Thanks you Indonesian-style education, we continuously see the decline of book industry including book market in Indonesia. Today I visited Palasari — a book market I used to visit regularly in Bandung. Many kiosques have been closed, leaving an almost empty corridor among the closed doors.

Happily I still found a bookseller I with whom I used to spend my time to talk about books here. His book collection in now limited — made it difficult for me to buy books from him. But I’m happy he’s still healthy, and faithfully runs his business with books here.

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  • 2024-05-24

Bank Raya is a subsidiary of BRI that serves as the spearhead in BRI’s transformation to form a strong digital bank. One of BRI’s directives for Bank Raya is to grow with collaborations that are utilising the strength of state-owned enterprises or other national industries with leading capabilities in developing ecosystem-based digital platforms — which inevitably refers to the Telkom Group. After Bank Raya’s General Meeting of Shareholders, the Director of Agriculture & Financing of Bank Raya invited us to design a piloting collaboration of the ecosystem-based business developed by Telkom Indonesia that are requiring financing for the communities as the strongest elements of the ecosystems. We presented several ecosystems we are developing and some quick win plans with aligned with risk appetite of both corporates, to be expanded later into a more comprehensive transformation. The meeting was fruitful, expected to yield maximum results.

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  • 2024-05-15

IEEE Briefing was led by the IEEE President of 2024, Dr Tom Coughlin, while he paid a visit to Jakarta this week, accompanied by IEEE R10 Director Prof. Lance Fung, IEEE R10 Director-Elect Prof. Takako Hashimoto, IEEE R10 Women-in-Engineering Committee Chair Dr Agnes Irwanti, IEEE Malaysia Section Chair Dr Bernard Lim, and IEEE Indonesia Section Chair Prof. Gamantyo Hendrantoro. As part of the leadership activities, this IEEE briefing was held on the morning of May 14, followed by a talkshow broadcasted by TVRI.

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  • 2024-05-14

A BOD-level convo today between BGR’s Indra Iliana and Telkom’s Fajrin Rasyid, talking about the commitment for digitally-enabled logistics ecosystem development, where Telkom’s digital power will be used to develop the core platform, and BGR’s long experience in logistics operation will be advanced with the platform to enhance the logistics industry in Indonesia.

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  • 2024-05-06

Taqabbalallahu minna wa minkum, taqabbal yaa kariim. As the crescent heralds the arrival of Eid’l Fitr, may the day bring us the great victory in our endeavour, the triumph of our spiritual renewal, and deep contemplation and gratitudes. Eid Mubarak.

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  • 2024-04-10

Agricultural transformation is a great technological and business opportunities with huge challenges and risks, requiring strategic-level collaboration or alliance in aggregating the capabilities, resources, while sharing the business risks that may occur.

Scala, a Japanese digital enterprise aiming to enhance the prosperity of mankind through digital technology development, has requested since last year to be the strategic partner of Telkom Indonesia in developing digital platform-based agricultural business transformation. We have spent months — days and nights — to discuss the aspects of technology development, business arrangement, ecosystem empowerment, etc for this strategic alliance preparation. Today, 1 April 2024, the representative of Scala BOD has signed the Agreement with EVP of Telkom’s Digital Business & Technology.

After the signing, we will follow up the agreement with some piloting (also in Leadership Transformation called the quick-wins) as a foundation for the collaborative transformation framework. We’ll see in the next months.

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  • 2024-04-01

IMT-GT SPM (Strategic Planning Meeting) 2024 is currently carried out in Jakarta, 23–25 March 2024. Leveraging regional economy through digital transformation and ecosystem-based strategy is still the main theme of the discussion. Representing Telkom Indonesia, we put our focus on cross-border MSME products transaction and delivery, expecting to design a pilot with different treatment in custom, logistics, and payment policies & best-practices, to be replicated wider after its initial piloting success.

Some pictures after the meeting on Sunday afernoon:

Yours truly with IMT-GT WGDT Chair
Business wings: The JBC
With MCI (Kemkominfo) Team
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  • 2024-03-24

Buckber with Arga Mahanana Nugraha and Arief Wahyu Nugraha. Both are digital prodigies since the pre-Internet era in Indonesia, when Arief WN was a Binus student and Arga MN was an SMP student with interests & expertise in installing and operating BBS network in Jakarta. Arga is now the CIO of BRI — the largest bank in Indonesia; while Arief works with AWS.

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  • 2024-03-21