Scaling One’s Business Competitiveness with Cloud Native 


In the current climate where moving to Cloud might be the “New Normal”, businesses are advised to consider how going Cloud Native and utilising Microservices can speed up deployment and enable them to seize market opportunities. This was discussed in the 2nd installment of the Cloud Appreciation Series, which aims to provide businesses access to thought leadership and resources to kickstart their Cloud Native journey. 

More than 100 attendees from various sectors,  including ICT and Education, joined the webinar on 18 June 2020. Mr Lim Soon Tein, Chairman of Cloud & Data Chapter, opened the session with an introduction on SGTech and the Cloud Appreciation Series. He highlighted the significance of Cloud Computing and how it is set to develop over the next few years. Mr Lim urged business leaders have to take action now to remain sustainable and competitive. 

The session continued with a presentation by Mr Ng Aik Hock, Assistant Director, and Ms Eveline Lim, Deputy Director of IMDA’s Innovation and Tech Ecosystem team. Both speakers set the stage for how companies can seize opportunities post-COVID-19 by utilising Cloud Computing, especially through the government’s support for businesses with the GoCloud programme, which has notably increased funding support from 50% to 80%. Mr Ng also presented case studies of how ICT companies successfully migrated to the Cloud in a short duration and immediately transformed through the GoCloud programme. Attendees were polled on other areas of support for the transition to Cloud Native, to ensure the programme remains relevant and effective. 

A key consideration for most is also security, as one moves to the Cloud. Mr Sean Hong, Regional Director, Strategic Alliance (Cloud) at Fortinet, lent insights to securing web applications on the Cloud. While there are increased risks with more web applications being deployed, technologies such as machine learning and threat analytics can mitigate such risks. 

Mr Nelson Lee, Director (Tech & Growth) of Human Capital Singapore concluded the presentations with the business case for being Cloud Native. Embracing it provides a cost-effective, scalable solution for companies to establish a digital work environment, allowing employees to stay connected and be productive. Furthermore, it is beneficial for SMEs, as they can enter overseas markets without a need for physical in-market presence.  

The session wrapped up with a panel discussion on “Embracing the Future with Cloud Native”; featuring our speakers and Mr Fengwei Ying, Solutions Architect at Alibaba Cloud. The panel discussion covered questions such as how COVID-19 has levelled concerns on security and its impact with Cloud, finding new talents and retaining existing, and how businesses can overcome the challenge of moving from on-premise to Cloud Native. 

We thank our speakers and attendees for their participation. 

If you missed the session, please check out the webinar recording.



If you have suggestions for topics that would be useful for you in the Cloud Appreciation Series, please write to wanxin@sgtech.org.sg.

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Published July 2020