China and India are two of the most lucrative markets in the world for smartphone makers. But even though both are developing countries, there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy to tackle them both. China’s massive, well-established mobile mobile market is nearing saturation, while India is just getting started.
SINGAPORE, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AirWatch® by VMware, the leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider, expanded its Asia Pacific presence with multiple strategic hires, including the appointment of Edwin Lee as director for ASEAN, Johnson Xu as director for Greater China, and James Shin as director for Japan and Korea.
With rapid change a constant in the IT sector, it can sometimes be tough to discern long-term trends from marketing hype. However, on the doorstep of 2015, I believe there are three ‘hot buttons’ that will have a significant impact in the year ahead:
SAN FRANCISCO–(Business Wire)–AppDirect, the cloud service commerce company, today announced it has won the Cloud Asia Award for Best Cloud Platform. The awards program is part of the Cloud World Series, a series of cloud industry-focused events held in locations around the globe. Judged by an independent board of experts in cloud computing, the awards celebrate the drive, innovation and hard work taking place across the global cloud computing industry.
Internet of Things (IoT) starts to deliver against the hype next year following this year’s explosion of new IoT-related solutions, including consumer wearables, smart home products and industrial IoT solutions. IDC lists the following top 10 key IoT predictions that it believes will have the biggest impact in 2015 on the IoT industry in Asia Pacific excluding Japan. First, partnerships between IoT vendors (including ODM/OEM vendors) and non-tech consumer goods’ brands will emerge rapidly to create a sizable market opportunity for the IT industry.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market continued to record strong on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by a huge increase in shipments of Android-based devices. The latest figures announced by IDC showed that the market expanded 29.6% in volume terms during the quarter to reach a total of 4.15 million units. This growth was most evident in the consumer segment, where a number of IT festivals and back-to-school promotions across the region helped boost tablet demand.
5G mobile network adoption is predicted to be much slower than 4G. A lack of unifying standards, complex technology and spectrum auctions, alongside a lack of necessity will only see it mainstreamed by 2023, according to a new report. ABI research believes it will take more than five years for 5G to reach the 100 million subscriber mark – two years longer than 4G.
The total number of TD-LTE subscribers around the world will keep increasing to 96.1 million at the end of 2014, accounting for 21.6% of the global total number of LTE (4G) users. 81.8% of the total will be users in China, 8% in Saudi Arabia and 6.9% in Japan, according to Digitimes Research. Of the number of LTE networks around the world, 87% will be FDD LTE networks and 13% TD-LTE networks in 2014, Digitimes Research indicated.
Quoine, a pan-Asian bitcoin exchange, announced it closed a US$2 million angel round of funding from a number of investors and private funds, according to Coindesk. The young exchange opened shop in June and, while it is officially incorporated in Singapore, does most of its business in Japan. It also recently launched an Indonesian-language site.
Chief executive officers in the Asia Pacific are demanding more of their finance chiefs but many are concerned their CFOs aren’t up to the challenge, according to a survey released Tuesday. Nearly three-quarters of CEOs said they expected the CFO role would grow more important over the next three years, but about a third said their CFOs did not understand or help them address issues facing their companies, according to a survey for KPMG’s Asia Pacific branch.
The growth potential of cloud computing and big data analytics will be two prominent investment ideas in the high-tech sector going into 2015, according to portfolio managers at Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM). In a market insight piece, Ng Kong Chiat, equity analyst, portfolio manager, at NGAM affiliate Absolute Asia Asset Management, wrote that IT and hardware providers geared towards the long-term and structural growth of the cloud and big data offer an exciting investment theme.
As the trend towards cloud computing continues, the advantages are constantly being weighed against the potential risks. This is especially true in the enterprise space, with some large corporations still hesitant about the prospect of trusting their data with a third party rather than having it internally on their own servers. The benefits of the cloud are increasingly known thanks to the endless stream of marketing from companies looking to take all your data off your hands for a pretty penny. Power, efficiency, functionality, flexibility, and mobility are the buzzwords of the cloud space, with IDC predicting the public cloud market to grow from US$40 billion in 2012 to US$100 billion by 2016.
A new report, ‘Mobile Security that Helps Enable the Business’, reveals that 60 per cent of large organisations have an enterprise-wide mobility strategy or will within the next year. Moreover, 63 per cent of respondents rated mobile apps for customers or staff as their top concern. As your agency rolls out more apps, how can you ensure that your enterprise data and citizens’ privacy are protected?
Digital disruption is set to be the norm across industries as they look to transform to keep their business relevant amidst the ever changing technological landscape. The implementation of enabling technologies such as low cost sensors, cloud computing, advanced data analytics and mobility are expected to drive this revolution. Key examples of industries expected to undergo IT driven transformations include Energy (Smart Grids), Media (Content Streaming) and Manufacturing (3D Printing), all of which will be influenced by the Internet of Things.
Smartphone uptake is booming in India. That’s a relief to phone makers, because China’s more mature market has now reached the stage where smartphone numbers are stagnating. The latest figures from IDC show that smartphone shipments in India grew 82 percent in the past 12-month period, while China saw growth of just 10.8 percent. Admittedly, India is still a small-ish market in relative terms, with an estimated 23.3 million smartphones shipped to retailers in Q3 2014, versus 105 million in China.
PUNE: Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS) recently released its Business and Technology Predictions for Asia Pacific in 2015, which said that a key imperative in 2015 will be the increasingly critical intersection between business and information technology. Adrian De Luca, chief technology officer of Hitachi Data Systems Asia Pacific, said “The era of Business-Defined IT is here, and the time for IT to embrace the third platform that is built on mobile devices, cloud services, social networks and big data analytics is now.
SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. (“SIMI”) and GrabTaxi Holdings Pte Ltd (“GrabTaxi”) today announced a definitive agreement under which SoftBank Corp. will invest US$250 million in GrabTaxi, making it the largest investor in GrabTaxi. Launched in 2012, GrabTaxi has grown to become the largest and most widely used mobile taxi booking application provider in Southeast Asia.
SINGAPORE— Network industry innovation leader, Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, have kick-started a joint Asia Pacific (APAC) strategy aimed at accelerating the adoption of private cloud solutions by enterprises across Asia Pacific (APAC). The announcement builds on last year’s expansion of the two companies’ global technology partnership to deliver joint marketing and sales activities and interoperable products to support simple integration of the VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform with Juniper Networks’® MetaFabric architecture for virtualized data center networking in APAC.
More than half of companies (56 percent) in South East Asia (SEA) are spending more to raise general awareness of their company to establish a strong employer brand. With the view that competition for top talent is increasing (54 percent), coupled with a planned increase in hiring (53 percent), companies have said that spending on the employer brand will increase.
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.