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New Arrival: Pure Storage Takes on Cloud-Native Applications

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Pure becomes first leading storage provider to deliver NVMe-oF RoCE with DirectFlash Fabric.

With this announcement, Pure becomes the first mainstream enterprise storage provider to widely support NVMe-oF RoCE, which enables enterprises to get flash media closer to applications for more real-time access and greater consolidation.

With this announcement, Pure becomes the first mainstream enterprise storage provider to widely support NVMe-oF RoCE, which enables enterprises to get flash media closer to applications for more real-time access and greater consolidation.

Pure Storage, the all-flash storage provider today announced it has added powerful new DirectFlash™ Fabric capability for end-to-end NVMe and NVMe-oF support in Purity 5.2, the software-defined engine of its FlashArray//X products.

“The future is delivering applications and services at the speed of thought. To do this, applications can no longer live within barriers, they must interact, intercommunicate and share datasets in real-time. Architectures must converge alongside the data, and break down the barriers that exist today. DirectFlash Fabric is a key component for helping enterprises unify their cloud,” said Chadd Kenney, Vice President of Product and Solutions, Pure Storage.

The new capability further extends Pure’s leadership in empowering customers to approach hybrid cloud with a new level of unified infrastructure – to run apps anywhere and protect data everywhere.

DirectFlash Fabric enables customers to improve performance of enterprise mission critical applications as well as new web-scale applications that traditionally have relied on direct attached storage.

Modern enterprises are challenged to deliver innovations and services that can keep up with a constantly fast-moving society — with no downtime allowed.

According to Google, 53 percent of mobile users will leave a site that takes over three seconds to load. Applications must be available and accessible at all times.

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Pure Storage Launches ObjectEngine Cloud Data Protection for Flash

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Pure Storage integrates StorReduce – which it acquired less than six months ago – to offer seamless restore to cloud and on-premises.

Pure Storage boasts that its newly-launched ObjectEngine is the industry’s first cloud-native data protection built for flash.

Pure Storage boasts that its newly-launched ObjectEngine is the industry’s first cloud-native data protection built for flash.

Pure Storage an all-flash storage leader is launching ObjectEngine™ to enable faster recovery.

“With the rapid growth of game developers and many popular game titles, the social gaming industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Having the best technology is crucial to maintaining a competitive edge,” said Rex Ng, Chief Executive Officer of 6waves.

Designed to enable data centricity for the enterprise and built on cloud-native technologies from recently acquired StorReduce, ObjectEngine further unifies cloud and on-premises with seamless, rapid backup and recovery across both.

The launch of the ObjectEngine platform comes just months after the acquisition of StorReduce, flash-native deduplication technology designed to enable user-friendly, cost-effective recovery and backup to the public cloud.

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New Arrival: Plantronics Launches Polycom Studio Video Bar in Singapore

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Plantronics offers business class video collaboration to huddle rooms with Polycom Studio. Available in Singapore from 28 February through channel partners and distributors at an RRP of US$949.

The new plug-and-play Polycom Studio HD video-conferencing solution transforms small meeting rooms into centers for collaboration.

The new plug-and-play Polycom Studio HD video-conferencing solution transforms small meeting rooms into centers for collaboration.

Plantronics, an audio pioneer and unified communications technology leader, today announced its first entry into the huddle room video market with its new plug-and-play video bar, Polycom Studio.

“With an increasingly mobile workforce, workers are no longer bound by physical limitations when it comes to having meetings and collaborating. There is a growing need for companies to equip their workspaces to enable workers to work smarter, collaborate more and achieve greater productivity.  With the HD audio and video clarity that Polycom Studio provides, even the smallest of spaces can have boardroom capability,” said Low Mei Lin, Director, APAC solutions marketing at Polycom.

Packed in a transportable USB device, the plug-and-play video bar immerses small meeting groups in an upgraded collaboration experience with Polycom’s HD audio and video quality.

The video bar is compatible with PCs or Macs for video collaboration on popular Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, Amazon Chime, among others.

With a simple USB connection, any PC or Mac can leverage the power of Polycom Studio to elevate audio and video meeting experiences.

Its patented NoiseBlock and Acoustic Fence technologies reduce or eliminate distracting noise from office environments for professional-sounding communications.

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Tableau Software Announces General Availability of Ask Data

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Tableau 2019.1 makes analytics even more accessible with Natural Language Processing. New Tableau Prep Conductor allows users to easily schedule and manage self-service data preparation at scale.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

See, Manage and Ask Data in new Tableau release. Image credit: Tableau Software.

Ask Data leverages the power of natural language processing to enable people to ask data questions in plain language and instantly get a visual response right in Tableau.

This patent pending capability makes it easier for people, regardless of skill set, to engage with data and produce analytical insights they can share with others without having to do any setup or programming.

Ask Data is available as part Tableau’s newest release, Tableau 2019.1.

Details below from the press release.

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Events: Fuji Xerox Singapore Inaugural Innovation Re:Mix Forum

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

The theme for the one-day conference is “Harnessing the Machine, Digital, and Human Intelligences of Tomorrow”.

Models donned lively paper dresses designed and printed by Fuji Xerox’s specialists and equipment at the Innovation Re:Mix Forum.

Models donned lively paper dresses designed and printed by Fuji Xerox’s specialists and equipment at the Innovation Re:Mix Forum.

Fuji Xerox Singapore, a leader in document management solutions, today kicks off its inaugural Innovation Re:Mix Forum at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

“The Innovation Re:Mix Forum is Fuji Xerox Singapore’s premier event of 2019 targeting champions of business transformation and workforce innovation. By harnessing the collective powers of Machine, Digital and Human Intelligences, we aim to use the event as a platform to inspire business leaders from enterprises and SMBs across Singapore to embark on a digital transformation journey and build a future-ready organisation”, said Sara Cheng, CEO, Fuji Xerox Singapore.

The new conference offers a unique look at digital transformation made possible through pragmatic technology solutions and strategies.

In addition to the speakers and content, attendees were taken on a journey through Fuji Xerox’s innovation showcase, organised into three experiential zones that are defined by “Machine Intelligence”, “Digital Intelligence”, and “Human Intelligence”:

The forum’s strong mix of content and stakeholders in the business community attracted thought leaders across various sectors who explored the latest strategies for digital transformation and key challenges to creating an agile and smart business model.

Noteworthy speakers included:

  • Mr Leon O’Reilly, General Manager, Regional Solutions Group, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific
  • Mr Ian Wilson, Senior Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations, Marina Bay Sands
  • Mr Kevyn Yong, Associate Professor, Management Department Associate Dean for Corporate Programs, ESSEC Asia Pacific
  • Ms Lay Hoon Tan, Chief Operations Officer, Manulife
  • Mr Steve Wyatt, Managing Partner (Asia Pacific), Heidrick Consulting
  • Mr Eric Sandosham, Founder & Partner, Red & White Consulting Partners LLP
  • Ms Audrey Kuah, Managing Director, Dentsu Aegis Network, Global Data Innovation Centre

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Go-Jek and Singapore DBS Enter Regional Strategic Partnership

Monday, November 12th, 2018

DBS Bank and Go-Jek today announced that the two parties have entered into a regional strategic partnership. Hear views from both companies below.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

(From left) Go-Jek President, Andre Soelistyo; Go-Jek’s Global Head of Transport, Raditya Wibowo; Shee Tse Koon, Group Head of Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank; and Gene Wong, Head of Ecosystems, Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank.

The partnership will see the two companies work together on payment services ahead of Go-Jek’s arrival in Singapore and this will soon extend to other countries in Southeast Asia.

“As Singapore’s leader in payments with over four million debit/credit cards in circulation and DBS PayLah! being the nation’s most popular mobile wallet, we are committed to making payments simple, seamless and invisible for our customers. In doing so we are stepping up to partner with like-minded companies like Go-Jek, one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic technology companies, to build inclusive digital ecosystems for our customers,” said Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management, DBS Bank.

Go-Jek, whose investors include Google, Temasek, Tencent and Meituan Dianping, is set to launch its beta ride-hailing app in Singapore within the coming weeks and as part of this, DBS customers in Singapore will enjoy a slew of exciting privileges.

Updated 29 November, 2018: Go-Jek launches beta ride-hailing app in Singapore

What kind of privileges can DBS/POSB consumers expect?

DBS/POSB customers in Singapore will be the first to be able to book rides during the beta phase.

Other privileges include an exclusive SGD 10 voucher credit which riders can use for their first two trips (SGD 5 per trip), and future discounts on Go-Jek’s ride-hailing service in the form of promo codes.

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Lazada Launches 11.11 Online Shopping Festival in Singapore

Monday, November 5th, 2018

At its prelude to Lazada’s 11.11 online shopping festival, the Alibaba company hosted a panel discussion on the state of eCommerce in Southeast Asia with S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations.

 

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Lucy Peng, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Group, at the Lazada 11.11 launch event.

Lazada Group also announced that it will support eight million eCommerce entrepreneurs and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Southeast Asia to grow and thrive by 2030.

Members of the panel discussion included S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations; Pierre Poignant, Executive President, Lazada Group and Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, Managing Director, EIU Asia.

Members of the panel discussion included S. Iswaran, Minister for Communications & Information, Minister-in-Charge of Trade Relations; Pierre Poignant, Executive President, Lazada Group and Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist, Managing Director, EIU Asia.

The company committed itself to create an inclusive and sustainable eCommerce ecosystem in the region and champion opportunities in technology and logistics infrastructure to benefit its ecosystem of sellers, consumers and local communities.

“Bargain-hunters are also fun-seekers. Shopping doesn’t have to be boring and our business is not just about offering discounts or a one-off deal. So we are introducing games for shoppers to have some fun while browsing, buying and getting discounts – and they are loving it. Our focus is about building a great shopping experience. It’s the heart to everything we do and what makes an eCommerce operation vibrant,” said Jing Yin, Co-president, Commercial, Lazada Group.

As part of the pledge, Lazada will assist SMEs to digitise their businesses and gain better access to Internet-savvy and mobile consumers; make it easier for sellers to create their own brands on Lazada; while leveraging the company’s logistics network to facilitate the transfer of goods.

The event is a prelude to Lazada’s 11.11 Shopping Festival which will offer a full customer shopping experience for shoppers in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam on November 11.

Lazada boasts that shoppers can look forward to more than 50 million deals, including discounts of up to 90% on more than one million items during the 24-hour shopping spree.

This is the first time that Lazada is participating in the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival together with other Alibaba Group platforms including Taobao and Tmall.

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M1 CEO Karen Kooi to Retire – Manjot Singh Mann Succeeds

Monday, November 5th, 2018

M1 Limited (M1) announced today that Ms Karen Kooi Lee Wah 64, will retire as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 6 December 2018, after 23 years with the Group, to pave the way for leadership renewal.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

She will be succeeded by telco veteran Manjot Singh Mann who will join as its new CEO on the same date.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff of M1, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation towards Karen for her dedication, service and invaluable contributions to the M1 Group in the last 23 years. We wish Karen well in her retirement,” said Danny Teoh, Chairman of M1.

Pending developments related to Konnectivity’s pre-conditional offer for M1 shares, Karen Kooi will remain on the Board as a Director of M1 Limited.

She will also remain as advisor to the Board till 28 February 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.

Manjot Singh Mann brings with him over 28 years of well-rounded operational leadership experience across diverse geographical markets and a unique blend of insights and perspectives in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.

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Alibaba launches 11.11 for Taobao & Tmall in Singapore

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The Alibaba Group launched the 11.11 Singles Day global shopping festival in Singapore with more than RMB 10 billion in daily hongbao giveaways.

Alibaba launched its 11.11 global shopping festival in Singapore at its Alibaba Visitor Centre at AXA Tower.

Alibaba launched its 11.11 global shopping festival in Singapore at its Alibaba Visitor Centre at AXA Tower.

In the lead up to the actual day on Sunday 11 November, there will be shop coupons, merchant discounts and promos from local partners like Singtel, eatigo, , Kaodim, UOB and Maybank.

This year’s marquee shopping event also marks the 10th anniversary of the global shopping phenomenon, first conceptualised by Alibaba Group’s CEO Daniel Zhang.

 

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Lilian Wu, SEAsia’s Head of Marketing for Taobao Marketplace & Tmall speaking at Alibaba’s 11.11 launch in Singapore.

Held at Alibaba’s Singapore Visitor Centre – its first outside China – the launch also celebrates the Group’s new home in Singapore following its relocation to AXA Tower in the heart of the Central Business District.

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Event: Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Alibaba Cloud held its Alibaba Cloud Summit in Singapore. It is the first summit in Asia Pacific that’s outside of China and Hong Kong.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

Alibaba Cloud & National University of Singapore sign MOU to support the Smart Nation initiative. (From left to right) Raymond Ma, General Manager, ASEAN, ANZ, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Min Wanli, Chief Machine Intelligence Scientist, Alibaba Cloud; Yeming Wang, Business President, Alibaba Cloud; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative; Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean, NUS Business School; Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean, NUS School of Computing; Associate Professor James Pang, Co-Director, NUS Business Analytics Centre.

The event, attended by around 1,000 participants, was graced by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative.

The agenda included the following highlights.

  1. The signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Singapore.
  2. The launch of nine new solutions for the first time outside of China, some of them being the first of their kind in the industry.
  3. Announcement of an ASEAN Partner Alliance Programme, aiming to recruit 150 solution partners and train 600 sales and technology talents over the next 12 months.

Participants also got the chance to hear from Alibaba Cloud and industry experts on the latest advances in AI and Machine Learning.

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