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How 5G Will Change Our Lives + Future!

At Dell Technologies World 2019, Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain moderated a high-powered panel that discussed how 5G will change our lives and future.

If you are interested in 5G technology, and its impact on our future, check out the full video of their discussion!


How 5G Will Change Our Lives + Future!

Despite a shaky start, thanks to the HUAWEI Trump ban, 5G is the future. A large part of Dell Technologies World 2019 was dedicated to the topic of 5G and its impact on consumers and businesses worldwide.

One of the key guru sessions that Dell sponsored was this discussion on how 5G will change our lives and future. Check it out!

This 5G guru session was moderated by Jonathan Zittrain, the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School. He is also a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Joining him on this high-powered panel on 5G’s impact on our lives and future were :

  • Caroline Chan, Vice President of the Intel Data Center Group, and General Manager of the Intel Network Business Incubator Division
  • Eliza McNitt, writer and director, a 2018 Emmy Awards Finalist and winner of the VR Grand Prize at The Venice Film Festival.
  • John Ellis, Founder and Managing Director of Ellis & Associates. Formerly the global technologist and head of the Ford Developer Program, he is an author, futurist and expert on big data.


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The Human-Machine Partnership by Erik Brynjolfsson + Rana el Kaliouby

At the Dell Technologies World 2019, we were lucky enough to snag a seat at the talk by MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson; and MIT alumni and Affectiva CEO, Rana el Kaliouby, on human-machine partnership.

We managed to record the incredibly insightful session for everyone who could not make it for this exclusive guru session. This is a video you must not miss!


The DTW 2019 Guru Sessions

One of the best reasons to attend Dell Technologies World 2019 are the guru sessions. If you are lucky enough to reserve a seat, you will have the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers and doers.


The Human-Machine Partnership

The talk on human-machine partnership by Professor Brynjolfsson and Ms. Rana was the first of several guru sessions at Dell Technologies World 2019.

Entitled “How Emerging Technologies & Human Machine Partnerships Will Transform the Economy“, it focused on how technology changed human society, and what the burgeoning efforts in artificial intelligence will mean for humanity.

Here are the key points from their guru session on the human-machine partnership :

Erik Brynjolfsson (00:05 to 22:05) on the Human-Machine Partnership

  • You cannot replace old technologies with new technologies, without rethinking the organisation or institution.
  • We are now undergoing a triple revolution
    – a rebalancing of mind and machine through Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
    – a shift from products to (digital) platforms
    – a shift from the core to crowd-based decision making
  • Shifting to data-driven decision-making based on Big Data results in higher productivity and greater profitability.
  • Since 2015, computers can now recognise objects better than humans, thanks to rapid advances in machine learning.
  • Even machine-based speech recognition has become as accurate as humans from 2017 onwards.
  • While new AI capabilities are opening up new possibilities in many fields, they are also drastically reducing or eliminating the need for humans.
  • Unlike platforms of the past, the new digital networks leverage “two-sided networks“. In many cases, one network is used to subsidise the other network, or make it free-to-use.
  • Shifting to crowd-based decision-making introduces diversity in the ways of thinking, gaining new perspectives and breakthroughs in problem-solving.
  • Digital innovations have greatly expanded the economy, but it doesn’t mean that everyone will benefit. In fact, there has been a great decoupling between the productivity and median income of the American worker in the past few decades.

Rana el Kaliouby (22:08 to 45:05) on the Human-Machine Partnership

  • Human communication is mostly conveyed indirectly – 93% is non-verbal. Half of that are facial expression and gestures, the other half is vocal intonation.
  • Affectiva has the world’s largest emotion repository, with 5 billion frames of 8 million faces from 87 countries.
  • Facial expressions are largely universal, but there is a need diversity of their data to avoid bias in their models. For example, there are gender differences that vary by culture.
  • They use computer vision, machine learning and deep learning to create an Emotional AI model that learns from all those facial expressions to accurately determine a person’s emotions.
  • Emotional artificial intelligence has many real-world or potential uses
    – detecting dangerous driving, allowing for proactive measures to be taken
    – personalising the ride in a future robot-taxi or autonomous car
    – the creation of more engaging and effective social robots in retail and hospitality industries
    – help autistic children understand how facial expressions correspond to emotions, and learn social cues.


Erik Brynjolfsson + Rana el Kaliouby

Professor Erik Brynjolfsson holds many hats. He is currently :

  • Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management,
  • Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy,
  • Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and
  • Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Rana el Kaliouby was formerly a computer scientist at MIT, helping to form their Autism & Communication Technology Initiative. She currently serves as CEO of Affectiva, a spin-off from MIT’s Media Lab that focuses on emotion recognition technology.


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The Dell EMC PowerEdge 2019 Server Updates Revealed!

Dell has just announced details of the Dell EMC PowerEdge 2019 server updates. Here is a quick primer on the newly-refreshed Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and OpenManage systems management.


The Dell EMC PowerEdge 2019 Server Updates

The Dell EMC PowerEdge 2019 servers will come with new features like Openmanage FlexSelect Manage, and OpenManage FlexSelect Secure.

Both these features will provide greater flexibility in managing and securing the PowerEdge 2019 servers.

Greater Control

FlexSelect Manage offers customers new flexibility in selecting OpenManage Enterprise capabilities to streamline management efficiency.

Enhancements to the Redfish-compliant Dell EMC RESTful API and OpenManage Mobile also gives customers greater control of their server operations and devices.

Customers can reduce time by using fewer steps to maintain server health by 28%, compared to manually retrieving server logs.

Enhanced Security

OpenManage Secure Enterprise Key Manager Scale provides data protection and streamlines the management of self-encrypting drives.

Customers can centrally manage keys for self-encrypting drives to better secure data at both the drive and server level.

Improved Performance and Scalability

The Dell EMC PowerEdge 2019 servers are powered by the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, increasing their performance by up to 40% for core business applications.


Dell EMC PowerEdge 2019 Server Availability

These new Dell EMC PowerEdge 2019 servers and systems will be available beginning Q2 2019 :

  • Dell EMC OpenManage
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R940, R740, R740xd, R740xd2, R640, and C6420 servers (with 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors)
  • Other Dell EMC PowerEdge servers like PowerEdge MX
  • Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC with Intel Deep Learning Boost

Also available in Q2 2019 is the Intel Optane DC persistent memory hands-on trials through a Dell EMC customer proof of concept program and Dell Technologies Customer Solution Centers.


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2019 ASEANDSE | ASEAN Data Science Explorers Launched!

SAP and the ASEAN Foundation just announced that application for the 2019 ASEANDSE | ASEAN Data Science Explorers programme is now open! Here are the full details!


What Is ASEANDSE | ASEAN Data Science Explorers?

The ASEANDSE (ASEAN Data Science Explorers) programme is a joint collaboration between SAP and the ASEAN Foundation. It aims to promote and galvanise the use of data science amongst ASEAN tertiary students.

It aims to do this through two key activities – a series of enablement sessions, and a data analytics competition. Since its introduction in 2017, ASEANDSE has empowered over 5,000 youths from 287 higher education institutions in the ASEAN region.


The 2019 ASEANDSE Programme

The 2019 ASEANDSE programme will be carried out from February to October 2019. It starts with enablement sessions that are designed to improve the data analytics skills and knowledge of both students and lecturers at local institutions of higher learning across the ASEAN region.

These enablement sessions will be followed by a national, and then regional, data analytics competition. At these competitions, student teams of two will present their data-driven proposals using the SAP Analytics Cloud service.

Their ASEANDSE competition proposals must tackle issues affecting their country or ASEAN in general, according to these UN Sustainable Development Goals :

  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities and communities

One team from each ASEAN member state will be crowned as the national finalist before advancing to the 2019 ASEANDSE regional finals, which will be held in Bangkok on 16 October 2019.

There, the 10 national finalists will be given the opportunity to present their winning ideas to a panel of judges made up of distinguished representatives from the ASEAN Foundation, SAP and various government officials and selected NGO organisations.


Where To Join The 2019 ASEANDSE Programme

The 2019 ASEANDSE programme is now open for registration, until 10 May 2019. Here are the eligibility requirements :

  1. Nationals of ASEAN member countries (ie. Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam)
  2. Full-time tertiary students currently pursuing their Diploma or Undergraduate studies in one of the tertiary institutions in Southeast Asia.
  3. Above the age of 16 as at the start of the Contest Period. Participants under the age of 18 must obtain parental consent. The consent form is available upon registration.

If you meet those requirements, you can register here!


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Three New Western Digital RISC-V Developments Revealed!

Western Digital just announced three new open-source innovations to support its internal RISC-V SweRV Core development efforts and those of the growing RISC-V ecosystem. Learn more about Western Digital’s latest RISC-V move right here!


The New Western Digital RISC-V Developments

Western Digital’s Chief Technology Officer Martin Fink unveiled plans to release a new open source RISC-V core, an open standard initiative for cache-coherent memory over a network and an open source RISC-V instruction set simulator.

These innovations are expected to accelerate development of new open, purpose-built compute architectures for Big Data and Fast Data environments. Western Digital has taken an active role in helping to advance the RISC-V ecosystem.

This includes multiple related strategic investments and partnerships. Western Digital has also demonstrated progress toward its stated goal of transitioning one billion of the company’s processor cores to the RISC-V architecture.

“As Big Data and Fast Data continues to proliferate, purpose-built technologies are essential for unlocking the true value of data across today’s wide-ranging data-centric applications,” said Fink.

“Our SweRV Core and the new cache coherency fabric initiative demonstrate the significant possibilities that can be realized by bringing data closer to processing power.”

“These planned contributions to the open-source community and continued commitment of the RISC-V initiative offer exciting potential to accelerate collaborative innovation and data-driven discoveries.”


What Is RISC-V?

RISC-V is an open, scalable instruction set architecture that enables the diversity of Big Data and Fast Data applications and workloads proliferating in core data centers and in remote and mobile systems at the edge.

As an alternative to current, standard, general purpose compute architectures, RISC-V can be utilized to enable specialty processing, memory centric solutions, unique storage and flexible interconnect applications.

Western Digital is planning to open source its new RISC-V SweRV Core, which has a 2-way superscalar design. Western Digital’s RISC-V SweRV Core is a 32-bit, 9-stage pipeline core that allows several instructions to be loaded at once and execute simultaneously, shortening the time taken to run programs.

It is a compact, in-order core and runs at 4.9 CoreMarks/MHz. Its power-efficient design offers clock speeds of up to 1.8 GHz on a 28 nm CMOS process technology. The company plans to use the RISC-V SweRV Core in various internal embedded designs like flash controllers and SSDs.

Open sourcing the core is expected to drive development of new data-centric applications such as Internet of Things (IoT), secure processing, industrial controls and more.



Western Digital’s OmniXtend is a new open approach to providing cache coherent memory over an Ethernet fabric. This memory-centric system architecture provides open standard interfaces for access and data sharing across processors, machine learning accelerators, GPUs, FPGAs and other components.

It is an open solution for efficiently attaching persistent memory to processors and offers potential support of future advanced fabrics that connect compute, storage, memory and I/O components.


SweRV Instruction Set Simulator (ISS)

Also introduced was its open-sourced SweRV Instruction Set Simulator (ISS) which offers full test bench support for use with RISC-V cores.

An ISS is a computer program that simulates the execution of instructions of a processor. It allows external events to be modeled, such as interrupts and bus errors, and assures the RISC-V core is functioning properly.

The company utilized the SweRV ISS to rigorously simulate and validate the SweRV Core with more than 10 billion instructions executed. Western Digital expects both the SweRV Core and SweRV ISS will help to accelerate the industry’s move to an open source instruction set architecture.

“Speeds, feeds, and brute compute is no longer the winning formula for edge and endpoint computing. As more data moves to the edge for real-time processing and inferencing, configurable architectures will be better suited to meet the needs of heavy and often dynamic application workloads, especially for those driven by artificial intelligence and Internet of Things,” said Mario Morales, program vice president, enabling technologies and semiconductors, IDC. “Power efficiency, configurability, and low power will become the key metrics for edge and endpoint computing architectures.”


Availability + Resources

Western Digital’s SweRV ISS and OmniXtend architecture are available now for download at the following locations:

Western Digital’s RISC-V SweRV Core will be available in CY Q1 2019.


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Learn How Expedia Finds The Best Flights In Just 3 Seconds!

Expedia is the world’s largest travel company, and you might be wondering – how on earth do they scan through quadrillions of flight plans every day, to deliver the best possible flight in mere seconds? Let’s find out!


Learn How Expedia Finds The Best Flights In Just 3 Seconds!

You may be familiar with how easy it is to book a flight on Expedia. Just key in your flight requirements and in mere seconds, Expedia delivers the best flight options for you. But that simplicity is back by serious data science.

Gabriel Garcia, who doubles as Expedia’s Global Head of Mobile Apps Marketing, and their APAC Head of Marketing, flew into town to give us a look at how Expedia performs its magic. And this is magic of the scientific sort.

Here are some key points from from his presentation and Q&A session with us :

  • The Expedia mobile app was downloaded more than 250 million times by Q4 2017.
  • Expedia gets about 30 billion searches per year, or about 82 million searches per day.
  • More than 50% of the traffic on Expedia is from mobile devices.
  • 1 in 3 bookings are made using mobile devices.
  • Expedia uses data science and machine learning to make sure every search delivers the best possible options, out of the billions of possibilities.
  • In particular, they use the Best Fare Search (BFS) algorithm to narrow down millions of possibilities for every search to the 1000 most relevant options… in just 3 seconds.
  • They have hundreds of data scientists and analysts who develop new analytical and predictive algorithms.
  • They have also migrated to an agile development process, with weekly incremental changes, instead of quarterly updates. This allows them to test new ideas and adapt to changes much faster.


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The SAP Leonardo Digital Innovation System Explained!

Great companies are created on the back of innovative products or services. But to maintain their greatness, these companies need to keep innovating. This is becoming increasingly difficult because the development of new technologies is outpacing the ability of many companies to adapt, much less innovate. This is where SAP Leonardo comes in.

Join us for exclusive in-depth presentations on SAP Leonardo. Find out what SAP Leonardo is all about, and how it can help companies innovate faster and better!


What Is SAP Leonardo?

SAP introduced Leonardo at the 2017 SAPPHIRE NOW conference, combining six key digital innovation technologies into a single “digital innovation system” – machine learning, blockchain technology, data intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things, and Analytics.

In addition to those technologies, Leonardo also offers Design Thinking methodologies, data intelligence tools, benchmarking and more. For speedy implementation, SAP even offers “Leonardo Accelerator Packages” that are tailored for specific industries and core functions, such as IoT.


SAP Leonardo Centers

Since its introduction in 2017, SAP has created five SAP Leonardo Centers worldwide, with SAP Leonardo Center Singapore as the latest addition. These are interconnected hubs that serve as points of contact for companies and startups interested in SAP Leonardo.

They are part showcase, and part collaborative centers. Their real-world examples of digital innovation using Leonardo serve as inspiration for SAP customers and partners. They also offer a place for businesses and startups to experiment and innovate, jointly or in collaborative efforts.


Innovating With Purpose

Scott Russell, President of SAP APJ, kicked things off with his keynote speech, Asia Soaring : Innovating with Purpose.


Tour & Real-World Examples

For those who missed our coverage of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, check out this tour of the SAP Leonardo demos by Thorsten Vieth, Director of Industry Innovation at SAP South East Asia. These are actual real-world examples of Leonardo at work.

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Becoming An Intelligent Enterprise With SAP Leonardo

Mala Anand, President of SAP Leonardo and Analytics, now explains how to become an Intelligent Enterprise with Leonardo. If you want to understand what SAP Leonardo is about, and how it can help your company, you must watch this!


Innovation, Integration & Scaling For CFOs

This presentation by Richard McLean, CFO of SAP APJ, is specific for CFOs (Chief Financial Officers). He brought in Anja Langhoff, Head of Finance Shared Services (SAP Singapore), who shared how machine learning technology helped improve the efficiency and employee satisfaction of her team. Manik Saha, CIO of SAP APJ, and McLean, also shared about the use of Leonardo analytics in the finance department.


Improving Customer Experience

Maggie Buggie, SVP and Global Head of SAP Leonardo Services, explains how SAP Leonardo technologies can help businesses improve customer experience.


The Hanon Systems Story

Hanon Systems, a manufacturer of automotive thermal and energy management solutions, was one of the first SAP Leonardo customers in South Korea. Robert Oh, their Global CIO & Business Transformation Executive, explained how Hanon Systems plans to launch a pilot program of Leonardo to achieve real-time visibility and monitoring capabilities, for better productivity as well as preventive maintenance.

Hanon Systems also plans to use Leonardo to automate data analysis of product detects to mitigate risks, and improve production quality. In short, Leonardo is expected to help them to create smart factories through real-time monitoring of sensing data, while improving their products using predictive analytics of their product quality data.


Connecting Innovation To The Digital Core

Paul Marriott, SVP of Digital Core & Industry Solutions, SAP APJ, summed up all the key points of the previous presentations on Leonardo, before demonstrating how artificial intelligence allows businesses to easier access business intelligence through digital assistants.

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Exclusive Tour Of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

On 8 May 2018, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced the establishment of the SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, to help their customers, partners, and foster faster innovation throughout the broader ecosystem of universities and start-ups across the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region.

Join us for an exclusive look at the new SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, including a tour of the digital innovations that SAP Leonardo offers enterprises and businesses.


SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

SAP Leonardo Centers are interconnected hubs that serve as points of contact for companies and startups interested in SAP Leonardo. They are part showcase, and part collaborative centers. Their real-world examples of digital innovation using SAP Leonardo serve as inspiration for SAP customers and partners. They also offer a place for businesses and startups to experiment and innovate, jointly or in collaborative efforts.

Leonardo Center Singapore expands SAP’s presence in the APJ region, which already boasts three SAP Innovation Centers and four SAP Labs. It will be the fifth in the global network of SAP Leonardo Centers, serving a “front-end” to assist SAP customers in transforming their businesses with SAP Leonardo and Design Thinking.

SAP Leonardo brings together the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Blockchain technology, Big Data Analytics and Data Intelligence on the SAP Cloud Platform. It also applies SAP’s technological capabilities and deep knowledge of 25 industries to deliver the promise of Intelligent Enterprise.

“The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will showcase the art of the possible in digital innovation and help our customers scale quickly, easily and effectively,” said Scott Russell, President, SAP APJ. “Together with our customers and partners, we aim to leverage the SAP Leonardo Center Singapore as a think tank to drive purpose-led innovation that will ultimately improve the lives of one billion people and deliver the Intelligent Enterprise for over 70,000 customers in APJ by 2022. The SAP Leonardo Center in Singapore will play a key role in realizing our growth strategy and drive customer success in the new Intelligence era.”


Collaborative Hub

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The SAP Leonardo Center Singapore aims to foster a collaborative environment for businesses, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises to experiment and innovate.

It will also serve as a hub for SAP’s broader digital technology ecosystem including universities, startups, tech communities and accelerators.

Through the SAP University Alliances program, SAP APJ helps to educate 1.7 million students in educational institutions across the region. SAP APJ has also established 13 labs in APJ with plans to open more in the future.


Tour Of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore

Thorsten Vieth, Director of Industry Innovation at SAP South East Asia, took us on a tour of SAP Leonardo Center Singapore. SAP created various booths to showcase real world examples of SAP Leonardo at work.

They include traffic management of an entire city, how a smart stadium manages crowds, predictive maintenance of smart trains, and ensuring safety of drivers and passengers in smart buses.

They also showed how machine learning can be used to simplify the maintenance of home appliances with IoT capability, while providing a transparent and secure service record using blockchain technology. Such capabilities not only improve the customer experience, they also reduce costs for businesses.

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An Immersive Experience With IBM Watson

IBM Watson is a cognitive intelligent system that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amount of unstructured data. You may remember it for winning the quiz show Jeopardy in 2011.

On 22 June 2017, IBM invited us to participate in an exclusive demonstration of Watson’s capabilities. They also showed us how Watson allows even non-techies mine large amounts of abstract data for pertinent information.

For a similar demonstration of artificial intelligence and big data analytics capability, check out our recent article – The AWS Masterclass on Artificial Intelligence by Olivier Klein.


An Immersive Experience With IBM Watson

In development for over 12 years, IBM Watson is understandably far complex than when it debut in Jeopardy. It is powered by 50 underlying cognitive technologies, including natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning.

This particular session was conducted by Zainal Azman Shaari and Cheok Swin Voon from IBM’s Eco-system Development team, and is limited to the functions of IBM Watson Conversation and its natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities.

A Monash University team of final year students then showed what they accomplished with IBM Watson in just a few weeks, despite not having any programming abilities. Specifically, they showed how they can mine Twitter to not just determine how often people were talking about a fast food brand, they also used IBM Watson to determine whether the tweets were positive or negative in nature.

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The IBM Watson Q&A Part 1/2

  1. What is IBM Watson?
  • IBM Watson is a cognitive intelligent system that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amount of unstructured data. It has the capability to tackle tough problems in every industry from healthcare to finance.
  • Through understanding the data it learns from human input, it is not only able to improve its response accuracy but also understand trends that can then be utilised to generate business insights.
  • Watson is powered by 50 underlying cognitive technologies – including natural language processing, machine learning and deep learningto provide capabilities that span language, speech, vision and data insights.


  1. Can you tell us about Watson’s history? Who are the brains behind its inception?
  • IBM has been researching, developing and investing in AI technology for more than 50 years. The rise of big data (2.5 billion gigabytes of data are created every single day) and the world’s need to make sense of it all – is what ultimately led IBM researchers to develop Watson.
  • When IBM Watson won the historic Jeopardy! exhibition on TV in 2011, it was a watershed moment. And since then we’ve only accelerated our innovation, advancing and scaling the Watson platform and applying it to many industries, including healthcare, finance, commerce, education, security and IoT. We’ve engaged thousands of scientists and engineers from IBM Research and Development, and partnered with our clients, academics, external experts and even our competitors, to explore all topics around AI.

  • IBM Research is today the largest industrial research organization in the world, with twelve labs on six continents, and the company invests $6 billion on R&D.
  • The labs are viewed as one of IBM’s greatest assets and a vital part of defining the future. In August 2016, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Almaden research lab. Today, Almaden’s research community focuses on solving problems across areas as diverse as nanomedicine, services science, atomic scale storage, food safety and medical image analytics.


  1. What are some of IBM Watson’s accomplishments in the real world today?
  • Since its debut, Watson solutions are now being built, used and deployed around the world and across industries, including healthcare, financial services, travel and retail. Since 2015, IBM has seen a 400 percent increase in Watson app creation on Bluemix, an increase of over tenfold over the last year.
  • Watson has played a role in supporting more than 200 million patients through healthcare systems in the U.S., China, Japan, Thailand and India, collaborating with doctors, helping improve treatment recommendations and helping deliver more efficient care.
  • Watson is also available to more than 200 million consumers to answer their questions, find what they need and make recommendations with greater personalization.
  • At the same time, Watson is tackling dozens of meaningful business and societal challenges, helping reduce building emissions, reducing hiring cycles and finding ways for cities to save more water and other resources. In education, half a million students can choose their courses to master a subject with Watson and we’re also helping teachers address each student’s unique needs.


  1. With the interaction between IBM Watson and regular users becoming increasingly more complex and utilize more of the user’s personal information, is there a potential risk for loss of privacy for users in an unfortunate incident?
  • While Watson is indeed able to process more forms of information, we have also ensured that we have developed safety measures within Watson as well as continue to work with our industry partners all to ensure that the data that Watson has access to is not accessible by any unauthorized third-parties.


  1. It was mentioned that IBM Watson understands natural languages. What does this mean and what languages does it support?
  • IBM Watson is able to understand sentences spoken by people by analysing the words used as well as the context of the sentence in order to accurately interpret sentences.
  • Currently IBM Watson is able to understand and reply in nine different languages including German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and English to name a few. We are also constantly updating Watson with additional languages to allow more people in the world to experience him.
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  1. Why is understanding natural human speech such a complex task for artificial intelligence systems to perform?
  • The primary difficulty when it comes to recognizing human speech is that natural speech is inherently filled with unstructured data, and this is the same across all forms of content written by humans for other humans.
  • The main difference is that normal structured data is governed by well-defined rules whereas speech is governed by rules of grammar, context and culture which is implicit, ambiguous and complex.
  • With a host of factors to consider and eliminate, recognizing speech can be both a time-consuming task as well as one that is open to a host of errors if not interpreted correctly.


  1. What is the systems implemented into Watson that allows him to easily comprehend human speech?
  • To facilitate IBM Watson to better tackle the challenge of understanding human speech, Watson is fitted with two different set of APIs that give it the ability to both comprehend and respond to human interactions: Natural Language Understanding (NLU) & Watson Conversation.
  • The Natural Language Understanding API allows Watson to analyze text to extract meta-data from content such as keywords, entities, sentiment, emotion, relations and many more.
  • Watson Conversation, on the other hand, functions as a visual dialog builder that helps create natural conversations for Watson that can be deployed on chatbots and other virtual agents.

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The IBM Watson Q&A Part 2/2

  1. It was mentioned that Watson is capable of self-learning and improvements, can you explain more how this system works?
  • What makes Watson truly unique from pre-programmed AI is that Watson is capable of consistently learning from user input as well as correct itself to provide better answers to human queries.
  • Watson does this by undergoing a constant feedback loop with human input that involves correction of errors in order to determine the most appropriate answer that is based on the context of the question.


  1. What is the vision that IBM has for Watson and what is IBM currently doing to ensure that they can achieve this vision?
  • Our vision for IBM Watson is to develop it into a full-fledged platform that is capable of making a real impact in any industry it is applied in.
  • We are also focused on developing Watson as an Artificial Specific Intelligence, also known as narrow AI, that is specifically focused on relevant knowledge in its required field of expertise to ensure that they can respond in the same way professionals do.
  • We are currently actively working with professionals in the field as well as expanding the capabilities of Watson in order to ensure Watson is able to reach out to over 1 billion consumers by the end of 2017.


  1. Can you explain more about the term ‘machine learning’?
  • Machine learning can be defined as AI system that possesses the ability to learn without requiring constant programming.
  • Programs with machine learning systems are able to make use of most forms of new data it is exposed to develop and improve responses or solutions.
  • In future, AI systems will be able to understand more complex data while also delivering more accurate results compared to humans. This could allow future machines to be more autonomous while also handling challenging tasks that normal humans cannot do.

  1. In order to implement Watson, are developers required to pay a certain fee in order to utilize related assets and data?
  • No, interested developers who want to make use of the Watson platform to create their own cognitive apps or businesses can do so from the public Watson Developer Cloud and other platforms.
  • Our cloud platform represents the easiest way for potential developers to create their next-gen cognitive apps with a total of over 160 unique APIs and services in 179 countries.


  1. Does IBM foresee a drop in openings for jobs that Watson is able to perform given his increasing capabilities for complex tasks?
  • With every major advancement in technology, there will always be a change to the existing workforce where there will be new ways of working as well as new skills and jobs that will be in greater demand. This is the same case as well for cognitive computing.
  • Despite this, we believe that Watson and the field of cognitive computing will instead introduce a whole new level of collaboration between man and machine, and serve to expand human intelligence instead of replacing it.
  • We believe that by thoughtfully and purposefully combining the best qualities of both man and machine, we can understand our world better as well make better decisions that can lead to future innovations.


  1. What does IBM foresee will change in the landscape of cognitive computing?
  • We foresee that cognitive computing in the coming years will continue to make huge advancements in technology that will make our systems even smarter.
  • Through continuous human interactions, these systems will be able to learn at a much greater rate and continuously learn up to the point where they can fully run without human intervention.
  • As cognitive systems continue to be refined, we can also expect these systems to tackle an even broader range of tasks that even humans may not be able to do.
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  1. How has IBM globally performed financially in the past year of 2016?
  • 2016 was another solid year for IBM as we have achieved several milestones in the year.
  • Aside from working some of the world’s largest most well-known companies across industries, we have also invested into our capabilities such as cloud, analytics and cognitive that has now accounted for 41% of our total revenue.
  • We have also not lost sight of our goal of developing innovations in 2016 with over 8,000 patents registered in 2016 and we are currently leading in terms of U.S. patents earned for the 24th year in a row.


  1. What are some of the upcoming plans that IBM have in the year of 2017?
  • In the coming year, we are looking to continue our research into our field of expertise for designing and developing innovative new systems that can enhance our client’s business and help them succeed in their field.
  • We have some projects in Malaysia in the banking, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

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Mellanox Technologies Expands Presence In Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12, 2017 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX) today unveiled its expansion plans for Malaysia. The announcement, which is in line with the country’s ambitions of becoming the leading Big Data Analytics (BDA) solutions hub in South East Asia, reiterated Mellanox’s commitment to Malaysia through its strategic investment roadmap.


Mellanox Technologies Expands Presence In Malaysia

“Malaysia’s investment in Big Data, data centers and the Cloud is impressive,” said Charlie Foo, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific Japan, Mellanox Technologies. “With a year-over-year growth of more than 20 percent in the last five years, the field of digital data management is maturing rapidly. Mellanox’s investment in Malaysia looks to complement Malaysia’s advancing digital economy by providing intelligent 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100Gb/s interconnect solutions that serve today’s and future needs in Malaysia. This will enable organizations to be less concerned about today’s technological demands while concentrating on running their business, resulting in unparalleled operating efficiency for these organizations.”

Mellanox’s investment into Malaysia’s digital economy comes at a time when the country is ramping up its efforts to see its ICT roadmap to fruition. The country’s ICT custodian, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), noted that MSC Malaysia — a national initiative designed to attract world-class technology companies to the country — reported a U.S. $3.88 billion in export sales in 2015, representing an 18 percent increase over 2014.

Today, the MSC Malaysia footprint has expanded to include 42 locations across the country, hosting more than 3,800 companies from more than 40 countries, employing more than 150,000 high-income knowledge workers, 85 percent which are Malaysians. This has propelled Malaysia to a top three ranking in AT Kearney’s Global Services Location Index since 2005, with only China and India ahead of Malaysia.

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Mellanox’s Open Ethernet switch family delivers the highest performance and port density with a complete chassis and fabric management solution, enabling converged data centers to operate at any scale while reducing operational costs and infrastructure complexity.

Mellanox InfiniBand solutions have already been chosen to accelerate large High Performance Computing (HPC) customers in Malaysia. HPC customers use super computers and parallel processing techniques for solving complex computational problems and performing research activities through computer modeling, simulation and analysis. These HPC customers span various industries including education, bioscience, governments, finance, media and entertainment, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and manufacturing.

The company is actively seeking partnerships and collaboration opportunities to support customers from different industries, primarily within Big Data, data centers and the Cloud.


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The IBM Watson Malaysia Summit 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 March 2017: The cognitive era is here and organizations ought to seize the opportunity to leverage the game changing technologies for business growth and transformation.

IBM Malaysia managing director Chong Chye Neo said Watson, IBM’s augmented intelligence (AI) technology, is already in use in more than 45 countries and across 20 different industries.

“Watson is represented by a diverse set of Watson services that span language, speech, vision, and data insights based on over 50 underlying technologies,” she said, adding that Watson now powers new consumer and enterprise services in the health care, financial services, retail and education markets.

“IBM’s Watson has been put to the test to diagnose cancer, detect autism, advance early childhood education, transform banking practices, improve farming practices and invent new recipes,” she added.


The Inaugural IBM Watson Malaysia Summit 2017

Chong was speaking at IBM’s inaugural Watson Malaysia Summit 2017 to over 300 customers and business partners from the banking, financial services, manufacturing, government, and healthcare industries. Attendees were also treated to live demonstrations on some of the innovative cognitive technologies currently deployed today in Malaysia as well globally by companies such as Silverlake Axis, Sunlife-I, MDT Innovations and Skymics.

She said that the concerns surrounding AI can be addressed by how businesses and society collaborate to address the sweeping avalanche of technologies driven by mobility, hyper-connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT).

IDC predicts that by 2018, 75% of all consumers will interact with services based on cognitive computing on a regular basis.

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Chong further said that IBM is guided by three guiding tenets: purpose, transparency and skills, which are crucial to help people develop trust in an AI system. “For IBM, the purpose of AI will be to aid humans, not replace them. For most of our businesses and companies, it will not be a “man or machine” scenario, instead it will be a symbiotic relationship between the two. Our purpose is to augment and really be in service of what humans do.”

She added stakeholders must also be clear or transparent in building AI platforms, the industry domain, how they are trained, and what data was used in training. “With Watson, institutions can combine their decades of knowledge with industry data. These systems will be most effective when trained with domain knowledge in an industry context,” she added.

Skill is the third tenet in addition to purpose and transparency is skills. “AI platforms must be built with people in the industry, be they doctors, teachers, or underwriters. And companies must prepare to train human workers on how to use these tools to their advantage,” she concluded.

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SAP & IDC : The Future Of The Malaysian Internet Economy

On 24 November 2016, SAP and IDC hosted an exclusive briefing on the future of the Malaysian Internet economy. The timing is impeccable because the Malaysian government has declared that 2017 should be the “Year of the Internet Economy“.

Their analysis and opinions on how Malaysian businesses and entrepreneurs should chart their courses going into 2017 are invaluable for anyone who wants to stay relevant in the new age of the Internet economy. We all need to stay on top of the wave of new developments, or risk having it crash on us.


2017 – The Year Of The Internet Economy

In 2015, the Malaysian Internet economy contributed 17.8% to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), just shy of the 18.2% target set for 2020. On the back of this rapid growth in importance, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak called on Malaysians to “embrace, adapt to changes and explore new areas of growth to accelerate the economy“.

SAP Malaysia is in full agreement of this view. In the past decade, the rate of adoption of new technologies has accelerated and technology is changing the rules of business with disruption becoming the norm. This will accelerate in 2017 and local businesses need to absorb, understand and adapt to these underpinning seismic shifts taking place, particularly with regards to Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics.

SAP Malaysia Managing Director Terrence Yong kicked off the session with his view on the Malaysian digital economy, and how IoT and big data analytics are changing the way we make, buy and sell products and services.

IDC Asia-Pacific Research Director Chin Jun Fwu then shared his findings on the adoption of the latest IoT and big data analytics here in Malaysia, before SAP (Southeast Asia) Head of Analytics Kathleen Muller touched on the impact of data analytics and the Internet of Things, particularly for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).

Unfortunately, the current adoption of big data analytics and IoT in Malaysia is low. The key takeaway is that price is not really the issue, but rather inertia. Even if they are aware of what they must do to adapt to the changing world, there is resistance to learning new ways.

That will have to change, soon. Otherwise, even the most established businesses may lose out to their more nimble competitors.

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The New SAP Digital Boardroom Revealed

SAP is going big in the Big Data bandwagon with the launch of the SAP Digital Boardroom.  The SAP Digital Boardroom is a planned breakthrough digital approach that aims to contextualize and simply performance reporting across all areas of business in real time. It is built on the SAP BusinessObjects Cloud Solution and could utilise data from the SAP S/4HANA suite and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.


The SAP Digital Boardroom

The SAP Digital Boardroom provides a dashboard that gives a live snapshot of the performance and operations of the company in a heavily visualized manner to aid in the decision making process. Such data and analytics would be useful in a real board meeting.

Members of the media were given a live demo on the SAP Digital Boardroom where live visualization on SAP’s performance were shown.

The SAP Digital Boardroom also features a predictive analysis function where it could simulate the performance of the business in real time simply by adjusting certain variables.

In the presentation, we were shown the impact of a 30% increase in SAP server’s capacity to the bottom line of SAP.

Such simulation is done by simply dragging a slider and the ability to simulate such performance in a live environment will change how board meetings are conducted where strategic decisions can be simulated and decisions made more quickly. This is crucial today where businesses are expected to be more agile in today’s environment.

According to Terrence Yong, Managing Director of SAP Malaysia, “SAP Digital Boardroom is able to provide total transparency to the C-Suite executives, consisting of board members and decision-makers, with a comprehensive, real-tim eview of business performance across the entire company.

The SAP Digital Boardroom can be utilized to aid not only at the highest board level but could also be used at the operations level. We were then presented with a simulation of how SAP Digital Boardroom could be used in a stadium. The Digital Boardroom would allow the operations manager to have a live view of everything that is happening in the stadium to assist with crowd control. Once again, the predictive analysis comes in handy where it could predict if the visitors to the stadium would arrive punctually depending on weather forecast and traffic data which is fed into the SAP system.

It would be interesting to see how companies would embrace the SAP Digital Boardroom but if configured correctly, it will certainly transform the way oversight processes are performed.

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SAP Digital Experience Report : Malaysians Are Not Happy

SAP today released the results of their inaugural SAP Digital Experience Report. Conducted among 500 participants requiring them to rate about 1400 digital engagements, the survey reveals that Malaysia only achieved a DX (Digital Experience) score of 17%.

The DX score is derived as the difference between consumers who are delighted with their digital experience (43%) and consumers who are unsatisfied (26%) with their digital experience. There is certainly much room for improvement here given that the average score in the region comes up to 27%.

The SAP Digital Experience Report was presented by Terrence Yong, Managing Director of SAP Malaysia who said “Malaysia is at an exciting time in its development. With 14 million digital consumers, digital is becoming a part of our daily lives. This rapid growth is also making consumers in Malaysia more sophisticated in their digital preference. To help them navigate through a multitude of devices and apps, customers are demanding simple, seamless and personalized experiences across any channel, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. As evident from SAP’s Digital Experience Report, brands that fail to realize this will see a drop in share of consumer’s wallet”


Key Findings From The SAP Digital Experience Report

Here are the key finding from the report:

  1. Consumers in Malaysia are, on average, delighted with their digital experiences
  2. There is a strong correlation between digital experience and net promoter score (NPS) and loyalty
  3. There is a strong correlation between digital experience performance and customers’ willingness to provide private data

It is interesting to note that despite all the concerns about privacy and security of personal data, consumers are very willing to divulge sensitive personal data to brands that they trust (or in this case satisfied with). This includes data on personal profile, main financial institutions, education level, occupation level, buying preferences, health or medical records, personal finances, mobile phone records, social media usage and even web browsing history.

These kind of data is crucial to businesses today especially in the world of Big Data and IoT where SAP could develop solutions to make sense of these unstructured data into structured data to assist business in the ever changing business environment. With these data at hand, businesses will also be able to provide a more personalized solutions and products to its customers.

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SAP in its report then reveals some of the key factors which matter most to consumers that will help them to improve their digital experience. The top 3 factors which consumers find most important being:

  1. Safety and security
  2. Availability at any time
  3. Cohesive, integrated and simple

So what does this mean to the digital business? To excel digitally, brands must align their people and processes – not just in their marketing or digital teams, but across lines of business – onto a single platform architect-ed with the customer in mind.

To engage the customer digitally, businesses will have to engage the workforce and suppliers – and to marshal all of the assets to enable the elusive delightful digital experience. SAP calls this platform the digital business framework.

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New Dell Campus & Data Center Networking Solutions

April 27 2016 – Dell Networking has introduced new capabilities for campus and data center environments, including the launch of new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Aerohive, Operating System 10 milestones and in-rack platforms for the data center.

“Major trends such as cloud and software-defined create a dynamically changing IT landscape, both on campus and in the data center,” said Mak Chin Wah, general manager, Enterprise Solution, South Asia, Dell. “These new Dell Networking solutions help our customers navigate these changes with future-ready architectures, open technology and hyper-scale inspired efficiency.”


Expanding Dell One Network vision

Building on its One Network campus vision, Dell Networking has collaborated with Aerohive to deliver a new cloud-managed solution that integrates and manages wired and wireless infrastructure. The co-branded solution incorporates Dell N-Series switches and Aerohive access points into Aerohive’s HiveManager NG – a next-generation cloud-based management solution. This solution greatly simplifies end-user access, setting a new standard for wired and wireless network convergence by bringing enterprise-class management to the public or private cloud.

With a customizable user-focused interface, HiveManager NG allows for high-level or in-depth views of all facets of Dell and Aerohive networking devices including applications, users, policy management and switch port status. Further simplifying wired and wireless converged network management, Dell has expanded its industry-leading ProSupport to provide users with a single point of contact for unified network support. Through SupportAssist technology, ProSupport offers proactive and predictive automated support for issue prevention and resolution.

These milestones demonstrate Dell and Aerohive’s shared vision of cloud-managed IT, providing streamlined operations, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting for all elements of customers’ networks. “We believe cloud management has the opportunity to transform the way our customers serve their customers,” said David Flynn, CEO, Aerohive Networks. “We are proud to extend enterprise-class cloud management that Aerohive customers use to manage our access points to Dell’s switches. HiveManager NG sets the standard for building and managing networks.”


Dell pushing the envelope in Open Networking

As a leader in Open Networking, Dell is driving ahead with its Operating System 10 (OS10) development with community building and integration projects including Open Compute Project’s (OCP) Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) and partners Ansible, F5 and Silverpeak. These new new OS10 collaborations and use cases demonstrate the flexibility and adaptability of Open Networking software:

  • Dell OS10 and OCP SONiC– Dell, in conjunction with Microsoft Azure and other industry leaders, made foundational contributions to the newly-announced SONiC effort. The goal is to open source all the components needed to build fully-functional networking software. SONiC is a collection of software packages/modules that can be installed on Linux on a network hardware switch which makes it a complete, functional router. Dell has successfully integrated its OS10 base software to serve as a foundational element for SONiC.
  • Ansible – From app deployment to multi-tiered orchestration, Ansible Tower by Red Hat powers enterprise automation by adding control, security and delegation capabilities. “Since OS10 runs in a native Linux environment, integrating it with Ansible Tower is quite straightforward. Customers can now easily and rapidly deploy Dell switches into their automated IT environment, helping to reduce operational costs while also enabling server-like agility in configuration management.” – Tim Cramer, Senior Director of Ansible Engineering, Red Hat
  • F5 – F5 with OS10 delivers load balancing over active-active clusters across network services for scale out deployments. “Dell OS10 programmability enables unique partner solutions for datacenter network fabric. Optimizing OS10 for F5’s Application Delivery Controller infrastructure not only offers tighter integration between network and compute, but also reduces power and cooling related operating costs.” – Jeff Bellamy, Senior Director Business Development, F5 Networks
  • Silver Peak – Silver Peak provides leading, optimized SD-WAN interconnects between the data center and branch offices across public and private clouds.“OS10 represents the future of open networking in the data center. Direct integration of Silver Peak’s Edge Connect SD-WAN with OS10 illustrates the value of open software and the ease with which customers can combine best-of-breed solutions into their network infrastructure.” – Rolf Muralt, vice president, Product Management


New in-rack platforms for the data center

Dell announced new in-rack platforms optimized to accelerate 10G deployments to harness the latest silicon-based features. Industry analysts forecast a significant migration to 10G in the next four years as enterprise customers begin to retire 1G speeds in the data center.

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Built for different needs, the S4048T-ON and S6010-ON share common attributes including:

  • Designed to meet enterprise, mid-size and high-performance computing requirements;
  • ONIE-compliant to provide cloud and Web 2.0 customers an Open Networking environment with fully-tested and validated third-party operating systems;
  • Advanced features for VXLAN, larger tables and expanded buffering compared to other Dell models;
  • Both switches will begin shipping in June.


Dell S4048T

  • The Dell Networking S4048T is purpose-built 10GBase-T switch for copper-based server and storage connectivity to offer customers investment protection.
  • The switch supports numerous, high-capacity port configurations in a compact, 1RU form factor.


Dell S6010

  • The Dell Networking S6010-ON is designed for demanding data center environments to provide optimum density and price point.
  • The Dell S6010-ON delivers line-rate performance with a non-blocking switching fabric, improved packet buffering and reduced oversubscription.

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Becoming A Data Ninja With Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Malaysia is at the cusp of a data revolution. Cloud computing as well as big data analytics and intelligence will play a central role in this data revolution. Data science will transform entire industries in a new world in which data is the new currency. To support the transition to a data-centric world, the Microsoft SQL Server has evolved beyond its database roots, into a full-fledged business analytics and data management platform.

On the 8th of April, 2016, Microsoft Malaysia officially launched the new Microsoft SQL Server 2016 to support this transition to a data-centric world. Four key figures from Microsoft and the Multimedia Development Corporation came together to address the expansion of data science in Malaysia, and how SQL Server 2016 will help companies achieve their goals faster and easier than ever before.


Microsoft Malaysia On The Launch Of SQL Server 2016

In this video, Michal Golebiewski, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer, Microsoft Malaysia explains Microsoft’s mission and how they aim to help companies transform their operations to a mobile-first, data-first environment with Microsoft SQL Server 2016.


Dr. Karl Ng (MDeC) On Data Science In Malaysia

Ir Dr. Karl Ng Kah Hou, Director, Innovation Capital Division, The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) then spoke on the push for data science in Malaysia. He also addressed questions about MDeC’s initiatives on data science in Malaysia. Check it out :


How To Become A Data Scientist

Microsoft even brought in a real-life data scientist – Julian Lee. An Advance Analytics Technical Solutions Professional in Microsoft Asia, he gave us a riveting account of his experience as a data scientist in Malaysia. A must-watch for those who are thinking of taking this exciting new career path.


Microsoft SQL Server 2016’s Key Features

Ending this exclusive event was Darmadi Komo, the Director of Microsoft’s Data Group Marketing. He flew in all the way from the Microsoft campus at Redmond to share with us the key features of the new Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

He also shared with us the fabulous offer from Microsoft – free SQL Server 2016 licences for companies that want to migrate from Oracle. The offer’s good up to June 2016, so contact Microsoft Malaysia ASAP if you are interested!

The new Microsoft SQL Server 2016 supports hybrid transactional / analytical processing, advanced analytics and machine learning, mobile Business Intelligence, data integration, always encrypted query processing capabilities and in-memory transactions with persistence.

  • Stretch Database technology is an industry first and allows customers to dynamically stretch warm and cold transactional data to Azure so operational data is always accessible. This also enables customers to have a cost-effective data strategy while protecting their customer’s sensitive data.
  • Advanced analytics using our new R support that enables customers to do real-time predictive analytics on both operational and analytic data.
  • Ground-breaking security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory to deliver maximum security protection.
  • In-memory database support for every workload with performance increases up to 30-100x.
  • Business Intelligence for every employee on every device – including new mobile BI support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
  • Available on Linux in private preview, making SQL Server 2016 more accessible to a broader set of users
  • Unique cloud capabilities that enable customers to deploy hybrid architectures that partition data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems to save costs and increase agility
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