KUALA LUMPUR, 21 JULY 2010 Companies in the Asia Pacific region are primed to adopt cloud computing solutions, according to Malaysia-based systems integrator Sunway E-Systems (SES).
Speaking during the launch of the country's first cloud computing business management suites, one of the outcomes of a new collaboration between SES and US-based cloud computing solutions firm NetSuite, SES chief executive officer, Cheah Kok Hoong, cited a recent Gartner survey that said emerging Asia Pacific markets were primed to adopt cloud computing solutions.
Cheah said in Malaysia, customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) were the next most popular applications for software-as-a-service (SaaS) after enterprise resource planning (ERP). "In China, 50 per cent of respondents said they had been using SaaS for more than four years, while in Malaysia, this figure exceeded 76 per cent.
In addition, he said a recent report from Springboard Research indicated that Asia Pacific organisations would spend close to US$2.3 billion on cloud computing solutions by 2012.
Under the partnership, SES, a subsidiary of the Sunway Group, has exclusive rights to distribute, implement and support NetSuite's cloud computing business management suites in the country.
Rapidly growing demand for cloud computing solutions
NetSuite Asia Pacific managing director Chris Schafer said SES would manage a network of partners and integrators in a three-tiered structure designed for the Malaysian marketplace.
Sunway is a major market force in Malaysia led by its industry experience, access to the highest levels of commerce and government, and proven expertise in business transformation, said Schafer.
NetSuite could not have a better partner in the region as it seeks to address the rapidly growing Malaysian market demand for cloud computing solutions," he said. "The Sunway Group has embraced cloud computing as the way of the future and, through SES and NetSuite, SES can also realise the benefits of the cloud, which are synonymous with dramatic IT cost reductions, efficiency and productivity gains.
This partnership, which combines our ICT and business process expertise with NetSuite's market-leading business management software, provides the highest degree of flexibility and value as companies of all sizes and types seek to lower operating costs and eliminate capital expenditure by moving key business processes to the cloud, said SES's Cheah.
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