A recent increase in cloud migration indicates that Indonesia values the benefit of the technology. Source: Shutterstock

A recent increase in cloud migration indicates that Indonesia values the benefit of the technology. Source: Shutterstock

Is Indonesia finally waking up to the advantages of cloud computing?

CLOUD computing is becoming a common and reliable technology solution, even extending itself as an essential ingredient in going digital.

In Indonesia, the economy is expected to benefit the most from cloud implementations with an estimated 85 percent of the digital industry and internet market leveraging it.

In fact, from 2019 to 2023, the country’s GDP will see a contribution of nearly US$40 billion from the use of public cloud services alone. The figure also marks the economic growth and establishes the prominence of cloud computing in generating revenue when implemented optimally.

Embracing the cloud is not only a viable solution for mass data storage capacity, but also a way to access a variety of services, managed platforms, and programmable computing resources. This is especially evident for Indonesian SMEs and startups looking to better manage data and leverage computing power as more of them move to the cloud.

More importantly, one of the most renowned banks in the country, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), has embraced the call to get on the cloud and revealed how leveraging the technology is an important move.

The statement came from BRI Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Indra Utoy who also maintained that loan application assessment processes are more instantaneous.

What used to be a two-week process is now done in two hours — a feat achieved by leveraging cloud solutions with application programming interface (API) technology. Since data is processed at a more convenient speed, the cost is saved creating efficient workflows.

BRI is not the only government body that recognizes the positive impact of embracing the cloud. The Indonesian Information and Telecommunications Society and the Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara have recently rung in their encouragement for more cloud service providers to set up data centers in the country.

With that in motion, it is no surprise that startups are also investing in the technology in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness in services like supply and demand monitoring. At least, that’s what Warung Pintar (a micro-retail technology startup) is doing on the cloud.

Warung Pintar CTO Sofian Hadiwijaya said that aside from the employment of the technology, the right talent should also be employed to navigate cloud computing. Human capital investment is as important as investing in the cloud if companies wish to really optimize the solution.

On the other hand, one of the key players in the entertainment industry, Cinema XXI has also realized that the cloud has improved its content management services across 1,000 screens nationwide. In fact, Cinema XXI CTO Andrew Pangestu recently highlighted that the migration was particularly strategic as competition increases.

Computing power is particularly essential when big blockbusters inevitably cause heavy online traffic. In a way, the employment of the technology is vital in maintaining Cinema XXI’s market value and relevance.

It is clear that leveraging cloud computing will result in a long list of advantages that are tailored to the operations and their goals.

Upon realizing how critical cloud migration is to the country’s journey in expanding its digital economy, the government announced plans to facilitate better adoption by creating effective regulations.

Indonesia is fast becoming an exemplary technology user in the region, but challenges that may present themselves along the way must be identified and mitigated properly to succeed.