Friday, May 12, 2023

NTT Data to subsume domestic operations under local company

The domestic operations of NTT Data will be reorganized under a local holding company effective 0-July-2023.

NTT Data's domestic business has been steadily expanding, reaching a business scale of over 1.6 trillion Japanese Yen as of the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2023. The company said this new structure will help it to continue meeting the expanding and diversifying needs of the domestic market and ensure that trust established with customers over many years will be further deepened.

SAP and Google Cloud expand Open Data alliance

SAP and Google Cloud will offer enterprise customers that ability to integrate the SAP Datasphere solution with Google's data cloud. The joint offering can unify data from SAP software systems, such as SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Cloud, providing organizations with a comprehensive view of their most important data on Google's data cloud. Customers can federate queries across SAP Datasphere and Google's BigQuery to blend data from SAP and non-SAP software. The companies also plan to partner on joint go-to-market initiatives for enterprises' largest data projects, enabling customers to adopt data products from both SAP and Google Cloud. 

"Bringing together SAP systems and data with Google's data cloud introduces entirely new opportunities for enterprises to derive more value from their full data footprints," said Christian Klein, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. "SAP and Google Cloud share a commitment to open data and our extended partnership will help break down barriers between data stored in disparate systems, databases, and environments. Our customers not only benefit from the business AI already built into our systems, but also from a unified data foundation."

"SAP and Google Cloud now offer an incredibly comprehensive and open data cloud, providing a foundation for the future of enterprise AI," said Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud. "Few resources are as important to digital transformation as data. By deeply integrating SAP data and systems with our data cloud, customers will be able to utilize our analytics capabilities, as well as advanced AI tools and large language models to find new insights from their data."

Aviat Networks to acquire NEC's Wireless Transport Business

Aviat Networks agreed to acquired NEC's Wireless Transport business for $70 million in cash and shares. 

Since 2019, Aviat has served as the channel partner for NEC in North America. The companies said there is little overlap in their customer base.

For Aviat, its geographic breakdown is: 63% in North America, 16% in Africa and Middle East, 16% in LATAM and APAC, and 5% in Europe

For NEC’s wireless transport business unit, the geographic breakdown is: 64% in LATAM and APAC, 15% in Europe, 16% in Africa and Middle East, and 5% in North America.

Aviat said the aquisition brings three benefits:

  • an additional $150 million in revenue which will be accretive to adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP EPS, and free cash flow by the end of the first year;
  • enhanced product and intellectual property portfolio;
  • a more diversified business, including over 20 Tier 1 service providers worldwide and a leading position in private networks.  

"The transaction advances Aviat's strategic goal to create the leading wireless transport specialist and to add meaningful scale to our business," said Pete Smith, CEO of Aviat Networks.  "NEC's wireless transport solutions brand, PASOLINK, is recognized by customers around the world for its leading quality and reliability. The addition of NEC's wireless transport business to Aviat's portfolio of high-power, mission critical radios, all-outdoor microwave and multi-band radios, advanced microwave routers and software offerings will create a compelling solution set for any customer. Aviat and NEC possess highly complementary customers and markets and the combination will enable Aviat to pursue select new Tier 1 business. The increased scale and capabilities will enable Aviat to compete even more effectively against the large generalists and fiber backhaul providers."

"As a leader in the field of wireless transport, NEC has accumulated many years of advanced technologies and knowledge by providing solutions to a wide range of customers around the world," said Takayuki Morita, President and CEO, NEC Corporation. "Today, we are confident that this business integration with Aviat will enable customers to be provided with even more valuable solutions."

OneLight Sensing adds to its team

OneLight Sensing, a start-up based in San Jose, California, appointed Rear Admiral (Ret) Christian “Boris” Becker as President of the company. Becker completed his 30-plus year career in the U.S. Navy as the senior space acquisition officer and as the Commander of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, a technology focused organization with over 11,000 personnel around the globe. 

OneLight Sensing (OLS) was created in November 2021 by spinning off the SA Photonics’ Sensing Division into a new, stand-alone company. OLS designs and delivers innovative solutions in the areas of lidar and hyperspectral imaging, wideband spatially coherent supercontinuum optical sources, and highly agile fiber-based laser sources. OLS leverages funding with strategic use of the Small Business Innovation Research programs (SBIR) for its product development and research.