Google Cloud and its local partner AwanBiru Technology Berhad (Awantec) inked a new Cloud Framework Agreement (CFA) with the Malaysian government. The CFA intends to boost public sector innovation and digital citizen services.
Aiming to bridge the digital divide and grow Malaysia’s digital economy, the CFA underlines Google Cloud’s support for MyDIGITAL. The CFA currently allows Malaysian government agencies and departments to access Google Cloud’s 88 availability zones in 29 geographic regions and 146 network edge locations.
Ms. Sherie Ng, Country Director, Google Cloud, Singapore, and Malaysia, said the CFA is significant because more than 80% of Malaysian online users now use digital services due to the epidemic. Through its strategic and forward-looking cloud-first policy, MAMPU is leveraging advanced cloud technology infrastructure, tools, applications, and talent to accelerate the development of next-generation citizen-centric services significantly.
Ms. Ng noted that after signing this CFA with the Malaysian government, they look forward to assisting with the next phase of the MyDIGITAL plan. With more accessible access to flexible, scalable, secure, and sustainable cloud infrastructure and services, they hope to help government agencies realise new possibilities in serving the rakyat, such as education, healthcare, transportation, and financial inclusion.
Government entities and departments can use Google Cloud services such as:
- Global cloud infrastructure that is designed to be secure.
- Best-in-class data warehousing, security, AI, ML, and application modernisation capabilities.
- Industry-specific privacy and compliance measures can be used.
- Three billion individuals use cloud-native productivity and collaboration apps.
- The Carbon Sense Suite helps organizations report and reduce carbon emissions.
The CFA also allows Awantec to serve as a Managed Service Provider for government entities (MSP). There’s also the chance to help with rapid prototyping utilizing Google Cloud tools or promote best practices for large-scale cloud operations.
Awantec’s CEO, Rezal Rahman, stated that the company is proud to be Google Cloud’s local partner and is committed to empowering Malaysia’s public sector to innovate and provide critical new citizen-centric services at scale. Their two decades of experience delivering technology solutions and skilling programs to the government are demonstrated in recent project wins.
To promote staff efficiency and improve student learning experiences, Google Cloud and Awantec have been offering Google Workspace to public schools since July 2021.
According to Mr. Rahman, the CFA would help government agencies use cloud-based tools and technologies such as data analytics, AI, machine learning (ML), and the internet of things (IoT) to improve the citizen experience.
In addition to government agencies and enormous organisations, Google Cloud also helps small businesses (like Celcom) and startups (like BungkusIT and through the Google for Startups Cloud Program).
Google Cloud is also growing market share and mindshare among major Malaysian corporations, particularly those in regulated industries. Affin Bank, Axiata Group, Capital A (AirAsia Aviation and Airasia Super App), JB Cocoa, KPJ Healthcare, Malaysia Airlines, Mass Rapid Transit Corporation, Maxis, Star Media, and Sunway Group.