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Malaysia's Sunway Technology and Hitachi to offer regional IT services

AvantiKumar | March 11, 2013
Initial emphasis will be on Malaysia, said the partners, adding that customers in Southeast Asia will benefit from a larger pool of talent, resources and sophisticated IT platforms.

Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, The Founder and Executive Chairman of Sunway Group

Photo - Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, The Founder and Executive Chairman of Sunway Group.

Malaysian IT solutions firm Sunway Technology has signed with Hitachi Systems to offer IT services to the Southeast Asian region. The first emphasis will be on Malaysia, according to the new partnership, who said they will then offer the benefit of a combined talent and resource pool throughout the region.

The new collaboration takes place against the backdrop of increasing demand for IT services, which is attracting international companies into the Southeast Asian region, which is experiencing continued economic growth, said the partners. A joint venture is being established with the consolidation of various Sunway Technology subsidiaries under Sunway E-Systems, a subsidiary of Sunway Technology.

Under the agreement, Hitachi Systems will then acquire 51 percent of Sunway E-Systems' shares from Sunway Technology, making Sunway E-Systems a joint venture. The name of the joint venture company will be Hitachi Sunway Information Systems (subject to approval from the relevant authorities) and is expected to start operations in April 2013.

In this capacity, in addition to the existing subsidiaries in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines, Sunway E-Systems will also form a subsidiary in Vietnam this year.

"We take pride in this collaboration as it further enhances our capacity to offer more sophisticated platform and solutions; capitalising on Hitachi System's track record and capabilities and our host of products and services as well as existing network in Southeast Asia, enabling the two companies to make further inroads and open new markets in the region," said Sunway Group founder and executive chairman, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, who is also main shareholder of Sunway Technology.

Dr Cheah said Hitachi Systems and Sunway Technology would expand marketing to both Japanese and local companies around PLM (product lifecycle management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) packages, virtualisation, cloud solutions, data centre outsourcing and IT outsourcing services.


Naoya Takahashi, President and CEO of Hitachi Systems, Ltd.

Photo - Naoya Takahashi, President and CEO of Hitachi Systems, Ltd.


Data centre and ITO services

Hitachi Systems president and chief executive officer, Naoya Takahashi, said: "We are glad to be forming a joint venture with Sunway Technology, an established IT solutions provider in Malaysia. Together, we believe this joint venture will provide customers in Southeast Asia with sophisticated IT platforms and solutions. This will be achieved by fusing Sunway Technology's expertise and experience in PLM, ERP, virtualisation and IT outsourcing services, with our state-of-the-art technology and command of data centre outsourcing and cloud computing services."

He said Hitachi Systems would take advantage of the joint venture's base network to further expand sales of its GNEXT global IT services, and will globally develop its IT business through partnerships with Sunway Technology, as well as with Hitachi Asia, Hitachi eBworx and other Hitachi Group companies in Southeast Asia.

Sunway E-Systems will offer ERP, PLM, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), as well as infrastructure & managed services such as virtualisation, cloud solutions & services, data centre outsourcing (DCO), and information technology outsourcing (ITO) services.


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