Nikkei — TOKYO: SoftBank has partnered with an American startup that performs big-data analysis on city traffic, aiming to provide efficient traffic systems to Japanese bus, taxi and transportation companies. Urban Engines, founded by Google researchers and a Stanford University professor, counts the search engine giant as an investor. Its strength is creating software and systems to analyze masses of traffic-related data.
MIS Asia — AliCloud, the cloud computing business of Alibaba Group, has launched a big data platform at its Computing Conference – 2016 Shanghai Summit. Supported by AliCloud’s in-data management, the big data platform offers 20 new solutions covering all aspects of the data development chain including computing engine, data processing, data analysis, machine learning and data application.
Telecom Asia — AliCloud has launched its Big Data Platform which offers 20 new solutions covering all aspects of the data development chain, such as computing engine, data processing, data analysis, machine learning and data application. Simon Hu, president of AliCloud, said Big Data Platform fulfils the company’s vision of sharing vast data troves that promise to create immense value to users.
China Tech News — China Unicom and Telefonica will establish a joint venture named Smart Steps Digital Technology Co., Ltd for big data services. China Unicom will hold a 55% stake in the joint venture while Telefonica will hold the remaining 45%. They will operate and manage the joint venture in accordance with the market mechanism. Total investment in the venture was not released.
AliCloud, the cloud computing business of Alibaba Group announced the launch of the “Big Data Platform” at its Computing Conference – 2016 Shanghai Summit. The Big Data Platform offers 20 new solutions covering all aspects of the data development chain, such as computing engine, data processing, data analysis, machine learning and data application.
Networks Asia — Along with social, mobile and cloud, analytics and associated data technologies have earned a place as one of the core disruptors of the digital age. 2015 saw big data initiatives moving from test to production and a strong push to leverage new data technologies to power business intelligence. As 2016 gets underway, five insiders share their predictions for what 2016 holds in store for the data and analytics space.
Networks Asia — it’s no secret that Hadoop and Apache Spark are the hottest technologies in big data, but what’s less often remarked upon is that they’re both open-source. Mike Tuchen, a former Microsoft executive who is now CEO of big-data vendor Talend, thinks that’s no coincidence. “We’re seeing a changing of the guard,” he said. “We expect the entire next-generation data platform will be open source.”
Networks Asia — 2015 was another tumultuous year of more cybersecurity attacks and no different from the past few years. While it is nice to finally see cybersecurity becoming a priority with executive leadership teams and company boards alike, there is still plenty of room to improve as the attack vectors continue to evolve.
mNm Brella — Tencent, China’s leading internet company, today formed a strategic partnership with Dentsu Aegis Network to allow joint access to its smart data and establish an integrated big data ecosystem in China, by bringing together disparate data islands. Network brands will be able to leverage Tencent’s data to improve Data Management Platform, facilitate programmatic buying, e as well as the ability to analyse consumers’ brand experience and attitudes that will guide advertising spend.
Nikkei — TOKYO — Major Japanese companies increasingly are forming departments to analyze “big data” as part of efforts to cut costs, raise product quality or otherwise improve operations. The Nikkei Inc. group annual survey on big-data use targeted company chiefs including presidents and chairmen, collecting responses from 86 businesses. It found that 67% of the companies use big-data analysis to improve operations, up 14 percentage points from 53% in 2014.
Telecom Asia — ITU members have approved the first ITU standard for big data, defining the requirements, capabilities and use cases of cloud-based big data. The new standard was developed by the ITU-T’s Study Group 13, the expert group responsible for future networks, cloud computing and network aspects of mobile communications.
The Hindu Business Line — HYDERABAD: MapR Technologies Inc., a provider of converged data platform, announced the opening of its new R&D Center in Hyderabad today. With 41 employees at present, the 11,000 sq ft facility, will cater to companies’ needs through its platform which helps integrate the power of Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities and enterprise storage.
Singapore Business —- Keppel DC REIT (KDCREIT) is poised to enjoy the proliferation of big data and cloud computing trends in Asia, according to a report by OCBC. “Being the first data centre REIT to be listed in Asia, KDCREIT offers investors a unique pure-play exposure to this fast growing industry, in our view,” stated OCBC.
Times of India — MUMBAI: Singapore-based big data startup Crayon Data is setting up India operations in alliance with WPP-owned media investment management firm GroupM and its subsidiary Mindshare. Ratan Tata had recently invested an undisclosed amount in Crayon Data.
Bangkok Post — Vice President, Carrier Business Department of CAT Telecom Public Company Limited (CAT), Mrs. Ubonpan Chuenchom, joined in a pannel discussion on the topic of ‘Spotlight Focus –Thailand: Maintaining competitive edge in the APAC wholesale carrier market’. She highlighted CAT’s marketing campaign for service providers in Asia and specifically Thailand where IT shifts continuously.
Deal Street Asia — China plans to crack down on the sale of fake goods online by using cloud computing, big data and tighter rules on user identity in its latest moves to quash counterfeiting. China has been trying to reign in its counterfeiters, who have copied everything from Apple iPhones to Louis Vuitton handbags, since it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and was required to adhere to global standards on intellectual property rights.
China Tech News — IBM and China Electronics Corporation jointly announced that they will establish a joint innovation lab and begin in-depth cooperation. By teaming with IBM in the establishment of joint innovation lab, CEC will enhance its technology joint innovation, realize win-win cooperation, bring greater value to customers, and promote the development of Chinese information technology industry.
Computer Weekly — Academic organisations in Singapore and the UK collaborate on the privacy questions raised by big data and the cloud Researchers in Singapore and the UK are working together to explore challenges posed by threats to cyber security and privacy in the cloud. A proposal has been submitted for a joint big data project between Singapore and UK industries and government agencies to collaborate on privacy-preserving data analytics.
Telecom Paper — Fujitsu announced its Fujitsu Digital Business Platform MetaArc, which incorporates cloud, mobile, big data, and IoT technologies. Fujitsu offers an initial lineup of six new MetaArc products and services, led by Fujitsu Cloud Service K5. MetaArc integrates the systems of engagement (SoE) that enable customers’ digital transformations, such as business process innovations and the creation of new businesses, and systems of record (SoR), which are existing information systems, including mission critical systems, on a single platform.
China is gearing up for big data, with the launch of a pilot zone in the southwestern province of Guizhou and the release of a set of guidelines setting frameworks of the country’s development on big data in the next five to 10 years. China launched last Friday its first ever big data zone in Guizhou, using it as a testbed for big data sharing, use, innovation and security, China Daily reports.
Want China Times — Many local governments in China have established their own big data management departments in response to the State Council’s plan to boost the development of the industry, reports the Guangzhou-based Time Weekly. The newly established units are mainly responsible for setting up standards and rules for the collection, management, and development of big data applications and transactions.
Want China Times — Chinese society is entering the era of big data as the rapid development of the internet, smart devices, intelligent household equipment, the Internet of Things and gene sequencing is leading to the geometric growth of the volume of data processed at the request of enterprises and individual users.
Forbes — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), once known as a storage leader, is now making big strides into smart cities, Internet of Things, and analytics. Branded as social innovation solutions, HDS is integrating Big Data analytics and IoT with its domain expertise. The company is ambitiously seeking to partner with various government agencies in Asia Pacific to drive the agenda of smart cities.
Network Asia — The United Nations has projected that 66% of the world’s population will be living in urban cities by 2050 with Asia being a major driving force behind this phenomenon. In 1950, only 17% of the Asian population lived in urban areas. By 2030, more than 55% of the population will be urban. This amounts to an increase of the total urban population in Asia from 232 million people to 2.7 billion.
Want China Times — Privately owned Chinese banks will need to use big data if they hope to compete with rivals backed by internet companies in the growingly important online market, according to an executive at business software company SAS. These private banks rely mainly on an “asset-light” business model with fewer brick-and-mortar outlets and a relatively strong focus on online operations, said Irene Xu, practice lead for customer intelligence at SAS North Asia, in an interview with China Entrepreneur.
Business Finance News — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is reported to have a signed a tactical deal with vastly diversified portfolio supply company, Unilever plc on Sunday. The deal will help Unilever to tap into a much wider consumer-base in China, with the help of Alibaba’s vast e-commerce network. Although, initial reports lack deal’s financial details and its date of implementation.
Networks Asia — As the Internet of Things makes the world more connected, ZTE Corporation will intensify research on 5G, SDN (Software Defined Networks), cloud computing and Big Data to help customers build next-generation networks and technology infrastructure supporting more dynamic services provisioning, Chief Technology Officer Dr. Zhao Xianming said at the ZTE Global Analyst Conference in Shanghai.
CE Asia Mag — When combined with the opportunities generated by increasing trade between emerging markets in Asia-Pacific and Japan, it is an exciting time to be a manufacturer, and those in the region are expected to lead the global charge. According to IDC, manufacturers in Asia-Pacific and Japan will be among the first to develop new low-cost manufacturing centers using new technologies to drive connectivity and visibility across the entire value chain.
Microsoft has taken its big data analysis to China, with computing models that can forecast the air quality across 41 cities in the country. Pollution continues to be a major problem in China, with hazardous air quality levels a common occurrence in cities including Beijing. To bring some clarity to the situation, Microsoft has come up with a mobile app that can predict the air quality two days in advance. The Your Weather app works by first taking official data from government air quality monitoring stations across a 300 kilometer distance, and then using weather data to predict the pollution levels.
Taiwan could lag behind China in the development of Big Data related businesses as Taiwan makers are still focusing on hardware products such as servers and storage devices, while rivals in China have stepped up efforts to develop applications and ecosystems. The recently concluded Guiyang International Big Data Expo 2015 was held in Quizhou province, a rather remote region in northwestern part of China, and yet the trade fair attracted nearly 400 companies to participate, including Foxconn Electronics, Alibaba, Huawei, ZTE, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Cisco Systems.