ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of Aug 2013

The most significant news for Week 3 of Aug 2013 was that WeChat surpassed WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Skype and Instagram in global popularity.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Avnet Technology Solutions signs distribution agreement locally with Red Hat.
  • PIKOM ‘Mother of all Digital Fairs’ is poised to take off.
  • Cloud-Power to drive SAS business analytics to new heights.
  • Tommy Bahana partners with hybris to capture new growth opportunities.
  • Iskandar Malaysia, the next destination of choice for outsourcing.
  • Exabytes launches EBiz Power Hosting with mobility features.
  • Retail loyalty app goes fun with CHOP-STICK: emoticon stickers.
  • WD® founded new Storage Association to promote the critical role of magnetic storage technologies.
  • Groupon Malaysia Discovers E-Commerce Popularity.
  • Reuters: Cisco cutting 4,000 jobs, CEO sees slow progress.
  • Google Blog: Search your flight details.
  • Intel introduces Android-Based education tablet reference design.
  • Cisco : majority of aspiring executives see a big future for video in the workplace.

PETALING JAYA, 21 August 2013 –Avnet Technology Solutions Signs Distribution Agreement locally with Red Hat

Avnet Technology Solutions, a global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., today signed a distribution agreement locally with Red Hat, Inc.,the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, to offer open source enterprise solutions across Malaysian sectors at Avnet’s office based at Menara UAC, Damansara Perdana

(L-R:) Mr Damien Wong, General Manager of Red Hat ASEAN,Mr Chiew Yue Lam, General Manager of Avnet Technology Solutions Malaysia

Chiew Yue Lam, General Manager of Avnet Technology Solutions Malaysia, shared that the first collaboration with Red Hat to set up the open source-based Avnet Solutions Center (ASC), will be open to all Avnet and Red Hat customers and partners in Malaysia.

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Kuala Lumpur, 21 August 2013 – PIKOM ‘Mother of all Digital Fairs’ is poised to take off

The country’s largest ICT event composing Digital Lifestyle Expo (DLE), GoMobile Expo and PC Fair is poised to take off this coming weekend, 23-25 August 2013 at the KL Convention Centre. At the same time, the exposition will see Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) showcasing a series of technologies on digital lifestyle for the first time under its Digital Lifestyle Malaysia programme.

Apart from the usual discounts and bargains, in support of the green initiative, PIKOM this time will be organising a “Adopt-A-Tree” campaign as part of the association’s Corporate Social Responsibility project for 2013. Under this green campaign, all waste materials found at the convention hall during the fair will be collected and sent for recycling. Profit gained from this exercise will be spent on replanting trees in Klang Valley at a later date to be confirmed by the association. Visitors to PIKOM PC fair are thus encouraged to register themselves to be eligible to the Adopt-A-Tree campaign. Lucky registrants whom has an ‘8’ as the last digit will be entitled for an entry to run for an opportunity to ‘adopt’ a tree under their name.

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KUALA LUMPUR, August 21, 2013 – Cloud-Power to Drive SAS Business Analytics to New Heights

SAS Malaysia recently unveiled the SAS 9.4 update to SAS’ Business Analytics platform. Malaysian businesses now have more deployment options for their analytics solutions. On top of the traditional on-premise deployment, the latest update now unlocks the ability for businesses to choose between public, private or even SAS-hosted cloud solutions for unrivalled flexibility in rolling out SAS’ analytics solutions.

SAS Visual Analytics forecasting support, now with powerful new scenario analysis capabilities, adds prescriptive analytics to existing descriptive and predictive analytics, helping organisations rapidly and easily move to more advanced uses of analytics.

Among the enhancements in SAS Visual Analytics:
  • Analytics: support for scenario analysis and decision trees.
  • Reporting: more graphical themes and custom theme definitions, enhanced progressive filtering, ability to define custom graph templates, expanded report linking.
  • Mobile: increased collaboration with annotation markups and sharing, integration with mobile device management.
  • Security: improved flexibility in setting permissions.
  • Server platform: new support for Windows 64-bit, in addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and SuSE Enterprise Linux Server 11.

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Singapore – August 20, 2013 - Tommy Bahana Partners with hybris to Capture New Growth Opportunities

Tommy Bahama has selected the hybris Commerce Suite to improve its omni-channel commerce capabilities and create a more agile response to expanding market opportunities.

A leading retailer of island-inspired apparel and home furnishings, Tommy Bahama has achieved rapid growth in online commerce over the past few years. In addition to the Web, Tommy Bahama offers in-store kiosks, a commerce channel that enables an “endless aisle” of products available through the e-commerce warehouse, allowing shoppers to access out-of-stock or online exclusive items directly in-store.

To ensure the brand’s continued global expansion, and to establish a foundation for market and channel growth, Tommy Bahama needed a robust commerce platform capable of integrating with its existing Adobe Experience Manager solution to deliver a world-class, end to end user experience across all channels. hybris not only complements the Adobe Experience Manager but enables it to further create and deliver a heavily optimized user experience.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 20 August 2013 – Iskandar Malaysia, the next destination of choice for outsourcing

Outsourcing Malaysia (OM), an initiative under PIKOM, today announced that i2M Ventures Sdn Bhd (“i2M”) a wholly-owned Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) subsidiary, which focuses on strategic investment promotion initiatives for the Business Services sector in Iskandar Malaysia, will be the host sponsor for the Asia-Pacific Outsourcing Summit (APOS) which will be held at Traders Hotel, Iskandar Malaysia, between 21–24 October 2013.

(L-R:) Billy Lee the Chairman of the Malaysian Data Center Alliance – Regional Sponsors of APOS 2013 ; Ganesh Bangah the CEO of MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd – Gold Sponsors of APOS 2013;David Wong, the Chairman of Outsourcing Malaysia;Zulfiqar Zainuddin from i2M Ventures Sdn Bhd a wholly owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad – Host Sponsors of APOS 2013;Woon Tai Hai the Executive Director-Management Consulting, Advisory of KPMG - Gold Sponsors of APOS 2013

Zulfiqar Zainuddin, the Managing Director of i2M, a wholly-owned Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) subsidiary, says, “The APOS summit will be the perfect platform to share the key upcoming projects we have been working on for Iskandar Malaysia. This event will place Iskandar Malaysia in the limelight as a major potential hub for the region’s outsourcing market.” This is the first time the summit is hosted in Iskandar Malaysia.

“Frost & Sullivan is just the beginning for outsourcing in Iskandar Malaysia. We are in the midst of finalising a few deals. Winning the projects is just half of the battle. We need to ensure the projects are delivered successfully as promised,” says Zulfiqar.

Besides i2M, companies such as MSC Cyberport Sdn. Bhd., Accenture, KPMG, VADS and Malaysian Data Center Alliance are some of the other sponsors for the APOS Summit.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 19 August 2013 –Exabytes Launches EBiz Power Hosting with Mobility Features

Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian web and cloud hosting provider, today launches its latest all-in-one web hosting solution, the “EBiz Power Hosting” plan that it has customized for SMB entrepreneurs across the region.

The newly launched EBiz Power Hosting plan is an all-in-one web-hosting package for companies to set up their own business domain, immediately run eCommerce activities, and address all their IT security concerns in a single sign up.

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Kuala Lumpur, 19 August 2013 – Retail Loyalty App goes Fun with CHOP-STICK

Werebits Sdn Bhd (Werebits), the developer of ChopInk, a mobile loyalty app for retail, today announced the introduction of a new Chopink feature aptly named CHOP-STICK to attract more consumers to review products and services of retail outlets they patronise. CHOP-STICK comes in the form of fun emoticon stickers that is increasing in popularity especially among Gen-Y shoppers.

(L-R) : Ho Heng Yew, Marketing Director of Werebits Sdn Bhd; Teon Ooi, Co-founder of Werebits Sdn Bhd and Tan Hai Hsin, Managing Director of Retail Group Malaysia sharing a light-hearted moment at the introduction of CHOP-STICK, the new feature in Chopink

Marketing Director of Werebits, Ho Heng Yew said, “This new communication trend is what prompted us to innovate to make ChopInk more fun to use for consumers. All they need to do is use their smartphone to capture a photo of a product or a retail outlet, add the appropriate CHOP-STICK sticker on the photo to reflect their review and then share the photo post with their friends on their selected social media platform.”

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Kuala Lumpur – 16 August 2013 –WD® Founded New Storage Association to Promote the Critical Role of Magnetic Storage Technologies

WD, a Western Digital company, has founded Storage Products Association (SPA) with other hard drive players in the industry, with the aim to promote the merits and value of rotating magnetic storage technologies. It is also a channel to educate consumers and professionals on how the critical roles hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) play in their digital lives. In addition, SPA also helps storage manufacturers and users understand and support current and future storage needs; providing a better picture of how hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state hybrid drives are effective storage mix for all consumer and business environments.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 16th AUGUST 2013 – Groupon Malaysia Discovers E-Commerce Popularity

Groupon Malaysia recently released a survey to understand the e-commerce popularity in the country. This survey was conducted via online channels from amongst the company’s subscriber base in Malaysia. Through this survey, Groupon Malaysia discovered the growing e-commerce trends especially during the Hari Raya festivities.

According to a study conducted by Nielsen in 2011, Malaysia’s online commerce sector had grown to a value of RM 1.97 billion (US$ 654 million) in transactions, a growth of 9% compared to 2010, demonstrating the potential for significant growth in the years to come.

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Reuters - Aug 15, 2013 - Cisco cutting 4,000 jobs, CEO sees slow progress

Reuters reported that Cisco is cutting 5% of its workforce to reduce costs.

About less than 1 month ago, Cisco had announced its intention to acquire SourceFire.

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Google Blog - Aug 14, 2013 - Search your flight details

Soon you’ll be able to find this info instantly in Google Search if it’s in your Gmail, Google Calendar or Google+. For example, just ask or type, “What’s my flight status?” or “When will my package arrive?”

This feature will be rolled out to U.S., English-speaking users on desktop, tablet and smartphone, with voice search over the next few days as reported in the blog.

It is a result of successful implementation of Google Now.

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Aug 13, 2013 - Intel Introduces Android-Based Education Tablet Reference Design

Intel introduced an education-focused tablet reference design, featuring an Intel® Atom™ processor and the Android* operating system code-named Ice Cream Sandwich*. The Intel Education tablet is specifically for education, featuring student-friendly designs that empower students to create compelling content. Features including front- and rear-facing cameras, a stylus, integrated speakers and microphones bring interactive, multimedia content into learning.

The tablet is fully equipped with Intel Education Software, a comprehensive suite of applications including an e-Reader, science exploration and data analysis application and painting tools. It also has management software that provides teachers and administrators with tools to protect students and manage technology.

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Aug 5, 2013 - Cisco : Majority of Aspiring Executives See a Big Future for Video in the Workplace

A global study announced today by Cisco revealed that the majority of these next-generation executives intend to depend heavily upon business-class video to connect with their teams, colleagues, suppliers, customers and prospects, as well as to help their businesses deliver new products and services.

Top findings include:
  • Three out of five young executives say they will rely more heavily on business-class video during the next five to 10 years.
  • 87 percent believe video has a significant and positive impact on an organization, citing benefits ranging from enhancing the experience of telecommuters to saving money on travel costs and even attracting top talent.
  • 94 percent of those organizations with less than 400 employees value video as a way to break down language barriers in the increasingly global marketplace.
  • 87 percent say they would choose to work for a video-enabled organization over a company that has not invested in business-class video communications, because the video-enabled organization "cares about using technology to fuel business growth."

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