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Event Coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2019 in Andalusia, Spain

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

IFA Global Press Conference 2019 is happening this weekend in Andalusia, Spain. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media that the show organisers invited from Singapore.

 

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The venue for IFA GPC 2019 – the Barceló Punta Umbría Beach Resort near Huelva in Andalusia, Spain. Looking forward to the seeing old friends – both among the journalists as well as the brands at tonight’s welcome dinner & drinks.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 6 – 11 September, 2019.

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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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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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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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Jack Ma Letter on Alibaba Departure & Succession Plan

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Alibaba Group Holding Limited today announced that one year from today – on September 10, 2019 – chief executive officer Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as chairman of the board of Alibaba Group. Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group. Source: www.alibabagroup.com.

Jack Ma will continue as executive chairman of the company over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition of the chairmanship to Daniel Zhang.

Ma will complete his current term as a member of Alibaba Group’s board of directors until its annual general meeting of shareholders in 2020.

Ma is a lifetime partner in the Alibaba Partnership and is a member of its partnership committee.

The Alibaba Partnership currently comprises 36 partners who are also members of senior management of Alibaba Group or its affiliates.

Pursuant to the articles of association of Alibaba Group, the Alibaba Partnership has the right to nominate a majority of the directors to the board of the company.

Below is a letter that Ma has issued to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders.

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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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Acronis Announces Technology Partnership with Arsenal Football Club

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The partnership will see the Swiss-Singaporean company provide data protection to the club’s growing IT infrastructure.

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The technology partnership between Acronis and Arsenal Football Club was announced at a media event during Arsenal’s pre-season tour to Singapore. Present were Arsenal players Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsay ad Aubameyang.

Developing a winning game plan means recording and analysing the number of passes within certain areas of the pitch, touches in the opponent’s box, goals scored off set pieces, and more – all of which are factors that are meticulously studied before, during and after every match.

Steve Goh, Acronis VP, APAC & Japan announces the technology partnership with Arsenal Football Club.

As the Official Data Backup Partner of Arsenal FC, Acronis’ expertise will help the club deal with growing volumes of data while ensuring the continuity of their operations.

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Pure Storage Unveils Data-Centric Architecture at Pure Live Singapore

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

MIT Technology Review Survey reveals that most business and technology leaders in Asia Pacific and Singapore agree that data is a key competitive advantage.

To view the full report for the MIT Tech Review Survey, please click here.

To view the full report for the MIT Tech Review Survey, please click here.

The all-flash data storage platform will be announcing at Pure Live Singapore its vision for the future of infrastructure design — a data-centric architecture.

The company doubled the number of net new customers over the past 12 months and continues to lead in its industry segments according to Gartner and IDC.

With the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, data has shifted from an informational asset to the core of innovation.

It’s no longer enough to just be data-driven – organisations must be data-centric.

Modern organisations operate in a world of rapidly evolving applications, where future success is predicated on deriving intelligence from data to achieve competitive advantage and growth.

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