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Growing pains for CIOs to address

Jack Loo | May 24, 2011
CIOs gather to share their understanding of new trends at the 24th CIO Workshop.

SINGAPORE, 24 MAY 2011-The cloud, social computing and innovation are the three main topics for the 24th CIO Workshop that starts today.

Held over five days in Singapore's Red Dot Museum, and also in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the workshop is jointly organised by Accenture and the island nation's Information Technology Management Association (ITMA).

The theme for this year's conference is "From downturn to growth: The complexities that come with it", reflecting the impact of the three technology trends on CIOs today.

"As companies transition from downturn to growth, CIOs today are confronted with three new phenomena that have been thrust upon them: one, the take-up of innovative enabling technologies such as cloud computing, two, the coming of age of social media, and three, the different set of expectations that the new generation workforce and customers have on enterprise IT," said Ng Kuo Pin, executive partner, Accenture. He is also the chairman of the board of advisors for the CIO Workshop.

A panel discussion on cloud computing among vendors Symantec, VMware and Salesforce will be exploring changes in the technology space and areas CIOs should be aware of.

Social computing will be covered in multiple sessions; one of it is a discussion between Hong Kong CIOs and Singapore CIOs on the consumerisation of enterprise IT where "employees are bringing their devices to work and how that in turn is affecting the way IT organisations in terms of governance, security and raising employee productivity," Ng said.

Innovation will be covered by multiple CIO Asia CIO Awards winner Daniel Lai of Hong Kong's MTR on how he had built a successful learning platform for his company. "He will be giving the delegates an opportunity to see how innovation within the organisation can be leveraged for different outcomes," Ng added.

Key takeaways

Ng and the advisory group settled on the theme on growth as early as its first meeting in September last year. The committee consists of CIOs who are ITMA senior members.

Since then the organisers have been working on possible locations for site visits, speaker invitations and other logistics. The entire process took about nine months from concept to execution.

Before Hong Kong was chosen, other locations on the shortlist include Bangkok, Hanoi, Bangalore and Sydney. One strong deciding factor in favour of Hong Kong was the chance to visit Chinese technology companies Huawei Technologies and Kingdee, where both have substantial operations in Shenzhen.

Besides the two Shenzhen site visits, other highlights of the Hong Kong leg include presentations from Kenneth Cheng, assistant government CIO, Hong Kong, Dominic Leung, CIO, PCCW, Michael Fung, director of planning and institutional research, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Bob Beauchamp, CEO, BMC Software, and Dr Paul Liu, manager, information technology division, Chong Hing Bank Group.

 

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