Further to my last blog, I have collected my facts and thoughts into a year-end overview of Asia in 2009. Here's a round-up of developments that I noted over the last 12 months. There were many more that you can access by using the CORTEX, but several key events are listed below.
What are common trends across the region?
- A V-shaped market recovery is predicted in the 2010 BI market.
- The leading tech companies have created analytic centres of excellence across Asia. If you engage a major vendor or consultancy then it is likely that you will be leveraging Indian or Chinese IP.
- Low-cost and innovative reporting and analytic solutions are winning worldwide accolades. Strong sales across the region will continue and price sensitive buyers in Western markets will begin to take notice.
Notable Events in 2009
Accenture India said it planned to hire 8,000 people by the end of 2009, which will take its total workforce in India to 50,000. “We believe that analytics is going to be an important trend that our customers are going to demand from us. We think India is going to be a great place for us. We have some core centres of excellence in the analytics space in the country,” said William D Green, chairman and CEO of the firm that employs 177,000 people globally.
SAP Opens Co-Innovation Lab in Bangalore. Joins existing labs in Palo Alto, California, and Tokyo, Japan. Work has concentrated on delivering workflow and mobility solutions.
Analytics tools are becoming more vital to outsourcers -especially quality monitoring and performance management products. Agent Performance Optimisation (APO) products have become vital as outsourcers strive to differentiate themselves competitively and cut costs for their clients.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) launched a new business intelligence solution for hospitals and health care sector. The company today said in a press release that it has developed an out of the box dashboard that will simplify projects, cut cost and dramatically shorten time to value related services to both hospital administration and patients care.
Ramco Systems in India introduced a corebanking analytics solution aimed at addressing Business Intelligence (BI) needs of banks. The analytics solution packaged and delivered with HP s Neoview Appliance box will be based on Ramco s Decisionworks software framework.
Chinese telecom operators reportedly spent US$1.18 bln on their business and operation support systems in 2008, up 26.8 percent year-on-year and a significant portion of this was reportedly on business intelligence.
China Mobile is working on a back end system based on cloud computing technology, which it has dubbed "Big Cloud". This includes data mining systems for China Mobile's mobile search service and a business intelligence system to track user behavior.
IBM Analytics Centre in Beijing. IBM announced last August that it would open an advanced business analytics centre in Beijing that will serve clients including the Chinese government. This centre joins a worldwide network of others in cities such as Berlin, Tokyo, London, New York and Washington, D.C. China was the first to be based in a developing country.
The company has stated that the China centre will at first focus on products aimed at traffic, water and electrical grid management.
"A major stimulus opportunity in China, transportation infrastructure such as new high speed trains, a hugely expanded rail network and faster links between the country's major cities are in development. This center will bring together research experts, major universities, partners and clients to develop best practices for rail systems that are smarter, more efficient, greener and attractive for travelers all around the globe."
They also said that other centres are planned in China.
Activities by the centre have included:
- Building a cloud computing platform in the city of Dongying (in the Yellow River Delta) as a model for how local government and businesses can modernize in China. Chinese economic stimulus funds are fueling the project, which is expected to be duplicated in other cities. The Yellow River Delta Cloud Computing Center will serve as a central platform for developing software that automates the petroleum production supply chain. It will be used to expand e-government services in Dongying and will serve as a technology center through which Chinese software engineers will supply outsourcing services. Clients for the first of three planned phases include Sanyo and Dupont. In the second phase the Dongying City Government will use cloud software to supply government services and administer "a smart airport, smart parks, and smart railroads.". A third phase would extend into the cities health care services.
- In September it was announced that IBM, the City of Shenyang, and China's Northeastern University were embarking on a major "smart city" collaboration effort focused on enabling Shenyang to improve the lives of its citizens by meeting its environmental responsibility goals.
"The Collaboratory will focus on advancing technology solutions that: significantly reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy, manage water efficiently, effectively track food from farm to fork, enhance the intelligence of transportation and traffic systems, create environmental emergency response plans, and allow a proactive approach to environmental responsibility vs. reactive."
- It is known that local telco China Mobile Communications Corporation has been working closely with IBM's China Telecommunications Solutions Center to deploy a business intelligence platform that supports service creation, deployment, execution, integration and management. IBM claims that China Mobile is now able to reduce time-to-market for new products, increase revenue and improve customer service with end-to-end monitoring and analysis. It is not known if the business analytics centre in Beijing is involved.
The Beijing center will employ up to 300 consultants, mathematicians and software specialists at first and recruit or retrain up to 300 more as demand grows. It is unclear if any of these are new jobs but a portion are 'reassigned' existing IBM consultants and scientists.
IBM Business Analytics Centre of Competency in Bangalore, India. It's focus will be on Web 2.0 Analytics, Risk and Fraud Analytics, Financial Analytics, Customer Analytics and Enterprise Business Analytics Strategy. It also appears to have more of a regional focus whereas the Beijing centre looks to be focussed exclusively on the domestic Chinese market.
IBM acquires RedPill Solutions. A privately-held company headquartered in Singapore. RedPill provides advanced customer analytics services to businesses in industries such as financial services, telecommunications, technology and hospitality. RedPill is a specialist customer management services firm with significant expertise in areas such as churn management, segment propositions, segmentation, risk management and market/opportunity assessment. RedPill has delivered engagements across in 17 different countries in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and has offices in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and the United Arab Emirates.
QlikTech named Asian Rising Star. The Business Intelligence software vendor, has been named by MIS Asia Magazine as a Rising Star in its annual Strategic 100 IT vendors. QlikTech now has 650 customers and over 50 partners in Asia Pacific.
Neteeza Opens in China. The company opened a Sales (they call it a Proof of Concept) Center in Beijing. Their existing presence includes Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia.
Alterian opens a full-service operation in Singapore, expanding from their initial APAC presence in Sydney.
MAIA Intelligence wins Red Herring Top 100 Award. MAIA is an Indian startup that produces a low cost but powerful BI software suite. The company was founded in 2006, has grown rapidly with over 10,000 users of 1KEY BI products. It has also been featured in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for ICT in India 2008 & BI Trend Report 2008-09 APAC.
Tata Consultancy Services is a Gartner leader. TCS is placed in the leaders quadrant for the 'Magic Quadrant for Oracle Outsourcing, North America'.