Highlights of the MoU Signing between Asia IoT Business Platform and Digital Economy Promotion Agency

Earlier this week, Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), under the Digital Economy and Society Ministry (DE), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Asia IoT Business Platform (AIBP) to promote enterprise digitisation ecosystems in Southeast Asia.

Since 2015, AIBP has been driving local public and private enterprises to leverage on digitalisation to increase competitiveness globally, from tackling Thailand’s 100 smart cities vision to S-Curve 10 Targeted Industries. This is in line with DEPA’s  5-year Digital Government Development Plan (2017-2021).

This year marks the 4th year AIBP hosts its annual activity in Bangkok, which will be held on 24 and 25 July at the InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok. (View a summary of last year’s discussions here.)

According to the annual enterprise survey conducted by AIBP, 89% of Thai enterprises in 2017 are exploring and implementing IoT solutions – highest record among ASEAN. 57% of Thai enterprises have dedicated resources to implement digital transformation, followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines. (Read: 2017 in Review: What’s Next in Maximising the Full Potential of IoT?)

As pointed out by my director Irza during the MoU signing, the success of digital reformation requires commitment from 4 main stakeholders within the digital ecosystem, namely government agencies, telecommunications companies, solution providers and local enterprises.

We had representatives of these 4 groups to share their insights during the MoU and below is a brief summary of each representative’s views:

Dr. Nattapon Nimmanphatcharin, President of DEPA, said DEPA’s mission was to empower Digital Manpower, to drive Digital Economy in Thailand and to push Thai enterprises to digital transformation. 1,400 million baht budget was allocated in the transformation where Thailand aims to be the digital leader in the region. DEPA also rolled out initiatives to support small and medium enterprises to deploy IoT technology and encourage them to explore new business opportunities in partnering with startups in Thailand and Singapore. DEPA plans to increase the number of digital startups from 2,000 to 10,000 within 20 years.

Asnee Wipatawatet, Head of Enterprise product and international service at AIS revealed that AIS has launched the AIS IoT Alliance Program (AIAP) to create a digital ecosystem. It is a collaboration between all sectors, including Device, Module, Application, Integration and Solution, to develop IoT seriously.

Taveesuk Sayasilapee, VP and Strategic Information Technology of PTT, said “Digital is a disruptive business in every business.” PTT has used Big Data Analytics to generate customer insight to satisfy customer needs in retail business.

In addition, Rakesh Singh, Director of Corporate Strategy and Operations Development from Srithai Superware said that Srithai Superware is trying to transform their business into digital to enhance production process. They are still in the early stages of implementing Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics and express interest in Cyber Security.

Tanapong Ittisakulchai, Director of Small and Midmarket solutions and partner at Microsoft Thailand said “What we value most is organizational culture transformation.” From being well-known in Windows operating system to becoming the largest cloud service provider in the world, Microsoft has invested more than USD$1,000 million in IoT to drive digital technology and enhance their business performance alongside the transformation and empowerment of Thai resources.

Looking forward to in-depth discussions within the digital ecosystem at the 24th edition of Asia IoT Business Platform this July 24-25. Drop us a note if you are interested to find out more on the sessions and topics that will be discussed.

Sadudee Ratanavipupong

22 June 2018

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