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.
Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, TNF Ventures
Eddie Chau, Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, TNF Ventures, to understand his motivation for investing in companies as well as things he will look out for when making his investment decisions.
Insider's Perspective : A Serial Technopreneur Speaks Up
Q: How did you end up as an entrepreneur?
EC: I started out pretty much the same way like most people – working for a company – until the idea for e-Cop came about...
Q: What are some attributes that define you as entrepreneur?
EC: Running your own business and being your own boss is nothing like a walk in the park. You are where the buck stops...
Q: Has the entrepreneurship landscape changed over the years?
EC: Definitely. During the time when I started e-Cop (in 2000), the dotcom bubble had just burst, and banks as well as people were generally skeptical about startups...
Co-Founder & General Manager, Mediafreaks
Adrian Chye, Co-Founder and General Manager, Mediafreaks, testifies to that little known fact by sharing with The IT Society about the ups and downs of his entrepreneurship journey over the past 12 years.
Great Things Happen When Preparation Meets Opportunity
Q: Has running your own business always been part of your career plan?
AC: Just like most University students, I figured that I would work for a technology company after graduation. But, as it happens, I attended an entrepreneurship talk organised by the University and was deeply inspired by the speakers. Hearing their experiences, ..."
Q: So was that what got you to start Mediafreaks?
AC: While attending the talk caused the instrumental paradigm shift, it was the six-month graduate diploma I took up in the U.S. – after graduating from NTU – which really set me on the path of entrepreneurship.
Q: After which, was the going all- smooth?
AC: Far from it. In fact, that was where the hard work really began. My partners and I were young and had little (or almost no) work experience behind us; we didn't really know how to sell ourselves effectively.
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!
Razer: From Startup to Cult Brand
How two guys on opposite sides of the planet birthed an industry.
Every business starts with an idea. The success of that business relies on the passion of its exponents. Sometimes the idea is deliberate, thought-out and built from fundamentals into a going concern. Other times, well, there's just something you think should be better, so you take it upon yourself to improve it, and a company happens before you know it. Razer falls into that second category.
BIRTH OF AN INDUSTRY
In a surprisingly short amount of time, pontifications became discussions, which in turn matriculated to planning and the creation of the world's first gaming mouse. We had no idea how huge an impact the Razer Boomslang mouse would have on gaming, we were just excited for our friends to get their hands on what we'd created.
BUILDING A BRAND
We spent the next 10 years building our brand. There were ups and downs but we stayed true to our vision of creating cool products that gamers would want, sometimes in defiance of common business sense. Slowly but surely, we began to grow. We hired more staff and built our community together with the gamers out there.
The Startup Culture - Views from the Top
The word "startup" has been popularised – thanks to huge success of the likes of Amazon, Facebook and Uber. In addition, the portrayal of workplace cultures as creative and dynamic has also heightened the appeal of startups.
In the case of Quantum Inventions (QI) – a technology services company that develops solutions for intelligent mobility, the journey was definitely not always easy. Particularly, the perception that it only takes a killer idea and (sometimes more than) ample funding to establish a successful business is all too often, too good to be true.
BOOTSTRAPPING – NOT SEXY BUT VERY TANGIBLE
We knew we had to scale up but that also meant the need for more resources. Although we could raise angel capital (and yes, there are true angels), we quickly realised that the amount of money raised was insufficient to create a product roadmap.
PRODUCT – ALL ABOUT MARKET FIT
Since the inception of QI in 2006, we have grown from strength to strength. Today, we are not only a market leader in connected navigation and GIS (geographic information systems) products
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.
Big Data: Love it or Hate it?
The growth of digital data is accelerating at an exponential pace. In the era where high velocity and high variety big data takes over, should companies embrace or resist it?
Being able to efficiently sieve through and find crucial gems of data in ever-growing data warehouses can mean the difference between success and failure in today's breakneck speed business world. And this fact is certainly not lost to the corporate world.
BIG DATA IS GROWING BIGGER
In a recent Big Data Executive Survey1, 70% of respondents reported that Big Data is of critical importance to their firms, up from 21% in 2012; and 54% of firms claimed that they have appointed a Chief Data Officer, up from 12% in 2012 – reaffirming the growing importance of data-driven decisions.
MORE DATA ANALYSTS = BETTER INSIGHTS?
Hiring more data analysts to make sense of data is not a sustainable approach as the pace of data proliferation easily surpasses the number of skilled analysts available in the market. .
Survey & Resources
A Plethora of Resources
Access insightful surveys and analytical reports to better understand the local ICT landscape.
SCS Industry Certifications ‘Made in Singapore'
Looking to acquire knowledge in a particular IT domain? Or keen to sharpen your skills in a specific area? Today, you are spoilt for choice in the number of programmes available. Question is, how do you decide when confronted with so many alternatives?
In late 1990s, Singapore experienced rapid growth in IT project management – many multinational corporations used Singapore as the base to grow their businesses; concurrently large local enterprises and government agencies embarked on numerous IT projects. The resultant shortage of qualified IT project managers led both private and public organisations to employ experienced and qualified IT project managers from overseas to meet their needs.
GO FOR AN ESTABLISHED PROGRAMME
In a period where employers were unsure about the basics or guidelines to judge the quality of one IT project manager versus another and IT professionals were finding it hard to justify their competency, SCS introduced the Certification in IT Project Management (CITPM) programme.
CHOOSE PROGRAMMES BENEFICIAL TO YOUR LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT
Beyond being instrumental in bringing up the overall quality of local IT professionals, these certification programmes also empower your long- term professional development.
PICK PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE PROGRESSIVE
Although SCS certification programmes have been successful so far, SCS constantly reviews the certification programmes' Body of Knowledge.
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!
Splash Awards 2016 Champions Show Flair in Advancing Cyber Wellness
As more and more Singaporeans look to social media platforms to connect and stay in communication, cyber etiquette becomes increasingly essential for the maintenance of a civil and prosperous cyber space. SCS showed support for the cause with the SCS Splash Awards 2016.
Jointly organised by the SCS Student Chapter and Interactive Digital Media Chapter, the 13th edition of the SCS Splash Awards took on the theme, "Cyber Wellness", and saw participation from close to 300 secondary school and tertiary institution students.
The students learnt the importance of fostering a healthy cyber community through coming out with original ideas which contribute towards the creation of a more responsible cyber community for Singapore. Notably, "SocialShield" from Dunman High impressed the judging panel with their submission and won the top spot for the Pre-tertiary Category while "Keyboard Warriors" from Singapore Institute of Technology bagged the award for the Tertiary Category. Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education graced the award ceremony.
"SocialShield" from Dunman High was shortlisted for the National Infocomm Competition Face-Off (App Development). In addition, the students also represented Singapore for the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) in Taipei.
IT Professionals at Work and Play
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Discover your True North with SCS Career Compass
Over 110 Senior and Fellow SCS members stepped forward as ICT Mentors to guide the way forward amidst uncertainties
Against the backdrop of ongoing economic transformation, SCS introduced the SCS Career Compass – an initiative under the SCS TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Programme – in collaboration with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Workforce Singapore (WSG), National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and Institute of Employment and Employability (e2i) on 21 October to help members and tech professionals cope with immediate needs and prepare for the new economic environment ahead.