Microsoft Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella visited Singapore this week to experience first-hand how innovative technologies and insights support the technology ecosystem of developers, startups and companies across every industry in the region.
During the CEO’s visit, Microsoft made several local links.
In partnership with the Institute for Technical Education (ITE), Microsoft has announced its first Data Center Academy in Asia to enhance applied data center skills. The five-year commitment will equip some 300 HEIs with the relevant technical skills needed for careers in the digital economy and to thrive in a growing ICT sector.
Through a shared commitment to upskilling students for tech jobs and preparing them for careers in the digital economy, the DCA extends Microsoft’s commitment to empowering ITE students to thrive in a growing ICT sector. According to IDC, Microsoft, its ecosystem of partners and customers will create more than 86,000 new jobs in Singapore by 2026, of which more than 50,000 will be skilled IT jobs.
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Microsoft have announced a partnership to accelerate the creation of sustainable software solutions for industries in Singapore and around the world. The two parties will jointly promote the implementation of principles, tools and frameworks for developing sustainable software solutions that enable companies to measure, track and report their carbon emissions and optimize their resources more efficiently.
At a later Microsoft Innovators event, Nadella met with local and regional developers and business leaders. He highlighted the digital imperative for every organization and how the Microsoft Cloud can drive innovation, create economic progress and help businesses grow in Asia.
“In a world with increasing headwinds, digital technology is the ultimate tailwind,” says Nadella. “It’s exciting to see firsthand the innovation happening in Southeast Asia and how organizations across the region are leveraging the power of the Microsoft Cloud to do more with less.”
Microsoft has been active in Asia for over 35 years. The region is a hub of innovation and ingenuity, with Asia expected to generate half of global GDP by 2050 and more than half of all R&D investment by 2030.
Nadella highlighted how Asian innovation is already changing people’s lives locally and globally. He met several innovators from around the region, including Vulcan Coalition, a Thai organization developing new Thai-language artificial intelligence services to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.
He also met Priyanka Shah, a Singaporean developer, who works to boost employability with the Singapore Autism Society and female developers across the region with AI and Power Platform certification.
Discussions were held with the Singapore National Parks Board, which created a mobile application to help inspection officials quickly identify potential illegal shark and ray fin shipments.
Nadella also met with representatives from Zuellig Pharma, which used a low-code platform for healthcare distribution during the pandemic to deliver medical supplies on time, and Music Tribe, a global manufacturer of professional music equipment, recently redesigned its entire IT infrastructure. designed and replaced by moving to the Microsoft cloud.