Are Asia Pacific’s CIOs Facing A Glass Ceiling?

The report, entitled ‘The Future for CIOs: Which Way Is UP?’, surveyed 1,000 senior executives from 13 countries across Asia Pacific, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and 6 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).  The findings reveal that the modern CIO has a strategic role that goes beyond just managing the IT function in nearly 9 out of 10 (89 per cent) organisations. In addition, the majority of respondents (84 per cent) agree that the CIO should be involved in all business-critical decisions at an early stage.

Commentary: Xiaomi facing challenge to sustain growth

China-based Xiaomi Technology, a smartphone startup of a little over four years, has risen as a technology company with a full range of product lines that has expanded vertically to include tablets, smart TVs, smart routers, smart wearable devices and even parts and components. Its recent tie-up with China-based IC design house Leadcore Technology to develop 4G handset solutions, and investments in video content providers Youku Tudou and IQiyi, however, show that the company now intends to also integrate its business horizontally.

China market: Online advertising value over CNY43 billion in 3Q14, says Analysys

Providers of online advertising services in the China market generated total revenues of CNY43.55 billion (US$7.06 billion) in third-quarter 2014, growing 16.7% sequentially and 51.4% on year, according to Analysys International. Among different types of online advertising, keyword search accounted for 38.9% of the total revenues, followed by brand images/text (advertising space) with 25.2%, video with 23.2% and e-mail with 0.8%, Analysys indicated.

Taiwan set for record 2014 export orders on smartphone demand

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s export orders are set to reach new heights this year, after October orders doubled market expectations as global retailers rushed to meet year-end sales for smartphones. The strong figures come on vibrant demand for Apple Inc’s newest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which include dozens of parts made by many Taiwanese technology manufacturers. The strength in demand underpinning export orders should propel the value of the island’s orders to a record high of around US$480bil (RM1.61tril) this year, the government said.

Yahoo Taiwan expects mobile traffic to pass PC in 2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taiwan unit of Yahoo Inc. expressed hope Tuesday that its mobile traffic will exceed PC traffic next year as the search engine makes a stronger push into mobile and e-commerce markets. Yahoo Taiwan has launched more than 45 mobile apps and websites for the over 10 million of its mobile users in the country, creating “double-digit” numbers for total revenue so far this year that are lose to Yahoo’s global average of 17 percent of revenues coming from mobile, said Erika Wang (王興), managing director at the company. She did not give specific figures.

Cyber attacks to fall in 2015, but will be more sophisticated, from IN

NEW DELHI: The volume of cyber attacks are expected to decline in 2015, but will become more sophisticated with such intrusions targeting specific sectors like healthcare, says the cyber security solutions firm Websense. According to Websense’s cybersecurity predictions for 2015, as mobile apps are using auto-login capability these devices will face more attacks from cyber criminals for more credential-stealing or authentication attacks that can be used at a later date.

India’s Internet user-base to cross 300 million by December-end

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by strong growth in Internet consumption on mobile devices, the number of people online in India is forecast to touch 302 million by end of this year, overtaking the US as the second-largest Internet market in the world.  According to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International, the number of Internet users in India is expected to grow 32 per cent to 302 million this year from 213 million at the end of December last year.

Why Japanese web design is NOT so different

Kazumichi “Mario” Sakata is a user experience architect at Concent, Inc., a design strategy firm based in Tokyo. It is engaged as a leading enterprise information architecture and service design strategy firm for various national clients. Mario is also the translator of the award winning book “Lean UX” published by O’Reilly. This post originally appeared on his Medium and has been modified slightly for style.

Data breaches cost Australian companies an average $2.6 million each

The average cost of data breach per Australian organisation is almost $2.6 million per year – and rising. In its Cyber security – Empowering the CIO handbook, Deloitte provides practical insights into the evolving role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in managing cyber security threats and solutions. It also offers advice on how organisations can transform redundant cyber security approaches into effective ongoing security solutions.

The changing shape of APAC as it turns ‘digital’

SINGAPORE: Forrester has shared some technology predictions for Asia Pacific in 2015, with expectations that mobile-powered customer experiences will fuel digital transformation in the region. “In a world of ever-increasing digital demands and shrinking budgets, CIOs need to be smarter with where they place their bets,” writes Dane Anderson, Vice President, Research Director, Region Manager for Asia Pacific, Forrester Research. “Successful CIOs in 2015 will improve collaboration with business leaders to craft superior customer experiences.”

Cyber attacks costing companies and governments billions of dollars, from India

BANGALORE, INDIA: More than nine in ten (92 percent) of surveyed adults in India say they are fearful that cyber hackers are carrying out attacks on major industries and sectors of the economy, according to the results of a global study by Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). Of the 10 countries surveyed, India had the highest percentage of respondents who said they were very fearful or somewhat fearful of cyber attacks.

CIOs need to catch the real impact of IoT, from India

MUMBAI, INDIA: Connected things, such as automated teller machines and airline check-in machines, have previously existed. But, new and novel devices, and many ordinary objects, are also being reinvented with digital sensing, computing and communications capabilities. This functionality provides both new and previously passive objects with a “digital voice”, and the ability to create and deliver an information stream reflecting their status and that of their surrounding environment.

Opera Mini becomes the third largest mobile app used in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Over 50 million people are now using Opera Mini browser to go online in India, according to the latest statistics released by Opera Software. With this, Opera Mini is now the third largest mobile app used in India after Facebook and WhatsApp. Opera’s CEO Lars Boilesen announced this at a flash mob in the National Capital Region. “The internet has the power to transform lives and we want everyone to have access to it. That’s why our browsers are designed to work on almost any internet-enabled device and in the toughest network conditions,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software.

China’s e-commerce market to reach US$718 billion in 2017

The Chinese e-commerce market will grow at annual rate of 25 percent to reach US$718 billion in 2017, predicted management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. With the Chinese consumers’ voracious appetite for online shopping, China is well on her way to meet that projection. For instance, Alibaba reported US$2 billion in sales within the first hour and 12 seconds of its 11.11 Shopping festival. Also known as Singles’ Day, the 11.11 Shopping festival is a 24-hour online sale held on 11 November annually, which is similar to Cyber Monday and Black Friday in the United States .

2015 Will Be Year of Accelerating Innovation on 3rd Platform; Asia to Focus on Automated Workflows, Web-Scale Cloud Systems, Personal Digital Experiences and Branded Internet of Things: IDC

Singapore, November 14, 2014 – International Data Corporation (IDC) envisions 2015 will be a year of accelerating innovation on the 3rd Platform. “While the smartphone component of IT spending continues to grow in Asia Pacific, its relative size is plateauing as enterprises shift gears to focus on efficient workflows on both employee and enterprise-owned devices; web scale cloud systems built by agile development teams to enable new business capabilities; systemic improvements on the journey to becoming a true data driven enterprise; and personalized digital experiences as well as branded Internet of Things (IoT) that provide an unprecedented customer experience,” says IDC.

Asia-Pacific region could lead the way on IoT, says Akamai

The Asia-Pacific region is likely to be an early adopter for the internet of things (IoT), creating opportunities for Australian startups, according to Akamai president of products and development Rick McConnell. “Overall, Australia is one of our top markets in the world in terms of revenue. While IoT specifically depends on adoption of IoT devices by end users, in our experience web delivery will map closely to what happens with IoT,” McConnell says.

Research and Markets: Asia Pacific VDI Market 2014-2018 with Citrix Systems, Dell, Microsoft, Ret Hat, VMware Dominating

VDI is a computing model wherein desktop images and applications are hosted at the centralized server location and provisioned to end-users as and when required. End-users gain access to applications and data using the remote connection protocol. Computing resources are also pooled at the centralized location from where it is allocated to applications and services as and when required. Virtualization helps in the better utilization of the available physical resources and enables higher workloads on the equipment, leading to better productivity.

Why Tencent is having trouble monetizing mobile games

Tencent released its third quarter results for 2014 yesterday and, as analysts predicted, its growth in mobile games has slowed. In fact at RMB 2.6 billion (US$424 million) this quarter’s mobile gaming revenue is actually down compared last quarter, although Tencent blames that mostly on “delayed launches of upgrades.” I’ve written quite a bit about why I think the mobile gaming market in Asia is overhyped, so I don’t want to rehash any of those arguments here.

WeChat growth slows right down as it reaches 468 million monthly active users

The newest data from Tencent, China’s social media web giant, shows that its WeChat messaging app now has 468.1 million active users (MAUs) in Q3 2014. That’s up from 438 million MAUs in Q2. It represents quarterly growth of 6.8 percent – by far the lowest it has ever seen. WeChat’s growth is nearly half the rate that it saw from Q1 to Q2. Once again, Tencent did not indicate how many of WeChat’s active users are outside China. This is the app’s growth rate in terms of MAUs so far:

VN has 10th-largest number of Facebook users

GWI actively collects data from 32 countries by asking Internet users which sites they visited during a period via any device. The survey revealed that the United States has the largest share of Facebook users with 15 per cent, followed by India and China with 13 per cent each. Viet Nam is in the 10th position with 3 per cent. Meanwhile, Similar Web, which does IP-based analysis, released very different results, saying that India is the only Asian country in the top 10 for Facebook traffic.