd was present to launch the store to signify the solidification of Fujitsu’s brand visibility in Penang.

(L-R:)Store Owner Deric Tan, Country Manager Yap Hui Hui_Ribbon Cuttong Ceremony

Named Fujitsu Business Corner, the 600 square-feet business corner will serve as a contact point for consumers to experience the latest consumer and commercial products. Unlike any other concept store, the Fujitsu Business Corner houses a business corner that showcases a range of business notebooks tailored specifically for executives, with specially trained sales consultants to advise on the options available with Fujitsu products.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23 July 2013 – Epson Announces Investment in New Production Lines for Next-Gen Print Heads

Seiko Epson Corporation has invested approximately 16 billion yen*1 (approximately RM 511, 024, 000) in two new production lines in Japan. The lines have been constructed to manufacture next-generation print heads – the core component in ink jet printers – for use in business and industrial printing systems to come to market in the latter part of the 2013 fiscal year. This capital investment, made over three years from fiscal 2011, has been made to build new production lines that contain a host of original Epson manufacturing technologies.

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Kuala Lumpur, 22 July 2013 - Oracle Unveiled Latest Multi Tenant and Cloud Nature Database 12c in Malaysia

Oracle Malaysia today announced the availability of latest generation of the world’s #1 database, Oracle Database 12c in Malaysia during a media briefing session at Oracle Malaysia’s Mid Valley office this afternoon.

Kaleem Chaudhry, Senior Director, Enterprise Technology, Oracle ASEAN shared the new Oracle Database 12c introduces a new multitenant architecture that simplifies the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud and it also enables customers to manage many databases as one without changing their applications.

Kaleem Chaundry, Senior Director,
Enterprise Technology, Oracle ASEAN

Multi-tenancy differs from multi-instance - a common thing in database technology - where it works more like a client-server environment and the server virtually partitions the data and configuration within the same BIG instance.

Multi-tenancy is the alternative way of doing multi-instance. But why do that when multi-instance is available ? The answer is here; what it means is that assuming you run a server with Oracle database and would like to serve multiple customers, what normally would follow is that you would create for each customer an instance of database.

With multi-tenancy, there is no need to create multiple-instance of the database, you just have to do partitioning from existing BIG instance of the database, each partition for different customers.

Hence, the steadfast answer is instead of INSTALLING new instance for each customer, now you just have to CONFIGURE it, which is much faster and simpler and economical - it suits the model of hosting database for cloud applications by cloud platform providers.

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Jul 22, 2013 - LeBron James Comes to WeChat!

LeBron James, the basketball superstar, has joined WeChat today with his own official account!

LeBron will be using WeChat to upload exclusive photos, videos and text messages every week, so basketball fans can stay tuned and see the latest updates from the superstar directly. Together with the 70 million WeChat registered users in international markets, LeBron can enjoy the innovative features to keep connected with friends and fans.

“Communication is as important off the court as it is on the court. I’m not always around my friends and family with the tight schedule, so I need new ways to stay in touch with them. WeChat helps me do this,” said LeBron.

Official WeChat ID: kingjamesofficial

Jul 22, 2013 - Gartner Recognizes Oracle as the Leader in IT Project and Portfolio Management Services and Applications

today announces that Gartner has recognized Oracle Project Portfolio ManagementOracle’s leadership in “Magic Quadrant and also gave Oracle a “Positive” rating in its recent “MarketScope for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications.”

Oracle Project Portfolio Management solutions help organizations minimize costs and risk and deliver results to key stakeholders by enabling enterprise agility, team productivity, portfolio predictability and overall project management efficiency.

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Jul 22, 2013 - Evernote and OfficeSuite integrate to facilitate mobile productivity on Android devices

With Evernote and OfficeSuite installed on Android smartphone or tablet, you can edit and update important documents from wherever you are. You can also sync documents, spreadsheets and presentations created on a Mac or PC to Evernote. One tap on an attachment inside an Evernote note opens it for viewing with OfficeSuite.

Existing OfficeSuite Pro users will be able to create documents directly on their Android device, then save them as attached files in Evernote, where they will sync across all devices.

With OfficeSuite’s robust file viewing and editing features, this serves a perfect complement to Evernote’s fast syncing and intuitive search. You can now have a nearly effortless and extra-productive workflow.

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Jul 22, 2013 - Oracle Accelerates Product Innovation in China

Oracle has unveiled the latest R&D facility to helps customers in China benefit from innovative product development, with software engineers in the facility who understand the unique cultural, geographical, and business requirements of the region. The new center also builds on the momentum of Oracle’s China Growth Plan focused on driving innovation and fueling sustainable growth to help China become an industry leader.

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