Bangkok Post — Thailand remains one of Microsoft Corporation’s main growth drivers in Asia-Pacific with a strong foundation of outstanding IT developers, says chief executive Satya Nadella. Speaking at a forum in Bangkok yesterday, the boss of the Washington-based software giant outlined his visions of the group’s new computing paradigm in a drive to court local developers and more businesses to build their own software on its cloud and Windows operating platforms.
Digi Times — Huawei plans to integrate its Kirin CPU products with Qualcomm’s processors to roll out smartphones and head-mounted devices (HMD) supporting Google’s Daydream VR (virtual reality) platform before year-end 2016, according to a China-based tech.qq.com report, citing sources from the company.
Tech in Asia — If you’re stuck in a new city, want to find a street, but can’t speak the local language, your smartphone can come in really handy. Driving a car and can’t stop every few meters to ask for directions? Your GPS device becomes a savior. And if you’re stuck in a mountain pass, with nobody around to ask, a GPS-enabled map might save your life.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: He came. He saw. But Apple CEO Tim Cook is yet to get the biggest bite into the huge consumer base in the country, of which every tech player — from China to Korea to Taiwan — is trying to get a bigger share. If we look at why, in the first place, Cook came to India in this sweltering heat, it would not be wrong to interpret his first visit to the country as an exploratory mission rather than as one with a clear-cut investment agenda.
Digi Times — Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considering establishing cloud data centers in Taiwan and has finished a feasibility evaluation but has not yet made any decision, Amazon corporate vice president and AWS greater China managing director Alex Yung revealed at AWS Summit in Taipei on May 20.
ZDNet — MasterCard has unveiled the first commerce application for Softbank’s Pepper, with the humanoid robot to be trialled by Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia for order taking and payments processing. To use Pepper, a customer will need to pair their MasterPass account either by tapping the Pepper icon within the wallet or by scanning a QR code on the tablet that the robot holds.
Deal Street Asia — The NYSE-listed cloud computing major Salesforce is expanding its presence globally, turning its focus to the Asia Pacific (APAC). With a significant critical mass of people and a a large number of emerging and frontier markets, its recently renewed focus on Southeast Asia ,reflecting a change in company policy and strategy towards the APAC markets as it recognises the area’s growth potential, particularly given Southeast Asia’s startup boom.
Live Mint — Bengaluru: Nearly nine years after starting out, squaring up against two of its role models and making some costly missteps along the way, Flipkart Ltd, India’s largest e-commerce firm, finally seems to have a blueprint of what its business model will look like.
Deal Street Asia — Every week, Amazon India country head Amit Agarwal and his senior leadership team get into a room at the company’s headquarters in Bengaluru to discuss the previous week’s performance. The meeting starts off with a customer call, what Amazon calls, “the voice of the customer”. Things usually get ugly.
MIS Asia — Google’s Play Store for Android will be coming to Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers Chromebook laptops, the company announced Thursday. That means Chromebook users will be able to download and install apps made for Android onto their Chromebooks, expanding the base of applications available for those devices. Previously, Chromebooks were able to run only applications built for Chrome.
Enterprise Innovation — The Bureau of Customs in the Philippines is spearheading an initiative that would spur ICT adoption within government organizations. The agency has recently partnered with Microsoft Philippines to streamline productivity in customs administration, ensure the security of data, and promote transparency.
ZDNet — Eight in 10 Singaporeans say they will use their smartphones instead of cash or physical payment cards to pay for goods and services in physical retail stores. The survey finding from Visa signalled positive consumer sentiments towards mobile payments, as adoption of contactless payment continued to grow, said Ooi Huey Tyng, Visa’s country manager for Singapore and Brunei.
Local SYR — Vietnam has increased its military spending dramatically in recent years amid a series of territorial disputes with China. And the southeast Asian nation may soon be splashing out more to upgrade its defense capabilities. President Obama on Monday announced an end to decades-old military sanctions banning U.S. arms exports to Vietnam.
MIS Asia — Vietnam-based private bank Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) has tapped on Dimension Data to refresh its legacy infrastructure and improve workplace collaboration through a private cloud platform. Dimension Data has migrated ACB’s existing legacy system to a Microsoft platform while ensuring that all solutions are cloud and hybrid ready.
Khaleej Times — In line with the Dubai government’s vision of making Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, Huawei and Intel Corporation today announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to introduce solutions that enable smarter buses and promote the uptake of smart transport.
Times of India — Currently valued at $2.2 billion, India’s data centre infrastructure market is expected to touch $4.5 billion by 2018. India is poised to be the second-largest market for data centres in Asia-Pacific by 2020 and the investments are expected to reach $7 billion, according to a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
PRNewswire — SINGAPORE: CXO CLOUD SYMPOSIUM — NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced its CXO Cloud Symposium, the premier business cloud event in Singapore, which will be held at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on Monday, 30 May 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nikkei — TOKYO — Microsoft is transitioning from a device-centric company to an enterprise centered on a unified, cloud-based Windows platform, CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday. The U.S. computing giant will draw on rich experience in corporate information technology solutions to partner with companies in cutting-edge fields such as artificial intelligence and the “internet of things,” he told The Nikkei during a visit to Japan. Nadella took the wheel at Microsoft in February 2014.
Bloomberg — Southeast Asia’s Internet economy, spanning online shopping to games and advertising, will surge sixfold to about $200 billion in the next decade, according to joint research by Google Inc. and Temasek Holdings Pte.
MIS Asia — Sixty-nine percent of CIOs in APAC believe a lack of talent will prevent their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change. The 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey says CIOs are challenged by the greatest technology skills shortage since the global financial crisis in 2008.
Information Management — The global data center and enterprise software-defined networking (SDN) market jumped 82% in 2015 from the prior year, reaching $1.4 billion, according to research and analysis firm IHS Inc. These figures include in-use for SDN Ethernet switches, SDN controllers, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) appliances and control and management.
The Stack — Speaking at this year’s inaugural Cloud Expo Asia in Hong Kong, Victor Lam, CIO of the region’s government, presented a keynote address in which he discussed the federal initiatives under way to boost cloud and data centre development – two markets he believes represent the ‘technology pillars’ in the digital economy.
Networks Asia — VMware Inc. has reinforced its commitment toward enabling digital transformation in Southeast Asia, by displaying a strong focus on enabling business mobility, future proofing the cloud and enhancing security. At the Bali CIO summit, Accelerating Your Digital Enterprise by IDC and VMware, VMware showcased an end-to-end solutions portfolio that is set to fuel business transformation across the region.
IT News — Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol have demonstrated a new methodology for performing algorithms using a quantum computer, which the university claims could potentially be used in a future supercomputer.
Enterprise Innovation — Indian eCommerce marketplace, Flipkart, will collaborate with MapUnity, a Social Technology Lab, known for developing a variety of platforms for urban management, safety and transport. The collaboration may see Flipkart’s Mapping business – Flipkart Maps – taking a more central role in the company’s business schemes.
Times of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Google has rolled out a Spaces application tailored to let users easily share content and commentary, group-messaging style, on any topics they wish. “With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search , YouTube , and Chrome come built in,” product director Luke Wroblewski said in a blog post.
Enterprise Innovation — Telecom (HTC) selected Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to advance its optical network in Vietnam. HTC extended its existing Infinera TM-Series metro network with the DTN-X Family for its backbone connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau. Combined with Instant Bandwidth technology, the end-to-end solution enables HTC to differentiate its services and manage costs as it increases network capacity.
Daily Times — ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, a country with around 18 per cent of Internet penetration and its geographical location, has a lot to offer to landlocked Central Asian states with crucial bandwidth access, which can turn Pakistan into regional connectivity hub for the entire region, says a report.
Nikkei — BEIJING — China’s leading mobile hardware maker ZTE and internet services company Tencent Holdings have jointly developed an environmentally-friendly data center. According to a joint statement on Monday, the “Tencent West Lab,” as it is named, is a mobile, containerized data center requiring low levels of energy for operation.