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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.
CHEW MOK LEE
Assistant Chief Executive Officer, ICM & Digitalisation, Enterprise Services &
New Industries, Enterprise Singapore
“Innovation and internationalisation efforts are essential for the long-term growth of enterprises. Done well, and we will see more Singapore brands with great products and solutions leaving their footprints globally. We certainly aspire to have more Singapore enterprises making it to the Fortune 500 list.”
What is in it for Enterprise Singapore to help companies innovate and go global?
Our domestic market is small, but also very open – and easily influenced by the evolving global business environment. For companies to be resilient and grow, they need to embrace innovation and venture beyond Singapore to keep up and stay ahead of the dynamic and competitive landscape. That is why, at Enterprise Singapore, we see innovation and internationalisation as mutually reinforcing strategies that go hand in hand together. They are essential for bringing about growth as well as enabling scale – for businesses and the Singapore economy.
What roles do tech startups play in driving innovation and advancing Singapore’s economy?
While the Singapore economy has a healthy mix of startups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large local and multinational companies, the tech startups segment is definitely one of the promising and innovative clusters. They challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas. In the process, they create a ripple effect that strengthens Singapore’s startup ecosystem and competitive advantage regionally and globally.
Given the importance of tech startups, how does Enterprise Singapore support greenfield tech innovations and maintain the tech industry’s vibrancy?
Over the years, we work closely with both private and public sector partners to help companies commercialise technology and bring innovations from labs to markets. And as one of the ways to bring these to the next level, we are encouraging technology and solution providers such as startups, universities, research institutes or centres of innovation to work together and come up with solutions to tackle industry specific challenges.
PROF MIAO CHUN YAN
Senior Member, SCS
Director, Joint NTU-UBC Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly (LILY) Chair, School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
“I constantly urge students to enrich their classroom knowledge by applying it to solve real- world problems.”
First impression of Singapore.
Even before coming to Singapore, I had heard a lot about how Singapore is a garden city and a livable place where people live longer and healthier than many other nations. Singapore enjoys a good reputation as a global hub connecting the East and the West. Numerous international meetings, conferences and exhibitions are held here. Singapore also houses regional headquarters of many leading tech companies and multinational corporations. These factors make Singapore a very attractive place for top talents to research and develop ground breaking technologies.
First real brush with Singapore.
In the early 1990s, I was offered an opportunity to work on a collaborative project between the then National Computer Board (NCB) and Trade Development Board. The TradeNet project I worked on was not only the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, but also one of the few in the world at that time. The developed technologies were subsequently transferred to over 50 countries, evidence of Singapore’s great capacity for innovation.
Going to school in Singapore.
My involvement in the TradeNet project and the rapid development of the Internet convinced me of exciting possibilities in technology. This vision inspired me to enrol in the graduate school. I was fortunate that my PhD supervisor was very supportive of my research work in artificial intelligence (AI) and provided me with a lot of room to explore. My sense then was that the industry, the research community and the government were all working in unison to advance the state of the art. I went on to do my post doctorate fellowship and taught in universities in Canada before doing my PhD study at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). With all the knowledge and skills gained, I came back to teach at NTU in 2003.
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A plethora of opportunities, enabled by technology, couples with our strong focus on products and recent launches of new trade services to strengthen our growth trajectory. We are quietly confident about our future.
PICKING THE BATTLEFIELD
With trade volumes being three times more than the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), revolutionising the way trade documents were processed held promise of great returns. Hence, it naturally became an area of focus for CrimsonLogic.
MAINTAINING THE GROWTH MOMENTUM
Recognising that availability and accessibility to easy-to-use and affordable technology will change the way we interact, consume information and do business, CrimsonLogic has adopted a products and services strategy to accelerate our impact and ability to scale.
The product strategy aims to translate our deep domain experience in trade, judiciary and digital governments into replicable solutions. Currently into the second phase of development for most of our products, we are staying on track to roll out solutions in an expeditious manner.
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
It would have been hard to predict CrimsonLogic’s growth potential in 1988. But 30 years on, CrimsonLogic continues to grow from strength to strength. With registered entities in 19 countries worldwide and award-winning solutions in three primary domains – Trade, Judiciary and Digital Government Services (Government-to-Business and Government-to-Citizen), CrimsonLogic is going through an exciting time now.
Leveraging the right technology offers supply chain companies the chance to significantly improve their operations.
VENTURING INTO A DIFFERENT BUSINESS
Seeing possibilities, YCH Group, Asia Pacific’s leading integrated end- to-end supply chain management partner, branched out its IT arm in 1981 to form Y3 Technologies. Today, Y3 continues to grow from strength to strength with the provision of software solutions to companies to ensure that their supply chains are run optimally and competitively.
During early days in the business, Y3 saw value chain visibility as a critical area in modern supply chain management. Visibility helps businesses in various ways, such as to gain insights into operations, identify bottlenecks, make quick and accurate decisions, avoid risks and effectively manage unexpected incidents. However, Y3 recognises that the value of visibility goes beyond that as these data collected can be used to empower insight-driven decision making.
This realisation prompted Y3 to research and develop supply chain analytics software that can not only make sense of available data but also be used as a powerful business tool in formulating strategies to drive improvements and attain sustainable competitive advantage.
GROWING NEW VALUE PROPOSITIONS
Against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving world, needs and expectations are also changing continuously. To stay ahead, businesses have to embrace change and be ready to seize arising lucrative opportunities. These trends lead to an increasing demand for utilising analytics to drive improvement in supply chain performance as well as positive transformation.
With the goal of helping companies cope with present-day challenges, Y3 taps on its experience in supply chain analytics to offer insights on the entire value chain – people, processes, assets – to facilitate quicker decisions for global supply chain management. One example is the order and inventory optimisation solution, which helps businesses to optimise inventory management by fulfilling the right stocks for orders across countries.
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Singapore - A Real Home Away from Home
Fast-forward to several years later, among family and close friends from Singapore, there is no place like home than this tiny red dot.
A WELCOMING HOME FOR BUSINESSES
Singapore works hard on attracting high-quality enterprises. Resultantly, many have decided to set up their regional headquarters, data centres and engineering hubs here. The presence of these multinational companies coupled with a bustling local startup scene, which continues to get more innovative by the year, provide a firm foundation for a vibrant tech industry.
AN INCLUSIVE HOME FOR TECH PROFESSIONALS
In both examples, emerging technologies have enabled them to do more and better work faster. However, even as automation enables them to express their ideas in new ways, education appears to be the common factor that drives future success.
But Singapore’s appeal to tech professionals from around the world is not all work. While career opportunities matter, it is the hard to quantify charm that wins hearts and minds of many professionals in data, artificial intelligence and health over other tech hubs.
Despite being at the centre of the most complex continent in the world, the city is able to welcome and absorb every culture. My personal experience is one good example. Even though I came from a very different part of the world, I have found great friends, wise mentors and my life partner – among locals. My personal ties have made this city more than just a place to stay for me.
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SCS Splash Awards 2018 Shines Spotlight on Artificial Intelligence Applications
Into its 15th instalment, SCS Splash Awards 2018 challenged students to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to projects benefitting community- building, education, family & lifestyle, healthcare as well as transport, logistics & communications.
Adrian Chye, Chairman of the Splash Awards Organising Committee said, “The Splash Awards is organised by students for students, and the theme ‘AI Innovation’ was chosen because we saw strong interest from students to learn more about the technological and applied developments in AI. To facilitate this flagship event, SCS had brought in industry partners. And the outcome had been rewarding with the receipt of several high- quality submissions, which are both innovative and potentially ground- breaking.”
During the four-month long competition, more than 40 training sessions were conducted for interested students. At the end of which, close to 200 entries were received for the SCS Splash Awards.
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AFK? Let Your Chatbot Take Over
Over 150 polytechnic students came together at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) on 30 October 2018 to learn about emerging trends in the infocomm landscape, and try their hand at building a chatbot.
The seminar cum workshop – co- organised by the SCS Student Chapter and SIM, opened with Dr Sarita Singh from the University of London Computing Programmes sharing about the evolution of technology in Singapore, and introducing the concept of Industry 4.0. She also outlined job opportunities in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and blockchain.
Subsequently, during the workshop, Ngo Chee Yong from Swat Soft made a presentation on chatbots used around the world. He gave step-by- step instructions to guide students on building their very own chatbot before wrapping up the session with a list of chatbot platforms that are available in the market.
Rounding up the session, the chatbot took to the stage to conduct the lucky draw segment – selecting three lucky students who won a PS4 Pro console, JBL Flip 4 speaker and Canon Selphy photo printer respectively.