MIS Asia — As part of its commitment to become the world’s largest enterprise cloud company, Oracle has recently expanded its workforce by hiring more than 800 salespeople in Asia Pacific. This positive momentum occurs just three months after the company launched a campaign to increase its sales workforce by 1,000 in an effort to capitalise on the growth of cloud computing across APAC.
Digital News Asia — ASIA continued to surge ahead in average Internet connection speeds, with South Korea leading the pack, according to the State of the Internet Report for the first quarter (Q1) of 2015 by web technology company Akamai. South Korea extended its lead despite a decline of 5.9% in the adoption of 25Mbps connections compared with Q1 2014, the company said in a statement.
IT News — One of the world’s most notorious providers of offensive information technology to governments has had its internal systems breached and customer documentation dumped on the open internet. Hacking Team, founded in 2003 and based in Milan, Italy, provides surveillance software and intrusion tools to law enforcement agencies around the world. On its website it boasts clients across the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific, assisted by more than 50 employees providing “all aspects” of offensive IT tools.
MIS Asia — Certified data centre training courses, which are supported and accredited by the International Data Centre Authority (IDCA), are now available across the Asia Pacific (AP) region. This was made possible by a partnership between IT Learning Solution (ITLS) — a wholly owned subsidiary of global IT enablement firm Fastlane — and global data centre training and solutions provider TechXact.
Enterprise Innovation — A new study from the BSA|The Software Alliance finds tremendous opportunities in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to improve systems needed to protect against, prevent, mitigate, and respond to cyberattacks. While the study noted that APAC markets have been slow to produce comprehensive national cybersecurity strategies, and implement the necessary legal frameworks for security and critical infrastructure protection, new strategies are expected to bolster confidence in cutting-edge, Internet-enabled technologies and services.
IT News — PayPal will buy digital money transfer provider Xoom for US$890 million (A$1.2 billion) as it muscles into a growing international remittance market and expands in countries like Mexico, India and China ahead of a spinoff from eBay. The offer price of US$25 per share in cash represents a premium of about 21 percent to Xoom’s closing price of US$20.70.
Marketwired — PARIS, FRANCE — GlobalReach Technology, a leading developer of advanced, carrier-class Wi-Fi software, announced the opening of two new offices in the Asian Pacific region: one in Sydney, Australia and the other in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
geekzone — has hired more than 800 new salespeople in Asia Pacific as part of its enterprise cloud strategy. This positive momentum occurs just three months after the company launched a campaign to increase its sales workforce by 1,000 in an effort to capitalize on the growth of cloud computing across APAC.
Market Wired — NEW YORK, NY: China Telecom, India’s Infosys and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co.are among the top-ranked companies in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Best Analyst Days. To be successful, an analyst day — or capital markets day, as the events are sometimes called — must provide an opportunity for portfolio managers and sell-side researchers to get to know the executive teams of the companies they cover, learn about their short- and long-term objectives, gain a greater understanding of the business dynamics, and have their questions answered promptly and thoroughly.
IoT Evolution World — In an announcement made June 29, Juniper Research reported that it expects the Far East and China region to account for 22 percent of all global cellular M2M connections by 2019, which is a substantial increase from 2014, when it was at 15 percent. The new research, called “M2M & Embedded Devices: Strategic Analysis and Vertical Market Forecasts 2015-2019,” found that concerted efforts by China’s major carriers, particularly in smart metering and connected cars, will account for the rise of connected devices in China.
Networks Asia — Today, IT organizations grapple with many disruptive transitions brought on by cloud computing and mobility. Easy access to public cloud-hosted services has allowed line-of-business (LOB) managers and even end users to make decisions on how they procure IT, the mobile devices that they use to access services and where they work. Meanwhile, LOB owners see growth possibilities in extending solutions and services via the cloud to millions of mobile users worldwide while enhancing customer engagement and delivering unique customer experiences.
Bangkok Post — Imagine your smartphone telling your air-con to turn itself on before you get home hot and sweaty. Or to remotely monitor your elderly parents through sensors to ensure their safety. We are used to the idea that computers and smartphones can be connected. But the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the newest frontiers in technology that connects everyday objects to the internet and each other through WiFi or similar networks.
Digital News Asia — SENIOR technology executives are being increasingly pressured both by vendor pitches and internal management requirements to cut cost in their journey to adopt cloud computing, a group of chief information officers (CIOs) said last week. Speaking at a panel session entitled Making the Most of the Cloud at the Malaysian leg of the CIO Leaders Summit, Hood Abu Bakar, general manager of ICT for MISC Corp, said vendors introduce something new every now and then, after which they market and push their solutions onto users.
MSI-ASIA — The mobile gaming industry in Southeast Asia (SEA) is the fastest growing region globally, and it has reached over US$1 billion in revenues last year, reported Frost & Sullivan. Following this finding, Frost & Sullivan predicts that the revenues in SEA will surpass US$7 billion by 2019. This means that the industry would have grown at a very healthy compound annual growth rate of 48% from 2015 to 2019.
MIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.
Techgoondu — Dell plans to hire about 300 more sales representatives in the Asia-Pacific region as part of efforts to capture a bigger slice of the business IT market. In a statement today, the company said the expanded sales force will be tasked to sell a full suite of IT products and services including servers, software, mobile devices and PCs to business customers. Hiring is currently underway and is expected to continue for several months, it added.
IT News — Carwardine joined the Navy at 15 and spent the next 15 years on Naval destroyers and in submarines before deciding to pack it all in to write code for Qantas. Turns out being underwater and being a father were not compatible occupations. But there are a few parallels between manning a military vessel and heading up IT and network operations for a multi-channel telecommunications group.
The Whir — Orange Business Services has expanded its Asia Pacific presence, launching its public cloud offering called Flexible Computing Advanced in the region through data center nodes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. The next-generation service is aimed at companies who have data centers and network requirements across several countries, the company said. Flexible Computing Advanced allows enterprises to build a Virtual Data Center with scalable resources.
CE Asia Mag — When combined with the opportunities generated by increasing trade between emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and Japan, it is an exciting time to be a manufacturer, and those in the region are expected to lead the global charge. According to IDC, manufacturers in Asia-Pacific and Japan will be among the first to develop new low-cost manufacturing centers using new technologies to drive connectivity and visibility across the entire value chain.
Deal Street Asia — Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corp, the ICT solutions and international communications business announced that Enterprise Mail, a reasonably priced cloud service for mail and optional functions, is available in Indonesia and Thailand. NTT Com launched its popular Enterprise Mail service in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in July 2014. Built on a platform based in Singapore, it provides stable, low-latency mail services to companies operating in the fast-growing APAC region.