Workato has opened Singapore’s first Digital Automation Hub and the enterprise automation firm’s second global headquarters, which is part of the company’s broader plan to invest SG$300 million in the region over the next three years.
“Workato’s goal is to empower companies globally to harness the power of low-code, no-code integration and automation for transformative business growth,” said Vijay Tella, CEO of Workato.
Workato’s Hub will house its second global headquarters, where companies in Singapore and the region can learn and accelerate the adoption of digital automation in the age of Industry 4.0.
Allan Teng, Workato’s managing director of Asia Pacific and Japan, said they anticipate that worker augmentation and automation will support businesses to innovate quickly, achieve higher productivity and ultimately, capture new opportunities for the Singapore economy.
The Hub will host a “Centre of Excellence for Automation,” an experiential showcase of the impact and value that automation can bring to enterprises. It will consist of eight meeting rooms and an executive briefing centre, equipped with the latest conference meeting technology for hybrid work.
The venue will also be used to conduct automation training courses and certification programmes. The Hub will enable businesses in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to benefit from complimentary automation consulting sessions with Workato’s in-house experts.
While Workato’s employees have always enjoyed working flexibly from anywhere around the world, the company also recognises the need for employees to have a physical space for creative collaboration and social interaction. Its presence in Singapore has, thus, been designed with ample discussion and brainstorming rooms, as well as a social hub where events can be held for both employees, customers and partners.
Beyond physical spaces, Workato’s employees will stand to benefit from the company’s social programmes, organised for their holistic development and mental well-being. These include fireside chats, Workato ABCs (APJ Business and Career Conversations) where new employees would learn about the business and the career pathways available at the company.
Workato intends that by 2025, it has created more than 700 skilled jobs for fresh graduates and Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs), and has expanded its workforce in Singapore by more than five times.
In 2022, the company will add 120 jobs across business, technology and support functions, and double its staff strength in Singapore.
To build strong talent pipelines, Workato inked memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with three institutes of higher learning to equip students and mid-career professionals with the skills, tools and expertise to upskill in technology and automation.
These are Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore University of Social Sciences and Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The MOUs cover business digitalisation, information technology and human resource automations.