Our observations come from direct enquiries to our company with most now coming from Singapore. We believe this increased demand is a direct result from the Singapore Government offering businesses based in Singapore a 400% tax deduction for all Cloud related services, including training. This incentive along with the cost savings associated with the Cloud has driven many small and mid-sized companies to consider and then adopt cloud computing.
In Hong Kong we believe the driving factors to adopting Cloud computing include:
- reducing IT costs, including office space and salaries
- reduce the reliance on 1-2 individuals in the IT department
- inability to attract or access quality staff
While we do see some IT managers holding back their company's move to the Cloud, once we engage with business owners directly, there is no doubt their objects are in line with the benefits offered by the Cloud and we see the company quickly adopting Cloud.
With Hong Kong businesses having close ties to China it is important to work with a platform that can work in China. One Cloud suite that works is the Award Winning Business Suite from Zoho. This includes Zoho CRM, Zoho Database Creator and Zoho Email.
While the Hong Kong office may benefit from full access to Google Apps and Google's mobile platform, the staff working in China may simply need to co-ordinate production with the factory or the sourcing process so simply having an email and chat enabled CRM application works and is all that is needed. This keeps everyone on the same page. Where large design or graphic files need to be shared a Cloud based file server such as Egnyte, allows files to be accessed from a central system or synchronized between several locations.
We have a number of clients now operating their Hong Kong and China offices in the Cloud. For the small business owner there has been no technology in the last 20 years, apart from the Internet, that has helped share information more cost effectively than Cloud Computing.
Where should a company start when adopting Cloud Computing?
All the "need to have applications", like email, word processor, spreadsheet etc simply use SaaS apps. These applications do not make your business any better than the next company so spend the minimum on these but of course make sure they are reliable. So Google, Microsoft and Zoho are leading providers.