Traditionally, ICT SMEs develop products, services and solutions that are built on legacy monolithic software architecture as one single complex system interconnected and prone to failure. These solutions are not modular enough, highly complex and lacking in scalability and flexibility.

On the other hand, customers have become savvier and more demanding. They are no longer buying lock-stock-barrel solutions. Instead, they are buying cloud native microservices to plug into their existing solution.

Cloud native architecture is made up of small loosely coupled components, independently developed and hence more resilient and flexible to changes. Cloud native is not just adopting Service Oriented Architecture, nor is about just lifting and shifting to the cloud. Cloud Native comprises shifts in the process, architecture, tools and infrastructure and the GoCloud programme aims to encourage ICT SMEs to make the shift and enable them to serve customers more effectively and at scale.


There is an increasing demand for cloud-based digital solutions. Companies that are able to offer their solutions on the cloud have highlighted that they were less impacted by COVID-19 and the travel restrictions, as they are able to operate and deliver to customers without the need to meet them. They are also able to adjust and deploy solutions quickly to meet the shifts in demand conditions as they are built using microservices, and able to deploy through DevOps.

To support ICT SMEs to stay competitive and continue to respond quickly to changing market and customer needs through cloud native development, IMDA is increasing the support level of GoCloud to up to 80% of service fees charged by the appointed service providers with effect from 1 June 2020.

The support covers professional services fees for the appointed Service Providers to work with ICT SMEs to scope a short-term project that offers opportunity to transform an existing/ monolithic solution to Cloud Native, or develop a green-field Cloud Native Microservices application.

GoCloud is designed to support local ICT SMEs to develop a green-field Cloud Native Microservices application or transform traditional software architecture and development practices to software applications deployed and delivered as Cloud Native Microservices and DevOps.

Service Providers appointed by IMDA will provide consultancy and training to equip development teams of ICT SMEs with digital capabilities in Cloud Native, Microservices and DevOps. Additional coaching will also be provided to guide ICT SMEs who are keen to translate training into practice and embark on a hands-on project.

Get Started

1 Support for up to 80% (up from 50%) of service fees (effective from 1 June 2020) for completion of Step 1 and 3.

2 Support for up to 90% for CITREP endorsed courses in Cloud Native, Microservices and DevOps.

Who can sign up for GoCloud?

  • Singapore-Owned or Singapore-Based ICT SME1
  • Have local technical resources to go through the capabilities upscaling with appointed Service Providers
  • Owns the IP of the product or solution that they want to transform through the hands-on project
  • Have positive net equity based on the latest financial statement (optional for start-up companies2).

1 ICT SME refers to the following:

  • Business entities registered and operating in Singapore
  • Singapore registered company that engages in Infocomm Technology (ICT) and related activities based on SSIC codes
  • Minimum 30% local shareholding
  • Company’s Group annual sales turnover not more than $100 million OR Company’s Group employment size not more than 200 workers

2 Startup Companies refers to the following

  • Registered for less than 5 years at time of grant application;
  • At least 30% local shareholdings;
  • Company’s group annual sales turnover is not more than $100 million or group employment size is not more than 200 workers; and
  • Core activities to be carried out in Singapore. Start-up companies

Appointed GoCloud Service Providers

IMDA has appointed the following 5 service providers to provide ICT SMEs with professional technical consultancy services to build up their digital capabilities in Cloud Native, Microservices and DevOps.

Interested ICT SMEs can contact the service providers directly to find out more of their services offering and sign up with them directly. To participate, you may refer to “How to Apply” section.

Appointed Service Provider Cloud Platform Programme Name Website Infosheet
Amazon Web Services Inc. AWS Cloud GoCloud with AWS TechShift https://pages.awscloud.com/aws-isv-techshift-gocloudnativeaws-webinar.html AWS Infosheet (790.64KB)
Cloud Comrade Pte Ltd Google Cloud GoCloud with Cloud Comrade https://www.cloudcomrade.info/gocloud
Cloud Comrade Infosheet (764.34KB)
Human Capital (Singapore) Pte Ltd Alibaba Cloud and others GoCloud with HCS https://gocloud.hcs.com.sg/  HCS Infosheet (702.66KB)
IBM Singapore Pte Ltd IBM Cloud GoCloud with IBM Singapore http://gocloudibm.au-syd.mybluemix.net/ IBM Infosheet (693.11KB)
NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd Microsoft Azure GoCloud with NTUC LearningHub https://www.ntuclearninghub.com/gocloud/ NTUCLH Infosheet (689.53KB)

Past IMDA GoCloud Webinars



Series #2 - Scaling One’s Business Competitiveness with Cloud Native

Click here for more details.

Alibaba Cloud x HCS Conversation Series on GoCloud! How Easy It Can Be

Click here for more details.

Series #1 - SGTech Launches its Cloud Appreciation Workshop Series

Click here for more details.

How to apply?

Interested ICT SMEs can contact any of the five Service Providers appointed by IMDA directly to find out more on their services offering and sign up with them directly.

The contact details of the Service Providers:

Appointed Service Provider Email Contact
Amazon Web Services  awstechshiftsg@amazon.com
Cloud Comrade Pte Ltd contact@cloudcomrade.com 
Human Capital (Singapore) Pte Ltd
IBM Singapore Pte Ltd  apskill@sg.ibm.com
NTUC LearningHub Pte Ltd  PME@ntuclearninghub.com

Tech Capability Assessment Tool

What is Tech Capability Assessment Tool in Cloud Native?

IMDA has developed a Tech Capability Assessment Tool to help ICT SMEs assess their capabilities and readiness to adopt Cloud Native as part of their journey for digitalisation. The free online tool will guide SMEs through a series of questions to enable them to assess their current state of digital capabilities.

At the end of the assessment, the company will receive a detailed report that provides insights on the current state of its capability and the gaps such as, Cloud Adoption, Architecture Practice, Software Methodology Practice and Culture and Teaming thatneed to be addressed for them to build up Cloud Native capability.

How do I access the tool?

To start assessing the level of maturity your company in the area of Cloud Native, click the icon below to access the Tech Capability Assessment Tool (Cloud Native).

Case Studies


Last updated on: 19 Jan 2021