Microsoft tries to upgrade local software developers

TaiwanChina Post — TAIPEI: Microsoft is scheduled to kick off a conference for software, app and data developers in Taipei on April 19, with the goal of helping them acquire new concepts and technologies. The DevDays Asia 2016 @Taipei is being organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ (MOEA’s) Industrial Development Bureau and will be hosted jointly by Microsoft and MOEA’s Digital Content Industry Promotion Office.

DevOps spreads rapidly in APAC

APACEnterprise Innovation — A majority (69%) of organizations in the Asia Pacific and Japan region (APJ) have implemented DevOps,” according to a new global study commissioned by CA Technologies. Results show that 15% of these DevOps practitioners have already reached advanced levels of adoption.

LinkedIn launches first India-made product for local use

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking website operator, launched LinkedIn Placements, a product developed in India, to boost its user base among students in the country. LinkedIn Placements, the first product to be developed by the company outside US and China, aims to make it easier for graduating students across India to find their first job and for placement officers and recruiters to manage campus placement initiatives.

NEC to build Australia’s new apprenticeships system

AustraliaThe Education department will begin to wind back its underperforming apprenticeships management system in expectation of having a new NEC-built platform in operation by July next year. NEC today said the platform will be based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Oracle process automation tools, after it won an open tender from the department last October. The four year deal is worth $10.8 million.

Geeky doctors use tech to help people in Indonesia get their prescriptions

IndonesiaTech In Asia — For some inexplicable reason, pharmacies in Indonesia have missed the train to the 21st century. Neighborhood pharmacy outlets – usually part of large retail chains – are notoriously understocked. Try pre-ordering? The pharmacist will dutifully scribble down your request on a piece of paper, along with your phone number.

Facebook VP and Google director is now COO of India’s HackerRank

IndiaTech In Asia  — The trend of Indian startups hiring high profile executives to help them scale up and compete with global rivals continues. The latest recruit is a Harvard MBA who was vice-president of global sales at Facebook for over six years and sales director for Google for nearly four years before that. Grady Burnett, who was also COO of app analytics company Flurry, began his professional life as a tennis player on the ATP circuit, but is now among the top players in tech.

Hackers in programming meet to prepare for the vote

MyanmarMyanmar Times — On September 12, downtown innovation lab Phandeeyar played host to the start of the MaePaySoh hackathon, a tech contest that challenges participants to support voters ahead of the November 8 Election Day. MaePaySoh – which means “let’s vote” – aims to ride the wave of Myanmar’s smartphone-heavy connectivity transformation, which has seen teledensity rates increase to more than 40 percent, according to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Game development and the cloud

MalaysiaBusiness Cloud News — BCN has partnered with the Cloud South East Asia event to interview some of its speakers. In this interview we speak to Sherman Chin, Founder & CIO of Sherman3D. Cloud South East Asia: Please tell us more about Sherman3D and your role in the gaming industry. Sherman Chin: I started game development during my college days when I did game development as hobby projects.

TCS recognized as ‘Leader’ in independent testing services by Everest Group

IndiaIndia Times — Tata Consultancy Services , IT services, consulting and business solutions firm on Thursday announced that it has been recognised as a ‘Leader’ in Independent Testing Services by Everest Group.  According to the statement, Everest Group evaluated 23 service providers in the independent testing services sector and mapped them on their Performance, Experience, Ability, and Knowledge (PEAK) Matrix, a composite index of several distinct metrics related to a provider’scapabilities and industry track record.

‘Facebook will help Indian developers go global’

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: With 125 million monthly active users in India, the country has become an important market for Facebook. It’s the second largest user community outside the US. Ime Archibong, the strategic partnerships director of Facebook talks to TOI about Facebook’s plans for the startup ecosystem in India through its platform FbStart, which provides free tools and services.

India Mobile Middleware Market to Grow at a CAGR of 12% Through 2020 Says TechSci Research

IndiaAccording to recently released TechSci Research report, “India Mobile Middleware Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020”, mobile middleware market in India is projected to register a CAGR of over 12% during 2015-20. The country’s mobile middleware market is expected to witness tremendous growth on account of increasing use of mobile applications in enterprises, rising demand for data integration across mobile applications, growing demand for cloud computing based applications, need for universal data accessibility, rapid emergence of Internet Of Things (IOT) mobile applications, etc.

Twitter wooing Indian app developers with Fabric

IndiaBENGALURU: Microblogging site Twitter is wooing Indian developers with Fabric, the company’s free mobile app development suite. “Fabric takes the best of Twitter and exposes it to third parties,” said Arvinder Gujral, head of business development for Twitter in Asia-Pacific. Fabric includes Crashlytics, which lets developers identify bugs, crashes and beta test their apps, and Twitter Kit, for developers to embed tweets natively into their apps.

India building some of Adobe’s biggest products: CEO

IndiaBENGALURU: Some of its biggest products — Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign — are now entirely developed and managed out of India. And Adobe is strengthening its capacity in the country by buying office buildings in Bengaluru and Noida. The plan is to move out of leased facilities and create larger complexes over which it has greater control. “We have 3,500 people in India now. The new capacity can take that to 6,000,” says Shantanu Narayen, who has led the company as CEO since 2007. The country accounts for a fourth of Adobe’s global employee strength.

Taiwanese developers crowned champions in Microsoft app contest

TaiwanMicrosoft Taiwan on Monday announced the winners of the company’s Community Champion app development competition, which saw two Taiwanese teams rise above 605 teams of 805 software developers from across Taiwan, Japan, and Malaysia. The competition is designed to promote Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure. App submissions by competing developers were judged by their design, innovativeness, and commercial viability.

Asia Pacific firms reap DevOps benefits

APACFour in every five (82%) enterprises in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) already have or plan to adopt a DevOps strategy, a 12-point increase from last year’s figure of 70%, according to CA Technologies. DevOps is a methodology which helps foster collaboration between the teams that create and test applications (Dev) with those that maintain them in production environments (Ops).

App developer expo coming in February, from Myanmar

AppExpo 2015 will run from February 19 to 20 at the MICT park, and will once again be organized by Yangon Heartz Media and Business Solutions, a local technology start-up. In addition to giving local programmers and software engineers a chance to network, Yangon Heartz Media CEO U Zaw Zaw Myo Lwin told The Myanmar Times that this year’s expo would include a US$500 prize for the ‘best app,’ to be chosen by a panel of judges at the event.

Wipro and CA Technologies partner to deliver testing solutions for DevOps

BANGALORE, INDIA: Wipro Ltd., a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company and CA Technologies, has today announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership to jointly deliver next generation DevOps solutions for testing. The partnership will enable Wipro to leverage the expanded portfolio of CA Technologies, including service virtualization, release automation/continuous delivery, continuous validation and continuous monitoring solutions to help customers optimize their application development and delivery processes with a DevOps strategy.