Hitachi Sunway allots up to RM100m for M&A #cloud #cloudcomputing

PETALING JAYA: Information technology (IT) services and solutions provider Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd has allocated RM50 million to RM100 million as seed fund for merger and acquisition activities in the next 12 months, said its group CEO and director Cheah Kok Hoong. “We’re looking at acquiring a variety of companies that can complement our business, it could be (companies related to) infrastructure and managed services (IMS) and end-to-end security solutions,” he told reporters at a press conference here yesterday.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1129127

LinkedIn: Malaysians lead region in wanting BFFs at work

Malaysian professionals value workplace relationships more than any other Asian country, says professional network LinkedIn’s Relationships @Work recent study. Over half (58%) of Malaysian professionals, especially those from Generation Y, believe friendships with colleagues make them happier at work.  Three out of five Gen-Yers report that socialising in-person with co-workers makes their working environment better, compared to only two out of five baby boomers. 

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/18/Malaysians-lead-the-region-in-wanting-an-office-BFF/

20pc of Malaysian mobile users on LTE by 2019, says Ericsson #cloud Cloudcomputing

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Ericsson expects LTE (Long-Term Evolution) subscribers to make up about one-fifth of Malaysia’s total mobile users by 2019, driven by growing demand for data and video. The figure may seem a bit low given that the smartphone penetration rate has already surpassed the 33 per cent mark, but Todd Ashton (pic), president of Ericsson Malaysia and Sri Lanka, begs to differ. Currently, fewer than 2 per cent of mobile subscribers are on LTE. So, to grow the base tenfold over the next five years is a good achievement.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/20pc-of-malaysian-mobile-users-on-lte-by-2019-says-ericsson

Cybersecurity launches Outlet MyCyberSecurity Clinic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — CyberSecurity Malaysia today launched the Outlet MyCyberSecurity Clinic (MyCSC), an initiative to provide services related to cyber security. In a statement today, CyberSecurity said they included digital forensic services, recovery of data, repair of hard disc and advisory services regarding cyber security and Internet. Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, launched the services, it said.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/cybersecurity-launches-outlet-mycybersecurity-clinic

Malaysia’s MobileAds nabs strategic investment, eyes US market

Penang-based rich media mobile ad creator startup, MobileAds (previously known as RichMobileAds) has a received an undisclosed strategic investment from Seattle-headquartered HasOffers. CEO and founder Alvin Koay couldn’t share the exact figure but did say it is a bridge round to its series A. The investment sum is six figures.

http://www.techinasia.com/malaysias-mobileads-nabs-strategic-investment-eyes-market/

Aviation looks to the cloud, global framework in pipeline

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Following a two-day ‘Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight Data’ hosted in Kuala Lumpur (KL), members of the global aviation and telecommunications industries reached an agreement to develop a roadmap and initial framework for the implementation of real-time global flight monitoring.  

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/aviation-looks-to-the-cloud-global-framework-in-pipeline

In first Malaysia flash sale, Xiaomi sells 4,000 Mi3 smartphones in 17 minutes

Xiaomi sold 4,000 units of its flagship Mi3 smartphone in 17 minutes during the company’s inaugural flash sale in Malaysia, according to a Xiaomi spokesperson representing the company in Southeast Asia. It also sold 5,000 portable battery recharge packs, dubbed the Mi Power Bank. This is Xiaomi’s fifth country/region outside of mainland China, and its biggest market yet outside of the company’s homeland. While 4,000 phones in 17 minutes is nothing to scoff at, the Mi3 units sold markedly slower than in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.

http://www.techinasia.com/malaysia-flash-sale-xiaomi-sells-4000-mi3-smartphones-17-minutes/

Dell targets ‘untapped’ storage market with SC4020

May 16, DELL Inc believes that its latest storage solution is the answer to what it said was a previously untapped market in Malaysia – the mid-market segment. According to KT Ong, Dell Malaysia general manager, the Dell Compellent SC4020 helps companies in the mid-market segment address their IT challenges in a “cost effective” manner. 

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/dell-targets-untapped-storage-market-with-sc4020

Microgrids in Asia Pacific Will Reach Nearly $5.8 Billion in Annual Market Value by 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research

Several of the most heavily populated countries in the Asia Pacific region, including China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are experiencing unprecedented rates of rural electrification. Meeting the increased demand for both power and grid services across the region will require innovative approaches, including microgrids that are capable of operating in isolation from (or in the absence of) the wider power grid. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, the microgrid market in Asia Pacific will grow from $778 million in 2014 to nearly $5.8 billion in 2023.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3087756

Amazon Web Services: The cloud is an inevitable force – from KL

KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — The cloud computing paradigm shift is an undeniable and unstoppable force driven by the competitive needs of businesses and while there are still some impediments that stand in the way of full adoption, its acceptance will eventually happen, says the top executive of a major cloud player.  Dr Werner Vogels, chief technology officer of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc, says companies – both big and small – can no longer afford to consider the cloud as a ‘nice to have,’ and those that do will stand to lose out in a big way.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/amazon-web-services-the-cloud-is-an-inevitable-force

NTT Com builds fourth datacentre to meet demand for outsourcing services

With the rising demand for outsourcing services, as well as interconnected and managed datacentres, NTT Communications has opened its Rimba Digital 2 – Global Solution Center & Malaysia Cyberjaya 4 Data Center.  The Rimba Digital 2 comes just after two years of launching Rimba Digital – Technology Center & Malaysia Cyberjaya 3 Data Center. It’s NTT Com’s the fourth datacentre in Malaysia and its 146th worldwide.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/04/25/NTT-Com/

Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra lays out international expansion roadmap, next stop: Malaysia

During an on-stage interview in today’s China 2.0 forum at Peking University in Beijing, Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra commented on his company’s future plans regarding international expansion. So if you’re wondering if and when Xiaomi will come to your home country, here’s the next few markets the Chinese smartphone maker plans to enter (in tentative chronological order):

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomis-hugo-barra-lays-international-expansion-roadmap-stop-malaysia/

Adapting to Malaysia’s payment quirks, MOLPay rolls out cash payments with 7-Eleven

TAG indexA couple of months back, Sultan Ibrahim of Johor bought a 15 percent stake in Malaysia-based payment company MOL at US$120 million. Today, a cash payment service for ecommerce merchants named MOLPay CASH has just been rolled out in Malaysia – the result of a partnership between MOLPay, Southeast Asia’s leading online payment solutions provider, and 7-Eleven Malaysia, the country’s largest convenience store chain.

http://www.techinasia.com/molpay-acknowledges-payment-preferences-malaysia-rolls-cash-payment-solution-7eleven/

Setting out to change the SME IT landscape

TECHNOLOGY has changed the approach of small and medium enterprises in Malaysia.  The cost of starting a business has dropped significantly thanks to the many tools made available by software companies.  Seeking to lead the change in Malaysia is SAP, a world leader in enterprise software and software-related services.  SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/SME/2014/04/07/Leading-the-charge-Setting-out-to-change-the-SME-IT-landscape/

Trimming the fat in cloud computing

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia — New figures demonstrate that CIOs are aware of the new business models, consumption models, user expectations, security issues and privacy concerns associated with the cloud, and they will use the cloud to drive growth and innovation throughout their organizations.  According to Gartner, the push for more personal cloud technologies will lead to a shift toward services and away from devices. In addition, a study by 451 Research forecasts that the worldwide cloud computing market is expected to grow at a 36 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016, reaching a market size of US$19.5 billion by 2016.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/commentary/the-china-post/special-to-the-china-post/2014/04/05/404535/Trimming-the.htm

Rise of the tech-savvy mother: who says their place is in the kitchen?

The old-school, technology-idiot mother has been fodder for comedy shows for decades, but according to a survey released by theAsianparent.com, it seems that mums are not quite the cavewomen we thought they were. Case in point: did you know that 99 percent of Asian digital mothers own a smartphone? TheAsianparent.com’s first annual Asian Digital Mum Survey engaged over 10,000 expectant mothers and mothers with kids up to the age of 16 in four markets, including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

http://www.techinasia.com/rise-techsavvy-mother-place-kitchen/

5 things you need to know about Southeast Asia’s mobile game industry

At the Global Mobile Game Congress in Beijing earlier this week, I was invited to moderate a panel on a subject I admittedly was not an expert in. Luckily, I was joined by an experienced panel who gave me a crash course in Southeast Asia’s mobile gaming industry. They included global head of game partnerships at Google, Sergio Salvador; chieftain of Inzen Studio, Gerald Tock; founder and CEO of Sanuk Games, Yan Marchal; CEO of Appota, Do Tuan Anh; and founder and CEO of Mig33, Steven Goh.

http://www.techinasia.com/5-southeast-asias-mobile-game-industry/

Huawei keen on more govt contracts

KUALA LUMPUR: Having established key collaborative agreements for its enterprise business in Malaysia, China’s information technology giant Huawei Technologies is keen on more government contracts. Fresh from a deal in October 2013 with Khazanah Nasional Bhd for a regional data hosting centre and logistics centre in Nusajaya, Iskandar Malaysia, the company now believes its competitively priced products and services would be an advantage for government bids.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/business/2014/03/28/huawei-keen-on-more-govt-contracts/

Here’s data on Malaysia’s Twitter population, where they tweet, and who they follow (INFOGRAPHIC)

Twitter is the world’s fourth most popular social network. Although it originates from the US, English is not the most common language on the platform. In fact, only 34 percent of all Tweets are in English. Malay, which is spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and a few other countries, is actually the fourth-most popular language on Twitter, accounting for 8 percent of all Tweets. But of those tweets, how many actually come from Malaysian residents?

http://www.techinasia.com/heres-data-malaysias-twitter-population-tweet-follow-infographic/

Software-defined storage player ProphetStor opens offices in Malaysia, Singapore

MILPITAS, California-based software-defined storage company ProphetStor Data Services Inc said it has opened offices in Malaysia and Singapore, and has appointed Simon Ng as regional director, South Asia. With offices now in Malaysia and Singapore, ProphetStor is targeting the banking and insurance, government, healthcare, manufacturing and logistics, and telecommunications industries, it said in a statement.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/enterprise/software-defined-storage-player-prophetstor-opens-offices-in-malaysia-singapore