IBM Smarter Commerce Centre of Competency (SCCOC) to Promote Commerce in Singapore and Asia-Pacific

IBM and Singapore Economic Development Board launch the IBM Smarter Commerce Centre of Competency (SCCOC)
IBM and Singapore Economic Development Board launch the IBM Smarter Commerce Centre of Competency (SCCOC)
IBM and Singapore Economic Development Board launch the IBM Smarter Commerce Centre of Competency (SCCOC)

IBM and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) announced the launch of the IBM Smarter Commerce Centre of Competency (SCCOC) at IBM Connect 2015. It aims to drive the innovative development of Commerce products and solutions and transform the way businesses in Singapore and Asia-Pacific engage with their customers.

“With the establishment of the Centre of Competency, IBM is well positioned to help clients improve process efficiency, create new market opportunities and accelerate the digitisation of businesses. The Centre will also groom Singaporeans in software development and analytics to serve the fast growing Asia-Pacific region,” said Ms Thien Kwee Eng, Assitant Managing Director, EDB.

IBM will lead the development of Commerce Proof of Concepts, which will include selected functionalities of customer analytics, automated campaign management, omni-channel marketing, digital marketing optimisation, Watson engagement advisor, real-time personalisation, distributed order management, and predictive analytics for supply chain and risk management.

Through the SCCOC, IBM and EDB will also team up with industry associations such as Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) and the Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS) to reach out to marketing professionals through events and seminars.

Industry leaders such as OCBC Bank and StarHub will also be brought onboard to help identify industry challenges that the SCCOC can aim to address with Commerce Proof of Concepts.

“We are excited to be partnering with EDB to bring our global experiences in Commerce to Singapore and the region. Through the Centre of Competency, we intend to bring an integrated lifecycle approach to e-commerce to improve how businesses with their supply chain and customers through their websites and even social networks,” said Mr.Tim Greisingre, Managing Director, IBM Singapore.

The SCCOC will employ over 30 Research Scientists and Engineers by the end of 2017 to oversee the development of products and solutions.

The SCCOC is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2015 and will be based in IBM Singapore Technology Park (ISTP) at Tampines.

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Spotify Expands On-demand Music Service in Latin America and Asia

Spotify for Latin America and Asia
Spotify for Latin America and Asia
Spotify for Latin America and Asia

Spotify has expanded its on-demand music streaming service (online radio) to Latin America and Asia.

We’re taking our first steps in Latin America with Mexico, and Asia with Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Plus we’re thrilled to make new friends in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland.

Click here to check the full list of Spotify supported countries

What is Spotify?

Spotify desktop player
Spotify desktop player

Spotify is a popular on-demand music streaming service with over 20 millions total users.

In Spotify app, you can choose the genre station, search for music you love, and browse friends’ music collections.

Found a great song? You can share it to social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr). You can also create your ultimate playlists and share with your friends.

How much?

It is free to sign up. Spotify desktop app is available for Windows and Mac and Linux.

You may subscribe to Spotify Unlimited plan for ads free music. Spotify Premium plan offer ads free music and mobile app (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, etc), as well as ability to download music for offline listening. The subscription fee is different for each country.

In Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore), Spotify does not offer Unlimited plan but offer cheaper Premium plan.

Spotify Malaysia Plans
Spotify Malaysia Plans

Malaysians seems to enjoy the lowest Spotify Premium fee. For example, Spotify Premium is USD9.99 in USA but only MYR14.90 (~USD5) in Malaysia.

UPDATE: Surprisingly, Spotify is also working in China. Tested in Nanning, China.

Spotify

Event: Windows 8 Asia-Pacific Launch in Singapore

LiewCF in front Windows 8 backdrop

LiewCF in front Windows 8 backdrop

Microsoft Windows 8 has been launched for a month, have you grabbed the Windows Upgrade Offer yet? LiewCF was invited to the Windows 8 Asia Pacific Launch held in Singapore. In this article, I will share my experience of the 1-day event.

Crowded at media registration
Crowded at media registration

The Windows 8 launch event was held at Esplanade Roof Terrace in the afternoon. We gathered at the hotel lobby and took a shutter bus to the venue. After registration and some refreshment at Loola’s, Esplanade Theatre, we were separated into smaller groups: bloggers & journalists.

Tracey Fellows gives keynote speech
Tracey Fellows gives keynote speech

After the keynote by Tracey Fellows, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific, we head to the Windows 8 experience zone and met Jason Lim, the General Manager, Windows and Windows Live Division, Microsoft Asia Pacific for roundtable session.

Jason Lim introduces Windows 8 features
Jason Lim introduces Windows 8 features

Jason briefed Windows 8 features and why Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience — either you want to work or play.

Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific
Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Then we visited the Windows 8 Experience Zone and Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific, demonstrated Windows 8 features and useful Windows 8 apps.

(left) Poh Huai Bin and Jim Saret shared their Windows 8 experiences
(left) Poh Huai Bin and Jim Saret shared their Windows 8 experiences

Poh Huai Bin (Malaysian lifestyle blogger, sixthseal.com) and Jim Saret (co-host and coach of The Biggest Loser, Philippines Edition) both shared their Windows 8 experiences.

After that, we are free to get hands-on the various Windows 8 devices: all-in-one, notebooks, ultrabooks, convertibles, tablets… There are so many that I have to do it in another article.

After touching, tapping, stroking (but no hammer testing) the Windows 8 devices, we ended the day with a speakers group photo in front of the beautiful Windows 8 backdrop.

Windows 8 Speakers group photo
Windows 8 Speakers group photo

Unlike the Windows 8 launch in U.S., the Singapore event did not mention a single word about the Microsoft Surface tablet. It is understandable when you have over 50 Windows 8 devices in Asia. You certainly do not want to steal the focus and upset the all manufacturers.

LiewCF’s Two Cents

Many thanks to Microsoft for the invitation and generously flying us to Singapore for the event. It was a great experience and I enjoyed very much!

Not many companies are willing to spend so much to invite bloggers to their events. As a full-time blogger, I really appreciate the recognition given.

Oh ya, we do have goodies bag! All the media members received a very nice Windows 8 notebook bag, with also a water bottle and a full version of Windows 8 Pro DVD! grin grin

Windows 8 Pro DVD on notebook bag
Windows 8 Pro DVD on notebook bag

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3 Reasons Why Malaysians Want to Buy Singapore iPhone 4

cheap iPhone 4 prices in Singapore

Malaysia: Malaysians have been waiting for iPhone 4 from local telcos, Maxis and DiGi, for months but still no sign of release date. Here are the reasons why Malaysians want to buy iPhone 4 from the neighbor country, Singapore.

1. iPhone 4 is not available yet in Malaysia

It is now 24th August, a month since both Maxis and DiGi announced their iPhone 4 register of interest pages, Malaysians are still waiting for their iPhone 4.

Maxis teased us that “iPhone 4 is coming very soon” in early August. But still no words about release date.

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Apple iPad Launch in Singapore, Price and Release Date

Apple iPad (WiFi+3G)

Apple announced that iPad will be launched in Singapore and 8 other countries (Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand) this Friday, July 23. All models of iPad can be purchased through Apple stores and Apple authorized resellers.

What is Apple iPad?

Apple iPad’s price in Singapore

Here is the official prices for Apple iPad in Singapore, according to HardwareZone.

iPad WiFi

  • 16GB: SGD$728
  • 32GB: SGD$878
  • 64GB: SGD$1,028

iPad WiFi + 3G

  • 16GB: SGD$928
  • 32GB: SGD$1,078
  • 64GB: SGD$1,228

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