Accelerating government innovation in Thailand

By Eric Conrad, Managing Director of AWS Global Public Sector ASEAN

I am honored to share that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand (MDES), to assist in the cloud digital transformation of the Thai government.

The MoU allows MDES and Thai government agencies to consider using AWS, with the world’s most comprehensive and widely adopted cloud offering, as part of the Government Data Center and Cloud Service (GDCC) , the central cloud infrastructure for government agencies. Customers will be able to leverage the breadth and depth of more than 200 comprehensive AWS cloud services, including AWS’ industry-leading security capabilities and world-class global infrastructure, to drive innovation and cost savings. costs in providing advanced services to citizens.

Additionally, MDES will work with other Thai government agencies and AWS to identify strategic pilot workloads to run on AWS through the GDCC over the next year. The pilots will help show the speed at which government agencies can experiment with cloud technology to innovate and accomplish their missions.

Stimulate innovation and local economic growth

Today’s announcement is part of AWS’s continued commitment to support the Thai government’s Thailand 4.0 digital initiatives that require the government and state-owned companies to establish digital foundations to deliver more efficient services to citizens, stimulate local economic growth and solve some of the biggest challenges in society.

In May 2016, Amazon opened an office in Thailand to better support Amazon and local AWS customers. This includes employing a dedicated public sector AWS team of local, hands-on employees working to drive innovation on behalf of its local public sector customers and partners, including public enterprises as well as education and health. Our Thai customers include major public sector organizations such as King Mongkhut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Royal Thai Government and MDES, as well as major Thai companies Ampos, Bitkub, Central Group, Kasikorn Business-Technology Group (KBTG ), SCB Abacus, Robinhood, CP Food and many more.

Our vast network of AWS partners and startups in Thailand will help us accelerate innovation in citizen services and better fulfill the Thai government’s missions to transform the nation into a digital economy. The AWS Partner Network (APN) includes many technology and consulting companies that can help agencies build and deliver government-specific solutions, as well as support workload migration to AWS. This includes many AWS Technology Partners such as local IT companies in Thailand such as 2C2P, Omise, and Amity, as well as AWS Consulting Partners such as National Telecom (NT), True IDC, G-Able, Dailitech, Deloitte, and Accenture.

Supporting our clients in the development of digital talents

An AlphaBeta report found that 149 million workers in Asia-Pacific (APAC) today apply some form of digital skills in their jobs. However, the need for advanced cloud computing and data skills in APAC is expected to triple by 2025 – the largest predicted increase for any digital skills skill.

To help accelerate innovation with the Thai government, AWS will collaborate with MDES on a skills plan and provide support to train more than 1,200 employees with cloud skills. AWS will offer on-demand digital courses and facilitated training events, so government employees can develop the skills needed to implement cloud technologies at scale, make better data-driven business decisions, and innovate new ones. services to improve outcomes for citizens.

This initiative is part of our broader commitment to help bridge the ICT skills gap in Thailand. AWS training and certification programs can help all learners, from high school and college students to working adults, build cloud computing skills with free online training courses to take. the pace of technological advances. To make cloud skills accessible, AWS offers over 30 free digital training courses available in Thai, with courses on topics like cloud foundations, machine learning, data analytics, security, and more.

To improve the skills of future Thai workers, we are partnering with higher education institutions to help students gain in-demand cloud skills before entering the workforce through AWS Academy, a free, ready-to-use cloud computing program. employment for higher education institutions. Eight Thai higher education institutions in Bangkok, Chiang Rai, and Pathum Thani have incorporated AWS Academy courses into their curriculum. We also work directly with organizations such as Siam Cement Group (SCG) to help them develop these in-demand cloud skills and train their team employees.

Access to world-class public cloud infrastructure

Through the MOU, the Thai government can gain access to AWS’s world-class infrastructure that spans more than 26 geographic regions and 84 Availability Zones (AZs) around the world. These include AWS regions in APAC such as Singapore, Sydney, Mumbai, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, and Jakarta. Our infrastructure gives customers the broadest and deepest cloud offering of over 200 comprehensive services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media and application development, deployment and management.

Additionally, Thai customers can benefit from AWS’ cutting-edge computing technologies. These include Amazon CloudFront, a content delivery network service designed for high performance, security, and developer convenience, and AWS Outposts, a fully managed service that extends infrastructure, services, APIs and AWS tools at customer premises. AWS plans to implement an AWS Local Zone that places compute, storage, database, and other select services closer to customers for applications that require single-digit millisecond latency for end users in Bangkok .

Continue to meet the highest safety standards

AWS is very sensitive to the security needs of our customers at all sites where we operate. Our services have been designed to be the most flexible and secure cloud computing environment available today. Our core infrastructure is designed to meet the security requirements of the military, global banks, and other highly sensitive organizations. AWS uses the same secure hardware and software to build and operate in each of our regions. Our service offerings and associated supply chain are verified and accepted as secure enough for top secret workloads, benefiting all of our customers globally.

This is backed by a comprehensive set of cloud security tools, with over 280 key security, compliance and governance services and features. The 117 AWS services that store customer data provide the ability to encrypt that data. AWS also supports 98 security standards and compliance certifications, more than any other offering, including PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FedRAMP, GDPR, FIPS 140-2, SOC 1,2,3, CSA, ISO Standard and NIST 800-171, helping to meet the compliance requirements of virtually all regulatory agencies around the world.

Committed to Thailand for the long term

Our work in Thailand over the past six years represents AWS’s long-term commitment to the government and the nation. We look forward to working with MDES, the Thai government, and our vast network of AWS Partners to build a skilled digital workforce, accelerate the country’s digital transformation, and solve some of society’s greatest challenges.

Eric Conrad, Managing Director, Global Public Sector, ASEAN, AWS, said, “We are honored to share that AWS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. (MDES) to help digital transformation. of the Thai Government Cloud, the central cloud infrastructure of government agencies. MDES and the Thai government will be able to leverage the breadth and depth of more than 200 comprehensive AWS cloud services, including AWS’ industry-leading security capabilities and world-class global infrastructure, to drive innovation and cost savings in providing advanced services to citizens. . AWS will also offer technology skills development programs for citizens to help the country build a skilled digital workforce ready to solve some of society’s biggest challenges.

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