Microsoft to establish first datacenter region in Indonesia
Microsoft has unveiled new commitments under its Berdayakan Ekonomi Digital Indonesia initiative aimed at accelerating Indonesia’s digital transformation.
Under the initiative, which commits to empowering every person and organisation in Indonesia to achieve more, Microsoft announces plans to establish a datacenter region to deliver trusted cloud services locally with world-class data security, privacy and the ability to store data in-country.
The tech giant has further said it will skill an additional 3 million Indonesians to achieve its goal of empowering 24 million by the end of 2021, via its long-established skills programmes designed to create inclusive economic opportunities in the digital era.
Microsoft has a long-term commitment to Indonesia’s growth, and has been “empowering industries acro ss Indonesia and preparing Indonesians with future-ready skills to improve their employability” for the last 26 years.
However, these latest commitments signify the biggest investment the company has yet made.
Indonesia as southeast Asia’s leading digital economy
This commitment to invest by Microsoft will accelerate the country’s digital transformation and help achieve its vision of becoming Southeast Asia’s leading digital economy.
Research from IDC reveals that Microsoft’s investment in Indonesia is expected to generate up to US$6.3 billion in new revenues from the country’s ecosystem of local customers and partners, while its cloud-consuming businesses are expected to contribute 60,000 jobs to the local economy, over the next four years.
According to Johnny Plate, Minister of Communication and Information, Indonesia, Microsoft’s investment “will support local innovation, economic recovery, and digital transformation”, while the datacenter region with highly secure and compliant cloud services will “benefit local businesses, government, and individuals across all sectors”.
Accelerating digital agility across Indonesia
With the new datacenter region, Indonesia joins the world’s largest cloud infrastructure with over 60 such regions to date, and local businesses of all sizes and industries will have access to Microsoft Azure at launch, enabling them to invent with purpose using cloud services and capabilities that span computing, hetworking, databases, analytics, AI and IoT.
The establishment of a datacenter region will “enable every Indonesian business to embrace the digital economy and create disruptive innovation”, says Nicke Widyawati, President Director of Indonesian firm Pertamina.
For Indonesian business Bukalapak, a local datacenter region will help its 6.5 million merchants, 7 million partners and more than 100 million customers “achieve business resiliency in the face of the pandemic”, states CEO Rachmat Kaimuddin.
This is especially good news for the agricultural sector, which is one of Indonesia’s critical industries where “the support of real-time, data-driven innovation through sensors on the field connected with the cloud” along with “digital farming capability graining for Young Fartmers can “make an enormous positive impact on Indonesia’s economy”, says Syrahrul Yasin Limpo, Minister of Agriculture of Indonesia.
Empowering Indonesia’s workforce with digital skills
To enable such a cloud and AI-enabled future, Microsoft has now committed to working with universities and the Ministry of Communications and information to skill a further 3 million people, adding to its commitment to regional skills training and bringing the total to 24 million by the end of 2021.
Such an intiative is set to empower Indonesians in AI, cybersecurity and data science through a digital literacy curriculum.
Rainmaking + ESG Launch Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator
Rainmaking, one of the world’s leading corporate innovation and venture development firms that create, accelerate and scale new business, has partnered with Enterprise Singapore (ESG), a government agency that champions enterprise development, to launch Singapore’s first ‘Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator’.
The new programme will unite startups and enterprises to boost scalable technology solutions that help fuel supply chain resilience by addressing pain points in transport and logistics.
Over the last 13 years, Rainmaking has launched 30 ventures totalling US$2bn, including Startupbootcamp. Having invested in over 900 startups that have raised more than US$1bn, Startupbootcamp is one of the world’s most active global investors and accelerators.
The new programme looks to help build more resilient supply chains for Singapore’s burgeoning network of startups by leveraging its advantageous position as a global trade and connectivity hub. As part of the Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator programme, no less than 20 startups with high-growth potential will have the opportunity to become a part of Singapore’s vibrant ecosystem of startups.
Calling Supply Chain Solution Startups!
The programme will kick off with an open call for startups who specialise in supply chain solutions for end-to-end visibility, analytics, automation and sustainability.
Applicants will then be shortlisted and receive nurturing from Rainmaking, fostering valuable engagements with corporates to drive scalable pilots with the aim to stimulate investment opportunities.
“Covid-19 exposed the fragility of global trade, and the Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator is our opportunity to spot weak links and build back better. Piloting outside tech can be an incredibly efficient way to test viable solutions to big problems, provided you de-risk and design for scale. Our programme does precisely this by helping corporate decision-makers and startups to work on compelling business opportunities, anticipate operational risks, and ultimately co-create solutions fit for wider industry adoption,” said Angela Noronha, Director for Open Innovation at Rainmaking.
Pilots will run from Singapore, with the objective that relevant organisations may adopt successful solutions globally. To that end, Rainmaking is currently engaging with enterprises specialising in varying industry verticals and have expressed interest in partnering.
“Even as we continue to work with startups and corporations all over the globe, we are so pleased to be anchoring this program out of Singapore. With a perfect storm of tech talent, corporate innovators, and robust institutional support, it’s the ideal launchpad for testing new solutions that have the potential to change entire industries. We look forward to driving the transformation with the ecosystem,” added Angela Noronha.
One of the first selected corporate partners is Cargill, a leader in innovating and decarbonising food supply chains.
"Cargill is constantly exploring ways to improve the way we work and service our customers. Sustainability, smart manufacturing and supply chain optimisation are key areas of focus for us; exploring these from Singapore, where so many key players are already innovating, will help us form valuable partnerships from day one. We look forward to joining Rainmaking and ESG on this journey to work with, support, and grow the startup community by keeping them connected to industry needs,” said Dirk Robers, Cargill Digital Labs.
In order to raise awareness on the importance of building resilience and how technology can be leveraged to mitigate risks of disruption, industry outreach efforts will include fireside chats, discussions and demo days.
In July, Rainmaking will host a virtual insight sharing event for innovation partners as well as a ‘Deal Friday’ session that connects businesses, investors, and selected startups with investment and partnership opportunities.
Programme events will also benefit Institutes of Higher Learning by offering exposure to how advanced practitioners leverage new technologies to transform traditional supply chain management and share real-world case studies and lessons learned, better equipping next-gen supply chain leaders.
“As an advocate of market-oriented open innovation, we welcome programmes like the Supply Chain Resilience Accelerator, which aims to help companies resolve operational pain points, strengthen supply chain resilience and spur growth in a post-pandemic world. With a strong track record in driving open innovation initiatives for the transport and supply chain industry, we believe that Rainmaking’s in-depth knowledge of the ecosystem and network of global partners can complement Singapore’s efforts in accelerating our business community’s adoption of tech-enabled tools, to better manage future disruptions and capture opportunities arising from shifts in global supply chains. This will in turn help to strengthen our local ecosystem and Singapore’s status as a global hub for trade and connectivity,” said Law Chung Ming, Executive Director for Transport and Logistics, Enterprise Singapore.