The Singapore government in June 2006 launched its 10-year roadmap, dubbed Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015), in a bid to ensure the city-state would achieve economic and social benefits through the innovative use of infocomm technologies. Here's a look at how the Little Red Dot adopts ICT to gain more business intelligence and improve living standards.
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Singapore's business-focused fundamentals and geographic access are drawing global tech companies to its shores, but lack of talent and high costs may curb future takers.
As Singapore wraps up the year with a bustling startup ecosystem and significant milestones including the launch of its Personal Data Protection Act and amendments to Computer Misuse Act to combat cyberattacks. However, further efforts are needed to continue driving broadband adoption and to encourage 'bootstrapping' attitude in graduates
IT infrastructure is in place to support cloud environments in both private and public sectors, but user education and change management remain key barriers to adoption in Singapore.
Singapore SMBs should start "small" to justify their ROI and need to take the first step or be left behind, and the availability of pooled resources such as data scientists could encourage adoption, suggest participants in a ZDNet online dialogue.
Amid intensifying regional interest and potential competition, Singapore's future lies in filling niches such as in engineering consultancy. A sustainable ecosystem is also needed by supporting startups and promoting more companies to use 3D printing in product development.
Singapore government should take the lead by buying from local tech startups as well as introduce a special class of work visas to drive innovation and attract talent in the country, suggest participants in a ZDNet online dialogue.
Technology isn't the barrier to increasing business process automation. Instead, many Singapore businesses face difficulties instigating change within the organization and lack well-defined processes.
Despite being a stable economy where new technologies are encouraged, Singapore faces challenges as a neutral cybersecurity party due to its conservative business environment and lack of homegrown talent.
Enterprise e-mail clients may not appear to have changed much, but firms in Singapore are implementing innovations under the hood and integrating social and mobility to the business communications tool.
In a list dominated by tech firms, the telco comes in 12th overall for companies Singapore professionals most want to work for, according to a LinkedIn study. IBM was top choice, followed by Microsoft and Accenture.
Evolving employee behavior and growing importance of digital marketing and commerce mean CIOs are losing some of their control in IT procurement and deployment to other C-level executives.
Government eyes more productivity and less reliance on foreign labor with schemes to reward small and midsize businesses for innovation, and co-fund wage raises for local workers.
Consumers and enterprises are already savvy, but supporting infrastructures need to catch up and offer functionalities retailers need to fully integrate location-based marketing into their business.
ZDNet's panel discussion threw up several interesting talking points such as the importance of reviewing analytic tools, the need to convince employees to adopt such tools, and user privacy.