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.
Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency (GovTech)
In this issue, The IT Society checks in with Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, GovTech, on her game plan for the agency as well as her take on the evolution of the local tech scene.
What is GovTech?
GovTech impacts every person in different ways and to different extent. Through collaborating with partner agencies and actively seeking out and understanding the needs of Singaporeans, we are engaged in delivering whole-of-government...
What does GovTech really do?
Well, we do a wide variety of things here. At any one time, we deal with topics ranging from manpower and education to healthcare, transport and environment...
How is GovTech different from the IDA we knew?When we started GovTech, we decided to build part of the government’s engineering capabilities here. We want to create platforms that enable us to reuse code...
Anna Vanessa Haotanto
Chief Executive Officer, The New Savvy
Anna Vanessa Haotanto divulges to The IT Society her motivation for entering and staying in the tech landscape.
ON CAREER IN TECH
Did you see yourself working in the tech industry?
Not at all! I am trained in Finance and am very passionate about it. Naturally, I joined the Finance industry after graduation...
So what prompted you to use web as the platform to launch The New Savvy portal?
Personal preferences aside, the web presented a ready platform to reach out to our target audience – women – in a quick and low cost manner...
Did you face any challenge when you started off?
I struggled a lot in the beginning. I was clueless about web development, much less about content production, digital marketing and publishing.
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!
Sun Zi's Art of War is the globally recognized as the best bible for winning. But its wisdom is applicable to accomplishing projects successfully with maximized benefits and minimized costs and risks.
The Winners’ Attitudes
- Foresee and manage threats first and then exploit the opportunities
- Always go for Maximized Net-Returns at Minimized Risks
Be cool, calm and objective – The Essence of Project Management
- Calculation&Evidencebaseddecisionmaking. 计 – 计划, 计算
- Collect intelligence and information to find out the hidden intentions and agendas besides the observable facts.
The bad attitudes to avoid
- Never be proud, but be humble and prudent to examine all factors objectively.
- Never hope for the best nor be too optimistic, but by calculation and logical deduction only.
- Never do it for the glory, but choose to do those that you can succeed easily.
- Never go for revenge or for the wrong reasons.
- Never be easily angered, which leads to irrationality and failure.
- Neverbetrickednorbetemptedbythebenefits,desires,disguises, hearsays, distraction etc. Watch out for scope creeps a little by little due to the above wrong attitudes.
It is clear that cybersecurity legislation is a ground breaking one and it would be unrealistic to expect the legislation to be perfect the first time around.
Cybercrime and cybersecurity have increasingly become a concern to both the public and government. The number and severity of incidents has increased tremendously and it almost seems that, on a weekly basis, there are reported incidences of cybercrime and cybersecurity breaches. These incidences have come from many different angles; criminals exploiting computer systems for financial gain, leaks of personal and sensitive data to be used for nefarious purposes and sometimes even for political objectives. The total bill of damages arising from these incidences continues to rise and the situation is further complicated by the presence of entities like WikiLeaks and Anonymous that leak and expose cyber breaches by governmental actors.
In Singapore, we are not spared from these developments. We have had a number of cases involving data breaches and now, hacking and tempering of government servers. All these have led to call for further regulation and the building up of resources to counter these threats in the future. Therefore it's worth while to review the cybercrime and cybersecurity scene in Singapore and to prepare for the upcoming changes.
Singapore cybercrime and cybersecurity laws are currently encompassed largely in a single piece of legislation called the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act ("CMCA"). the CMCA is unique that in its short history, it has become one of the most frequently amended legislation. When the CMCA was first enacted in 1993, it was enacted as the Computer Misuse Act. During that time, the key worries were hacking of computers, unauthorised use and access to computers. In 1998, amendments were made to the Act to cover unauthorised modification and interception and to introduce the concept of protected computers.
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.
Evolution and Opportunity in Mobile VR
When we compare mobile VR with PC, what exactly is the main constraint?
The third wave of the Virtual Reality movement started in 2014. To be more precise, it started when Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion, making Oculus the industry giant that defined the new standard of Virtual Reality to modern consumers. Just a few months after, at the Google I/O conference, Google released “Google Cardboard”, a $10 fold-out cardboard viewer.
For the past 3 years, technical giants have been investing in vertical domains such as hardware, software, platform, industrial application, and content. Virtual reality is disrupting almost every industry and everyone is trying to embrace it to create their own evolution.
On the consumer level, the experience is delivered to end-users in 2 major ways: PC-based VR hardware, such as Oculus, HTC Vive, and PSVR, which requires high-end PC support and costs around 3000 USD to setup, and mobile based VR device, like GearVR and the many cardboard devices. As of today, almost 1.5 million PCVR devices and more than 50 million cardboard devices have been delivered to the end consumer.
Although the number of users is increasing significantly, VR is still far from mainstream. In 2016, 1,488 million smartphones were shipped globally, almost all of which can run the basic VR experience such as Youtube 360 videos; mobile VR has a great potential to be picked up.
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.
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Celebrating 50 Years of Collective Growth
Over 1,200 infocomm and digital media professionals from both public and private sectors joined in the celebration of SCS 50th anniversary at the SCS Gala Dinner and IT Leader Awards 2017 held at Resorts World Sentosa on 10 March.
Graced by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the event was symbolic in commemorating SCS’ journey over the last ve decades where it made signi cant contributions to the fostering of a vibrant and globally competitive infocomm industry in Singapore. As part of the occasion, the attendees paid tribute to the past presidents whose visions and leaderships had built a strong foundation for SCS.