Photo - (From left) Meor Munawir Meor Yussuf, Business Development Director, Acer Sales and Services Sdn Bhd; KT Ong, General Sales Manager, Dell; Norhizam Kadir, National Sales Manager, Intel Malaysia; Azizah Ali, Director, Small and Medium Solutions and Partners, Microsoft Malaysia; Azizi A Hadi Executive Vice President, SME, Telekom Malaysia; Lee Kum Weng, Market Development Manager (Lead, Commercial Desktop & Display, Printing and Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn Bhd; and Sean Chua, Sales Manager, REL Business, Lenovo Technology Sdn Bhd.
Microsoft Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia [TM], and Intel Malaysia have together launched a new trade-in campaign called 'Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8,' which offers small and medium enterprises in the country up to RM600 [US$185] savings when they buy a new Windows 8.1 device from 1 April - 30 June 2014.
TM executive vice president, SME, Azizi A Hadi said any small and medium enterprise [SME] business owner who is a TM customer can bring their latest TM bill, whether it be UniFi, Streamyx or any other TM service, and visit any of TM's ongoing SME BizFiesta and TM SME BizFest roadshows nationwide to trade in their old notebook or PC and purchase a new Windows 8.1 device powered by Intel processors from the appointed resellers at a special promotional price.
The participating brands are Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, said Azizi. "SMEs' ICT needs and requirements differ throughout the whole spectrum of business sizes. When we think of new products and services to help SMEs differentiate themselves locally and internationally, we don't only think about putting our customers at the forefront of technology. We also want to ensure that no one is left behind on outdated, unsupported devices and services. With the end of support of the legacy Windows XP and Office 2003 now upon us, there is no better time for SMEs to modernize their business."
"With the launch of the Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8 trade-in programme, we invite SMEs to visit any of our TM SME BizFest and TM SME BizFiesta roadshows this month until end of June, to enjoy a wide range of Windows 8.1 latest devices on offer, at very attractive prices," he said. "With Microsoft and Intel, we are truly making business easier for SMEs."
Microsoft Malaysia director, small and medium solutions and partners, Azizah Ali, said: "Microsoft has worked closely with our partners to help Malaysian businesses transform through technology, so they can focus squarely on what matters most: building the business. Our partnership with TM has yielded many great initiatives, such as the 'Office in a Box' and 'UniFi with Office 365' programs, and today, we are delighted to continue in the same vein with our longstanding partners, TM and Intel."
"At the end of the day, SMEs can be confident of the technology expertise and resources that we and our partners possess to take care of their IT needs, so that they can concentrate on the success and growth of their business," said Azizah. "The modern workforce requires the tools to allow them to stay productive anytime, anywhere, while businesses have an ever increasing need to protect data and ensure security, compliance and manageability."
SME Masterplan 2012-2020
"As we set forward to achieving targets set by the Malaysian Government in the SME Masterplan 2012-2020, it is imperative that Malaysian SMEs take decisive steps towards improving the productivity and agility of their business with the right IT technology in place," said Intel Malaysia and Singapore country manager, sales and marketing, Prakash Mallya.
"Like our partners TM and Microsoft, Intel believes that ICT is one of the key enablers for Malaysian SMEs to achieve success and we are more than well placed to equip Malaysian SMEs with the latest enterprise IT solutions in order to raise the contribution of Malaysian SMEs to the economy by 2020."
"Recently, there have been many exciting developments in computing technology including the introduction of our 4th Generation Intel Core Processor Family," said Mallya. "With processors running the range from Xeon to vPro, and Core to Atom, Intel offers a comprehensive range of enterprise solutions featuring the best combination of performance, capabilities and cost effectiveness."
"There will be questions of financial and time investment to execute the whole process, but the benefits of being secure and protected far outweigh the unacceptable risks of being left vulnerable to security and privacy threats," said SMI Association of Malaysia's national president Teh Kee Sin.
"Businesses need to think about the significant advantages that a more modern operating system entails. Realistically, the investment can be quickly recouped as they see improvements to their IT ecosystem - improved security features, better business efficiency and higher user productivity," said Teh. "It's high time to get the migration process started now."
Last year, Microsoft the end of support, including automatic security patches, for its 12-year-old Windows XP operating system. As a result, customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its "end of life" will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft, leaving users vulnerable to malware attacks and countless security risks.