Reimagining Financial Services with Blockchain

(This article is also published in Computerworld Hong Kong on December 14, 2016)

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Blockchain is finally getting the attention it deserves. From left to right: Sheila Lam (Computerworld Hong Kong), Larry Campbell (KPMG China), Bob Crozier (AIA Edge), and Ian Mitchell (IBM).

Often confused with bitcoin, a cryptocurrency based on blockchain technology, blockchain itself offers more promises than digital currency. It is also changing the fundamentals of finance.

Understanding the blockchain promise

Before blockchain, most technological advances improved or streamlined transactions and interactions. But they still follow traditional business rules and practices. For example, most companies keep their ledgers for protection against fraud and tampering.

Although well founded, it has traditionally made asset ownership and transfer inefficient. However, this solution worked in a world where trust was not a commodity.

Blockchain aims to change this; it makes trust a commodity leveraging cryptographic technology, transparency and business networks. It does this by encapsulating trust in a shared ledger that is transparent to every participant, and permanently recording all transactions in chronological order.

In a recent panel discussion organized by IBM, industry experts and observers noted that this makes blockchain a potential industry game changer.

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BYOD or CYOD: Which mobile trend is right for your organization?

(Note: This article is a repost from Mobile Business Insights)

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These days, it would be surprising – and concerning – if mobility and the consumerization of IT were not part of any mobile enterprise’s strategic roadmap. After all, end users have become more demanding about which devices they use and where they log in from the network. They expect the same user experience that they get from the powerful personal mobile devices they are already accustomed to.

Though the first mobile trend that emerged to address this new world was bring-your-own-device (BYOD), many enterprises are understandably concerned about the security of sensitive corporate data in a BYOD model. Enterprises are increasingly considering implementing a choose-your-own-device (CYOD) program to address those very legitimate concerns.

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高IQ、超能力,李宇春身著的中國首件“認知禮服”到底有多不簡單?

在昨晚北京舉行的《VOGUE服飾與美容》十一週年慶典紅地毯上,中國流行文化代表李宇春身穿由 IBM Watson 協助創作的中國首套認知禮服亮相,引起了社交媒體上的關注與熱議,此篇報導轉自漂亮100.com。

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如果問你今年時尚圈最流行的單品是什麼?小白鞋、裸腿褲、百褶傘裙、迷你雙肩包、毛毛鞋、襪靴……也許多到讓你數不完,但如果要問起今年時尚圈最in的cp是什麼?也許答案只有一個:時尚與科技!

今年5月,被譽為“時尚奧斯卡”的Met Gala Ball掀起一陣時尚科技旋風,而昨夜剛剛落幕的《VOGUE服飾與美容》十一周年慶祝派對的主題——Fashion in motion,也無不強調著科技時代下時尚創造力的無限潛能。派對現場,李宇春身著高IQ(Intelligence Quotient)的“認知禮服”(AI禮服)亮相,成為晚宴主題最好的詮釋。

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SAP HANA on Power 推動企業數碼化轉型

(原文於2016年9月20日在Linuxpilot刊登)

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科技日新月異,市場瞬息萬變,企業必須進行數碼化轉型 (Digital Transformation),才能快速洞察客戶的要求。企業數碼化將是一個重大而且不斷發生的浪潮,根據市場調查機構 IDC 的最新報告,2017 年亞太區有 6 成企業會以數碼化轉型為企業未來發展策略的重心。

數碼化轉型既為企業帶來挑戰,同時也帶來機遇,IDC 預測,企業將投入 35% 的資金創造全新的商業模式。報告亦預計,企業於 2020 年對數碼化轉型策略的需求,將會比軟件程式建立的需求大兩倍,企業三分二的程式碼將集中在數碼化的程式及服務上。

數碼化轉型的其中一大挑戰是如何有效處理急速增長的數據量,物聯網的普及勢將在產業掀起巨大創新浪潮,伴隨物聯網的高度發展,全球正不斷產出前所未見的數據量,且數據的處理變得越來越棘手,企業間將掀起一場「數據革命」(Data Revolution)。

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SAP HANA on Power 發揮最強業務數據分析優勢

(原文於2016年8月4日在Linuxpilot刊登)

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數碼轉型正在影響各行各業對資料的應用,通過對業務數據進行深入分析,企業可以提供更具智慧、更個性化的客戶體驗,另一方面,企業需要從社交媒體 中收集大數據分析市場轉變、洞悉消費者的喜好,面對龐大的資料分析工作,企業需要配備效能強大的伺服器,以及高效率的分析軟件。儘管市場上資料分析產品選 擇很多,但在部署成本、分析效能以及實施周期方面,大多無法滿足企業的嚴苛需求。IBM成功在Power Systems上,實現了HANA分析軟件的高效執行,為企業帶來 SAP HANA on Power 企業級記憶體資料庫解決方案。

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IBM Launches Blockchain Cloud on World’s Most Secure Server

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New cloud environment for business-to-business networks allows companies to test performance, privacy and interoperability of blockchain ecosystems.  IBM LinuxONE underpins cloud offering to help meet stringent industry and compliance security requirements.

IBM has announced a cloud service for organizations requiring a secure environment for blockchain networks. Ideal for organizations in regulated industries, this environment allows clients to test and run blockchain projects that handle private data.

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Data Breach Costs Are Rising, Business Continuity Management Can Help

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It’s a story we hear all too often in this day and age — the nightly television news anchor reports on yet another data breach at a major corporation that affected millions of customers. IT systems go down, important records are exposed, credit card numbers are compromised and identities are bought and sold on dark corners of the internet. The road to recovery can be a long one and can leave a mark some organizations have a hard time erasing in the long term.

However, in the face of rising data breach costs, business continuity management (BCM) can make a drastic difference for affected organizations.

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