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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.

Seah Thiam Siong

Seah Thiam Siong

Programme Director
Land Transport Authority

The convergence and mutual reinforcement of social interaction, mobility, cloud, and information in recent years have largely changed the entire ICT and business landscape, including that of the public transport arena. 

Seah Thiam Siong

Managing public transport projects may be challenging, but the rewards make it worthwhile, says Seah Thiam Siong of Land Transport Authority (LTA), who is also a strong advocate of SCS certifications.

    Has the project management landscape changed in the public transport arena in recent years?  If so, briefly describe how.

The convergence and mutual reinforcement of social interaction, mobility, cloud, and information in recent years have largely changed the entire ICT and business landscape, including that of the public transport arena. Project management is now not only about managing in-house IT projects or outsourced vendor services. The entire eco-system of internal and external stakeholders, system integrators, technology providers, transport operators, research institutions, etc. comes into play. 

 

    Can you share some of your experiences managing some of the complex public transport projects?

Public transport projects are challenging, exciting, and, most importantly, rewarding because every successful delivery and implementation of our projects translates into delivering a great public transport service to commuters. They are challenging because they involve the integration of sensors with real-time systems, engagements with public transport operators, and meeting the needs of commuters. And exciting because of the opportunities to collaborate with research institutions and technology leaders, experiment with visualization of data analytics, and dissemination of timely and relevant information that enhances the commuting experience through digital channels such as the MyTransport.SG mobile app and One.Motoring Portal. The speed of development is fast-paced and requires an agile development mindset, processes, and tools with which to cope. The opportunity to make a difference has been very rewarding.

 

    What are some useful tips you could give to IT professionals to manage outsourced IT projects better?

Outsourcing is a means of obtaining the necessary resources to deliver the intended outcomes of IT projects. Dealing with the outsourcing service provider as partners, developing rapport and relationship with every management level of the service provider, and aligning the strategic intent and outcome of the outsourcing contract are key ingredients to successful outsourcing.

 

 

 

Olivier de Rotalier

Olivier de Rotalier

Managing Director
Ubisoft Singapore

Singapore can nourish any industry with people who have strong fundamentals and who will be able to learn and grow quickly in their job.

Olivier de Rotalier

Singapore has all the ingredients to produce the next breakthrough in the gaming industry. Olivier de Rotalier of Ubisoft Singapore explains his reasons for this view.

    Will the next big thing come from Singapore?

I was lucky to be given the exciting challenge of building Ubisoft Singapore from scratch to a staff strength of 300.

I came here directly from Paris and did not know much about Singapore at the time. The first thing I did was to meet as many people as could, to build up my understanding of this exciting country quickly. And I must say, I was surprised at first. When I talked to people about my project, I faced a lot of scepticism.

I cannot tell you how many times I heard phrases such as: "Singapore is not a place to innovate", "starting a creative company in Singapore does not make sense", or "let me tell you, the next big thing will not come from Singapore".

Furthermore, when you know how expensive it can be to produce anything in Singapore, it certainly does not make sense to be here if there is no hope for major breakthroughs and high quality!

 

Six years later, here we are. Ubisoft Singapore has 300 employees and has contributed significantly to some major innovations in the gaming industry. Amongst other achievements, it made noticeable contribution to the Assassin's Creed franchise (with more than 70 million units sold), a fact that is recognised by the whole industry. And the naval battles, a feature of Assassin's Creed III praised by critics and gamers worldwide, was the brainchild of the Singapore studio.
 

 

 

 

   

Singapore ticks all the boxes

 

How did we manage to innovate in Singapore in only six years? First and foremost, by tapping into Singapore's large pool of talent. With some of the best schools and universities in the world, Singapore can nourish any industry with people who have strong fundamentals and who will be able to learn and grow quickly in their job. To me, the most impressive aspect is how the education system here understands and adapts to the priorities of these industries. Schools and companies work hand in hand to improve existing curriculums and adopt new programs to strengthen their students' skill sets. 

 

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!

The Next Wave of Robotics

The Next Wave of Robotics and Analytics - When IoT meets the Robot

Bigger than the Industrial Revolution, the next wave of robotics and analytics sees robots that can connect, collect, comprehend, and create actions, Oliver Tian of Hutcabb Services reveals.

Today, Internet-of-Things (IoT) is bridging the gap between the virtual world of the Internet and the world of real objects. Software applications are neatly integrating the functions of "things" with the virtual world and patterns and trends have emerged because of this convergence of IoT and advancements in Robotics. By leveraging this development, businesses, governments and societies, as well as individuals, can improve the quality and standards of measure, or increase productivity gains, or both.

 

According to Harbor Research, the prevalence of pervasive computing and IoT has created a more connected, distributive network for information exchange. This emerging network awareness and convergence of the physical and the virtual worlds have moved enterprises and businesses towards a new trend known as "smart business".

 

 Robotics
 Analytics
Confessions of a CEO

Confessions of a CEO - the one thing I look for in a CIO

In a recent survey by CIO.com, it was found that 9 out of 10 CIOs felt that their roles were getting more challenging even as they were, at the same time, becoming more important.

Only a low 9% were perceived by their peers as effective business game changers for the organisations.  Depending of the level of involvement, the CIO function was often seen as a business peer or an IT partner, and at times, as a service provider or even a cost centre.

Today's business leaders are swamped by advanced technology, such as mobile platforms, super high speed bandwidth, 3D printing, nanotechnology, printed electronics, and robotics, and the endless possibility of creating new markets and business opportunities through the complex business ecosystems.

In order to establish a foothold, a business leader has to at least gain an appreciation of the promises and constraints of the technology, and how to use it to develop sustainable competitive advantage for the business.

 IT Leadership
 CIO

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
Make Big Data Your New Gold Mine

Make Big Data Your New Gold Mine

Big Data Analytics can also help transport-related organisations identify where the next accident is likely to take place and the probability of the accident occurring. The police, ambulance, fire brigade and re-routing systems can then all proactively make decisions based on the information provided and position themselves strategically to be so they are more likely to be at the right place, at the right time, to clear the incident and transport patients to hospitals more quickly.

Having all the data in the world at your fingertips is meaningless unless you're leveraging the data to drive growth and better business outcomes. Dr Carol Hargreaves of NUS-ISS tells you how.

There are many examples of how many businesses have used their data to make decisions faster (almost in real time), smarter (listening to what the data is telling you) and timely (data also has a use-by date). Using statistical techniques, we are able to run algorithms that identify patterns in huge data sets.  These patterns help businesses identify insights that allow for smarter, faster and timely decisions. For example, Google used search terms by region in the United States to predict flu outbreaks faster than was possible using hospital data.

Big Data Analytics can also help transport-related organisations identify where the next accident is likely to take place and the probability of the accident occurring. The police, ambulance, fire brigade and re-routing systems can then all proactively make decisions based on the information provided and position themselves strategically to be so they are more likely to be at the right place, at the right time, to clear the incident and transport patients to hospitals more quickly. The number of lives and sums of money that can be saved by using Big Data Analytics is huge. This is the gold mine that transportation organisations, hospitals, and many other types of organisations can make better use of.

 

 

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Industry Surveys

Industry News

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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

 

SCS Gala Dinner 2015

 

 

IPDF 2014