Heaptalk, Jakarta – Modern technologies must be adapted to meet people’s needs, both young and old. Essentially, it is what Microsoft brings to the Indonesian digital ecosystem through technological development in various business lines. Therefore, the company is committed to supporting a robust component needed to realize fast-paced digitalization by bringing technology that can be felt in various human components on earth.
This value was conveyed by Haris Izmee, President Director of Microsoft Indonesia, that Indonesia is believed to have the potential to rise to become the country with the enormous digital power in Asia. The reason is that Indonesia has the embryo of a capable digital ecosystem, which can be seen from 12 unicorns in Southeast Asia, of which five of them come from Indonesia.
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“Together with all stakeholders, be it government, educational institutions, to entrepreneurs, Microsoft is committed to improving the digital ecosystem in Indonesia. The key factor is being able to bring digital literacy that is evenly distributed and extends throughout Indonesia.” Said Haris during the talk show event entitled “Learning Digital Together,” which was held together with Bukalapak, Monday, March 8, 2021.
According to him, Indonesia’s problem is not because of the inadequate infrastructure, but our society still experiences many digital gaps. Quoted from kominfo.go.id, Indonesia’s technology infrastructure is very ready because Indonesia has entered the 5G phase. However, many have not been touched on the equality of the distribution to Central to Eastern Indonesia areas. Also, Indonesia’s geographical condition that is an archipelago is become a quite challenge for the fluency of information distribution.
This problem also makes digital literacy uneven between several regions in Indonesia. Thus, according to Haris Izmee, good collaboration between various lines is the key to achieving the nation’s noble ideals. It includes the place of information technology as a pillar of the nation, making technology a new foreign exchange earner, technology as a labor absorber, a tool to educate the nation, and a tool for democracy and safeguarding the Republic of Indonesia.
Therefore, as a strategic partner regarding the development of digital literacy for the Indonesia Region, Haris said his party fully supports the enlargement of the digitalization movement for all. The key factors will depart from four pillars, namely optimizing artificial intelligence, improving skills and employability, modernizing education, and the last one is continuity and social impact.
The artificial intelligence optimization
As an implementation of artificial intelligence-based technology, Haris gave an example of piloted with the Ministry of Agriculture to build a collaborative platform. They also collaborate to capture agricultural data sets such as crop yields, weather data, market demand and prices, and building machine learning models. This implementation is expected to help transform the agricultural industry into a more data-driven one to benefit stakeholders.
“There are several plans that will be carried out to strengthen the digital agricultural ecosystem. First, help farmers transform digitally through collaborative education programs from Microsoft and the Ministry of Agriculture.” Haris explained. This implementation includes a skills portal for farmer communities to access the latest knowledge and information throughout the archipelago.
Concerning this, Microsoft also shares other values : applications and databases to improve digital farm infrastructure and good corporate data governance to develop secure multi-factor authentication for data access and sharing. They also added sustainable infrastructure development to integrate application development, dashboards, and reports.
“This ecosystem is planned to be developed at FarmBeats, an industry-specific cloud platform built using Microsoft Azure to process data into efficient and actionable data,” he added. Haris said FarmBeats would help collect agricultural data from multiple sources, such as combining various agricultural data sets from sensors, drones, and satellites. The startup is also rapidly conducting artificial intelligence development and machine learning models and building custom digital farming solutions.
Improving digital skills to boost employability
Digital skills are very important to compete in an increasingly developing society to prepare themselves for disruption due to Industry 4.0. Therefore, in line with this phenomenon, Haris explained, Microsoft is building with many strategic business partners to stimulate talents to develop further.
One of them is holding an online training program where Grab driver-partners can access and participate in Microsoft‘s digital literacy certification program through GrabAcademy in the driver-partner application. The training they can take covers essential computer science topics, how to use the Internet, and product support software. Haris said that the digital training program with Grab had covered 379 thousand Grab driver-partners.
Another program mentioned by Haris is developing an online learning portal that can be accessed via Linkedin and accessible to Indonesia’s talents. Also, a scholarship program is run in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information and training for MSMEs engaged with Bukalapak, targeting more than 12 million participants throughout Indonesia.
Building an Azure Data Center
To support the running of digital literacy campaigns throughout the country, Haris added that his party needed to prepare a robust technology infrastructure. The reason is that digital activities’ performance will smoothly run if accompanied by technological components that support the cloud computing side.
This launch is part of Microsoft‘s efforts to empower Indonesia’s digital economy towards its vision of becoming a country with the leading digital economy in Southeast Asia. By using the Azure datacenter, industry players in Indonesia can increase cost-efficiency accompanied by improvements in their technological capabilities, which supports the latest demand needs such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligent, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, and Data. Science.
“We provide trusted cloud services or cloud computing locally, with world-class data security, privacy, and the ability to store data in Indonesia. With the new datacenter region, Indonesia will join the world’s most extensive cloud infrastructure, with more than 60 data center regions announced to date. To support customers’ needs, Microsoft plan to build a new data center region that also features Azure Availability Zones, which are unique physical locations equipped with independent power, networking, and cooling, to suppress failures in the data center, “he said.
In the future, with all these advances, the presence of technology will no longer be seen as something that substitutes the presence of humans. Still, technology can support the sustainability of human inclusiveness diversity. Whether from different backgrounds, geographical conditions, and the level of intelligence and economy, every human being is no longer seen as something that limits them to accessing technology. But the presence of technology is getting closer, especially during the transition period after the pandemic.