IBM will emphasize Watson and AI at new cloud computing center in South Korea

KoreaGeek Wire — IBM has opened a cloud data center in Pangyo, South Korea, bringing its total number of data centers to 47, with nine of them in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said today. The new center, outside Seoul, will help serve the cloud-services market in South Korea, which IDC said it expects to grow to $1 billion in 2019, from $445 million last year.

​IBM to open blockchain innovation centre in Singapore

SingaporeZDNet — IBM plans to open its first blockchain innovation centre in Singapore, with one of its first projects to focus on developing trade solutions using blockchain technology to improve the efficiency of multi-party trade finance processes and transactions.

IBM, gategroup enhance catering for Cathay Pacific, Dragonair

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — IBM and gategroup have completed a 28-month project for the launch of Catering Planner for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. This program is a new, flexible, cloud-based infrastructure to automate and enhance the airlines’ in-flight catering operation efficiency. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair together serve more than 40 million in-flight meals annually.

IBM To Invest in Blockchain and AI Development in Asia

SingaporeThe Blockchain. — IBM has opened The Watson Centre at Marina Bay in Singapore – an incubator designed to bring together organisations of all sizes, business partners and IBM experts to co-create business solutions that leverage IBM’s cognitive, Blockchain and design capabilities.  IBM’s new Asia Pacific headquarters is based in the same location, in the heart of Singapore’s financial district.

IBM takes Watson to Asia

APACBusiness Cloud News — IBM has opened a new research centre in Singapore as it aims to expand its cognitive computing offering Watson into the Asian markets. The Watson Centre will be located in IBM’s current office at Marina Bay Financial Centre will help commercialize the cognitive, blockchain and design capabilities through partnering with local organizations and co-creating new business solutions.

IBM SolutionsConnect: Technology leadership in the cognitive era

APACMIS Asia — We are living in the digital age in which anything that could be digitized is being digitized. Also, because of the mobile revolution, there has been an exponential growth in the number of connected devices. Both these trends have led to the explosion of data and devices. According to one estimate, the numbers of devices will reach 75 billion by 2020. And about ninety percent of data created in the last two years was because of this proliferation of devices.

Deloitte, IBM mitigate financial crime in Asia

APACMIS Asia — IBM and Deloitte Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network have teamed on mitigating financial crime in Asia. Deloitte will use the IBM Counter Fraud Management (CFM) platform to deliver advanced financial crime data analytics services across the region. IBM CFM is an integrated set of solutions that are designed to address all phases of enterprise financial crime measures.

IBM Watson partners with 8 universities to tackle cybercrime

APACEnterprise Innovation — IBM said it plans to collaborate with eight universities to expand the collection of security data for IBM Watson. The company unveiled on Tuesday Watson for Cyber Security, a new cloud-based version of its cognitive technology trained on the language of security as part of a year-long research project.

IBM’s Watson is going to cybersecurity school

APACMIS Asia — It’s no secret that much of the wisdom of the world lies in unstructured data, or the kind that’s not necessarily quantifiable and tidy. So it is in cybersecurity, and now IBM is putting Watson to work to make that knowledge more accessible. Towards that end, IBM Security on Tuesday announced a new year-long research project through which it will collaborate with eight universities to help train its Watson artificial-intelligence system to tackle cybercrime.

Where does IBM fit in the cloud market? #cloud #asia #ibm #market #aws

APACNetworks Asia — Recently released reports from two investment research firms call into question just exactly where IBM fits in the cloud computing market. Deutsche Bank’s Markets Research team issued a note titled “Why IBM Won’t Catch AWS,” which argues that IBM’s focus on hybrid cloud computing puts the company in a different, and smaller, market than Amazon Web Services.

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

SK and IBM to team up to foster AI experts in Korea

KoreaPulse News — SK Holdings C&C and IBM Watson have agreed to establish a fund to create an industrial ecosystem to enhance artificial intelligence (AI) research, explore new applications and boost related startups in Korea.  The agreement was part of a deal signed in New York last week over SK Holding’s marketing right to use Watson systems in Korea, according to sources on Thursday.

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.

AWS is still biggest cloud services provider; trailed by Microsoft, IBM and Google

APACNetworks Asia — Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the cloud infrastructure services market with a 31% worldwide market share, dwarfing the chasing pack, according to new Q1 data from Synergy Research Group. The big three followers – Microsoft, IBM and Google – in aggregate accounted for 22% of the market, while the next 20 top-ranked cloud providers accounted for another 27%.

Is IBM’s Growth in Asia-Pacific Good News for Watson?

APACYahoo — Asia-Pacific is expected to grow faster than North America in the IoT space. Previously in the series, we looked at IBM’s (IBM) fiscal 1Q16 results. We saw that for all geographies, Asia-Pacific was the only one that posted growth in fiscal 1Q16. Although the 1% growth is meager, it provides a sizable opportunity for IBM’s Watson.

Everyone Wins in Box’s Partnership With and IBM

APACFool — Undeterred, Box continues to both expand its presence in its core markets and develop new products. Case in point: Box just announced a new partnership with key cloud players andIBM which creates an opportunity for Box to expand its services to a new set of potential clients.

IBM reports worst revenue in 14 years, shares slide

APACChannel News Asia — REUTERS: International Business Machines Corp reported its worst quarterly revenue in 14 years as results from newer businesses including cloud and mobile computing failed to offset declines in its traditional businesses, sending shares down nearly 5 percent in extended trading.

IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance Communications (Rcom) to provide a complete portfolio of cloud services to customers. “…it is working with Reliance Communications to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of highly secure and scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings running on the IBM cloud,” IBM said in a statement today.

IBM, Box Bring Cloud Data Closer To Home

APACInformation Week — On Tuesday, IBM and Box announced a plan to offer cloud storage customers in Europe and Asia the ability to store data in local data centers, just in time for the European Parliament’s expected adoption of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) later this week.

IBM partners Rcom to provide cloud services

IndiaEconomic Times — NEW DELHI: Technology giant IBM has partnered Reliance CommunicationsBSE 2.38 % (Rcom) to provide a complete portfolio of cloud services to customers.  “…it is working with Reliance Communications to provide its customers with a complete portfolio of highly secure and scalable infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings running on the IBM cloud,” IBM said in a statement today.

IBM, MasterCard to offer big data platform for SMEs

APACTelecom Asia — IBM and MasterCard this week announced a partnership to give smaller merchants the chance to tap into the benefits of big data. The partnership will give merchants the ability to access real-time, analytics-based market insights on revenue, market share, customer demographics and competitors in a particular location and across multiple locations.

Australian gov’t announces $484M IT agreement with IBM

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — Australia’s federal government has announced a $484 million investment in new generation technology that improve its online services to citizens. IBM was tapped to implement the new IT services that will benefit millions of Australians that use our online services for a wide variety of payments. The office of Minister for Human Sevices Allan Trudge said in a media statement that the agreement with IBM will enable the government to realign hardware, software and services.

IBM, Indosat Ooredoo to bolster telco cloud

IndonesiaIBM today revealed a significant cloud services deal in the APAC region that could be a sign of things to come. The Indonesian telecommunications provider Indosat Ooredoo and its subsidiary Lintasarta have signed a five year partnership deal to develop and deliver solutions via the IBM cloud to its customer base.

IBM encourages innovation across APAC

APACMIS Asia — IBM has announced the 12 winners of the first IBM Asia Pacific New Venture Challenge. The six-week challenge saw start-ups and tech companies building cognitive-enabled applications that aim to solve a variety of local industry needs. Participants included developers, software engineers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs from across the region.

China is the new battleground for Intel server dominance

China.gifMIS Asia — Intel has to keep a close watch on China, where an architectural battle could break its dominance in servers. Intel chips based on its x86 architecture are used in most servers worldwide. But the Chinese market is growing, and could kick-start emerging server architectures like ARM and IBM-backed OpenPower.

IBM signs Rs 260 crore deal with BTI payments

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: IBM has signed a Rs 260 crore deal with BTI Payments for ATM infrastructure management, as it focuses on deepening its hold on the financial services sector in India. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on financial inclusion, technology firms are seeing the rise of new players and deals in the Indian financial services space.

IBM may have to share Vodafone contract in India

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Vodafone India, which is in the process of negotiating the extension of its $1-billion outsourcing contract with IBM that expires in March 2016, is currently exploring options that include handing out a bigger chunk of business to other technology vendors and reduce its reliance on IBM which has dominated the domestic telecom outsourcing market over the past decade, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

IoT Spending Forecasts Reach Sky: Cisco, Facebook and Microsoft

APACInvest Correctly — Asia/Pacific is going to be the biggest driver of Internet of Things (IoT) in the next five-year period at least until 2019. While North America will follow suit, Europe would be third biggest regions when it comes to spending on IoT. IDC said recently that it expects IoT spending to reach nearly $1.3 billion by the turn of 2019. That is a good news for companies focused on IoT like Cisco, IBM, Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft and other firms. Some of them are focused on IoT to offset the losses witnessed in other sectors.

SK Holdings C&C Joins Hands with IBM to Develop Future Cloud Services

KoreaBusiness Korea — South Korea’s IT services company, SK Holdings C&C, announced on Dec. 10 that it has recently signed an agreement with IBM at SK u-Tower in Bundang, Gyeonggi Province, to jointly build a cloud center. Ten officials from the two companies, including SK Holdings C&C President Park Jung-ho, IBM Asia Pacific General Manager Randy Walker and IBM Korea General Manager Jeffrey Rhoda, attended the signing ceremony.

Judge throws Qld govt’s case against IBM out of court, from AU

AustraliaIT News  — Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin has spiked the Queensland government’s attempt to sue IT contractor IBM over its role in the $1.25 billion failure of its health payroll replacement project. Justice Martin today sided with the IT giant, agreeing that a 2010 waiver of liability signed by both parties was ‘properly constructed’ and the state’s latest attempt to drag IBM through the courts was therefore legally invalid.