Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing arm of Amazon has announced a slew of new technology offerings for small and medium businesses (SMBs).
The company, in a virtual event, launched an educational programme SMB Vidyalaya to digitally upskill small businesses through webinars covering content across over 50 modules delivered using AWS Cloud.
Puneet Chandok, President, AWS India and South Asia, explained, “SMB Vidyalaya is a comprehensive educational program addressing a variety of SMB digital needs, and it helps to expand cloud skills and technology adoption to a wider SMB audience across the country.”
He also said that the programme will be available through a hybrid training model, which combines online and in-person channels.
The programme would also provide access to different resources available on its India SMBHub and AWS store on Amazon Business Marketplace along with a team of professionals to handhold SMBs in technology enablement, the company said in a statement.
AWS further said that it is working with SMB-focused associations like the Noida-based World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) to create awareness about the programme through educational videos, product brochures, and webinars.
The company has also announced expanding its Amazon Digital Suite of SMB-first software offerings, which is a comprehensive set of software solutions developed with local third-party technology providers, to help SMBs digitise their operations.
The suite has increased its SMB solutions in areas such as accounting, customer support, and human resources to 27 now including Tally enterprise resource planning (ERP), QuickHeal antivirus, MSwipe payment acceptance merchant app and Onsurity employee health care solutions.
AWS said that it has expanded these bundled solutions to include new use cases, like defect detection and electronic Know Your Customer (eKYC), to meet SMBs’ needs in the manufacturing, finance, retail, and professional services sectors.
The company has also incorporated systems integrator (SI) and independent software vendor (ISV) partners into its suite portfolio to help SMBs access on-demand educational videos and other resources on the updated AWS India SMBHub. Amazon will host its two-day virtual annual summit Amazon Smbhav from May 18.