SAP Marks 25 Years in Asia Pacific

SAP Marks 25 Years in Asia PacificSAP SE has announced its plans to expand innovation capabilities in Singapore with an SAP Innovation Center by the end of 2014, focusing on delivering breakthrough innovations around Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, Healthcare and Digital Consumers.

In an increasingly networked economy powered by smart devices, the SAP Innovation Center aims to foster local economic opportunities by identifying untapped market and customer needs and creating new innovative, user-centric products. This involves co-innovation with SAP customers and partners as well as research collaboration with local universities. Further fuelling the startup ecosystem, the center will provide local startups with the latest technologies and offer market access to expand their reach.

“While our technology is very sophisticated, it actually delivers a dramatically simplified IT landscape that benefits our customers,” said Rob Enslin, Executive Board Member and President of Global Customer Operations at SAP. “It ties in with our ‘run simple’ philosophy, which includes simplifying our products and by extension, makes it easier for customers to take advantage of SAP technologies. In line with our vision to improve lives, this SAP Innovation Center will deliver a constant stream of innovative software solutions to tackle the great challenges of our time.”

SAP is also tapping on the increasingly vibrant IT ecosystem across the region to identify ideas at an early stage and leverage access to a large pool of the brightest young talent. Under the SAP University Alliances Student Entrepreneurship program, students can develop new solutions across SAP’s technologies leveraging in-memory platform SAP HANA, the SAP Mobile Platform and analytics capabilities. The students will gain access to these technologies, SAP experts, mentors and an entrepreneurship curriculum. Launched globally in March, the Student Entrepreneurship program was recently announced in Australia, Singapore and India and will be introduced in Japan and Korea later this year.

Asia Pacific to have 40% of Twitter worldwide users by 2018

Asia Pacific to have 40% of Twitter worldwide users by 2018


Twitter’s user base will increase 24.4% in 2014, according to eMarketer’s first-ever forecast of Twitter users worldwide. But what is even more surprising is that more than 40% of the Twitter users worldwide will be in Asia-Pacific alone by 2018. The user growth is expected to continue growing with double-digit gains through 2018, as eMarketer estimates, thus opening up significant opportunities for Twitter to increase its audience across emerging markets.

According to eMarketer, the number of Twitter users in Asia-Pacific has already eclipsed those in North America and Western Europe by a wide margin-even excluding China where there is a ban on the site. In 2014, the Asia-Pacific region will account for 32.8% of all Twitter users, compared with 23.7% in North America and by 2018, Asia-Pacific will break the 40% mark in terms of worldwide market share.

eMarketer’s latest forecast dissects Twitter’s total users by region and country based on an analysis of approximately 400 data points from more than 90 sources, including Twitter company releases, survey and traffic data from research firms and regulatory agencies, historical trends…..See More

Toshiya Matsuki is NEC’s CEO for Asia-Pacific

Toshiya Matsuki is NEC’s CEO for Asia-Pacific

NEC Asia Pacific has announced that Toshiya Matsuki has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Toshiya Matsuki has over 30 years of overseas business experience since he joined NEC Corporation of Japan in 1983 and has held both executive and sales management positions during his career. His work experience spans from serving at the Jakarta Representative Office as Chief Representative for two years and NEC Europe Ltd as Deputy General Manager for four years. Matsuki later returned to NEC Corporation to assume position as the Deputy General Manager of Americas and EMEA Sales Division in 2010 and became the Vice-President of the International Sales and Operations Business Unit in 2011.

Prior to his appointment as the new CEO of NEC Asia Pacific, he is also the Associate Senior Vice-President of NEC Corporation since the beginning of April 2013.

With his new appointment and responsibilities, Matsuki said, “I am honoured to be leading the enterprising and experienced team at NEC Asia Pacific.  I am looking forward to this challenging position where we will continue to work closely with our NEC country affiliates in the Asia-Pacific region to cultivate and grow the NEC brand by bringing value, innovation and efficiency to our stakeholders.”

Matsuki replaces Kiyofumi Kusaka who has been leading NEC Asia Pacific……See More

HP Converged Cloud Solutions unveiled

HP Converged Cloud Solutions unveiled 

HP has announced new HP Converged Cloud solutions specifically for organizations in Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) to facilitate cloud adoption and simplify deployment to enhance business innovation and agility.


HP Converged Cloud is the industry’s first hybrid delivery approach and solution portfolio based on a common architecture that spans private, managed and public clouds as well as traditional IT.  New HP Converged Cloud offerings for APJ include HP CloudSystem Quick Start Kit and HP CloudSystem Solutions. 


The new offerings are built on HP CloudSystem, a core element of the HP Converged Cloud portfolio that aims to provide a complete, integrated and open platform that enables enterprises and service providers to build and manage services across private, managed and public cloud environments.

Business Partner Conference Concluded

LifeSize has recently concluded its Asia Pacific Business Partner Conference 2013 in Bangkok. The conference aimed to enable partners in the region to learn to grow and transform their businesses with LifeSize’s industry-leading HD video conferencing solutions for the cloud era. Over 150 senior executives, sales professionals and technical experts from LifeSize’s community of solution providers attended, as well as members of LifeSize’s technology alliances, systems integrators, distributors and OEMs in the region.

Deepak Braganza, Country Manager, LifeSize Communications, India, said, “Our partner community is the strategic channel for educating and enabling our customers. LifeSize’s Asia Pacific Business Partner Conference offered partners in the region a chance to learn how to help customers with extensive content and engagements that are designed to help expand their expertise.”

Intel powers Partner Growth with Compute Continuum

Intel powers Partner Growth with Compute Continuum 

Intel has hosted hundreds of Asia-Pacific channel partners at its annual Intel Solutions Summit, held this year in Bali, Indonesia. The Summit, held over three days, will provide Intel’s partner community with the tools to deliver solutions to businesses and consumers across the region. The Intel Technology Partner programme saw a massive increase across Asia-Pacific during the past year, with 7,000 new organizations added.


Kamil Hasan, Director, Reseller Channel Organization in Asia-Pacific, said, “Partners across Asia-Pacific are seeing new possibilities in the compute continuum, and opportunities to deliver parts of a smarter, more secure, and always-connected computing experience that spans a range of device segments – including laptops, digital signage, all-in-one devices, and servers  – even the data centers to which they connect,” said Hasan. “In the last year alone, 7,000 more partners joined Intel’s Technology Provider programme to learn how they can grow their businesses in the evolving world of technology.”


Suresh Balasubramanian, Director – Distribution & Local OEMs, Intel South Asia, said, “The demand of the compute market continues to grow and evolve, and we will strengthen our position across all channel segments and focus on working collaboratively with partners to grow and evolve the channel. We look forward to working with our local partner network to bring new innovations to market.”



HP Z1 Workstation unveiled

HP Z1 Workstation unveiled

HP has launched the Z1 – the world’s first 27-inch all-in-one workstation. HP also showcased new additions to its HP Z Workstations. This launch is a part of HP’s annual Workstations Launch event in Asia Pacific, from 20 March to 17 April, 2012.

Vinay Awasthi, Senior Director, Product Category, Personal Systems Group, HP India said, “As the workstation industry leader, HP continues to invest in technology that allows our customers to push the limits of innovation. Our investments in R&D and technology have led to workstations that meet and exceed the needs of the world’s most demanding customers.”

The HP Z1 featuring Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, support for more than 1 billion colors and HP’s reliability. Built for computer-aided design, digital media and entertainment professionals, the HP Z1 offers a full range of workstation-class graphics cards and processors, and is thoroughly tested and certified to work with today’s applications.