Park Place Technologies readies for APAC growth with launch of Singapore HQ

Third-party data center maintenance firm Park Place Technologies has opened a new Singapore office to serve as the firm’s APAC headquarters, in a bid to position itself for future growth plans in the region.  

Founded in 1991, Park Place Technologies aims to provide an alternative to post-warranty storage, server and networking hardware maintenance for IT data centers..

A key driver for the expansion is the company’s commitment to offering new and existing customers more accessible, cost-effective, flexible and impactful solutions that help to drive uptime.

“Our ambitious plans to expand within the APAC region begins at the heart of our headquarters in Singapore,” said the firm’s APAC MD Ian Shearer. “Our position as the market leader in the provision of data center maintenance services is reinforced with our commitment to continuously provide bigger and better solutions across the Asia Pacific region – starting with a revamped space that is conducive and inspires greater creativity amidst creating a positive attitude towards boosting productivity and performance.”

With the launch of the new headquarters, Park Place aims to its headcount by 50% over the next three years to accommodate its growth plans throughout the APAC region.

Its recent acquisition in of Solid Systems CAD Services , Houston, Texas marks its ninth  in the last two years. The purchase of Axentel Technologies’ businesses in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines in 2018 made up one of the nine acquisitions since 2016. 

“Park Place Technologies will continue to expand,” a spokesperson for Nectonn said,

 

Ooredoo: Broadband crucial for sustainable development according to UN

Broadband technologies are driving substantial transformation in a range of sectors, including health, education, financial inclusion and the environment, making them a key accelerator towards achieving of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to The State of Broadband 2018: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development report.

The report was released ahead of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s autumn meeting in New York City on 23 September.

Issued annually, The State of Broadband report is a unique global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by-country data measuring broadband access against key advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011.

According to the report, although a majority of the world’s population (52% or 3.7 billion) currently remain unconnected, the number of total Internet users continues to grow strongly, with annual Internet growth rates above 5%. The report predicts that there will be nearly 4.4 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions globally by end 2018, showcasing the potential for expanding the reach of the mobile digital economy.

Meanwhile, Ooredoo a primary comms company operating across the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, said that in collaboration with governments and other stakeholders, it will continue its delivery of universal broadband services to developing regions and nations. The firm added its sustained investments in infrastructure and innovation aimed to bridge the digital divide.:

“The report shines light on the crucial role of broadband connectivity in advancing sustainable development,” said Ooredoo Group CEO H.E. Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani. “As we deploy the power of digital technology to give people access to the services and support they need, we urge governments, operators and regulators to continue working closely together to address the deepening digital inequality in global connectivity.”

The report also found that 48% of the global population is now online but there are still some 3.7 billion people who do not have Internet access. While it recognizes the strong growth in broadband markets that is being accompanied by rapid technological innovation, it also raises concerns for the growing inequalities in access to broadband that exist between developed and developing countries.

Emphasizing the importance of building an inclusive digital society that is accessible by all, the Commission outlines “4 I’s” –  Infrastructure, Investment, Innovation and Inclusivity –  which are central to the Commission’s strategy of expanding access to broadband and helping accelerate the achievement of all United Nations’ SDGs.

Ooredoo said its investment is recognised in the report, which highlights its advancement toward 5G and collaboration with Nokia on early 5G trials in Qatar. “Ooredoo has invested heavily in rolling out the next generation technology to deliver superior mobile experiences for its customers and ensure that Qatar is at the forefront of 5G developments and the 5G ecosystem,” it added.

 

‘Are you mastering the 5 stages of your digital transition?’ – Jeremy Deutsch

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Equinix Australia MD Jeremy Deutsch

 

Recently Equinix commissioned IDC to look at how Australian businesses are managing their transition to digital IT environments.

In the report IDC discovered that Australian businesses are focused on delivering better customer experiences, improving operational efficiencies and creating new revenue streams through Digital Transformation.

In going through this transformation the demands of cloud computing, data analytics and mobile technologies are putting a huge strain on existing technology environments.

The report points out that adapting to this new world of digital applications and data-driven insights requires flexible and reliable technology infrastructure. This is the key to realizing the true potential of digital initiatives but this is where most enterprise networks fall short. They’re simply not able to guarantee the required levels of availability, performance or security.

The 5 Stages of Digital Transformation

In its IT FutureScape predictions, IDC plots the digital transformation journey into five stages. These are:

  • Resister – Weak customer experiences and only using digital technologies to counter threats
  • Explorer – Digital products and experiences are inconsistent and poorly integrated
  • Player – Business provides consistent products and experiences but lacks innovation
  • Transformer – A leader in its market providing world-class digital products and experiences
  • Disruptor – Redefines existing markets and creates new ones to its own advantage

The good news for Australian business is that they’re ahead of their counterparts in Asia-Pacific and Europe, and on par with businesses in the US. But even in Australia we have our challenges with two-thirds of companies stuck in stage two or three of the journey.

We can all see the appetite and need for further progress is there. IDC predicts 60% of Australia’s gross domestic product will be digitized by 2021. That’s only three years from now. Growth in every industry will be driven by enhanced digital products and experiences.

Positioning yourself for the next wave

Scaling digital transformation is a pressing concern but, in order to realize this potential, businesses need to enable themselves to transform. They must establish new metrics, realign organizational structures, re-architect technology platforms and develop greater digital capabilities.

It’s clear the conversation about whether or not to move to leverage the cloud is over. Two-thirds of Australian enterprises now see cloud capabilities as a source of competitive advantage. It’s a critical component of any digital transformation journey.

And yet the majority of enterprises are yet to fully leverage cloud attached opportunities. However, IDC says 2018 will be the year when that changes, with 60% expected to commit to multicloud before year’s end. This will drive rapid and significant change in technology architectures.

Moving to multiple clouds

While the move to leverage cloud is clear it is the drive to multi cloud that will see enterprises needing to solve this transformation with a repeatable solution. Successful transformation will be built on a comprehensive, scalable and reliable platform of enablement that adapts to the growth of digital applications and the data volumes they generate.

Businesses must be able to connect and interact efficiently with partners. They’ll need to connect easily and securely with third-party providers. Applications and data must be moved closer to the digital edge for better performance and greater security.

Equinix can help organizations transform their IT environments, break down silos and legacy system set-ups, to deliver integrated and dynamic architectures. Business architects can use our IOA Knowledge Base to learn how to develop Interconnection-first, digital platforms that will optimise their companies’ connectivity and customer experience in a multi cloud world.

Additionally, this year Equinix has rolled out Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) inter-metro connectivity in Asia-Pacific to provide businesses in Australia with direct access to cloud and network ecosystems across the region, which includes cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, and many more. ECX provides a core building block for multicloud connections, providing access to best-of-breed providers across a consistent global platform, enabling businesses to get moving with their digital transformation.

Designing your Architecture

IDC expects 85% of organizations will use flexible IT environments to deliver distinguished user experiences by 2021. It predicts the applications that deliver these experiences will be built on hyper-agile architecture.

Make no mistake, designing the technology infrastructure underpinning your future business plans is a strategically important decision. The responsiveness of this infrastructure to dynamic business needs has become critical in a hyper-connected world.

DC predicts half of the largest 500 public and private sector organizations in Australia will rely on the ability to create digitally enhanced products and experiences by 2020. It says this will account for the majority of the business they generate. Equinix’s national presence and global platform provides the capability to access an advanced portfolio of digital services and ecosystems to accelerate the DX journey physically and virtually around the world.

You must make the right choices for your business, which includes picking service providers who act as partners rather than suppliers. Taking a strategic approach to technology infrastructure investment will provide your business with a competitive edge, creating an agile and secure environment capable of responding as your needs change.

Customers Taking the Plunge

Equinix Australia has a range of customers taking advantage of its offerings to improve their digital capabilities. The state of Victoria’s largest member organization, RACV, needed to significantly increase WAN capacity and cut infrastructure management by 50%. To meet its business goals, RACV worked with Telstra and Equinix to deploy an interconnection-first strategy on Platform Equinix®. Read more about RACV and Telstra here.

Global services provider ASE wanted to provide a globally consistent, secure and reliable hybrid IT infrastructure, so partnered with Equinix and NetApp to gain the desired ability to interconnect to partners and customers in U.S. markets. Read more about ASE’s story with NetApp here.

Competitive stock exchange marketplace Chi-X and serviced office space provider Servcorp are among many other Equinix customers in Australia using interconnection to surge ahead with their DX journeys. Download the IDC Infobrief for more advice about how to approach digital transformation.

At Equinix we are focused on delivering the platform that truly enables digital transformation in a multi cloud world, helping Australian organizations to transform and provide better customer experiences, improve operational efficiencies and grow new revenue streams.

Republished with kind permission. This article first appeared here.

Contino names new GM for Australia’s Northern Region to seize on digital transformation boom

London-based DevOps and cloud transformation consultancy Contino has appointed Bryce Johnson as Australia Northern Region GM

wwwJohnson’s new role will see him leading the engineering and consulting of Contino’s Sydney-based business. Contino is capitalising on the demand in Australia for digital transformation and the growing DevOps culture, especially in government and the financial services industry.

“Contino is growing rapidly in Australia, and we need to support that growth with a strong leadership team,” said Contino APAC MD Craig Howe. “Bringing Bryce on board to support our Sydney base means that we can continue to provide the level of excellence required to lead in this marketplace.”

Johnson brings some two decades of experience in the tech industry, having served at the Commonwealth Bank, NBN Australia, Odecee, Atlassian and Cray Supercomputer in various engineering and leadership roles.

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Blockchain in Healthcare: A New Era of Digital Data and Value distribution

Blockchain in Healthcare: A New Era of Digital Data and Value Distribution

The idea of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology was originally released to the world in 2009, almost an entire decade ago. In under ten years, Bitcoin was able to become an incredibly powerful and popular digital currency. Today, it’s not only about the “cryptocurrency” anymore – the underlying technology, known as blockchain, offers a much more flexible solution than just a currency that allows for transactions to be executed online.

Blockchain technology has allowed companies to start developing applications that take advantage of peer-to-peer data distribution and offer better versatility and security over existing database systems. Even companies in the healthcare sector have identified the potential role that blockchain application can play in their facilities, boosting efficiency, improving security, easing transactions, engaging patients and improving other aspects essential to their success.

Blockchain in the Healthcare Sector

The use of blockchain holds a significant number of benefits for the healthcare sector. Not only can this technology help dispensing centers and pharmacies keep better track of their inventory, as well as keep track of the dispensing of medication to patients, but the technology also makes the sharing of patient files between physicians, specialists, subspecialists and even surgeons faster and more convenient. A survey by IBM revealed that as much as 16% of healthcare executives are planning to integrate blockchain technology into their facility and operations within the next year.

Both patients and healthcare facilities stand to benefit from blockchain applications. The decentralized distribution of data allows multiple physicians to study patient files simultaneously, while also allowing the patient to keep a close eye on their current health status. Through blockchain technology, confusion can easily be avoided, and security features can be significantly enhanced when compared to how data is currently stored and shared.

Today, many healthcare facilities also still rely on outdated systems that keep local records of patient files – this can make an accurate diagnosis more difficult, as well as call for additional tests to be performed by physicians. Eventually, this causes a considerable increase in the cost of maintaining a patient-oriented business.

Blockchain technology is helping physicians instantly share patient data with specialists, providing for a more effective way of communicating and ensuring a more accurate diagnosis is made.

This technology is used in different categories within the healthcare system. An excellent example is how DentaCoin has created a revolutionary system through the utilization of blockchain technology. The company has officially announced their own type of cryptocurrency (already accepted as a means of payment by dental clinics, laboratories, suppliers in 16 countries), as well as created several blockchain-based applications that will make dental care more effective for patients and more streamlined than before for dentists and suppliers.

By Dentacoin Foundation co-founder and core developer Jeremias Grenzebach

Crypto enthusiast with a varied background as a developer, copywriter and IT trainer, Grenzebach, was an early entrant into the Blockchain scene. A strong believer in decentralization and transparency, Oswald er-to-peer technology for 8 years. Strong believer in decentralization and transparency.

Adopting smart digital tech now vital for manufacturing firms: GlobalData

With the need for increased visibility proving key to boosting productivity and gain competitive advantage, adopting smart digital technologies has become imperative for manufacturing firms, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.

Smart manufacturing – the automation of the manufacturing sector – includes the convergence of operational technology such as SCADA, industrial control systems and connected devices with information technology.

“The process employs computer controls, advanced analytics such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT) and, fixed and wireless connectivity,” said GlobalData. “Broadly speaking, manufacturers are looking to bring in visibility across supply chain, customize the production process, automate certain processes for workplace safety and incorporate analytics to predict operations performance and forecast product demand to make informed production-related decisions.

Technology Analyst at GlobalData technology analyst Siow Meng So said the aim is to actually see manufacturing efficiencies, often through open infrastructure, and dramatically improve business agility. “The ideal end state is a fully-integrated, collaborative system responsive to customer needs, supply chain and market conditions. This should cover upstream suppliers, midstream suppliers and downstream suppliers.”

Manufacturers such as Bosch are equipping their OT with sensors and equipment to collect and transmit data and finally streamline production.

The study also found increasing demand for personalized goods is forcing manufacturers to collect and analyze large volumes of data to customize the production process, prevent costly downtime and forecast product demand to make more informed production-related decisions.

In addition, distributed manufacturers are accommodating customer expectations by sharing data among multiple manufacturing locations and using new industrial technologies such as computer numerical control machine and 3D printing.

Soh added that some manufacturers are even replacing human workers with machines to perform dangerous tasks or work in hazardous environments, and deploying robotics to simplify interaction with manufacturing systems.

“Factory automation will be a top investment priority to drive a sustainable competitive advantage,” he added. “Technologies such as augmented reality, AI, 3D printing and IoT are among the key technologies to change the manufacturing sector, but forklift upgrades are highly unlikely in this sector.”

Optus Business lands 5-year agreement as NSW government’s key telecoms provider

Optus Business has been awarded a place on the NSW Government’s whole-of-government Telecommunications Purchasing Arrangements for fixed voice services, mobile, fixed data and internet services.

The agreement, which a NSW Government DFSI panel negotiated on a whole-of-government basis, will see Optus Business able to deliver services across all voice, data and mobile. The five-year agreement, which came into effect on 1 July 2018, is not mandatory for agencies but offers them the assurance of the NSW Government’s collective buying power.

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business, said: “We are excited about the opportunities to deliver the service to underpin the NSW Government’s digital strategy. NSW agencies still have the flexibility of choice as well as the confidence of Optus’ enterprise grade solutions.”

“These partnerships are critical to realising the NSW Government’s digital strategy – to deliver smart, simple and seamless services to everyone in NSW,” said Mr Greg Wells, NSW Government Chief Information and Digital Officer.

The agreement will undergo an annual review by both parties to ensure it keeps pace with the needs and offerings of the quickly evolving telecommunications technology.