Sydney, Australia – 28 January 2015 – Dimension Data, a $6.7 billion global ICT services and solutions provider, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the Challengers quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting (CEMH), Asia/Pacific. There were no Leaders in this year’s Magic Quadrant. The report was published Dec. 10, 2014, by analysts To Chee Eng, Arup Roy, Vincent Fu, and Kenshi Tazaki.
WASHINGTON: Facebook said on Monday (Jan 26) it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality internet connections in emerging markets. A spokesman told AFP in an email that the “Facebook Lite” Android app is designed “for people on 2G (second-generation) connections or in areas of limited Internet accessibility.” The move expands Facebook’s efforts to grow the world’s biggest social network, which already has more than a billion users.
SAP’s core and cloud offerings were the two major pillars of growth for the company’s business in Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) last year. According to the company’s full-year earnings, non-IFRS support and cloud subscription revenue in the region grew by 59 percent year-over-year in 2014. This solid performance reflects the strength in its core SAP HANA and analytics businesses, as well as the robust migration of existing and new customers to SAP cloud.
“Big Data has almost got to the point where the term puts people off,” admits Vivek Puthucode, General Manager of Public Services, Asia Pacific Japan, SAP. “So it is really important to focus on the immense opportunity, using technology that’s available today, to share information within and between agencies and significantly improve their operational decision-making.”
New Zealand has the most transparent government in Asia Pacific, according to a new report that studied global access to public sector data. The World Wide Web Foundation has ranked countries according to three criteria: the existence of key datasets; whether these datasets are published; and the impact that open data has had on a country. The United Kingdom was top, while New Zealand scored best in the region – and fourth overall.
The public cloud services market in the mature Asia Pacific region (Japan included) is on pace to grow 14.2% in 2015 to total US$7.4 billion, up from US$6.5 billion in 2014, according to Gartner. Cloud management and security services, the fastest growth segment of the cloud services market in mature APJ region, is expected to grow 29.9% in 2015 to US$264.5 million, according to Gartner’s latest research report titled “Forecast: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2012-2018, 4Q14 Update.”
2014 saw a record US$24 billion worth of video game company exits worldwide in 2014, US$15 billion in acquisitions and US$9 billion in initial public offerings. “Asia accounted for over half the games IPOs in 2014, and has dominated games IPOs for the last 5 years,” says Tim Merel, managing capital of Digi-Capital, the research and consulting firm that published the report. That includes Candy Crush Saga maker King Digital Entertainment, which raised US$500 million in March 2014.
Asian stocks and foreign exchange markets are expected to achieve a growth of 10 percent this year and surpass 2014 levels, according to analysis by Amundi Asset Management (東方匯理資產管理) Director Leon Goldfield. Goldfield believes that among industries riding growth, South Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese electronics firms will outperform all other sectors.
NEW YORK – Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology on the Verizon global network. This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network. These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.
With new technologies emerging and dominating the way organizations and the workforce function, businesses can no longer afford to remain behind the curve. But as I travel around Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) to meet with customers, I continue to be impressed by how they are using technology to drive their businesses forward. The past year has seen greater adoption of trends like big data, cloud computing and BYOD.
The World Bank has released standards to open up government contracts so officials and citizens can better follow the money. The Open Contracting Data Standard formalises how contracting data and documents can be published in an accessible, structured and repeatable way, the project web site says. It gives detailed specifications on the data structures and fields governments should use when publishing contracting data. This includes a unique ID for each contract released, how vendors were invited and selected, and how the contract was planned and awarded.
DALLAS, Jan. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The global services market for data center is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.08% from 2014 to 2019. Although the mature markets (such as the U.S. and the U.K.) hold larger shares in the services market for data center, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 18.73% during the forecast period. The growth of the data center asset management market is driven by factors such as soaring demand and requirement of improved and efficient data center operability, and energy efficiency solutions.
The online gaming revenue in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is expected reach $30.39 billion in 2018 at a CAGR of 18.53%, according to IDC. This growth comes despite a slowdown in Southeast Asian markets in 2013 as service providers prepared to include mobile games into their business strategies and game portfolios. Online gaming revenue in APEJ was $12.96 billion in 2013 with growth of 14.27% over $11.34 billion in 2012. IDC said that the number of online gaming users will rise to 335.88 million in 2018, from 240.74 million in 2013.
Gartner 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. Cloud management, storage, and software as a service (SaaS) will be among the strongest growers in the interim period, as more enterprise and government users jump onto cloud services.
WASHINGTON: Microsoft on Wednesday (Jan 14) unveiled two new low-cost smartphones aimed at pushing its Windows Phone operating system to users in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The two Lumia handsets – made by the unit of Finnish-based Nokia which Microsoft acquired last year – will begin rolling out in February, with prices starting at €69 to €79 (US$81 to US$93).
THE online games market continues to experience healthy growth in 2014 across the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC estimates that online games revenue in APeJ will reach US$30.39 billion in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.53%, the market research and analyst firm said in a statement.
Dramatic changes are reinventing work and workforces across Southeast Asia, presenting both challenges and opportunities to organisations in the region. ASEAN stakeholders need to act fast if they are to rise to the demands of this radical transformation. In its recent study, The Future-Ready Organisation: Re-inventing Work in ASEAN, Accenture has identified two powerful forces accelerating the pace of change in the region: the unique characteristics of ASEAN that are amplifying global trends and the impact of technology across the region.
In the past year, I’ve seen tremendous growth in the technology space and witnessed governments moving faster to make their cities more efficient, productive and safer. From the automated road pricing system to the efficient cashless transportation network, Singapore is a prime example of integrating technology into infrastructure, policies and services to strive to be a Smart City or “Smart Nation”. Reflecting on NetApp CTO’s, Jay Kidd’s 2015 predictions, here are some key takeaways on the tech forces driving Asian businesses and governments in the New Year.
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Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet will raise the value of its Asian operations to $2.4 billion, says Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The value of Telstra’s operations in Asia took a hit after it sold Hong Kong-based mobile provider CSL in December 2013. But BoAML research analyst Sameer Chopra told clients that Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet for $US697 million ($858 million) in the dying days of 2014 was a boon that could help raise revenues and profits.