Embrace technology to stay relevant, SEB staff told

Sharbini delivering his speech before launching Technology Day 2018.

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KUCHING, July 7: Sarawak Energy’s (SEB) workforce must embrace technology and optimise its usage to stay relevant, said its Group chief executive officer Sharbini Suhaili.

Speaking at the launching of SEB’s annual two-day ‘Technology Day’ on Thursday, Sharbini said the corporation wanted to create awareness of its technology use in day-to-day operations and on what it could achieve digitally.

“We also want to show to everyone how important technology is to us and how it can be an enabler to achieve our vision,” he said.

He urged SEB’s multi-disciplinary workforce to be agile in adapting to changing technology to work more efficiently.

“We aim to be a digital utility by 2025 to serve the people of Sarawak better, and by having a culture of openness to the changes, we can move forward together towards a successful transformation.

“We must embrace technology as part of our delivery mechanism in pursuit of excellence in our key focus areas, in support of and in tandem with the state’s ambition for Sarawak to become a digital economy,” he said.

He told those present that to achieve more efficient and cost effective work processes and service delivery, SEB had embarked on a suite of corporate-wide process improvement and enterprise-modernisation initiatives under the ‘Pinnacle Programme’.

These digital transformation initiatives are at various stages of implementation and cover different aspects of the business, including human resource, finance and procurement, asset management as well as fleet management.

SEB is also participating in the state’s digital leadership and competency building programmes, like the Digital Leadership Academy driven by Sarawak Centre of Performance Excellence or SCOPE.

SEB chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi (wearing coat and tie) at one of the booths at the Technology Day 2018 exhibition.

‘Technology Day’ aimed to bring people who use technology with the people who provide technology together on the same platform to chart the technology roadmap for the power utility and energy development firm.

The 2018 edition featured keynote addresses by internationally renowned speakers from the field of innovative solutions: Pulkit Jaiswal, founder of Swarmx, and Francis Wong Kiam Foi, deputy director of Huawei Enterprise Business Group (Energy Sector).

Held at Menara Sarawak Energy over two days, the event also featured an exhibition with technology partners and was opened to selected schools to allow students to see real life applications of technology in the power industry.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg also visited the exhibition when he went to Menara for the Sarawak Energy Ramah Tamah open house.

Abang Johari (third right) toured the exhibition after gracing SEB’s Majilis Ramah Tamah on Thursday afternoon. With him are (from left) SEB board members Dato Idris Buang and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Minister for Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, SEB chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi, Sharbini and Dr Chen.

Also present at the launching ceremony were Group chief operating officer Lu Yew Hung, executive vice-president for corporate services Aisah Eden and vice-president for research and development Dr Chen Shiun.

In his opening remark, Chen said, “Advanced technologies are upon us, but as we look at these technologies, the focus should remain with the people involved and affected and the benefits to them.

“Technologies should be developed and applied to make our services better for our customers, to ensure our employees be more productive, and enable processes to be safer and more environmentally sustainable.” — DayakDaily