Microsoft Launches New AI Initiatives for Singapore SMEs

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Microsoft has unveiled a series of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at accelerating the adoption and innovation of artificial intelligence (AI) in Singapore. These initiatives, developed in collaboration with various partners, seek to empower organisations and enhance the AI skills of employees across different sectors.

The key highlights of Microsoft’s new AI initiatives include:

Empowering SMEs: Microsoft aims to benefit 2,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) over the next three years by providing them with practical programmes to harness AI solutions. These initiatives will equip SMEs with the expertise needed to transform their businesses, seize new opportunities, and navigate the dynamic business landscape effectively.

Enhancing Adult Education with AI: Through a partnership with the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), Microsoft will integrate AI into adult education programmes. This collaboration aims to develop and test new AI tools and methodologies to enhance the learning experiences of adult learners, ensuring they acquire relevant AI skills to thrive in the digital economy.

Microsoft AI Pinnacle Programme: Microsoft will establish the Microsoft AI Pinnacle Program, bringing together leading organisations such as Certis, HTX, Mediacorp, Seatrium, and Synapxe. This program seeks to facilitate co-creation and co-innovation of AI use cases, fostering an AI-first culture and ecosystem within organisations. By inspiring new ways of working and building capabilities, the programme aims to enable organisations to tap into opportunities in the AI era effectively.

These initiatives underscore Microsoft’s commitment to driving AI adoption and innovation in Singapore. By collaborating with partners such as SkillsFuture Singapore, NTUC LearningHub, Enterprise Singapore, AI Singapore, and IMDA, Microsoft aims to create a robust ecosystem that empowers businesses and individuals to leverage AI for sustainable growth and competitiveness.

Mr. Tan Kok Yam, Chief Executive of SkillsFuture Singapore, commented, “We are very encouraged to see Microsoft stepping up to help equip our companies and workers with deeper skills in AI. This builds on the already solid work Microsoft has done as a SkillsFuture Queen Bee.”

In conclusion, Microsoft’s new AI initiatives represent a significant step towards building a future-ready workforce and fostering a thriving AI ecosystem in Singapore. Through strategic partnerships and innovative programmes, Microsoft aims to drive economic development and empower organisations to harness the full potential of AI in the digital age.