American Tech Giant to Help Drive Innovation in Singapore
Dell has launched its US$50 million R&D Centre (Research & Development Centre) in February. The centre is expected to help drive computing innovation called edge computing.
Edge computing is an emerging technology that involves several devices or computers. This includes technology like sensors that analyse data before it gets collected and uploaded to a network. The information that is uploaded is selective and will be sent to a cloud where other users can access it from remote locations. The US$50 million R&D Centre is set to make full use of the 5G mobile network roll-out in Singapore.
The new US$50 million R&D Centre is dubbed the Global Innovation Hub. This will be one of several centres around the world. The focus will be on advancing digital transformation and experiences. The hub will be located at the International Business Park in Jurong East and Changi Business Park. The hub is expected to create 160 jobs for Singaporeans. Within the last year alone, 75% of the positions have been filled.
The Need for Edge Computing
This type of technology will be especially useful for businesses looking to set up a base in Singapore. Edge computing is going to make the process of data collection a lot more affordable. Edge computing is going to overtake cloud computing within the next decade. It will overtake the delivery of computer applications and services over networks too.
Edge computing will become especially important for smart cities in the future. It makes data processing cheaper. It will eliminate the current problem where data is collected and analysed elsewhere. Not only is this more costly, poor or limited network connection can also make it significantly more difficult.
Computing will become more mainstream within the next five years and Dell’s US$50M R&D Centre is set to drive that growth. For businesses that were considering the option of Company Setup in Singapore, now is the time to do it. Singapore will be the place where the next-generation of innovation is built for the world.
The launch of the R&D hub aligns with Dell’s initiative to train 3,000 fresh graduate students and mid-career professionals. The training aims to equip them with the practical digital skills needed for cloud computing within the next two years. The training will also give them the ability to handle data science and analytics, as well as data management and protection.
The R&D hub also includes augmented reality (AR), cybersecurity, and digital analytics. All of this will enhance the experience of the user. Cloud-native architecture is another area that will be available in the R&D centre to support the building of smart nations.
The First Hub Outside the United States
Singapore is the first Dell hub outside the United States to have an Experience Innovation Group. R&D will be conducted to help improve the user experience. This includes developing and conceptualising futuristic products and solutions. The Singapore team will be working closely with the US team.
The opening of the hub is timely and will complement Singapore’s efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also timely that the pandemic has accelerated the need for many businesses to adopt and adapt to digital transformation.