By Huanbo

1. New Retail business model

Many people think that setting up Data Middle Office is an unachievable quest, but the truth is it can be easy as long as we fully understand the nature of the business. This is because Data Middle Office is flexible and can vary based on each retailer’s business operations. In this article, we will talk about how to set up New Retail Data Middle Office for a retailer.

The retailer may dabble in a variety of business operations, such as online e-commerce platforms, brick-and-mortar stores, official apps, distribution channels, and supply chains. Before…

Authors | Tao Guan, Ruibo Li, Lili Sun, Liangmo Zhang, and Yangqing Jia from the Computing Platform Division of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Business Group

Bo Huang, Yumei Jin, Qian Yu, and Zizheng Liu from the Machine Learning R&D Division of Sina Weibo

Editor’s note

As the concept of data lake has emerged in recent years, data warehouses and data lakes have been continuously compared and even heavily debated within the industry. Some people believe that a data lake is a next-generation big data platform. Major cloud vendors are proposing their own data lake solutions, and some cloud data warehouse products are added…

The 2021 “AI Earth” Artificial Intelligence Innovation Challenge — AI Helps Accurate Weather and Ocean Forecast is jointly initiated by Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), National Climate Center, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC), Anhui Meteorology Service, and Alibaba DAMO Academy.

Focusing on the frontier of global atmospheric and oceanic research, the competition aims to promote the application of AI technology to academic cooperation, talent cultivation, technical exchange, and multidisciplinary integration in the field of meteorology and oceanography. …

By Cen Zheng, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence


ApsaraDB for MongoDB is Alibaba Cloud’s fully managed MongoDB service. It was initially released at 2016. In late 2019, Alibaba Cloud had a partnership with MongoDB, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDB), becoming an authorized MongoDB-as-a-Service solution provider. In 2020, Alibaba Cloud was awarded MongoDB’s “Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner of the Year”. This article will talk about ApsaraDB for MongoDB’s history and the service provided. Meanwhile, several new features available recently on ApsaraDB for MongoDB including MongoDB 4.4 on Alibaba Cloud, Cloud Disk Storage Type support, Serverless instance type and DynamoDB Compatibility will be introduced.

History of ApsaraDB for MongoDB


About the Competition

Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition, jointly organized by the China Association for Science and Technology, Alibaba Foundation, and Alibaba DAMO Academy, is an event open to math enthusiasts all over the world, and integrates competition, training and communication.

The competition aims to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of math in the global tech community, while facilitating research in math.

Alibaba DAMO Academy seeks to serve society through inspiring a passion for math and basic sciences. …

By Zhongzhe Xiong, ScaleFlux

End of Moore’s Law

“The chips are down for Moore’s law”, an article published on Nature on February 9, 2016, claimed that the upcoming International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) would no longer pursue Moore’s Law, breaking the golden rule that dominated the chip industry for 50 years.

Authored by Li Feifei, President of the Database Products Business Unit of Alibaba Cloud

In the wake of the pandemic, one trend that emerged is the need for digitalisation, and this will continue — and even grow — in the future. And, while it’s still not clear exactly what that actual economic impact of Covid-19 will be, IDC predicts that the digital economy will accelerate to counter this. The firm predicts that over 65% of APAC GDP is expected to be digitalised between 2020 and 2023 and spending will hit US$1.2 trillion.

As businesses — and even economies — become…

2021 Hangzhou Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for Overseas Talents is calling for worldwide entrepreneurs to enter!

Entrants can win 200,000 RMB to start their business and gain practical insights and local resources including policy, funds, and industry support to start and grow their business in Hangzhou.

How to Enter:


Startups register their business and start operation of the company in Hangzhou within one year after the competition will be rewarded:

The First Prize: RMB¥5,000,000

The Second…

By Alibaba Cloud_Network

Zhu Shunmin, a researcher with Alibaba Cloud Network Services, released a variety of new network products at the Apsara Conference 2020. One of the products is the Application Load Balancer (ALB). Positioned at the application layer, ALB provides superior performance. It is secure, reliable, cloud-native, and out-of-the-box. It supports auto scaling, the Quick UDP Internet Connection (QUIC) protocol, content-based advanced routing, built-in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, cloud-native applications, flexible billing, and other product capabilities. It meets many diversified application-layer load requirements.

The Business Scenarios of ALB

When seeing the letters ALB, many people will think of the classic SLB service…

By Derek Wang, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Singapore

Singapore businesses already lead Southeast Asia in Cloud adoption. According to a recent survey by Alibaba Cloud “Role of Cloud in Asia and Confidence in Asian Innovation Survey”, nine in 10 IT decision-makers here report that their companies are using at least one Cloud-based technology. However, with broad adoption comes maturity. Our survey also found that Singaporean companies are the region’s least satisfied with how Cloud-based tools or digitalisation efforts have helped them cope with business and operational needs during the pandemic.

The maturity of IT and Cloud adoption, and attitudes…

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