This guest post was written by Sundi Balu, Chief Information Officer – Global Enterprise & Services and International, TelstraSimply offering cloud solutions is no longer a free pass to market leadership in Asia. With a third of global IT spending going to cloud-related investments, it’s quite safe to say that cloud adoption is the “new normal” for enterprises, rather than something exceptional. Many businesses will be rightly asking: how can I differentiate my organisation through the cloud?My answer: we need to move from “one cloud fits all” to an “unlimited cloud”. Rather than simply relying on a single vendor or type of cloud infrastructure, businesses need to give themselves the ability to rapidly shift between different clouds based on how they grow, scale, and pivot their operations. This has big implications for Asian businesses, because it tackles the cross-border disparity in regulation, skills, and consumer demands that otherwise hamstrings their technology and growth strategy.Keep it Simple, CIOMany CIOs will have read “unlimited clouds” with a look of terror on their faces. One cloud is complex enough to successfully operate, after all – why multiply that pain? The reason is simple: business agility. Asian enterprises operate in markets where their commercial viability depends on how fast and well they can adapt to changes in consumer demand, competition, regulation, and a whole host of other factors. Multiply that across numerous interlinked country markets, and the business is faced with a situation where there can never be a “one size fits all” approach to sales, marketing, or product development strategy. Why should that be the case for your cloud environment?An “unlimited cloud” model allows businesses to move between clouds based on what they need in any given market, at any time. Let’s take cross-border regulation and data residency as an example. Data sovereignty requirements differ across countries and over time – so what happens if one country suddenly demands that all data be hosted locally but a business is operating solely on public cloud? In this case, the business’ ability to adapt is going to determine whether it retains its licence to operate in that particular country or not.A business employing an “unlimited” model, however, can shift its affected data into a locally hosted private cloud, while potentially keeping core applications themselves in a public or hybrid setup to maintain uptime for customers. That’s exactly what we, at Telstra, are already doing, acting as “cloud brokers” for a number of our customers. The cloud broker turns the pain of migrating between these different clouds into a fully-managed, fully-orchestrated service, operating as part of a one-stop cloud shop in which network, storage, and compute are all integrated to work in any manner of configurations. As a result, we allow CIOs to focus on higher-value priorities like the company’s digital innovation strategy or service development roadmap.“Unlimited clouds” may seem complex, but when it’s delivered as a fully-managed offering it gives CIOs the time and ability to deliver the right services where and when they’re needed.The building-blocks of cloudsTelstra now offers everything from colocation to fully public cloud within that “unlimited” model. But in order for this model to work, it also needs to encompass a whole range of organisations and their highly varied levels of talent and skills maturity.The vagaries of talent across Asia make it impossible to support a “one cloud fits all” approach. Countries like Singapore, Australia, and Japan understandably have the most mature talent pools, yet emerging markets like Indonesia may be the ones which need cloud infrastructure most urgently to support business growth. In many Asian markets, relatively low staffing costs and close public-private sector ties have caused businesses to be less than enthusiastic about the upskilling and compliance costs of moving to the cloud. Yet as consumer demographics shift into “mobile-first, social-always” product and service consumption, these businesses need to be able to adapt – based on real-time information and insights that only the cloud can support – faster and at greater scale than ever before.The solution is in how the cloud is built, particularly for hybrid and private cloud. One of our technology partners is VCE, the market leader in converged infrastructure – a delivery model where network, storage, and compute infrastructure come as fully-integrated systems that can be deployed in any organisation within weeks instead of months. VCE’s converged infrastructure systems, called Vblocks, have helped businesses deploy new services more than four times faster and develop five times more applications while cutting “lights-on” cost economics by almost a third.Vblocks form one of the core building-blocks of our private clouds and hybrid cloud solutions because of their standardised simplicity. I think of them, and converged infrastructure systems generally, as the cloud version of the prefab units being used to construct the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge in record time. Converged infrastructure allows enterprises, and the cloud brokers guiding them, to not only deploy clouds incredibly quickly but also move between them with ease because of their standardisation and high degree of inbuilt systems compatibility.Asia’s businesses are more connected, and face more market complexity than ever before. In a region that’s characterised by its heterogeneity, CIOs need not just one cloud but “unlimited clouds” that bolster them to take on their highest priorities: getting capabilities to market as fast as possible, in a way that can constantly adapt to changing consumer preferences. When built on converged infrastructure, “unlimited clouds” can get Asian enterprises past many of the issues around talent, regulation, and systems complexity that they’ve traditionally faced.Watch the interview which Anthony Elvey, VCE’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific and Japan, recently conducted with Sundi on this topic here.
With the aim of launching a group market segment, and due to the new situation on the world tourist market caused by the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, the management of Plitvice Lakes National Park decided to change ticket prices for group visits to the park. Djeca do 7 godina i osobe s posebnim potrebama s invaliditetom preko 50% – Gratis Odrasli grupe – 80,00 kn The reaction of other national parks and nature parks is also awaited. Djeca od 07 do 18 godine grupe – 25,00 kn Adjusted prices for grupe in the period from 26.05. to 18.06.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX amounts: “By easing epidemiological measures and opening borders, we hope that we could still achieve some tourist traffic in this tourist season, but provided that all stakeholders in the tourism industry contribute through the correction of the prices of their services. Only in this way can we engage in a fight with competitors for each guest”, Said Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA during the launch of the initiative. Studenti grupe – 50,00 kn Also, from the Plitvice Lakes National Park, they published a video about the safety and epidemiological measures they have taken in their accommodation facilities. The result is that UHPA initiatives according to national and nature parks to reduce ticket prices for group visits so that following the easing of epidemiological measures and the opening of borders we can still expect some tourist traffic in this tourist season. Photo: Pixabay.com
RelatedPosts Heritage Bank supports youth entrepreneurs to stimulate economic growth Heritage Bank-Dukia Gold to boost Nigeria’s N200m ounces of gold potential reserves – FG Osinbajo to commission Dukia-Heritage Bank Gold, Precious Metal Buying Centres African Freestyle Football Championship 2019 in collaboration with World Freestyle Football Association have commended Heritage Bank Plc for its pivotal role in enhancing youth development and engendering the Nigeria’s entertainment space on the world’s stage.The 2019 African Freestyle Football Championship ended on a high note, with defending champion Abdul Titi Kone of Cote d’Ivoire emerging as the African Champion once again.This event marked the second edition of the African Championship and the third annual edition of the Nigerian Championship hosted by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International Limited.The final was a repeat of the 2018 championship as Kone again defeated Egypt’s Yousef Mohamad just as he did in last year’s final, while Ashley Mhkize of South Africa placed third.In the female category, Evelyn Okafor (Nigeria), Hadhara Charles (Tanzania) and Augustina Unamba (Nigeria) placed first, second and third respectively.This year’s edition accommodated at least 30 African countries that participated at the championship.The Chairman of AFFC, Valentine Ozigbo, who commended bank for being at the forefront of promoting freestyle football for the past two years, said Heritage Bank is “always very innovative and supportive to the cause of entertainment and youth development.”According to him, these achievements would have been impossible without the extensive support of the official bankers, Heritage Bank, for the championship for two years running.Speaking further, Ozigbo hinted: “Since inception, Feet ‘n’ Tricks has been committed to promoting freestyle football talent to stardom and we haven’t relented.“Through this platform, we have seen talented freestylers get a head start in life, travel to exciting places and represent our beloved continent doing what they know how to do best.”The MD/CEO, Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, said the bank has strong desire towards developing and positioning youths to become world-class citizens equipped and ready to be absorbed into an increasing competitive professional skills and endeavours.Sekibo, who was represented by an Executive Director, Jude Monye, advised youths who were participants to adopt strong positive character to enable them take advantage of the platform being presented to them.He said: “One of the reasons why we chose, as an organization, to support the freestyle championship is to enhance youth development in sport and entertainment, which will empower them play vital roles in the socio-economic development of the country and help curb the high level of unemployment.”According to Sekibo, the drive to support youths seeks to create, preserve and transfer wealth across generations.It is against the backdrop of the competition that Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, promised to give more support to the entertaining part of football.Pinnick said: “We need to encourage this entertaining part of football because what they are doing here is great.“Freestyle is quite interesting, and I am happy with what I have seen so far.“With this project, a goal has been achieved.“I also want more ladies to come out and do freestyle football because it is highly entertaining and competitive.“I will see to how we can give more support to freestyle football in the future.”Congratulating the Feet n Tricks team, Daniel Wood, Co-founder and Head of Global Partnerships, World Freestyle Football Association, said: “Feet n Tricks have proven that they can produce world class events and we are so excited to be extending our partnership.“We are fully committed to creating opportunities for young people and this event is to be the focus point for our sport in the continent of Africa.”Tags: AFFCHeritage Bank
Manolas, who played four games at the World Cup for Greece this summer, attracted the attention of top European clubs, including Arsenal, following a solid 2013-14 campaign with Olympiacos. He made 25 league appearances last season and scored three goals while he also featured in seven Champions League games for the Piraeus-based club. Media reports in Italy claim the 23-year-old centre-back arrived in Rome’s Fiumincino airport from Athens on Tuesday morning and will undergo a medical later in the day. Roma have reportedly agreed a 13million euros (£10.4million) transfer fee with Olympiacos for the highly-rated defender, who still has two years left in his contract with the Greek giants. Press Association Arsenal are set to miss out on the signing of Kostas Manolas with the Greece international set to join Roma.
Dear Editor,In a recent ruling, Magistrate Peter Hugh of the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court levied a fine of $200,000 with an alternative of one year in jail to Troyden Evans called “Tuckey”, 42, who pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Rhonda McGarrell with a baton. What message is the justice system sending to abusers by such a slap on the wrist?The victim in this particular case was subjected to persistent abuse over a period of time at the hands of her abuser. In fact, he was charged in the past with assault, wounding and other offences against the victim. On this occasion, he broke her arm! He beat her mercilessly! He threatened her life; not for the first time!How does the justice system see this? Imagine being told your life is worth $200,000! Is this some kind of joke? A clear message of zero tolerance to abuse must be sent to abusers.In fact, while this letter was being written, The Caribbean Voice learnt of a mother of three fighting for her life after being stabbed seven times by her ex-husband. We must not wait until another life is lost before we institutionalise penalties to match the crime in domestic violence cases. Also, we once again call for an urgent national concerted campaign to tackle this scourge. The Caribbean Voice would be willing to be part of such a campaign. We are in the process of finalising a campaign of our own but we strongly believe that multi-stakeholders’ collaboration can get more done for less thereby maximising resource usage and expanding the reach of the campaign.Sincerely,The CaribbeanVoice Inc