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CIO Conference 2013: Grappling with the data tsunami in Singapore

Tao Ai Lei | March 27, 2013
This year's CIO Conference was literally awash with data, as speakers highlighted the challenges and strategies that organisations need to adopt as they face the inevitable data tsunami.

The five winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from the 2013 CIO 100 Index, and the five winners are: CLP Holdings from Hong Kong, Manila Water Company in the Philippines, and three Singapore-based organisations — International SOS, Integrated Health Information Systems/NHG Pharmacy (IHIS), and Workplace Safety and Health Institute, Ministry of Manpower.

Download a copy of the 2013 CIO 100 Index. 

Read about the CIO Award winners.

See more pictures of the 2013 CIO 100 Index certificate recipients here.

In the award presentation ceremony, each winner stepped forward to receive the award and delivered a short speech each.

As Suresh Navaratnam, director of Policy, Information & Corporate Services, Ministry of Manpower, Singapore, Occupational Safety & Health Division, said: "CIO Asia and Fairfax, thank you for organising this premier event that brings the right minds together… We are very glad to receive this award. Being the only government agency receiving this has given us bragging rights."

In a panel discussion that fielded questions from the floor, the panel agreed that a close alignment between business and IT is needed for successful IT projects. "IT projects, are about partnerships between IT and the business stakeholders," said Mauricio "Mauch" D. Franco, Jr., CIO at Manila Water Company.

IT also needs to be "nimble and agile", with "a more intimate feedback cycle back to business," said Andre Blumberg, director of IT at CLP Holdings. He cautioned that the "biggest challenge is not technology, but taking people along the journey, and changing the way they work, the culture, and for people to understand the urgency and that change cycles are getting more frequent."

For the panelist, a lot get the lead from the business side. "Role models are hard to come by in healthcare, we draw inspiration from the business side," said Mark Winn, director of Ancillary-Allied Health, Clinical Systems, IHIS.

"We get inspiration from HR, sales and marketing colleagues. Now a lot of sales and marketing folks are chasing me down the corridor for apps and many doctors are more tech savvy than they pretend to be. I constantly wrestle deices from them to find out what they have been up to behind my back," said Davies.

>> Read about Splunk's operational intelligence 

>> Read about IHIS' and NHG's Multi-dose Medication Management System

>> Read about the winning project from Hong Kong's CLP Holdings

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Read more: The Great Debate


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