November 7, 2019

LinkedIn: SMBs in Malaysia drive demand for young and tech-savvy talent

Demand for young and tech-savvy talent in Malaysia 

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Malaysia are adopting digital technologies and hiring professionals with technology-related skills, according to data from LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. In Malaysia, there are more than 4 million members on the network. 

LinkedIn has found that technology-related skills have the highest year-on-year growth among SMBs, indicating ongoing initiatives to improve their products, services, and operations. The fastest growing skills of SMBs in Malaysia including

  1. Cloud Computing 
  2. User Experience Design Tool
  3. Data Visualisation
  4. Back-end Web Development
  5. Social Media
  6. NoSQL
  7. Data Science
  8. TypeScript
  9. React Nativs
  10. Blockchain
  11. Firebase
  12. Docker Products 

SMBs are also recruiting young talent to help them achieve their goals. Generation Y, also known as millennials, make up 76 percent of SMB employees, while Generation Z, who have recently graduated from college and are stepping into their first jobs, account for 7 percent. Generation X comprise 15% of SMB employees
LinkedIn: SMBs in Malaysia drive demand for young and tech-savvy talent
Olivier Legrand, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, LinkedIn
“While today’s young professionals have a variety of options when looking for a job, we have found that they are drawn to opportunities that align with their purpose and enable them to develop themselves. Small and medium business owners interested in attracting them to be part of their teams can benefit from being open about their own aspirations, cultivating authentic connections, and sharing growth opportunities available to employees,” said Olivier Legrand, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, LinkedIn

Hiring challenges of SMEs

While SMB owners’ priority is to run their day-to-day operations, spending time to understand skills gaps and develop a talent strategy is critical to the business. SMBs are looking to hire new employees with specific skills and qualities that would help create or maintain an efficient, professional and productive workplace.  However, they often struggle with lean teams and budgets. This makes it challenging to recruit young and digitally-savvy professionals who have access to diverse information and career options. As SMBs look to attract the right talents, they can benefit from a more thoughtful approach to hiring.

SMBs’ guide to hiring

For SMBs who are looking to build relationships with talent needed for their growth, LinkedIn shares the following tips:

LinkedIn: SMBs in Malaysia drive demand for young and tech-savvy talent
A Young Professional Guide To Find A Job in LinkedIn

Consider both the hard and soft skills needed for your business
While the fastest rising skills reflect the efforts of SMBs to take advantage of platforms available today, new innovations may emerge in the near future. This signals to SMBs to also look at soft skills like creativity and critical thinking in the hiring process. These enable talent to respond to potential disruption or seize emerging possibilities for their business. By clearly communicating these when they post on LinkedIn JobsSMB employers enable the platform to match them to talent whose professional preferences align with their needs.

Showcase and celebrate your company’s culture and purpose
Indicating interest in professional content, SMB employees in Malaysia follow 48 percent more company LinkedIn Pages compared to those working in large enterprises.  SMB employers can take advantage of this by publishing job openings, posts, photos, videos, and articles about what it is like to work in their company. They can also explore LinkedIn’s new Open for Business feature that enables business owners to showcase their services on their page, making it easier for future employees or customers to find them. 

Offer learning and development opportunities
SMB employees in Malaysia are interested in learning and developing themselves. They are taking online classes on LinkedIn Learning, with courses tagged “Personal Development” topping their interest. SMB employers are encouraged to incorporate learning and development programs for their teammates. These can take the form of quick online courses that can be taken individually or as a group. 

“As a company that has grown tremendously in the past 2 years, we have strengthened our employer brand and showcased what we have to offer to compete for great talent. We are proud of our great culture, learning and growth opportunities as well as an environment where our people can thrive personally and professionally. We leverage LinkedIn to share our employee stories, highlight milestones and achievements, and propel our mission to help SMEs by connecting with the people that will help us do so,” said Toni Davis, Talent Acquisition and Branding Manager at StoreHub, a technology company that powers over 11,000 retail and F&B businesses in Southeast Asia.

“Finding the right talent is one of the most important decisions SMBs can make in their journeys. While being more deliberate about hiring can take more time and effort, it can save them a lot of issues down the line, and open up more opportunities for business growth,” said Legrand.     

SMBs looking for more hiring advice and resources can find them via LinkedIn for Small BusinessTo create your person account today on LinkedInhere. For download the official LinkedIn application for Android user, here and IOS user, here.

TikTok Trends

TikTok launches TikTok Trends, empowering marketers with deep insights into the world of short-form video

As a preferred platform for expression among the creative young audience, specifically Gen Z and Millennials, TikTok provides brands with the opportunity to engage them in a dynamic, mobile-first format. TikTok  has 680 million monthly active users worldwide and is proven to be highly popular in Southeast Asia. 
TikTok launches TikTok Trends, empowering marketers with deep insights into the world of short-form video
TikTok trends
With 87% of brands using video for marketing, TikTok Trends aims to help marketers learn more about the short-form video industry in general and TikTok in particular. TikTok Trends was launched with the objective of empowering brands to make strategic business decisions through a wide array of initiatives including:- 

TikTok Trends Events
TikTok Trends Events is a regional event series powered by TikTok with the goal of providing a platform for mobile and digital marketing professionals to connect and share valuable learnings, insights and the latest trends in the short-video space as well as key TikTok product updates. 

TikTok Trends Newsletter
TikTok Trends Newsletter is TikTok's monthly source of information, offering insights around the latest digital marketing trends, pop culture phenomena across Southeast Asia, as well as tips on how markets can make the most out of their next marketing campaign on TikTok, through key learnings, case studies and product updates. 

TikTok Trends Entertainment Marketing White Paper
TikTok Trends Entertainment Marketing White Paper serves as a practical guidebook for marketers empowering them to maximize their entertainment marketing efforts. From providing a macro view of the entertainment industry to focusing on key learnings following a successful entertainment marketing showcase, the White Paper provides insights into TikTok, as a creative advertising platform brands can harness to drive marketing impact that truly moves the needle in across Southeast Asia. 

TikTok Trends Creator Academy
TikTok Trends Creator Academy is a program that offers a series of workshops to empower creators to develop and create compelling brand content and stories on TikTok, made possible with TikTok's strategic partnerships and robust creator network across Southeast Asia.

In 2019, TikTok in partnership with Warner Music Malaysia, Celebrity Fitness Malaysia, and the Penang Global Tourism board launched the #ilovesinging challenge (21.5mil views), a contest to gauge the vocal talent of Malaysians nationwide; #everydayIgetbetter (36.3mil views), a challenge to encourage Malaysians in adopting an active lifestyle; and #experiencepenang (38.7mil views), an initiative to highlight the many wonders and sights of Penang Island.

Download or open the TikTok app to creatively express your support for #ForClimateTikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world. TikTok is available worldwide for iOS and Androi

October 26, 2019

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra

Latest Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra
Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra
Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, an innovative desktop that stores its small and powerful technology vertically inside a thin and light display stand.

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is beautiful, space-saving, and clutter-free; as well as fully modular so customers can configure and upgrade as needed throughout the product lifecycle. This means the PC and display of this zero-footprint desktop can be upgraded and serviced independently of one another.

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Feature


  1. Independent upgrade of the PC and display, so customers can swap out,upgrade or service any part at any time
  2. A monitor stand that integrates the PC within and includes physical security options designed to protect against tampering
  3. Flexible configurations ideal for multi-user, open-plan workspaces
  4. Configurable to different use cases or work styles with compatible products like aheight adjustable stand, fixed stand, VESA mount, Dell Single Monitor Arm | MSA20 for superior adjustability and Dell Dual Monitor Arm | MDA20 for added desk agility
  5. Performance and scalability to match users’ needs, up to Intel® Core™ vPro™ i7 processors, 64GB of RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD and 2TB HDD


October 25, 2019

The Dell Technologies - Pay As You Grow and Flex on Demand

Dell Technologies Accelerates Partner Business Growth with ‘Pay As You Grow’ Flexible Consumption Model in Malaysia

Finally, Dell Technologies has announced that partners in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea would be able to offer Dell Financial Services (DFS) flexible consumption model.

Pay As You Grow

Pay As You Grow allows customers to grow at their own pace with customised payment solutions to support forecasted growth, flexible deployment schedules, and pre-provisioned upgrades. Pay As You Grow helps customers with long procurement cycles and provides peace of mind, without worrying about inadequate storage capacity as it allows for buffer capacity for customers.

The program is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand & Korea.


DFS Flex on Demand

Available for all Dell Technologies storage solutions and several storage products, Flex on Demand lets customers pay only for the storage capacity needed, which reduces costs associated with overprovisioning. Importantly, Flex on Demand provides instant access to additional buffer capacity during spikes driven by the business, with payments adjusting to match actual usage. Dell Financial Services (DFS) offers a low capacity commitment and a flexible payment period so customers may pay only for what is consumed, freeing up budgets for other projects.

The program is currently available in Australia, New Zealand & Japan.



October 10, 2019

TikTok Launches #TikTokClassroom

#TikTokClassroom

In conjunction with International Teachers’ Day on Saturday, TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile videos has launched an education initiative in honour of educators in Malaysia and around the world. Called #TikTokClassroom, the initiative provides an inclusive and engaging platform to learn new things outside the classroom setting. 
TikTok Launches #TikTokClassroom
#TikTokClassroom
Every two weeks, TikTok educators from Malaysia join other educators from all around the world to lend their expertise on subject matters they’re proficient in including language, life hacks, and photography. 

Each TikTok classroom would consist of three TikTok educators who can share up to three tutorial or how-to videos each on a given subject.  Viewers would then be able to access these videos by searching #TikTokClassroom on TikTok. Many Malaysians from various professions including educators have already lent their expertise including:-
“Educators around the world impart knowledge to students of all backgrounds, religion or race. It is an admirable trait to selflessly provide knowledge without discrimination in a safe environment for the benefit of shaping the young minds of tomorrow. We feel it is only appropriate to honour this noble profession by naming our initiative after the very place they share their knowledge, the classroom,” said Cheah Sheau Mei, User and Content Operations Manager, Malaysia. She continued, “The #TikTokclassroom initiative seeks to replicate a safe, positive and inclusive environment where students have the ability to learn in a fun and engaging manner outside the classroom, with a community of like minded creators, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic levels.” 
Ong Siew Ling - Math Video here
Salnusie bin Mohamad - Language Video here
Elden Chan - Language Video here

Download or open the TikTok app to creatively express your support for #ForClimateTikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world. TikTok is available worldwide for iOS and Androi

September 24, 2019

#ForClimate challenge - Partnership TikTok with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

TikTok and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) partner to inspire action against climate change

Global warming is real. Hotter days, rising sea levels (melting glaciers and ice caps) and more frequent and intense extreme weather events can be seen not just overseas but in Malaysia as well. Many institutions have banded together in a united effort to address its effects. Just recently, TikTok partnered with Conservation International to address marine plastic pollution by pledging to donate up to $100,000 (RM400,000) to help save 3,000 square kilometers of ocean.

#ForClimate challenge - Partnership TikTok with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
TikTok with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for #ForClimate Challenge
As a continuous effort, TikTok today has once again pledged its commitment to inspire action against climate change, by partnering with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network, to launch the #ForClimate challenge.

From now till September 30th, TikTok users can raise awareness of climate change by using three specially designed stickers depicting extreme weather conditions: Rainstorm, Snowstorm and Global Warming. Additionally, TikTok users can also take part in an interactive quiz where they can test their knowledge on environmental protection and share actions they have done to help end the climate crisis.
TikTok users in Malaysia have already begun uploading their videos in a show of solidarity towards this important global issue:-
  1. Puspa - video
  2. Gladish - video
  3. Sharon - video
  4. Gabriel - video

#ForClimate challenge - Partnership TikTok with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
The IFRC official account on TikTok has also released a series of official videos of global volunteers and staff.
Download or open the TikTok app to creatively express your support for #ForClimateTikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world. TikTok is available worldwide for iOS and Android

September 9, 2019

Dell and Alienware Deliver the Ultimate PC Gaming Ecosystem



Dell and Alienware arrived at the 11th annual Gamescom trade fair with new tech to satisfy the needs of die-hard gamers and newbies alike laptops, desktops, monitors on the 20 August 2019.
“For decades, Dell and Alienware have been trailblazers in the PC gaming industry,” said Ray Wah, senior vice president, Consumer and Small Business Product Group for Dell Technologies. “We're introducing a complete PC gaming ecosystem, with industry firsts, cutting-edge designs and exceptional performance that will keep players ahead of the competition.”
Introducing first G series Dell G5 desktop
Dell and Alienware Deliver the Ultimate PC Gaming Ecosystem
Dell G5 Desktop
For the new PC gamer, to gamers looking to game on a budget, the new Dell G5 Desktop extends the G Series brand into the realm of desktops. The Dell G5 Desktop is designed to offer game-ready power, graphics and features in a compact, upgradeable form. Up to i9 K-Series CPUs and VR-capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX® and RTX™ or AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 XT and RX 5700 graphic cards provide amazing performance, high-fidelity visuals and split-second responsiveness for superior 1440p gaming experience. It is easy to expand or upgrade with a tool-less entry and additional storage slots inside. Optimal cooling design along with four thermal mode options that can be set in the Alienware Command Center, provide the ability to adjust to your needs, whether gaming, working, studying or watching videos. 

The surprisingly compact design takes up minimal space, making it easier to game in a smaller space like a dorm room, bedroom, or den. A distinctive, gamer-inspired design with optional blue LED lighting and optional clear window side panel gives the G5 gaming desktop a dynamic look and feel.

Display Innovation

● Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor | AW3420DW

Dell and Alienware Deliver the Ultimate PC Gaming Ecosystem
Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor | AW3420DW
Comes with the 1900R curved, wide 21:9 WQHD-resolution monitor. Alienware’s first 34-inch WQHD 120Hz curved gaming monitor with fast IPS response time and IPS Nano Color technology 3 provides 98% DCI-P3 colour coverage, along with a 120Hz (native) refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC® display technology that offers smooth and realistic images.
Dell and Alienware Deliver the Ultimate PC Gaming Ecosystem
Alienware 34 Curved Gaming Monitor | AW3420DW
Both speed and high-quality imagery are made possible by the new IPS technology that allows for the fast response time while still delivering on the well-known benefits of IPS: high colour accuracy and wide-angle viewing. The monitor also features AlienFX lighting with four customisable zones, gaming-centric on-screen-display and height-adjustable stand allowing elegant cable management.
● Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor | AW2720HF

Dell and Alienware Deliver the Ultimate PC Gaming Ecosystem
Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor | AW2720HF
All about speed with the new fast IPS technology, a blazing 240Hz refresh rate and true 1ms response time (gray-to-gray) in Extreme mode with AMD Radeon FreeSync technology. Native FHD resolution provides for sharper images for games running at 1080p while IPS delivers wide-viewing angle and 99% sRGB coverage.
Dell and Alienware Deliver the Ultimate PC Gaming Ecosystem
Alienware 27 Gaming Monitor | AW2720HF

The monitor comes with AlienFX lighting, adjustable stand and gaming-centric OSD.

● Dell 32 Curved Gaming Monitor
Dell and Alienware Deliver the Ultimate PC Gaming Ecosystem
Dell 32 Curved Gaming Monitor
A curved 1800R screen which enhances field-of-vision and provides a wrap-around perspective for a truly immersive gaming and movie experience. Gamers can experience up to 165Hz refresh rates 2 for astonishingly fast gameplay and see up to 77% more on-screen game content with QHD resolution compared to FHD. They can also enjoy smooth, low-latency high dynamic range gaming with AMD Radeon FreeSync 2HDR technology and conquer with clarity as lifelike visuals and vivid colours comes standard with VESA DisplayHDR TM 400 and more than 90% DCI-P3 colour coverage.

September 7, 2019

TikTok Calls Upon Malaysians to Express Their Love for the Country in Celebration of Malaysia’s 62nd Independence Day

TikTok Calls Upon Malaysians to Express Their Love for the Country in Celebration of Malaysia's 62nd Independence Day

TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform, has launched its Merdeka campaign in support of Malaysia’s 62nd Independence day, aligning its challenges to this year’s National Day theme. The theme, Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih (Love Malaysia: A Clean Malaysia) stresses the importance of unity, patriotism and shared prosperity for the well-being of the Rakyat.  

TikTok Calls Upon Malaysians to Express Their Love for the Country in Celebration of Malaysia's 62nd Independence Day
#ilovemalaysia with TikTok Malaysia
In line with this theme, TikTok’s Merdeka challenges are titled #ilovemalaysia and #madeinmalaysia. The former focuses on travel videos with the hopes of showcasing Malaysians’ favorite places to visit, eat, shop or simply just lepak with friends and family, while the latter focuses on comedy, culture and education. TikTok users are to use either one or both of these hashtags together with limited-time Merdeka stickers when expressing their love for Malaysia and posting their videos. 

The challenges begin on 29 August and ends on 16 September, with 20 winners standing a chance to walk away with limited edition TikTok Merdeka merchandise
“As we celebrate our differences this Merdeka, TikTok is reminded of our commitment to inclusivity, to ensure that TikTok is a place where everyone belongs, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic levels. What better way to commemorate our National Day than by showcasing our  individual cultures and talents, which collectively make us uniquely Malaysians,” said Cheah Sheau  Mei, User and Content Operations Manager, Malaysia
TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world. TikTok is available worldwide for iOS and Android.

Malaysia and SPAO Collaborate to Bridge Gap Between Fashion and Tech

Honor Collaborate with SPAO

Leading mobile e-brand HONOR Malaysia has announced a collaboration with South Korea's leading fast fashion brand, SPAO on the August 22. Having previously partnered with leading fashion brands such as high fashion label Moschino, and streetwear labels such AAPE and the homegrown TNTCO, this announcement is in line with HONOR’s commitment to bridge the gap between high end technology and fashion 

Malaysia and SPAO Collaborate to Bridge Gap Between Fashion and Tech
HONORxSPAO
HONOR has been making waves in the fashion industry, most recently with the HONOR 20 Colour Report, which found that two-thirds (66%) of people believe the colours they wear can create the ultimate first impression, and more than half (53%)* believe other people form opinions of them based on the colours they wear. Understanding how important colours are, HONOR invested in creating the most magnificent colours for the newly launched HONOR 20 PRO. The Dynamic Holographic glassback was made in a two-staged process - the depth layer is created using a precise technique and is embedded with millions of miniature prisms that resemble pieces of diamonds, making it the perfect accessory to go with the fashionable pieces from SPAO.​
*study conducted in fashion capitals Milan and London 

Sharing similar values with HONOR, SPAO caters to the young and urban crowd, offering trendy clothing and accessories. The brand was launched back in 2009 with its first store at Myeongdong, Seoul. It made its way to Malaysia later in 2015, debuting at Parkson Elite in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and its simple yet fashionable pieces proved to be a hit with Malaysian youths.  

Both HONOR and SPAO are set to inspire Malaysians with its offerings by combining flagship-level technology and wearable yet trendy pieces. More details will be announced soon, so stay tuned!  

For more information on HONOR Malaysia, please visit HONOR’s official e-commerce website and information portal at http://hihonor.com/my, or check out the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HonorMY/ for exciting updates.  

#SaveOurOceans Together with TikTok and Conservation International

Calling All Malaysians! Let's Do our Part and #SaveOurOceans Together with TikTok & Conservation International

As a platform for creativity, TikTok users can show their support for ocean conservation through their short videos and raise awareness to protect our oceans for a better future. The challenge spotlights the critical role of the world's oceans and what we can do to protect them for future generations.  
Calling All Malaysians! Let's Do our Part and #SaveOurOceans Together with TikTok & Conservation International
#SaveOurOceans with TikTok and Conservation International
From August 26 to September 9, TikTok users can apply an ocean effect that lets them virtually "clean plastic" out of the ocean. For every video uploaded with the hashtag #SaveOurOceans, TikTok will donate $2 (RM8) to Conservation International to help save 3,000 square kilometers of ocean (up to $100,000 or RM400,000). #SaveOurOceans is a global campaign and users from countries and regions including: the US, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Turkey, MENA, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Chile can participate

Alvin Chong (@alvinchong123)
Najwa Nazri (@hinata_hyuga88)
YY Tan (@yytan713)  

Help protect our oceans, one TikTok video at a time. Download or open the TikTok app (for Android) (for iOS) and show how you help #SaveOurOceans.