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Oracle and Fujitsu partner up to tackle Japanese market

Oracle planeOracle and Fujitsu have announced a partnership to deliver Oracle cloud application and platform services to Japanese customers, reports Telecoms.com.

As part of the agreement, Fujitsu will install will install Oracle Cloud services in its data centre’s in Japan, connect them to its Cloud Service K5 in order to deliver enterprise-grade cloud services. The first service which will be connected will be Oracle’s Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, though it will extend further to include offerings such as the Database Cloud Service.

“In order to realize the full business potential of cloud computing, organizations need secure, reliable and high-performing cloud solutions,” said Edward Screven, Chief Corporate Architect at Oracle. “For over three decades, Oracle and Fujitsu have worked together using our combined R&D, product depth and global reach to create innovative solutions enabling customers to scale their organizations and achieve a competitive advantage. Oracle’s new strategic alliance with Fujitsu will allow companies in Japan to take advantage of an integrated cloud offering to support their transition to the cloud.”

In delivering the HCM solution first and foremost, Oracle is living up to its promise of targeting this aspect of the SaaS market segment. Back in March, the team released its quarterly statement, in which CTO Larry Ellison took a shine towards Salesforce, mentioning the company six times in a relatively short statement. Oracle has targeted the HCM and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) SaaS markets, as it believes they are currently underserved.

“Oracle Fusion ERP is the overall market leader in the enterprise cloud ERP market. I should say we have more than 10 times the number of ERP customers than Workday. And ERP has always been a much larger market than CRM. Salesforce.com is missing all of that ERP market opportunity,” said Ellison back during the earnings call. “And that in term it should make it easy for Oracle to pass Salesforce.com and become the largest SaaS and PaaS cloud company in the world.”

Widely regarded as a slow starter in the cloud market, Oracle would now appear to be gathering pace through various acquisitions and partnerships. Considering the resource the company has as its disposal, it should not be seen as a surprise Oracle is making strides in the industry.

Fujitsu, Intel collaborating on Internet of Things

Fujistu and Intel are mashing up their IoT tech

Fujistu and Intel are mashing up their IoT tech

Fujitsu and Intel announced a collaboration this week that will see the two jointly develop Internet of Things solutions, initially for manufacturing, retail and public sector clients.

The deal will see the two firms combine Fujitsu’s distributed service management and visualisation technology with Intel’s IoT communication gateway unification platform, which was unveiled at the tail end of last year and co-developed with a range of IT incumbents and SIs including Accenture, Capgemini, HCL, NTT Data, Tata Consultancy and Wipro.

Fujitsu said ensuring the distributed service technology is operating at peak performance some of the processing needs to be pushed down to the gateways themselves rather than concentrating them at the centre of the architecture, which could create bottlenecks.

The companies said they initially plan to target manufacturing, retail and the public sector, and already have a proof of concept set up in Shimane, Japan, which includes real-time visualisation of manufacturing operations.

Both are said to have plans to create more PoCs for retail and the public sector before the year is out.

Fujitsu looks to be striking a range of IoT-focused deals aimed at all levels of the stack. Last month Fujitsu and Microsoft announced a partnership focused on blending the former’s devices and IoT services for agriculture and manufacturing, powered by Windows software and Azure cloud services. And earlier this year Fujitsu announced plans to expand its two core datacentres in Japan in a bid to accelerate demand for its cloud and IoT services.

Kyriba Establishes Japanese Joint Venture

Kyriba, a provider of cloud-based treasury management solutions today announced the establishment of a new joint venture in Japan called Kyriba Japan. The joint venture will enable Kyriba to meet the demands of the increasing number of corporations in Japan and throughout Asia that are turning to cloud computing and mobile solutions to help them manage their global treasury operations.

Kyriba’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution delivers a fully web-based cash, treasury, and risk management solution to over 25,000 users across 700 leading global organizations.

Key features of Kyriba’s platform include:

  • Global Cash Visibility, including SWIFT integration
  • Cash and Liquidity Forecasting
  • Payment Factories
  • Bank Fee Analysis
  • Accounting Reconciliation
  • Exposure Management
  • Hedge Management
  • Supply Chain Finance

Kyriba Japan is a joint venture between Kyriba, as the majority shareholder, SunBridge Corporation, the firm responsible for the salesforce.com Japan and Concur Japan joint ventures, and Marc Benioff and Steve Singh, acting as minority direct investors. Japan operations will begin in June 2012.

“Kyriba has enjoyed remarkable success over the last few years delivering Internet-based Treasury Management Solutions to the foremost corporations around the world. We are now investing in Japan to support our global clients’ business goals and continue our geographic expansion. This growth further demonstrates Kyriba’s commitment to satisfy our clients’ needs globally,” commented Jean-Luc Robert, CEO of Kyriba. “We are extremely pleased to be partnered with SunBridge Corporation, Marc Benioff and Steve Singh who have demonstrated great success in building the Japanese operations of top tier global companies.”

“The Kyriba solution’s ability to combine global cash visibility, treasury productivity, and risk management on a single web platform is a critical requirement for Japanese enterprises doing business internationally as well as for multi-national corporations doing business in Japan,” said Allen Miner, the Founder and CEO of SunBridge. “Feedback from potential Japanese customers gives us confidence that Kyriba will enjoy great success in Japan.”