IBM helping to advance Thailand’s digital transformation

IBM is working with universities and businesses in Thailand to train people in digital skills and technologies such as data science and artificial intelligence (AI), the local unit of the American tech firm said last week.

The company said that its training and educational efforts are designed and intended to help the Kingdom advance its digital transformation. Thailand is in the early stage of Thailand 4.0, a 20-year national strategy formulated to raise the Kingdom’s technological development, environmental sustainability, and global competitiveness.

“Digital transformation is increasingly becoming one of the most important levers in GDP growth for countries,” said Agnes Heftberger, General Manager of IBM Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Korea.

“The latest advances in AI and related innovations are also expanding the frontiers of the digital revolution.”

IDC, a global market research company, has said that digital technolgoies will be the source of 65 percent of global GDP by the end of this year. The firm forecasts that investment in digital technologies will reach $6.8 trillion by the end of 2023.

“Thailand is one of the leading countries in Asia Pacific where we have continuously witnessed the execution of digital transformation projects, as well as significant adoption of disruptive technologies such as AI, data science and hybrid cloud by businesses,” Heftberger added.

To start this, IBM Thailand is partnering with Burapha University, Chulalongkorn University, Panyapiwat Institute of Management and Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology on training courses to build a workforce with digital skills.

“This ongoing collaboration continues to grow and scale up, with more universities and ecosystem partners joining forces with IBM to make this happen,” said Sawat Asdaron, managing director of IBM Thailand.

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