Southeast Asia is looking on track to reach a US$1 trillion gross merchandise value economy by 2030, with over than 2.1 million new digital consumers having joined the Indonesian internet economy in between 2021-2022 alone.

In addition, as the demand for increasingly sophisticated digital infrastructure continues to grow, so do the skills required to design, build and operate data centers. As a result, new roles will be created in step with emerging technologies and evolving trends in the industry, resulting in data center worker demands that will only continue to increase over the next ten years.

The data center industry is a complex one as it requires different skills for different job profiles – you require data center facility technicians, networks professionals, database professionals, applications specialists and people with good physical infrastructure (electrical facilities, cabling, mechanical) skills. In addition, data centers require trained and certified people in facilities management, network security and project management.

A recent Uptime Institute® survey suggests that half of the world’s existing engineering staff will retire by 2025, yet the number of staff needed to run the world’s data centers will grow from around two million to nearly 2.3 million by 2025.

Another significant source of worker shortage is the constant churn that’s occurring because of intense competition for workers. Companies in the industry are essentially competing for the same limited pool of data center workers. As if that wasn’t enough, the data center industry has a branding challenge. It is not well-known in general, let alone for its career potential.

University degrees are nearly non-existent, and only recently have two-year community colleges begun to offer degrees or certifications linked to data center operations.

While traditionally data center skillsets have focused on mastering one specific skillset, today’s data center requires people to have cross-functional skillsets.

For example, the move of the industry towards software-defined data centers and networks has called for network engineers to augment their skillsets to have more knowledge of software. Some networking jobs today require programming skills and writing of basic scripts.

With the rise in hybrid cloud deployments, organizations are struggling to find personnel skilled in handling both cloud and non-cloud environments. Additionally, today’s modern data center requires people equipped with new skills such as data analytics. This is required to gain intelligent insights from data center monitoring tools and use them to improve data center efficiencies.

This is where Nusantara Academy comes in. We offer a unique community upskilling/re-skilling program that covers the latest trends and technologies in the data center industry. Our programs are designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the challenges of data center management.

What sets us apart is that we are not only providing globally recognized certifications, we are also building the biggest data center community in Indonesia. As we welcome a more diverse profile of first-time workers and professionals in the data center ecosystems, Networking among those already in the data center workforce will be instrumental in continuing to attract a more diverse pool of talent to support the on-going growth of the industry.


Data Center Talent Demands In Indonesia


Data Center Designer (Architect, Construction) : A data center designer is responsible for designing the physical infrastructure of a data center, including its layout, electrical and mechanical systems, and overall architecture. They collaborate with stakeholders, such as IT teams, electrical engineers, and construction professionals, to ensure that the data center meets the business requirements and is designed to optimize its efficiency, reliability, and scalability.


Data Center Technicians/Managers : A data center technician or manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the data center. They ensure that the data center's hardware, software, and infrastructure are functioning properly and troubleshoot any issues that arise. They manage the physical security of the data center and ensure that it is compliant with relevant regulations and standards.


Electrical Professional: An electrical professional in a data center is responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of the data center's electrical systems. This includes power distribution, backup generators, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. They also ensure that the electrical systems are optimized for efficiency and reliability.


Consulting Specifier: A consulting specifier is a technical expert who advises organizations on the best practices for designing and building data centers. They work with stakeholders to understand business requirements and help to develop a comprehensive data center strategy. They also provide guidance on choosing vendors and contractors, as well as ensuring that the data center is designed to optimize efficiency, security, and scalability.


Sales & Marketing Engineer: A sales and marketing engineer in a data center is responsible for promoting and selling the data center's services to potential customers. They collaborate with the sales team to develop marketing strategies and work with customers to understand their requirements and provide solutions that meet their needs.


Facility Management Professional: A facility management professional in a data center is responsible for managing the physical infrastructure of the data center. This includes managing the HVAC systems, fire suppression systems, and physical security systems. They also ensure that the data center is compliant with relevant regulations and standards.


Energy / Power / Cooling Professional: An energy, power, and cooling professional in a data center is responsible for managing the energy consumption and cooling systems of the data center. They ensure that the data center is optimized for energy efficiency and that the cooling systems are designed to maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels.


Project Manager: A project manager in a data center is responsible for overseeing the planning, design, and construction of a data center. They collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that the project meets business requirements and is completed on time and within budget.


IT / Operations / Business Continuity Manager: An IT, operations, and business continuity manager in a data center is responsible for managing the IT systems and applications within the data center. They ensure that the data center is operating efficiently and that business continuity plans are in place in the event of an outage or disaster.


Maintenance Technician: A maintenance technician in a data center is responsible for maintaining the physical infrastructure of the data center. This includes regular inspections, preventative maintenance, and repairs of the data center's hardware and infrastructure. They ensure that the data center is functioning optimally and that any issues are addressed promptly.

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