Monday, 14 September 2020 08:08

SUSE appoints new APJ president, hopes to triple business by 2023

Phillip Miltiades: "Increasingly, open source is being adopted for leading edge innovation like mobile, big data, AI and machine learning, and we see great potential for growth across APJ" Phillip Miltiades: "Increasingly, open source is being adopted for leading edge innovation like mobile, big data, AI and machine learning, and we see great potential for growth across APJ" Supplied

Germany-based open source vendor SUSE has announced the appointment of a new president for its Asia Pacific and Japan operations, with former SAP APJ chief operating officer Phillip Miltiades to take on the role.

The company said in a statement that under Miltiades' leadership it hoped to triple its business in the region by 2023.

It said it had seen an increase of 22% in annual contract value bookings in the first half of 2020 year-on-year, while its cloud business saw gains of 75% in the first half of the year.

Miltiades has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise leadership roles. As chief operating officer at SAP Digital Core, he was responsible for running and growing SAP’s S/4HANA Cloud Technologies business across the Asia Pacific and Japan. Before that, he held management positions in several other tech-related companies.

Commenting on the appointment, SUSE chief customer officer Paul Devlin said: "Miltiades’ appointment will extend our capabilities to serve the evolving needs of customers looking to simplify their IT infrastructure, modernise applications and accelerate their business through digital transformation.

“His extensive selling and delivery experience with solid, lasting business relationships with customers are going to help us intensify our focus on customer engagement and deliver the values customers are looking for.

"He is a great addition to our leadership team and will further strengthen our market position as a leading open source software partner for our customers in the region.”

Miltiades said it was a good time time to join SUSE. “Open source is becoming the backbone for driving digital innovation, according to Gartner," he said.

"Increasingly, open source is being adopted for leading edge innovation like mobile, big data, AI and machine learning, and we see great potential for growth across APJ. We provide simplified, innovative and adaptable open-source solutions for our customers’ mission-critical business applications to help them achieve the outcomes they desire.

“We will accomplish this by bringing the power of the open source community and credibility of our engineering team to provide highly scalable, secure and high performing solutions that can be deployed anywhere, across any environment and maintained easily on any platform regardless of application or solution deployed.

"We simply want to be the easiest company to work with by bringing true open source, flexible software technologies with no vendor lock-in to support sustainable and meaningful business outcomes of our customers.”

Some of SUSE's customers in the APJ include Air India, JK Tyre & Industries, Mahindra, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, New South Wales Fire Brigades and Swinburne University of Technology.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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