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Game-changing cloud: New business mindsets to compete globally – Asia News Center

“They are usually family-owned. And so, it’s about their money, not somebody else’s money,” Michelle explains. “They’re making decisions based on their own livelihoods, the livelihoods of their family members. That rings true for small businesses and all the way to some of the largest conglomerates.”

Until now, it has been easy for them to tap massive pools of cheap and relatively low-skilled workers to solve problems or meet targets rather than adopt new technologies. That strategy works in the production of low-end goods, such as in a garment factory or a food processing plant. “But that can only take them so far, and they’re starting to recognize that,” she says.

The change in mindset often comes when a company steps up into the production of higher-end goods and services aimed at sophisticated export markets and foreign partners who hold higher expectations of quality and other standards. “This is a matter of survival on a globally competitive scale, and so they are recognizing that technology will help them to be more competitive.”

Some of the largest companies in emerging economies are rapidly taking up technology solutions so they can join the global business community. “If they want to have foreign investments – if they want to be competitive globally and work with global partners – they need to have a strong governance model. They need to have technology in place in order to be competitive,” Michelle says.

She cites the example of how one regional company modernized its internal communication across a string of different plants and over a range of industries. Previously, paper memorandums would have been distributed from the CEO’s office. Now, that same CEO can have regular bi-directional conversations with his workers and managers on all sorts of issues, from improving productivity by reducing errors to better managing absenteeism.

The big game changer in all this is the cloud. Economical and flexible, the cloud not only provides efficiency, communication, and better governance, it also brings unprecedented security. This is of grave importance to a region regarded as particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Microsoft’s most recent Security Intelligence Report found that four out of the nine countries which Michelle covers were dangerously open to cyberthreats because of lax regulations, the widespread use of malware-infused pirated software, poor IT management, and simple complacency.

It is clear that cybersecurity is an essential part of any business expansion strategy. One example is Chip Mong, a conglomerate in Cambodia that has its eyes set on spreading its reach across the whole of Southeast Asia. Since 1982, it has been producing a diverse array of services and products – from manufacturing and distributing concrete to importing and distributing cement, ceramic tiles, and steel. It has also moved into a range of consumer goods.

But to move to the next level, its leaders understood that data protection would be essential to winning market share and satisfying customers. And so Chip Mong adopted a cloud-based Office 365 solution to transform its operations. Not only did this resulted in a robust security posture, it produced competitive efficiencies within, and collaboration across, its many business units and teams. Furthermore, its digital transformation journey bolstered Chip Mong’s reputation as an attractive employer for Cambodian millennial professionals who understand that doing business in the cloud can open the door to the world.

For many years, manufacturers in emerging markets relied on their comparatively low costs to be effective exporters. But things are getting more complicated as industries develop and global markets become more sophisticated and discerning. Quality control, and the costs associated with it, are now key. And, data-driven technology is playing a crucial role.

Let’s look at the Hirdaramani Group. It started as a single retail store in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, and today, it stretches across multiple sectors with more than 60,000 employees working in dozens of facilities in four countries. With an eye on growing its apparel manufacturing business further, Hirdaramani has adopted an end-to-end quality management system, it calls Res.Q. This solution integrates real-time data and analytics with Power BI to monitor key production quality indicators. This eliminates reporting time lags and enables data-driven decision-making, which, in turn, slashes costly wastage, builds new efficiencies, and boosts competitiveness.

Michelle sees ongoing innovation, based on cloud technologies, as the way forward for emerging economies as more globally-minded entrepreneurs establish new industries, tap new export markets, and create new jobs.

“The cloud changes everything for small and medium businesses. If you think about how they operate without technology, it’s a paper-based. Their borders are typically within the distance that they can reach their customers, which might be a walking distance, it might be a driving distance. But with the cloud, they can theoretically operate anywhere.”

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“That means barriers are broken down,” Michelle says. “The cloud provides them with capabilities that, not so long ago, only the top 1,000 companies globally would have had access to. The whole world becomes an opportunity for anyone in any country at that point. From a customer perspective – everyone can access the global economy. You can have a company in Bangladesh or Cambodia competing with companies in Western Europe. And that is a very different story today than it was 10 years ago.”

This is a pivotal change for Asia’s emerging markets, Michelle says. If companies anywhere can compete anywhere, there is no reason why a now small company based in Bhutan or Brunei, Nepal or wherever, cannot grow, prosper and “one day make it on the Fortune 500.”

SAP HANA and Esri combine for geospatial database platform

SAP and Esri are deepening their geospatial relationship.

SAP HANA has been integrated with Esri’s geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analytics applications for a few years. And now, Esri fully supports SAP HANA as an enterprise geospatial database, according to the companies.

The announcement was made at DistribuTECH 2018, a conference for utilities that was held this month.

The Esri geospatial database can now take advantage of the underlying processing speed and power of the in-memory HANA database to better integrate enterprise system data with geospatial data and improve the performance and scalability of geospatial applications, according to Matthew Zenus, global vice president of database and data management and solution go-to-market efforts at SAP.

The combination of SAP and Esri brings location intelligence to enterprise data and applications, allowing businesses to develop applications that use spatial analytics and advanced visualizations and embed geospatial data into core business processes. “GIS and mapping, combined with the richness of business data and business processes, is a very powerful combination that can benefit every industry,” Jack Dangermond, Esri’s founder and president, said in a press release. “Together, SAP and Esri are making GIS, mapping, advanced visualizations and spatial analytics available to everyone across the enterprise.”

Utilities take on SAP HANA-based Esri apps

Utilities are among those organizations that are taking advantage of Esri applications, like ArcGIS, on the SAP HANA database.

  • The Omaha Metropolitan Utilities District, a political subdivision and public corporation that operates the drinking water and natural gas systems for Omaha, Neb., and surrounding areas, now deploys Esri’s ArcGIS on SAP HANA to provide its field personnel with more timely and powerful analytics that simplify and digitalize its manual utility inspection system. According to the utility, it’s deploying Esri ArcGIS directly on SAP HANA, which allows it to perform real-time analytics on business data without having to use manual data preparation and conversion processes. This reduces IT efforts, increases the timeliness and accuracy of analysis, and improves the effectiveness and efficiency of field operations.
  • Fairfax Water, Virginia’s largest water utility, which provides clean drinking water to nearly 2 million people, is also using an Esri enterprise geodatabase supported by HANA. This will allow the utility to geo-enable its organization to ensure customers receive the highest possible water quality, according to the company. Using the Esri geodatabase supported by SAP HANA simplifies Fairfax Water’s IT landscape, increases processing performance, provides seamless integration between enterprise SAP data and Esri GIS data, and allows the entire organization to be geo-enabled.

Providing a competitive advantage

This further deepening of SAP’s integration with the Esri geospatial database provides users who want to combine geospatial data and enterprise data a clear competitive advantage and differentiation, Zenus said.

“To that end, at SAP, we have geo-enabled our entire stack, including our Business Suite, analytics, line-of-business cloud apps, SAP Cloud Platform and SAP HANA,” Zenus said. “Geo-enabling the business for the intelligent enterprise is more than about just putting points on a map; it’s about better insights, improved business decisions and, ultimately, to unlock innovation.”

Esri requires an underlying database as the platform for its applications like Esri ArcPro and Esri ArcGIS to create, version and publish maps, and having SAP HANA as that database helps those overlapping customers that SAP has with Esri, particularly in asset- and location-intensive industries, like public sector, oil and gas and utilities, according to Zenus. 

This is something that many SAP companies have been asking for, he continued, because it can help them make better, faster critical business and operational decisions.

“Customers who have either adopted HANA or are adopting HANA have been asking for this capability for a while, so it’s a big deal,” Zenus said. “They can now run both their system of record for their enterprise data, like SAP, on the same platform as their system of record for geospatial data, Esri. This leads to better performance, platform consolidation, lower TCO [total cost of ownership] and administration costs and, ultimately, that seamless access between GIS and enterprise data.”

Ransomware outbreak threat calls for backup and DR strategy

The ransomware outbreak threat may be subsiding somewhat, but IT managers continue to shore up their defenses. Backup and disaster recovery is a key area of emphasis.

For much of 2017, the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware outbreaks dominated cybercrime headlines. A new report from antimalware vendor Malwarebytes said ransomware detections last year increased 90% among businesses. But by the end of 2017, the “development of new ransomware families grew stale,” as cybercriminals shifted their focus to other forms of malware, such as banker Trojans that steal financial information, according to the report, “Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: 2017 State of Malware.”

That said, organizations are looking to bolster their ransomware outbreak protections. Front-end measures often include antivirus software, firewalls and content scanners that can intercept email attachments that appear questionable.

IT departments, however, are also looking to strengthen back-end protections that can help them recover from ransomware attacks that lock up data via encryption. Here, the emphasis is on disaster recovery strategies that let a business restore its data from a backup copy. But even here, there are risks: IT managers must ensure the backups it makes are actually usable and consider how long a data restore will take in the event of an emergency.

Another level of security

The city of Milpitas, Calif., already has a number of security measures in place to defend itself from a ransomware outbreak. On the front end, the municipal government employs email filtering, spam filtering and email attachment scanning. On the back end, the city uses BackupAssist, a Windows server backup and recovery software offering for SMBs. A remote disaster recovery site provides an additional line of defense.

The city earlier this month said it layered on another element to its backup and recovery defense. Mike Luu, information services director for the city of Milpitas, said the city activated CryptoSafeGuard, a BackupAssist feature the vendor recently added to its product.

CryptoSafeGuard, according to the company, prevents infected files from being backed up and also prevents backups from becoming encrypted. Some ransomware attacks have succeeded in encrypting both an organization’s production and backup data.

“It’s just another method of trying to protect against [Ransomware],” Luu said of CryptoSafeGuard.

Luu said switching on CryptoSafeGuard was a simple matter of ticking a box on BackupAssist’s user interface. “It came along for the ride at no additional cost,” he added.

BackupAssist offers CryptoSafeGuard as part of the vendor’s BackupCare subscription package. Troy Vertigan, digital sales and marketing manager at BackupAssist, said 30% of the vendor’s customers running the latest versions of BackupAssist have activated CryptoSafeGuard since it became available in September 2017.

When backups fail

Backup plans can fall through when ransomware hits. TenCate, a maker of composite materials and armor based in the Netherlands, found that out a few years ago during the CryptoLocker ransomware outbreak. Malware entered the company’s U.S. operations through a manufacturing facility and made its way to the file server, recalled Jayme Williams, senior systems engineer at TenCate. Data ended up encrypted from the shop floor to the front office.

When TenCate attempted a data restore from Linear Tape-Open standard tape backups, the backup software the company used wasn’t able to catalog the LTO tapes — a necessary step for recovering files. Williams said some data had been copied off to disk media, but that backup tier was also unreadable. He contacted a data recovery service, which was able to extract the data from the disks.

The company’s disk-based backups weren’t frequent, so some of the data had become stale. The recovered data, however, provided a framework for rebuilding what was lost. It took two weeks to make data accessible again; even then, it wasn’t an ideal data restore because of the age of the recovered data.

One of the key lessons learned from the CryptoLocker experience was that TenCate’s security was lacking for the ransomware infection to penetrate as far as it did, Williams noted. In response, company managers have signed off on tighter security.

The other lesson: Backup and disaster recovery are different things.

Backup is not resilience.
Jayme Williamssenior systems engineer at TenCate

“Backup is not resilience,” Williams said.

That realization put TenCate on the path toward new approaches. Initially, the company, which is a VMware shop, considered the virtualization vendor’s Site Recovery Manager. But the company’s IT services partner recommended a cloud-based backup and disaster recovery offering from Zerto. The vendor replicates data from an organization’s on-site data stores to the cloud.

One factor in favor of Zerto was simplicity. Zerto helped TenCate set up a proof of concept (POC) in about 30 minutes to demonstrate replication and failover. When Williams received permission to purchase the replication service, TenCate was able to take the POC into production without reinstallation.

When a second ransomware outbreak struck TenCate, the updated security and disaster recovery system thwarted the attack. The company’s virtual machines (VMs) were shielded within Zerto’s Virtual Protection Groups and journaling technique, which Williams described as “the TiVo of the VM.” The Zerto journal lets administrators rollback a VM to a point in time before the ransomware virus hit — a matter of seconds, according to Williams.

Time is a critical consideration in devising a ransomware mitigation strategy, noted Michael Suby, Stratecast vice president of research at Frost & Sullivan.

A too lengthy data restore process leaves organizations vulnerable to ransomware demands, he said. A besieged organization may capitulate and pay the fee if a drawn out recovery time would result in a greater loss of revenue or threaten lives, as in the case of an attack against a hospital.

“Companies can still be exploited if the time to revert to those backup files is excessive,” Suby explained. “It’s not just having backup files. We have to have them readily accessible.”

Smartphone push-to-talk apps poised for enterprise growth

With nothing but their voice, shopkeepers can check whether the backroom has that denim blouse in a size medium, and housekeepers can query which hotel rooms still need tidying. Contractors can see which plumber is closest to a homeowner’s leaky pipe, and co-workers from different countries can speak to one another in their native tongues in real time.

And it has all been made possible by the reinvention of a century-old tool — and toy: the walkie-talkie.

Startups and legacy phone companies alike are looking to remake the role of voice in the workplace with the introduction of push-to-talk (PTT) technologies that require nothing more than a smartphone or desktop application. Perhaps more critical, PTT vendors are incorporating artificial intelligence and data trackers to ease the workflows of corporate workers that historically have relied only on hardware.

While PTT cellphone technology has existed since the time of flip phones and Nextel, the reliability of 4G and LTE networks has made smartphone push-to-talk apps more attractive in recent years. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint offer PTT products for businesses over their networks, while Motorola Solutions Inc., which dominates the old-fashioned land mobile radio (LMR) market, sells a PTT platform that connects smartphones, desktops, radios and landlines.

Smaller vendors are also winning contracts — with hotels, hospitals, retailers, contractors, developers and recreation departments — by offering PTT apps improved by bots, location services, and the ability to integrate with business applications and collaboration tools. These platforms run over the top of cellular networks and Wi-Fi, connecting users over unlimited distances.

Orion Labs, based in San Francisco, sells small wearable devices that function as walkie-talkies by syncing with a smartphone app. Last week, the company upgraded its service, so workers using those tools can speak with colleagues equipped with only a smartphone or desktop app. Orion competes with vendors such as Voxer and Zello, which in mid-January extended a free-trial offering of its ZelloWork platform.

“The most important thing to understand is that this type of voice communication, walkie-talkies, really haven’t evolved very much in the last 20 years,” said Jesse Robbins, the co-founder and CEO of Orion Labs. The market, he said, is “long overdue for reinvention.”

Screenshot of smartphone push-to-talk app of Orion Labs
Screenshot of Orion Labs’ smartphone push-to-talk app

Cellular push-to-talk market poised for enterprise growth

In the United States, the PTT-over-cellular market will include 5.6 million business users by 2019, up from 4.2 million business users in 2016, according to projections by VDC Research, based in Natick, Mass.

First responders still depend on LMRs for their reliability. But other government agencies and industries with mobile workforces are increasingly adopting cellular PTT technologies to improve workflows and bring more workers into the PTT fold, said David Krebs, executive vice president of enterprise mobility and connected devices at VDC Research.

“In many ways, it is allowing organizations with significant investments in LMR to augment that user population,” Krebs said. “So that you can combine workers who have their LMR radios to other people who may be communicating with them.”

Companies and public agencies value being able to more closely integrate business applications with their PTT hardware, a functionality that isn’t possible with LMRs, Krebs said. Others choose smartphone push-to-talk apps to avoid the maintenance costs associated with aging LMR hardware.

Smartphone push-to-talk apps facilitate more than just conversations

Location services could be vital to inspiring more companies to adopt PTT smartphone apps, said Rob Arnold, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan, a global research and consulting firm headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The artificial intelligence tools included in most offerings are also a draw, he said.

PTT smartphone and desktop apps typically pinpoint the location of users on an interactive map, a tool that could allow managers to monitor and dispatch workers from a command center easily. Smart Walkie Talkie, based in Singapore, has software that automatically shifts airport crews into and out of PTT groups based on flight plans.

The bots built into the smartphone push-to-talk app and wearable device of Orion Labs can translate languages among users in a PTT group and tap into inventory and other databases. The platform also integrates with the cloud-based collaboration tool Slack, allowing text-to-voice and voice-to-text communication among teams.

“The industries that we sell to, they have a large portion of workers who do not have a desk at work,” said Zhou Wenhan the founder and CEO of Smart Walkie Talkie, which manufactures smartphones designed for PTT, selling primarily to markets in Southeast Asia. “So, it’s the kind of workers that are currently still invisible to most IT companies.

“I think the potential is basically reaching a market that traditionally doesn’t have much technology,” Wenhan said.

Still, some analysts are skeptical industries that never used PTT in the past will adopt the smartphone model in the future.

“There are lots of other applications that are competing with this for the carpeted office worker,” Arnold said. “The guys that traditionally haven’t had these devices in their hands probably aren’t going to get them just because they can load them onto their own smartphone.”