The Sunway Group pours millions into the Cloud


  • TECH
  • Thursday, 05 Mar 2015

INTO THE CLOUD: (L-R) Hitachi Sunway group chief executive officer and director, Cheah Kok Hoong, Sunway Berhad president Datuk Chew Chee Kin and IBM Malaysia managing director Paul Moung explaining the IT modernisation plan at the launch. IBM Connections Cloud capabilities include social collaboration, online meetings, text, voice and video chat.

The Sunway Group is going on a five year, multi-million ringgit IT modernisation plan, by deploying the IBM Connections Cloud service.

IBM Connections Cloud capabilities include social collaboration, online meetings, text, voice and video chat for 13,000 of Sunway's employees across 50 locations worldwide.

The group would not specify the amount it would spend.

Sunway Group president Datuk Chew Chee Kin claimed the group is the first in South East Asia to adopt the IBM SmartCloud, under the IBM Connections Cloud initiative.

The deployment of the IBM Connections Cloud will be done by Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd, a joint-venture between Hitachi Systems Ltd and Sunway Technology Sdn Bhd.

The IT infrastructure transformation plan will begin with its headquarters, Menara Sunway and its businesses in Malaysia. After that, remote sites, key construction sites and overseas operations will connect to the cloud in phases.

Upon completion, all of the messages and collaboration capabilities will be accessible from the browser or mobile devices, providing mobility no matter where the employees are.

“We understand the need for the infrastructure that allows our people to easily access information from anywhere in the world,” said Chew.

In addition, each employee will receive a 50GB e-mail quota, more cloud storage, secured sharing of enterprise documents and social tools.

The modernisation plan will also see the Sunway Group exploring the use IBM Watson's oncology capabilities at its Sunway Medical Centre for treating cancer. Oncology deals with the treatment of tumours.

IBM Watson is a tool that can converse with a human being in natural language and understand the context of questions.

The announcement by Sunway Group came a month after Hitachi Sunway was selected by the Sunway Medical Centre to implement the modernisation of its information system, which sees the the digitalisation and centralisation of its administration and records.

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