Cloud Comrade and Google Cloud partner in IMDA’s GoCloud initiative

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Cloud Comrade, an enterprise-focused, Singapore-based cloud computing consultancy company and Google Cloud have joined forces to help ICT SMEs in Singapore take advantage of opportunities in a Services 4.0 era via GoCloud with Cloud Comrade, an Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) initiative.

The GoCloud initiative by IMDA supports local ICT SMEs to transform traditional software architecture and development practices to applications deployed and delivered as Cloud Native applications using Microservices and DevOps, so that they can be more agile, flexible and scalable. IMDA-appointed Service Providers will provide consultancy and training to equip development teams of ICT SMEs with digital capabilities in Cloud Native, Microservices and DevOps.

The addition of GoCloud with Cloud Comrade to IMDA’s GoCloud initiative gives ICT SMEs in Singapore more cloud and managed service options when seeking to embark embark on their digital transformation journey. Together, Cloud Comrade and Google Cloud will help ICT SMEs modernize their legacy infrastructure and adopt agile microservices-based architecture, upskill in-house talent, and better respond to customer needs quickly.

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Successful GoCloud with Cloud Comrade applicants will receive S$3,000 worth of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits to help them prototype their Cloud native applications and  scale their business. They can also take advantage of free training and coaching opportunities by Cloud Comrade and Google Cloud engineers, as well as apply for Google Cloud Certification—many of which are also endorsed by CITREP+.

Howie Lau, Chief Industry Development Officer of IMDA, said, “We are glad to have Cloud Comrade on board as one of the service providers for IMDA’s GoCloud program.”

“Their addition to the GoCloud program provides more options of service providers and cloud platforms for ICT SMEs, and is an important step to help our ICT SMEs raise their digital capabilities,” he continued.

Andy Waroma, Co-Managing Director of Cloud Comrade, said, “As the future of digital services and applications increasingly employ the use of the cloud, it is crucial that companies embrace cloud native technology in order to maintain their competitive edge.”

According to a recent Google Cloud-commissioned study by the Boston Consulting Group, public cloud deployments have the potential to contribute up to US$31 billion to Singapore’s GDP cumulatively and create 43,000 jobs from 2019 to 2023.

Taru Dahiya, Head of SMB Sales, Google Cloud Asia Pacific, reminded that SMEs “are the backbone of Singapore’s economy and cloud technology has become a critical foundation for companies of all sizes to build on as to scale their business and achieve their growth ambitions.” 

She added that the current collaboration strives to help ICT SMEs assess their current state of digital capabilities as well as access the cloud tools, expertise and hands-on coaching that they need to upskill in-house talent, digitize and modernize their operations and offering.