3 attributes for jobseekers today & the future according to Virtusa COO, Keith Modder

October 21st, 2017

In this fast-paced, fast-changing world, what are the attributes that employers look out for in potential employees? Here are three that Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa – Keith Modder – looks out for when he recruits.

Roger Keith Modder has been an Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa Corp since May, 2011. Photo: Virtusa.

Roger Keith Modder has been an Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Virtusa Corp since May, 2011. Photo: Virtusa.

Virtusa is a global IT consultancy & outsourcing services corporation headquartered in the US with offices across four continents and delivery centers in around the world.

The company’s COO, Keith Modder was in Singapore yesterday to inaugurate the opening of a new technology centre at its regional headquarters here.

One of the aims of enlarging the billion-dollar company’s business footprint is to enhance recruitment of local talent by tapping into the talent pool generated by the universities here.

I spoke with him when he was in Singapore and he shared his thoughts (see below) on what he looks for in a potential employee.

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Virtusa opens new technology centre in Singapore

October 20th, 2017

The step-up of business footprint of the corporation’s regional headquarters in Singapore will bring the global IT consultancy & outsourcing services company closer to its clients in the region, and enhance recruitment of local talent in Singapore.

The new technology centre is located in Virtusa’s offices in Singapore at the Akzonobel House n Changi Business Park.

According to the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Roger Keith Modder, who inaugurated the new technology centre in Singapore, Virtusa plans to grow its employees here by 50% within the next 3-5 years, tapping into the talent pool generated by the universities here.

The billion-dollar company (by market cap) is counting on the Smart Nation efforts of the Singapore government and is spearheading its strategy here with the company’s verticals in Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare.

More details about Virtusa’s recent evolution as a company from the press release below.

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Wireless virtual reality competition @ Bugis+ & Bugis Junction

October 13th, 2017

With Halloween drawing near, Bugis Junction & Bugis+ are daring shoppers to face their fears with an immersive virtual reality (VR) gaming experience.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

We were invited to try out the VR games for this competition at Bugis+ & Bugis Junction in Singapore - it was great fun!

We were invited to try out the VR games for this competition at Bugis+ & Bugis Junction in Singapore – it was great fun!

This is the first time a mall in Singapore is hosting a VR experience of this scale.

Three thrilling games are available for shoppers to test their courage: Time Zombies, Walk the Plank and Arizona Sunshine Zombie.

The Time Zombies competition uses the latest Arctic Fox wireless technology, which allows a fully immersive gaming experience without the the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement.

Using Arctic Fox VR technology, players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

Using Arctic Fox VR technology, players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

The VR gaming showcase at Bugis Junction and Bugis+ this Halloween will mark Arctic Fox’s debut in Southeast Asia, to the delight of VR gaming enthusiasts in the region.

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: Huawei Mate 10 & Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphones unveiled

October 17th, 2017

The new Huawei Mate 10 Series is based on the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset; and comprises the 5.9-inch Mate 10 (S$888), 6-inch Mate 10 Pro, & Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10. Full pricing & availability to be announced on 26 October, 2017. Pre-order and registration of interest information below.

The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The new phones will sport Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user-interface and new Leica dual camera technology.

HUAWEI Mate 10 Series key features

  • Kirin 970, the world’s first AI processor for smartphones with a dedicated Neural-Network Processing Unit (NPU).
  • A 3D glass body featuring a barely-there-bezel, HUAWEI FullView Display and HDR10-supported technology for intensely vivid and bright colours.
  • HUAWEI SuperCharge, the world’s first fast charging technology to receive the TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, and 4000 mAh battery with AI-powered battery management.
  • New Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, both featuring an aperture of f/1.6, for intelligent photography including AI-powered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition and AI-powered bokeh effect.
  • New, simplified EMUI 8.0 based on Android™ 8.0.

More details from the press release below.

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Bargain: Circles.Life offers free 20GB mobile pan in “try-before-you-buy”

October 16th, 2017

Get free 20GB mobile plan from today till 31 December, 2017 and then decide whether you want to continue with Circles.Life.

With the success of initiatives such as the 20 GB for S$20 data plus option and today’s unveiling of Circles Switch, Circles.Life is confident of hitting their local market share target of three to five percent 2 years earlier than expected.

With the success of initiatives such as the 20 GB for S$20 data plus option and today’s unveiling of Circles Switch, Circles.Life is confident of hitting their local market share target of three to five percent 2 years earlier than expected.

Circles.Life is offering the SIM-only trial in the region’s first “try-before-you-buy” telco business model.

From now till the end of the year, you can get a taste of the Circles.Life experience for free before deciding to buy a full plan from the company – all using your existing number.

“Since our launch last year, we have been single-mindedly focused on customer empowerment. In March, we shook the market with our 20 GB for $20 data upgrade plan (20/20 plan) which made bountiful data available to the customer at affordable prices. We are ready to challenge the status quo again and invite others still not on Circles.Life,” said Rameez Ansar, co-founder and director of Circles.Life.

Circles Switch offers customers a free SIM-only line stocked with 20 GB monthly local data, 100 minutes of talktime and 20 SMS messages.

There are no hidden costs – no delivery charges, no registration fees nor SIM card costs.

This new service is targeted at customers who are about to end their contracts, who don’t want to be tied to lock-in contracts and want to surf, post, game and stream on the move without constantly worrying about busting their monthly data caps or the inflexibility of contracts.

Circles Switch provides an inkling of how the company’s new “try before you buy” business model may be rolled out in the future.

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New arrival: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III prosumer camera

October 15th, 2017

The new PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact camera offers DSLR-like features such as APS-C sized CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Price & availability TBA.

A first in a Canon compact camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the camera to achieve unparalleled high-speed AF.

A first in a Canon compact camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the camera to achieve unparalleled high-speed AF.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the first Canon compact camera equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an APS-C sized CMOS sensor.

It has the largest imaging sensor in its Canon’s compact camera lineup, and is equipped with the latest DIGIC 7 image processor.

Designed with a 24-72mm (35mm film equivalent) f/2.8– f/5.6 IS lens with 3x optical zoom, the camera is capable of capturing a wide range of subjects and achieving shallow depth of field.

Main specifications of the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact prosumer camera.

Main specifications of the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact prosumer camera. Click on image to enlarge.

Featuring a vari-angle touch panel packed in a durable and compact body, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III also boasts of a high resolution EVF (Electronic View Finder) of 2.36 million dots.

Weighing approximately 399g (CIPA compliant) the PowerShot G1 X Mark III makes a suitable companion for adventure seekers and underwater photographers alike.

More details from the press release below.

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Orca: Businesses Operating System for F&B and micro businesses

October 14th, 2017

I visited the exhibition booth of this Singapore company that developed Orca, a Business Operating System (BOS) that helps established F&B outlets run their operations more efficiently, and enables new micro businesses and small outlets to get off the ground running.

Orca Lite is a low-cost Android POS solution designed for single & multiple-outlet operations. It even comes with a complete inventory management system.

While visiting Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, I met up with Dr Koh Wee Lit, the owner of local company Red Hare Studios that developed the Orca BOS.

He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Singapore-based Habitat Blue, which has taken over the sales and development of Orca.

Dr Koh gave me a detailed brief on the challenges that an F&B establishment faces in the day-to-day operations of the business – and how important it was to have an integrated BOS that helps the restaurant manager and staff run operations more smoothly and efficiently.

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Dr Koh Wee Lit, Chief Technology Officer of Habitat Blue at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore. All its developers are based in Singapore.

Orca offers an iOS-based BOS that includes important business modules that cover order taking/tracking (using iPads), kitchen/assembly displays for multiple stations in the kitchen and tablet-based Point-of-Sale (POS) stations.

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Event: Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore (12-14 October)

October 12th, 2017

Franchising & Licensing Asia trade show is in town for its 12th edition, at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Admission free.

Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 (FLAsia 2017) is in Exhibition Hall B at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1.

Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 (FLAsia 2017) is in Exhibition Hall B at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1.

With both franchising and licensing as key business expansion models, the exhibition is a platform for brand owners to showcase innovative and unique business concepts, penetrating new markets and expanding their global footprint.

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Event: Dell unveils new Inspiron 7000 Series, Alienware & revamped store

October 10th, 2017

Dell Singapore has unveiled its new Inspiron 7000 Series notebooks, Inspiron Gaming Laptop, Alienware monitors & peripherals, and the revamped Dell Exclusive Store at Plaza Singapura. Prices below.

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“Dell First Look Showcase & Gaming Event” at its newly revamped Dell Exclusive Store in Plaza Singapura, Level 4.

At the “Dell First Look Showcase & Gaming Event” at its newly revamped Dell Exclusive Store in Plaza Singapura, Dell Singapore unveiled a series of new products – from the new Inspiron 7000 Series, the Inspiron Gaming Laptop to Alienware’s high-performance gaming monitors, keyboards and mice.

A very pretty Dell Inspiron 15 7000 notebook clad in pink.

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Golden Village opens Paya Lebar cineplex with laser projection

October 4th, 2017

Golden Village Multiplex (GV) opens Paya Lebar multiplex to the public on 6 October, fully equipped with laser projection and deluxe seats.

All the auditoriums will be equipped with laser projection systems from Barco.

All the auditoriums will be equipped with laser projection systems from Barco.

Located at the new Singpost Centre retail mall, the new mulitplex is located in the heart of Paya Lebar, in the east of Singapore.

The 756-seat GV Paya Lebar, will be equipped with 20,000-lumens Barco Smart Laser Projection which offers better picture quality over traditional digital projections.

The new Golden Village Paya Lebar has 8 auditoriums with a total of 756 seats.

The new Golden Village Paya Lebar has 8 auditoriums with a total of 756 seats.

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