Cloud: The great leveler for SMEs, from Philippines

PhilippinesMANILA, 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.

Cloud computing is top priority among majority of Asia Pacific companies, from HK

Hong KongA 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.

Cloud Computing Still Mystery To Asia’s SMEs

APACAcross 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.

Oracle Upbeat About Cloud Prospects in India

IndiaAccording 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.

Cloud association study lifts the veil on Asia’s SMEs

APACIT 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.

Infosys, Accenture in last lap for Rs 900-crore deal in Australia

AustraliaBENGALURU: 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 to share revised research process with Taiwan developers

TaiwanMicrosoft 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.

Acronis to penetrate Vietnamese market

VietnamThis 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 to launch online portal to streamline SME grants

SingaporeSingapore 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’s business accounts go global – and they’re free

JapanLine, 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.

Japan SMEs see Thailand as route to ASEAN

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 implements ERP with BVP

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.

Alibaba’s latest mobile messaging effort: Social networking for businesses

BEIJING – China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is piloting a mobile messaging app aimed at marrying social networking with business, an Alibaba spokeswoman said on Friday, as the company expands its enterprise services. The app, called DingTalk, was quietly made available in December and is still in beta testing, according to its website. ( Capable of carrying conference calls and group messaging, DingTalk targets small- and medium-sized enterprises, many of which are already Alibaba’s customers.

Google Korea ad platform empowers small business

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.

Singapore SMB turns to Office 365 for mobility, savings

Korvac Holdings has successfully migrated to Office 365 for its 200 employees in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Microsoft Singapore. As half of Korvac employees work remotely in Singapore or out of other offices around the region, the company found that it needed a way for employees to better collaborate and communicate in a fast and efficient manner.

Blackberry says Samsung partnership to help grow India enterprise customer business

NEW DELHI: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has said that its mobile device management security partnership with South Korean conglomerate Samsung will help it increase its enterprise customer base in India. Samsung’s significant presence in the Indian market, including in the Bring Your Own Device or BYOD segment, will help expand Blackberry’s reach in the country, Sunil Lalvani, Blackberry India’s managing director Sunil Lalvani told ET.

Google India bullish on SMBs sector

CHANDIGARH: With mobile internet users growing by leaps and bounds, Google India today said India is a “strategic market” for it for offering solutions to small medium businesses (SMB) to help them grow.  “India is a strategic market for Google and we are committed to invest in solutions that cater to the needs of SMBs in India,” said Suryanarayana Kodukulla, Head of SMB sales, Google India here.

Tech Mahindra build enterprise social network platform; to roll out to clients

MUMBAI: Tech Mahindra has launched an internal social networking site, to aid communication and collaboration with its nearly 1 lakh employees, and is looking to pitch the platform to customers in the next few months.  Enterprise social networking has boomed over the last few years, as companies look to gain the benefits of internal collaboration without the danger of proprietary information being leaked onto public social networking platforms.

Google to launch an app for small ventures which are looking to leave a digital footprint

CHENNAI: Google is bringing an internationally tried and tested application to India, targeting small firms that are looking to leave a digital footprint. The app is primed to draw business owners who own smartphones, but do not use online platforms to popularise their ventures. “We are looking at the local cab operator, the grocer, the small-time real estate developer, education companies and the like,” said Suryanarayana Kodukulla, Head of Small and Medium Businesses, Google India.

Australian SMEs set to adopt Cloud accounting en masse

Australian SME’s are overwhelmingly adopting Cloud accounting platforms with 96 per cent of businesses looking to increase expenditure on the software. According to a recent survey by Wolters Kluwer, CCH in Australia, Australian SMEs are displaying a highly positive attitude to Cloud computing whether they are users or not, with 87 per cent citing security and functionality as the key drivers for Cloud investment from an accounting perspective. More than 96 per cent of Australian SMEs are also intending to increase expenditure in the near future as they embrace digital disruption.