- Following the launch of the Asia Pacific region in Singapore in 2010, AWS has invested more than US$6.51 billion in local infrastructure and jobs.
- In Singapore alone, AWS has trained over two hundred thousand people with cloud skills since 2017.
- This year, Amazon and AWS are collectively creating 1,000 jobs in Singapore in 2022.
In 2010, Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing arm of Amazon, launched its first Asia-Pacific region in Singapore. It was their first expansion outside of the United States and Europe at that time, enabling enterprises to deploy compute and storage resources close to their end users in the region. This week, AWS announced that it has invested a whopping US$6.5 billion in local infrastructure and jobs in Singapore over the past 12 years.
At the AWS Summit held in Singapore yesterday, AWS Worldwide Public Sector Country Manager Elsie Tan took the stage to share some interesting numbers to commemorate the cloud computing giant’s journey in the island of the city over the last decade and more. Tan also pointed out that AWS has trained over two hundred thousand people in Singapore with cloud skills since 2017.
“With this, Amazon and AWS are on track to collectively create 1,000 jobs in Singapore this year alone,” she said in her keynote address at yesterday’s summit. Talk with Tech Wire Asia on the sidelines, Tan also highlighted how a large training gap in Asia-Pacific + Japan (APJ) digital skills training efforts today are not enough to meet the changing needs of businesses.
Quoting a recent study of digital skills by AWS, Tan highlighted that cloud and cybersecurity skills will be the two most in-demand digital skills for employers by 2025. “An estimated 86 million APJ workers will need training in digital skills over the next year to keep pace with technological advancements. That’s why we trained people with cloud skills, to give them a head start and introduce them to the skills the cloud really requires. »
The AWS report “Building Digital Skills for the Changing Workforce” also highlighted that by 2023 itself, 83 million workers in Asia Pacific and Japan are expected to need digital skills training to keep up with technological advancements. Doing their part, Tan said, “To date, AWS has trained over 700,000 people across ASEAN with cloud skills since 2017, and we remain committed to working alongside industry and governments to strengthen the digital capacities of our region.
Tan added that AWS provides more equitable learning opportunities so that students or the workforce can learn in-demand cloud skills and be prepared not only for entry-level jobs, but also to increase their employability and drive industry innovation as they enter or move within the workforce. .
In Singapore specifically, Tan told TWA that AWS has jointly developed “Cloud Ready SG with AWS“with the local government, “a holistic digital and cloud technology skills program curated for Singaporeans of all segments”. Currently, the AWS cloud covers 84 Availability Zones in 26 geographic regions with announced plans for 24 Availability Zones additional and eight additional AWS Regions, Tan noted in his keynote speech earlier yesterday.
In ASEAN there are two active AWS Regions in Indonesia and Singapore, and three new local areas – in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. For context, Local Zones are a type of infrastructure deployment that helps our customers build and deploy applications that require single-digit millisecond latency closer to end users or on-premises data centers.
AWS Worldwide Public Sector Managing Director Eric Conrad also shared more updates on Asean in his keynote, adding that in Indonesia, AWS has trained over 300,000 people with skills. in the cloud since 2017. “The AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) region will create 24,700 indirect jobs with planned investments estimated at $5 billion in the local economy,” he announced. With this, the AWS Jakarta region is expected to add approximately US$10.9 billion over the next 15 years to Indonesia’s GDP.