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IBM Expands Presence in Vietnam

BM opened a new technology center and announced two research pacts with universities in Vietnam on Friday, saying it sees promise in the developing nation.

IBM's first Innovation Center in the Vietnam aims to help local developers create new technologies for digital infrastructure projects in banking, telecommunications, energy and government, the company said in a statement. It will offer training workshops, consulting services and assistance to researchers working to bring new technologies to market.

There are incredible opportunities in information in Vietnam as the country embraces technology in its transformation from an [...] Continue Reading...


Software outsourcers fight for human resources

Chu Tien Dung, chairman of the HCMC Computer Association, told the Daily that the job-hopping ratio in the software outsourcing sector has surged by nearly 20% as industry players are grabbing their rivals’ employees given a labor undersupply.

These companies prefer experienced people, Dung said. Certain firms have even committed an act of unhealthy competition. The bottom line is many companies put quick profits first but lack long-term investment in human resource development.

The demand for information technology (IT) specialists has far exceeded the supply. As a result, enterprises are facing constant job-hopping and sharp rises in wages.

The increasingly high specialization [...] Continue Reading...


Nokia builds mobile phone factory in Bac Ninh

The facility, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, reaffirms Nokia’s long-term commitment to Vietnam as well as its strategy in the region. The factory, with an initial investment of 200 million EUR (almost 300 million USD) is built on a 17 hectare site in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Bac Ninh province.

It is expected to go into operation in early 2013, have with an annual output of 180,000 units and generate jobs for almost 10,000 workers. Nokia first entered Vietnam in 1996 and like many other multinational enterprises still sees the country as a growing market [...] Continue Reading...


Scalable SQL – Michael Rys Communications of the ACM, Vol. 54 No. 6, Pages 48-53

One of the leading motivators for NoSQL innovation is the desire to achieve very high scalability to handle the vagaries of Internet-size workloads. Yet many big social Web sites (such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter) and many other Web sites and distributed tier 1 applications that require high scalability (such as e-commerce and banking) reportedly remain SQL-based

or their core data stores and services.

The question is, how do they do it?

The main goal of the NoSQL/big data movement is to achieve agility. Among the variety of agility dimensions—such as modelagility (ease and speed of changing data models), operationalagility (ease and speed of [...] Continue Reading...


Hanoi’s high ranking in software outsourcing gives Vietnamese the start

Hanoi, HCM City on the high rankings

According to the latest Tholons’ report on the 100 cities in the world most attractive in software outsourcing, HCM City ranks the 17th, while Hanoi at 21st.

If compared with the last year’s report, Hanoi remains at the same position, while HCM City has fallen by one grade. However, if compared with 2009, Hanoi has fallen sharply from the 10th to 21st and HCM City from the 5th to 17th.

However, Tholons still believes that in South East Asia, Vietnam remains one of the biggest ITO (information technology service outsourcing) providers which can replace India [...] Continue Reading...


CRM software market segment remains inaccessible to Vietnamese firms

The Vietnamese market remains small, but it has attracted a lot of big service providers, from foreign experienced ones such as: SugarCRM, ZohoCRM, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Saleforce, SAP CRM, Oracle; to domestic big guys such as: Vtiger, Hitek, Biaki, Vpar, PerfectCRM, 1VS, MisaCRM, NEO CRM. The small market and the presence of numerous service providers both explain why the competition in the market is so stiff.

The biggest obstacle for CRM software suppliers is the lack of attention of Vietnamese businesses to the products. It is estimated that only 10 percent of Vietnamese businesses have used CRM, while the figure [...] Continue Reading...


Big cities steady in outsource rankings

HCM City slipped one position from 2011 to 17th while Hanoi kept its 21st place, Tholons says.

Tholons forecasts that Vietnam will emerge as one of the major providers of IT services outsourcing in Southeast Asia, and could replace China and India.

The global adviser says despite experiencing a stagnant growth rate, HCM City has a chance to boost its attractiveness of software outsourcing.

According to the Vietnam Software Association, HCM City and Hanoi accounted for 90 percent of the country's software outsourcing revenue in the last several years.

Low labour costs, improved business environment and a skilled workforce were the main factors [...] Continue Reading...


Da Nang to develop software centres

The central city's information technology businesses earned VND3,200 billion (US$152 million) and an export turnover of $13.5 million last year, the director of the city's information and communication department, Pham Kim Son said yesterday.

At a seminar on the model of concentrated information technology for local provinces yesterday, he said the city planned to build a software park in the Da Phuoc urban area – the second software park in Da Nang – during the next five years.

"The city has developed Quang Trung software and Da Nang software parks as concentrated centres. We have invested around VND600 billion ($29 million) [...] Continue Reading...