Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Aim Is to Increase Business Efficiency and Virtual Communications Across Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA--(Marketwire) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and CIMB Group, a leading financial institution in Malaysia, today announced the deployment of Cisco TelePresence(tm) suites across the CIMB Group's offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. CIMB Group is the first financial services provider in Malaysia to harness the power of video and virtual meetings and aims to transform the organisation by facilitating effective collaboration internally across their geographically disparate locations.

Cisco TelePresence powers a new way of working, where everyone, everywhere, can be more productive through virtual meetings that take place in multiple offices around the region at the same time. Using high-definition video and spatial audio to create the experience of face-to-face collaboration, Cisco TelePresence creates a unique experience where participants feel as though they're sitting in the same room.

"Cisco TelePresence has definitely helped us connect faster to our associates in the region, shorten decision making processes and effectively respond to business opportunities in real-time. The technology has provided us with flexible meeting options, and helped us save operational cost and time as it reduces the need to travel. The deciding factor for us to deploy Cisco TelePresence was how much more powerful Cisco TelePresence is versus video-conferencing in simulating in-person meetings. The experience for participants' conferencing via Cisco TelePresence across different countries parallels, and in some ways, even surpasses sitting around the same table. In terms of adoption, our staff embraced Cisco TelePresence to the extent that facilities have to be booked well in advance and are often used late after office hours," said Iswaraan Suppiah, head of information and operations, CIMB Group.

The Cisco TelePresence experience offers today's innovative organizations a competitive advantage by unlocking the barriers to collaboration with a high-quality experience, simple user interface, and operating models that meet an organisation's requirements.

"To thrive in today's economy, you have to collaborate with colleagues, partners and customers around the globe at a moment's notice. At the same time, you want to conduct your business in a way that enhances the quality of your relationships. Cisco is excited to partner with CIMB Group to help the organization bring together business teams and reach out to customers. As the market leader of video collaboration technology, we have the expertise to help CIMB Group identify new opportunities, enhance business operations, and accelerate CIMB Group's transformation, using the network as a platform, into a financial services provider of the future," said Anne Abraham, managing director for Cisco Malaysia.

Using CIMB Group's existing network, complemented by the user-friendly and intuitive in-room controls of Cisco's TelePresence solution, the Group can now set up virtual meetings quickly and effortlessly through their e-mail calendar function. Users can also record and share high-quality meeting videos for playback.

CSC Malaysia, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, installed the five Cisco TelePresence suites for associate meetings and training sessions, including one for business meetings with up to six participants per room, as well as personal meeting suites across CIMB Group's offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. With Cisco TelePresence, CIMB Group expects to save significantly over the next two to three years through reduced business travel across the region.

Using Cisco TelePresence, CIMB Group can explore the following benefits:

Accelerated Decision Making: The talents, resources and decision makers across geographic regions and organizational areas can be brought together to synchronize and commit on business objectives and relevant plans.

Innovation Across the Value Chain: Employees can communicate more effectively with partners and customers to transform business processes and enjoy new levels of innovation and customer satisfaction.

Scaled Resources: No matter where people are, organizations can tap into their resources to full advantage through Cisco TelePresence.

Integration With Other Collaboration Applications: Video, unified communications solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies such as Cisco WebEx(tm) meeting applications can be combined flexibly to provide a transparent experience as remote participants work face to face.

"We believe that CIMB Group has made an excellent business decision to increase its efficiencies through this TelePresence solution. CSC is pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Group and is committed to enabling the Group to achieve its business imperatives through the successful delivery of innovative business solutions. The experience we gained from this exercise puts us in a strong position to enable greater adoption of advanced technologies like TelePresence among companies in Malaysia," said Dennis Koh, managing director, CSC Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

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CIMB Group

CIMB Group is Malaysia's second largest financial services provider and one of Southeast Asia's leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, its key operations are located in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. The Group also has presence in Brunei, Myanmar and Vietnam. Beyond ASEAN, the Group has offices in Hong Kong, Bahrain, London and New York, as well as a 19.99% stake in Bank of Yingkou, China.

CIMB Group operates its business through three main brand entities, CIMB Bank, CIMB Investment Bank and CIMB Islamic. CIMB Group is also the majority shareholder of Bank CIMB Niaga in Indonesia, and the single largest shareholder of CIMB Thai in Thailand.

CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (formerly known as Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings Bhd). It has a market capitalisation of approximately RM49.4 billion as at 30 June 2010. The Group has over 36,000 employees located in 11 countries.

About CSC
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions & Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC's advanced capabilities include system design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. The company has been recognized as a leader in the industry, including being named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the World's Most Admired Companies for Information Technology Services (2010). Headquartered in Falls Church, VA., CSC has approximately 94,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.1 billion for the 12 months ended April 2, 2010. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

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CSC Malaysia
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Effendy Shahul Hamid, CIMB Group
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About Sime Darby Group
Sime Darby is a Malaysia-based diversified multinational involved in key growth sectors, namely, plantations, property, motors, industrial equipment, energy & utilities and healthcare. With a workforce of over 100,000 employees in over 20 countries, Sime Darby is committed to building a sustainable future for all its stakeholders. It is the largest company on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalization of RM49.99bn(USD 14.57bn) as of 9 February 2010. For more information on Sime Darby Berhad, please log on to

About Sime Darby Property
Sime Darby Property is one of the five core divisions within Sime Darby Berhad. It is an established integrated property group, focused on becoming the leading developer of sustainable communities, in line with Sime Darby's brand positioning of Developing Sustainable Futures. Sime Darby Property is involved in property development, asset management and investment, and hospitality and leisure. Apart from Malaysia, Sime Darby Property has its footprints in Singapore, Vietnam, China, Australia and United Kingdom. For more information on Sime Darby Property, please log on to

About Mesiniaga
Mesiniaga is a listed company on Bursa Malaysia and one of the country's leading, bumiputera ICT solutions providers and integrators. Initially established in 1981 to serve as IBM's sole agent and dealer, the company has now evolved into a multi-platform business solutions provider with a paid-up capital of RM60.4 million. Mesiniaga provides a range of IT solutions and services and is supported by many internationally renowned technology companies. These innovative solutions are able to provide the building blocks, management capabilities and security for any IT infrastructure. They are also best of breed business answers meant to empower client's productivity, competitive advantage and profitability. The company's mission is to drive customer business performance through technology and innovation. As such, technology is used as an enabler in improving business performance and the company's main aim is to maximise customer's returns on IT investments. For more information please go to

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