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.
Currently, there are around 340,000 people watching Netflix in Australia. This would be considered normal, except for one very odd fact: Netflix isn’t officially available in Australia as yet. At the moment these users are accessing the US version of Netflix by using a VPN and paying with a non-US credit card which Netflix, unlike competitors such as Amazon, allows you to do.
HONG KONG, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), the global organization where members work together to advance the deployment of enterprise cloud solutions and services that are interoperable, secure and free of vendor lock-in, today announced its partnership with the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). ODCA Board Member Xinhua Zong, General Manager, IT & E-Commerce Business Unit, China Unicom, made the announcement at Cloud World Forum Asia where he also welcomed four China-based companies as new members of the Alliance.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2006. In the Asia Pacific, AWS operates infrastructure in Singapore, Japan (Tokyo), Australia (Sydney), as well as a limited preview deployment in China (Beijing). We had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Richard Harshman, head of ASEAN, AWS, on the sidelines of AWS re:Invent 2014 held in Las Vegas. We talked about the uptake of cloud services in Southeast Asia, regional sentiments towards the cloud and the identities of some AWS customers in the region.
Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015, while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca. Speaking at the vendor’s Innovation Forum 2014 in Singapore, De Luca outlined the company’s predictions for 2015.
The United Nations has launched a web page aggregating open data on the Ebola crisis from international organisations, governments and civil society groups. The page features an interactive map of the worst-affected areas, a graph of the number of cases and deaths since August, and the main figures for tracking responses to the outbreak. It also has 44 datasets for developers to build new tools. The Ebola crisis page is hosted on the UN’s humanitarian open data web site, Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).
Researchers are using drones in Malaysia and the Philippines to track the environmental changes which allow malaria to flourish. Deforestation creates conditions that allow the easy spread of infectious diseases, and also indicate greater human activity. By using drones to track this, scientists can model the spread of a disease, estimate its likely impact and create early warning systems, according to a new scientific paper published this month by a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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.
California has this month seen the arrival of two new earthquake early warning systems, but how do they compare to what’s available in Asia Pacific? FutureGov has rounded up the leading regional apps and platforms, and compared them to the latest thing from Silicon Valley. The two California systems are a work in progress, and represent a partnership between the US Government and commercial providers, namely startups and the large GIS firm Esri.
BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, today announced new cloud services aimed at supporting the expansion plans of its customers in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and helping them orchestrate the most recent technology to deliver great business outcomes. Backed by its global network infrastructure and leveraging its position as a leading provider of unified communications and collaboration services, BT launches the following new cloud services in the AMEA region:
Palo Alto, Calif. – Jelastic, Inc., the first company that combined Unlimited PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) in one solution, today announced their partnership with Skali Group, an enterprise web specialist and the largest commercial open source company in South East Asia. The newly launched SkaliCloud+ solution, powered by Jelastic, offers high cost savings of up to 70 percent, thus allowing customers to focus their financial resources on a more efficient cloud solution, without having to compromise on their IT needs.
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.”
Southeast Asia’s ecommerce scene was rocked yesterday when Naspers, Schibsted Media Group, Telenor Group, and Singapore Press holdings (SPH) put an end to their rivalry, and decided to join forces instead. There are four Asian countries affected by this change: Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Bangladesh. Brad Porteus, OLX CEO of Southeast Asia, explains to Tech in Asia how OLX’s operations will change in those four countries.
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.
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.
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.
Startups, take notice. Singapore and Hong Kong might be great hubs for entrepreneurs and investors, Indonesia’s future earning potential might be incredibly appealing, and China’s vast economy might be enough to power your startup for years, but Japan now holds the title of most important partner in the region according to both ASEAN nations and the United States.
Wesley Lim has been promoted to director of DCIM business in Asia and Kenny Khow named director of the newly-created DCIM professional services team in Asia. Lim continues to be based in Singapore and to report to Gene Hayden, vice president and general manager for sales and marketing, Emerson Network Power in Asia Pacific. Lim now heads up the full spectrum of DCIM business including sales development, pre-sales support and professional services across the Asia market, including Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, North Asia, and Pakistan.
Which countries are your citizens calling? How many telephone calls do they make per person? And how fast is their broadband speed when compared to the number of citizens using the internet? A new globalisation study reveals the answers to these questions. The above map demonstrates outward telephone calls between countries. India is an information hub – and far outperforms China in this regard. Meanwhile, Singapore and Hong Kong perform strongly, while the Philippines also is notable for its global position, boosted by communications with Japan and the United States.