SDEC and Alibaba Cloud to collaborate to digitalise SMEs in Sarawak

Sudarnoto Osman

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KUCHING, July 5: Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (SDEC), a company wholly-owned by the Sarawak government through State Financial Secretary Inc under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group announced a collaboration today to digitalise small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Sarawak and to propel the state towards a digital future.

Through the cooperation, SDEC will leverage on the powerful public cloud service offered by Alibaba Cloud, especially on advanced features like elastic computing, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

SDEC and Alibaba Cloud in a joint statement said SMEs that currently use SDEC’s cloud platform SDeCloud will be able to choose solutions and products provided by Alibaba Cloud.

By maximising Alibaba Cloud’s proven technology, local SMEs could achieve business agility, elasticity and scalability in a better way and optimise cost for information technology (IT) management.

With over 10 years’ experience in digital transformation and expertise in different industries, Alibaba Cloud will also help SDEC in terms of enhancing the impact and reach of the corporation’s larger initiatives to fast track digitalisation programmes in Sarawak.

“SDEC’s vision is to accelerate economic prosperity through digitalisation.

“As a state-linked company, we need to synergise our efforts with all stakeholders towards accelerating the adoption of digitalisation amongst local SMEs,” SDEC’s chief executive officer Sudarnoto Osman said.

“So it’s pivotal for us to select the right cloud service partner. Alibaba Cloud is one of the trusted international cloud service providers.

“The company’s robust cloud infrastructure and comprehensive suite of public cloud solutions especially in the areas of Internet, e-commerce, retail, and fintech industries will definitely help SMEs on their digital journey,” he said.

Moreover, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence’s general manager in Malaysia Jordy Cao said: “Alibaba Cloud is proud to be chosen as a trusted partner of SDEC.

“We believe cloud computing technology can act as a catalyst for inclusive innovation.

“With our cutting-edge technology and commitment to Malaysia, we look forward to working with SDEC to transform the State and take it to greater heights as well as supporting local SMEs to better serve the people of Sarawak,” said Cao.

Meanwhile, the collaboration between SDEC and Alibaba Cloud comes at an opportune time as Malaysia works towards the national Digital Economy Blueprint to transform Malaysia into a high-value-added economy and a net exporter of home-grown technologies and digital solutions by the end of this decade. — DayakDaily