China Mobile rolls out commercial NFV IMS network

ChinaTelecom Asia — China Mobile has officially started the commercialization of its rich communication services (RCS) network. The Chinese mobile giant collaborated with ZTE for the virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS deployment. In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project.

Myanmar Oriental Bank taps on VMware to support growing number of SME customers

MyanmarMIS Asia — Myanmar Oriental Bank (MOB) has teamed up with VMware – a cloud infrastructure and business mobility provider – to better support its growing number of small and medium enterprise (SME) customers. MOB’s employees across its network of 37 branch offices manage large amounts of data from customer information and financial records to provide financial intermediation for SMEs.

Thailand launches initiatives to boost capabilities, modernize SME products

ThailandEnterprise Innovation — To increase the potential of local businesses, Thailand’s Ministry of Industry has initiated a project entitled “SMEs Spring Up.” Atchaka Sibunruang, the minister for industry, chaired the opening of the “SMEs Spring Up” project which aims to improve the abilities of small and medium sized businesses in Thailand. More than 100 businesses have been recruited to join the project.

Facebook onboards companies in India for ‘Facebook at Work’

IndiaTimes of India — Social networking giant Facebook has started boarding companies for ‘Facebook at Work’ in India. ‘Facebook at Work’ is said to be social networking gaint’s Slack competitor. According to the company, “Facebook at Work lets you create a work account that is separate from your personal Facebook account. ”

Huawei Technologies developing cloud-based products and solutions, says CEO

ChinaDidi Times — China-based telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has been developing products and solutions based on cloud computing, according to company vice chairman and rotating CEO Eric Xu. Xu, speaking at Huawei’s 3th Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, southern China, on April 11, said the company aims to enable telecom carriers and enterprises to build their cloud-based networking/communication infrastructure, which is crucial to transformation to comprehensive digitization.

Malaysia wants more SMEs to list on the stock exchange

MalaysiaEnterprise Innovation — SME Corporation Malaysia, a central coordinating agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia that formulates overall policies and strategies for small and medium enterprises, wants more SMEs to list on Bursa Malaysia Bhd, an exchange holding company.

India’s SMBs adopting remote managed IT services at an increasing pace

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Expenditure on remote managed IT services (RMITS) among Indian’s small and medium businesses is likely to exceed US$1.6B in 2016, according to AMI-Partners’ recently published 2015-16 India SMB ICT & Cloud Services Tracker Overview.

GoDaddy launches global cloud servers, cloud apps for pro developers

APACGoDaddy Inc. is expanding its hosting services this week with the launch of its worldwide Cloud Servers platform and Bitnami-powered Cloud Applications to help professional web developers who work with small businesses. The Scottsdale-based web hosting company is always trying to make it easier for anyone to manage their company online, whether it’s the small business themselves or the professional hired to do the work, said Jeff King, GoDaddy’s senior vice president and general manager of hosting and security.

Microsoft delivers enterprise-class ERP to the cloud

APACNetworks Asia— Microsoft Corp. has announced that its next-generation cloud ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, built on and for Microsoft Azure, is now available in 137 markets in 40 languages. “Customers from around the world are using the cloud in incredible ways to accelerate and transform their business,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise.

Google woos enterprise marketers with a new analytics suite

APACMIS Asia — It was challenging enough for marketers to try to understand their customers back in the desktop era, but today’s multidevice world makes it even more difficult. Enter Google, which just launched a new suite of tools designed specifically to make that process easier.

Past vs present: Cloud’s impact on the CIO

APAC“As its technologies and processes mature, the cloud is being increasingly relied on as a vehicle for agile, scalable and elastic solutions. To build competitive advantage and cut costs, CIOs and other IT leaders need to constantly adapt their strategies to leverage cloud capabilities.” So says Gartner in its Predicts 2016: Cloud Computing to Drive Digital Business report.

Carlyle to buy Japananese software company WingArc1st

JapanPehub — The Carlyle Group agreed to buy a 100 percent stake in Tokyo-based WingArc1st, a provider of enterprise output management software and business intelligence software, from WingArc1st’s president and chief executive Hiroyuki Uchino and OPI2002 Investment Fund, a subsidiary of Japanese financial services group ORIX Corp. The equity for the transaction will come from Carlyle Japan Partners III LP. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

GoDaddy focuses on ‘happiness resolution’ as it announces Asian expansion

APACEnterprise Innovation — Technology provider GoDaddy Inc. is now in 11 new Asian markets, bringing its reach to 14 markets and its services available in 10 languages in Asia. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving was in town last week to share about his company’s expansion plans, as well as to announce the addition of .cn to its domain lineup. In Asia, Irving spoke about the company’s expansion efforts in India, which we reported on last July.

Nagasaki University Hospital adopts enterprise mobile technology

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Japan’s Nagasaki University Hospital has implemented an enterprise mobile technology to boost its track record for efficiency and accuracy. The teaching hospital serves the 1.3 million residents of Nagasaki prefecture, and treats more than 360,000 outpatients and 260,000 inpatients annually. The application of Zebra Technologies’ enterprise-class TC55 touch computer came at the initiative of the hospital to introduce a new field-use terminal while upgrading its electronic medical record system in 2015.

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.

Most APAC enterprises implementing NFV

APACTelecom Asia — Almost two thirds of enterprises across 14 APAC markets are at some stage of deployment of virtualized network functions, according to research conducted by IDC for Ciena. The research finds that 64% of APAC businesses are at some stage of NFV deployment, with the most advanced markets being Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.

GoDaddy launches in 11 more APAC markets

APACTelecom Asia — Small business technology services provider GoDaddy has expanded further into Asia, launching in 11 more markets including Hong Kong. The company has launched its suite of cloud-based products for SMEs across the region. With the launch GoDaddy services are now available in 14 Asian markets, also including Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Epicor Announces Cloud-First Strategy for Asia to Enable Companies to Free-Up Valuable Resources and Focus on Growth

APACMarketwired — AUSTIN, TX: As more manufacturers in Asia are looking to leverage post-modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) concepts to move faster, work smarter and grow business, Epicor® Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced its new cloud-first strategy for Epicor ERP deployments in Asia.

SG SMEs struggling with high cost of doing business

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singapore’s SMEs are struggling with the high cost of doing business, in particular wages and rents. They also face growing competition from across the region. The latest SME1000 rankings published by the DP Information Group showed that, compared to last year’s rankings, the combined revenue of Singapore’s top 1000 SMEs rose 2.9 per cent to S$29.2 billion.

GoDaddy brings cloud SMB services to Asia, but not China yet

APACZDNet — GoDaddy has extended its cloud-based offerings for small businesses to 11 markets in Asia, but is still holding back on China until it figures out the best way to address the potentially lucrative market. The Arizona, US-based vendor this week launched in several Asian economies including Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan, offering support for local customers as well as languages.

Most enterprises plan to boost cloud use this year

APACNetworks Asia — The cloud market shows no signs of slowing down, with 90% of enterprises planning to maintain or boost spending on cloud computing this year, according to a survey from Washington, D.C.-based research firm Clutch. The majority of enterprises in the U.S. said they would increase cloud spending in 2016, with 42% eyeing increases of between 11% and 30% and 14% looking to boost cloud spending by 31% to 50%. Another 7% plan to increase spending by more than 50%.

Half of APAC firms scramble to protect customer data

APACEnterprise Innovation — Eager to embrace more advanced international standards, Asia Pacific countries have started to tighten data protection regulations especially considering that having strong privacy and data protection practices are critical to business success, according to Forrester. The research firm said, however, that uneven regulatory landscape due to the massive cultural and geopolitical complexities across the region makes it difficult for companies in Asia Pacific to ensure effective data protection.

Tata Teleservices plans to offer 4G in enterprise segment

IndiaNEW DELHI: Tata Teleservices (TTSL) is in discussions with 4G operators to add high-speed 4G services in its bouquet of enterprise offerings, according to a top executive of the company. The telecom venture of the Tata Group feels offering 4G services will enable it to increase its share in the about million strong enterprise market in the country.

The 3 core issues SMEs face

APACEnterprise Innovation — Small and medium enterprises are the foundation of almost every nation’s economy. They employ at least 70% of workers in the majority of countries, make up 80% of net job growth, and contribute over 50% of GDP in almost all major economies. 10 million new jobs could be created if barriers to entrepreneurial ecosystems are removed.

83% of businesses plan to adopt hybrid clouds

APACTelecom Asia — IT and business executives agree that digital transformation and the use of hybrid clouds are essential to competitive success in the digital era, according to EMC. Citing results of a study conducted by IDG Research Services, EMC said organizations must “think digital” to enhance customer experiences, increase flexibility, drive business opportunities, and decrease costs.

Singapore’s small businesses ‘strong and adaptable’: CPA Australia

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: Small businesses in Singapore are optimistic about growth in the next 12 months, even if they are apprehensive about the economy, a survey has found. The findings from CPA Australia’s annual Asia-Pacific Small Business Survey, which is based on responses from about 3,000 small business operators in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, were released on Friday (Jan 22).

PH SMEs to drive market for sachet of IT services: IDC

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — By the end of 2016, enterprise “tingi pack” or sachets for cloud and IT services will thrive among SMEs, according to industry analyst IDC Philippines. “The enterprise tingi pack is going to be common in the consumption of IT products and services,” says Alon Anthony Rejano, analyst, IDC Philippines.

Asia Pacific Businesses Poised for Major Digital Transformation: HDS

IndiaSilicon India — BANGALORE: Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.released its Business and Technology Predictions for Asia Pacific in 2016. According to Adrian De Luca, chief technology officer of Hitachi Data Systems Asia Pacific, enterprises will experience major digital transformation next year as they strive to improve a host of key tech and non-tech functions. 

Fujitsu, KDDI launch managed infrastructure service for HK’s SMEs

Hong KongFujitsu Hong Kong and KDDI Hong Kong have announced the immediate availability of the new all-in-one ICT solution named ICT One Touch for businesses in Hong Kong, particularly SMEs. As the result of the two companies’ first-ever collaboration, the solution will take advantage of the synergy between the world-class managed infrastructure services by Fujitsu and the robust network and data center facilities known as Telehouse by KDDI to provide a one-stop ICT service experience for businesses of all sizes.

Enterprise security in Asia, 2015

APACNetworks Asia — The enterprise love affair with technology is showing no signs of dissipating. From bring-your-own-devices to the ever-present tipping point of the Internet of Things, the business world has bounced back from the financial crisis and is aggressively pursuing advanced enterprise architecture. A large proportion (65%) of businesses are now using cloud technology of some sort . In fact, so ubiquitous is cloud now that the debate has evolved from public vs private to customised cloud solutions on a per case basis.