Acer to open cloud computing center in Taiwan; will see over 50% gross margins from related licensing

Acer’s cloud computer experiencing center will open in Taoyuan, Taiwan at the end of May. The company hopes to use the facility to provide more details on its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) project, according to company chairman Stan Shih, adding that Acer’s recent contracts with international clients to license cloud computing technologies are expected to start contributing revenues in the second quarter with gross margins surpassing 50%.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140409PD207.html

Acer gears up for back-to-school PC demand

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) Taiwan’s Acer Inc. will host a press conference on April 29 in New York to roll out a back-to-school lineup of notebook computers, tablets and all-in-one computers, the company’s chairman Stan Shih said Wednesday. The new products, integrated with Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) services, will be demonstrated by Acer Chief Executive Officer Jason Chen and presidents of Acer’s business groups, according to Shih.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201404020032.aspx

We will continue to focus on small biz with SonicWall

Dell had announced the acquisition of SonicWall, an IT network security solutions provider, in 2012. The acquisition helped Dell expand its security and software services portfolio (called Dell’s software group). Dell’s software group is valued at $1.6 billion, globally.  According to Amit Singh, Country Head-India, SonicWall BV-India (A Dell Company), features prominently for Dell amongst the Asia-Pacific-Japan region.  As cloud computing, bring your own devices (BYOD), mobility and big data, throws up new security challenges, Dell SonicWall is looking at firming its presence.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/smartbuy/we-will-continue-to-focus-on-small-biz-with-sonicwall/article5792398.ece

CASE STUDY: Lync-ing for collaboration – the Beca story

Nearly two years after an initial unified communications implementation with Microsoft Lync, engineering consultancy firm Beca has realised benefits that it wasn’t counting on. “One of our key objectives was to get closer to our clients. Going from basic telephony to enterprise voice has helped immensely by itself. But the collaboration side in helping us to iterate and be more agile, and align ourselves better has been great benefits. The whole conferencing space has also helped us get closer to our clients,” says Abbie Gunning, NZ ICT manager at Beca.

http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/538443/case_study_lync-ing_collaboration_beca_story/