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Ever wonder how the leaders of the Infocomm industry got where they are today? Watch this space and hear from the luminaries themselves what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what inspired them to join the Infocomm industry and what continues to drive them to excel.

Anika Grant

Anika Grant

Managing Director – HR, Talent Architecture,
Accenture

Organisations will also make increasing use of predictive analysis to drive faster and more dynamic decision making, and to increase efficiency and operational flexibility. 

Anika Grant

Digital technologies are reinventing the future of work, says Anika Grant, who elaborates on what form this will likely take.

    What's going to change? 

Employees will be more autonomous, enabled through intelligent tools that empower them to make significant decisions quickly and easily. This in turn will see information and decision-making authority increasingly pushed out towards the boundaries of the organisation, making it likely that whole enterprises will become leaner and less hierarchical.

 

Organisations will also make increasing use of predictive analysis to drive faster and more dynamic decision making, and to increase efficiency and operational flexibility. Employees on the front line will be able to respond in real time to detect, locate and fix problems — in some cases before they even occur.

Or take the advances in digital technology such as robotics, which will require humans to work in new ways with machines. In Indonesia, PT Triputra Agro Persada, a palm oil producer, is already looking to implement drone technology to ensure that new plantings are undertaken in fertile areas, and to streamline the paths workers take through plantations.1

 

    Increasing agility

Another emerging work practice involves experiment-driven design. As digital modeling and simulation make design iteration less expensive, work processes will increasingly be structured around a series of "design-build-test" cycles that generate early feedback to uncover risks quicker and align better to user preferences. It's about institutionalising agile development, in other words, and it will require a mindset shift among employees — one that involves getting comfortable with higher levels of improvisation and experimentation, and operating without rigid plans.2

 

    How companies must change

But what does all this mean now for the company that wants to lead in the digital era? Fundamentally, the transformation to becoming a truly digital enterprise requires deep shifts that cut across skillsets and roles, and are as much cultural as they are technical.

 

Companies will need, for instance, to be comfortable with granting their employees more autonomy. They will need to build a culture that is anchored around achieving consistent and well-informed decision making throughout the organisation and aligned to core values, rather than maintaining centralised planning and control.
 

 

 

Assoc. Prof Katrina Falkner

Assoc. Prof. Katrina Falkner

The University of Adelaide (in partnership with Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre)

Take a moment to look around you, and think about how technology has evolved in just your own lifetime, or just the last five years.

Associate Professor Katrina Falkner

Assoc. Professor Katrina Falkner, Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide (in partnership with Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre), shares her interest in computer science, software architecture and education.

    When did you discover an interest in computer science, and what about software architecture and architectural approaches applied in the development of distributed systems, piques your interest the most?

I really discovered my interest in Computer Science when I started University, although I had been exposed to programming at a younger age. I loved the creativity of the field, and the challenge of problem solving. Software architecture and distributed systems share an aspect of solving large, complex problems – and to do this, you need to understand the core science behind computational thinking, as well as being innovative and creative when challenging something new.

 

 

   

At which point did you realize that you wanted to become an educator? 

 

As a PhD student, I taught many small classes of undergraduate courses, and I loved working with students, and helping them understand "why" they were doing something, rather than just memorizing "what" they had to do. When I became a lecturer, I had the opportunity to design my own courses and learning experiences for students. What I immediately realized, was that this required research as well – that there was a whole world of educational psychology and pedagogy that I was unaware of, but that could help me be a better teacher.

 

Thought Leadership

Stay Ahead at the Cutting Edge

Wondering what is the next wave of changes or breakthroughs in the ever-dynamic Infocomm industry. Get the first-hand insights and knowledge from leading companies and thought leaders and stay ahead!

Wearables: Fad or Trend

Wearables: Fad or Trend? 

As wearables develop, tech enthusiasts continue to guide how these products are designed. With heightened user engagement and two-way communication, uses of wearables are being discovered at a rapid rate. 

Wearables are slated to be the biggest trend in 2014 with the largest industry players marketing their products. The importance of wearables have motivated Amazon to open a store just dedicated to it. With million of devices waiting to be shipped this year, it has evolved from an early adopter product to the mainstream. Samsung has released iterations of their Galaxy Gear devices, while Apple announced a series of iWatches.

 

On the evening of 20th August 2014, the Emerging Technology and Trends SIG of Singapore Computer Society organized a roundtable discussion on wearables. The topic centered on a debate on determining if wearables were a fad or a trend. If wearables were here to stay, how would they evolve and how should we prepare ourselves?

 

The evening started with Mr Lua Ruiping (Chairman, ETT SIG) as the facilitator providing an overview. He was joined by Mr Amos Tan (Director, IDA), Mr Alex Pisarev (CEO, Smartmissimo Technologies), Mr Hilmar Hahn and Mr Chia Jun Shen (Product marketing, Razer). 

 

 

 Wearable market
 Wearables connecting one another
Strengthening the Talent Pool for a Smart Nation

Strengthening the Talent Pool for a Smart Nation 

For Singapore as a whole to prosper, we need more technologists and more tech competencies to help build the Smart Nation and grow the market for our products and services.

Singapore is building the world's first Smart Nation. We are leading the world in the use of technology to improve people's lives and to address global challenges such as a rapidly ageing population and growing urban density.

This is a massive undertaking. The Smart Nation will be underpinned by data and analytics. We will build a nationwide sensor network through which anonymised data can be captured, shared and analysed for useful insights in areas ranging from energy and water management to public safety and health care.

 

In this Smart Nation vision, technology will play an even greater role in driving economic and social transformation and creating new opportunities for all.  There will be opportunities to integrate, innovate and invent.

 Spin on online learning
 Creating, not just consuming

TRENDS

Technology Revolution, Empowerment 'N' Development Series

Engage your contemporaries on the newest developments! Listen to industry stalwarts and leading technical experts and get first-hand insights and knowledge of the next trending scene in the ever-dynamic Infocomm industry.

Microsoft Azure Workshop

Microsoft Azure Workshop 

Recently rebranded from Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure- it is the public cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres.

On a cloudless afternoon of the 28th March 2014 the  Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Special Interest Group (ECCV SIG) of the Singapore Computer Society, in conjunction with Microsoft and Infront Consulting Group, ran a workshop introducing over 20 IT Professionals and SCS Members to Microsoft Azure.  The workshop was hosted in Microsoft's office at One Marina Boulevard, Raffles Place and was designed to be an introduction to Microsoft Azure with hands-on lab experience.

Recently rebranded from Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure- it is the public cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres.  Fortunately for Singapore users and customers, Microsoft has based its South East Asia Azure Datacenter here on this island state providing excellent performance and access speeds for those wishing to host services in the public cloud.

The afternoon workshop was kicked off by Mr Martin Yates, Chairman of the ECCV SIG, who spoke about the advances in cloud computing and envisioned the future for public cloud computing platforms.  Mr Daniel Mar, a Principal Consultant with Infront Consulting Group and Microsoft Virtual Technical Solution Professional (vTSP) then proceeded with an introduction to Azure.  Microsoft Azure has grown significantly over the past 12 months, now commanding $1 Billion USD in yearly revenue with subscriptions up 48% over the past half year.  There are over 8.5 trillion+ objects in Microsoft Azure storage with over 50% of Fortune 500 that use
Microsoft Azure services.

  Past Events

Recipe for Successful Agile Software Development Getting Value from Big Data Business Continuity Management Conference 2013
Developing your Soft Skills to Land a Hard-Earned Job

Developing your Soft Skills to Land a Hard-Earned Job

As a recent graduate, finding a good job in the ICT field is not always easy. Competition is fierce, and your limited work experience can be a barrier. In this article, we look at how soft skills and leadership qualities can help you land your dream job. We also discuss strategies to improve them before you enter the job market.

The NICF-Immerse, Grow, Navigate in Infocomm Technology with Eloquence (NICF-IGNITE) programme has sharpened the Infocomm Technology (ICT) competencies of organisations while opening doors to ICT professions for aspiring individuals. The National University of Singapore – Institute of Systems Science's (NUS-ISS) Yum Hui Yuen highlights the benefits of staff training for the industry as a whole.  

Information and communication technology (ICT) is a very broad field that now permeates almost all sectors of society and business. Once a niche market, ICT professionals are now needed everywhere, whether it be in healthcare, finance, manufacturing, education, or government. In spite of these abundant opportunities, it may be difficult for a recent graduate to find a good job in ICT. ICT jobs are certainly available in Singapore but in recent years, the market has slowed down – in the past 3 years, annual growth rates have hovered between 1% and 2%, down from 5% previously. And while many of us dream of joining ICT giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, competition is extremely fierce. For instance, Google's HR head recently mentioned that the company receives around 3 million resumes per year but only hires 7000 people ; this means that a mere 0.23% of applicants are successful. As recent graduates, your limited work experience can be an additional barrier, as many interesting jobs require several years of experience. 

In such a competitive environment, technical excellence, though important, is not sufficient by itself. Something more is needed to set yourself apart. Nowadays, employers are increasingly looking for soft skills (commonly referred to as "people skills") as well as leadership potential when screening candidates. Indeed, skills such as communication, team work, adaptability, a willingness to learn, resourcefulness, decision making ability, creativity and a flair for innovation play an essential role in the workplace and are thus highly sought after by recruiters. But mentioning that you possess these skills is not sufficient – recruiters will want to see how you've applied them in different situations in the past.

 

 

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Industry News

Igniting the Spark Through ICT Training Preparing for Future Careers in Healthcare IT

 

Talent Showcase

Driving the brightest ideas in town

Looking for a marketplace spotlighting the best student IT projects and potential networks to link up with investors? Here could be the next virtual Silicon Valley transforming breakthrough ideas into useful products or services.

Time to get your innovation engine started!

SP DMIT Talent Showcase 2014

SP DMIT Talent Showcase 

It serves to recognise projects that have exhibited the talents of the student or provides a useful service to society. 

The SP DMIT Talent Showcase spotlights students who have displayed their ingenuity through developing creative concepts that emphasise innovation. It serves to recognise projects that have exhibited the talents of the student or provides a useful service to society. This platform showcases a number of impressive creations and these are two especially notable projects:

The expertly produced Canine Candidate depicts a story of a friendly local police officer who unexpectedly finds happiness after he chances upon a canine friend who changes him from a sad, lonely character to a content, jovial man. For its competency in animation, this project has won the Bronze Award for the Animation category of The Crowbar Awards.

 

The students' app developing skills are also demonstrated in the showcasing of the mobile application, LifeLine. Developed by students from the Diploma in Information Technology (DIT), it is designed to assist field paramedics during emergency deployments. The practical usage of this remarkable application, it has been awarded the Gold Awards for the tertiary category of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) Awards 2012, as well as the Commendation Award from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)'s Home Team Innovation Festival- SAFE Programme 2012.

SCS Student Chapters

NUS ISS Talent Showcase 2014SP DMIT Talent Showcase 2014

Featured Projects: Splash Awards 2014 Champion

Tertiary: SomePro
Pre-tertiary: HCI (College)

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IT Professionals at Work and Play

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Mr Alan Gertner

Youth Engagement Series with Mr Alan Gertner

14th August 2014 saw the fifth instalment of our very popular YES! Series with Mr Alan Gertner, Head of Travel Business, Google Asia Pacific, speaking on the topic "Staying Ahead of the Innovation Challenge – The Google Way." The event was held at The Mad Poet Gastrobar and was attended by a full house crowd of more than 100 young professionals and students. 

14th August 2014 saw the fifth instalment of our very popular YES! Series with Mr Alan Gertner, Head of Travel Business, Google Asia Pacific, speaking on the topic "Staying Ahead of the Innovation Challenge – The Google Way." The event was held at The Mad Poet Gastrobar and was attended by a full house crowd of more than 100 young professionals and students.

Alan started the event by introducing himself and his work in Google, sharing his experiences from when he was a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and how he never thought he would be able to get a job in a company like Google.

The event was very interactive with the Q&A session facilitated by Prem and Kiat Han from SCS IT Youth Council. Here are some of the points mentioned during the event about how Google stays ahead of the innovation challenge.

 

10X Thinking
Alan shared the idea of 10x (ten times) thinking, a concept made famous by Google's founder Larry Page, and that it is about "thinking big" and making improvements on a scale that is 10 times (or more) rather than small improvements of say 10%. He shared that making improvements by 10% is something that many can do but to be truly different you need to change the game and raise the bar.

20% Time
Alan also shared the internal scheme that Google promotes to inculcate a culture of innovation, that is to enable her employees to spend 20% of their time (1 day per week) on side or pet projects that are of specific interest to them. He shared that this produced some of Googles most widely used products such as Gmail and has proven to be a good enabler of innovation within the company.

 

Past Events

Youth Engagement Series with Mr Myunjo Choi

 

SCS Gala Dinner 2014

 

 

Engendering Trust through Transparency - The MTCS Way