As the region’s cloud market surges towards the US$8.6 billion mark, Microsoft Asia Pacific intends to replicate similar growth in its cloud reseller market. With 23,000 registered partners in the Microsoft Partner Network and over 60,000 resellers, the tech giant is positioning itself for further growth in its cloud partner community. Rising from 2,000 cloud resellers to 14,000 over the past two years, the Microsoft Asia Pacific cloud division business is accelerating at 4.2 times the market growth – with APAC VP Alvaro Celis acknowledging the need to expand.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be providing technical and financial assistance to help countries in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) implement their initiatives, announced Joe Powell, Deputy Director, OGP Support Unit. “The ADB’s support will focus on exploring opportunities to provide technical and financial assistance to help countries meet OGP eligibility criteria and to develop and implement OGP action plans,” he wrote this week in an OGP blog announcing the partnership.
SAP SE has reported significant second-quarter growth in the Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) region. In addition, the enterprise application software company has expanded its cloud business in addition to its core solutions in a bid to strengthen its position as a cloud company. SAP APJ’s strong performance in Q2 was driven by 48 percent year-over-year growth in cloud subscriptions and support revenue and robust on-premise business.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced it will produce the 2015 International CES Asia scheduled to run May 25-27 in Shanghai, China. This inaugural event will take place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) and will draw global businesses to showcase the latest products and technologies entering the Asian marketplace. CEA is co-organizing the event with Intex Shanghai Co., Ltd., a prominent producer of international tradeshows in China.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators” report to their offering. “Asia-Pacific Mobile Demand Market to 2015: Mobile Subscriptions by Operators” report provides a top-level overview and detailed insights into the operating environment for mobile operators. It is an essential tool for companies active across the telecom value chain in Asia-Pacific and for new companies that may be considering entering the market.
Identity management company, Centrify, has recruited channel specialist, Niall King, in a bid to expand its footprint in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. King’s appointment as senior director APAC sales will see the company place a stronger focus on North Asia. Centrify’s stronger push into Asia Pacific follows its May announcement that it had raised $42 million in funding from strategic investors including Samsung Ventures, Fortinet Inc. and Docomo Capital.
CLOUD computing is the top spending priority in technology for companies in Asia, and businesses are keen on moving backend needs to third-party cloud providers, Gartner found in a recent survey. The global study surveyed 2,339 chief innovation officers (CIOs) from firms that make over US$250 million annually, and found that the cloud was nominated as the top area for new technology spending by CIOs from the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan.
According to Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Australia, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand are the 4 top countries ranked as ‘Cloud Ready Leaders’ by developing fresh approaches towards next generation and cloud computing services. “The countries’ cloud readiness are assessed against 10 criteria, namely privacy; international connectivity; data sovereignty; broadband quality; government regulatory environment and usage; power grid and green policy; intellectual property protection; business sophistication; data centre risk; and freedom of information.” Asia Cloud Computing Association.
As firms increasingly do more business online, the risks they face from IT sabotage have also grown, with liabilities ranging from business interruption and regulatory fines for losing customers data to legal action and reputational loss. Stella Tse, managing director and financial and professional liability practice leader for Asia at Marsh, says: “The direct and indirect costs of data breaches are growing exponentially, with business interruption, lost market value and remediation expenses just some of the consequences.”
Cloud computing can be called a boon for young startups. But it is essential to understand what a cloud can do for them, how to make the most effective use of it, and which model is best suited for their needs. Alan Perkins, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace Asia Pacific, decodes cloud for entrepreneurs. Here he talks about how cloud can help startups, the hybrid model, adoption in e-commerce, trends in the space, and the imperative challenge of security. Excerpts from the interview:
Trading activities between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are growing rapidly with the two sides’ import and export values both exceeding US$100 billion each year for the past five years. In 2013, the combined amount of import and export values between the two reached US$230.31 billion with ASEAN contributing 15.5% of Japan’s overall export value. The values are continuing to grow, according to Digitimes Research’s findings.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “State of Telecom Markets & Players Worldwide 1H14″ report to their offering. The bundle World Telecom Services – Markets & Players includes three deliverables: – New report providing readers with the current status of the telecom services market, along with analyses of global trends and growth dynamics by technology and by markets. – A dataset dedicated to service revenues and usages with data and forecasts up to 2018 for 29 countries, 7 regions & world consolidated, – A dataset dedicated to 30 leading telcos’ KPIs including: company financial account, revenues by segment and operating data.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Gigya, the Connected Consumer Management Suite, today announced its overseas growth in Australia, Asia and Latin America through the expansion of sales teams based out of Melbourne, Singapore, as well as a dedicated headquarters team focused on México, Brazil and South America. The company’s global expansion follows a year of torrid growth for the company, which processed more than 800 million logins in 2013 through its Registration-as-a-Service and Social Login products. Currently powering logins and registration in over 46 different countries, Gigya already has a large international footprint with customers such as Tommy Hilfiger, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, KLM, L’Occitane, Next Media, Japan Airlines and Canon.
It can take up to 90 days to make new IT infrastructure available for a government agency. “With cloud, you don’t need days, just minutes,” Glenn West (pictured), Cloud Business Unit Manager, Asia Pacific, Red Hat told FutureGov. Governments need an open source cloud to deliver their digital public services with “speed and scalability”, West said. For example, a tax agency provides a portal for its citizens to file their taxes every year – the capabilities of this portal need to be able to expand rapidly as millions of citizens access the portal at the same time. “When you go from 100 users to the [whole] population instantaneously… you need [the portal] to scale up quickly,” he said.
SINGAPORE — (Marketwired) — 06/29/14 — Arkadin, an NTT Communications company, and one of the largest and fastest growing providers of Collaboration and Unified Communications services in the world, announced today that it is the recipient of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Collaboration Service Provider of the Year award. Recognizing outstanding performance by companies in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) industry, Arkadin was chosen for making major breakthroughs in new business for driving further expansion, customer service excellence and revenue growth from its services spanning audio, web and video conferencing and Unified Communications technologies.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Application Delivery Controller Market in Asia-Pacific 2013 Tracker” report to their offering. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) application delivery controller (ADC) market posted an 8.8% growth on a YoY basis in 2013. The slowdown in the market could be attributed to the weaker business climate in the region, which affected enterprise propensity to spend on IT, as well as resulted in enterprises opting to prioritize investments in other technology segments ahead of ADC, such as information and cyber security technologies.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Asia-Pacific WAN Optimization Controller Market CY 2013″ report to their offering. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) WAN Optimization Controller (WOC) market recorded a flat YoY growth in 2013, as the demand for the technology was fairly low due to the weak business environment in the region, which affected enterprises’ propensity to spend on IT.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Signals and Systems Telecom’s new report “Asia Pacific 2G, 3G & 4G Wireless Subscriptions, Spectrum Licensing, Ownership & Infrastructure Contracts Database: 2014 – 2020″ to their offering. Asia Pacific LTE subscriptions to surpass 1.6 Billion by 2020. With nearly 7 Billion mobile network subscriptions worldwide, global mobile penetration is fast approaching the 100% mark.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the cloud computing and enterprise IT-focused division of American operator Verizon has appointed Francis Yip to group vice president of Verizon Asia Pacific, where he will lead all of the business’ strategic initiatives. He will be responsible for delivering strategic cloud, security, mobility, network and connected machines solutions to Verizon’s multinational enterprise clients across the region
Mobile application management (MAM) is seeing increased adoption levels as enterprises seek solutions more flexible than traditional mobile device management (MDM). Currently, MDM solutions comprise over 60% of enterprise mobility management solution users; however, by the end of 2019, MDM share will drop to a bit more than 30% and MAM will command the lion’s share at over 60%. Thanks to large growth in the Asia-Pacific region, MAM will supplant MDM as the preferred enterprise choice.