Lenovo named as top monitor in PH; PLDT, Asus team up; Globe pulls up in report

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    Lenovo sold more monitors in PH than any other brand

    Global tech innovator Lenovo was recently cited by market intelligence firm IDC as the number one PC monitor brand in the Philippines. It emerged on top during the third quarter of 2020 with 66,082 shipments, equivalent to 22 percent of the total PC monitor market share locally.

    Lenovo’s strong performance in the period saw its share in the market grow by 6 percent from the previous quarter where it made 26,882 shipments. This development also showed a Year-over-Year (YOY) growth of 8 percent, signifying a highly successful year for the company’s ever-expanding PC monitor portfolio.

    The company owes its success to the many innovations it made to better serve customers facing the “new normal” brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Our success in the PC monitor segment solidifies our drive for constant innovation in our products as we strive to deliver smarter technology for all. This time, we heavily focused on improving the ability of our PC monitors in extending the productivity of our customers in the comfort of their own homes by including cutting-edge technology known in Lenovo devices. We made our screens bigger, more color accurate, portable, and in the case of gamers, come out with more resolution and high refresh rates for complete immersion. Our monitors also include added connectivity and viewing options to unlock new opportunities whether for work, online school, entertainment, or gaming,” Michael Ngan, Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager explained.

    Under its arsenal of product offerings, Lenovo currently has a total of seven PC monitor lines available catering to different types of users and segments:

    • ThinkVision – Employees
    • ThinkVision M – Mobile workforce
    • Q Series – Content creators
    • Y/Legion Series – Hardcore gamers
    • G Series – Mainstream gamers
    • L Series – Monitors for mainstream or everyday use
    • D Series – Value-for-money monitors

    Lenovo’s entire PC monitor lineup contains many features useful in any setting. Some of them include color-accurate display panels with 99 percent sRGB and 72 percent NTSC or higher for better color accuracy, thin bezels for larger screen viewing, and high refresh rates for smoother visuals in action-packed movies and fast-paced games.To protect the user’s eyes, Lenovo made its monitors TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort-certified to reduce the harmful effects of blue light. Lenovo’s monitors also have both VGA and HDMI ports, and their VESA mount compatibility adds more freedom upon use.

    Furthermore, all Lenovo monitors come with an exceptional 3-Year Warranty that’s designed to give users peace of mind as it entails smarter IT service solutions that increase system uptime and productivity, reduce costs, and secure data.

    Some monitors can be upgraded to Lenovo’s 3-Year Premier Support solution, a hassle-free, end-to-end service that provides a single point of contact and direct access to Lenovo Tech Specialists, cementing Lenovo’s position as an integrated solutions provider that leads service-led transformation and helps enable Modern IT environments where companies no longer need to worry about configuration, deployment, and IT management tasks.

    Some of Lenovo’s popular monitors geared towards bolstering productivity are the ThinkVision S22e-19 (P5,500), ThinkVision E2054 (P4,490), and ThinkVision M14t (P19,995) portable monitor.

    Both the ThinkVision S22e-19 and the ThinkVision E2054 come with a 178°/178° viewing angle and an In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, which ensure a best-in-class viewing experience without color distortion. The ThinkVision S22e-19 has a full-HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, while the ThinkVision E2054 has a monitor with a maximum resolution of 1440 x 900, ensuring clearer and vibrant images when viewing worksheets. Meanwhile, the portable ThinkVision M14t is built to boost on-the-go productivity with its weight of only 1.5 pounds and USB 3.2 Type-C compatibility which allows even smartphones to present through the monitor. For added interactivity during meetings, the ThinkVision M14thas a tilt angle of -5° to 90, making viewing and presenting proposals easier. Presentations are clear and crisp too through its 14.0” IPS Panel that has 1920 x1080 resolution, 300 nits of brightness, and a 60Hz refresh rate.

    Other popular Lenovo PC monitor options available are the Lenovo D19-10 (P3,495), Lenovo L22e-20 (P4,995), and the Lenovo G25-10 (P9,995) gaming monitor. Designed to be an everyday workhorse, the Lenovo D19-10 offers a hassle-free user experience and gets any job done in clarity with its 18.5” 1366×768 resolution display, 200 nits of brightness, and 16:9 aspect ratio. The L22e-10, on the other hand, comes with Lenovo’s Near Edgeless 21.5” Full HD display that allows for incredible clarity while watching videos or creating content for work. It also has an innovative Quick Release Tilt Stand and easier connectivity with its VGA, HDMI, and audio jack ports.

    Lastly, with just a price tag of P9,995, the Lenovo G25-10 is the best value-for-money gaming monitor out now. It contains many features found in high-end gaming monitors that improve overall gameplay, such as a 144Hz refresh rate, a 1ms GtG response time,72 percent NTSC color accuracy panel that enables impeccable color quality, and NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility, which adds smoother visual delivery with virtually no screen tearing and stuttering.

    Lenovo’s monitors are available in all Lenovo and Legion concept stores and Lenovo authorized resellers nationwide. They can also be availed from Lenovo Official Flagship stores in Lazada. For more information, visit thewebsite<lenovo.com/ph> or reach out via Facebook to Lenovo Philippines<fb.com/lenovophilippines>, Legion Philippines<fb.com/lenovolegionPH>, or Think PC Philippines<fb.com/ThinkPCPhilippines>.

    PLDT Home teams up with ASUS  

    The country’s leading telco and digital services provider, PLDT Home, partners with one of the world’s top technology providers ASUS to provide next level digital experience at home with the most powerful WiFi 6 mesh system in the country.

    With the partnership, PLDT Home brings the top-of-line ASUS WiFi 6 routers that can deliver up to 1000 Mbps speeds for lag-free browsing, seamless streaming, and equal upload and download speeds anywhere and on any device at home.

    “We’re happy to have partnered with ASUS to equip our subscribers with a powerful WiFi 6 technology so they can enjoy the fastest and seamless online connectivity at home. This partnership is in line with our mission to empower Filipino families to rediscover meaningful experiences and further pursue their passions powered by the strongest Fibr connection at home,” said Menardo G. Jimenez, PLDT Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Business.

    “The online community of gamers in the Philippines continues to grow and we are committed to powering their passions and leveling up their gaming experiences from home. We are pleased to partner with PLDT Home to offer the latest of innovative technology so that consumers can enjoy online experiences to the fullest,” expressed Jeff Tang, ASUS Philippines Corporation Business Development Manager.

    Among the new routers that will be made available in the market is the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 which boasts of its outstanding features especially perfect for the gamers at home such as AiMesh Technology to achieve wider coverage with no dead spots at home, AiProtection Pro for security against malware and internet-based threats, Parental Control, IPTV Support, Link Aggregation, and WTFast Gaming Network.

    The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 was adjudged by CNET.com as one of the best gaming routers that topped the transfer speeds and was able to hit above 1 Gbps.

    Meanwhile, the ASUS ZenWiFi AX (XT8) offers the same powerful mesh network technology with its Adaptive QoS, AiMesh Technology, AiProtection Pro, and WP3 security. It has also received the editor’s best choice award by CNET in March 2020 where it was praised for its strong stable performance and fast internet speeds.

    For updates and more information on the pre-order and reservation for the new routers, visit www.pldthome.com and follow PLDT Home’s official social media accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pldthome), Twitter, and Instagram (@pldthome).

    Globe network performance pulls up in Opensignal latest report

    Working from home, homeschooling, and by large, the effect of staying at home during the pandemic has resulted in an increase in mobile apps and mobile games usage among Filipinos. This amounts to more time spent online and on mobile devices, thus increasing demand for telcos to deliver consistent network improvements. Globe has been working in parallel to meet the needs of its customers.

    According to the Philippines Mobile Network Experience November 2020 report by Opensignal, Globe leads the market in Voice App Experience, also jointly winning in Games Experience.

    Overall, Globe has been consistently improving data experience since 2017. The telco has also pushed past the 80 percent 4G availability score, improving by 14.5 percentage points.

    According to the report, customers in Metro Manila spend almost 90% of their time connected to 4G services, and have reported their highest average overall download speeds at 10.3 Mbps.

    Given the difficult circumstances and the operator’s impressive long-term progress this indeed only serves to highlight the resilience of Globe users’ mobile network experience, according to Opensignal.

    In Voice App Experience, Globe bests its competitor with a score of 62.3, of which 65 is attributed to 4G, and 51.9 to 3G.  When it comes to the quality of experience for essential mobile voice apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, and Facebook Messenger, the telco outperformed its competitor in connectivity experience including overall voice call quality.

    In terms of Games Experience, Globe jointly won in this category when playing real-time multiplayer mobile games on mobile devices with a score of 34.4 points, with the 4G experience scoring 36.1 points. The national study considers multiple genres of multiplayer mobile games to measure the average sensitivity to network conditions.

    “We continue to improve our network to provide our customers with better mobile and data experience. Creating positive impact through a world-class network is our top priority,” said Gil B. Genio, Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer.

    Boomi Supports Native Union’s ecommerce growth

    Orders Increase by Ten-fold 

    Boomi, a Dell Technologies business, and leading provider of cloud-based integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS), today announced it has helped Native Union automate its entire e-commerce business to seamlessly scale and support a double-digit growth in direct online sales stemming from the rise in remote work. Boomi’s AtomSphere Platform has also empowered Native Union to instantly connect its staff to the digital assets they need, allowing them to spend more time on delivering business value, while Boomi’s automation capabilities enabled the fully-remote deployment of a new overseas fulfilment warehouse.

    Native Union designs stylish technology accessories fashioned to empower the modern work-from-anywhere lifestyle. Founded in Hong Kong in 2009, it set out to challenge the preconception that tech accessories were boring, functional, and uninspired.

    Rapid response to pandemic disruption.Farouk Merzougui, Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Native Union, said prior to COVID-19, the majority of its business was B2B, with its products being sold through Apple stores, major consumer electronics stores, lifestyle retailers, and department stores across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the United States.

    “We did not start as an ecommerce company but had strong ambitions of increasing our e-commerce footprint,” he said. “Compared to last year, the contribution from our direct online sales has doubled.”

    Merzougui said that while the business could not have predicted the emergence of COVID-19, the flexibility and scalability Native Union gained from unifying its myriad applications with the Boomi AtomSphere Platform had enabled it to rapidly adapt to changing conditions.

    “With our former infrastructure, we would have supported this expansion in a labour-intensive manner,” he said.

    “We had an ecosystem of more than 10 different applications, none of it connected, and each business function was working in its own silo. We had low flexibility, poor scalability, and we could not draw on our data easily to make the right decisions.”

    “Previously, there was a huge amount of duplication across our teams. We felt beholden to our infrastructure.”

    Connecting the dots and enabling expansion. Merzougui said he selected Boomi because its low-code functionality meant the platform was simple to manage and it would enable them to get to market faster without requiring additional technical resources.

    “We wanted to connect the dots to our different applications in a simple and faster way,” he said.

    “We did not want to be held hostage by development companies and programmers every time there was a new release.”

    Native Union first embarked on a digital transformation strategy three years ago in order to automate business processes and improve efficiency. This was to gain the scalability required to pursue an ambitious growth and expansion strategy – a strategy that has now accelerated significantly.

    “Our growth has doubled over the past six years. We currently supply to 100 countries, but we want to double that in the next 12 months,” Merzougui said.

    “Technology was a critical part of our expansion goals. Before Boomi, my team was obliged to run repetitive, low-value tasks spending 90 percent of their time on manual data entries, and only 10 percent on actual analysis – I wanted to invert that ratio. I wanted to create integrated experiences that would enable them to instantly connect to the apps and data they need to serve our customers.”

    Automating everything. Previously, employees would manually process and replicate orders from Shopify, which would be compiled into a spreadsheet and emailed to the fulfilment warehouse at the end of the day.

    Merzougui said this entire process has now been automated by integrating multiple applications with Boomi.

    “Boomi integrates and automates everything throughout the process. Our Microsoft Dynamics ERP is now connected to both Shopify and our multi-currency payment gateway processor called Reach. Payments are reconciled and orders are received in an automated manner. We are not involved at all,” he said.

    “Our warehouse management system is also integrated so as soon as we receive an order, Boomi sends the information to the warehouse and updates the status of the order every five minutes on our ERP. I now have real-time insights on the status of every single order.”

    Merzougui said this level of business process automation has liberated his supply chain team from the drudgery of manual data entry.

    “The automation and speed we have gained through Boomi has been a game changer,” he said.

    “Previously our staff were just spending their days entering orders into a spreadsheet. What kind of a career is that? Now, because we can see across an integrated ecosystem, they have the time to analyse what we do, think about how to improve the supply chain, and really add value to the business. Their roles have transformed overnight.”

    Global growth from the comfort of home. As a result, order processing times have dropped from three days to one. In addition, Merzougui said he has been able to deploy a new international fulfilment warehouse completely remotely.

    “We wanted to mitigate our risk by having a new regional warehouse but I could not travel and be there on site. This would have been an absolute nightmare before Boomi,” he said.

    “Deploying a new warehouse typically includes several site visits, training, and onboarding a lot of procedures, but now I just provide the warehouse with our integration script and all the forms and procedures are sent to them electronically.”

    “I will have a completely new warehouse up and running in another country within less than four weeks without ever having to be there. It is a revolution. Maybe I will open another one in 2021 since it has become so easy to do so.”

    “Every business starts small, but no business wants to stay small,” said Lawrence Ng, General Manager South East Asia at Boomi.

    “By harnessing the power of automation, Native Union has been able to not only rapidly adapt its business model in response changing circumstances, it has been able to expand during what is the most challenging economic period of our time.”

    “There are more than 340,000 SMEs in Hong Kong, making up 98 percent of the total private sector. SMEs will be critical to our post-pandemic economy and Native Union is a leading example of how technology can be leveraged to pivot, scale, and succeed.”

    China lighting fair hailed a success

    The 25th China (Guzhen) International Lighting 

    On October 26, 2020, the 25thChina (Guzhen) International Lighting Fair (GILF), hosted by Guzhen Lighting Expo Co., Ltd, ended in success. Hot spots and requirements throughout the year were interpreted at the GILF. The fair, with a theme of “Guzhen Lights up the World”  was held on a 1500,000-m2 site and displayed online simultaneously via GILF’s B2B platform, Denggle.com.

    By its conclusion at 14:00 on October 26, this exhibition had seen a total of 37,817 professional visitors, including 389 overseas visitors presented at the fair despite the pandemic. The “Hosted Buyer Program Go Online” has attracted nearly 40,000 overseas visitors to view through cloud.

    2,500 lighting enterprises from 8 venues were gathered. The main venue -Guzhen Convention and Exhibition Center accommodated the whole lighting industry chain including household intelligent lighting, decorative lights, commercial lighting, outdoor lighting, special lamp, machine, lighting auxiliaries and other categories, drawing a total of 845 brands.

    The 7 sub-venues (Lihe Lighting Expo Center, Huayi PlazaStar Alliance, Lighting Era Plaza, Besun Plaza, Huayu Plaza, Streetlight City) organized events along with hundreds of brands.

    During the fair, face recognition for entry, real-time monitoring of visitor flow, on-site temperature detection and health code tracking and other new technological applications were adopted for buyers to enter.

    The mode of intelligence + originality represented the new trend. Original design, smart home, intelligent light poles, linear magnets, new energy lights and education lighting were the general highlights at the fair.

    Many smart brands established cross-border alliances with platforms such as Alibaba Cloud, JD Cloud, and Huawei to enter the field of smart home. Some exhibitors applied technologies of smart cities+new infrastructures and 5G for commercial use.

    The sales of ultraviolet germicidal lamps have surged due to the pandemic.

    At the same time, education lighting, office lighting, health lighting, skincare lamps, beauty lamps, landscape lighting, explosion-proof lights, stage lights, fire emergency systems, waterproof, dustproof floodlights, outdoor solar lights, projection lights, laser lights, ultra-high-speed placement machines and laser cutting equipment were spotted onsite.

    Seamless online and offline connections between exhibitors and buyers. To relieve the impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hosted Buyer Program Go Online was held by the fair to present an exhibition trio: factory show, on-site booth, and EZBUY of B2B website-Denggle.com.

    The Hosted Buyer Program Go Online attracted nearly 40,000 overseas followers.

    Forum offers useful insights and suggestions for the industry. During the fair, forums and seminars were held continuously, including “Intelligent Light Pole Industry Development Forum”, “2020 Lighting Industry Product Category Salon ‘Smart Home, Smart Future'”, the “Intelligent Agricultural Lighting Innovation Forum”, and online lectures on “Research and Prospects of Horticulture Lighting Strategies”, “Smart Transportation and Smart Light Pole”, “5G+ Era and Smart City New Life” etc.

    Depending on the origin of lighting products and facilitating high-quality development of the industry, the 25th GILF came to an end successfully. Development in innovation, surge in exhibitors number, new products and wonderful forums and seminars all demonstrate that the lighting industry will continue to be bright and promising. The 26th GILF is scheduled on March 18 to 21, 2021.

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