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EVENTS DIGITAL

VMWare CIO Forum

Global leader in Cloud technology says that it is "enablement," not just technology that can initiate and complete digital transformation in organizations. 


(April 9-11, 2018, Singapore)

Smart wins big at Anvil Awards again

SMART Communications maintained its winning streak at the Anvil Awards, receiving top honors for the third straight year at the Oscars of public relations in the Philippines.

Microsoft and women in tech

Empowering women through technology can come in many forms. Microsoft with non-profits believes that immersion in coding is one way to do it. The company wants more women in tech.

SAP Leonardo Center

SAP Leonardo brings new technologies and services to help businesses in their digital journey.

SAP Leonardo brings new technologies and services together to help businesses power their digital transformation.


PLDT wins four Anvils

THE country’s leading ICT and digital services provider, PLDT Enterprise, bagged four wins at the 53rd Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal event held recently. 

DDoS attacks hit unintended victims

Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT

Cimatu lauds 13 new lawyers

Thirteen lawyers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were honored last Monday in which four of them for outstanding academic achievement while the other nine for passing the 2017 bar examination. 

Acer brings new Chromebook

Additional new budget-friendly Chromebook 15 model combines best of design at an affordable price 

Many fake Facebook accounts

More than 3.6 million attempts to visit fraudulent social network pages, of which 60% were fake Facebook pages. 

Dell powers call centers

Dell Technologies had started investing in new programs, incentives and solutions designed to fast-track channel partners’ delivery of Digital, IT, Security and Workforce Transformations for their customers.

Starmobile offers free internet

Innovation have partnered to provide Starmobile users with free internet access out of the box by pre-loading freenet into their latest Android smartphones.

CloudProfessor Laboratory with Acer now up

Acer Philippines collaborated with the Asian College Technology (ACT) of Cebu to integrate basic IT skills and its application to everyday life via a mini super computer.

13 DENR lawyers lauded

Top notch legal researchers to top notch lawyers

Photo shows Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu congratulates DENR employees who passed the 2017 Bar exams. In photo are (from left) Atty. Cesar Wendel Caoagas, Andrea Victoria Amog, Jiana Joselle De Guzman, Fatima Angeli Tan and Lovely Grazette Quiben.  


Thirteen lawyers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were honored last Monday in which four of them for outstanding academic achievement while the other nine for passing the 2017 bar examination. 


DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu led the recognition rites during the flag raising at the DENR Central Office in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City 


“We have a very high batting average. Imagine 9 out of 13 passed the bar, “Cimatu said, noting the 13 were fresh law school graduates when they were hired by the Department as legal researchers.


“It only means that we have the best people here in DENR,” Cimatu said. The success of his program of accelerating the resolution of cases now clogging up the DENR’s legal office is more assured that the nine law graduates are now to become full-fledged lawyers.”


The nine DENR lawyers include Atty. Wendell Caoagas, Andrea Victoria Amog, Jiana Joselle De Guzman, Fatima Angeli Tan, Lovely Grazette Quiben, Minette Sioson, Edna Francisco, Joseph Chrispher Torralba and Atty. Kris Rajiani Nagera.

All nine are assigned to the Legal Affairs Service at the DENR Central Office.


Cimatu likewise cited four other lawyers for outstanding academic achievement in their post-graduate programs, stressing their achievements are widely regarded by the Depratment as “a significant push” to raise the quality of professionalism and competence being cultivated by the DENR management for its 16,000-strong workforce.


The four include Atty. Amiel  Ian Valdez  (Summa Cum Laude) , Atty Ronnel Sopsop (Class Valedictorian), Atty. Arlyn Buduhan  (Best Paper) , Atty. Ismael Manaligod (With Honors) and Atty. Amiel Ian Valdez (Summa Cum Laude).


Valdez, who is with the Claims and Conflicts Division of Legal Affairs Service at the  DENR-Central Office, finished his Master of Environmental Law this year with “First Class Honors” (equivalent to Summa Cum Laude) at  University of Melbourne in  Melbourne, Australia. 


Part of Valdez’s academic achievement was a paper he wrote titled “Examining the extent and limits of the Philippine Writ of Kalikasan as tool to compel the government to fulfill its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement”, which garnered the gold award during the 23rd Conference of the Parties at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. 


Atty. Ronnel Sopsop came out as the “Class Valedictorian” from this year’s batch of DENR scholars under the  Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Management Course at the DENR’s Environment and Natural Resources Academy in  Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. He was also given the “Leadership Award” by the EBR Academy. 


Atty. Arlyn Katherine Buduhan,  chief of Enforcement Office in DENR Region 1, finished her Masters Degree in Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) with a paper she authored  “System of Monitoring and Regulating Sources of Raw Materials of Small-Scale Wood Processing Industries”, which received the “Best Smart Regulation Re-Entry Project” prize.


Meanwhile, Atty. Ismael Manaligod, head of the  Legal Office, DENR-Region 2 in  Tuguegarao City, Cagayan  finished his Senior Executive Class in Public Management Development Program also at DAP with a special award “Outstanding Capstone Paper” for his paper “Grill or No Grill: Exploring Policy Alternatives on Wood Charcoal Value Chain in the Philippines.”

According to Cimatu:

“We have a very high batting average. Imagine 9 out of 13 passed the bar, 

It only means that we have the best people here in DENR,” Cimatu said. 

STARMOBILE AND VOYAGER TEAM UP FOR FREE INTERNET

Going online is free for Starmobile using app

Mobile internet access has become an indispensable part of Filipinos’ daily routines. In an effort to address this need, Star Telecom Alliance Resources, Inc. (STAR, Inc.) and Voyager Innovation have partnered to provide Starmobile users with free internet access out of the box by pre-loading freenet into their latest Android smartphones.


With this 100% free-to-use app (Smart SIM required), users can visit white listed sites such as Lazada, Philippine Airlines, PayMaya, and Philippine Star to name a few. They can also participate in missions where they can earn points and exchange them for free Smart, Sun, TNT, or Globe prepaid packages.

Freenet is available initially on the newly-launched Starmobile UP Xtreme, but will soon be available in succeeding models. 


Learn more about Starmobile by following its official website starmobile.ph or Facebook page facebook.com/starmobilephones. [END]

In the photo

From left to right: Hatch Business and Brand Management Head Heidi Garayblas, Voyager Vice President Dindo Marzan, Starmobile COO Michael Chen, and Starmobile Sales and Marketing Head Ardie Balderrama)

Acer Debuts Big-Screen Flexibility On Chromebook

Additional new budget-friendly Chromebook 15 model combines best of design at an affordable price

Photo shows: New Acer Chromebook


Acer today introduced the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (CP315-1H), the industry’s first convertible Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display. The large touchscreen display pairs with the convertible 360-degree design to deliver a powerful and portable Chromebook with first-rate entertainment and productivity capabilities. 

In addition, Acer is launching a new Chromebook 15 (CB315-1H/1HT) line that pairs a large 15-inch display and long 14-hour battery life at a budget-friendly price. 

“Acer has led the Chromebook market with a wide range of form factors, sizes and designs to meet the needs of our customers, and we’re expanding our line with new exciting 15-inch models today,” said James Lin, General Manager, Commercial & Detachable Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer. “Acer’s new Chromebooks with large 15-inch Full HD displays are ideal for collaborating on projects for work and school, enjoying streaming media and running the latest apps. Plus, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is the company’s first to combine a large 15.6-inch display with a convertible design, so customers can use the device in different modes.”

Both the new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 (CP315-1H) and Chromebook 15 (CB315-1H/1HT) fully support Android apps via Google Play, joining the performance, security and simplicity of Chrome with the more than two million Android apps that consumers know and love. 


Chromebook Spin 15 Provides Big Entertainment

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15’s large 1080p display is ideal for people who want an affordable computer that can also be used for entertainment in homes, apartments or dorm rooms. The 1920x1080 resolution delivers sharp visuals while IPS technology provides wide viewing angles for sharing streaming video. Plus, the display supports 10-finger touch for responsive website browsing and running the latest apps. The large FHD IPS display is complemented by two full-sized upward-facing speakers that deliver enhanced volume and audio range for an excellent HD entertainment experience. The large display boosts productivity with the additional screen real estate for apps and tabs. This also makes room for a comfortable full-sized keyboard and a large Corning® Gorilla® Glass touchpad that provides smooth navigation through sites and apps.


Flexible Design That Looks Great

The Acer Chromebook Spin 15’s 360-degree hinges allow the touchscreen display to be rotated a full 360°until it becomes completely open and ready for use as a large tablet for reading online content, enjoying video and staying in touch on social media. This convertible design means that the keyboard can be quickly manoeuvred back for use in traditional notebook mode. In addition, customers can stand it up in display mode to get closer to the screen, or use it in tent-mode for constrained spaces like airplane cabins. 

The Chromebook Spin 15 has a silver cross-hairline pattern on the top cover that looks great in any setting. This unique silky texture provides a premium look that’s professional enough for the office and stylish enough for the home. The Chromebook Spin 15 can easily be moved around the home or office since it weighs only 2.1kg (4.63 pounds). 

 

Performance and All-Day Battery Life

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 can be used for a full day of work or school, plus streaming and fun since it delivers industry-leading battery life of up to 13 hours2. The fanless design allows it to run quietly, making it great for shared spaces such as a family room, library or coffee shop.

It provides solid everyday performance, since it’s powered by the quad-core Intel® Pentium® N4200 processor, Intel® Celeron® N3450 processor, or the dual-core Intel® Celeron® N3350 processor. It comes with 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4 memory and either 32GB or 64GB of on–board eMMC storage. 


Staying Connected

Fast and reliable 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi keeps customers connected, while Bluetooth 4.2 provides a convenient connection to peripherals. The Acer 720p HD webcam has high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide field of view for accommodating groups in video conferences and Google Hangouts. 

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 has two USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 ports for quick transfer of data, connecting to an HD display as well as charging the device or other products. In addition, the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 includes two USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD card reader. 


New Value-Oriented Chromebook 15 Model 

Acer is also introducing a new model in its popular Chromebook 15 line that delivers the same large 15.6-inch display and long 14-hour battery life at a budget-friendly price. The Chromebook 15 has a vibrant Full HD 15.6-inch display in both touch (CB315-1HT) and non-touch (CB315-1H) displays that both provide a Full HD 1920x1080 resolution ideal for enjoying Android apps and viewing multiple tabs and apps. The Chromebook 15 is powered by the quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processor, the dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 processor, or quad-core Intel Celeron N3450 processor and comes with two full-sized upward-facing speakers that support high-definition audio. It can be connected to a wireless network via Intel® Wireless-AC 7265 (802.11ac 2x2 MIMO) WiFi and to other devices with its two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ports. It will be available with up to 8MB dual-channel LPDDR4 memory and 64GB of on–board eMMC storage. 


Chrome OS Provides Speed, Simplicity and Security

Both new Acer Chromebooks are easy to use and can be easily shared between multiple users. Customers simply log into their own Google account to access their Gmail, Google Docs, apps, extensions, bookmarks and other information. Chromebooks run on Google’s Chrome OS platform, which provides automatic updates and multiple levels of security to guard users against ever-changing online threats. 


Pricing and Availability

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via www.acer.com.

The new Acer Chromebook Spin 15 and Chromebook 15 were unveiled today at the next@acer press event held in New York, where the company announced a range of new devices and solutions for gamers, creators, families, students and professionals. For more information, visit www.acer.com/nextatacer

    

*Battery life is based on Google power_LoadTest for non-touch model (http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/testing/power-testing). Actual battery life varies by model, configuration, applications, power management settings, operating conditions, and utilized features.


Acer releases first CloudProfessor Laboratory

Mini super computer now activated

Acer Philippines collaborated with the Asian College Technology (ACT) of Cebu to integrate basic IT skills and its application to everyday life to its curriculum with the launch of the country’s first CloudProfessor Laboratory. 


The CloudProfessor Laboratory is equipped with Acer’s CloudProfessor, a starter kit that equips students with programming skills to design and build the Internet of Things (IoT). This super mini-computer has reduced learning difficulties of students and can teach basic coding and robotics. CloudProfessor will be integrated into the Senior High School curriculum where students can easily learn about programming at an early age. ACT believes that it is important to introduce the concept of IoT and the skills needed to harness it early on. CloudProfessor makes learning more fun and interactive for its students as they explore the options for their future profession.  


Aside from providing the students with technology that can raise their potential, ACT’s pool of instructors and technical staff will undergo comprehensive workshops and trainings with Acer to prepare educators for the implementation of the progr

Acer at the Asian College of Technology

(L-R): Alexis de Guzman, Business Development Manager of Acer Philippines; Sue Ong- Lim, Sales and Marketing Director of Acer Philippines; Dr. Joseph Stephen A. Descallar, School President of ACT; Erwin Verano, VP for Administration & Human Resources of ACT.

Fake Facebook sites are 60% Of social network phishing

Kaspersky Lab’s anti-phishing technologies prevented more than 3.6 million malware attempts

24 May 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, Kaspersky Lab’s anti-phishing technologies prevented more than 3.6 million attempts to visit fraudulent social network pages, of which 60% were fake Facebook pages. The results, according to Kaspersky Lab’s report, ‘Spam and phishing in Q1 2018’, demonstrate that cybercriminals are still doing what they can to get their hands on personal data. 


Social network phishing is a form of cybercrime that involves the theft of personal data from a victim’s social network account. The fraudster creates a copy of a social networking website (such as a fake Facebook page) and tries to lure unsuspecting victims to it, forcing them to give up their personal data – such as their name, password, credit card number, PIN code, and more – in the process.


At the beginning of the year, Facebook was the most popular social networking brand for fraudsters to abuse, and Facebook pages were frequently faked by cybercriminals to try and steal personal data via phishing attacks. 


This is part of a long-term trend: in Q1 2017, Facebook became one of the top three targets for phishing overall, at nearly 8%, followed by Microsoft Corporation (6%) and PayPal (5%). 

In Q1 2018, Facebook also led the social network phishing category, followed by VK – a Russian online social networking service - and LinkedIn. The reason for this is likely to be the worldwide 2.13 billion active monthly Facebook users, including those who log in to unknown apps using their Facebook credentials, thereby granting access to their accounts. This makes unwary Facebook users a profitable target for cybercriminal phishing attacks. 


The distribution of different types of social network phishing detected by Kaspersky Lab in Q1 2018

This all reinforces the fact that personal data is valuable in the world of information technology both for legitimate organizations and attackers. Cybercriminals are constantly searching for new methods to hit users, so it’s important to be aware of fraudster techniques to avoid becoming the next target.


For example, the latest trend is spam emails related to GDPR (Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation).  Examples include offers of paid webinars to clarify the new legislation, or invitations to install special software that will provide access to online resources to ensure compliance with the new rules.


The continuous increase in phishing attacks --- targeting both social networks and financial organizations --- shows us that users need to pay more serious attention to their online activities. Despite the recent global scandals, people continue to click on unsafe links and allow unknown apps access to their personal data. Due to this lack of user vigilance, the data on a huge number of accounts gets lost or extorted from users. This can then lead to destructive attacks and a constant flow of money for the cybercriminals,” said Nadezhda Demidova, lead web content analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky Lab experts advise users to take the following measures to protect themselves from phishing:

  • Always check the link address and the sender’s email before clicking anything. Even better, don’t click the link, but type it into your browser’s address line instead.
  • Before clicking any link, check if the link address shown, is the same as the actual hyperlink (the real address the link will take you to). This can be checked by hovering your mouse over the link.
  • Only use a secure connection, especially when you visit sensitive websites. As a minimum precaution, do not use unknown or public Wi-Fi without a password protection. For maximum protection, use VPN solutions that encrypt your traffic. And remember: if you are using an insecure connection, cybercriminals can invisibly redirect you to phishing pages.
  • Check the HTTPS connection and domain name when you open a webpage. This is especially important when you are using websites which contain sensitive data – such as sites for online banking, online shops, email, social media sites etc.
  • Never share your sensitive data, such as logins and passwords, bank card data etc., with a third party. Official companies will never ask for data like this via email.
  • Use a reliable security solution with behavior-based anti-phishing technologies, such as Kaspersky Total Security, to detect and block spam and phishing attacks.

Other key findings in the report include:

Phishing:

  • The main targets of phishing attacks have remained the same since the end of last year. They are primarily global Internet portals and the financial sector, including banks, payment services and online stores.
  • About $35,000 USD was stolen through one phishing site that appeared to offer the opportunity to invest in the rumored Telegram ICO. Approximately $84,000 USD was stolen following a single phishing email mailshot related to the launch of ‘The Bee Token’ ICO.
  • Financial phishing continues to account for almost half of all phishing attacks (43.9%), which is 4.4% more compared to the end of last year. Attacks against banks, e-shops, and payment systems remain the top three, demonstrating cybercriminals’ desire to access users’ money. 
  • Brazil was the country with the largest share of users attacked by phishers in the first quarter of 2018 (19%). It was followed by Argentina (13%), Venezuela (13%), Albania (13%), and Bolivia (12%).

Spam:

  • In the first quarter of 2018, the amount of spam peaked in January (55%). The average share of spam in the world’s email traffic was 52%, which is 4.6% lower than the average figure of the last quarter of 2017.
  • Vietnam became the most popular source of spam, overtaking the U.S. and China. Others in the top 10 included India, Germany, France, Brazil, Russia, Spain, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
  • The country most targeted by malicious mailshots was Germany. Russia came second, followed by United Kingdom, Italy, and the UAE. 


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Dell Technologies Powers Up the Modern Data Center

Dell Technologies Powers Up the Modern Data Center and Future of Work

 Summary

· Dell EMC ushers in the Modern Data Center Dell EMC with new NVMe-based storage, CI and modular infrastructure innovations

· Advancements to the Dell EMC hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio include clear path to adopt VMware-based multi-clouds

· Dell and Dell EMC uniquely provide Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning capabilities from the desktop to the data center 

· Dell enables the Future of Work with new thin client solutions 

· Virtustream enhances risk management and compliance for enterprises and the public sector with new SaaS solution

· Virtustream bolsters cloud offering for healthcare market 

· VMware unveils the Virtual Cloud Network with new VMware NSX networking and security portfolio


Full story

Announced at the Dell Technologies World 2018, one of IT industry’s premier events, Dell Technologies had started investing in new programs, incentives and solutions designed to fast-track channel partners’ delivery of Digital, IT, Security and Workforce Transformations for their customers.


“Most of us are tasked to become more digital, more data-capable in IT,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman, Products and Operations, Dell. “We have to transform IT to deliver better outcomes and to do so more in real time, with less latency, and a Modern Data Center is required to compete. It’s an exciting time at Dell Technologies. We’re playing a key role helping our customers deliver better outcomes—not just in business, but for society and the world around us.”


A comprehensive set of product and solution innovations going went live from across Dell Technologies, designed to help customers achieve their IT, Security and Workforce transformations:

· Dell EMC ushers in the Modern Data Center with solution innovations including the NVME-enabled Dell EMC PowerMax enterprise-class All-Flash storage array, new replication features for Dell EMC XtremIO, and a sneak peek of new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX modular infrastructure. See separate release here.


· Dell EMC, as the No. 1 market leader in global hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI)[1], releases several advancements to Dell EMC VxRail and Dell EMC VxRack SDDC with a clear path to adopt VMware-based multi-clouds. See separate release here.


· Dell and Dell EMC uniquely deliver Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning capabilities from the desktop to the datacenter with new capabilities for Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, PowerMax storage and Dell Precision workstations. See separate release here.


· Dell updates its VDI Complete Solutions with features most demanded by customers and unveils its most versatile thin client ever. See separate release here.


· Virtustream adds software-as-a-service support for its risk management and compliance monitoring service, Viewtrust. See separate release here


· Virtustream demonstrates momentum within the healthcare market, and adds disaster-recovery options and the availability of the SAP Health solution on S/4 HANA®. See separate release here


· VMware unveiled its vision for the Virtual Cloud Network and the new VMware NSX networking and security portfolio to enable consistent, pervasive connectivity and security for apps and data wherever they are located. See separate release here


The Dell Technologies World 2018 was held in Las Vegas on May 1 and 2 where over 14,000 visitors gathered together to experience the emerging, game-changing technology trends from AI and Machine Learning to IoT while 35,000 from around the world participated through live streamed and on-demand virtual Dell Technologies World video experiences proving that more customers are embracing Dell Technologies. On the second day of Dell Technologies World, thousands of customers and partners continued to look at newer ways to realize these digital futures and drive toward better business outcomes with modern edge-to-core-to-cloud technology innovations.

    

[1] IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Q4 2017, April 2018, Vendor Revenue

VMWare CIO Forum TARGETS MORE DX FOR ENTERPRISES

VMWare CIO Forum (Singapore April 9 to 11, 2018)

Photo shows Bruce Davie, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VMWare speaks to the media at the CIO Forum.


WITH enterprises and governments in Southeast Asia prioritizing digital transformation (DX) as a cornerstone in business growth and smart nation blueprints, DX was a key focus area at the VMware CIO Forum in Singapore. The event was attended by more than 120 c-suite executives from Southeast Asia and Korea. 


In partnership with the International Data Corporation (IDC), C-level executives had the opportunity to focus on the next progression of the DX journey to better understand, the scope and impact of DX and facilitate an in-depth analysis of DX investment relative to strategic enterprise priorities.

“At VMWare we are not Cloud providers, but rather Cloud enablers,” Callum Eade, Senior Director for SDCC (Software Defined Data Center), VMWare said. In saying so Eade also emphasized the importance of converting a company’s business vision into a technology vision in order to create a mindset and culture focused on DX.


VMware, Inc. showcased a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to accelerate performance and drive results from digital investment during the next stage of growth.


“These are not only a suite of products or solutions that we offer. We come to the customer listening to what they need, and oftentimes we find out problems they did not see or offer solutions that they did not even think of,” Eade narrates as he shared the story of Chitale Dairy Farm in India.


The 1,000-cow dairy farm generated thousands of liters of milk a day and its owner, a farmer named Vishwas Chitale grew his farm from humble beginnings but rather than make massive profit from the productive operations, decided to “give back to the community what they gain,” by contributing financially to the wellbeing of the community by supporting local schools and infrastructure.


“Chitale’s farm used VMWare to enable more productive cows and a more productive system that made a more productive town,” Eade said.


2017 is the year of digital impasse in APEJ. Also the event, IDC announced findings from their latest Digital Transformation study in the region, titled “IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Digital Transformation in APEJ, 2018”. Conducted in 2017, the study found that organizations in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) have progressed from resisting digital transformation to exploring digital transformation initiatives. However, only 1.2 percent of organizations in the region meet the gold standard of being “digital disruptors.”


 “The Asia-Pacific region differs in technological maturity, but one thing is common – the recognition of digital transformation as a business catalyst. In order to enable digital transformation progress in the region, it is essential for organizations to integrate their existing products and services – without silos,” Duncan Hewett, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, Vmware said.


The study found that majority of the organizations (86.5 percent) surveyed were still in the first three phases of maturity and indicated that they are not yet able to integrate their digital products and services across the business to provide a consistent experience for the user.


“IT environments in APJ are now a mixture of legacy infrastructure and public and private clouds, and that’s what we hear from some of our largest customers. VMware is committed to working with our customers to outline the strategic measures they need to address, enabling them for success and creating new possibilities for their businesses,” Hewett added.


Taking back control of a multi-cloud environment. As companies expand their use of cloud computing in a multi-cloud environment, they naturally experience increased complexity and risk associated with diverse infrastructures, management tools, and processes. VMware estimates that nearly two-thirds of the industry will utilize two or more cloud service providers in addition to their on-premises data centers.


VMware Cloud Services helps to manage the complexity and risk of multiple cloud environments and enable a unified experience from cloud to core to edge. By extending consistent operations from the data center to the cloud, VMware offers end-to-end visibility of cloud usage, infrastructure cost, network performance, detailed application monitoring and analytics, and enhanced security across the public cloud and on-premises environments. 


VMware also recently unveiled a new set of products and services, including VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension Service for Private Cloud, a SaaS offering that provides application mobility and infrastructure hybridity across different vSphere versions, on-premises and in the cloud. The expanded VMware Cloud Provider Program and new VMware Cloud Services enable organizations to manage, secure, monitor and automate cloud infrastructure and applications by providing a unified approach for end-to-end visibility into cloud usage, costs, and network traffic. – by Raymond G.B. Tribdino.

Originally published in Malaya Business Insight.

http://malaya.com.ph/business-news/special-features/vmware-cio-forum-2018-enablement-not-just-technology-will-define-dx

Smart continues winning streak at Anvil Awards

The Anvils is known locally as the "Oscars of Philippine PR"

Photo shows Smart representatives led by Chief Financial Officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla (center), SVP for consumer business market development Oscar Reyes Jr., and public affairs FVP Mon Isberto–receive the Anvil awards last March 23 at Shangri-La Fort.


SMART Communications maintained its winning streak at the Anvil Awards, receiving top honors for the third straight year at the Oscars of public relations in the Philippines.


In a ceremony held recently in Taguig, Smart won the Grand Prix Award for having the highest number of Gold Anvils this year. The company also got the Grand Anvil recognition for SHINE OS+ (Secured Health Information Network and Exchange), an electronic medical record system that enables health facilities to provide faster and better service to their patients. The Grand Anvil is given to the most outstanding public relations program of the year.


The Anvil Awards has been conducted annually for 53 years by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines.

Smart received Gold Anvils for the following corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, and customer service programs:


SHINE OS+, an open system that allows developers to create plugins addressing the various needs of health workers. Among the plugins created are a system that automates the sending of reminder SMS to diabetes patients, and a plugin that enables nurses in Nepal to collect health surveillance and preparedness data during and after disasters.

Learning as One Nation, an effort to help improve the Department of Education’s Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) program in General Santos and Sarangani. Smart is helping develop an app that teaches Arabic language and values, while promoting independent learning among ALIVE students through the Dynamic Learning Program created by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido.


School-in-a-Bag, a learning package donated to public schools in remote areas without electricity. The donation includes a solar panel, mobile devices, digital educational content, teacher training, and monitoring.


TNT Tropang Ready Caravan, which inculcates disaster preparedness among college students and encourages them to promote preparedness in their respective communities

Smart Saturdays, a program where employees pay a participation fee to watch blockbuster movies with their families and colleagues. The participation fees are then used to donate School-in-a-Bag units to underserved schools.


Smart Chatbot, a tool on Facebook Messenger that enables Smart customers to view their billing statements and remaining balance, subscribe to promos, purchase eLoad, and request to chat with an agent

Meanwhile, Smart’s Silver Anvil awardees are Smart Bro’s Bond Like Never Before campaign which encourages parents to use mobile technology to bond with their children, Doon Po Sa Amin Storytelling Caravan which promotes local storytelling for Filipino children, the Paskong Pinoy yearend celebration for employees, the PLDT Group’s efforts to transform its corporate culture to support its digital pivot, the Smart Communities Facebook page which provides information about Smart’s CSR programs, and Smart Millenniors which engages the youth to guide their elders on the use of mobile devices and the internet.


The Silver Anvil list also includes Smart Paywall, a web tool that helps Smart Bro customers avoid unwanted mobile internet charges; Smart TechnoCart, a donation package similar to the School-in-a-Bag that targets more urban communities and contains more devices; the SWEEP (Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program) Awards which encourages students to create innovations solving real problems; the TNT App and TNT Online Store which make it easier for TNT customers to complete transactions; and TNT Tropa Trip, a nationwide summer road show promoting the Choose Your Tropa Apps promo. 



How STEM can make Pinays game changers, tech leaders

Women in science and technology seem few compared to men. Microsoft wants to change that.

Photo shows a young student learning code using the game Minecraft.


Many of the major scientific and technological breakthroughs were made by or discovered by women. Ada Lovelace for example, is known in the information technology world as the first programmer using code. She developed an algorithm intended to be executed by the first modern computer known as the Analytical Engine. Madamé Marie Curie her findings on radioactivity. Three women, mathematician Katherine Johnson, aerospace engineer Mary Jackson and human computer and mathematician Dorothy Vaughan helped map the crucial formulas needed to get a manned spaceship into earth’s orbit preparatory to the moon landing. Their exploits made into a movie called “Hidden Figures.”


Women definitely have a place in science and technology. And to forward this idea, technology leader Microsoft, in celebration of the International Women’s Month, launched the #MakeWhatsNext campaign, aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).


“We want to change the way young women view STEM by letting them envision how technology, science, engineering can be tools used to solve global challenges; how their interests today could turn into a job of the future,” Dr. Daiana Beitler, Philanthropies Director, Microsoft Asia said.


DIGIGIRLZ 2018. To effect this initiative, Microsoft gathered over 200 female Filipina learners from various schools for DigiGirlz 2018—designed inspire young women to pursue careers in the field of STEM.


 “The Philippines is one of the most gender equal countries in the world and is in fact the only Asian country in the top ten of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report in 2017. With DigiGirlz, Microsoft seeks not just to further improve gender equality in the country, but also to empower women to do and achieve more with technology,” Hans Bayaborda, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines explained.


The program aimed to; 1) Increase awareness about what we, together with our partners, are doing to reduce the gender gap in STEM; 2) Influence audience to believe that STEM can lead to exciting and meaningful career paths, by enabling them to tackle big challenges impacting people and the world; 3) Empower audience with resources to learn about computer science and STEM career paths.


“We’re inviting girls to explore their passions further and gain insights from LinkedIn on how to make their dream job a reality. To make it happen, we are introducing all girls, including those from underserved communities, to female role models from different industries as well as hands-on, purpose-driven experiences where STEM concepts are linked to real-life situations,” Beitler said.


GIRLS WILL CODE. Isabel Sieh is 15 years old. She is proficient in Java, C++ and is starting out with Python. These are programming languages that may be alien to many, but is slang to her. At her age she is considered as the youngest programmer in the country. Sieh shared the story of how she founded her company, “Girls Will Code” when she was 11. She spoke of how her love for coding opened the door for other young girls to break the barrier and pursuit a career in STEM. Her company, encourages young women to code debunking most of the myths surrounding the field.


The 200 female learners in attendance had the chance to hear other stories of prominent female figures in various fields at the Asia Pacific College. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative Sharon Garin enlightened the young girls as she shared her experiences working in a male-dominated environment. She reminded the students to be brave, to talk louder, study harder and never let gender become a barrier in achieving more. 


“Education is the key to make women free,” she said in the hopes of inspiring the young minds.


Women from Microsoft also shared their own personal stories of empowerment. Microsoft Philippines’ OCP director Eileen Ong encouraged more girls to not be bound by gender stereotypes and pursue a career in STEM. 


Clarissa Segismundo, Microsoft Education Programs Lead, shared the value of taking risks, of the difference between learning-it-all and knowing-it all, and of the importance of finding your purpose.


The plenary also covered the importance of inclusion and diversity; how technology is making waves to equalize people with disability. The message? DigiGirlz of today who will become the women of tech tomorrow, will carry the torch to invent something that will eventually benefit the world.


(LESS THAN AN) HOUR OF CODE. In addition to the plenary, the young women were invited to envision their careers, acquire new skills, and see the jobs of tomorrow related to STEM through coding sessions, soft skill workshops, and interactive demos on AI, Coding, and HoloLens. They experienced hands on coding by doing Minecraft’s Hour of Code with most learners finishing the coding session in less than hour!


“The stereotype that only men can excel in the tech and engineering industries is wrong. In this digital age, the future career opportunities will be in STEM, and we have a responsibility to encourage and support young women to follow this path. By choosing a career in STEM, young women and men will achieve their true potential and help change the world,” Wendy Johnstone, Microsoft General Manager, Marketing and Operations concluded.


To learn more about #MakeWhatsNext, visit www.makewhatsnext.com. To find out more about Microsoft Philanthropies’ initiatives in the Philippines, search for microsoft-philanthropies. – Raymond G.B. Tribdino


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PLDT Enterprise Win Four Anvils

The "Oscars" of Philippine Public Relations

Photo shows: Anvil winners. PLDT executives pose with the prized PR trophies.


THE country’s leading ICT and digital services provider, PLDT Enterprise, bagged four wins at the 53rd Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal event held recently. 


The Industry Solutions Launch campaign, which won under the Public Relations Program Category, was awarded for enabling enterprises to find the best digital solutions specific to the industries they operate in. 


Under the Publications Category, PLDT Enterprise’s business lifestyle magazine HOT JOE was awarded for its features on product innovations, industry partnerships, and thought leadership articles authored by PLDT executives, as well as contributors from partner companies and clients.


PLDT Enterprise also received recognition for its LGU Campaign—under the Specialized Public Relations Programs, Advocacy Campaign Category—which sought to improve and modernize the capability of local government units through the deployment of pertinent and relevant technologies to different LGUs throughout the Philippines. 


Lastly, the group was also awarded for the 2016 MVP Bossings Awards, PLDT SME Nation’s annual celebration of the country’s most inspiring business leaders and pioneers. The final award won under the PR Tools Category, focusing on Exhibits and Special Events. 


PLDT Enterprise’s award-winning programs and campaigns underline its fearlessness and ingenuity in the face of disruption and digital transformation, to provide customers with excellent services and solutions.


“Every year, we reiterate that these awards are more for our customers than for ourselves. This year is no different. It is our goal to serve our customers better through every program and campaign in order to create meaningful connections with them,” SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez said.


The annual Anvil Awards is organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) and aims to give recognition to organizations and companies that have produced outstanding public relations programs and tools. This year, the PLDT Inc. took home a total of 13 trophies for its communications programs under PLDT Enterprise, PLDT Home, and the PLDT-Smart Foundation. 

DDoS attacks may have hit you

You may have been hit but not know it

Over a quarter of businesses that have been hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack don’t think they were the intended target, highlighting that businesses can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to today’s threat landscape. According to research* from Kaspersky Lab, 27% of respondents said being an innocent bystander was the most likely reason for DDoS attacks on their organization, suggesting that all businesses are in the firing line, even when they are not on the hit list.


The continued threat of DDoS attacks and the value that they bring to those that deploy them – from halting company operations, through to accessing confidential information or demanding a ransom – means that all businesses are potential targets. Despite this, organizations are still showing signs of cyber-complacency, with 28% not using specialized anti-DDoS protection because they believe they are unlikely to be targeted by DDoS attacks.

However, this complacency is misplaced. Of the companies that experienced a security incident within the last 12 months, 44% blamed a DDoS attack as being a contributing factor to that incident – up from a quarter (25%) in 2016. This shows the impact of these types of attacks in today’s workplace and the need for organisations to proactively defend themselves against them.


It’s not just unintended attacks that firms must be ready to ward off at a moment’s notice. Nearly a quarter (23%) of businesses believe a competitor was behind a DDoS attack on their organisation – most likely for espionage or disruption purposes; 24% believed it was used as a distraction tactic to hide another attack from IT staff, and 24% believe that a DDoS attack was designed to specifically disrupt their operations.


“A worryingly large proportion of businesses are still displaying an ‘it won’t happen to me mentality’ towards DDoS attacks, which they simply can’t afford to do in today’s threat landscape,” commented Alexey Kiselev, Project Manager on the Kaspersky DDoS Protection team. “The number of attacks, combined with the range of targets that have been discovered over the last 12 months, has shown that no business is safe from cybercriminals and, as such, organisations must be prepared to take responsibility for their cybersecurity. When it comes to protecting critical data and keeping operations up and running, there is simply no room for complacency.”


With the financial consequences of DDoS attacks ranging from fighting against the attack itself, to a loss of revenue or business opportunities, it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry. That’s where Kaspersky DDoS Protection comes into play, providing a fully-integrated solution with advanced intelligence capabilities to protect businesses of all sizes from the most complex and high-volume DDoS attacks. More information can be found here.


*The IT Security Risks research is an annual survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in conjunction with B2B International. In 2017 we asked 5,274 representatives of small, medium (50 to 999) and large businesses (1000+) from 29 countries about their views on IT security and the real incidents that they have had to deal with.

13 DENR lawyers lauded

From legal researchers to lawyers

Photo shows Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu congratulates DENR employees who passed the 2017 Bar exams. In photo are (from left) Atty. Cesar Wendel Caoagas, Andrea Victoria Amog, Jiana Joselle De Guzman, Fatima Angeli Tan and Lovely Grazette Quiben.  


Thirteen lawyers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were honored last Monday in which four of them for outstanding academic achievement while the other nine for passing the 2017 bar examination. 

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu led the recognition rites during the flag raising at the DENR Central Office in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City 

“We have a very high batting average. Imagine 9 out of 13 passed the bar, “Cimatu said, noting the 13 were fresh law school graduates when they were hired by the Department as legal researchers.

“It only means that we have the best people here in DENR,” Cimatu said. The success of his program of accelerating the resolution of cases now clogging up the DENR’s legal office is more assured that the nine law graduates are now to become full-fledged lawyers.”

 The nine DENR lawyers include Atty. Wendell Caoagas, Andrea Victoria Amog, Jiana Joselle De Guzman, Fatima Angeli Tan, Lovely Grazette Quiben, Minette Sioson, Edna Francisco, Joseph Chrispher Torralba and Atty. Kris Rajiani Nagera.

All nine are assigned to the Legal Affairs Service at the DENR Central Office.

Cimatu likewise cited four other lawyers for outstanding academic achievement in their post-graduate programs, stressing their achievements are widely regarded by the Depratment as “a significant push” to raise the quality of professionalism and competence being cultivated by the DENR management for its 16,000-strong workforce.

The four include Atty. Amiel  Ian Valdez  (Summa Cum Laude) , Atty Ronnel Sopsop (Class Valedictorian), Atty. Arlyn Buduhan  (Best Paper) , Atty. Ismael Manaligod (With Honors) and Atty. Amiel Ian Valdez (Summa Cum Laude).

Valdez, who is with the Claims and Conflicts Division of Legal Affairs Service at the  DENR-Central Office, finished his Master of Environmental Law this year with “First Class Honors” (equivalent to Summa Cum Laude) at  University of Melbourne in  Melbourne, Australia. 

Part of Valdez’s academic achievement was a paper he wrote titled “Examining the extent and limits of the Philippine Writ of Kalikasan as tool to compel the government to fulfill its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement”, which garnered the gold award during the 23rd Conference of the Parties at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. 

Atty. Ronnel Sopsop came out as the “Class Valedictorian” from this year’s batch of DENR scholars under the  Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Management Course at the DENR’s Environment and Natural Resources Academy in  Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. He was also given the “Leadership Award” by the EBR Academy. 

Atty. Arlyn Katherine Buduhan,  chief of Enforcement Office in DENR Region 1, finished her Masters Degree in Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) with a paper she authored  “System of Monitoring and Regulating Sources of Raw Materials of Small-Scale Wood Processing Industries”, which received the “Best Smart Regulation Re-Entry Project” prize.

Meanwhile, Atty. Ismael Manaligod, head of the  Legal Office, DENR-Region 2 in  Tuguegarao City, Cagayan  finished his Senior Executive Class in Public Management Development Program also at DAP with a special award “Outstanding Capstone Paper” for his paper “Grill or No Grill: Exploring Policy Alternatives on Wood Charcoal Value Chain in the Philippines.”