Laying ground for China's big data transformation

Leon Liu Yang

When the Obama administration announced its US$200 million Big Data Research and Development Initiative just over a year ago, it opened up myriad business possibilities for American businessmen.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 7:06am

Letters to the Editor, March 4, 2013

Retail rents are high at The Link's malls. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Michael Chugani in his column has painted a gloomy economic outlook for Hong Kong and his vivid description reminded me of the film Les Miserables and Mencius. When greed reigns, it suffocates sustained economic growth. The birth rate and demographic profile will be deformed and, therefore, in the long run the population pyramid is not healthy.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Upgrade keeps it simple but adds sophistication

There is no question that FileMaker Pro is the king of the mid-range databases, and is still one of the easiest applications.

This new version is a major upgrade that puts FileMaker Pro significantly ahead of all the competition.

27 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Progress steers PeerDirect towards remote relations

Progress Software has launched a product the business application software company believes will change how companies deal with remote offices and mobile workers.

The PeerDirect Distributed Enterprise product allows data and applications to be deployed at the local level while being managed from a central location.

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Lotus Notes provides an e-mail archive challenge

We use Lotus Notes as the e-mail program (and also as groupware) at our office. Notes seems to fall short when archiving e-mail. The views (or folders) are nicely archived but are left empty.

11 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Microsoft aims server changes at mobile users

Microsoft sees big potential in the database market for desktop and mobile users, and is upgrading, but also scaling down, its SQL Server to meet the needs of this emerging segment.

25 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

As storage grows, inexpensive programs can help PC users keep track of picture

I returned to the US recently and stopped in to visit my dear grandma. As she does nearly every time I visit, she walked over to the large china cabinet in the dining area, put on her reading glasses, and began rummaging through one of the cabinet's large drawers.

'Have I shown the pictures of all the grandkids?' she asks, producing a small envelope of 3x5 prints.

16 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Lotus wraps up applications in single package

Like many industry giants, Lotus understands the importance of the Web and the role it will play in the new generation of computer use.

According to Lotus, its latest software, Notes 4.6 client, to be released in Hong Kong next month, has been designed to be a complete package of applications that enhances the Web user's experience and efficiency through practical integration.

20 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

New management system seen making it easier to integrate multimedia products

Computer Associates (CA) will be hoping its new object database management system, Jasmine, will get the jump on its rivals with new technologies that few other database makers have fully implemented.

In the early days of computer databases, everything was based on columns or tabular data.

16 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Oracle keeps finger on pulse for top world companies

Oracle is well known for its database software that runs in the background of many of the world's companies.

Microsoft is always called the biggest software company in the world but Oracle is, without doubt, the biggest database software company and the chief executive officer, Larry Ellison, is energetic and does not shy away from saying what he thinks.

8 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Signal of hope as phone giant takes control

A typhoon centre has been created in Hongkong Telecom's network control centre to try and prevent a repeat of the overloads and jammed lines caused by last year's Typhoon Kent.

In addition, the Government is ready to ask radio and TV stations to broadcast announcements when the network is near capacity, requesting customers not to make the problem worse.

22 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Mainland looks to build infrastructure in light of electronic data revolution

The entire globe is embracing the electronic data communications revolution, and a developing China is pulling out all stops to catch up.

25 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Number of Notes users 'set to double'

Lotus Notes Release 4 was officially launched in Hong Kong last Wednesday with a special appearance by the program's creator.

Ray Ozzie, the president of Iris Associates, the development company owned by Lotus that created the first version of Notes back in 1990, said he hoped Asia-Pacific could become a major market for the groupware and messaging program.

19 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Spreadsheet surprise for Hong Kong

RELATIONAL databases are known to most computer users in the business workplace, but relational spreadsheets is a term that sounds rather strange.

NewTech Consultants, though, has recently started distributing the TM/1 Spreadsheet Connector relational spreadsheet product in Hong Kong. TM/1 is produced by the United States-based Sinper Corp.

10 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Info search gets easier

FEW things in this world are simpler than opening a book.

This is information at its most transcendentally low-tech. Ironically, it may take on-line data and communications systems a while to catch up.

Hong Kong Telecom CSL's Spectrum is a perfect example of the evolution of communications technology.

23 Nov 1993 - 12:00am