MSME Ecosystem

Since 2016 I have a new role in Telkom Indonesia as the AVP (now Project Leader) of the Industry Synergy. The role of Synergy Department is simply developing the capabilities (mainly digital capabilities) and expanding opportunities of Telkom Group by maximising the collaboration with the industry. As a government policy at that time, the collaborations are prioritised with the state-owned companies (BUMN) in Indonesia. More than three years have passed then. We have changed the Ministry of BUMN, Telkom’s CEO, Telkom’s BOD in charge of Synergy programs, SVP and VP of Synergy, etc. But we are still developing our paradigm of digital synergy, i.e. developing digitally supported economic ecosystems in different sectors.

Using a metaphor from the environment, an innovation ecosystems consists of interdependent parties with different or often competing objectives and concerns, living and growing together in a common digital space, unified using one platform or more to enable them to live better and grow faster. Co-creation, collaboration, and competition are some key activities of the innovation ecosystems.

Last year, the new Minister of BUMN has addressed Telkom Indonesia to develop five ecosystems: Tourism, Agriculture, Logistics, Education, and Healthcare. We even hired a prominent global consultant to help us design the ecosystem. But this February, I requested an approval from the uplinks to add another ecosystem: the MSME ecosystem, to support non-digital micro, small, and medium business in digital way.

Previously we have had a program called RKB to develop the capability of SMEs in Indonesia. RKBs (BUMN’s creative house) have been established in 245 of 514 cities and regencies in Indonesia. In RKB, BUMNs provide training, consulting, and other facilities to leverage the capabilities of the SMEs in three product categories: culinary, craft, and fashion. But RKBs have failed to attract the SMEs since they do not really improve the sales of the SME products. An MSME ecosystem, on the contrary, should start with MSME commercialisation in mind.

We started with a small design by utilising a multichannel marketing application called SAKOO as our first platform. In March, many cities and locations in Indonesia (and other part of the world) are locked down (until the time I’m writing this post, btw) due to COVID-19 pandemic. We found some contexts for the usecase of the platform. To generate market, we will use BUMNs (and public, using campaigns supported by BUMNs) to create demands for the MSME market. BUMNs may buy the products of the MSMEs for their need, or as an aid to support the communities or health facilities in. Surely we first tried it with Telkom. Telkom has started purchasing MSMEs products using this platform, and has also sent support to communities in Depok.

The Minister of BUMN has a new expert staff: Ms Loto S Ginting — a smart lady working previously as a Director in the Ministry of Finance, managing sovereign bond. Now she advises the Minister of BUMN in the issues of Finance and MSME development. Our BUMN Law (UU 19/2003) mentions indeed that the strategic roles of the BUMNs include providing services for public, counterweight for private business, and support to develop small business and co-operatives. We approached her to discuss this first stage of MSME Ecosystem development program. She enthusiastically accepted the program. In addition, she improve the plan to add B2B transaction facility to the first stage of the program. The transaction data from B2B and B2C are further combined with data taken from e-Procurement systems of the BUMNs to make a dashboard to ensure the increase absorption of MSMEs products and services by the BUMNs. She calls this program PADI UMKM, stands for Pasar Digital UMKM / MSME Digital Market.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the nation into an economic crisis. To survive, MSMEs and their employees need the public involvement. The Minister addressed to rush the MSME platform development. We work with our startup partners: Anchanto, Tees, Payfast, etc to enrich PADI UMKM platform with wider multichannel, logistics management, B2B capability, financing facility, etc. We need to finish it next month (June), so we can start the transaction on July. Eight BUMNs have been selected for pilot project. A new PMO has been assigned to finish this project.

It still felt like a miracle that everything was only in ideation last February, and all activities are carried out during lockdown periods, with all meetings held using vicon, and coordination using whatsapp. Let’s hope we can finish it on June, to support more prosperous small business in Indonesia in long term, or at least, for now, just to have them survive these crises.

IEEE Leadership Summit: Engineering in Covid-19 Crises

The IEEE Indonesia Section has successfully organised IEEE Leadership Summit: Engineering in Covid-19 Crises. This seminar was opened by the IEEE Region 10 Director, Prof Akinori Nishihara; with Minister of Research and Technology, Prof Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro as the keynote speaker; and yours truly and Dr Ford Lumban Gaol as the host.

The other prominent speakers on this seminar, are: Dr Chris Lee (IEEE R10 Industry Relation Coord), Patrick Liew, Dr Denny Setiawan (Ministry of Communications & Informatics), Arief Hamdani Gunawan (Telkom Indonesia), Deepak Mathur (IEEE R10 Director-Elect). The summit was fully supported by the IEEE R10 and the IEEE Singapore office.

The next summit will be carried out on June 2020.

IEEE R10 Professional Activity Mico

Tahun ini IEEE Indonesia Section berkesempatan menjadi tuan rumah bagi IEEE Humanitarian Technology Conference (HTC), yaitu flag conference ketiga milik IEEE Region 10, setelah TENCON dan TENSYMP. HTC 2019 diselenggarakan di Universitas Indonesia, Depok. Aku hanya berperan sebagai advisor di konferensi ini, jadi tak banyak berperan selain di perencanaan awal. Di HTC 2017 di Bangladesh, sebenarnya aku diundang jadi salah satu invited speaker — namun saat itu gagal berangkat gara-gara kerumitan pengurusan visa Bangladesh.

Seperti juga TENCON dan TENSYMP, ada cukup aktivitas tambahan pada konferensi ini, mengambil kesempatan banyaknya international expert yang hadir di satu tempat — sayang kalau tidak dimanfaatkan secara maksimal. Salah satu aktivitas tambahan ini adalah mini conference (mico) tentang IEEE Professional Activity.

IEEE R10 Professional Activity Mico diselenggarakan di Hotel Margo, Depok. Kegiatan ini umumnya menampilkan speaker dari kalangan akademisi dan industri. Speaker dalam sesi tahun ini adalah Prof Akinori Nishihara (Director of IEEE R10), Prof Takako Hashimoto (Secretary of IEEE 10 Excom), Nirmal Nair (Professional Activity Coord of IEEE 10), Prof Kalamullah Ramli (Univ of Indonesia), dan si aku dari Telkom Indonesia. Hadir juga dalam aktivitas ini: Prof Wisnu Jatmiko (IEEE Indonesia Section Chair)Emi Yano (IEEE R10 WIE Coordinator), Prakash Lohana (IEEE R10 Humanitarian Technology Coordinator), dll.

Karena paparan diharapkan berkaitan dengan eksplorasi engineering secara profesi, aku menyiapkan presentasi bertema inovasi kolaboratif dalam kerangka ekosistem. Namun panitia mendadak memberi subjudul tentang smart city. Maka jadilah presentasi ini berjudul: Smart City — a context for digital ecosystem collaborative development.

Diawali dengan pengenalan kembali akan konsep ekosistem, yang mengambil metafora dari ekosistem hayati. Ekosistem disusun sebagai kerangka pertumbuhan bersama dengan memanfaatkan kapabilitas dan ruang hidup (opportunity) bersama. Di dalamnya terjadi proses ko-kreasi hingga kompetisi, seperti juga ekosistem hayati. Sebagai pengikat untuk memastikan pertumbuhan efisien dan tidak liar, dibentuklah platform-platform. Pertumbuhan platform, komunitas, aplikasi, dll di dalamnya tidak sepenuhnya alami — karena itu diperlukan perencanaan dalam bentuk arsitektur sistem yang disusun bersama oleh para stakeholder awal (untuk kemudian tetap dapat dikembangkan). Teori arsitektur sistem kemudian juga dieksplorasi. Contoh kasus, tentu saja, tentang pengembangan smart city, sesuai pesanan panitia.

Usai presentasi dan diskusi-diskusi, mico dilanjutkan dengan pameran mini perangkat-perangkat IoT untuk dukungan program kemanusiaan, oleh mahasiswa UI. Diskusi dilanjutkan lebih informal pada sesi makan siang yang asik dan akrab, yang sekaligus mengakhiri mico ini. Kalau lebih panjang, namanya bukan mico.

Saint-Exupéry — Montblanc

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944), was a French author, journalist and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France’s highest literary awards and also won the United States National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.

As a part of the Writer Series, in 2017 Montblanc has launched a special edition for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The overall design and shape of the fountain pen was inspired by St-Ex’ iconic Caudron Simoun plane and his famous novel Night Flight. Engravings on the barrel and cap show the sky as seen by Saint-Exupéry on November 1, 1929, at 23:00.

As the director of the newly formed company Aeroposta Argentina S.A, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry conducted Aeroposta’s inaugural flight on 1 November 1929, flying from an airfield at Villa Harding Green to Comodoro Rivadavia. The fittings are inspired by the cockpit of his plane.

The geographic positions of important cities in Saint-Exupéry’s life are engraved on the cone. The nib recalls his most famous novel, The Little Prince. This Writers Edition is limited to 1931 pieces, the year Saint-Exupéry published Night Flight.

Imagine | Focus | Action

Di dinding sasaran, tertulis mantra besar ini: Imagine, Focus, Action. Ini adalah satu bagian dari kerangka corporate culture Telkom Indonesia, yaitu Key Behaviours as the Practices to be The Winner. Di setiap pelatihan kepemimpinan, practices ini ditanamkan dalam bentuk praktek (hrrrr), i.e. berlatih menembak.

Ini menarik, karena di negara Indonesia yang amat sangat sipil ini, kesempatan warga untuk belajar menembak sangat kecil. Belajar menembak di Kampus Gegerkalong (Le Campus Guerlain) jadi bonus yang dinantikan di pelatihan-pelatihan kepemimpinan. Kans untuk jadi the winner pun merata, karena tak banyak yang pernah berlatih sebelumnya.

Dalam waktu singkat, para peserta dilatih memegang senapan, mengokang, mengintai sasaran, dan sisanya …. “Coba praktekkan yang tertulis di dinding itu. Bayangkan saat peluru mencapai sasaran. Atur posisi senapan tepat pada fokus. Pastikan tepat. Pastikan akurat. Begitu fokus sudah tepat, action! Tembak. Kalau tidak segera action, fokus akan lepas. Silakan dicoba.” Kira-kira cuma seperti itu teorinya.

Hasilnya? The winner!

Itu praktek yang harus dijalankan di dunia bisnis. Di samping hal-hal yang lebih fundamental, hal-hal praktis memerlukan kedisiplinan pemikiran dan tindakan. Tentukan target, pastikan ketepatan, dan segera ambil tindakan setelah dipastikan. Indecisiveness dan kelambatan bertindak adalah kunci kegagalan.

Lesson learnt lain? Saat menembak, hanya ada kita dan sasaran. Tidak ada hal lain. Tidak ada musuh, tidak ada kompetitor. Menembak memerlukan fokus pikiran ke diri sendiri dan ke target, bukan ke hal-hal lain. Keinginan, harapan, kekhawatiran, kebergegasan, semua jadi musuh. Menang tidak dapat dilakukan dengan mengalahkan orang lain — karena orang lain tidak ada, tidak boleh dipikirkan. Untuk menang, kita hanya bisa mengalahkan diri sendiri. Untuk menang, kita harus mengalahkan diri sendiri.

Shooting Games

Imagine — Focus — Action. Those key behaviours are written — firm & clear — on the wall of the shooting arena. This morning we learn our prominent practices to be the winner here. The instructions are clear: set your imagination as a winner, put focus on your target, and once you’re there … with no doubt …. with confidence & only confidence to your commitment & competence …. action! Timely! No doubt!

And the winner this morning is yours truly. Thank you, everybody.



Punya domain KUN.CO.RO sejak tahun 2001, aku merasa punya kewajiban untuk berkunjung ke negeri yang jadi tuan rumah domain personalku ini: Romania. Namun ternyata banyak negeri lain yang harus dijelajahi, sehingga Romania akhirnya baru dikunjungi tahun ini. Airport di Romania yang terhubung ke luar negeri tidak banyak — hampir semua harus mendarat di Bucharest. Namun sehari setelah mendarat di Bucharest, aku memutuskan menjelajah jantung Romania: Transylvania.



Tahun 2019 diproklamirkan sebagai 500 Tahun Renaissance — diperingati 500 tahun setelah wafatnya Leonardo da Vinci, Bapak Renaissance Dunia. Dan tentu kurang sempunya memperingati 2019 ini tanpa mengunjungi Ibukota Renaissance: Florence (Firenze), di Tuscany (Toscana), Italia.

Europe 2019 Plan


Tahun ini, kami merencanakan perjalanan keliling Eropa lagi. Dan kali ini, kami coba mengarah lebih timur lagi.

Rencana jalur perjananan:

  • Paris — tentu saja masih banyak artifak budaya yang belum dituntaskan di satu kota berjuta cerita ini. Kali ini kami akan berfokus pada kawasan Rive Gauche.
  • Genève — mengamati bagian Swiss yang berbudaya Perancis (khususnya Arpitan), dibandingkan kunjungan ke Zürich beberapa tahun lalu. Jika memungkinkan, akan disempatkan jalan ke Lausanne juga.
  • Firenze — ibukota renaissance, juga sekaligus ibukota Tuscany / Toscana.
  • Venezia — bagian akhir dari napak tilas Wagner sepanjang Leipzig, Dresden (2012), Zürich (2014), Bayreuth (2012), dan wafat di Venezia.
  • Bucuresti — ibukota negeri KUN.CO.RO, plus penjajakan ke Brasov dan negeri para Dracula.



Kurang variatif ya? Kenapa yang dikunjungi hanya kawasan-kawasan berbahasa Romance (French, Arpitan, Italian, Romanian), dibandingkan kunjungan sebelumnya yang disempatkan ke wilayah berbahasa Germanik, Slavia, Uralik (Finno/Ugrik)? Tenang — ada kunjungan berikutnya. Dan, paling-paling, kita pakai Bahasa Inggris juga di mana-mana, wkwkwk.

Visa Schengen telah diurus di Kedutaan Perancis. Memang pendaratan perdana adalah di Amsterdam Schiphol. Namun dari Schiphol, kami berencana naik Thalys antar negara (Belanda – Belgia – Perancis) untuk langsung tiba di kota Paris.

Perjalanan dari Indonesia ke Eropa akan menggunakan penerbangan kebanggaan nasional, Garuda Indonesia. Tiket diperoleh dengan menukarkan tabungan Garuda Miles, dibantu oleh diskon 50% dari Garuda untuk pembelian menggunakan Garuda Miles. Sebenarnya kami berencana terbang ke London untuk menjumpai tupai-tupai Greenwich; namun jadwal penerbangan Garuda yang memungkinkan adalah ke Amsterdam. Baiklah, tupai Greenwich bisa menunggu.