Following its announcement of $28 billion investment in building data centers in April at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alibaba Cloud reveals that it is aiming at recruiting 5,000 technology talents worldwide from now until the end of the financial year.
The jobs that needed to be filled would be in the areas of network, database, servers, chips, and artificial intelligence.
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“The digital transformation journey for businesses in China, which was previously expected to take three to five years, is now likely to be accelerated to be completed within one year,” said Jeff Zhang, president of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “In light of the fast-growing demand of digital shift from global clients in all sectors, we are continuing with our commitment to offering world-class cloud services. To move forward at full speed, we are not only building trusted cloud technologies and services but also investing in worldwide IT talents who are pioneering the development of cutting-edge cloud and data intelligence technologies.”
Alibaba said it is committed to talent development and frontier research for the longterm. In 2017, Alibaba established Alibaba DAMO Academy, which gathers global talents for fundamental technology research in areas such as machine intelligence, visual computing, natural language processing, human-machine interactions, IoT, and financial technology.
Technologies from Alibaba DAMO Academy, including speech AI, image search, and CT image analytics, have been introduced to Alibaba Cloud’s clients worldwide over the past years. More advanced technologies are expected to meet the fast-growing demand of digital shifts from clients especially businesses in the Asia Pacific, where Alibaba Cloud is ranked the No. 1 public cloud service provider.