Emphasizes in bringing its best-in-class and secure technology to empower Thailand to achieve more
BANGKOK, 11 September 2015 – Appointed as GM of Microsoft Thailand on July 1st, 2015, Orapong Thien-Ngern is responsible for leading the company in its mission to empower every person and every organization in Thailand to achieve more. He is championing Microsoft Thailand’s transformation into the Productivity and Platform Company in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, with the three interconnected bold ambitions of reinventing productivity and business processes, building the intelligent cloud platform and creating more personal computing. Microsoft is the only company with a vision in this expansive way. It drives Microsoft to identify and eliminate the barriers that prevent people from being empowered in any situation they find themselves in throughout their personal and professional lives.
“I could not be more excited about the opportunity that lies ahead of us. Microsoft has a legacy of more than 40 years consistently bring its technology to make positive changes to people, businesses and organizations. Currently there are 1.5 billion people using Windows every day, and as we are now in a mobile-first, cloud-first era, Microsoft has a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. With Microsoft technology you can be empowered with productivity anywhere you are with our best-in-class cloud technology that is safe and secure.
“Microsoft has been in Thailand for more than 20 years and we continue to provide technology that empowers the country, even more so as Thailand moves towards the AEC and Digital Economy – where technology will play a vital role as the enabler to drive growth and go beyond their limitations. I am passionate about education and how technology can transform education by empowering teachers, students and people. Microsoft will continue to strengthen its education programs such as Partners in Learning, WeSpeakCode and Imagine Cup which Thailand has been very successful with, having produced three world champions. I believe that laying a strong foundation in education will bring sustainable development to our economy and society as a whole,” Orapong revealed.
Throughout its 20 years in Thailand, Microsoft has been committed to bring technology to create positive changes and competitiveness for the country. Under Orapong’s leadership he will focus on four key areas: firstly, Transforming Education, which is the fundamental of the country’s development, through Microsoft technology and education programs such as Partners in Learning and Imagine Cup which have been running consistently for more than 10 years. Secondly, Empower the Thai Economy, particularly on ways to empower Thai SMEs which account for 37% of the country’s GDP. Technology such as cloud computing will enhance the competitiveness of our Thai SMEs.
According to findings from research firm IDC, small businesses using cloud computing are 1.7 times more likely to have over 10% revenue growth compared to similar sized companies in general. Microsoft has been working closely with the Office of SME Promotion (OSMEP) and the Federal of Thai Industry (FTI) to provide access and training to Microsoft cloud technology, Office 365. And in efforts to increase competitiveness in Thailand’s software industry, Microsoft also partners with the Association of Thai Software Industry (ATSI) to support and promote the local software companies. ATSI represents approximately 500 software companies in Thailand and they will receive training on Office 365 and support. Additionally, Microsoft also supports the Department of Skills Development under the Ministry of Labor with IT skills training to more than 30,000 people in SME workforce.
Thirdly, Society Development – specifically on how technology can increase opportunities and reduce the technology divide. In Thailand Microsoft has been and will continue to actively engage government and non-profit organizations to empower youth with IT skills. To date more than 57,000 Thai youth have benefited from the Microsoft YouthSpark program. Lastly, in the area of enhancing Public Safety and Security and Tourism, Microsoft will continue to provide safe and secure technology to create safer cities/country and a sustainable place to live and work. The tourism industry can be empowered through technology by providing better communication and collaboration tools to tourism organizations as well as enhancing the convenience for visitors to search for transportation, lodging, activities, and even create and pay for reservations – all in one place.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Established in 1993, Microsoft (Thailand) Limited aims to Make 70 Million Lives Better by enabling Thai people and businesses to realize their full potential through technology that transforms the way people work, play, and communicate. We offer software, services, and devices that deliver new opportunities, greater convenience, and enhanced value to people’s lives. Working with communities and the Thai government, Microsoft and its partners are committed to working closely with organizations and people across Thailand to fully harness the power of technology and innovation.
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