Event Review: CONNECT your online business

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Contact us to find out more on how you can CONNECT your online business here

 

CONNECT your online business! #cornerstone_management_group

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No not you, behind you …yes you little guy (well small to medium guy).

Get on Cloud 9
Get your head in the Cloud

 

… there are a plethora of cheesy cloud sayings that could be employed here (and let’s be honest they have all been used in the past) in an attempt to wave pom poms for the benefits of Cloud computing.

 

Much, heaps, lots and then some has been written about the benefits of Cloud computing.

 

Accessibility
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Cost effectiveness
Flexibility
Security

 

…. cue wind up music. I’m bored. It’s a no brainer.

 

However, the take up of a comprehensive cloud infrastructure by small and medium businesses is nowhere near what it could be or should be. Gone are the days where a slick, accessible anywhere infrastructure is only within the reach of the top end of town.

 

While large corporations have had means to develop custom built interfaces for a long time, this no longer a dream for the chubby guy with the deep pockets.

 

Small to medium guy in the back this song is for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In parallel to the emergence of the SaaS (software as a service) concept, the software providers themselves have really lifted their game not only in functionality but particularly in terms of how the individual software chats to its friends.

 

No small business can afford unnecessary time and costs to relay information from one system to another. Information is needed FAST to make good decisions and meet customer needs

 

Successful businesses keep costs down in tough times and in good times.
Successful businesses lay down good foundations to position them to scale up FAST when the time is right.
Successful businesses have current information at hand to remain agile in decision making.
Successful businesses exceed customer expectations …  and let’s be honest, in this day and age expectations are high.

 

Critical to achieving all of these success factors is a quality, integrated infrastructure. A mini eco-system where everything takes place on your web browser – e-commerce online sales, real time inventory tracking and logistics and up-to-date financials.  Here’s a taste of what can be done categorised by business needs.

 

This type of solution, regardless of your size or stage of life cycle, is much more accessible than you think. I hate to rain on your T8 parade, but with an integrated application infrastructure housed in the Cloud, before you know it, you and your staff will have a sophisticated suite of tools available for you to work from anywhere, at any time.

 

This can be your reality, Check out our website www.cornerstone.hk or Connect at enquiries@cornerstone.hk 

 

Written by Natasha Donaldson

Interview with Adrian Lai on The Asian Entrepreneur

Adrian Lai is helping SMEs work smarter whilst juggling fatherhood in Hong Kong.

What’s your story?
I’m an ex-banking finance guy that jumped off the hamster wheel and left the cage. I started up a small advisory firm serving SMEs looking for smarter, more efficient ways to do business. I am now juggling all this with being a new dad, just to add a little more variety.

What excites you most about your industry?
If anything needs an enema (read revamp), it’s the accounting, compliance and commercial banking sector in Hong Kong. These three are just ripe for disruption with new technology and redefinition of client servicing.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Australia. I visited every summer holidays in my youth and it just feels like my second home.

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Hong Kong – the clash of “old school meets new school” makes people stop and ask, “Why am I still doing things the same way?” This to me, is the perfect petri-dish for cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Find the thing(s) that you fear the most and you have found your master.

Who inspires you?
My fellow startups and business owners.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
My 13 month old daughter just learnt how to sign please and thank you.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Nothing – it’s all good.

How do you unwind?
Relaxed drinks, banter and cooking my own version of tapas – all with friends.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I just went to Da Nang and it’s my new favourite. Good food, friendly people and a nice mix of resort and big city feel that caters for any mood.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Art of War.

Shameless plug for your business:
Cornerstone HK is a trusted business partner for SMEs in Hong Kong specialising in B2C+B2B cloud solutions for retail, e-commerce and inventory/order management. Accounting/Advisory + Xero add-ons + Web Design/E-comm We leverage best-in-class Xero add-ons to streamline your operations and make running your business both fun and compliant. Focus on your business – we’ll take care of the rest.

How can people connect with you?
Find me on adrian@cornerstone.hk

Twitter handle?
@cornerstonehk

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Callum Laing has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He is a partner in the Private Equity firm Unity-Group. Co-founder and non-exec director of The Marketing Group PLC and is CEO of Key Person of Influence (Asia). He is author of ‘Progressive Partnerships’.