Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, recently announced new initiatives to support businesses in their digitalization and growth journey during their Singapore and Indonesia summits. These new initiatives will focus on working more closely with businesses and partners to facilitate easier access to new innovations and further growing the developer community through continuous training and learning opportunities.
Foremost among these new initiatives are the Alibaba Cloud Product Innovation Center and Overseas Partner Management Center, the company’s first such centers in its Singapore headquarters unveiled during the Alibaba Cloud Singapore Summit 2023. The Alibaba Cloud Product Innovation Center will speed up the development of more market-specific Alibaba Cloud products and oversee the management of product upgrades based on ongoing global customer demands. The Overseas Partner Management Center, meanwhile, will help in deepening technology and domain expertise sharing among local collaborators to better serve local customers.
“Today, we are in a very early stage of digitalization,” said Dr. Wang Jian, member of Chinese Engineering Academy and founder of Alibaba Cloud. “In the next five to ten years, the economy is going to be driven and measured by computing consumption. Digital economy is the economy of computing, and cloud computing will play the same role in the era of digitalization as electricity played in the era of electrification. The cloud is becoming a methodology not just for cloud computing but also for most people doing their work.”
“With the setup of our first International Product Innovation Center and Partner Management Center, we reaffirm our commitment to support global businesses in their digital transformation journey. More importantly, we will also strengthen the platform for enabling our global customers to boost their innovation capabilities and grow their business, while delivering their sustainability goals,” said Selina Yuan, vice president of Alibaba Group and president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International Business Unit.
Nurturing the global developer community
Reflecting its strong commitment to developers across the globe, Alibaba Cloud has created a new hub to support its continuous growth and, at the same time, advance digital economy across markets.
Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Developer Community, unveiled at the company’s recent Global Developer Summit at Jakarta, will provide global developers with a more diverse range of tools and resources on technology trends from Web3, AI to digital intelligence. The hub will also enable developers access to the latest projects, training materials and tutorials, forums and blogs, community events and competitions, and other upskilling and networking opportunities.
Still in line with equipping developers with innovative technologies, Alibaba Cloud has introduced a new solution that leverages the company’s Enterprise Mobile Application Studio (EMAS) to help developers build superapps, apps that include a range of independently developed miniapps to meet different user requirements, cost-effectively and efficiently.
To spur developers to explore cloud-native database innovations, Alibaba Cloud launched its latest competition, the PolarDB Global Hackathon 2023. Beginning this January through February 28, participants can submit their projects for a chance to win a total of US$30,000 in cash prizes.
Alibaba Cloud is dedicated to contributing to the developer ecosystem, including the open-source community. It has contributed to more than 2,700 open-source projects on Github. The leading cloud provider is also a key member of various open-source communities such as Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), The Linux Foundation and RISC-V International.