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CIO Summit Singapore 2014: Bigger, better, more impactful

Nurdianah Md Nur and Zafirah Salim | Aug. 25, 2014
This year's edition of the show saw the congregation of almost 400 of the country's leading ICT figures.

The Digital Workplace, Economics
The panel discussion saw the discussion of how technology leaders are embracing the digital workplace, in which technology is heavily used for employees' day-to-day work activities. The panelists agreed that there is no escape to providing technologies such as mobile apps, wireless network, unified communication technologies as they will essentially help improve the employees' productivity and efficiency. The panellists include David Gledhill, Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank; Sharon McDonald, Head of Property for APEA at ANZ; Susan Lim, Head of Workplace Strategy at Jones Lang Lasalle; and Ramesh Narayanaswamy, CIO of SingPost.

In his presentation, Chua I-Pin, Vice President for Asia South at CA Technologies, discussed whether businesses are ready for the application economy. In every part of the economy, new disruptive technologies and connected devices are upending business models and reinventing entire industries. This transformation is significant, cutting across geographies and cultures, and changing the way companies do business, employees work and individuals consume. Most importantly, this change is being driven by software. In fact, software has become mission-critical to the 21st Century enterprise. Businesses are under intense pressure to drive change, innovate and adapt in order to meet the challenges of the software-driven application economy. The application economy has changed everything, but the core demands remain the same: faster delivery, better quality and lower costs.

Laura Guio, Vice President and Storage Business Line Executive at IBM Storage, took the stage next to talk about transforming data economics. As new and increasingly complex workloads are putting infrastructures on overload, there is a need for enterprises to optimise their storage infrastructure. She said that by doing so, enterprises will be able to improve resource utilisation, increase effective capacity and accelerate access to data. She added that storage infrastructure optimisation also creates business value-it enables enterprises to gain business insights from the data explosion, scale resources to meet spikes in demands and provide cost efficiency.

DecisionScapes, Debating IoT
The last keynote speaker of the day, Joe Pucciarelli, VP and IT Executive Advisor at IDC Asia Pacific, talked about IDC's DecisionScapes, which are designed to provide CxO and tech buyers comprehensive assessment, benchmark and essential guidance in their transformative journey on the "third platform". This "third platform" refers to cloud, mobility, big data analytics, social business and media, machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT. The IDC DecisionScapes is essentially a four-phase optimisation toolkit which comprises of four factors: explore, align, engage and optimise. Pucciarelli describes the "third platform" as a business-driven platform that drives transformation, yet is disruptive. Pucciarelli also talked about the potentially early steps onto the "fourth platform", which refers to cognitive computing, advanced robotics and nano technology.


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