We talked to Hu Bai of ClickPaaS on how visualization is the future of enterprise digital transformation.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Hu Bai: As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic spreads broadly and rapidly, and the coronavirus cases continue to climb in the world. In our daily life, my family and I wear face masks and reduce collective activities to control the spread of coronavirus and lower the risk following the government’s guidelines and policies. Besides that, as a CEO at ClickPaaS, which is a startup, my team and I actively organized employees to work remotely by the Internet in February. Hence, I had more time with my family. During such a severe period, I also encourage my team to devote ourselves to develop pandemic management systems to help other companies.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded ClickPaaS？
Hu Bai: In 2010, I went to the United States to be engaged in the consulting and implementation of the digital transformation project of large multinational enterprises and served over 20 large domestic customers. I was a pioneer in the implementation and promotion of Oracle cloud technology in China. As a senior consulting manager at IT Convergence, I successfully delivered 43 digital transformation projects for multinational enterprises. I have rich experience and industry understanding of enterprise information architecture and application construction.
When I worked at Oracle, I found one of the core reasons customers bought Oracle SAP is to build a development platform to satisfy their own industry-specific, company-specific requirements. In China, nearly 80% of business demands for sizeable companies are not satisfied by standard functionalities but by development on top of the Oracle or SAP foundations since those basics are more stable, extensible. However, the foundations of Oracle and SAP are expensive and out of date in the cloud-native year. Hence, in 2015, I returned to China to start my own business ClickPaaS. With profound technical background and international vision, ClickPaaS has a deep understanding of the development and application of PaaS technology in Europe, America, and China and has promoted the implementation of PaaS technology in the digitalization process of Chinese enterprises.
How does ClickPaaS innovate?
Hu Bai: What ClickPaaS is doing is the new type of open source. We provide model-driven and graphic tools to allow business experts to draw their own business models and transfer them into a cloud-native application without the burden of a demanding coding skillset. We are a provider of low code development platform that helps companies to reduce response times and costs for complex business requirements.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Hu Bai: Let’s take ourselves as an example. We offer our low-code platform to public sectors like Shanghai Municipal and international companies during the 1st wave of Covid-19. A company with business coverage worldwide builds its pandemic management system within one week and rolls out globally for 35 countries in another week. And all we see, although we are lucky in China as everything is recovering astonishingly fast, the pandemic is becoming more and more dangerous and destructive in some other countries. The systems’ requirements are changing along with it and the response time for evolving the system is by hours, not by days or weeks. The system helps business leaders to manage workers overseas. The entry and exit records and living situation are updated in the system daily. Also, once some employee gets sick, they could be sent to the closest temporary hospital immediately, which has enough beds and medicine, according to the database. So more and more functions and scenarios are added during the process. It’s hard to imagine achieving that agility and capability in the old way by writing codes. That case totally proves the value of our platform in this changing world.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Hu Bai: Nobody would say that being a leader is easy, especially in a startup. Stress and anxiety are inevitable. I agree with a sentence online: most of your stress comes from how you respond, not the way life is. Therefore, I always try to keep a positive and optimistic attitude to face obstacles and difficulties so that extra stress is gone. I also believe that appropriate stress and anxiety are sources of motivation that could improve me. On the other hand, I owe a debt of gratitude to my team. They work very hard on each project and contribute a lot to the company’s development, which relieved my stress.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Hu Bai: Basically, the low-code platform industry is still a blue ocean, though it is booming. I am glad that we started our business early in China. So currently, I think we need to seek steady progress, develop our products, guarantee the quality to satisfy our customers, and sustainably run the business.
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