CIOs from prominent companies discussed issues raised by cloud technology and BYOD mobility at a recent roundtable in Hong Kong.
Enterprise IT departments have seen a power shift to their internal customers. The traditional IT functions, of programming and maintaining hardware and software infrastructure, are being replaced by the proactive task of innovating and harnessing technology to business goals. A tipping point has been reached at which multinationals are embracing cloud operations, in spite of lingering mistrust.
In February, CIO Asia Editor T.C. Seow chaired a Roundtable in Hong Kong, sponsored by global carrier Telstra Global, at which CIOs from prominent companies discussed issues raised by cloud technology and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) mobility.
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Paradoxically, multinational corporations with both the will and the resources to adequately fund in-house IT operations are suddenly at the front of the queue for cloud solutions. For example, Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics Networks does logistics, freight forwarding and supply chain solutions, with 20,000 people in 32 countries. "The cloud could be very important for us. It is critical to make the right decision—because of the geographical spread of the business, one wrong decision would be very costly," said Wilson Lee, IT director, Kerry Logistics Networks.
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HKR International is in real estate, hotels and serviced apartments in Hong Kong, China and Asia. "HKR is a diverse group and the IT function is challenging," said Sidney Hui, assistant general manager, Group IT, HKR International. "We are adopting cloud technology and it looks like a good option for us."
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Pacific Century Premium Development develops and manages property, infrastructure and related investments in the AP region. "We operate across the region, including Beijing, Japan and Thailand, and we have many offices," said Terence Chung, VP IT, Pacific Century Premium Developments. "So cloud seems like a good solution."
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Supply chain collaboration will be a big driver for cloud, according to global apparel company PVH Corp. "We're in the manufacturing supply chain, with worldwide offices and regional factories in Bangladesh, Indonesia and China," said Ken Chan, IT director, PVH Far East. "We need to collaborate closely with suppliers, so the cloud should be helpful. Eventually, we can put the whole merchandising process on the Web."
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AECOM Asia Company has 45,000 employees engaged in global provision of professional and technical support, for transportation, facilities, environment, energy, water and government. "We build bridges, tunnels and high-rise buildings," said Kevin Bong, IT director, AECOM Asia Company. "Some projects, such as new cities, take 10-20 years to complete and customers want real-time progress reports. It is not practical to build infrastructure for this amount of traffic, and so cloud services offer a solution."
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