Event review – Differentiate Yourself with the "IT" Factor!

I have been pretty busy writing proposal to potential speakers and exhibitors for the upcoming TAWA event.  Recently, I have just sent out sponsorship letters to some of the potential companies. Now, I manage to “squeeze” some time to complete my review for CISCO (stock quote – NasdaqGS: CISCO) event.  

 

Ever since the last TAWA event – “Wireless Security in Singapore”, the curiosity in IT has triggered me to learn more about network security. The opportunity came at the right time when Association of Small-Medium Enterprise (ASME) sent me an invitation to attend an event organized by CISCO – Differentiate Yourself with the “IT” Factor. 

 

I vividly recalled that I was rushing to the event thinking that I might lose my way to Capital Tower where CISCO office is. Luckily, the building is only a couple of meters away from the MRT exit of Tanjong Pagar station. I managed to reach there just before the event started.

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Banner (Picture above): “When  The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Smart”

The event is a series of talks targeted at Small-Medium Enterprises (SME). The profiles of the crowd are very diverse. I got to meet people from logistic, consultancy, IT and even beauty salons!

 

Although I am the youngest (I think so) among the crowd, I have managed to garner good business contacts. A very good business networking platform. I am surprised to see Christopher Lee from Geek Terminal. He was giving a presentation on how CISCO products have helped in his F&B business. Also, I got to know Nicholas Ng, Director of Small & Medium Business, CISCO.

 

There are many interesting talks but the one I like most is the live demonstration on computer hacking in the common network.

 

Amazing! It takes only seconds to hack into your computer and this can be done using free online hacking tool. (You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to be a hacker. All you need to do is to google the phrase “hacking tools” and you will know the “how”) You think your firewalls installed in you laptop is safe. Think again.

 

A product that might interest the SME owners is the CISCO Unified Communication 500, a device that integrates telephony, voice messaging, automated attendant, security, VPN and video. Unlike those big machines you see in large companies, this system is pretty much designed for SMEs. Anyway, SMEs don’t need super-powered system for their operations.

 

The pdf brochure is available for download here. The information is provided by Comstor, a leading specialty distributor of Cisco solutions with specific programs and capabilities for advanced technologies such as Voice, Security and Mobility.

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Picture above: Unified Communication System – Linksys Business Series

 

If you are interested to know how such product can help your business, you may wish to contact Mr Michael Long at michael.long@comstor.com.sg

 

CISCO event is more than selling of products. it is educational and provides relevant information for today’s competitive business environment.

 

However, the duration of the event is long and it is rather difficult to digest all the technical information.   

Read further down if you want to know more.

 

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CISCO understands the needs as well as the difficulties faced by the SMEs. Finances have always been an issue faced by all SMEs but I think that should not be the obstacle for expansion.

 

Hitachi Capital offers a broad range of products that will help companies to invest on their operations. If you have the intention to invest on CISCO products, you should talk to Hitachi Capital for assistance in financing your purchases (Drop me a mail and I can refer you to the relevant people in Hitachi Capital).

 

Want to win SG$25,000 worth of CISCO Small Business Solutions? Be a Game Changer!

If your company has less than 250 employees, you can participate the CISCO’s Game Changer contest and stand a chance to win SG$25,000 worth of CISCO Business Solutions.

 

Simply write in 35 words or less, how you would transform your business with Cisco Small Business solutions and you could be a step closer to outwit, outlast and outpace the competition.

 

Entrepreneurs! If you need to have a free secured network, you may consider this option. Who knows?! You may be the lucky one! Click here for more information.

 

So What’s Next? CISCO Security Techbyte – Network as the Security Platform

Cisco Security TechByte will address new and continuing threats to the critical corporate information security, as well as responses to the increasing risk of security breaches, data exfiltration, identity theft and more.

 

CISCO Security Techbyte – Network as the Security Platform. is opened to public. For more information, please visit CISCO website. Hope you guys will enjoy this upcoming session.    

 

 

 

Wow! NOKIA LAPTOP! sounds cool but…

 

It appears to me that Nokia (Stock quote – NYSE:NOK) has been pretty active in the market recently. They have launched their music campaign – Comes with Music and now they might be entering into the laptop (or maybe netbook) market. According to Reuters, Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo hinted that they are exploring opportunities in the laptop market(I am betting they are going into the netbook market).  

 

This move should not come as a surprise. Given the fact that Nokia has acquired Symbian for their mobile Operating System. They have the hardware and software capabilities to produce portable computing devices. By opening up Symbian platform, we will see developers creating applications. As a consumer, I would certainly love to see more choices in the Operation Systems market which is still dominated by Microsoft (Stock quote – NASDAQGS:MSFT).

 

The question here is whether Nokia’s move into portable PC is a viable one. I have came across this article from Business Daily Africa that the worldwide shipment of netbook is forecasted to 35 million and it is estimated to be 139 million by 2013. I believe, in a way, that these figures could be realised. We have seen people around us started to carry netbook whenever they go. It is not hard to imagine the amount of potential in this market. However, this is not going to be an easy game for new players like Nokia.

 

There are too many competitors fighting the same piece of pie. Many electronics giants are already in the game. They have the technology and business infrastructure to mass produce good-quality computers at a cheap cost.

 

Furthermore, competition has sliced away the profit margins of all the market players. So, why should Nokia diversify from higher profit-margin mobile sector to lower profit-margin laptop sector? Nokia had 38.4 percent of the global mobile phone market and this sector is still very lucrative in Asia.

 

It will only be worthwhile if Nokia has a disruptive strategies that can permanently change people’s way of using netbook or laptop just like the way Apple iPod (Stock quote – NASDAQGS: AAPL)change the people’s impression of portable music players. (Hmm…When Apple release their first netbook?)  

 

Some people have created their own Nokia Laptop. Come and take a look!

 

Video 1 by thoughtfix.blogspot.com

 

Video 2 by thoughtfix.blogspot.com

 

 

The games xpo stomps lion city in july

I was invited to the Press Conference of The Games XPO 2009 held at Game Haven – SAFRA.

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February 18, 2009 Singapore Conference and Exhibition Management Services(CEMS) announced its collaboration with Rapture Gaming to present The Games XPO 2009 (TGX09)here in Singapore from July 3 to 5, 2009 at Hall 4 of Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. TGX09 is made possible with the support of host Games Exchange Alliance, Singapore. TGX09 brings together the regional gaming industry under one comprehensive networking platform for Asia to present the latest trends in gaming. Its vision is to be Asia’s ultimate gaming show bringing together the best minds and partners to showcase the latest in the world of gaming to the gaming fraternity, from players to publishers.

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(Photo) From Left – Ms Cindy Tan (Singapore Cyber Models Club), Mr Bernard Ho (TKA Amusement (S) Pte Ltd), Mr Steven Tan (CEMS) Mr Aroon Tan (Games Exchanges Alliance), Mr Herman Ng (Rapture Gaming Pte Ltd), Ms Stephanie Loh (Singapore Cosplay Club), Mr Takahan (Chivalry Entertainment). Mr Paddy Tan (Blog2u Pte Ltd)

TGX09 is strategically organized to address the development needs and opportunities presented by Asia’s rapidly growing digital interactive gaming industry. It is broadly segmented into areas of interest to businesses and to II-chan complete white (2)the public. Visitors to the event will find a comprehensive array of activities spread over 4,000 sqm presented by some 80 companies in console, PC, online, mobile and arcade games.

 

Enthusiasts can look forward to an arcade games showdown and e-sports tournaments
designed to challenge the gamers at some of the most popular and demanding games.

 

 

(Picture) Mascot developed by Chivalry Entertainment

Besides exciting games, Visitors will indulged with the eye-popping appearance by the Cyber Models and Cosplay characters. The event is expected to draw 80,000 visitors.

It is not just all play! Business people! There is always opportunity for you! The Summit of Asia Pacific Gaming Associations (SAGA) will gather industry leaders to launch of three initiatives. The first would be the launch of the World’s first “Asia Pacific Games Directory featuring market reports of the 13 member countries and regions. SAGA Presidents will also meet at the SAGA Presidents’ breakfast to discuss collaborative efforts among the member countries and the possible formation of the Asia Pacific Games Federation. The third of the series of initiatives would be the industry forum on business and market development of the gaming industry. The two-day forum during TGX09 is expected to draw 150 delegates from 13 countries.

 

website: http://www.thegamesxpo.com/

STILL GUESSING THE BRAND OF "GUESSWHATCAR.SG"? LET ME TELL YOU THE ANS!

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Photo taken outside of Heeren

 

I am sure everybody wants to win a pair of tickets to Europe but first of all, you must know the brand of the car! I have various ways to get you to the answer but before I go into the details, I strongly encourages all of you to finish reading the whole blog post (if you don’t want to waste time banging at the wrong door).   

 

The most direct way is to go to the side of the car showroom. You should be able to see the functions and the features of the car. This is tedious but a correct approach because all car makers will have different positioning in the market. From there, you would roughly know the targeted market segment of the car company and this helps you to better filter off those companies that are not in the segment. Don’t worry! I don’t expect you guys to go down to Heeren to copy all the features. I have prepared the list for you guys. All you have to do is to copy and search on Google

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Powerful 1.6L engine(124ps)

Auto light control

Integrated Headlamp-Cum-Front Grille Design

Sporty 17-Ince Alloy Rims

Top-of-the- Class Cabin Space

Driver-Centric Dashboard with Centre Fascia

Motor-Driven Power Steering(MDPS)

Steering Wheel Audio Remote Control

Keyless Entry System

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Dual Front Airbags

Electronic-Chromic Mirror

Perfect NHTSA and IIHS Safety Rating

Ipod-/USB-Compatible Audio Console

Automatic Temperature Control

Supervision Cluster with Rear Parking Assist System and Trip Computer

 

Wait a minute! I guess you guys will prefer watching video to reading text. Watch this video! You will get the answer straight away!

 

Guys, come on! Guess the brand of this myster 1.6L Car and stand to win a trip for two to exciting Europe!

Simply SMS GUESS<space> Car Brand <space> Your Name <space> Your NRIC  to 77877 or log on to guesswhatcar.sg to enter!

Contest ends 19 Feb 2009.

Garbage Enzyme Workshop in Singapore

Ground-Up Initiative’s (GUI) very first Garbage Enzyme Workshop is happening……

When:  SATURDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2009

Where: Nyee Phoe – 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898

What time: 2 to 4.30pm

Fees for this workshop: S$15 for members and S$18 for non-members. Fee includes a 5-litre plastic bottle and brown sugar and will be given to each participant during the DIY session.

All participants are requested to bring your own "garbage". "Garbage" refers to kitchen waste such as raw vegetables and/or skins and seeds of all types of fruits which one usually throws away during cooking preparation.

Garbage enzyme is the solution to recover our ozone layer and lower the global temperature. Discover the endless benefits of this Earth-saving enzyme you can make in your kitchen.

ENZYME MAN of Singapore aka Mr Derrick Tan will conduct this workshop, therefore it is a golden opportunity to learn from him first hand about this magical enzyme and how to make it at home.

If you want to learn more about creation, adoption and application of ENZYME in your daily living, please email to info@groundupinitiative.org.

Website: http://www.groundupinitiative.org/

P.S. For drivers, please refer to the map below for directions to the venue.
For those who are taking public transport, please wait at the waiting bay next to Kranji MRT station by 1.30pm, there will be transport arrangement by GUI to bring you to the venue.

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Notebook that fits nicely in your pocket

How could it be possible? For those who have been very aware of the latest development in the computer industry.  You probably have known that SONY Singapore has announced the the launch of their latest notebook in town this week – VAIO P “Pocket style PC”. The new VAIO P “Pocket style PC” is an 8-inch full-featured notebook PC fitted into a pocket size that’s less than 20mm thin and is about the size of a business envelope.   

When I first hold on to VAIO P, it feels like you are mantling with a toy. It is very light (weighs 594g with a solid-state drive and 620g with a hard disk drive) for a notebook and can be comfortably handled with a single hand. Ladies will love this device as it can be easily slip into a handbag while they are out for shopping.

Despite its small size, performance has not been compromised. Although it is run on Microsoft VISTA, I am surprised that most of the applications have been able to load relatively fast. Anyway, XP is still available in the market if you are not used to VISTA.

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The design of the keyboard is pretty good given its small size. I appreciate that Sony has recognized the importance of typing experience. Extension of the keyboard to the edges of the chassis and maximizing of typing space do help men with big fingers like mine. However, it appears that the screen looks significantly shorter and smaller than the keyboard. It does not look visually appealing to people like me who have been used to working on normal-size laptop.  

It does not come to me as a surprise when VAIO P has connectivity features such as built-in wireless LAN 802.11b/g/Draft n webcam. The interesting application is the Instant Mode that directly launches into Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for quick boot up and access to music, video, photos and the Web. We tried to quick boot the system on the spot and it took about 30-40s to launch Instant Mode; probably due to the operation system installed in the device.

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The VAIO P is almost as powerful as a normal-size laptop. Since it is run on Window VISTA, it supports other software. Additionally, there is also a windows arrangement utility preinstalled for easy organising of all open documents or websites, all with a single touch. The disappointment is short battery life of 3 hours (bundled battery). It is certainly not enough if you carry this device out for a whole day. 

The new VAIO P is available in 4 different colours – Black, Green, Red and White and will be priced from S$1,299

For press release and specification of this product, please go here

Bloggers’ calendar 2009 at SMU

We have a wonderful Sunday evening at SMU Ice Cold beer. Nice ambience, great people and of course lots of beer!

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Hey Nicole! Are you the ambassador of Barcadi?

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(From Left) DK, Vincent, Huishan and Mic are playing Nintendo Wii

 

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Me, Me, Me, Me, Me! These photos (all contain me) were taken and given free to me on the spot! (I absolutely love this idea! Cool and professional photos for free!) These photos are sponsored by Livestudio 

For those who are interested to know how the calendar look like, there is an online version at http://bloggers2009.album.sg/ (if you look diligently, you will see my link in the January calendar)

Lastly, thanks to Daphne for organizing such a wonderful event.

know amazing business ideas in NTU!!

08 CreativeLab_logoGlobal market slumped like a freefall but innovation will never stop. Entrepreneurs will continue to innovate and invent interesting products and services. Give yourself a chance to indulge in the air of entrepreneurism at NTU Business Plan Competition(NTU BPC) this coming Friday, 9 Jan 2009.

NTU BPC – 08CreativeLab is a campus-wide competition very much in line with Singapore’s effort to promote and develop a strong technology entrepreneurship environment leading to a vibrant and thriving sector of high growth technology-oriented companies. Spearheaded by Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) and designed to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship through education and competition, NTU BPC provides a platform in which participants present new innovative business concepts to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and angel investors.

Through the various learning initiatives and training engagements with business communities, participants are strongly encouraged to go beyond “paper play” and to start up ventures based on their business plans.

This year’s competition which began in May attracted a total of 294 NTU students or 67 teams. During the first round of judging, we narrowed this down to 18 teams. 8 teams from the Semi Final have advanced into the Grand Final of 08CreativeLab.

Our judges from the preliminary and semi-final rounds have short-listed 8 finalist-teams for this Grand Final, where each team is expected to perform an elevator pitch on their business, followed by a venture capital fair where each team will set up a booth to showcase their business idea to be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges consisting of venture capitalists, business angels, successful entrepreneurs, eminent corporate business leaders, intellectual property owners, solicitors, government officials, and etc.

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The winning teams will be awarded with over S$23,000 cash prizes; possibilities to raise capital funding; and others including digital equipments and shopping vouchers, etc.  Supporting this event, we have supporting partners such as Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA), Technology Transfer Network (TTN) and Lloyd Wise.

NTC would like to invite you to the Grand Finale of NTU Business Plan Competition 2008 on 9th of January 2009.

Interested parties, please register yourself here

Unexpected Christmas Greeting

I received a letter which is attention to “Neo”. I have only been using this name ever since my army days (Hey! I didn’t use this name because of the movie “Matrix“! Neo is my last name! and Army like to address soldiers by last name) I guess most probably it is sent by people whom I got to know in university or Army.

 

 

Indeed, it is sent by a lady whom I got to know in Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. Here’s the message

“Seasons greeting and may your wishes come true.

All the best in your job search and hope that you will obtain a job that you’ll fancy”

It is a simple gesture on her part. I certainly appreciate that! A simple words of encouragement from friends does moltivate me to move on. I would like to say to this friend, 

“Thank you for being so thoughtful! I will continue to propell forward no matter what kind of obstacles that I will face.”

Last and foremost, I would also like to wish you a wonderful christmas and a happy new year!