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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.
Ng Cher Pong
Chief Executive, Singapore Workforce Development Agency
Ng Cher Pong
Today, the definition of success goes beyond academic qualifications. We must accept that one can do well with skills too. Deep skills are the next big thing.
Q: What is SkillsFuture?
CP: There are four aspects integral to SkillsFuture. Each of these aspects has broad based implications for individuals and enterprises, and requires their engagement. Where individuals are concerned, they need to relook at their definition of "success"; be willing to invest their time and energy into building deep skills; and be passionate about what they do.
Q: How does SkillsFuture support this movement?
CP: SkillsFuture is an ambitious national movement which aims to reach out and change mindsets and behaviours that have been around for a long time. SkillsFuture is relevant to not just everyone, but also every industry.
Q: How has the response been for SkillsFuture?
CP: If we think about the four aspects that I have outlined earlier, we know that each of them necessitates a fundamental shift in mindsets and a cohesive displacement of current practices. It means to say that we don't just need individuals, parents and society to change; we also need industries and training providers to evolve – to focus on skills for the future.
President, SCS IT Youth Council
I am always looking for the next higher mountain to climb because the higher I go, the more opportunities and possibilities I see. It's exciting and I am totally up for it!
AN AFFINITY WITH ALL THINGS TECH
Q: My love for technology traces back to...
MC: When I was nine years old. I had great fun attending computing enrichment classes. I owned my first computer at 10 and that's also when I first tried my hands at coding using BASIC programming language.
Q: My love affair with technology continues...
MC: Even during my ‘A' Level. I was one of the lucky few to be able to take Computing as a subject. Then one thing led to another. We were in the thick of the dot-com boom when it came time to select a University course. Naturally, I chose Computer Engineering.
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Vroooom, Uber! Reimagining HR in the Digital Economy
The world's largest taxi company is the perfect vehicle to represent a revolutionary business model that has taken the world by storm: the on-demand economy model. This model has broken conventions and radicalised the employment landscape. The digital economy requires human resources (HR) to be reimagined.
The revolution of technology is reshaping our economy. Writing systems have enabled the externalisation of memory, the invention of transport has reduced travel time and physical distance, communication networks have made real time contact possible regardless of where we are - ushering in the virtual communication era, and now, immense computing power is paving the way for artificial intelligence. Underpinning the constant technology revolution is an accelerated pace of change in the past decade. Resultantly, to stay agile, businesses have to react - fast and with impact.
WHO IS THE EMPLOYEE?
The on-demand economy prides itself on being able to deliver services to consumers in the most convenient way, through digital platforms. Want someone to do grocery shopping for you? There's RedMart. Stomach growling in the wee hours? There's Foodpanda. How about a taxi, anytime, anywhere? There's the famous Uber, which operates in a staggering 459 cities worldwide. The on-demand economy seems omnipresent these days, growing across 16 industries. Statistics have suggested an almost 10-fold increase in venture capital for on-demand mobile services since 2010. A 2015 study found US consumers spending US$57.6 billion yearly in the on-demand economy.
Should ICT be Professionalised?
It is a fact that ICT professionals today apply their specialised skills and knowledge to touch every industry and every aspect of our lives. Question is, since every industry relies on ICT for their business, and the successful investment and deployment of ICT is the basis of business success, shouldn't ICT professionals possess moral ethics, professional competence and up-to-date knowledge to provide that right advice for whomever they serve?
ICT has enabled and disrupted many industries – one can just look around to see how ICT has created new business norms. Goods are bought online from retailers without a shopfront, taxi companies operate without taxis, medical conditions can be monitored without nurses, radiology images can be read by machines, rooms can be rented outside of hotels, and soon, perhaps, banking will be done without banks.
IS ICT AN ENABLER OR AN INHIBITOR?
At the core of these developments are the IT systems that provide data, and transactions that empower the integrity and scalability of these virtual businesses. Additionally, the Smart Nation vision has provided an environment and infrastructure that allows the pervasive use of ICT to transform the way we live, work and play.
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Social Networks Today = Cities Tomorrow?
Without the meaning people bring to places around us, buildings, highways and bridges would just be empty stone shells.
OUR CITIES TODAY
A modern metropolis is a complex social network of relationships, conversations and everyday interactions between people1. This network defines the place and explains the city beyond its physical form. As British urban planner and geographer, Prof Michael Batty observed: places are important only inasmuch as they enable communication between people. The modern urban science is increasingly shifting its focus from physical locations to the actual social networks they support2.
By 2050, more than 70% of world population will live in cities, up from 3% in 18003. Such rapid urbanisation challenges planners to rethink everything they know about infrastructure, connectivity and social issues. Concurrently, exponential advances in technology make it necessary for planners to keep up with emerging computing, transportation, telecommunications and medical trends.
OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS TODAY
Notably, advances in telecommunications and computer technology have enabled us to bring practically all of our social activities online, blurring the lines between digital and physical worlds. Modern digital services such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn have become accurate representations of every part of our social networks – from relationships and conversations to events, commerce and idea exchanges.
As a matter of fact, our online social networks share many similarities with our cities. They present an accurate model of the city life that can inform urban design. The News Feed on Facebook could well be the downtown where everyone meets and catches up on the latest news and gossips, amidst the array of giant advertisement billboards, while Personal Profiles are cosy apartments that we return to relax and reflect about the day. As for the Groups, they are akin to neighbourhood communities spread across the city – each with its unique vibe, style and supporters.
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Lanes Assassins were Killing it at SCS Bowling Tournament 2016
On 14 May 2016, over 100 SCS members and friends gathered at SAFRA Mount Faber for the annual SCS Bowling Tournament. The much-anticipated event saw the SCS members and their friends organised into teams of four to compete in three games each.
Competition aside, the participants had an enjoyable time. Frequent peals of laughter rose above the sounds of colliding balls and pins. The atmosphere was highly charged on the fun and friendship meter.
Eventually, many rounds later, Lanes Assassins emerged champion with a total team score of 2,460. Also claiming three of the four individual titles, the team's Bernard Pong walked away with the High Game (Men) and High Series (Men).
The annual event ended on a successful note, thanks to co-sponsorship from TreeBox Solutions Pte Ltd and support from the players.