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SINGAPORE (October 27, 2023) – Sensing an opportunity to be a one-stop shop for enterprises, regardless of size and industry, Ravi Koka started Digile Group, a global end-to-end technology partner that enables customers to transform and innovate through its purpose-built solutions. He helms Digile following a three-way merger of Reveron Consulting, Digile Technologies and Innopia Global.
An interesting service is their Digital Twins technology, which they employ to support businesses to visualise real machines or products before they are manufactured. It is a true blend of physical and digital, or a term known as ‘phygital’ that enables them to support smart manufacturing services, a huge market today.
With over 30 years of experience across IT, engineering and management consulting, especially in the area of digital transformation of businesses, Ravi remains invested in building up Digile, his business, after three decades.
Ravi spends his free time engaging in various sports like long-distance cycling, scuba diving and racing. He finds driving and cooking relaxing and tries to make time for both over weekends.
Prior to this role, Ravi was the Founder and CEO of Reveron Consulting. Ravi founded Revere Technologies in 2007 and led it to become a leading solutions provider in Malaysia. The company was acquired by Stone Apple Solutions in November 2010 and he was appointed as Executive Vice President at Stone Apple. Stone Apple was later acquired by Hitachi Consulting. His career also includes senior positions in Sierra Atlantic, a California-based offshore enterprise applications firm; leading professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Saipem Triune, an oil and gas engineering consulting firm
In a free-wheeling chat with AsiaBizToday, Ravi shares his perspectives and knowledge not just on digital technology, but also on understanding the real supply chain, engineering, and leadership challenges on both the management and ground level, beyond Singapore. Excerpts:
ABT: As a one-of-a-kind, end-to-end digital enablement company in the world, how has Digile been able to achieve enhanced customer experience and smarter business processes leading to innovative business models for its clients?
Ravi: Our main goal is to always enable our clients to innovate, optimise their operations and create value. By offering an end-to-end portfolio of solutions, we cover the entire spectrum of digital transformation, allowing us to fully support our clients and their challenges.
We pride ourselves in customising solutions for every client, big or small, through our Build-Innovate-Optimise model. This is to ensure that we can work with our clients to effectively prioritise their digital solutions based on their strategic goals.
Every company and industry have their own unique challenges and business models. Thus, we always aim to build solutions that drive successful outcomes. Solutions that are future-proof, and sustainable, to empower our clients to gain a competitive advantage for the long term.
Our team of professional experts come from various backgrounds, industries and bring years of diverse experience managing some of the most complex projects from manufacturing to construction. We believe that our client-oriented approach and diverse knowledge gives us a competitive edge, and why many clients choose to partner with us.
ABT. Enterprises, the world over, are touting large-scale digital transformation as the foundation for a business transformation, to make enterprises scalable, agile and future-ready. What has been Digile’s go-to-market strategy?
Ravi: We are seeing an increasing demand for digitalisation as more enterprises are realising the advantages and opportunities that it can bring, from predictive analytics to reduced downtime.
Our vision is to empower businesses of all sizes and industries to adopt digital solutions seamlessly. We continue to innovate and develop our portfolio of solutions to cover the entire end-to-end spectrum of digital transformation to enable us to effectively customise solutions for our clients. These include infrastructure lifecycle management, Digital Twins as well as enterprise solutions.
We have a robust presence locally and globally, with 7 locations in Asia and North America and over 500 employees. Our combined resources and expertise enable us to deliver world-class digital solutions to ever-evolving challenges in Asia and beyond.
We stay focused on achieving sustainable and profitable growth. With our clear vision and strong leadership, we remain committed to growing and transforming businesses.
ABT. Digitisation today refers to more than merely taking assets online or leveraging the cloud. It is actually digitalization, not mere digitisation. Your take?
Ravi: Yes, digitalisation and its solutions are far beyond simply taking assets – be it objects, sounds or data – and converting them online.
Digitalisation is the process of connecting all these digitised assets and data together, generating insights and creating value such as helping to improve existing processes or products, or innovating and producing new products or services.
One example is the use of Digital Twins, which are virtual representations of real products and processes. With Digital Twins, manufacturers can derive meaningful insights and intelligence based on real-time data. It can analyse very specific and complex details and processes such as the asset’s capacity, utilisation, lifecycle costs and system availability.
We see immense benefits in digitalisation and how it is enabling companies to achieve maximum efficiency and profitability. That said, we partner with our clients to assess their stage of digital transformation and find out which hardware or software is most suitable to meet their needs.
ABT. For an enterprise, there are three critical players — employees, partners and customers. How does digital transformation, using technology, greatly enhance the performance or reach of an enterprise?
Ravi: For us, the key benefit of digital transformation is being able to derive data-driven insights. With real-time data, companies are equipped with the agility and knowledge to serve customers better and faster or create products and services with a better user experience.
With a powerful ecosystem of partners and connected hardware and software, companies are empowered to innovate and improve their processes. It allows them to reduce time to market, ensure efficiency, productivity, and high quality of products. It allows manufacturers, for instance, to predict maintenance and avoid downtime, reducing costs in the long run.
In short, digital transformation is enabling us to do more with less. It enables us to act swiftly and be prepared for any potential issues and ensure business continuity for the long term.