Vodafone | June 22, 2022
In order to modernize the operator's European IT infrastructure and hasten its shift to the cloud, Oracle and Vodafone, the largest pan-European and African technological communications firm, established a strategic alliance.
A major portion of Vodafone's systems will be updated and moved to OCI Dedicated Region, a fully managed cloud region that integrates all of Oracle's public cloud services into Vodafone's own network and data centers, as part of the multi-year arrangement. As a result, in addition to updating its tens of thousands of Oracle databases, Vodafone will be able to support and extend its mission-critical OSS and BSS services, such as CRM and order management, on a dedicated cloud platform.
Vodafone will be able to develop new cloud-based applications more quickly thanks to the deployment, and by utilizing its geographic reach, it will be able to simultaneously launch them in a number of markets.
In Vodafone's primary data centers, which oversee its European IT and network operations, Oracle will implement OCI Dedicated Region. As a result, Vodafone will be able to more easily meet the latency and performance requirements of these applications by deploying public cloud services inside of its own network and data centers. In addition, this will allow the operator to modernize, manage, and automate its critical systems using new technologies like autonomous services.
"As Vodafone focuses on growth, data is key to how we evolve our business, build new capabilities and innovate to meet the needs of our customers. Our collaboration with Oracle supports our vision of becoming a technology communications company. The agreement enables Oracle to bring its entire portfolio of cloud services directly into Vodafone data centers. This includes the same architecture, software, services and control plane used in OCI public cloud. The flexibility offered by OCI enables us to build a robust, secure, and extensible cloud platform in our own data centers, while also providing the operational agility and scalability required to support the growth and diversification of our business."
Scott Petty, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Vodafone
The collaboration backs Vodafone's multi-year commitment to streamline and update the IT infrastructure that underpins its mission-critical systems into a common, on-premises, open-standard platform ready to support and scale next-generation digital services. Additionally, it will assist Vodafone in achieving its Tech 2025 objectives, which include speeding up the time it takes to market new services, delivering standout client experiences through always-on services, and cutting operating costs through automation.
"Now more than ever, telecom companies need to quickly adopt new technologies to deliver new innovative products at speed while continuing to meet evolving regulatory requirements. Our partnership with Vodafone is based on achieving this balance, providing a cloud platform that enables Vodafone to modernize and consolidate its existing infrastructure while also building a foundation for a digital future. We are looking forward to partnering with one of the telecom sector's digital trailblazers as we help shape the next generation of communication services and business models," said Jonathan Tikochinsky, executive vice president, global strategic clients, Oracle.
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Qualtrics | June 21, 2022
The Qualtrics XM/OS can now be accessed locally through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in Japan, according to Qualtrics, the leader and developer of the experience management (XM) category. Qualtrics has recently moved into a new local office to meet the increased demand from local businesses and governments utilizing the platform to improve customer and employee experiences.
Since launching in Japan in 2018, Qualtrics has rapidly expanded its local operations to assist companies like Shiseido Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Fujitsu, and Lixil in capturing and understanding everything customers and employees are saying about their company and brand and acting on those insights with empathy, speed, and scale. Qualtrics helps companies, academics, and governments discover and keep consumers, as well as attract, retain, and develop people by listening to what matters most to customers and workers and then taking quick, actionable steps.
Qualtrics XM/OS is now available in Japan through the AWS Cloud, allowing companies to use the company's products locally to help them comply with key industry standards and security needs. Qualtrics' Japanese clients will benefit from the highest levels of availability, performance, and resilience through the local solution, allowing them to acquire meaningful customer and staff insights faster and more efficiently. Qualtrics' existing products in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific will be supplemented by the additional capabilities in Japan.
The new Qualtrics Japan offices, which cover over 19,500 square feet in the Shin-Marunouchi Building in front of Tokyo Station, are designed to support a productive hybrid work paradigm for the company's expanding staff in Japan. It is one of Qualtrics' first new offices since the pandemic, with customized spaces, technology, and processes for in-office and remote staff to promote enhanced collaboration and preferred modes of working.
"Japan is a key market for Qualtrics globally, and these latest developments reinforce our long-term commitment to the country, expanding the services, support, and expertise offered. In these uncertain times, experience management is more important than ever and Qualtrics gives Japanese organizations the ultimate advantage by helping them build deeper, personal relationships at scale to drive meaningful business outcomes," said Satoru Kumashiro, Country Manager for Qualtrics in Japan.
Qualtrics has established the Ukrainian Refugee Support Platform in collaboration with SAP to help link refugees from Ukraine with providers in Japan who can assist them before, during, and after their stay in the country. The Nippon Foundation is one of the organizations that use the platform.
AT&T Communications | January 05, 2022
What's the news? Gamers rejoice. AT&T is joining forces with NVIDIA to bring you one of the world's best gaming experiences. As the Exclusive 5G Technical Innovation Collaborator for GeForce NOW, AT&T 5G's fast speeds and response times can give you a smooth gaming experience on-the-go. Try it for yourself with our exclusive GeForce NOW offer.
How do I get started? Experience PC-quality gaming on your phone with AT&T's 5G network and this exclusive, limited time offer. Starting today, new and existing AT&T 5G customers on an eligible rate plan get a 6-month GeForce NOW Priority Membership on us.1 You can play nearly 100 free-to-play titles and games you already own on popular PC game stores like Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, Origin, GOG and more. You'll even see realistic, state-of-the-art graphics thanks to NVIDIA RTX technology and cutting-edge artificial intelligence features that will immerse you into virtual worlds in supported games. All you need is a 5G device with a 5G plan to start playing.2
Our Network, Your Gain. Games have A LOT going on behind the scenes. With cloud gaming, a solid network is critical to deliver an excellent experience to your screen – instantly. The last thing you want is for your content to buffer or even worse – your connection to drop. When you're on AT&T's 5G network, it provides the fast ping times, reliable streaming, and secure connections needed for gaming today and in the future.
Whether you want to game at home or on the go, the AT&T network offers low lag and fast speeds for responsive gaming with AT&T Fiber and AT&T 5G. And things will only get better with our 5G investment. Speeds and performance will continue to improve with AT&T's C-Band deployment, helping to enable our network to perform at its best for gamers of any level. And as part of our collaboration with NVIDIA, we'll explore new ways to deliver performance that will revolutionize gaming.
What are people saying? "NVIDIA is the latest leader that has tapped AT&T 5G to turn cloud gaming up a notch because we supply the power, speed and responsiveness you need when mobile," said David Christopher, executive vice president and general manager, partnerships and 5G ecosystem development, AT&T. "These collaborations give us the insight and expertise to deliver gaming at its best as we optimize our network today and for what's to come in the future. Cloud gaming is just the beginning of the gaming evolution and our network will be ready for the changes that are on the horizon."
"Pairing NVIDIA GeForce NOW with AT&T 5G delivers ultra-responsive cloud gaming backed by a fast, reliable network,We are thrilled to work with AT&T to optimize cloud gaming over 5G, and to deliver an exclusive deal that brings high-performance cloud gaming to iPhone and Android users."
Phil Eisler, vice president and general manager of GeForce NOW at NVIDIA
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