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SAP funds more ventures to improve One Billion Lives in Asia Pacific Japan by 2020

2017-09-22T16:48:55.489+08:00

Sep 19, 2017 -

SAP’s One Billion Lives (1BLives) initiative, which is a crowdsourced, ground up initiative that allows SAP’s employees to develop start-ups and leverage on technology to solve the world’s pressing social issues. Amidst Asia’s rapid growth and urbanization, issues such as sustainable urban development, ageing populations and providing for the less fortunate have become an increasing concern.



This year, SAP has invested €1,000,000 towards the initiative and five winning ventures were selected after pitching their business ideas to secure support and funding. They come from across APJ (including two from ASEAN) and each leverage upon the latest advances in technology to solve the world’s issues:
  • Digital Aged Care (Australia team) – Tackles the issue of an ageing population and lack of care – leverages on IoT platforms that connect wearable devices and smart household devices to monitor an elderly’s condition to provide better efficiency for aged care givers
  • Accessible Eyecare (India team) – Tackles preventable blindness and uses SAP Leonardo to provide an intelligent mobile platform for ocular diagnosis, helping victims make earlier corrective action remotely.
  • Food Waste Management (Thailand team) – Tackles the world’s hunger crisis and food wastage in urban areas from supermarkets, restaurants etc. through a supply chain management platform to salvage unwanted food and connect it to those who need it most
  • Water Management (India team) – Tackles the water lost in cities through water supply systems through the use of SAP IS Utilities to attain real-time information from measuring sensors on water loss
  • Disaster Relief Network (Singapore team) – Enables more efficient collaboration between all disaster relief parties through a consolidated platform using SAP Ariba and SAP Hybris, so disaster relief efforts are delivered in a more coordinated and efficient method for best outcomes
The winning ventures will each gain access to seed money of up to €200,000 and are expected to test their ideas and go live with minimum viable product (MVP) by the end of the year.



Little Rachel has a BIG Secret to Share

2017-09-20T16:08:07.501+08:00

Sep 19, 2017 - Rachel Siew Suet LiLittle Book BIG Secrets writer Rachel Siew Suet Li did not let adversity constrain her in her quest to become an author. This unique young lady born with a rare degenerative genetic condition, unveiled her first literary offering today entitled “Little Book, Big Secrets – How to blend in when you were born to stand out”. With the publication fully funded by the MIRM as well as the book launch being hosted by Microsoft Malaysia, Rachel Siew unveiled her new LinkedIn account featuring her book in the publication section. Through her account, LinkedIn users will be able to communicate with Rachel directly, sharing experiences in bringing out the best plus empowering oneself with endless possibilities. Little Book BIG Secrets is a light-hearted yet touching book that illustrates Rachel’s wit, determination and resilience. It is about the everyday challenges faced by Rachel, whose journey was determined even before she first saw the light of day. Her inspirational quotes in the face of her many challenges will help readers approach life with a positive energy and fresh perspective. “In this book, there are three significant points which reinforces my principles, which is to Inspire, to Motivate and to Empower. It is my hope to motivate and encourage other families who are in somewhat of a similar situation as mine. This may seem like a very difficult and winding journey ahead, but we can still make a difference in our lives,” said Rachel. Speaking at the launch, Managing Director of the Make It Right Movement, Mr. Raja Singham said he was very proud of Rachel’s efforts. “This book is part of the continued effort to educate ourselves of how one person like Rachel can empower the lives of millions of Malaysians. Being her former lecturer, I have seen Rachel grow from a timid girl to a fully confident, independent yet humble young woman,” said Raja Singham. Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director, Mr. K Raman also congratulated Rachel on the launch of her book. “I had the privilege of meeting Rachel recently where she shared with us her journey through determination, positivity and passion to achieve more despite her challenges. Her resilience in leading a life just like any other able-bodied person is commendable.  Rachel suffers from Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS IVA) also known as Morquio Syndrome, a rare degenerative condition that affects her physically but not intellectually. In 2015, a drug called VIMIZIM, an intravenous enzyme replacement therapy was made available in Malaysia. This drug would have given Rachel the independence she had long yearned for. However, the answer to her prayers was costly. Treatment for this condition is in access of RM1.6 million per annum which she would have to undergo for the rest of her life. Despite her struggles, Rachel has found a way to help herself as well as to inspire others in need. “Little Book, BIG Secrets – How to blend in when you were born to stand out” is now available for purchase via LinkedIn and through community effort via Facebook for the amount of RM39.90 only. Alternatively, you may contact Rachel Siew directly at rstf2016@gmail.com to purchase the book or for further details. Full proceeds from the sales of the book will go to the Rachel Siew Trust Fund managed by appointed Trustees and is legitimately established with Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad. Founded in 2015, the Make It Right Movement (MIRM) is a CSR Initiative by BAC offering Malaysians the opportunity to be involved in social good. Leveraging on the collective resources of the BAC Education Group, MIRM collaborates with over 80 social good entities, and is involved in more than 200 charity and CSR-related projects and events annually.[...]



Exact Holds Global Hackathon to Develop Tomorrow’s Technology

2017-09-20T00:30:10.223+08:00

Sep 19, 2017 - Smart entrepreneurship, social community and big data were the key topics driving the Exact Hackathon held at the Exact Asia Development Centre (ADC) recently, bringing together eight teams of students from six institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and with the support of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Held from 13 to 15 September 2017, the challenge which involved 48 hours of continuous hacking, was part of the second annual Exact Global Hackathon that took place simultaneously in five different locations (Delft, Dublin, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur and Minneapolis) around the world. For the first time, this year’s hackathon involved the participation of students from University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia’s Multimedia University (MMU), Asia Pacific University (APU), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), The One Academy and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC). Thirty-six students were paired with mentors from Exact to develop interesting software applications under the three topics of the hackathon and then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Srinivas Sampathkumar, Product Development Director of Exact ADC said, “Being a global tech company, Exact thrives on innovation. This global hackathon is a great way to challenge our employees to be curious, to think outside of the box and to come up with original ideas in a fun way. By involving the students this year, it is an excellent opportunity to start inculcating in them innovative thinking, even before they join the workforce”. Srinivas Sampathkumar, Product Development Director of Exact ADC (right) addressing the participants of the Exact Hackathon at Exact ADC’s office.He explained that Exact ADC pioneered the first hackathon activity in 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. Due to its huge success and the volume of innovative ideas that resulted from it, the activity was replicated on a global scale across three continents in 2016, with Malaysia contributing the largest group of participants of 169 people. For the 2017 hackathon, Exact ADC was once again leading the way by working together with MDEC and institutions of higher learning to help bridge the talent skills gap that comes with a booming tech ecosystem. Hew Wee Choong, MDEC’s Vice President of Investment & Industry Development said, “Malaysia has all the hallmarks of being a tech hub and having Exact ADC organise this hackathon certainly helps put us one step closer to this national aspiration. With the various public-private initiatives in place, we are confident companies are able to quickly move up the value curve in tech enablement”. In the Exact’s hackathon, themed ‘Develop Tomorrow’s Tech’, the competing teams had to develop applications and ideas under the following categories: - Social community – how to help Exact leverage communities and crowds to foster a social enterprise network. Smart entrepreneur – how entrepreneurs can be empowered to keep track of their business performance and identify new opportunities Big data – how to help businesses harness the value of data to deepen customer engagement, optimise business operations, prevent fraud and capitalise on new sources of revenue. The five-member team from The One Academy beat the rest with their winning idea titled NEXT, under both Smart Entrepreneur and Social community category. Team NEXT came up with an application that not only works as a travel planner that provides real-time travel reservation information and reminders. It also works as a one-stop platform that connects the traveller seamlessly to other travel services such as TripAdvisor, Airbnb, Traveloka, Expedia, Uber and Grab, offering travel tips and itineraries based on the traveller’s interest, and the place and period travelled. The winning team received prizes worth RM3,000 as well as potential job placements with Exact ADC upon graduation. The winning team from The One Academy with Mr. Hew Wee Choong, MDEC’s Vice President of Investment & Industry Developmen[...]



Cloud Platforms Replace Traditional Paper and Print Landscapes

2017-09-19T12:00:07.445+08:00

Sep 12, 2017 - SG -

In the course of digitalization and dematerialization, many companies are opting for cloud services to process business-critical information, such as orders or invoices. An increasing number of businesses are giving up their traditional peripheral devices, like printers and fax machines, and replacing them with innovative services. According to Gartner’s August 2017 Hype Cycle for Imaging and Print Services, 2017 report, “Cloud fax providers now support many of the enterprise class service levels that enterprises expect, from regulatory certifications, to rigid service levels, to professional services to assist with both out-of-the-box and custom API integrations.”

The digital transmission of critical data in particular entails significant challenges. In addition to meeting exacting requirements with regard to security and quality, it is also always necessary to take heed of legal guidelines that are growing ever more stringent, for instance the new European data protection regulation GDPR.



Retarus facilitates the digitalization of critical processes

Connecting with the cloud services provided by information logistics experts Retarus enables companies to fully digitalize complex business processes with little effort, reduce costs and fulfill compliance requirements more easily. The processing of data is always carried out in accordance with the most stringent data protection guidelines at Retarus’ own data centers in Europe, the USA and Asia. From these facilities, the company ensures global availability around the clock and fulfills numerous sector and country specific requirements, including HIPAA or PCI-DSS Accordingly, enterprises such as Malaysia’s leading healthcare provider BP Healthcare and other healthcare companies in the US and Europe are employing Retarus’ Cloud Services to send digitized fax documents containing sensitive information straight from desktops or directly out of laboratory and pharmacy systems.
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Oliver Prevrhal,Managing Director

Retarus listed as a sample vendor again for “Enterprise-Level Cloud Faxing” in Gartner Hype Cycle

Retarus has once again been listed as a sample vendor for “Enterprise-Level Cloud Faxing” in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Imaging and Print Services, 2017 report.In the annual trend report, the sector experts describe the development cycles of printing technologies, software and services in order to assist IT decision-makers in their search for appropriate solutions which fulfill their specific requirements. In their “Hype Cycle”, Gartner has placed “Enterprise-Level Cloud Faxing” on the “Slope of Enlightenment”: The technology will become mainstream in less than two years.



IT News Week 2 Sep 2017

2017-09-18T08:13:03.564+08:00

For IT News Week 5 Aug 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Sep 15, 2017 - Software AG, a Leader in IoT Technology, launches Cumulocity IoT PR - Sep 11, 2017 - Siemens concludes SPACe ASEAN Innovation Tour 2017 in Malaysia PR - Sep 12, 2017 - BEX and MCE Asia 2017 welcomes the region’s green building and construction community to a global showcase of latest innovations PR - Sep 8, 2017 - MIMOS and Huawei partner to enhance public safety and smart city PR - Sep 7, 2017 - Software AG’s Digital Business Platform Ranked a Leader in Digital Process Automation Software Report PR - Sep 7, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - Team Group Leads Industry with MoStash Reader for iOS and the WC0C Charging Cable with 3-in-1 Connector PR - Sep 4, 2017 - SG - Commvault Data Platform Solutions now available with Cisco’s Solutions Plus Program PR - Sep 3, 2017 - InfoWatch Group to Unveil Localized Cybersecurity Solutions at IFSEC Southeast Asia 2017 PR - Sep 2, 2017 - HUAWEI Reveals the Future of Mobile AI at IFA 2017 PR - Sep 1, 2017 - KPJDSH emphasises sustainability of breastfeeding PR - Sep 15, 2017 - Software AG, a Leader in IoT Technology, launches Cumulocity IoT Software AG, a leader in many innovative and digital technology categories, continues its Internet of Things (IoT) innovation drive with the launch of an extended Cumulocity IoT technology portfolio for cloud-based IoT platform services enablement. This highlights the capabilities of Software AG’s product portfolio that will address today’s market demand for easy, fast, and scalable IoT solutions to support enterprises of all sizes, regardless of the level of sophistication of their IoT requirements With Asia Pacific’s IoT market expected to reach 8.6 billion connected devices by 2020 and 86% of companies in the region are expected to have some form of IoT in place by 2019, Software AG remains committed to developing and providing their customers in the region with a comprehensive product portfolio to plan their path towards a digital future and emerge as digital winners Software AG reiterates that Cumulocity IoT provides complete customer freedom and choice in designing, building, deploying and upgrading enterprise IoT platform, solutions and services. This is in line with Software AG’s aim to provide adaptable technology that fits into (not replaces) a customer’s existing IT landscape. PR - Sep 12, 2017 - BEX and MCE Asia 2017 welcomes the region’s green building and construction community to a global showcase of latest innovations Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia, Southeast Asia’s leading trade exhibition for the green building market, kicked off with a bang today at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Visitors from more than 50 countries are expected to attend the event today to get a first-hand look into some of the latest innovations and insights in the Asian green building, HVAC-R, water, energy and heating industries. Taking place until 14 September 2017, BEX Asia is co-located with Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) Asia, the region's leading trade exhibition for energy-efficient solutions that power industrial, commercial and residential buildings. BEX and MCE Asia 2017, the key anchor trade exhibitions of Singapore Green Building Week (SGBW), are proud to be part of a larger movement contributing to the future well-being of our planet. The SGBW hosts a wide variety of events to galvanise the community to act on sustainability, reaching out to international green building experts, policymakers, academics, built environment practitioners, end-users, as well as members of the public and students. Highlights:AL-SUS Technologies’ Step Lift, an evolutionary lift that can be quickly installed to fit existing staircases, without having to build expensive escalator or lift shafts. Meant to complement the use of staircases, the step lift is a platform that automatically moves up a single flight of stairs. Space sa[...]



NMW2017: Kaspersky Lab and Parters pave the way for secure-by-design connected cars

2017-09-16T08:08:53.422+08:00

Sep 13, 2017 - In response to the rising cybersecurity challenges facing the connected and autonomous car industry, Kaspersky Lab and AVL Software and Functions GmbH have unveiled the Secure Communication Unit (SCU) at New Mobility World / IAA 2017 in Frankfurt on September 13. The security solution prototype demonstrates the possibilities of interference-proof communication between car components, the car, and its external connected infrastructure, making connected cars secure-by-design. With each generation, cars are incorporating new intelligent technologies for remote diagnostics, telematics, automated and autonomous driving, remote driver assistance and infotainment. Based on electromechanical vehicle actuators, car controls are becoming more and more complex cyber-physical systems with multiple sensors, controls, applications, subnets and communication modules that interact with other vehicles and their environment. Their functions can be controlled remotely, via digital systems. Because of this, connected cars are becoming more of a target for cyberattacks. The rising number of third-party applications and the system complexity in connected cars, as well as the increasing dynamic in software update cycles making use of over-the-air updates, makes it difficult to test the complete system to be sure that no bugs, backdoors and architectural issues are overlooked. The role of the Secure Communication Unit is to make connected cars secure by-design, regardless of the third-party software and systems on board. The SCU is a communication gateway control unit, connected to several subnets and/or gateway-controllers to these subnets within the car network, acting as a single secure gateway for incoming and outgoing communication flows. Based on security policy enforcement and strong separation to prevent unwanted contact between various car components, the software helps ensure proper interference-proof communications within the car network. The trusted software platform of the SCU consists of security components that are trustworthy-by-design. Firstly, the microkernel proprietary operating system (KasperskyOS) is based on well-established principles of security-driven development and specifically designed for embedded systems with strict cybersecurity requirements. KasperskyOS removes the chance of undocumented functionality, and thus mitigates the risk of cyberattacks: even if an unauthorized code is embedded, it will not be executed because, by default, this undocumented functionality is prohibited. Other components include a security policy engine (Kaspersky Security System), defining the particular scope and character of interaction between various components and a trusted channel framework with a set of crypto algorithms, as well as low level protection services based on hardware capabilities. The SCU prototype presented is exemplarily implemented in ARMv7 architecture with recommended 128 MB RAM and IOMMU. Other HW platforms can be developed on a case-by-case basis in accordance to the requirements of a particular manufacturer. Andrey Doukhvalov, Head of Future Technologies and Chief Security Architect at Kaspersky Lab, comments: “With the modern automobile ecosystem becoming more and more complex and interconnected, it is not surprising that cybersecurity concerns arise among consumers and the automotive industry itself. While the opportunities and benefits are apparent, there is still a need to make automotive systems secure. That’s why we’re making a big step forward with our prototype for secure car communications to ensure that connectivity opportunities don’t turn into failures”. The platform provides the solution framework for specific customized applications, allowing car manufacturers to develop and implement unique SCUs into their cars, based on particular hardware and additional software components in alignment with their manufacturing plans. The SCU is avail[...]



The Hidden Pitfalls of Intelligent Lighting

2017-09-15T20:55:30.360+08:00

By Dr. Vincent Chow, CEO of En-trakFor most of us, the first brush with an automated system in a building had to do with the light system - specifically occupancy or motion sensors. These automated systems turn on the lights when someone is occupying the area, and they turn off the lights when nobody is there. The main draw of automated lighting lies in its ability to help make energy use more efficient in buildings. However, while automated lighting seems like an easy plug and play solution, building owners should take a closer look at the installation and consider any drawbacks carefully. As is often the case with technology, what works in theory might have deal-breaking challenges in practice. Let’s take a look at four downsides to sensor-based lighting control in the office.Downside #1: Limited area of use Sensor placement and installation are subject to a long list of rules and best practices just to get standard results. A 90+ page guide on sensor placement is not uncommon. When all factors are considered, only a few areas like toilets, alley ways and storage closets are suitable for motion sensor use. Moreover, it’s difficult to be confident about your reliance on sensors if so many things can be done incorrectly. One of our customers installed motion sensors for their meeting rooms. Soon after, they received consistent complaints from several women about the sensors not working. It turned out that the sensors were placed too high and were not detecting relatively shorter people entering the room. Fixing the problem was time-consuming and costly. Downside #2: Practical difficulties There aren’t many things more frustrating than a motion sensor that doesn’t work as expected. Whether it’s because of bad placement, low batteries, or some form of interference, sensors do experience problems from time to time. These problems can cause energy wastage or worse – staff frustration and increased stress levels. In 2010, a guest sued a hotel when she fell and injured herself in the toilet - the motion sensor had turned off the lights. Sometimes it’s not even the fault of the sensors. We’ve seen significant investments in motion sensors go down the drain because of traditional occupants’ behaviours. For instance, a quick trip to the toilet before heading home in the evening can result in half the office lights turning on for 10 minutes – not exactly energy saving.  Downside #3: Higher costs, longer payback Adding sensors to your lighting control system increases the lifetime cost of the system. First, there’s the cost of the sensors themselves. Second, there’s the expertise required to place them and calibrate them correctly, which takes time and money. Third, there’s the ongoing cost of ensuring that your sensor-control layout matches your changing office. Doing this often requires rewiring and relocation of sensors. If all of these deliver more savings than the extra costs, then it’s worthwhile. The problem is that this is rarely the case. Sensors that control lights in zones usually save LESS energy than individual fixture control without sensors. The lack of precision counteracts the benefits of the sensors. And if you install one sensor per fixture, your payback could get even worse. You end up drastically increasing costs in exchange for only minor extra savings. Payback in these cases takes as long as 4-7 years. Downside #4: Lower productivity To get the most out of your staff, you need to provide a focused environment, a sense of control over their working areas, and a sense of ownership. And yet sensor-based lighting control can detract from this feeling. It distracts occupants with lights frequently turning on/off. More generally, it subjects them to a frustrating automated system that does not always respond to their needs. We’ve seen cases where the entire control system has been removed due to occupant dissatisfaction [...]



Deep Learning with AI Technology

2017-09-06T16:26:58.533+08:00

BY: Hu Yoshida, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Data Systems AI stands for Artificial Intelligence: computer systems that can achieve intelligent activities like those of human brains such as learning, reasoning, and judgment. The learning method employed by early AI systems was to have computers learn rules and logically find solutions based on the rules. As such, the systems were limited in that they only found solutions within the scope of what they had learned. Hubert YoshidaMore recent types of AI being used today are designed based on hypotheses of data that people would enter, implemented as programs, and analyzed and developed for a specific application. Two disadvantages of being based on hypotheses envisioned by people, is that they usually do not produce results that surpass human ideas and are not general purpose. One well known AI system is IBM’s Watson, which Wikipedia describes as a question-answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Watson was named after the first CEO of IBM, Thomas J. Watson. In 2011, Watson competed on the quiz program ”Jeopardy” and defeated two former Jeopardy winners. The IBM team provided Watson with millions of documents, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference material that it could use to build its knowledge. All the content was stored in RAM and Watson could process 500 gigabytes, the equivalent of a million books, per second. Watson's main innovation was its ability to quickly execute hundreds of proven language analysis algorithms simultaneously to find the correct answer. Hitachi has developed similar technology that can analyze large volumes of text data that are subject to debate; and present reasons and grounds for either affirmative or negative opinions on these issues in English. By using multiple viewpoints, it is able to present reasons toward a single perspective. One use case was in medical diagnosis. Recently this was expanded to the Japanese language. Hitachi also uses natural language processing in the Hitachi Visualization Predictive Crime Analytics (PCA), to ingest streams of sensor and Internet data from a wide variety of sources like weather, social media, proximity to schools, subway stations, gunshot sensors, 911 calls, etc and crunches all this information in order to find patterns that humans would miss. Police investigators build crime prediction models based on their experience with certain variables like slang words that may come up on Twitter, and assign a weight to each variable. Hitachi’s PCA doesn’t require humans to figure out what variables to use and how to weight them. You just feed it those data sets, and PCA uses machine learning that decides over a couple of weeks if there is a correlation that could predict a crime. Deep Learning A new learning method is called "deep learning," which incorporates the mechanisms of neural circuits in the brain. Like neural circuits, the computers themselves learn the characteristics of the data entered into them for learning, and they can make judgments even about patterns that they have not yet learned. Using this method, it is possible to automatically produce explanations for images and motion pictures, conduct highly-accurate automatic translation, and make forecasts in a variety of fields including financial markets, weather, and professional sports. Hitachi AI Technology/H (here after “H”) is the name for Hitachi’s Artificial Intelligence engine that uses deep learning, and is one of the key technologies in the Hitachi Lumada IoT platform. H was announced by Hitachi in 2015 to respond to a wide range of applications. It can learn from voluminous amounts of data and make judgments on its own - eliminating the need for people to set up hypotheses in advance, and finding solutions that humans had not conceived. In the attached video a robo[...]



IT News Week 5 Aug 2017

2017-09-05T10:30:03.336+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Aug 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Aug 31, 2017 - 29th SEA Games: HUAWEI Celebrates Malaysia’s 145 Golds Vertix - Aug 31, 2017 - New Asian Survey Reveal Rapid Growth of Edge Computing in 3 to 5 years PR - Aug 30, 2017 - New version of Faketoken Android Trojan hunts for Taxi and Ride-Sharing App Users PR - Aug 29, 2017 - Carbon Black Joins Forces with VMware to Enhance Security for the Software-Defined Data Center PR - Aug 28, 2017 - mTouche and M N C Wireless to jointly develop digital technology platform for SPNB Dana PR - Aug 28, 2017 - Hitachi Accelerates Customers’ Hybrid Cloud Initiatives With Enhanced Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Offerings PR - Aug 28, 2017 - Petronas Launches Online Store in Collaboration with Shopee PR - Aug 25, 2017 - Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN Solutions Endures Grueling Torture Test PR - Aug 25, 2017 - AJ Biologics Malaysia Partners with Government of Kybher Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan In Fight Against Dengue PR - Aug 24, 2017 - Cloudera and Tech Data forge strategic partnership to accelerate turnkey Smart City and IoT projects across ASEAN PR - Aug 24, 2017 - iPay88 To Secure #MYCYBERSALE 2017 Payments PR - Aug 31, 2017 - 29th SEA Games: HUAWEI Celebrates Malaysia’s 145 GoldsMalaysians ushered the nation’s 60th year of independence on the heels of a record haul surpassing 145 gold medals at the Malaysia's best-ever finish in the history of the SEA Games. To add to the jubilation, HUAWEI Malaysia will be offering to its Malaysian customers an instant rebate for their next purchase of a HUAWEI P10 Plus or a HUAWEI Mate 9 Pro. HUAWEI Malaysia fans can immediately redeem a RM300 rebate on their next purchase of both smartphones at all HUAWEI Experience Stores and HUAWEI Display Zones from the 1st to the 30th of September, 2017. It’s a great time to be Malaysian. Vertix - Aug 31, 2017 - New Asian Survey Reveal Rapid Growth of Edge Computing in 3 to 5 years Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power, expects more implementations of edge computing initiatives within the next three to five years in Asia as businesses in this region continue to gain more knowledge about the benefits of edge computing. In an effort to determine the scope of understanding of edge computing among Asian firms and to gather insights into their needs, Vertiv recently conducted a regional survey that covered 200 respondents from among its customers and partners. Key findings of the survey include: Nearly all respondents (97 percent) in the survey think that edge computing will be relevant in their business and IT strategy in the mid-to-long run (beyond three years) Majority of the respondents believe that the market is on the midpoint of adopting edge computing in their respective business operations. Top factors listed in the survey that could prevent businesses to embrace edge computing include budget (55 percent of respondents), system compatibility (52 percent), and security issues (43 percent). Some edge computing projects have also begun in Asia Pacific. These include a modernization effort of a global automotive company headquartered in Malaysia; maintaining a communication network for a fitness studio in Australia; and a network future-proofing project of a telecommunications operator in New Zealand. PR - Aug 30, 2017 - New version of Faketoken Android Trojan hunts for Taxi and Ride-Sharing App Users Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered a new modification of the well-known mobile banking Trojan Faketoken, which has been developed and is now able to steal credentials from popular taxi applications. The mobile app market is growing, and offering more and more services that store confidential financial data, including taxi services and ride-sharing apps that require the user’s bank card information. Being installed on millions of A[...]



VMworld 2017 Highlights

2017-08-31T18:23:10.931+08:00

Aug 28, 2017 - Las Vegas :At the opening of VMworld 2017, VMware announces an expanded set of products and services as part of VMware CloudTM to help businesses juggle the multiple cloud services that they are currently using, and take control of, simplify and accelerate their cloud delivery strategy. Additionally, VMware announced new releases of VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware vRealize Network Insight to help customers modernize their data centers to increase business and developer agility while introducing increased networking and security capabilities. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger highlights capabilites of vSphere  6.5Across all of these platforms, businesses can fortify their infrastructure with the launch of VMware’s AppDefenseTM, an app designed for security professionals that uniquely protects applications running on VMware vSphere-based® virtualized and cloud environments. Leveraging the virtual infrastructure to create a “least privilege” model around applications, AppDefense can control app behavior, and detect and automate response to attacks that attempt to manipulate the application. 1.) VMware Helps Enterprises Succeed in the Multi-Cloud Era VMware® Cloud™ on AWS is now initially available in AWS U.S. West (Oregon) region New VMware Cloud Services that enable end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, and networks, with consistent networking and security across public clouds and on-premises environments New VMware Cloud Provider™ services and partner offerings based on VMware Cloud Foundation™ Expanded VMware NSX® support of networking and security for clouds and cloud-native apps New VMware Cloud Provider innovations including VMware vCloud Director® 9.0 2.) VMware AppDefense This new security solution leverages the virtual infrastructure to monitor running applications against their intended state, and can detect and automate response to attacks that attempt to manipulate those applications. “The growing frequency and cost of security incidents points to a fundamental flaw in security models that focus solely on chasing threats,” said Tom Corn, senior vice president, security products at VMware. “AppDefense delivers an intent-based security model that focuses on what the applications should do – the known good – rather than what the attackers do – the known bad. We believe it will do for compute, what VMware NSX™ and micro-segmentation did for the network; enable least privilege environments for critical applications.” This features leverages on machine learning technology for reasoning. 3.) VMware Advances Software to Help Customers Modernize Data Centers VMware Integrated OpenStack 4 will be based on OpenStack Ocata and boost support for containerized applications VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.5 to deliver increased monitoring and compliance capabilities for NSX New HCI Acceleration Kit to enable distributed IT with cost-effective hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems powered by VMware vSAN VMware to embrace Big Data and High-Performance Computing (HPC) workloads with new vSphere Scale-Out edition [...]



Kings of Malaysia’s E-Commerce by iPrice Group

2017-08-30T21:54:05.114+08:00

Since the boom of e-commerce in Malaysia during the mid-2000s, the e-commerce industry has consistently steadily grown and is today a RM24.6 billion industry. Over the years, we have seen the rise of both international and local players entering e-commerce space to realise its full potential. While we await to see a fully developed e-commerce in the near future as seen in China or the US, let’s assess the progress of e-commerce and see who are the ‘kings’ of e-commerce in Malaysia today. To find out who holds the ‘throne’ in Malaysia’s e-commerce landscape, we utilised publicly data provided by SimilarWeb, LinkedIn and Social Media pages such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find their online traffic, number of staff and followers on social media. Based on this, we created an interactive infographic to rank and easily view who is most popular amongst Malaysians. So, who are the winners in Malaysia’s e-commerce landscape? The Three Kings of Malaysia’s E-Commerce: Lazada, Zalora & 11 Street We ranked and averaged each e-commerce’s rankings and found that Lazada remains the clear winner, followed by Zalora and 11 Street. This is reflective of Lazada’s announcement earlier this year, as they said Lazada in Malaysia is growing more rapidly as compared to other countries where they operate. Their market leading status can be easily seen through their traffic as they received an average 29 million visitors on a monthly basis while 11 Street, ranking 2nd place in overall average traffic only received 9 million visitors, almost 3 times smaller. Not to mention with Amazon entering into Southeast Asia through Singapore, the Alibaba-backed e-commerce has publicly expressed confidence when facing competitors as they have obtained valuable on-the-ground knowledge of the six markets where they operate and plans to further bolster their services to stay on top of their game. We also saw that the top three e-commerce were all founded in the Southeast Asia region. While e-commerce originating outside the Southeast Asian region such as eBay and Sephora is available to Malaysians as well, regional or local based e-commerce seemed to be more successful probably due to their on-the-ground knowledge which gave them a higher advantage. Nevertheless, Malaysia remains an attractive location for international players as well as Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced its partnership with Jack Ma to establish an electronic trade forum to fast-track the growth of e-commerce for both local and foreign players. Local Kings of Malaysia’s E-Commerce Landscape A household name to many, Lelong is the undisputed local ‘king’ of e-commerce with online traffic almost five times more than Hermo in 2nd place. Probably the oldest Malaysian based e-commerce (est. since 1998), Lelong remains the most popular C2C platform to Malaysians as they were among the first to spot the e-commerce potential. Another apparent trend in the top 10 list was that cosmetics and fashion websites such as Hermo and Fashion Valet are hugely popular as well. These local brands thrive mainly through social media pages such as Instagram where they can easily feature products via images and partnerships with popular local celebrities and brands. While e-commerce specialising in tech & gadget products are popular in countries such as Thailand and Indonesia, i-Pmart was the only similar merchant featured our top 50 list. Reason for this was because many tech & gadget merchants initiated their business through physical shops and provided tech services. Unfortunately, our list only included businesses who initiated their business on the online space to so we can provide an accurate apples to apples comparison.Malaysian Fashion Brands Dominates the Instagr[...]



How the honor 8 Pro Hits the Mark for the Malaysian Mobile Gamers

2017-08-30T13:12:50.296+08:00

The gaming scene in Malaysia is indeed a vibrant one – with the gaming market expected to grow 20% to RM868.7 million this year, and the region to grow by 30% in 2018. This leads to Malaysia being the 26th largest gaming market in the world and the third largest in Southeast Asia, reflecting the country’s potential to become a regional gaming hub by 2025. Honor 8 ProAs the fastest growing region in the games market, Malaysia is the second biggest in the mobile games market, partly influenced by the fast-rising (mobile) internet connectivity. In this battleground to introduce devices that satisfies the appetite of today’s power users and gamers, it is ever so important that global smartphone players pay attention to the trends in order to meet market demand. As smartphone buyers this year look forward to phones that are thinner, faster and with better graphics to keep up with the demand for mobile gaming, the introduction of the honor 8 Pro into the Malaysian market is a timely one for honor Malaysia. Malaysia, being the first international market to introduce the honor brand outside of China in 2014 have since seen a rapid uptake in brand recognition by the local consumers. Prior to introducing its high-quality devices in the market, the brand invests greatly to understand the local market taste, lifestyle, budget and demands – and the brand recognised the growing need for a mobile gaming smartphone. This came to no surprise for honor Malaysia as it realised the uprising trend of eSports in the country through its various focus groups with mobile gamers to understand their passion in gaming as a career. With its strong emphasis on quality, innovation and open collaboration with global partners, the honor 8 Pro is a proud testament of the brand’s success where it has engineered a device that addresses the needs of this region’s power gamers, so much so, honor has regarded the honor 8 Pro as the flagships super smartphone in terms of its performance. Geared with the octa-core Kirin 960 chipset which raises CPU processing by 18% and the Mali-G71 GPU which exceeds its predecessor in graphic rendering by 180%, the honor 8 Pro leaves its user with a smooth gaming experience and transition between apps and games. Accompanying its cutting-edge performance is its graphic processing by Vulkan API, which enables the most demanding games to run at high frame rates with minimum lagging, all fitted in its ultra-thin 6.97mm metal body. The performance heavyweight honor 8 Pro was made the official gaming smartphone and exclusive partner for the highly-popular mobile game, Mobile Legends for the first-ever Mobile Legends South East Asia Cup 2017 in Malaysia recently. The selection criteria for being the official gaming smartphone for this tournament was to ensure players were able to run the most demanding games at high frame rates with minimum lag and dropped frames. The reason for speeding up mobile devices is to allow them to run heavy applications like virtual reality. With a smartphone that costs only RM1,999, the honor 8 Pro comes VR-ready, bundled with a cardboard viewer and pre-installed with the Jaunt VR application which contains a wealth of VR video content. With its 5.7-inch Quad HD display, capable of delivering an immersive cinematic display nearing the Hollywood cinema standard of colour accuracy and detail, mobile gamers are set for a whole new dimension of mobile gaming. [...]



Fast, but not furious: The key to winning the digital game

2017-08-29T08:01:20.324+08:00

By Manish Bahl, Senior Director – Centre for the Future of Work, Cognizant Survival in the digital economy will depend on speed. The pace of business change has intensified dramatically as the fruits of digital technology expand to the entire world economy.Manish Bahl, Senior Director, CognizantAt the heart of the new digital world order is the unstoppable rise of automation, analytics and artificial intelligence (what we call the new machine), and with that comes an unprecedented level of speed — in doing business, generating value, making decisions, meeting customer expectations, and getting products and services to market. The stakes are even higher because the goal posts are now moving so fast. In an age when a start-up can reshape an entire industry overnight, businesses must be on their A-game. For instance, Alipay, the world’s biggest payment company, hit $100 billion in transactions in less than a year with zero branches. Great businesses built over decades and even centuries will be for naught if they cannot operate quickly enough. In short, it is speed that determines whether you disrupt or are disrupted. Cognizant’s research shows that digital leaders hold a 139% advantage over stragglers in cost savings and revenue growth. For example, if you think it will be another 10 years before AI needs to be taken seriously, you’ve already lost. Business leaders are already under tremendous pressure from inside and outside their organisations to meet customer and market expectations, and accelerate decision-making. However, not every company can move at the same pace because each firm has its own ambitions and priorities in the new machine age. What might be a good compromise for one may be unfeasible or even unacceptable to another. Businesses need ambitious goals, but overblown promises and expectations will only lead to disappointment. Scattershot initiatives or overly general bromides to “Just do AI,” “Just do big data,” or “Just do every new shiny technology” invariably backfire because those left to carry out the order don’t know the difference between “fast” and “far.” Leaders also often struggle to set the right pace in their digital transformation journey: fast enough to build the business of the future, but not so furious that they lose control. Trying to do too much too fast is often a recipe for disaster. Meanwhile, attempting to imitate one of the digital masters or unicorns is often a misguided or even dangerous strategy. The chances are good that endeavouring to become “the Amazon of our space” will destroy more business value than it creates. Traditional companies have a base of existing processes, products and culture with roots in the industrial era. Perhaps more pertinently, their end goal is different. Organisations that pursue these “fake futures” are being furious and not fast in their transformation journey. So, how do you know whether your business is moving at the right pace? Companies can tackle the challenge by using the speed framework, which allows executives across industries to determine their capabilities and how to progress to the next level. The ultimate objective of this framework is to help organisations match the speed of disruption in the marketplace. The speed framework urges companies to approach digital transformation from a point of view of speed in five areas. Setting targets within these areas will help companies tackle the speed imperative: Speed to automation or how fast companies leverage software bots for automating human-based processes to get on a high-growth path, Speed to monetise halos of information or how quickly companies start to understand and drive value from their data, Speed to enhance the[...]



IT News Week 4 Aug 2017

2017-08-25T10:40:10.145+08:00

For IT News Week 3 Aug 2017.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Aug 25, 2017 - McAfee Announces Advanced Security for Amazon Web Services PR - Aug 23, 2017 - Celebrate Merdeka and Malaysia Day with MotorolaPR - Aug 23, 2017 - 20MP Front Camera, 128GB ROM and Theatre-Quality HiFi Music Define HUAWEI nova 2 Plus PR - Aug 23, 2017 - LinkedIn : More than half of Malaysia's workforce intends to stay with their current employer for more than a year PR - Aug 22, 2017 - MyIX Records Over 1200% Growth in Internet Traffic PR - Aug 22, 2017 - More than 300 Students Participate in ICT Workshops at Huawei’s Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Centre PR - Aug 22, 2017 - Facebook Releases Special Edition Sea Game Stickers PR - Aug 21, 2017 - EasyParcel.my Cyber Attack PR - Aug 21, 2017 - Lenovo highlights Garena’s The Legends Circuit 2017 PR - Aug 20, 2017 - DHL eCommerce Gets Logistics Technology Platform - FarEye On Board PR - Aug 25, 2017 - McAfee Announces Advanced Security for Amazon Web ServicesThe cloud has emerged to be one of the most impactful technologies of our time. It can help businesses unlock the potential to innovate and drive better business outcomes. However, it it not invulnerable. Gartner predicts that security threats will keep increasing, and spending on cloud-based security services will rise to US$9 billion by 2020. McAfee, the world's largest, independent, pure-play cybersecurity company has recently announced that its McAfee Virtual Network Security Platform will secure Amazon Web Services. Some details of their partnership include: Free trial to "test drive" the vNSP platform on AWS Protection at the workload level, eliminates the single point of failure created by other solutions for a whole network segment and guarantees inter-segment traffic visibility Ability for users to simulate real-world attack use cases, configure policy and review reporting dashboards Features of McAfee's vNSP platform include: Easily integrate security into their application deployment process by using automation frameworks Network security controls are comprehensive and include inline exploit prevention, Offer web application protection, zero-day malware detection Workload isolation through segmentation and east-west attack detection PR - Aug 23, 2017 - Celebrate Merdeka and Malaysia Day with Motorola As Malaysia celebrates its 60th National Day, Lenovo Mobile is doubling up the joy to bring customers attractive sales promotions from 25 August (Fri) to 30 September(Sat) 2017! Exciting offers include getting the Incipio Power Pack Moto ModTM worth RM499 with the purchase of either a Moto Z or Moto Z Play. With the purchase of selected Moto and Lenovo Mobile smartphone models, customers will also receive 12 months extended warranty and accidental damage protection worth RM 448, and other bundled free gifts such as 16GB SD Card, umbrella, backpack, Moto touch flip cover, tempered glass and screen protector. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 012-273 8180 or at lenovomobilemypr@zenogroup.com. Check out the promotion.PR - Aug 23, 2017 - 20MP Front Camera, 128GB ROM and Theatre-Quality HiFi Music Define HUAWEI nova 2 Plus HUAWEI Consumer Business Group has today shared details on the HUAWEI nova 2 Plus; featuring new breakthroughs including an upgraded front camera, theatre-like HiFi audio experience and a dazzling design. Engineered with HUAWEI’s first 20MP high-definition front camera and coupled with a storage capacity of 128GBs, the gadget takes selfie-taking to a whole new level. “Taking the perfect selfie is probably one of the most distinctive hallmarks of our generation. It[...]



AIMS Only Malaysian Operator on Asian Data Centre Leaderboard

2017-08-23T14:30:13.747+08:00

Aug 21, 2017 - K.L :

AIMS, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data centre operator, is the only Malaysian data centre recognised as one of the most influential in Asia by Cloudscene for the second time running.


Rankings are derived from data centre market density (number of facilities) and connectivity (PoPs) based on independent industry data from the world’s largest database of colocation facilities and service providers. The top players in each region were selected from a pool of more than 5,300 global service providers with the ranked operators managing more than 17,000 POPs, over 8% of those in Asia.

“We’re honoured to be listed amongst the best and are pleased to see our hard work materialise in us moving up the ranks from 8th place in the first quarter to 7th this time around,” said AIMS’ Chief Executive Officer, Chiew Kok Hin.



AIMS’ flagship facility in Kuala Lumpur recently became the first Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect location in Malaysia. Businesses operating in the country are now able to establish a dedicated network connection to AWS’ secure cloud service platform from on-premises data centres, offices or colocation facilities, resulting in lower network cost, increase bandwidth throughput and a more consistent network experience.

“Our emphasis on creating an ecosystem that is mutually beneficial to our vendors and customers has pushed us to where we are today, and we will continue to focus on bringing the latest technologies and innovations to the fore,” Chiew concluded.



Philips Lighting to drive EyeComfort technology through its LED products range

2017-08-23T11:13:03.430+08:00

Aug 14, 2017 - KL:Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting continues to be a forerunner in technology innovation with its newly launched EyeComfort based LED products range. In a market flooded with LED lighting options, the Philips Lighting EyeComfort LED range stands apart as it has no visible flickering, which reduces potential health risks caused by harmful glare of ordinary LEDs. This technology underlines the significance of safe and comfortable illumination that is softer and kinder to the eyes. “Scientific research has proven that proper illumination enhances near-by vision and lessens eye fatigue resulting in better task performance at home and work. At Philips Lighting, we strive to empower customers by bringing together in-depth understanding of user needs, lighting applications, and insights to create evidence-based lighting solutions for optimal vision and productivity. Towards that direction, EyeComfort technology stays true to the concept of ‘human-centric lighting’, which forms the core of our research and development. The current range is setting the stage for customizable and connected products which our customers can now onwards look forward to” said Mr Alok Ghose, Managing Director for Philips Lighting Malaysia, Singapore and Exports at the launch of the Let’s Get Connected campaign. Let’s Get Connected – a nationwide promotion offering exciting reasons to switch to EyeComfort based Philips LED products. Running from 1 July 2017 to 31 October 2017, the Let’s Get Connected campaign enables customers to win exciting weekly gifts on buying products worth MYR 100 and above, from the Philips Lighting LED range which includes SceneSwitch, bulbs, downlights, luminaires and EcoFit tubes. The gifts include Philips Home Appliances such as electric pressure cookers, induction cookers, steam irons et al. For more information on the Let’s Get Connected promotion and Philips LED lighting, log on to Facebook Philips Lighting Malaysia or visit Philips Lighting Let’s Get Connected campaign. Please visit http://www.philips.com.my/c-m-li/choose-a-bulb/eye-comfort for more information on EyeComfort. Philips Lighting is the pioneer of human-centric lighting technology which is lighting designed to enhance human performance, comfort, health and well-being, separately or in various combinations. The EyeComfort technology focuses on vision being our most important sense accounting for about 83% of the information we receive from the world around us. Thus, it goes without saying that it is critical to take good care of our eyes, especially as modern lifestyle places more demand than ever on our vision. Watching big screen TVs, enjoying gaming devices, and reliance on tablets and smartphones all make looking after eyes more crucial than ever. The non-visible flickering and even light distribution of Philips Lighting EyeComfort LED range brings comfort to eyes by ensuring integral aspects of lighting such as intensity, tunability, colour temperature, distribution and design without any compromises or harmful UV/IR irradiation. Visual comfort that can enhance concentration, reduce sleepiness and brighten room appearances in a safe and sustainable manner. Philips Lighting leads the global switch to LED and connected lighting that will bring numerous economic and environmental benefits to customers at large. Let’s Get Connected campaign is the next phase of a three-year long journey in Malaysia. It started with the Let’s Go Green campaign in 2015 which brought a wide portfolio of LED products at affordable prices, followed by Light Beyond Illumination campaign in 2016, that delivered smart-so[...]



WCIT Congress and Asocio ICT Summit to Explore the Future of Digital Economy

2017-08-22T08:02:19.647+08:00

Aug 15, 2017 - K.L - The upcoming 21st World Congress of Information Technology (WCIT) and the annual ASOCIO ICT Summit in Taiwan will offer Malaysian delegates vast opportunities to learn and explore the future of the digital economy. Billed as ASIA’s premier ICT industry events, WCIT and the ASOCIO ICT Summit will be held concurrently from Sept 10-14 2017 at the Taipei International Convention Centre. Over 3,000 participants comprising ICT industry leaders, C-level executives, entrepreneurs, academicians, visionaries and government leaders from 80 countries and economies are expected to be present. Group Photo of ASOCIO Council and Representatives of ASOCIO member economies at the recent Multilateral Trade Visit to MongoliaThe National ICT Industry Association of Malaysia (PIKOM) will lead a delegation of 60 ICT Industry leaders representing organisations from the private and public sectors, to both events. In line with the theme of the event “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age: Building and Sharing the Digital Dream”, ASOCIO will launch their inaugural research report titled: Reimagining the Digital Era during the summit. ASOCIO Chairman, David Wong Nan Fay said Asia Pacific’s strong and vibrant economy, favourable demographics, ICT investments, and ongoing economic integration have laid the foundation for the region to become a global leader in the digital economy. “In this research report, we will be sharing the digital transformation plans of economies in Asia Pacific, key strategies as well as the importance of digital initiative in the region,” he said. “Asia Pacific has the potential to be a leader in the digital economy and a true digital revolution will transform the region’s ICT sector in the near future,”. Wong also said the ASOCIO ICT summit presents a rare opportunity for Malaysian delegates to learn emerging market trends and technologies and also network with the who’s who in the global ICT industry. “The Summit offers a platform for the government and industry representatives to share knowledge and experience; develop closer business ties and more importantly identify new business opportunities,” he said. He added the business matching and site-visits scheduled to take place include trips to the companies Tatung and Syscom Group to explore opportunities in the Smart Internet of Things and Robotics industries. Delegates can also look forward to the ASOCIO/WITSA welcome reception party; Taipei Cultural Night, ASOCIO/WITSA ICT Excellence Awards and the ASOCIO networking event, said Wong. Alex Sandy Pentland, known as the father of wearable computer, will speak on innovative applications of Big Data which show how Big Data Analytics of personal information can bring better public governance and increase economic growth. Alan Marcus, senior director of World Economic Forum, will also deliver a presentation on Networked Readiness Index which measures the effective ICT usage including infrastructure, integrated applications, interactive services and service content. Seats are still available, on a first-come-first-serve basis, for those interested to be part of the Malaysian delegation. PIKOM is offering attractive travel packages which include access to all ASOCIO ICT Summit and WCIT conferences; complimentary meals and a cultural and trade visit to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. Companies interested to participate, can contact PIKOM secretariat (Mr. Frederick Chong @ 603-4065 0078) for further information or visit http://www.pikom.org.my/asocio-wcit/ for more details. WCIT is organised by the World Information Technology and Services A[...]



IT News Week 3 Aug 2017

2017-08-22T07:57:35.689+08:00

For IT News Week 2 Aug 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Aug 20, 2017 - Razer Launches zGold-MOLPoints in the Heart of Malaysia PR - Aug 17, 2017 - LG Unveils World's Largest OLED Screen In Dubai PR - Aug 17, 2017 - Lenovo Malaysia launches Official Store on Lazada PR - Aug 17, 2017 - How Attackers hide Backdoor in Software used by Hundreds of Large Companies around the World PR - Aug 16, 2017 - Oracle Makes the Most Powerful Database Platform Available on the Industry’s Most Advanced Cloud Infrastructure PR - Aug 15, 2017 - Retarus’ strong performance was mainly driven by the following factors: PR - Aug 15, 2017 - Traveloka Takes SEA Games to Greater Heights with Exclusive Flight and Hotel Deals PR - Aug 20, 2017 - Razer Launches zGold-MOLPoints in the Heart of Malaysia Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the official launch of zGold-MOLPoints in Malaysia. To celebrate the launch, Razer and MOL are hosting zGold-MOLPoints AFK @ Malaysia, a two-day gamer focused event that gives fans the chance to experience the full range of award-winning hardware, software and services that make up the Razer ecosystem. Throughout the day, visitors to the event enjoyed exciting stage activities including Overwatch, League of Legends and Street Fighter V Competitions, Exhibition matches by Street Fighter V Champion Razer Xian and a special meet and greet session with Razer Co-Founder and CEO, Min-Liang Tan. The zGold-MOLPoints AFK @ Malaysia runs from 11am to 8.30pm on 19th and 20th August 2017 at Berjaya Times Square, Ground Central. PR - Aug 17, 2017 - LG Unveils World's Largest OLED Screen In Dubai LG Electronics (LG) announced the unveiling of a video wall signage in Dubai that has the distinction of being the largest OLED screen and the largest high definition video wall in the world. Located in Dubai Mall adjacent to the Burj Khalifa, the mega-sized video wall was created using 820 LG Open Frame OLED signage panels. LG partnered with Emaar Entertainment, operator of the Dubai Aquarium, on the record-breaking project. Located in Dubai Mall adjacent to the Burj Khalifa, the mega-sized video wall was created using 820 LG Open Frame OLED signage panelsOLED is often referred to as the next-generation display because it is emissive technology, meaning that the display emits its own light, eliminating the need for bulky and inefficient backlighting. This results in superb images with the deepest possible blacks and life-like colors as well as wider viewing angles than conventional backlit displays. The use of LG’s Open Frame OLED signage at the Dubai Aquarium is particularly fit-ting because the curved form factor of the display follows the undulations of flowing water. LG Open Frame OLED signage can be configured into both convex or concave curves in both landscape and portrait modes, blending into any public and private space. PR - Aug 17, 2017 - Lenovo Malaysia launches Official Store on Lazada Today, Lenovo is excited to unveil their Official Store on Lazada! With Malaysians shopping online more and more these days, it’s no wonder that Lenovo is partnering with the Southeast Asian online shopping giant, Lazada. Lenovo will be offering a Lenovo IdeaPad 120S that is exclusively available through their Official Online Store on Lazada from today onwards. In conjunction to this partnership, Lenovo is also featuring a RM 100 discount for the first 100 purchases of their IdeaPad 320! The link to Lenovo’s Official Store is - http://bit.ly/2uHLoh7. PR - Aug 17, 2017 - How Attackers hide Backdoor i[...]



Mercer : Singaporeans are less satisfied with their employers compared to their global counterparts

2017-08-18T08:37:47.030+08:00

Aug 15, 2017 :Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and career, today announced the findings of its Singapore Employee Engagement Index: Insights to Enhance Workforce Productivity. The findings show that employee engagement in Singapore has declined consistently over the last three years — this is in stark contrast to the upward trend observed in employee engagement across the globe. Only 73% of Singaporeans are satisfied with the companies they work for compared to 82% of their global counterparts in 2016. In addition to that, Singaporeans are less likely to endorse their organizations as good employers — 76% of employees in APAC would advocate for their companies as good places to work, while only 68% of employees are willing to do so in Singapore. “Improving employee engagement continues to represent a significant opportunity — not just for businesses but also for the economy as a whole, this is widely acknowledged.” said Kulshaan Singh, CEO of Mercer in Singapore. He added, “As then Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam noted in his 2014 budget speech, ‘Raising productivity is at the center of our economic agenda’. The decline is primarily due to the lower feelings of pride in and satisfaction with organizations and our analysis shows that such views are largely driven by the employees’ concerns about innovation and career development.” An increasing number of employees in Singapore are not getting the right opportunities to learn and grow. Twenty percent of employees in the workforce say they are not receiving the necessary feedback from their immediate managers to improve themselves. Even more worrying is that one in three feels that personal career goals are difficult to meet in his or her organization. At the same time, 95% of employees in Singapore want to be recognized and rewarded for a wider range of contributions. Although 85% of employees are proud of the products and services they currently offer, 30% feel their organizations are not continually innovating these products and services. Notably, one out of every three employees feels that the company doesn’t support the development of new ideas. This is in contrast to the strong government commitment and support around driving innovation. Attitudes toward employee involvement are notably more positive in Singapore. Seven out of 10 employees feel they are sufficiently involved in the decision-making process on matters that may affect them as compared to 67% globally. Immediate managers play a critical role in this perception, with 80% of employees saying their immediate managers notify them of important information related to their work. “Engagement represents the best opportunity for Singapore to optimize the human capital it has. If performance and productivity are a combination of individual talent and engagement, the best way to optimize talent is to ensure it’s engaged. Although this seems obvious, many organizations still struggle to build the work environment they need to fully realize engagement in the workplace,” concluded Mr. Singh. Mercer’s Singapore Employee Engagement Index surveyed more than 42,000 employees in Singapore, representing various industries and jobs from global and local multinationals. It assessed employee engagement by measuring the level of pride, motivation and commitment employees have toward the organizations they work for. [...]



Slurp! Secures Funding to Accelerate Growth of Mobile Point-of-Sale System

2017-08-17T08:52:27.419+08:00

Aug 16, 2017 - K.L :Silentmode Sdn. Bhd. (“Slurp!”) the developer of Slurp! cloud-based point-of-sale system (POS) that specializes in food and beverages (F&B) industry sector today announced that it has recently closed a Series A round of funding of RM2.5 million. The funding has come from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) and it is managed by Intres Capital Partners Sdn. Bhd., a Kuala Lumpur-based venture capital firm. Slurp! which was launched into the F&B retail market in 2014 plans to use the funding to accelerate product sales and marketing, grow its current team as well as explore regional markets for potential expansion in 2018. Reza Razali, CEO and Co-Founder of Slurp! said, “We are very thrilled about the funding secured. Our team has been working very hard to make Slurp! which is a homegrown POS system, an effective solution for owners of F&B retail businesses. As we push forward, it is crucial for us to have a strong support system and after getting to know the people running Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) and Intres Capital, we are convinced of their capabilities. We are grateful that ADIF and Intres Capital have put their trust in us.” Kamarul Nizam Kassim, Partner of Intres Capital Partners which led the investment into Slurp! stated, “I believe the team’s focus to provide the preferred POS exclusively for F&B retail businesses will differentiate Slurp! from other POS players in the market. Slurp! provides powerful data analytics presented in a very user-friendly interface to help F&B proprietors maximize revenue, optimize costs, spot hidden operational inefficiencies and identify new F&B trends, which ultimately keep customers coming back. Slurp!’s open architecture also allows it to connect with various partners within the F&B ecosystem to support F&B proprietors grow their business such as restaurant aggregator sites and food delivery service providers. Best of all, Slurp! is a cloud-based platform which makes it affordable for all restaurants across the spectrum, from your neighborhood café all the way to fine-dining restaurants. Democratization of access to leading-edge technology is pivotal to an inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and Slurp! is leading this sea-change for the F&B vertical.” As part of its growth plan, Slurp! has appointed Shi-Ying, Lau, former Head of GrabCar, Malaysia, as Director of Strategy and Partnership. Shi-Ying brings more than eight years of global experience in consulting and technology to Slurp! With her former track record in building GrabCar, Malaysia, from the ground up until it became a very sizable business, Reza is confident that Shi-Ying will lead the local and regional expansion as well as partnership for Slurp! to the next level. Reza continued to explain, “As of August 1, 2017 over 500 F&B outlets in various cities in Malaysia have used Slurp! and we have an aggressive aim to at least double that number by end of this year.” Besides Malaysia, Slurp! has already a presence in Singapore through a strategic partnership and it is currently eyeing a bigger expansion within the region of Southeast Asia in the future. “We have been actively generating feedback from our customers and that helped us to turn Slurp! into a specialized POS system that is meant to address many challenges of managing F&B outlets especially on matters such as outlets operations, inventory management, table layout management and staff productivity management. With Slurp! too, owners get to monitor[...]



5G Technology will Transform the Communications Landscape in Malaysia

2017-08-16T08:50:57.675+08:00

Aug 15, 2017 - K.L :NEC Corporation of Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and Netcracker Technology announced today their collaboration with technology giants Red Hat, Juniper Networks and Dell EMC to offer an end-to-end multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platform for service providers and enterprises in Malaysia. The partnership, building off its Ecosystem 2.0 Program will see NEC Corporation of Malaysia/Netcracker positioning itself as a full SDN/NFV (Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization) solution provider that is capable of designing and deploying a network architecture concept that uses IT virtualization technologies to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may connect or chain together to create communication services. At the SDN/NFV Solution and Partnership launch today, Mr. Chong Kai Wooi, Managing Director, NEC Corporation of Malaysia said, “Around the world we are seeing service providers in the US, South Korea, Sweden, Estonia, Turkey, Japan and China upgrading their network infrastructure in preparation to offer 5G communications services which are imminent. Commercializing such services, including the massive connectivity of people, transportation, objects and cities, is expected to take off in the next two to three years.” “To stay competitive in a global economy, service providers and enterprises in Malaysia will eventually have the need to adapt to 5G technologies. With our SDN/NFV 5G-ready solution, companies will be able to speed up the time-to-market for their potential communications services and/or any applications that run on 5G technology, improve cost efficiency and have the ability to offer new, revenue generating-services.” A 2017 study conducted by the European Communications on behalf of Netcracker, which surveyed individuals representing 56 different service providers in the communications industry from around the world, discovered that the top four benefits expected from SDN/NFV solutions include reduced time-to-market, improved network efficiency, CAPEX savings and the opportunity to create and innovate new services, including over-the-top services. Today, service providers and enterprises need six to twelve months to introduce a new service. With the full service SDN/NFV solution in place, leveraging on the Ecosystem 2.0 Program, the time to launch new enterprise services can be reduced by up to 70 percent, according to a research by Netcracker. The 5G-ready virtualization platform from NEC/Netcracker comprises Netcracker’s Hybrid Operations Management offering, Business Enablement applications, and NEC/Netcracker’s Virtualization Development and Operations Center and Multilayer SDN Controller. It also comprises Red Hat OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that is designed to enable telcos to create modern infrastructure; Juniper’s NFV networking services platform which seamlessly integrates physical and virtual elements, enabling enterprises the flexibility to deploy scalable, secure and high-performing networks with a simple and open architecture; Dell EMC NFV solution engineered on its industry-leading PowerEdge platform as well as NEC/Netcracker’s Ecosystem 2.0 Program that takes out the pain of operating multivendor SDN/NFV services, reducing time-to-market and enabling rapid service innovation. “As the industry moves quickly towards 5G technology, getting the management and orchestration environment right is critical to enable new[...]



The Dark Side of the Dark Web

2017-08-16T08:30:17.874+08:00

Aug 9, 2017 :Gone are the days when ransomware was developed and distributed by skilled cyber criminals. Today, anyone can easily build and launch ransomware as there are only two key requirements – bad intent and access to the dark web, a marketplace where malware kits are advertised the way a traditional online retailer promotes regular items like clothes and shoes. Users on the dark web are anonymous and protected by a privacy feature baked directly into the Tor browser, which is the browser used to access it. This also means that law enforcement authorities are unable to identify where the websites are, who owns them, who uses them or who to arrest. The easy access to the dark web is fuelling ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) distribution models, which essentially enable novice cybercriminals to download and use ransomware. As ransomware is cheap to purchase and spread, it also provides a quicker payout than stealing credit card data or personal information. One of the most recent, successful example is Philadelphia, a ransomware variant that is easy to customise and deploy, and uses common marketing strategies to reach potential customers. Cybercrooks only have to pay once to get an executable that can generate unlimited ransomware samples. There is even a production-quality intro video on YouTube, explaining the nuts and bolts of the kit and ways to customise the ransomware with a range of feature options. Hence, with ransomware variants like Philadelphia, criminals with limited technical skills, can easily execute high-quality attack campaigns. In fact, there are ransomware variants on the dark web delivered via cloud that offer a host of menu options to guide crooks on how much ransom to charge and the distribution spectrum of the attack. For a ransomware campaign to succeed, attackers must overcome four main challenges: Setting up a command-and-control server to communicate with victims Creating ransomware samples Sending the samples to victims Managing the attacks by collating statistical information, checking payment etc Chester WisniewskiChester Wisniewski, Principal Research Scientist, Sophos shares tips for enterprises to ensure attackers do not cross these challenges successfully: Understand underground trends and train employees on how the dark web works Increase the frequency of security monitoring and reporting in the organisation Patch early and patch often, even if you’re using an unsupported version of XP, Windows 8 or Windows Server 2003 Be vigilant to recognise if employees or customers are being targeted Use Sophos Intercept X, which is highly effective in stopping ransomware in its tracks. [...]



From zero-day exploits to rampant ‘ransomware’: how advanced targeted attacks evolved in Q2, 2017

2017-08-15T06:30:06.267+08:00

Aug 10, 2017 :The second quarter of 2017 saw sophisticated threat actors unleash a wealth of new and enhanced malicious tools, including three zero-day exploits and two unprecedented attacks: WannaCry and ExPetr. Expert analysis of the last two suggests the code may have escaped into the wild before it was fully ready, an unusual situation for well-resourced attackers. These and other trends are covered in Kaspersky Lab’s latest quarterly threat intelligence summary. The months from April to end June witnessed significant developments in targeted attacks by, among others, Russian-, English-, Korean-, and Chinese-speaking threat actors. These developments have far-reaching implications for business IT security: sophisticated malicious activity is happening continuously almost everywhere in the world, increasing the risk of companies and non-commercial organizations becoming collateral damage in cyber warfare. The allegedly nation-state backed WannaCry and ExPetr destructive epidemics, whose victims included many companies and organization across the globe, became the first but most likely not the last example of the new, dangerous trend. Highlights in Q2, 2017 include: Three Windows zero-day exploits being used in-the-wild by the Russian-speaking Sofacy and Turla threat actors. Sofacy, also known as APT28 or FancyBear, deployed the exploits against a range of European targets, including governmental and political organizations. The threat actor was also observed trying out some experimental tools, most notably against a French political party member in advance of the French national elections. Gray Lambert - Kaspersky Lab has analyzed the most advanced toolkit to date for the Lamberts group, a highly sophisticated and complex, English-speaking cyberespionage family. Two new related malware families were identified. The WannaCry attack on 12 May and the ExPetr attack on 27 June. While very different in nature and targets, both were surprisingly ineffective as ‘ransomware’. For example, in the case of WannaCry, its rapid global spread and high profile put a spotlight on the attackers’ Bitcoin ransom account and made it hard for them to cash out. This suggests that the real aim of the WannaCry attack was data destruction. Kaspersky Lab’s experts discovered further ties between the Lazarus group and WannaCry. The pattern of destructive malware disguised as ransomware showed itself again in the ExPetr attack. ExPetr, targeting organizations in the Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere in Europe also appeared to be ransomware but turned out to be purely destructive. The motive behind the ExPetr attacks remains a mystery. Kaspersky Lab’s experts have established a low confidence link to the threat actor known as Black Energy. “We have long maintained the importance of truly global threat intelligence to aid defenders of sensitive and critical networks. We continue to witness the development of overzealous attackers with no regard for the health of the Internet and those in vital institutions and businesses who rely on it on a daily basis. As cyberespionage, sabotage, and crime run rampant, it’s all the more important for defenders to band together and share cutting-edge knowledge to better defend against all threats,” said Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, Senior Security Researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab. The Q2 APT Trends report summarizes the findings of Kaspersky Lab’s subscriber-only threat intellig[...]



MDEC Brings the Region’s Animation Industry to Life with Kre8tif! Conference & Content Festival 2017

2017-08-14T19:30:00.185+08:00

Aug 8, 2017 - Cyberjaya :The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is bringing the region’s animation industry to life at its Kre8tif! Conference & Content Festival 2017. In its 6th year, the two-day Conference will take place on 9 and 10 August 2017 at Cyberview Resort & Spa in Cyberjaya, followed with the first ever Content Festival that takes place on 11 and 12 August 2017 at the TSI Sports Arena, Cyberjaya. This extended four-day extravaganza is an anchor event for the Cyberjaya 20th Anniversary celebrations.Edmund Chan, Managing Director of Animasia Studio (2nd from left) and Law King Hui, Executive Director of Sasbadi Holdings (far right) pictured at the MoU signing ceremony, to signify a collaboration to bring Chuck Chicken animation into print media, witnessed by Hasnul Hadi, Vice President of the Creative Content and Technologies division, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer  of MDEC and Dato' Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer  of MDECSpeaking at the opening ceremony, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC, enthused, “The animation and creative content industry have enormous potential, and it has become one of the main contributor to the national income over recent years. MDEC is already working towards building a healthy and vibrant digital economy as it continuously pushes boundaries to spur market growths. This event is critical to this relentless effort, providing great economic value-add for the nation. Indeed, the road ahead is a promising one and it is MDEC’s role to provide a platform for the industry to address expectations and real needs. Kre8tif! is the perfect avenue for us to provide that needed support and we are confident it will open more doors for Malaysia’s animation and creative content industry to flourish on the international stage.”Kre8tif!: A Gathering of Leading Minds and Practitioners within the Creative Scene The conference will see some of the top leaders in animation, broadcast, and content creation across the region, including Malaysia, gather to share the latest trends and innovations within the creative scene, digital technology, and more. With the theme ‘Emotion In Motion’, Kre8tif! reflects the passion of the industry in bringing their vision to life, while continuously perfecting the art-form. Over 500 participants from Malaysia, South Korea, India, China, Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines are expected to take part. The four-day event is divided into three main areas: conference, business and markets networking session, and a content festival. In regards to the event’s esteemed speaker line-up, Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Vice President of the Creative Content and Technologies (CCT) division at MDEC added, “Kre8tif! will initiate discussions around the latest technical insights, future-shaping trends, and best practices that will help the industry identify where it stands today and where it is headed. The speakers we have this year is a reflection of this forward growth – we have an amazing mix of local and international representatives, such as Dan Sarto from Animation World Network, Shazia Makhdumi from Google Play, and our very own animation veteran, Hassan Muthalib, who will be sharing valuable insights about this fascinating industry. For aspiring animators and content creators out there, Kre8tif! is definitely a must have experience.” Full event schedule and list of speakers at Kre8[...]



How automation is shaping the workplace of the future

2017-08-14T08:30:16.631+08:00

by Darren Rushworth, President APAC, NICE Ltd It is inevitable that robots will become our co-workers. Any repetitive task that requires accuracy and speed, but little judgment, would be better performed by a robot. When humans are made to perform manual, mundane processes repeatedly, it can cause frustration over time and be error prone. Given the tight labour market for good talent[1], it simply is not a good use of precious resources either. The solution is called Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and it’s here in Asia today. Through RPA, Asian businesses can automate many repetitive processes, in both front and back offices, and improve efficiencies and effectiveness to become more competitive in today’s digital landscape. While IDC expects 40 percent of digital transformation initiatives in Asia Pacific to be supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities by 2020, only 12 percent of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the region believe that AI will have a positive impact on their businesses in the next five years. It is not uncommon for CIOs who are saddled with shrinking budgets and increasing demands from business users to be sceptical about yet another new technology. What they want to know is how the technology will work, if it will really deliver on the hype, and what’s the Return on Investment (ROI)? Here are the answers to these questions: Happier customers, better business Customer satisfaction is all about giving the customer what they want, when they want it. All industries today are under immense pressure of providing the ultimate customer experience in a consumer-centric world, while keeping costs as low as possible. By replacing lengthy manual tasks with faster, automated processes, Asian organisations, across industries, can now look forward to higher customer satisfaction and cost savings. In fact, we saw a financial services organisation reduce its average call-handling time by 82 percent through automating the entire customer alert process. With RPA taking over this routine, yet critical job, the human call centre agents are now able to focus on more value-added tasks such as fraud investigation and customer service. The organisation is now handling more than 8,000 alerts each month, with 99 percent accuracy, and ensuring satisfaction throughout the entire customer journey. Applicable across industries, we also saw a retail company eliminate 100 percent of order entry errors by adopting RPA to facilitate delivery requests and customer follow-ups. This resulted in improved accuracy for the business, a growing base of loyal, happy customers, and increased revenue growth over the years3. RPA, the most reliable co-worker “Robots are taking away our jobs.” This is a real fear of many employees today[4], but the truth is that RPA works best by working hand-in-hand with humans, not by replacing us. While RPA can act as a standalone tool for automated processes, it can also assist human employees in performing tasks quickly and more accurately. By relieving employees of repetitive, menial tasks, they can then be assigned to more strategic work and given opportunities to take up new skills to stay relevant and competitive. According to industry analysts, RPA is enabling enterprises to execute business processes five to ten times faster, with an average of 37 percent fewer resources. These productivity gains are not resulting in job losses, but[...]