Posts Tagged ‘MBS’

Orca: Businesses Operating System for F&B and Micro Businesses

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

I visited the exhibition booth of this Singapore company that developed Orca, a Business Operating System (BOS) that helps established F&B outlets run their operations more efficiently, and enables new micro businesses and small outlets to get off the ground running.

Orca Lite is a low-cost Android POS solution designed for single & multiple-outlet operations. It even comes with a complete inventory management system.

While visiting Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 at Marina Bay Sands, I met up with Dr Koh Wee Lit, the owner of local company Red Hare Studios that developed the Orca BOS.

He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Singapore-based Habitat Blue, which has taken over the sales and development of Orca.

Dr Koh gave me a detailed brief on the challenges that an F&B establishment faces in the day-to-day operations of the business – and how important it was to have an integrated BOS that helps the restaurant manager and staff run operations more smoothly and efficiently.

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Dr Koh Wee Lit, Chief Technology Officer of Habitat Blue at Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore. All its developers are based in Singapore.

Orca offers an iOS-based BOS that includes important business modules that cover order taking/tracking (using iPads), kitchen/assembly displays for multiple stations in the kitchen and tablet-based Point-of-Sale (POS) stations.

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Event: Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 in Singapore (12-14 October)

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Franchising & Licensing Asia trade show is in town for its 12th edition, at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Admission free.

Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 (FLAsia 2017) is in Exhibition Hall B at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1.

Franchising & Licensing Asia 2017 (FLAsia 2017) is in Exhibition Hall B at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1.

With both franchising and licensing as key business expansion models, the exhibition is a platform for brand owners to showcase innovative and unique business concepts, penetrating new markets and expanding their global footprint.

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New arrivals: Huawei P8 flagship smartphone and wearables

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Huawei launched its Android flagship smartphone – the P8 – during CommunicAsia2015 and showcased three wearable products – the Huawei TalkBand B2, TalkBand N1 and the Huawei Watch. Prices below.

The Huawei P8 measures 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4mm and weighs 144g.

The Huawei P8 measures 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4mm and weighs 144g.

Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer Business Group introduced the Huawei P8 smartphone for the Southern Pacific Region at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

For Huawei, the Southern Pacific Region comprises Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines and Singapore.

The P8 was first launched globally in London in April this year and is part of the company’s transition from a B2B entity to a consumer centric brand.

The three wearable products – the Huawei TalkBand B2, TalkBand N1 and the Huawei Watch (currently under development) – were all launched at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in March 2015.

Huawei P8

The Huawei P8 has a 5.2-inch FHD screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels (424ppi, 16 million colours) and capable of playing 1080p video.

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Opinion: Reuben Verghese on meeting demands of the Connected Consumer

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Reuben Verghese, Global Head of Multiscreen Solutions & Vice President of Asia at Accedo and BroadcastAsia2015 exhibitor and conference speaker shares his top technology predictions for the broadcasting industry. This guest blog was contributed by Verghese.

Reuben Verghese, Global Head of Multiscreen Solutions & Vice President of Asia at Accedo and BroadcastAsia2015 exhibitor and conference speaker.

Reuben Verghese, Global Head of Multiscreen Solutions & Vice President of Asia at Accedo and BroadcastAsia2015 exhibitor and conference speaker.

Asia Pacific has a unique broadcasting market dynamic that boasts a new generation of the Connected Consumer.

With fast growing economy and a lack of fixed infrastructure in the developing countries, mobility is crucial to many consumers and businesses in the region.

The broadcasting industry will impact enterprises as it adapts to the changing consumer preferences.

Below I share my views on four key trends set to transform the broadcasting industry in 2015.

1. Audience fragmentation

With the proliferation of smart connected display devices, there is a shift in the way consumers and enterprises consume and deliver video.

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Opinion: Andrew Milroy on a new generation of all things digital

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Andrew Milroy, Senior Vice President, ICT Practice, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan and CommunicAsia2015 Summit speaker shares his top technology predictions that will transform the digital landscape in 2015. This guest blog was contributed by Milroy.

Andrew Milroy, Senior Vice President, ICT Practice, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan and CommunicAsia2015 Summit speaker.

Andrew Milroy, Senior Vice President, ICT Practice, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan and CommunicAsia2015 Summit speaker.

Asia Pacific is dynamic, engaged, and more connected than ever, proving that the Internet has revolutionised the way individuals, communities and businesses communicate.

Both immense opportunities and pressures have been created for businesses to tap into and keep up with the rapid adoption of all things digital.

Below I share my view on three technology trends set to transform the digital landscape in 2015, and their impacts on enterprises and consumers of today.

1. Internet of Things (IoT) gets real

The IoT is a network of IT enabled devices communicating to each other.

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Events: CommuniAsia2015, EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The three trade shows will take place in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) from 2-5 June 2015.

CommunicAsia2015, EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 in Singapore will put the spotlight on Smart Technologies. From 2-5 June 2015 (Tuesday-Saturday).

CommunicAsia2015, EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 in Singapore will put the spotlight on Smart Technologies. From 2-5 June 2015 (Tuesday-Saturday).

The 4-day ICT and broadcasting industry event will put the spotlight on Smart Technologies and feature a lineup of speakers, innovations and launches.

Venue and timings

CommunicAsia2015 and EnterpriseIT2015 exhibitions (MBS Level B2, 1 & 3) will incorporate SatComm2015 and will also include the CommunicAsia2015 Summit (MBS Level 3).

BroadcastAsia2015 exhibition (MBS Level 4 & 5) will incorporate ProfessionalAudioTechnology2015 and will include the Broadcast Asia2015 International Conference & Creative Content Production Conference (MBS Level 3).

The exhibitions are open to business and trade professionals while the Summit and Conference are open to registered delegates only.

Opening hours are from 10:30am – 6:00pm on 2-4 June and 10:30am – 4:00pm on 5 June.

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PwC launches Game of Threats in Asia

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Game of Threats teaches executives cyber readiness through a simulation experience.

Get into the shoes of executives caught in the thick of a cyberattack.

Get into the shoes of executives caught in the thick of a cyberattack.

PwC’s Game of Threats was unveiled in Asia for the first time at this year’s Interpol World exhibition, held at Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

The interactive game challenges players to make quick, high impact decisions to access their readiness to respond to a breach.

The experience teaches users about what they can do to better prepare, respond and remediate an attack and familiarise themselves with different types of threat actors, and their preferred methodologies.

Players walk away with a better understanding of the steps they need to take to better secure their organisations.

  • Learn lessons about an organisation’s ability to respond to a cyber attack.
  • Understand the potential ramifications and remediation options after an attack.
  • Understand what organisations can do to prevent an attack.
  • Gain insight into the mindset of Threat Actors.
  • Learn key cyber security trends and terminology.

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Eduardo Saverin & Sequoia funds launch of 99.co expansion

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The growing online property portal 99.co has officially launched its web and mobile search products, announcing a major round of funding and expansion into the residential sales segment.

Panel at the official launch of 99.co at the AVALON at Marina Bay Sands. From Left: Tan Kok Keong (CEO, REMS); Evan Chung (VP, DTZ); Darius Cheung (CEO, 99.co); Eduardo Saverin (Co-founder of Facebook and investor of 99.co); Eugene Lim (KEO, ERA); Mohd Ismail (CEO, Propnex). Photo credit: 99.co.

Panel at the official launch of 99.co at the AVALON at Marina Bay Sands. From Left: Tan Kok Keong (CEO, REMS); Evan Chung (VP, DTZ); Darius Cheung (CEO, 99.co); Eduardo Saverin (Co-founder of Facebook and investor of 99.co); Eugene Lim (KEO, ERA); Mohd Ismail (CEO, Propnex). Photo credit: 99.co.

Online property search portal 99.co has officially launched an expansion of its services into the residential sales segment and new investments totaling S$2.7 million to date.

“When I was trying to find a home for myself here in Singapore a few years ago, 99.co didn’t exist and I naturally explored all web and mobile tools available, and I was nothing short of disappointed. Were the listings real and available? Was the pricing data and other details accurate? Why so many duplicates?  It was a high-friction and time consumer experience that had to change,” says investor and user Eduardo Saverin.

The portal aims to “create the most trusted and authentic way for users to find a home they’ll love”.

99.co prioritises the end consumer experience first, promising unbiased search results, personalised to the query of the end user and sorted by the quality of the listing data versus by the promotional spend of the agents.

Since its soft-launch in November last year, 99co has introduced two mobile apps and ListRank, an algorithm that provides users the best and most relevant search results, and in the process doubled its web traffic.

In the same period, the company says its competitors such as PropertyGuru and iProperty have seen a decrease of web traffic between 10 and 20 percent.

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, sharing why he invested in 99.co.

Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, sharing why he invested in 99.co. Photo credit: John Tan, taken on Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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Events: Salesforce Essentials in Singapore Marina Bay Sands

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Simon Davies – Vice President for ASEAN, Greater China and Korea, Salesforce – brought the latest updates and insights from one of the leading companies in cloud computing and CRM.

Salesforce Essentials was held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Photo: Andrew Ng.

Salesforce Essentials was held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Photo: Andrew Ng.

Newly launched solutions were also showcased during a Cloud Expo tour, while local Asian customers shared how Salesforce had transformed their business and helped them connect with their customers in new ways.

“It was great to hear some of the latest updates on CRM and their customised “Wealth Management” module. What I found interesting was when Simon Davies briefly chatted about some innovations where Siam Bank used their cloud to bring financial apps direct to the end customers,” recalls Andrew Ng – tech4tea.com – who attended the media briefing.

Talking points included updates, innovations and initiatives from Dreamforce 2014, as well as how Salesforce had grown exponentially to become one of the top 10 fastest growing software companies in the world.

Also discussed were tech trends that Salesforce saw affecting businesses in the future, including the internet of customers, wearables and increased mobility.

The company also shared how Singapore and Asia as a whole was important to Salesforce’s global business, and what Singapore/Asia customers look for in their cloud, social and mobile solutions.

For reference, at the end of this post is the press release for Dreamforce 2014 last month in San Francisco, US.

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POTD: Cavalia the equestrian extravaganza in Singapore

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Photo of the Day: Cavalia is an equestrian theatrical performance that leverages innovative multimedia displays and multi-disciplinary performances. It is now running in Singapore from 12 August to 14 September 2014.

* All the photos in this article (except the portrait of Alain Gaulthier) were taken with a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with a 55-210mm E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

This pretty lady kept looking in my direction, so I took a portrait for her.

This pretty lady kept looking in my direction, so I took a portrait for her.

The production was created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of the famed Cirque du Soleil.

Hailing from Montreal in Canada, the lavish production involves 50 horses and 46 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world.

Since the show’s debut in 2003, some 4 million people from North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East have watched the show.

Cast and dancers of Cavalia at the end of the show. I love how the lady's face lit up when she turned around and smiled at her fellow dancer.

Cast and dancers of Cavalia at the end of the show. I love how the lady’s face lit up when she turned around and smiled at her fellow dancer.

There has been more than 2,400 performances over the course of ten years. The 50 horses in Cavalia comprises 11 different breeds.

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