The innovator’s guide to the digital galaxy

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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of different industries sit what once were innocuous organizations — companies that stayed in their own spheres of influence and didn’t disrupt the flow of business as usual.

But now, they are capitalizing on existing and emerging technologies to expand their reach, open up new business models, and make products and services available in new industries — including yours.

You can’t see them yet, or call them by name, but you know they’re out there, eyeing your customers, employees and every unspent dollar, euro and yen in your marketplace. This trend is keeping CEOs and line-of-business leaders up at night. Worldwide, nearly 70 percent of C-suite members expect industry convergence to increase over the next few years.

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IBM Security: Perspective on the Global “WannaCry2” Cyberattacks Hitting Critical Infrastructure

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What is WannaCry2? A rapidly spreading cyberattack that was first detected in March and has impacted businesses in nearly 100 countries. Currently, the source of the attack is unknown. The WannaCry2 attacks have crippled critical infrastructure, including hospitals, telecommunications and distribution/supply chain services.

The scale of this attack was possible because of a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Although it began like any routine phishing scheme – in which a user clicks on a bad link and malware takes over – WannaCry2’s exploitation of the Windows vulnerability enabled it to spread with great speed from one workstation to a network of users. As a result, it was an attack of one-to-many versus standard phishing attacks, which typically infect one user at a time. While the attack appears disabled now, we expect hackers to reanimate it rapidly, and organizations need to prepare fast.

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企業應思考 雲運算怎提升優勢

(文章於2017年4月20日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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對於以「軍用級」為號召的產品,消費者多半會趨之若鶩。這不難理解,因為它給我們的感覺就是「堅固耐用」、「牢不可破」的代名詞。那麼「軍用級」的雲運算服務,會是怎樣的一回事?

今年初,美軍與 IBM 簽定五年期總值 6,200 萬美元合約,由後者為其建設及管理私有雲端數據中心,並將提供基建即服務方案,把軍方現有的 IT 應用轉移到雲端上去,首年目標便要移轉 35 種國防應用。

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跨國貨運區塊鏈 省錢增效率

(文章於2017年4月12日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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讀者知否,香港國際機場貨運量全球第一、葵青貨櫃碼頭則是全球第六大貨櫃港?作為國際貨運樞紐,每年有無數貨物從香港運送到世界各地。隨同這些貨櫃的還有各種貿易文件。

專家估計,處理和管理這些貿易文件的成本,最多可佔實際運輸成本的20%。全球最大貨櫃航運公司馬士基 (Maersk) 的研究亦指出,僅僅將一批冷凍貨物由東非運到歐洲,便要涉及30個組織和個人,彼此間超過200次通訊。

能否將貿易文件電子化來提升效率?許多企業已嘗試不同供應鏈方案,但始終是以個別企業為基礎。貿易文件牽涉到的單位卻跨越國家,非企業級供應鏈能夠取代。

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IBM 現身刀劍神域! Z13 伺服器將於「序列爭戰」登場

(文章亦同時被 Unwire Pro引用)

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圖中的伺服器,是否似曾相識?「刀劍神域劇場版:序列爭戰」電影中有闗場景的靈感與藍圖,來自世界上運算速度最快、保安最嚴密的企業伺服器之一:IBM的 Z 系列,Z13 大型主機。

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以未來世界為場景的電影「序列爭戰」,原著是一系列紅透日本的動畫和小說。作者川原礫,帶領大家進入虛擬現實,游走於大型多人線上角色扮演遊戲 (MMORPGs),隨夢想飛翔。夢想之中,存在一個現實小環節,因為 Z13 伺服器出鏡!

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日航用 IBM Watson 虛擬助手為乘客提供携同嬰孩旅行相關資訊

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【科技特搜】日本 JAL 最近推出了一款利用 IBM Watson 開發的手機程式,方便計劃前往夏威夷的乘客可向程式內的虛擬助手「Makana-chan」查詢有闗携同嬰孩旅行的資訊。

資訊來源:日航網站

室內空氣質素 雲端可拆解

(文章於2017年3月20日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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除天氣預測外,「空氣質素健康指數」也是現今許多人返工返學前會留意的事物。年初時,本港空氣質素相對風險達到「甚高」水平,政府便呼籲市民,特別是兒童、長者及心臟病或呼吸系統疾病患者,應盡量減少或避免體力消耗及減少在戶外逗留時間。

然而,躲進室內是否就安全?以前大家只關注戶外空氣質素,如今大家亦會擔心室內的二次污染。某些冷氣機便標榜有多層過濾,甚至釋放負離子。只是這些設計是否真的有用?室內環境和人體健康究竟有多大關係?

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