Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group announced on Monday (November 26) a business structure reorganization that will sharpen its focus on cloud computing and new retail businesses. The reshuffle may be the last business restructuring before Jack Ma’s projected retirement in September next year.

Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s Chief Executive Officer, said in an internal letter that its cloud-computing arm Alibaba Cloud business group will be upgraded to Alibaba Cloud Intelligence business group. Alibaba Group CTO Zhang Jianfeng is appointed as head of the unit, reporting directly to Daniel Zhang.

Alibaba has taken a lead in China’s cloud computing market thanks to an early layout. Alibaba Cloud represents 45.5% of the market in the country’s public cloud industry, according to China’s public cloud market report for H1 2018 conducted by research report firm IDC. Alibaba’s reinforcement on strategic importance of cloud computing sector is taking place against a backdrop of Tencent’s recent restructuring towards cloud-based data offerings for corporate clients. After the upgrade, Alibaba’s smart service capabilities such as data computing platform, advanced algorithms, database systems, infrastructure technology platform, and scheduling systems will be fully integrated with Alibaba Cloud and made available to the society, according to Zhang.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.