No15 (2018)

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 16:50


In its first steps in 3-year plan of #transformation and #precision 2018 – 2020, 3S has

achieved some encouraging results.

- In terms of sales: We not only reached but also exceed and complete all the plans we made at the beginning of year 2018 in terms of revenue and profit. Workload from Japan – our main market was stable in this first quarter. Besides, workload demand exceeded 54% over the plan and supply capacity. While revenue exceeded 16%, total expenditure was only 4% higher than as planned, which results to an expected profit rate at 15%.

- In terms of operation: We efficiently maintained resource allocation at 91% for workload. This success would never be achieved without the hard-work of the united 3S community and of many other outstanding individuals.


- In terms of technology orientation: Since 2015, our company has continued to pursue the researches regarding to AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning) and DL (Deep Learning) to support back-end for IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data projects for the time being and the future. Even though it was just a short time, we have well made the very first steps. In particular, we have made some elaborate preparation for the transformation from Mobile First strategy in June 2012 (3S’ establishment) to AI First strategy in June 2017.

Regarding to Mobile Platform, we chose to transfrom to use Native App on Facebook Open Cross-Platforms: React-Native. At the same time, React and React Fiber (Javascripting) have been utilized to optimize UI/ Front-end development for web-based apps. In order to promote this transformation step, 3S React – React Native Club was established but it seemed that the club has been not really remarkably active. Regarding to cloud platform, we chose Microsoft Azure as a base and development system on .NET core, and C# is main coding language. Regarding to digital content, we chose Umbraco (.NET) for simple projects. For more complicated ones, Sitecore certified solutions are available but we have not manipulated them effectively and invested time, effort in this knowledge. Furthermore, we have been awarded certificates of our products such as Crisis, Shoapp, BTS drone inspection (from our sibling – Thinklabs) by National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam.


In addition, in the first quarter of 2018, 3Si saw some noticable activites, such as:

   - In January, when millions of Vietnamese hearts beated as one towards U23 Vietnam football team, 3S definitly could not stand out of the crowd. Projectors which are often used for project meetings were turned to big TV screen for everyone to watch the fierce semi-final football match. The moment Vietnam team won the ticket to the final match was the moment 3S fans bursted with joy and happiness. We experienced praise, cheers, close-knit hugs and shiny smiles on every 3S member. We are in hope of more and more connected events like this.

- In February, 3S held a 2017 sum-up and 2018 welcome party with BBQ dinner at Gogi House restaurant, which totally satisfied our members. In stead of fancy meals as usual, the BBQ dinner this year, among the freezing weather, warmed up every member when we all gathered together, chit chat about ourselves and drank a toast. The party was even much more delightful due to our close customer’s attendance. What is more, the highlight was PI auction at the end of the party. PI, a very prosperous piggy bank, coming under the hammer made the party even hotter and hotter when all 3Si-ers were excitedly enthusiastic to give the price. Finally, Phuc.DD was the one to win the PI at 20,000,000 VND.



- Under a theme of “Women is for pride and shine”, March 08, 2018, a.k.a Women’s International Day in 3S was organized much thoughtfully. In 3S, one of powerful driving forces is brave and pioneering women who are day by day devoting themselves to not only their families, but also company and society. On this occasion this year, BoD and 3S men made contribution both materially and spiritually so that “the beautiful half of 3S” went on a picnic to take gorgeous photos with flowers. 3S men was so lucky to have a chance to admire their femal colleagues in grateful “ao dai”. We believe that, women are to love, to respect as well as to conquer the success by all their bravery and ability. Wish all beloved women full of health, beauty and happiness in life.

Some 1,500 cyber-attacks reported in first two months

Vietnamese websites were hit by a total of 1,504 cyber-attacks in the first two months of 2018 in the forms of Deface, Malware and Phishing, according to the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT).

The team unveiled the information on March 7 in an annual drill to test the response capability of computers security incident response teams from 20 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia, India, Mongolia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and ASEAN member states – many of which are members of the Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT).

The APCERT Cyber Drill 2018, themed “Data Breach via Malware on Internet of Things (IoT)”, provided an opportunity for the participating teams to activate and test their incident handling arrangements.

In Vietnam, the drill took place in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang with the participation of about 300 IT workers and officials in the VNCERT network, including State agencies and local governments.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung said the IoT not only brings about opportunities but also imposes huge challenges in information safety and security. 

Billions of Internet-connected devices receive and share information together with a large number of cyber security vulnerabilities found every day. In the future, hackers may steal all information on the Internet to attack artificial intelligence, robots and industrial production activities, leading to “devastating consequences”, Hung added.

Nguyen Khac Lich, VNCERT Deputy Director, said the exercise aimed to be “as close to a real attack” as possible. The participants were meant to learn how to collect and verify information, analyse the pattern and behavior of the malware, trace the originator and then build a response, restore the system and warn others of the threats.



Student invents robotic arm for the disabled

Pham Huy, a 12th grader in the central province of Quang Tri, has created a low-cost robotic arm for the disabled. His product won third prize at the Intel Int’l Science and Engineering Fair 2017. Huy has been voted among the top ten outstanding Vietnamese youngsters of 2017.

Pham Huy is a student in a high school for the gifted in the central province of Quang Tri.

Born in a province notorious for landmines, unexploded ordnance, accidents and birth defects, Pham Huy nurtured the thought of creating a robotic arm to help the disabled perform daily activities more easily.

When he was in eighth grade, he watched a TV programme about a robotic arm manufactured in the US which could be attached to the arm of disabled people. He started thinking about how to make a more affordable and helpful product.

According to Pham Huy, there are many disabled people who could be victims of landmines, traffic accidents or birth defects. Most of them do not have the tools to support activities in daily lives. They cannot afford high-cost robotic arms. That’s why ​he mulled over his own low-cost device that can be used to support basic movements.

Huy had to spend two years to learn about algorithms to implement his project.

The principle of this product is simple: it uses the movement of toes and feet to control fingers, hands and arms.

The special feature of the robotic arm is that it utilizes 3D printing technology to create parts of the cover with high accuracy.

Huy's teacher in Quang Tri High School, Le Cong Long ​told reporters: "Huy has a passion for scientific research. While guiding him, I find him good at information technology, 3D printing technology and graphic design. It can be said that Huy’s project is practical."

Huy and his teacher tested robotic arms on individuals with disabilities to gather data on where improvements were needed.

He continued focusing his study on programming and 3D design to achieve his dream of becoming a robot programmer and producing more products supporting people with disabilities.-VNA





IBM creates a Geo-spatial Platform that will unveil New Insights. 

IBM is unveiling an experimental offering named IBM PAIRS Geoscope, a cloud-centric geospatial information and analytics service that can accelerate the discovery of new insights.

The service is built on a highly-scalable, cloud-based repository especially crafted for the complexities of geospatial-temporal information. 

This repository, currently growing by terabytes per day, can automatically ingest, curate, and seamlessly integrate all forms of geospatial-temporal data.  Large, heterogeneous, and complex datasets are tamed into a tidy aligned and indexed structure designed for efficient retrieval and query. 

With PAIRS Geoscope, a vast and valuable source of previously underutilized data is available to clients as a service that can be engaged at different levels.

As an information service, PAIRS Geoscope can quickly provide a variety of contextual information about a particular place and time. 

As a discovery service, it can identify a set of regions that share a similar set of client-defined characteristics.

As an advanced analytics service, it can leverage machine learning/artificial intelligence techniques to make predictions based on a complex mix of parameters, models, and historical data.

Two different types of users will benefit the most from this, according to Hendrik Hamann, researcher at IBM. This includes data scientists and developers.

“Geoscope will massively help data scientists with data curation,” Hamann said.

Future plans for the platform includes beefing up scalability, response times, curated data sets, and extending capabilities so users can upload their own data, according to Hamann.

“We’re very excited about this,” Hamann said. “It’s an enormous interesting platform and I’m excited because what I’ve seen, with the explosion of data from our physical world, I’m excited to contribute to a better platform to exploit that data. The more we know about our systems we can optimize and improve quite a bit.”




Good News: Your Database is about to be Autonomous!

DBAs may think that machine learning cannot possibly perform all of their tasks and but it is entirely feasible and likely that the machine learning functionalities will perform all of the tasks of an operational DBA - or will very soon, writes Eric Mader in the fourth installment of a six-part article series by editors of IOUG SELECT and Big Data Quarterly on "The Changing Role of the Modern DBA."

"The autonomous database represents an opportunity for any DBA to shift from tedious and time-consuming operational tasks, and instead focus on application and development database efforts such as schema and query design and debugging, and integrating database services with developed applications and services higher in the deployment stack," Mader notes. "These tasks involve human creativity and are unlikely to ever be replaced by machine learning."