Thursday, October 18, 2012

Second day of the #FutureGov Summit.

I was attending SAP Public Sector Advisory Council. It was a very interesting forum to specifically discuss about Public Sector development. I think there are a lot of opportunity for all of us to contribute in the sector. I found that there are a lot of similarity between private sector and public sector, even more so in the day and age, where everything is brought closer by technology. I also found that Public Sector is at the same time very complex. Public sector in one countries to another are most of the times are very different, even if not, you still have to deal with sovereignty issue. I was inspired by one of fellow delegate from Denmark who shared that Denmark since 1970 has started the effort to integrate public sector services and they have succeeded. I really hope with the advancement of technology and the growing population of the new digital generation, Public Sector can complete its transformation faster to be more effective, engaging and innovative. I also met some of very interesting people. I met Adaire Fox-Martin who leads SAP Public Sector Services and also some fellow delegates from Australia, Denmark, Germany, US, Singapore, Malaysia and of course, Indonesia. I would love to join similar event in the future and contribute more.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Some Thoughts from First Day of FutureGov Summit

Several key points that I would like to raise and I believe are really important lessons are:

- Technology transformation is inevitable in public sector. People, esp. Young Generation are expecting services from the public sector to be at least on par with those services offered commercially

- Public sector must also shift the mindset of how they run their organisation. Public sector is now competing the "air-time" to gain the attention of the public. People will not engage with the public sector if they cannot find the same level of ease of use, interactivity that they find from private sector.

- Public sector must also follow where the crowd are. If people are engaging in the social media, then Public sector need to create a presence there too. Treat it as a part of promoting brand. Yes, people need to know why you exist and what you have achieved to engage and own your cause.

- Public sector and private sector is actually very similar. What works in private sector should also work in public sector and vice versa. Even the same business challenges are applied, such as both sectors are experiencing budget cuts and leadership changes, etc.

- Public sector, especially government, really need to go back to why the organisation exists in the first place and not worry about the politics part of how public sector traditionally accustomed too. I can see this as being probably the ultimate obstacles to reach the optimal performance in public sector. Way too much energies are being spent on this, compare to focused efforts on really try to make the betterment of the cause, whatever it is.

- Public sector is developed because we have an idea of how things should be, or how our world should be, or what kind of service we should provide to our stakeholders (which is sometimes even touched the greater sense of purpose). I think a lot of great talents are actually care about this thing, but if the politics side of it are creating too loud of a noise, then most of us won't bother.

Hopefully, we can all together work continuously on this and I hope we can start to make real positive changes.
And I'll start with myself.

Handoko Said

Sunday, October 14, 2012

32nd Birthday - Reflection

Today is my 32nd birthday. And today is especially super special because today would be my last birthday with my marriage status - "Still Single"

The reason why it means more is because I've been blessed with the greatest gift one could ask for. For 32 years, my family have supported me through all kinds of times. They cheered for me when I did something good. They encouraged me when I made a mistake. They share their love with me and I share mine. It is the most beautiful thing one could experience.
Their love has been the single most meaningful thing in my life that constantly reminds me that I am special and meant a lot for them.

In about a month from today, I will add that blessing and make it even more complete with another member that will redefine my future in the most meaningful way I can imagine.

Other than your love to and from your family, to have someone else whom you love and who love you back is truly a blessing. I am extremely grateful to be able to share this experience with Priscilla.

I remember a quote from the great Chinese philosopher - Lao Tsu
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

I cannot be more excited about the future.


Because I have strength and I have courage.


On his 32nd birthday - 13 October 2012