電商採混合雲 迎瘋狂網購

(原文於2016年11月10日在香港經濟日報刊登)

(社會)(1)提早備戰“雙11”

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去年的「雙十一」,港人熟悉的淘寶創出多項世界紀錄,包括912億元人民幣的網上交易、逾千萬升牛奶和300萬部手機等銷售數字。

當網上瘋狂搶購、大量瀏覽湧入時,有機會令電貿網站癱瘓。「雙十一」期間,有網站的點擊率由平時的千萬暴增至億次,後台系統保護能力要求由原來的 100GB 跳升至 1TB,平時低峰期的故障恢復時間也由小時劇減至以分計算。

但消費者並不知情,只知點擊下單;網站如稍有差池,便會招惹投訴和不滿,並在社交媒體上發酵,演變成公關事件。

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Hong Kong Smart Glass Startup Taps IBM Cloud to Combine Augmented Reality and Cognitive Capabilities

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Dragon Creative Primed for Growth and Innovation with IBM Cloud

Dragon Creative Enterprise Solution Limited (DCES), a local pioneer in augmented reality (AR) applications, has successfully migrated its software development and delivery operations to the IBM Cloud in order to improve time to market, access cognitive APIs and leverage IBM’s extensive go-to-market support.

A home-grown startup with a successful track record in public crowdfunding, DCES was established in 2013 to tap emerging opportunities in commercial applications of augmented reality, leveraging its award-winning MAD Gaze family of “smart glass” devices. Launched by DCES in December 2015, MAD Gaze is a smart glasses brand targeted at both business and consumer markets, delivering a superior user experience based on augmented reality.

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IBM Marketplace: Digital channel for all things cloud

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With great excitement, we are announcing the official launch of IBM Marketplace in Hong Kong, the first in Greater China region.

IBM Marketplace serves as a digital front door to cloud innovation, bringing together IBM’s vast portfolio of cloud capabilities and “born on the web” third-party services from local and international solution partners, and delivering a complete “learn-try-buy” self-service experience for developers, IT managers and line-of-business professionals.

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Business lessons from the Pokémon Go phenomenon

(This article is also published in Computerworld Hong Kong on August 1, 2016)

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Hong Kong appears to be invaded by Pokémon Go players. We’ll no doubt be bumping into avid players all over the place. In case you’ve been entirely cut off from news this month, Pokémon Go is a mobile game app, in which players move around in the real world looking for digital creatures overlaid on the streets around them.

Less than two weeks after the initial release, Pokémon Go has become the most successful mobile game ever. It is also generating newspaper headlines about users and their experiences on a daily basis. The share price of Nintendo – which originated the Pokémon characters back in the ‘90s but is just a part owner of the app – was doubled. But it has fallen back as in reality, its profits from the game will be limited.

There is much more in this groundbreaking game. Such application and massive acceptance in augmented reality is expected to trigger a wave of adoption in other areas. Meanwhile, however, Pokémon Go’s massive adoption has been accompanied by reports of server overloads, players being locked out and rumors of security issues.

While details have not been disclosed, it seems pretty clear that such issues have delayed the game’s rollout, especially to Japan and other game-crazy Asian markets, slowing down revenue generation. Simply put, it appears that the operation team was unprepared for the success of Pokémon Go.

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IBM Launches Blockchain Cloud on World’s Most Secure Server

(Note: This article is a repost from here)

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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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雲端應用 宜借鏡Pokémon GO

(原文於2016年7月28日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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就算你不好「Pokemon Go」,身邊總會有人在玩。員工在休息時把玩手機其實無傷大雅,我們也很難杜絕「寵物小精靈」在辦公室的出現。但企業在考慮保安原則時,仍要兼顧安全與效率。企業在決定採用個別雲端應用時,原來可借鏡同類的「Pokemon Go」的一些成功元素。

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港FinTech落後 拓「區塊鏈」加油

(原文於2016年7月25日在香港經濟日報刊登)

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財政司曾俊華最近公開表示,香港的金融科技 (Fintech) 發展較鄰近地區慢。他希望藉著監管機構、學府及第三機構的合作,加強金融業界對新興事物的認識;新興技術如區塊鏈 (Blockchain) 就是今年財政預算案中的一個重點。

區塊鏈技術簡單來說是一本公開和共享的「帳簿」,每筆交易紀錄都可由參與成員自行確認查核;由於確認的動作毋須等待可信任的中間人執行,故交易成本接近零。

各地的金融機構及初創企業都正在運用區塊鏈創新。例如,倫敦日本交易所均已和 IBM 合作,進行區塊鏈項目的測試;BNY Mellon 投資管理公司則借助區塊鏈技術去加速開發證券借貸的應用。

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