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Lenovo + IDC : Powering Intelligent Enterprise Transformation

Lenovo sponsored an IDC research on the questions that are foremost on the minds of corporate IT decision makers when it comes to digital transformation. Find out what they found out in the Lenovo + IDC info brief on Powering Intelligent Enterprise Transformation!

 

Lenovo + IDC on Powering Intelligent Enterprise Transformation

IDC ASEAN Research Director, Jun Fwu Chin, gave us a summary of their findings, which we recorded for your viewing pleasure!

Here is a snapshot of the IDC report on Powering Intelligent Enterprise Transformation :

  1. Automation: In 2019, 25 per cent of IT development and operation processes will be automated, resulting in a 15 per cent gain in IT productivity and requiring IT to redefine skills and manage digital workers.
  2. XaaS: By 2020, 90 per cent of large enterprises will generate revenue from data as a service—from the sale of raw data, derived metrics, insights, and recommendations—up from nearly 50 per cent in 2017 (Source: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2018 Predictions)
  3. Employee experience: By 2021, demand for top talent will result in 65 per cent of G2000 companies offering co-working and remote-work options that leverage pervasive access to enterprise and collaboration applications.
  4. New revenue sources: By 2023, 30 per cent of G2000 companies will generate at least 20 per cent of their revenue outside their core industries, using crowdsourcing and agile aggregation models to source talent and business capabilities.

 

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Mbixions SD-WAN by VeloCloud Services Now Available In Malaysia!

The Mbixions SD-WAN service is now available in Malaysia! This VMware NSXSD-WAN by VeloCloud service is targeted at all enterprise segments and government sectors. Here are the full details!

 

Mbixions SD-WAN by VeloCloud Services Now Available In Malaysia!

The VMware NSX SD-WAN is a proven solution with customers large and small across the world and is uniquely ready to solve security, compliance, cloud, and cost challenges while reducing IT complexity. Mbixions, a Malaysia telco neutral Internet Service Provider (ISP), is now able to offer users here access to VMware NSXSD-WAN by VeloCloud.

The MBixions SD-WAN service combines the high bandwidth capacity and economics of commercially available broadband or LTE with rich enterprise-grade features of cloud delivered SD-WAN. This activates resilient and hardened enterprise grade connectivity that supports applications regardless of where they reside and irrespective of the infrastructure on which they run.

Mbixions SD-WAN simplifies network provisioning, management, maintenance and support, allowing businesses to ensure sales opportunities are not lost and business operations are not disrupted due to poor-quality internet access. Whether an organisation relies on dedicated internet access, broadband or LTE, Mbixions SD-WAN is an uncompromising promise that networking affairs can only be easier, and better.

Some of the key advantages of the solution include:

Network Security

Mbixions SD-WANcovers all bases by unifying secure connectivity and providing end-to-end encryption across the entire network, including the Internet in compliance with PCI DSS strict security standards.

Cost Reduction

Mbixions SD-WAN gives subscribers the ability to mix and match network links for optimal cost efficiency. Mbixion SD-WAN employs the Bring-Your-Own-Circuit concept, where subscribers can select different ISPs of their preference for broadband or 4G/LTE to substitute or complement the more expensive circuits.

Simplifying Branch Networking

Mbixions SD-WAN simplifies deployment of new branches for businesses through automated zero-touch provisioning, simplified configuration, orchestration and real-time centralised monitoring by Mbixions 24/7 Network Operation Center.

Application Performance Optimisation

Mbixions SD-WAN provides centralised control and visibility across a multitude of WAN links and service providers, optimising application performance on hybrid or Internet links via direct and secure access to enterprise and cloud-based applications.

Branch Agility

Mbixions SD-WAN eliminates geographic boundaries. NSX SD-WAN APIs enable integration into various management and reporting systems deployed by enterprises today.

 

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The 2018 SAP Southeast Asia Intelligent Enterprise Showcase

We were recently invited to the 2018 SAP Southeast Asia Intelligent Enterprise Showcase in Manila. It kicked off with a tour of the famous Tanduay distillery, and culminated in a showcase of SAP software and services in helping major corporations transform their businesses into intelligent enterprises.

Join us for our complete coverage of this major SAP event in Southeast Asia, and learn from these success stories on how to digitally transform your business into an intelligent enterprise!

 

Tanduay – World’s Best-Selling Rum Goes Digital!

Tanduay is a 164-year old brand that rose from humble beginnings to establish itself as the world’s top-selling rum brand, taking over the crown long held by Bacardi. They recently adopted SAP S4/HANA to digitally transform their business.

Read more about Tanduay Distillers’ choice to become an intelligent enterprise using SAP S/4HANA.

 

How JG Summit Is Becoming An Intelligent Enterprise With S/4HANA

JG Summit is one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines, and they’re driving their digital transformation into an intelligent enterprise using SAP S/4HANA. SAP software currently support between 30% and 90% of JG Summit’s operations.

Read more about How JG Summit Drives Digital Transformation With SAP S/4HANA!

 

CrowdFarmX Tackles World Hunger With SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud

CrowdFarmX is leveraging SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud to accelerate the on-boarding process for farmers across Southeast Asia. This will help them reach and help up to 10 million farmers over the next 22 years, in an effort to stave off world hunger.

Read more about How CrowdFarmX Aims To Tackle World Hunger With SAP!

 

How SAP Concur Simplifies Travel + Expense Management At Mitsui

Mitsui & Co Asia Pacific is a large multinational company with more than 43,000 employees peppered across 14 Asian and Oceania countries in its 25 offices. To become an intelligent enterprise, they deployed SAP Concur to radically simplify the travel and expense management for their staff!

Read more about How SAP Concur Simplifies Travel + Expense Management At Mitsui!

 

How SuccessFactors Help Body Shop Indonesia Retain Talent

The Body Shop Indonesia has been using SAP SuccessFactors to digitise their HR and employee processes in their digital transformation into becoming an intelligent enterprise.

SuccessFactors does not only greatly simplify the process, it also offers greater transparency. This has the end result of retaining crucial talent, and reducing their employee churn rate.

 

How Globe Telecom Is Becoming An Intelligent Enterprise With SAP

Globe Telecom is a leading full-service telecommunications company in the Philippines. They kicked off their digital transformation into becoming an intelligent enterprise with SAP in 2016.

By 2017, their operations were 20% paperless, which accelerated to 50% this year. In the next two years, they plan to be digital for 80% of their operations, with a goal of being fully digital by the year 2020.

 

The 2018 SAP Customer Forum On Intelligent Enterprise

The SAP intelligent enterprise showcase ended with a roundtable forum of their major Southeast Asian customers. Hosted by Peter Moore, Vice President of Platform & Data Management, SAP SEA, they shared their experiences in transforming their companies into intelligent enterprises.

 

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How SAP Concur Simplifies Travel + Expense Management At Mitsui!

Large multinational companies like Mitsui & Co have a big problem managing the travel and expense claims of their many employees. Find out from Mitsui how they used SAP Concur to simplify that onerous task for their 43,000+ employees!

 

How SAP Concur Helps Mitsui Manage Travel + Expense Claims

Mitsui & Co Asia Pacific is a large multinational company in its own right. It has more than 43,000 employees peppered across 14 Asian and Oceania countries in its 25 offices. However, one of the stumbling blocks to continued expansion is the way they were managing travel and expense claims.

Their systems were still paper-based, and their staff were spending hours each week completing their travel requests, and making expense claims. They were also wasting time correcting errors. That’s when they look into SAP Concur.

Ikuo Hayashi, General Manager of the Information Systems Department, Planning Division,Mitsui & Co. ASIA PACIFIC who headed their efforts to digitise their operations with SAP Concur shared with us his thoughts on how SAP Concur helped streamline their travel approval and expense claim processes :

“We identified the quick wins and could reduce the time taken to complete travel and expense forms. Plus, it was straightforward to cut approval cycles and lower the cost of transactions. But most importantly, we saw Concur as a platform on which to innovate and create an eco-system.”

He also shared with us some of the quick wins they were able to achieve in a short time with SAP Concur :

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  • Up to 50 percent reduction in time to complete expense claims using mobile capabilities.
  • Greater efficiency due to simplified approval processes.
  • Strengthening of regulatory compliance across Asia, despite the complexities of in-country regulations.
  • Reduction in workload IT personnel since Concur is delivered as a cloud service.

Mitsui intends to go beyond just using SAP Concur to streamline a part of their business process. Mr Hayashi and his team have plans to begin mining the data from Concur to help boost the efficiency of employee spend on travel and expenses.

“We will use the data to identify patterns like frequently used hotel chains and see how we can leverage this data to formulate group-wide policies,” he says. 

 

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How CrowdFarmX Aims To Tackle World Hunger With SAP!

On 28 September 2018, SAP announced that CrowdFarmX will use S/4HANA Public Cloud to bring on-board 10 million Southeast Asian farmers over the next 22 years. Let’s find out from CrowdFarmX CEO David Tan on how they intend to do that in their mission to tackle world hunger!

 

How CrowdFarmX Aims To Tackle World Hunger With SAP!

The CrowdFarmX platform connects farmers directly to the global market and equips them with the technology know-how to deliver higher-quantity and quality yields, potentially increasing their net yield by up to 10 times and contributing towards global food sufficiency.

By leveraging the SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud, an intelligent ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite, CrowdFarmX will be able to accelerate the on-boarding process for farmers across Southeast Asia. Let’s find out from CrowdFarmX CEO David Tan on how they aim to accomplish that.

Currently, 80% of global food supply is provided by small farmers in a USD6 trillion-dollar industry, but these farmers receive low economic returns for their labour despite increasing consumer demand.

Through smart contracts, CrowdFarmX links them directly to wholesale distributors and retailers, helping the farmers to gain a greater cut of the selling price. Farmers can also leverage brand marketing and financing resources, as well as opportunities for exclusive partnerships with retailers to boost sales through Food Cradles that will be rolled out across the region.

The end-to-end visibility of the supply chain also increases food safety, ensuring that quality food such as pesticide-free produce gets onto tables.

 

How S/4HANA Public Cloud Helps CrowdFarmX

CrowdFarmX will leverage S/4HANA Public Cloud to drive and integrate production planning and management of associated business processes like sales & distribution, procurement, supply chain, finance control and monitoring.

The SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud reinforces predictive analytics for optimised growth, supporting integration of the supply chain with customers, and supporting the track and trace of safe produce from farmers. The SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud implementation is expected to go live in December 2018.

CrowdFarmX aims to impact more than 1,000 Southeast Asian farmers under a pilot phase by 2020, providing access to sophisticated agriculture technologies that were not readily available before.

This includes IoT irrigation monitoring systems and data analysis on micro-climates and soil moisture, enabling them to maximise the yield per square foot of land by up to 10 times. The higher levels of crop production secures food sufficiency for a growing world population especially amidst declining farmer populations.

 

Who Is CrowdFarmX?

CrowdFarmX is part of the Netatech Group of Companies, one of Singapore’s leading integrated solutions provider for water and food sustainability technologies. The CrowdFarmX Singapore Food Cradle was established in 2014, comprising of a high-tech greenhouse, automated seeding line, post-harvest packing and cold storage facilities.

With more than 20 farm technologists, researchers, agronomists at the helm, the CrowdFarmX Food Cradle engages in agricultural research and development, farm network connection and safe food production supplying to premium supermarkets islandwide.

 

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How JG Summit Drives Digital Transformation With SAP S/4HANA

JG Summit is one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines, touching the lives of virtually every Filipino. They just revealed how they are driving their digital transformation using SAP S/4HANA. Here are the full details!

 

JG Summit Primer

JG Summit had its origins in 1957, when Universal Corn Products Inc. was established to operate a cornstarch plant in Pasig City. It has since grown into one of the biggest and most diversified conglomerates in the Philippines.

Its 200-odd companies engage in many aspects of Filipino lives from air transportation, banking, food manufacturing, hotels, petrochemicals, power generation, as well as real estate and property development, and telecommunications.

 

JG Summit Drives Digital Transformation With SAP S/4HANA

On 7 November 2018, Carlos Santos, the Chief Information Officer of JG Summit Holdings Inc. briefed us on how JG Summit is driving their digital transformation with SAP S/4HANA.

The JG Summit digital transformation project kicked off on 31 July 2018, as part of Lance Gokongwei (JG Summit’s President and CEO) to spur new growth.

“Customers in today’s digital shift expect great service experience among all platforms. The challenge for us now is to effectively use the latest technologies that would support a more immersive and interactive customer experience,” said Gokongwei.

Helping JG Summit successfully complete their digital transformation is the SAP Philippines team, as well as the SAP Digital Business Solutions (DBS) project teams.

“SAP is uniquely positioned to help our customers compete and adapt in the digital economy. With SAP S/4HANA at the heart of the intelligent enterprise, our customers can reimagine their businesses with a digital core that provides real-time insights and agility. We believe that the best run SAP, together with JG Summit’s vision to be the leading digital conglomerate in the Philippines, with our full support will be able to realize that ambition,” said Scott Russell, President of SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

JG Summit may have just deployed S/4HANA, but they have already been running SAP software like Concur and SuccessFactors. SAP software currently support between 30% and 90% of JG Summit’s operations.

 

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Exclusive : Tanduay Distillers Factory Visit + Rum Tasting Tips!

Famed Filipino rum company, Tanduay, invited us to their main distillery in Manila to showcase their latest digital transformation initiative with SAP S/4HANA. We were also given an exclusive tour of their plant, and privileged to learn how to taste rum from mixologist and Tanduay brand ambassador Lee Watson.

 

Tanduay Makes The World’s Best-Selling Rum

A 164-year old brand, Tanduay rose from humble beginnings to establish itself as the world’s top-selling rum brand in 2018, taking over the crown long held by Bacardi.

After its acquisition by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, the brand underwent plant modernisation and expansions, which greatly increased their production capacity. Today, they have three separate facilities – all ISO-compliant, with the Cabuyao plant recently completing its ISO-9001:2015 certification.

In 2014, Tanduay Distillers Inc. President and CEO, Lucio “Bong” K. Tan Jr, took over the reins of the company. He kickstarted the global expansion of the brand. that ultimately led to Tanduay wresting the crown from Bacardi in just 4 years.

Recently, Tanduay opted to begin their digital transformation by adopting SAP S/4HANA, with seven modules – Materials Management, Production Planning, Warehouse Maintenance, Sales and Distribution, Enterprise Asset Management, Finance and Controlling.

Adopting S/4HANA would allow them to greatly automate their current processes, and cut the number of steps from procurement to the delivery of the final product. It will also allow them to greatly reduce paperwork, and the workload of their staff.

 

Lee Watson Teaches How To Taste Rum!

Tanduay also took the opportunity to showcase their famous Gold and Silver Asian Rum. They brought in mixologist and Tanduay brand ambassador Lee Watson to teach us how to taste rum. Now you can learn from him, and give it a try too!

 

The Tanduay Distillery Tour

We were given a tour of their main distillery just outside of metro Manila. If you want to see how they make the world’s most popular rum, you must check out this video!

 

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2018 Dell DT Index For Malaysia Reveals Uphill Struggle

At an exclusive briefing today, Dell Technologies revealed their DT Index findings for Malaysia, with a very sobering picture of an uphill struggle for the digital transformation of Malaysian businesses going forward.

 

What Is The Dell DT Index?

The DT Index is short for the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index. Conducted by independent research company, Vanson Bourne, and in collaboration with Intel, the DT Index maps the digital transformation progress of mid- to large-sized companies, and looks at the confidence of their leaders in digitally transforming their companies.

The DT Index’s calculations are based on the surveyed companies’ perceived performance in the following areas :

  • delivering against the core attributes of a digital business
  • their existing IT strategy
  • their workforce transformation strategy
  • their planned investments

 

The 2018 Dell DT Index For Malaysia Briefing

KT Ong, Country Manager of Dell EMC Malaysia, gave us the key findings of the 2018 Dell DT Index for Malaysia.

Here are the 2018 Dell DT Index’s key findings

  • Only 21% of Malaysian businesses have a clear digital plan and strategy in place; a mere 3% are Digital Leaders
  • One in two Malaysian businesses (51%) are worried they’ll struggle to meet changing customer demands; fear their organisation will get left behind (48%) – all within five years
  • A large percentage (41%) have very few digital investments, with a further 10% lacking a digital plan completely.
  • Business leaders identify lack of budget and resources as the biggest barrier to digital transformation

It’s not all bad news though. Malaysian businesses in the study plan to invest in many digital technologies over the next one to three years :

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  • 56% intend to invest in cybersecurity
  • 50% intend to invest in IoT technologies
  • 39% intend to invest in multi-cloud
  • 35% intend to invest in Artificial Intelligence
  • 33% intend to invest in a compute-centric approach to datacenter design and workload enablement / optimisation

In short – while businesses in Malaysia have been slow in digitally transforming themselves, they see a need for that and will be investing to do more in the near future.

 

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Dell EMC Unity + SC Storage Arrays Get Major Updates!

Dell EMC just announced major software operating system updates to Dell EMC Unity and SC Series storage arrays, giving customers powerful new features and a big boost in the performance, functionality and longevity of their investments.

 

Dell EMC Unity and SC Storage Arrays Get Major Updates!

As part of the software built into both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series All-flash and Hybrid storage arrays, customers can upgrade their operating system non-disruptively and at no cost (for customers with active ProSupport agreements) to improve workload performance, storage capacity and data protection and availability.

New Dell EMC Unity OE features

The new Dell EMC Unity operating environment gains the following new replication, data mobility and security features to ensure uninterrupted operations of applications that support the business:

Array-based file replication

  • New Metrosync array-based file replication protects transactional file applications with rapid recovery and automated failover to a secondary data center
  • 2-Way NDMP improves performance for better NAS backup times while reducing WAN/LAN network congestion

Data Mobility

  • Built-in data mobility capabilities to migrate block data from third-party storage arrays directly to Dell EMC Unity

Security Enhancements

  • LDAP/AD enhancements for performance, availability, and search flexibility for Microsoft environments

The addition of Metrosync for file delivers a complete complement of array-based replication, with synchronous and asynchronous block and file replication options now included with every Dell EMC Unity Hybrid and All-Flash configuration. These replication options combine to improve transactional application data RPO and RTO, long distance disaster recovery, and data aggregation and distribution.

 

Dell EMC SC Series Improvements

For the past several quarters, Dell EMC engineers have embarked on a top-to-bottom code optimisation of SCOS to extract higher performance and efficiency from SC Series hybrid and all-flash arrays, while also improving management, analytics and monitoring. New SCOS 7.3 features include:

MajorIOPS performance boost

  • Now up to 2.2M max IOPS per array, over 20M in federated multi-array environments
  • 2X increase in maximum IOPS across every current SC array model
  • 50,000-100,000 more mixed-workload IOPS across every SC array

Improved management for single and multi-array environments

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  • New Unisphere for SC HTML5 Web UI simplifies and automates common storage management tasks; shares common look and feel with Unisphere for Dell EMC Unity

Easier, more cost-effective upgrades and expansion

  • Up to 2X increase in maximum capacity per array
  • Data-in-place upgrades for the popular SC4020 offers cost-effective option for customers to migrate data to newer SC models
  • SCv2000 can now federate/replicate with other SC Series arrays

More enterprise-class efficiency and availability

  • Support for 100Gb and 25Gb iSCSI network hardware offers customers future-proof solutions and buying assurance
  • Distributed sparing, for greater I/O efficiency and up to 500% faster rebuilds
  • Live Volume enhancements designed to deliver lower latency and reduced network traffic in high availability environments

By upgrading to the new SCOS 7.3, SC Series customers can gain an overnight boost in workload performance. Three SC array models now provide over 1 million IOPS. Dell EMC tests show real-world applications such as VDI and SQL OLTP can perform 33% to 54% faster with SCOS 7.3.

 

Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4 and SC Series SCOS 7.3 Availability

Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4 and SC Series SCOS 7.3 are now available in Malaysia as no-cost software upgrades for customers with an active Dell ProSupport agreement.

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The 2018 Dell Precision 3000 Series Workstations Revealed!

Dell Precision has been the world’s preferred workstation for years, delivering reliable high-performance computing for every industry from manufacturing and engineering to healthcare and content creation. Now Dell is introducing the 2018 Dell Precision 3000 Series workstations. Let’s check them out!

 

2018 Dell Precision 3930 Rack

World’s Most Powerful 1U Workstation

The new 2018 Dell Precision 3930 Rack is the world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation. Featuring the new Intel Xeon E and 8th Gen Intel Core processors, each Dell Precision 3930 Rack supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 memory.

This rack workstation also offers up to 3 PCIe graphics cards (250 watts max), with storage capacities of up to 24 TB. Dell offers a range of NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon Pro graphics card options, including the NVIDIA Quadro P6000 with 24 GB of GDDR5X memory.

 

2018 Dell Precision 3630 Tower

Smaller And Yet More Powerful!

The 2018 Dell Precision 3630 Tower is 23% smaller than the 2017 model, but yet more powerful and offers more expandability!

It now features the 8th Generation Intel Core processors, as well as the new Intel Xeon E processors, and up to 64 GB of faster DDR4-2666 memory. It can also support up to 225 W of graphics cards, and up to 14 TB of SATA and PCIe NVMe SSDs with RAID support.

 

2018 Dell Precision 3430 SFF Tower

SFF Workstation FTW!

The 2018 Dell Precision 3430 Small Form Factor Tower offers many features of the larger Dell Precision 3530 Tower, but in a smaller form factor. It supports up to 55 watts of graphics support, and up to 6TB of SATA or PCIe NVMe SSD storage with RAID support.

 

2018 Dell Precision 3530 Mobile Workstation

Mobile Workstation Of Choice For The Professional On-The-Go!

If your work takes you on the road, the new 2018 Dell Precision 3530 is just what you need. This is a 15-inch high-performance mobile workstation featuring the latest 6-core 8th Generation Intel Core or Intel Xeon E processors, and NVIDIA Quadro P600 professional graphics with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.

The Precision 3530 Mobile Workstation can be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, and up to 4 TB of SATA HDD storage and/or 512 GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage. If you wish, you can even give it a major boost in graphics capability with an NVIDIA Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro eGPU box.

 

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The Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform Revealed!

Dimension Data just announced that they are expanding their enterprise-grade Managed Cloud Platform (MCP) across Asia Pacific. Here in Malaysia, they are introducing the Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform in partnership with the NTT Group.

 

The Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform Explained

Building on the success of their global and regional Managed Cloud Platforms, Dimension Data is introducing their MCP in Malaysia, to better serve their clients and meet local demand for enterprise-grade hybrid cloud services.

The Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform allows clients to securely deploy their applications and workloads into the cloud, while preserving data sovereignty. This platform also comes with built-in automation to help clients manage and capitalise on the benefits of multi-cloud environments.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Premium Partner

Dimension Data is one of only five global SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Premium Partners, so it’s no surprise that the Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform supports SAP S/4HANA in addition to other business enterprise applications and business productivity suites.

Compliance & Certification

The Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform is certified to be compliant with SOC1 Type II, SOC2 Type II, ISO:22301, ISO:27001, and ISO:9001.

Multi-Cloud Capable

Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform is multi-cloud capable. Its Managed Services Operation Portal allows you to provision, deploy, monitor, and manage multiple instances from other cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Enterprise-Grade Security & Reliability

Partnering with the NTT Group allows the Dimension Data Managed Cloud Platform to deliver enterprise-grade security and reliability. They tout a modern data centre with robust backup and disaster recovery capabilities to ensure business continuity. This allows their clients to create a hybrid environment that is highly scalable and responsive to their business needs, without worrying about security or reliability.

 

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Exclusive : NEM Blockchain Centre Kuala Lumpur Tour

NEM officially opened the NEM Blockchain Centre Kuala Lumpur on 3 July 2018. The new NEM Blockchain Centre will serve as a learning centre, incubator and accelerator for organisations in Asia keen to explore blockchain technology and its applications in multiple industries.

 

NEM Blockchain

Blockchain is gaining global traction in diverse industries including financial services, insurance, education, retail, telecommunications and logistics. Among its applications are automating accounting, medical and scientific records, international remittance, securities trading customer relationship management, notarisations and many more.

NEM is a blockchain platform (as well as a cryptocurrency). Written in Java and launched at the end of March 2015, NEM introduced a number of new blockchain features like Proof of Importance (POI) algorithm, multi-signature accounts, and encrypted messaging.

The NEM blockchain has already been adopted in a number of industries and services in Asia and around the world, including Appsolutely Inc., the largest rewards and loyalty programme company in the Philippines; a point-of-sale terminal for cryptocurrency for the retail industry (Pundi X) in Indonesia; and backend payment and mobile settlement solutions by Dragonfly Fintech Pte. Ltd., Singapore.

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NEM Blockchain Centre Kuala Lumpur

With almost 11,000-square-feet of space, NEM Blockchain Centre Kuala Lumpur is the largest of its kind in the region that is fully operated by a blockchain technology organisation. It will house :

  • the NEM Blockchain Innovation Lab,
  • a headquarters for research and development,
  • regional support for organisations interested in using the NEM platform within their IT infrastructures,
  • a co-working space for blockchain-related learning and knowledge-sharing events.

NEM Blockchain Centre Kuala Lumpur will allow organisations to explore how blockchain technology can help improve data transactions by enhancing speed and security at a lower cost than other current technology platforms. Malaysian organisations can leverage the NEM network and technology to develop blockchain solutions, with access to training events, service providers and technical support.

It will also serve as the headquarters for regional operations for NEM in Asia (excluding China and ANZ). The team will continue to pursue strategic alliances to expand NEM’s reach, secure deeper collaboration, and develop more blockchain hubs. US$5 million will be allocated towards supporting blockchain companies incubated in the NBC in Malaysia.

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SL Info Berhad IPO On Bursa Malaysia’s LEAP Market

SL Information Berhad (SL Info) was officially listed on the LEAP Market of Bursa Malaysia on 21 May 2018. With this IPO, SL Info aims to expand its range of products and services to capitalise on the growing enterprise IT market in Malaysia.

 

SL Info Berhad IPO

Helmed b y Managing Director, Soon Seng Teck, and assisted by Group General Manager, Jimmy Lim Chin Kiew and Executive Director, Sim Boon Ker, SL Info is a leading Malaysian end-to-end enterprise business solution provider.

They are involved in the provision of a wide range of enterprise IT solutions including IT infrastructure solutions, enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, and value-added enterprise software solutions. They spearheaded the market development for the following enterprise IT solutions :

  • IBM’s enterprise IT infrastructure solution for more than two decades
  • PRONTO’s integrated enterprise management solution for 23 years
  • Infor’s integrated enterprise management solution for 15 years
  • IBM’s enterprise business performance management solution since 2000
  • OpenText StreamSense’s business document management solution since 2011

Pursuant to this listing, SL Info issued 10.5 million shares, representing 8.3% of its enlarged issued share capital at RM 0.18 per share to investors. The new IPO on Bursa Malaysia’s LEAP Market aims to :

  • Enhanced the corporate profile of the company;
  • Enable the company to tap the capital markets to fund the future expansion of its operations;
  • Provide investors, including employees, business associates and those who have contributed to the success of the company, an opportunity to participate in the equity of the company; and
  • Establish liquidity for its shares.

“Our track record, therefore, speaks volume of our technical expertise and degree of professionalism,” said Executive Director, Sim Boom Ker. He added that SL Info’s customers include established names such as Astino Berhad, Tokio Marine Lie Insurance Malaysia Berhad and UMW Corporation Sdn. Bhd.

For its financial year ending December 2017, SL Info posted RM 5.54 million in profit before taxation on the back of RM 35.74 million in revenue. This is an increase of 17.75%, compared to its 2016 performance of RM 3.12 million of profit before taxation on the back of RM 31.34 million in revenue.

SL Info Berhad is now listed on Bursa Malaysia’s LEAP Market, with a stock code of 03008 and a stock short name of SLIC. The initial offering was RM 0.18 per share, with 10,000 shares exchanging hands at the opening bell.

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Claus Andresen : Riding The SEA Of Digital Disruptions!

SAP believes that family businesses in Southeast Asia have the potential to disrupt industries and drive economic growth, but they need to embrace digital innovations. Claus Andresen of SAP Southeast Asia explains why, with the help of a new study by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

 

Family Businesses In Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia (is a high-growth region, where family businesses make up a significant proportion of SMEs. These family businesses are aware of the rapid change in technology and markets, and these are impacting their outlook and strategies.

In a new SAP-sponsored study by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Southeast Asian family businesses ranked the pace of technological change as their foremost area of concern – one that may present the most significant threat to their growth over the next three years.

 

Q&A With Claus Andresen

At the of the SAP Leonardo briefings at the new SAP Leonardo Center Singapore, we sat down with Claus Andresen, President and Managing Director of SAP Southeast Asia, to talk about the new study, and importance of digital innovation to these family businesses.

“The landscape and dynamics of family businesses in Southeast Asia is unique, with many of them still being in the first or second generation. Given their small or medium sizes, these businesses have the competitive advantage of being agile and nimble, which put them in a better position to adapt to the rapid pace of change in the market,” said Claus Andresen.

“When we look at the broader SME segment in Southeast Asia, SMEs account for between 95 to 99 percent of establishments across ASEAN, contributing massively to the GDP. This may put them in prime position to drive disruptions across industries and economic growth across the region. But to do this, these organisations should first and foremost embrace digital innovations and integrate digital technologies into their overall strategy.”

 

The EIU Study On Family Businesses In Southeast Asia

The EIU study, called “Planning for Prosperity: Assessing Family Business Future-Readiness in South and Southeast Asia“, is based on a survey of 300 family business executives across eight countries in the APAC region – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

According to Michael Gold, EIU Editor, “Executives in Southeast Asia show less confidence in their abilities to meet future challenges than their peers in South Asia. In order for family businesses in this fast-changing region to keep up, they will need to adapt to new technological developments and modernise their way of thinking to bring their businesses into the 21st century. Otherwise, the next generation may not throw in their chips with their parents’ companies.”

Despite feeling the pressure from the emergence of new technologies, the executives in the study are strongly confident of their organisations’ readiness to utilise new technologies like :

  • data analytics : 67%
  • machine learning : 62.3%
  • automation : 65.7%
  • cloud computing : 63.7%

 

SAP Partner-Packaged Solution For SMEs

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To support the digital innovation of SMEs in Southeast Asia, SAP announced the availability of SAP-qualified partner-packaged solutions for SAP Leonardo.

These are fixed-scope packaged solutions that offer predictable prices, and are structured to provide a fast return on investment.

  • Packages based on SAP software together with a partner’s services and intellectual property, with a fixed scope and a fixed price,
  • A rigorous qualification process, with validation of the partners’ ability to deliver,

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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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Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Tech Report

The new AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver is here! It is a mouthful, to be sure! Find out what’s new in the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver, and how it delivers enterprise-grade quality and reliability, and better performance, for professional applications!

Updated @ 2018-05-13 : Added more details and links.

Originally posted @ 2018-05-11

 

AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

AMD Radeon Pro Software is a professional-grade driver that lets you maximise the performance and capabilities of AMD Radeon Pro graphics solutions. The Enterprise Edition is a special version of the Radeon Pro Software that emphasises enterprise-grade quality and reliability.

The new Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is now certified for over 100 workstation applications, including leading professional applications like Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Systèmes CATIA, Siemens NX, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Autodesk Maya.

In this technical report, we split the topic into easily-digested portions :

 

What’s New In Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

AMD releases the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition in quarterly updates. Here are what’s new in the Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver :

Support for Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Microsoft released the Windows 10 April 2018 Update at the end of April with a slew of new and improved features. Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 adds enterprise-level support for Windows 10 April 2018, so you don’t have to worry about post-upgrade reliability issues.

Display Issues Fixed In Enterprise Edition 18Q2

  • Radeon Pro Overlay will now appear when you run two monitors in clone mode.
  • Fixed display issues for full-screen 3×2 AMD Eyefinity Pro display configurations.

VDI-Specific Known Issues With Enterprise Edition 18Q2

  • VM may disconnect after upgrading to this driver, and will be unable to connect until it is rebooted.
  • The energy subtest of SPECviewperf 12.1.1 may not complete in an MxGPU environment.

Feature Support Information

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  • Driver Options is available on Microsoft Windows 10. Always update to the latest gaming drivers to mitigate driver switching issues. This is not available with multi-GPU configurations nor with Radeon Pro Duo (Polaris). This is not available for mobile platforms.
  • Multi-GPU Eyefinity Pro on Microsoft Windows 10 is not currently supported on any hardware for Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2.

ISV Certification Notes

  • Due to Maya-MtoA software issue Trac #3142, some Viewport Draw modes for stand-ins draw an infinite line. Workaround is to toggle the Viewport Draw Mode of the stand-in in the Attribute Editor.
  • Autodesk Maya 2017/2018 may show gray patch in playback in certain models due Maya issue Maya 41945. Workaround is to click on a different frame on timeline or to click on first frame.

Apple Boot Camp

The AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18Q2 is not intended for use on Radeon GPUs running in Apple Boot Camp.

 

Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Compatibility

AMD Product Family Model
Radeon Pro WX Series Radeon Pro WX 9100 (16 GB | 32 GB)
Radeon Pro WX 7100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 5100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 4100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 3100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 2100 (Price Check)
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Air | Liquid)
Radeon Pro Series Radeon Pro SSG
Radeon Pro Duo (Polaris & Fiji)
FirePro W Series FirePro W9100 (16 GB | 32 GB)
FirePro W9000 (Price Check)
FirePro W8100 (Price Check)
FirePro W8000 (Price Check)
FirePro W7100 (Price Check)
FirePro W7000 (Price Check)
FirePro W5100 (Price Check)
FirePro W5000 (Price Check)
FirePro W4300 (Price Check)
FirePro W4100 (Price Check)
FirePro W2100 (Price Check)
FirePro W600 (Price Check)
FirePro S Series FirePro S7150x2 (Price Check)
FirePro S7150 (Price Check)
FirePro S7100X (Price Check)
All other FirePro S series products
Dell Mobile Radeon Pro WX7100
Radeon Pro WX4150
Radeon Pro WX4130
FirePro W7170M
FirePro W5170M
FirePro W5130M
FirePro W4170M
FirePro M6100
FirePro M6000
FirePro M5100
FirePro M4000
HP Mobile Radeon Pro WX4170
Radeon Pro WX4150
Radeon Pro WX3100
FirePro W6150M
FirePro W5170M
FirePro W4190M

 

Download Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is free to download and use for compatible AMD graphics solutions. It is available for the following operating systems :

  • Windows 10 (64-bit and 32-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 or better (64-bit and 32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2016 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Linux

You can download the drivers here.

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Key Features Of Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Part 1

Enterprise-Grade Quality

To deliver enterprise-grade quality and reliability, every Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition driver undergoes a stringent stability testing process. This process consists of “waves” of testing by both AMD and their OEM partners. Such extensive pre-launch testing helps to minimize post-launch issues.

Thanks to OEM and ISV partner tests and a final wave of beta user tests, there were zero reported issues with the Enterprise Edition driver in 2017 for over 99.99% of AMD Radeon Pro users. These tests are not limited to only a few professional software vendors.

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition drivers are certified on over 80 of the leading professional applications. The last 18.Q1 Enterprise Edition driver even scored a 100% pass rate for all the certifications AMD submitted it to.

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Better Security

Data security is an oft-neglected aspect in the pursuit of better performance. That has led to major security flaws like Meltdown and Spectre. Look at the thousands of CPU models that were affected by just those two flaws.

Working with the AMD Secure Processor, Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18Q2 delivers advanced security features to help thwart malicious attacks, giving enterprises added protection for their valuable intellectual property.

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition also provides secure virtualization capabilities through the AMD MxGPU Technology. Because it is hardware virtualization technology, it offers users a dedicated and isolated share of the graphics memory for increased security.

AMD offers a predictable quarterly release schedule, that targets the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd month of each quarter. This makes it easier for IT managers to plan for their next driver update, with the next Enterprise Edition release scheduled for August 8th, 2018.

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Key Features Of Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Part 2

Better Performance

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group, shared these performance findings with us.

The continuous performance optimizations in every Radeon Pro Software driver update, thanks in part to the close technology partnerships we have with ISV application developers, means you can get new GPU-like performance improvements over the lifetime of your graphics investment, as shown in the chart below.

For the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver we are delivering significant performance improvements in Dassault Systèmes CATIA. The 18Q2 driver is up to 38% faster when running AMD’s internal benchmark of complex customer models and up to two times faster with the AMD internal assembly model benchmark.

For design and manufacturing applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17Q2 is up to an estimated 47% faster in Siemens NX when tested with SPECviewperf 12.1 snx-02, up to an estimated 14% faster in PTC Creo when tested with SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0, and up to an estimated 12% faster in SOLIDWORKS when tested with SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2015.

For media and entertainment applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17Q2 is up to an estimated 44% faster in Autodesk 3ds Max when tested with SPECapc for Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 and up to an estimated 22% faster in Autodesk Maya when tested with SPECapc for Autodesk Maya 2017.

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New Radeon ProRender Plug-Ins

While not technically part of the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver, AMD also introduced updated versions of the Radeon ProRender plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya and Blender. Following the release of new macOS versions in April, AMD has just released :

  • updated Windows and Linux versions of the Radeon ProRender plug-in for Blender,

  • an updated Windows version of the Radeon ProRender plug-in for Maya, as well as,

  • an updated Radeon ProRender plug-in for 3ds Max.

These plug-ins introduce several new features and enhancements including updates to the Uber and Light Shaders, support for volumetrics and interactive denoising – accelerating artists’ workflows and ultimately making their lives easier.

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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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The Complete 2018 Dell Commercial PC Portfolio Revealed!

Dell just announced the entire 2018 Dell commercial PC portfolio – veritable smorgasbord of commercial PC solutions designed to cater to businesses of all sizes. Let’s take a look at what Dell just launched!

 

2018 Dell Precision Workstations

Dell Precision workstations are the world’s preferred workstations. In fact, five of the last seven Academy Award-winning movies (for visual effects) used Dell Precision workstations to render their special effects. Believe it – the amazing special effects in Bladerunner 2049 were rendered on Precision workstations!

So what’s new with the Dell Precision family (Price Check | Contact Dell)?

  • The Dell Precision 7730 and 7530 mobile workstations now boast the latest 8th Gen Intel Core and Xeon processors, AMD Radeon WX and NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics, and up to 128 GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 memory!
  • The Dell Precision 7530 is the industry’s first 15-inch “Ready for VR” mobile workstation, and comes with up to 6 TB of PCIe SSD storage!
  • The Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is the world’s smallest 15″ 2-in-1 mobile workstation, and has an InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display. It also supports the Dell Premium Pen, and comes with a new MagLev Keyboard, as well as GORE thermal insulation.
  • The Dell Precision 5530 is the world’s smallest 15″ mobile workstation, and has an InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display. It can be equipped with NVIDIA Quadro P2000 professional graphics, up to 32 GB of 2666 MHz memory, and 4 TB of SSD storage.
  • The Dell Precision 3530 mobile workstation now comes with the 8th Gen Intel Core or Xeon processors, DDR4-2666 memory and NVIDIA Quadro P600 professional graphics.

 

2018 Dell Latitude Laptops

The Dell Latitude 5491 and 5591 are now powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processors, up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, NVIDIA graphics, optional Thunderbolt 3, with up to 19 hours of battery life.

As the world’s most secure and manageable commercial laptops, these Dell Latitude models offer the option to add a FIPS 201 Smart Card Reader and a contactless smart card reader with Control Vault 2 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certifications. They also include Intel Authenticate, as well as the choice to use Microsoft AutoPilot for Windows 10 users.

 

2018 Dell OptiPlex PCs

Dell is introducing a new family of OptiPlex All-in-Ones (AIO) (Price Check) that are powered by the 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processors, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory and optional Intel Optane memory.

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  • The Dell OptiPlex 7460 AIO offers a 23.8″ InfinitiEdge display with a Full HD IPS panels.
  • The Dell OptiPlex 5260 AIO offers a 21.5″ display, with an optional 10-point multi-touch display.
  • The Dell OptiPlex XE3, available in Tower and Small Form Factor, is an industrial-grade desktop that is shock and vibration-resistant, with optional dust filters.
  • The Dell OptiPlex 7060 and 5060 Tower, SFF and Micro desktops
  • The Dell OptiPlex 3060 Tower, SFF and Micro desktops are compact systems that offer up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and versatile mounting options.

 

2018 Dell P-Series Monitors

Dell also unveiled new P-Series monitors, with a thin panel profile, smaller base, USB-C option, ands improved cable management. Users can boost productivity further with Dell MDS19 Dual Monitor Stand that perfectly fits two monitors (up to 27″) in a small footprint.

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Exclusive : Tech ARP Interviews Keith Martin Of F-Secure!

F-Secure Regional Director of APAC and Japan, Keith Martin, flew into Singapore to ink a major regional partnership agreement with ACE Pacific Group. Timothy Shim from Tech Barrista and I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Martin about cybersecurity trends in Asia Pacific and worldwide.

 

Tech ARP Interviews Keith Martin

Keith Martin is the Head of Asia Pacific Corporate Business, F-Secure. Here was our exclusive interview with Mr. Martin after he officially signed the APAC partnership agreement with ACE Pacific Group.

The Cybersecurity Business

Tech ARP : How has your long experience in Japan helped you with F-Secure’s business in Japan?

Keith Martin : Japan is one of the largest market for F-Secure, and we are trying to replicate that (success) in the APAC region.

Tech ARP : Are you still based in Japan?

Keith Martin : Yes, but I have now racked up a lot of frequent flyer miles.

Tech ARP : What are your thoughts on the cybersecurity market in the APJ (Asia Pacific and Japan) region?

Keith Martin : Japan is a large market, but the growth rates are relatively stable. We look at the Asia Pacific region (which includes India, Australia and New Zealand), as the next source of growth for F-Secure.

Tech ARP : What are your plans, and areas of focus, for the APJ region?

Keith Martin : Without question, Singapore is going to be a major focus for F-Secure, as well as Australia and New Zealand. We just signed a major partnership agreement with ACE Pacific, which will be a cornerstone of our strategy in coming years.

Cybersecurity Backdoors

Tech ARP : Chinese and Russian companies have been hit by accusations of cyber espionage and hacking, loose security and/or inserting backdoors into their products. Do you see this as a good opportunity to promote F-Secure’s products, or is this a poison pill for the entire industry?

Keith Martin : I don’t think it’s a poison pill for the entire industry. I have never seen any direct evidence that these go beyond mere accusations, but I understand the need to be cautious. One of the things that F-Secure is proud of is our policy that we will never add a backdoor into our products.

We are willing to walk away from any business if it means adding a backdoor. This is just the way we operate, because Finland has extremely tough privacy laws.

I think it’s absolutely an opportunity for us to differentiate ourselves (from the other cybersecurity companies) with our public pledge never to add backdoors in our software.

Tech ARP : Some countries like China and Russia are demanding access to encryption keys, and in some cases, requiring registration of VPN services. How do those tightening laws affect F-Secure products like Freedome VPN?

Keith Martin : F-Secure is very focused on maintaining the security of our products, so if those are the requirements, we will decline and get out of those markets. We would rather walk away from the potential business, than compromise the security of our products.

Government Interest

Tech Barrista : On the geopolitical implications of malware, do you feel that governments are increasingly more focused on cybersecurity on a national scale?

Keith Martin : For sure. We now see nation states attacking each other. There’s no denying that fact. Look at Stuxnet, that malware (which was targeted at Iran) got released into the wild and suddenly, people have the technology to use it elsewhere for nefarious purposes. I think that any country that does not pay attention to cybersecurity is sticking their heads into the sand.

Tech Barrista : Do you feel that this presents a greater opportunity for F-Secure?

Keith Martin : It represents opportunity, of course, but our mission as a company is to stop the spread of malware and cybersecurity attacks, wherever they happen. It’s a kind of Catch-22 situation, where we wish that nation states would not attack each other, but yes, we have the opportunity to help them protect themselves against such attacks.

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Transparency

Tech ARP : What is F-Secure doing to promote and enhance source code transparency? Like opening up transparency centers?

Keith Martin : At this point in time, there are no plans to do so. We have a very good reputation throughout our 30-year history of being straightforward and upfront. I have never seen any accusations against us of malicious activities.

Tech ARP : Does F-Secure allow corporations or countries with concerns to inspect their code?

Keith Martin : I don’t know of any specific situations in Asia Pacific where F-Secure has allowed this. It may have been allowed in other regions, where governments have specific concerns, but I’m not aware of those situations.

Malware Galore!

Tech ARP : Ransomware and phishing attacks are big problems these days. Can you detail how F-Secure can help users prevent or mitigate the risks of ransomware and/or phishing attacks.

Keith Martin : Third-party analysis of our software show that we are actually better at detecting these 0-day attacks than any other companies out there. We pride ourselves in detecting not just the malware we know about, but also the malware we don’t about, using technologies we have been developing over the last 20 years.

We have a multi-layered engine, where we use everything from the basic pattern matching technology, to heuristics, etc. so that if it doesn’t catch the malware on the first layer, it will catch the malware on the second or third or fourth layer.

Tech Barrista : Is malware-as-a-service now common?

Keith Martin : It is becoming more and more common. The entry barrier to launching a malware attack is now much lower due to the ability to outsource the creation of the malware.

Cybersecurity Risks Of IoT Devices

Tech Barrista : With cybercriminals leveraging the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, how much more complex do you see the cybersecurity landscape becoming?

Keith Martin : It’s becoming incredibly complex. Our Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen said, “Once you connect something to the Internet, it’s vulnerable“. Billions of devices connected to the Internet become potential attack vectors for cybercriminals.

Most IoT devices don’t have good security. If you can get into one of those devices, you can get into the network through them.

Tech ARP : Does F-Secure have any products to mitigate the risks of poorly-secured IoT devices?

Keith Martin : On the consumer side, we have F-Secure Sense, which protects every device on your network.

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Keith Martin’s Professional Bio

Keith Martin has been Country Manager for F-Secure Japan for 2 years, before being promoted in February 2018 to oversee the entire Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining F-Secure in 2015, he spent a decade in the telephony and contact center space, first working for four years in Avaya Japan as Director of Multinational Account Sales, followed by six years serving as Japan Country Manager for Interactive Intelligence, a pioneer in cloud contact center technology.

Before that, Keith also spent three years at internet startup ValueCommerce helping build their web hosting platform business before the company was acquired by Yahoo Japan. He got his start at global IT services provider EDS (now HP), delivering IT services to numerous financial industry accounts.

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ACE Pacific Group Boosts APAC Cybersecurity With F-Secure!

At the first showing of Avengers: Infinity War in Singapore, ACE Pacific Group and F-Secure signed a distribution agreement for the APAC region. We spoke to both ACE Pacific and F-Secure about this expansive new distribution agreement. Here is everything you need to know about ACE Pacific’s partnership with F-Secure.

 

F-Secure In Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific region has been a hotbed of cybersecurity activity in recent years, with increased awareness and government initiatives spurring investment and expansion. It does not help that the region is increasingly becoming a very attractive target for cybercriminals of all types.

F-Secure itself is no stranger to the region, establishing its Security Lab operations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 years ago. In 2016, they expanded it into their cybersecurity hub for the entire Asia Pacific region, with more than 170 research and development engineers.

 

ACE Pacific Group To Offer F-Secure Cybersecurity Solutions

This region-wide agreement allows F-Secure to leverage ACE Pacific Group’s extensive distribution network for greater reach. ACE Pacific will be more than just a distributor of F-Secure’s products. They aim to focus on the enterprise market, where they can offer cybersecurity solutions using F-Secure products.

“We have always been on the look-out for new and interesting technologies to complement our current cybersecurity portfolio. F-Secure has some products that fit very nicely into our cybersecurity solutions. After getting to know each other and evaluating their products over the past few months, we both agreed to this partnership,” said Danny Tan, ACE Pacific Group APAC Director.

Although ACE Pacific will have free rein to distribute all F-Secure products, they will be focusing on the high-end, value-added services, which would allow them to demonstrate their expertise.

We are very interested in the F-Secure RADAR vulnerability scanner, RADAR vulnerability scanner and in particular, the F-Secure cloud protection plug-in for SalesForce, which is the only such solution in the world, added Tan.

The non-exclusive distribution agreement currently covers the entire ASEAN region. ACE Pacific will focus on the six countries they already have a footprint in – Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. ACE Pacific recently opened an office in Australia, but they are only looking to offer their F-Secure solutions in the second phase of the partnership.

“As our portfolio becomes more advanced, we need more partners like ACE Pacific that can offer the kind of upmarket expertise to complement F-Secure’s cybersecurity products,” said Keith Martin, F-Secure Regional Director for APAC and Japan.

Martin also emphasised that for F-Secure, the ASEAN and Indian markets have the most growth rates, with the most growth potential. In particular, the ASEAN region is a tremendous area of growth for F-Secure in the high-end spectrum of the market.

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Red Hat Ansible Making Automation Mainstream

At an exclusive event, Kingsley Wood and Richard Koh from Red Hat shared how organizations in the Asia Pacific region have begun to embrace automation as an essential component of digital transformation, adopting Red Hat Ansible as their automation solution.

 

Red Hat Ansible Making Automation Mainstream

An essential component of any enterprise’s digital transformation is automation. In Asia Pacific, there is increased interest in using automation to simplify menial tasks and reduce human errors. Driving that is the realisation that automation can drive revenue growth, enhance customer experience, improve productivity and manage risk.

Automation can streamline and greatly simplify workflow, which not only increases efficiency but also reduces errors. To achieve this, many enterprises deploy Red Hat Ansible.

Red Hat Ansible is an open source, agentless IT automation technology that can improve current processes, migrate applications for better optimization. It also provides a simple language to help facilitate DevOps practices across an organization.

According to Kingsley Wood, Director, Infrastructure Business Group, Red Hat Asia Pacific, key sectors in Malaysia that can reap the benefits of automation include the Financial Services Industry, Education and Telecommunication.

Speaking on a local customer, Richard Koh, Senior Director, Enterprise Sales and Strategic Business Development, Red Hat Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH) shared that by deploying Red Hat Ansible, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, eliminated 40 percent of its downtime and increased its aggregate up-time to 99.99 percent.

Red Hat Ansible also enabled Grab to gain greater infrastructure scalability and stability, as well as simplified management for its growing engineering team.

Organizations that deploy Red Hat Ansible will be able to invest more time in their business and services, whilst leaving repetitive tasks to software. That is what automation is all about.

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The Asia Cybersecurity Exchange Initiative Launched!

The Asia Cybersecurity Exchange is designed to nurture the development of new cybersecurity professionals, as well as encourage and support cybersecurity entrepreneurship. Find out how the Asia Cybersecurity Exchange is going to transform Malaysia into one of the world’s major cybersecurity hubs!

 

The Asia Cybersecurity Exchange Initiative

Asia Cybersecurity Exchange is the brainchild of LE Global Services Sdn Bhd (LGMS), formed in partnership with the ACE Group. Its mission is to identify and nurture cybersecurity talents and entrepreneurs in Malaysia. Their ultimate aim – elevate Malaysia as a cybersecurity hub in Asia.

US$ 50 Million Startup Fund

To help nurture cybersecurity entrepreneurs, the ACE Group has also set aside a fund of US$ 50 million / RM 200 million to invest in cybersecurity startups with high growth potential. The Asia Cybersecurity Exchange will help select qualified candidates and mentor their efforts.

MDEC Cybersecurity Development Program

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is also supporting the Asia Cybersecurity Exchange initiative with a 12-month MDEC Cybersecurity Development Program.

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This will consist of a series of cybersecurity conferences, hackathons, CISO roundtables, as well as industry collaboration workshops.

Cybersecurity Training & Internships

LGMS, with the help of MDEC and the eight premier tech universities in Malaysia, aim to train as many as 240 cybersecurity specialists in the next 12 months, with the aim of expanding the program in the subsequent years.

The top students selected by their universities will be interviewed and selected by LGMS for training by top cybersecurity experts, with industry mentors to help them nurture those who want to startup their own cybersecurity endeavours.

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The Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox Service Revealed!

To help companies improve their investigation and response to complex threats, Kaspersky Lab just launched a new service called Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox. It gives businesses the opportunity to take advantage of sandboxes without any additional investments into hardware infrastructure.

The Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox solution is available by subscription as part of the Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal. Allowing customers to ‘detonate’ suspicious files in a virtual environment with a full report on the file’s activities, it is designed to boost the efficiency of incident response and cybersecurity forensics without any risks to the company’s IT systems.

 

The Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox Revealed!

Exploiting legitimate software flaws became an efficient commodity for cybercriminals in 2017, as malicious activities can be easily hidden behind trusted processes. Even an experienced cybersecurity team can’t always be sure if it has spotted all the malware using such concealment techniques.

To achieve that, teams have to be equipped with advanced detection technologies, including sandboxing, which often requires significant hardware investments that are not easily feasible for many IT Security teams.

With Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox, advanced detection and forensic capabilities are available as a service within the Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal, allowing cybersecurity teams to ensure they meet their budget requirements while also benefitting from advanced technology.

The service enables cybersecurity teams and security operations center (SOC) specialists to obtain deep insights into malware behavior and design, detecting targeted cyberthreats that were not identified in the wild.

Advanced anti-evasion techniques: revealing a hidden truth

To lure malware into revealing its harmful potential, sandbox technology performance should possess advanced anti-evasion techniques. A malicious program, developed to run in a certain software environment, will not explode on a ‘clean’ virtual machine, and will most probably destroy itself without a trace.

To avoid this, Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox applies the user’s various emulation techniques, such as Windows button clicking, document scrolling, special routine processes giving malware an opportunity to expose itself, the randomization of user environment parameters and many others.

Logging system: nothing gets missed in the noise

Once a piece of malware starts running its destructive activities, another innovative Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox technology comes to force: its logging subsystem intercepts malicious actions non-invasively.

When a Word document starts to behave suspiciously – for example, if it starts building a string in the machine memory, executing Shell commands, or dropping its payloads (all abnormal activities for a text document) – these events are registered in the Kaspersky Cloud Security logging subsystem.

It has extensive functionality able to detect a vast spectrum of malicious events including DLLs, registry key registration and modification, HTTP and DNS requests, file creation, deletion and modification etc. The customer is then provided with a full report containing data visualization graphs and screenshots, as well as a readable sandbox log.

Detection and incident response performance: second to none

Kaspersky Cloud Sandbox detection performance is backed up with big data of real-time threat intelligence from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), providing customers with immediate status on both known and new threats discovered in the wild.

Advanced behavioral analysis based on more than 20 years of Kaspersky Lab threat research experience of fighting the most complex threats, allows customers to detect previously unseen malicious objects.

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As well as getting advanced detection capabilities, SOC experts and researchers can amplify their incident response activities with other services available through the Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal.

When performing digital forensics or an incident response, a cybersecurity officer can receive the latest detailed threat intelligence about URLs, domains, IP addresses, file hashes, threat names, statistical/behavior data and WHOIS/DNS data, and then link that knowledge to the IOCs generated by the sample that was analyzed within the cloud sandbox.

APIs to automate its integration into customer security operations are also available, allowing cybersecurity teams to boost their incident investigations in a matter of minutes.

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Red Hat Q4FY2018 Global Revenue Announced!

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27, 2018 Red Hat today announced that the Red Hat Q4FY2018 global revenue is $772 million (approx. RM2.99 billion).The Asia Pacific region (APAC), of which Malaysia is part of contributed to this earnings as 17 percent of Red Hat’s total bookings came from the APAC region.

 

Red Hat Q4FY2018 Global Revenue & APAC Contribution

Damien Wong, Vice President and General Manager for Red Hat Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (SEATH), shared that application development and emerging technologies saw an encouraging growth as it accounted for $173 million (approx. RM670 million) of the global Red Hat Q4FY2018 revenue.

Speaking on Malaysia’s journey towards advancing its Digital Economy, Damien shared that the Digital Economy is indeed critical to the country’s growth and success. In line with that, the policies and initiatives that are already in place today are encouraging the adoption of technology and fueling the country towards a more advanced and matured Digital Economy. By engaging with industry partners such as Red Hat, the transformation speed of the country’s economy can be spurred.

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Apart from that, Damien also elaborated on industry trends in Malaysia and the region that are a clear reflection of the steady rate of open source adoption.

These trends include continuous innovation as businesses realize that incremental innovation is just not enough anymore; strong spending for IT as Gartner predicts that Malaysia’s IT spending is set to increase by 5.7 percent to RM65.2 billion this year (2018), compared with RM61.6 billion last year; and upward mobile adoption as it creates unique markets and business models that cater to a new generation of consumers embracing a mobile-centric world.

In Malaysia, Red Hat has been helping numerous organizations to reduce IT costs and downtime and also innovate as well as modernize legacy IT infrastructures. Some of these organizations include Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), CTOS Data System Sdn. Bhd. and Grab (Southeast Asia).

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Dimension Data To Build Network For Chinese Conglomerate

29 March 2018 –  Dimension Data has been appointed to build a new network infrastructure to support a Chinese technology conglomerate. Under the agreement, Dimension Data will provide the client with a flexible data centre solution to alleviate their critical IT network issues and ensure quick system readiness under a stringent timeframe, which is an essential step to accommodate expansive data utilisation growth from the business.

 

Dimension Data To Build Network For Chinese Conglomerate

While the conglomerate is no stranger to the global technology and social network scene, Malaysia represents their latest international foray. They were seeking a trusted long-term partner with global presence to help grow their business locally, and to facilitate timely system readiness with strong technical support. Dimension Data was chosen due to existing relations in China, as well as its proven track record and domain expertise in Malaysia.

With its venture into Malaysia, the company was faced with building local market awareness, while addressing IT network performance under challenging timelines. In addition, regional expansion was business-critical to support growing demands from the global market.

To meet these requirements, Dimension Data proposed a new network infrastructure which included virtualised services in the data centre. With the agile and secured IT infrastructure in place, the conglomerate is now able to launch business services at a faster, smoother pace, while lowering the risks of hardware and system failures, thereby improving business users’ experience.

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Today, the client is able to meet the needs of various business pillars comprising of Internet-related services and technology products.  With the ability to seamlessly deliver scalable and secure data exchanges between the Business Units and the Global technology team, the conglomerate is now able to facilitate continuous enhancement to the quality, productivity and overall refinement of their services.

Following the deployment, the client has since been able to improve productivity in day-to-day operations and synchronise effectively between business units and global technology teams. This has improved their overall quality of performance and service, and reduced time taken to resolve IT issues.

“We are excited to be working with our client that is known for their commitment to continuous innovation and service excellence.  Our solutions approach and implementation methodology will enable them to scale in a swift and secure manner. We are fully committed as a trusted partner to provide them with more cutting-edge solutions to meet their evolving business needs,” said Henrick Choo, Managing Director, Dimension Data Malaysia.

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TUV Rheinland : Cyber Risk Management for Industry 4.0

On 19 March 2018, TUV Rheinland invited us to an exclusive Industry 4.0 cybersecurity seminar. Entitled Cyber Risk Management for Industry 4.0, it looks at the role of cybersecurity in securing critical infrastructure and heavy industries, and paving the way for Industry 4.0.

Join us for the presentations by TUV Rheinland cybersecurity experts on how you can secure your company against the latest cyberthreats.

 

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 refers to the new industrial trend of creating “smart factories” with highly-networked manufacturing technologies.

Also referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution, it makes use of cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, cloud computing and cognitive computing, to automate almost every aspect of the manufacturing process.

Fun Fact : The name Industry 4.0 comes from the German “Industrie 4.0” from the high-tech strategy of the German government to promote the computerisation of manufacturing.

 

TUV Rheinland : Cyber Risk Management for Industry 4.0

The Cyber Risk Management for Industry 4.0 seminar is a platform for TUV Rheinland to share their insights on developing cybersecurity measures to manage operational cyber risk, be it for smart factories, smart devices or smart vehicles.

According to TUV Rheinland, the discipline of Cyber Risk Management can be effectively implemented if cybersecurity and privacy are addressed by design – both in strategy as well as operations. Let’s hear from their experts…

Operational Technology Protected

by Nigel Stanley, Chief Technology Officer of TUV Rheinland Industrial

Automotive Cyber Security

by Rajeev Sukumaran, Director of TUV Rheinland Consulting Services

Critical Infrastructure Protection – Railways & Utilities

by Tarun Gupta, Principal Consultant of TUV Rheinland Industrial Security

Privacy & Security In The IOT World

by Urmez Daver, Vice President of TUV Rheinland Consulting Services

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Adobe Announces New Adobe Sign + Adobe Scan Features!

Adobe just announced new Adobe Sign and Adobe Scan features. Check out their official announcement!

 

New Adobe Sign Features

Adobe Sign is designed to help organizations speed up business and plug into world-class third-party applications that deliver seamless customer experiences.

Today, Adobe rolled out new enhancements for life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, added more forms automation functionality by including a new way to collect online payments, furthered integrations with human resources and announced new cloud-based digital signature partners.

 

Some of these enhancements include:

  • Compliance with the life sciences industry: Life sciences and pharmaceutical companies using Adobe Sign can easily and confidently apply the necessary controls to comply with FDA 21 CFR Part 11, the globally-accepted regulation for electronic records and signatures in the biopharma industry, through multi-factor e-signature authentication or the more rigorous certificate-based digital signature authentication
  • Payments incorporated into forms: Customers can easily and securely collect payments from customers as they fill and sign forms.
  • Integration with SAP SuccessFactors: Create and send offer letters and onboarding forms with Adobe Sign directly from the SAP SuccessFactors workspace to engage the best talent in fast-paced markets. Once signed, approved documents are automatically stored in SAP SuccessFactors for a seamless, end-to-end digital workflow
  • Cloud-based digital signature momentum: Adobe Sign will work with new certificate digital ID providers to sign securely using their existing identity issued by their bank

 

New Adobe Scan Feature

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To further enhance the digital experience for customers, Adobe has also announced a new feature in Adobe Scan that users have been requesting for – Modify Scan. With this release, users can now add, delete or reorder individual pages and re-crop or re-clean scans saved in Adobe Document Cloud, without using powerful tools like Acrobat or Photoshop.

Adobe Scan automatically detects low light conditions and turns on your flashlight to capture a clear, bright image, every time. The app even recognizes and lightens dark shadows, including that pesky shadow of your hand taking the photo. No more worrying about finding the right light.

Adobe also improved the overall capture, cropping, and cleaning of scans in any light, powered by Adobe Sensei machine learning.

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Sophos Intercept X with Predictive Protection Explained!

Sophos today announced the availability of Intercept X with malware detection powered by advanced deep learning neural networks. Join us for a briefing by Sumit Bansal, Sophos Managing Director for ASEAN and Korea!

 

Sophos Intercept X with Predictive Protection

Combined with new active-hacker mitigation, advanced application lockdown, and enhanced ransomware protection, this latest release of the Sophos Intercept X endpoint protection delivers previously unseen levels of detection and prevention.

Deep learning is the latest evolution of machine learning. It delivers a massively scalable detection model that is able to learn the entire observable threat landscape. With the ability to process hundreds of millions of samples, deep learning can make more accurate predictions at a faster rate with far fewer false-positives when compared to traditional machine learning.

This new version of Sophos Intercept X also includes innovations in anti-ransomware and exploit prevention, and active-hacker mitigations such as credential theft protection. As anti-malware has improved, attacks have increasingly focused on stealing credentials in order to move around systems and networks as a legitimate user, and Intercept X detects and prevents this behavior.

Deployed through the cloud-based management platform Sophos Central, Intercept X can be installed alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, immediately boosting endpoint protection. When used with the Sophos XG Firewall, Intercept X can introduce synchronized security capabilities to further enhance protection.

 

New Sophos Intercept X Features

Deep Learning Malware Detection

  • Deep learning model detects known and unknown malware and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) before they execute, without relying on signatures
  • The model is less than 20 MB and requires infrequent updates

Active Adversary Mitigations

  • Credential theft protection – Preventing theft of authentication passwords and hash information from memory, registry, and persistent storage, as leveraged by such attacks as Mimikatz
  • Code cave utilization – Detects the presence of code deployed into another application, often used for persistence and antivirus avoidance
  • APC protection – Detects abuse of Application Procedure Calls (APC) often used as part of the AtomBombing code injection technique and more recently used as the method of spreading the WannaCry worm and NotPetya wiper via EternalBlue and DoublePulsar (adversaries abuse these calls to get another process to execute malicious code)

New and Enhanced Exploit Prevention Techniques

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  • Malicious process migration – Detects remote reflective DLL injection used by adversaries to move between processes running on the system
  • Process privilege escalation – Prevents a low-privilege process from being escalated to a higher privilege, a tactic used to gain elevated system access

Enhanced Application Lockdown

  • Browser behavior lockdown – Intercept X prevents the malicious use of PowerShell from browsers as a basic behavior lockdown
  • HTA application lockdown – HTML applications loaded by the browser will have the lockdown mitigations applied as if they were a browser

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The Dimension Data 2018 IT Predictions Revealed!

Ettienne Reinecke, Dimension Data’s Group Chief Technology Officer, reveals the Dimension Data 2018 IT Predictions!

 

The Dimension Data 2018 IT Predictions

The Dimension Data 2018 IT Predictions that was just published, noted the importance of blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics as well as virtual and augmented reality in 2018. They all have the potential to “deliver disruptive outcomes” and “reshape digital business”.

Blockchain

Ettienne Reinecke, Dimension Data’s Group Chief Technology Officer, says Blockchain has gone from strength to strength. “Last year, when we looked at the top digital business trends for 2017, we predicted that centralised transaction models would come under attack. We were spot on. In the financial services sector, we’ve seen the US and European capital markets moving onto Blockchain platforms, and similar activity in markets such as Japan. Considering how conservative and compliance-focused this sector is, that’s quite remarkable.

“It’s ironic that the cybercriminals who perpetrated the recent WannaCry ransomware attack could hold a federal government to ransom and demand to be paid in Bitcoin. Bitcoin might be a crypto-currency, but it’s based on Blockchain, and if cybercriminals are confident that Bitcoin provides a safe mechanism for the payment of ransoms, it indicates just how secure the distributed ledger approach is. I believe that Blockchain has the potential to totally re-engineer cybersecurity, but the industry has yet to come to terms with it.”

Blockchain And IoT

Reinecke predicts that Blockchain will also deliver on the promise of Internet of Things (IoT) in the year ahead.

“In the world of IoT you’re generating millions of small transactions that are being collected from a distributed set of sensors. It’s not feasible to operate these systems using a centralised transactional model: it’s too slow, expensive, and exclusive. To extract the true value from IoT technology you have to be able to operate in real time. Once a sensor alert is received from a control system you must react to it, meter it, and bill for it instantly – all of which negates the viability of a centralised transactional authority. The cost of the transaction has to be near-zero or free, and the cost elements of a centralised model simply don’t support the potential business model in IoT,” he explains.

In 2018, some interesting applications of Blockchain and IoT in the area of cybersecurity will emerge. Significant attacks have recently been launched from low-cost IoT endpoints, and there’s very little incentive for manufacturers of these devices to incur the cost of a security stack, which leaves them extremely vulnerable. Blockchain can play a fundamental role in securing these environments.

New Wireless Technologies

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Another exciting trend to look forward to is the boom in new wireless technologies that will enable IoT and bring us a step closer to the dream of pervasive connectivity. Some of these advancements will include 5G and Gbps Wi-Fi, new controls, virtual beacon technology, and low power, long distance radio frequency.

Digital Disruption

There’s also a “digital fight-back” coming on the part of certain incumbent players. Established businesses that have proactively transformed into digital businesses, modernised their architectures, and embedded high levels of automation into their operations have a window of opportunity to claw back market share in the year ahead. That’s because there’s been an increase in the number of cloud-born start-ups themselves starting to be disrupted in certain industries.

“I predict that a number of digitally transformed incumbents will successfully start reclaiming their markets because they have more credibility, longer histories, an established customer base, and assets that can stand the test of time,” says Reinecke.

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Dell EMC HCI Appliances Now Available On 14th Gen PowerEdge Servers

Dell EMC just announced the availability of Dell EMC HCI appliances on the new 14th Gen PowerEdge servers.

With the 14th Gen PowerEdge server platform, designed and optimised for Dell EMC HCI appliances, customers of all sizes can expect even more powerful and predictable performance with even greater configurability for hosting a wide-range of mission critical software applications on Dell EMC VxRail and XC Series appliances.

 

Dell EMC HCI Appliances Now Available On 14th Gen PowerEdge Servers

Dell EMC now combines the simplicity, agility and scalability of the industry-leading Dell EMC HCI portfolio with the power and flexibility of next generation servers, designed and optimised for HCI. This offers greater performance and reliability to meet customer demands as HCI moves into core data centers and is relied on to run a wider range of applications and workloads.

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The 14th Gen Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, based on Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family, include 150 custom requirements for software-defined storage (SDS) built-in, making it uniquely optimised for HCI.

This includes improved support for SSDs in scale-out deployments; faster initialisation and streamlined data storage management; increased drive cooling for improved reliability; and, optional, common user interfaces across server and HCI platforms for Dell EMC systems management capabilities.

The upgraded Dell EMC HCI appliance portfolio offers customers significantly faster access to applications and data thanks to higher core counts, faster clock frequency, more memory channels, and faster memory resulting in up to 1.7X more processing power and up to 62% higher internal bandwidth.

Dell EMC HCI appliances include the Dell EMC VxRail Appliance family, powered by VMware vSAN and jointly engineered with VMware, and the Dell EMC XC Series, designed for customers seeking choice of hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V, or multi-hypervisor environments.

These HCI appliances help simplify the entire lifecycle with advanced automation – with unique software that simplifies deployment, management, scaling, support and maintenance – making it easier for customers from day one.

 

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on 14th Gen PowerEdge Servers

Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on 14th Gen PowerEdge servers offer more powerful and predictable performance across millions of flexible configuration options to meet any HCI use case and more demanding, mission-critical workloads in VMware environments.

VxRail Appliance customers can expect:

  • Better performance for the most demanding applications with up to 2X more IOPS (input/output operations per second), and more than 2x faster response times
  • Highly dependable performance with 9x more predictable response times sustained at sub-one millisecond
  • More options for perfectly right-sized deployments with millions more configurations including more processor options, new SATA SSDs, additional network connectivity options, and more GPU expansion to precisely match customers’ HCI requirements without over provisioning
  • Software-defined NAS support with Dell EMC Isilon SD Edge for remote office or edge-to-core file deployments, joining VxRail’s remote replication, cloud object storage and manageability capabilities

 

Dell EMC XC Series Appliances on 14th Gen PowerEdge Servers

Dell EMC XC Series on 14th Gen PowerEdge servers enables higher performance for workloads, faster networking speeds and new NVMe/SSD configurations.

More specifically, with the new Dell EMC XC Series appliances, customers can expect:

  • Increased performance for compute intensive workloads with up to 50% additional cores per appliance
  • Up to 93% increased compute capability for workloads with storage density as a primary need
  • Expanded use cases in VDI environments for sophisticated compute needs with up to 50% more GPU power

 

Dell EMC HCI Appliances Availability

  • Dell EMC VxRail Appliances on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers are orderable today and will be generally available starting December 12, 2017.
  • Dell EMC XC Series models XC640, XC740xd and XC740 on Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation servers are generally available today.

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