Asian healthcare platform Practo launches in Malaysia

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — Healthcare platform Practorecently announced its entry into the Malaysian market, bringing its two award-winning products – Practo Ray and Practo Search – into the country. Practo Ray is a cloud-based practice management solution for doctors and clinics while Practo Search enables consumers to search through this verified database of healthcare professionals.

NetApp Expands OpenStack Capabilities With Production-Ready Manila File Share as a Service

JapanMarket Wire — JAPAN OPENSTACK SUMMIT: NetApp, Inc., the founder of the OpenStack® Manila open-source file-share-as-a-service project, today announced that Manila is production ready for the mainstream enterprise. With Manila, enterprises can now easily build or enhance a cloud-ready data center capable of handling business-critical and content-management applications.

GreenClouds: Making education accessible for all with cloud-based innovations

IndiaDeal Street Asia — On the one hand, India is a hotbed for technological innovations with tech start-ups mushrooming across the country and unicorns such as Flipkart giving a tough battle to global giants like Amazon. On the other, educational institutions, barring a few elite and premier ones, are still struggling to make their presence felt online.

IBM Taps Microsoft’s Cloud Data Center Provider in China to Host Bluemix PaaS

ChinaExpanding its Platform-as-a-Service offering to China, IBM has tapped Chinese data center provider 21Vianet to host and operate the solution in its data centers, the Armonk, New York-based giant announced today. IBM claims its Bluemix PaaS is the world’s largest deployment of the open source PaaS software called Cloud Foundry, which came out of VMware but was later spun off as an independently managed open source project.

Here’s why SaaS is the new black, and Chennai is its hot hub

IndiaTech in Asia — At SaaSx 2015, Girish Mathrubhootham, CEO of cloud-based customer support software Freshdesk and popularly known as the Rajnikanth (think an acting, singing James Bond) of India’s Software as a Service (SaaS) scene, did the unthinkable. He revealed the entire spreadsheet of internal data-based metrics that he presented to his investors in 2011.

Updates on Hong Kong’s government public cloud SaaS adoption

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — With the end of the listing arrangement of Government Public Cloud Services on 31 May 2015, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer has made it an ongoing arrangement from mid-2015 onwards. Since May 2012, the OGCIO has been supplying over 300 public cloud services for internal use by 40 government bureaux/departments (B/Ds), through a three-year arrangement called “Government Public Cloud Services” (GPCS).

Taiwan market: CHT partners with Microsoft to provide cloud computing services

TaiwanDigi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.

Maxis in Office 365 partnership with Microsoft

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MAXIS Bhd said it has partnered with Microsoft Corp to launch a service that incorporates Office 365 into the MaxisONE Business solutions suite, aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The MaxisONE Business, launched last September, is the all-in-one Internet plan for businesses that comes with unlimited talk and text, Internet access, business-grade services and mobility solutions.

xMatters posts strong growth in its first quarter for 2015, from AU

AustraliaMIS Asia — Cloud-based communications solutions provider, xMatters, has reported strong growth for the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2015. The company has now posted 13 consecutive quarters of record recurring revenue growth and over 80 percent year-over-year subscription revenue growth, attributed in large part to the rapid adoption of its Cloud-based offerings.

China market: Huawei to offer business-use cloud services

ChinaDigi Times  — China-based telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has announced that it plans to launch business-use cloud services in the China market, in addition to its current role as being a telecom equipment and solution supplier. Huawei will offer IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) services initially, targeting government organizations and state-run enterprises.

Open Source Rising As Cloud Computing, Analytics Take Off – Wipro Study

IndiaRTN Asia — Open source software has become a critical driver for innovation at leading companies and public-sector organizations around the world, according to a new research report produced by Oxford Economics in partnership with Wipro Limited. The report, The Open Source Era, also shows that open source software is essential to the use of other cutting-edge technologies and that open source methodologies have spread far beyond software development.

Microsoft delays launch of $20k Surface Hub, from AU

AustraliaMicrosoft has revealed it will not ship its Surface Hub in September as originally planned, and is declining to provide a new shipment date. High demand was blamed for the delay to the launch of the interactive whiteboard, as Microsoft is now “tuning our manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale”.,delays-hit-microsofts-20000-surface-hub.aspx

Infosys To Offer Finacle In The SaaS Mode With Verizon

IndiaRTN Asia — Infosys said it will now offer the Finacle suite of software solutions on Verizon Cloud. Finacle is a software suite designed to run banks on, while Verizon cloud refers to an Internet-based platform offered by Verizon. Core bank software is usually not run on cloud computing infrastructure, particularly over public cloud platforms, due to security-related concerns.

Microsoft Azure & Office 365 achieve Level 3 of Singapore’s multi-tier cloud security standard

SingaporeMicrosoft’s Azure platform and Office 365 have achieved, Level 3, of the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584) which has been designed for regulated organizations with specific requirements and more stringent security requirements. Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online has also been assessed and certified as complying with Level 2 of MTCS SS, which is designed to address the needs of most organizations running business critical data and systems through a set of more stringent security controls to protect business and personal information in potentially moderate impact information systems using cloud services.

China’s Kingsoft sees strong growth in cloud computing from Xiaomi link

ChinaChinese software company Kingsoft expects sustained growth in its cloud computing and storage businesses as it begins to serve Xiaomi’s rapidly growing overseas users this year, its chief executive said. The Zhuhai-based, Hong Kong-listed firm also hopes to diversify beyond Xiaomi, which made up most of Kingsoft’s revenue last year, as it gains new customers in the rapidly growing Chinese market for cloud services.

Oracle steps up marketing of cloud services in Asia-Pacific

APACIn order to meet growing demand, US IT firm Oracle recently announced a plan to recruit 1,000 sales representatives in the Asia-Pacific region, including over 250 in China, according to the website of the Beijing-based Economic Observer. The plan has come on the heels of the launch of the company’s China growth plan three years ago, calling for branches to be set up in virtually every province, autonomous region and municipality.

Office 365 cloud service unveiled, from Nepal

NepalKATHMANDU, APR 03 – Microsoft has launched Office 365 cloud service for businesses, educational institutions and consumers in Nepal. The service enables seamless sharing of data across personal computers and smartphones using cloud computing technology. Since it is internet-based, data and solutions can be accessed from anywhere using a browser, the company said.

Aussie-hosted Office 365 goes live

AustraliaMicrosoft has today gone live with Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online hosted in data centres located in Australia. The move continues the rollout of Microsoft cloud services based inside Australia, with Azure Australia going live last October, but Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online up until now being hosted out of Singapore. Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online will use the same infrastructure as its Azure public cloud. While the services are widely understood to be housed in NextDC facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, neither party has confirmed this.,office-365-goes-live-from-australian-data-centres.aspx

Salesforce Posts Strong Q4 Results, Eyes Analytics Market to Drive Future Growth

APACThe geographical expansion paid off in fiscal 2015 as revenue growth was led by jointly by the Americas and Europe with 33% year on year acceleration in revenue in each region. Asia-Pacific followed with 21% year on year revenue growth in fiscal 2015. It should be noted that Europe achieved the same revenue acceleration as the Americas despite foreign exchange headwinds from a weakened Euro.

Freee is crowned the king of cloud accounting in Japan. And it’s not even close

Skirmishes are breaking out in certain industries for Japanese startups. Everyone wants to be number one but getting the top spot is easier said than done. Competition is fierce, like the see-saw between Gunosy and Smartnews for the nation’s news app supremacy. Over in the world of accounting software for businesses, a new study shows that Freee is the leader, and may not be letting go of that title anytime soon.