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Bill Jiang, IT Associate Director, Savills China
Bill Jiang IT Associate Director, Savills China

Jiang oversees the IT infrastructure and operations for the global real estate services provider in China. Over the last 20 years with Savills China, Jiang has managed a number of significant IT projects for Savills who operates in 15 key cities in China. Capitalising on cloud computing solutions, he drives the adoption of advanced technologies to improve overall productivity and efficiency for Savills China.

Key Takeaways
Cloud computing provides resource sharing and makes business processes more cost-effective, without the requirement for additional software or hardware when seasonal or short-term needs arise - ensuring that corporate resources are fully utilised
Cloud computing takes advantage of automated management software that can help customers reduce human resources management, labour costs and management costs
By utilising the cloud, customers can complete their daily work anytime and anywhere, rather than being limited to office, which improves work efficiency tremendously
Cloud computing can be freely expanded or distributed so that companies can flexibly solve problems based on their needs
Cloud solutions can be instantly updated to meet the most up-to-date security protocols, making them more secure than company's self-developed systems
April 10, 2017
Cloud Computing

How Cloud Computing can Help Enterprises Achieve Operational Efficiency

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With the rapid growth of cloud computing and richness of its products and solutions, more and more organisations are looking to utilise cloud computing in order to innovate from within and capture more business opportunities.

Global property consulting company Savills maintains a forward-thinking business model and is one of the first organisations of its kind to truly take advantage of the cloud in China. IT Associate Director at Savills China, Bill Jiang explains that the company launched a comprehensive hardware update and moved its email system to the cloud in 2016. In order to meet the development needs in the coming three to five years, the company plans to gradually transfer its database and file services to the cloud as well. "When we adopt cloud computing solutions, the main considerations are operational efficiency, cost and scalability," said Jiang. "Moving our email system to the cloud is not only improving operational efficiency, but also avoiding the duplication of hardware construction and maintenance difficulty in the future. Moreover, the flexibility of cloud computing can help us deal with IT structure upgrades and challenges smoothly; free IT staff from routine maintenance tasks; and reduce the costs significantly."

Managing Email Efficiently

As the most basic and the most important tool for internal and external communication, businesses must ensure the security of their email systems. Jiang points out that, "Even large organisations that invest significant sums in building their own IT infrastructure to manage email with huge costs can't ensure a best-in-class standard of scalability and security." Moving the email system to the cloud, on the other hand, allows for improved performance, as well as rapid upgrades and storage expansions as needed, without affecting the stable operation of the system. In terms of security, professional cloud computing providers are well-versed in securing their products to protect customers' sensitive information. Cloud security measures include access control, security consulting, vulnerability management, configuration management, auditing and risk assessment.

Employees are now able to browse, access or share files instantly during a business trip or meeting. This convenience and speed allows employees to fully experience the benefits of cloud computing technology.

Innovative Working Modes

With the emergence of cloud computing, working modes are gradually changing. Rather than relying on legacy operating system and storage devices, business users can complete relevant work on the cloud. Additionally, no longer limited to the office, employees can log in to the cloud anytime and anywhere to complete their daily work; thanks to data and files that are accessible from anywhere. By freeing employees from fixed schedules and in-office hours, cloud computing technology can improve work efficiency tremendously. Jiang says, "Employees are now able to browse, access or share files instantly during a business trip or meeting. This convenience and speed allows employees to fully experience the benefits of cloud computing technology."

Another advantage of cloud computing is dynamic scalability in order to satisfy growing or contracting needs and users. Jiang goes on to say, "Customers will be able to have an extremely high degree of self-control and decide how to match and apply services on their own by using cloud computing technology. For instance, this technology is able to quickly solve the issues of insufficient storage capacity."

Cost and Resources Optimisation

Business can optimise their costs and resources and achieve operational efficiency by using cloud services. Jiang says, "As cloud services continue to expand, we expect to see more case studies and solutions from experienced companies like JOS. JOS's IT solutions and services fully meet our needs, as do value-added services such as consulting and management. We have partnered with JOS for more than 10 years, highlighting the company's position as a trustworthy enterprise deserving of sustained cooperation."

Cloud solutions and services deliver advantages across the board; whether to customers, partners or other stakeholders. With the cloud, any organisation to bring power and flexibility to its business infrastructure - essential tools when looking to gain competitive advantage in a fierce market environment.

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