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Neo4j Deepens Indonesia Commitment to Become a Digitalised Nation With Graph Technology
June 1, 2022 Blog


Written by: Muhammad Zulhusni, Journalist, AOPG.

Neo4j, the world’s leading graph data platform, recently appointed Reza Pahlevi, as Neo4j Indonesia’s Managing Director, to support Indonesia Emas 2045, the nation’s long-term vision of becoming a sovereign, advanced, fair, and successful nation by 2045.

In an interview with DTA, he expressed his pride and honour at becoming a “node” in the Neo4j APAC Graph. “It gives me the opportunity to work with people I like in fulfilling my lifelong ambition of contributing back,” he said.

His contribution to Neo4j’s expansion in Indonesia will be critical for the country, as it entails pushing the use of graph data platforms to help organisations get value from collected data.

“We first start with contributing to building a talent pool for Indonesia since technology is useless without the know-how to use it,” he remarked. “The Graphs4ID Initiative is specifically designed to do that through our 3E pillars – Enablement, Empowerment and Engagement.”

This will not only help Indonesia achieve its national goals but it will also serve as a source of talent for the region and the rest of the world.

Is Indonesia Prime for Graph Technology?

When asked if graph technology is important and if now is the right time for Indonesian organisations to embrace it, he replied, “Definitely!”

People, he claims, generate data. Indonesia, being the world’s fourth most populated country, produces an enormous amount of data, which will only increase with the advent of digital transformation.

“The challenge is how to transform collected data into value? Connected data through a graph data platform is the answer,” he stated. “With a talent pool, technology, and partners, supported by the enterprises and government, I have no doubt that Indonesia Emas 2045 will be realised and Indonesia will become the world’s 5th largest economy by then.”

To further explain how significant graph technology is and how it can help many industries in dealing with complex challenges, he went on to say that a knowledge graph is a type of graph that emphasises contextual understanding by presenting interconnected sets of facts that describe real-world entities, events, or things and their inter-relationships in a format understandable to both humans and machines (or AI).

“The massive streams that data organisations collect have little value without context and relevance. These sets of data have to be actionable business insights to bring data to life. Knowledge graphs are designed to uncover insights into customer needs, product, and market trends, alleviating the challenges of continually growing, highly interconnected datasets,” he explained.

He emphasises that organisations can explore dynamic, complex, and unusual relationships between data using knowledge graphs, empowering them to connect and contextualise their data rapidly and effectively.

A good example of a knowledge graph he shared was the ASTRIAGraph project that tracks objects in space, both functional equipment and broken equipment. The ASTRIAGraph project monitors the Earth’s orbit for space objects, including functioning hardware and other ‘space junk’, striving for safety, security, and sustainability.

Reza explained that by using a knowledge graph, “the team can categorise disparate space domain data to locate and track objects from the size of a mobile phone to the largest satellite. The ASTRIAGraph predicts their trajectory, minimises risk and provides complete visibility. With the goal of maximising decision intelligence, ASTRIAGraph curates information and creates models of the space domain and environment.”

The Partnership With IYKRA to Bridge the Skills gap

Reza recognises that Neo4j’s graph technology expertise is rapidly gaining traction in Indonesia, and he’s thrilled to be a part of it.

The appointment of Reza wasn’t the only exciting part, Neo4j also announced that they are partnering with IYKRA. Neo4j, Reza said, values collaboration and partnerships with local and global partners, customers, communities, and the government.

“IYKRA is a leading partner of ours in Indonesia,” he claims. “Their leadership in solution development, technical know-how and community are impeccable. We will work with them hand-in-glove to ensure that we build the much-needed graph talent pool and at the same time connect the dots in leveraging the talent pool to help achieve the objectives of enterprises and the government.”

IYKRA has all the technical professionals trained and certified in graph technology. According to Reza, this makes them one of, if not the most compelling, providers of graph data platform expertise in Indonesia, and they will play a crucial role in this collaboration to close the data technology skills gap.