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Event Recap - Alibaba Cloud: More than Just Cloud

29 November 2016

Over 80 attendees gained insight into the opportunities afforded by Alibaba Cloud at our luncheon seminar held at The Langham Melbourne on 29 November.

The Alibaba partnership event welcomed three expert speakers from The Alibaba Group and Alibaba Cloud including Ms Maggie Zhou, Managing Director, Alibaba Group (Australia and New Zealand); Mr Sicheng Yu, Vice President, Alibaba Group and General Manager, Alibaba Group Global; and Mr Raymond Ma, Head of ANZ & ASEAN, Alibaba Cloud. They each provided an overview of Alibaba’s activities in Australia and opportunities to leverage Alibaba’s large and growing ecosystem.

The event was MC’d by Mr David Green, Head of Channels and Alliances, Alibaba Cloud. After a brief welcome to guests, Ms Maggie Zhou was welcomed to speak about Alibaba’s many platforms and activities in Australia.

Maggie began by highlighting Alibaba’s mission to make it easier to do business everywhere as well as their globalisation strategy of connecting tens of millions of merchants to over 2 billion consumers in Asia. Maggie then emphasised how Alibaba’s ecosystem can enable businesses to do this. The ecosystem is comprised of core commerce, digital media and entertainment, and local services platforms, all served by payments, financial services, logistics, advertising, data management and cloud computing. Maggie moved on to mention Alibaba’s recent activities which features a new office to be opened in Melbourne soon. This opening will allow the group to help Australian and New Zealand companies do business anywhere and more easily. Over 1300 Australian brands already use Alibaba platforms, mainly focusing on wellness, nutrition, lifestyle and fresh food. Additionally, Maggie spoke of Alibaba’s recent performance on Singles’ Day 2016. Nearly 100,000 merchants contributed to $17.8 billion in total gross merchandise volume, with 82 per cent of this GMV completed via mobile devices. Australian company, Chemist Warehouse, was the first international merchant to surpass RMB 100 million in GMV.

Our next speaker was Mr Sicheng (Ethan) Yu who focused on explaining what Alibaba Cloud can offer businesses. As the cloud computing arm and a business unit of Alibaba Group, Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of global cloud computing services to help power and grow businesses. Such industries which can be served by Alibaba Cloud include web hosting, gaming, eCommerce, Video, Internet of Things, Mobile Service, Finance, Digital Market, Big Data, Security, Hybrid Cloud and Education. Alibaba Cloud has passed all kinds of security compliance requirements meaning the data always belongs to users. Sicheng finished by discussing the launch of Alibaba Cloud in Australia, aimed at providing businesses with the computing power that Alibaba can offer.

Our final speaker, Mr Raymond Ma spoke about how Alibaba Cloud can drive innovation and help SMEs and start-ups who want to do business with China. The key capabilities required for DT innovation include easy and fast adoption, elasticity and scalability, utilising big data, cloud without borders, maturity and security, and low cost with good service. Alibaba Cloud provides all these things. Moreover, the value of Alibaba Cloud is evident in that it is a top-quality cloud service and includes E2E support, big data capabilities, professional cloud architect design and training, cloud security and key account support. For more information about Alibaba Cloud, please click here.

The presentations were followed by an engaging Q&A session covering topics such as setting up a website in China, the way in which Alibaba deals with government regulations in different countries and Alibaba’s outlook for the future.

ACBC Victoria thanks Mr James Hudson, Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing, Alibaba Group (Australia & New Zealand) and the speakers for giving our members the opportunity to hear more about Alibaba Cloud and to have their questions answered by such experts in this field.