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Transforming with trends

In today’s world of innovation and disruption, the biggest rewards can be reaped from challenging the status quo, entrenched practices, or simply asking if there is a better way of doing things. Mr Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres offered this challenge to plenary session attendees of the CommunicAsia 2017 Conference on 25 May 2017.

He pointed to the core concept of the data centre being largely unchanged in decades and ripe for transformation with concerted industry effort. “Moore’s law of exponential computing power advancements entail that data centres should be shrinking in size, yet we are seeing even bigger data centres being built every day,” he added.

Calling for more collaboration within the industry, Mr Wong cited Amazon as an example of how taking a macro perspective and an open mind can shake up an industry. By looking at macro trends and the long-term industry trajectory, the e-commerce and cloud computing company has expanded its suite of services into related industries such as artificial intelligence that support its core businesses.

Innovating on the Go

As part of Keppel’s efforts to stay abreast of the latest industry developments, Mr Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation, together with Mr Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres, visited Amazon Go, the technology company’s latest foray into the brick and mortar grocery business.

Amazon Go is a prototype 24/7 unmanned grocery store that aims to provide a seamless cash-free experience. Shoppers need only to tap their phones on a sensor upon entering the store, pick their desired items and walk out when ready; a system of cameras, sensors and image recognition algorithms will take care of the rest. A back end logistics ecosystem of automated warehouse robots and self-driving trucks stand ready to replenish any stock that runs low.

Behind this simple improvement of the shopping experience lies a larger trend that Amazon is capitalising upon – the digitalisation of economies and nations. The Keppel Group is also firing on all cylinders to seize opportunities offered by the increasingly digitised economy. It has capitalised on increased demand for data centres brought about by the growth of big data and cloud computing as well as acquired last mile logistics capabilities to ride the e-commerce wave.

The Group has also leveraged technology to enhance customer experiences such as introducing smart home features or utilising drones for more efficient vessel inspections, placing it in good stead for the future.

Transforming with trends

Mr Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres addressed plenary session attendees of the CommunicAsia Conference on 25 May 2017

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