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ICT giant CMC Corporation launches new open ecosystem, eyeing knowledge and data sharing to boost digital economy

Update: April, 10/2019 - 10:40

Technicians at CMC Corporation's data centre. — Photo courtesy of CMC

HÀ NỘI — The telecoms and IT giant CMC Corporation on Tuesday (April 9) launched the open ecosystem for enterprise (C.OPE2N) – the first of its kind in Việt Nam – to help foster a digital economy and a “Vietnam 4.0”.

The new open ecosystem will offer a wide range of services and benefits for Government agencies, enterprises and organisations in order to share and connect knowledge among Vietnamese people in the era of digital transformation.

Digital transformation is a process that occurs in each different sector and industry based on their scale and operation structure. This process generates data packages that have a variety of content, volume and security.

In the era of Industry 4.0, all enterprises are aware that data is their most important asset and that it must be used and shared carefully and efficiently. In the last 10 years, the world’s top tech giants such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba have considered ecosystems a key instrument for their businesses. Those firms have developed their own data ecosystems to explore and improve their own competitive advantages.

Thus, data connection is key for the transformation as each ecosystem aims to create a platform to link hardware and software via the internet, operation systems and applications running on the hardware.

“Infrastructure must come first. The Ministry of Information and Communications always expects Vietnamese companies will carry out their digital transformation and upgrade their facility – the core of digital transformation,” said Minister Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng.

“Việt Nam, with six million business and economic entities – including more than 700,000 active businesses, must count on a cloud system to help those entities process the digital transformation” and the country needs thousands of IT firms to speed up the process, he said at the launching ceremony.

“What we see today is the first strong step taken by CMC Corporation to turn Việt Nam into a digital hub in ASEAN, where data is stored and shared among each other," especially when Việt Nam is leading ASEAN in 5G technology, roaming fees and cybersecurity, Hùng said.

He added that the Ministry of Information and Communications welcomed CMC Corporation's initiative to provide digital transformation services for local enterprises and organisations with its cloud system.

“Let’s hope C.OPE2N, with contributions and efforts of global leading IT giants, will help Việt Nam enhance and hasten in developing its digital economy and promote the Vietnamese ICT sector.”

As one of Việt Nam’s top information-technology (IT) and telecom enterprises, CMC Corporation has been exploring new technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics to meet rising demand in the new era of high-technology.

“The C.OPE2N ecosystem will help enterprises and organisations go through their digital transformation process, and get access to the best knowledge and technologies as quickly as possible,” said CMC CEO and chairman Nguyễn Trung Chính.

The ecosystem would enable Vietnamese enterprises to connect to up-to-date knowledge and data in the world and make the best use of benefits brought by the development of a digital economy, he said.

“Being built on the ‘open principle’, the ecosystem is expected to assist Việt Nam and its business community to jump big in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

The C.OPE2N ecosystem was fully developed in early 2019, and it is a platform openly structured to integrate all of CMC’s best technologies such as Multi-Cloud, Data Lake, AI and application platforms. With the new ecosystem, Government agencies, enterprises and other clients of CMC Corporation can now access and share digitised data packages on the platform.

CMC expects the platform to become an imitative modern digital society that reflects the company’s desire to work with the Government to develop and complete a code of digitised data management, contributing to the foundation of a specific data digitisation framework that matches the country’s socio-economic growth.

Based on the C.OPE2N platform, the Government may be able to improve its public services, speed up its administrative procedures and bolster the performance of the e-Government system, thus cutting IT costs for Government agencies.

As it is built on the network of high-quality data centres and telecommunication stations as well as the international-standard cybersecurity system, C.OPE2N will be the best choice for the Government and its ministries and local authorities when it comes down to the fight against cyberattacks, assuring higher quality of information security and better enforcement of the Law on Cybersecurity.

For businesses and partners, C.OPE2N offers an open telecommunication platform, which is combined with high-quality gigabit-capable passive optical networks (GPON), and international-standard data centres located in Hà NộI and HCM City.

Among the main core values of the system is its multi-cloud service, which allows enterprises and organisations to connect to other IT ecosystems in the world as whoever has helped CMC to develop the ecosystem also has its own ecosystem, according to Chính.

“Only a few number of Vietnamese businesses have plans for digital transformation while about 85 per cent of global enterprises have done so, indicating the digital transformation process in Việt Nam has lagged behind the world,” he said.

More local companies are expected to join the process and succeed in doing so, he added. “Businesses that agree to join the C.OPE2N ecosystem may save 30 per cent of total costs.”

They would be able to speed up their access to customers, services and assure the security of their data and work process by using the cloud technology of the system, he said.

“I expect we won’t be only able to approach Vietnamese enterprises but also reach out for those in ASEAN, then Asia-Pacific. We want to turn Việt Nam into a digital hub of the Asia-Pacific. We have to plan for it now,” Chính said.

“We commit to perfecting out system to provide better products and services for customers. Those users will determine our success and they are also the ones who have the decisive role in the development of their businesses.”

Having been working with CMC in years, the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) on March 22 signed an agreement on comprehensive co-operation.

The C.OPE2N ecosystem and its cloud technology would help reduce some workload for the bank, Trần Công Quỳnh Lân, deputy CEO of VietinBank, said.

ICT would play a big part in the bank’s future operation as it would help optimise work process, from identifying potential customers to approaching them, cutting procedures and maximising business performance, he said.

"The development of such an ecosystem means a lot to VietinBank and other commercial banks in Việt Nam as banks are now able to cut expenses for technology research and development, take advantage of the modern infrastructure and improve the quality of products and services," Lân added. — VNS


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