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Updated: 2017-08-17T12:39:18.576+08:00

 



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 their F&B performances remotely and on real-time by using our analytics dashboard. Collectively, these have set us apart from many POS systems in the market,” Reza concluded.



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 IoT use cases requiring dynamic network slicing,” said Aloke Tusnial, CTO of SDN/NFV, Netcracker. “This is a key focus for us at Netcracker and we are delighted to be part of this strong collaboration to bring 5G virtualization to market faster.” “Since 2015, we have been working with NEC on NFV system integration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and now we are excited to extend this alliance to Malaysia. NEC's NFV system integrated with Red Hat OpenStack Platform is designed to deliver mobile packet core[...]



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
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Chester Wisniewski
Chester 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 intelligence reports. During the second quarter of 2017, Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Tam created 23 private reports for subscribers, with Indicators of Compromise (IOC) data and YARA rules to assist in forensics and malware-hunting. [...]



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 Kre8tif! can be found at https://kre8tif.mdec.my/. The opening ceremony also saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Animasia Studio and education solutions provider, Sasbadi Holdings, for the exclusive worldwide publication rights to bring Animasia’s Chuck Chicken animation series into the publishing world via augmented reality (AR) books as well as comics. “We see AR as a step forward for the animation and print industries to bridge the gap between still pages and animated or CGI visuals[...]



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 are enabling companies to re-deploy employees to handle higher-value tasks and a greater volume of work. For example, when a transportation company implemented RPA for its package re-delivery scheduling, the contact centre agents were freed from routine processes and high-stress tasks, enabling them to be more proactive and productive in their relationships with customers3. Killing two birds with one stone, RPA enables companies to improve customer service, while increasing employee satisfactions levels. Automat[...]



IT News Week 2 Aug 2017

2017-08-14T08:32:13.045+08:00

For IT News Week 1 Aug 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Ricoh Impresses Yet Again at Ipmex 2017 PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Sage Hires FinTech Heavyweight to Lead Asia Pacific Business PR - Aug 10, 2017 - J.B - Launching of "UTM-Huawei iLearning Cloud Showcase" by the Minister of Higher Education (MOHE), YBG Dato 'Seri Idris Jusoh PR - Aug 10, 2017 - honor Promises Better Calls and Coverage with the Support of VoLTE PR - Aug 10, 2017 - SENHENG is now offering the perfect Selfie Nationwide PR - Aug 9, 2017 - Official Launch of Shopplus (Shopplus Introduces First On-The-Go System) PR - Aug 8, 2017 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Changing the Façade of Smart Buildings PR - Aug 7, 2017 - Cyberjaya - IBM Malaysia and MDEC collaborate to enable students as future Digital Makers through the IBM Watson Maker Workshop PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Ricoh Impresses Yet Again at Ipmex 2017 Ricoh once again made its presence felt at the annual International Printing, Paper, Packaging and Machinery Exhibition (IPMEX 2017). The show draws on an established track record of attracting visitors from all over the world from a wide range of industries and backgrounds. Among the highlights from Ricoh at the show included a showcase of its recently launched Pro 8200 mono series and the Pro C5200 colour series – both launched in March this year. (Fourth to eighth from left to right): Mr KL Loh, General Manager for Production Printing Group of Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Mr Lee Choon Heng, General Manager for Service Operations of Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Ms Alice Lee, Chief Operating Officer of Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Mr James Yap, General Manager for Sales of Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd; and Mr Nick Tan, Senior General Manager for Marketing of Ricoh Malaysia Sdn Bhd with the new Direct to Garment print technology at the IPMEX 2017.Also featured was the brand’s commitment to surpassing boundaries with its Neon Yellow Toner and an introduction of its new Neon Pink Toner. Visitors to Ricoh’s showcase at the event also got sneak peek into the brand’s Direct to Garment (DTG) printers. PR - Aug 11, 2017 - Sage Hires FinTech Heavyweight to Lead Asia Pacific Business Sage, the market leader for integrated cloud accounting, payroll and payment systems, has announced the appointment of Kerry Agiasotis into the role of Executive Vice President for Sage Asia Pacific.Kerry Agiasotis, EVP, Sage APACStarting at Sage on 11th September, Agiasotis will report to President Blair Crump and take responsibility for ensuring Sage’s continued growth and success in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region as well as assume responsibilities for the Australia business. Agiasotis will maintain Sage’s focus on providing customers with newly-launched global cloud technologies and support, new customer acquisition and ensure a loyal following for local payroll, payment and accounting solutions, all of which contribute to quality growth. Agiasotis joins from Western Union Business Solutions, where he had been President of Western Union's global Business Solutions division since October 2013. Previously, he led the company’s Sales function and held the position of Regional Managing Director for the APAC region. He also spent time in leadership roles Oracle’s sales business and at Siebel Systems. PR - Aug 10, 2017 - J.B - Launching of "UTM-Huawei iLearning Cloud Showcase" by the Minister of Higher Education (MOHE), YBG Dato 'Seri Idris Jusoh The Minister of Higher Education, Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh today launched the UTM-Huawei iLearning Cloud Showcase at the Media and Game Innovation Centre of Excellence (MaGICX), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in collaboration with Huawei Malaysia to promote the concept of learning on-demand. The concept of "iLearning Cloud" involves using cloud computing and big data technologies that enables current teaching and learning processes to[...]



UTM Whitepaper reviews 177 MHz spectrum gap for Malaysia’s Mobile Broadband

2017-08-10T14:03:32.530+08:00

Aug 10, 2017 :Wireless Communication Centre (WCC) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) today released a whitepaper to understand the existing mobile broadband (MBB) performance and user experience in Malaysia. The whitepaper reveals that the nation requires an additional 307 MHz spectrum to satisfy MBB traffic forecasted by 2020. However, only 130 MHz out of 307 MHz can be achieved, resulting in 177 MHz of spectrum gap to be fulfilled, according to the study. To enable WBB (wireless broadband) requirement, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and IoT services, like video surveillance, even more spectrum is needed. Prof. Dr. Tharek Abd Rahman, whitepaper lead researcher and Director of Wireless Communication Centre (WCC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), accompanied by his team of researchers who spearheaded the study on Malaysia’s spectrum needs. The study was conducted in four key areas of Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak across urban, suburban, rural and indoor areas. The study indicated that there is a serious need for enhancing 4G network capabilities in rural areas of East Malaysia. Although, Selangor and Klang Valley has a strong position in 4G services with consistent and stable results, there are signs that the network is becoming more congested in these areas. It also showed that there were indoor areas with poor cellular signal strength coverage distributions which can be further enhanced. Malaysia is poised to benefit immensely from the full potential of the digital economy. Wireless connectivity is the key platform for digital economy and spectrum is the main commodity driving our wireless services. The deployment of wireless connectivity can enhance productivity and expand the nation’s economy. “Malaysians are progressively relying more and more on mobile services and connectivity, as the demand for larger wireless spectrum to support mobile and broadband systems with higher capacity is projected to keep increasing in the next few years. To meet the demand of high data traffic in mobile networks, providers need more spectrum to maintain the quality of service that consumers have come to expect and rely on,” says Prof. Dr. Tharek Abd Rahman, whitepaper lead researcher and Director of WCC, UTM. In addition, the whitepaper expands on UTM’s plans and policies needed for sustaining and accelerating the deployment of MBB technologies for the future. This is to realize the efforts needed to be made from MBB stakeholders, including the government to achieve the desired serviceability envisioned in the year 2020. These stakeholders must close the gap between increasing data demand and the lack of sufficient wireless frequency spectrum to support the ever growing number of connected consumer devices and mobile traffic. “Only 130 MHz out of 307 MHz required by our spectrum forecasting analysis can be achieved, hence we recommend additional policies such as allocating more spectrum for MBB services,” Prof. Dr. Tharek Abd Rahman added. Other suggested policies for the development of Malaysia’s MBB include government incentives to boost MBB deployment. A prime example of this is the Universal Service Provision (USP) project for rural areas created by the government. The study suggests the need to open access to publicly funded infrastructures such as utility poles for outdoor base station deployment; and both public and private partnership to accelerate indoor coverage improvement. Operators are also encouraged to explore new LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) technology which uses the unlicensed frequency band of 5 GHz (currently utilized by Wi-Fi) in combination with licensed LTE primary frequency connection to deliver better downlink performance through carrier aggregation. The government is aiming to double the speed of internet connection with its pricing to be slashed in half within the next two y[...]



mTouche embark on AI to enhance Digital Media offering in Southeast Asia plus Hong Kong market

2017-08-09T07:30:16.252+08:00

Aug 2, 207 - KL :Mobile value-added services and digital media marketing company, mTouche Technology Bhd has inked a comprehensive master collaboration partnership agreement with Octa Gravity Company Limited, Thailand to enhance its digital media offering in Southeast Asia plus Hong Kong market with the joint development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to be integrated into the proprietary and innovative digital media and infotainment platform for the IT and mobile channel which was recently announced on 19 July 2017. In recent years, AI technologies have experienced tremendous breakthroughs amidst the explosive growth of data volume resulting from the increased sophistication of analysis engines (i.e., software) and the improved processing capabilities of computers. These technologies are currently attracting attention for their usefulness in complementing human abilities and creating a more convenient society. mTouche said in a statement that both companies will make significant mutual commitments and investments in AI technology, enhance product development and go-to-market efforts of the digital media and infotainment platform to be driven by OCTABrain advance technology, secured database solution, data analytic tools and any other related solutions as the smart technologies to the platform. The alliance between the companies is a long term collaboration which expected to deliver the enhancement to the data analytic with the ultimate goal to build-up deep learning framework and smart decision making capability within the next 5 years during the contract period. The OCTABrain AI engine which can be integrated to any social network and online advertising network, adding Human Thinking to the platform with the ability of in-deep users behavior analysis, finding consumer insight, stimulate consumer demand and choosing the right AdNetwork for effective marketing campaigns. The machine learning technology can help the platform to learn from online user activities which will enable the social platform to understand the user behavior and insight, together with smart decision making capability of the AI unit, any decision making needed for all digital marketing activities will be made smartly in real-time without human intervention. “AI will make possible to provide people with suggestions for problems without a clear single answer, such as management decisions, the development of new products and enhancement to the marketing reach. OCTA is therefore committed to offering OCTABrain advance technology that will help the platform to make decisions from a broader point of view. We will also be proactively leveraging open innovation and utilizing a wide array of AI technologies to maximize the value we provide to mTouche with the aims to increase sales for the product owner, optimize conversion for AdNetwork and understand consumer needs for the best online experience ever.” says Ms. Parichat Limpipat, Director of Octa Gravity Company Limited. Mr. Tang Boon Koon, Executive Director of mTouche, stated, “We are excited to have OCTA to become our partner to jointly develop the AI technology for our digital media and infotainment platform and is pleased that OCTA will also be working closely with our platform partner, Advanced Platform Sdn Bhd on the said development. AI is playing an increasing key role in developing and optimizing our intelligent platform solution across the board and providing quantifiable value-add to our enterprise and other mobile customers. We are now taking strategic moves to further accelerate our AI development in a more concentrated way.” Mr. Tang added, the market value of the digital media advertising space in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong is estimated at US$2.69 billion (RM11.5 billion), according to a research done [...]



Lumina Networks Enters SDN Market

2017-08-08T18:10:25.622+08:00

Aug 8, 2017 - K.L :

Lumina Networks, Inc. launched today in the software-defined networking (SDN) market, through its acquisition of assets associated with the SDN Controller product family from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Along with a leading SDN Controller solution, powered by OpenDaylight™, Lumina brings a talented team of network software engineers and existing customer engagements with some of the world’s largest service providers. Offering the Lumina SDN Controller, applications and Network Development (NetDev) Services, Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into production networks.

Transitioning to software-based networks can dramatically lower capital and operational costs while transforming network functionality and customer experience. Yet, the complexity of the transition from hardware to software, along with the crucial requirement of independence from vendors, has made it difficult for service providers to move beyond lab trials and into production environments. This is where open source-based networking technology can help.

Using OpenDaylight as its preferred open source controller, Lumina enables service providers to directly control their SDN implementations while providing the flexibility to develop their own solutions through their choice of vendors thus eliminating lock-in. To ensure 100 percent compatibility with OpenDaylight’s code base, Lumina contributes enhancements made to its SDN Controller back to the open source community.



Lumina also offers NetDev Services to help organizations transform their network engineering and operations team. The NetDev Services team at Lumina works with customers to jointly develop production systems using agile methods to prototype and speed through proof-of-concept and pilot phases. Lumina NetDev Services builds solutions using Lumina, open source tools or competitive products. The company’s methodologies enable customer teams to become self-sufficient in developing and managing their new open source platforms.

“Our job is to be the catalyst to help service providers bring open software networking out of the lab and into their live network,” said Andrew Coward, chief executive officer, Lumina Networks. “We started Lumina Networks to ensure providers can use open source in critical use cases. But just delivering technology is not enough. Our customers are doing the implementation with us, so they can learn and acquire the skills, tools and practices needed to develop and manage the platforms we jointly deploy.”

Lumina’s product portfolio includes:
  • Lumina SDN Controller: A fully tested, documented and quality-assured edition of OpenDaylight, that provides a common open platform to control the network and manage its nodes.
  • Lumina Flow Manager: A controller-based application that enables more simplified and sophisticated traffic engineering of the network with advanced algorithms such as path-computation for efficient traffic flows.
  • Lumina Zero Touch Installer: A controller-based application that provides initialization of devices, such as virtual CPE, with the correct software image and configuration automatically.

“By embracing openness and layering innovation, Lumina can claim a distinct differentiation in the SDN market,” said Ray Mota, chief executive officer and principal analyst, ACG Research. “With a leading SDN Controller, an experienced team of software engineers and a roster of large service providers as customers, Lumina will help network operators expand their use of SDN so they can save time and money.”



Kaspersky Lab Launches the Goondus Awards

2017-08-08T08:30:17.791+08:00

Aug 4, 2017 : Kaspersky Lab has launched a campaign in Asia Pacific to educate the public and spread awareness on Internet safety. Known as the Goondus Awards, the campaign is inviting submissions from the public on Internet mistakes and faux pas that have led to reputational, financial or property damage or loss for individuals. The Goondus Awards website which features the submissions anonymously, highlights real life incidents where a naïve or ill-informed Internet practice led to some form of misfortune. “We want to educate people about safer Internet behaviours and to showcase real world examples of missteps leading to some form of loss or damage. While some stories may be humorous and even incredulous, the repercussions and damage were real and in some cases severe,” explained Sylvia Ng, General Manager, South East Asia. “As our entries are entirely anonymous, we’re encouraging a community led campaign to drive home the message that only safe practices will make the Internet safer for users.” The Goondus Awards showcases a wide array of stories ranging from humorous occurrences to unintelligent acts and sad episodes involving monetary or reputational loss. The campaign acts as an initiative to raise cyber security awareness in an engaging form through the sharing of personal stories. It also serves to help web visitors foster positive and pleasant online experiences. With the ease of access to the Internet, users have developed a sense of complacency or even a mild form of naivety in their daily digital lives, potentially lending themselves to becoming victims of cybercrime. The Goondus Awards aim to remind users that they are not completely safe from cybercriminals and that they need to be vigilant, practice and maintain Internet etiquette to protect themselves. Malaysians, including millennials and Gen Y professionals have also been burnt by the infamous love scams. According to a report by the Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) in 2016, a total of 2,497 love scam cases were reported with losses close to RM100 million. It proves that Goondus are fools for love. The fact that identity theft can happen so close to home and lead to financial loss was very disturbing and shocking to the individuals in this example. Submission and contest details The criteria for the story entries are that they must be based on actual events leading to tangible or intangible losses concerning Internet use. The winning stories will be selected by a panel of judges where participants stand a chance of winning an iPad Mini or a Tablet and even monthly prizes like a Kaspersky Lab premiums hamper. The website also includes tips and advice from cyber security experts and elaborations on the different types of scams such as Internet love sex scams, credit for sex scams and phishing scams, to further inform users. In 2016 alone, CyberSecurity Malaysia received 8,334 reports related to cyber security incidents. Between 2012 to 2016, CyberSecurity Malaysia received a total of 50,789 cyber security incidents. Of the figure, fraud contributes to almost 40 per cent or 20,141 followed by hacktivism (9,918), spam (9,210) and cyber threats (2,333). More than 70 per cent of the incidents reported involved financial implications, including phishing, online banking fraud, credit card fraud and online scams among others. Statistics from The Royal Malaysian Police recorded 113 phishing cases resulting in total losses of RM1.91. Comparing last year’s May and 2017’s May result in terms of cybercrime rate, is it evident that the figure has grown and especially cyber harassment case has rose over 50% according to CyberSecurity Malaysia. It is also evident that, statistics in May shows cases such as frauds, spams and malicious codes rose compared to las[...]



Bringing Performance and Style to the Fore with the EOS 6D Mark 2 and EOS 200D

2017-08-07T18:30:09.881+08:00

Jul 27, 2017 - KL :Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the availability of the new EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 200D DSLR cameras designed for advanced-amateur and entry-level photographers, respectively. This announcement continues Canon’s commitment to bringing the best tools to each user, regardless of their experience in photography. “As a leading imaging company, we understand the different needs and wants of Malaysian photographers – from first-timers, to the most experienced. We are proud to continue to bring the imaging tools needed to both elevate and expand the art of photography in Malaysia,” said Andrew Koh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera is ideal for enthusiast photographers looking to take their creativity and photography to the next level. It is the lightest camera in the EOS full-frame DSLR line, with comprehensive full-frame DSLR functions, packed into a nimble and compact body. The Canon EOS 200D is the latest addition to the EOS DSLR range. Its trendy, light and compact form makes it the world’s smallest APS-C DSLR with a Vari-Angle screen, defying the design notion of traditional DSLR models. This entry-level DSLR delivers high imaging performance and superior quality images, perfect for photographers just getting into the game. EOS 6D Mark II - Capturing Moments with Agility and Precision Designed with enthusiast photographers in mind, Canon’s popular and versatile EOS 6D DSLR camera historically served as the gateway for enthusiasts to step-up to full-frame DSLR cameras. The EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera features several enhancements over its predecessor model, and its benefits include: 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System1 Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection & Full HD 60p DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-40000 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD Touch-Screen Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3, Bluetooth®4 and GPS technology High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.5 fps Dust- & Water-resistant EOS 200D - Ergonomic Design and User-Friendly Interface for Easy OperationWhen designing the EOS 200D, Canon looked at feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning how to go beyond a camera’s program mode. The result was the creation of a convenient new user interface called Feature Assistant. The EOS 200D DSLR camera features several other enhancements over its predecessor model, the EOS 100D, including: 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100-25600 Dual Pixel CMOS AF 3.0-inch Vari-Angle LCD Touch-Screen Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 Technology Continuous shooting of up to 5fps via Optical Viewfinder Full HD 60p & External Microphone Input Optical Viewfinder with a 9-point AF System Feature Assistant Small and Lightweight Body Pricing and Availability The Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be available in black, whereas the Canon EOS 200D will come in three colour options - Classic Black, Trendy White and Sophisticated Silver. Both cameras are scheduled to be available in early August 2017** at Canon Image Square stores and authorized dealers nationwide. Recommended retail prices as below: Canon EOS 6D Mark II Body only: RM 8,899Body with EF 24-70 L IS USM lens: RM 11,999Body with EF 24-105 L IS II USM lens: RM 12,999Canon EOS 200DBody with EF-S 18-55 IS STM lens: RM 2,999[...]



ShopBack Malaysia Anticipates One Million Cashback Users by Year-End

2017-08-07T12:30:11.401+08:00

Aug 2, 2017 - KL :

ShopBack, the top Cashback platform in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, forecasts the number of online Cashback users in the country to reach one million by year-end, tailing closely after its counterpart in Indonesia and same time maintaining ahead of Singapore.

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Alvin Gill, Country GM, ShopBack Malaysia

Alvin Gill, Country General Manager of ShopBack Malaysia said that compared to one year ago, there’s a 260% increase in local user base (over 280,000 users in July 2016 versus over 750,000 users in July 2017), and shared that one million Malaysian users will be achieved soon given the rise of demand, convenient services brought by new online merchants, as well as supporting moves by government such as legalising ride-hailing services in Malaysia.

"On-demand delivery services have become pretty well received over the past year as it saves users time and petrol expenses from going back and forth for daily purchase. Who knows if Amazon Prime Now may make its way to Malaysia in the future?” Alvin expressed.

He also said that merchants’ offerings are getting versatile. Coupled with government’s support towards digital companies such as passing the bill for Grab and Uber (both are our partner merchants on ShopBack app) in the country, ShopBack is very optimistic about the future of digital economy here. The coming months will see ShopBack bringing higher Cashback and other smart services to propel the growth in Malaysia.



Some of the merchants that ShopBack recently partnered includes Eatigo, an emerging food promotion and reservation platform, HungryGoWhere, a popular food review site which has expanded into dining deals and table booking offers, Love-Bonito, a stylish fashion e-retailer and the first joiner in August (Aug 2nd onwards) is Uniqlo, the famous Japanese casual wear fashion brand.




Virtual Offices@Colony Space@Jalan Kia Peng, KL

2017-08-07T07:30:05.342+08:00

Jul 27, 2017 :Colony, a new co-working space has today officially launched the new concept of serviced office space called Colony Space, where it sets to change the way everyone works, as well as the offices they work in. The concept behind KL’s newest co-working serviced office entrant Colony is reflected in its design, as it offers various perks to its tenants, including a nap area for some quick shuteye, a massage room where a certified masseuse can be hired on an ad-hoc basis, an exclusive lounge with high ceilings and full length windows, and access to a rooftop gym and swimming pool where tenants can work out with a full view of the KL city skyline. Espressolab, a home grown and bred coffee chain, will be brewing up coffee alongside Bold Grains, a cafe concept brought by The Healthy Food People, an online food delivery services operator. The estimated 300 members over the 18,000 square feet space will gain access to delectable, nutritious food and fragrant coffee without needing to leave the office. Co-Founder Timothy Tiah, who years ago founded Nuffnang and led it from start-up to IPO, says “In the past 20 years, our quality of life has improved. We eat better food, live in better homes, drive cars that are getting safer and have better healthcare. However, the way we work has remained the same. We want to change that.” Timothy Tiah, the co-founder and executive director of Colony @ KLCCFellow Co-Founder and popular blogger Audrey Ooi of Fourfeetnine.com says, “We have a strong belief that work doesn’t need to be all drudgery, that motivated employees perform best when they are happy. Work takes up at least 40 hours of our lives each week and it needs to feel great for us to do great. This is where Colony comes in.” With Colony, companies that place a strong emphasis on their employees’ wellbeing and want them to work in a great environment can do just that. A serviced office where they can achieve a balance of work and play, Colony believes that it will help reduce staff turnover and help companies attract and retain talent. By 2020, millennials born between 1980 and 2000 will make up half of the global workforce. According to a study titled ‘Asia Pacific Millennials: Shaping the future of real estate’ conducted in October 2016 by CBRE Group, 78% of millennials see workplace quality as important when choosing a new employer; and 69% of them are willing to give up other benefits for a better workplace environment. Microsoft, a giant of the tech world, understood the implications of the data, and have started phasing 30% of its employees into co-working spaces. Colony has a variety of shared workspaces and co-working options available. Open co-working areas are split into a hot-desking area and a reserved desk area; while private offices come in different sizes to accommodate teams of all sizes. Virtual offices and time-based passes are also available to allow everyone flexibility in their work environment. Monthly rental begins from RM528 for each hot desking seat, and a private serviced office starts from RM1,988. To allow you the luxury of flexible usage of the space, time based passes are available and are priced from RM338 for 100 hours. Rental is inclusive of utilities, high-speed internet access and office cleaning services. Colony is move-in ready, and is selling fast. Colony is located on Jalan Kia Peng, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Central Business District. With Pavilion and KLCC just within 5 minutes’ walk, connectivity is a breeze as a large variety of food and public transport options are available in the vicinity. Having raised over RM8 million for its expansion plans, the company plans to construct at least tw[...]



IT News Week 1 Aug 2017

2017-08-07T09:23:07.977+08:00

For IT News Week 4 Jul 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Aug 4, 2017 - LinkedIn Lite Expands to Malaysia PR - Aug 4, 2017 - HUAWEI Promotes Unity Amongst Malaysians PR - Aug 3, 2017 - Next-generation video surveillance in Singapore key to SMART Nation growth PR - Aug 3, 2017 - Oracle Delivers Next-Generation Cloud Applications PR - Aug 2, 2017 - Cloudera Awarded Prestigious Certification for World Class Customer Service and Support for Second Consecutive Year PR - Aug 2, 2017 - Longer, Expanding, Demanding: Botnet DDoS Attacks Highlighted in Kaspersky Lab Quarterly Report PR - Jul 31, 2017 - Microsoft : Asia Pacific financial sector digital transformation banks on cloud computing to be competitive PR - Jul 31, 2017 - The Women of the Future Awards Launches in South East Asia PR - Jul 26, 2017 - HUAWEI Brings inNOVAtion and Sophistication with nova 2 Plus to A Whole New Level this August PR - Aug 4, 2017 - LinkedIn Lite Expands to Malaysia LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional online network, today announced the availability of LinkedIn Lite in Malaysia and more than other 60 countries globally, after it was first launched in India. The lighter version of LinkedIn focuses on speed and simplicity to provide greater access to opportunities for more professionals and students in the world, helping them to stay informed, get ahead in their careers, and be more productive. LinkedIn Lite is now available through the web and the Android app, and includes key features such as newsfeed, profile, networks, messaging, and notifications. It is accessible by virtually any Internet-capable mobile device on the market (even on 2G networks), while the Android app is less than 1 megabyte and can reduce data usage by as much as 80 percent. The full list of 60 plus countries where LinkedIn Lite is available is here. PR - Aug 4, 2017 - HUAWEI Promotes Unity Amongst MalaysiansIn celebration of Malaysia’s two significant occasions, Merdeka and Malaysia Day, HUAWEI is offering exclusive gifts up to RM399 to customers who purchase participating models nationwide, from 11 August until 1 October, or while stocks last. The Merdeka-Malaysia Day Promo Campaign is aimed at fostering closer ties amongst all HUAWEI customers. This is also an opportunity to reward customers as a token of appreciation by offering attractive gifts across its Mobile, Tablet and honor series. Customers can look forward to own this exclusive gifts such as HUAWEI P10 Series or Mate 9 Series’ Premium Gift Box, HUAWEI Glass Bottle, Phone Cover and Flip Cover…and many more! PR - Aug 3, 2017 - Oracle Delivers Next-Generation Cloud Applications To help organizations around the world grow faster, differentiate from competitors, and better serve their customers, Oracle today announced significant new capabilities and enhancements to Oracle Cloud Applications. With the introduction of Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, Oracle is further extending the industry’s broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications. Innovations in the new release enhance the user experience and empower business users across the organization including customer experience, finance, HR, and supply chain professionals. Oracle Cloud Applications provide a complete and fully integrated suite of applications that allow organizations to increase business agility and reduce costs. The latest release includes new capabilities and enhancements across Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite, Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud. In addition, Oracle has [...]



Gaston Luga Backpack Has Studded Sole (Review)

2017-08-05T19:28:45.505+08:00

Check out the Gaston Luga backpack.

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It is designed as a minimalist backpack - the sole has studs similar to football boots - according to Chinese Feng Shui, this translates to strong foundation.



Cool features:
  • Special compartment for passport.
  • Each backpack is also equipped with an inner compartment which can hold your 13-15" laptop with ease, making it a good choice for work and travel.

I go for the classic olive-brown model which to me is a timeless masterpiece.

It is available for sales worldwide and my shipment arrived in just 3 days, shipped directly from Europe !!!

Buy from Gaston Luga website directly, it provides free shipping (worldwide) + 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country) + 15% off with promotion code - use the following promotion code for your purchase :

itsideways15


Invoice breakdown example - free delivery with 20% tax rebate discount and 15% discount from promo code with sample pricing


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Very good quality and elegantly designed

Check out the story of Gaston Luga.




PureCloud by Genesys Races Past 1 Million Interactions Daily

2017-08-04T07:58:43.665+08:00

Aug 3, 2017 - Malaysia :Genesys®, the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions, continues to experience explosive customer adoption and platform growth with PureCloud by Genesys™, a cloud-based customer engagement and employee collaboration offering. Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts that hosted/cloud contact center solutions will increase from 24 percent of the total seats base in 2015 to 40 percent by 2020.1 Genesys is exceeding this pace by adding more than 500 PureCloud customers in the last 12 months alone — nearly half of which are located outside of North America. Moreover, there has been a 300 percent increase in customer usage in the first half of 2017. PureCloud is also infusing its partner channel with new revenue opportunities. The solution’s partner base has expanded by 43 percent so far in 2017, resulting in a 72 percent increase in customers gained via the channel. Since last year, PureCloud’s accelerated momentum has gained industry recognition. According to principal analyst for Frost & Sullivan Nancy Jamison, “PureCloud by Genesys earned our 2016 Growth Excellence Leadership Award for Cloud Customer Contact Applications because of its industry-leading growth in the cloud contact center applications market, competitive and feature rich capabilities, and excellent customer support.” Today, the solution handles more than 1 million interactions per day across phone, email, chat and social channels to seamlessly and securely support the customer journeys for hundreds of companies across the world, including Al Romansiah, Deakin University, Feros Care, Gestcom, Grupo Monge, MyBudget, Quicken Inc., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Smollan, among many others. New, simplified application bundles also mean customers can add digital channels at no additional cost – allowing them to grow seamlessly from dozens to hundreds of agents in a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. To support this expansive global growth, PureCloud offers user interfaces in 15 languages, more than any other SaaS customer experience cloud provider in the market. Furthermore, over 63 million customer API calls are processed per month on the solution, revealing an appetite and willingness by IT professionals and partners to move from SaaS to platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers. In addition to deploying the solution’s customer engagement functionality, nearly one-third of customers add PureCloud Communicate, which uniquely and natively combines traditional IP PBX (private branch exchange) functionality with employee collaboration tools like video conferencing, screen sharing, dynamic team chat, rich employee profiles and document management. “PureCloud is quite simply the fastest growing customer experience solution on the planet! Market traction has far exceeded industry predictions with active users climbing to the same level as our first-generation cloud solution – but in less than half the time,” said Brian Bischoff, senior vice president for PureCloud by Genesys. “And, we’ve upped our customer success model by doubling our Care Team for global 24-hour coverage and making new deployments even faster, with an average deployment taking less than 40 days.” PureCloud has also demonstrated strong momentum in its roll-out of new features and functionality, with nearly 160 major enhancements released in the last year. Some recent highlights include: Co-browsing with Chat/Screen Share with Voice and Chat Added: Natively built in from the same all-in-one application, these capabilities enable a deeper and more efficient way [...]



Barracuda Survey: 44 Percent Malaysians Surveyed Confident with Moving to Public Cloud

2017-08-03T14:37:52.192+08:00

Aug 1, 2017 - K.L -Barracuda Networks, Inc. a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, shares that 44 percent of Malaysians surveyed felt confident their organisations move to public cloud was secure. The findings were part of a survey on public cloud commissioned by Barracuda and conducted by Vanson Bourne amongst 450 people in 6 countries in Asia Pacific (APAC) including Malaysia. Respondents came from different sectors and industries including manufacturing, technology, financial services and more. James Forbes-May, VP of APACJames Forbes-May, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Barracuda shares, “58 percent of the Malaysians surveyed, said that they have more trust on public cloud today as compared to five years ago. Yet only 36.10 percent of Malaysian respondents said their organisations were using public cloud.” Malaysian respondents also choose Google as their preferred public cloud provider with 70 percent of respondents organisations using the service. Amazon Web Services was next at 48 percent while Microsoft Azure followed close with 40 percent and IBM Bluemix at 34 percent. Respondents also stated that their organisations used more than one cloud provider. 69 percent of APAC responders stated that this was due to different providers having different strength, while 35 percent said no one provider was able to provide everything they needed on one platform. This however creates a complex IT environment and higher costs. Public cloud accounted for 22.71 percent of IT budget spending for these Malaysian respondents organisations. Security Still a Concern 66 percent of respondents in Malaysia shared that their organisations had added additional security measures to secure their public cloud access and use. This leaves 1/3 open to security breaches when they leave the security responsibilities solely on their Infrastructure as a service (IAAS) provider. “Only 60 percent of the Malaysians surveyed were aware of their organisations and public cloud providers responsibility in terms of security. This was much lower than the APAC average of 78 percent. It is essential that organisations understand that they need to take necessary precautions when storing data on public cloud,” explained Forbes-May. “68 percent of Malaysian surveyed said their organisations have been targeted by cyber security attacks in the past. These attacks hinder business operations and worst business loss. 1/3 of the APAC respondents (37 percent) said customers or employees lost faith in the organisations security measures. While 30 percent reported a temporary closure of business while 22 percent of those surveyed entirely lost their customers,” shares Forbes-May. Despite the security concerns, 65 percent of the Malaysian respondents organisations, store customer bank details in public cloud, while 48 percent admitted to storing personal employee data on public cloud. Cloud is the way ahead The survey results points that cloud adoption by organisations are driven by various factors. 63 percent of APAC respondents report that easy integration with legacy technology and strong protection of application in public cloud (60 percent) were important drivers to choosing a public cloud Iaas provider. “All respondents reported that their organisation has benefitted from moving to the public cloud – improved security of applications (55 percent) and greater scalability (55 percent) topped the list of benefits. On average, respondents report that their organisation has seen a positive ROI of approximately 29.26 percent,” ends Forbes-May. Of respon[...]



Sage announces the acquisition of Intacct

2017-08-03T07:50:46.840+08:00

Jul 31, 2017 - SG -The Sage Group plc, announces that it has agreed to acquire Intacct Corporation, a leading provider of cloud Financial Management Solutions in North America. The total consideration is $850m (£654m) to be paid in cash and rolled over Sage options. Intacct is headquartered in San Jose, California, and serves thousands of businesses in the North American scale-up and enterprise markets, both directly and through a network of partners. Intacct provides sophisticated and powerful cloud Financial Management Solutions targeted at growing businesses looking for rich financial and operational insight, process automation, seamless integration with their existing software, advanced features and a modern user experience. The company has a three-year revenue CAGR in excess of 33%, with current annualised recurring revenues of $96m (£74m) and revenues in the twelve months to June 2017 of $88m (£68m), over 90% of which is subscription based. Intacct was recently named a Visionary by Gartner in its inaugural Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Management Suites for Mid-Size, Large and Global Enterprises (June 2017). Intacct’s CEO, Robert Reid, leads an experienced management team with a demonstrated track record of scaling at pace, who will remain to run the business, thereby ensuring continuity for customers, partners and employees. Sage management reconfirms current guidance as detailed in Sage’s Q3 trading update for the full year of at least 6% organic revenue growth including the contribution from North American Payments through to completion of the disposal and an underlying operating margin of at least 27%. For the avoidance of doubt the underlying operating margin guidance includes any investments in Sage Intacct, Sage People and Compass. In addition to organic revenue we expect Intacct (to be known as Sage Intacct after completion), Sage People (Fairsail) and Compass to add approximately £20m of revenue in this financial year. Following completion of the transaction, the pro-forma net debt to EBITDA leverage ratio will remain in the previously communicated range of 1 – 2x. The transaction is expected to complete within weeks, subject to customary completion conditions. Strategic Rationale The acquisition demonstrates Sage’s strong affirmation to winning in the cloud, winning in the US and accelerates the strategy underpinned by Sage’s five strategic pillars. As customer demand moves to the cloud and away from traditional monolithic ERP suites, the acquisition strengthens Sage’s position as providing the first and last cloud Financial Management Solution a customer will ever need from start-up to global enterprise, whilst integrating seamlessly with their other enterprise applications. Sage partners will now be able to grow their own businesses fully in the cloud with Sage. In the short term it provides Sage further platform for growth, with medium term aspirations for geographical expansion. Finally, the combination of Sage and Intacct’s existing product portfolio, brand, resources and partners, will put Sage in prime position to establish itself as the leading provider of cloud Financial Management Solutions in North America in our chosen segments. Commenting on the acquisition, Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage, said: “Today we take another major step forward in delivering our strategy and we are thrilled to welcome Intacct into the Sage family. The acquisition of Intacct supports our ambitions for accelerating growth by winning new customers at scale and builds on our other cloud-first acquisitions,[...]



H1 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report by Mergermarket

2017-08-02T18:25:45.471+08:00

Jul 24, 2017:

In the first half of the year, despite a solid economy with low inflation, low unemployment, and plenty of highly-anticipated innovations underway, the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector recorded 1,482 M&A transactions globally worth a total of US$ 175.9bn – a 20.9% value drop with 84 fewer deals compared to H1 2016 (US$ 222.3bn, 1,566 deals), leading TMT to rank as the fourth sector globally by value.



While by no means the largest deal, H1 2017 was noteworthy for at least one transformative deal stemming partially from the Tech industry: Amazon’s US$ 13.5bn bid for Whole Foods. Though technically falling under the Consumer sector, the deal caused a stir in both the Food and Retail industries due to implications that the Tech giant might leverage its status as an e-commerce behemoth to remake the Consumer sector as a whole.


H1 2017’s top transaction – and third-largest TMT deal overall – was the US$ 5.5bn bid for an undisclosed stake in China’s ridesharing giant Didi Chuxing by a consortium of investors led by Japan’s Softbank Group – which itself accounted for US$ 5bn of the total investment. Didi Chuxing had itself been part of another consortium earlier this year, also including Softbank, which had invested in Brazil’s own ridesharing start-up, 99Taxis, for a total of US$ 200m. Last year, Didi Chuxing gained a significant advantage in the ridehailing industry when Uber sold its Chinese operations to the company for US$ 7bn.

http://mergermarket.com/pdf/MergermarketH12017TMTTrendReport.pdf



Not all heroes wear capes in today’s digital economy

2017-07-31T06:00:23.570+08:00

By Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, CommvaultImagine a reality where darkness cloaks the world. Where backstreet alleys are the latest setting for the depths of sophisticated crime; where lives of innocents are under threat, and evil threatens to triumph over good. In today’s digital reality, this is not far from the truth. For organizations today, a single catastrophe may spell disaster for the unprepared. Data breaches are estimated to cost a business US$4 million, on average – hardly a nominal amount . Take the recent WannaCry and Petya/GoldenEye attacks as cases in point, they were wake-up calls for the unprotected, to the tune of $1 billion in damages and counting just for the WannaCry incident alone. Managing data in today’s digital economy is no mean feat. To stay vigilant and to navigate the treacherous cyber landscape, organizations need to understand the value of their data, wherever they reside, to stay agile, compliant, secure and competitive. But, what if, we all had a superhero, bearing the latest cape or iron suit, to save the day? Our everyday superheroes might not look as good as Clark Kent, but their mission remains the same – to know and use data for strategic decision making. And what of the qualities of our seemly unlikely hero? They’re not that different from our fictional comic book heroes – strength, perception and dexterity. Agility with Dexterity With the ability to catch a speeding bullet, withstand extreme temperatures and save a damsel in distress, the Man of Steel never fails to save the day. Much like the Man of Steel, succeeding in today’s world of managing data requires the traits of agility, dexterity and adaptability, which ultimately determines how quickly an organization can use data to make that important decision or just simply have information available to users in times of crisis. And this comes as no surprise. Studies have shown that 53 percent of companies can only withstand one hour of downtime before adverse effects permanently manifest in the business. What’s worse, beyond the monetary damages incurred, an outage also causes inconvenience, and potentially people’s lives as well, when breaches occur to critical national infrastructure. Dexterity and agility help minimize these unexpected downtimes caused by cybersecurity issues, resulting in a minimal loss of assets, akin to a superhero ensuring the peace and harmony of the cities that he has sworn to protect. In addition, just as a superhero brings confidence to the city he protects, dexterity and agility enable businesses to take swift decisive action, knowing they are prepared. Security with Precognition A 360 point of view, wherever data lives. See-all, hear-all and know-all – these are the traits of the Man of Steel that enable him to have a bird’s eye view of world issues, enabling him to nip trouble in the bud, before it brews into a catastrophe. Today’s data management professionals can see this digital world and nip potential issues in the bud – just like how Commvault can identify issues with its data management solutions before it takes root. The transparency and single view of the processes allows data management professionals to flag issues during backup processes and fix it before it grows. While the Man of Steel cannot prevent any attacks, he responds quickly to save people in sticky situations. Data management professionals can identify specific storage and recovery requirements in different situations, prior to any atta[...]



IT News Week 4 Jul 2017

2017-07-30T11:49:09.344+08:00

For IT News Week 3 2017.For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Jul 26, 2017 - Gamma partners POKKT to drive integrated brand experience for marketers and intelligent ads for gamers PR - Jul 26, 2017 - Western Digital Announces Foour-Bits-Per-Cell (x4) Technology on 3D NAND PR - Jul 25, 2017 - Open Source Innovation Strengthens Cloudera’s Cybersecurity Solution and Accelerates Machine Learning at Scale PR - Jul 24, 2017 - The Mega #MyCybersale Returns to Woo Shoppers Worldwide PR - Jul 24, 2017 - HUAWEI Ranked 83 in the Top 100 of the Latest Fortune 500 List PR - Jul 18, 2017 - Magical Moments: The Best Selfie Tool in Your Pocket PR - Jul 18, 2017 - AccuWeather Introduces Plain Language AI Weather Bot for Facebook Messenger PR - Jul 17, 2017 - LG OLED TV Wins Fourth Consecutive CE Week TV Shootout Title PR - Jul 17, 2017 - Announcing the new Surface Pro for Malaysia PR - Jul 12, 2017 - SQL Republic Introduces Two New Wireless Earphones to Malaysia PR - Jul 26, 2017 - Gamma partners POKKT to drive integrated brand experience for marketers and intelligent ads for gamers Gamma today announced a partnership with POKKT that will bring high quality rewarded video advertisements and spur increased revenue for mobile game developers and publishers in Asia Pacific. The partnership will allow Gamma to increase its audience targeting capabilities and accurately connect with gamers, while allowing advertisers to run integrated regional campaigns across online publications, mobile games, social and other digital channels. PR - Jul 26, 2017 - Western Digital Announces Foour-Bits-Per-Cell (x4) Technology on 3D NAND Western Digital Corp. today announced its successful development of four bits per cell, X4, flash memory architecture offering on 64-layer 3D NAND, BiCS3, technology. Building on its pioneering innovation of X4 for 2D NAND technology and past success in commercializing it, the company has now developed X4 for 3D NAND by leveraging its deep vertical integration capabilities. These include silicon wafer processing, device engineering to provide sixteen distinct data levels in every storage node, and system expertise for overall flash management. BiCS3 X4 technology delivers an industry-leading storage capacity of 768 gigabits on a single chip, a 50 percent increase from the prior 512 gigabit chip that was enabled with the three bits per cell (X3) architecture. Western Digital will showcase removable products and solid-state drives built with BiCS3 X4 and systems capabilities in August at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. PR - Jul 25, 2017 - Open Source Innovation Strengthens Cloudera’s Cybersecurity Solution and Accelerates Machine Learning at Scale Cloudera, the leading provider of the modern platform for machine learning and advanced analytics, announced the availability of Apache Spot 1.0 (incubating), which enables fast, easy, and more scalable cybersecurity machine learning. Spot is a community-driven cybersecurity project, built to bring advanced analytics to all IT Telemetry data on an open, scalable platform. Since Cloudera’s cybersecurity solution is built on Spot, this open source release strengthens the solution allowing enterprises to more effectively accelerate advanced threat detection at scale. Spot provides a community based approach to cybersecurity allowing organizations to collaborate across industries while simultaneously changing the economics of cybersecurity. Highlights from the Spot [...]



Adventures abound: Explore Google Expeditions on your own

2017-07-27T20:30:24.315+08:00

Jul 20, 2017 :

Google Expeditions makes it possible for teachers to take their classrooms on virtual reality field trips to amazing places like the Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu. Today, we’re starting to roll out a new solo mode of Expeditions for Android, so that anybody can explore more than 600 different tours on their own. Just download the Expeditions app (coming soon for iOS), drop your phone into Cardboard and get ready for an adventure.


Self-Guided Expeditions let anyone explore anywhere. Students can go on tours at home and share the experience with their family. Teachers can assign tours as homework to complement in-class work. What better way to round out textbook reading about the ecosystem within our rainforests than an Expedition to the heart of Borneo? And of course, anybody who loves to learn and explore can experience all the tours for themselves.



It’s easy to use. All you need is your smartphone, Google Cardboard and the Expeditions app. If you have a Daydream-ready phone, it also works with Daydream View. Simply launch the app, pop your phone in your viewer and you’re ready to go. You can take tours as either an Explorer or a Guide. As an Explorer, you experience the tour on your own, and you’ll see points of interest highlighted with more information about the incredible sights you’re seeing. Guide mode is especially handy if you’re a teacher and you want to preview a tour before leading your students on it.

We’ve also heard from teachers that they want more tools to help explain and highlight things within Expeditions panoramas and environments. The new “Annotations” tool lets a Guide draw within a scene using their finger or a stylus. Each of the connected Explorers will instantly see that same annotation in the scene.

To get started with Self-Guided Expeditions, check out the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, or dive into the beautiful and fragile Great Barrier Reef. Or, if you love baseball, check out one of the game’s great cathedrals with a tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Wherever you choose to go, there’ll be something amazing to see.



IBM collaborates with MaGIC to nurture and enable start-ups in Malaysia

2017-07-27T12:30:25.819+08:00

Jul 25, 2017 -IBM announced today a collaboration with the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre Berhad (MaGIC) to nurture and enable the start-up community in Malaysia with cloud and cognitive technologies. Through this new initiative, IBM experts will provide business mentorship and training on the IBM Cloud to help Malaysian start-ups develop competitive, next-generation applications and services that will transform their industries. As part of the collaboration, MaGIC will leverage IBM Cloud technologies such as cognitive computing, blockchain, and IOT in its various programs and activities geared for the start-up community and developer eco-system in Malaysia. In addition, MAGIC will highlight IBM Watson at MaGIC’s Corporate Innovation Day and other key entrepreneurship initiatives hosted in Malaysia and ASEAN. Established under the auspices of the Malaysia Ministry of Finance, the aim of MaGIC is to catalyse the entrepreneurial eco-system in Malaysia by bringing together the abundant resources from partners and communities to develop enduring, high growth start-ups that will make a positive impact at a regional or global scale. Since it was launched in 2014 MaGIC has successfully accelerated 144 business specific start-ups and 70 social enterprises in three cohorts. “The collaboration with MaGIC reflects the growing interest among local developers and start-ups in the use of IBM Cloud with Watson as a competitive edge to enhance their current offerings and applications. The power of IBM’s augmented intelligence is proven to be a game changer for innovation,” said IBM Malaysia managing director, Chong Chye Neo. “The collaboration also follows IBM’s recent induction into MaGIC’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Circle (CER) along with 20 local and foreign multinationals. “A seat at the table among pacesetters and peers gives rise to more than vibrant discourse. We now have the opportunity to reimagine and bring practical ideas to life through the adoption and use of cognitive technologies on the IBM Cloud,” said Ms Chong. The MaGIC CER is a membership platform that connects corporates with start-up communities to help them capitalize on disruptive technologies and build a continuous innovation pipeline through partnerships. IBM subject matter experts will work with MaGIC to coach and guide start-ups to invent and co-create personalised, innovative solutions using IBM’s leadership in cognitive, research and design to take digital experiences to the next level. “We have clients from transportation, government, local conglomerates and financial services sector who are already piloting or testing Watson APIs,” said Ms Chong. According to a recent report from Startup Genome, the developer eco-system in Malaysia is on the rise with more than 600 local technology start-ups identified, many of which are founded by women. The report adds that start-ups located in Malaysia benefit from government funded accelerator programs, a good level of English language and a presence of multiple nationalities, which makes it a “great hub” for product testing. MaGIC chief executive officer Ashran Dato’ Ghazi welcomed the collaboration with IBM to raise the quality of applications emerging from Malaysia. “We have a thriving eco-system of start-ups with some of the best innovations in Malaysia by aspiring entrepreneurs who need nurturing, guidance, mentoring, and financing. Yet, region[...]



Canon fuels performance for businesses with the latest Colour Laser Multi-Function Printers

2017-07-27T09:28:00.528+08:00

Jul 11, 2017 :Canon today announced the launch of imageCLASS MF631Cn, MF633Cdw, MF635Cx and MF735Cx, four powerful A4 colour laser multi-function printers (MFPs) engineered to produce outstanding printouts in rich and brilliant hues. The latest lineup of MFPs is geared towards the Small Office Home Offices (SOHOs), Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and workgroups within large enterprises, providing users with excellent print quality, absolute convenience and increased work efficiencies. imageCLASS MF635Cx“Outstanding colour printouts create an impact, segment information clearly and allow better interpretation. Canon recognised that colours play an increasingly important role in business communications today, and employed a unique V2 Colour Technology in the creation of all four new MFPs to satisfy users with demands for high-quality colour printing,” said Jeffrey Kung, Head of Consumer Imaging & Information Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia. “For users with requirements to streamline routine workflows, the MFPs feature an innovative Application Library that enables process automation and customisation depending on the needs of different industries,” Kung added. Fast colour printing with uncompromised image quality In addition to swift print speeds up to 27 pages per minute (ppm) for the MF735Cx and 18 ppm for the MF630 series, the new imageCLASS colour laser MFPs adopt the revolutionary V2 Colour Technology as with the award-winning imageRUNNER ADVANCE Generation 3 colour multi-function devices (MFDs). Through the new colour profile, the standard printer colour range is expanded significantly over predecessors, and the colour reproduction of dark areas is enhanced to attain incredible depth and richness. Users can expect remarkably vivid and vibrant printouts for stronger impacts on business communications. Easy-to-use features for an excellent user experience Built with a large 5-inch LCD touchscreen, the latest imageCLASS MFPs offer an intuitive user experience with easy navigation across the user interface. High resolution icons displayed in a clean layout provide simplicity for users to access device functions, and familiar smartphone-like virtual keyboard, such as the QWERTY keyboard ensures superb ease of use. imageCLASS MF735CxFulfilling the requirements of today’s on-the-go workforce, the new MFPs support a wide range of mobile printing solutions such as Canon PRINT Business, Canon Print Service, Google Cloud Print™, AirPrint®, and MOPRIA®. The seamless mobile connectivity enables users to execute important day-to-day tasks conveniently, and to top it off, the QR Code Scan feature ensures simple device connections through the Canon PRINT Business app. Supporting a convenient replacement process, the new cartridges feature a special mechanism to remove toner seals automatically. This saves users the hassle of manually removing seals prior to each cartridge reload, allowing work to resume in an instant with minimum disruptions. Heightening business performance with workflow efficiencies Both imageCLASS MF635Cx and MF735Cx present smart capabilities for process automation. With the newly introduced Application Library, users can streamline daily work routines just at the touch of a button and automate tasks effortlessly. Transforming conventional rigid workflows, users can customise applications according to specific work requirements across various [...]