VMware has announced a selection of new offerings for Southeast Asia’s advancing innovation economy.
The new VMware vSphere coupled with VMware Tanzu will look to help businesses in the region fast-track enterprise digital transformation and strengthen the future-readiness.
“As organisations continue to adapt their business and operational models to the fast-changing economic environment in Southeast Asia, those that are able to continuously innovate faster and more securely can achieve more impactful business outcomes, enabling them to compete more effectively,” said Kip Cole, the VP of Tanzu Asia Pacific and Japan.
The new solutions are said to unlock the power of Kubernetes APIs and app modernisation, which rearchitects vSphere into an open platform that streamlines Kubernetes adoption.
“VMware empowers enterprises with greater agility and time-to-market, delivering hyper-personalised experiences to customers as they build, run, manage, connect and protect their apps across any cloud and any device,” added Mr. Cole.
The plan to rearchitect vSphere into an open platform is part of VMware’s Project Pacific. In the next phase of this project, new product releases will look to help customers rapidly adopt Kubernetes.
“As the enabler of Digital Malaysia, we continuously innovate to better serve the nation. Towards this end, we always explore ways to continue providing robust cloud infrastructure for our business needs,” said Umapathy Sivan, the Chief Information Officer at Telekom Malaysia Berhad.
“With VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated, it further facilitates in addressing the fast changing requirements of digital journey with ease,” added Mr. Sivan.
Getting Singapore Future Ready
To enable businesses to embrace the full potential of modern apps and help businesses respond, adapt and accelerate business growth amidst macroeconomic uncertainties, VMware unveiled their Getting Future Ready training initiative.
The pilot training scheme will offer up to 1,000 traineeship opportunities for Singapore-based companies to upskill and prepare tech talents for emerging cloud-native job roles.
“The vibrancy and strength of Singapore’s innovation economy, along with its deep pool of tech talent, serve as a powerful testament to the country’s Smart Nation ambitions,” said Adrian Hia, the Country Manager for VMware Singapore.
Talents across VMware’s expansive customer ecosystem and partner network enrolled in the SGUnited Traineeship program, including organisations like DBS Bank and M1, will receive training on next-generation technologies during a flexible eight-week program.
“As organisations continue to adapt, respond and accelerate their businesses in this new digital paradigm, VMware is committed to leveraging our industry-leading technologies and expertise to upskill and enable a new generation of tech talents, so they can drive Singapore’s economy forward in its next chapter of growth,” added Mr. Hia.
At the end of the program, trainees will undergo a capstone certification event where they will be able to apply what they have learnt.
“DBS is committed to doing our part to build a strong pipeline of talent in Singapore equipped with the right skills for the new digital economy. Cloud skills are highly relevant as DBS powers ahead with our digital transformation journey, and contributes to Singapore’s aspiration to be a Smart Nation,” said Jimmy Ng, the Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology and Operations at DBS.
Trainees who pass the exam will be awarded with certifications such as VMware Certified Technical Associate.
“Singapore’s innovation ecosystem is going through immense shifts in how modern applications are being built, run and managed to meet fast-changing customer demands,” said Manjot Singh Mann, the Chief Executive Officer of M1.
“VMware’s training programme will also help to strengthen our competencies, enhancing our ability to tap on cutting-edge technologies to drive greater outcomes for organizations in Singapore,” added Mr. Mann.
The pace of business innovation has emerged as a critical success factor for sustained growth in Southeast Asia as organisations grapple with the impacts from COVID-19. Recent research from VMware showed that APAC organisations who adopted a software-led transformation approach were better positioned to weather the impact of business downturns due to their improved delivery of modern applications.
The study also showed APAC companies with higher growth are spending more time on innovation compared to their lower performing counterparts, with a greater proportion of agile steps in the app development process.