Blockchain: The Digital Revolution in Every Industry

CTI IT Infrastructure Summit was conducted for the fifth time on March 7th, 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel Pacific Place, South Jakarta after receiving a very positive feedback from the previous year’s event. The most anticipated IT infrastructure conference gathered nearly 1,000 attendees, consisting of researchers, policymakers, vendors, practitioners, academics and top-level executives of various business units across Indonesia, such as marketing and finance, as IT has become the enabler of every business line. The topic for 2018 was “Blockchain: The Digital Revolution in Every Industry”, discussing how blockchain offers a great potential to disrupt all industries and how business could gain the full benefit of it.

The Blockchain Potential

Most people know blockchain as the magic behind Bitcoin, and sometimes they can’t even differentiate between the two. But the truth is blockchain has bigger potential than the cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Blockchain technology will at least disrupt 19 industries; from the financial industry where blockchain will remove the intermediary function in the transaction process, to the health industry where blockchain can provide a quicker and more accurate diagnosis. Companies need to pay attention to several important aspects such as operational, skills, business process, company culture, technology, and the digital maturity. Not to mention some of the challenges that might come along the way, like security, data management, and lack of skills.

Hear from Thought Leaders and Experts

CTI IT Infrastructure Summit 2018 presented industry experts, researchers and technology leaders from the field of Blockchain who brought up study cases, best practices, challenges, and lessons to learn. A number of expert keynotes present in the event were Jonathan Krause, Vice President (Southeast Asia) & Executive Partner Gartner, Inc. with “The Blockchain Revolution Promises to Touch Every Industry” and Fitra Suryanto, Head of Presales Dell EMC Indonesia with “Creating Software Defined Trust with an Engine of Inclusion”.

Digging Deeper in Panel Discussion

Attendees were getting deeper into the topic when a panel discussion titled “Blockchain: More Than Just Bitcoins” was interactively led by Prof. Richardus Eko Indrajit, Chairman of Informatics and Computer Science College Association (APTIKOM) to give new insights to the C-Level in utilizing IT to create competitiveness. Jonathan Krause and two other panelists, Oscar Darmawan, CEO of Bitcoin

Indonesia and Tim Utomo, Head of Operation and Technology of Citibank Indonesia discussed the areas of the blockchain which are having the biggest impact in business.

Track Sessions with Rich Information and Knowledge

CTI IT Infrastructure Summit 2018 opened by three keynotes of each track, they are from Accenture, Directorate of the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), and also PT XL Axiata, Tbk. Also, there are any speakers from world-leading IT brands, namely Dell EMC, HPE Aruba, Samsung, HPE, Trend Micro, Red Hat, Huawei, Defenxor, and Tata Communication had delivered valuable studies and knowledge during track sessions offered in the event. Each session of the full-day event was attended by more than 100 people who received knowledge and updates of the latest IT trend and innovation as part of CTI’s commitment in improving service and support to its business partners and end-customers.

iCIO Awards 2018

The 2018 iCIO Awards honored the best Chief Information Officers (CIOs) or Senior IT staff who led their organizations by delivering business value and innovative use of IT in exceptional ways. Celebrated during an exclusive luncheon, the iCIO Awards with the Most Innovative CIO category was given to Dadang Setiabudi, Senior Executive Vice President Information Technology of PT Bank Negara Indonesia. The Most Influential CIO was awarded to Rico Usthavia Frans, Director Digital and Technology PT Bank Mandiri, Tbk., while Setiaji, Head of Unit Jakarta Smart City, DKI Jakarta Government was named the Most Intelligent CIO.

Starting from this year, iCIO Awards also presents an award for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who support their CIO to continue delivering an innovative use of IT to achieve the organization’s target. It was Tigor M. Siahaan (CEO of PT Bank CIMB Niaga, Tbk) that has been awarded as The Most Inspiring CEO for the first time.