Enterprise Innovation — The enterprise love affair with technology is showing no signs of dissipating. From bring-your-own-devices to the ever-present tipping point of the Internet of Things, the business world has bounced back from the financial crisis and is aggressively pursuing advanced enterprise architecture. A large proportion (65%) of businesses are now using cloud technology of some sort. In fact, so ubiquitous is cloud now that the debate has evolved from public vs private to customised cloud solutions on a per case basis.
Mobile Today — The two companies have agreed to work together to develop a number of services for their global enterprise customers, with focus to be placed on Huawei’s mobile technology. The collaboration will see the Huawei and Vodafone Global Enterprise work together to explore the opportunities for coverage solutions, developing M2M module designs and investigating solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). Huawei has also announced that its mobile connectivity bonded technology will be used for new products.
Ageing and limited infrastructure combined with tightened budgets continue to challenge businesses. As such, many have moved on to virtualisation, consolidation, automation and Cloud Computing. Employers are benefitting from the increased efficiency and productivity, from the mobility they now enjoy with BYOD. Everyone’s talking about the Cloud and it’s obvious why. The depreciating Malaysian ringgit, the new fiscal deficit target, sliding oil prices and expectations of US interest rate hike all point to a critical need for increased cost efficiency.
IT solutions distributor Avnet Technology Solutions said it is working with IBM and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) on the MSC Malaysia ‘Cloud Onboarding Programme.’ Under the MSC Malaysia Cloud Computing Enablement Initiative, independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (SIs) will be able use IBM Cloud, a ‘Software-as-a-Service’ (SaaS) offering, Avnet said in a statement.The ISVs and SIs will get access to SoftLayer infrastructure from IBM to develop enterprise software, it added.
China Mobile has introduced two Internet of Things (IoT) platforms targeting Chinese enterprises. At the CES Asia in Shanghai this week, the mobile giant unveiled its IoT Private Network and OneNet Open Platform. The private network is an business management platform providing Chinese enterprises with networking communication management capabilities, such as access to real-time information and high-quality communication services.
Chinese Internet security provider Qihoo 360 announced the establishment of a new enterprise security group. Qi Xiangdong, president of Qihoo 360, will be chief executive officer of this new enterprise security group. Financial details, including capitalization structure for the technology business, were not made available by the company. Using the research resources of Qihoo 360’s mobile security research institute, network security research institute, network attack and defense lab, and vulnerability Research Lab, the enterprise security group aims to provide security solutions and services to enterprise users throughout China.
MANILA, Philippines – Let’s start with a few assumptions, said May-Ann Lim, executive director of Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA): if you think that Asia will be the next driver of global growth, then you’ll wonder what powers that growth. “Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up 99.95% of all enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region,” Lim said in an exclusive interview. Enabling faster SME growth therefore enables you to have the greatest positive impact on regional development, she added.
A new study released by F5 Networks has found increasing focus and efforts on cloud computing in the Asia Pacific region, with 58.6% of organization decision-makers identifying it as their number one priority in the next 12 months. In Hong Kong, 95% of enterprises are either already using cloud services or currently in the planning or implementing stage. A large number of companies adopting cloud services at 47.4% are looking to complement their existing IT set-up, while 24.9% are looking to enhance and 20.7% to augment their existing IT environment.
Across the Asia Pacific region small- and mid-size enterprises spent $2 billion on cloud computing services last year, an impressive growth rate of 42 percent. Despite the rapid expansion of cloud technology, there is still a lot of room to grow. SMEs make up the vast majority of business across Asia, representing more than 90 percent of all businesses. The Asian Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) reviewed 14 developed and emerging nations in the Asia Pacific region and found that, together, these nations contribute $10.9 trillion to their national economies and generate 49 percent of the region’s total GDP.
According to Oracle, the record uptick in adoption rates in India is led by the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud, which includes its Sales, Service, Marketing, and Social clouds. The Oracle CX Cloud accounts for over half of the company’s customer base and is witnessing the highest customer adoption rate among Oracle’s cloud offerings. Oracle claims that the success of its cloud computing solutions in India is due to its comprehensive portfolio of “best-of-breed” SaaS applications.
IT is a mantra uttered so often that it has become a commonly accepted statement of fact: That Asia will power the new global economy. “It’s become such a buzz topic,” said Lim May-Ann, executive director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, who spoke to Digital News Asia (DNA) in Manila. “If we accept that Asia is going to be the engine of the new economy, and also that 99.95% of companies in the region are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), then it stands to reason that SMEs are going to be the ones powering the new economy. “But that begs the question: What exactly is an SME?” she added.
BENGALURU: Infosys and Accenture have entered the final lap to clinch a Rs 900-crore ($150 million) IT outsourcing contract from Australia-based financial services provider Macquarie Group. The five-year contract will include application development, testing and infrastructure management services (IMS), said sources privy to the development. Macquarie provides banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. It employs more than 13,900 people in 28 countries.
Microsoft is scheduled to host a forum with Taiwanese developers Thursday to share how the US software giant has revised its research and development processes in a transition into a cloud services provider. More than 200 general managers and research directors of Taiwanese software companies have been invited to attend the forum in Taipei, where Julia Liuson, a corporate vice president at Microsoft’s Developer Division, will discuss her company’s new corporate guidelines.
This information was shared by Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov within the framework of the conference on ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) revolution held in Ho Chi Minh City last week. Acronis has provided reliable cloud backup for financial institutions, banks, multinational corporations, SMEs and individual customers. The company’s customer base includes some of the leading firms operating in Vietnam, such as Korean tech giants Samsung and LG.
Singapore is setting up a portal to make it easier for small and medium businesses to find and apply for grants from the government. The first phase of the Business Grants Portal will be rolled out in the next year, said Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry today. The portal will consolidate 20 existing grants and categorise them under three categories – capability development, internationalisation and training.
Line, the messaging app superstar whose press releases constantly thwart my attempts at inbox zero, has a new announcement which is sure to please entrepreneurs. Line@, the company’s version of a corporate account is going global. Signing up for the account, available via the separate Line@ app (iOS or Android), is free and multiple individuals from a single orgainzation can use their official one simultaneously.
The Nation/Asia News Network–Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises in various manufacturing and service sectors are looking at using Thailand as a base for expansion into other ASEAN markets. Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich said that under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy to help SMEs invest overseas, many companies wanted to expand into Thailand because of the two countries’ close relations and their view that Thailand is a center for ASEAN linkage.
Axiata Malaysia’s subsidiary Multinet has used Business Value Planning (BVP) to successfully implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) in its organisation. Multinet, an independent telecommunication solution provider in Pakistan operates a nationwide optical fiber cable network, connecting major cities across Pakistan. It was acquired by Axiata Malaysia in year 2005 and struggled with ERP implementation following this strategic move.
Google Korea said Tuesday that it will seek collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises by helping them expand into overseas markets. “Google wants to empower small businesses here in Korea, and enable them to succeed by taking them global,” said John Lee, country director of Google Korea, during a press event in Seoul.