Name : Ajit Patel
Position : CEO of Digital Trinity
W h e n w a s y o u r f i r s t v i s i t to Myanmar and how has she changed since then?
I first visited Myanmar in January 2016. I came here for a short trip to do technical assessment of an existing company. During the visit, I was fascinated by the culture and religious heritage of Myanmar and my first visit to Shwedagon Pagoda was a very unique experience.
In last two years, I have seen rapid strides being taken by the country in the area of infrastructure, IT services, retail and banking sectors. Still a lot needs to be done with regards to imparting the right exposure to the youth, especially in IT services industry, the emphasis needs to be on innovation and entrepreneurship and make Myanmar a knowledge driven economy.
How did you end up in current position?
Myanmar offers huge opportunities and some unique challenges that we have to navigate. It has vast pool of young graduates who are ready to take up challenges provided by giving them the right environment and exposure. Moreover, there is a lot of potential in infrastructure services, because of all the above reasons and my previous experience in ASEAN, Myanmar was the perfect fit for me to start my venture.
Please explain to our readers about Digital Trinity.
Digital Trinity is an IT services company which was incorporated in 2018. DT focuses in enterprise IT and also doing cutting edge research work in Agri-IoT, satellite imagery, machine learning and block chain.
What are the major services provided by your company?
We have four verticals which are Infrastructure, ERP, Mobility and Agri IoT.
Infra- we primarily do security assessment, DC and DR consulting, Cloud Service (SaaS & PaaS). ERP- We are official Odoo partner in Myanmar and we do both Cloud and on premise services. in Mobility-Asset tracking, KYC, identity management offer.
Agri/Aqua- We use sensors and satellite imagery for Agri and Aquaculture in IoT vertical, by using this technology we are helping farmers to increase productivity by monitoring their farms, providing historical analysis for better decision making and also we provide consulting services through our local partners in this domain.
What is your target market segment?
We are dealing with two sets of customers, (1) Enterprises for ERP and IT infrastructure in retail, manufacturing, logistics, banks, telecommunication (2) Farm owners and associations for Agriculture and Aquaculture IoT. We are investing a lot of time and effort in agriculture modernization and bringing in satellite imagery, sensors, and block chain to simplify the current processes and better access to monitoring platforms.
How do you usually promote your service?
Typically we do a lot of promotion in social media such as Facebook and linked in, we also participate in the events, exhibitions and conferences. Recently we started print media campaigns especially to reach with wider farming community.
What are the major challenges facing your business in foreseeable future?
The major challenge right now is the currency fluctuation which can cause a lot of uncertainty because if you import sensors and other things, the cost of procurement becomes really high. We are trying to solve this by finding ways to customize equipment’s. The other challenge is to bring the large unorganized farmers get connected to our platform, which I believe will require lot of hard work on our side.
What are the differences between working in Myanmar and other countries?
I have travelled a lot and I specialize in emerging economies. For me, Myanmar is a very exciting and safe country to work and live. The young population offers Myanmar a big opportunity to drive the economic growth. With proper skill enhancement a lot can be achieved.
What is your overview on digital landscape in the future?
Digital landscape looks very promising with mobile money, e-commerce and other online portals picking up there is a huge potential ahead towards digitization especially in government sector. Identity management, Cloud service, block chain, IoT and machine learning technologies will change the overall landscape of how IT is perceived in Myanmar.
What is your overview on the agriculture and aqua sector in Myanmar?
There is huge potential in agriculture and aquaculture. We are working towards providing the monitoring and advisory services in Agri and Aqua Sectors. DT has already conducted Pilot projects in Myanmar, where we have successfully demonstrated our capabilities. Collectively both private organizations and government institutes can further collaborate and enhance this sector.
How do you ensure your business contribute to the economic development of the country?
The basic point we always keep in mind is to enable the local youth. If you look at our company, we have mainly young local employees with us. We are planning to create a High Performance center in Myanmar and will try to bring more external projects into Myanmar, from where services will be rendered. This will help in generating employment, local resources will get exposure to different markets and last but not the least developing a culture of high performance.
What advice will you give to improve in the agriculture and aqua sector using advanced technology?
There are three areas that needs attention: credit facilities for farmers, insurance for crops and Aquaculture monitoring techniques and advisory services for farmers. T h e g o v e r n m e n t a n d p r i v a t e organization have to come together and solve different issues faced in the sector. Digital Trinity with the combination of satellite imagery and IoT sensors is trying to solve this complex problem. We are very happy to assist both government and private entities in their quest for adoption of technology