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Cloud Native: The Answer to Delivering Services 4.0 in Singapore
By Robert Shimp, Group Vice President, Product Management Infrastructure Technologies, Oracle Corporation
Modern enterprises are constantly adapting their business strategies and processes to respond to evolving market conditions. This is especially true for enterprises serving the fastest-growing cluster of economies in Asia Pacific – ASEAN. In Singapore, the shifts in technology trends are impacting the future of the service industry that accounts for 72 per cent of Singapore’s GDP. As a result, Services 4.0 – identified through the Services and Digital Economy Technology Roadmap (SDE TRM) as a potential growth engine for Singapore’s digital economy – aims to deliver next-generation services that are end-to-end, frictionless, empathic, and anticipatory to customer needs. In order to elevate the service industry, cloud computing has become an invaluable means to accelerate change. This is all thanks to the benefits cloud computing offers: new business value, better solutions, and business expansion. Now cloud providers are introducing new ‘cloud native computing’ services to offer even more dynamic application development. Cloud native technologies are characterised by the use of containers, microservices, serverless functions, development pipelines, and infrastructure expressed as code. With this new technology, cloud application developers are able to be more agile and efficient even as it reduces deployment cost and increases cloud vendor independence. As Mr. S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information, put it at Singapore Digital Industry Day 2018, “Cloud Native Architecture is not just about shifting a company’s on-premise resources onto Cloud. More fundamentally, Cloud Native Architecture is a way to build and run applications on the cloud with flexible modular components, allowing companies to amend their applications quickly, and to scale up or down as required.” The cloud-native world inertia Despite being intrigued by the hype around cloud migration, many enterprises are also feeling overwhelmed by the rapidly changing cloud native technology landscape and aren’t sure how to proceed. While cloud native computing has demonstrated success among early adopters, harnessing this technology has posed a challenge for many mainstream businesses. There are several ways that an enterprise can bring cloud native computing on board. One option is to build their own cloud native environment from open source software. However, once a software stack is selected, the business will need to staff and train hard-to-find talent to provide in-house support.
Cloud native architecture is not just about shifting a company’s on-premise resources onto cloud