In a couple of weeks, we'll be kicking off the first in our series of TechBizz panel discussions in Singapore which will be streamed live on the ZDNet site.
Held on July 4 at the Marriott Hotel, TechBizz SG will look at how Asian organizations today are coping with demands from employees, customers, and business partners in an ICT environment that's increasing complex to manage. For instance, how has the vast spread of corporate data--residing across cloud services and personal devices--complicated a company's ability to collect and analyze data to extract intelligence?
Where do government regulations and policies factor in a company's ICT decision? What is the key differentiator that can push organizations from a "good" market player to emerge a "great" market innovator?
TechBizz SG: What's really driving your ICT environment?
Date: July 4, 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 10am to 12pm
Venue: Marriott Hotel, Ballroom 1 & 2
If you're an IT decision maker for your organization in Singapore and are keen to attend the live event, register your interest with us. Seats are limited so send in your details soon. I've lined up some pretty cool panelists with decades worth of industry experience between them, so it'll be a fascinating discussion. Do check out their profiles below.
We'll be providing more details soon with directions on how you can watch the discussion live online. You can also pose questions for the panelists via Twitter #zdtechbizz.
Dane Anderson, Forrester Research
Dane is vice president, research director and region manager at Forrester, leading the market researcher's Asia-Pacific team which guides CIOs and IT decision makers in various areas including sourcing and vendor management, application development and delivery, security and risk Management, as well as infrastructure and operations.
He offers advice in organization design, innovation, emerging technologies, and supporting business technology operations in Asia-Pacific markets. His research focus looks at helping clients mature from an IT-centric role in their organizations to one that's more integrated and aligned with the business.
Dane joins Forrester from its May 2011 acquisition of Springboard Research, which he co-founded and served as CEO. Before setting up Springboard, he worked at IDC Asia-Pacific for almost 10 years in Hong Kong and Singapore, helping to expand the company's presence in the region.
Gary Teo, SIM University
As director of IT, Gary is responsible for all ICT decisions and implementations undertaken at SIM University (UniSIM), which was established in April 2005 as the first private university in Singapore.
The IT head has over 12 years of experience managing IT functions and has institutionalized various standards in IT operations, charting IT strategies which are aligned with the university's core mission to provide higher education. Gary is certified in IS auditing (CISA), risk control (CRISC), IS Security (CISSP), Enterprise Architect (EA), and business continuity (CBCP).
Gary graduated from Imperial College in the United Kingdom with an MBA in international business and finance, as well as a Master of Science in Medical Physics from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His also earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.
UniSim has a student population of over 12,000, offering more than 50 modular programmes, and a teaching staff of over 700.
Leong Yuh Khee, Changi Airport Group
Vice president of technology at Singapore's Changi Airport Group (CAG), Yuh Khee has extensive experience in designing and implementing large scale IT infrastructures and systems.
He currently leads the IT infrastructure and systems operation teams at CAG, and is responsible for IT service availability and delivery; and related passenger experience.
CAG was established in June 2009, following the corporatization of Singapore Changi Airport, and oversees all functions related to airport operations, air hub development, commercial activities, and airport emergency services. The airport handled over 51 million passenger movements in 2012 and currently serves 110 airlines flying to more than 240 cities in 60 countries. A flight takes off from or lands at the airport approximately once every 100 seconds.
Nick Pilbeam, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Nick is director of strategy consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Hong Kong, and will be making his way down to Singapore for the TechBizz panel discussion.
He has over 30 years in the telecom, media, and techology sector, and across various global markets including Silicon Valley, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as the Asia-Pacific region. He is also a senior member of the consultancy's East Asia Telecom-Media Centre of Excellence.
Nick's areas of expertise include international executive management, corporate restructuring and go-to-market strategy and execution, investment strategy, and commercial due diligence. He has advised various global technology companies including Cisco Systems, Atos, and Motorola, helping some launch their Asian business from scratch.
Stephen Lim, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Stephen currently serves as technology committee chairman of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI). Established in 1906, the Chamber is recognized as the apex body for local Chinese companies and plays a key role in representing the interests of this business commnunity.
The SCCCI has a network that comprises 148 trade associations and 4,000 corporate entities including financial businesses, multinational corporations, as well as small and midsize businesses (SMBs) from across various trades and industry segments.
Stephen's day job as CEO and managing director of SQL View is backed by a career in the IT industry that spans over 25 years. He left his stint as systems engineer at Hewlett-Packard n 1992 to set up SQL View, which today offers a range of information and records management software to both large enterprises and SMBs.
The company also offers a facilities management software touted to help property owners better manage their facilities, assets, and budget.