CIOs in the Asia Pacific region are now seeing IT as a driver of business transformation, revealed a Microsoft study. This is evident from 62 percent of the respondents claiming that they plan to increase their IT investment on new technologies next year. Titled “Microsoft Asia Pacific CIO Survey”, the study polled 291 IT leaders from medium to large enterprises across 10 markets in Asia Pacific in October 2014.
NEW DELHI: Falling prices of entry-level smart devices and growing demand for Internet access are expected to drive sales of smartphones to 53 million units this year. According to research firm GfK, total mobile phone sales in India are expected to touch 200 million units this year, of which 53 million would be smartphones. In value terms, revenue sales of total mobile phone market is forecast to be about Rs 75,000 crore, of which Rs 52,000 crore would be smartphones.
NEW DELHI: India continues to be the fastest growing smartphone market in the Asia Pacific region, with about 82 per cent growth in the July-September quarter of 2014 over the same period last year, research firm IDC said today. The growth in sales is being driven by increasing preference of consumers to upgrade to smartphones as well as shorter refresh cycles.
There will be 74.53 million tablets shipped globally in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing on quarter by 17.6% but decreasing on year by 10.1%, according to Digitimes Research. The shipments will consist of 20 million iPad series units, 27.8 million units from other international vendors and 26.7 million white-box units, Digitimes Research indicated.
Cloud challenges plague many Singapore businesses today, suggests a survey conducted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) on behalf of iland. In fact, 86 percent of Singapore respondents reported they experienced at least one unexpected obstacle with their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, and downtime, performance, support and pricing topped the list of issues. Despite the reported challenges, companies continue to pursue cloud adoption as they seek to curb shadow IT (35 percent) and achieve faster scaling of existing workloads (53 percent), faster deployment of new workloads (49 percent) and less application downtime (45 percent).
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a deceleration in 2014 with on-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from IDC. At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life-cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.
Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics ranked as the top-three smartphone vendors globally in the third quarter as well as the first three quarters of 2014, based on third-quarter reports released by individual vendors and data from makers in the supply chain, according to Digitimes Research. China-based vendors Huawei, Xiaomi Technology and Lenovo took the fourth, fifth and seventh positions, respectively, during the same period, Digitimes Research added.
Taiwan-based ODMs and own-brand makers will ship 24.05 million handsets in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing 15.1% on quarter and 43.8% on year. 20.55 million units (85.4%) will be smartphones, growing 11.7% on quarter and 27% on year, according to Digitimes Research. WCDMA will account for 74.2% of the handset shipments, GSM 13.3% and CDMA 2000 12.5%, Digitimes Research indicated.
The survey found interest in cloud computing to be high, but only 37 percent of financial managers agreed or strongly agreed with the premise that hosted applications could help them reduce costs. They also remained unconvinced that cloud could help them reduce the time needed to deploy new tools that would facilitate faster analysis and improved business planning.
New Zealand owned event ticketing company iTICKET has won a place on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific index, as one of the 500 fastest growing technology organisations across the region. An Auckland operated company, which specialises in online and mobile ticketing, Managing Director Reece Preston attributes the result to a constant commitment to innovation.
NEW DELHI: Availability of low-cost smartphones and increasing penetration of mobile broadband will help India overtake the US as the world’s second largest Internet user-base by 2016, research firm eMarketer said. According to the US-based firm, India’s online population will touch 283.8 million by 2016, leaving behind the US at 264.9 million in the same period.
An Asian resurgence is around the corner, notwithstanding the sluggishness in global growth and persistent geopolitical rivalries. The upbeat assessment was delivered at The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum Friday by Professor Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a long-time chronicler of Asian affairs. Asia is about to enter a “new golden era of peace and prosperity” over the next 10 years, Prof. Mahbubani said in his keynote speech before a 400-strong audience of policymakers, diplomats, businessmen and academicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.