Press Release & Video Demo – EPSON LAUNCHES MOVERIO PRO SMART HEADSET, CUTTING EDGE SMART GLASS TECHNOLOGY

Singapore, 26 May 2016 – Epson, a global leader in projection technology and visual communications, today announced the launch of the cutting-edge Moverio Pro BT-2000 smart headset. The Moverio Pro delivers binocular smart glasses experience for augmented reality applications designed for industrial and enterprise use for onsite use or remote support.

Leveraging Epson’s patented optical and precision technologies, the Moverio Pro has micro projectors located on each side of the eyeglasses that project transparent overlays of digital content directly in the user’s field of view over the real-world environment.

Featuring a high-resolution five megapixel stereo camera with three-dimensional depth sensing that detects the dimensions and spatial positioning of objects in relation to each other, the Moverio Pro BT-2000 provides a platform for displaying augmented reality content over the real world environment and 3D images.

The headset also includes a highly sensitive motion sensor unit, the Epson Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), consisting of high-precision motion sensors such as a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer for accurate head tracking or indoor positioning.

With a 1350cd/m2 high-resolution display, the product brings a new dimension to commercial environments by allowing workers in various locations to see exactly what their counterparts are seeing, get visual assistance and to provide informed support and training. An Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) automatically adjusts the display brightness for each location at work.

Augmented reality smart glasses can improve worker efficiency for various industries in vertical markets such as warehouse/logistics, field service, automotive, manufacturing, construction, retail and more. Uses for Moverio include inspection or training purposes, or for remote field service support for complex repair assistance and troubleshooting. The BT-2000 comes with a rugged design and is dust and water resistant for durability.

Designed with an Android operating system, the new Moverio Pro enables enterprises and other organizations to create and share applications that tailor the product to meet their precise needs. The new product also provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity with external interface devices such as keyboards, mouses and headsets, voice interpretation and recognition for easier hand-free operation, and two exchangeable batteries that allow work to continue with minimal interruption and downtime.

“The Moverio Pro BT-2000 is a result of our discussions with customers in different industries who see the tremendous potential of Moverio smart glasses that can help enhance productivity of their businesses. The Moverio has the potential to revolutionise workflow for onsite or remote operations. It adds a new dimension to professionals for improving their efficiency and accuracy at work, enabling workers to share their experience virtually or provide hands-free movement for hands-on work,” said Ms. Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

 

The Moverio Pro BT-2000 retails at S$4,857 and is currently available in Singapore, Thailand and Philippines. For enquiries, please contact Epson Singapore for more details.

Press Release – Singapore Startup Aims To Accelerate Implementation Of Energy Efficiency Services Across Singapore and Malaysia

Homegrown energy efficiency technology startup – Barghest Building Performance Pte Ltd (“BBP”) announced today that it has implemented an Enterprise Asset Management (“EAM”) solution by Infor, that will be deployed across its Singapore and Malaysia businesses to further optimize its solution focused on building systems and equipment.

Infor’s solution enables BBP to provide clients with a centralized heating, ventilation and air conditioning (“HVAC”) control system that gathers data and in real time calculates and controls equipment to deliver cooling, generating maximum output at minimum energy cost.

BBP works with several clients in Singapore to reduce energy usage and achieve the Building and Construction Authorities’ Green Mark award for their buildings. In tropical climates such as Singapore’s, a significant portion of ongoing building costs can be attributed to inefficient operation of HVAC. BBP adds a layer of intelligence over existing HVAC systems at no upfront cost, and is paid a portion of clients’ dollar savings.

“Our company’s objective is to be recognized as a valued partner to our clients, as we enable maximized energy efficiency and cost savings through intelligent control system. Our business model of shared savings requires the ability to tag, track, maintain and troubleshoot equipment installed across a number of clients, which is why finding the right EAM partner is critical to our business,” said Mr. Poyan Rajamand, CEO of BBP.

“We chose Infor EAM because of the company’s impressive track record, flexibility in meeting customer needs, and the ability to modularly expand the solution to other areas. BBP is now able to translate our in-house expertise to a scalable and value-added service for our clients,” Mr. Rajamand added.

Infor EAM is the market’s most configurable enterprise-grade asset management solution, improving capital asset management in ways that increase reliability, enhance predictive maintenance, ensure regulatory compliance, reduce energy usage, and support sustainability initiatives. Available in industry-specific editions, it also delivers unparalleled flexibility to zero in on the specialized, industry requirements that can turn a company’s asset management into a competitive advantage.

“At Infor, we understand the value of flexibility and reliability when it comes to enterprise asset management. We also know that companies in Singapore and Malaysia are continuously looking to reduce energy costs and decrease building maintenance costs. With Infor EAM, Barghest Building Performance is providing even greater support to their clients, enabling them to meet their asset management and energy-use objectives, which in turn helps enables enhanced ROI and long-term competitive edge,” said Ms. Helen Masters, Vice President, Infor ASEAN.

Source: Media OutReach

ICT Professional Shares Small Businesses’ Needs For Big Data

Daniel Ng, Senior Director for APAC, Cloudera

It has been estimated that we would have generated 40,000 exabytes, or 40 trillion gigabytes (GB), of data by 2020. That is equivalent to 5,200 GB of data for every human on earth. In other words, we are seeing an explosion of the digital universe.

It is impossible to comprehend just how much data is produced each day – and just how little of it is really being put to use. This creates a vast blue ocean of opportunities for enterprises, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to tap into and elevate their current hold in their respective marketplaces.

Many SMEs currently lack staff with the right skillsets to fully leverage on big data and analytics. It is also common for small business owners and management within SMEs to think that big data means ‘big cost’ or ‘big business.’ Many are hesitant to explore big data initiatives because they believe that it requires major investment in hardware and software. In general, many traditional SMEs have been known to be reluctant towards embracing change.

Big data brings big opportunities

Every company began as a start-up. The success of Amazon is a clear showcase of the power of big data and how data can be tapped on to transform a small start-up into a massive industry disrupter and market leader.

Traditional bookstores used to track inventories – i.e., the books that are being stocked, those that are moving off the shelves and which are best sellers. This changed when retail moved online. Online bookstores can now see exactly what each customer is buying, how often they are buying, and even how they prefer to pay.

Soon after, by leveraging data, Amazon not only could track what customers bought, but also what they showed interest in, how they navigated the webpage, as well as how individuals reacted to promotions and similarities across different segments. Later on, Amazon developed algorithms to predict which books an individual customer was most likely to buy next. With this, Amazon transformed the traditional brick-and-mortar retailer into a data-driven e-commerce giant.

Digital footprints of customers have, for some time now, been revealing purchase patterns, preferences and interests, allowing businesses to implement more insight-driven tactics when engaging them. Suddenly, we are in an era where customer profiles are much clearer and more detailed. This is a new era of customer understanding. Just like the data, the opportunities are exploding too.

Starting small with big data

Even though the opportunity is huge, SMEs can start by taking baby steps towards leveraging big data. They can focus their efforts and dive deep into a few business critical sets of data. For example, sales in a specific sector, or performance metrics during peak versus low seasons. This will definitely yield quicker and better results than trying to take on too much, too soon.

SMEs may also consider creating a small interdisciplinary team to experiment with extracting business value from data instead of limiting it to skilled but isolated individuals such as those in the IT department.

In fact, to make things easier and more accessible, these days SMEs have much better access to the latest technology as competition continues to drive prices down and hardware becomes more of a commodity. Furthermore, software, services and even infrastructure can now be delivered over the cloud, making them even more attainable and scalable.

Additionally, cloud delivered infrastructure can help SMEs take advantage of more sophisticated IT operations, which previously might not have been accessible to them due to high costs of operations and up-front investments. SMEs can now start small and face less of a constraint when adopting new technologies.

Think big (data) now

Interestingly, several forward looking SMEs are already seeing big data as something more than just a buzz phrase. They are already harnessing the power of analytics to gain insights into business trends, make market projections, understand customer behavior and more. Big data and analytics is allowing these SMEs to be run more efficiently and become more competitive.

As exemplified earlier by the Amazon story, many successful smaller companies have already shown how data and insightful analytics have created unimaginable business opportunities.

Moving forward, big data will become an integral part of almost every industry. Applications that are essential to managing data are only going to become more accessible, affordable and user-friendly. It is certainly going to be easier for smaller firms to tap on big data and achieve bigger results. Nevertheless, those that start to embrace big data and analytics now will benefit most in the future.

More about Daniel Ng

Daniel Ng, Senior Director, APAC, Cloudera, is an end-in-mind strategist, championing business and technology values for customers, from SMBs to Enterprises.

His 31 years of experience in the ICT industry saw him cover the APAC region in Marketing, Business Development, and Sales roles for companies like IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, after his first job with Nixdorf as a Software Engineer.

He has led Sun Microsystems into becoming the first Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status company and has led efforts in establishing e-business for IBM, Open Source for Red Hat and now Big Data Analytics for Cloudera.

Daniel is also a winning mentor for the 2015 Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, and is an advisor for numerous start-ups in Singapore and globally.


Key Take Away for Forrester Wave ‘s EFSS Report – Acronis and Citrix Emerge As Strong Perfomer

Forrester Wave released report on the 10 EFSS (Enterprise File Sync And Share Platforms)  vendors – — Accellion, Acronis, BlackBerry, Citrix, Egnyte, IBM, Microsoft, Syncplicity, Varonis, and VMware . The report assesses the state of the EFSS hybrid market and see how the vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top vendors in the marketplace.

Strong Performers

Acronis differentiates with a policy-driven approach to secure file sharing. Acronis provides flexible deployment options. These include a multitenant cloud with the Acronis Files Cloud solution; an on-premises option that includes a content gateway service to connect to existing sources (such as file shares, ECM systems, and SharePoint sites); or a hybrid approach that is installed on-premises but works with cloud storage services. Acronis has 14 data centers globally, allowing a client with data sovereignty needs to specify a storage location. Such clients can alternatively work with a service provider to host data storage in a private cloud. A policy engine provides a broad set of options to control content-sharing capabilities, enable role-based content distribution, and manage mobile app configurations. Customers report a relatively high level of satisfaction with search, integration capabilities, and overall mobile user experience. However, customers report a relatively low level of satisfaction for professional services, especially for training.

Citrix extends its EFSS platform to meet the needs of key vertical markets. Citrix has diversified its ShareFile offering — an early entrant into the cloud EFSS market — to address the demands of customers who need the flexibility of a hybrid approach. Citrix ShareFile supports Citrix-managed cloud storage, customer- managed on-premises storage, cloud services with AWS or Microsoft Azure, or a hybrid combination. Citrix provides connectors for network drives, SharePoint, and ECM systems. Citrix offers advanced collaboration via premium bundles that incorporate its Podio product for workflow, real-time feeds, comments, and discussions. Citrix has enhanced its vertical market focus, supporting needs of regulated industries, and has expanded support for DLP, secure deal rooms, and customer-owned encryption keys. When used in conjunction with Citrix’s XenMobile mobile management offering, extended support is available for rights management and geofencing. Customers report high levels of satisfaction with file sharing among internal and external participants; however, they rated overall satisfaction relatively low.

 

Full Report. See below

Source: Forrester Wave 2016Q2 Report

Press Release – OutSystems Partner Program Grew 51% Last Year as Businesses Seek to Accelerate Digital Transformation

4739-OutSystems_glow_CMYKSINGAPORE – May 23, 2016 – Companies around the globe have made digital transformation a top business priority, fueling the need for more technology consulting and service providers to become OutSystems Partners in order to build and deploy applications on OutSystems Platform — the most trusted Rapid Application Development and Delivery (RAD) platform for enterprise.

 

Currently, of the 140 leading IT services and consulting companies that partner with OutSystems, 15 are based in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. Together these partners form a solid global community that has helped make OutSystems the platform of choice at organizations across a wide range of sectors. Insurance companies, banks, telcos, retailers, manufacturers, biotechs, universities, utilities, transportation companies and many other types of enterprises rely on applications built by OutSystems Partners on OutSystems Platform to achieve digital transformation.

OutSystems, an Atlantic-based company that provides services to help enterprises to quickly build line-of-business app. Beginning of 2016, the company has raised a $55 million funding round led by North Bridge Growth Equity. Previous investors in the company include ES Ventures and Portugal Ventures. OutSystems has been cited by many media globally as one of the top list of pre-IPO B2B companies.

“Mobile applications are becoming a priority for many organizations. They empower businesses to make gains in efficiency and productivity and deliver return on investment,” says Carlos Alves, Vice President, Global Sales at OutSystems. “We now have more companies using apps to transform their organization, and they’re demanding apps that deliver excellent user experience as well as functionality. This opens up a tremendous volume of business that our Partners can take advantage of by rapidly building apps on OutSystems Platform.”

 

OutSystems Partners benefit by delivering time-to-value, meaning they can develop and deploy an app on OutSystems Platform in significantly less time than using other methods. Other benefits include opportunities to increase recurring revenue, improve productivity and resource utilization to increase profits, and to leverage OutSystems Platform to broaden their portfolio of services.

 

Renvi Martinez, President and General Manager, Transnational E-Business Solutions, Inc., says, “OutSystems Platform lowers technical barriers with developers building apps. Skills reuse is definitely a plus, while reducing the technical risk providing security, reliability and scalability.”

 

Many OutSystems Partners, including those in the Asia Pacific region, also use OutSystems Platform on Microsoft Azure. This offering combines the standards, security and reliability from Microsoft — that many developers know and trust — with the ability to rapidly build beautiful applications in OutSystems.

 

Faisal Rafi, Country Head Singapore and Senior Vice President, Technology Services at Xchanging, a CSC Company, says, “OutSystems encapsulates the entire SDLC from conceptualization to implementation on one platform and can lead to significant gains on productivity.”

 

According to Andrew Dean, Managing Director and CEO of DB Results, a digital business consulting and technology company with offices in Australia and Hong Kong, “We are faster since we started working with OutSystems. Faster delivery, faster training for our team, faster time to value and faster delivery of projects to our customers — and new repeated business!”

 

For many technology consulting and services firms, the low-code platform business model in general and OutSystems Platform in particular represents an exceptional growth opportunity. OutSystems received the highest score in the current offering category and was among the highest scores in the strategy category in The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 2016.  In terms of market size and growth, another recent Forrester report states that the low-code platforms market generated at least USD 1.7 billion in revenue during 2015 and will grow to approximately USD 15.5 billion by 2020. In 2015, OutSystems grew subscription revenue by more than 60 percent. This increase is due to the Platform’s ability to improve operational efficiency, business agility, and employee productivity. To keep up with demand, OutSystems is seeking Partners that possess industry expertise, local delivery capabilities, and can offer a high level of service to customers.

 

Source: Media OutReach

PC Show 2016 is back! Updated with Product Flyers!

The highly-anticipated PC Show 2016 is back for its 26th year, showcasing a wide range of technology and electronics with unbeatable bargains happening from 2 – 5 June 2016 at the Singapore Expo, Halls 5 & 6!

Komoco Motors, one of Singapore’s leading motor companies, is sponsoring this year’s grand lucky draw prize of a Hyundai Elantra Elite car worth $61,000 (without COE). Visitors to The PC Show are entitled to a lucky draw ticket for every $100 spent at the show.

Besides that, The PC Show, for the first time, takes on a more interactive approach. Tech360.tv, Singapore’s first online tech TV channel dedicated to covering today’s digital lifestyle, will be officially launched at The PC Show. Viewers can expect bite-size & info-taining tech updates from The PC Show and there will be exciting prizes to be won at the event.

Find out more flyers below

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GoGoVan Announces Series C Funding

GoGoVan, Asia’s leading on-demand logistics platform, announces undisclosed amount of Series C funding led by private equity firm, New Horizon Capital, with participation from Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, Singapore Press Holdings, Hotung Investment Holdings, as well as existing investors.

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Founded in July 2013, GoGoVan has successfully expanded to 13 cities across Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, China, South Korea and India. With over 2 million app downloads and a driver network of 150,000, GoGoVan has processed over 20 million orders with an aggregate transaction value in excess of US$200 million.

GoGoEnterprise – an intelligent delivery management platform that empowers businesses to provide both scheduled and on-demand delivery with features like Order Management, Route Optimisation, Real-Time Tracking, and Instant Delivery Confirmation. With the ability to mobilise thousands of vehicles in a city, business users can, not only sourcefor logistics capacity, but also create optimised delivery routes. This helps users gain authority, visibility and improve efficiency throughout the delivery process.


“With this funding, we plan to further improve our product offerings to service diversified business logistics needs, from individual online retailers to multi-nationals who are demanding logistics solutions,” said Steven Lam, CEO of GoGoVan. He added, “Our mission is to optimise logistics cost by providing innovative and cutting edge technology; by deploying big data logistics analytics to all aspects of the delivery value chain. We want to create a new business model – LaaS (Logistics As A Service) for the logistics industry.”

GoGoVan will further enhance its technical resources by hiring more world-class developers, programmers and program managers. GoGoVan will embark on the development of several new products and solutions that will change the very DNA of the logistics industry.

“We will develop and engage state-of-the-art machine learning, artificial intelligence and programming that will bring efficiency, productivity and cost management to the logistics business,” said Chris Yuen, CTO of GoGoVan.

Leading the on-demand logistics market in Asia, GoGoVan continues to innovate and create outstanding logistics experiences for businesses, consumers and drivers. The ultimate goal: An efficient, convenient and affordable logistics solution.

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Video: Singtel Data ExStream: Can a mobile network replace your eyes?

Singtel today released a film, Data ExStream which demonstrates the speed, coverage, reliability and low latency of the Singtel mobile network by putting it to three extreme tests in real-world conditions. This is the first time that a local telecommunications network has been tested in such a unique manner.

The film features a series of extreme challenges conducted across Singapore to test Singtel’s tri-band 4G+ network. The challenges included Singapore’s world champion fencing star, Lau Ywen, battling through a precarious obstacle course, a rooftop game of whack-a-mole and a series of precision driving stunts performed by renowned Singapore stunt driver, Jason Tan.

Goggles were fitted and customised with two Samsung Galaxy Note 5s – the first device streamed real-time video footage of the challenger’s environments via Singtel’s tri-band 4G+ network and relayed to the second, which served as the challenger’s eyes. Transmission of the images had to be instantaneous for each challenger to accomplish their extreme task.

The success of the challenges hinged on the overall performance of the Singtel mobile network: low latency, high speed, data capacity, and far-reaching coverage. The Singtel network delivered on all accounts and the challengers accomplished their tasks without a hitch.

For a behind-the-scenes video

Press Release – PayPal Launches Open Call for FinTech Startups as Part of Inaugural Incubation Program in Singapore

9-month program offers FinTech startups exclusive co-working space at PayPal’s Singapore Technology Center and structured learning by industry experts


Thursday, 5 May, Singapore –
Calling all FinTech startups in Singapore – if you are looking to take your business to the next level with the aid of industry experts and resources, this is an opportunity not to be missed. PayPal, a leading global online payments company, is launching its first startup incubation program in Singapore and is organizing a Pitch Fest to select FinTech or technology startups to join its first cycle. The program will offer selected startups numerous opportunities including coaching and mentorship by PayPal executives and various subject matter experts; networking opportunities through PayPal’s network and venture capital connections; as well as a conducive co-working space which promotes collaboration and innovation.

Applications are now open for FinTech or technology startups. Interested eligible startups can apply via https://www.starttank.com/singapore/apply
from now till 25 May, 6pm (SGT).

Shortlisted startups will be invited to a Pitch Fest scheduled to be held on 2 June.

Nurturing the next generation of FinTech startups

PayPal’s 9-month incubation program in Singapore aims to develop and nurture the next generation of FinTech startups. PayPal will provide the selected startups with structured learning conducted by experts in the FinTech industry. The curriculum will cover finance and technology topics such as risk, compliance, core payment network and channel partnering. To complement this, the teams will also gain coaching and mentorship by external subject matter experts and PayPal executives such as Anupam Pahuja, General Manager, Technology for PayPal Asia Pacific, who is also one of the Pitch Fest judges.

Anupam Pahuja, General Manager, Technology, PayPal Asia Pacific. Source: Instagram user @weewu

The program will be housed at an exclusive prime co-working space within PayPal’s Singapore Technology Center located at Suntec City, providing selected startups direct access to industry expertise from PayPal employees, as well as funding opportunities through PayPal’s network and venture capital connections.

Singapore is the second country in Asia Pacific to run PayPal’s incubation program. PayPal’s Technology Center in Chennai, India, has been hosting this program since 2013, with most of its 10 startups receiving funding or obtaining a strategic exit upon graduation from the program.

For more information, visit https://www.starttank.com/singapore/apply/.

See below for the Factsheet on Pitch Fest


A.T. Kearney Report – Singapore jumps five places to enter top-ten list in FDI Confidence Index

03 May 2016 – Singapore has entered the top-ten list in the 2016 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index. The city-state jumped five places – the biggest rise in rankings – to take the 10th spot in this year’s Index, released today.

The Index is a forward-looking analysis of how political, economic, and regulatory changes will likely affect FDI inflows into countries in the coming years. Since its inception in 1998, the study has reliably pointed toward firms’ top choices globally for FDI, with the countries ranked in the Index reliably tracking closely with the destinations for actual global FDI inflows.

The Index is constructed using primary data from a proprietary survey administered to senior executives of the world’s leading corporations.

In this year’s survey, 31 percent of the respondents said they were more optimistic about Singapore’s economic outlook over the next three years, compared to a year ago.

“Singapore has established itself as a regional financial hub. Its robust economy, stable political environment, corruption free establishment and an educated talent pool have made it an attractive destination for global firms,” said Soon Ghee Chua, Partner and Head of Southeast Asia at A.T. Kearney.

“Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the easiest places to do business. That has seen major global companies set up their regional headquarters here. Singapore is also a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) further adding to its lure for companies looking to tap into the 10-nation economic bloc’s growth potential. All of this has contributed to the growth in FDI into the country,” he added.

The results of the Index also show that domestic market size, cost of labour, regulatory transparency and lack of corruption are among the top factors that executives look at when making decisions about investing in a country.

Overall, five Asian countries feature in the top-ten rankings in this year’s Index, highlighting the confidence global business leaders have in the region. The other four countries are:

  • China: Ranked second for the fourth year in a row.
  • Japan: Continues to rise in the rankings, up one spot this year to 6th place.
  • Australia: Jumped three spots to take 7th place.
  • India: Jumped two places to re-enter the top-ten at the 9th spot.

The United States has topped the FDI Confidence Index, holding its first-place position for the fourth year in a row. Global business executives are also more bullish on the U.S. economic outlook than for any other economy. China claimed second place, also for the fourth consecutive year. However, investor expectations about the Chinese economy turned decidedly more negative this year, and executives say they will reduce their FDI in China if market volatility persists.

“The United States and China have held steady at the top of the Index in the face of significant changes in the global operating environment over the past four years,” said Paul Laudicina, founder of the FDI Confidence Index and chairman of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council.

“Executives’ sustained interest in investing in the United States and China demonstrates the undeniable and enduring attractiveness of the two largest economies in the world. Over the 18 years of this assessment we have observed consistent investor preference for large markets with robust economic prospects,” he added.

Global executives are increasingly turning to FDI to ignite growth opportunities, despite the overall trend of slowing globalization. Global FDI flows jumped 36 percent to an estimated $1.7 trillion in 2015 – the highest level since 2007 – and the vast majority of executives also believe that FDI will become more important for corporate profitability and competitiveness in the near term. Accordingly, more than 70 percent of firms in the survey plan to increase their level of FDI over the next three years. A likely reason for this is the rise of protectionist sentiments in many countries – creating greater need for a local presence to do business in those markets.

The 2016 FDI Confidence Index®

Country

2016

Rank

2015
Rank

2014
Rank

2015-2016 Change

United States

1

1

1

0

China

2

2

2

0

Canada

3

4

3

+1

Germany

4

5

6

+1

United Kingdom

5

3

4

-2

Japan

6

7

19

+1

Australia

7

10

8

+3

France

8

8

10

0

India

9

11

7

+2

Singapore

10

15

9

+5

Switzerland

11

14

14

+3

Brazil

12

6

5

-6

Spain

13

17

18

+4

Netherlands

14

13

22

-1

Taiwan

15

Italy

16

12

20

-4

South Korea

17

16

-1

Mexico

18

9

12

-9

Belgium

19

19

21

0

Denmark

20

20

23

0

Thailand

21

Sweden

22

18

16

-4

Ireland

23

Austria

24

21

-3

Norway

25

24

1

About the 2016 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®

The 2016 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index® is constructed using primary data from a proprietary survey administered to senior executives of the world’s leading corporations. The survey was conducted in January 2016.

Respondents include C-level executives and regional and business leads. All companies participating in the survey have annual revenues of $500 million or more. The participating companies are headquartered in 27 different countries and span all sectors. The selection of countries from which to survey senior executives is based on data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with the 27 countries represented in the FDI Confidence Index accounting for more than 90 percent of the source of global FDI flows in recent years. Service-sector firms account for 45 percent of respondents, while industrial firms account for about 35 percent and IT firms account for about 15 percent.

The Index is calculated as a weighted average of the number of high, medium, and low responses to the questions on the likelihood of making a direct investment in a market over the next three years. Index values are based on responses only from companies headquartered in foreign markets. For example, the Index value for the United States was calculated without responses from U.S.-headquartered investors. Higher Index values indicate more attractive investment targets.

FDI flow figures are the latest statistics available from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and all 2015 figures are estimates. Other secondary sources include investment promotion agencies, central banks, ministries of finance and trade, and other major data sources.

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