Tech In Asia — Evernote, the startup behind the popular note-taking tool of the same name, is witnessing turbulent times. It is laying off 47 workers, piling on to the 20 it let go earlier this year. Its Singapore office is one of three global offices the startup will be shutting down. The latest layoffs were announced by new CEO Chris O’Neill, soon after he took over the role from founder Phil Libin, who cited a lack of passion in being the CEO that will take the company public.
Tech In Asia — Macro initiatives were carried out by the government, for example, the trials of Above Ground (AG) boxes, HetNet and the IoT@Home initiative, focusing on collaboration with mainly large tech companies. However, the tech start-ups seem to be missing out on the action. That is a shame as there are nuggets of value that can be extracted from the start-up community.
Enterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) wants to make Singapore the world’s first Smart Nation, and this vision means connecting devices, things and people to provide better quality of life in an era of mobility, urban density, aging population and so on. IDA’s executive deputy chairman, Steve Leonard, has said that when tackling difficult urban challenges in areas such as healthcare and energy, enterprises in Singapore need to capture and analyze massive amounts of data, and use that situational awareness to take meaningful actions.
Digital News Asia — PC vendors shipped a total of 588,300 units in Singapore in the first half of 2015, a 12 percent growth over the same period last year, according to industry research firm Gartner, Inc. In a statement, principle research analyst at Gartner, Lillian Tay said, “Growth was driven by mobile PCs as shipments increased 18.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago, while desk-based PCs declined 2.3 percent.”
The Register — Rumours are emerging that there’s yet another break in the SeaMeWe-3 cable. The Register has been unable to get confirmation of the break, but has been told that Australian ISPs are seeing blowouts in ping times as traffic routes around the problem. The SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable provides connectivity from Australia to Europe via the middle-east, and in Singapore picks up connectivity to Asia.
Business Wire — SINGAPORE: Accenture has opened an Internet of Things Centre of Excellence for Resources in Singapore to help companies transform their businesses through a combination of deep industry experience and innovative technologies. Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, the centre will house an innovation hub for Rio Tinto, which will be the centre’s foundation client.
Telecom Asia — The future of data centers in Thailand depends on deregulation and government acting only as catalyst and not directly investing in the sector, a conference heard. TCC Technology and C-ASEAN hosted a seminar on the future of the data center in Bangkok, with many tech sector speakers calling for a hands-off light touch approach when it came to regulation followed by an afternoon session of financial market regulators that showed a high level of risk aversion and a clear mistrust of public cloud.
Computer Weekly — IT salaries are rising fast in Singapore, fuelled by shortages in key areas and Singapore’s image as a gateway to Asia for western businesses IT salaries in Singapore are increasing at up to 15%, fuelled by a shortage of workers in the IT industry. The IT sector is considered one of the most competitive recruitment markets in Singapore.
PRNewswire — SINGAPORE: The Head of Singapore’s Smart Nation Programme, Mr Tan Kok Yam will give an opening address at Terrapinn’s IoT Show on 22 September. In his presentation, Mr Tan will address Singapore’s plans and initiatives towards becoming a smart nation. Speaking to Terrapinn, Mr Tan said, “The breath-taking advances in computing, robotics, use of sensors and the data sciences promise much.
Datacenter Dynamics — Opening the second Singapore Data Center Week (SDCW), experts said that Singapore and the surrounding region will be crucial in the development of data centers worldwide. Around 600 million people live in South East Asia – that’s double the population of the US. Due to a thriving demand for data center space, the region is predicted to have an $8 billion data center market by 2020.
Datacenter Dynamics — Data center failures are happening too often, according to a presentation at DCD SE Asia in Singapore, and the reason is a lack of information sharing. Recent data center failures have included the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX, which had a major outage in 2014 due to a combination of factors), but this event was an exception, according to Ed Ansett of i3 Solutions, one of the experts called in to consult the organization after it happened.
Digital News Asia — THE startup innovation arms of Singtel (Singtel Innov8), Orange (Orange Fab), Deutsche Telekom (hub:raum) and Telefónica (Telefónica Open Future), said they have joined forces to bridge the startup ecosystems across South-East Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The partnership aims at catalysing the growth of eligible startups and launching them beyond their respective home markets, the four parties said in a joint statement.
Datacenter Knowledge — Trading companies using colocation services in the Singapore data center operated by the Singapore Exchange now have the option to connect directly to the market data platform by the New York-based media giant Thomson Reuters. Singapore is already one of Asia’s primary business and telecommunications hubs, and as its importance continues to grow, so do the local data center infrastructure needs of companies both foreign and domestic.
Digital News Asia — SINGAPORE is pretty much the ‘hub’ for anything in Asia these days, having taken advantage of its geographical position – smack dab in the middle between East and West – to become a centre for aviation and travel, financial services, and other industries. Add data centres to that impressive list. However, that was not always the case, according to Datacenter Dynamics (DCD) chief executive officer George Rockett.
E27 — In the famous words of the Borg – a malevolent entity on TV show Star Trek – before it attempted to assimilate the Enterprise crew into its collective: “Resistance is futile”. According to the show’s lore, the Borg were essentially beings that were interconnected through a main central system. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Probably. Because it sounds a lot like the Internet-of-Things or IoT for short, a phrase we keep throwing around a lot these days.
Digital News Asia — CISCO Systems Inc’s investment arm Cisco Investments has announced a US$10-million investment into Singapore’s Monk’s Hill Ventures’ innovation fund for startups. This fund will focus on early-stage startups working on the cloud, the Internet of Everything (IoE), big data and analytics, mobility and enterprise applications in Asean, Cisco said in a statement.
Info Tech Lead — Real estate management solution provider Yardi has opened a new data center in Singapore to meet data security and infrastructure needs of its client base in Southeast Asia. The company’s data centers, including those in North America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia form the Yardi Cloud.
Enterprise Innovation — According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), 66% of businesses in Singapore suffered data loss or unplanned downtime due to cybercrimes last year, costing them an estimated $1.9 billion. In the US, President Barrack Obama has declared cyber-attack activities a “national emergency”. IT systems are being breached and these seemingly regular attacks are gathering a storm of public attention, making organisations extremely vulnerable.
Deal Street Asia — Singapore-based business cloud enabler Alpha7 has inducted Brian Parkinson as chief operating officer and Kenneth Lim as chief marketing officer to its team. Alpha7 provides cloud technology solutions, advisory services and technical expertise for businesses in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
eWeek — Singtel has officially closed its acquisition of security vendor Trustwave. When the deal was first announced in April of this year, the value was estimated at $810 million, which was adjusted on closing to $770 million to account for working capital and other adjustments.With the deal closed, Trustwave’s reach now expands globally alongside Singtel’s operations.