Posts Tagged ‘data’

Interview: What does a career in Big Data Geo-Analytics look like?

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Get the scoop from Chandra Sekhar Saripaka, who is a Senior Data Engineer at DataSpark.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

An aspiring Big Data scientist should look no further than Chandra Sekhar Saripaka.

As a Senior Data Engineer with DataSpark, he was one of two speakers from the company who participated in Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in Singapore, a conference which attracted the top minds around the world working on Big Data and analytics.

Chandra spoke on how to go “from telco data to spatial-temporal intelligence APIs”, by “architecting through microservices”.

He explained in detail the production architecture at DataSpark and how it works through terabytes of spatial-temporal telco data each day in PaaS mode.

Chandra also shared with fellow data scientists attending his talk how the platform operates in SaaS mode.

Chandra’s in-depth knowledge of Big Data makes him the best person to give pointers to an aspiring IT engineer in the field.

I’ve asked Chandra to share his valuable insights on carving a career in this intensely competitive arena.

What must today’s IT worker do to get a foothold in Big Data?

Chandra: There is a paradigm shift in the way traditional software is being transformed into data-driven software.

With the rise of many small and medium startups in the market, various cloud-ready tools – in terms of storage, compute, processing and visualisation – have emerged.

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Riding the Big Data wave: Interview with Ying Shao Wei, COO, DataSpark

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Ying Shao Wei – Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark – was one of the distinguished speakers in Strata + Hadoop World Singapore to helm a session attended by fellow data scientists and C-suite leaders as he shared his insights into the analysis of “mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy”.

Strata + Hadoop World Singapore 2016 saw the congregation, in Singapore, of thought leaders in the Big Data analytics and insights arena, enabling practitioners to learn through the sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas. It also provided participants the opportunity to network for future collaboration.

Strata + Hadoop World Singapore 2016 saw the congregation, in Singapore, of thought leaders in the Big Data analytics and insights arena, enabling practitioners to learn through the sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas. It also provided participants the opportunity to network for future collaboration.

To understand more about Big Data and where it is heading, I sat down with Ying to tap his insights into the trends and prospects of Big Data in this fast-paced sector.

Big Data is the buzz word in the world of Enterprise IT. However, to the man in the street, how does Big Data affect them in their daily lives?

Ying Shao Wei: There are significant ways in which Big Data is already benefiting the man in the street.

Big Data enables the huge amount of customer feedback – through online reviews and social media – to be processed so that companies have a better chance of responding to and acting quickly upon such feedback.

So with Big Data, customers are more likely to have their preferences addressed.

When you visit an e-commerce website, you will be provided more relevant recommended products and services, thanks to recommendation systems enabled by Big Data.

Because of Big Data, I am able to see and sense my surrounding environment with better clarity than ever before.

When I use online maps to navigate or plan for a journey, I am using Big Data to save tremendous time and effort in getting from one place to another.

With Big Data, mobile subscribers are also now getting better network experiences when they use their mobile broadband connections.

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DataSpark: Setting the stage for Big Data Analytics

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

DataSpark is a Big Data company that is part of Singtel, Asia’s leading communications group. The company participated in Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in Singapore with two speakers and an exhibition booth.

Strata + Hadoop World is one of the world’s leading conference on big data, featuring some of the most progressive leaders in the industry, delving into areas that include Big Data in telecommunications and finance; smart cities and urban automation; IoT and intelligent real-time applications; data science and advanced analytics; chat, machine learning, and AI; security, governance and ethics; as well as the issues involved in becoming a data-centric company. Other topics include design, visualisation, and VR, Hadoop use cases, Hadoop internals and development, production-ready Hadoop, Spark and beyond.

Strata + Hadoop World is one of the world’s leading conferences on big data, featuring some of the most progressive leaders in the industry.

Strata + Hadoop World first came to Singapore in 2015 with DataSpark participating as an exhibitor.

The sold-out conference also featured two speakers from DataSpark covering how the telco landscape could be invigorated by using data assets to create new applications, as well as the use of telco data to monitor traffic in Singapore.

With the resounding response during the inaugural conference in Singapore, DataSpark participated again in this year’s Strata + Hadoop World 2016, as an exhibitor with a booth in the Sponsor Pavilion.

As a thought leader in its mobility intelligence, two speakers from DataSpark were also showcased in the conference.

Mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, spoke on “mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy”.

The audience learnt how telco-enabled insights could provide deep, refreshing and actionable perspectives on the health of urban infrastructure such as road and train systems; the economy, in terms of trade activities and major tourism events; as well as the general well-being of the populace.

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark, spoke on how real-time insights from DataSpark’s software help the organisers and public authorities better understand how crowds build up and disperse and detect anomalies in the flow of people, enabling a better marshalling of ground resources to ensure public safety.

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark, spoke on how real-time insights from DataSpark’s software help the organisers and public authorities better understand how crowds build up and disperse and detect anomalies in the flow of people, enabling a better marshalling of ground resources to ensure public safety.

These telco-enabled insights were gleaned from the software platforms and data science engines that DataSpark has built to make sense of the interconnected world of digital devices and more than two hundred million users across Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

The company has successfully applied data science methodologies and techniques, such as data mining and machine learning, to make discoveries about the interactions between users and their increasing number of devices, from mobile phones and tablets to TV set-top boxes and broadband devices.

With their expertise and developments in Big Data and analytics, DataSpark is well-positioned to ride the wave of Big Data adoption that the industry and governments are looking to embrace.

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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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Acronis celebrates 2nd HQ Anniversary with Scuderia Toro Rosso

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Acronis’ presence in Singapore has created new opportunities for local businesses and resulted in a triple-digit percentage growth of Acronis Cloud Business.

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The “A”-shaped table in the conference room of Acronis’ global HQ office in Singapore at Suntec Tower 3.

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection celebrated the second anniversary of its Headquarters in Singapore, marking the two most successful years in the company’s history.

“The digital world is all around us. Just like the world’s-first Smart Nation program in Singapore, Scuderia Toro Rosso fully depends on data. Our success on the track depends on data availability, making data protection a critical element in our business. We are proud to celebrate the two years since the re-opening of Acronis International Headquarters in Singapore, because much of Acronis’ cutting-edge technology is developed right here in their R&D center in Singapore,” said Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost.

In July this year Acronis became the first Singaporean IT company to sponsor a Formula 1 team – the Scuderia Toro Rosso Team.

Two years ago the members of the Scuderia Toro Rosso attended the opening ceremony as guests.

Today Scuderia Toro Rosso shared the celebrations as a long-term partner and consumer of Acronis technology.

Acronis was founded in Singapore in 2003.

Since reopening the International Headquarters in Singapore two years ago, Acronis has invested heavily in building local capability through creating jobs, importing world-class talent to the Singapore-based R&D center, and forming lasting partnerships with local universities and the nation’s development agencies.

In February this year Acronis announced the start of a joint collaboration with A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute, aimed at pushing the limits of data protection technology and cloud-based storage.

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World Backup Day: Acronis Global Survey on data and file loss

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The suvey found that one in three people have suffered data loss and 11% are willing to pay $500 or more to recover their lost files.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

With the growing number of PCs and mobile devices per household, new survey highlights people value data more than hardware.

The global study sponsored by Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, reveals a growing understanding about the value of, and attitudes toward, the protection of personal data on computers, mobile phones and tablet devices.

Nearly half of survey respondents have more than four devices in a household to protect and 45 percent of survey respondents fear losing photos and videos the most. Security and privacy were cited as key requirements for backing up data.

Emerging concerns for personal data protection

The traditional fears of hardware failure and accidental deletion are no longer the sole reasons people fear data loss.

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Promotion: M1 offers Upsized Data and added SIM-only plans

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Following Singtel’s announcement of its DataX2 offer yesterday, M1 also offers Upsized Data for its postpaid customers at S$5.90; as well as two new SIM-only plans, and increased data for the existing SIM-only plans. StarHub is expected to follow suit with their data-upsize offer.

M1 offers Upsized Data for its postpaid subscribers. Upsized Data is available only at point of new line sign-up or re-contract on eligible Data Bundled mobile plans with 2-year handset contract. For Upsized Data sign-ups from 10 to 31 March 2016, the Upsized Data bundle will be available for use and billed from 1 April 2016. Click to enlarge.

M1 offers Upsized Data for its postpaid subscribers. Upsized Data is available only at point of new line sign-up or re-contract on eligible Data Bundled mobile plans with 2-year handset contract. For Upsized Data sign-ups from 10 to 31 March 2016, the Upsized Data bundle will be available for use and billed from 1 April 2016. Click to enlarge.

Here’s a summary of M1’s promotions:

  • Two new SIM-only plans – mySIM+ 15 and mySIM+ 20.
  • Data bundles enhanced for current SIM-only plans of up to 20GB.
  • S$5.90 Upsized Data gives smartphone plan users up to 12GB extra.

M1, which introduced its SIM-only plans last July, is adding two new SIM-only plans – the mySIM+ 15 and mySIM+ 20.

The S$20 per month mySIM+ 20 comes with a data bundle of 4GB, 150 minutes of calls and 800 SMS/MMS.

For S$15, the mySIM+ 15 offers 1GB data, 100 minutes of calls and 600 SMS/MMS.

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Promotion: Singtel offers double the data with DataX2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The offer by the telco doubles the postpaid subscriber’s data for a flat fee of S$5.90. Those currently on high data plans benefits the greatest.

* Here are offers from M1 & StarHub which followed closely after.

Applicable to new and re-contracting customers on eligible Mobile Combo Plans upon signing a two-year device agreement. Minimum subscription period of 24 months applies. For more information on DataX2, visit www.singtel.com/datax2.

Applicable to new and re-contracting customers on eligible Mobile Combo Plans upon signing a two-year device agreement. Minimum subscription period of 24 months applies. Click to enlarge. For more information on DataX2, visit www.singtel.com/datax2.

In conjunction with the opening of IT Show 2016, Singtel will launch DataX2, a new add-on that offers customers double their mobile data allowance for a flat fee of S$5.90 a month.

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SingTel debuts free-data music service with Spotify, KKBOX, MeRadio & AMPed

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Singtel Music customers can subscribe at either S$7.90/month with a 12-month contract or S$9.90/month with no contract.

Singtel Music subscribers will enjoy unlimited free-data music streaming and downloading, and ad-free listening from either a Spotify, KKBOX or AMPed premium music account, plus 13 of Singapore’s radio stations via MeRadio.

Singtel Music subscribers will enjoy unlimited free-data music streaming and downloading, and ad-free listening from either a Spotify, KKBOX or AMPed premium music account, plus 13 of Singapore’s radio stations via MeRadio.

Singtel has launched Singtel Music, offering customers in Singapore music from popular providers like Spotify, KKBOX, AMPed and MeRadio, with zero local data charges.

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Singtel launched its new Music service at 1-Altitude in Singapore together with its partners.

Customers can add Singtel Music to their mobile plan for a fee to get a premium account from either Spotify, KKBOX, or AMPed which allows them to stream millions of songs without touching their data allowance.

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Event: Singtel cheers for Team Singapore for SEA Games 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Singtel is rallying support for Team Singapore by putting the spotlight on the people inspiring the athletes; providing 24/7 live coverage of the games; and Cheer Aggregator software to provide insights to the support from the public.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

Singtel had earlier announced its commitment as the SEA Games’ Official Multimedia Partner, with sponsorship of over S$15 million worth of next-generation multimedia solutions and technology infrastructure.

Celebrating the Extraordinary

Singtel will shine the spotlight on our Team Singapore athletes and the people who have been their guiding lights, with a glimpse into these behind-the-scenes personalities.

Members of the public will hear the inspiring stories of the heroes behind each successful athlete.

Six Team Singapore athletes will share their stories about the people who have made personal sacrifices, and who have gone the extra mile to support them on their SEA Games quest.

Vera has nominated her physiotherapist Hwee Koon as her extraordinary person, touched by how she always takes time out to treat any injury she sustains, sometimes even long after the office has closed.

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