Archive for the ‘Enterprise IT’ Category

Singtel & VMware set up Digital Transformation Foundry in Singapore

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Singtel and VMware signs a memorandum of understanding at CIO Forum 2018 to jointly provide solutions to accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises across the Asia Pacific region.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware with Bill Chang, CEO, Group Enterprise, Singtel, discussing the launch of the first Digital Transformation Foundry at CIO Forum in Singapore. “Digitalisation lies at the heart of most companies’ transformation. Many companies share the need to migrate to and operate in the cloud, get their networks software-driven in order to create workplaces of the future. The Foundry will empower customers to implement an integrated cloud solution with ease. We will help them design, secure and deploy cloud-enabled solutions, in short, customise the flexible infrastructure they need to accelerate digital transformation, adopt new and disruptive technologies, and boost competitiveness,” said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer for Group Enterprise at Singtel.

Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware with Bill Chang, CEO, Group Enterprise, Singtel, discussing the launch of the first Digital Transformation Foundry at CIO Forum in Singapore. “Digitalisation lies at the heart of most companies’ transformation. Many companies share the need to migrate to and operate in the cloud, get their networks software-driven in order to create workplaces of the future. The Foundry will empower customers to implement an integrated cloud solution with ease. We will help them design, secure and deploy cloud-enabled solutions, in short, customise the flexible infrastructure they need to accelerate digital transformation, adopt new and disruptive technologies, and boost competitiveness,” said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer for Group Enterprise at Singtel.

Both companies will set up their first Digital Transformation Foundry in Singapore, designed as a “virtual sandbox” for customers to conduct proof-of-concept experiments to help bring their digital solutions to market more quickly.

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Event: VMware hosts CIO Forum 2018 in Singapore (9-11 April)

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

VMware Hosts CIO Forum in Singapore, urging CIOs to overcome digital impasse to pursue greater digital transformation (DX).

New research indicates that only 1.2 percent of organizations in the region meet the gold standard of being “digital disruptors”. In the photo: Duncan Hewett, SVP & GM for Asia Pacific & Japan, VMware, briefing media in Singapore.

“The Asia-Pacific region differs in technological maturity, but one thing is common – the recognition of digital transformation as a business catalyst. In order to enable digital transformation progress in the region, it is essential for organizations to integrate their existing products and services – without silos,” said Duncan Hewett, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, VMware.

VMware is hosting more than 120 C-level executives at the annual VMware CIO Forum for Southeast Asia and Korea, showcasing a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to accelerate performance and drive results from digital investment into the next stage of growth.

“IT environments in APJ are now a mixture of legacy infrastructure and public and private clouds, and that’s what we hear from some of our largest customers. VMware is committed to working with our customers to outline the strategic measures they need to address, enabling them for success and creating new possibilities for their businesses,” said Hewett.

With enterprises and governments in Southeast Asia prioritising digital transformation as a cornerstone in business growth and smart nation blueprints, DX is a key focus area at the event.

In partnership with the International Data Corporation (IDC), C-level executives will focus on the next progression of the DX journey to better understand the scope and impact of DX and facilitate an in-depth analysis of DX investment relative to strategic enterprise priorities.

Based on findings from their latest (conducted in 2017) Digital Transformation study in the region, titled “IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Digital Transformation in APEJ, 2018”, organisations in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) have progressed from resisting digital transformation to exploring digital transformation initiatives.

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New arrival: Samsung Flip interactive digital flip chart display

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Samsung Flip WM55H is now available in Singapore through traditional professional B2B display channels. The digital flip chart provides a first look into the company’s vision for a “Workplace of the Future”.

Samsung Flip enables ideas to be instantaneously shared across devices and allows multiple people to contribute, widen and build on ideas in real-time.

Samsung Flip enables ideas to be instantaneously shared across devices and allows multiple people to contribute, widen and build on ideas in real-time.

The Samsung Flip WM55H promotes more collaborative digital engagement by addressing the most prominent challenges businesses face when organising, facilitating and recapping meetings.

An upgrade on both standard paper flip charts and analog boards, the Samsung Flip display allows easy sharing, annotation, movement and even searching, as well as the ability for multiple users to create content at once.

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Opinion: Alex Manea (BlackBerry) on 4 Cybersecurity Trends of 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Based on countless conversations over the past 12 months with customers, partners, government officials, Blackberry’s internal cybersecurity experts, and leaders from both the security and research communities, Alex Manea – Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry – shares what he believes are the Cybersecurity Trends for 2018.

As BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Manea regularly speaks to Fortune 500 C-Suites and leaders representing the world’s top global brands, listening and learning about what security concerns keep them up at night. Alex also tries to spend just as much time speaking with security researchers – ethical hackers devoted to discovering security flaws and vulnerabilities.

As BlackBerry’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Manea regularly speaks to Fortune 500 C-Suites and leaders representing the world’s top global brands, listening and learning about what security concerns keep them up at night. Alex also tries to spend just as much time speaking with security researchers – ethical hackers devoted to discovering security flaws and vulnerabilities.

While many other things will impact the cybersecurity industry this year, I believe those I elaborate below will be some of the biggest trends for 2018.

Though these trends may seem bleak to some, they too present many opportunities and possibilities if we are well prepared.

So here goes…

#1: 2018 will be the worst year to date for cyberattacks

IT departments are being tasked to manage increasingly complex networks, support new types of endpoints, and protect more and more sensitive data.

Legacy systems are still rampant throughout most industries and cannot be easily upgraded or replaced.

“With 2017 being the worst year ever for cyberattacks, it is tempting to think that we have hit rock bottom, but what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

The fundamental issues that have caused the majority of recent cyberbreaches have not been resolved.”

These systems often contain publicly known software vulnerabilities which can be exploited to penetrate the corporate network.

At the same time, attackers are getting increasingly sophisticated and have more incentives than ever to mount cyberattacks.

From building ransomware or mounting DDoS attacks and demanding bitcoin payments, to working with organised crime and even national governments, malicious hackers have numerous ways to monetise their skills and to protect themselves.

Governments and enterprises are recognising these new threats and deploying modern security solutions, but it will take years to decommission all of the legacy systems.

2018 will be yet another year where the shortcuts of the past come back to haunt us.

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New arrival: Veeam Availability Orchestrator for BC/DR compliance

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Veeam Availability Orchestrator offers Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery compliance and peace of mind for enterprises.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance.

Available today, Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables enterprises to mitigate the risk caused by outdated and untested disaster recovery plans and instead easily create, document, test and execute DR plans, ensuring total compliance. Click on image to enlarge.

Veeam® Software today announced the general availability of its new Veeam Availability Orchestrator – the newest addition to the Veeam Availability Platform – which enables enterprises to ensure business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) compliance.

“Enterprise customers are demanding not only Availability, but also help in ensuring compliance. In the event of a disaster, enterprises stand to lose millions in downtime, $21.8 million according to our latest Veeam Availability Report, as well as damaged reputation and lost productivity. Without having a disaster recovery plan that is up-to-date, tested and documented, it’s difficult to respond quickly when disaster strikes. With new Veeam Availability Orchestrator, enterprises can achieve a true Availability platform, reduce costs, define their DR plans, and achieve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are able and ready to provide business continuity, even in the worst case scenario,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam.

Most DR failures can be tracked back to outdated and untested plans.

The rapidly increasing rate of business and technology changes makes it critical that companies update their DR plans continuously, something that only 14 percent do today, according to Forrester Research.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator tackles this problem by offering a DR orchestration solution that reduces the time, cost and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster.

While many enterprises have a DR plan already in place, executing on these plans is often complex, cumbersome and time-consuming.

Expensive, error-prone manual processes are common but do not scale, resulting in DR plans that can easily become obsolete.

This results in risk to both data and application Availability, but also to compliance with industry regulations and governing bodies.

Veeam Availability Orchestrator provides an orchestration engine with planning, automated documenting and testing capabilities for preparedness and compliance, with full support for Veeam replicas.

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New arrival: Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 converged infrastructure

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The new VxBlock System 1000 from Dell EMC makes data centre modernisation simpler, offering flexibility and simplified lifecycle management.

The VxBlock System 1000 expands the converged infrastructure portfolio of Dell EMC.

The VxBlock System 1000 expands the converged infrastructure portfolio of Dell EMC.

The VxBlock System 1000 simplifies data centre operations and offers new options of storage and data protection from Dell EMC and compute and networking from Cisco – in one pre-integrated, turnkey system.

Data centre footprints can be reduced by up to 60% with new architecture that pools and shares resources to maximise utilisation.

Lifecycle assurance is simplified across mixed technologies in a single system, reducing time spent managing upgrades by up to 75%

More details in the press release below.

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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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.

The Singapore office is also Virtusa’s regional headquarters.

The Singapore office is also Virtusa’s regional headquarters. Photo: Virtusa.

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

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

Thursday, 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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