Monthly Archives: September 2007

Brother sees 50% growth in corporate market by 2008

Japanese IT peripherals giant Brother fortifies its position in the printer market, particularly among corporate users, by expanding its product line. Its corporate segment currently accounts for 20 percent of the company’s total local revenues while the retail sector accounts for the remaining 80 percent.

To tap the corporate market, Brother recently introduced new color laser and multifunction printers designed specifically for small and medium businesses (SMBs) and large companies. Equipped with Brother’s own print engine, these products feature innovations that address real customer needs – print quality, speed, usability, connectivity, security, network management and administration.

“We see a lot of opportunities in addressing the corporate printer business in the Philippines . The introduction of our new color laser printers and multifunction centers will enable us to break in the market segment that we didn’t focus on before,” declared Toshiaki Isayama, general manager of Brother International Philippines.

Brother has formed corporate sales teams to focus on the corporate market. The company is also conducting regular sales trainings and seminars for its business partners and corporate resellers to equip them with the right tools and strategies.

While the corporate business of Brother is relatively young, the company already has a number of notable distribution partners in the Philippines, particularly Proton, Hytech, Digitron, Solid Business, S1 Tech, TCA, OWH, NEXUS, BisMac and Compufax.

“We aim to increase our growth in the corporate market by as much as 50 percent,” says Isayama. “Our strategy would be gradual and straightforward. We intend to achieve our targets in the corporate sector by 2008.”

Top officials from Brother Japan and New Zealand – Tetsuo Watanabe, Brother International Singapore and Philippines Managing Director and Graham Walshe, Brother International New Zealand Executive Chairman – even visited the Philippines to share best practices and ideas to help the Philippine office succeed in the corporate space.

Brother’s strong heritage of technology and innovation dates back in 1908. Today, Brother is known for its customer-centric products and services inspired by its “At Your Side” motto. Brother has 19 production facilities in 7 countries particularly Japan , U.S.A. , UK , China , Korea , Taiwan , Malaysia and Indonesia . Its R&D Facility is located in Nagoya , Japan . It also has 41 sales facilities in over 30 countries worldwide, with products sold to over 100 countries.

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Posted by on September 26, 2007 in Brother


BenQ Launches New MP622 DLP projector

Whether for business, home or school, consumers will be wowed by BenQ’s latest Mainstream Series DLP® projectors – the all-purpose, durable MP622 . This “best value,” dependable projector is ideal for small to medium rooms, multiple users, crossover home and office applications, and multimedia school use.

From middle school to most businesses, BenQ’s new projector accommodates with clever features, carefree maintenance and the established reliability of the BenQ brand.

With 2700 ANSI lumens, the MP622 delivers vibrant colors that don’t require blackout conditions – offering classroom and corporate users flexibility with ambient lighting conditions. A 2000:1 contrast ratio coupled with 11 picture modes, Brilliant Color™ Technology and 3D Color Management™ further ensure superb picture quality with 100% accurate sRGB color reproduction.

Plus, versatility is afforded with BenQ’s one-touch Wall Color Correction™ for uncompromised picture quality in the absence of a screen.

With a target market characterized by multiple users displaying various applications, the MP622 incorporates features that generously accommodate all usage scenarios.

For applications such as lectures, office presentations and video watching, Gov/Ed and Business customers will be looking for low-noise projectors. The MP622 more than fits the bill with its unique airflow and anti-vibration design. At a meager 26/31dB (Eco/Normal mode), this projector is rated the market’s quietest data projector.

The BenQ MP622 projector also meet the needs of consumer entertainment, being HDTV compatible and fully supporting 1080i. Five Preset Modes – Cinema, Dynamic, Standard, sRGB and Presentation – and two User Modes allow for fast, one-touch optimized settings.

Several other features will particularly appeal to business users. The smart Presentation Timer keeps meetings on track, while the ON/OFF ring tone notifies users when the projector has activated or has cooled and is ready to be powered down. Panel Key Lock prevents accidental derailing of presentations by disabling control buttons on the projector. Additional features such as Auto Adjustment, Quick Auto Search (the industry’s fastest search and display of input sources) and Onscreen FAQ facilitate set-up and go.

Like all BenQ digital lifestyle innovations, the MP622 is engineered to the highest standards of style and reliability. A midnight black, high gloss finish and aesthetically-pleasing geometric buttons impart a Darth Vader-like air of superiority and importance that will impress business users.

Quick cooling, high altitude and auto-off capability as well as password protection add to the projectors’ low maintenance and dependability. Standard accessories include: Quick Start Guide, CD Owner’s Manual, remote control, soft carry case, batteries for R/C, VGA cable and power cord.

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Posted by on September 25, 2007 in BenQ


Loren: RP should initiate “mutual abrogation” of NBN deal

The Philippines should initiate diplomatic talks with China so that the two countries can “jointly abrogate” Manila’s highly contentious $329-million national broadband network (NBN) project that would be installed by Shenzen-based ZTE Corp. using a soft loan from Beijing, Sen. Loren Legarda said.

“The project has become too tainted — too quarrelsome — it is no longer tenable,” Legarda said.

“The Philippines should persuade China that the rescission of the deal is in the best interest of both countries. And that a mutual annulment is definitely much better than a unilateral cancellation by the Philippines,” Legarda said.

Once the project is diplomatically terminated, Legarda said a joint congressional commission of the Senate and the House should ascertain whether the country needs a state-owned broadband network, on top of existing high-speed commercial communication channels run by the private sector.

While looking into the need for the proposed NBN, Legarda said the commission might as well determine the suitability and feasibility of a “cyber education program” that aims to reinforce the public school system by using satellite technology to beam televised lectures to students and teachers.

Legarda said the bicameral commission can then draw up a report, to be approved by the Senate and the House in plenary, and then endorsed to Malacañang.

Legarda made the statement shortly after Malacañang “suspended” the NBN project and the $465-million cyber education project, also to be funded by a loan from China, without categorically saying whether both ventures would eventually be revived or terminated.

The senator expressed confidence that the NBN deal’s revocation would not impair Philippine-China relations in a big way.

“Philippine-China relations are far greater than the twin projects. The combined value of the projects is nothing much when compared to our larger political, economic and people-to-people relations with China,” Legarda stressed.

“Going forward, there will be numerous other occasions for China to help us some other way, and for us to help China — for the two countries to cooperate — with respect to information and communications technology (ICT) projects, or in other areas,” Legarda pointed out.

Legarda is author of a bill seeking to establish a new, full-fledged department that would “consciously advance” the country’s ICT sector, as well as several measures proposing to build up electronic commerce while bracing the war on cybercrime.

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Posted by on September 24, 2007 in Government


Sun Introduces Open Source Java EE 5 (GlassFish V2)

Sun Microsystems, Inc. and the GlassFish community, today announced the immediate availability of GlassFish V2, the next major version of the open source Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 application server, and its commercially-supported counterpart, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1. Building on the success of GlassFish V1, this release adds enterprise features such as clustering, advanced administration and record-breaking performance. In addition, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 offers new industry leading cost-efficient annual subscriptions for customers that need production quality support.

With GlassFish V2, customers no longer have to choose between open source and enterprise features. GlassFish V2 delivers on the major features that are required for scalable and mission critical deployments. Highlighted features include:

  • Best-in-class performance – as evidenced in a July 2007 SPECjAppServer benchmark result, GlassFish V2 is the fastest open source Java EE 5 application server available today.
  • Clustering – enables enterprises to group servers for scalability and replicate data in-memory for fail over protection and high availability.
  • Centralized administration – manage application server clusters and application deployments from a centralized administration console.
  • Project Metro – allows for interoperability between Web services hosted on Java technology and Windows environments.
  • Open ESB – enables easy integration of Web services and existing enterprise resources. Java Business Integration (JBI) – provides a standardized approach to delivering SOA using Web services.
  • NetBeans IDE Integration – enabling developers to deploy SOA applications by designing business process execution language (BPEL) workflows.

Sun has dramatically reduced the license and support costs of its commercially-supported Sun Java System Application Server, well below proprietary, enterprise alternatives. GlassFish V2 is available for download at: for Solaris, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X — bringing a production quality application server to all major software platforms. Learn more about Sun’s commercially supported counterpart, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1, including new cost-efficient annual subscriptions at

“Together, GlassFish and NetBeans offer a feature-rich, low-cost platform for developing and delivering applications that meet the demanding needs of the enterprise,” said Karen Tegan Padir, vice president, Software Infrastructure, Sun. “Many enterprises today are choosing open-source alternatives over expensive, proprietary infrastructure software and the GlassFish/NetBeans release represents a compelling option, especially when paired with an open-source operating system such as OpenSolaris or Linux.”

The NetBeans 6.0 IDE Beta offers improved productivity through an integrated and configurable IDE, allowing developers to easily custom-craft their environment by choosing only the tools that they need. The NetBeans 6.0 Beta also includes a powerful new editor and enhanced support for dynamic languages such as Ruby and JavaScript. JRuby is included with the NetBeans 6.0 Beta Ruby support, allowing developers to use Ruby on Rails with existing Java code. Other features of the release include: inspection and navigation capabilities, local history, integrated support for Subversion, and extensive profiling features integrated into the standard distribution making the development of multi-language enterprise applications much faster and less expensive.

In related news, future distributions of NetBeans, starting with the production release of NetBeans 6.0, will be offered under a dual license of the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) and the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2). For more information about GPLv2 for NetBeans visit

Sun also offers a tiered set of developer support services for its software offerings, ranging from single incident to comprehensive developer plans. In addition, with a broad portfolio of training and certification offerings, developers can enhance their skillsets to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies. To learn more, please visit

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Posted by on September 19, 2007 in Sun Microsystems


Millennium and Seagate – 17 years of Partnership

In the recently concluded Seagate APAC (Asia Pacific) Conference for its distributors in Beijing, China; Seagate took the opportunity to recognize its partnership with Millennium Computer Tech Corp. The partnership has lasted 17 years and is one of the longest in the region.

“Seagate appointed us as a distributor when Millennium was just a start-up because we outlined a bold and aggressive business plan to double their existing market in 1991; we did so in six months. Over the years, we helped to establish Seagate in the Philippines as a premium storage brand associated with the best in quality, reliability and performance,” remarked Edison Tan, President and founder of Millennium.

Millennium has consistently been recognized for its excellent distribution performance, winning marketing and sales awards from Seagate through the years. But in 1996, Millennium was awarded the highest recognition of “Distributor of the Year” for the whole of Asia Pacific, brining honor to the country by besting distributors from countries such as Singapore, China, HK, Australia and others.

Asked why he thought the partnership has lasted so long and has worked so well, Mr. Tan seems to let off a guess “I’d say Seagate values its relationships with distributors who have proven their loyalty thru ups and downs. It helps that we have given the brand the focus needed to grow from the traditional desktop to the enterprise and now to the digital home space.”

“Going forward, we expect to continue Seagate’s dominance in the market with their market-leading external storage solutions, their trendsetting 5-year warranty and their relentless focus on finding new applications for digital storage,” Mr. Tan concludes.

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Posted by on September 18, 2007 in Seagate


Sun Leads in the Philippines Unix Server Market

Sun Microsystems announced that Sun in the Philippines was the leader in the Unix Server Market both in terms of unit shipments and factory revenue in its FY2007 (CY Q3 2006 – Q2 2007), according to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly Enterprise Server Tracker, Q2 2007, August 2007.

Sun firmly cemented its #1 position in the Philippines Unix server segment in its FY2007, capturing 37.2% revenue share, which was 1.7 percentage points higher than the 35.5% share it captured compared to the same period in FY2006. In unit shipment terms, Sun’s share of the Philippines UNIX server market totaled 72.7% in FY 2007 versus 59.7% share that it captured in FY 2006.

“Sun’s focus in innovation has resulted in various breakthrough technologies including Java, Solaris and our SPARC processor. Our leadership in the unix server market is but one reflection of the confidence customers have in us as technology partners,” says Cynthia R. Mamon, President & Managing Director. “As we move into our new fiscal year, we are extremely confident that our strong product road map will only allow us to grow from strength to strength in offering customers greater choices to scale their businesses in today’s demanding market.”

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Sun is holding a series of innovation roadshows across Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore. This event comes to a close in Singapore with the unveiling of Project Blackbox. Key customers from the region have been invited to be the first in Asia to witness the world’s first virtualized data center in Singapore. Various key customers and partners across the region are expected to have experienced and touched on pertinent topics such as the importance of “eco innovation” and the future of data center computing.

Sun Innovation Roadshow in the Philippines will happen on 20th September, 2007, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ayala Center, Makati City.

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Posted by on September 18, 2007 in Sun Microsystems


HP Notebooks Earn Major Awards, Positive Reviews

HP has claimed multiple wins in the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards and the CNET Asia Editor’s Choice Awards. HP Notebooks have also received consistently positive reviews and ratings from CNET Asia.

Sophistication and innovative design

For their sleek and unique Imprint design, the HP Pavilion dv6000, HP Compaq Presario v3000 and HP Compaq Presario v6000 won the 2007 Red Dot Design Award, one of the largest and most acclaimed design competitions in the world.

The international award attracts up to 6,000 submissions every year. Products with an exacting sophistication and innovative design are awarded with a seal of quality and are placed alongside the best in design and business by a jury of internationally renowned designers and design experts.

Award-winning value

CNET Asia highlighted the performance and value of the HP Compaq Presario b1900 and HP Pavilion dv9100. Both notebooks were given the CNET Asia Editor’s Choice Award. The HP Compaq Presario b1900 was lauded for its very reasonable price and impressive specifications, like the good display screen, ultraportability, and separate graphics processor. For these features, CNET Asia gave the Presario b19000 a 9/10 overall rating. CNET Asia also praised HP Pavilion dv 9100 for its competitive pricing and gave it an 8/10 rating for its HDMI output, excellent graphics performance, remote control, integrated Webcam, and dual hard drive bays.

Most viewed and top rated

Three HP Notebooks –the HP Pavilion dv 2000, HP Compaq Presario B1900 and the HP Pavilion dv 9100 –simultaneously ranked in CNET Asia Reviews’ Top Five Most Popular Laptop Computers, which is based on feedback from online viewers. Meanwhile, three other HP Notebooks made it to CNET Asia Reviews’ Top Five Upcoming Laptops list: the HP Pavilion dv 2200, HP Pavilion 9200, and HP Pavilion 6200.

The HP Pavilion HDX, nicknamed “The Dragon”, placed fourth in CNET Asia’s list of Top Five DirectX 10 Gaming Notebooks. The Dragon was noted for its massive 20-inch display, pioneering Core 2 Extreme Mobile CPU, pop-out remote control, and touch-sensitive controls. It was given an 8.1/10 rating by CNET Asia.

Consistently great reviews

HP Notebooks have consistently earned high ratings in CNET Asia’s various categories. In December 2006, the HP Compaq Presario v3000 ranked second and fourth, respectively, in CNET Asia’s Top Five Budget Notebooks and Top Ten Notebooks categories. In the same month, the HP Pavilion dv2000 ranked first in CNET Asia’s Top Five Thin and Light Notebooks category and took the eighth spot on CNET Asia’s list of Top Ten Notebooks.

In April 2007, four HP Notebooks made it to CNET Asia’s list of Top Ten Notebooks: the HP Compaq Presario v3200 (third), HP Pavilion dv2200 (fifth), HP Compaq Presario b1900 (eigth), and HP Pavilion dv9100 (ninth). In May 2007, CNET Asia’s Top Ten Notebooks list showcased the following HP Notebooks: the HP Compaq Presario c500 (third), HP Compaq Presario v3400 (eigth), and HP Pavilion dv9100 (ninth). Another three HP Notebooks made it to the Top Ten in June 2007: the HP Compaq Presario v3500 (third), Compaq Presario b1900 (seventh), and HP Pavilion dv9500 (ninth).

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Posted by on September 12, 2007 in HP