Tuesday, March 24, 2020

South Korea’s HANCOM Group and Naver Business Platform Donate AI Call Center System to Overcome COVID-19

In Korea, HANCOM Group will offer Hancom AI Check 25, its outbound AI call center, free-of-charge and fully support expenses for installing the system. NBP will provide for free high-performance cloud infrastructure for the stable operation of AI call center


The HANCOM Group will offer its AI Call Center platform and full support in Korea including all expenses required for installing the system. Equally, NBP will donate its high-performance cloud infrastructure for the stable operation of monitoring services. Hancom is also considering the introduction of an English version Hancom AI Check 25 into the U.S. market through its local subsidiary in Silicon Valley. For more info, please contact.

Don

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Korea Facing Thoughts, Part 2 with Many Going Remote


Don Southerton

To add to the previous well-read Post. ( See below)

With many now working Remote and many reaching out, here is the best way for us to connect.  


If times are a challenge or you have an urgent need to talk, text me and we can connect. 
310-866-3777

Don

Like you, I miss meeting in person, travel and much of the daily routine. That said, after more than a decade + of 24/7 virtual and online support for teams in Korea, North America and worldwide, technology today allows us to stay very well connected.

I do however recognize the uncertainty most are experiencing and have blocked off time in my schedule to not only catch up with teams and leadership but feel free to reach out as a sounding board and for a strategic, culturally savvy perspective.

 Here are a few examples… but not limited to these :)
1.     Short term how will Korea HQ's' team and leadership respond globally vs, in their own Domestic market?  i.e. Will HQ work to maintain their Korean workforce,  but mandate overseas operations cut employment, budgets, etc.

 2.     As a caveat, what countermeasures can global subsidiaries recommend to their Korea-based / HQ organization as an alternative to drastic global cuts across the board?  ( I always try to suggest 3 options)   [Same goes for western operations in Korea for a western-based / HQ company who may be pondering cutting backs.]

3.     How can western-based teams and organizations with new and/or ongoing ventures in Korea ensure their Korean partners do not pull back amid the uncertainty?  (This has been common in the past with recessions, the China boycott, etc.)   

4.     Noting Korea’s cross-cultural high-risk avoidance, how do we structure re-assurances?

5.     Noting western cross-cultural frankness, how do we structure constructive Korea facing dialogue and conversations dealing with the Crisis?

6.  As a partner, service provider, or vendor, how can I mitigate Korea-facing / HQ budget cutbacks in programs and services?

 As always, all communication is kept private and confidential.

Don


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tackling Korea Facing Business Under Coronavirus

Don Southerton 2020

To stay proactive here are some of my thoughts for Thursday, March 19, 2020

Like you, I miss meeting in person, travel and much of the daily routine. That said, after more than a decade + of 24/7 virtual and online support for teams in Korea, North America and worldwide, technology today allows us to stay very well connected.

I do however recognize the uncertainty most are experiencing and have blocked off time in my schedule to not only catch up with teams and leadership but feel free to reach out as a sounding board and for a strategic, culturally savvy perspective.

 Here are a few examples… but not limited to these :)
1.     Short term how will Korea HQ's' team and leadership respond globally vs, in their own Domestic market?  i.e. Will HQ work to maintain their Korean workforce,  but mandate overseas operations cut employment, budgets, etc.

 2.     As a caveat, what countermeasures can global subsidiaries recommend to their Korea-based / HQ organization as an alternative to drastic global cuts across the board?  ( I always try to suggest 3 options)   [Same goes for western operations in Korea for a western-based / HQ company who may be pondering cutting backs.]

3.     How can western-based teams and organizations with new and/or ongoing ventures in Korea ensure their Korean partners do not pull back amid the uncertainty?  (This has been common in the past with recessions, the China boycott, etc.)  

4.     Noting Korea’s cross-cultural high-risk avoidance, how do we structure re-assurances?

5.     Noting western cross-cultural frankness, how do we structure constructive Korea facing dialogue and conversations dealing with the Crisis?

6.  As a partner, service provider, or vendor, how can I mitigate Korea-facing / HQ budget cutbacks in programs and services?

 As always, all communication is kept private and confidential.

Don

Friday, February 28, 2020

Hancom Group, Drones and JV with China's DJI

Hancom Group in the news.  Heading up their global PR, I look to share Hancom news with the world.

Korean media reports that South Korea’s Hancom Group plans to launch a drone pilot training academy in Korea in collaboration with Chinese drone maker DJI.

The Chinese partner, DJI is a leading drone maker, which currently owns roughly 70 percent of the world's market share.

Under the joint agreement, the two companies will be tasked with developing new drones for public safety purposes together with new technologies used for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Hancom WITH division an online security arm of Hancom Group, which will be responsible for the education business, will also utilize Hancom’s virtual reality technology-based drone simulator.

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2020/02/133_283982.html

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

In the News; South Korea Hancom and Shinhan Bank Blockchain Platform

South Korea Hancom and Shinhan Bank to Develop Blockchain Platform

Hancom Group Blockchain
Cho Young-seo, Vice president of Shinhan DS (left) and Hong Seung-pil, VP Hancom ( right)
Hancom Group Blockchain
Korean companies Hancom and Shihan Bank DS have pledging to build a “digital asset” management platform.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 19, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 2020 South Korean software giant Hancom has sealed a blockchain deal with Shinhan DS, the IT services affiliate of Shinhan Bank. The bank is ranked the second-largest commercial bank in South Korea in assets and net income. With approximately 13,400 employees and 900 branches nationwide, Shinhan provides retail, corporate and investment banking services to over 18 million customers.

Both Korean companies have pledging to build a “digital asset” management platform. The two companies will utilize blockchain technology to develop a blockchain-based digital asset management platform that ensures reliability and transparency and can track all tangible assets.

Hancom will invest R & D personnel specialized in blockchain and security.

Shinhan DS is in charge of technology strategy and platform structure design.

Hancom has already built a strong portfolio of blockchain offerings, including a suite of blockchain-powered office software.

For more information on Hancom, please contact:
Don Southerton
1-310-866-3777
donsoutherton@koreabcw.com

About The Hancom Group
Founded in 1989, today Hancom Group is a leader in creating innovative ecosystems that will lead the world through the convergence of technology.

With its reach of 13 affiliate companies covering Hardware, Software, and the Finance industry, the Group’s mission is to create a “Convenient World, Connected World, and Safe & Secure World.”
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Saturday, February 08, 2020

Hancom Group to Donate Supplies to Combat Coronavirus

South Korea Hancom Group has partnered with iFLYTEKwith to Donate Supplies to Combat Coronavirus. Hancom has donated 20,000 protective masks to help fight the epidemic in China.

The Hancom Group team under Global CEO Dr. Peter Wonsok Yun worked to make this happen. I am Proud to be part of Hancom!






HEFEI, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Asia’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) and speech technology company, iFLYTEK, partnered with Hancom Group, a South Korean technology company, to donate additional medical supplies to help combat the spread of coronavirus. The Hancom Group responded to iFLYTEK’s call to action by donating 20,000 protective masks to help fight the epidemic.
“It is more difficult for an organization to donate protective masks than it is to donate funds due to shortages.”
As anxiety over coronavirus increases around the world, so does the shortage of medical supplies. iFLYTEK responded by donating 10 million yuan (approximately $1.44 million) of AI technology and equipment and is asking other companies in the region to donate supplies to aid its efforts as well. The AI company has deployed its intelligent medical assistants to 66 districts and counties to help physicians screen high-risk patients in addition to donating over 12,000 protective masks, 3,000 protective suits, and 13,000 pairs of goggles. iFLYTEK has also provided its smart online classroom to primary and secondary schools in Hubei province at no cost and has dedicated 39 full-time personnel to the prevention and control of coronavirus in Anhui and the whole country.
Hancom Group was eager to help and quickly sprang into action, providing the large number of masks within just a few days’ time. “iFLYTEK applauds Hancom Group for its effort to help prevent the spread of the virus,” said iFLYTEK Chief Financial Officer Mr. Dawei Duan. “It is more difficult for an organization to donate protective masks than it is to donate funds due to shortages.”
iFLYTEK has partnered with Hancom Group in the past, leveraging its AI capabilities to help the South Korean company with research and development of new products. The two companies have established a joint venture together, Accufly.AI, which brings both companies’ cutting-edge technology together to create an AI ecosystem.
“iFLYTEK continues to communicate with its international partner companies to secure resources, technology and equipment to help fight this epidemic. We believe that the joint efforts from all sectors of society will help overcome the coronavirus,” Mr. Duan commented.
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