Indonesia has big plans to become the biggest digital economy in Southeast Asia. Initiatives to transform the country digitally are already underway, and an example of such empowerment initiatives is the national program to get 2 million small-medium businesses (SMBs) online as well as the development of 1,000 start ups by 2020.
The Indonesian government is also keen to transform itself digitally with its national program Satu Data (‘One Data’), which would integrate all data to allow cross-agency access and improved analytics to provide better insight that will go towards the foundational planning for future government policies. On a provincial level, the local governments have also kickstarted similar Smart City initiatives to improve residents’ quality of lives in major cities across the country.
At NetApp, we believe that digital transformation is essential to the continued progress not only for private enterprises, but also for governments and nations.
On August 4, 2016, NetApp, together with AVNET and Lintasarta, hosted its Smart Nation Dialogue for the first time in Indonesia. Building upon the success of NetApp’s inaugural Smart Nation Dialogue in Singapore, the event in Indonesia was a platform to facilitate a vibrant exchange of ideas between leaders from Indonesia’s technology industry and local government representatives from six cities in Indonesia: Yogyakarta, Palembang, Makassar, Pekanbaru, Semarang and Bogor.
Our guest speakers (left to right): Rama Raditya, Founder and CEO of Qlue; Gidion Barus, Lintasarta Telecommunication Providers; Srie Dhiandini, Head of Information and Telematics of the City of Bandung; Prof. Dr. Suhono Harso Supangkat, Chairman of the Smart City Indonesia Forum; Bagus Dewantara, Senior Solution Architect and Commercial Solution Lead, NetApp Indonesia; and Anthon Hutabarat, Channel and GTM Lead, NetApp Indonesia (moderator).
Rama Raditya, Founder and CEO of Qlue, a social application that enables users to send complaints directly to public officials in Jakarta.
Grounded on the Smart City core belief of using technology to connect governments to people and businesses, Rama Raditya, Founder and CEO of Qlue said, “An Internet-of-Things-based application like Qlue has the potential to translate the needs of the public into changes to government regulations and policies beneficial to the community. The end result would be a modern, community-led and sustainable infrastructure for all.”
Srie Dhiandini, Head of Information and Telematics of the City of Bandung
Emphasizing the pressing need for provinces to align themselves with the country’s Smart Nation vision and demonstrate the capabilities that digital adoption brings, Srie Dhiandini, Head of Information and Telematics of the City of Bandung, and Prof. Dr. Suhono Supangkat, Chairman of the Smart City Indonesia Forum, spoke of the ‘Smartest Cities’ in Indonesia and their journey towards becoming digitally integrated and people-driven.
Bandung, widely-acknowledged as the leading Smart City in Indonesia, has a trove of case studies to share. Srie Dhiandini highlighted several notable public collaborations that helped cement the city’s global recognition as best-in-class. For example, the city had implemented an internal government accountability system and a plethora of applications created to support a variety of public services, such as healthcare and education.
Prof. Dr. Suhono Supangkat, Chairman of Smart City Indonesia Forum
Prof. Dr. Suhono Supangkat said, “As we are on the way to building smart cities, a Smart Nation requires a much bigger concept, one that is comprised of a smart city, a smart district, as well as a smart township; and the ability to connect and integrate those segments seamlessly to form a Smart Indonesia.”
Gidion Barus, Lintasarta Telecommunication Providers
Lintasarta, one of the largest data communications service provider in the nation, outlined the importance of an efficient and effective network provider and system integrator to support the sustainability of a smart nation, strengthening its back bone through an enhanced command center and cloud infrastructure.
Bagus Dewantara, Senior Solution Architect and Commercial Solution Lead, NetApp
In line with NetApp’s shared commitment with AVNET to furthering national development and the realization of a Smart Indonesia, Bagus Dewantara, Senior Solution Architect and Commercial Solution Lead of NetApp highlighted the role that digital transformation plays in the nation, “Aside from businesses, governments all around the world are now recognizing the need to have an integrated IT infrastructure to enable efficient, non-disruptive, and most importantly, publically accessible data for all”. Dewantara added, “As part of NetApp’s Data Fabric vision, customers and citizens can gain efficient data management and storage solutions across various resources and platforms without experiencing any down time or disruption to their operations.”
Yogyakarta government representatives during a consultation session with Qlue, NetApp, and Lintasarta
As part of the event, a one-to-one workshop was conducted for local government representatives from Yogyakarta, Palembang, Makassar, Pekanbaru, Semarang and Bogor with representatives from NetApp, Lintasarta and Qlue, to discuss how to they could contribute to the national vision of a Smart Indonesia.
In-depth discussion between government representatives from Semarang and experts from NetApp, Qlue, and Lintasarta
Each city faces different challenges in the local implementation of smart technologies, especially in the form of uneven information and knowledge distribution for city governments in implementing the smart city initiative. For instance, some city governments have well-prepared plans with poor executions, such as Makassar, while others have already built a Command Center yet are slow in executions, such as Bogor. The consultation session provided a platform for in-depth discussion between the local government and the experts to address and discuss ways to overcome these issues.
With the Smart Nation experts: Rama Raditya, Founder and CEO of Qlue; Srie Dhiandini, Head of Information and Telematics of the City of Bandung; Prof. Dr. Suhono Supangkat, Chairman of Smart City Indonesia Forum
As we close this year’s Smart Nation Dialogue in Indonesia, NetApp would like to extend our thanks to our host, AVNET, our partner, Lintasarta, our valuable speakers, as well as the participating representatives from the local governments for making this event a success. We are hopeful that Indonesia will continue to make more leaps forward to becoming a digitally integrated Smart Nation!
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