Fujitsu reaches out to cloud revolution

Fujitsu, the world's fourth-largest information and communications technology firm, is jumping on the bandwagon to provide cloud-based data centre services in Thailand.

Thai companies are projected to spend US$6.47 billion this year and $8.2 billion in 2016 on such services, according to the US research firm Gartner Inc.

Masayuki Kunimaru, the president of Fujitsu Systems Business (Thailand), said his company is focusing on cloud computing and mobile device management services to serve growing demand.

Fujitsu plans to open a cloud-based data centre in Thailand next month, he said.

The facility will enable users to expand their IT infrastructure with no upfront capital investment.

Target customers are companies in the manufacturing, retail and financial service sectors.

Fujitsu is offering information technology management services covering IT help desk and data centre management to serve the increasing demand for the bring-your-own-device trend.

The IT management service market is expected to be worth 5.7 billion baht this year, said Mr Kunimaru.

He said global IT spending is set to continue growing despite slowing economies as companies have turned to IT to cut costs amid intense competition.

Retail operators, telecoms and financial institutions remain the top three big spenders on enterprise IT.

For the public sector, Fujitsu has proposed its water-management system to the Royal Irrigation Department. It can detect water levels using sensors.

The company also proposed a traffic management system to the Transport Ministry.

Fujitsu expects the revenue proportion from Thai customers will reach 40% of its total by 2015, up from 35% this year.

"We expect revenue from our local unit to exceed 3 billion baht for our fiscal 2013 ending next March 31, up by 18.6% from last year," said Mr Kunimaru.

"Thailand is one of our six biggest markets in Asean."

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