Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. And, we strongly believe this aim closely aligns with the ambitions of the nations, businesses, and people of the Asia Pacific. Since starting operations in the region more than 30 years ago, Microsoft now has thousands of employees working with customers, partners, and organizations in 18 countries and territories. Below are the latest thoughts, observations, and viewpoints of our leaders and experts who are dedicated to the future and progress of our part of the world.
Researchers predict that by 2045, the digital economy will help propel Indonesia’s overall economy to the fourth largest in the world. For more than 28 years, Microsoft has helped the country’s public sector organizations, educational institutions, NGOs, businesses and communities embrace digitalization. Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President of Microsoft National Transformation Partnerships illustrates how and why Microsoft continues to invest in the country’s long-term health and prosperity – unlocking better futures for Indonesians.
At Microsoft, our goal in 2023 is to continue our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Core to this is how we help build efficiency and resilience, preparing individuals and businesses to navigate tough conditions. Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia, shares four trends to help leaders stay prepared for the 12 months ahead.
Technology has revolutionized banking and created a new field of fintech players and digital challengers – so traditional banks are digitally transforming to become more efficient and better serve their customers. SMBC is the first major Japanese bank to enter a multi-year strategic cloud alliance with Microsoft as its strategic cloud provider and digital transformation partner. Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia, speaks with Katsunori Tanizaki, the Senior Managing Executive Officer and Group Chief Digital Innovation Officer of SMBC to find out more about the Group’s ambitions.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that no organization is 100% resilient, but those fortified with digital capabilities are more resilient than those that are not. Sunny Park, general counsel, Asia Pacific, shares the digital-native policies vital for economic recovery in APAC.
As Asia Pacific recovers from COVID-19, enhancing employability has become the focus for countries looking to rebuild their economic growth. Andrea Della Mattea, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific, shares how bridging the digital divide is important to build an inclusive skills-based economy.
Organizations across the Asia-Pacific region rapidly transformed to adapt to new business conditions during the pandemic. With the transition to hybrid work, businesses will need new strategies to ensure their security. Vivek Ravindran, Business Group Lead for Modern Work in APAC, shares three recommendations for organizations to strengthen their cyber resilience.
For businesses, innovation is more often a continuous process of improvement. Finding ways to improve and give the company an edge requires assembling the right team. Sandy Gupta, Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft Asia Pacific, reveals how we can build teams of creators, collaborators and innovators.
With climate change being an urgent threat to Asia, organizations in the region need to work together to drive a positive environmental impact at scale. Trevor Dhu, Asia Lead, Sustainability Science, Microsoft, shares how Microsoft is committed to building collaborative efforts with their partners to achieve more sustainable, inclusive growth in Asia.
While the number of women in STEM industries and diversity within organizations have improved recently, the pandemic has erased some of that progress. Andrea Della Mattea, President Asia Pacific, Microsoft, shares how we can achieve a more inclusive world through skilling, up-skilling, trying new things, or being an ally.
Asia is a major contributor to global carbon emissions and is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. No single organization can tackle this climate challenge alone. Marcus Bartley Johns, Asia Regional Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy at Microsoft, shares how we can work together to achieve collective environmental sustainability goals.
As Japan goes through a massive digital transformation, companies recognize that there is an opportunity to address the digital skills shortage. Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia, reveals how Microsoft has launched a new, targeted skilling partnership to help ensure a successful and sustainable digital future.
Across Asia, new homegrown innovators bring their creativity, originality, and digital knowledge to market, helping to transform the region into a disruptive force on the world stage. To understand the startups and born-in-the-cloud businesses leading this new wave, Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia, speaks with Teddy Oetomo, President of Bukalapak.
Tech transformation, flexible work and environmental progress: three reasons to be optimistic about 2022
The events of 2021 set the stage for a transformational year ahead, one where technology will play a leading role as we recover from the pandemic and realign our priorities to empower innovation and a more sustainable future for Asia. Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia, shares three key trends expected to shape the year ahead.
As countries recover and adapt to the new normal, how we work, how we live, how we lead and how we think about the future has dramatically changed. Vivek Ravindran, Director, Modern Workplace Business, Microsoft Asia Pacific, shares how to navigate the future of hybrid work and redefine what truly matters for colleagues, teams and companies in Asia Pacific.
Technology has helped to turbo-charge the economic progress of Asia’s growing middle class by powering innovation in different sectors, opening new markets and boosting productivity. Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia, shares how we’re on the cusp of another transformation led by a vanguard of Asian born-in-the-cloud startups and businesses.
Microsoft launched open data efforts to maximize the positive impacts of data to unlock the power of digital transformation and create an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Yeh, Regional Vice President and Director of Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Asia, shares how such efforts have been implemented in Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia.
The Asia-Pacific region is set to account for 40% of the global smart city spending, or $800 billion by 2025 and 80% of all economic activities is expected to shift to cities in the years to come. Rapid urbanization, demographic shifts, climate change and advancements in technology have all been drivers for disruption for a need for smarter cities, writes Manish Prakash, Regional Business Lead, Worldwide Government, Microsoft Asia
With Asia’s ‘silver generation’ now amounting close to 1.3 billion people and the advances in medical science and technology pushing the life expectancies to beyond 90 years, there is growing pressure put on the already under-resourced healthcare sector, writes Dr. Keren Priyadarshini, Regional Business Lead, Worldwide Health, Microsoft Asia.
Understanding each others’ lived experiences acts as an important catalyst for building allyship and creating an inclusive workplace culture. That’s why Microsoft Australia created the Voice+ platform for employees to share their stories. Pip Arthur, Chair of Microsoft Australia’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, shares what she has learned from the platform about inclusion and the importance of uncomfortable conversations.
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As the pandemic drags on, perceptions of online civility worsen in the Asia-Pacific region
As we all continue to navigate the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Microsoft have taken stock of the impact on our lives online. And, unsurprisingly, the pandemic has also taken a toll on digital civility, writes Liz Thomas, Regional Digital Safety Lead, Asia-Pacific.
Data is indispensable to the world’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Automakers are using it to make automated driving safer. Financial regulators use it to identify corrupt transactions. Doctors use it to diagnose diseases and treat cancer better, writes Mike Yeh, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Asia
Retail has changed forever. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns and restrictions, consumer habits are no longer the same as they were before, writes Raj Raguneethan, Regional Business Lead, Retail & Consumer Goods, Microsoft Asia
As the pandemic drags on, we need as much “digital good” as we can get, to ensure our online interactions are constructive, kind, and respectful. We also need to keep building our digital skills and literacy, while watching out for cyberthreats, writes Liz Thomas, Microsoft Regional Digital Safety Lead, Asia-Pacific
We’ve seen how the pandemic has been a catalyst that has challenged our existing views and spurred forth new perspectives, pushed the boundaries of technology and innovation across our cultural, social, economic, and technical worlds out of necessity, writes Sherie Ng, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft Asia Pacific
As FSI leaders embrace digital adoption, innovative customer solutions, and more efficient big-data utilization through AI, I am confident the industry will grow from strength to strength, writes Connie Leung, Regional Business Lead, (Worldwide) Financial Services, Microsoft Asia
COVID-19 has forced us to social distance and reduce face-to-face contact everywhere, including between doctors and patients. The pandemic has also put great strain on medical systems and resources, writes Dr. Keren Priyadarshini, Regional Business Lead, Worldwide Health, Microsoft Asia
Building a culture of inclusion, fostering a sense of belonging; embracing diversity, prioritizing clear communication, and to create an environment where employees feel appreciated is important, writes Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia
Looking toward the future, we need to invest in our innovation capabilities by building industry clouds for manufacturing, retail, financial services, non-government organizations and healthcare, writes Alain Crozier, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Chairman and CEO of Greater China Region
As the world starts to open again, we reflect on technologies that are poised to have significant influence in 2021 and beyond, writes Sriram Rajamani, Managing Director, Microsoft Research India
COVID-19 showed us that business resilience requires an ongoing effort and commitment to building greater tech intensity, writes Ricky Kapur, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Asia Pacific
It is necessary to reframe how we view successful, resilient organizations, and the infrastructure, relationships, and processes that make them tick, writes Ahmed Mazhari, President, Microsoft Asia.
A willingness to adopt new digital technologies could determine whether an enterprise survives and thrives or struggles and fails in the months and years ahead, writes Saj Kumar, Regional Business, Leader, Manufacturing, Microsoft Asia
Diversity and inclusion are important for every organization and this is especially crucial for technology companies, writes Cally Chan, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong and Macau.
Microsoft’s latest Digital Civility Index finds some of the best and the worst experiences online across Asia-Pacific and shows how more can be done to make the internet safer, writes Liz Thomas, Regional Digital Safety Lead, Asia-Pacific.
Many ISVs across our region have created unique, crucial, and necessary digital solutions as countries and organizations grapple with the pandemic, writes Pratima Amonkar, APAC head, Cloud Solution Partners at Microsoft.
Forward-looking organizations are using this time of COVID as an opportunity to reassess workflows and invest in new efficiencies, writes Haris Izmee, President Director Microsoft Indonesia.
Malaysia is seeing an unprecedented wave of rapid digital transformation as government agencies embrace new solutions in response to the pandemic crisis, writes K. Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia.
Magic happens when people with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and tech abilities get together and come up with bold solutions to big challenges, writes Ricky Kapur, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Asia Pacific.
COVID-19 is changing the nature and business of retailing on many levels, and those who play in this space must adapt. Raj Raguneethan, Regional Business Lead, Retail and Consumer Goods, Microsoft Asia shares how organizations can better manage current challenges and work toward eventual recovery.
As COVID-19 themed cyberattacks peak, more needs to be done to safeguard ourselves and the nation. Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel, Regional Lead, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Asia shares how every person can safeguard themselves from these attacks.
Father of three, Vincent Shih who is also Microsoft Taiwan’s Assistant General Counsel, ponders the future and asks: Will the digital and physical worlds be safe and secure for the next generation?
As the world’s population grows, the ability to meet food demand becomes a big problem. Developers and entrepreneurs are now on a quest to solve some of these problems in the agribusiness, writes Annie Mathew, Director, APAC Developer Lead
It is inspirational to see so many of us being productive and connected during the COVID crisis. But let’s remember to keep ourselves safe and secure as we work remotely from home, writes Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel, Regional Lead, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Asia.
Activating allyship for greater inclusion in the workplace
Diversity lets us pick up ideas from others and learning about each other’s differences builds strong and connected teams. Our differences are our strengths, writes Kevin Woo, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.
While it might feel like it is getting harder and harder to stay safe, a few simple steps can help you minimize the risk of cyberattack, writes Antony Cook, Regional Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, Microsoft Asia.
The world is facing a major shortage of cybersecurity professionals. One of the fastest ways to close this gap is to increase diversity in the sector, writes Diana Kelley, Cybersecurity Field Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft.
Pratima Amonkar, Accessibility Lead, Microsoft Diversity & Inclusion, Microsoft APAC, shares how Microsoft is addressing the need for assistive technology – by organizing its first-ever AI for Accessibility hackathon in Asia Pacific with the Philanthropies team, bringing together over 400 participants in eight countries to conceptualize and prototype AI solutions that can transform the daily lives of people with disabilities.
As technology and the Internet have evolved dramatically over the past decade, so too has both the occurrence and potential impact of cyberthreats. The number of data breaches has almost doubled in 2018, and the average cost of a data breach to a company totals to $4 million. Cybersecurity is no longer an option. It’s an operational imperative. Diana Kelley, Cybersecurity Field CTO, Microsoft, gives her insights into the current state of cybersecurity.
Interactions and transactions today are becoming digital, however, in the consumers’ eyes, many organizations in the Asia Pacific still have room for growth when it comes to consumer trust in digital service offerings. Keshav Dhakad, Director & Assistant General Counsel – Corporate, External & Legal Affairs at Microsoft India shares 5 pointers on how to build consumer trust in the Asia Pacific.
NEW ZEALAND: Why we’ll all be gamers in the future
Game-based learning is recognized globally as a valuable educational tool that can help fill skills gaps in construction, technology, hospitality, and more, writes Barrie Sheers, Managing Director at Microsoft New Zealand.
APAC: Four questions with … Mike Chan
Mike Chan leads Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise efforts in Asia Pacific, where he helps companies and industries with their digital transformation journeys.
APAC: Learn, Include, Empower, Grow: How change and transformation is our new reality
Preparing for growth and change comes in a myriad of ways – unlearning our old mindsets, listening to fresh perspectives, and thinking outside the proverbial box, writes Andrea Della Mattea, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific.
APAC: AI and citizen scientists powering the clean-up of Asia Pacific’s beaches
Mike Chan, General Manager, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft Asia Pacific, looks at the potential impact of a new database to help coastal communities keep their waters healthy across our region.
ASIA: Low consumer trust: Should we be ok with it?
Consumers are increasingly asking whether they can trust the technology companies that design, develop, and deploy digital services, writes Anthony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Asia.
ASIA: Is trust a depleting commodity today
“Trust” has become a commodity in short supply in an era marred by “fake news,” election meddling, and cyberattacks, writes Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Asia.
SINGAPORE: Building a safer and better internet starts with us
Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Singapore, calls for more civil and kinder online behavior so we can build a better and safer internet for everyone.
AUSTRALIA: People, technology and trust complete the transformation equation
Steven Worrall, Managing Director at Microsoft Australia, says putting people first and technology second creates the foundation for ongoing innovation and transformation in business.
AUSTRALIA: New cyber security service helps protect Australian democracy
Politicians, candidates, parties, and other organizations can now add a new critical layer of cyber protection for their online activities with Microsoft AccountGuard , explains Tom Daemen, Director Corporate, External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft Australia and New Zealand.
INDIA: Project Sangam – Enabling skilling at scale for a better tomorrow
Global governments are facing shortages in skilled resources and levels of unemployment. And, people need to be skilled so they can become more marketable and employable, writes Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & AI, Microsoft India (R&D).
HONG KONG: Create a technology future for women today and every day
The new generation of young women entering the workforce through to girls still at school need strong role models in STEM, writes Cally Chan, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong and Macau.
INDIA: Gender parity at work – Accelerate evolution and ignite revolution
Irrespective of which role we play in the organization, there is an urgent need for each of us to understand the impact of gender diversity at the workplace, writes Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
INDIA: You are here. This is the Age of Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is not just a product or a set of technologies. It means empowerment for every developer to innovate, every organization to redefine industries, and every individual to transform society, writes Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
ASIA: Cybersecurity needs to be at the heart of healthcare sector’s transformation
A patient’s safety and well-being is invariably tied to a healthcare organization’s ability to safeguard patient’s private and personal data, writes Keren Priyadarshini, Regional Business Lead, Worldwide Health, Microsoft Asia.
APAC: Driving better road safety with technology and artificial intelligence
During this Lunar New Year holiday season, Alberto Granados – Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Asia Pacific – looks at how can AI and other new technologies can help make our roads safer.