International real estate group Lendlease has partnered with Google Cloud to usher in safer, more sustainable, and efficient urbanisation projects globally.

As part of the partnership, Lendlease will exit its eight on-premise data centres across four continents by 2022 and migrate its mission-critical enterprise workloads to Google Cloud. The mission-critical workloads include Lendlease’s data-intense CAD platforms, in-house project excellence platform Oli, and its Oracle-based eFinance system. 

The move will enable Lendlease to significantly increase operational efficiency, drive improved decision making through enhanced reporting and analytics capabilities, and strengthen its cybersecurity posture.

Lendlease will also integrate new AI/ML (artificial intelligence/machine learning) and smart analytics capabilities from Google Cloud into Podium.

Podium is Lendlease’s platform that runs autonomous buildings and helps manage energy use, human needs, and resource management goals. It currently relies exclusively on Google Cloud for its data storage, network, and computing needs, and firms use the platform to plan construction projects with accurate parts, pricing and supply.

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Under the new partnership, Lendlease and Google Cloud will collaborate on new Podium products and services to give customers the needed intelligence to improve quality and safety, as well as accelerate development pipelines. They will also provide customers with advanced tools and capabilities to enable them to achieve their sustainability targets. 

“By using Podium to digitise supply chains, firms can plan construction projects with accurate parts, pricing and supply. This means fewer delays to projects, more precise build plans, and a reduction in cost estimate errors. This will also put important information about the lifecycle of building projects into the hands of employees at their work locations, including construction sites and within owned property assets,” says Bill Ruh, CEO, Lendlease Digital.

"By running on the cleanest cloud in the industry, Lendlease will gain increased efficiency, lower its environmental footprint, and be able to offer its clients greater information about the lifecycle of building projects. Working together, we will also spearhead digital transformation across the global property and construction industry, and enable companies to drive towards a healthier, more sustainable future,” says Alister Dias, vice president, Google Cloud in Australia and New Zealand. 

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