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Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Emerging as APAC Cloud Leaders: MIT Technology Review

A new study from MIT Technology Review Insights and Infosys examines how technology, regulation and talent have driven the availability of cloud services in 76 countries, with Singapore, Australia and New Zealand emerging as APAC cloud leaders .

Globally, the research sees Singapore holding the top spot, with Australia in 12th and New Zealand 14th – both ahead of the United States.

Across APAC, Australia and New Zealand follow world leader Singapore in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The resulting Global Cloud Ecosystem Index reflects how leading countries have brought together cloud infrastructure, tools and applications to accelerate and transform economic productivity.

The report recognizes global leader Singapore’s “relentless cloud-first strategy which has benefited from central government commitment and an ability to cultivate collaboration and cooperation on a scaled digital transformation project. national”.

Meanwhile Australia and New Zealand are described as “digital-centric economies” referring to the Infosys Cloud Radar 2021 report, which notes that cloud adoption is growing fastest in these countries.

Australia falls in line with its overall global rankings in infrastructure, ecosystem adoption, security and assurance – however, Australia’s talent and human affinity rankings are relatively low in comparison. This aspect measures how well-prepared a population is to contribute to a cloud-based digital economy – looking at everything from productivity to engineering and math skills, as well as overall digital literacy.

The report’s authors noted that Australia’s central bank had joined its Malaysian, Singaporean and South African counterparts in “Project Dunbar”, a trial of a shared central bank digital currency platform designed to reduce cross-border transaction costs by allowing commercial banks to pay for each. another directly into the virtual currency of another country.

New Zealand is resilient on infrastructure and talent, but has work to do on both security and ecosystem assurance and adoption, according to the rankings.

Security and assurance measures the maturity of a country’s regulatory environment and how it enables trust in digital assets. Ecosystem adoption measures everything from digital service adoption, digital government service availability, innovation, SaaS revenue, and even broadband price to GDP.

The report’s authors noted the efforts of New Zealand’s digital government, which include promoting the use of domestically developed cloud services. They cited the Home Office having entered into a three-year cloud master agreement with local provider Catalyst Cloud for government agencies wishing to use IaaS, PaaS and other public cloud services.


“The Digital Transformation Agency’s efforts to cement Australia as a leader in the digital economy by 2025 are bearing fruit. Local infrastructure is well placed and part of a regulatory framework that builds trust. This helps build engagement as Australia’s participation in cloud-based digital economies is globally competitive.

A talent shortage and lack of digital skills persist, but are encouragingly on the political agenda. m in investment in digital skills.

At Infosys, we believe that collaboration between government, academia and the private sector is essential to closing the skills gap. In Australia and New Zealand, we run our InStep internship program in conjunction with universities such as the University of Auckland, UNSW, University of Sydney, UTS, ANU, University Monash and the University of Melbourne. We are also part of the Victorian Government’s Digital Jobs Scheme. Additionally, we offer Springboard locally, our digital learning ecosystem, designed to help create learning and education journeys among underrepresented communities.

New Zealand:

“The New Zealand government recently unveiled a $1 million ‘NZ Tech Story’ campaign designed to attract overseas investors, workers and customers to its burgeoning digital economy – credentials backed up by its overall ranking and performance remarkable infrastructure and talent perspective.

Meanwhile, the government is consulting with industry on a draft plan to further develop the local digital technology sector. This will build on its current digital work program which focuses on connectivity, safety and security, building digital government and supporting data trust, and improving inclusion. and the adoption of digital technologies. Work in this area should help strengthen the frameworks and security needed to maintain and grow New Zealand’s world-class digital credentials. »

An interactive page that visualizes the search results is accessible hereand the full report is available here.

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