Highlights from Day 1 November 26 2013
Hong Kong
APAC leads the way in Cloud uptake & innovation
Cloud World Forum Asia Day 1 Review


The 4th Annual Cloud World Forum Asia saw a fantastic opening day that brought hundreds of delegates from 41 countries in Hong Kong to discuss the future of Cloud Computing in the region.

Highlight keynotes in the Telco Stream included the opening of the CEO of PCCW Global who highlighted the huge potential for telcos in offering Cloud services. Telkom Malaysia, Globe Philippines, VNPT Vietnam, KT Korea, Telkom Indonesia and HKBN Hong Kong were among the telcos to present case-studies at the show; a comprehensive overview of the state of Telco Cloud in the region was offered with SaaS leading the conversation. Google closed the Telco stream with a keynote presenting the synergies between the online giant and the region’s leading network providers.

The revamped enterprise stream featured keynotes & intervention from international businesses and multinational organisations including Lonely Planet, AIA and the Economist as well as Hong Kong & Chinese organisations including the Hong Kong Government, HKEx and the Children’s Medical Foundation. HP, Telstra and Safenet were among the vendors to take the floor and discuss a solution-based approach to doing Cloud business. Reducing costs, improving agility and customer engagement were recurrent themes that dominated the discussions of the day.

The day closed with a drinks reception sponsored by Parallels that also featured a spectacular Lion Dance performance courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

This year’s revamped Forum features over 60 engaging sessions across three days delivered by a record 71 speakers, including 36 operator & enterprise speakers. Big Data, Maximising ROI, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, infrastructure optimisation, regulation and legal frameworks, go-to-market partnerships and CEM are among the core topics to be thoroughly explored over the course of the two days.

Some of the industry’s leaders in Cloud enablement have joined us for the event in 2013, including Intel, AppDirect, Oracle, TechMahindra, Telstra Global, HP, ZNAP, OX, SafeNet, China Telecom, Gigaspaces, Parallels and BCSG.

The conference agenda for the 27th of November features fresh themes including SDN, Apps & and Fabrics. Keynote speakers include the CEO of YES!, Tata, MTR, JP Morgan, NTT as well as a keynote from AWS on Cloud expansion in the APAC region.

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