On Tuesday (April 1, 2014), the Tokyo, Japan-based systems integrator (SI) NTT DATA announced at an event in Singapore graced by guest of honour Kiren Kumar, Director, Infocomms & Media, Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB), the establishment of two major facilities-one in Singapore and another in Bandung, Indonesia-meant to promote its R&D activities in Asia Pacific. According to company executives, NTT DATA intends to "scale up to a total of 40 people across" NTT DATA Innovation Laboratories Singapore and NTT DATA Innovation Laboratories Bandung by 2017.
Commenting on the role he expects the two new R&D labs to play in NTT DATA's global plans, Dr Tsuyoshi Kitani, Senior Vice President of the company's R&D Headquarters, said: "In order to proactively apply R&D technologies across all markets globally, it is necessary to aggregate the unique strengths and experience from various advanced research institutions as well as our group companies across the globe, towards developing market competitive solutions and technologies that match the demands of diverse markets. Such a business need is already coming to light in the Asia Pacific region where the economies are growing at a fast pace while at the same time new socio-cultural aspects of technology application are being revealed."
NTT DATA Innovation Laboratories Singapore, which will be run by subsidiary NTT DATA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, is charged with crafting and executing technology strategy that enables the company to "match the demands of [the] diverse markets" Kitani spoke about. As such, said the NTT DATA's executives, it will be working with other NTT DATA companies in Asia Pacific to: "help drive the expansion of matured technologies in system integation"; "drive pilot projects for technologies such as Big Data and analytics, with applications in industry verticals such as manufacturing, health care, financial services and public services"; "conduct research based on local customers' needs"; and, "develop solutions that are best suited to the local market in Singapore as well as other relevant markets across the Asia Pacific region."
They also said that NTT DATA "intends to enhance its relationship with government organisations and advanced research institutes in the region to drive pilot projects for technologies like Big Data and business analytics" and that "the knowledge obtained through this process will be used to further develop new cutting-edge technologies that are market competitive."
"We welcome NTT DATA's Innovation Laboratory in Singapore and are pleased that NTT DATA is expanding into new areas such as applied analytics in public sector, manufacturing, health care and financial services," said Kumar of the EDB. "We encourage NTT DATA to continue to leverage Singapore's talent pool, advanced ICT infrastructure and sophisticated demand for the co-creation and lead adoption of new ICT solutions."