Ralph Haupter Perspectives

About the author: Ralph Haupter is President, Microsoft Asia and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation. He leads the company in 20 countries, with 20,000 employees and 100,000 partners across Asia. He is responsible for all of Microsoft’s business across this fast-growing region. A key area of focus for Ralph is helping Microsoft’s customers along their digital transformation journeys. He is passionate about technology and its potential to change lives and empower every person and organization to achieve more. You can read Ralph’s full bio here. And, here is a collection of his blogs, which have also appeared on LinkedIn.


ralph1Sharing my thoughts on staying connected amidst COVID-19

All business leaders (myself included) have had to step up to the challenge of addressing what are often unique, always fast-changing business continuity challenges, posed by COVID-19. … Read more »



cData Estate: A Winning Formula for the New Decade

As this year draws to a close, most of us will take time to reflect on what has come before, and what we might expect to see in the coming year. This is especially true this year, as we make the leap into the 2020s… Read more »



Microsoft Experience Center - Innovation FactoryExperience Center Asia: Showcasing the new future of work, today

“Our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation.” So says our CEO, Satya Nadella. In that spirit, we launched our first-ever global Experience Center in Singapore. Here is where we will help bring to life the best ideas from the region, envisioning and co-creating the future… Read more »



Grab for Good_IndonesiaGrabbing opportunities for growth through reskilling in Asia Pacific

How will AI affect my workforce? How do I attract and develop the best talent? How do I augment and digitally upskill my employees? These are questions I often hear as I travel around Asia Pacific and meet senior business leaders. The topic of talent development is always the first thing on everyone’s mind…  Read more »



AI shining bright in Asia Pacific: Four lessons from the Milken Institute Symposium

Last month, I was invited to participate in the inaugural Milken Institute Japan Symposiumin Tokyo, where I spoke about AI, its impact on business and society, and its role as a key driver for growth, innovation and transformation across Asia Pacific. The setting of Tokyo was particularly… Read more »



Unlocking the full potential of AI in Asia Pacific

It was slightly more than a year ago when I began 2018 by saying that it would be the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Indeed, 2018 was a remarkable year for AI where we witnessed this game-changing technology dominating the agendas of leading organizations and even nations… Read more »



Advancing gender diversity with a “Triple E” approach

Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day and renew our commitment to promote greater gender equality in the workplace, and beyond. This issue is more than just a matter of basic fairness; it is proven to offer significant economic benefits to those organisations and societies that… Read more »



5 technology decisions CEOs need to make in 2019

As I look out at 2019, there’s certainly plenty to be optimistic about – revolutionary new technologies are fueling the 4th Industrial Revolution and positively impacting how we work, live, connect and play. It’s exciting to see technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mixed Reality (MR)… Read more »



Ralph Haupter at Singapore Fintech Festival 2018Truth hurts – Not all banks will survive this digital future

Last week, I had the good fortune of spending time at the Singapore FinTech Festival, the largest event of its kind in the world. There, I met with business leaders from the financial services industry, including many Microsoft customers and partners, and gave a keynote… Read more »



5 ways AI is building a better, brighter future for Asia

During my regular travel across the Asia region, a hotly-debated topic among business leaders, government policymakers, academics and industry experts is the potential impact that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have on society. Understandably, some commentators take a cautious view when it comes to AI… Read more »



Brave new world – how AI will impact work and jobs

There’s no doubt that the advent of broadly-available Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers businesses the prospect of increased productivity and accelerated innovation, whilst also enabling society to help solve some of its toughest – and most persistent – challenges: disease, famine, climate control… Read more »



AI is built on trust

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating, enabling profound progress in every field of human endeavor – from healthcare to education to climate control and crop yields. By combining AI with natural human ingenuity, we are able to maximize the potential of individuals… Read more »



Asia is the next frontier for AI development

In a few short years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the limelight – elevating itself from a far-fetched, science-fiction topic to one that is currently dominating my conversations with customers, partners and industry leaders across Asia. … Read more »



Learning to love AI

This Valentine’s Day, millions of people across Asia – and around the world – will express their feelings and celebrate the special relationships they have with their loved ones, through the exchange of cards and gifts in a tradition that can be traced back to the medieval era. Also this year… Read more »



Welcome to 2018, the year of AI

If the history of human advancement has taught us one thing it is this: genuine step-change progress does not occur because of a single technology breakthrough, but a combination of multiple complementary factors coming together at the same time. The Industrial Revolution, which began…. Read more »


Cyber threats in Asia: Keep that door locked

Picture this: A family builds a new house and fills it with their most precious possessions and memories. Break-ins around the neighbourhood are on the rise, so they install a state-of-the-art alarm system. It costs a fortune. But it’s worth it, right? Of course, it is – except they forget to lock the front door… Read more »


Asia’s new business race: Reducing everything to data

The business world is accelerating rapidly towards the 4th Industrial Revolution and technology is clearly in the driving seat. But that’s not all. It is stepping on the gas and not looking back in the rear-view mirror. So, how are you positioning your company to stay competitive… Read more »

Modern workplaces in Asia: The best of times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s how Charles Dickens saw the French Revolution. But what about the revolution that’s happening now: The 4th Industrial Revolution? Today, I’ll just use the first half of his famous phrase and say: This is the start of “the best of times”… Read more »


Artificial Intelligence in Asia: Here, there and everywhere

Ever heard the old Beatles song ”Here, There and Everywhere” from the 1960s? Okay, that was a long time ago now – certainly before PCs, tablets, smartphones, social media and the internet came along. Even so, it could be an anthem for the future as its title neatly sums up how our digital and physical worlds will change, thanks to the next big shift in technology… Read more »


Will our children be jobless tomorrow?

When we consult the crystal ball of what our lives may look like in the next decade, chances are it’s a pretty exciting view: digital assistants that anticipate our needs, autonomous cars, even home appliances that are self-aware, from air-conditioners to refrigerators. However, in my conversations with government and business leaders across Asia Pacific… Read more »


Are Asian businesses ready for digital transformation?

Last month, I had the good fortune to address both the American and British Chambers of Commerce in Singapore at two separate business gatherings and share with them my thoughts on the 4th Industrial Revolution, Digital Transformation and what it means to Asian organizations and society. During these sessions, I spoke about how the 4th Industrial Revolution… Read more »


Accelerating digital transformation in Korea and across Asia Pacific

I was thrilled to spend some of my time last week in Seoul, South Korea. Korea is acknowledged as a modern economic miracle. From being one of the poorest countries in the world – in 1960, its GDP per capita was just $155 – in a single generation, it has become a highly-developed, high-income global economic power-house; now the 4th largest economy in Asia and 11th largest worldwide…. Read more »

Digital transformation: The Asia boardroom priority

As we enter 2017, there is no denying that the 4th Industrial Revolution has taken grip. Technology today is more ubiquitous and pervasive than ever before. It is clearly at the front and center of policies and strategies for organizations, as well as entire nations, as they shape their next chapter of growth…. Read more »

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