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Top 10 ASEAN stories of 2018

Organisations across Southeast Asia have been doubling down on efforts to take the lead in digital transformation initiatives

Contrary to perception that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is at least a couple of years behind the US and Europe in adopting and developing cutting-edge technologies, the region has been a hotbed of innovation, going by the region’s most-read Computer Weekly stories in 2018.

From leveraging cloud-native technologies in Thailand to the Singapore government’s bold decision to move most of its systems to the cloud, organisations across the region have been doubling down on efforts to take the lead in digital transformation initiatives.

In this review of the top Computer Weekly articles focused on IT in ASEAN, we look at Ascend Money’s adoption of OpenShift, Go-Jek’s experience with the cloud and Singapore’s approach to the internet-of-things, among other developments.

1. Inside DBS Bank’s digital journey

The Singapore-based bank laid the foundation for its digital strategy a decade ago, starting with an overhaul of its IT systems before going big on cloud computing in later years.

2. Thailand’s Ascend Money finds agility with OpenShift

Besides implementing Red Hat’s OpenShift application platform, Ascend Money adopted an open source governance model to keep IT teams aligned with business goals.

3. Alibaba Cloud to tackle Malaysia’s traffic woes with AI

Chinese cloud service provider Alibaba will use its City Brain artificial intelligence platform to analyse data from camera feeds and traffic junctions in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

4. How Indonesia’s Go-Jek scales the heights with cloud

The unicorn’s microservices-based application architecture on the cloud has been key in supporting its growth in Indonesia – and now Southeast Asia.

5. Singapore government makes bold cloud move

Most government IT systems will be migrated to commercial cloud services within five years, while a private government cloud will host more sensitive workloads.

6. Alibaba Cloud makes deeper inroads into Malaysia

The Chinese cloud supplier’s second availability zone and upcoming DDoS scrubbing centre in Malaysia comes on the heels of growing investments in the Southeast Asian nation.

7. Malaysian regulator and firm sued over data breach

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and a local company have been caught in a civil lawsuit over a massive data breach reported last year.

8. Singapore government outlines its approach to IoT

Avoiding supplier lock-in, driving open standards and tapping modular platforms are part of the approach that the Singapore government has taken in implementing the internet of things (IoT) in the city-state.

9. Singtel, VMware to set up hybrid cloud sandbox

The hybrid cloud sandbox environment will let companies test their cloud workloads and software-defined networks.

10. Huge Singapore data breach shows need for new approach

A major data breach in Singapore underlines the need for a new approach to protecting critical data and applications, say security experts.

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