Asia’s tech industry is about to enter a golden age

APACUntil the last decade, two of the world’s major countries, United States and Japan, have been investing in what was then the third largest economy in the world: China. But since the beginning of the 2010s, Japan has been shifting its investments into Southeast Asia and out of China, a trend reversal that began in 2013. The US, on the other hand, has been slowly but steadily increasing its investment in India while continually pumping money into China.

Most Asian cities yet to adopt cloud technologies, Microsoft survey finds

APACMajority of Asian cities have not yet adopted cloud technology to a significant degree, Microsoft has found. Only 22.2 per cent of Asian cities adopted cloud computed to a “moderate” or “extensive” degree, despite most officials knowing the benefits of using the technology, a survey by Microsoft and local government network CityNet found. Microsoft surveyed 38 senior city officials from 37 cities in Asia. The respondent cities ranged in population from over 20 million, as in Mumbai, to 100,000, such as small cities in Nepal.

77 per cent see cloud driving government innovation, from APAC

APACA survey of US CIOs underlines the role of cloud technologies in enabling a more agile and collaborative way of delivering citizen services. A new overview of the impact of cloud technologies, published by SAP, highlights the role of cloud computing in improving the lives of citizens. A survey by NASCIO, the US association of State CIOs, pointed to a number of key benefits that are finding acceptance by government organisations.

27% of Asian government departments targeted by Advanced Persistent Threats

APACA global shortage of cybersecurity professionals is being acutely felt by the region’s government organisations – and they are increasingly under attack as a result. New findings have identified Southeast Asia as a region that is increasingly under cyber- attack. A joint Singtel-FireEye report, “Southeast Asia: An Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape”, details how Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors and other cyber-attack groups are among those keenly interested in targets located in Singapore, The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brunei.

Salesforce Posts Strong Q4 Results, Eyes Analytics Market to Drive Future Growth

APACThe geographical expansion paid off in fiscal 2015 as revenue growth was led by jointly by the Americas and Europe with 33% year on year acceleration in revenue in each region. Asia-Pacific followed with 21% year on year revenue growth in fiscal 2015. It should be noted that Europe achieved the same revenue acceleration as the Americas despite foreign exchange headwinds from a weakened Euro.

Cloud adoption still low among Asian cities

APACCloud adoption in Asian cities remain low with governments harboring concerns about high upfront costs and associated risks such as data security and legal requirements. Only 22.2 percent have adopted cloud technology to a moderate or extensive degree, with half of Asian cities surveyed pointing to upfront costs as the main reason why they have not deployed cloud more widely. Another 34 percent cited the lack of a strong business case as a barrier, while 28 percent noted the risks of cloud computing, according to a joint study conducted by Microsoft Asia-Pacific and CityNet.

Asia Pacific mobile data traffic to increase 14-fold by 2019

APACMOBILE data traffic in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69% from 2014 and increase by 14-fold by 2019. According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014-2019, the mobile data traffic in these Asia Pacific countries is growing 1.6 times faster than the global average, which is forecasted to increase by nearly 10-fold over the next five years.

Telstra’s incoming CEO Andy Penn to help in Asia push

AustraliaSeen by many as the next in line for the throne at Telstra, Andy Penn now takes on the top job with expectations that his wealth of experience, importantly in Asia, will help Australia’s largest telecommunications provider take on the challenges of the world’s most populous region. Mr Penn will take over as chief executive of Telstra on May 1, and will be helped by David Thodey until he leaves the company in August. Mr Thodey has helped Telstra cement its market leading position and lift shares from all-time lows to 14-year highs.

Where are the best government datasets?

APACFrom clinics in Jakarta to fire alerts in New Zealand, the region publishes a huge amount of useful open datasets. Every week, we pick our favourite – but how is each country doing? To find out, we’ve plotted the entire series on this interactive map. Which do we think are the best datasets in your country? How many useful datasets has your city recently published?

HTC and other vendors to launch non-Android Wear smart devices

apac 2Although Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Asustek Computer have launched Android Wear-based smartwatches, Samsung Electronics, HTC and some China-based makers are likely to release comparable models running on their own platforms initially, according to industry sources.

2015 to see Chinese and Taiwanese smartphones taking over, says IDC

APACKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 —Research firm IDC expects Chinese and Taiwanese-branded devices to increase their share of the smartphone market in Malaysia to 65 per cent by the end of this year, from about 46 per cent last year, thanks in part to their lower prices and inventive marketing campaigns. Speaking to the media on Jan 10 in Kuala Lumpur where IDC presented its predictions for 2015, its senior research manager for client devices Daniel Pang said that while there are still Malaysians who prefer to own a premium brand-name smartphone, many are feeling the pinch.

EMC: Region looks towards hybrid Cloud despite loss of IT spending control

APACTwo-thirds of organisations across Asia-Pacific are looking to hybrid Cloud for greater agility and security but the region’s IT teams are losing control of technology spending. According to findings of a global EMC study, across APJ, 58 per cent of organisations report that spend on technology is moving outside of IT’s control – far higher than in the rest of the world. Surveying 10,451 IT business decision-makers across 33 countries, the survey revealed the increasing adoption of cloud computing globally, with the majority of respondents citing hybrid cloud as their preferred option for greater agility and security.

Google goes offline for developing countries

APACGoogle announced at the beginning of December it would enable developers to access about 30 GB of certain materials – videos, software development kits (SDKs), documents and more – offline through DVDs and thumb drives. Targeted at “software developers or students of software development in regions of the world where steady access to the internet is expensive, unreliable or non-existent”, Google has already spread upward of 2000 kits across India, Bangladesh and Sub-Saharan Africa, the company said.

Better data categorisation will help public cloud adoption, from ACCA

APACStacy Baird is Chairman of the Data Sovereignty Working Group for the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), a trade association representing major cloud service providers throughout Asia. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor and Technology & Intellectual Property Counsel to a prominent U.S. Senator. eGov Innovation talks to Baird about how despite increasing cyber security threats, a warming regulatory environment and better data classification will help drive cloud adoption in Asia this year.

Frost & Sullivan: Mega Trends to support Unified Communications market growth in APAC

APACKUALA LUMPUR – Unequivocally, 2015 will see strong growth in the Cloud computing, Big Data Analytics, Social media, Internet of things, and Mobility (CASIM). Frost & Sullivan believes that CASIM will mark a positive impact on the unified communications (UC) market, making UC more critical to the businesses than ever before.  “UC will no more be just about an IP phone, or a soft client, or just email and presence. It will now be a business communication suite which integrates convergence, interoperability, security and dependability with collaboration.–sullivan-mega-trends-to-support-unified-communications-market-growth-in-apac-300032651.html

Asia Pacific firms reap DevOps benefits

APACFour in every five (82%) enterprises in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) already have or plan to adopt a DevOps strategy, a 12-point increase from last year’s figure of 70%, according to CA Technologies. DevOps is a methodology which helps foster collaboration between the teams that create and test applications (Dev) with those that maintain them in production environments (Ops).

Mature Asia Pacific public cloud services to climb to $7.4bn in 2015, Gartner claims

APACGartner has been gazing at its crystal ball again – and this time the analyst house claims that public cloud services in the mature Asia Pacific (APAC) market will reach $7.4 billion ($4.86bn) this year, and hit $11.5bn (£7.56bn) by 2018. The analysts assess the ‘mature’ APAC as comprising Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

Asia-Pacific city governments to increase IoT adoption in 2015, says IDC

APACSeveral regional authorities in Asia Pacific will develop new sourcing models for transformational ICT such as third platform technologies (cloud, big data, mobility and social business); for smart city programs; and for connected smart machines and intelligent sensors leading to the eventual construct of Internet of Things (IoT) landscapes. The very premise of the third platform landscape fundamentally acknowledges the value of digital data as a strategic asset.

Opera Software Meets Mobile Growth in Asia with IBM Cloud

APACWith more than 350 million unique users, Opera Software provides one of the world’s leading web browsers and one of the leading browsers on mobile platforms and Smart TVs, with more than 270 million unique mobile users around the world. In fact, Opera Mini servers, which run the browser specifically for mobile phones, delivered more than 177 billion web pages in just one year, and has compressed more than 350 petabytes of data since Opera Mini’s launch in 2006.

Line gets into groceries with launch of online supermarket for Southeast Asia

JapanLine, the popular messaging app with 181 million monthly active users at the last count, is set to launch online grocery deliveries across Southeast Asia. Line’s new online supermarket service launches first in Thailand on February 4. It promises discounts on some everyday groceries that people need to stock up on often, such as bottled water, coffee, and instant noodles. There’ll be free delivery for Thai shoppers.