Edge computing is evolving into a new technology that is crucial for companies to use in the new normal age. However, this technology also makes it challenging to reduce operational processes to fulfil business requirements.
According to Gartner, the number of edge computing devices and technologies will triple between 2020 and 2030. In other words, given that businesses typically processing around 10% of the data they produce outside of the data centre and centralized traditional cloud, businesses will increasingly adopt the edge computing.
In an interactive panel discussion session, edge computing and distributed enterprise became the main topics that were discussed in detail at the annual Virtus Showcase 2022 event at Hotel Mulia, Jakarta on September 15, 2022. Read this article to learn more about how businesses from various industries explore edge computing and distributed enterprise adoption.
Implementation of Edge Computing in Financial
According to Amirul Wicaksono, Director of IT and Operations at Bank DKI, edge computing and the financial sector, particularly banking, are intimately connected. As is generally known, the financial industry, which processes many payment transactions, is being pushed to shift to digital banking, which is supported by constantly improving and increasing technology.
“If the banking industry began adopting SMS-based technologies, such as SMS banking, around 20 years ago, it is still the case in the BYOD era. Everything will be on smartphones in the future, allowing clients to use their current devices and avoid having to meet with the banking industry afterwards to make payments,” said Amirul.
He continued by explaining that Bank DKI’s implementation of edge computing involves using bank agents who utilize M-Post devices to retrieve existing data in order to connect with the technology currently in use.
“At M-Pos, we leverage edge computing for people with financial literacy and inclusion who do not yet exist. About 20% of Bank DKI’s CAPEX and OPEX are allocated to technology,” he added.
Amirul explained that edge computing is not much different from existing technology with execution that has been implemented for a long time, only the form is different. The future trend in the banking industry is certainly not far from innovation and collaboration to facilitate smartphone-based transactions so that there is no need to tap using a physical card.
“In the banking or financial industry, competition is like collaboration. One day when there is pen banking, competition as well as banking collaboration will be even cooler because it provides convenience but still guarantees the security of customer transactions,” he stated.
Challenges of Adopting Distributed Enterprises for Logistics
The logistics industry is being driven to become more responsive and agile as the market expands and customer preferences shift toward online shopping. Andries Indrajaya, VP of Technology at PT Tiki Jalur Nugraha Ekakurir (JNE), recognizes the importance of distributed enterprise deployment for more flexible delivery in the logistics business. In addition to managing logistical operations, he claims that the logistics industry must secure the security of customer data at all branch offices.
“Many JNE agents are located in places where infrastructure, such as 3G and 4G signals, is inaccessible. Due to this circumstance, we must rely on self-developed technology to correctly store and transfer data to the headquarters,” he remarked.
Andries stated that this organization opted to use this technology for a solid reason, claiming that the trend of internet purchasing has an impact on the excursion sector as well. The expedition company must keep the shipping method up to date so that customers can get the most up-to-current information on the status of their products.
“Actually, providing updated data to customers is a challenge for other businesses as well. The presence of a marketplace encourages people to often monitor the status of product shipments,” he elaborated.
“We next cooperate with infrastructure providers to develop their own technical breakthroughs that can be used in the environment, whether on-premises, across multiple clouds, or across multiple data centers, aware that this collection of jobs is exceedingly complex.”
JNE engages with the third parties to create technical advancements that can be utilized in on-premises, multi-cloud, and multi-data center environments as it is known that the necessary infrastructure is highly sophisticated. Andries claims that because his organization believed their data center was insufficient due to frequent interconnections with other data centers, the invention was implemented beginning with the current data center.
“We embraced dispersed business technology as a result since the current state of connectivity is based on the cloud and calls for quick information transfer. The speed (of providing information and status updates) is obviously slower than the SLA we guaranteed if we simply rely on the data center,” he explained.
Edge Computing Opportunities for Companies in Various Sectors
Automation systems that give convenience and edge computing technology that allows businesses to adapt according to their needs will undoubtedly add value to their adoption in a variety of business sectors. It will be easier for stakeholders to focused on business development due to its capacity to automate operations and make them simpler.
Erwin Yusran, Country Data Center Sales Lead, Indonesia, Dell Technologies, responded to this potential by stating that because the edge is closer to the user or data source, there will be more investment in software and hardware for new applications and use cases in the future.
“Since everything is based on industry demands, personal preferences, and particular challenges, our approach is back. The shift from the former heavy data centre to a distributed enterprise creates significant challenges and offers tremendous opportunity,” Erwin stated.
He claims that the trend toward distributed enterprises and edge computing drives all providers to understand that every customer from a variety of sectors faces unique difficulties.
“The customer’s options gain from a solution that is more in line with their demands, he continued, thus it is the provider’s responsibility to offer the greatest solution,” he added.
Chun Wui, Senior Manager of Solution Engineering at VMware, reiterated Erwin’s statement, adding that his team is working on a solution to enable customers to establish an easy-to-use infrastructure network.
“The point is we are not focused on building a network, but we are making it smart, as simple as possible, automatic, and easy. That way, customers can focus on the core business and no longer manage the network,” he said.
About Virtus Showcase 2022
The Virtus Showcase 2022 features several expert speakers, including Stephanus Oscar, as CEO of EDGE DC Indonesia, as a keynote speaker who explores the benefits and innovations of edge computing technology, Erwin Yusran, Country Data Center Sales Lead, Indonesia, Dell Technologies, and Chun Wui as Senior Manager VMware Solution Engineering
In the interactive panel discussion session, speakers including Amirul Wicaksono as Director of IT and Operations of Bank DKI were also present, and Andries Indrajaya as Vice President of Technology PT Tiki Jalur Nugraha Ekakurir (JNE), discusses in depth experiences related to the implementation of edge computing technology, as well as the challenges and opportunities of distributed enterprises in Indonesia.
The Virtus Showcase 2022 is also supported by the world’s leading IT company brands such as VMware, Dell Technologies, Huawei, Trend Micro, Red Hat, Arista, Palo Alto, and Yugabyte.
Author: Ervina Anggraini
Content Writer of CTI Group