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Financio - Cloud Accounting Software for Start-up Companies (Review)


Check this out.. throw away your Excel sheets. Open your favourite web browser, start your favourite search engine and search 'Financio'. Click on the first result. Click 'Login' Click 'SIGN UP'. It is https enabled. Follow instruction to sign up. Click 'New Business' Select the currency. Next thing is to configure the system. Click 'Setup Now'. You will be guided through a 6 steps process. Step 1: Financial year selectionStep 2: Currency selectionStep 3: GST - yes or no ?Step 5: Opening balance --> This step is a bit confusing for Accounting dummies like me.The only thing I understand is 'Cash on Hand', hence, I key in RM 1000. After that, I click next. And the system scolded me with the following error: General: Credit total must be equal debit total - what this means ??? I couldn't go next ... Now, I simply key in 'Shareholder's Capital' with RM 1000 And it works!!!! Step 6: Business profile. Finished - really easy and simply. In terms of pricing, there are two version - the premium version costs only RM 32.95 / month.You get to subscribe monthly basis, as soon as it expires, your account will be switched from Premium to Free. The free version doesn't support, among other things, GST. Check out the knowledgebase.[...]

RM20 million GROW Program to Fund 120,000 Malaysian Business Entrepreneurs


Mar 27, 2017 -

The Exabytes Group, Malaysia’s leading web hosting services and eCommerce solutions provider today announces its GROW social venture that will grant RM20 million worth of online services and development support to young entrepreneurs across Malaysia, with the main aim of building the online brand visibility of these small businesses.

Chan Kee Siak, ED, Exabytes

Founder cum Executive Director of Exabytes, Chan Kee Siak shares that the objective of GROW is to offer immediate and vital assist to passionate and enthusiastic micro businesses, which want to amplify their brand visibility online.

Exabytes’ GROW campaign is open to all local micros and SMEs. Through this campaign, local enterprises that are already having an existing Facebook page will be entitled to a free for one (1)-year service to brand itself by developing a functional domain name, and more effective email business address to achieve maximum brand awareness.

The Exabytes’ GROW package up for grabs for all local entrepreneur companies and SMEs for a year comprises the following: -

A. One (1) shorter customized .MY domain name (Example:
B. Five (5) personalised business email accounts with company brand (Exp:
C. Domain redirection to the Facebook page. (Exp:

The program will run for one (1)-year or valid for 120,000 applicants - whichever comes first.

Chan further explains that many small startups and companies make the mistake of having lengthy URL address that is hard to remember. Besides, their domain name is neither secured nor registered, hence brand and identity are not protected.

Being an expert in providing web hosting, cloud services and managed services to thousands of online entities, Exabytes is the country’s leading specialist for all matters related to starting out and sustaining a successful online presence.

VMware Announcements from Mobile World Congress 2017!


Mar 6, 2017 -At Mobile World Congress 2017, VMware Inc. demonstrated the company’s leadership by driving the digital transformation of telecom, cable and mobile operators into agile service providers. Through VMware’s unified software-defined architecture spanning Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT), global communications service providers (CSPs) can benefit from potential new revenue streams with sustainable cost reductions, increased flexibility and security and a modernized network that is 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) ready. 1) VMware Helps Communications Service Providers “Realize What’s Possible” Through Software-Driven Digital Transformation With more than 80 NFV deployments by more than 45 CSPs serving more than 300 million subscribers worldwide, VMware vCloud® NFV™ accelerates service innovation and delivery, reduces costs, and simplifies network operations. The vCloud NFV platform enables organizations to deploy a multi-vendor and multi-function NFV platform today that delivers service automation, secure multi-tenancy, operations management and carrier grade reliability with 5G readiness. VMware enables CSPs to offer a range of enterprise mobility services for customers at all stages of the mobility lifecycle. 2) VMware AirWatch Managed Services Open New Revenue Opportunities for Global Communications Service Providers Market-leading AirWatch EMM: AirWatch enables the management of corporate-owned, BYO, and line-of-business devices, including Windows 10 PCs. Service Development and Delivery: The vCloud Air Network provides CSPs volume discounts based on spend commitments, partner support, test capacity, marketing support, training and other benefits. Operational Excellence: CSPs can benefit from consolidated billing, chargeback detail and simplified operations. Global Footprint: CSPs can help customers deploy services quickly and scale geographically without having to invest in new data center capacity. Complete Solutions: CSPs can use AirWatch Mobility Services to create broader managed services offerings that include device monitoring, support, compliance management, professional services, consulting and education training. 3) VMware vCloud NFV 2.0 Delivers Agile, Open and Secure Networks with Simplified Operations Management VMware vCloud will take advantage of new innovations across VMware’s entire virtualized compute, networking, storage and management portfolio. The VMware Ready for NFV certification provides CSPs with the confidence that VMware partner VNF solutions will seamlessly and effectively deploy, run, and interoperate with VMware vCloud NFV. 4) HARMAN and VMware Partner to Accelerate IoT Adoption for Enterprises Through Convergence of IT and Operational Technology This new collaboration between HARMAN and VMware will help Communications Service Providers (CSPs) add new offerings and expand revenue streams that will further enhance the IoT user experience and the delivery of innovative services. HARMAN’s OTA update solutions paired with the VMware vCloud® NFV™ platform and end-to-end IoT operational management solution is designed to deliver a fully elastic and optimized network infrastructure that allows operators to expand their services into new markets as they transform network architectures towards 5G. [...]

COLORFUL Wins Innovation Award from Intel


March 20, 2017 - Shenzhen, China -

Congratulation !!!

Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, is proud to share its latest achievement highlighting its position as one of the most innovative brands to have come up in recent years. Last March 2nd, Intel CCG awarded COLORFUL their prestigious Innovation Award for 2016. This award is given to partners who have shown excellence in terms of product innovation. Ricardo Moreno, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group for Intel, visited COLORFUL to present the award.

This award is presented to COLORFUL to recognize its advancements and innovations in developing motherboards for the Intel platform. COLORFUL has been a fast-rising star in the components field and their iGame series of motherboards have been getting much attention for their excellent balance price and features which deliver excellent performance for all users in all segments from gamers to power users.

Below are some of the highlighted products from COLORFUL that show-off their design skills and innovation:

1.) iGame Z270 Gamer·Customization

The new iGame Z270 Gamer·Customization debuts a new line of motherboards for COLORFUL and in this particular model, the GameStorm Full Coverage armor is in full display. Together with that, features like Gamer Voice 2.0, GameStorm eSports Interface, KillerNIC E2500 LAN, and DIY multifunction OC button round-out some of the distinct additions of this motherboard.

2.) iGame Z170 Ymir-X

Prior to the iGame Z270 Gamer·Customization was the iGame Z170 Ymir-X: a gamer-focused motherboard featuring robust power delivery for excellent overclocking as well as KillerLAN, Gamer Voice, dedicated gaming ports for peripherals, all of which are features catered to bring the next level of gaming performance. Further DIY features include U-Disk One-key BIOS update, dual BIOS protection, high-speed storage support, multi-GPU support and user-customizable lighting.

3.) Game Z170 Ymir-G

Like the board above, the iGame Z170 Ymir-G for its time was a breakthrough gaming motherboard with dual LAN support, onboard DIY buttons, highspeed storage and I/O ports along with excellent multi-GPU support. For its time, it held the flagship status for COLORFUL thanks to its majestic mix of gaming and DIY functionality.

4.) iGame Z170 Snake Customized Version

A customized Snake eSports motherboard to commemorate Snake’s dominance in the eSports world.

The Malaysian Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) Chapter 1


TheStar reported that the Malaysian Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) was launched by Prime Minister on 22-Mar-2017.

It is the brain-child of the Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Razak, Alibaba's Jack Ma being the adviser.

In his keynote, Jack Ma explains the DFTZ.

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Imagine coming all the way from the silk route to e-route, with e-route, you need the e-hub.

DFTZ is the e-hub, it is the first for Alibaba outside China.

It is aiming at providing inclusive opportunity for everybody - as long as you have good products, this initiative will enable you (globally).

To understand the DFTZ is very easy - imagine you want to setup the next Alibaba, TaoBao, E-Bay or Amazon, what are the things that you need to become no.1 ?

Software platform, employees, warehouses, approval from governing agencies, logistics, offices and etc.

DFTZ will provide all these to small businesses with a fraction of costs, sponsored by the government of Malaysia and private firms such as Alibaba.

What are the thoughts of the local market with regards to DFTZ ?

Internet Alliance (IA):

The Internet Alliance pointed out two concerns:

I.) The Government called upon to consider ‘fragility’ of local Internet and eCommerce ecosystem in ensuring DFTZ initiatives do not end up being counter-productive,

II.) IA believes successful DFTZ implementation can boost Malaysia’s GDP contribution from digital connectivity economy to 25% (from current 16%) by end 2017.

Mr. Chan Kee Siak, the President of Internet Alliance, was quoted : “So far, only Jack Ma of Alibaba seems to have to be consulted. No doubt he is an international success icon for all things Internet, but IA believes that the input from local internet players and service providers are much more relevant for DFTZ to truly succeed,” says Chan.

11 Street:

11st opined that it is a plus for the e-commerce industy, with the following comments from Hoseok Kim, CEO of 11street:

The announcement of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) could not have come at a more opportune time. Realising the potential of e-commerce as one of the would-be major contributor to the nation’s GDP, DFTZ would not only prove to be a boon to the e-commerce climate but in tow, will also benefit Malaysian consumers. The contents of the announcement would only serve to proliferate e-commerce across Southeast Asia region and 11street as a concerned e-commerce platform is lauding the announcement.

In conclusion, the Digital Free Trade Zone is shaping up to be a boon to local SMEs. The trade zone will serve as gateway to the ASEAN market and allow local products to tap into a wider market. We at 11street will continue to support to initiatives to evolve e-commerce in Malaysia, so as to open up opportunities for a better e-commerce climate for both e-commerce platforms and also entrepreneurs.

IT News Week 4 Mar 2017


For IT News Week 3 Mar 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Mar 24, 2017 - AOMEI Backupper is running a Special Offers for World Backup Day PR - Mar 24, 2017 - PINTAR Action Song Programme 2016/2017 Attracts 1000 students, 150 teachers, and 74 school nationwide PR - Mar 23, 2017 - Biforst Logistics : Zero to ERP & SCM Cloud in Five Weeks PR - Mar 23, 2017 - TOKYO — Toshiba to Supply Taiwan with World's Largest Class S-Band Weather Radar System PR - Mar 23, 2017 - Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) is now available in Malaysia! PR - Mar 23, 2017 - Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei meets New Zealand Prime Minister to promote R&D collaboration, digital transformation PR - Mar 22, 2017 - Canon Malaysia Sponsors Visit Pahang 2017 PR - Mar 18, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Application, Powered by Oculus PR - Mar 17, 2017 - Poor Device and App Care Leaves Users Drowning in Digital Clutter, Kaspersky Lab Study Reveals PR - Mar 17, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Launches Compact High-Speed Storage Solution with M200 M.2 SSD PR - Mar 16, 2017 - OnePlus 3T officially in Malaysia – A Day’s Power in Half an Hour PR - Mar 24, 2017 - AOMEI Backupper is running a Special Offers for World Backup Day Discount up to 50% until 1-Apr-2017.PR - Mar 24, 2017 - PINTAR Action Song Programme 2016/2017 Attracts 1000 students, 150 teachers, and 74 school nationwide The PINTAR Action Song Programme 2016/2017 was a huge success thanks to the effort and dedication from 1,000 students and 150 teachers from 74 schools nationwide! The event came to a glorious end with Sekolah Kebangsaan Senawang, Negeri Sembilan, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor and Sekolah Kebangsaan Jenderam, Selangor coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.The action song competition saw the 20 schools which were shortlisted from 74 schools that participated in the PINTAR Action Song Programme 2016/17, which was in in collaboration with the Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), coupled with the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) under the Ministry of Education. The action song competition was also sponsored by Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Skypark Terminal Sdn Bhd dan Q Hotel. PR - Mar 23, 2017 - Biforst Logistics : Zero to ERP & SCM Cloud in Five Weeks Oracle today announced that Biforst Logistics Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian logistics solutions provider, has successfully shifted to Oracle Cloud Applications to enhance its speed-to-market delivery. The entire project was completed in just five weeks from the date of placing the order for service. Biforst selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud to manage the surge in their business, drawing on Oracle Modern Best Practice for Logistics for their transformation to the cloud. Biforst Logistics was in need of an improved internal and external IT infrastructure, as well as a need to rapidly scale business operations efficiently via a recent mega-project to procure and fulfill nearly 1,000 stores throughout the country. The implementation of cloud solutions was also critical to curb the increasing internal operational and IT maintenance costs from its older enterprise systems.PR - Mar 23, 2017 - TOKYO — Toshiba to Supply Taiwan with World's Largest Class S-Band Weather Radar System Toshiba Corporation recently announced that it will contribute to better understanding of weather conditions in Taiwan by providing the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau with an S-band weather radar system with an antenna in the world’s largest class, for installation in Chigu district, Tainan city. The system, to be delivered by Toshiba with High Bound Co., Ltd, a Taiwanese engineering company, under an order received from GECI GROUP (GECI), Spanish system integration and high-technolog[...]

Visual Studio 2017 Release Preview

2017-03-26T09:11:25.278+08:00 the keynote, Julia Liuson, Corporate VP, Microsoft, said that the core vision for Visual Studio over the past few years is to support developers in building applications for all platforms.There are 1,700 people contributed to the development of Visual Studio as a product.The latest four (4) Key areas of focus of Visual Studio are: I.) Fundamentals - performance. II.) Cloud III.) Mobile - acquired Xamarin in year 2016 IV.) DevOps Case Study: Huawei Huawei is a Microsoft company compares to Oracle who is a Java company.Huawei uses Visual Studio:I.) Has 80 k developers II.) Has 1 gigabyte and 24,000 source files Key Highlights of Visual Studio 2017: 1) Live Unit Testing Live Unit Testing is a capability in the Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise edition that displays unit test results and code coverage live in the editor. It supports MSTest, xUnit, and Nunit for C# and VB projects targeting .NET Framework. Code Suggestion Part of the Coding Convention Configuration and Enforcement feature - as soon as the configuration and enforcement are set as rules - whilst coding, suggestions will pop-up pertaining to the rules whenever matching situation arises - for instance, the choice between usage of “var” or explicit types. This is helpful for team whereby all members get to program codes in a standardized format determined by the team leader. Code Refactoring In computer science, code refactoring is referring to decomposition. In terms of programming, one way to achieve refactoring is to rewrite multiple lines of codes into lesser lines of codes. IDE would come with automated code refactoring, in VS 2017, one of the feature is to simplify null-checks and throw-expressions using null-coalescing operator. .NET Core You can now use C# to write cross-platform codes. This contains the 1.0 final release of the new MSBuild based .NET Core Tools. Using Visual Studio 2017, you can create .NET Standard libraries, .NET Core apps/libraries and ASP.NET web projects that use the new csproj format. The tools are supported on Windows, macOS and Linux. You can use them at the command-line, with VS Code or as part of Visual Studio 2017. started, check out the following video. Xamarin Xamarin is a tool to develop cross-platform mobile app using C# language. Microsoft acquired Xamarin in 2016 and it was made available to Visual Studio 2015 since then. Xamarin 4.3 is included in Visual Studio 2017. In addition to bug fixes, this release adds support for tvOS, improves the iOS Assets Catalog support, improves the XML editing experience, and adds selectors for SSL/TLS and HttpClient implementations when creating iOS apps Visual Studio Mobile Center It is a web site which serves as a mission control for mobile apps - also considered to be part of the DevOps ecosystem. example, you can use it to launch IOS simulator from Windows. Other features include automating testing on simulated and real mobile devices hosted at the data center. It targets developers who are developing mobile apps using tools other than Xamarin and Visual Studio 2017. 7.) DevOps To extend[...]

What Is a Non-Malware (or Fileless) Attack?


By Kane Lightowler, Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Carbon Black Virtually every organization was targeted by a non-malware attack in 2016, and this year will be no different. The global emergence and continued growth of non-malware attacks will be a major security pain point in 2017, testament to the increasingly sophisticated attack methodologies employed by hackers today.Kane Lightowler, MD, Carbon BlackNon-malware attacks, also known as fileless attacks, are so dangerous because they work. These attacks leverage on trusted, native operating system tools such as PowerShell or exploit running applications, such as web browsers and Office applications, to conduct their malicious behavior. The nature of these attacks allow hackers to gain control of computers without downloading any malicious files, which means that they can bypass detection by traditional antivirus (AV) software, which was designed to stop malicious files only. Research by Carbon Black found that 98 percent of security researchers encounter at least one non-malware attack a month but only one-third are confident that traditional AV can protect their organizations from this form of attack. By employing this stealthy technique to penetrate systems and steal data, cyber criminals can stay virtually undetected while they extract valuable information from organizations over prolonged periods of time, causing more damage than ever before. According to the 2016 Ponemon Cost of a Data Breach Study[1], the average cost of a successful breach is US $4 million – a catastrophic sum that will put a significant strain on resources for any organization. Moving beyond legacy AV An alarming number of organizations today are still relying on traditional AV as their only form of protection. This is no doubt correlated with the increased number of successful and profitable breaches in the recent years. Small medium enterprises (SMEs) too, are not spared from these assaults. In fact, we are seeing a trend wherein attackers exploit the weaker defense capabilities of SMEs as an entry point to the multi-national corporations (MNCs) they work with. Here’s the bottom line: organizations will be attacked. And when it happens, they should be confident that their cybersecurity capabilities can prevent the attacks, detect them and, if necessary, respond before attackers can do any real damage. To do this, there needs to be a paradigm shift in organizations’ approach to security investments and for IT teams to do a much-needed reality check on their current defense capabilities. Just as cyber criminals are constantly evolving their methods of attack to bypass standard proprietary capabilities, organizations need to be enhance their defense to match the current threat landscape. This means moving away from legacy AV and adopting a new line of defense that has been specifically developed to address sophisticated threats. A new paradigm in cybersecurity The new model of prevention, known as next-generation antivirus (NGAV), is a radically different approach to cybersecurity. Traditional defenses like legacy AV and machine-learning AV are designed to only identify threats at a single point in time (i.e. when a malicious file is downloaded), making them completely blind to non-malware attacks. NGAV closes this gap by taking on a more proactive stance to cyber defense. It monitors the activity of applications and services, including communications between processes, inbound and outbound network traffic, unauthorized requests to run applications, and changes to credentials or permission levels. By analyzing these relationships and clustering events, NGAV can identify abnormal behavior which can be tagged, flagged and automatically shut down before the attackers can achieve their goals. In today’s rapidly digitized world, security adoption should be a critical driver for [...]

IT News Week 3 Mar 2017


For IT News Week 2 Mar 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Mar 16, 2017 - MDeC: Malaysia Continues to See High Investment Growth from MSC Companies PR - Mar 16, 2017 - Bruce Davie Appointed Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of VMware Asia Pacific and Japan PR - Mar 16, 2016 - FREMONT, Calif. - Identiv Granted ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 Certification PR - Mar 15, 2017 - Infinix Mobile Debuts In Malaysia with 3 New Smartphones PR - Mar 15, 2017 - Cloudera to Accelerate Data Science and Machine Learning for the Enterprise with New Data Science Workbench PR - Mar 15, 2017 - Waze Integrates with Spotify and Vice Versa PR - Mar 14, 2017 - UEM Group Partners With Microsoft Malaysia For Cloud-Based Digital Initiatives PR - Mar 14, 2017 - Shah Alam -  Greenview : The Best In International Islamic Education PR - Mar 13, 2017 - Kaspersky: Banks Spend on IT Security is 3x Higher Than Non-Financial Organizations PR - Mar 13, 2017 - Mellanox Technologies to Expand Presence in Southeast Asia PR - Mar 16, 2017 - MDeC: Malaysia Continues to See High Investment Growth from MSC CompaniesMalaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) today reported a significant growth for MSC Performance for the year 2016. The results, which reflected the nation’s positive economy growth, recorded new investments of RM16.3 billion of which RM6.43 billion were from new investors; breaking the record for the second year in a row. The reported amount from existing investors stood at RM9.84 billion which is a promising number despite today’s challenging economic landscape. Malaysia saw a steady increase in export sales from MSC companies with an 18 per cent growth from 2015, with a contribution of RM19.1bil. The Creative Content and Technology (CCT) cluster recorded the highest growth in export sales with a contribution of RM1.17bil to the total export sales in 2016. “We are very proud of the achievements last year. Our strategy to lead the Digital Economy is paying off and we have seen a positive, healthy year from MSC-status companies in Malaysia with record new investment and strong investment numbers from new investors” said Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation.  PR - Mar 16, 2017 - Bruce Davie Appointed Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of VMware Asia Pacific and Japan VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced the appointment of Bruce Davie to the role of vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of the VMware Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) business, effective immediately. As CTO, Davie will lead VMware APJ’s technical community, which includes systems engineers, technical account managers and professional services organization, with a focus on customers’ long-term strategy, technical innovation and product quality. Bruce David, CTO, VMWare, APAC and JapanDavie has more than 25 years of leadership and technical experience. He joins VMware’s APJ leadership team from VMware’s global headquarters, where he most recently served as CTO of networking and a principal engineer in the Networking and Security Business Unit. Davie joined VMware through the company’s acquisition of Nicira in 2012, where he was a senior architect. PR - Mar 16, 2016 - FREMONT, Calif. - Identiv Granted ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 Certification Identiv, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded the sustainable, environmentally responsible ISO 14001:2015 standard and the new quality management ISO 9001:2015. ISO (International Standards Organization) defines parameters for compliance with the highest standards of quality, environmental responsibility, and other characteristics of world-class organizations' operations across their materials, products, processes, and services. [...]

Syarikat Takaful Malaysia and Allianz Malaysia awarded Best Motor Takaful Company and Best Motor Insurance Company by iBanding


Mar 15, 2017 -

iBanding Services Sdn. Bhd., an independent knowledge-based company that provides transparent insights about the local insurance industry, today awarded Syarikat Takaful Malaysia and Allianz Malaysia for the Best Motor Takaful Company and Best Motor Insurance Company in 2016 respectively. The awards are based on the results of a study conducted by iBanding, which ranked insurance companies in Malaysia on actual feedback from Malaysian motor vehicle drivers.

(L-R) Dato’ Sri Mohamed Hassan Kamil, Group Managing Director of Syarikat Takaful Malaysia, accepting the Best Motor Takaful Company 2016 award from Luke Roho, Co-Founder of iBanding

The study revealed that both Takaful and Conventional Insurance policy holders cited quoted price, quality of service and policy benefits as top considerations for recommending a preferred Insurance provider. Both Syarikat Takaful Malaysia and Allianz Malaysia were cited as top Insurance providers in 2016 to meet such a criteria.

The Motor Insurance Awards by iBanding comes at a time when the motor insurance industry is preparing for Motor Detariffication, where motor insurance prices will no longer be regulated by the Central Bank. This means that insurance companies will be able to set their own prices and offer a variety of differently priced services to consumers.

iBanding’s yearly ranking of motor insurance companies for both Takaful and Conventional motor insurance provides consumers with the knowledge and confidence to choose the best insurance company that is right for them after Motor Detariffication is implemented.


Funding Societies Aims to Help Malaysia SMEs through Crowdfunding


Feb 22, 2017 - Funding Societies, a Malaysian-founded regional Peer-to-Peer (P2P) financing platform, today launched its debt crowdfunding platform in Malaysia to provide SMEs and investors with trusted alternative financing and investment opportunities. L - R : Kelvin Teo (Co-Founder), Kah Meng Wong (CEO)Funding Societies aims to uplift businesses where financing is the most difficult, in particular the small and medium-sized businesses. New businesses are often faced with stifling restrictions when it comes to applying for financing. Funding Societies addresses these challenges head-on by providing an easy and viable option for SMEs looking for short-term financing between 1 and 12 months. Funding Societies also meets the needs of SMEs which require small financing needs (between RM 50,000 and RM 500,000), fast disbursal (1-week disbursal), and a simple hassle-free application process (less than 15 minutes). Funding Societies is funded by global and regional venture capital firms, Sequoia India and Alpha JWC. By leveraging on their network, Funding Societies strives to incorporate the best practices in Technology and P2P financing regionally and globally, and tailoring them to the local Southeast Asian market. As one of the only six trusted P2P operators recognized and regulated by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), Funding Societies Malaysia continues to work closely with the SC and strictly abides by its regulatory framework to protect SMEs and investors, while allowing room for growth and innovation. Kah Meng Wong, CEO of Funding Societies Malaysia added, “Funding Societies is driven to support the growth of the Malaysian economy by providing business term financing and invoice financing solutions to SMEs across various industries including manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction and food & beverage. By serving a large variety of sectors, investors are also able to better diversify their investment portfolio and minimize risk. FACT SHEET: 1.) SMEs Short term financing (1 - 12 month tenors) Small quantum (as small as RM 50,000 and up to RM 500,000) Quick disbursement (1-week disbursal) Simple application process (15 minutes) Flexibility (early prepayment and partial prepayment options) Tailor financing products to needs of SMEs (term financing, invoice financing / factoring) 2.) Investors One of the lowest default rate for P2P financing across Southeast Asia Rigorous credit assessment prior to approving any SMEs for crowdfunding Skin-in-the game philosophy (eligible team members personally co-invest in SMEs along with investors) Low barriers of entry with low minimum investment of RM100, and also enable small investors to diversify effectively Risk based pricing (lower returns for safer investments and vice versa) International and regional experience from existing operations in Singapore and Indonesia, as well as shareholders (Sequoia India, Alpha JWC) 3.) RegulationRecognized and regulated by Securities Commission (SC) in Malaysia and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in Singapore Appointed by the National FinTech Association of Indonesia to lead the national P2P lending taskforce to promote the development of financial technology in Indonesia (including the regulatory environment) Licensed trustee agent for monies handling to ensure security and transparency of funds [...]

IT News Week 2 Mar 2017


For IT News Week 5 Feb 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Mar 9, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches Big Data and Analytics Solutions at Google Next 17 PR - Mar 9, 2017 - Commvault Partners with Pure Storage for the Flash Data Center with Cisco UCS PR - Mar 7, 2017 - Huawei Wins ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ Award at MWC 2017 PR - Mar 7, 2017 - SG - HPE Redefines Technology Services Organization: Pointnext PR - Mar 6, 2017 - Canon Introduces Four New Compact Cameras with Premium Versatility GFK - Mar 6, 2017 - Overall Digital Still Camera in Malaysia Contracted by 30% in Volume in 2016 PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Cognizant Acquires Brilliant Service, a Japan-Based Intelligent Products and Solutions Company PR - Mar 9, 2017 - AccuWeather Launches Big Data and Analytics Solutions at Google Next 17 AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, has announced the launch of new data and analytics solutions in Google's Commercial Dataset program. Newly integrated on Google Cloud Platform, leaders can view the impacts of weather on business performance to make data driven decisions that drive results. AccuWeather D3 Analytics takes the most complete global real-time and historical weather database based on unique datasets from around the world with exclusive observations, satellite, radar, and proprietary metrics to uncover new levels of business intelligence through proprietary statistical analytics and predictive modeling. AccuWeather data scientists utilize proprietary analytics techniques based on geospatial time series analytics, machine learning, and 55 years of industry-leading meteorological expertise, analyzing thousands of potential weather factors to provide the most accurate and actionable insights for businesses. AccuWeather provides the most accurate forecasting data in the world, from AccuWeather MinuteCast® Minute-by-Minute, Hour by Hour, and Day by Day Forecasts through 90-Days, to make predictions based on businesses' needs that inform logistics, sales planning, inventory control, supply chain, and more. PR - Mar 9, 2017 - Commvault Partners with Pure Storage for the Flash Data Center with Cisco UCS Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, today announced FlashStack™, a flexible, converged infrastructure solution offered jointly by Cisco and Pure Storage, combining the latest in compute, network, and storage hardware into a single, integrated architecture. The integration of Commvault Data Platform provides organizations with a high performance, scalable infrastructure for deploying mission-critical workloads. With FlashStack, Commvault enables a smooth transition for organizations with the ability to protect and recover critical workloads faster, reduce risk by eliminating manual processes, and achieve lower management overhead and costs. Testing and reference architectures between Cisco and Commvault make extending FlashStack snapshot protection easy and efficient with backup onto Cisco’s Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) as part of the converged infrastructure stack. PR - Mar 7, 2017 - Huawei Wins ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ Award at MWC 2017 Huawei received the ‘Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G’ award at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. This year is the first year that GSMA has chosen to present the award for 5th generation mobile networks (5G) and receiving such an honor helps to showcase Huawei’s contribution to technology evolution. In 2016, Huawei launched its CloudRAN Solution, which is a technology that applies a cloudified architecture to the Radio Access Network (RAN) and can create a 4.5G and 5G oriented architecture integr[...]

Canon Launches Latest Monochrome Laser Multi-Function Printers


Mar 7, 2017 -Canon today announced the availability of six imageCLASS A4 monochrome laser multi-function printers (MFPs) in Malaysia. The latest lineup of MFPs suited for Small Office Home Office (SOHO) and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is set to drive workplace productivity and heighten user convenience with its efficiency-enhancing and easy-to-use features. “The diverse environments of small offices ranging from single-user SOHO to multi-user workgroups in SMEs present different needs and priorities,” said Jeffrey Kung, Head of Consumer Imaging & Information Division of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.“The latest range of A4 monochrome MFPs offers a solution to varying needs, addressing different customer requirements such as faxing functionality, wireless connectivity and more. Canon also understands that the scalability of these growing businesses are of paramount importance, therefore the range of MFPs is designed to help our customers achieve the needed performance in their daily tasks”, he added Besides providing seamless network connectivity, the MFPs address the need for convenient mobile printing by supporting a wide array of mobile solutions across various platforms, ranging from the Canon PRINT Business app (available on iOS and Android), Mopria® Print Service, Apple® AirPrintTM to Google Cloud Print™, benefiting users in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) work environments.Product Summary and PricingModelDescriptionRRP  (GST Included)MF241dDuplex Print, Scan, Copy; 27ppm, 512 MB RAM, UFR II LT, USB,RM 830Monthly Duty Cycle: 15,000 pagesToner:  CRG 337 (2,400 pages)MF232wPrint, Scan, Copy; 23 ppm, 256MB RAM, UFR II LT, USB, Network, WiFiRM 830Canon PRINT Business, Canon Print Service, AirPrint, Mopria, Google Cloud Print, Direct Connection, Monthly Duty Cycle: 15,000 pagesToner: CRG 337 (2,400 pages), Starter Cartridge (1,700 pages)MF235Print, Scan, Copy, Fax; 23 ppm, 128MB RAM, UFR II LT, USB, PC FaxRM 970Monthly Duty Cycle; 15,000 pagesToner: CRG 337 (2,400 pages), Starter Cartridge (1,700 pages)MF244dwDuplex Print, Scan, Copy; 27ppm, 512MB RAM, UFR II LT, PCL 6, USB, Network, WiFiRM 1,120Canon PRINT Business, Canon Print Service, AirPrint, Mopria, Google Cloud Print, Direct Connection, Monthly Duty Cycle: 15,000 pagesToner:  CRG 337 (2,400 pages), Starter Cartridge (1,700 pages)MF246dnDuplex Print, Scan, Copy, Fax; 27 ppm, 35 sheets ADF, 512 MB RAM, UFR II LT, PCL 6RM 1,390USB, Network, Canon PRINT Business, Canon Print Service, AirPrint, Mopria, Google Cloud Print,Monthly Duty Cycle: 15,000 pagesToner: CRG 337 (2,400 pages), Starter Cartridge (1,700 pages)MF249dwDuplex Print, Scan, Copy, Fax; 27 ppm, 50 sheets Duplex ADF, 512 MB RAM, 1,530UFR II LT, PCL 6, USB, Network, WIFI, PC Fax, Canon PRINT Business,Canon Print Service, AirPrint, Mopria, Google Cloud Print, Direct Connection, Monthly Duty Cycle: 15,000 pagesToner: CRG 337 (2,400 pages), Starter Cartridge (1,700 pages)  [...]

AOMEI Image Deploy is Free and Easy (Review)


Many years ago, Norton Ghost was really popular. Nonetheless, I stopped using it for many years. Don't remember when, it was at one point when I couldn't find it from the market or the Internet. That was my last memory with Norton Ghost. AOMEI Image Deploy (AID) does exactly the same as Norton Ghost, it is a software meant for cloning computer image from one PC to another. All you have to do is create a cloned image of the main PC (server) and deploy the image to multiple PCs (Client PC) in the LAN (Local Area Network). The key features are: Real-time process monitoring- all editionFree edition supports deployment of image up to 20 PCs or Servers simultaneously; for technician edition, deploy image to unlimited computers simultaneouslyBatch preset client computers name and IP address (technician edition only)Support different hardware (technician edition only) - it means the client PC doesn't have to be the same model 1.) Step by step guide (with screenshots) on usage of AOMEI Image Deploy.> You don't need a computer engineering degree to use this software effectively - just print out the steps and follow exactly. Otherwise, contact technical support: 2.) Supported Windows OS Microsoft Windows XP (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows Vista (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows 7 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows 10 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit) Microsoft Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2(all editions) Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (all editions) 3.) Getting Started You will need to make use of two software provided by AOMEI. AOMEI Backupper --> To create backup image of your computer. AOMEI Image Deploy --> To deploy the backup image to other computers. 4.) Need to Pay ?4.1) AOIMEI Image Deploy comes with free version and technician version. AOMEI Image Deploy (AID) Versions Comparison4.2) AOMEI Backupper comes with standard (free) and professional edition (30-day trial). AOMEI Backupper Versions Comparison5.) Use Case 5.1) Case 1: when you need to control and manage multiple PCs within a LAN.i.e Cyber-cafe, school lab, office, event. Take note that the Network adapter (or network interface card) in client PCs must support PXE boot. --> Start all the client PCs and enter into BIOS to set the network boot (PXE boot) as the first boot device. 5.2) Case 2: when your PC are totally KO cannot boot up Windows. Clone an image from another PC and use it to overwrite the affected PC. Nonetheless, the affected PC's network adapter must support PXE boot and you must be able to enter into the BIOS to set the network boot (PXE boot) as the first boot device.The affected PC might come back useful if the hard disk is still workable.[...]

The Snake is on Android Now !!!


Feb 27, 2017 - Malaysia and Barcelona, Spain - HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today unveiled a new generation of Nokia smartphones, setting a new standard in design, quality and user experience throughout the range. The highly anticipated global portfolio features three new smartphones – the new Nokia 6, delivering performance and immersive entertainment in a premium and extremely robust design; Nokia 5, an elegant smartphone that fits perfectly in your hand; and Nokia 3, which delivers an unprecedented quality at an affordable price point. The new range of Nokia smartphones all run Android™ Nougat and offer a pure, secure and up to date experience and will all feature Google Assistant. Today also sees the return of a modern classic – the iconic Nokia 3310, reborn with a modern twist on design. The snake is back !On Android platform !It was also announced that the world-renowned game Snake will be snaking its way back into people’s hearts with a new version available to play on Messenger, part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross platform experience. The new free Snake game is designed to be played with groups of friends making it even more playable than the first time around. The new Nokia range of Android smartphones unveiled today ahead of Mobile World Congress includes: Nokia 6 is going global – combining superior craftsmanship and distinctive design with immersive audio and an impressive bright and colourful 5.5” full HD screen, the Nokia 6 delivers a truly premium smartphone experience. The unibody of the Nokia 6 is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. The smart audio amplifier with dual speakers allow consumers to experience a deeper bass and unmatched clarity, whilst Dolby Atmos® sound delivers a powerfully moving entertainment experience. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 6 will retail at an average global retail price of €229. Nokia 6Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition – celebrating the worldwide Nokia 6 portfolio is the Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition. With 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, this special edition combines the best features of the Nokia 6 family in a stunning black high gloss package and will retail at an average global retail price of €299. Nokia 5 – a sleek and compact smartphone that nestles in your hand. The Nokia 5 has been precision engineered out of a single block of 6000 series aluminium to create a perfect pillowed body that flows seamlessly into the sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5.2” IPS HD display. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 mobile platform and the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 graphics processor, the Nokia 5 brings robust structural integrity, attention to detail and the quality of a high-end flagship to everyone. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 5 will retail at an average global retail price of €189. Nokia 5Nokia 3 – a stunning new smartphone designed to deliver an outstanding experience with unprecedented value. With a precision machined aluminium frame forged out of a single piece of aluminium, a sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5” display and seamlessly integrated 8MP wide aperture cameras (front and back), the Nokia 3 packs a truly premium quality smartphone experience into its compact and elegant form. Available in four distinctive colours – Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White – the Nokia 3 will retail at an average global retail price of €139.Nokia 3310Nokia 3310 – a modern classic reborn. Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on on[...]

IT News Week 5 Feb 2017


For IT News Week 4 Feb 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Korean Fever is Burning Up in Malaysia PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Canon Celebrates 30 Delightful Years PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Axiata Digital and Huawei sign MoU to bring IoT capabilities to Axiata footprint across Asia PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Announces AMD B350 RACING Series Lineup PR - Mar 1, 2017 - SG - MediaMath launches new suite of audience solutions in the region PR - Feb 28, 2017 - AccuWeather "Video First" Strategy Drives 160% Video Audience Growth PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Sophos Announces Unified Security and Control for Mobile Devices, Laptops and IoT devices PR - Feb 28, 2017 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Linux Hyperledger Continues Strong Momentum in 2017 with 11 New Members PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Exabytes Acquires 100% of HT Internet In Strategic Move PR - Feb 28, 2017 - U Mobile’s ‘booKu’ Enables Avid Readers to Buy E-Books and E-Magazines Via Mobile Plans PR - Feb 28, 2017 - Nimble Storage Introduces the First Multicloud Storage Service PR - Feb 27, 2017 - Microsoft and Ministry of Higher Education come together to empower students with world class technology PR - Feb 27, 2017 - SG - Samsung Asia Partners SK Planet to Grow e-Commerce in Malaysia PR - Feb 23, 2017 - TiVo Powers Sharp’s New Blu-ray Disc Recorders with G-Guide HTML PR - Mar 2, 2017 - Korean Fever is Burning Up in Malaysia Annyong haseyo! Shopee, the No 1 mobile-first marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan launches its ‘Shop for Free’ Campaign in March in conjunction with the Korean Fever (K-Fever) from 9 to 22 March 2017. Throughout this campaign, fans of Korean products can shop till they drop and be among the 100 lucky shoppers to get their cash back. Seeing the ever growing trend of K-Fever in Malaysia, Shopee has taken a step into highlighting Korean products offered by sellers across the platform which has recorded a total of 98 million listings regionally. Products from the Beauty & Personal Care category continues to top the chart for best-selling items. Only on the Shopee platform, can buyers enjoy the authentic Korean feel at K-razy deals during this limited period of time including the Lucky RM7 deals where beauty items are sold at RM7 each! Fans of Korean popular culture should watch out for other K-Fever campaigns on their Shopee app to keep track of special promotions all day-long. Don’t miss out on other Social Media contests this month by following Shopee’s Official Facebook: FB/ShopeeMY and Instagram: Shopee_MY.  PR - Mar 1, 2017 - Canon Celebrates 30 Delightful Years Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd (CMM) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a series of events in appreciation of the support showed by its valued consumers and business partners. In commemoration of the special occasion, Canon Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fujio Mitarai, joined the grand celebration that was held on February 16, 2017. Reaching a three-decade milestone, Canon Marketing Malaysia looks toward the future to continuously meet consumer demand for innovative imaging products. [from left] Mr. Andrew Koh, President and CEO, Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; Mr. Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc.; Mr. Hideki Ozawa, President, Canon Asia Marketing Group; Ms. Noriko Gunji, President and CEO, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd., at the 30th Anniversary Press ConferencePR - Mar 1, 2017 - Axiata Digital and Huawei sign MoU to bring IoT capabilities to Axiata footprint across Asia Axiata Digital, a wholly owned subsidiary of leading Asian telecommunications group, Axiata Group Berhad, and Huawei, a [...]

Screenshots Jan 2017


Refer to Screenshots Dec 2016.1.) Best practice from on how to deal with non 100% uptime.2.) CNY 2017 Sales.CarousellPerodua3.) Citibank leveraged on email to renew your credit limit - no banker called me for this purpose.4.) Best practice from Google Drive on how to deal with non 100% uptime.5.) iFlix leveraged on Silverlight technology.6.) No way to transfer your Pokemon to another account yet!7.) Intel Truekey was installed via Windows Updates - it allows signing in to your Windows PC using Face recognition technology !!! Superb.8.) Starbucks Outlets (Klang Valley, Malaysia) recently disabled usage of Wifi Code for Internet Usage.I encountered the following error while keying in a WiFi code. [...]

GoVeggie Malaysia : Issues : App crash on viewing Vendor Detail


 GoVeggie Malaysia : Issues : App crash on viewing Vendor Detail.

This happened to my iPhone SE.

--> Location not enabled for the app.


Settings --> GoVeggie Malaysia --> Location

Change to 'While Using the App'.

Symantec Unveils the Industry’s Most Complete Cloud Security Solution


Feb 15, 2017As enterprises embrace cloud applications and infrastructure at an unparalleled rate, Symantec is enabling this transition to the Cloud Generation through stronger protection, greater visibility and better control of critical assets, users and data. The Symantec Cloud Security Platform delivers the broadest and deepest set of security solutions, delivered in the cloud and for the cloud. The challenges: Enterprises are experiencing a fundamental shift in the way their employees and customers consume technology. The influx of personally-owned devices, ubiquitous high-speed internet, and cloud-based computing platforms is redefining the traditional IT landscape, and delivering advanced operational capabilities. With the adoption of fully outsourced cloud applications and infrastructure, critical assets, data and users are moving well beyond the traditional corporate security perimeter. Unfortunately, most security providers are simply providing isolated parts of what is required to secure these transformations, yet the cloud generation mandates a new model of integrated security. The Symantec Cloud Security Platform uniquely provides a complete means for the chief information security officer (CISO) of the modern enterprise to securely enable cloud adoption, while unifying both cloud and traditional on-premise environments for seamless security. Symantec is driving this transformation through a robust, open platform that integrates critical security and compliance frameworks while delivering the most comprehensive set of controls available to protect users and the organizational data with which they interact. New Innovations Delivering Unrivaled Security for the Cloud GenerationWith today’s announcement, the Symantec Cloud Security Platform gains entirely new capabilities for securing critical assets, data and users across the cloud continuum, while leveraging the power of Symantec’s category-leading security solutions to assist customers on their journey to the cloud.1.) Securing Users and Data Beyond Traditional Borders 1.1) Integrating Symantec’s Industry-Leading Data Loss Prevention with the Power of Web Security Service Enterprises must ensure safety for mobile users and remote offices from anywhere in the world while, at the same time, protecting organizational data as it is in transit. Symantec has now integrated its industry-leading Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with its cloud-delivered Web Security Service (WSS), providing a seamless platform to help ensure a safe web experience and to protect organizational data. When combined with existing integrations across Symantec and Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Symantec can now deliver its industry-leading DLP across web, email and cloud applications, providing a secure transition to the cloud generation. 1.2) New Cloud Malware Analysis Service Extends Advanced Threat Protection Sandboxing to WSS As users and remote offices move beyond the traditional perimeter, advanced protection must follow them regardless of their location. Symantec’s new Malware Analysis Advanced Service (MAAS) delivers full behavioral sandbox detonation of files within WSS to help protect users from the world’s most advanced threats. This is in addition to the advanced multi-factor content and emulated sandboxing introduced earlier in 2016. MAAS now allows WSS to deliver complete behavioral detonation to stop the most sophisticated threats. 1.3) Speeding the Move to Cloud Security with New Universal Policy Capabilities Enterprises making the move to cloud are often stuc[...]

Hitachi Unveils New Video Analytics Software To Deliver Operational Intelligence and Security Insights for Smart Cities and Digital Enterprises


Hitachi Insight Group today unveiled new video analytics software to enhance and extend its Smart City and Public Safety solutions portfolio. Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) combines computer vision and advanced analytics to extract rich insights and generate real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, and transportation agencies. Functionalities include Operational and business intelligence: people counting, queue detection, activity analysis, directional counting, and image enhancement to deliver insights that help cities, businesses and other organizations improve operations and customer experiences in terms of operational and business intelligence. It also helps to protect individual privacy, which can help to reduce their risk and liability.In Smart Cities, data becomes retail insight with instore metricsSmarter transportation, traffic and parking management capabilities include vehicle counting, traffic analysis, parking space detection and license plate recognition to help cities and businesses improve traffic and parking for residents, commuters and customers. For example, airports can use HVA to help enhance safety for travellers and also to detect long queues and optimize staffing at security checkpoints or enhance passport control processes in customs. As a result, passengers can get through more efficiently and spend time shopping, dining or enjoying attractions in their terminals. Retailers can also take advantage of HVA to gain the same level of actionable insight from their brick and mortar properties as they do from their websites. Insight that can help them understand where visitors are coming from, how they spend their time in their stores and what promotions or product placement help to increase sales. And cities can use HVA to improve safety, operational efficiencies and transparency, while providing better public services through metrics—such as foot traffic combined with traffic analysis in downtown areas—that can help local businesses make smarter decisions about how they position their shops and do business. More effective public safety and security is achieved with intrusion detection, left-behind object detection, facial recognition and camera tampering alerts: which provide a force multiplier for public safety departments to help keep people and property safe. Availability HVA is generally available now from Hitachi and select partners in North and South America, the United Kingdom and all APAC countries, excluding Japan. Hitachi will expand availability to additional EMEA markets later this year. For more information about Hitachi Video Analytics and Hitachi Video Management Platform, visit [...]

OutSystems Reports $100M in Sales and 50% Year-Over-Year Software Revenue Increase


Feb 14, 2017 :OutSystems today announced that it has begun 2017 with record growth. With companies increasingly looking for faster, more efficient ways to build enterprise applications, demand for the OutSystems low-code development platform has soared, leading to considerable expansion across the business. “Digital transformation is one of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing today’s businesses,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems. “It’s putting companies under tremendous pressure to build business applications faster and with fewer resources than ever before. OutSystems continues to be extremely well positioned to take advantage of that trend by offering a low-code platform for rapidly delivering enterprise mobile and web applications.” OutSystems growth can be seen in several key areas: Business Growth Driven by new sales and customer renewals, OutSystems exceeded $100 million in sales and saw 50 percent year-over-year software revenue growth in 2016. The company added 178 new enterprise customers in 2016 and now serves customers in 43 countries, expanding its reach by over 30 percent. Partner and Developer Ecosystem The OutSystems ecosystem of partners and developers saw massive growth in 2016. The company formalized a global alliance with Deloitte S.A. and tripled the number of solution partners in Europe and Asia adding companies like Hewlett Packard, Incentro, NinTec, TESI, Dreamcloud, Perkasa, Rainmaker, Integrated Global Solutions and Headfitted Solutions.Over 40,000 new developers joined the OutSystems Developer Community in 2016, contributing low-code apps, widgets, and components to greatly accelerate productivity. Employees Growing to over 500 employees globally, OutSystems added 200 employees in 2016 including executive hires in sales, marketing, and partner management. “2016 was a great year for OutSystems,” said Rosado. “Our rapid growth is a reflection of the growing demand for mobile apps, the increasing level of industry recognition that we have received, and our product innovation.” Industry Recognition In addition to the impressive business growth, OutSystems achieved widespread industry recognition: A leader in The Forrester WaveTM: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 2016 A visionary in both the Gartner June 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms and the March 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service, Worldwide. SIIA CODiE Award for Best Mobile Development Solution 2016 Best Software Solution and a CIO Award for customer CP Kelco at the CIO MidMarket Forum Financial Innovation Award for customer Banco BPI’s GoBanking App Most Promising Business Application Platform from NWA Information Management Awards 2016 Rising Star - Application Development & Lifecycle Management from NetworkWorld Asia 2016 Readers' Choice/Rising Star Awards OutSystems recognized by APAC CIO Outlook magazine as one of the 10 most promising finance technology solution providers – 2016 In October, OutSystems launched OutSystems 10, the first low-code application development platform with advanced capabilities for enterprise mobile applications. [...]

IT News Week 4 Feb 2017


For IT News Week 2 Jan 2017. For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news. PR - Feb 20, 2017 - Carbon Black Secures Perfect Prevention Score in NSS Labs’ Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Test PR - Feb 17, 2017 - BIOSTAR RACING Series Motherboard Lineup for AMD RYZEN Announced PR - Feb 16, 2017 - U Mobile Packs a Punch with its All New Prepaid Plan 'UNLIMITED POWER' PR - Feb 15, 2017 - EasyParcel and Bison Partner to Resolve Last-mile Logistics Challenge In eCommerce PR - Feb 15, 2017 - HP reinvents security with global campaign starring Christian Slater PR - Feb 15, 2017 - AOMEI Technology Released Multcloud service to V4.2.0 PR - Feb 10, 2017 - Apache Spot (Incubating) Provides Scalable, Flexible, Open Source Cybersecurity Hub for Forensic, Telemetry and Contextual Data PR - Feb 9, 2017 - Sophos Positioned as a Leader in Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant Report PR - Feb 8, 2016 - Acronis Adds Microsoft Office 365 Backup to Acronis Backup 12 PR - Feb 20, 2017 - Carbon Black Secures Perfect Prevention Score in NSS Labs’ Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Test Carbon Black, a leader in next-generation endpoint security, today announced it achieved 100% block rate and 100% total coverage score in NSS Labs’ Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Test, securing the distinguished rating: “recommended for security effectiveness” by NSS Labs. Being the only vendor to secure a perfect prevention score and stop all attacks included in the test, Carbon Black’s Cb Protection is designed to secure critical systems, such as: servers, fixed function devices, regulated industries and highly targeted end-users. According to the 2016 Ponemon Cost of a Data Breach Study, the average cost of a successful data breach is $4 million. In this test, the Cb Protection demonstrated it can save customers millions of dollars in breach-related expenses while providing the strongest form of lock-down security. Cb Protection works with existing software distribution-systems and reputation services to automate approval of trusted software and eliminate whitelist management. This level of control dramatically reduces the attack surface of highly sensitive and targeted systems to stop breaches, reduce system downtime, and ensure regulatory compliance. PR - Feb 17, 2017 - BIOSTAR RACING Series Motherboard Lineup for AMD RYZEN Announced BIOSTAR is proud to announce the newest entry in its RACING Series family of high-performance motherboard with its debut entry for AMD with the BIOSTAR RACING X370 and B350 motherboard line up. Featuring the latest 2nd-generation RACING Series technology, the race to the future has just become more intense with support for the new AMD RYZEN processors. True to the legacy of the BIOSTAR RACING series, the new motherboards for the Super 5 concept as well as the BIOSTAR’s revolutionary VIVID LED Armor and 5050 LED Fun Zone. In conjunction with this are BIOSTAR’s new improvement to component stability and performance with its new feature of Digital Power+ for overclocking and M.2 Cooling Protection. Also debuting with this model is the FLY.NET network performance software that works in tandem with the new DRAGON gaming LAN solution designed for gamers that want absolute network performance without lag when every second counts. PR - Feb 16, 2017 - U Mobile Packs a Punch with its All New Prepaid Plan 'UNLIMITED POWER' U Mobile kick-starts 2017 with a huge bang, unveiling a prepaid pack that would delight any social media lover. UNLIMITED PO[...]

What’s love got to do with IT?


By Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, Commvault Business leaders experience a love hate relationship with data. With no time to have their head in the clouds, CIOs need to choose the right partner to fall back on during hard times, think big and execute a better overall data management strategy in an ever-changing complex IT landscape.Matthew Johnston, Area VP, Asean & Korea, CommvaultLet’s not forget – break ups happen. What consequences will enterprises face in the event of a "break up" or communications breakdown between departments? It is, thus, vital to embrace and implement effective data management strategies, more than ever before. In the Month of Love, we at Commvault have pulled together our insights to draw up a list of predictions for 2017. This year, we see that business leaders will continue to make better business decisions leveraging greater insights from data to prioritise their IT investments wisely. Sweet endings do exist, after all. Will You Marry Me? - Powerful Data Management Platforms for The Win Increasingly, enterprises are seeking out new technologies and migrating data to cloud services. It is a business imperative for CIOs to remember that relationship with the right data management provider affects the long-term success of business’ objectives. Companies need to leverage data as a strategic asset to drive deeper insights for better business decisions. Amidst declining IT budgets and limited resources, organizations are starting to seek holistic solutions that address companies’ data needs effectively. In 2017, businesses will shift away from point solution vendors and instead favour providers who can offer data management platforms: or industry goliaths will risk either undergoing a merger or being acquired. Fight to Protect the Ones You Love – Mitigate the Nasty Effects of Ransomware It’s no secret - relationships can get messy. Corporations will face many potential threats and destructive attacks of ransomware, as cybercrime continues to rise. Asia Pacific has been known for being a ransomware target with India, Japan and Malaysia in the top 10 countries that were affected by ransomware from January 2015 – April 2016. Businesses must prevent and mitigate ransomware seriously and include it in their business objectives for the year by planning measures to mitigate its effects. Organizations must also be able to rapidly identify compromised content and automate its recovery to reduce downtime and financial losses. Businesses need to make their data management systems secure yet accessible. Classifying, separating and walling off data to reduce unwarranted access of data is crucial. Love it or hate it - there's no running away from conversations on data recovery strategies at the boardroom level. Love in the Clouds or on Ground – Keeping Data Transfer Safe, Seamless, Painless and Cost-effectiveJust like a relationship, there are ebbs and flows. Data transfer needs to be seamless, to facilitate the cadence of data, moving between the cloud and on-premises. With more than 80% of enterprise IT organizations predicted to commit to hybrid cloud architectures by 2017, enterprises continue to embrace hybrid infrastructure models. The current pricing models from cloud service providers for moving data between on-premises and the cloud is unsustainable. With hybrid infrastructure models in favour, current cloud storage providers need to adjust their pricing models to sta[...]

HID Global Predicts Top Trends for 2017 in the Identity Technology Industry


Jan 18, 2017 - Singapore : HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, forecasts a shift in the use of identity technology that will lead to increased adoption of mobile devices and the latest smart card technology, a greater emphasis and reliance on the cloud, and a radical new way of thinking of trust in smart environments and Internet of Things (IoT). Ultimately, HID Global predicts the 2017 trends will transform the way trusted identities are used with smart cards, mobile devices, wearables, embedded chips and other “smart” objects, particularly in industries focused on regulatory compliance, such as government, finance and healthcare markets. This shift will precipitate the move from legacy systems to NFC, Bluetooth Low Energy and advanced smart card technology to meet the evolving needs of enterprises and governments worldwide. The forecast for 2017 is also based on a breakthrough in adoption of mobile identity technology in 2016. Exemplifying industry-wide trending, HID Global experienced tremendous uptick in customer deployments of its broad mobility solutions and has a strong pipeline of future customer installations in the works to make verification of identities optimized for mobile applications. “HID Global has forecasted top trends based on our broad view of the market in close collaboration with customers and partners who are assessing and deploying innovative solutions across markets worldwide,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global. “We have been at the forefront of major technology shifts over the years and HID Global believes 2017 will mark an important phase in the industry, as organizations seek to use the broadest range of smart devices ever. This will directly impact how customers view and use trusted identities on both mobile devices and smart cards for more activities in more connected environments in the years ahead.” HID Global focuses on four significant trends in 2017 that will influence how organizations create, manage and use trusted identities in a broad range of existing and new use cases. Stronger adoption of mobile devices and advanced smart cards underscores the need for trusted identities Similar to the adoption of consumer trends to IT in past years, 2017 will also see further consumerization of security, with heightened demand from users seeking to open doors, and login to cloud-based resources, as well as have personalized on-demand printing of documents, and to deploy printed credentials remotely or conduct other transactions and daily activities using trusted IDs on their phone, wearable or smart card. Trusted IDs that integrate security, privacy and convenience will provide a new level of assurance to these applications and transactions, while being uniquely positioned to make secure access more personalized to the individual. The industry will look towards complete identity relationship management that considers the need to grant access based on the context or circumstances for risk-appropriate authentication across trusted identities assigned to people, devices, data and things in smart offices, buildings and other environments that are becoming more connected every day. Greater emphasis on the cloud through “hybrid” solutions that combine on-premises and the cloud to create common management platforms for digital IDs Organizations are recognizing the interdependencies of technologies an[...]

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