Eileen Yu

Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently an independent business technology journalist and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 19 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings. Eileen majored in Journalism at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she wrote an honours thesis titled: To Censor or Not: The Great Singapore Dilemma. In her By The Way blog, she covers industry developments in Singapore as well as other Asian markets, and aims to drive discussions about the impact of government regulations and policies.

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How should one's IT skills be valued?

How should one's IT skills be valued?

I attended a roundtable dialogue earlier this week to discuss how we can encourage IT organizations in Singapore to employ autistic workers.Last year, we featured a Danish computer company Specialisterne which hires and trains people with autism, specifically those diagnosed with high-functioning autism, so these individuals can serve as IT consultants and be a useful member of the general workforce.

June 28, 2012 by in Tech & Work

Has social tech made us less sociable?

Has social tech made us less sociable?

That question has been popping up more often these days as raw videos of angry young lads pushing elderly women off the bus and road-rage instances make their rounds on the Web.High on trending topics last week was a video of a 25-year-old man who was filmed in a bus, shouting and threatening to slap a 76-year-old woman because she had pressed the bell to alight the vehicle at the last minute.

June 14, 2012 by in Social Enterprise

Groupon SG turns to brick-and-mortar

Groupon SG turns to brick-and-mortar

I was having dinner at Suntec City Mall when I came across a shop--an actual physical store--operated by the local office of daily deal site, Groupon. There were three terminals in the space on which patrons can browse the site and purchase Groupons, some of which can be redeemed immediately at the store.

May 30, 2012 by in Social Enterprise

Success still about good old-fashioned hard work

Success still about good old-fashioned hard work

Mega pop star Lady Gaga--or Lady Meat Wearer, as I call her--has landed in this part of the world this week to kick off her Asian tour.Her manager, Troy Carter, was in Singapore yesterday as the keynote interview at Music Matters 2012, where the American discussed a range of issues including why Lady Gaga was a "200-pound toddler" and the importance of social media tools and need for today's artists to be tech-savvy.

May 24, 2012 by in Social Enterprise

What should count in a company's market value?

What should count in a company's market value?

Back in school, I loved numbers and would score distinctions in most of my Math papers. I would, just for fun, mentally add up the groceries in my mum's shopping basket and watch with pride when the number I totaled up in my head matched the one illuminating in the cash register.

May 17, 2012 by in Tech & Work

ZDNet seeks Asia's IT heads to form 'CIO Jury'

ZDNet seeks Asia's IT heads to form 'CIO Jury'

You're a CIO, and you've sat through endless sales pitches and attended seminars where countless buzzwords have been thrown around the room, but you've had little opportunity to tell everyone what you really think about a piece of technology.If you've always wanted to make your voice heard on major IT issues and make your opinions count, now's the time to sign up for the ZDNet Asia CIO Jury.

May 10, 2012 by in CXO

Drop the egos, copy ideas, then innovate

Drop the egos, copy ideas, then innovate

Mention innovation in China and some would scoff and point to the "innovative" imitations the Chinese have become so apt at producing. The increasing popularity of Pinterest, for instance, already has spawned numerous clones in China.

May 2, 2012 by in Singapore

Do what is appropriate now

Do what is appropriate now

In Sydney this week for some work meetings, I sat in on a Trend Micro conference where one of the speakers was government rep, John Sheridan, who talked about how the public sector here had adopted cloud computing such as data center as a service.First assistant secretary for the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), Sheridan touched on the same pros and cons that usually come up in a cloud discussion among Asia-Pacific organizations as well as governments.

May 1, 2012 by in Cloud

London Olympics--with social media come more social rules

London Olympics--with social media come more social rules

Dubbed the "first social Olympics", this year's summer games in London has been widely touted by organizers as the first time social media tools will play an integral role in connecting all stakeholders. But it is also turning into one with some of the strictest rules for athletes, volunteers as well as fans.

April 24, 2012 by in Tech & Work

Consumer electronics retailers at risk of fading into oblivion

Consumer electronics retailers at risk of fading into oblivion

Consumer electronics (CE) retailers are on their way out if they don't learn from the fallen and better respond to Internet shopping model.In a report released Tuesday, market analyst Canalys predicted a future where CE retailers will go the way of Best Buy Europe, CompUSA and Circuit City and "disappear" as a result of the "strategic failure" of the CE retailing model.

April 17, 2012 by in Enterprise Software

'Google' a dirty word in healthcare service

'Google' a dirty word in healthcare service

So I took some time off last week for a health screening examination--something I try to do every year since I turned 35.Two days ago, I returned to the healthcare services provider, where I had done the examination, for a review of the results and to get any advice on problem areas I might have with regard to my well-being.

March 15, 2012 by in CXO

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