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
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 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.
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 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 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.
InMobi has announced the appointment of Anita Swan as Regional Marketing Director, Asia Pacific. She will spearhead the company’s marketing strategy for the region alongside the global executive team. Anita will be responsible for expanding InMobi’s marketing efforts in SEA, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India with the local marketing teams in these markets.
Atul Satija, VP & MD, InMobi, Asia Pacific said, “We’re very excited to head into 2012 with Anita at the helm of our marketing efforts in Asia-Pacific. 2011 was a year of tremendous growth for us. Anita will help us further fuel the regional mobile ecosystem, given her extensive regional experience, marketing expertise, and advertising background.”
“Asia Pacific is home to some of the fastest growing mobile markets and InMobi has done an exceptional job establishing its leadership in the region. I’m very excited to be part of an amazing team and to be brought into the fold as the company powers up for greater growth in Asia Pacific,”Anita said.
Orange Business Services has accelerated its growth strategy Asia Pacific by focusing on key areas such as network enhancements, cloud computing, strategic partnerships and network-related IT services.
As part of Orange’s global strategy Conquests 2015, Orange Business Services aims to generate 1 billion Euro in revenues in emerging countries in 2015. To meet this challenge in Asia Pacific, Orange is adding customer-facing personnel to focus on opportunities, particularly in China, India and Asean. In 2011 alone, close to 200 new employees have strengthened Orange’s customer-facing functions particularly in sales and customer support roles in the last six months.
Vivek Badrinath, CEO, Orange Business Services said, “Orange Business Services offers a strong presence in Asia Pacific in terms of people, solutions and customer experience supported by industry-leading network coverage. We provide end-to-end support both to multinationals expanding within the region and to the successful corporations who have begun to expand significantly out of the APAC territories. We look forward to continuing to implement our ambitious emerging markets strategy by launching new projects that will benefit our customers while keeping us at the forefront of the industry.”
Nimsoft has announced the strong adoption of Nimsoft Service Desk by customers across Asia-Pacific market.
“After evaluating many tools, we found that Nimsoft was a best in class solution for our clients. The wide range of devices and depth of monitoring impressed our team; and the smooth integration of Nimsoft Service Desk is invaluable for providing our clients a seamless monitoring and ticket management service. This is a beginning of a great relationship between Nimsoft and Olive,” said Pravin Mohite, CEO Olive Solutions.
Nimsoft Service Desk users can access a wide range of capabilities through a self-service portal. The portal allows users to submit change requests, request services, report incidents, and leverage a knowledge management engine to solve common problems immediately.
“Many IT organizations in the Asia-Pacific region are being called upon to support more users with more services in increasingly complex computing environments. The broad and rapid uptake of Nimsoft Service Desk by these organizations clearly demonstrates that we are offering them the exact software solution they need to successfully achieve their efficiency and response-time objectives in these challenging times,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO, Nimsoft.
“Asia Pacific has the largest and fastest growing population of cloud connected consumers. The growth potential of the region is driving the adoption of cloud services and the demand for robust solutions to management cloud infrastructure. The adoption of Nimsoft Service Desk in Asia Pacific reflects this trend, and is part of our comprehensive unified management solution addressing the needs of this market development,” said Lionel Lim, President, Asia Pacific, CA Technologies.
Riverbed Technology has appointed Steve Dixon as its senior director, Asia Pacific (APAC) Channels. In this new role, Dixon will be responsible for ensuring that the Riverbed channel programme and partner ecosystem flourish within the Asia-Pacific region. By connecting customers with the right solutions and the right partners, Dixon will ensure that enterprises and government organizations recognize the maximum benefits from Riverbed IT performance solutions, including solutions for public, private and hybrid clouds.
Dixon brings to the role more than 25 years of experience within the IT industry. He previously held positions with Case Communications (now part of IBM), Cabletron Systems Australia and Kinetica before joining Riverbed in 2005.
“Since joining Riverbed, Steve has played a major role in establishing and driving channel strategy and relationships in the region,”says John Higgs, Vice-President of Sales for APAC, Riverbed. “We are looking forward to Steve strengthening working relationships with the channels across the Asia-Pacific region to ensure the Riverbed brand becomes even more ingrained in the IT landscape.”