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  1. IT News Week 5 Apr 2017
  2. Brocade Global Study Reveals More Than Half of IT Teams Will Struggle Due to a Lack of the “Right” Skills
  3. Unlocking greater possibilities with Next-Generation Access Control Solutions
  4. Data: The Heartbeat of Info-Driven Businesses
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IT News Week 5 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 4 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Western Digital Ships 4th-Gen Helium Hard Drive
  • PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Iskandar Puteri, Johor - Outsourcing Malaysia Launches Southern Office in Iskandar Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Mizuho Financial Group Partners with Cognizant to Develop a Distributed Ledger Solution for More Efficient and Secure Trade Finance
  • PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Catch Superstar Lilly Singh Live in Malaysia
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab joins INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation across ASEAN
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Boosting Server Protection with Next-Gen Anti-Ransomware CryptoGuard Technology by Sophos
  • PR - Apr 25, 2017 - LinkedIn reaches 500 million members with growth driven by developing markets in Asia Pacific
  • PR - Apr 18, 2017 - Goyang, South Korea’s Smart City Enhances Safety with a World Class Safety Surveillance Implementation in Korea
  • PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Malaysians Love Shopping Internationally, says 11street

PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Western Digital Ships 4th-Gen Helium Hard Drive

Western Digital Corp. today announced that it has begun shipping its fourth-generation helium-based hard drive with its 12TB HGST-branded Ultrastar® He12 hard drive. The Ultrastar He12 12TB hard drive is the next generation of the company’s award-winning high capacity enterprise-class drive with HelioSeal technology, providing customers with a data storage solution addressing the expansive information management needs and demanding performance requirements of today’s enterprise, cloud and hyperscale workloads.

Known for high quality, the enterprise-class Ultrastar He12 HDD features an industry-first eight-disk design, to deliver 12TB capacity using PMR technology in a standard 3.5-inch form factor. It is the world’s highest capacity hard disk drive for active random workloads.

Ultrastar He12 Helium HDD
  • HelioSeal: Western Digital’s fourth generation, based on exclusive HelioSeal technology, bringing the highest capacity HDD to market much sooner than competing technologies
  • World’s first 8-disk design, 12TB capacity, available with either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA interface
  • Data Security: Instant Secure Erase, sanitize and safely redeploy HDDs using the Instant Secure Erase feature
  • SED Features: Help protect end user data with encryption (Self Encrypting Drive)
  • Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours

PR - Apr 27, 2017 - Iskandar Puteri, Johor - Outsourcing Malaysia Launches Southern Office in Iskandar Malaysia

Outsourcing Malaysia, a chapter of the National ICT Association of Malaysia, launched its southern office in Iskandar Malaysia in tandem with the rapid growth of the GBS (Global Business Services and Shared Services & Outsourcing “SSO”) industry in Iskandar Puteri, Iskandar Malaysia.

The office, part of OM’s initiative to establish world-class GBS eco-systems across Malaysia, will facilitate the growth of the local industry while enticing the world to Malaysian shores. The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and i2M Ventures Sdn. Bhd – a wholly owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad are among OM’s strategic partners responsible for the development of strategic investment promotion initiatives for the Global Business Services (GBS) and Shared Services & Outsourcing (SSO) sector in Iskandar Puteri, Iskandar Malaysia.

(L-R:) OM Director Justin J Anthony, Deputy Chair of OM Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director i2M Ventures Sdn. Bhd. Zulfiqar Zainuddin, CEO of MIDA Dato’ Azman Mahmud, OM Chairman Cheah Kok Hoong, General Manager of Johor State Investment Centre (JSIC) Tuan Haji Mahadon Marnin, CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) Datuk Khairil Anwar &  CFO of Medini Iskandar Malaysia (MIM) Zulaifah Abdul Ghani at the launch of Outsourcing Malaysia’s New Southern Office in Iskandar Puteri, Johor

GBS ISKANDAR is an initiative by i2M Ventures and it is a specialised programme to facilitate businesses to locate GBS Operations in Iskandar Puteri, Iskandar Malaysia. With GBS ISKANDAR, companies will be able to enjoy expert facilitation in order to meet their GBS location requirements, covering key areas such as talent, infrastructure, livability and incentives.

PR - Apr 26, 2017 - SG - Mizuho Financial Group Partners with Cognizant to Develop a Distributed Ledger Solution for More Efficient and Secure Trade Finance

Cognizant today announced that it has been selected by Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, to develop a distributed ledger solution to make trade finance more efficient and secure.

Cognizant will use Corda, a distributed ledger platform developed by R3, a consortium of the world’s largest financial institutions, to digitize trade documents such as letters of credit and bills of lading. This will provide Mizuho Financial Group and its customers with a framework to explore the use of distributed ledger technology to reduce fraud, delays and other business risks arising from costly paperwork, and provide enhanced visibility to all parties involved in the trade and transport value chain.

The engagement marks the expansion of a strategic partnership between Mizuho Financial Group and Cognizant to leverage distributed ledger technology for building new work processes to make transactions and digital interactions more secure, efficient and cost-effective, thereby delivering superior experience to customers.

PR - Apr 26, 2017 - Catch Superstar Lilly Singh Live in Malaysia

The Highest-paid woman on YouTube will meet and greet fans this May 23 followed by an exclusive comedy show in Malaysia.
  • She has 11,335,721 subscribers on YouTube.
  • Over 1 Billion Views (1,848,564,209 to be exact).
  • She was named in FORBES 30 under 30.
  • Winner of MTV Fandom Award.
  • 3 Streamy Awards.
  • 2 Teen Choice Awards and most recently
  • 2017 People’s Choice Award winner for Favourite YouTube Star.

Lilly Singh: How to be a Bawse Tour
PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Boosting Server Protection with Next-Gen Anti-Ransomware CryptoGuard Technology by Sophos

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced, that its next-generation anti-ransomware CryptoGuard technology is now available with its Sophos Server Protection products. With this optimisation, Sophos Server Protection now has signature-less detection capabilities to combat ransomware - similar to Sophos Intercept X for endpoints. In September 2016, Sophos launched Sophos Intercept X with CryptoGuard, which stop the spontaneous encryption of data by ransomware within seconds of detection.

By adding CryptoGuard to server security, Sophos is closing a critical gap by preventing ransomware attacks that could come in through rogue, guest or remote access users or other weaknesses in a company’s network. For example, if a company allows bring-your-own-laptops on the network, remote access for employees or is victimised by an insider cyber threat, servers become highly susceptible to ransomware. Additionally, network shares on servers are high-value targets as they contain proprietary financials, personally identifiable information and other key data, and should be protected as such.

Sophos Server Protection products with CryptoGuard capabilities now includes Central Server Protection Advanced on the cloud-based Sophos Central platform and Sophos Server Protection Enterprise, which is managed with a traditional on-premise console.

PR - Apr 25, 2017 - LinkedIn reaches 500 million members with growth driven by developing markets in Asia Pacific

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, has registered more than half a billion members across 200 countries. In Asia Pacific, the membership base has reached more than 118 million, growing almost six-fold since the company launched the APAC headquarters in Singapore six years ago.

India remains as LinkedIn’s largest market in Asia Pacific, and second globally with more than 42 million members. In Southeast Asia, the membership base has grown to more than 22 million members up from 20 million last quarter – including Indonesia with more than 8 million members.

Globally, LinkedIn now represents a community of professionals with over 10 million active jobs, 9 million companies, and more than 100,000 articles posted every week, helping these professionals stay informed on news and views that impact the workplace.

PR - Apr 25, 2017 - Kaspersky Lab joins INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation across ASEAN

Kaspersky Lab today announced its participation in a groundbreaking INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation involving public and private sectors across the ASEAN region. Nearly 9,000 botnet command and control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals were identified from the activity.

The operation was carried out from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, the research and development facility of the world’s largest police organization.

Cybercrime investigators from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam gathered together at the IGCI to exchange information on specific cybercrime situations in their respective countries. An additional cyber intelligence report was contributed by China.

Experts from Kaspersky Lab cooperated with the INTERPOL to share fresh cyberthreat discoveries and to formulate recommended actions along with six other private companies, namely Cyber Defense Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, British Telecom, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Trend Micro.

Being the only vendor able to detect the infection at the time, Kaspersky Lab provided the INTERPOL team with an exclusive report on a WordPress plugin vulnerability that has affected thousands of websites in the region, including those belonging to government agencies, universities, NGOs, and private businesses.

PR - Apr 18, 2017 - Goyang, South Korea’s Smart City Enhances Safety with a World Class Safety Surveillance Implementation in Korea

Milestone Systems today announced the successful implementation of a seamless 24/7 security surveillance solution for Goyang City in South Korea. As one of the 10 most dynamically developing cities in the world, Goyang is now safer than ever, as civil safety staff are equipped with Milestone’s integrated IP video solution to crack down on crime-prone districts and blind spots in the city.

Requiring a comprehensive, integrated overhaul of its previous security solutions, Milestone worked with Omecca, a Milestone Platinum Partner, to implement an scalable, flexible, and reliable integrated surveillance solution within two weeks. All video cameras were replaced with the new system, allowing each staff member to monitor approximately 100 cameras simultaneously using the carousel feature and comprehensive XProtect Smart Wall overview. Since the initial installation of 2,500 video cameras, an additional 2,200 cameras have been added – bringing the total number of cameras to 4,700 at present.

Benjamin Low, VP for APAC, Milestone Systems

Benjamin Low, Vice President for APAC at Milestone Systems, comments, “We understand the importance of public safety in Goyang, the smart city of Korea. The upgrading of Goyang’s video management software to a flexible and future proof one is a huge step to that, and we’re delighted to have worked with one of our Platinum partners, Omecca, to help Goyang achieve their safe city vision.”

PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Malaysians Love Shopping Internationally, says 11street

Following the rousing end to our ‘Shop The World’ campaign, 11street has noted some interesting facts and insights from consumers who shopped during the period. The campaign saw 11street bringing in over a variety of international branded products from 5 countries – China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA – to enable consumers to shop for products that are not available in local brick and mortar stores.

While some product categories were expected to top the line, 11street revealed that Malaysians have taken a sudden interest in purchasing books and media online. Some other insights include:
  • Korea, Taiwan and the USA are top favourite countries for Malaysians to buy from, whereby these tree countries has the highest number of purchases
  • Seven out of 10 products bought on the 11street platform during the campaign period were not available at local brick-and-mortar stores
  • Johoreans are the second highest online shopper in Malaysia after Klang Valley, with 95% of their purchase consisting of skincare and make-up items
Check out the Shop The World infographic.


Brocade Global Study Reveals More Than Half of IT Teams Will Struggle Due to a Lack of the “Right” Skills

Apr 26, 2017 -

Brocade today announced a new Global Digital Transformation Skills Study, which aims to uncover how well-placed global IT leaders consider themselves and their teams to be in terms of meeting current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S., while the UK lagged well behind its counterparts.

The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Singapore, indicates that many organizations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands are set to outstrip the skills supply. Organizations that address this now through additional skills training will be in the strongest position to ensure business growth and competitive advantage.

Overall, an encouraging 91 percent of global IT leaders acknowledge that IT departments are currently recognized as very important or critical to innovation and business growth. However, over half (54 percent) predict they will struggle with a lack of IT talent in 12 months. Contributing factors identified from the research include skills shortages, prevalence of outdated skills, lack of commitment to training at the corporate board level, and the rapidly changing technology environment.

“Businesses are approaching the peak of IT strategic influence. Now is the moment that IT teams feel they have the strongest opportunity to influence the transformation of their organizations,” said Abdul Aziz Ali, Malaysia Country Manager for Brocade. “However, with a rapidly changing technology landscape and potential impact on international labour markets, it is critical that IT receives the right training to further develop their skills and business relevance.”

The research also found that skills planning had to be aligned with other areas of business planning to avoid the risk of a technology skills deficit, where IT teams are expected to deliver the benefits of technologies that they are ill-equipped to implement.

Staff shortages and outdated skills are preventing ITDMs from delivering on current business demands

Organizations are attempting to move their IT departments away from their traditional roles, but the lack of skills and the time required to learn those skills have held them back. IT decision makers (ITDM) believe this could be a major contributor to their inability to meet business demands, putting organizations at risk of falling behind their competitors and losing customers.
  • Approximately one in four respondents in Australia, France, Germany, Singapore, and the U.S. claim that they cannot deliver on current business demand due to staff shortages. This number rises to 42 percent in the UK.
  • Respondents claim that the lack of access to talent will prevent them from implementing new technologies efficiently, lead to a decrease in employee satisfaction, and result in the loss of market share.

The IT skills gap is only likely to get worse and organizations need to act now

The political landscape is also a contributing factor in the widening skills gap. As market uncertainty intensifies in the next few years, it is more important than ever for IT departments to remain agile and take advantage of new technologies.
  • Ninety-two percent of those questioned had some level of concern about future hiring of IT staff, while 54 percent were concerned about a lack of skilled talent to choose from.
  • Forty-three percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the current political climate makes it difficult to hire employees with the right skills. In the U.S. and Australia, the numbers were 52 percent and 54 percent, respectively.
  • Even with the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit situation, EMEA respondents were less concerned, with only 31 percent of UK ITDMs believing it presented a challenge compared to 39 percent in Germany and 35 percent in France.

Training time and investment will prove to be business-critical

Training continues to be an issue as day-to-day IT maintenance tasks take priority. For organizations to address the technical skills deficit, they first need to invest time and money—or face the consequences.
  • There is consistent demand globally to spend more time on increasing skills—from 15 percent of time that is currently spent on this to 22 percent.
  • Respondents reported that insufficient budget (45 percent) and training time (45 percent) are constraining IT departments’ attempts to develop skills more than any other factors. These factors rise to 60 percent and 50 percent respectively in Australia but drop to 37 percent and 30 percent in Germany.
  • Currently, only three hours are allocated per week for learning and skills development. Respondents in Singapore average four hours of skills development per week.
  • Sixty-seven percent of respondents agree that the key to closing the skills gap would be to spend more money on training.

IT professionals need to take control of their professional future

The research also showed that IT professionals at all levels must take increased responsibility for their own professional destiny, embracing the opportunities delivered by new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and all areas of IoT from device management to security.
  • Thirty-five percent of global respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their organization’s IT team does not have the right skills to protect their jobs in the future.
  • When asked to identify the one skill that they see as critical to their future career progression, cybersecurity was the most frequently cited, by 22 percent of respondents globally.
  • AI and IoT security tied for second as the most critical skill at 18 percent. While AI was the most critical skill in France and Australia, IoT security was the most valued skill in Germany.
AI could be a friend or foe

AI could revolutionize the IT skills that are required and the way that we work. AI is likely to replace a number of IT roles and tasks, but this doesn’t mean the end for the IT department. Employees need to have the right skills to be in a position to work alongside AI and embrace its future impact, so that organizations can unleash its full potential.
  • When asked which current roles were already being replaced by AI, desktop support (23 percent), data analyst (20 percent), software testers (17 percent), system architects (14 percent), and network engineers (11 percent) topped the list.
  • Within the next 10 years, these numbers are expected to increase: desktop support (37 percent), data analyst (34 percent), software testers (33 percent), system architects (31 percent), and network engineers (31 percent).
  • AI will also impact the role of the CIO, with almost half of the global respondents claiming increased focus from the business.
  • Fifty-six percent of respondents believe that developing AI-related skills is key to securing a role in the future.
Vital role of the board in ensuring long-term IT skills development

Organizations’ boards will often dictate whether employees have the time and empowerment to develop their skills, but this is common at organizations that do not have the right support. The boards also have to ensure that skills and training improvements are aligned with other areas of business planning.
  • Forty-four percent of respondents think that new skills acquisition is not seen as being as valuable as it should be by the board. This rises to 59 percent in Australia and 50 percent in the UK. The U.S. (42 percent), Germany (41 percent), Singapore (40 percent), and France (34 percent) had slightly more positive results.
  • Almost a fifth of global respondents think their boards view gaining knowledge and skills as a cost to the business, rather than an asset. This rises to 35 percent in Australia.
  • However, the majority of respondents in France (63 percent) and Germany (62 percent) see knowledge and skills growth as an asset.
  • Despite respondents claiming that they plan approximately two years in advance for most areas of the business, staffing and recruitment is still on average only planned for a maximum of a year.
  • This is creating a disconnect where organizations are attempting to address key IT challenges with teams not as well equipped in terms of skills and experience as they could be.


Unlocking greater possibilities with Next-Generation Access Control Solutions

By Weijin Lee, Regional Director, Secure Issuance, HID Global, Asia Pacific and Alex Tan, Director of Sales, Physical Access Control System, HID Global, ASEAN

The security landscape continues to evolve in new and complex ways. Gone are the days where the term “access control” means a simple lock and key system. Access control, instead, conjures images of sophisticated, integrated systems with multi-layered security across multiple facilities. Organizations today face challenges from the adoption of new technologies, escalating security threats and the need to derive greater value from access control infrastructure, while solving increasingly complex system integration. This is no easy task, further complicated by the expansion of digital lifestyles and creation of a smart ecosystem of wearables.

As security remains a critical front-line defence for organizations across industries and company sizes, what protective measures can businesses take today? Here are four key tips that companies should consider when implementing the next generation of access control systems.

1. Enhance your data privacy protection

Yesterday’s technology is no longer sufficient for today’s access control and identity management challenges. Businesses need to upgrade their legacy access control system to enhance data privacy security - be it through the on-boarding of a client that requires high levels of security, new legislation being brought in for specific industries, or even new building tenants. The driver remains the same: enhancing and protecting data or building facilities that are currently exposed to risk.

Integrated visitor management solutions are key. With improved access control solutions, businesses can track any movements within the organization. Implementing new, more dynamic access control technologies provides many benefits over maintaining older, more static ones. Benefits include improving the distribution and use of temporary credentials, while safeguarding various parts of sites to prevent unauthorized access.

2. Future-proof technology integrated into existing Bring-Your-Own-Devices (BYOD)

The concept of BYOD is common in today’s digital workplace. With employees using their own smart devices, businesses should consider integrating secure access control measures into employee smartphones or devices for access, instead of issuing additional key cards or fobs that risk a high chance of loss or theft. A single credential for multiple access devices might be today’s solution. Using Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), this industry standard improves interoperability among access control and security products, supporting multiple applications across physical and logical access. By providing multiple access levels on mobile credentials, it saves the users time and complexity, reducing the risk of theft or loss across several devices. This works just as well with smart technology such as wearables, providing increased flexibility and freedom of choice for security managers and employees today.

3. Enhancing security through multi-layered credential validation

IT security breaches has included issues with printer security within the past 12 months, according to IDC. Most of today’s card issuance and licensing systems rely on two-dimensional identity validation. Digital components, including smart card chips or magnetic stripes, give ID card and license issuance systems the crucial third security dimension. With multi-layered credential validation and enhancement of existing printing facilities, access control systems will be strengthened. Sophisticated credential validation elements, combined with superior printing technology, will enable more trustworthy visual authentication to deter tampering and forgery. Higher-resolution images, holographic card over-laminates, and permanent and unalterable laser-engraved personalization attributes will make forgery and alteration virtually impossible.

From printers, card materials and software, the highest security requirements can be achieved by incorporating critical visual and encoding technologies for the next generation of access control solutions today. With these tips in mind, businesses can stay ahead of the ever-evolving world of possibilities in physical access control systems.

Data: The Heartbeat of Info-Driven Businesses

By Owen Taraniuk, Vice President of Asia Pacific, Commvault

The human heart beats more than 100,000 times daily and close to 40 million times per year — chalking up three billion heartbeats in a person’s lifetime. Much like the human heart, data is what keeps the digital and customer-led economy pumping.

Owen Taraniuk, VP of APAC, Commvault

Studies have shown that companies utilising data-driven insights to make strategic decisions have improved their productivity by up to 33 percent. At the same time, the big data and analytics market has exceeded IDC’s predictions by over 50 percent with the analyst group now expecting to see worldwide revenues reach nearly $187 billion by 2019.

The writing is on the wall – businesses need to leverage data to conquer today’s disruptive age and stay ahead of the curve. CEOs know this but the question that is keeping them up at night is: how?

Volumes of data: beating through the body’s engine room

In our digital economy, the volume of data will continue to grow. The pace of growth will also continue to accelerate rapidly. Just like the heartbeat, a steady stream of data flows through businesses, providing the necessary insights for business and decision making.

Data pools are just like the chambers in our hearts where data is ‘crunched’ and useful information can be extracted – the same way the heart oxygenates and distributes blood throughout the human body. Data must be analysed by companies to transform it into useful information they can then use to make smart, impactful business decisions. The ability to manage this massive flow of data, as it grows in volume, is pertinent to keep businesses running.

Variety of data: extracting life-sustaining information for today’s businesses

According to IDC, analysts are set to achieve an additional $430 billion in productivity gains over their less analytically oriented peers 2020 – pointing to the tangible results that businesses experience when they embrace data analytics to derive information-led insights. Think of it as data receiving oxygen, much like how blood distributes and carries that life-giving element to the rest of the body.

But before data can be put together into insights, it must be extracted from the company’s various departmental data pools. Before reaching other parts of the body, blood vessels must first gather and bring blood to the heart to receive oxygen – much like how a vast variety of information is centralised and passed through the boardroom, having been extracted from. This information is then “oxygenated” and enhanced with relevant insights that allows for better business decisions.

The problem is this – enterprise data is not uniform. Today, the variety of enterprise data – its format, how it is stored, where it is stored and how it is accessed – presents a daunting challenge to one and all. The question is how do you make sense of it all?

As businesses move towards a hybrid IT infrastructure environment, the management of data becomes more complex. With thousands of apps, users, processes and regulations, the time for businesses to re-think their data strategy is now!

Velocity of well-managed data: running through my veins

Once valuable insights from data are extracted, they can then be pumped to the different parts of the company to improve profitability and operational efficiency. The speed at which these data insights are pumped through the business will depend on how deeply and quickly leaders across the company embrace a data-first culture.

Ultimately, a leadership team and a workforce that fully embodies a data-first mentality and approach will drive innovation across all parts of the company. Where do you begin? Equip staff to embrace a data-driven economy by providing right data skills, the necessary IT infrastructure, and thorough health checks to keep data safe. All this will help mitigate the losses that come with data leaks and mismanagement which often accompany poorly thought-out data strategies.

Data the heartbeat of businesses: eat your vitamins, schedule your vaccinations

Given how important the integrity of data is to a company’s survival, it is crucial to data protection strategies – much like preventive scans and blood tests for us – be put in place to reduce any potential downtime, loss of productivity and avoid business fatality.

With enterprise data now existing in a wide range of locations, file types and recovery modes, there is an even greater need for companies to re-think their data strategy. After all, the heartbeat of your company cannot stop.

IT News Week 4 Apr 2017

For IT News Week 3 Apr 2017.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • Apr 21, 2017 - COLORFUL Announces Sponsorship of RNG E-SPORTS
  • PR - Apr 21, 2017 - Reader Digest Trusted Brand Awards 2017
  • PR - Apr 20, 2017 - People would sacrifice photos on their phones for just 10.37EUR, Kaspersky Lab study reveals
  • PR - Apr 20, 2017 - Jabra Speak 710 Speakerphone: Immersive Call & Sound Experience
  • PR - Apr 20, 2017 - BTI Consultants Joins Career Partners International Group
  • PR - Apr 18, 2017 - SG - Bank Mandiri embarks on Big Data Journey with Cloudera to Deliver Unparalleled Customer Experience
  • PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Swan (accounting software) Debuts with free-for-life Offer
  • Criteo - Apr 13, 2017 - Online Retail and Travel Purchases in Malaysia Increase in the Lead Up to Ramadan
  • Mergermarket - Apr 12, 2017 - Q1 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report
  • PR - Apr 12, 2017 - Cloudera and Industry Software Leaders Collaborate to Cultivate Data Professionals in Malaysia

Apr 21, 2017 - COLORFUL Announces Sponsorship of RNG E-SPORTS

COLORFUL Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, announces its official sponsorship of esports team RNG E-SPORT from China. COLORFUL has a deep sense of regard for the gaming industry and is excited be part of it and since CGU, COLORFUL’s official championship tournament all the way to LPL, COLORFUL wants to be as active as it can be to connect with gamers and learn more about their needs.

The gaming culture has always been part of COLORFUL’s development process and is a source of ways in pushing their products to be better which is why it is the gamers’ best choice.

And the best deserves only the best and right now, the organization who best exemplifies that would be RNG E-SPORT, a famous esports organization in China and are at the top of the world rankings as well as being loved by a lot of gamers. Its members Uzi, Mlxg and BayBay are some of the most notable names in their league.

COLORFUL will be providing RNG E-SPORT with high-end equipment but also powerful resources so they can battle their way to grand stage without any obstacle.

PR - Apr 21, 2017 - Reader Digest Trusted Brand Awards 2017

Malaysia’s most trusted brands and household names took centre stage at the 19th Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Awards, held yesterday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Two local personalities who have won the hearts and minds of Malaysian consumers are: Gina Woon, winner for Most Trusted TV Presenter for her work as news anchor and face of Media Prima Bhd; and the multi-talented Adibah Noor, winner for Most Trusted Entertainer, for a career spanning two decades, that sees her currently hosting Ceria Pagi, the popular week-day breakfast radio show on Suria FM.

The awards are conducted annually, with winners voted entirely by Malaysian consumers, providing a genuine market endorsement for those topping the polls.

Over 2,500 Malaysians – both members of the public and Reader’s Digest subscribers – participated in the study.

Winning brands in Malaysia are a mix of local and international names such as Samsung, Public Mutual, Bank Islam, Blackmores, Pos Laju, Knife, Top and Spritzer. From banks to private universities, TVs to household products, the Winners’ List at is a snapshot of Malaysian consumer commitment.

PR - Apr 20, 2017 - People would sacrifice photos on their phones for just 10.37EUR, Kaspersky Lab study reveals

While people claim to value their memories more than any other form of data stored on their digital devices, they are happy to sell them for little money, research by Kaspersky Lab shows. A survey has shown that for 49% of people, private and sensitive photos of themselves are the most precious data they have on their devices, followed by photos of their children and spouses. The thought of losing these precious memories is considered more distressing for them than the prospect of a car accident, breaking up with a partner, or a quarrel with a friend or family member. However, when confronted with the decision to delete this data for money, people nevertheless gave their digital data – such as photos – away for as little as 10.37EUR.

However, an experiment conducted for Kaspersky Lab by media psychologists at the University of Wuerzburg also showed researchers a contradictory result: despite them claiming to love for their data, people are also ready to sell it for surprisingly little money.

The participants of the experiment were asked to place a monetary value on the data stored on their smartphones – including photos of family and friends, contact information and personal documents. Surprisingly, the values people placed on their data were significantly lower than expected, considering the distress they said they would experience if they were to lose that data. People tended to put more money against their financial and payment details (an average 13.33EUR) than other forms of data. Contact information was considered to be worth 11.89EUR on average and general photos were valued at only 10.37EUR on average.

“The experiment showed us interesting and reflective results: while people believe that they understand the value of their data, the emotional value isn’t reflected in their everyday actions.  They know it’s emotionally important, but they are not able to appreciate its value yet. They would need someone to actively remind them of what their data is worth before they share it, or allow someone to delete it.” – said Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab.

PR - Apr 20, 2017 - Jabra Speak 710 Speakerphone: Immersive Call & Sound Experience

Jabra, the leader in the development of communications and sound solutions, today announced the launch of the Jabra Speak 710. The premium, portable speakerphone, which is designed for professional and personal usage, ensures great sound for conference calls and music. The Jabra Speak 710 is the first truly professional and personal conferencing device for business leaders and C-level executives. It boasts an Omni-directional microphone for up to six ‘in room’ attendees, 15 hours of battery life, superior Unified Communication experience and a HiFi grade speaker for crystal clear conversation and music.

Jabra speak 710

The Jabra Speak 710 builds upon the success of the Speak Series, which has sold over 1 million units worldwide. The Jabra Speak 710 delivers an audio performance twice as powerful as Jabra’s market leader Jabra Speak 510. The new family member is designed with an incredible smart feature enabling two units to be wirelessly linked together with the touch of a finger. Pair two devices and create an immersive sound or expand the room coverage from six to twelve attendees.

The Jabra Speak 710 retails at RM1,750.00 excluding GST. To purchase, contact Country Manager for Malaysia and Brunei: Gladys Kong at or +6012 2577 305.

PR - Apr 20, 2017 - BTI Consultants Joins Career Partners International Group

BTI Consultants, a global leadership consulting firm specialising in board and executive search, talent management, and leadership development announced its regional partnership with Career Partners International (CPI) – the largest global outplacement consultancies providing top talent management services.

In this partnership, BTI Consultants has been appointed CPI’s local market expert in several key locations across Asia including Malaysia, Indonesia, India and South Korea.

Anthony Raja Devadoss, MD & VP for APAC, BTI Consultants

“A partnership with CPI means that BTI Consultants has direct access to more than 1,600 human capital experts in career management, talent development, leadership and executive coaching, career transition and outplacement services,” said Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director and Vice President Asia Pacific, BTI Consultants.

BTI Consultants in Singapore was selected based on its expertise, quality, and reputation for success; coupled with CPI's world-renowned career management programs. This is indeed a key milestone of achievements for both and clients in Singapore now can have direct access to more than 1,600 human capital experts.

PR - Apr 18, 2017 - Bank Mandiri embarks on Big Data Journey with Cloudera to Deliver Unparalleled Customer Experience

Cloudera today announced that Bank Mandiri, Indonesia’s largest financial institution, has adopted Cloudera Enterprise to enhance their omni-channel customer engagement enabled by a scalable and robust big data management environment. Bank Mandiri’s wide range of banking services and customer transactions have created an exponential amount of data, leading to challenges across the entire data lifecycle. With Cloudera Enterprise, Bank Mandiri will be better armed to overcome common hurdles in data ingestion, integration and accuracy, creating a seamless big data analytics environment to derive meaningful insights and drive business decisions.

With Cloudera’s machine learning models, FSIs can also better predict cybercrime, insider threats, protect customer data and stay compliant with the latest industry regulations.

PR - Apr 17, 2017 - Swan Debuts with free-for-life Offer

Malaysia-developed Swan Cloud Accounting, a full featured Cloud accounting software, is set to make waves in Malaysia and beyond with its distinction of empowering business owners in managing business finances.

Rofarez Solutions Sdn Bhd Founder and Chief Executive Officer Reza Ismail, who developed Swan Cloud Accounting as not the atypical accounting software, is offering the accounting solution free for use for up to 90 transactions a month, making it a boon especially for business owners and small and medium sized enterprises.

Knowing too well the growing pains of a small business juggling managing finances and the myriad aspects of business operations having himself started as a small-tech entrepreneur, Reza is making the offer free for life. This is his contribution for fellow business owners to be relieved of the nitty-gritty yet worrisome aspects of keeping the books and staying on top of finances and instead, be focussed and take charge of the business.

Reza said upgrades beyond the free 90-transactions-per-month need not be permanent with the availability of 30-day, 90-day or 365-day upgrade packages at special discounted rates. Upon expiry of unlimited transactions packages which come with additional functions like cheque printing and full multi-currency packages, businesses can revert to the free-for-life 90-transactions-per-month. None of their data will ever be lost or removed upon expiry of the unlimited transaction packages.

Criteo - Apr 13, 2017 - Online Retail and Travel Purchases in Malaysia Increase in the Lead Up to Ramadan

Online sales and website traffic start increasing three weeks before Ramadan; eCommerce sales spiked by 110 percent during the third week of Ramadan.

Shoppers spend less time browsing and shopping online during sundown and Eid; retailers can engage them again at night when online browsing and sales increase.

Mobile continues to be a key driver for discovery and sales with an increase of 126 percent – surpassing desktops – during Ramadan; half of the shoppers used multiple devices.

Full report.

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Mergermarket - Apr 12, 2017 - Q1 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report

Mergermarket has released its Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) trend report for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017. Take a look at the full report HERE.

Report Highlights
  • Dealmaking across Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT) in Q1 2017 dropped 17.6% in deal value, compared to the same period last year (695 deals, US$ 88.8bn), as 634 deals took place worth US$ 73.2bn.
  • Asia Pacific (excl. Japan) TMT activity was responsible for 39% of global TMT value (120 deals, US$ 28.9bn), almost twice the 20% it captured throughout 2016 (673 deals, US$ 135.8bn). Asia Pacific’s figure was largely influenced by the US$ 12.7bn merger between Vodafone and Idea Cellular, which represented 43.9% of total TMT deal value in Asia Pacific, and 58% of those conducted within the Telecommunications space (38 deals, US$ 21.9bn).
  • The twin issues of Brexit and the unpredictability of the Trump administration are likely to further influence activity, according to Mergermarket intelligence. Both situations are making players more reluctant to pull the trigger on transactions, particularly cross-border deals, later this year as more protectionist policies take hold.
Global sub-sector trendRegional breakdown

PR - Apr 12, 2017 - Cloudera and Industry Software Leaders Collaborate to Cultivate Data Professionals in Malaysia

Cloudera, the provider of the leading global platform for machine learning and advanced analytics built on the latest open source technologies, announced that it is collaborating with industry software leaders Red Hat and Microsoft to cultivate a big data talent ecosystem in Malaysia. Focused on developing data scientists to find insights and solve meaningful business problems across industries, the collaboration will see the companies cross-promoting each other's training programs through a collaboration with Iverson Associates, Malaysia’s leading professional IT training provider.

Doug Cutting, Chief Architect for Cloudera and Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), posing with partners of the BASE launch initiative.

This collaboration is an extension of Cloudera’s recently introduced Big Analytics Skills Enablement (BASE) Initiative, an industry-led ecosystem designed to groom a future workforce of data professionals in Malaysia. Red Hat, Microsoft, and Iverson Associates are all a part of the Cloudera BASE ecosystem in Malaysia. Daniel Ng, Senior Director for Cloudera in APAC and founder of the Cloudera BASE Initiative commented: “This collaborative program is an extension of the Cloudera BASE Initiative, with a joint effort to come together as a community and develop more data professionals for Malaysia. With courses designed at multiple levels – from basic to advanced – our aim is to cater to all sorts of needs and help build Malaysia’s current and future human resource capacity in the field of data science.”

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