AWS has opened their new, larger AWS office in the Commercial Bay building in downtown Auckland. The company sees the new office helping them provide better support to the tens of thousands of customers that use AWS in New Zealand each month including Air NZ, BNZ, Ministry of Health, TVNZ, University of Auckland, Xero, Vodafone, Gentrack, UneeQ, Halter, Sharesies, Consegna, Deloitte, and Orion Health.
AWS has opened its first office space in Aotearoa eight years ago to help Kiwi businesses harness the benefits of cloud technology. Using AWS Cloud services, local governments and business of all sizes, and across all industries are able to innovate quickly, increase operational efficiencies, and take their ideas to the world.
The company also says the office expansion supports a growing workforce. AWS now employs more than 100 people across New Zealand, with 50 hired in the past year alone. The roles include data scientists, cloud engineers, solutions architects and sales and account managers.
The new office is just one of many investments AWS is making in New Zealand. They have also built local infrastructure to support the different needs of their customers. Earlier this year, Vector launched their first AWS Outposts, to run AWS infrastructure and services on-premises. Additionally, Vector and AWS have a strategic alliance and are building a cloud-based New Energy Platform (NEP) that will enable New Zealand’s energy industry to deliver consumers more affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy options. This alliance will contribute 30 new highly-skilled jobs in New Zealand to support the development of the NEP.
Other customers like TVNZ are using the new AWS Edge location in Auckland for faster access to cloud services and improved user experiences for their customers.
Nick Walton, Managing Director for AWS Commercial Sector, New Zealand said "Creating a digitally skilled workforce is critical to accelerating innovation. Our new office space enables us to ramp up our training programs and help ensure that New Zealand gains the talented pool of professionals it needs to unlock the value of the cloud. Our goal is to train more than 29 million people globally by 2025. We are committed to improving the diversity of New Zealand’s IT workforce by creating opportunities for people from underrepresented communities to forge careers in the industry. Last week, we launched the AWS re/Start digital skills program in New Zealand. People who are unemployed or underemployed, particularly within the Maori and Pacific communities, will gain cloud skills by taking part in a free 12-week full-time skills training program. Delivered in collaboration with Te Pūkenga, a national network of vocational education and training brought together by the New Zealand government, we look forward to providing an update on this program when this first cohort graduates."
"New Zealand has a rich community of innovators and entrepreneurs, and we support their tenacity and ambition to build and grow world-leading businesses. That’s why we are continuing to deepen local investments, and work hard to ensure our customers can access the latest technology to expand into global markets, improve their customer experience, and lower operating costs. 2020 accelerated our shift to a digital world and highlighted an even more urgent recognition of the problems we need to address together to drive our economy and society forward. We see great opportunity for New Zealand to be a leading nation in the digital economy and are excited to collaborate with our local customers and partners to be a part of that journey."
A thriving community of AWS partners in New Zealand are building small and medium-sized cloud businesses. Last April, AWS opened the online AWS Marketplace to New Zealand and Australian Independent Software Vendors (ISV) and consulting partners. This new route to market provides instant access to more than 310,000 monthly active users around the world. Already there’s some great international collaborations forming on the AWS Marketplace.