Property giants  New World Development (NWD) and telco HKT have collaborated to accelerate the digital transformation of NWD’s growing business ecosystem in Hong Kong and mainland China with the launch of their new campaign.  The two parties have agreed to leverage the latest cloud-based technologies and create a “Workplace for Tomorrow” for seamless cross-border communication and collaboration.

Known as a digital solutions provider in Hong Kong, HKT possesses experience in fixed and mobile integration, system integration and managed services. The company has assisted numerous enterprises across different industries in Hong Kong and mainland China in accelerating their digital transformation, utilising emerging technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), Software-defined WAN and cloud clouding.

This new hybrid work model, together with multi-cloud adoption and comprehensive HKT Enterprise Managed Services, will drive business growth and operational efficiency, supporting NWD’s fast expansion plans across mainland China, especially in the Greater Bay Area.

By further empowering its hybrid model that combines office and remote work within the campaign, HKT will help NWD deploy a cloud-based virtual collaboration platform that leverages Microsoft technology, enabling a collaborative mobile workspace across Hong Kong and mainland China.

The project will migrate over 10,000 NWD users across multiple regions to the new platform, building a new hub with enhanced communication and collaboration tools. The “Workplace for Tomorrow” will enhance staff mobility, facilitate team collaboration and boost productivity, allowing users to remotely perform simultaneous tasks and automate business operations. It is also in line with NWD’s commitment to moving towards a paperless environment and achieving its carbon footprint objectives.

Under the strategic alliance, NWD’s Hong Kong and cross-border network connectivity will be upgraded. Plans are underway to introduce the latest SD-WAN technology backed by cloud-based capabilities, which will effectively support fast business expansion by significantly reducing lead time – from three months to two weeks for network extension to new locations with multi-cloud platform connection.

As cybersecurity is imperative to NWD’s digital transformation, the introduction of SD-WAN technology also serves to ensure secure connections between NWD’s branches and offices in Hong Kong and mainland China, protecting NWD from ever-evolving cybersecurity attacks while providing support for its agile business expansion.

Paul Sin, director of technology & transformation at New World Development, said: “Digital transformation is crucial for business resilience. Our strategic alliance with HKT enables us to achieve seamless cross-border communication and collaboration in Hong Kong and mainland China and drive innovation. It also facilitates our creation of scalable business solutions to stay ahead of competition.” 

Tom Chan, managing director of commercial group at HKT, said: “We are glad to form this strategic alliance to assist NWD in its digital transformation journey. Apart from our digital solutions expertise, our wealth of EMS will provide business-oriented technology management on network, cloud and cybersecurity for NWD to facilitate its digital transformation plan for Greater China, especially in the Greater Bay Area. Our EMS aims at providing all services relating to enterprises’ digital transformation, enabling them to focus on the success of their core business.”

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