Australian-based SaaS aggregator expands its footprint to Singapore

AustraliaMIS Asia — Australia’s cloud-based integration platform provider Maestrano has announced that it will be expanding its operations in Singapore and making Singapore as its regional hub in Southeast Asia. Maestrano brings the advantages of automatic data synchronisation for cloud applications exclusively to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its enterprise partners.

Kingsoft Cloud raises $50m Series C+, led by China Merchant Securities fund

ChinaDeal Street Asia — Cloud technology services provider Kingsoft Cloud Group has raised about $50 million in a Series C+ round, led by a fund backed by China Merchants Securities. The company had raised $60 million in a Series C round only three months ago.

Kingsoft Cloud raises $50m Series C+, led by China Merchant Securities fund

Indian SaaS on fire: Freshdesk enters Gartner Magic Quadrant

IndiaHelpdesk software maker Freshdesk today became the first Indian startup to enter Gartner’s Magic Quadrant (MQ) for customer engagement. MQ is a series of reports published by American research and advisory firm Gartner aimed to provide a qualitative analysis into a market and its direction, maturity, and participants.

IHS: IBM leads global SaaS cloud service market

APACTelecom Asia — IBM currently leads the SaaS cloud service market, while Amazon leads the global cloud infrastructure market (IaaS, CaaS, PaaS) in 2015, according to a new report by research firm IHS. According to the report, Salesforce ranked the second in the SaaS cloud service market with 8% of market share, while Microsoft and Oracle had 6% and 3%. SAP had just 2% share in the global SaaS cloud service market.

5 reasons why Indian SaaS startups will rock on the world stage

IndiaTech in Asia — India is known as a global leader in IT services. Now there’s a new wave of software-as-a-service (SaaS) from India. The latest Google-Accel India study counted over 500 SaaS startups in India. More are sprouting fast, nourished by manpower and cost advantages as well as the shift to mobile and cloud-based computing. Here’s a drill down into five factors fueling the rise of Indian SaaS.

5 reasons why Indian SaaS startups will rock on the world stage

IndiaTech in Asia  — India is known as a global leader in IT services. Now there’s a new wave of software-as-a-service (SaaS) from India. The latest Google-Accel India study counted over 500 SaaS startups in India. More are sprouting fast, nourished by manpower and cost advantages as well as the shift to mobile and cloud-based computing. Here’s a drill down into five factors fueling the rise of Indian SaaS.

Salesforce Signs Agreement with NEC to Establish Second Data Center in Japan

JapanSys Con — TOKYO, Apr 6, 2016 – (JCN Newswire) – Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world’s #1 CRM company, along with NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leading provider in IT and network technology integration and a wide-range of cloud solutions, today announced Salesforce has signed an agreement to establish a second data center in the Kansai Region of Japan, selecting NEC as its service provider.

Indonesian virtual assistant YesBoss acquires Philippine startup

IndonesiaTech in Asia — Indonesian virtual assistant service YesBoss announced today that it has acquired HeyKuya, a Philippines-based startup, for an undisclosed amount. With this move, YesBoss has started regional expansion. HeyKuya is also a virtual personal assistant. Started in October last year, out of the Philippine company builder Machine Ventures. it’s run by a team of ten.

Why Google and Accel see hyper growth for Indian SaaS startups

IndiaTech in Asia — Cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) products are seeing hyper growth as small and medium businesses (SMBs) take to them in a big way. And Indian SaaS startups are well-placed to capitalize on it, says a joint report by Google and Accel Partners released today.

Indian SaaS segment set for quantum leap

IndiaThe Hans India — Here is good news for all those Indian software companies who are working in the area of Software as a Service (SaaS). A recent study by Google and Accel Partners has revealed that the country’s SaaS segment whose size is currently pegged at $3 billion is expected to reach a whopping $50 billion mark in ten years time or by the year 2025.

Indian SaaS Companies’ Valuation To Touch $50 Billion By 2025

Indiabusiness World India — India has the potential to grab 8 per cent of the global SaaS market estimated to be at $132 billion by 2020. Indian software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies will be valued at $50 billion by 2025, according to a report released by Google and Accel Partners.

‘Opportunities Aplenty for Desi SMB Startups on SaaS Model’

IndiaNew India Nexpress — BENGALURU:  An Indian startup, which has a survival rate of less than 10 per cent, could face more challenges while working on a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, that too when it’s targeting the small and medium businesses (SMBs). But, the chances of survival of such startups are higher as they crack the $1 million revenue mark.

Startup raises S$24.2m to help more Singapore companies use the cloud

JapanBusiness Times — SANSAN, a cloud startup that digitises business cards for collaborative use within companies, has raised S$24.2 million in Series C funding – S$4.2 million of which will be invested in Singapore to help more businesses here use the cloud to boost productivity.

Application Services: In the heartbeat of today’s app driven world, from PH

PhilippinesManila Bulletin — Applications play a big role in today’s world. They continue to revolutionize business approach and strategies, empower businesses, drive customer engagement and actuate revenue. Evolving technologies may grow in popularity and give way to opportunities but a lot of challenges still exist. When it comes to managing applications today, the span of control is shifting, forcing organizations to think about how applications can be deployed in a manner that is flexible and profitable.

New Zealand’s Orion Health launches platform for personalized healthcare

New ZealandEnterprise Innovation — Orion Health is firing up itsglobal offering by launching Amadeus, a platform that will enable highly personalized healthcare and the implementation of precision medicine. “Precision medicine is enabled when all information unique to an individual is combined to identify preventative care and treatments which will be effective for them based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors,” said CEO Ian McCrae.

Asian healthcare platform Practo launches in Malaysia

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — Healthcare platform Practorecently announced its entry into the Malaysian market, bringing its two award-winning products – Practo Ray and Practo Search – into the country. Practo Ray is a cloud-based practice management solution for doctors and clinics while Practo Search enables consumers to search through this verified database of healthcare professionals.

NetApp Expands OpenStack Capabilities With Production-Ready Manila File Share as a Service

JapanMarket Wire — JAPAN OPENSTACK SUMMIT: NetApp, Inc., the founder of the OpenStack® Manila open-source file-share-as-a-service project, today announced that Manila is production ready for the mainstream enterprise. With Manila, enterprises can now easily build or enhance a cloud-ready data center capable of handling business-critical and content-management applications.

GreenClouds: Making education accessible for all with cloud-based innovations

IndiaDeal Street Asia — On the one hand, India is a hotbed for technological innovations with tech start-ups mushrooming across the country and unicorns such as Flipkart giving a tough battle to global giants like Amazon. On the other, educational institutions, barring a few elite and premier ones, are still struggling to make their presence felt online.

IBM Taps Microsoft’s Cloud Data Center Provider in China to Host Bluemix PaaS

ChinaExpanding its Platform-as-a-Service offering to China, IBM has tapped Chinese data center provider 21Vianet to host and operate the solution in its data centers, the Armonk, New York-based giant announced today. IBM claims its Bluemix PaaS is the world’s largest deployment of the open source PaaS software called Cloud Foundry, which came out of VMware but was later spun off as an independently managed open source project.

Here’s why SaaS is the new black, and Chennai is its hot hub

IndiaTech in Asia — At SaaSx 2015, Girish Mathrubhootham, CEO of cloud-based customer support software Freshdesk and popularly known as the Rajnikanth (think an acting, singing James Bond) of India’s Software as a Service (SaaS) scene, did the unthinkable. He revealed the entire spreadsheet of internal data-based metrics that he presented to his investors in 2011.

Updates on Hong Kong’s government public cloud SaaS adoption

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — With the end of the listing arrangement of Government Public Cloud Services on 31 May 2015, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer has made it an ongoing arrangement from mid-2015 onwards. Since May 2012, the OGCIO has been supplying over 300 public cloud services for internal use by 40 government bureaux/departments (B/Ds), through a three-year arrangement called “Government Public Cloud Services” (GPCS).

Taiwan market: CHT partners with Microsoft to provide cloud computing services

TaiwanDigi Times — Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has signed a strategic-alliance agreement with Microsoft for cooperation on Cloud Solution Provider and Cloud OS Network, with CHT responsible for providing Microsoft Office 365 cloud computing services on a rental basis for CHT’s enterprise and government subscribers. The available cloud computing services are private cloud and private/public hybrid cloud services covering IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, CHT said.

Maxis in Office 365 partnership with Microsoft

MalaysiaDigital News Asia — MAXIS Bhd said it has partnered with Microsoft Corp to launch a service that incorporates Office 365 into the MaxisONE Business solutions suite, aimed at small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The MaxisONE Business, launched last September, is the all-in-one Internet plan for businesses that comes with unlimited talk and text, Internet access, business-grade services and mobility solutions.

xMatters posts strong growth in its first quarter for 2015, from AU

AustraliaMIS Asia — Cloud-based communications solutions provider, xMatters, has reported strong growth for the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2015. The company has now posted 13 consecutive quarters of record recurring revenue growth and over 80 percent year-over-year subscription revenue growth, attributed in large part to the rapid adoption of its Cloud-based offerings.

China market: Huawei to offer business-use cloud services

ChinaDigi Times  — China-based telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has announced that it plans to launch business-use cloud services in the China market, in addition to its current role as being a telecom equipment and solution supplier. Huawei will offer IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) services initially, targeting government organizations and state-run enterprises.

Open Source Rising As Cloud Computing, Analytics Take Off – Wipro Study

IndiaRTN Asia — Open source software has become a critical driver for innovation at leading companies and public-sector organizations around the world, according to a new research report produced by Oxford Economics in partnership with Wipro Limited. The report, The Open Source Era, also shows that open source software is essential to the use of other cutting-edge technologies and that open source methodologies have spread far beyond software development.

Microsoft delays launch of $20k Surface Hub, from AU

AustraliaMicrosoft has revealed it will not ship its Surface Hub in September as originally planned, and is declining to provide a new shipment date. High demand was blamed for the delay to the launch of the interactive whiteboard, as Microsoft is now “tuning our manufacturing process to prepare for production at broader scale”.,delays-hit-microsofts-20000-surface-hub.aspx

Infosys To Offer Finacle In The SaaS Mode With Verizon

IndiaRTN Asia — Infosys said it will now offer the Finacle suite of software solutions on Verizon Cloud. Finacle is a software suite designed to run banks on, while Verizon cloud refers to an Internet-based platform offered by Verizon. Core bank software is usually not run on cloud computing infrastructure, particularly over public cloud platforms, due to security-related concerns.

Microsoft Azure & Office 365 achieve Level 3 of Singapore’s multi-tier cloud security standard

SingaporeMicrosoft’s Azure platform and Office 365 have achieved, Level 3, of the Multi-Tier Cloud Security (MTCS) Standard for Singapore (SS 584) which has been designed for regulated organizations with specific requirements and more stringent security requirements. Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM Online has also been assessed and certified as complying with Level 2 of MTCS SS, which is designed to address the needs of most organizations running business critical data and systems through a set of more stringent security controls to protect business and personal information in potentially moderate impact information systems using cloud services.

China’s Kingsoft sees strong growth in cloud computing from Xiaomi link

ChinaChinese software company Kingsoft expects sustained growth in its cloud computing and storage businesses as it begins to serve Xiaomi’s rapidly growing overseas users this year, its chief executive said. The Zhuhai-based, Hong Kong-listed firm also hopes to diversify beyond Xiaomi, which made up most of Kingsoft’s revenue last year, as it gains new customers in the rapidly growing Chinese market for cloud services.