Archive for the ‘Cloud’ Category

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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Cisco upgrades Cisco Spark and launches Cisco Spark Board

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Cisco Spark is the company’s cloud-based, unified communications platform, while the Cisco Spark Board is an interactive electronic whiteboard for the future workplace. Prices below.

Cisco showcased its upgraded Cisco Spark – the company’s cloud-based, all-in-one messaging, meetings, calls and conferencing platform designed for the workplace of the future.

The new version of its flagship collaboration solution includes a simplified user interface, more features, and seamless linking to Cisco’s wide portfolio of corporate phone systems, WebEx meeting and video conferencing technologies.

The launch was held at the Impact Hub Singapore, a coworking community with over 670 members comprising both ideation stage startups to billion-dollar “Unicorn” ventures.

Cisco also launched for Asia its Cisco Spark Board, a new plug-and-play, all-in-one device for team collaboration that lets users wirelessly present, whiteboard, and video or audio conference whether you are in the physical conference room or not. (Prices below.)

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Opening: Thomson Reuters Data & Innovation Lab in Singapore

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Thomson Reuters continues expansion of its global labs network by opening its sixth in Singapore. Its first lab in Asia, the Singapore Data and Innovation Lab will serve customers across the Asia Pacific.

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at Monetary Authority Singapore (MAS) officiating the opening of the new Thomson Reuters Lab in Singapore. In addition, Kiren Kumar, Assistant Managing Director, Infocomms and Media, Singapore Economic Development Board commented, “We welcome Thomson Reuters into our fast-growing digital innovation ecosystem, and are glad that the Singapore Data and Innovation Lab is collaborating with various partners to create new products for the region and beyond. We are also pleased that the Lab presents exciting career opportunities in data science, software development and user experience design.”

The Thomson Reuters Lab in Singapore will collaborate with the government, customers, tech startups and universities to build partnerships and create innovative products and solutions for professional markets throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation personal backup solution offers protection against ransomware attacks, along with blockchain-based document certification and electronic signature technology. Subscription prices below.

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Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation tackles the multi-billion dollar cyber-threat nightmare with real-time protection against ransomware attacks targeting data and offers the industry’s first blockchain-based certification and electronic signature technology.

The three core new features in Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation (over the existing Acronis TrueImage 2017) are:

  1. Acronis Active Protection – protects data against ransomware.
  2. Acronis Notary – ensures data authenticity with blockchain.
  3. Acronis ASign – provides easy-to-use digital signatures.

Acronis launched True Image 2017 New Generation in Singapore at its offices in Suntec City Tower 3. Here’s Mike Chadwick, Vice President of Engineering & Cloud Operations for Acronis, at the launch.

Pricing and Availability

The Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation will be available in 1, 3 and 5 computer offerings, at the price of S$139.99, S$200.99 and S$224.99 respectively.

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Singapore-wide locker network based on IBM Blockchain/Bluemix

Monday, October 24th, 2016

IBM empowers Singapore startup – FreshTurf – with Blockchain and Bluemix for island-wide federated lockers network.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf plans to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud.

IBM is working with Singapore start-up FreshTurf in the Singapore location of its IBM Bluemix Garage network.

“As a startup, we wanted a partner and mentor who would guide us through the journey of adopting blockchain and building with cloud, while also helping us to grow. During the Design Thinking workshop, we had access to technical expertise, consulting and guidance through working with the IBM Bluemix Garage which allowed us to quickly build our concept. The IBM Bluemix Garage’s methods of Design Thinking, use of cloud and agile development practices served as the foundation of our startup,” said Jarryl Hong, Co-Founder, FreshTurf.

Using IBM Cloud and Blockchain technologies, FreshTurf has been working with IBM Bluemix Garage developers and designers to create a network of storage lockers for shipping and parcel delivery throughout Singapore.

This locker ledger network is designed to help improve the “last mile” of delivery services for consumers and businesses, or the final leg of a package’s journey to a customer’s home.

Blockchain is a technology for a new generation of transactions which establish accountability and transparency while streamlining business processes.

Fueled by and built on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform, IBM and FreshTurf aims to build a distributed ledger platform prototype specifically designed to manage commercial transactions between merchants, logistic vendors, locker companies and consumers.

Not only can the application of blockchain technology help provide visibility across the fulfilment chain, allowing users to track their parcel and delivery status from the convenience of their phone, it can help stakeholders to conduct shipping transactions in a highly secure and trusted environment.

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Event: Cloud Expo Asia, Data Centre World & Cloud Security Expo in Singapore

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The 2016 installments of the Cloud Expo Asia and Data Centre World returned to Singapore (12-13 October) for the fourth year running, with new co-located event Cloud Security Expo this year.

Three three expositions are hosted at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, attracting an industry gathering of business technology professionals in Asia.

Three three expositions are hosted at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, attracting an industry gathering of business technology professionals in Asia.

Also new is Smart IoT Singapore, focused on showing how the Internet of Things is transforming the business world, with presentations from the region’s leading partners, including AWS, Digital Reality and SP Telecom.

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Ericsson & Equinix help enterprises leverage multi-cloud advantages

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Ericsson and Equinix have developed a joint offering for enterprises to reap the true benefits of hybrid cloud and multi cloud adoption. The offering leverages the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) and Apcera platform from Ericsson.

The joint offering leverages the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) and Apcera platform from Ericsson.

The joint offering leverages the Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) and Apcera platform from Ericsson.

The initial target enterprises will be finance and insurance companies in South East Asia and Oceania to help solve their challenges on data compliance and regulation and at the same time give the agility that enterprises need.

Highlights of the joint offering

  • Ericsson to provide Apcera Platform to deploy any application, on any cloud infrastructure, at speed, without the risk.
  • Equinix to provide secure high performance interconnections to multiple clouds via Equinix Cloud Exchange.
  • Initial target enterprises will be finance and insurance companies in South East Asia and Oceania to help solve their data compliance and regulation challenges.

The finance and insurance industry have strict compliance regulations on data and this brings limitations for them to deploy a multi-cloud strategy.

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IoT: LILEE Systems announces fog computing gateways and cloud network solution for distributed, mobile, and industrial enterprise environments.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The new TransAir STS Series Gateways and T-Cloud Management Platform combine to offer high-performance IoT (Internet of Things) innovations to new markets.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

LILEE Systems, provider of advanced mobile connectivity solutions and emerging innovator in cloud-based network solutions, announced today its new platform for mobile and fixed distributed enterprises, such as bus fleets and retail franchises, which includes multiple first-to-market capabilities.

“A new generation of intelligent connectivity, provisioning, and management solutions are needed to drive adoption of IoT into a wider range of markets, such as first responders, retail, and smart cities,” said Vikrant Gandhi, industry director of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) at Frost & Sullivan.

LILEE’s TransAir STS series gateways and T-Cloud platform enable organisations to more rapidly and reliably network, track, control, and interact with their mobile and fixed assets to improve operations and reduce costs.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

They include an onboard application engine that enables enterprise applications to run in a fog-computing architecture; i.e., integrating on-site and in-cloud computing.

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Infographic: Are businesses really digitally transforming or living in digital denial?

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Progress survey finds businesses have under two years to make digital inroads before suffering financial and competitive losses.

“Digital disruption is now part of our daily existence as it has changed how we live, communicate and work. Yet, many organisations in Singapore continue to deny that digital technologies have already radically transformed the business landscape and struggle to embark on the transformation journey, consequently risking their survival,” said Benjamin Wong, Managing Director, Asia, Progress.

“Digital disruption is now part of our daily existence as it has changed how we live, communicate and work. Yet, many organisations in Singapore continue to deny that digital technologies have already radically transformed the business landscape and struggle to embark on the transformation journey, consequently risking their survival,” said Benjamin Wong, Managing Director, Asia, Progress.

Progress today announced the results of its recent global survey, “Are Businesses Really Digitally Transforming or Living in Digital Denial?”.

While most businesses in Singapore and other markets around the world recognise the inherent benefits of “going digital,” the majority of respondents are hitting roadblocks—lack of internal alignment, lack of adequate skills and plenty of cultural resistance.

“This survey brings to light the reality of today’s digital transformation challenges. By providing business leaders with tangible data points, we hope they will better understand the key aspects to focus on in order to succeed in the changing business landscape,” added Wong.

“This survey brings to light the reality of today’s digital transformation challenges. By providing business leaders with tangible data points, we hope they will better understand the key aspects to focus on in order to succeed in the changing business landscape,” added Wong.

Coupled with technology constraints and an overall inability to execute, the result is a growing state of anxiety about embarking on digital transformation, with some fearing it may already be too late.

The survey, conducted in Q1 2016 by Loudhouse, the specialist research division of Octopus Group, aimed to better understand how business leaders view digital transformation and learn their plans to address its challenges.

Respondents included individuals from 10 countries including Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.

Survey respondents included a mix of more than 700 global C-Level/VP decision makers; heads of marketing, digital and IT; as well as developers, IT architects, directors, engineers and line of business managers.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Garage Track 1 – Accelerate Speed of Innovation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Businesses compete today in an increasingly digital marketplace, with stakeholders that expect innovative, personalised and efficient interactions with modern digital businesses via interconnected digital technologies.

Brent Michael Nulf shares how enterprises can accelerate their speed of innovation through the adoption of APIs and Microservices.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Following the two keynote presentations at the one-day thought leadership conference by IBM in Singapore, there were two concurrent one-and-a-half-hour Garage Tracks, one on accelerating the speed of innovation and the second on insights-driven IT. I followed the former to find out more about how to extend infrastructure investments to drive innovation. This is the first presentation in this Track.

Brent Michael Nulf – who is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation – cited Starbucks, Peugeot and CitiBank as examples of companies that had reaped huge returns by disrupting through digitisation of their businesses.

The world’s most successful digital enterprises – such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, eBay, Salesforce.com – are leveraging an API-base architecture to enable innovation and power growth.

Valuable business assets are exposed as APIs that are consumed by App Developers to develop innovative apps that result in a delightful experience for customers.

However, within enterprises, a fine balance needs to be struck between the demands by the lines of business for fast speed and agility in the digital ecosystem, against the slower pace of the IT departments for integration and scaling of the core enterprise to ensure stability.

The answer to this “Multi-Speed” conundrum is Microservices, which involves the implementation of the SOA architecture to create small autonomous services that work well together.

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