IT News Week 2 Oct 2015

For week 5 of Sep 2015, the most interesting news was the announcement of partnership between Acronis and ID Quantique to Bring Quantum-Safe Encryption to Cloud Data Protection.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - XOX Mobile Revises Prepaid Monthly Data Plans
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - Exabytes' EasyStore and EasyParcel For Asia’s Hottest eCommerce Market
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - RS Components expands hand tool product lines via new partnership with Snap-on Incorporated
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015- Private customer support at Viseca and business customer care at Aduno are based on BSI CRM
  • PR - Oct 6, 2015 - Malaysian Internet Alliance to Participate in Major ‘IoT Workshop’ in TAIWAN
  • PR - Oct 5, 2015 - AT&T and Brocade Join Forces to Extend Network on Demand Platform
  • PR - Oct 2, 2015 - Kaspersky: DDoS Attacks Often Coincide With Other Threats
  • PR - Oct 1, 2015 - ARMONK, NY - IBM advances hybrid cloud capabilities
  • PR - Oct 1, 2015- UMobile to Offer iPhone6

PR - Oct 6, 2015 - XOX Mobile Revises Prepaid Monthly Data Plans

Mobile Operator, XOX introduces its new XOX Prepaid Data Plan promotion with lower prices for higher quotas.

Data Plan 1
Data Plan 2
RM48 [was RM68]
Data Plan 3
RM58 [was RM98]

The latest Prepaid Data Plan offers a great deal with providing high-speed data plan without downgrading the speed. Every new XOX prepaid subscriber gets to enjoy 28 months validity which the line remains active for more than 2 years even without further top-up.

Datuk Eddie Chai, Group MD, XOX Berhad

According to Datuk Eddie Chai, the Group Managing Director of XOX Berhad, the company understands the concern of the subscribers, especially with a challenging financial environment that many are going through at the moment.

PR - Oct 6, 2015 - EasyStore and EasyParcel For Asia’s Hottest eCommerce Market

Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd (‘Exabytes’), the Malaysian-established and leading regional Web hosting and E-commerce solutions provider, today announces the introduction of EasyStore - the All-in-In eCommerce Solution, and its One-Stop logistics solution EasyParcel for the Taiwan market.

This is in conjuction with Exabytes’ participation at the E-Commerce Expo Asia 2015 held in Taipei, Taiwan from 6 – 9 October 2015, whereby Exabytes’ flagship eCommerce solutions is bundled by Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) as part of the nation’s offering and showcase at the Expo.

EasyParcel allows for the merchant to select from a variety of logistics providers, comparing prices and packages very easily on one single site – arranging for any of the select logistic companies to come and pick up the goods to be delivered to their customers, saving a lot of time, hassle and worry.

EasyParcel is the first online shipping solutions consolidator and booking platform in Malaysia where you can easily compare rates, price and book courier services via logistics companies such as PosLaju, Skynet, Airpak, Nationwide Express and more.

PR - Oct 6, 2015 - RS Components expands hand tool product lines via new partnership with Snap-on Incorporated

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced a new partnership with Snap-on Incorporated (Snap-on), a leading global developer and manufacturer of hand tools and equipment solutions, to offer an extensive line of high-quality products in Southeast Asia.

Professional tool users in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines are the first in Asia Pacific to have access to Snap-on’s extensive range of hand tools and sockets via RS’ industry-leading eCommerce services. Renowned for its quality, innovation and performance, Snap-on has over 90 years of experience serving professional tools that are designed, built and tested to meet the highest demands for quality and long-life performance.

PR - Oct 6, 2015- Private customer support at Viseca and business customer care at Aduno are based on BSI CRM

Following the contact center of Viseca Card Services SA, one of Switzerland's largest issuers of credit and prepaid cards, Aduno SA has now also chosen BSI CRM: as a complete provider of cashless payment systems, Aduno will look after its business customers with BSI CRM, which will replace the existing customer database as the master system for customer and contract data.

The software company BSI Business Systems Integration AG previously developed CRM projects for Aduno Group five years ago. The subsidiary and credit card issuer Viseca Card Services SA have used BSI's contact center solution for the past three years. In the future, BSI CRM will also manage customer and contract data as the master system for the sister company Aduno. The aim is to boost efficiency in the operative business with BSI CRM through intelligent, guided processes.

“Aduno will be able to configure processes in the future in BSI CRM to optimally manage and service business customers and their terminals. Staff will be guided through the ordering and support processes and benefit from a 360° customer view. In this way we will be able to improve both our efficiency and our processes,” explained Santosh Ritter, Head Operations Acquiring & Terminals at Aduno Group.

PR - Oct 6, 2015 - Malaysian Delegation to Participate in Major ‘IoT Workshop’ in TAIWAN

The Internet Alliance (‘IA’), a Malaysian-established non-profit entity (also known as ‘Persatuan Hubungan Internet Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur’) will be sending a delegation of select Malaysian eCommerce players to take part in a major Internet of Things (‘IoT’) Workshop held in Taipei from 4 – 7 October 2015.

President of the Internet Alliance (IA) Chan Kee Siak, says, “The IoT trend will take off exponentially in this part of the region soon. It is closely related to the advancement in the miniaturisation and connectivity of technologies; and Internet companies need to know the developments of this trend in order to figure out how to ensure their eCommerce offerings remain relevant.
Chan Kee Siak, CEO of Exabytes

IA will be leading a delegation of 13 Top eCommerce players in Malaysia including Cari Internet Sdn Bhd, Exabytes Group, Extreme Broadband, FG Media Sdn Bhd, HT Internet Sdn Bhd, ISIS Logistics Sdn Bhd, Lights Up Network Solutions Sdn Bhd, MOLPay Sdn Bhd, MyKRIS Asia Sdn Bhd, Rhipe Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Secure Source Distribution (M) Sdn Bhd, Serverware Sdn Bhd and Tribe East Travel Sdn Bhd for the Taiwanese IoT Workshop event that consists of a Series of Workshops and Networking Sessions between the Malaysian delegation and selected Taiwanese technology, Internet and computing device development companies.

PR - Oct 5, 2015 - AT&T and Brocade Join Forces to Extend Network on Demand Platform

AT&T and Brocade are teaming up to enhance the Network on Demand platform.

AT&T is utilizing Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies to create dynamic on-demand services. We’re leading the shift to next generation networking by providing customers with more flexible and scalable services.

“We’re working with Brocade to enhance our Managed Internet Service on Demand, so customers don’t need a router at their location. With the support of their technology, customers will experience faster installations and more dynamic control of their network service,” said Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president, AT&T Marketing and Global Strategy.

PR - Oct 2, 2015 - Kaspersky: DDoS Attacks Often Coincide With Other Threats

A survey carried out by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International has demonstrated that, in most cases, a DDoS attack is only the tip of the iceberg. 74% [EE1] of respondents representing the corporate sector reported that DDoS attacks against their companies coincided with other IT security incidents. Sometimes these are not coincidences, but deliberate attempts to distract IT personnel. This approach has been called DDoS smokescreening.

In the survey, respondents most often cited malware (21%) and hacking (22%) as the number one threats to their companies, while DDoS was chosen as the most dangerous threat by only 6%.[EE2] At the same time, DDoS attacks often coincide with malware incidents (in 45% of all cases), and corporate network intrusions (in 32% of all cases). Data leaks were also detected simultaneously with an attack in 26% of cases. Construction and engineering companies encountered this problem more often than others: according to respondents, 89% of DDoS attacks on these companies coincided with other types of attacks.

PR - Oct 1, 2015- UMobile to Offer iPhone6

U Mobile Sdn Bhd will offer iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, beginning on Friday, 16 October 2015. Customers can pre-register iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus beginning on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at

PR - Oct 1, 2015 - ARMONK, NY - IBM advances hybrid cloud capabilities

IBM accelerated its hybrid cloud capabilities by unveiling a cloud platform that allows enterprises to quickly build apps in a secure manner and deploy them across public, private and on-premises environments.

The delivery of Bluemix Local brings the speed and ease of app development on Bluemix behind a client's firewall. With its write once, run anywhere feature, enterprises can now swiftly build and run apps in the cloud that stich together existing systems and connect data and API's into a single environment, while keeping apps current across all platforms. The Bluemix platform was built on an open architecture to provide increased flexibility for enterprises.

Clients can also sync data across geographies using IBM's global network of Cloud Data Centers that are operated throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Using the syndicated catalog through Bluemix Local, a wealth manager at a financial services organization can leverage the Watson Personality Insights API to better understand and service their customer. By analyzing communication between the wealth manager and the customer – a company could build an individual personality index to determine if that person is a risk-taker or more cautious in their investment approach. By narrowing down these personality traits, financial services organizations can provide more insightful recommendations, resulting in highly satisfied customers.