Movers & Shakers
Gain Insights from the industry's Best and Brightest
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.
IT Leader Awards 2014
IT Leader of the Year
Ms Rosina Howe, IT Leader of the Year
With 30 years of IT management in large organisations, Rosina is responsible for the development of Singapore's land transport service strategy through the innovative use of ICT.
| With her passion for innovation and technology, Rosina has brought about visionary transformation to LTA over the past 14 years, winning for Singapore and LTA numerous international awards and accolades for setting new benchmarks in the land transport sector. |
Her collaborative style of management has also nurtured several industry partnerships and research programmes with the aim of bringing Singapore's land transport development to new heights. Rosina heads LTA's programme for industry ICT collaboration and chairs the Singapore Urban Transport Solution (STARS) to catalyse innovation in land transport development with a $50 million Land Transport Innovation Fund.
| Under her leadership, the use of ICT permeates through all key business functions of LTA, including strategic units like policy formulation and transport planning where the early adoption of GIS technology and data analytics for land transport master plans and public transport improvement programmes have garnered visionary awards at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam (2013), the International Transport Forum in Germany (2012) and the only government recipient to-date for the Gartner Business Intelligence Excellence Awards (2011), Asia Pacific. |
As the chief digital strategist at LTA, both the One.Motoring portal and the My.Transport.SG mobile have become household names in Singapore and voted as favourite apps with motorists, transport users and businesses. Both initiatives have garnered the industry's highest international awards for Integrated Mobility in Geneva (2013) as well as being the Distinguished Winner of the eGov Excellence Awards (2013) in data sharing.
Ms Yong Ying-I, Hall of Fame
Ms Yong's contributions to Singapore's infocomm development go back to the late 1990s when she spearheaded the merger of the National Computer Board and the Telecommunication Authority of Singapore to form IDA, which is responsible for developing information technology and telecommunications within Singapore.
As the founding CEO of IDA from 1999 to 2001, she led the organisation to achieve milestones like the full liberalisation of Singapore's telecommunications market in 2000; and launched the Infocomm 21 masterplan, laying the foundation for the growth of Singapore as a dynamic global infocomm capital.
Ms Yong continued to provide her leadership and foresight in driving the transformation of the private, people and public sectors through IT, first as Deputy Chairman (from 2003 to 2007) and then Chairman of IDA from 2007 till present.
Under her chairmanship, IDA worked towards realising the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) vision of Singapore as a global city, an intelligent nation powered by infocomm. As part of the iN2015 vision, Ms Yong played a leadership role in the deployment of the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network to more than 95% of homes and businesses, enabling access to a wide range of competitively-priced broadband services.
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When Brains And Computers Become One
"Brain-in-a-Box" technology underway to foster cognitive computing.
"Brain-in-a-box". This term may sound like science fiction, but it really is a quest to change computing as we know it.
Our world is becoming ever more complex and data-rich -- ironically, it is information-poor. Today, the society is one big massive feed, with signals flowing in from cameras, microphones, and other sensors that stream real-time, noisy, parallel, spatiotemporal, and multimodal information. We have more data at our fingertips than ever before, but we are also more overwhelmed. Processing this flood of real-time data using traditional computers would simply be too slow and too costly, in terms of power consumption.
R-evolution in Financial Analytics
The American Century Investments (ACI) quantitative research team introduces a new open source investment platform to simplify the process of analysing the investment worthiness of companies.
The use of analytics in financial firms for research, operational optimisation, and risk management is a well-known and understood practice. ACI is utilising network/graph analysis to predict how information travels from one company/industry to the next, and to identify companies that are going to perform well in their portfolio strategies. In launching this new package, ACI walked away from the traditional, commercial analytics vendors, and embraced the open source R language together with the Revolution R Enterprise analytics software from open source specialist Revolution Analytics. The result is a new collaborative, quantitative investment platform.
Recipe for Successful Agile Software Development
There are three pillars to the Agile Software Developments as I see it. The success of an agile software development project firstly requires a change in the mindset, secondly the choice of an appropriate methodology and thirdly a set of essential engineering practices to support the quality of the final deliverable. In this article, these three areas will be discussed.
On closer scrutiny of the twelve principles behind the Agile Manifesto, we find that the scales tilt towards the two left quadrants namely collaboration and cultivation on Schneider‟s Culture Model shown below. The bottom line principle is "People are trusted to do the right things at the right time in the right way".
The twelve principles and the Agile manifesto emphasis on closer interaction and collaboration amongst members of the project, customer and business people. By advocating techniques such as cross-functional teams, co-ownership, pair programming, peer reviews etc, a mentorship and cultivation culture is emphasised.
Agile projects are also known to succeed with a high degree of software craftsmanship among the members, hinting at the presence of competence culture. We often see that in agile teams the Control culture is diffused and the concept of servant-leadership prevails.
A servant-leadership is a concept coined by Robert K. Greenleaf, where the leader‟s paramount duty and attitude is to serve his team. In the context of an agile project, it would essentially translate into the leader working towards removing impediments that the team faces rather than to monitor and control them.
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Safer Internet Day 2014
The Safer Internet Day (SID) is a public awareness initiative started in 2004 by the Insafe Network, a network of Awareness Centres funded under the Safer Internet Programme of the European Commission.
The SID takes place on the second day of the second week of the second month every year and seeks to promote safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people.
This February, Singapore joins the international community in commemorating SID for the second year running. Over 100 countries will be participating in SID 2014. The global theme for SID 2014, which falls on 11 February 2014, is "Let's Create a Better Internet Together."
Driving the brightest ideas in town
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Top Splash Awards 2013 Finals and Reality Showcase
The Splash Awards 2013 Finals and Reality Showcase, in its 10th edition, scored its highest attendance on 20 September. Close to 200 SCS members, fans, students and teachers attended the event! The event also attracted media attention where crew from Mediacorp and Razor TV were present to cover the event.
The Competition attracted 78 entries comprising more than 200 participants from secondary schools to IHLs. For the first time in the Splash Awards, finalists were required to present their innovations on stage and tackled questions from the judges in the presence of live audience. Indeed, the judges were impressed with the spectacular and creative apps showcased by the students! Some of these breakthrough ideas might also transform into useful services in the market as they have great commercialization potential!
Teams from St Joseph's Institution and Temasek Polytechnic took the Challenge by storm, winning the top place in the High School category and the IHL category respectively. A team from Nanyang Polytechnic clinched the "Most Popular App" Award.
Champion of IHL Category - Temasek Polytechnic – Creation: "Loov"
Champion of High School Category – St Joseph's Institution – Creation: "The Kindred Knowledge Konnector (K.K.K.)"
"Most Popular App" Award – Nanyang Polytechnic – Creation : "Motorist Companion"
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How Big Data is Changing BCM & Cloud
By 2015, 75% of organizations with BCM programs will have public social media services in their crisis communications strategies, merging big data, BCM and cloud
In a world where ABC (Analytics, Big Data, Cloud) are converging, the need to manage, monitor and measure BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) readiness is also changing. And with the wide acceptance of cloud computing, the methods of communicating DR is also transforming. However, nothing is fail-proof.
"Systems will fail, no matter how much resilience you put in. It is the people who make the difference," noted .Mr Khoong Hock Yun, IDA's Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Data Officer at his inaugural address at the BCM Conference on Oct 25, 2013. "Certification is thus a good thing to ensure for your employees."
In H1 2013 there have been about 9 major cloud-reliant, brand name websites going down worldwide – exposing the issues still inherent in this technology.
SCS President Mr Chak Kong Soon said companies are waking up to the need for effective BCM.
As for cloud computing, that's become so mainstream that it's often taken for granted. Gartner says about 50% of large businesses will have hybrid cloud deployments by end-2017. In the past three years, private cloud computing has moved from an aspiration to a tentative reality for nearly half of large enterprises. Hybrid cloud computing is at the same place today that private cloud was three years ago - actual deployments are low, but aspirations are high.