Meet-the-Members Networking Evening
6 April, 2017
A large turnout of over 200 members attended SiTF’s Meet-the-Members networking evening on 6 April held at the hip and swanky Google Singapore office.
“There’s no better time for the industry than right now with the talk about going digital. As tech providers, we help companies in their digital journey, there's an opportunity to see how we can help the government, industry, and people embrace digital technology. That’s what SiTF is all about – to represent the tech companies providing digital services,” said Saw Ken Wye, SiTF Chairman in his opening address.
The agenda for the evening was designed to address three issues faced by the ICT industry: help with manpower, help SMEs and promote IT standards.
Benjamin Mah, SiTF Councilor and Co-Chair of Talents and Capability Committee kicked off the session addressing the first issue: how SiTF is addressing the manpower and talent shortage in the industry. Prioritizing one of SiTF's key deliverable to help build skills focused manpower, Benjamin unveiled SiTF's latest initiative: talentguru.
talentguru addresses talent issues in the ICT industry by facilitating internships, connecting job seekers with employers, training and building the talent pipeline. The four elements of talentguru are:
1. Skills based career
Members can find out more at www.talentguru.org
The much awaited presentation on SMEs Go Digital was presented by Mr Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive of IMDA.
ACE Khoong talked about the digital economy and how it ultimately links to the SMEs Go Digital programme. He articulated the path we need to take to get to be a smart nation with digitization and shared IMDA's thoughts on the many aspects of the economy that needs work in order to digitalise and move forward.
To realise the smart nation vision, ACE Khoong elaborated on the foundation pieces that need to be worked on. “In order to make sustainable and transformative changes, we need to look from a holistic point of view,” he added before moving on to explain IMDA’s role as the Chief Digital Officer is “digitalization rather than just IT.” In the digitalisation initiative, IMDA is looking at various elements: new capabilities derived from technology, infrastructure, regulation and standards.
ACE Khoong reckoned that one aspect normally not raised is terms of transformation is the business: the commercial, business and financial models. In order to have sustainable change, attention must be given to starting a business model from an end-to-end perspective to effect change.
Proclaiming that “it is now about implementation!” ACE Khoong then delved into how the national transformation programme will be implemented.
Rounding up the session, Yip Mann Fai from the IT Standards Committee (ITSC) presented on IT standards, “Connecting our senses via IoT.”
To add to the business networking atmosphere, SiTF had lined up 10 exhibitors to display their products and solutions.
Fine wine and sumptuous food made for a perfect end to another successful meet-the-members networking evening.
SiTF thanks Google Singapore for the venue and the highly appreciated Google office tour.