Movers & Shakers
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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.
Dr. Chong Yoke Sin
CEO of Integrated Health Information Systems
Dr. Chong Yoke Sin
She started out with a PhD in Chemistry, and felt like an "oddball" in the IT industry. 31 years later, she has made her mark in the industry and is the CEO of Integrated Health Information Systems, a subsidiary group of MOH Holdings.
| You started working as a systems engineer after graduating from National University of Singapore with BSc (Hons) and PhD degrees in Chemistry. What inspired you to embark on an IT career? |
I was introduced to the world of computing when I had to do some calculations for force constants in chemical bonds using Eigen values (I had used Fortran programming for my research project at that time). I remember waiting at the computer centre for my reports. After entering my program over the terminal and using the cards to input data, I started thinking that there must be a better way to do this. Actually, I hadn't planned on joining the IT industry initially. Out of curiosity, I had gone with my students to attend a campus recruitment talk by IBM. I was intrigued that the recruiter said he was looking for "problem solvers" and that computers would change the world. Since I had already been solving problems using my research, what he said appealed to me and I thought, "How about me?" Although I knew that they were really looking for IT degree holders, I still went through with it and so I became the oldest and most unusual recruit with a PhD in Chemistry. Quite an oddball!
| Could you share some valuable insights which you've learned as you've moved up the corporate ladder? |
There are 3 things I learned during my 31 years in the industry. Firstly, you need to build trust with your boss, staff, partners and anyone that you need to work with. I also learned that trust must be earned and maintained. With trust, anything is possible! I can only earn trust by being true to my word, being open and delivering as promised.
Mr. Olivier de Rotalier
Managing Diractor, Ubisoft Singapore
Mr. Olivier de Rotalier
Olivier de Rotalier is the managing director of Ubisoft Singapore, the Singapore studio of French video game development company Ubisoft. He is a graduate of French business school ESCP Europe.
| You moved to Singapore in 2008 to set up the Ubisoft Singapore game studio. What inspired you to take on this challenge? |
Personally, at that time, I felt like it was a good moment for me to take risks and Ubisoft's entrepreneurial mind set and corporate organization would faciliate this choice. It also coincided with the corporate vision. We needed to prepare for the future challenges that the video games industry would face. We had to be present in South East Asia, in order to be closer to the new markets and be able to tap into the extensive talent pool of the region. Singapore was thus a logical choice for us. Looking back now, I feel I have made the right decision, as I can see the studio growing and high quality games being shipped!
| Could you share some valuable insights which you've learned from managing a large multinational team? |
You don't manage a team of 10, 50, 100, and 300 people the same way! At the start of the studio, when there were 10 people, you almost had a 1 to1 relationship with everyone. Not with 300 people! It's very important to manage growth and to structure your team so that you have managers you trust to perpetuate the company culture. So now, once e a month, we organize a big studio meeting, with all the staff. It's a great opportunity for people to share and for me to meet newcomers, or employees I don't see every day. Moreover, I learnt a lot about how to manage multicultural teams, as we have 32 nationalities in the studio. Respect, fairness, and open-mindedness are paramount and are part of our corporate culture.
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!
Enter The Digital Director
Many boards seek diversity in their membership. They endeavour to ensure the right mix of competencies, industry and geographical backgrounds, and increasingly gender balance.
The emphasis on competencies has commonly been to ensure the right mix of financial, legal and industry-specific content. In doing so, most boards often overlook a fundamental competency vital in today's knowledge economy – digital technologies.
"Without a doubt, technology has fundamentally changed the way that we all live, learn, work and play.
Digital technologies, especially with the confluence of social media, mobile computing, data analytics and cloud computing, have been and are still transforming businesses and entire industries.
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.
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.
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.
A Plethora of Resources
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How to Keep Your Business Safe from the New Cyber Menace
The cyber threat landscape is changing. And with it, businesses of all industries and sizes need to be prepared. Angela Huang and Khoong Chan Meng of NUS-ISS highlight significant security trends, and ways you can transform passive defence into intelligent safeguards.
In December 2013, US retailer Target suffered an astonishing data breach. In its busiest holiday season, 40 million credit and debit card details were stolen via malicious software embedded in point-of-sale devices at stores across the nation. As a costly investigation ensued, Target was left with lawsuits, sagging sales, and greatly diminished customer confidence.
The Target saga reflects the evolving landscape of IT threat and its widening impact on businesses. As long as your business is connected and digitally reliant, your organisation could be a target. You may also find your IT security architecture challenged by a combination of forces: as workforces become increasingly mobile and endpoints proliferate, cyber-threats are growing to be more sophisticated and capable in swiftly infiltrating defenses.
Some significant security trends that are expected to affect businesses include:
In 2012, the head of information security at a US government agency fell prey to a birthday email sent by a penetration testing team. The email was spoofed to look like it came from an attractive, but non-existent employee. With one click, a malicious link compromised his computer, gaining access to key assets and data . It is but one example of social engineering, a non-technical attack that manipulates people into divulging company data. Attackers often build false relationships over social networks to gain information about a company. Chris Betz, a senior director at the Microsoft Security Response Centre, notes that as enterprises move off legacy systems, cybercriminals will increase the use of social engineering and leverage on weak passwords by businesses to access their data.
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!
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"
IT Professionals at Work and Play
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Big Data – From a Buzzword to an Actionable Opportunity
On 22nd November, as part of TRENDS, SCS organized an intimate seminar with a broad range of industry luminaries to share their experiences & expectations from the forefront of the Big Data & Business Analytics sector – on how Big Data is moving from a mere buzzword to a key part of the value creation cycle.
"TRENDS: Technology, Revolution and Development Series" is an apt umbrella under which to hold the recently concluded seminar "Big Data: From a Buzz Word to an Actionable Opportunity". Indeed, Big data has galvanized the entire Technology industry in a way that is revolutionary, but the questions remain similar to many out there: "so what do we do about it?"
A range of speakers from traditional analytics, social media analytics and government were on hand to share their research and experiences as well as expectations with the audience which comprised of a mix of academia, business people and IT practitioners.
The opening speaker, Mr Christopher Sia, Manager (Strategic Foresight) of the Infocomm Development Authority equated Big Data to teenage romance – everybody is talking about it, everybody says they are doing it, everybody thinks the others are doing it, but in reality nobody really is doing anything yet!
Mr Erwin Seah from iSentia Brandtology was sharing precisely on social media – but beyond social conversations into rather how to connect social media analyses with business use cases.
The role of IT and Analytics practitioners now changes from being a data modeler responding to set queries from the business (and often saying no) to being a curator of enterprise data and big data as well, provisioning this data to networks for processing and action on the one hand, and on the other hand users and analysts with advanced tools that allow for self-service and guided search-based discovery & real time recommendation.