The GIH will focus on advancing multiple growth areas for digital transformation including augmented/mixed reality, data analytics, and cloud-native. It is also home to a specialised team responsible for enhancing user experiences through innovation.
Dell Technologies on Monday (22 February 2021) announced the establishment of a Global Innovation Hub (GIH) in Singapore, which will amount to a total investment of US$50mn (approx. S$66mn) over three years since 2019. Of this, US$23mn (approx. S$30mn) will be invested this year.
The launch of the Hub was officiated by Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing (pictured above), in an event on the same day.
In a press release, the company said these investments, supported by Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) will go towards accelerating developments in digital experiences and R&D capabilities.
The GIH forms a part of the Dell Technologies Digital Future - Made in Singapore initiative, which aims to fast track the adoption of digital solutions and drive digital innovations developed in Singapore for partners and customers globally to be future-ready.
Through its establishment, Dell Technologies has created more than 160 job opportunities in emerging technologies in Singapore. The firm is looking to recruit diverse R&D innovators comprising designers, developers and strategists, and the hiring process will be completed by this year.
All new hires for the GIH will be based in Singapore and will drive R&D programmes for customers and partners worldwide.
Commenting on the new Hub, Amit Midha, President, Asia Pacific & Japan and Global Digital Cities, Dell Technologies, said: "Singapore is globally recognised as an internationally-vibrant business, technology and thriving R&D hub. Our Digital Future - Made in Singapore initiative further supports Singapore's unique standing by driving digital innovations developed in Singapore to the world. We're very excited to unveil our global innovation hub as part of this initiative that will allow us to ideate, experiment and co-create meaningful digital solutions for our global customer and partner ecosystem.
"The Dell Technologies Global Innovation Hub in Singapore supported by talented local professionals will allow us to further contribute to the country’s growth and develop innovative products and solutions in emerging technologies to serve the wider regional and global markets.”
About the Global Innovation Hub
As the first-of-its-kind innovation centre situated outside of the company’s global headquarters in the US, it will focus on advancing multiple growth areas for digital transformation including augmented/mixed reality, data analytics, cloud-native, cybersecurity, edge computing. It is also home to a specialised team responsible for enhancing user experiences through innovation.
Additionally, the GIH houses existing R&D facilities in Singapore like the Singapore Design Centre which is responsible for global product design and development of key product categories such as monitors and client peripherals. It also includes a hardware prototyping lab dedicated to product design and innovation, and an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Experience Zone – a catalyst for AI understanding and adoption.
The company noted that the launch of the GIH and a move to leverage local talent continue its momentum to upskill and train more than 3,000 fresh graduates, mid-career professionals and students in Singapore to be future-ready, as well as a collaboration with Singapore Management University for its students to benefit from a curriculum on cloud-native and emerging technologies.
Image / Provided [Pictured: Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing, speaking at the launch event on 22 February]