As our nation’s major technology hubs continue to grow, Canada boasts more tech workers than ever.
With so much news, data, and events to cover across the country, TechTalent.ca leans on professionals in the field to help keep our audience properly informed and up-to-date.
Our last Expert Wisdom roundup, navigating a future of opportunity, was themed “Skills.”
This month, we look at The Cloud.
Tech circles once talked about “the cloud” similar to how those same circles gasp and gossip over artificial intelligence today.
While the cloud may now be a bit of a dull topic for some tech veterans, many industries and sectors are still actively undergoing “digital transformation,” and this of course includes major transitions of systems and services to the cloud.
The cloud is more prominent than ever, even as it learns to become invisible.
Below, a roundup of what local experts have been saying about tech, talent, and the cloud in Canada.
Founded in 2012, Snowflake has been on a 10-year mission to disrupt the world through the use of data.
“Over the years, Snowflake has evolved to become the Data Cloud, a global network where Snowflake customers, partners, and data providers can break down data silos and derive value from rapidly growing data sets in secure, governed, and compliant ways,” Toronto’s Site Lead & Engineering Director, Qaiser Habib, informed Ellen Mitchell of Toronto Global for TechTalent.ca.
The company has big expansion plans for its cloud-based tech in Canada.
“The Snowflake Data Cloud is quickly becoming the place for developers to build their data-intensive apps, and it’s great to see Snowflake’s Canadian engineering team supporting this important milestone,” Habib said.
“The Toronto office will also allow us to better serve our growing Canadian customer base and partner ecosystem, extending the power of the Data Cloud and breaking down organizational silos to drive increased value across the market and various industries,” he added.
Habib suggested it has been “truly a game changer” to “evolve into a cloud application platform.”
When It Snows, It Pours
In addition to Snowflake, other cloud firms such as Wiz are making moves in Canada—the Israel company just followed up a capital raise with a new data centre in Montreal.
Cloudfare offers another example.
Also bringing the cloud to Canada is global info-tech giant Wipro, which offers a range of cloud-powered services including digital strategy, cybersecurity, and analytics.
Joining a global network of Wipro-AWS Launch Pad Centres, a new Toronto location will enable customers in Canada to accelerate their move to the cloud.
TechTalent.ca sat down with Kim Watson, Wipro Canada’s Country Head and Managing Director, to learn more about her vision for the company, its partnership strategy and what this new AWS launch pad centre in Toronto will bring.
“The Wipro-AWS Launch Pad Centre will enable customers in Canada to accelerate their move to the cloud and build industry leading solutions leveraging Wipro and AWS expertise,” Watson said.
According to Watson, the Toronto hub is part of a global network of Wipro-AWS Launch Pad Centres, where together Wipro and AWS Canada teams will work with clients in the areas such as application and database migration, application modernization, and server-free computing to deliver scalable cloud offerings and business outcomes.
“Our partnership with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority is a great example,” she offers, “where we were able to lead an exciting digital transformation project, and we continue to support GTAA in elevating its customer experience across all touch-points—from airport technology to process and operations.”