The cloud migration journeys of most organisations start with basic non-critical functions, like email or remote team collaboration. On the other hand, organisations have been less eager to migrate heavier functions, such as finance management, enterprise resource planning, and customer relationship management.
In the Asia-Pacific (APAC), businesses are realising that a cloud-first approach gives them a competitive advantage. Spending on cloud-based services in the region reached a record high in the first quarter of 2021, and the government of Singapore, through the Infocomm Media Development Authority, is even helping SMEs migrate legacy systems to the cloud, as well as develop cloud-native solutions, through its GoCloud initiative.
Thinking about which functions to start migrating? Here’s how businesses in APAC are doing it.
Migrating legacy ERP systems to the cloud is a major undertaking, but the pay-off is worth it. Research by IDC suggests that organisations that started their ERP cloud migration pre-pandemic fared better than those that didn’t and were better able to build new products, disrupt their markets, and become market leaders.
Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara (THKD) in Malaysia needed a reliable, secure, and scalable infrastructure to make operations more efficient, improve the quality of patient care, and support their expansion. Previously, their data had been siloed, which made it difficult to glean actionable insights into the hospital’s operations and provide patients with accurate information and financial counselling.
According to the Digital Pulse of Asia Pacific Retail report, most retailers in Asia (80%) believe that digitalisation is essential for success. In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, digital technologies helped protect revenues: 43% said it helped them increase revenues, 31% said it helped maintain earnings, and 27% said it helped them mitigate declines.
Inventory management is a key function in retail that, if migrated to the cloud, could help retailers achieve omnichannel success. This addresses a significant pain point: the lack of visibility across online and offline channels. If POS and inventory systems don’t update in real-time, e-commerce channels may show an item as “available” at a particular branch when, in fact, that store doesn’t have it anymore. But with cloud-based inventory management systems, retailers have an always-up-to-date single source of truth across channels and for all users.
In APAC, manufacturing remains a significant contributor to the economy and is expected to grow by 7.5% from 2021 to 2026. Further driving growth by transforming the industry is smart manufacturing, which incorporates cloud, IoT, AI, and big data. These technologies are boosting the speed, accuracy, precision, and overall efficiency of production.
In Indonesia, whose export-oriented manufacturing sector is larger than that of the UK, Russia, and Mexico, smart manufacturing is critical in the journey towards digital transformation and a more resilient industry.
Several companies are already experimenting with ways to make their operations more intelligent. The Schneider Electric factory in Batam, Indonesia, for instance, integrates cloud, data, and industrial internet of things (IIoT) to get real-time information on the performance of its operations and machines. Since deploying these technologies, the company has seen a 17% reduction in hours spent on maintenance tasks and a 46% reduction in waste materials produced. Digitalising planning and scheduling management has also improved on-time delivery by 40%.
Disruptions of any kind can significantly impact an airport’s operations. Leveraging the cloud can help make it more resilient to shocks and stresses.
One such organisation that has made this bold move is the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is undergoing expansions and, once completed, will serve 130 million passengers, occupy 700,000 sqm of terminal space, and operate seven runways and a high-speed train.
To fully support its growing operations, the airport turned to the cloud and T-System’s comprehensive Airport Management System (AMS). Its AMS incorporates an Operational Database with the following features:
This powerful cloud-based infrastructure will allow the airport to operate seamlessly and efficiently.