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15-09-2017
創科創投基金

政府已於2017年9月15日推出「創科創投基金」。該計劃現正接受風險投資基金申請成為共同投資伙伴(截止日期:2018年1月15日)。簡介會將於2017年10月3日於香港科學園舉行,歡迎風險投資基金出席。

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21-05-2019
Global survey shows app dev industry ready for massive disruption

OutSystems has published its sixth annual research report on the state of application development and the challenges faced by development and delivery teams.The State of Application Development, 2019: Is IT Ready for Disruption? unveils detailed survey results from over 3,300 IT professionals in all industries across the world, 17% of which are from Asia Pacific (APAC).“Our 2019 survey shows that many IT departments are facing a multitude of disruptive forces when it comes to digital transformation and application development,” said Steve Rotter, CMO for OutSystems.“The threat of digital disruption and the need for digital transformation has been a driver of IT strategy for years. Add to that the current uncertain global economic outlook, and it becomes obvious why business leaders are so concerned about agility today.”The new research report provides in-depth insights from IT managers, enterprise architects, and developers addressing a wide range of issues. Digital transformation dominates business strategy today, which is why web and mobile development demand is booming. Moreover, speed and agility are more important than ever before, Rotter explained.This OutSystems report explores the priorities and challenges of application development and delivery, and the strategies that IT teams are using to try to speed up delivery.Six key findings that impact every IT professional:Demand for app dev soars: The number of applications slated for delivery in 2019 has increased 60%, according to respondents globally, 38% of whom plan to deliver 25 or more apps this year. In APAC, 69% of respondents planned to deliver 10 or more applications in 2019, with 52% of APAC respondents targeting to deliver 50 or more applications in the year ahead.   Steep development time: 46% of respondents in APAC said the average time to deliver a web or mobile application is five months or more.   Backlogs remain: 63% of IT professionals in APAC said they have an app dev backlog, with 16% of these respondents having a backlog of more than 10 applications.   Development talent hard to find and keep: Most respondents have hired developers, 75% of respondents globally described app dev talent as scarce, and only 36% of organizations in APAC have larger app dev teams than a year ago. The numbers appear to show retention of app dev talent is an equally grave concern.   Agile practices are still slow to mature: 69% of organizations in APAC have invested in agile tools and services in the past year. However, the average agile-maturity score was a lackluster 2.76 out of 5, meaning most organizations in the region are still in the process of defining agile processes.   Customer-centricity continues to rise: Over 69% of organizations in APAC have invested in customer-centric practices in the past year, including customer journey mapping, design thinking, and lean UX. For the new apps slated for development in 2019, those that will be used directly by customers or business partners were identified as most important.Pages1 2 » last »

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21-05-2019
Emirates Post and Landmark Group partner with FarEye to improve deliveries

FarEye, a pioneer in enabling digital logistics, has won a deal to work with Emirates Post, one of the largest post and parcel service provider in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and Landmark Group, the largest retailer of the region.This development comes at a time when supply chain and logistics organizations in GCC are looking for ways to deliver on changing customer expectations, ensure rapid scalability, locate addresses accurately and gain competitive advantage.As a part of the deal, FarEye will implement an intelligent delivery platform to achieve on-time deliveries at a reduced cost. It would be implementing data-driven routing engine to increase deliveries per hour and provide a delightful and engaging experience to the customers by empowering them to live track their shipments.The growing ecommerce ecosystem in the region will now drive retailers and logistics organizations to provide seamless, faster and flexible delivery experience.“The supply chain and logistics challenges of GCC are unique. The sudden need to scale during particular festivals, inaccurate addresses, changing cross-border regulation requirements among others often becomes a roadblock when it comes to ensuring seamless execution of supply chain and logistics. We are thrilled to work with the largest postal and retail players in the region and look forward to deliver exceptional levels of operational efficiencies and delightful customer experience. We are scaling our team in the region and seeing tremendous potential here,” said Gautam Kumar, COO, FarEye.In the world of post and parcel, it is imperative to be customer centric, but at the same time, keeping a check on costs is equally important. “Global logistics spending is set to soar to $10.6trn by 2020 with transportation accounting for the majority at 70%. Shippers are losing a lot of time, money and inventory due to unpredicted freight movement. We are constantly working towards empowering global leaders with predictive visibility and operational intelligence to achieve on-time deliveries at a reduced cost,” said Kushal Nahata, CEO, FarEye.

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20-05-2019
Apex Insurance, CoverGo launch myVHIS platform

Hong Kong insurance broker Apex Insurance and insurtech company CoverGo have launched the myVHIS price comparison and insurance purchasing platform

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20-05-2019
Siemens holds Innovation Day at Science Park

Industrial technology company Siemens attracted over 250 attendees to its annual Siemens Innovation Day at Hong Kong Science Park

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20-05-2019
HPE to buy Cray, offer HPC as a service

High-performance computing offerings from HPE plus Cray could enable things like AI, ML, high-speed financial trading and more

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20-05-2019
Fujitsu developing 'real quantum computer'

Fujitsu is developing a 'real quantum computer', and is already pitching its 'quantum inspired' chip to businesses

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17-05-2019
IFAD and Republic of Korea sign new agreement to help poor rural communities around the world prosper

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) signed an agreement on 13 May 2019 to strengthen their collaborative efforts to end hunger and poverty in developing countries around the world.The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo and KREI President Kim Chang-gil.“Success in meeting the first and second Sustainable Development Goals which focus on ending poverty and hunger will depend on effective partnerships between donors, governments, financing institutions, private sector companies, farmers’ organizations and policymakers,” Houngbo said. “This MOU reflects our commitment to draw lessons from Korea’s remarkable success in rural transformation and to ensure that others benefit from that experience.”The Republic of Korea and IFAD share a similar approach to achieving global food security – from providing support to smallholder farmers so they can access knowledge, technology, credit and markets, to helping rural communities mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. They also work together to enhance the effectiveness of development aid. KREI is a national policy research institute, that leads the development of agriculture, rural areas, and the food industry as a think tank for agricultural policy.KREI President, Kim Chang-gil said "South Korea is the only country that transformed from an aid-recipient country to a donor. We have all been making efforts to eradicate poverty of the country sides and make rural life favorable for everyone. We, KREI have tackled the whole process thus far. In addition, I expect that today's MOU will initiate a positive change to the global rural situation."Under the partnership, KREI and IFAD will join forces to further develop agricultural value chains, climate-resilient agricultural practices and food security for smallholder farmers in developing countries by mobilizing financial resources and contributing to the global policy dialogue.Korea, a founding member of IFAD, has gained recognition for its work on value chains, agricultural cooperatives, the green revolution (for increased crop production), and the white revolution (for increased production of high-value horticultural products).The MOU was signed on the side lines of the Third Global ODA Forum for Sustainable Agricultural Development hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs of Korea. Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/iamnoonmai

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17-05-2019
Kerry Logistics tracks high-valued goods with new smart sensors

The cloud-based smart IoT sensor solution gives shippers more visibility and control of their products during long-distance transportation

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17-05-2019
Crypto.com signs up for institutional-grade custody capability

Hong Kong-based payments and cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com has announced a collaboration with blockchain security and infrastructure solutions provider Ledger for an institutional-grade custody solution.Under the collaboration, Crypto.com will use the Ledger Vault multi-authorization cryptocurrency wallet management solution to securely manage its own funds as well as clients' digital assets.Targeted at the financial sector, Ledger Vault is designed to allow institutions to build digital assets operations at speed and scale.It uses multi-authorization rules to allow custodians to create, authorize and broadcast transactions to the chain within seconds without multi-signature participants having to be in the same room. This gives custodianship the speed required for the fast-moving financial markets with the security to protect against human error and common cryptocurrency threats.“With 100% of Crypto.com client funds always held in cold storage, Ledger Vault allows us to operate the business at scale while maintaining the highest standards of security," Crypto.com co-founder and CEO Kris Marszalek said.First published on Computerworld Hong Kong Caption: Image from iStockPhoto

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17-05-2019
Crypto.com partners with Ledger for custody solution

Hong Kong based cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com is adopting the Ledger Vault multi-authorization cryptocurrency wallet management solution

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17-05-2019
Hong Kong startup YouTrip raises US$25.5m in pre-Series A

YouTrip has completed the largest pre-Series A funding round for a startup founded in Hong Kong, raising US$25.5 million

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17-05-2019
CK Hutchison may be hiding billions of debt: report

Research firm GMT claims CK Hutchison may be concealing HK$57.7 billion worth of debt

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17-05-2019
Alibaba Cloud Q4 revenue reaches US$3.68b, but still makes a loss

Alibaba’s cloud computing year-to-year revenue skyrocketed by 76% to US$1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019

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16-05-2019
Novarica list 3 growth strategies for specialty insurers

Technology priorities for specialty insurers span distribution, product development, underwriting, and claims, as changing technology continues to force carriers to evolve to compete.The Novarica report, Business and Technology Trends: Specialty Lines, reveals that carriers are pursuing long-term data strategies.“Specialty carriers are beginning data quality initiatives and implementing data warehouses, operational data stores, and appropriate data marts,” said Eric Weisburg and Chuck Gomez, Vice Presidents of Research and Consulting and co-authors of Novarica report.Specialty carriers are prioritizing reporting tools and investing in data science capabilities to optimize their portfolio and improve underwriting.The authors noted that: “Reporting tools are a high priority for the business to run ad hoc reports and easily gain insights. While predictive modeling is still relatively nascent, specialty carriers are planning ahead to make sure they will be ready when the business says go.”The report also revealed that improved underwriting and product development flexibility are key considerations. Carriers are upgrading to highly configurable policy administration systems to improve underwriting and enable product development flexibility to speed entry to profitable niches.Finally, specialty insurers are investigating automation support for ingesting new business application documents, although these solutions are still immature. Digital broker platforms and API catalogs are also assisting in automation.Figure 1: Technology-led strategy among specialty insurersSource: Novarica 2019 Caption: Image from iStockPhoto/LeoWolfert

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16-05-2019
Drone intelligence platform AirMap to expand to HK

Drone aeronautical and data services provider AirMap plans to build on recent contract wins in the US with an expansion in the APAC region

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CyberLink Vol.128 May 2019

InsurTech start-up OneDegree attracts BitRock, Cyberport Marco Fund, Cathay Venture in Series A extension

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CyberLink Vol.127 April 2019

3,000 industry elites converged at IES 2019 to gain best insights of the digital future 

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CyberLink Vol.126 March 2019

Internet Economy Summit unfolds industry-critical topics of digital future 

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