Posts Tagged ‘Business IT’

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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Tech I use: Dell Vostro 14 5000 (5468) business notebook review

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Dell launched its series of four business laptops end last year and the Vostro 14 5000 notebook has been my computer of choice for the last few months. Here’s why. (Prices start from S$1,164.)

The Dell Vostro 14 5000 is an affordable notebook that packs good performance to keep you productive, with excellent connectivity, long battery life and light weight that won’t break your back.

The Dell Vostro 14 5000 is an affordable notebook that packs good performance to keep you productive, with excellent connectivity, long battery life and light weight that won’t break your back.

First off, I use the notebook in the course of work – churning out word documents, browsing the web for research, reading PDF and web articles, viewing videos and presentation slides, as well as browsing and simple editing of work and personal photos, with the occasional video production.

So I’m looking for a no-frills machine that just works – it doesn’t have to look good or offer any gimmicks – just something portable with the essential connectivity to let me set up anywhere quickly.

The Vostro 14 5000 is just that.

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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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Event: Epson Solutions & Technology Convention 2016 (ESTC 2016)

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Epson showcased its latest smart solutions to show how its new innovations can power the future of businesses.

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“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division), at ESTC 2016.

The global technology leader in printing, visual communications and digital imaging demonstrated integrated solutions that addressed the varied needs that businesses had in their work processes.

ESTC 2016 is the second edition of Epson’s bi-yearly convention to engage corporate partners and customers to raise awareness on its range of business products and solutions.

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A large format printer for the marketing department, showcased at ESTC 2016 in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay in Singapore.

Epson showcased new business products ranging from office scanners to its new ultra-short throw interactive projector, mobile point of sales systems and wearable technology such as the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses and BT-2000 smart headset at the convention.

The convention was held today at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and attended by 153 guests including business partners, end users, media and distributors.

Integrating intelligent solutions for business success

Epson’s showcase offered insights as well as real-life demonstrations on how companies can develop a holistic strategy when investing in technology.

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CenturyLink: Hybrid IT services crucial for digital transformation

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Hybrid IT Readiness Report is the result of a CenturyLink study that shows that 75% of organisations already outsource managed services as business growth remains a priority.

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 surveyed 600 decision-makers across six key APAC markets in September 2016. The full report can be downloaded here.

The CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016 surveyed 600 decision-makers across six key APAC markets in September 2016. The full report can be downloaded here. Click on image to enlarge.

The study from CenturyLink indicates that hybrid IT is the pervasive IT infrastructure model for organisations in Asia Pacific, including Japan (APJ).

“Digital disruption is changing the way we approach business today globally. In particular, IT departments are experiencing tremendous change as organisations turn IT into a driving force for all aspects of the business, including the customer experience.” said Gery Messer, managing director, Asia Pacific, CenturyLink.

This as a vast majority are taking transformative steps to match workloads to their best execution venue across a blend of in-house and third-party services.

According to the CenturyLink Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016, 73 percent of organisations are aware of the hybrid IT deployment model.

75 percent of them already outsource at least one or more data center, network, security or applications services to third-party managed service providers.

In addition, 84 percent of organisations cite security as the key driver to consider managed service providers.

“As more organisations turn to a blend of in-house and third-party IT services, it is important for leaders to address concerns on security. They need to carefully assess their technology partners to ensure that security capabilities are well embedded in all of their offerings – managed hosting, managed services, network solutions, colocation and cloud. Only then will they be able to help IT transform into a secure hub for innovation,” elaborated Messer.

“As more organisations turn to a blend of in-house and third-party IT services, it is important for leaders to address concerns on security. They need to carefully assess their technology partners to ensure that security capabilities are well embedded in all of their offerings – managed hosting, managed services, network solutions, colocation and cloud. Only then will they be able to help IT transform into a secure hub for innovation,” elaborated Messer. Click on image to enlarge.

The report also found that service delivery improvements involving data centers (63 percent) and network (52 percent) are key drivers for executives to outsource IT services.

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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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Viadex sponsors British F1 driver Jolyon Palmer at Singapore Grand Prix

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Viadex Limited, a global IT infrastructure and deployment expert, is sponsoring British Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer in his debut at the Singapore Grand Prix, on 16-18 September.

Jolyon is a Renault Sport F1 Team driver, the 2014 GP2 champion and the son of former F1 driver and major UK circuit owner Jonathan Palmer. Photo credit: Viadex.

Jolyon is a Renault Sport F1 Team driver, the 2014 GP2 champion and the son of former F1 driver and major UK circuit owner Jonathan Palmer. Photo credit: Viadex.

Viadex specialises in creating next-generation IT to help global companies increase their efficiency and performance and Formula One increasingly relies on continuous IT innovation, from trackside analytics to high performance computing, to boost every car’s performance.

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Opening: Adyen expands presence in APAC with new Singapore HQ

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Adyen’s new premises in Singapore will serve the company’s customers in the region.

The expansion in Singapore is a result of Adyen’s continued momentum and commitment to the region. Adyen currently has three offices in the region, including Shanghai and Sydney.

The expansion in Singapore is a result of Adyen’s continued momentum and commitment to the region. Adyen currently has three offices in the region, including Shanghai and Sydney.

Adyen today announced its continued commitment to businesses in the region with the expansion and move to a new Singapore office.

“Asia Pacific is the most active e-commerce market in the world and Adyen sees enormous potential to enable e-commerce and omni-channel businesses in this region,” said Warren Hayashi, President, Asia Pacific at Adyen.

The office in Singapore will remain as a regional headquarters for the payment solutions company as it increases its presence in Asia Pacific.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, the close to 500 square meters’ office space will provide modern end-to-end payment infrastructure for leading global companies.

Adyen has been empowering businesses such as Cathay Pacific, Daniel Wellington and Spotify with the ability to accept a variety of payment methods from consumers in Asia Pacific, including local and alternative payment methods.

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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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