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Tech giant Google Cloud opens new center to train Saudis in digital technologies

RIYADH: Google Cloud has announced the launch of a Center of Excellence in Saudi Arabia to provide training on emerging cloud technologies, as the tech giant expands its presence in the Kingdom.

The CoE will offer training courses on the latest cloud technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and application and infrastructure modernization, according to a press release.

The courses, which will be offered free of charge, will help upskill Saudi professionals who are leading digitization efforts in their companies or who wish to pursue a career in the cloud industry, he added.

An announcement regarding the opening of the CoE was made at the Next’22 Developers Hub event hosted by Google Cloud in Riyadh.

The company said 300 developers signed up as the first cohort of CoE interns as it launched a 60-day skills development program for them, along with certification.

The new CoE in Saudi Arabia is part of Google’s vision to train more than 40 million professionals worldwide in cloud technologies.

The center will run several cohorts throughout the year which will be available to professionals of all ages in the Kingdom, the press release added.

“Google Cloud is launching a Center of Excellence in Saudi Arabia to support the achievement of the National Vision 2030 and its human capacity development program in particular, which aims to ensure that Saudis have the capabilities required to compete in the globally,” said Bader Al Madi, Saudi Arabia Country Manager for Google Cloud.

He revealed that Google is also opening the center virtually to ensure that professionals from all parts of the Kingdom will have access to the courses on offer.

Al Madi added, “The launch also comes at a time when businesses of all sizes in the Kingdom are realizing that the need to go digital is inevitable and are embracing digital transformation as a top priority, and therefore need trained professionals. who know the Cloud industry well to lead the transformation.

During the event, the tech giant also announced the launch of Google for Startups Cloud Academy, a 10-week program designed for startups across Saudi Arabia.

At a separate event last week, Microsoft’s chief cybersecurity adviser, Abbas Kudrati, said a shared vendor-customer responsibility model is needed for cloud cybersecurity.

“The cloud will give you agility and flexibility. But if you haven’t configured your cloud environment properly, it will be directly connected to the internet and hackers are constantly scanning all public IP addresses,” Kudrati said during a panel discussion at the Global Security Forum in Riyadh.

At the event, Mark Ryland, Director of the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer at Amazon Web Services, remarked that cloud technology will be key for businesses in the future, and that large and small businesses can reap the benefits.

He added: “The cloud offers several advantages to small and medium-sized businesses. Thanks to the cloud platform, you can stay more or less automatically at the cutting edge of technology.

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